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Garth played two seasons of league football for North in a career that was interrupted by the Second World War. Born in 1922, Garth made his league debut in 1941 and in the same year won the “Best Junior” Award for the “B Grade” as it was then known.
Immediately that season ended Garth enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy and served in the Navy from September 1941 until January 1946. Garth then returned to civilian duty and resumed his league career with North in 1946.
This was his last year with North. He actually played only 11 League games for North but with credit for war service was deemed to have played 71. He worked in the city and after work rode his bike to training at Prospect Oval, invariably arriving just as everyone else was finishing! Reluctantly, he asked for, and was granted, a transfer to South Adelaide who at that stage used Adelaide Oval as their home ground. Garth claimed that he was the first non-Catholic to play for South! After playing a few games with South, Garth commenced a career as a radio announcer whilst also having a distinguished career outside football as an industrial advocate.
Contacted by the History Committee in early 2013, Garth ended up meeting with a member of the Committee and reminiscing about his days with North Adelaide. This culminated in him attending the a past players function at Prospect Oval in August last year. He thoroughly enjoyed the day and those who met him were amazed at the clarity of his memory of his times at Prospect Oval some 70 years earlier.
Garth Martin, passed away in October, 2013 at the age of 91 years