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Bob Ford played his junior football at Gepps Cross before joining the Colts team at North Adelaide in 1968. He was the Leading Goalkicker for that side in 1968 with 45 goals. The team were undefeated in the minor round but were beaten in the Grand Final by Woodville. Bob played in the Colts team again in 1969 and won the Most Promising award and this time the team won the premiership. He made his league debut in round 17 of 1972 against West Torrens, a game remembered for the extraordinary number of free kicks given by Umpire Bennett – 46 to North Adelaide and 59 to West Torrens! Bohdan Jaworskyj was unable to resume after half-time so Bob Hammond went to centre half-back and Bob Ford, described as a much bigger version of older brother Peter, took over at full back and was prominent. This performance enabled Bob to play the next few games and he cemented his place in the very strong team by gaining 20 kicks in the last minor round game against Sturt.
In the 1972 second semi-final against Port Adelaide, he played as a ruck rover and at half forward but during the game fractured a bone in his heel that forced him from the ground in the third quarter and ended his season.
Bob played a total of 12 senior games for the club from 1972 to 1974 and went on to play for Woodville from 1976-1980. He also managed 34 games for Broadview between 1971 and 1975.
Bob was unable to attend the celebrations in August 2012 for the 40th anniversary of the 1971 and 1972 premierships and Champions of Australia victory in 1972 due to restricted mobility. However, due to his proximity to the Northern Tavern, he was able to attend the informal get-together on Saturday 25 August which enabled the Club to present him with a complimentary copy of the recently-released book about those seasons. He was delighted to receive it and equally delighted to catch up with many of his teammates from those years.
A popular and much loved character, Bob passed away in November 2012 at the age of 60 and is sadly missed by his many friends at the North Adelaide Football Club.