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Carroll, Keith William

Preferred Name: Keith
Born: 14 October 1929
Deceased: 3 April 2013
Competition Total Games Total Goals
League 78 22
Other 2 0
Total 80 22

A product of North’s juniors, Keith Carroll won the Best Follower award for the “B Grade” team as an 18 year old in 1948 before being promoted to the League team in 1949.  Such was his form that he was a member of the victorious 1949 Grand Final side and was awarded the Arthur Roberts Memorial Trophy as the best junior. 

The next year Keith continued to progress as a league footballer.  When North defeated top team and 1950 premier, Norwood, in round 15 Keith dominated in the ruck and Harry Kneebone in the Advertiser wrote “Carroll’s leaping and knocking were match winning features."  To highlight the quality of Keith’s rucking, one of Keith’s ruck opponents in this match was champion Norwood ruckman and future Magarey Medallist, John Marriott.

Unfortunately just as he was consolidating his position in the side and was in fact becoming one of the state’s leading ruckmen, Keith broke his leg in 2 places in round 7 of 1951.  He missed the rest of 1951 and the first 6 games of 1952.

 Such was his determination that he recovered sufficiently to not only perform well enough in the “B Grade” to win the Best Follower award again in 1952 but after playing 8 games in the Reserves he won promotion back to the league team to play the last 6 games of the year, culminating in the famous 1952 Grand Final victory over Norwood by a whopping 108 points.  To cap off the year Keith was awarded the Best Club Man award as well as tying for the “B Grade” Magarey Medal and losing on a count back despite only playing those 8 Reserves games.

Keith continued playing for the club for another three years, winning the League’s Most Determined Award in 1953, Best Follower for the “B Grade” for the third time in 1954 and for Services Rendered to the League team in 1955.  He then retired from North to take up a coaching position with Naracoorte. 

Together with his brother Ray, Keith shared the rare distinction of both being premiership players for North, Keith in 1949 and 1952 and Ray in 1960.  Keith’s son Bill also played league for North in the late 1970s. 

In the 1960s Keith returned to the club in a coaching capacity.  He coached the Colts team for 5 seasons, 1967 to 1971, and won premierships in 1969 and 1970.  Keith then coached the mini-league in 1972 and coached the Under 19s and mini-league from 1975 to 1977, before coaching the Under 17s in 1978.  He was highly regarded within the Club as a junior coach.  He was awarded Life Membership of the Club in 1973.

Away from football Keith worked at the Abattoirs whilst playing at North, before becoming the Manager of the Drive-In Theatre at Seaton during the 1970s before being transferred to Alice Springs in 1979.

North Adelaide remembers a dual premiership player, a dual junior premiership coach, a life member and a wonderful clubman.


 

Games (Select a game to view)

Date Opponent Result Goals
30/04/1949 Glenelg Won 0
07/05/1949 South Adelaide Won 0
21/05/1949 West Torrens Lost 1
28/05/1949 West Adelaide Won 1
18/06/1949 Glenelg Lost 0
25/06/1949 South Adelaide Won 0
09/07/1949 Norwood Won 0
16/07/1949 West Torrens Lost 0
30/07/1949 West Adelaide Won 0
06/08/1949 Sturt Won 0
20/08/1949 Port Adelaide Won 0
27/08/1949 Norwood Won 0
03/09/1949 West Adelaide Lost 0
17/09/1949 Norwood Won 0
01/10/1949 West Torrens Won 0
22/04/1950 West Torrens Lost 0
29/04/1950 Norwood Lost 0
06/05/1950 West Adelaide Lost 0
13/05/1950 Glenelg Won 0
20/05/1950 Port Adelaide Lost 0
27/05/1950 South Adelaide Won 0
03/06/1950 Sturt Won 0
12/06/1950 Norwood Lost 0
17/06/1950 West Torrens Won 0
01/07/1950 West Adelaide Won 0
08/07/1950 Glenelg Lost 0
15/07/1950 Port Adelaide Lost 0
05/08/1950 South Adelaide Won 0
12/08/1950 Sturt Won 0
19/08/1950 Norwood Won 0
26/08/1950 Glenelg Lost 0
02/09/1950 South Adelaide Won 0
21/04/1951 South Adelaide Won 0
28/04/1951 Sturt Won 0
05/05/1951 Norwood Won 0
12/05/1951 West Adelaide Won 0
19/05/1951 Glenelg Won 0
02/06/1951 Port Adelaide Lost 0
09/06/1951 Sturt Won 0
02/08/1952 South Adelaide Won 0
23/08/1952 West Torrens Won 0
30/08/1952 West Adelaide Won 0
06/09/1952 South Adelaide Won 0
20/09/1952 Port Adelaide Won 0
04/10/1952 Norwood Won 0
02/05/1953 Norwood Lost 0
09/05/1953 West Torrens Lost 0
16/05/1953 Glenelg Lost 2
23/05/1953 West Adelaide Lost 0
30/05/1953 South Adelaide Won 0
13/06/1953 Norwood Won 0
27/06/1953 Norwood Won 1
04/07/1953 West Torrens Lost 0
25/07/1953 Glenelg Won 1
01/08/1953 West Adelaide Won 2
08/08/1953 South Adelaide Lost 3
15/08/1953 Sturt Won 1
22/08/1953 Port Adelaide Lost 2
29/08/1953 South Adelaide Won 1
05/09/1953 Glenelg Lost 0
29/05/1954 Glenelg Won 0
26/06/1954 Glenelg Lost 0
10/07/1954 Port Adelaide Lost 0
04/09/1954 Norwood Lost 2
10/09/1954 South Adelaide Lost 0
23/04/1955 South Adelaide Won 0
30/04/1955 Sturt Lost 0
07/05/1955 Glenelg Lost 0
14/05/1955 Port Adelaide Lost 0
21/05/1955 West Adelaide Won 0
04/06/1955 Norwood Lost 0
11/06/1955 South Adelaide Lost 0
18/06/1955 Sturt Won 1
09/07/1955 Port Adelaide Lost 0
23/07/1955 West Adelaide Lost 0
30/07/1955 West Torrens Won 2
06/08/1955 Norwood Won 2
20/08/1955 South Adelaide Won 0
03/09/1955 West Torrens Won 0
09/09/1955 South Adelaide Lost 0

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