Ernest Bate kicked a goal in his one definite appearance with the Norwood senior team, at Adelaide Oval on 7 August 1897. Norwood defeated West Adelaide 11.20 to 1.4 in a lopsided affair which evinced little interest.
Ernest was born to Jonathan and Mary Jane (May) Bate at Norwood on 8 April 1878, just 31 days before the Norwood Football Club played its first game. He had three brothers and three sisters.
Ernest married Mary ‘Marie’ Louise Killicoat at Parkside in 1909. They had two sons, Arnold Ernest (born in 1910) and Gilbert (1915).
Ernest was 70 when died at Norwood on 6 November 1948
P Robins, D Cox Oct 2019
* For the picture we thank Allison Matthews, granddaughter of Ernest Bate