Thomas Cotton commenced playing at Norwood in 1925 as a half forward in the association or B team. He was consistently among the best players and goal kickers, scoring 13 goals for the season.
The following year he was selected for the senior internal trial games but played the early rounds in the association team. He was named as a reserve for the league third round match against North Adelaide on the 15th May but did not make the final team.
Cotton gained league selection for the fourth round against West Adelaide on 22 May when he was described as “a dashing attacker from Norwood B” (The News 21 May 1926, p1) Unfortunately he sustained a shoulder injury in the game, with medical reports suggesting it was fortunate that his collarbone was not broken.
This was to be his only league appearance and although he continued to play for the B team and was regularly among the best best players he could not force his way back into the senior side.
Cotton stayed with the club for the following three years as a regular and consistent performer with the B team until he moved to Port Lincoln at the end of the 1929 season. Newspaper reports early in 1930 had him playing for the local Rovers Football Club.
At the Norwood B team annual general meeting in February 1930, Cotton’s loyalty to the club was recognised with a five year certificate.
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