Hugh Pridmore was born at Woodley House, Glen Osmond on the 18th July 1901 and attended St Peters College.
He joined Norwood in 1920 when he was named in the club’s pre-season trials and then selected in the B team for the opening round against Port Adelaide at Alberton on the 1st May. He continued to play for the B team throughout the year.
In 1921 Pridmore was a consistent player for the B team, culminating in a premiership when Norwood defeated West Adelaide in the Challenge Final on 1 October 1921.
Pridmore had joined Norwood at the start of what was to be the most successful decade in the club’s history so although newspaper reports were positive about the young full-back’s performances, he was competing for senior selection with the league team’s outstanding back-man, Harry Johns.
In 1922 Norwood were league premiers after winning 14 and losing just two games so it was difficult for the reserve players to force their way into the senior side. Pridmore was however, one of five juniors selected for a game against East Perth at the Adelaide Oval on 26th August. Billed as a contest between the best sides from each state, Norwood disappointed the local crowd by resting a number of senior players and was defeated 8.20 to 7.10. Pridmore played at full back as Johns was named at centre half back.
Pridmore had been named before the East Perth game as a “goalkeeper of outstanding promise” (The Journal 25th August 1922 p2) but was again relegated to the B team for the remainder of the season.
A leg injury forced Harry Johns to retire at the end of 1922, but Pridmore was overlooked for the vacant full back position in favour of Syd Ackland. Pridmore stayed with the B team for the early rounds before moving to Kapunda in July where he continued to play football for the local side until 1925.
Pridmore enlisted in the 2/27th Battalion on 8th June 1940 and reached the rank of Lance Corporal before he was discharged on 30th September 1943.
Hugh Bowen Pridmore died at McLaren Vale on 12th February 1975 aged 73.
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