Justin Scanlon attended Christian Brothers College in Adelaide. He joined Norwood in 1981 from the Christian Brothers College Old Collegians football club in the South Australian Amateur League.
Scanlon spent his first two seasons at The Parade playing mostly in the Reserves competition. However, he did make his senior debut in round seven, 1982 in a game that saw the Redlegs trounce West Torrens 25.22 to 9.6
Establishing himself as a regular in the League team in 1983, he won the club's award as the most improved player for the season.
Perfectly suited to a half back flank, Scanlon developed into an ever-reliable defender, noted for his rebounding, clean skills and strong overhead marking. He was also more than capable of having a run on the ball.
Amongst the best players when Norwood defeated Port Adelaide in the 1984 "history-makers" Grand Final, he was part of a half-back line that included Tom Warhurst and Andrew Jarvis.
His good form continued, and he was presented with the five year valuable service award in 1986.
In 1988, he was third in the best and fairest and was awarded the Woods medal for his outstanding leadership and service to the Norwood Football Club.
Justin Scanlon played his last game in the final minor round of 1991, but not before he had joined the select few to have played 200 games and been part of a Norwood league premiership.
R Cialini July 2015