Joseph Patrick Francis Travers was a popular and prominent identity in the South Australian sporting world. Born in Adelaide in 1871, Travers attended Christian Brothers College.
He began his business career with leather merchants F. Fisher & Sons, and eventually started his own business as a manufacturers' agent.
Travers was better known as a cricketer, playing A Grade for over 30 years, mainly for the Adelaide club. A slow left-arm orthodox bowler, Travers represented South Australia and played one Test match for Australia in 1902, against England on the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The previous year Travers had taken 9/30 in an interstate clash against Victoria in Melbourne. He later also became a State selector.
Travers played football for Norwood's Second 20 before making his debut in the senior side in 1892.
On August 13, 1892 he was named on a half-back flank in Norwood's game against a representative Broken Hill and New South Wales line-up. Played on the Adelaide Oval, Norwood won the game : 7.7 to 3.5.
In 1894 he was part of a Norwood premiership winning year.
Travers impressed in Norwood's tour of Victoria in 1895, which included games against Essendon, Collingwood, Melbourne and South Melbourne.
A left-footer, he developed into a reliable defender, and was an important member of the Norwood team during his five seasons with the club.
He later served on the West Adelaide Football Club Committee
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