Earle Hopetoun HEIDENREICH


Guernsey Number: 24, 19, 11
Career: 1947 to 1951
NFC Games: 25
NFC Goals: 2
Debut: v Glenelg (Norwood) 16th August 1947
Finale: v West Adelaide (Norwood) 19th May 1951

Premierships: 1948


Norwood lost two stalwarts within a month with the deaths of brothers Earle and Glen Heidenreich in 2016.
Earle, a member of the 1948 premiership team, was 89 when he died at Cummins on the 24th May.  Glen, 86, passed away on the 17th June.

Grandsons of the legendary Ted Heidenreich, Norwood President from 1940 to 1962, the brothers played under captain-coach Jack Oatey - sometimes in the same team - and never lost their enthusiasm for the Norwood Football Club.
Earle was born on the 26th August 1926.  

A follower, he played 26 league games between 1947 and 1951 and kicked two goals.  He was named most improved player in 1949.  When caught on his left leg, he had the unusual habit of throwing the ball on to his left foot.  It worked for him and amused the crowd.

Earle and Glen were family men with strong Christian values. Their father, Aubrey, moved from Salisbury to Cummins in  the early 1930s and carried on the family tradition by establishing a flour mill there. It became a big part of Earle's life and culture.

Both brothers were all-round sportsmen and enjoyed fishing together at Coffin Bay, where Glen built a holiday house for Earle.

P Robins Oct 2016

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