Norm Betson

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 Career Highlights
  • GFC League Player Number: 312
  • GFC League Debut: Round 1, 1946
  • Glenelg 1946 – 1948
    • 42 games
    • 46 goals
  • Glenelg Captain 1946, 1948
  • Glenelg coach 1946 (part-year)
  • Represented South Australia 1947 - 1948
 Other Career Highlights
  • Essendon (VFL/AFL) 1940 - 1945
    • 78 games, 41 goals

* Stats current to end of 2009

Norm Betson. Glenelg coach 1946


  • Born: 08 July 1914
  • Died: 05 May 1988
  • Height: 193 cm
  • Weight: 92 kg
  • Recruited from: Essendon
  • Previous Club: Culcairn
  • GFC League Debut: 1946

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Norman Betson was appointed captain-coach of Glenelg when he came over from Essendon in 1946. Betson was a resolute and canny ruckman. Unfortunately he was beset by injury and in July opted to stand down as coach in favour of Ray Curnow.

In the next two seasons he was injury free, this time was highlighted by his selection in the 1947 South Australian carnival state side that played in Tasmania and in 1948 was South Australian Vice-Captain in the side that narrowly lost to the Victorians in Melbourne. Betson was Glenelg captain in his final league season.

He originally came from Culcairn where he was captain-coach in mid 1939 and, prior to that, he played with Albury. He was a tall, gangling ruckman who had the misfortune of being overshadowed by Essendon's other top ruckmen of the time.

After leaving Glenelg Betson became captain-coach of Nathalia in 1950 before playing with Lemnos in early 1951.


1. Wikipedia article

2. Essendon FC

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