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25-October-2013
25-October-2013

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Commemorates six-time premiership coach and Melbourne Football Club Australian Rules player, Norm Smith.

Smith was a very talented player and the Melbourne Football Club’s greatest coach.  He was a brilliant full forward during a 227-game career with Melbourne (210 games) and Fitzroy (17) between 1935 and 1950 that included 572 goals.

He played in four premierships at Melbourne (1939, 1940, 1941 and 1948), winning two best and fairest awards and was leading goal kicker on four occasions.

He captained Melbourne (1945-47) and Fitzroy (1949-50) and twice represented Victoria.

He moved from a player to a coach and led the Melbourne Football Club through its most successful era, winning six premierships (1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960 and 1964) before he was sacked – and reinstated – in 1965.  After leaving Melbourne in 1967 he coached South Melbourne from 1969 to 1972.

He was named full forward and coach in Melbourne’s Team of the Century and was given the ultimate honour of coach of the AFL Team of the Century.   Since 1979, the best player in the grand final receives the Norm Smith Medal.
 

Location

Address:Brunton Avenue, Australia Post Avenue of Legends, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, 3000
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.817064
Long: 144.983183
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Sport
Monument Designer:Lis Johnson

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 24th September, 2012
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Norm Smith

An extremely talented player, Norm Smith`s 227 game VFL career with Melbourne (210 games) and Fitzroy (17) between 1935 and 1950 included 572 goals. 

He played in four premierships at Melbourne (1939, 1940, 1941 and 1948), won two best and fairest awards and was leading goal kicker four times.

As a coach, he expected no less from his players than from himself - integrity, purpose, drive and putting team ahead of individuals. 

He led Melbourne to six premierships (1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960 and 1964).  After leaving Melbourne in 1967 he coached South Melbourne from 1969 to 1972 and prior to Melbourne, Fitzroy from 1949 to 1951.

He was named full forward and coach in Melbourne's Team of the Century and coach of the AFL Team of the Century.  SInce 1979, the best player in the grand final receives the Norm Smith Medal.

A tribute to our sporting legends

A gift to a sporting nation from Australia Post

Sculptor : Lis Johnson

Source: MA
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