Norman 'Norm' Conquest
Inducted 25 November 2009
Norman Conquest was born in Kearsley in 1916 and apart from a period as a small boy when his family moved to Sydney, spent most of his childhood and adolescence there.
Norm began playing football as goalkeeper with Kearsley Juniors, and by the age of 14 was playing in the NSW Schoolboys team. Two years later he made his first grade debut with Aberdare. He also played for Grace Bros and then North Shore (NSW Division 1).
As an adult, Norm moved to Wollongong, and subsequently played for Goodyear and Leichhardt Annandale, where he made a total of 319 appearances.
His soccer career saw Norm become a goalkeeper of note. His citation in the Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame, into which he was inducted posthumously in 2002, states that he played 15 times for NSW and represented Australia nine times in A class internationals. With this induction, Norm was awarded the Medal of Excellence.
He first played for Australia against South Africa in the 1947 series, and toured South Africa and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) with the Australian team in 1950. He also played twice against England in 1951.
During his playing career, Norm sustained a number of significant injuries, but he was able to overcome these setbacks and represent his Australia in the sport that he loved.
Norman died in 1968.
For more information, read the Local Heroes page of the Kearsley Cougars website.
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