It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Norm Latchford.
Norm’s contribution to the Old Trinity Amateur Football Club cannot be underestimated.
Norm stepped into the breach and became President in 1968 following the sudden death of John Weatherson.
The Club was shaken by the loss of John and Norm was a calm and stabilising influence.
He then presided over a wonderfully successful era that brought three Reserves premierships, the Club’s first 1st XVIII premiership in 1970 and promotion from E Section to B Section.
One of the hallmarks of that era of the Club was the strong social bond between the players and the supporters. Norm played a key role in that, including hosting several memorable presentation day functions at his home.
Norm retired as President at the end of 1971, but remained a keen and generous supporter.
Norm’s “second coming” was in 1981. The Club had been in decline for some years and had reached a desperately low ebb both on and off the field. A merger with a church club had been proposed, and had progressed to the stage where general meetings of the two clubs were called to approve it.
The merger would have effectively meant the end of the OTGAFC. It was bitterly opposed by the late Gordon Just, and by Norm. Norm volunteered to accept the Presidency again if the general meeting voted against the merger. The motion was duly rejected and the Club started its recovery which again led to A Grade, and the Club we know today.
Norm served as President for two years, retiring at the end of 1982.
A truly remarkable man Norm continued to attend matches as recent as last years Grand Final. He was so disappointed for the club and made a point of ringing the club to ensure we were all ok. All this even though his own health was in decline.
To Norm’s Wife Anne and Family members our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Norman Latchford’s contribution to Old Trinity Grammarians Amateur Football Club will not be forgotten. He was a true Gentleman and your legacy of a great footy club will continue long into the future.
Gil Van der Venne President on behalf of the
Committee of Old Trinity Grammarians Amateur Football Club