Norm Crimmins

Norm Crimmins

Introduced to football administration by Bruce Andrew, he began his connection with the game in Queensland when he shifted from Melbourne in 1956. Played in Melbourne for Mordialloc in the Federal League and Parkdale in the A Grade Amateurs. Upon his arrival spent time as secretary of the Umpires Association, linking with a young Tom MacArthur. His commenced his 22-year involvement on the QAFL Board of Management in 1958.

At various times he served on the Media and Permit Committee and as a State Selector, and was vice president from 1960-73, and President from 1974-79. Significant achievements included the regeneration of interstate football as a key platform of code promotion. Was so highly regarded in North Queensland for his ongoing support for the code in that area that the Norm Crimmins Medal was named in his honour for the B&F at NQ Carnivals.

After his retirement as QAFL President in 1980 he has continued to support NQ representative football over the last three decades. In his tenure as President he oversaw the culmination of the transformation of local football into a true force in Brisbane. The eight QAFL clubs of that era were all financially sound, with enclosed grounds and viable licensed facilities. They were halcyon days for the QAFL and another building block towards later participation in the national AFL competitions.

His non-allegiance to any club assisted in his ability to manage football at a local level without any accusations of parochialism. Has attended over 50 QAFL/AFLQ Grand Finals.

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