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Alfred Edward Waldron
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Date of Birth
(26 February 1857 – 7 June 1929)
Height/Weight
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Nickname
Topsy
Position
Utility
Number(s)
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Debut
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Clubs
SANFL
Norwood Football Club (1879–1892)
VFA
Carlton

Alfred Edward 'Topsy' Waldron was an Australian rules footballer who played for Norwood in the South Australian Football Association (SAFA) during the 19th century. He also played two first-class cricket matches for South Australia.

Waldron, who was captain of Norwood for a club record ten seasons, played in eight of their early premiership teams, six as captain. He had started his career at Albert Park and then crossed to Carlton in the Victorian Football Association (VFA). After playing in Carlton's 1877 VFA premiership side, Waldron was convinced by a friend to go to Norwood and he joined them for their second season in the SAFA.

In 1888, Waldron captained Norwood to victory in the inaugural Championship of Australia. The club took on South Melbourne at Kensington Oval for the title and won the series 3–0. He also captained South Australia in three inter-colonial games and played in three others. When the South Australian Football Hall of Fame was opened to inductees in 2002, Waldron was one of the first added and the oldest.

His two first-class cricket matches were played almost five years apart, in the 1881/82 and 1887/88 summers. Waldron failed with the bat in both but took 3 for 18 against Victoria at the Adelaide Oval in what was the only innings he bowled in. One of those wickets was Test cricketer Tup Scott.

AchievementsEdit

VFAEdit

VFA premiership player, 1877

South AustraliaEdit

Premierships: 1879 - 83, 1887 - 89
Premiership captain: 1881 - 83, 1887 - 89
Captain: 1881 - 85, 1887 - 90, 1892
Further honours: Norwood Player Life Member
SANFL Hall of Fame
Champions of Australia captain 1888
SA captain 1880 - 81, 1890
Games for South Australia: 6

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