Scott was born in Stirling, South Australia and played his early football inflated pig’s bladder at school. He took his first job at the age of 13 as an apprentice electrician with the company Morrison and Gwynne. The three senior partners – J. Morrison, G.C. Gwynne and Algie Millhouse – all played for Norwood, and Millhouse had captained the club in 1914. Scott lived in the city during this time, but would return home during the weekends, during which he played for Stirling in the Hills Association until 1919.
His high marking and sound defensive skills immediately drew praise and in his first season he won his new club's best and fairest award.
Triple Magarey Medallist Wat, or Wacka, Scott might be Norwood’s best ever player. The facts alone are compelling: as well as those Medals were a record six club champion awards, four premierships, five years as captain-coach including the 1929 flag, and another two years as coach.
Scott played an Australian record 38 consecutive State games, and captained SA. He also coached West Adelaide, Glenelg, Sturt - and the umpires. A sensational high mark, Scott was Norwood’s best in his first season, and in his second tied the Magarey, only to lose on a technicality. He was awarded that Medal retrospectively in 1998.
Scott trained hard, and his match preparation was ahead of his time. He always slept 12 hours the night before, then walked from St Peters to the Parade with his footy gear in his kitbag, to give himself time to digest his lunch and plan the game.
While Scott excelled in the best company that representative Australian football could offer, he also gave his all every time for Norwood. When a knee injury in what turned out to be his third Medal year put paid to his famous dodging and weaving, Scott was still one of the most celebrated footballers in the land, a natural for the AFL Hall of Fame.
Norwood (1926–1931) West Adelaide (1932-1935) Glenelg (1936–1937) Sturt (1938–1939)
NFC Games: 174
NFC Goals: 3
Premierships: 1922 - 23, 1925, 1929
Premiership captain-coach: 1929
Captain-coach: 1926 - 30 Coach: 1931 - 32
Club champion: 1920 - 21, 1923, 1926, 1928, 1930
Magarey Medal 1921, 1924 and 1930
Norwood Player Life Member
Norwood Team of the Century
AFL and SANFL Halls of Fame
SA captain 1929-30
SA games 38.
|Norwood Football Club 1922/1923 SANFL Premiers|
|E. Wadham • R. Bent • H. Grantley • S. Sibley • C. Close • T. Hart • C. Toovey • B. Scott (vc) • C. Hepburn • S. White (c) • W. Scott • G. Stephens • R. Townley • H. Johns • M. Dobson • L. Bryant (vc) • W. Potts • B. Schumacher • W. Heinrich • P. Lee • A. Lill • W.Symonds • L.Mutton • S.Ackland • R. Plunkett • W.Burns|