Joined the Ryhope YC team in its second season (1964/1965) and was a regular in every season, except the 1970/71 one when work committments limited his availability, untill the 1974/75 season. As a player he was an aggressive defender and not many players got past him. His 100% effort each game was the normal. He was not as good going forward although he did score 5 goals in the 1968/1969 season. If necessary he was always willing to be an emergency goalkeeper. After this he became Jimmy Clark's assistant and then Chairman. I didn't always see eye to eye with some of the things that Norman did but I cannot fault his drive, enthusiasm and ambition for the 'CA that finally resulted in the club achieving Northern League status.