Glenelg Football Club

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Glenelg
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Names
Full name Glenelg Football Club
Nickname(s) The Tigers, The Bays
2013 season
Leading goalkicker Todd Grima (58)
Best and fairest Ty Allen
Club details
Founded 1920[1]
Colours      Black and      Gold
Competition South Australian National Football League
President Nick Chigwidden
Coach Nick Stevens
Captain(s) Ty Allen, Andrew Bradley
Premierships 4
1934, 1973, 1985, 1986
Ground(s) Gliderol Stadium @ Glenelg (capacity: 15,000)
Other information
Official website www.glenelgfc.com.au
Guernsey:
Glenelg Tigers Jumper.svg

Glenelg Football Club is an Australian rules football team, which plays in the South Australian National Football League. The club is known as the "Tigers" (or the "Bays"), and their home ground is Gliderol Stadium @ Glenelg (formerly Glenelg Oval), located in the southern coastal suburb of Glenelg East, South Australia.

Club history[edit]

The Glenelg Football Club was formed on 20 March 1920, and entered the South Australian League in 1921. It was not until 2 May 1925 that the club saw its first league victory, a 12.6 (78) to 10.10 (70) win over West Torrens at Glenelg Oval.

"The Bays", as they are sometimes known, won their first SANFL premiership in 1934 with an 18.15 (123) to 16.18 (114) victory against Port Adelaide. The 1935 season saw them slump from first to last.

Until 1948, the team jersey was gold with a black V, in 1949 the club adopted the now familiar black with gold sash design.

In total the club has won 4 premierships – in 1934, 1973, and back to back flags in 1985 and 1986.

"The Bays" also had an unlikely amalgamation with West Adelaide Football Club during the war years.[2]

2008 season[edit]

The 2008 season has been of particular note for several reasons. During the home and away season, the club had 51,583 fans through the gate, the highest total attendance for an SANFL home ground in recent history.[3] On average, 5,158 fans attended each game at Challenge Recruitment Oval in the 2008 season (up more than 2,000 from 3,039 in 2007).[4] This included a record attendance of 11,827, the highest SANFL "home and away" crowd since the inception of the Adelaide Crows. The club was undefeated for 12 matches between 5 April and 12 July, won their first match at Elizabeth since 1992, and at Alberton since 1993.[5] The club also won its first minor premiership since 1981,[6] and made its first Grand Final since 1992.

Club records[edit]

  • South Australian Premiers: 4 – 1934, 1973, 1985, 1986
  • South Australian Night Series Winners: 4 – 1959, 1982, 1990, 1992
  • South Australian Supplementary Premiership Winners: 2 – 1971, 2007
  • Home Ground: Glenelg Oval (Gliderol Stadium @ Glenelg) (1921–90, 1992–Current)
  • Previous Grounds: Football Park (1991)
  • Record Attendance at Gliderol Stadium @ Glenelg: 17,171 v Sturt on 20 July 1968
  • Record Attendance at Gliderol Stadium @ Glenelg since Adelaide Football Club formation (1991): 11,827 v Sturt, 28 June 2008
  • Record Night Attendance at Gliderol Stadium @ Glenelg: 9,245 v Adelaide, 25 April 2014
  • Record Attendance: 58,113 v Sturt at Football Park, 1974 SANFL Grand Final
  • Record Attendance since Adelaide Crows (AFL) formation (1991): 42,242 v Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium, 1992 SANFL Grand Final
  • Record Attendance since Port Power (AFL) formation (1997): 34,128 v Central District, 2008 SANFL Grand Final
  • Most Games: 448 by Peter Carey (1971–88)
  • Most Goals: 884 by D.K. "Fred" Phillis (1966–78, 1981)
  • Most Goals in Match: 18 by D.K. "Fred" Phillis v Central District in 1975[7]
  • Most Goals in a Season: 137 by D.K. "Fred" Phillis in 1969
  • First player to kick 100 goals in an SANFL season: Jack Owens (1932 - 102 goals)
  • Most Years as Coach: 10 by Neil Kerley (1967–76)
  • Most Years as Captain: 8 by Nick Chigwidden (1993–2000)
  • Highest Score: 49.23 (317) v Central District 11.13 (79) at Glenelg Oval in Round 17, 23 August 1975[8]
  • Lowest Score: 1.4 (10) v Norwood in 2004
  • Greatest Win: 238 points v Central District in 1975
  • Greatest Loss: 146 points v North Adelaide in 1936
  • Longest Winning Run: 18 in 1973–1974
  • Longest Losing Run: 56 in 1921–1925

Home grounds[edit]

Since the club first entered the SANFL they have used Glenelg Oval as their home ground. The only year this did not occur was in 1991 when Glenelg used Football Park (along with new team Woodville-West Torrens) under the SANFL's ground rationalisation scheme. This arrangement only lasted for the 1991 season as Glenelg moved back to The Bay while the Eagles moved to Woodville Oval.

In 2012 Glenelg Oval became one of five suburban SANFL grounds to have lights installed for night games.

The ground record crowd for Glenelg Oval was set on 20 July 1968 when 17,171 saw Sturt defeat Glenelg by just one point, 13.13 (91) to 13.12 (90). The record night attendance was set on 25 April 2014 (ANZAC Day) when 9,245 saw Glenelg defeat the Adelaide Crows reserves 17.21 (123) to 13.8 (86) for the Tigers first win of the 2014 SANFL season.

Glenelg Oval also saw the highest score in SANFL history in 1975 when Glenelg defeated Central District 49.23 (317) to 11.13 (79), the winning margin of 228 points was at the time the SANFL record, and remains the club's record win as of 2014. Glenelg's champion full-forward, the 1969 Magarey Medallist Fred Phillis, kicked 18 goals for the game.

Club song[edit]

The Glenelg Football Club Song faced controversy during the 1970s as the original contained a line, "We're dashing, we're gay. We're the pride of the Bay". Due to political correctness, it was changed to "Tigerland" which was taken from the Richmond Football Club.

Oh we're from Tigerland
A fighting fury, we're from Tigerland
In any weather you'll see us with a grin
Risking head and shin
If we're behind then never mind
We'll fight and fight and win
For we're from Tigerland.
We never weaken till the final siren's gone
Like the Tiger of old, we're strong and we're bold
For we're from Tiger – yellow and black – we're from Tigerland.

Post war coaches[edit]

Post war placings[edit]

  • 1945 – 7th
  • 1946 – 8th
  • 1947 – 7th
  • 1948 – 6th
  • 1949 – 5th
  • 1950 – 2nd
  • 1951 – 3rd
  • 1952 – 5th
  • 1953 – 3rd
  • 1954 – 8th
  • 1955 – 6th
  • 1956 – 6th
  • 1957 – 7th
  • 1958 – 7th
  • 1959 – 3rd
  • 1960 – 8th
 
  • 1961 – 7th
  • 1962 – 5th
  • 1963 – 7th
  • 1964 – 4th
  • 1965 – 6th
  • 1966 – 10th
  • 1967 – 4th
  • 1968 – 5th
  • 1969 – 2nd
  • 1970 – 2nd
  • 1971 – 6th
  • 1972 – 6th
  • 1973 – 1st
  • 1974 – 2nd
  • 1975 – 2nd
  • 1976 – 3rd
 
  • 1977 – 2nd
  • 1978 – 4th
  • 1979 – 7th
  • 1980 – 4th
  • 1981 – 2nd
  • 1982 – 2nd
  • 1983 – 7th
  • 1984 – 3rd
  • 1985 – 1st
  • 1986 – 1st
  • 1987 – 2nd
  • 1988 – 2nd
  • 1989 – 5th
  • 1990 – 2nd
  • 1991 – 6th
  • 1992 – 2nd
 
  • 1993 – 4th
  • 1994 – 5th
  • 1995 – 7th
  • 1996 – 7th
  • 1997 – 8th
  • 1998 – 9th
  • 1999 – 4th
  • 2000 – 9th
  • 2001 – 9th
  • 2002 – 9th
  • 2003 – 8th
  • 2004 – 7th
  • 2005 – 8th
  • 2006 – 6th
  • 2007 – 4th
  • 2008 – 2nd
 
  • 2009 – 3rd
  • 2010 – 4th
  • 2011 – 5th
  • 2012 – 6th
  • 2013 – 9th
  • 2014 - 10th

Magarey Medallists[edit]

The Magarey Medal is awarded to the "fairest and most brilliant" player in the League during the Home and Away season. Glenelg has nine Magarey Medalists and two Reserves Magarey Medalists:

SANFL leading goalkickers[edit]

Fos Williams Medalists[edit]

The Fos Williams Medal is awarded to the best player during State of Origin games for South Australia. Glenelg has six Fos Williams Medalists, including one dual medalist:

Jack Oatey Medalists[edit]

The Jack Oatey Medal is awarded to the best player during Grand Final. Glenelg has two Jack Oatey Medalists:

Notable and/or AFL listed players and officials[edit]

Notable players and officials from The Bay include;

Club ambassadors[edit]

As of 2013 the Glenelg Football Club has seven club ambassadors.[9] They are:

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
West Torrens
North Adelaide
Norwood
SANFL Premiers
1934
1973
1985–1986
Succeeded by
South Adelaide
Sturt
North Adelaide