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Port Adelaide Football Club
Port Adelaide Football Club logo Port Adelaide Football Club logo
Full name Port Adelaide Football Club Ltd[1]
Motto "We Are Port Adelaide"
"Never Tear Us Apart"
2014 season
Premiership 3rd
Leading goalkicker Jay Schulz (66)
Best and fairest Robbie Gray
Club details
Founded early May 1870; 145 years ago (1870)
Colours AFL: AFL Port Adelaide Icon.jpg, SANFL: Port Adelaide SANFL Icon.jpg
Competition Power (AFL)
Australian Football League
Magpies (2nds)
Academy (3rds)
South Australian National Football League
Chairman David Koch
Coach Ken Hinkley (AFL)
Garry Hocking (SANFL)
Captain(s) Travis Boak (AFL)
Steven Summerton (SANFL)
Premierships AFL (1): 2004
SANFL (36): 1884, 1890, 1897, 1903, 1906, 1910, 1913, 1914, 1921, 1928, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996

Post AFL entry:
1998, 1999
World War II merged club:

Ground(s) Adelaide Oval (capacity: 53,583)
Alberton Oval (capacity: 17,000)
Training ground(s) Alberton Oval
Other information
Official website www.portadelaidefc.com.au
Current season: 2014 club season

The Port Adelaide Football Club is a professional Australian rules football club based in Alberton, South Australia, which plays in the Australian Football League (AFL) (in which they are known as the Power) and the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) (in which they are known as the Magpies).[2] Port Adelaide is the older of the two clubs in South Australia playing in the AFL and the 5th oldest club playing in the Australian Football League. Since the club's first game on May 24, 1870, it has won 36 SANFL premierships, including six in a row. The club also won the Champions of Australia competition on a record four occasions.[3][4]

From its foundation in 1870 to 1996, the Port Adelaide Football Club competed in the SANFL as the Magpies. In 1997, the club joined the Australian Football League. On entry, Port Adelaide adopted a new nickname, "The Power", and added two more colours (silver and teal). Since joining the AFL, Port Adelaide have added the 2004 AFL Grand Final to their premiership wins.

The Port Adelaide Football Club is the only pre-existing non-Victorian club to enter the national AFL competition.


SANFL history[edit]

1870–76: Early years[edit]

Left: By 1870 Port Adelaide's river traffic was growing causing Mr. Rann, Mr. Leicester and Mr. Ireland to form a sporting club for the benefit of local wharf workers.[5]
Center: Inaugural club president John Hart.
Right: Port Adelaide played at Glanville Hall Estate from 1870-1879.

The Port Adelaide Football Club was established, probably in early May 1870 [6] as part of a joint Australian football and cricket club. The football club played its first match against a team called the "Young Australians" on 24 May 1870 at Buck's Flat, a property owned by club president John Hart in Glanville. Football in South Australia at this stage was yet to be organised and there were several sets of rules in use across the state. The last game of the club's first season was played in front of a crowd of 600 people with The Port Artillery Band playing live music throughout the October afternoon and John Wald the only player to score a major.[7] The club's first guernsey was light blue horizontal hoops on white paired with magenta hats.

Port Adelaide played a total of 16 SAFA games at Glanville Hall Estate between 1877 and 1879. The largest attendance at the ground was approximately 1,000 spectators who witnessed the home side lose to Norwood by 2 goals.[8]

1877–1901: SAFA foundation club and Alberton Oval[edit]

In 1877 Port Adelaide joined seven other local clubs and formed the South Australian Football Association, the first organisation of its type in Australia.[9] It competed its first few seasons wearing a rose pink outfit with white knickerbockers. In 1878 the club hosted its first game against the recently established Norwood Football Club with the visitors winning 1-0, a result which marking the beginning of one of the fiercest rivalries in Australian sport. The club initially enjoyed modest success, but did not win a premiership until 1884. By this time the outfit had changed to magenta with navy knickerbockers.

1884 SAFL premiership W L D Goals
SANFL Port Adelaide 1883-1901 Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 11 2 2 73

In 1880, the club moved from Glanville Park Oval to Alberton Oval which, except for the 1975 and 1976 seasons, has been its base ever since. On 25 May 1885 Port Adelaide played two of its first ever games at the MCG against the South Melbourne and Melbourne Football Club losing to the home sides by 10 behinds and three goals respectively.[10] During the 1887 season Port Adelaide played against Norwood in front of 11,000 at Adelaide Oval.[11] In 1889 the club played against the Richmond Football Club at Punt Road Oval, with the Port Adelaide side prevailing by one goal.[12]

1890 Championship of Australia G B
SANFL Port Adelaide 1883-1901 Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 7 10
VFL South Melbourne 1880-1896 Icon.jpg South Melbourne 6 13
Venue: Adelaide Oval

Port Adelaide won its second premiership in 1890 and after defeating the VFA premiers, South Melbourne, the club was crowned "Champions of Australia" for the first time. During the 1890s Australia was affected by a severe depression and many of Port Adelaide's working class players were forced to move interstate to find work. This transferred into poor results on the field. In 1896, with the club in crisis, the club committee met with the aim of revitalising the Port Adelaide Football Club. It had immediate results and in 1897 Port Adelaide won a third premiership. Stan Malin won Port Adelaide's first Magarey Medal in 1899. The club had various nicknames during the 19th century including the Cockledivers, the Seaside Men, the Seasiders and the Magentas. In 1900, Port finished bottom in the six-team competition, which it has not done in any senior league since.

Champion players from this era include Harold Phillips, Ken and John McKenzie, Archibald Hosie, Charlie Fry and Stan Malin.

1902–15: Black and white and the pre-war era[edit]

Left: Port Adelaide's 1911 State Representatives: Angelo Congear, Harold Oliver, Sampson Hosking and Frank Hansen.
Right: Club legend Harold Oliver taking a mark in the 1914 SAFL Semi Final against Sturt at Adelaide Oval.

In 1902, Port Adelaide took the field in black and white for the first time after having trouble finding the appropriate dye that would last for its magenta guernseys.[13]

1910 Championship of Australia G B Total
Port Adelaide SANFL Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 15 20 110
AFL Collingwood Icon.jpg Collingwood 7 9 51
Venue: Adelaide Oval

The club was now being referred to as "the Magpies" and was instantly successful after donning the black and white wharf pylon guernsey however it also was a controversial year for the club. After finishing the 1902 SAFA season a game clear on top of the ladder the club was disqualified from the finals after the game between the club and South Adelaide was abandoned after a dispute. The premiership was awarded to North Adelaide after they defeated South Adelaide in the Grand Final.[14] After the controversial 1902 season Port Adelaide won the premiership in 1903. The 1903 premiership marked the beginning of a halcyon era for Port Adelaide who would make the grand final 12 times in the next 13 attempts setting the foundations for the club to win 31 premierships in the black and white over a period of 92 years until its entrance into the AFL in 1997. The club would win the 1906 premiership and in 1910 would win again whilst additionally defeating Collingwood for the 1910 Championship of Australia title.

1910 Port Adelaide vs. WAFL[15] G B Total
SoO - WA.png WAFL 6 12 48
Port Adelaide SANFL Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 6 17 53
Venue: Fremantle Oval
1910 WAFL vs. SAFL premiers[15] G B Total
WAFL East Fremantle Icon.jpg East Fremantle 5 4 34
Port Adelaide SANFL Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 6 10 46
Venue: WACA Ground

The East Fremantle Football Club had toured South Australia the year prior and defeated Port Adelaide in the two clubs first encounter. During the 1910 post season, seeking revenge, Port Adelaide travelled to Western Australia and evened the ledger scoring 6.10 (46) to beat East Fremantle's 5.4 (34). To conclude this trip Port Adelaide played a combination of some of the Western Australian Football League's best players and achieved a remarkable victory scoring 6.17 (53) to 6.12 (48) with Sampson Hosking named best on ground [16]

The following two seasons for Port Adelaide would be frustrating dropping only one game during the 1911 minor round and going undefeated the following year in 1912 only to be knocked out of contention by West Adelaide both times, the second of these encounters in front of a pre war South Australian record crowd of 28,500.

1913 Championship of Australia G B Total
Port Adelaide SANFL Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 13 16 94
AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Fitzroy 4 7 31
Venue: Adelaide Oval

The club would break through in 1913, dropping only two games during the minor round, eventually defeating North Adelaide 7.12 (54) to 5.10 (40) for the SAFL premiership and Fitzroy 13.16 (94) to 4.7 (31) for the 1913 Championship of Australia.

The 1914 season is widely regarded as the club's best season with Port Adelaide achieving the distinction of going through the entire year without losing a single match. It is won its fourteen SAFL games by an average margin of 49 points. The 1914 SAFL Grand Final is notable as Port Adelaide held North Adelaide to a single goal for the match 13.15 (93) to 1.8 (14), a feat that would be repeated in 1989. The club would then meet VFL premiers Carlton on Adelaide Oval, defeating the Victorian club 9.16 (70) to 5.6 (36) to claim a record fourth Championship of Australia title. At the end of 1914 season the SAFL put together a combined team from the six other SAFL clubs to play Port Adelaide to no avail with the now dubbed "Invincibles" winning 14.14 (98) to South Australia's 5.10 (40).

1914 Port Adelaide vs. SAFL[17] G B Total
Safootballjumper.jpg SAFL 5 10 40
Port Adelaide SANFL Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 14 14 98
Venue: Jubilee Oval
1914 Championship of Australia G B Total
Port Adelaide SANFL Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 9 16 70
CarltonDesign.png Carlton 5 6 36
Venue: Adelaide Oval

Overall, from 1902 to 1915 Port Adelaide were Minor Premiers 11 times, Premiers 5 times and Champions of Australia 3 times.

Champion players of this era included Frank Hansen, Harold Oliver, Angelo Congear and Sampson Hosking. The latter three of those player mentioned have the unique distinction of playing in three Championships of Australia together as well all taking part in South Australia's first victorious Australian National Football Carnival in 1911.[19]

The onset of World War I was causing players to start taking up arms in 1915 and forced the SAFL to be suspended for three years bringing an abrupt halt to Port Adelaide's dominance.

1919-1932: World War I and the Great Depression[edit]

Left: Port Adelaide players hold up their 1921 SAFL premiership flag.
Right: In 1926 Clifford Keal started a Port Adelaide tradition by wearing the number one as captain.
1921 SANFL Grand Final G B Total
Port Adelaide SANFL Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 4 8 32
Norwood Jumper Design.png Norwood 3 6 24
Venue: Adelaide Oval crowd: 34,000

The SAFL competition was suspended from 1916 to 1918 because of World War I in which the club lost three players due to the conflict. Those players were William Boon, Joseph Watson and Albert Chaplin. After World War I Harold Oliver, arguably the states best player, was close to retiring from league football playing only 1 game in 1919 and 8 in 1920. However keen supporters of the Port Adelaide Football Club hoping to replicate the clubs pre war success collectively raised funds and bought Harold a motor bike so he could make his commute from Berri where he eventually settled on his own block as a fruit grower for the 1921 season.[20] During the 1921 season Harold Oliver as captain led the club to the 1921 SAFL premiership, winning his fourth in the process. In 1922 after playing only 5 league matches for the season Harold Oliver's career at Port Adelaide finally came to an end due to commitments regarding his farm at Berri and disputes regarding game compensation. His contract termination meant he was paid ₤76 of ₤100 pounds for the season making him one the highest paid footballers of the era.[21] Shortly after this point most of Port Adelaide's champion players from before the war started to retire from the league football and the clubs performances subsequently declined.

In 1926 Port Adelaide captain Clifford Keal began a tradition that has continued to this day by wearing the number one. As was the case in the 1890s, the depression of the early 1930s hit the club hard with players moving interstate to secure employment.

1933-1949: Economic recovery, World War II and post war struggles[edit]

Port Adelaide's Great Depression champions
Left: Allan Reval won three premierships alongside Quinn and McLean.
Middle: Bob Quinn chaired off after the 1939 Grand Final win
Right: Bob McLean would go on to be the clubs longest serving administrator.
1939 SANFL Grand Final G B Total
Port Adelaide SANFL Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 16 28 124
West Torrens FC design.png West Torrens 11 11 77
Venue: Adelaide Oval crowd: 44,885

However, by the late 1930s, the economy and Port Adelaide's form both recovered and Port after two narrow grand final losses in 1934 and 1935 won premierships in 1936, 1937 and 1939. The 1939 season was notable as it was the clubs last pre-war premiership. During the year Bob Quinn, in his third year as a player for the club, coached the team its Grand Final victory over neighbours West Torrens. Shortly after the victory during a work day, as so many other young men were doing, Bob Quinn quietly left work during a lunch-break to enlisted for military service.[22] Many other Port Adelaide players also enlisted for service during this time. In 1941 Port Adelaide suffered its first player casualties from war since World War I with Lloyd Rudd and Jack Wade both being killed on the Allies front in France. Four more players would be killed through the war and they were Maxwell Carmichael, George Quinn, Christopher Johnston and Halcombe Brock.[23][24]

1942 Wartime fundraiser
Premiers vs. "The Rest"
G B Total
AFL Collingwood Icon.jpg Port Adelaide/West Torrens 20 23 113
Safootballjumper.jpg "The Rest" 20 21 111
Venue: Adelaide Oval [25]

Just as had happened in 1914, the SANFL was hit hard by player losses in World War II. Due to a lack of players the league's eight teams were reduced to four with Port Adelaide merging with nearby West Torrens Football Club from 1942 to 1944 picking up one premiership in this period. Normal competition resumed in 1945 and after finishing his military service Haydn Bunton Sr., now a triple Brownlow and Sandover medallist, joined the club for his final season.[26] However despite this addition Port Adelaide was unable to regain its pre-war success and played in only one grand final for the rest of the 1940s.

1950–73: Fos Williams era[edit]

Left: Fos Williams coached Port Adelaide to 9 premierships, playing in 6 of them.
Right: 62,543 attended Adelaide Oval for the 1965 SANFL Grand Final. Port Adelaide 12.8 (80) defeated Sturt 12.5 (77).

At the end of the 1949 season, after missing two finals series in a row, the Port Adelaide Football Club was becoming desperate to improve it's on field performances. The clubs committee subsequently went in search of a coach that could win a premiership, and in a decision which would influence the next 50 years of the Port Adelaide Football Club, Foster Neil Williams, a brilliant rover from West Adelaide, was appointed captain-coach of the club. Williams brought to the club a new coaching style based on success at any cost which was succinctly encapsulated in the legendary club creed he eventually wrote in 1962. During his second season as coach in 1951, Williams led Port to their first official premiership (excluding World War II competition) for 9 seasons. The club subsequently won a record six Grand Finals in a row from 1954 to 1959.

1954 SANFL Grand Final
First of six in a row.
G B Total
Port Adelaide SANFL Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 11 13 79
EssendonDesign.svg West Adelaide 10 16 76
Venue: Adelaide Oval Crowd: 42,894[27]
1955 Exhibition Match
VFL vs SANFL premiers.
G B Total
Port Adelaide SANFL Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 9 10 64
AFL Melbourne Icon.jpg Melbourne 9 11 65
Venue: Norwood Oval Crowd: 23,000[29][30]

In 1955 Port Adelaide and Melbourne, the premiers of South Australian and Victorian leagues, played an exhibition match at Norwood Oval in front of an estimated 23,000 spectators.[29] The game was a thriller going down to the last 15 seconds with Frank Adams kicking a behind and sealing the game 9.11 (65) to 9.10 (64) in favour of Norm Smith's demons.[31] The following year both Port Adelaide and Melbourne were again premiers of their respective states leagues and the clubs agreed to a rematch. The game was again held at Norwood Oval with the result the same as the year before, Melbourne 13.6 (84) to Port Adelaide 11.8 (74). However the Melbourne club, despite their victory, was full of praise for their cross boarder challenger with all in the Demons camp agreeing that "Port Adelaide could take their place in the V.F.L. competition and do themselves credit".[32]

1965 SANFL Grand Final
Fos Williams ninth premiership.
G B Total
Port Adelaide SANFL Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 12 8 80
Sturt Football Club design.png Sturt 12 5 77
Venue: Adelaide Oval Crowd: 62,543[33]

Williams left as coach in 1958 with Geof Motley captain-coaching the club to the 1959 premiership. For the following two seasons Port Adelaide would finish third. Fos Williams return in 1962 and Port Adelaide won three of the next four premierships taking his personal tally to nine and the clubs record to 10 of the last 15 premierships. The 1965 premiership, the last that Williams coached, was played in front of 62,543 people, the largest ever crowd at Adelaide Oval. In that game Port Adelaide defeat Sturt 12.8 (80) to 12.5 (77).

After the 1965 SANFL Grand Final, Port Adelaide would be particularly frustrated by the dominance of Sturt, which won seven premierships over this period under the leadership of Jack Oatey. In all, despite playing in 6 of the next 10 grand finals, Port Adelaide would fail to win a premiership until 1977.

Champion players introduced in this era include John Cahill, Peter Woite, Dave Boyd, Geof Motley and Russell Ebert.

1974–98: John Cahill era[edit]

Left: Port were premiers 10 times with John Cahill as coach.
Right: Russell Ebert celebrates the 1977 SANFL Premiership.

One of Port Adelaide's finest players during the Fos Williams era was John Cahill. He eventually became William's protégé and ultimately took over as coach in 1974. Cahill coached in the Williams style and was, if anything, even more aggressive. In 1975 an off-field dispute between the Port Adelaide City Council and the SANFL over the use of Alberton Oval forced Port Adelaide to move its home matches to Adelaide Oval for two seasons. In 1976 Port Adelaide completely dominated the minor round, winning 17 of the 21 matches. Cahill would subsequently take Port Adelaide to its first Grand Final under his leadership against Sturt with an official attendance of 66,897, a record which still stands for the SANFL. The actual crowd was estimated at 80,000, much bigger than the official figure as the SANFL ran out of tickets early and were forced to shut the gates 90 minutes before the bounce as people were being crushed on entry.[34] The police were subsequently forced to allow spectators to sit along the fence.[34] Despite being labelled "too old and too slow" by commentators, Sturt overwhelmed Port Adelaide to win by 41 points. The State Government enforced tighter regulations on the SANFL after this game to ensure crowd safety. In 1977 the council dispute regarding Alberton Oval was eventually resolved with the club moving back to its home ground. The 1977 premiership was notable as it broke an 11-year drought, the longest since Port Adelaide began competing in an organised football competition. The club would go on to win four of the next five seasons from 1977 to 1981.

1977 SANFL Grand Final G B Total
Port Adelaide SANFL Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 17 11 113
AFL Richmond Icon.jpg Glenelg 16 9 105
Venue: Adelaide Oval Crowd: 56,717[35]

The 1980 SANFL season was Port Adelaide's most dominant since 1914. The club won the Stanley H. Lewis Memorial Trophy as the best club in all SANFL divisions with both its League and reserve sides winning their respective premierships and all levels of the club playing finals. Russell Ebert won his record 4th Magarey Medal. Tim Evans set the league goal kicking record of 146 goals in a season. The club provided seven players to the state league team (Ebert, Evans, Cunningham, Phillips, Williams, Giles and Faletic). The club set a new record for most points scored during the whole season at 3,421 whilst also having the best defence conceding only 1,851 points for an end of season percentage of 184.82%. Overall Port Adelaide lost 2 games from 24 for the year.

1981 Pre Season Trial
VFL vs. SANFL reigning premiers
G B Total
Port Adelaide SANFL Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 14 13 97
AFL Richmond Icon.jpg Richmond 13 20 98
Venue: Alberton Oval Crowd:[37]

During the 1981 preseason, Port Adelaide, reigning SANFL premiers invited reigning VFL premiers Richmond to a game at Alberton Oval to which they accepted. Although the game was nothing more than an exhibition match both teams fielded very strong teams. The match proved to be a thriller with Richmond holding off a late Port Adelaide charge to win by a single point, 14.13 (97) to 13.20 (98).[37]

1983–87: Russell Ebert as coach[edit]

In 1983 Russell Ebert took on the coaching role at Port Adelaide when Cahill left Port Adelaide to coach Collingwood for two seasons. This period saw Port Adelaide's form drop failing to reach the grand final. The period was also marked by the rise of the VFL as the premier football competition in the country. Many SANFL players were moving to the VFL for the larger salaries on offer.

In 1982 the SANFL approached the VFL in regards to entering a composite side in their league, an action also taken by East Perth and the Norwood Football Club. These approaches were ignored by the VFL at the time.[38] The Port Adelaide Football Club's annual report from late 1982 showed that the failure of these attempts significantly impacted the club's understanding of its future.[39] From this point in time onwards Port Adelaide restructured the club in regards to economics, public relations and on-field performance for an attempt to enter the league in 1990. There was genuine feeling that failure to do this would result in the club ceasing to exist in the future.[38]

John Cahill returned as coach at the end of the 1987 SANFL season.

1988–1996: Cahill's return, SANFL domination and AFL entry[edit]

1989 SANFL Grand Final
One goal in mind
G B Total
Port Adelaide SANFL Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 15 18 108
North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide 1 8 14
Venue: Football Park Crowd: 50,487[40]

Talk of a side from South Australia entering the VFL was fast tracked in 1987 when a team from Western Australia, the West Coast Eagles, and a team from Brisbane, the Brisbane Bears joined the VFL. This left South Australia as the only mainland state in Australia without a team in an increasingly national competition. By 1989 seven out of ten SANFL clubs were recording losses and the combined income of the SANFL and WAFL had dropped to 40% of that of the VFL.[41]

During early 1990 the SANFL decided to wait three years before making any further decision in regards to fielding a South Australian side in the VFL until it could be done without negatively affecting football within the state. Frustrated with lack of progress, Port Adelaide were having secret negotiations in the town of Quorn for entry in 1991.[42] From these discussions Port Adelaide Football Club accepted an invitation from the VFL to join what had now become the AFL. The AFL signed a Heads of Agreement with the club in expectation that Port would enter the competition in 1991, meaning the Port Adelaide Football Club would field two teams, one in the AFL and one in the SANFL. During the 1990 preseason Port Adelaide played a practice match against the Geelong Cats at Football Park in front of 35,000 spectators with Gary Ablett Snr and Gavin Wanganeen prominent.

1990 SANFL Grand Final
Last season without AFL in SA.
G B Total
AFL Richmond Icon.jpg Glenelg 13 15 93
Port Adelaide SANFL Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 16 12 108
Venue: Football Park Crowd: 50,589[40]

When knowledge of Port Adelaide Football Club's negotiations to gain an AFL licence were made public, the rest of the SANFL and many other people across the state saw it as an act of treachery. SANFL clubs urged Justice Olssen to make an injunction against the bid, which he agreed to.[41] The AFL suggested to the SANFL that if they didn't want Port Adelaide to join the AFL, they could put forward a counter bid to enter a composite South Australian side into the AFL. After legal action from all parties, the AFL finally agreed to accept the SANFL's bid and the Adelaide Football Club was born.[44]

The fallout from the failed bid resulted in some calling for Port Adelaide to be expelled from the SANFL.[44] However, Port Adelaide continued to compete and continued to dominate. Port Adelaide followed its triple triumphs from 1988 to 1990 with a premiership in 1992 and three in a row again from 1994 to 1996. When the Adelaide Crows entered the AFL, SANFL attendances dropped by 14% however Port Adelaide attendances increased by 13%.[45] Vocal supporters for Port Adelaide's AFL bid included Kevin Sheedy, Tom Hafey, Ron Barassi and David Parkin.[46] In 1994, the AFL announced it would award a second AFL licence to a South Australian club. Adelaide's Channel 7 broadcaster ran a phone poll asking whether Port Adelaide should get the second licence with 74% of the 6000 respondents saying 'yes'.[47] Present at the 1994 SANFL Grand Final was AFL CEO Ross Oakley and Alan Schwab who bore witness to the clubs come from behind win against the Woodville-West Torrens Eagles.[48]

1994 SANFL Grand Final G B Total
Woodville West Torrens sanfl.png Woodville-West Torrens 10 9 69
Port Adelaide SANFL Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 15 16 106
Venue: Football Park Crowd: 40,598
Left: Port Adelaide obtained an AFL licence in 1994 but had to wait until 1997 to enter.
Right: Port Adelaide were still only known as the "Magpies" until the new moniker "Power" was announced live from the Adelaide Entertainment Center on 31 September 1995.

During December 1994 Max Basher announced that Port Adelaide had won the tender for the second South Australian AFL licence.[50] However a licence did not guarantee entry and although a target year of 1996 was set, this was reliant upon an existing AFL club folding or merging with another. In 1996, the cash-strapped Fitzroy announced it would merge with the Brisbane Bears to form the Brisbane Lions. A spot had finally opened and it was announced that in 1997, one year later than expected, Port Adelaide would enter the AFL.

1996 SANFL Grand Final
Last SANFL game before AFL entry.
G B Total
Central Districts design.jpg Central Districts 6 8 44
Port Adelaide SANFL Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 11 14 80
Venue: Football Park Crowd: 46,210[51]

Once an entry date had been confirmed, the Port Adelaide Football Club set about forming a side fit for competition in the AFL. It was announced that existing Port Adelaide coach, John Cahill would make the transition to the AFL and Stephen Williams would take over the SANFL coaching role. Cahill then set about forming a group which would form the inaugural squad. Brownlow Medallist and 1990 Port Adelaide premiership player, Gavin Wanganeen was poached from Essendon and made captain of a team made up of six existing Port Adelaide players, two from the Adelaide Crows, seven players from other SANFL clubs and 14 recruits from interstate.

Star players for Port Adelaide during its pursuit of an AFL licence include among others Greg Phillips, Scott Hodges, Darren Smith, Tim Ginever, Stephen Williams, Mark Williams, Darryl Borlase, George Fiacchi, Roger Delaney and Bruce Abernethy.

AFL history[edit]

1997–1998: John Cahill and "The Power"[edit]

1997 West End Showdown I G B Total
AFL Adelaide Icon.gif Adelaide Crows 11 6 72
AFL Port Adelaide 1997-2009 Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 11 17 83
Venue: Football Park Crowd: 47,265
John Cahill in discussion with Gavin Wanganeen at training (c.1997). Respectively they were Port Adelaide's first coach and captain in the AFL.

On 29 March 1997, Port Adelaide played its first match in the AFL for premiership points against Collingwood at the MCG, suffering a 79-point defeat. Port won its first game in the AFL in Round 3 against Geelong on 12 April 1997 by 39 points. In Round 4, it recorded one of its best wins for the season when it defeated cross town rivals and eventual premiers Adelaide by 11 points in the first Showdown. By Round 11, Port Adelaide were in ninth position out of the eight by just percentage and at the conclusion of Round 17 the side sat equal second following a 50-point victory over Essendon at the MCG. However, a tough run to culminate the regular season dashed hopes of cementing an unlikely debut season finals bid as away trips to Geelong, Richmond and Brisbane and home games versus eventual grand finalists Adelaide and St Kilda reaped just the two premiership points by way of a draw at the Gabba. Port Adelaide was widely tipped to take the wooden spoon at the start of the season but defied the critics and recovered from its poor start to finish 9th on percentage behind Brisbane.

The 1998 season was looking very similar to the previous year as they hovered around ninth position for most of the year and looked like a threat for finals after Round 14, but after that they lost six of their last eight games including defeats of over nine goals to North Melbourne, Adelaide and Carlton. Port Adelaide finished the 1998 season in 10th place, with a record of 9 wins, 12 losses and 1 draw.

1999–2012: Mark Williams era[edit]

1999–2003: First AFL success and finals frustration[edit]

In 1999 Mark Williams took over as coach of Port Adelaide. In only its third season the club played in the pre-season grand final against Hawthorn at Waverley Park. Port Adelaide lost 5.6 (36) to 12.11 (83). The season wasn't looking very promising and by Round 12 they had dropped down to a low of fourteenth. But they put together a five-game win streak from Round 13 through to Round 17 to eventually finish seventh and earn them a spot in the finals for the first time in the club's history. They were however eliminated by eventual premier, North Melbourne, by 44 points in the Qualifying Final. Port Adelaide had achieved real success for the first time in the national competition.

After a very promising 1999, Port had an extremely poor start to the 2000 season where up until round 13 they had only won one game. After Round 13 however they had a promising finish to the year winning six of their last ten games. They finished 14th, recording 7 wins, 14 losses and 1 draw.

Port Adelaide had a very successful 2001 season, starting with a maiden pre-season competition victory, defeating the Brisbane Lions 17.9 (111) to 3.8 (26). They became the first non-Melbourne based club to win the pre season premiership and the first club to win both Showdown's in the same year, defeating the Crows by 65 and eight points respectively. Port Adelaide finished their 2001 home and away season with 16 wins and six losses, finishing third on the ladder and qualifying for the finals series. The club travelled to Brisbane for the Qualifying Final, losing by 32 points. They had however earned themselves a second chance by finishing third and had a home Semi Final against the team who had finished 6th, Hawthorn. Port led by 17 points going into the last quarter but failed to convert and lost by three points.

2002 AFL Home & Away Season W L D Total %
AFL Port Adelaide 1997-2009 Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 18 4 0 72 132.36
Minor Premiers

Port Adelaide started 2002 strongly, winning the Pre Season competition for the second time in a row against the Richmond Tigers by 9 points. The side built on its success in 2002 and won its first minor premiership with an 18–4 record. However, they could not convert this form into a Grand Final berth losing to the eventual premiers, the Brisbane Lions in the preliminary final.

Port Adelaide continued its minor round dominance in 2003 and again finished top to claim the minor premiership. However like the previous year Port Adelaide failed to convert its minor season form and lost to Grand Finalist Collingwood by 44 points a preliminary final.

2003 AFL Home & Away Season W L D Total %
AFL Port Adelaide 1997-2009 Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 18 4 0 72 127.23
Minor Premiers

2004: Premiership glory[edit]

The year of 2004 was one of, if not the greatest, season in the club's history.

Port Adelaide opened the season well with victories over Essendon, West Coast and Hawthorn. After which, the club then faltered slightly winning only four of its next eight games. At this stage Port Adelaide had dropped as low as fifth on the premiership table, three games below ladder leaders St Kilda. From rounds twelve to seventeen Port Adelaide turned their fortunes around and had six consecutive wins and were equal top of the ladder with Brisbane, St Kilda and Melbourne. Although in contention for the minor premiership, Port Adelaide then suffered another hiccup with an unexpected loss to Essendon.

2004 AFL Home & Away Season W L D Total %
AFL Port Adelaide 1997-2009 Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 17 5 0 68 132.36
Minor Premiers

The following week Port Adelaide bounced back with a comprehensive victory over top of the table Melbourne. In the succeeding two weeks Port Adelaide beat lowly placed Western Bulldogs and Collingwood and were sitting on top of the ladder. With one round to go Port Adelaide needed to beat cross town rivals to claim the minor premiership for the third consecutive year. In a hard fought game Port Adelaide accounted for the Adelaide Crows by 25 points. Port Adelaide was assisted by the ascendancy of soon to be name All-Australian centre half forward Warren Tredrea. Tredrea dominated his opponent, Ben Rutten, collecting 21 disposals, eleven marks, four goals and three Brownlow Medal votes.

Left: 2004 club leading goalkicker, Warren Tredrea.
Right: The 2004 AFL premiership was Port Adelaide's first since joining the league.

Port Adelaide easily won its qualifying final against Geelong, earning a home preliminary final. Port Adelaide made it through to its first AFL grand final after defeating St Kilda in a thrilling preliminary final by just six points in front of over 46,000 people at home, with Gavin Wanganeen kicking the winning goal with about a minute to go. On 25 September 2004, Port Adelaide faced a highly fancied Brisbane side attempting to win a record-equalling fourth straight AFL premiership. Only one point separated the sides at half time, however late in the third quarter Port Adelaide took the ascendency and romped home in the final term to win by 40 points: 17.11 (113) to 10.13 (73). Byron Pickett was awarded with the Norm Smith Medal after being judged the best player in the match, tallying 20 disposals and kicking three goals.

2004 AFL Grand Final G B Total
AFL Port Adelaide 1997-2009 Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 17 11 113
AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane Lions 10 13 73
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground Crowd: 77,671

2005–06: Finals goal and a rapid rebuild[edit]

After the euphoria of 2004, Port Adelaide struggled to maintain its form and endured a disappointing 2005. After a slow start to the season, they finished eighth to scrape into the finals series where they defeated the Kangaroos by 87 points. In the next round Port faced the highly fancied minor premiers Adelaide. This match, dubbed "The Ultimate Showdown", marked the first occasion where the two cross-town rivals had met in a finals series. The result was an anti-climax for Port, who went down by 83 points in a massive turnaround from their performance the previous week against the Kangaroos.

The 2006 season was seen as a very important one for Port Adelaide, as the new guard had begun to show that they were capable of great things and are working towards playing finals again in 2007. Port Adelaide had a club record number of nominations for the AFL Rising Star award in 2006, and provided the winner in Danyle Pearce. In the Brownlow Medal count Brendon Lade and midfielder Shaun Burgoyne each scored 15 votes, while the NAB Rising Star, Danyle Pearce, had thirteen. With 2006 being a fairly disappointing year, six of the club's eight wins that year were to teams that finished in the top eight in 2006, including the beltings they gave to reigning premiers Sydney and future premiers of that year West Coast.

2007: Young side success and grand final loss[edit]

Justin Westhoff (pick No. 71) made his debut in the 2007 season, along with Robert Gray (pick No. 55) and Travis Boak (pick No. 5).

Many players enjoyed great starts to the season, including former-Richmond Tigers player David Rodan, who performed solidly in his first game against his former club, continuing his career revival at Port Adelaide. Midfielder Shaun Burgoyne was an early contender to win the Brownlow Medal, while Chad Cornes' was also in the hunt. Making their debuts for the club were Justin Westhoff, Robert Gray and Travis Boak. They finished the minor round second on the ladder with 15-7 record.

Port Adelaide started their finals campaign against the West Coast Eagles at AAMI Stadium and won a tight contest by three points. The final score was 9.14 (68) to West Coast Eagles 9.11 (65). That win gave Port the week off, their next game would be the preliminary final against the Kangaroos, who defeated Hawthorn in the semi-finals. Port easily defeated the Kangaroos to win by 87 points, 20.13 (133) to the Kangaroos 5.16 (46). This win ensured Port of a grand final berth, their second in four years. However, in the grand final they were defeated by Geelong by an AFL record margin of 119 points, 24.19 (163) to Port Adelaide's 6.8 (44) in a crowd of 97,302. Geelong would go on to play in three of the next four grand finals, winning three in total.

2008–10: Grand final aftermath[edit]

The 2008 season was disappointing one for a Port Adelaide side keen to build on its 2007 grand final appearance. After a loss to Richmond in Round 13, Mark Williams labelled Port Adelaide's season as "officially off". A highlight of the year was Daniel Motlop who proved one of the most damaging and creative forwards in the competition and was Port Adelaide's leading goal kicker for the year. Warren Tredrea stepped down as captain on 5 November 2008 to focus on his own footballing ability.[53] On 9 February, it was announced that Domenic Cassisi would become Port Adelaide's captain for the 2009 season, with Shaun Burgoyne and Kane Cornes appointed as vice-captains.[54] Cassisi's elevation to captaincy generated controversy due to coach Mark Williams originally wanting Shaun Burgoyne or Chad Cornes to be captain, which was overruled by Port Adelaide's administration board.[55]

During the 2009 pre-season Port Adelaide announced that they had requested an immediate seven-figure sum from the AFL in a bid to ease its financial crisis. Port Adelaide had accumulated a consolidated debt totaling $5.1 million and was unable to pay its players; they had lost $1.4 million the season before, a year in which they finished 13th, and had their average home crowds drop to little more than 23,000.[56] However the financial assistance was denied by the league, with AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou saying that they would have to undergo an intensive application process and work with the SANFL who own Port Adelaide's AFL licence.[57] On 20 May, Port were handed $2.5 million in debt relief by the SANFL, and on 15 June were handed a $1 million grant by the AFL commission.[58][59] By the end of the season the financial situation had reached the point where either the Port Adelaide Magpies (also suffering from crippling debt) or Port Adelaide could be forced to fold. The SANFL had announced it could support one club but not both. Plans for a merger of the two clubs to keep Port Adelaide in both the AFL and SANFL were rejected by the SANFL. For the 2009 season, Port Adelaide marginally improved on its previous 13th-place finish, notching up an extra two/three wins to climb to 10th position on the AFL ladder and, in the third year of a five-year plan, are slowly heading in the right direction. The club got some important game time into the likes of Hamish Hartlett, Matthew Broadbent, Travis Boak, Alipate Carlile and Robbie Gray.

The club's financial prospects were given a major boost in December 2009 when Premier Mike Rann announced a $450 million government commitment to redevelop Adelaide Oval, to enable AFL Football and home games for both Port and the Crows to be played in the city centre.[60]

The 2010 season started well for the club with it winning five of its first seven games, including an impressive victory against the undefeated Saints. However, after that, Port Adelaide went on to lose a club record nine in a row, which included a loss against the then 16th placed Richmond Tigers who had yet to win a game. On 9 July 2010, Mark Williams stepped down as senior coach with a final game against Collingwood at Football Park, marking the end of the Williams' era for the club.

2010–12: Matthew Primus period, mounting financial pressures and tragedy[edit]

Matthew Primus took over as caretaker coach for Port Adelaide after Mark Williams stood down and shortly after assistant coach Dean Laidley rejected the offer.[61] In Showdown 29, Port Adelaide ended its nine-game losing streak with a 19-point win over their crosstown rivals, the Adelaide Crows. It was also Matthew Primus's first win as head coach, ending the season with five wins and two losses. Port Adelaide's administration board had started the search for a new coach and it was widely believed that Port Adelaide would appoint someone who had never been associated with the club before.[62] However, on 9 September, Matthew Primus was appointed as the senior coach of the club for the next three years. The club also saw the retirement of 2004 premiership players Josh Carr and Warren Tredrea, who many fans consider to be Port Adelaide's greatest AFL player.

In May 2011 the SANFL sought to take control of Port Adelaide to ensure the club remains competitive. Despite the SANFL underwriting $5 million of Port's debt in 2010, the takeover failed when the SANFL was unable to get a line of credit to cover Port Adelaide's future debts. On 1 June it was announced that the AFL would underwrite $1.25 million in debt to protect its $1.25 billion television rights. AFL Chief executive Andrew Demetriou, offered $9 million over the next three years to help the club, ahead of the move to the Adelaide Oval, which resulted in the resignation of the Chief Executive, Mark Haysman, who was replaced by Keith Thomas, and three board members. The AFL gave the money to the SANFL with strict conditions that they give Port Adelaide three million dollars a year, for three years. Part of the money was used to secure the services of assistant coaches Josh Carr, Brad Gotch, Shaun Rehn and Tyson Edwards.[63]

In 2011 Port Adelaide hosted Melbourne for the first AFL match at Adelaide Oval. Above is the ground prior to redevelopment.

Statistically, 2011 was Port Adelaide's worst season in 141 years, finishing 16th with only three wins from 22 games. Rounds 20 and 21 saw the club lose to Collingwood and Hawthorn by record margins of 138 and 165 respectively. The club's last game of the year was against Melbourne at Adelaide Oval. This was the first-ever AFL game to be played at the ground, the first for the club since 1973, and would be a precursor to the replacement of Football Park in 2014. Port Adelaide defeated the Demons by 8 points in front of 29,340 fans.

Port Adelaide began the 2012 season beating St Kilda by four points with Jarrad Redden, Bradley Ebert, Chad Wingard and John McCarthy making their debuts for the club. Port Adelaide would only win another four games for the year. A loss against the new expansion team Greater Western Sydney resulted in senior coach Matthew Primus's contract being cut to the years end with Primus deciding to step down early. Assistant coach, Garry Hocking, took over the reins of the club for the remaining games four games with his best result a draw in the final round against Richmond.

On 9 September 2012, Port Adelaide player John McCarthy died on an end of season trip in Las Vegas after falling from a ledge of The Flamingo Hotel.[64] Thousands of tributes and messages came from the general public, AFL supporters, players and other clubs. The Adelaide Football Club and Collingwood Football Club both announced a day after McCarthy's death that their players would wear black armbands for their semi-final matches and the AFL players association announced that both games would have a minute's silence before the national anthem was played, which is always played before each finals match.

2013–present: Ken Hinkley era[edit]

The 2013 season saw many significant changes in a new era for Port Adelaide. On 8 October 2012, Ken Hinkley was announced as the new senior coach of the club succeeding Matthew Primus. This marked the first time that the club had appointed someone not associated with the club before since Fos Williams in 1950. Joining Hinkley would be Alan Richardson as the director of coaching and strategy and Darren Burgess, who had spent the previous two years as the head of fitness and conditioning at Liverpool in the Premier League, as the high performance manager. The same day, the club also announced that it had traded for Angus Monfries and by the end of the trade week and draft period, the club oversaw a nine player overhaul in its senior list.[65] Port Adelaide also had major changes within its administrative positions with television personality David Koch being named as the chairman of the club and numerous board members being replaced. The 2013 preseason also saw Travis Boak succeed Domenic Cassisi as the captain of the club.[66] For the first time in the club's history, Port Adelaide achieved 40,000 members in 2013.

Port Adelaide had its best ever start to an AFL season, winning its first five games, against Melbourne, Greater Western Sydney, Adelaide, Gold Coast and West Coast, but then lost its next five games. Port then returned to form with a 75-point belting to Greater Western Sydney before surprised wins against Sydney and Collingwood. Port then defeated Adelaide again in Round 19, coming from 20 points down with six minutes to go to win by 4 points. Port Adelaide finished the home and away season 7th on the ladder, making it the first time that they had qualified for the finals since 2007. Port travelled to Melbourne to play Collingwood at the MCG in an Elimination final where they won by 24 points. They lost to Geelong by 16 points the following week ending their 2013 season.

2014: Return to Adelaide Oval[edit]

During the 2014 off-season Port Adelaide recruited Matthew White and Jared Polec from Richmond and Brisbane respectively, to bolster its squad. Former Brisbane Lions three time premiership player and Gold Coast assistant Shaun Hart replaced Richardson as the Director of Coaching after the latter took up an opportunity at St Kilda.[67]

2014 AFL Elimination Final
First AFL final at Adelaide Oval
G B Total
Port Adelaide SANFL Icon.jpg Port Adelaide 20 12 132
AFL Richmond Icon.jpg Richmond 11 9 75
Venue: Adelaide Oval Crowd: 50,618

Building on from 2013, off-field Port Adelaide signed up a record 55,715 members for its return to Adelaide Oval and averaged 44,429 at home games, a 65% jump from the previous year. On-field Port Adelaide had its best ever 11 game start into an AFL season with 10 wins. Port finished the 2014 season 5th on the ladder with 14 wins, an improvement from 2013. They hosted their first home final since 2007 against Richmond where Port kicked the first 7 goals of the game and around halfway through he third quarter the scores were 17.6 (108) to 3.3 (21). Port eased off in the last quarter and won by 57 points. The following week, they went to Perth to play Fremantle in the semi-final. Despite the Dockers leading by 24 points at half time, Port kicked 12 goals to 5 in the second half to win by 22 points and enter its first preliminary final since 2007. Their 2014 season ended a week later in a three-point loss to Hawthorn at the MCG.

Port Adelaide's 2015 pre-season began with Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder requesting a trade to Port Adelaide.[69] On the final day of trade week, Ryder was traded to the club boosting its ruck stocks.[70] For the second consecutive season, Port Adelaide had lost another assistant coach to a senior coaching position at another club, this time Phil Walsh, who became the coach of the Adelaide Crows from 2015. Walsh was replaced by Michael Voss, a former premiership player and former senior coach of the Brisbane Lions.[71]

SANFL presence post AFL entry[edit]

1997–2010: Port Adelaide Magpies Football Club[edit]

When the Port Adelaide Football Club entered the AFL, a new state league team was created to fill the void left by the club. The new club was now called the Port Adelaide Magpies Football Club as opposed to the original counterpart, the Port Adelaide Football Club, playing in the national competition.[72]

The new Port Adelaide Magpies won the 1998 and 1999 SANFL premierships.

2011–present: One club and AFL reserves integration[edit]

On 20 August 2010, the "One Port Adelaide Football Club" movement was launched by a former player, Tim Ginever, in a bid to merge the Port Adelaide Football Club and the Port Adelaide Magpies Football Club, in the SANFL competition, as one club. The movement created a website for people to sign so that the Power and the Magpies might become one club. The website claimed that it needed at least 50,000 people to sign up for the Power and the Magpies to merge. On 15 November 2010, all nine SANFL clubs came together for a meeting to decide if the merger would go ahead. The meeting decided that the off-field merger between the two clubs would proceed.[73][74]

On 10 September 2013, Port Adelaide and the SANFL agreed to a model to allow all its AFL-listed players (not selected to play for Port Adelaide in the AFL) to play for the Magpies in the SANFL League competition (the Adelaide Crows will also have a reserves team playing in the SANFL from 2014). On October 4, 2013, Port Adelaide's AFL assistant coach Garry Hocking was announced as the SANFL senior coach of the reserves side.[75] For the 2014 season, the Port Magpies won the minor premiership by winning 12 games and placing top of the ladder. After defeating the South Adelaide by 20 points in the second semi-final, they reached their first SANFL Grand Final since 1999, where they lost to the Norwood Football Club by 4 points.

2015: Replacement of junior squads with development academy[edit]

From 2015 onward, the club would lose its recruiting zones and no longer field sides in the Under 18s, 16s, 15s, 14s and 13s SANFL competition. In turn, Port Adelaide will operate an Academy team composed of 18 to 22 year old's.[76]

This was a controversial decision amongst local supporters but the structure ensured that talented local juniors can still play for the club through the academy. The restructure is expected to benefit local clubs such as Port District and Portland with juniors being re-absorbed by these grassroots teams.

Club symbols and identity[edit]


Due to the fact that Collingwood, an existing VFL/AFL club, was already using the Magpie emblem and Magpies' nickname, Port Adelaide was requested by the VFL to simply find a new nickname and logo to avoid a clash.[77] However, after the unsuccessful 1990 bid, Collingwood successfully lobbied the AFL to force Port Adelaide to change not only its logo and nickname but also its guernsey and colours. In 1995, a new guernsey was created with the look unveiled made up of black, white, silver and teal which represents the water of the Port River. The logo consisted of three strips reflecting the colours.

Controversy concerning the AFL's refusal to permit Port Adelaide to wear its traditional black-and-white "prison bar" guernsey in the competitions heritage-themed rounds came to head 2007. Earlier in that year, Port Adelaide chief executive John James said the club was waiting for confirmation from the AFL that it could wear its 1970s prison bar guernsey for a match against the Western Bulldogs. He said Port was also looking for confirmation it would be able to continue to honour its heritage in any future heritage rounds. Port Adelaide decided not to participate in the 2006 heritage round when the AFL did not approve the club's 1980s-style black-and-white guernsey for its 80s themed heritage round. Collingwood club president Eddie McGuire has been a vocal opponent of Port Adelaide wearing the prison bar guernsey, claiming that Collingwood has an exclusive right to wear black and white in the AFL, even in the heritage round.

John James stated that Port Adelaide possibly received more correspondence from its supporters about the heritage guernsey than about any other issue and that the club would "continue to fight for its heritage and what is right".[79] On 14 May 2007 the AFL and Port Adelaide reached an agreement whereby the club could wear its prison bar guernsey in the heritage round this season, with the proviso that in future seasons its players can only wear it in home heritage round games and provided that such a game is not against Collingwood.[80] No heritage rounds have been held since this agreement was reached.

On 17 July 2009, Port Adelaide unveiled a special one-off Power guernsey, now known as the "Back in Black" guernsey, which was designed by a 7-year-old student from Ardtornish Primary school. The guernsey has a predominantly black design with a white and teal "V" and a prominent Power logo. On 28 October 2009, Port Adelaide received AFL approval to wear the jumper in premiership matches.

Guernsey types[edit]

  • Home and away guernsey (originally worn in 2009, before becoming permanent in 2010):Black based guernsey with two chevrons, the upper being teal and the lower being white. For home games, EnergyAustralia sponsor on front and Renault sponsor on back (home shorts worn). For away, Renault sponsor on front and EnergyAustralia sponsor on the back (away shorts worn).[82]
  • Clash guernsey (worn since 2010): White based guernsey with two chevrons, the upper being teal and the lower being black. Renault sponsor on front and EnergyAustralia sponsor on back (away shorts worn).
  • Traditional guernsey (currently worn by SANFL sides and occasionally the AFL side when permitted to such as during the 2003, 2007, 2013 and 2014 AFL season).[83] The Port Adelaide Football Club won 33 premierships in the "Prison Bar" guernsey and the Champions of Australia three times. Support for the guernsey remains extremely high with a limited batch of jumpers raising over $400,000 for the club for the one off game against Carlton in 2013.[84] The most recent instance of the club trying to wear its traditional guernsey was in celebration of 100 years since its undefeated 1914 Champions of Australia season.[85] The AFL denied the club the right. There was controversy in 2014 during the lead-up to the final against Richmond when the AFL told Port Adelaide they had to wear their clash guernsey. On 2 September 2014 the AFL cleared them to use the Traditional guernsey for the match.[86]

Club songs[edit]

Before the bounce at Port Adelaide's Adelaide Oval home games the fans hold up their scarves and sing to Australian band INXS's song Never Tear Us Apart. It is a reference to the various and unique difficulties the club faced when trying to enter the AFL.

The AFL side's victory song is "Power to Win", written for the club by Quentin Eyers and Les Kaczmarek.

The SANFL side's victory song is "Cheer, Cheer the Black and the White", to the tune of Notre Dame Victory March.

Home grounds[edit]

On 15 May 1880, Port Adelaide played its first match on the ground. In 1881 the decision was made by the club to start leasing the oval from the Port Adelaide Council for the sum of 10 shillings a year.

The ground has played host to a number of memorable matches in its time and in 1977 a record crowd of 22,738 attended.

Situated at the eastern end of the suburb of Alberton in Adelaide, the playing surface is surrounded by the Allan Scott Power Headquarters, the Robert B. Quinn MM Stand, the Fos Williams Family Stand, the Port Adelaide Bowling Club and the N.L. Williams Scoreboard.

As well as the facilities facing the oval, along Queen Street there is The Port Club and The Port Store.[88]






Club creed[edit]

The creed was written and spoken for the first time in 1962 by Port Adelaide great Fos Williams[89]

"We, the Players and Management of the Port Adelaide Football Club, accept the heritage which players and administrators have passed down to us; in doing so we do not intend to rest in idleness but shall strive with all our power to further this Club's unexcelled achievements. To do this we believe there is a great merit and noble achievements in winning a premiership.

To be successful, each of us must be active, aggressive and devoted to this cause. We agree that success is well within our reach and have confidence that each member of both the team and management will suffer personal sacrifices for the common end.

Also we know that, should we after striving to our utmost and giving our everything, still not be successful, our efforts will become a further part of this Club's enviable tradition.

Finally, we concede that there can be honour in defeat, but to each of us, honourable defeat of our Club and guernsey can only come after human endeavour on the playing field is completely exhausted."

Fos Williams

Current playing list[edit]

Port Adelaide Football Club
Senior list Rookie List Coaching Staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain
  • (vet) Veteran listed
  • Cruz Roja.svg Long-term injury list
  • Arrow-up.png Upgraded rookie(s)
  • (B) Category B rookie(s)

Updated: 1 December, 2014
Source(s): Playing list, Coaching staff

AFL squad changes for 2015[edit]


Player Previous Club League Via
Johann Wagner Central District SANFL Winner of The Recruit
Paddy Ryder Essendon AFL Trade
Dougal Howard Murray Bushrangers TAC Cup 2014 AFL National Draft – Pick 56
Logan Austin Belconnen AFL Canberra 2014 AFL National Draft – Pick 69
Jesse Palmer North Ballarat TAC Cup 2014 AFL National Draft – Pick 78
Billy Frampton South Fremantle WAFL 2014 AFL National Draft – Pick 84
Nathan Krakouer Port Adelaide SANFL 2015 Rookie Draft – Pick 16


Player New Club League Via
Domenic Cassisi Retired
Cameron Hitchcock Ironbank-Cherry Gardens HFL Delisted
Campbell Heath Bairnsdale GFL Delisted
Ben Newton Melbourne AFL Delisted
Brent Renouf Northern Territory NEAFL Delisted
Lewis Stevenson Sydney University NEAFL Delisted
Daniel Flynn Kildare GAA Resigned

Port Adelaide SANFL squad (Magpies)
Top-up players Coaching Staff
  • 1 Steven Summerton (c)
  • 4 Ben Sawford
  • 5 Tom Gray
  • 6 Sidney Masters
  • 7 Louis Sharrad
  • 8 Zac Hawkins
  • 9 Luke Wilson
  • 10 Luke Reynolds
  • 16 Sean Davidson
  • 18 Jack Haarsma
  • 19 Ciaran Hollingworth-Hughes
  • 21 Jonathon Ross
  • 23 Sam Gordon
  • 29 Anthony Biemans
  • 42 Zac Hawkins
  • 50 Robbie Young

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain

Updated: 1 December 2014
Source(s): [90]

  • Note: Port Adelaide AFL-listed players (not selected to play AFL) are allowed to play for the SANFL squad.


Administrative positions[edit]

Current sponsors[edit]

Major sponsor[edit]



Supporter groups[edit]

Port Adelaide has many supporter groups, with every state or territory containing at least one supporter group. In addition, many country towns within South Australia have their own supporter group, many of which travel to both home and away games.[citation needed]

Cheer squad[edit]

  • Within metropolitan the official supporter group is known as the Port Adelaide Cheer Squad(PACS). The group members must pay an annual fee to join the group with majority funds being donated to the PAFC, usually going towards sponsorship of a player. In addition to this the PACS also create banners for home matches and some away games and can be seen and heard from behind the Southern End goals of Adelaide Oval.

"Outer Army"[edit]

  • The Outer Army which, unlike the PACS, is not officially aligned with the PAFC. Despite this the Outer Army still provide funds to the club through sponsorship. The name Outer Army comes from the group's original position at AAMI Stadium, choosing to sit on the eastern side which is also commonly known as the "Outer". The core group of the Outer Army's members most often take up position in Bay 132, though numerous much smaller groups of Outer Army members of affiliated supporters sit in various other areas around the stadium.[citation needed]

"Alberton Crowd"[edit]

  • The Alberton Crowd have been an active supporters group since the start of the 2011 season. Founded by, run by and geared towards younger supporters and a younger audience, the group takes a more proactive stance of support for the team on game days, particularly with soccer-style chants and various tifo works, beginning with the large "1870: Forever Port Adelaide" display.[citation needed]

Number 1 ticket holders[edit]



Notable followers[edit]

Membership and attendance[edit]

Year Members Change From Previous Season End of Minor Round Finishing Position Average Home Crowd Change From Previous Season
Increase 2,496
Decrease 4,046
Decrease 1,139
Decrease 387
Decrease 2,871
Decrease 4,894
Decrease 999
Increase 4,413
Increase 3,003
Decrease 375
Increase 126
Increase 1,431
Decrease 85
Decrease 1,968
Increase 494
Increase 3,034
Decrease 1,186
Decrease 4,365
Decrease 1,575
Decrease 676
Increase 112
Decrease 5,744
Decrease 3580
Increase 2,223
Increase 783
Decrease 93
Increase 5,236
Decrease 1,190
Increase 1,003
Decrease 3,155
Increase 3,383
Increase 7,004
Increase 14,498
Increase 17,514
Increase 2,632

*As of 23/3/2015[105]

Club honour board[edit]

Honour roll[edit]

Port Adelaide Football Club Honor Roll
Foundation Era (unassociated)
Year Position


Chairman Chief Executive Coach Captain Best and Fairest Leading goalkicker (goals)
1870 3 John Hart Snr. Richard Leicester John Wald John Wald
George Dale
John Wald John Wald (2)
1871 3 John Hart Snr. George Ireland Fred Stone Fred Stone Fred Stone -
1872 2 (Runner Up) John Hart Snr. George Ireland George Middleton George Middleton - -
1873 2 (Runner Up) John Hart Jr. F.Ireland H.Sparnon H.Sparnon
George Middleton
Samuel Tyzack Samuel Tyzack (1)
1874 2 (Runner Up) John Hart Jr. F.Ireland John Rann John Rann
Charles Wells
- -
1875 2 (Runner Up) John Hart Jr. F.Ireland Robert Sandilands Robert Sandilands Henry Ford Henry Ford (2)
Warren (2)
1876 5 2-6-0 John Hart Jr. Charles Wells William Fletcher William Fletcher Ernest LeMessurier Samuel Tyzack (1)
John Rann (1)
E.LeMessurier (1)
South Australian Football Association era
Year Position W-L-D Chairman Chief Executive Coach Captain Best and Fairest Leading goalkicker (goals)
1877 4 9-4-2 John Hart Jr. Charles Wells William Fletcher William Fletcher Thomas Smith Alfred LeMessurier (5)
1878 2 (Runner Up) 5-2-4 John Hart Jr. Charles Wells William Fletcher William Fletcher Thomas Smith E.LeMessurier (3)
Joseph Carter (3)
1879 2 (Runner Up) 5-2-2 John Hart Jr. Charles Wells William Fletcher William Fletcher Thomas Smith E.LeMessurier (4)
1880 6 3-3-5 John Formby J.W.Channon J.A.Atkins J.A.Atkins
Joseph Carter
Jack Sidoli E.LeMessurier (3)
1881 5 2-6-5 John Formby E.LeMessurrier
Joseph Carter
J.H.Sandilands William Fletcher
Jack Sidoli Henry Watt (6)
1882 3 7-7-0 John Formby E.C.LeMessurier Charles Kellett Charles Kellett James Munro George Slatter (6)
1883 2 (Runner Up) 7-5-2 John Formby E.C.LeMessurier Nowell Turpenny Ernest Le Messurier
Nowell Turpenny
Robert Kirkpatrick James Litchfield (13)*
1884 1 (Premiers) 11-2-2 John Formby E.C.LeMessurier Nowell Turpenny Nowell Turpenny Charles Kellett
George Cairns
Robert Roy (25)*
1885 3 6-8-1 John Formby E.C.LeMessurier Nowell Turpenny Nowell Turpenny
Charles Kellett
Michael Coffee Robert Roy (13)
1886 4 (Wooden Spoon) 3-11-1 John Formby James Litchfield Jack McGargill William Bushby Charlie Fry Michael Coffee (6)
1887 2 (Runner Up) 12-3-2 John Formby E.C.LeMessurier Jack McGargill William Bushby William Bushby
Richard Walsh
Alfred Bushby (22)
1888 2 (Runner Up) 14-2-1 John Formby John Sweeney Jack McGargill William Bushby Harold Phillips Harold Phillips (24)
1889 2 (Grand Finalist) 14-3-1 John Formby Robert Cruickshank Jack McGargill William Bushby Goody Hamilton Charlie Fry (32)*
1890 1 (Premiers) + COA 16-2-0 John Formby Robert Cruickshank Jack McGargill Ken McKenzie Charlie Fry John Mckenzie (54)*
1891 2 (Runner Up) 12-4-0 John Formby Robert Cruickshank
Alfred Bushby
Jack McGargill Ken McKenzie Harold Phillips John Mckenzie (37)
1892 2 (Runner Up) 11-4-1 John Formby John Sweeney Jack McGargill Ken McKenzie Harold Phillips Alexander McKenzie (43)
1893 3 10-6-2 John Cleave John Sweeney Jack McGargill Ken McKenzie Walter Murray
Harold Phillips
Alexander McKenzie (59)
1894 3 9-9-0 John Cleave John Sweeney Jack McGargill Ken McKenzie Alfred Miers Alexander McKenzie (36)
1895 3 8-7-1 W.Fisher John Sweeney Jack McGargill Alfred Miers Oscar L'estage Alexander McKenzie (25)
1896 5 (Wooden Spoon) 4-13-1 W.Fisher
H.W.Hills Jack McGargill Ken McKenzie George Linklater Adam Lees (19)
1897 1 (Premiers) 14-2-1 W.Fisher
H.W.Hills Jack McGargill Ken McKenzie Ken McKenzie Adam Lees (26)*
1898 2 (Grand Finalist) 12-6-0 W.Fisher H.W.Hills
John Sweeney
Jack McGargill Ken McKenzie Archibald Hosie William Stark (31)
1899 3 9-5-0 W.Fisher John Sweeney Jack McGargill Harold Phillips Stan Malin William Stark (13)
1900 6 (Wooden Spoon) 2-12-0 W.Fisher John Sweeney Jack McGargill Harold Phillips Jack Quinn Hedley Tompkins (16)
1901 2 (Grand Finalist) 12-7-0 Robert Cruickshank John Sweeney Jack McGargill Archibald Hosie Ted Strawns Jack Quinn (27)
1902 3 10-2-0 William Mattinson John Sweeney Jack McGargill Archibald Hosie Lewis Corston Matthew Healy (25)
1903 1 (Premiers) 12-2-1 William Mattinson John Sweeney Jack McGargill Archibald Hosie Jimmy Tompkins Jimmy Tompkins (40)
1904 2 (Grand Finalist) 10-3-1 William Mattinson John Sweeney Jack McGargill Archibald Hosie
Jack Quinn
Lewis Corston Jimmy Tompkins (28)
1905 2 (Grand Finalist) 11-2-1 William Mattinson John Sweeney Jack McGargill Jack Quinn Jack Quinn James Mathison (30)*
1906 1 (Premiers) 12-2-0 William Mattinson James Hodge Jack McGargill Jack Fletcher
Lewis Corston
Ted Strawns James Mathison (42)*
South Australian Football League era
Year Position W-L-D Chairman Chief Executive Coach Captain Best and Fairest Leading goalkicker (goals)
1907 2 (Grand Finalist) 11-4-0 William Mattinson James Hodge Jack McGargill Lewis Corston Jack Mack Jack Quinn (32)*
1908 3 8-5-0 William Mattinson James Hodge Jack McGargill Ted Strawns
Mick Donaghy
James Dickson James Mathison (33)*
1909 2 (Grand Finalist) 9-5-0 William Mattinson James Hodge Archibald Hosie Mick Donaghy James Dickson Angelo Congear (12)
1910 1 (Premiers) + COA 14-2-0 William Mattinson James Hodge Archibald Hosie Jack Woollard Sampson Hosking Frank Hansen (46)
1911 2 (Grand Finalist) 12-3-0 Robert Cruickshank James Hodge Mick Donaghy
Jack Woollard
George Dempster Harold Oliver Frank Hansen (41)*
1912 2 (Grand Finalist) 12-2-0 Robert Cruickshank James Hodge Sampson Hosking Cliff Cocks
Sampson Hosking
Harold Oliver Frank Hansen (37)*
1913 1 (Premiers) + COA 12-2-0 Alexander Benson James Hodge Jack Londrigan Jack Londrigan Harry Eaton Frank Hansen (39)*
1914 1 (Premiers) + COA 14-0-0 Alexander Benson James Hodge Jack Londrigan Jack Londrigan Jack Ashley Jack Dunn (33)*
1915 2 (Grand Finalist) 9-4-1 Alexander Benson James Hodge Alexander McFarlane Alexander McFarlane Harry Eaton Angelo Congear (21)
Play suspended due to World War I
1919 4 6-6-1 Alexander Benson C.V.Tyler Frank Hansen Horrie Pope
Alexander McFarlane
Jack Ashley Len Lackman (26)*
1920 3 8-5-0 Alexander Benson C.V.Tyler Frank Hansen John Robertson
Albert Olds
Charlie Adams Eric Dewar (24)
1921 1 (Premiers) 13-4-0 Alexander Benson C.V.Tyler Sampson Hosking Harold Oliver Charlie Adams Maurice Allingham (43)
1922 5 7-7-0 Herbert Skipper C.V.Tyler Samuel Howie Samuel Howie Clement Dayman Maurice Allingham (47)
1923 7 5-9-0 Herbert Skipper A.McKelvie Clement Dayman Clement Dayman Les Dayman Maurice Allingham (42)
1924 4 9-6-0 Herbert Skipper A.McKelvie Archibald Hosie Clifford Keal Les Dayman Maurice Allingham (28)
1925 3 10-5-0 Herbert Skipper A.McKelvie Archibald Hosie Clifford Keal Peter Bampton Harold Logan (56)
1926 3 10-5-0 Percival Cherry A.McKelvie Maurice Allingham Maurice Allingham Laurie Hodge Harold Logan (36)
South Australian National Football League era
Year Position W-L-D Chairman Chief Executive Coach Captain Best and Fairest Leading goalkicker (goals)
1927 3 10-8-0 Percival Cherry Charles Hayter Sampson Hosking Peter Bampton Clifford Keal Harold Logan (66)
1928 1 (Premiers) 15-4-0 Percival Cherry Charles Hayter Sampson Hosking Victor Johnson Les Dayman Les Dayman (41)
1929 2 (Grand Finalist) 15-5-0 Percival Cherry Charles Hayter Sampson Hosking Victor Johnson Ernest Mucklow Les Dayman (86)*
1930 2 (Grand Finalist) 12-7-1 Percival Cherry Charles Hayter Sampson Hosking Victor Johnson Victor Johnson Les Dayman (89)
1931 3 14-5-0 Percival Cherry Charles Hayter Sampson Hosking Victor Johnson Maurice Allingham Les Dayman (70)
1932 4 10-8-0 Clement Gun Charles Hayter Sydney Ween Sydney Ween Ernest Mucklow Ned Hender (55)
1933 5 9-7-1 Clement Gun Charles Hayter Henry Dewar Sydney Ween Jack Dermody Ned Hender (48)
1934 2 (Grand Finalist) 11-7-1 Clement Gun Charles Hayter Len Ashby Victor Johnson Albert Hollingworth Jim Prideaux (73)
1935 2 (Grand Finalist) 13-6-0 Clement Gun Charles Hayter Len Ashby Robert Johnson Jack Dermody Jim Prideaux (95)
1936 1 (Premiers) 16-4-0 Clement Gun Charles Hayter Sampson Hosking Jack Dermody Albert Hollingworth Jim Prideaux (86)
1937 1 (Premiers) 15-4-0 Percival Cherry Charles Hayter Sampson Hosking Jack Dermody Robert Quinn Robert Quinn (51)
1938 2 (Grand Finalist) 12-8-0 Percival Cherry Charles Hayter Sampson Hosking Ned Hender Robert Quinn Albert Hollingworth (45)
1939 1 (Premiers) 15-4-0 Percival Cherry Charles Hayter Robert Quinn Robert Quinn Allan Reval Howard Abbott (49)
1940 3 14-5-0 Percival Cherry Charles Hayter Robert Quinn
Allan Reval
Robert Quinn
Allan Reval
Reginald Schumann Allan McLean (47)
1941 4 11-6-1 Percival Cherry Charles Hayter Allan Reval Allan Reval Jack Skelley Allan McLean (62)
Temporary geographical merger with West Torrens during World War II
1942 1 (Premiers) Percival Cherry Charles Hayter Sampson Hosking Llewellyn Roberts - Merv Shaw (West Torrens) (42)
1943 2 (Grand Finalist) Percival Cherry Charles Hayter Sampson Hosking Llewellyn Roberts - Merv Shaw (West Torrens)
1944 2 (Grand Finalist) Percival Cherry Charles Hayter Sampson Hosking Llewellyn Roberts - Merv Shaw (West Torrens) (69)
Competition returns to unaligned teams
1945 2 (Grand Finalist) 16-3-0 Percival Cherry Charles Hayter Robert Quinn Robert Quinn Robert Quinn Robert Quinn (51)
1946 2 (Grand Finalist) 13-7-0 Percival Cherry Charles Hayter Robert Quinn Robert Quinn Llewellyn Roberts Ken Jolly (46)
1947 3 14-5-0 Percival Cherry Charles Hayter Robert Quinn Robert Quinn Robert Quinn Allan McLean (80)*
1948 7 4-13-0 Percival Cherry Charles Hayter
Les Dayman
Llewellyn Roberts Llewellyn Roberts Richard Russell Allan McLean (48)
1949 6 7-10-0 Percival Cherry Allan McLean Jack McCarthy Reginald Schumann Richard Russell Lloyd Zucker (51)
1950 3 13-6-0 W.H. Baudinet Allan McLean Fos Williams Fos Williams Fos Williams Fos Williams (40)
1951 1 (Premiers) 19-1-0 W.H. Baudinet Allan McLean Fos Williams Fos Williams Richard Russell Noel Clark (37)
1952 3 13-6-0 F.B. Harvey Allan McLean Fos Williams Fos Williams Ray Whitaker Roger Clift (26)
1953 2 (Grand Finalist) 16-5-0 F.B. Harvey Allan McLean Fos Williams Fos Williams Harold McDonald Ray Whitaker (35)
1954 1 (Premiers) 17-3-0 F.B. Harvey Allan McLean Fos Williams Fos Williams Roger Clift Tom Garland (44)
1955 1 (Premiers) 15-5-0 F.B. Harvey Allan McLean Fos Williams Fos Williams Fos Williams Fos Williams (35)
1956 1 (Premiers) 19-1-0 F.B. Harvey Allan McLean Fos Williams Fos Williams Edward Whelan Rex Johns (70)*
1957 1 (Premiers) 17-2-1 F.B. Harvey Allan McLean Fos Williams Fos Williams Neville Hayes Rex Johns (77)
1958 1 (Premiers) 18-3-0 F.B. Harvey Allan McLean Fos Williams Fos Williams Geof Motley Rex Johns (55)*
1959 1 (Premiers) 19-2-0 F.B. Harvey Allan McLean Geof Motley Geof Motley Geof Motley Wally Dittmar (74)*
1960 3 14-6-0 F.B. Harvey Allan McLean Geof Motley Geof Motley Neville Hayes Wally Dittmar (69)*
1961 3 15-6-0 F.B. Harvey Allan McLean Geof Motley Geof Motley Jeffrey Potter Rex Johns (54)
1962 1 (Premiers) 19-2-0 F.B. Harvey Allan McLean Fos Williams Geof Motley Peter Obst Rex Johns (76)
1963 1 (Premiers) 15-7-0 F.B. Harvey Allan McLean Fos Williams Geof Motley Geof Motley Rex Johns (54)*
1964 2 (Grand Finalist) 18-4-0 F.B. Harvey Allan McLean Fos Williams Geof Motley Jeffrey Potter Jeffrey Potter (30)
1965 1 (Premiers) 19-3-0 F.B. Harvey Allan McLean Fos Williams Geof Motley Geof Motley Eric Freeman (74)
1966 2 (Grand Finalist) 15-7-0 F.B. Harvey Allan McLean Fos Williams Geof Motley John Cahill Eric Freeman (81)*
1967 2 (Grand Finalist) 16-7-0 F.B. Harvey Allan McLean Fos Williams John Cahill Jeffrey Potter Eric Freeman (74)
1968 2 (Grand Finalist) 16-7-0 F.B. Harvey Allan McLean Fos Williams John Cahill John Cahill Russell Ebert (44)
1969 6 9-11-0 F.B. Harvey Allan McLean Fos Williams John Cahill Jeffrey Potter Mark Dittmar (28)
1970 3 17-4-1 F.B. Harvey Allan McLean Fos Williams John Cahill John Cahill Eric Freeman (75)
1971 2 (Grand Finalist) 17-7-0 F.B. Harvey Allan McLean Fos Williams John Cahill Russell Ebert Eric Freeman (50)
1972 2 (Grand Finalist) 16-8-0 F.B. Harvey Allan McLean Fos Williams John Cahill Russell Ebert Max James(62)
1973 5 11-11-0 Ken Duthie Allan McLean Fos Williams John Cahill John Cahill John Cahill (59)
1974 3 19-5-1 Ken Duthie Allan McLean John Cahill Russell Ebert Russell Ebert Darrell Cahill (54)
1975 3 14-7-0 Ken Duthie Allan McLean John Cahill Russell Ebert Peter Woite Tim Evans (64)
1976 2 (Grand Finalist) 18-5-0 Ken Duthie Allan McLean John Cahill Russell Ebert Russell Ebert Randall Gerlach (90)
1977 1 (Premiers) 19-4-1 Ken Duthie Allan McLean John Cahill Russell Ebert Russell Ebert Tim Evans (88)*
1978 3 16-9-0 Ken Duthie Allan McLean John Cahill Russell Ebert Stephen Clifford Tim Evans (90)*
1979 1 (Premiers) 17-8-0 Ken Duthie Allan McLean John Cahill Brian Cunningham Milan Faletic Tim Evans (82)
1980 1 (Premiers) 21-2-1 Ken Duthie Allan McLean John Cahill Brian Cunningham Stephen Clifford Tim Evans (146)*
1981 1 (Premiers) 18-7-0 Ken Duthie Ron Taylor John Cahill Brian Cunningham Russell Ebert Tim Evans (98)*
1982 3 16-7-1 Ken Duthie Ron Taylor John Cahill Brian Cunningham Craig Bradley Tim Evans (125)*
1983 6 10-12-0 Ken Duthie Ron Taylor Russell Ebert Russell Ebert Stephen Clifford Tim Evans (63)
1984 2 (Grand Finalist) 18-6-0 Ken Duthie Ian McKenzie Russell Ebert Russell Ebert Craig Bradley Tim Evans (137)
1985 7 8-14-0 Ken Duthie Ian McKenzie Russell Ebert Russell Ebert Craig Bradley Tim Evans (96)
1986 4 13-11-0 Bruce Weber Ian McKenzie Russell Ebert Russell Johnston Martin Leslie Darren Smith (49)
1987 4 15-9-0 Bruce Weber Ian McKenzie Russell Ebert Russell Johnston Bruce Abernethy Darren Smith (71)
1988 1 (Premiers) 18-6-0 Bruce Weber Ian McKenzie John Cahill Russell Johnston Greg Phillips Scott Hodges (74)
1989 1 (Premiers) 21-4-0 Bruce Weber Robert Clayton John Cahill Russell Johnston Russell Johnston Scott Hodges (79)
1990 1 (Premiers) 19-4-0 Bruce Weber Robert Clayton John Cahill Russell Johnston Scott Hodges Scott Hodges (153)*
1991 5 14-9-0 Bruce Weber Robert Clayton John Cahill Greg Phillips Paul Northeast Darryl Borlase (25)
1992 1 (Premiers) 20-4-0 Bruce Weber Brian Cunningham John Cahill Greg Phillips Nathan Buckley Mark Tylor (97)*
1993 3 16-7-0 Greg Boulton Brian Cunningham John Cahill Greg Phillips Troy Bond Mark Tylor (90)*
1994 1 (Premiers) 18-8-0 Greg Boulton Brian Cunningham John Cahill Tim Ginever Tim Ginever Scott Hodges (130)*
1995 1 (Premiers) 19-6-0 Greg Boulton Brian Cunningham John Cahill Tim Ginever Robbie West Mark Tylor (53)
1996 1 (Premiers) 16-8-0 Greg Boulton Brian Cunningham
Robert Clayton
David Hutton
John Cahill
Stephen Williams
Tim Ginever Scott Hodges Scott Hodges (117)
Australian Football League era
Year Position W-L-D Chairman Chief Executive Coach Captain Best and Fairest Leading goalkicker (goals)
1997 9 10-11-1 Greg Boulton Brian Cunningham John Cahill Gavin Wanganeen Darren Mead Scott Cummings (70)
1998 10 9-12-1 Greg Boulton Brian Cunningham John Cahill Gavin Wanganeen Adam Kingsley Warren Tredrea (33)
1999 7 12-11-0 Greg Boulton Brian Cunningham Mark Williams Gavin Wanganeen Stephen Paxman Warren Tredrea (40)
2000 14 7-14-1 Greg Boulton Brian Cunningham Mark Williams Gavin Wanganeen Brett Montgomery Warren Tredrea (32)
2001 5 16-8-0 Greg Boulton Brian Cunningham Mark Williams Matthew Primus Warren Tredrea Warren Tredrea (51)
2002 3 19-6-0 Greg Boulton Brian Cunningham Mark Williams Matthew Primus Matthew Primus Stuart Dew (51)
2003 4 19-6-0 Greg Boulton Brian Cunningham Mark Williams Matthew Primus Gavin Wanganeen Warren Tredrea (58)
2004 1 (Premiers) 20-5-0 Greg Boulton Brian Cunningham Mark Williams Matthew Primus
Warren Tredrea1
Warren Tredrea Warren Tredrea (81)
2005 6 12-11-1 Greg Boulton John James Mark Williams Matthew Primus Warren Tredrea Warren Tredrea (65)
2006 12 8-14-0 Greg Boulton John James Mark Williams Warren Tredrea Brendon Lade Josh Mahoney (29)
2007 2 (Grand Finalist) 17-8-0 Greg Boulton John James Mark Williams Warren Tredrea Kane Cornes Brett Ebert (56)
2008 13 7-15-0 Greg Boulton John James
Mark Haysman
Mark Williams Warren Tredrea Kane Cornes Daniel Motlop (57)
2009 10 9-13-0 Brett Duncanson Mark Haysman Mark Williams Domenic Cassisi Warren Tredrea Warren Tredrea (51)
2010 10 10-12-0 Brett Duncanson Mark Haysman Mark Williams
Matthew Primus2
Domenic Cassisi Kane Cornes Jay Schulz (33)
2011 16 3-19-0 Brett Duncanson Mark Haysman
Keith Thomas
Matthew Primus Domenic Cassisi Travis Boak
Jackson Trengove
Robbie Gray (32)
2012 14 5-16-1 Brett Duncanson
David Koch
Keith Thomas Matthew Primus
Garry Hocking3
Domenic Cassisi Kane Cornes Jay Schulz (42)
2013 5 13-11-0 David Koch Keith Thomas Ken Hinkley Travis Boak Chad Wingard Jay Schulz (49)
2014 3 16-8-0 David Koch Keith Thomas Ken Hinkley Travis Boak Robbie Gray Jay Schulz (66)
2015 David Koch Keith Thomas Ken Hinkley Travis Boak

1 Matthew Primus only managed to play one game in 2004, which was Round 3, leaving Warren Tredrea to captain the club from Round 1 to 2 and Round 4 to the Grand Final.

2 Matthew Primus took over as caretaker coach for the rest of the 2010 season after Mark Williams stepped down after Round 16.

3 Garry Hocking took over as caretaker coach for the rest of the 2012 season after Matthew Primus stepped down after Round 19.

SANFL Honor Board
Year Position Coach Captain Best & Fairest Leading goalkicker (goals)
1997 2 (Grand Finalist) Stephen Williams Tim Ginever Tim Ginever Phil McGuiness
1998 1 (Premiers) Stephen Williams Darryl Borlase Bryan Beinke Bryan Beinke
1999 1 (Premiers) Stephen Williams David Brown Darryl Poole Paul Evans
2000 4 Stephen Williams Darryl Poole Phil McGuinness Patrick Smith
2001 3 Stephen Williams Darryl Poole Ryan O'Connor Anthony Brown
2002 6 Stephen Williams Darryl Poole Corey Ah Chee Matthew Lokan
2003 5 Stephen Williams Darryl Poole Brett Ebert Paul Evans
2004 6 Matthew Knights Anthony Brown Kristian DePasquale Paul Evans
2005 3 John Cahill Anthony Brown Jeremy Clayton Clive Waterhouse
2006 5 Tim Ginever Mark Clayton Jeremy Clayton Clive Waterhouse
2007 6 Tim Ginever Mark Clayton Jeremy Clayton Brent LeCras
2008 5 Tim Ginever Corey Ah Chee Jeremy Clayton Daniel Hargraves
2009 8 Tim Ginever James Meiklejohn Brad Murray Joel Perry
2010 8 Anthony Bamford James Meiklejohn Steven Summerton Cameron Cloke
2011 6 Anthony Bamford James Meiklejohn Mark Dolling Brad Mercer
2012 7 Anthony Bamford James Meiklejohn Jeremy Clayton Luke Harder
2013 6 Ken McGregor James Meiklejohn Sam Gray Josh Thurgood
2014 2 (Grand Finalist) Garry Hocking Steven Summerton Steven Summerton John Butcher (32)
2015 Garry Hocking Steven Summerton

Hall of Fame[edit]

The Port Adelaide Football Club's history was celebrated on 20 February 1998, when the inaugural 18 members were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Since then there have been two further inductions, one on 5 April 2002, with a further eight members joining the Hall of Fame, and then a further three on 9 May 2003.

Port Adelaide Football Club
Hall of Fame
South Australian Football Association (1877-1906)

Harold Phillips

South Australian Football League (1907-1927)

Angelo Congear

Leslie Dayman

Sampson Hosking

Harold Oliver

South Australian National Football League (1928-1996)

Bruce Abernethy
Brian Cunningham
Neville Hayes
Lloyd Zucker
Bob Quinn

John Abley
Russell Ebert
Scott Hodges
Edward McMahon
Allan Reval
Fos Williams

Dave Boyd
Tim Evans
Ron Hoffman
Geof Motley
Richard Russell
Stephen Williams

Craig Bradley
Brian Fairclough
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Greg Phillips
Llewellyn Roberts
Edward Whelan

John Cahill
Tim Ginever
Allan McLean
Jeffrey Potter
Darren Smith

Australian Football League (since 1997)

Gavin Wanganeen

Warren Tredrea

Players listed in bold are inductees in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.
Players listed in bold and italics are legends in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

"Greatest Team"[edit]

In June 2001, Port Adelaide announced its "Greatest Team" from 1870 to 2000.

All 22 members of the team played significant parts in ensuring the club's rise from the SANFL to the AFL in 1997 – and the demand of the SA Football Commission that a Magpies team be kept in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL).

There are 201 premiership medals held by the 22 players in the Greatest Team; 532 State games; 16 Magarey Medal and a long list of accolades and achievements.

[Port Adelaide's Greatest Team 1870–2000]
B: Richard Russell John Abley Edward Whelan
HB: Neville Hayes Greg Phillips Geof Motley
C: Craig Bradley Russell Ebert (vc) John Cahill
HF: Dave Boyd Les Dayman Harold Oliver
F: Scott Hodges Tim Evans Bob Quinn
Foll: Russell Johnston Allan Reval Fos Williams (c)
Int: Harry Phillips Jeffrey Potter Peter Woite
Lloyd Zucker
Coach: Fos Williams

Military service[edit]

Those Who Served [106]
World War I
Arthur Biscombe Gordon Inkster Maurice Allingham Robert Coffen
John Robertson Roy Drummond Edward Oatey William Boon †
Samuel Howie William Theodore David Bower Joseph Watson †
Clement Dayman Horace Hoare William Marshall Albert Chaplin †
Thomas Sard Edward Foggo Charles Badcock
Arthur Channon Lawrence Levy Clarence Latimer
World War II
Robert B. Quinn Francis Gibaut Norman McInnes Richard Mayne
Harry Perry John White Kenneth Johnson Dennis Fitzgerald
Geoffrey Wiese Harry Naismith John Quinn Bertram Robinson
Archibald Dowsett William Glennon Drozena Eden Lloyd Rudd †
Reginald Schumann Ken Gardiner Harold Beer Maxwell Carmichael †
Frederick Peters Douglas Pudney John Johnson George Quinn †
Leslie McLean Gordon Dayman Charles Andersen Christopher Johnston †
Richard Mayne Tom Perry Lincoln Burnell Halcombe Brock †
Dennis Fitzgerald Arthur Utting Kenneth Slade John Wade †
Vietnam War
Peter Chant †

† denotes killed in action or died while serving

Club achievements[edit]

AFL premierships (1)[edit]

  • 2004

Champions of Australia (4)[edit]

  • 1890, 1910, 1913, 1914

SANFL premierships (36)[edit]

  • 1884, 1890, 1897, 1903, 1906
    1910, 1913, 1914, 1921, 1928
    1936, 1937, 1939, 1951, 1954
    1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959
    1962, 1963, 1965, 1977, 1979
    1980, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1990
    1992, 1994, 1995, 1996
  • post AFL entry
    1998, 1999

AFL runner-up (1)[edit]

  • 2007

SANFL runner-up (37)[edit]

  • 1878, 1879, 1883, 1887, 1888
    1889, 1891, 1892, 1898, 1901
    1904, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911
    1912, 1915, 1925, 1926, 1929
    1930, 1934, 1935, 1938, 1945
    1946, 1953, 1964, 1966, 1967
    1968, 1971, 1972, 1976, 1984
  • post AFL entry
    1997, 2014

AFL minor premiership / McClelland Trophy (3)[edit]

  • 2002, 2003, 2004

SANFL minor premiership (44)[edit]

  • 1889, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1906
    1907, 1909, 1911, 1912, 1913
    1914, 1915, 1921, 1928, 1931
    1934, 1935, 1936, 1939, 1940
    1945, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955
    1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961
    1962, 1964, 1965, 1970, 1976
    1977, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1988
    1990, 1992
  • post AFL entry
    1999, 2014

Premiership awarded at end of minor round[edit]

  • 1884, 1890, 1897

SANFL Stanley H. Lewis Memorial Trophy (11)[edit]

  • 1962, 1963, 1964, 1970, 1977
    1979, 1980, 1988, 1989, 1992

AFL pre-season premierships (2)[edit]

  • 2001, 2002

SANFL pre-season premierships (3)[edit]

  • 1961, 1973, 1989

SANFL wooden spoons (3)[edit]

  • 1886, 1896, 1900

AFL wooden spoons (0)[edit]

  • N/A

Individual awards[edit]

Competition awards[edit]

Magarey Medal winners[edit]

The Magarey Medal is an Australian rules football award, given annually since 1898 to the fairest and most brilliant player in the Home and Away season of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) as adjudged by the field umpires. The award was created by William Ashley Magarey, then chairman of the league. The following list is players who won the Magarey Medal playing for Port Adelaide in the SANFL.

Post AFL entry

AFLCA Champion Player of the Year[edit]

The AFL Coaches Association Champion Player of the Year award is voted on a week to week basis of each round by Senior Coaches on a 5,4,3,2,1 basis. Each Senior Coach votes on their match only and any player suspensions are disregarded.

AFL Rising Star award recipients[edit]

In every round an Australian Football League rising star nomination is given to a standout young player. To be eligible for the award, a player must be under 21 on 1 January of that year, have played 10 or fewer senior games before the beginning of the season, and not have been suspended during the season. At the end of the season, nine AFL personalities (typically administrators and All-Australian team selectors) vote for five of the twenty-two rising star nominees, with their top selections earning five votes, their second selection earning four votes, etc. The player who receives the most votes is the winner.

Grand Final best on ground awards[edit]

Norm Smith Medal[edit]

The Norm Smith Medal is the award given in the AFL Grand Final to the player adjudged by an independent panel of experts to have been the best player in the match.

Jack Oatey Medal[edit]

The Jack Oatey Medal is the award given in the SANFL Grand Final to the player adjudged by the umpires to have been the best player in the match.

Post AFL entry

All-Australian selection[edit]

Sporting Life magazine invented the concept of an All-Australian Team in 1947. A squad was selected from players in various leagues in October each year by a panel chosen by the magazine. It provided an unofficial All-Australian team for the late 1940s and early 1950s.

The All-Australian Team is an all star team of Australian rules footballers, selected by a panel at the end of each season. It represents a complete team, including interchange players and a coach, of the best performed during an interstate Carnival or series of matches (1953-1988), or during the season (1991–present).

Club awards[edit]

John Cahill Medal[edit]

Main article: John Cahill Medal

After the club's first season in the AFL the club's Best and Fairest award was named after 10 time premiership coach John Cahill.

Fos Williams Award[edit]

The Fos Williams Medal is named in honour of former legendary player and coach Fos Williams and is awarded to the player's choice for the club's Best Team Man.

Gavin Wanganeen Medal[edit]

The Gavin Wanganeen Medal is an award to Port Adelaide's best player under the age of 21. The award, struck in 2006, is named after Gavin Wanganeen, a former champion with both Port Adelaide and Essendon who, by the age of 21, had won a SANFL premiership with Port Adelaide, an AFL premiership with Essendon, a Brownlow Medal and two All Australian awards.

Coaches' Award[edit]

The Coaches' Award replaced the Most Improved and Best First Year awards in 2011. This reward is selected by the entire Port Adelaide coaching committee and is bestowed to reward the Port Adelaide player who best exhibits the team behaviours of selflessness, humility and reliability.

John McCarthy Medal[edit]

The award, named in honour of the late John McCarthy, recognises outstanding service to the community when representing the club and is decided by the leadership group and coaches.

Club records[edit]

Win-Loss record[edit]

  • AFL – 212 wins / 201 losses / 5 draws (51.32%)
  • SANFL – 1714 wins / 853 losses / 65 draws (66.76%)

Highest score

Lowest score

Greatest Winning Margin

Greatest losing margin

Most Wins in a season

Least losses in a season

Most games

Most goals

Largest Home Attendances

Largest away attendances

Largest finals attendances

Longest undefeated run

  • AFL – 8 wins (Round 8–15, 2002, Round 15–22, 2003, Round 4–12, 2014)
  • SANFL – 33 games (21 June 19131914 → 3 July 1915)

Most number of goals in a match


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