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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 1870; 144 years ago (1870)
Colours AFL:
     Black,      White,      Teal
     Black,      White
Competition Power
Australian Football League
Magpies (reserves)
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

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 18th Australian rules club formed in Australia. Since the club’s first game in 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 team to enter the national AFL competition.


SANFL history[edit]

1870–1901: Foundation years[edit]

The Port Adelaide Football Club was established in late April or early May 1870[5] as part of a joint 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, South Australia. 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 clubs 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.[6]

1890 Champions of Australia G B Total
Port Adelaide 7 10 52
South Melbourne 6 13 49
Venue: Adelaide Oval

In 1877 Port Adelaide joined seven other local clubs and formed the South Australian Football Association, the first organisation of its type in Australia. It competed its first few seasons wearing a rose pink outfit with white knickerbockers. 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. 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. In 1889 the club played one of its first inter-colonial Australian Rules matches against the Richmond Football Club at Punt Road Oval, with the Port Adelaide side prevailing by one goal in the scoring system of the time.[7] 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.

In 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 since.

1902–1949: Developing tradition[edit]

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

1914 SAFL Home & Away Season W L D Total %
Port Adelaide 12 0 0 24 67.68
Minor Premiers

The club, now being referred to as “the Magpies”, won premierships in 1903, 1906, 1910, 1913 and 1914, besides achieving a perfect minor round in 1912 before being unexpectedly beaten by West Adelaide in both the challenge final and final. Port Adelaide also added to its “Champions of Australia” titles with victories in 1910, 1913 and 1914. In 1909 the East Fremantle Football Club toured South Australia and played Port Adelaide, winning their first encounter. The following year, 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.[8]

In 1914 Port achieved the distinction of going through the entire season without losing a match: in fact it won its fourteen SAFL games by an average score of 89 points to 40. At the end of 1914 the SAFL (as it was known from 1907 to 1927) put together a combined team from the six other SAFL clubs to play Port which the Magpies won.

1914 Championship of Australia G B Total
Port Adelaide 9 16 70
Carlton 5 6 36
Venue: Adelaide Oval
1913 Championship of Australia G B Total
Port Adelaide 13 16 94
Fitzroy 4 7 31
Venue: Adelaide Oval
1910 Championship of Australia G B Total
Port Adelaide 15 20 110
Collingwood 7 9 51
Venue: Adelaide Oval

The SAFL competition was suspended from 1916 to 1918 because of World War I. Port Adelaide’s pre-war success did not continue and from 1919 to 1935, the club recorded only two premiership wins in 1921 and 1928. In 1927 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. 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.

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 six with Port Adelaide merging with nearby West Torrens Football Club from 1942 to 1944 picking up one premiership in this period. Once the normal competition resumed in 1945, Port Adelaide struggled to regain its pre-war success and played in only one grand final for the rest of the 1940s.

Champion players in this era included Bob Quinn, Sampson Hosking, Les Dayman and Bob McLean.

1950–1973: Fos Williams era[edit]

1959 SANFL Grand Final G B Total
West Adelaide 11 11 77
Port Adelaide 13 8 87
Venue: Adelaide Oval Crowd: 48,884[9]

Desperate to improve the club's performance, the Port Adelaide committee went in search of a coach that could win the club a premiership. In a decision which would influence the next 50 years of the Port Adelaide Football Club, in 1950 the committee hired Foster Neil Williams, a brilliant rover from West Adelaide as captain-coach. Williams brought to the club a new coaching style based on success at any cost. In his second season as coach, Williams led Port to their first premiership since 1939 and the club played in every grand final for the rest of the decade, winning a record six premierships in a row from 1954 to 1959. Williams left as coach in 1958 and Port Adelaide's form declined. With Williams return in 1962, Port Adelaide won three of the next four premierships taking his tally to nine.

This era introduced players such as John Cahill, Peter Woite, Dave Boyd, Geof Motley and Russell Ebert to the football public. However, the club failed to win a premiership over the period 1966–1976. Port Adelaide was frustrated particularly by the dominance of Sturt, which won seven premierships over this period under the leadership of Jack Oatey.

1974–1998: John Cahill era[edit]

1977 SANFL Grand Final G B Total
Port Adelaide 17 11 113
Glenelg 16 9 105
Venue: Adelaide Oval Crowd: 56,717[10]
Russell Ebert celebrating the 1977 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. Cahill took Port to their first Grand Final under his leadership in 1976. They lost the match but went on to win premierships in four of the next five seasons from 1977 to 1981.

"It's taken us a bloody long time but by geez its worth it!"

Russell Ebert celebrating his first premiership in 1977.

Off-field, a 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 from 1975 to 1976. Port Adelaide completely dominated the 1976 season, winning 17 of the 21 minor round matches. The grand final against Sturt saw an attendance of 66,897, a record which still stands for the SANFL. The actual crowd was estimated at 75,000, much bigger than the official figure as the SANFL opened the gates when the tickets sold out with the police subsequently allowing spectators to sit along the fence. Despite losing the Qualifying Final to Glenelg and with their players being labelled "too old and too slow" to defeat Port, Sturt recovered and overwhelmed Port to win by 41 points. The council dispute was eventually resolved with Port moving back to Alberton in 1977. The 1977 premiership was notable as it broke an 11 year drought, the longest since Port Adelaide began competing in an organised football competition. 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 it proved to be a thriller with Richmond winning by a single point, 14.13 (97) to 13.20 (98).

1983-1987: Russell Ebert as Coach[edit]

In 1983 Russell Ebert took on the coaching role at Port Adelaide when Cahill left the SANFL Magpies in to coach the VFL Magpies, Collingwood, for two seasons. This period saw Port Adelaide's form drop with the club unable to reach the Grand Final. The period was also marked by the unquestionable 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 clubs East Fremantle, East Perth and Norwood Football Club. These approaches were ignored by the VFL at the time.[11] The Port Adelaide Football Club's annual report from late 1982 showed that the failure of these attempts significantly impacted the clubs understanding of its future.[12] From this point 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.[11]

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

1988–1996: SANFL domination and AFL entry[edit]

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.[13] 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.[14] 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.

1990 SANFL Grand Final G B Total
Glenelg 13 15 93
Port Adelaide 16 12 108
Venue: Football Park Crowd: 50,589[9]

During the 1990 preseason Port Adelaide played a practice match against the Geelong Cats at Football Park in front of 35,000.[15] When the 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.[13] 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.[16]

1996 SANFL Grand Final G B Total
Central Districts 6 8 44
Port Adelaide 11 14 80
Venue: Football Park Crowd: 46,210[17]

The fallout from the failed bid resulted in some calling for Port Adelaide to be expelled from the SANFL.[16] However, Port Adelaide continued to compete and continued to dominate. The Magpies followed their triple triumphs from 1988 to 1990 with a premiership in 1992 and three in a row again from 1994 to 1996, then again in 1998 and 1999. This equated to nine premierships in twelve seasons.

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'.[18] 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.

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.[19]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.

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 Magpies coach, John Cahill would make the transition to the AFL and Stephen Williams would take over the Magpies coaching role. Cahill then set about forming a group which would form the inaugural squad. Brownlow Medallist and former Magpie, Gavin Wanganeen was poached from Essendon and made captain of a team made up of six existing Magpies players, players from other SANFL clubs and some recruits from interstate.

Port Adelaide Football Club interstate club matches prior to AFL entry

AFL history[edit]

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

On 29 March 1997, Port Adelaide played its first match for AFL 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. At the midway point of the season (round 11) Port were in ninth position out of the eight by just percentage. As late as the conclusion of Round 17 Port Adelaide sat equal second following an impressive 50-point victory over Essendon at the MCG, however a tough run to culminate the regular season dashed hopes of cementing an unlikely 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 just percentage behind Brisbane. To end the year Michael Wilson won the Rising Star Award.

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 %
2006 AFL Port Adelaide.png Port Adelaide 18 4 0 24 132.36
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. Qualifying for the finals series, they were upset in the Qualifying Final by Collingwood 108–95, but won their second match over Essendon 83–59 to qualify for the preliminary final before losing to the eventual Grand Final winners the Brisbane Lions 138–82.

2003 AFL Home & Away Season W L D Total %
2006 AFL Port Adelaide.png Port Adelaide 18 4 0 24 127.23
Minor Premiers

Despite the disappointment of the finals of 2002, Port Adelaide continued its minor round dominance and again finished top to claim the McClelland Trophy in 2003. Port Adelaide lost the qualifying final to Sydney, defeated Essendon in the Semi then lost to Collingwood by 44 points in the Preliminary Final.

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 %
2006 AFL Port Adelaide.png 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 twenty five 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 twenty one disposals, eleven marks, four goals and three Brownlow Medal votes.

Port Adelaide easily won the 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.

2004 AFL Grand Final
Saturday, 25 September 2:40pm Port Adelaide def. Brisbane Lions MCG (Crowd: 77,671)
4.5 (29)
6.6 (42)
12.8 (80)
17.11 (113)
2.2 (14)
6.7 (43)
9.9 (63)
10.13 (73)
Umpires: James, Allen, McInerney
Norm Smith Medal: Byron Pickett (Port Adelaide)
Television broadcast: Network Ten
National Anthem: Guy Sebastian
Wanganeen 4
Pickett, Thurstans 3
S. Burgoyne, Carr, Dew, Kingsley, Lade, Mahoney, Tredrea 1
Goals 3 Akermanis, Bradshaw, Notting
1 Keating
Pickett, P. Burgoyne, Wanganeen, Thurstans, K. Cornes Best Akermanis, Notting, Lappin, Bradshaw

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.

2005-2006: 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.

2006 was seen as a very important year for Port Adelaide, as the new guard had begun to show that they are 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 Best and Fairest Brendon Lade and midfielder Shaun Burgoyne each scored 15 votes, while NAB Rising Star Danyle Pearce took thirteen. With 2006 being a fairly disappointing year all up, six of the clubs 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]

Many players enjoyed great starts to the season, including Ex-Richmond Tigers player David Rodan, who performed solidly in his first game against his former club, continuing his impressive career revival at Port Adelaide. Also, explosive midfielder Shaun Burgoyne was an early contender to win the Brownlow Medal, while Chad Cornes' was also in the hunt. Slightly-built speedster Nathan Krakouer, nephew of North Melbourne brothers Jimmy Krakouer and Phil Krakouer, also showed plenty of raw talent and exciting glimpses of his potential.

Round 8 saw Port incur a 31 point defeat at the hands of last year's grand finallists Sydney at the SCG. Their second loss of the season, Port Adelaide slipped back to second position on the ladder behind the Eagles.Port Adelaide incurred further losses in Rounds 9, 10 and 11, to Geelong, Hawthorn and Carlton respectively, leaving it reeling with four consecutive losses. However in its Round 12 match against Essendon, Port Adelaide had a confidence-boosting win (126 to 95), returning to its traditional attacking style of game, in Tredrea's 200th game for Port Adelaide, who scored four goals in the match. Robert Gray also booted four goals for Port Adelaide, in just his third match[20]

Round 15 saw Port Adelaide trash the premiers West Coast by 91 points, their biggest win that year. Chad Cornes, Justin Westhoff and Daniel Motlop kicked four goals apiece and Kane Cornes restricted Chris Judd to just 11 disposals while getting 35 disposals himself. They finished the minor season 2nd on the ladder, behind eventual premier, Geelong

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.

2008–2010: Grand Final aftermath[edit]

It was a disappointing 2008 for a Port Adelaide side keen to build on the 2007 grand final appearance. After a disappointing loss to Richmond in round 13, Mark Williams labelled Port Adelaide's season as "officially off". Young forward Justin Westhoff struggled with the extra attention this year and only managed 22 goals despite leading Port Adelaide in the marks category. Brett Ebert also had a quiet year for his standards after he was the AFL’s best small forward with 56 goals in 2007. 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. The season saw the retirement of Port Adelaide premiership player, Michael Wilson, due to recurring injuries, which had bothered him for most of his career.[21] Additionally Warren Tredrea stepped down as captain on 5 November 2008 to focus on his own footballing ability.[22] 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.[23] 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.[24]

During the 2009 pre-season on the 17th March, 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.[25] 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.[26] 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.[27][28] 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 later 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 end of the 2009 season also saw the retirements of premiership players Peter Burgoyne, Brendon Lade and Toby Thurstans. On 14 September, Port Adelaide Football Operations Manager Peter Rohde announced that premiership player and vice-captain Shaun Burgoyne had requested a trade to Victoria.[29] On 8 October, Shaun Burgoyne was traded to Hawthorn in a four-team trade where Port Adelaide received Essendon's Jay Nash, and draft pick selections No. 9, #16, and #97.[30]

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.[31]

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.

2010–2012: 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.[32] 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.[33] 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.[34]

The 2011 season saw Port Adelaide finish 16th with only 3 wins and 19 losses and was the club's worst season in the AFL. Rounds 20 and 21 saw the club lose to Collingwood and Hawthorn by club record losing margins (138 and 165 respectively), as well as having their lowest score since joining the AFL; 3.3 (21) against Collingwood. Along with the debut of players Jasper Pittard, Ben Jacobs, Cameron O'Shea, Matthew Lobbe, Matthew Broadbent and John Butcher the season also saw the retirements of premiership players Chad Cornes and Dean Brogan who both later decided to play with new expansion club Greater Western Sydney.Jackson Trengove and Robert Gray were the only two players to have played every game of the 2011 season. The clubs 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 that day, 17.10 (112) to 15.14 (104), in front of a homecrowd of 29,340.

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 where he registered three losses and a draw in the final round against Richmond. This was the first and only draw of the season and the 150th draw in AFL history.

On 9 September 2012, Port Adelaide player John McCarthy died on an end of season trip in Las Vegas, NV after apparently falling from a balcony or the roof of The Flamingo Hotel. The hotel issued a statement saying a man was found dead near the hotel's south entrance at 9:40pm Local Time. [35] John's name wasn't released to the media by the Club until some time after the death, under request from the family until all family members had been notified, despite people releasing the name on social media hours before the club's statement. Thousands of tributes and messages came from everywhere including the general public, AFL supporters, players and other clubs. The Adelaide Football Club and Collingwood Football Club both announced a day after John's death that their players will wear black armbands for their semi-final matches and the AFL players association announced that both games will have a minutes silence before the national anthem is played, which is always played before each finals match.

Before a new coach could be appointed the club lost players Danyle Pearce and Troy Chaplin to Free Agency. When Port Adelaide entered the final phase of its search for a new coach (delayed due to McCarthy's death), speculation that they would be targeting an experienced AFL coach Brett Ratten and Rodney Eade was rife. However both ultimately withdrew from the process. Leon Cameron, an assistant at Hawthorn at the time, was reported to have agreed to coach the club, but because of the new anti poaching rules of coaches in finals teams, the club was unable to make any announcements regarding this. However, days after the Grand Final, Cameron would decide to join Greater Western Sydney in a succession plan to take over as senior coach from Kevin Sheedy in 2014. It was then believed that Port Adelaide would not get its first choice in its search for a new coach.

2013–present: Ken Hinkley era[edit]

2013 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. Also 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 9 player overhaul in its senior list.[36] 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 a new leadership group with Travis Boak succeeding Domenic Cassisi as the captain of the club and Brad Ebert being named as the vice-captain.[37] 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's early season form however returned with a 75 point win over Greater Western Sydney, followed by wins over reigning premiers Sydney and Collingwood placing them back in the eight. Despite losses against Essendon and Hawthorn, Port were able to take victories over St Kilda, Brisbane and the final showdown at AAMI over Adelaide. Port Adelaide finished the home and away season 7th on the ladder following the supplement penalties against Essendon, meaning that they had qualified for the finals for the first time since 2007 with 12 wins. In the first week of the final series, Port travelled to Melbourne to play Collingwood at the MCG where they won by 24 points, earning them a place in the second week of the finals against Geelong. However, they lost to Geelong by 16 points 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. The addition of Polec was seen as a major coup for the club as the Adelaide Football Club were also vying for his services.[38] However weeks later, the club lost Director of Coaching Alan Richardson who agreed to become the senior coach of the St Kilda Football Club. Richardson's move to St Kilda was controversial due to the lateness of the appointment with only a week before the national draft.[39] Former Brisbane Lions three time premiership player and Gold Coast assistant Shaun Hart later replaced Richardson as the Director of Coaching.[40]

Building on from 2013, Port Adelaide started a new membership campaign designed to attract 50,000 members. This was achieved in April and marked the first time the club, in its AFL history, had achieved that feat, with 55,012 members as of 19 July 2014.[41] Port Adelaide had its best ever 11 game start into an AFL season with 10 wins. This included a 54 point win against Adelaide in the first AFL match at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval in front of a crowd of 50,397 and wins against Carlton, Geelong and Fremantle - clubs that finished top 8 in 2013, as well as Hawthorn - the reigning premiers. Port finished the 2014 season 5th on the ladder with 14 wins, an improvement from 2013. They hosted their first home final since 2007 at the Adelaide Oval against Richmond. This final was controversial, as the AFL did not allow the Power to wear their home black "v" guernsey because of clash issues. Instead, the AFL allowed them to wear the "prison bars" guernsey. They defeated Richmond by 57 points in front of a crowd of 50,618. The following week, they went to Perth to play Fremantle in the semi-final. Despite the Dockers leading by 24 points at half time, the Power 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 3 point loss to Hawthorn at the MCG.

Port Adelaide's 2015 off-season began with Essendon star ruckman Paddy Ryder requesting a trade to the Power.[42] On the final day of trade week, Ryder was traded to the club boosting its ruck stocks.[43] 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 had agreed to become the coach of the Adelaide Crows from 2015 onwards. Walsh was later replaced by Michael Voss, a former premiership player and former senior coach of the Brisbane Lions.[44]

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.[45]

The new 'Port Adelaide Magpies' won the 1998 and 1999 SANFL premierships. However for the rest of The 'Port Adelaide Magpies' existence it failed to reach another Grand Final.

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 Power and the Port Adelaide Magpies, 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.[46][47]

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.[48] 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 Football Club 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: Loss of junior development squads[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.[49]

Club symbols and identity[edit]


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".[50] 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.[51]

A guernsey designed by an 11-year-old indigenous student from Waikerie Primary School[52] was worn by Port Adelaide players in the 2007 season's Round 7 match against Richmond. The guernsey was the winning design in a competition which asked primary school children to design Port Adelaide a new Power guernsey. The competition was run in conjunction with the Come Out Youth Arts Festival, a long-running festival that involves young people throughout South Australia. It is believed to be a sporting first.[53]

On 15 December 2008, Reebok announced that Port Adelaide's 2009's guernseys would have "1870" printed on the back just above the player number. The Port Adelaide Football Club was founded on 20 April 1870 and played its first match on 24 May 1870 at what was known as Bucks Flat at Glanville.[54]

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).[55]
  • 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).[56] 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.[57] 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.[58] The AFL denied the club the right. There was controversy lately during the lead-up to the final against Richmond when the AFL told Port Adelaide they had to wear their clash guernsey. On the 2nd of September 2014 the AFL cleared them to use the Traditional guernsey for the match.[59]

"I've always regarded that strip that Port are wearing today as the best uniform in Australian Football".

Dennis Cometti describing Port Adelaide's traditional guernsey during the 2014 Elimination Final.

Club song[edit]

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

The SANFL side's 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 Power Megastore.[60]






Club creed[edit]

The Creed was written and spoken for the first time in 1962, by Port Adelaide great Fos Williams

"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: 13 February, 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


Player New Club League Via
Domenic Cassisi Retired
Cameron Hitchcock Delisted
Campbell Heath Delisted
Brent Renouf Delisted

Port Adelaide SANFL squad
Senior list Coaching staff
  • 1 Steven Summerton (c)
  • 6 Jake Johansen
  • 7 Louis Sharrad
  • 9 Angus Bruggemann
  • 10 Ben Haren
  • 11 Danny Butcher
  • 12 Matt Venter
  • 16 Nathan Krakouer
  • 18 Ben Sawford
  • 20 Henry Slattery
  • 23 Sam Gordon
  • 29 Anthony Biemans
  • 42 Zac Hawkins
  • 50 Robbie Young
  • 54 Aseri Raikiwasa

Head coach

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

Updated: 13 June 2014
Source(s): [61]

  • Note: Port Adelaide AFL-listed players not selected to play in the AFL for that week would play for the Port Adelaide Magpies in the SANFL unless injured or suspended.


Past/Present Chairmen[edit]

  • Bruce Weber (1986–1992)
  • Greg Boulton (1993–2008)
  • Brett Duncanson (2009–2012)
  • David Koch (2013–present)

Administrative positions[edit]

  • Board members:
    • Kevin Osborn (deputy chairman)
    • John Auld
    • Cos Cardone
    • Ross Haslam
    • George Fiacchi
    • Jamie Restas
    • Richard Ryan
    • Trevor Thiele
    • Amanda Vanstone

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]

Port Adelaide 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]

The 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 Holder[edit]



Other Famous Supporters and Fans[edit]

Membership and attendance[edit]

Year Members Change From Previous Season End of Minor Round Finishing Position Average 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

Club honour board[edit]

Honour Roll[edit]

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

Port Adelaide 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
Henry Kneebone
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 [73]
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 [74]
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
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, 1998

AFL Runner-Up (1)[edit]

  • 2007

SANFL Runner-Up (36)[edit]

  • 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, 1997

AFL Minor Premiership/McClelland Trophy (3)[edit]

  • 2002, 2003, 2004

SANFL Minor Premiership (44, record)[edit]

  • Port Adelaide has won 44 minor premierships, the most of any club in the SANFL[75]

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

Norm Smith Medal winners[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.

AFL Rising Star award recipients[edit]

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.

All Australian selection[edit]

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).

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.

Club Awards[edit]

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]

Highest Score

Lowest Score

Greatest Winning Margin

Greatest Losing Margin

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 1913 → 1914 → 3 July 1915)

Most number of goals in a match


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