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Sydney Swans
Sydney Swans logo
Names
Full name Sydney Swans Limited[1][2]
Former name(s) South Melbourne Football Club (1874–1981)
Swans Football Club (1982)[3]
Nickname(s) Swans, Bloods (previously the Blood Stained Angels)
2014 season
Premiership Grand Final Runners Up
Home-and-away season 1st
Leading goalkicker Kurt Tippett (35 goals)
Best and fairest Jarrad McVeigh
Club details
Founded 1874 (as South Melbourne Football Club)
Colours      Red      White
Competition Australian Football League
Coach John Longmire
Captain(s) Kieran Jack, Jarrad McVeigh
Premierships VFL/AFL (5)

(1909^, 1918^, 1933^, 2005, 2012)
VFA (5^)
(1881, 1885, 1888, 1889, 1890)
^ as South Melbourne Football Club

Ground(s) Sydney Cricket Ground (capacity: 48,000 approx.)
ANZ Stadium (capacity: 81,500)
Other information
Official website www.sydneyswans.com.au

The Sydney Swans is an Australian rules football club which plays in the Australian Football League (AFL). The club has been based in Sydney, New South Wales since the South Melbourne Football Club was relocated to Sydney in 1982. Sydney was the first club in the competition to be based outside Victoria. The Swans play most home games at the Sydney Cricket Ground, while local derbies and larger games against teams such as Collingwood are played at ANZ Stadium.

Since 1995, the Sydney Swans have made the finals more years than any other club in the same period[citation needed], only missing the finals in 2000, 2002 and 2009.

The South Melbourne Football Club was founded in 1874 and won three premierships in 1909, 1918 and also in 1933 before experiencing 72 years without a premiership. In 2005, however, the Swans finally broke the league's longest premiership drought of any club, by winning the Grand Final against the West Coast Eagles in a tight, low-scoring game by a margin of just four points.[4] The following season the two teams met in the Grand Final once again, but this time Sydney finished as runners-up by a single point. In 2012, the Swans won their fifth premiership by defeating Hawthorn by 10 points in front of 99,683 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. In 2014, the Swans finished the regular season on top of the ladder but stumbled in the Grand Final in an upset loss to Hawthorn by 63 points at the MCG.

South Melbourne history[edit]

Old South Melbourne Football Club shield. The motto, "Aut vincere aut mori", is Latin for "either to conquer or to die".
All that remains of the Swans' old Lake Oval ground, a single grandstand built in 1926 which for many years stood in a state of disrepair

Origins: 1874–1876[edit]

The inauguration date of the club is officially 19 June 1874, but it only adopted the name "South Melbourne Football Club" four weeks later, on 15 July.[5] The club represented the Melbourne suburb of South Melbourne, one of the city's oldest. In 1880 it absorbed the Albert Park club (one of the VFA's foundation senior clubs), and by 1890 it had replaced the original blue and white with the now familiar red and white of the South Melbourne coat of arms.

Nicknamed the “Southerners”, the team were more colourfully known as the “Bloods", in reference to the bright red sash on their white jumpers[6][7] (the sash was replaced with the current red “V” in 1932).[8] The colorful epithet the “Bloodstained Angels” was also in use. The “Bloodstained Angels” epithet proved prophetic when South Melbourne played in the 1945 "Bloodbath" Grand Final against Carlton, a game legendary for its brutal violence which saw many of the Swans' players jumpers stained with their own or the opposition’s blood (from the book "The Blood Stained Angels", a history of the South Melbourne Football Club). The 1945 Grand Final saw 10 players reported and suspended for a total of 69 games.[9] The club was based at Lake Oval, also home of the South Melbourne Cricket Club.

VFA era: 1877–1896[edit]

South Melbourne was a junior foundation club of the Victorian Football Association in 1877, and attained senior status in 1879;[10] the club amalgamated with the neighbouring Albert Park Football Club in 1880, forming a club which immediately became the strongest in metropolitan Melbourne.[11] Over its first decade as an amalgamated club, South Melbourne won five VFA premierships – in 1881, 1885 (undefeated), and three-in-a-row in 1888, 1889 and 1890 – and was runner-up to the provincial Geelong Football Club in 1880, 1883 and 1886.

At the end of the 1896 season, Collingwood and South Melbourne finished equal at the top of the VFA's premiership ladder with records of 14–3–1, requiring a playoff match to determine the season's premiership; this was the first time this had occurred in VFA history.[12] The match took place on 3 October 1896 at the East Melbourne Cricket Ground. Collingwood won the match, six goals to five, in front of an estimated crowd of 12,000.[13]

This Grand Final would be the last match South Melbourne would play in the VFA, as the following season they would be one of eight founding clubs forming the breakaway Victorian Football League. The other clubs were St Kilda Football Club, Essendon Football Club, Fitzroy Football Club, Melbourne Football Club, Geelong Football Club, Carlton Football Club and Collingwood Football Club.

VFL entry: 1897–1909[edit]

South Melbourne was one of the original founding clubs of the Victorian Football League that was formed in 1897.

Premiership success: 1909–1945[edit]

The club had early success and won three VFL premierships in 1909, 1918 and 1933. The club was at its most successful in the 1930s, when key recruits from both Victoria and interstate led to a string of appearances in the finals, including four successive grand final appearances from 1933 to 1936, albeit with only one premiership in 1933. On Grand Final eve, 1935, as the Swans prepared to take on Collingwood, star full-forward Bob Pratt was clipped by a truck moments after stepping off a tram and subsequently missed the match for South. Ironically, the truck driver was a South Melbourne supporter.[14]

It was during this period that the team became known as the Swans, the nickname having been given courtesy of the number of West Australians in the team (Swans being the state emblem of Western Australia). The name stuck, partially due to the association with nearby Albert Park and Lake, also known for its white swans (although there are no longer any non-native white swans and only black, indigenous swans in the lake).

After several years with only limited success, South Melbourne next reached the grand final in 1945. The match, played against Carlton, was to become known as "the Bloodbath", courtesy of the brawl that overshadowed the match, with a total of 9 players being reported by the umpires. Carlton won the match by 28 points, and from then on, South Melbourne struggled.

Struggling times: 1946–1981[edit]

In the following years, South Melbourne consistently struggled as their inner-city recruiting area largely emptied. The club missed the finals in 1946 and continued to fall so that by 1950 they were second-last on the ladder. Though they temporarily bounced back and nearly made the finals in 1952, in the following seventeen years South Melbourne did not finish above eighth position (though in 1953 and 1965 they won as many games as they lost). By the 1960s it was clear that South Melbourne's financial resources would not be capable of allowing them to compete in the growing market for country and interstate players, and their own local zone was never strong enough to compensate for this. The introduction of country zoning failed to help, as the Riverina Football League proved to be one of the least profitable zones.

Between 1945 and 1981, South Melbourne played finals only twice: under legendary coach Norm Smith, South Melbourne finished fourth in 1970, but lost the first semi-final; and, in 1977, the club finished fifth under coach Ian Stewart, but lost the elimination final – but there were three wooden spoons in the intervening period, and between Round 7, 1972 and Round 13, 1973, the team lost 29 consecutive games. By the end of the 1970s South Melbourne had massive debts after struggling for such a long period of time.

Sydney history[edit]

Early years in Sydney: 1982–1987[edit]

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the VFL was strategically interested in seeing a club based in Sydney, as part of a long-term plan to broaden the appeal of the game in Queensland and New South Wales. The league had started moving a few premiership matches to the Sydney Cricket Ground annually since 1979, and in 1981 was preparing to establish an entirely new, 13th VFL club in Sydney; but these plans halted when the South Melbourne board, recognising the difficulties it faced with viability and financial stability in Melbourne, made the decision to play all 1982 home games in Sydney. On 29 July 1981, the VFL formally accepted the proposal, and paved the way for the Swans to shift to Sydney in 1982.

The move caused great internal difficulties, as a group of supporters known as Keep South At South campaigned throughout the rest of 1981 to stop the move; and, at an extraordinary general meeting on 22 September, the group democratically took control of the club's board. However, the new board did not have the power to unilaterally stop the move to Sydney: under the VFL constitution, to rescind the decision that had been made on 29 July required a three-quarters majority in a vote of all twelve clubs, and at a meeting on 14 October it failed to obtain this majority.[15] The new board also lacked the support of the players, the vast majority of whom were in favour of a long-term move to Sydney; in early November, after the board promised that it would try to bring the club back to Melbourne in 1983, the players went on strike, seeking to force the new board commit to Sydney in the long term, as well as seeking payments that the cash-strapped club owed them from the previous season.[16] The board ended up undermining its own position when it accepted a $400,000 loan from the VFL in late November to stay solvent, under the condition that it commit to Sydney for two years. Finally, in early December, the Keep South At South board resigned, and a board in favour of the move to Sydney was installed.[17]

1982 Escort Championships Final G B Total
Swans 13 12 90
North Melbourne 8 10 58
Venue: Waverley Park Crowd: 20,028

Upon moving, the club played at the Sydney Cricket Ground. In 1982, the club was technically a Melbourne-based club which played all of its home games in Sydney; it dropped the name 'South Melbourne' in June 1982, becoming known as simply 'the Swans' for the rest of that season.[18] It was not until 1983 that the club formally moved its operations to Sydney and became the Sydney Swans.[17] Its physical 'home club' was the 'Southern Cross Social Club' at 120a Clovelly Road, Randwick, New South Wales which became bankrupt in 1987; new Sydney Swans Offices were then set up in the Sydney Football Stadium.

Sydney 1980s shield logo

On 31 July 1985, for what was thought to be $6.3 million, Geoffrey Edelsten "bought" the Swans; in reality it was $2.9 million in cash with funding and other payments spread over five years. Edelsten resigned as chairman in less than twelve months, but had already made his mark. He immediately recruited former Geelong coach Tom Hafey. Hafey, in turn, used his knowledge of Geelong’s contracts to recruit David Bolton, Bernard Toohey and Greg Williams, who would all form a key part of the Sydney side, at a league-determined total fee of $240,000 (less than the $500,000 Geelong demanded and even the $300,000 Sydney offered).[19] The likes of Gerard Healy, Merv Neagle and Paul Morwood were also poached from other clubs, and failed approaches were made to Simon Madden, Terry Daniher, Andrew Bews and Maurice Rioli.[20]

During the Edelsten years, the Swans were seen by the Sydney public as a flamboyant club, typified by the style of its spearhead, Warwick Capper, his long bright blond mullet and bright pink boots made him unmissable on the field and his pink Lamborghini, penchant for fashion models and eccentricity made him notorious off the field – all somewhat fashionable in the 1980s. During Capper's peak years, the Swans had made successive finals appearances for the first time since relocating. His consistently spectacular aerial exploits earned him consecutive Mark of the Year awards while his goalkicking efforts (amassing 103 goals in 1987) made him runner up in the Coleman Medal two years running. The Swans' successive finals appearances saw crowds during this time peak at an average of around 25,000 per game. Edelsten also introduced the "Swanettes", becoming the sole such cheerleading group among VFL teams following the disbandment of Carlton's Blue Birds in 1986. The Swanettes did not get much performance time, owing to the short intervals between quarters of play in the AFL and the lack of space in which they might perform while other activities take place on the field. The Swanettes were soon discontinued and no AFL club has had cheerleaders since then.

In 1987, the Swans scored 201 points against the West Coast Eagles and the following week scored 236 points against the Essendon Football Club. Both games were at the SCG. The Swans are one of the few teams to have scored two scores above 200 points in a row, the feat also being achieved by Geelong in 1992.[21]

Dark times: 1988–1994[edit]

The club's form was to slump in the following year.

Losses were in the millions. A group of financial backers including Mike Willessee, Basil Sellers, Peter Weinert and Craig Kimberley purchased the licence and bankrolled the club until 1993, when the AFL stepped in.

Morale at the side plummeted as players were asked to take pay cuts.[22] Legendary coach Tom Hafey was sacked by the club in 1988 after a player-led rebellion at his tough training methods (unusual in the semi-professional days of that era).

Capper was sold to the Brisbane Bears for $400,000 in a desperate attempt to improve the club’s finances. Instead, it only led to disastrous on-field performances. Instead of a 100-goal-a-season forward, Sydney’s goalkicking was led by defender Bernard Toohey with 29 in 1989, then Jim West with 34 in 1990. Players left the club in droves, including Brownlow Medalist Greg Williams, Bernard Toohey and Barry Mitchell. The careers of stars such as Dennis Carroll, David Bolton, Ian Roberts, Tony Morwood and David Murphy came to an end,[23] while promising young players like Jamie Lawson, Robert Teal and Paul Bryce had their careers cut short by injury.

Attendances consistently dropped below 10,000 when the team performed poorly between 1990 and 1994, with the side winning the wooden spoon in 1992, 1993 and 1994.

The AFL stepped in to save the Swans, offering substantial monetary and management support. The club survived, despite strong rumours in 1992 that it would merge with the Brisbane Bears to form a combined New South Wales/Queensland team, fold altogether, or even move back to South Melbourne. With draft and salary cap concessions in the early 1990s and a series of notable recruits, the team were competitive after the early part of the decade.

During this time, the side was largely held together by two inspirational skippers, both from the Wagga Wagga region of country New South Wales, Dennis Carroll and later the courageous captain Paul Kelly.

Desperate to hang on, the club was keen to enlist the biggest names and identities in the AFL, and recruited legendary coach Ron Barassi who helped save the club from extinction while serving them as coach from Round 7, 1993 to 1995. At roughly the same time, Hawthorn legend Dermott Brereton was also recruited, albeit with little on-field impact. On a much brighter side for the Swans, their captain Paul Kelly won the League's highest individual honour, the Brownlow Medal, in 1995.

Tony Lockett and Grand Final return: 1995–2001[edit]

A big coup for the club was recruitment of St Kilda Football Club champion Tony "Plugger" Lockett in 1995. Lockett became a cult figure in Sydney, with an instant impact and along with the Super League war in the struggling rival rugby league football code in Australia, helped the Swans to become a powerhouse Sydney icon.

1995 would be Barassi's last year in charge. The Swans won 8 games- as much as they did in the previous three years combined- and finished with a percentage of over 100 (in fact, they have managed such consistently ever since). They were also one of only two teams to defeat the all-conquering Carlton side of that year. Swans great Paul Kelly also won the Brownlow Medal that year. Barassi left an improving team, a club in a much better state than he found them.

1996 AFL Home & Away Season W L D Total %
Sydney Swans 16 5 1 66 123.9
Minor Premiers

Former Hawthorn player Rodney Eade took over the reins in 1996 and after a slow start (they lost their first two games of the season), turned the club around into a competitive force. The Swans ended the minor round on top of the premiership table with 16 wins, 5 losses, and 1 draw. In the finals, the Swans won one of the most thrilling AFL preliminary finals in history after Plugger Lockett kicked a behind after the siren to win the game. The Swans lost the grand final to North Melbourne, which had been their first appearance in a grand final since 1945. The game was played in front of 93,102 at the MCG.

The Swans then made the finals for four of the next five full years that Rodney Eade was in charge of. In 1998 they finished 3rd on the AFL ladder; despite beating St Kilda in their first final the Swans were then beaten by eventual premiers Adelaide in the semi-final at the SCG.

The 1999 season was a largely uneventful year for the club, the only real highlight being Tony Lockett kicking his record-breaking 1300th goal against Collingwood in Round 10. The 1999 season ended with a 69-point mauling at the hands of minor premiers Essendon.

After missing the finals in 2000, the Swans rebounded to finish 7th in 2001, but were beaten by Hawthorn by 55 points in their elimination final at Colonial Stadium.

Rebuilding and finals return: 2002–2004[edit]

Former Swans favourite son Paul Roos was appointed coach midway through the 2002 season, replacing Rodney Eade. Eade was removed after Round 12, when Roos took over. He had an immediate impact, winning six of the remaining 10 games that year (including the last four of the season), and continuing a record as a successful coach with the Swans for the eight full seasons that would follow.

A new home ground in ANZ Stadium (then known as Telstra Stadium) provided increased capacity over the SCG. The Swans' first game played at the Stadium in Round 9, 2002 against Essendon attracted 54,169 spectators. The Sydney Swans v Collingwood match on 23 August 2003 set an attendance record for the largest crowd to watch an AFL game outside of Victoria with an official attendance of 72,393 and was the largest home and away AFL crowd at any stadium for 2003. A preliminary final against the Brisbane Lions in 2003 attracted 71,019 people. The Swans lost all three of those significant matches.

2004 saw an average year for Sydney, however one highlight was when they ended St Kilda's undefeated start to the season in Round 11. The match was notable for Leo Barry's effort in nullifying the impact of St Kilda's monstrous full-forward and eventual Coleman Medallist Fraser Gehrig, whom Barry restricted to only two possessions for the entire match.

Sydney was able to recruit another St Kilda export in the Lockett mould, Barry Hall. There were obvious parallels to the signing of Lockett (a powerful, tough forward from St Kilda with questions over his discipline and attitude), which left Hall with much to live up to. He flourished in his new surroundings and eventually became a cult figure and club leader in his own right.

As the new century dawned, Sydney implemented a policy of giving up high order draft picks in exchange for players who struggled at other clubs. It was during this era that the Swans picked up the likes of Paul Williams, Barry Hall, Craig Bolton, Darren Jolly, Ted Richards, Peter Everitt, Martin Mattner, Rhyce Shaw, Shane Mumford, Ben McGlynn and Mitch Morton, amongst others, and giving up higher order draft picks meant the Swans missed out on the likes of Daniel Motlop, Nick Dal Santo, James Kelly, Courtenay Dempsey and Sam Lonergan who went to Port Adelaide, St Kilda, Geelong and the latter two to Essendon respectively. This policy is said to have paid off in the Roos era, as they implemented a strict culture of discipline at the club.

Premiership glory: 2005[edit]

Main article: 2005 AFL Grand Final

Sydney played the AFL Grand Final on 24 September 2005 against the West Coast Eagles, defeating them by four points, final score 8.10 (58) to West Coast's 7.12 (54). In the last few minutes, the Sydney defence held strong, with Leo Barry marking the ball just before the siren to stop the Eagles' final desperate shot at goal. The premiership was the Swans' first in 72 years and their first since being based in Sydney. It was also the fifth premiership in succession to be won by a team from outside Victoria.

2005 AFL Grand Final G B Total
Sydney Swans 8 10 58
West Coast Eagles 7 12 54
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground Crowd: 91,898

In 2005, the Swans came under enormous public scrutiny, even from AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou for their unorthodox, "boring" defense-oriented tactics that included tightly controlling the tempo of the game and starving the opposition of possession (in fact, seven teams that season had their lowest possession total whilst playing against the Swans). The coach Paul Roos maintained that playing contested football was the style used by all recent premiership winning teams, and felt that it was ironic that the much criticised strategy proved ultimately successful.

On Friday, 30 September 2005 a ticker tape parade down Sydney's George Street was held in honour of the Swans' achievements, which ended with a rally at Town Hall, where Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore presented the team with the key to the city. The flag of the Swans also flew on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the week; the same flag was later given to WA premier Geoff Gallop to fly on top of the state legislature in Perth as part of the friendly wager between Gallop and NSW premier Morris Iemma.

Grand Final loss: 2006[edit]

Main article: 2006 AFL Grand Final

The 2006 AFL Grand Final was contested between the Sydney Swans and West Coast Eagles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 30 September 2006. The West Coast Eagles avenged their 2005 Grand Final defeat by beating the Sydney Swans by one point, only the fourth one-point Grand Final margin in the competition's history.

The rivalry between the Sydney Swans and West Coast Eagles has become one of the great modern rivalries.[24] The six games between the two sides (from the start of the 2005 finals to the first round of 2007 inclusive) were decided by a combined margin of 13 points. Four of those six games were finals, and 2 Grand Finals.

Finals goal: 2007–2010[edit]

Sydney finished the 2007 home and away season in 7th place, and therefore advanced to the finals, where they met Collingwood at the MCG in an elimination final. Collingwood were always in control of the match by quarter time, Collingwood were out to a 31 point lead. Collingwood's lead was cut to five points, two minutes into the third quarter, but Collingwood went on to run out convincing winners by 38 points.

This was Sydney's earliest exit since 2002, when they failed to make the finals. The season was seen as somewhat a disappointment, as only victories against lesser teams saw them through to a 5th consecutive finals campaign. Within the 2007 trade week for the 2008 season premiership winning players such as Jude Bolton, Amon Buchanan and other key players were placed to be traded leading to changes for the Swans 2008 season.

The conclusion of the 2007 trade saw the loss of Adam Schneider and Sean Dempster to St Kilda, the delisting of Simon Phillips, Jonathan Simpkin and Luke Vogels, and the gain of Henry Playfair from Geelong and Martin Mattner from Adelaide.

A Sydney Swans banner honouring Amon Buchanon's 100th game as a player Paul Roos' 500th game as player and coach

The Swans spent the middle part of the 2008 season inside the top four, however a late form slump which yielded only three wins in the last nine rounds saw the Swans drop to sixth at the conclusion of the 2008 regular season. This earned them a home elimination final against North Melbourne (its first finals meeting since the 1996 AFL Grand Final) which the Swans won by 35 points. Unfortunately for the Swans their season ended with a disappointing loss to the Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground the following Friday night.

2009 saw a L-W pattern follow for the first eight rounds before the Swans strung together consecutive wins for the first and only time in round nine when they thrashed Port Adelaide at home. This had them at a 5–4 record at the conclusion of round nine, however only three more wins followed and the Swans missed the finals for the first time since 2002. Barry Hall, Leo Barry, Jared Crouch, Michael O'Loughlin, Amon Buchanan and Darren Jolly all left the club at season's end, signalling a new rebuilding period at the Swans.

In the 2009 off-season the Swans did compensate for the losses of those four players by picking up West Coast premiership ruckman Mark Seaby as well as ex-Brisbane Lions triple-premiership player Daniel Bradshaw and Geelong rising ruckman Shane Mumford who did not play in Geelong's 2009 AFL Grand Final triumph. Mumford went on to secure himself a regular place in the senior team, while Bradshaw retired in 2011, following injury.

The 2010 season started with an eight-point loss to rivals St Kilda before a string of five consecutive wins took the Swans to the top of the ladder for the first time since round 1, 2005 at the conclusion of round six. Unfortunately the Swans would go into freefall, losing their next four games as well as ruckman Mumford for two weeks for an NRL-style spear tackle on Geelong superstar Gary Ablett. The rot ended with a nine-point win over Essendon followed by a big win over Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium, making the Swans two-from-two at the venue in 2010. Losses to Collingwood and Richmond followed before the Swans had big wins over North Melbourne and Carlton. Round 17 saw the Swans suffer its worst ever loss under Paul Roos with a 73-point hiding from Melbourne which was also its first loss against them since 2006 and first against them in Melbourne since the 2000 season. Yet another loss to Geelong followed before the Swans comfortably defeated Hawthorn in round 19 at the SCG, maintaining its dominance over Hawthorn at home. This was followed up with a rare win over Fremantle at Subiaco Oval, the first win for the Swans over the Dockers at the venue since 1998, and first at the venue since 2008. The following week saw a win over the Western Bulldogs by 44 points, in what was Brett Kirk and Paul Roos' final regular season home game at the SCG and it was the Swans' first win over any top four side since defeating St Kilda in round 12, 2008. It also guaranteed the Swans a finals spot for 2010. The Swans wrapped up a home final with victory against the Brisbane Lions away at the Gabba where the Swans have enjoyed playing recently, with only two losses in the past eight years.

In the 2010 finals, they defeated Carlton by just five points in a sudden death elimination final at ANZ Stadium after the Swans fell behind during the third quarter. The Swans went down to the Western Bulldogs by 5 points – 11.11 77 to 10.12 72 in a semi final at the MCG, seeing the culmination of club servants – coach Paul Roos and captain Brett Kirk's memorable careers with the Swans.

Start of the John Longmire era: 2011[edit]

Sydney Swans players run through the banner before the inaugural Sydney Derby on 24 March 2012.

Sydney enjoyed a reasonable 2011 season, registering a draw in the opening round against Melbourne before going on to beat Essendon and West Coast by 5 and 13 points respectively. However, the Swans would then go on to lose their next two matches, against Geelong and Carlton with a bye in between, before rebounding with consecutive wins over the Western Bulldogs and Port Adelaide. A loss to Hawthorn by 46 points followed, but the Swans would again rebound with a narrow one point victory over North Melbourne in Melbourne, which was followed by a win over the Brisbane Lions in Brisbane where the Swans have only lost twice since 2002.

Their good form continued in Round 12 beating Richmond before losses followed in the next three matches, against Carlton, Collingwood and Adelaide (whom the Swans have only beaten twice since 2001). Against Collingwood in Round 14, the Swans led midway through the final quarter but inexperience cost them in a six-point defeat, despite this, the Swans actually scored one more goal than the Magpies (Sydney's 14.9 (93) to Collingwood's 13.21 (99)).

A 70-point thrashing over the Gary Ablett-led Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium followed in Round 16, to snap a three-game losing streak, before costly losses to Fremantle, Essendon and Richmond saw them tumble to eighth on the ladder, before defeating St Kilda in an error-riddled match in Round 22.

It was however in the following round that the Swans would cause the upset of the season, defeating the star-studded Geelong Cats on its home ground, Skilled Stadium, where the home tenant had won its past 29 games in succession, and its past two matches at the ground by a combined margin of 336 points. More significantly, it was Sydney's first win over the Cats in nine attempts, its first win at the ground since Round 8, 1999 and it wound up being Geelong's worst marginal defeat all season as well as its only defeat at home all year. Additionally, Sydney were the only team to defeat the West Coast Eagles on their home ground, Patersons Stadium, in the 2011 season. The significance of Sydney's win over Geelong was however overshadowed by the tragic news that co-captain Jarrad McVeigh's baby daughter died in the week leading up to the match, forcing him to miss the match.

Sydney qualified for the finals after finishing 7th at the end of the regular season. They defeated St Kilda at Docklands Stadium by 25 points, but then lost its semi-final showdown against 2008 premiers Hawthorn at the MCG.

2012 Premiership season - Present[edit]

2012 AFL Grand Final G B Total
Sydney Swans 14 7 91
Hawthorn 11 15 81
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground Crowd: 99,683
2014 AFL Grand Final G B Total
Sydney Swans 11 8 74
Hawthorn 21 11 137
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground Crowd: 99,454

The 2012 season began for the Swans with the inaugural Sydney Derby against AFL newcomers Greater Western Sydney. After an even and physical first half, Sydney went on to win by 63 points. This was followed with a 13-point win over Fremantle in their first game at the SCG for the season, before wins over Port Adelaide, North Melbourne and Hawthorn followed to have the undefeated Swans sitting second behind West Coast on the AFL ladder at the end of Round 5. However the team lost the following round against Adelaide after Swans champion and dual Brownlow Medallist Adam Goodes injured his quad in the final quarter. The Swans won nine straight games from Rounds 11 to 19 making it the longest winning streak since moving to Sydney. The streak ended against Collingwood in Round 20, making it 10 straight losses against the Collingwood. This was followed by their biggest score since 2006, 26.11 (167) against the Western Bulldogs. Another late loss in the final rounds against top two side Hawthorn removed the Swans from the top of the ladder, leaving them second going into the last round before the finals. The Swans finished the home and away season in third place after losing to Geelong in the final round.

In the finals series the Swans travelled to Adelaide where they defeated Adelaide by 29 points and earned a home preliminary final and a week off. Sydney then defeated Collingwood in the preliminary final by 26 points, earning them a place in the 2012 Grand Final against Hawthorn, who defeated Adelaide by 5 points. This ended the Swans' 11-game losing streak against the Magpies.

The Swans won the premiership, defeating Hawthorn 91 points to 81 in front of 99,683 people at the MCG. The Swans went into the game as outsiders against the minor premiers Hawthorn, but in an epic see-sawing game which saw both teams build and then lose clear leads, it was the Swans who came out on top, sealing the game with 34 seconds remaining thanks to a snap goal from Nick Malceski. The Swans managed to overcome the MCG hoodoo where they had only won once in their past 15 outings. The Swans' score of 91 points is their highest ever score in a Grand Final.

The Swans' 2013 season was marred by long-term injuries to many of its key players, namely Adam Goodes, Sam Reid, Lewis Jetta, Rhyce Shaw and Lewis Roberts-Thomson, among others; despite this setback, the team were still able to reach the finals for the fifteenth time in 18 seasons, reaching the preliminary finals where they were defeated by Fremantle at Patersons Stadium, its first loss at the venue since 2009.[25][26]

The 2014 AFL season began with some difficulties for the Swans. Sydney lost their first game against Greater Western Sydney and then to Collingwood before becoming the first non South Australian team to win at Adelaide Oval defeating Adelaide by 63 points with Lance Franklin and Luke Parker kicking 4 goals each. After a loss to North Melbourne in Round 4, the Swans' won twelve games in a row, including victories against 2013 Grand Finalists Fremantle and Hawthorn, Geelong by 110 points at the SCG and then ladder leaders Port Adelaide. In Round 17, the Swans defeated Carlton to match a winning streak set three times in club history, the last of which came way back in 1935,[27] and eventually closed out the season with their first minor premiership in 18 years and a club record 17 wins for the season, eclipsing the previous highest of 16, which was achieved on six past occasions in 2012, 1996, 1986, 1945, 1936 and 1935. In 2014 the Swans were minor premiers, and also qualified for the 2014 AFL Grand Final. They defeated the Fremantle at home in the first qualifying final in Round one of the finals series and so earned a one week break. In the first preliminary final the Swans had a convincing win against North Melbourne, which led them to their fourth grand final in 10 years. The 2014 AFL Grand Final was played on Saturday the 27th September 2014 in near perfect weather conditions, with Sydney seen as favourites leading up to the match. This was the first time in a finals series that former Hawk player Lance Franklin would play against his former team, one of very few players to have played back to back grand finals for two different teams. The Hawks dominated the game quite early and eventually defeated the Swans 11.8.(74)to 21.11.(137). The 63 point loss was Sydney's biggest ever loss in a grand final and their biggest defeat all season meaning Hawthorn would become back to back premiers for the second time in their history.

The Sydney Swans warm up before a match in 2013.

The Swans' continued period of success, in which it has missed the finals only three times since 1995, has led to some criticism about a salary cap concession which the club receives; the concession is in the form of an additional Cost of Living Allowance (COLA), due to the higher cost of living in Sydney compared with any other Australian city.[28][29] It was, however, announced in March 2014 that this allowance would be scrapped.[30]

Club symbols[edit]

Guernsey[edit]

The jumper is white with a red back and a red yoke with a silhouette of the Sydney Opera House at the point of the yoke. The Opera House design was first used at the start of the 1987 season, replacing the traditional red "V" on white design. Until 1991, the back of the jumper was white with the yoke only extending to the back of the shoulders and each side of the jumper had a red vertical stripe. The current predominantly red design appeared at the start of the 1992 season. The club's major sponsor is QBE Insurance. In 2004 the club added the initials 'SMFC' in white lettering at the back of the collar to honour the club's past as South Melbourne Football Club. The move was welcomed by Melbourne-based fans. The clash guernsey is a predominantly white version of the home guernsey, but is rarely worn, only in two occasions in 2014 (Rounds 7 and 12 away against Brisbane and Gold Coast) and wasn't at all in 2013.

International Sports Clothing have manufactured the Swans' apparel since 2010, replacing long-time sponsor Puma SE.[31]

Mascot[edit]

Syd 'Swannie' Skilton, Sydney Swans Mascot Manor mascot


The Sydney Swans' mascot for the AFL's Mascot Manor is Syd 'Swannie' Skilton. He is named after Swans legend Bob Skilton. The actual mascot at Sydney's home games is, however, still known as Cyggy (as in cygnet).

Supporter base[edit]

As the only AFL club in Sydney prior to the 2012 entry of Greater Western Sydney, the Swans have a large population base to draw on. In 2006, following the first premiership in 72 years, the club achieved a record membership and the biggest since 1999. There is still a healthy Melbourne following for the Swans, particularly a revival in the late 1990s. The club experiences good support when the team plays in Melbourne and many also make the long trip to Sydney for home games as well. The club recently celebrated in 2007 their 25th anniversary since relocating from South Melbourne, with parties hosted both in Sydney and their former home.

Some famous fans include movie star Nicole Kidman,[32] singers Shannon Noll,[33] Delta Goodrem, Australian band Human Nature, Australian duo The Presets, radio personalities Peter Stubbs and Adam Spencer, television personality Ian "Dicko" Dickson,[33] media personalities Sandra Sully,[33] Neil Cordy and John Mangos, former cricket legend Glenn McGrath, television presenter Tom Williams, musician Holly Throsby, politician Malcolm Turnbull, Philadelphia Eagles punter Mat McBriar, sports journalist Tony Squires, television actress Cornelia Frances and Prime Minister Tony Abbott,[34] amongst others.

Year Members Finishing position² Average Home crowd
1982 7th 15,993
1983 11th 12,025
1984 2,750 10th 12,497
1985 2,777 10th 10,137
1986 4,927 4th 25,819
1987 3,594 4th 22,032
1988 2,516 7th 12,311
1989 2,631 7th 12,317
1990 2,624 13th 9,178
1991 2,907 12th 11,521
1992 3,020 15th 9,881
1993 3,097 15th 9,423
1994 3,327 15th 9,813
1995 6,088 12th 15,949
1996 9,525 2nd 24,996
1997 22,109 7th 36,612
1998 31,089 5th 31,549
1999 31,175 8th 30,586
2000 30,177 10th 25,308
2001 28,022 7th 27,556
2002 27,755 11th 25,270
2003 21,270 3rd 32,244
2004 25,010 5th 30,964
2005 24,955 1st 31,516
2006 30,382 2nd 32,877¹
2007 28,764 7th 35,632¹
2008 26,721 6th 32,834
2009 26,269 12th 30,506
2010 28,671 5th 31,586
2011 27,106 6th 26,615
2012 29,873 1st 27,663
2013 36,358 4th 29,104
2014 40,126 2nd 32,579

¹following finals matches

Rivalries[edit]

Greater Western Sydney[edit]

The introduction of the GWS Giants to the AFL in 2012 has resulted in the formation of the Sydney Derby. The Swans compete against their cross-city rivals twice every season. The best performed player from every derby match is awarded the Brett Kirk Medal.

West Coast Eagles[edit]

The Swans developed a famous modern rivalry against the Perth-based West Coast Eagles between 2005 and 2007, when six consecutive games between the two teams, including two Qualifying Finals and two Grand Finals, were decided by less than a goal. The rivalry was highlighted by Sydney's four-point win against West Coast in the 2005 Grand Final, and West Coast's one-point win against Sydney in the 2006 Grand Final.

Brisbane Lions[edit]

Sydney and the Brisbane Lions have built up as strong rivalry, due to the sporting and political rivalry between the two state of Queensland and New South Wales

The Swans have a strong rivalry with the Brisbane Lions, which is based on the ongoing sporting and political rivalry between the two states New South Wales and Queensland.[citation needed] Since the mid-1990s the two sides have played for the Alan Schwab Shield, named after the late AFL administrator who worked to establish the two sides in traditional rugby league territory. Between them, the two clubs have won five premierships since 2001.

St Kilda[edit]

The Swans share a historical rivalry with St Kilda which dates back to the club's time in South Melbourne. The rivalry was a local derby, as South Melbourne played at the Lake Oval on the opposite side of Melbourne's Albert Park Lake to St Kilda's old home ground, Junction Oval. Because the Swans and the Saints used to be towards the bottom of the ladder on a regular basis after the Second World War up until St Kilda's move away from the Junction Oval, clashes between both sides used to be played for the "Lake Premiership".

Hawthorn[edit]

A recent rivalry developed from Sydney's victory against Hawthorn in the 2012 AFL Grand Final the two sides have been some of the most dominant teams in the 21st century, winning 2 premierships each, and clashes are often of high standard. The rivalry between the two clubs increased when Lance Franklin left Hawthorn at the end of the 2013 season to play for Sydney for the next nine years, resulting in Sydney (and Greater Western Sydney) losing their Cost Of Living Allowance in their salary cap. The two clubs eventually met in a second Grand Final, in the 2014 decider; where the Hawks reversed the result of 2012 by smashing Sydney by 63 points; winning back-to-back premierships for the second time in their history and inflicting Sydney's worst defeat in a Grand Final.

VFL and AFL premierships[edit]

Premiers[edit]

  • 1909 (as South Melbourne) – defeated Carlton 4.14 (38) to 4.12 (36)
  • 1918 (as South Melbourne) – defeated Collingwood 9.8 (62) to 7.15 (57)
  • 1933 (as South Melbourne) – defeated Richmond 9.17 (71) to 4.5 (29)
  • 2005 (as Sydney Swans) – defeated West Coast 8.10 (58) to 7.12 (54)
  • 2012 (as Sydney Swans) – defeated Hawthorn 14.7 (91) to 11.15 (81)

Defeated in Grand Finals[edit]

  • 1899 (as South Melbourne) – defeated by Fitzroy 3.9 (27) to 3.8 (26)
  • 1907 (as South Melbourne) – defeated by Carlton 6.14 (50) to 6.9 (45)
  • 1912 (as South Melbourne) – defeated by Essendon 5.17 (47) to 4.9 (33)
  • 1914 (as South Melbourne) – defeated by Carlton 6.9 (45) to 4.15 (39)
  • 1934 (as South Melbourne) – defeated by Richmond 19.14 (128) to 12.17 (89)
  • 1935 (as South Melbourne) – defeated by Collingwood 11.12 (78) to 7.16 (58)
  • 1936 (as South Melbourne) – defeated by Collingwood 11.23 (89) to 10.18 (78)
  • 1945 (as South Melbourne) – defeated by Carlton 15.13 (103) to 10.15 (75)
  • 1996 (as Sydney Swans) – defeated by North Melbourne 19.17 (131) to 13.10 (88); first grand final appearance after relocation
  • 2006 (as Sydney Swans) – defeated by West Coast 12.13 (85) to 12.12 (84)
  • 2014 (as Sydney Swans) - defeated by Hawthorn 21.11 (137) to 11.8 (74)

Players and staff[edit]

Current squad[edit]

SydneyDesign.svg Sydney Swans
Senior list Rookie list Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches


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

Updated: 9 October 2013
Source(s): Swans' numbers up, Coaching staff


Officials[edit]

  • Chairman: Andrew Pridham
  • Directors:
    • Jason Ball
    • Andrew McMaster (Deputy Chairman)
    • Rob Morgan
    • Greg Paramor
    • Robert Pascoe
    • Lynn Ralph
    • Brian Tyson

Reserves team[edit]

The Swans currently field a reserves team in the North East Australian Football League. Previously a reserves team was first created for South Melbourne in 1919 and continued to compete in the Victorian reserves competition until 1999 despite the team relocating to Sydney in 1982. The team enjoy little success in the Victorian competition but did finish runner-up at three Grand Finals in 1927, 1956 and 1980. In 2000 the Swans entered a reserves team in the Sydney AFL competition but withdrew prior to the finals series because the club felt the difference in standard was too greatly in favour of the Swans. Between 2001-2002 the Swans affiliated themselves with the Port Melbourne Football Club in the VFL while also starting a new stand-alone team named the Redbacks in the Sydney AFL competition. Little success resulted and the Swans entered a stand-alone reserves team in the AFL Canberra competition in 2003 which resulted in four consecutive premierships between 2005-2008. In 2011 the Swans reserves team joined the North East Australian Football League with the rest of the AFL Canberra competition and now have regular matches against AFL reserve teams from the Brisbane Lions, Gold Coast Suns and GWS Giants. The team plays home games at the Sydney Cricket Ground and will often play as a curtain raiser to senior AFL games.

In 2011 the Swans reserves finished the home and away season with the Eastern Conference minor premiership. In the Eastern Conference Grand Final Ainslie caused a major upset when they defeated the Swans by 52 points. The team suffered the same fate in 2012 when Queanbeyan defeated them by 30 points in the Eastern Conference Grand Final.

a Competed as South Melbourne.

Honour roll[edit]

Year Posn Coach Captain Best & Fairest Leading goalkicker (goals)
1932 Johnny Leonard Johnny Leonard Bill Faul Bob Pratt (71)
1933 1 Jack Bissett Jack Bissett Harry Clarke Bob Pratt (109)
1934 2 Jack Bissett Jack Bissett Terry Brain Bob Pratt (150)
1935 2 Jack Bissett Jack Bissett Ron Hillis Bob Pratt (103)
1936 2 Jack Bissett Jack Bissett Herbie Matthews Bob Pratt (64)
1937 9 Roy Cazaly Laurie Nash Herbie Matthews Laurie Nash (37)
1938 12 Roy Cazaly Herbie Matthews Len Thomas Roy Moore (34)
1939 12 Herbie Matthews Herbie Matthews Herbie Matthews Bob Pratt (72)
1940 10 Herbie Matthews Herbie Matthews Herbie Matthews Lou Reiffel (33)
1941 8 Joe Kelly Herbie Matthews Reg Ritchie Jack Graham (33)
1942 3 Joe Kelly Herbie Matthews Jim Cleary Lindsay White (80)
1943 8 Joe Kelly Herbie Matthews Herbie Matthews Charlie Culph (35)
1944 7 Joe Kelly Herbie Matthews Jim Cleary Ron Hartridge (31)
1945 2 William Adams Herbie Matthews Jack Graham Laurie Nash (56)
1946 7 William Adams Jack Graham Bill Williams Harry Mears (32)
1947 8 William Adams Jack Graham Bill Williams Bill Williams (38)
1948 10 William Adams, Jack Hale Jack Graham Ron Clegg Jack Graham (32)
1949 10 Jack Hale Bert Lucas Ron Clegg Dick Jones (27)
1950 11 Gordon Lane Gordon Lane Bill Williams Gordon Lane (47)
1951 8 Gordon Lane Gordon Lane Ron Clegg Bill Williams (41)
1952 5 Gordon Lane Gordon Lane Keith Schaefer Gordon Lane (33)
1953 8 Laurie Nash Ron Clegg Jim Taylor Ian Gillett (34)
1954 10 Herbie Matthews Ron Clegg Eddie Lane Eddie Lane (28)
1955 10 Herbie Matthews Bill Gunn Ian Gillett Eddie Lane (36)
1956 9 Herbie Matthews Ian Gillett Jim Dorgan Bill Gunn (28)
1957 10 Herbie Matthews Ron Clegg Jim Taylor Fred Goldsmith (43)
1958 9 Ron Clegg Ron Clegg Bob Skilton Max Oaten (34)
1959 9 Ron Clegg Ron Clegg Bob Skilton Bob Skilton (60)
1960 8 Bill Faul Ron Clegg Frank Johnson Max Oaten (39)
1961 11 Bill Faul Bob Skilton Bob Skilton Brian McGowan (38)
1962 12 Noel McMahen Bob Skilton Bob Skilton Bob Skilton (36)
1963 11 Noel McMahen Bob Skilton Bob Skilton Bob Skilton (36)
1964 11 Noel McMahen Bob Skilton Bob Skilton Max Papley (25)
1965 8 Bob Skilton Bob Skilton Bob Skilton Bob Kingston (48)
1966 8 Bob Skilton Bob Skilton Max Papley Austin Robertson, Jr. (60)
1967 9 Alan Miller Bob Skilton Bob Skilton John Sudholz (35)
1968 9 Alan Miller Bob Skilton Bob Skilton John Sudholz (36)
1969 9 Norm Smith Bob Skilton Peter Bedford John Sudholz (35)
1970 4 Norm Smith Bob Skilton Peter Bedford John Sudholz (62)
1971 12 Norm Smith Bob Skilton Peter Bedford Peter Bedford (44)
1972 11 Norm Smith John Rantall Russell Cook Peter Bedford (28)
1973 12 Graeme John Peter Bedford Peter Bedford Peter Bedford (52)
1974 9 Graeme John Peter Bedford Norm Goss, Jr. Norm Goss, Jr. (37)
1975 12 Graeme John Peter Bedford Peter Bedford Graham Teasdale (38)
1976 8 Ian Stewart Peter Bedford Rick Quade Robert Dean (37)
1977 5 Ian Stewart Rick Quade Graham Teasdale Graham Teasdale (38)
1978 8 Des Tuddenham Rick Quade John Murphy John Murphy (31)
1979 10 Ian Stewart Rick Quade Barry Round Tony Morwood (56)
1980 6 Ian Stewart Barry Round David Ackerly John Roberts (67)
1981 9 Ian Stewart Barry Round Barry Round John Roberts (51)
19821 7 Rick Quade Barry Round David Ackerly Tony Morwood (45)
1983 11 Rick Quade Barry Round Mark Browning Craig Braddy (48)
1984 10 Rick Quade,

Bob Hammond

Barry Round,

Mark Browning

Bernie Evans Warwick Capper (39)
1985 10 John Northey Mark Browning Stephen Wright Warwick Capper (45)
1986 4 Tom Hafey Dennis Carroll Gerard Healy Warwick Capper (92)
1987 4 Tom Hafey Dennis Carroll Gerard Healy Warwick Capper (103)
1988 7 Tom Hafey Dennis Carroll Gerard Healy Barry Mitchell (35)
1989 7 Col Kinnear Dennis Carroll Mark Bayes Bernard Toohey (27)
1990 13 Col Kinnear Dennis Carroll Stephen Wright Jim West (34)
1991 12 Col Kinnear Dennis Carroll Barry Mitchell Jason Love (52)
1992 15 Gary Buckenara Dennis Carroll Paul Kelly Simon Minton-Connell (60)
1993 15 Gary Buckenara, Brett Scott, Ron Barassi Paul Kelly Paul Kelly Simon Minton-Connell (41)
1994 15 Ron Barassi Paul Kelly Daryn Creswell Simon Minton-Connell (68)
1995 12 Ron Barassi Paul Kelly Tony Lockett Tony Lockett (110)
1996 2 Rodney Eade Paul Kelly Paul Kelly Tony Lockett (121)
1997 7 Rodney Eade Paul Kelly Paul Kelly Tony Lockett (37)
1998 5 Rodney Eade Paul Kelly Michael O'Loughlin Tony Lockett (109)
1999 8 Rodney Eade Paul Kelly Wayne Schwass Tony Lockett (82)
2000 10 Rodney Eade Paul Kelly Andrew Schauble Michael O'Loughlin (53)
2001 7 Rodney Eade Paul Kelly Paul Williams Michael O'Loughlin (35)
2002 11 Rodney Eade, Paul Roos Paul Kelly Paul Williams Barry Hall (55)
2003 4 Paul Roos Stuart Maxfield Adam Goodes Barry Hall (64)
2004 5 Paul Roos Stuart Maxfield Barry Hall Barry Hall (74)
2005 1 Paul Roos Stuart Maxfield² Brett Kirk Barry Hall (80)
2006 2 Paul Roos Barry Hall, Brett Kirk and Leo Barry Adam Goodes Barry Hall (78)
2007 7 Paul Roos Barry Hall, Brett Kirk and Leo Barry Brett Kirk Barry Hall (44)
2008 6 Paul Roos Brett Kirk, Leo Barry and Craig Bolton Jarrad McVeigh Barry Hall (41)
2009 12 Paul Roos Brett Kirk, Adam Goodes and Craig Bolton Ryan O'Keefe Adam Goodes (38)
2010 5 Paul Roos Brett Kirk, Adam Goodes and Craig Bolton Kieren Jack Adam Goodes (44)
2011 6 John Longmire Adam Goodes and Jarrad McVeigh[35] Adam Goodes Adam Goodes (41)
2012 1 John Longmire Adam Goodes and Jarrad McVeigh Josh Kennedy Lewis Jetta (45)
2013 4 John Longmire Kieren Jack and Jarrad McVeigh Jarrad McVeigh Kurt Tippett (35)

1: Relocated to Sydney
²: Six rounds into the 2005 season, Stuart Maxfield ended his playing career due to chronic injury. Six players rotated as captain throughout the rest of the season: Brett Kirk (Rounds 7, 8, 19 and 20), Leo Barry (Rounds 9, 10, 21 and 22), Barry Hall (Rounds 11, 12 and the entire finals series), Ben Mathews (Rounds 13 and 14), Adam Goodes (Rounds 15 and 16) and Jude Bolton (Rounds 17 and 18).

Team records[edit]

For the records of every player to play for the club see – List of Sydney Swans players
  • Most gamesAdam Goodes (350*)
  • Most goalsBob Pratt (681)
  • Most goals in matchTony Lockett (16), Round 19, 1995 v Fitzroy at Western Oval
  • Most goals in a seasonBob Pratt (150) in 1934
  • Most games coachedPaul Roos (202)
  • Highest score – 36.20 (236) vs Essendon 11.7 (73), Round 17, 1987
  • Lowest score – South Melbourne 0.5 (5) vs Carlton 3.6 (24), Round 8, 1899
  • Lowest score since 1919 – South Melbourne 1.9 (15) vs Geelong 8.9 (57), Round 16, 1964[36]
  • Highest losing score – South Melbourne 24.10 (154) vs Melbourne 24.23 (167), Round 1, 1979
  • Lowest winning score – South Melbourne 2.3 (15) vs Melbourne 1.7 (13), Round 6, 1898[37]
  • Lowest winning score since 1919 – South Melbourne 4.15 (39) vs Fitzroy 4.12 (36), Round 4, 1919
    • Since 1920 – South Melbourne 5.11 (41) vs St. Kilda 5.9 (39), Round 16, 1948
  • Greatest Winning Margin – (171 points) – South Melbourne 29.15 (189) vs St. Kilda 2.6 (18), Round 12, 1919
  • Greatest Losing Margin – (165 points) – South Melbourne 2.7 (19) vs Essendon 28.16 (184), Round 18, 1964

As of 2014, the Sydney Swans have not lost a match by more than 100 points since Round 10, 1998.[38]

Individual awards[edit]

Best and Fairest[edit]

See Bob Skilton Medal

Brownlow Medal winners[edit]

Despite its lack of success, South Melbourne/Sydney has provided more Brownlow Medal winners (14) than any other club.

South Melbourne[edit]

Sydney[edit]

Norm Smith Medal winners[edit]

The Norm Smith Medal is awarded to the player judged best-on-ground in the AFL Grand Final:

Leigh Matthews Trophy winners[edit]

Coleman Medal winners[edit]

AFL Rising Star winners[edit]

Mark of the Year winners[edit]

Australian Football Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Team of the Century[edit]

Sydney announced its team of the century on 8 August 2003:

Sydney Swans Team of the Century
B: John Rantall John Heriot Vic Belcher
HB: Bill Faul Ron Clegg Dennis Carroll
C: David Murphy Greg Williams Herbie Matthews
HF: Tony Morwood Laurie Nash Gerard Healy
F: Bob Pratt Tony Lockett Paul Kelly (Vice-Captain)
Foll: Barry Round Peter Bedford Bob Skilton (Captain)
Int: Bill Williams Stephen Wright Daryn Cresswell
Fred Goldsmith Mark Bayes Harry Clarke, Mark Tandy
Coach: Jack Bissett

Corporate[edit]

Administration[edit]

Directors:

  • Andrew Pridham Chairman (2013–present)
  • Jason Ball
  • Andrew McMaster
  • Robert Morgan
  • Greg Paramor
  • Rob Pascoe
  • Lynn Ralph
  • Brian Tyson

CEOs:

  • Andrew Ireland (Current)
  • Myles Baron-Hay (2004–2009)
  • Phil Mullen
  • Colin Seery
  • Kelvin Templeton
  • Jordan Sembel

Supported charities[edit]

  • Wally Jackson Research Fund
  • Sydney Australian Football Foundation (SAFF)

Media Coverage[edit]

Print[edit]

The Sydney Swans receive regular exposure from Sydney`s two major daily newspapers, The Daily Telegraph, the Sydney Morning Herald and their respective counterpart publications, The Sunday Telegraph and The Sun-Herald. Articles about the Swans can occasionally be found in local community newspapers, free magazines and Sydney street press publications.

Radio[edit]

The Sydney Swans are sponsored by radio station Triple M which broadcasts all of its games, including finals, live. Occasionally, 702 ABC Sydney may cover Swans matches if they are played on a Saturday afternoon, regardless of where they are playing. If they play in Sydney during that time schedule, appropriately 702 ABC Sydney will cover the match. Matches played at other times and days are broadcast on the ABC NewsRadio station`s analogue AM/FM frequencies for listeners in Sydney, Newcastle, the NSW Central Coast and Canberra. Most Swans matches can be heard by listeners in the Riverina region of N.S.W. via the ABC Riverina - Wagga Wagga (2RVR) service, on the 675 AM frequency. Match coverage can be heard anywhere in the world via live streaming at the official AFL website or by downloading the AFL app for smartphones such as the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy.

Television[edit]

From 2002 - 2011 Network Ten would televise all Swans games played in Melbourne and outside of N.S.W. live, but on a half-hour delay when played in Sydney for Sydney viewers and via affiliated stations in N.S.W and Canberra. In past and recent years the Seven Network would broadcast Swans games to viewers in Sydney and most of N.S.W. and Canberra via the Prime TV network (now branded as Prime7). Matches were telecast either live, on a 30-90 minute delayed broadcast or late-night replay. Commencing 2002 all their games were broadcast live or on same day delay by Subscription television provider Foxtel across Australia on either the Fox Footy Channel or Fox Sports channels.

From 2012 - 2016, the AFL commenced a new broadcast deal requiring the Seven Network and their affiliate station Prime7 to broadcast all Sydney Swans (and Greater Western Sydney Giants) games live to viewers in Sydney and most of regional New South Wales and Canberra. These games are screened on the 7mate channel in these regions. Foxtel also signed a new broadcast deal for the 2012 - 2016 seasons which included screening all AFL matches (including all Swans games) live across Australia on their Fox Sports and Fox Footy channels.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Sydney Swans Constitution". 
  3. ^ Sydney – Part 2 – FullPointsFooty. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  4. ^ Sydneyswans (5 May 2012). "Swans in one of the greats". 
  5. ^ History – Official AFL Website of the Sydney Swans
  6. ^ Nickname – AFL
  7. ^ Edited by Ross, J and G. Hutchison, G.,100 Years of Australian Football, Published by Viking, Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 1996
  8. ^ Branagan, Mark and Lefebvre, Mike, Bloodstained Angels, The Rise & Fall of the Foreign Legion, 1995, self-published, Melbourne, Australia
  9. ^ "Day the Blood-Stained Angels were born". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2 September 2006. 
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  11. ^ Peter Pindar (16 October 1880). "The Football Season of 1880". The Australasian XXIX (759) (Melbourne, VIC). p. 492. 
  12. ^ Observer (28 September 1896). "Football Notes". The Argus (Melbourne, VIC). p. 6. 
  13. ^ Observer (5 October 1896). "The Football Premiership". The Argus (Melbourne, VIC). p. 5. 
  14. ^ Shaw, I.W. (2006)The Bloodbath. Scribe Publications.
  15. ^ Mike Coward (15 October 1981). "VFL 'no' sends South to Sydney". The Age (Melbourne, VIC). p. 32. 
  16. ^ Geoff Slattery (7 November 1981). "South Players on strike". The Age (Melbourne, VIC). p. 40. 
  17. ^ a b "Revisiting the South Melbourne to Sydney saga". The Roar. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  18. ^ Simunovich, Peter (3 June 1982). "The Swans – officially". The Sun News-Pictorial (Melbourne). p. 67. 
  19. ^ Williams, Greg: Diesel: The Greg Williams Story, page 91. Pan MacMillan Australia, 1995
  20. ^ Williams, Greg: Diesel: The Greg Williams Story, p. 93. Pan MacMillan Australia, 1995
  21. ^ 1992 AFL season
  22. ^ Jim Main, Aussie rules for dummies (2nd edition, 2008), p.128
  23. ^ Cowley, Michael (19 October 2009) Gen Next must fly for Swans as wily old birds go
  24. ^ Forsaith, Rob (15 July 2012). "Enduring rivalry one for the birds". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australian Associated Press. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  25. ^ Dockers smother Swans to reach first Grand Final, AFL.com.au official website, 21 September 2013
  26. ^ 2013 AFL Season review: Sydney Swans, The Roar, 26 September 2013
  27. ^ http://thenewdaily.com.au/sport/2014/07/12/dozen-unstoppable-sydney-swans/
  28. ^ Hawks and Crows critical of Swans' salary cap | thetelegraph.com.au
  29. ^ Cost-of-living salary cap is justified: Sydney Swans | thetelegraph.com.au
  30. ^ AFL to scrap COLA, AFL.com.au official website, 4 March 2014
  31. ^ ISC Sports - History
  32. ^ "Kidman heads army of Swans 'true believers'". The Sydney Morning Herald. 27 March 2005. 
  33. ^ a b c bus.train.ferry – Official AFL Website of the Sydney Swans Football Club
  34. ^ PM roots for Swans victory from afar, Fox Sports Australia, 26 September 2014
  35. ^ Brettig, Daniel (15 February 2011). Goodes, McVeigh named as Swans co-captains. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved on 19 February 2011.
  36. ^ Ian Randle kicked the Swans sole goal with the only kick of his career
  37. ^ See Least Aggregate Scoring Shots
  38. ^ AFL Tables - Sydney - Game Records

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