Escort Cup

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The Escort Cup or Escort Championships was a national club-based Australian rules football competition that was held between 1979 and 1982.[1]

Club teams from the Victorian Football League (VFL), West Australian Football League (WAFL) and the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) competed in the competition, along with combined sides from Tasmania, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland.

The competition is remembered as having games between teams from different states that wore the same jumper, resulting in one-off alternative or clash strips being worn, a concept that was not necessary in normal league games. The Collingwood and South Fremantle Football Clubs both wore clash strips in their respective games against Swan Districts and the Sydney Swans. They both lost a coin toss to decide who would retain their normal jumper and who would change.[2]

In June 1982, Swan Districts sent a junior team to play Richmond in protest to the date of their semi-final match being changed without consultation. In response, they were banned from competing in the national cup competition for the next two years.[3]

Competing teams[edit]

Year Teams VFL SANFL WAFL State
1979 23 All 12 All 8 Tasmania, N.S.W., A.C.T.
1980 34 All 12 All 10 All 8 Tasmania, N.S.W., A.C.T., Queensland
1981 34 All 12 All 10 All 8 Tasmania, N.S.W., A.C.T., Queensland
1982 18 All 12 Glenelg, Norwood,

Port Adelaide

Claremont, South Fremantle,

Swan Districts

Grand Final results[edit]

Despite teams from all major leagues being involved in the competition, only teams from the Victorian Football League played in the four grand finals.[4]

Year Winners Grand Finalist Scores Venue Crowd Margin
1979 Collingwood Hawthorn 12.8 (80) – 7.10 (52) Waverley Park 37,753 28
1980 North Melbourne Collingwood 8.9 (57) – 7.12 (54) Waverley Park 50,478 3
1981 Essendon Carlton 9.11 (65) – 6.5 (41) Waverley Park 42,269 24
1982 Sydney Swans North Melbourne 13.12 (90) – 8.10 (58) Waverley Park 20,028 32


  1. ^ Lovett, Michael (ed.). AFL Record Season Guide 2010. p. 902. ISBN 978-0-9806274-5-9. 
  2. ^ "Magpies lose their stripes". The Age. 29 March 1982. 
  3. ^ "Swans Fly Their Flag". The Sydney Morning Herald. 23 July 1982. 
  4. ^ "Night Grand Finals Played at Waverley Park".