List of Australian Football League team songs

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An Australian Football League team song is traditionally sung by members of the winning team after an AFL game. It is played when each team runs out onto the field prior to the beginning of the match, and played for the winning team at the end of the match.

The first team song was the Collingwood song "Good Old Collingwood Forever", written by player Tom Nelson in 1906 to the tune of "Goodbye, Dolly Gray", an American music hall song.[1] Other clubs have continued to rewrite other songs' lyrics to suit their team, with four of the 18 team songs having both original lyrics and music.

Club name Name Basis First Used Writer/composer
Adelaide "The Pride of South Australia" "US Marines' Hymn" c. 1994 Bill Sanders
Brisbane Lions "The Pride of Brisbane Town" "La Marseillaise" c. 1997 Brisbane Football Club (Original Fitzroy theme written by Bill Stephen)[2]
Carlton "We are the Navy Blues" "Lily of Laguna" c. 1930 Ernie Walton
Collingwood "Good Old Collingwood Forever" "Goodbye, Dolly Gray" c. 1906 Tom Nelson
Essendon "See the Bombers Fly Up" "(Keep Your) Sunny Side Up" c. 1929 Kevin Andrews[3][4]
Fremantle "Freo Way To Go" "Song of the Volga Boatmen" c. 1995 Ken Walther
Geelong "We Are Geelong" "The Toreador Song" c. 1963 John K. Watts
Gold Coast "We Are the Suns of the Gold Coast Sky"[5] Original c. 2010 Rosco Elliott
Greater Western Sydney "There's A Big Big Sound"[6] Original c. 2012 Harry Angus
Hawthorn "The Mighty Fighting Hawks"
(also known as "We're A Happy Team at Hawthorn")
"The Yankee Doodle Boy" c. 1956 Chic Lander
Melbourne "It's a Grand Old Flag" "You're a Grand Old Flag" c. 1912 George M Cohan 1906 (second verse by Keith "Bluey" Truscott)
North Melbourne "Join in the Chorus" "Wee Deoch an Doris"[7] c. 1920s Sir Harry Lauder
Port Adelaide "Power to Win"[8] Original c. 1997 Quentin Eyers and Les Kaczmarek
Richmond "We're from Tiger Land" "Row, Row, Row" c. 1962 Richmond lyrics by Jack Malcomson.
William Jerome / James Monaco
(Row, Row, Row lyrics © Peermusic Publishing sung by Bing Crosby)
St Kilda "When the Saints Go Marching In" "When the Saints Go Marching In" c. 1965 unknown
Sydney "The Red and the White" "Notre Dame Victory March" c. 1961 Larry Spokes
West Coast "We're Flying High" Original c. 2020 Birds of Tokyo
Western Bulldogs "Sons of the West" "Sons of the Sea" c. 1940s unknown


  • The Fitzroy team song was compiled by Bill Stephen in 1952 on a train to Perth during a football trip. Bill Stephen wrote the first line of the song after which each other player wrote a line. It is to the tune of the French National Anthem, "La Marseillaise" and was adopted by Brisbane in 1997. The Brisbane team song prior to 1997 was to the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"[9]
  • The Western Bulldogs team song was originally called "Sons of the 'Scray" before Footscray changed their name to the Western Bulldogs in 1997, with the song's lyrics being slightly altered to "Sons of the West".[10]
  • The Fremantle Dockers' club song used from 1995 until 2011 contained a section based on "The Song of the Volga Boatmen", a Russian folk song, but most of the song was an original composition by Ken Walther. After the 2011 season, the "Volga Boatmen" section was dropped, leaving only the part written by Walther.
  • The West Coast Eagles song was rerecorded by Birds of Tokyo in February 2020. The song sticks with the chorus most fans will recognise, sticking with We're Flying High, but it now contains a couple of verses as well as a didgeridoo intro performed by indigenous musician Matthew Doyle, the first AFL song to contain it.


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  2. ^ "Official AFL Website of the Brisbane Lions Football Club". Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  3. ^ Smith, Gordon P. (6 June 2017). "A scientific breakdown of the best AFL team songs". The Roar. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  4. ^ Davies, Bridget (19 April 2016). "History behind every AFl club theme song". Herald Sun.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 July 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Traditional Scottish Songs – Wee Deoch an Doris". Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 February 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Official AFL Website of the Brisbane Lions Football Club". Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  10. ^ [2]]