North Adelaide Football Club

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North Adelaide
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Full name North Adelaide Football Club
Nickname(s) Roosters
2015 season
Leading goalkicker Luke Mitchell (20)
Best and fairest Marlon Motlop
Club details
Founded 1888; 129 years ago (1888)
Colours      Red and      White
Competition South Australian National Football League
Chairman Robert Fox
Coach Josh Carr (Appointed end of 2015)
Captain(s) Greg Gallman
Premierships 13 (1900, 1902, 1905, 1920, 1930, 1931, 1949, 1952, 1960, 1971, 1972, 1987, 1991)
Ground(s) Prospect Oval (capacity: 20,000)
Other information
Official website

The North Adelaide Football Club, nicknamed the Roosters, is an Australian rules football club currently affiliated with the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). The club plays its home games at Prospect Oval, located in Prospect, a northern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. The club was formed in 1888 as the Medindie Football Club, changing its name to North Adelaide in 1893. North Adelaide's first premiership was won in 1900, and the club has won a total of thirteen senior premierships during its time in the league, most recently in 1991.


The 1905 NAFC team.

Formed in 1888 as Medindie, in 1893 the club renamed itself to North Adelaide. It is the fourth oldest club still in operation in the SANFL. Although several other early clubs used the name of "North Adelaide", none of them bore ties to the current club [1].

North Adelaide started playing at Prospect Oval in 1922 and it has remained their home ground ever since.

Ken Farmer – "The Bradman of Goalkickers" kicked 105 goals in 1930 to become the first SA League player to kick 100 goals in a league state. He was a prolific goalkicker, kicking 100 goals in a season in 11 consecutive seasons (1930–1940). Farmer also holds the record for the most goals in an SANFL match – 23 against West Torrens at Prospect on 6 July 1940. Farmer scored ten or more goals in thirty-seven matches, and 1,419 goals in total over his career, at an astounding average of 6.3 per match.

North Adelaide’s other iconic player [2], Barrie Robran, played 201 League games for the Roosters and 10 State games. He won 3 Magarey Medals (1968, 1970 and 1973) and is the only SANFL "Legend" in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

North Adelaide competed in the first match played at Football Park (now known as AAMI Stadium) in round 5, 1974. Their opponent was Central District. The match was won by Central District.

The longest serving coach for the club is Michael Nunan – 12 seasons from 1981 to 1992.

The Captain's record is held by Ian McKay, captaining the team for 8 years from 1948–1955.


Playing List 2016[edit]


AFL players (2016 season)[edit]

AFL (Adelaide & Port Adelaide) listed players (2016 season)[edit]

AFL/VFL players (including Rookies)[edit]

There is a list of past and present North Adelaide players who have played at AFL/VFL:

Club song[edit]

North Adelaide have had many versions of their club song in the past same as North Ballarat Football Club. All contain the same lyrics, but have been changed rhythm wise to keep up with the times. The lyrics and tune, by well known Australian singer/songwriter Johnny Mac, are the only completely original written in the league, as all the other clubs have written lyrics to well known tunes. The most recent version was brought in during the early 2000s, but all versions can still be found on the club song CD.

It's a great, great club,
And the club we love,
We're the good old red and whites!
The mighty Roosters we're called,
All for one, one for all,
If we're down we fight, fight, fight!
We always play as a team,
And we play it clean,
We're never out of sight,
Be it wet, be it dry,
We try, try, try,
We're the good old red and whites!

Club Records[edit]

Last Premiership Side (1991)[edit]

North Adelaide 21.22 (148) defeated West Adelaide 11.7 (73)
Venue: Football Park
Attendance: 39,276
Umpires: Laurie Argent and Mick Abbott
Jack Oatey Medallist: Darel Hart

1991 Premiership Team
B: R Saunders Sean Tasker Bradley Ryan
HB: Steven Barratt Trevor Clisby Tim Perkins
C: David Sanders Peter Krieg M Marshall
HF: Brodie Atkinson Peter Bennett Steven Hamilton
F: Craig Burton Michael Parsons Darel Hart
Foll: Michael Redden Kym Klomp (c) Steven Sims
Int: Stephen Riley Tim Nunan
Coach: Michael Nunan

Best: Hart, Redden, Parsons, Sims
Goals: Hart 7, Burton 4, Hamilton 2, Parsons 2

Team of the Century (1901-2000)[edit]

Selected by a committee composed of Colin Walsh (Chairman), Don Lindner, Tom McKenzie, Jeff Pash, Barrie Robran and Gordon Schwartz. Each member provided a list of candidates for each position and the Committee then set about the arduous task of selecting the final team. The selected team was formally announced at a gala dinner held on 7 October 2000.

North Adelaide Team of the Century
B: Bob Hammond Ian McKay (c) Don Gilbourne
HB: John Riley Ron Phillips Bohdan Jaworskyj
C: Norm Drew Andrew Jarman Barrie Barbary
HF: Jeff Pash Don Lindner (vc) Harold Hawke
F: Tony Antrobus Ken Farmer Percy Furler
Foll: Tom Leahy Barrie Robran Tom MacKenzie
Int: Michael Redden Darren Jarman Brenton Phillips
Coach: Mike Patterson

Club Icons[edit]

The North Adelaide Football Club has named two of their past champions as Icons. They are:

  • Ken Farmer - All-time leading SANFL goal kicker with 1,419 from 1929-41. Permiership player in 1930 and 1931. Premiership coach in 1949 and 1952. Since 1981 the leading goalkicker in each SANFL season has been awarded the "Ken Farmer Medal".
  • Barrie Robran - Triple Magarey Medallist (1968, 1970, 1973). Premiership player in 1971 and 1972.

The North Adelaide Football Club officially renamed both ends of Prospect Oval in 2012 after the two official Icons of the Club. The northern end around the goals was named the Ken Farmer End, while the southern end was named the Barrie Robran End.




* known as the Under 19's until 2009
** known as the Under 17's until the 2009


Magarey Medallists

^ – awarded retrospectively


League Leading Goalkickers


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