Port Adelaide Pirates SC

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Full name Port Adelaide Lion Soccer Club
Nickname(s) The Pirates
Founded 1903 (1993 as Port Lion)
Ground John Hart Reserve
Ground Coordinates -34.846869,138.4862454
Chairman Peter Murray
Manager Mauro DeMarco
League NPL State League 1
2017 9th
Website Club website

Port Adelaide Lion SC, commonly known as The Pirates, is an Australian semi-professional soccer club based in Port Adelaide, South Australia. It competes in the South Australian National Premier Leagues State League 1. The Pirates home ground is at John Hart Reserve, Ethelton.


The club was founded in 1903 under the name of Port Adelaide British Football Club. They entered the official competition in season 1904.

The founders included F.Salmon, G.Haywood, J.Haywood, EP Rowley, F.Meakin and J.McColl.

The amalgamation of Port Adelaide and the Cheltenham British Football Club was formalised on Friday March 26, 1914 in the Globe Hotel Port Adelaide. There were elements of the Cheltenham Club who did not agree with the merger and they formed another Cheltenham Club for the 1914 season.

In 1956 the club merged with Port Thistle S.C which had been known as the Port Presbyterian Thistle S.C. Their home ground was Nazar Reserve which was across the road from the Port Adelaide club. The ground was also known as Stevedores Paddock because horses used on the wharves were left in the paddock. The area was notorious for getting flooded every time there was an extra high tide in the Port River.

The Port Adelaide club's original ground was on a site adjacent to Alberton Oval. In the late 1920s the club moved to a wasteland that became known as John Hart Reserve.

The club has been at John Hart Reserve for over 75 years except for a period in 1955 and 1956 when they moved to Allenby Gardens Reserve while John Hart Reserve was being redeveloped. There was also a period in the late 1960s and early 1970s when the club played its home games at the old ICI Oval at Peterhead while using John Hart Reserve for training and amateur games.

At the end of the 1941 season the club went into recess and did not field a team in the local competition until 1944. This was because the club lost so many members and players to the war effort.

In 1993 the club merged with the Ukrainian Sports Club Lion to form the Port Adelaide Lion Soccer club currently known as the Pirates.[1]

Club honours[edit]

As USC Lion

1st Division Champions: 1965

2nd Division Champions: 1954 & 1964

Federation Cup Winners: 1956 & 1961

As Port Adelaide

1st Division Champions: 1911, 1912, 1926, 1927, 1931, 1934 (Pt.Thistle) & 1937 (Pt.Thistle)

2nd Division Champions: 1939, 1948 (Pt.Thistle), 1956, 1969, 1979 & 1988

Federation Cup Winners: 1926, 1933, 1934 (Pt.Thistle), 1945 & 1979

As Port Adelaide Lion

Premier League Minor Premiers: 1994 & 1999

NPL State League Champions 2014

Premier League Reserves Devine Homes Final 5 Series Winners 2010

Premier League Reserves Devine Homes Final 5 Series Winners 2009

U/23 State League Champions: 2004 & 2005

U/23 Cup winners: 2004

U/19 Premier League Top 5 Challenge Winners 2008

U/19 Champions: 1995

U/19 State League Champions: 2005

Notable players[edit]