Port Adelaide Football Club

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Port Adelaide Football Club
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Full namePort Adelaide Football Club Limited [1]
Former nickname(s)Cockledivers, Seaside Men, Seasiders, Magentas, Portonians, Ports
MottoWe Exist To Win Premierships [2]
Club songAFL/AFLW:Power to Win
SANFL:Cheer, Cheer the Black and the White
2022 season
After finals11th
Home-and-away season11th
Leading goalkicker Todd Marshall (45 goals)
John Cahill Medal Connor Rozee
Club details
Founded12 May 1870;152 years ago (1870-05-12)
Colours  Black   White
  Teal   Silver
Competition AFL: Senior men
AFLW: Senior women
SANFL: Reserves men
Chairman David Koch
CEO Matthew Richardson
Coach AFL: Ken Hinkley
AFLW: Lauren Arnell
SANFL: Tyson Goldsack
Captain(s) AFL: Tom Jonas
AFLW: Erin Phillips
SANFL: Cameron Sutcliffe
PremiershipsAFL (1)Championship of Australia (4)SANFL (36)SA Patriotic League (2)SANFL merger league (1)
Ground(s) AFL: Adelaide Oval (capacity: 53,583)
  AFLW: Alberton Oval (capacity: 17,000)
  SANFL: Alberton Oval (capacity: 17,000)
Former ground(s)Glanville Hall Estate (1870–1879)
  Football Park (1974–2013)
Training ground(s)All Teams: Alberton Oval
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Port Adelaide Football Club is a professional Australian rules football club based in Alberton, South Australia. The club's senior men's team plays in the Australian Football League (AFL), where they are nicknamed the Power, whilst its reserves men's team competes in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL), where they are nicknamed the Magpies. Since its founding, the club has won an unequalled 36 SANFL premierships and 4 Championship of Australia titles, in addition to an AFL Premiership in 2004. It has also fielded a women's team in the AFL Women's (AFLW) league since 2022.


Founded in 1870, Port Adelaide is the oldest professional football club in South Australia and the fifth-oldest club in the AFL. [3] Port Adelaide was a founding member of the South Australian Football Association (SAFA), later renamed as the SANFL. Port Adelaide has repeatedly asserted itself as a dominant force within South Australian football, going undefeated in all competitions in 1914, and enjoying sustained periods of success under coaches Fos Williams and John Cahill, sharing a combined 19 premierships between them. After entering the AFL in 1997, the club claimed three minor premierships and a premiership under coach Mark Williams between 2002 and 2004. Port Adelaide holds a unique status among AFL clubs, being the only pre-existing non-Victorian club to have entered the AFL from another league. [4]

Port Adelaide has a long-standing rivalry with fellow SANFL club Norwood, as well as an intense rivalry with the Adelaide Crows in the AFL; it is a fixture referred to as the 'Showdown'. The club has played at their SANFL home ground, Alberton Oval, since 1880 and has used their AFL home ground, Adelaide Oval, since 2014. Port Adelaide first adopted the colours black and white in 1902, with their 'Prison Bar' guernsey. Following its entry to the AFL, the club adopted the colours of teal and silver, in order to differentiate it from Collingwood.

Club history

1870–1901: Early years

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Left: Inaugural president John Hart, Jr.
Right: 13 May 1870 excerpt from the South Australian Register proclaiming the founding of the 'Port Adelaide Cricket and Football Club' whilst also announcing the club's first training session. [5]

Port Adelaide was formed on 12 May 1870 as a joint football and cricket club, created by locals to benefit the growing number of workers associated with the surrounding wharves and industries of Port Adelaide. [6] The first training session of the newly formed club took place two days later. [5] The Port Adelaide Football Club played its first match against a newly established club from North Adelaide called the Young Australian. [7] Prior to 1877, football in South Australia was yet to be formally organised by a single body and as a result there were two main sets of rules in use across the state. [8] In an effort to create a common set of rules, [8] Port Adelaide was invited to join seven other clubs in the formation of the South Australian Football Association (SAFA), the first ever governing body of Australian rules football. [9]

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First premiership team in 1884
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In 1889, Port Adelaide played Norwood in the first "Grand Final" at Adelaide Oval, pictured in 1889

In 1879, the club played reigning Victorian Football Association (VFA) premiers Geelong at Adelaide Oval in what was Port Adelaide's first game against an interstate club. [10] It played its first match outside of South Australia two years later, when it travelled to Victoria to contest a game against the Sale Football Club. [11]

The club won its first premiership in 1884, when it ended Norwood's run of six consecutive premierships. [12] It later contested the SAFA's first grand final in 1889, as Port Adelaide and Norwood had finished the season with equal minor round records. Norwood went on to defeat Port Adelaide by two goals. [13] Port Adelaide won its second SAFA premiership the following year, [14] and went on to be crowned "Champions of Australia" for the first time after defeating VFA premiers South Melbourne. [15]

1890 Championship of Australia Score [lower-alpha 1]
Port Adelaide 7
South Melbourne 6
Venue: Adelaide Oval [15]

As the 1890s continued, Australia was affected by a severe depression that forced many players to move interstate to find work. This exodus translated into poor on-field results for the club. By 1896, the club was in crisis and finished last, causing the club's committee to meet with the aim of revitalising the club. [16] The revitalisation had immediate results, helping Port Adelaide win a third premiership in 1897, [17] one of only four occurrences since 1877 where a team won a premiership after finishing last the previous year. Stan Malin won Port Adelaide's first Magarey Medal in 1899. [18]

During the 19th century, the club had nicknames including the Cockledivers, the Seaside Men, the Seasiders and the Magentas. In 1900, Port finished bottom in the six-team competition, which it has not done in any senior league since. [19] [11]

1902–1915: 'Prison Bars' and the 'Invincibles'

Port Adelaide began wearing black and white guernseys in 1902 after it was having trouble finding dyes that would last for its blue and magenta guernseys. [20] After finishing the 1902 season on top of the ladder, Port Adelaide was disqualified from their finals game against South Adelaide after the club disputed the use of an unaccredited umpire. [21] The 1902 SAFA premiership was subsequently awarded to North Adelaide after they defeated South Adelaide in the Grand Final a week later. [22] Port Adelaide offered to play North Adelaide after the conclusion of the season, but the SAFA refused to allow it. [23] Port Adelaide won the premiership the following year. [24]

1914 Championship of Australia GBTotal
Port Adelaide91670
Carlton 5636
Venue: Adelaide Oval

In the early 1910s, Port Adelaide became a consistent premiership contender, setting up the club to win three more Championships of Australia. Port Adelaide won the South Australian Football League (SAFL) premiership in 1910 defeating Sturt 8.12 (60) to 5.11 (41) in the Grand Final. [25] The club would go on to defeat Collingwood for the 1910 Championship of Australia title, [26] and Western Australian Football League (WAFL) premiers East Fremantle in an exhibition match. They also defeated a combination of some of the WAFL's best players in another match. [27] Although Port Adelaide had success in the minor rounds the following two seasons, dropping only one game in 1911 and going undefeated in 1912, it was knocked out of contention by West Adelaide both times. [28] [29] The club won the SAFL premiership in 1913, dropping only two games during the minor round and defeating North Adelaide in the Grand Final. [30] They also defeated Fitzroy for the 1913 Championship of Australia. [31]

Port Adelaide v South Australia GBTotal
South Australia 51040
Port Adelaide141498
Venue: Jubilee Oval

The 1914 Port Adelaide Football Club season is unique in SANFL history, being the only occasion in which a team has gone undefeated. [32] The club won all its pre-season matches, won all fourteen SAFL games and the 1914 SAFL Grand Final where it held North Adelaide to a single goal for the match 13.15 (93) to 1.8 (14). [33] It also became the first to score over 1000 points during the minor round. [34] The club met Victorian Football League (VFL) premiers Carlton in the Championship of Australia, defeating them by 34 points to claim a record fourth title. [35] At the end of the 1914 season, a combined team from the six other SAFL clubs played Port Adelaide and lost to the subsequently-dubbed "Invincibles" by 58 points. [36]

1916–1949: Two World Wars and the Great Depression

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Port Adelaide players with the 1921 SAFL premiership flag pennant presented to them following year at Adelaide Oval. [37]

Port Adelaide's early-century success was hindered by World War I. During the war, the club lost three players as casualties. [38] A scaled-back competition referred to as the 'Patriotic League' was organised during wartime in which Port Adelaide won the 1916 and 1917 instalments. [39] Port Adelaide initially struggled to replicate its past success after the war. After eventually winning the 1921 premiership under the captaincy of Harold Oliver, [40] many of Port Adelaide's champion players from before the war started to retire, and the club's performance declined. It won only a single premiership between 1922 and 1935. [41]

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Left: Bob Quinn chaired off after winning the 1939 SANFL Grand Final. He would be selected in the Sporting Life magazine "All Australian" in 1947. [42]
Right: Caricature of Port Adelaide coach Sampson 'Shine' Hosking by Lionel Coventry that appeared in The News on 20 April 1937. [43]

By the mid-1930s, Port Adelaide's form began to recover. It suffered two narrow grand final losses in 1934 and 1935, before winning consecutive premierships the following two years. [44] [45] During 1939, Bob Quinn, in his third year as a player for the club, coached the team to a Grand Final win over West Torrens. [46] Many Port Adelaide players also enlisted for military service during this time. [47] The club suffered six player casualties during the war. [48] [38]

1939 SANFL Grand Final
Last Grand Final before War
Port Adelaide1628124
West Torrens 111177
Venue: Adelaide Oval crowd: 44,885

Just as had happened in 1914, the league was hit hard by player losses in World War II. Due to a lack of able men, the league's eight teams were reduced to four and Port Adelaide temporarily merged with nearby West Torrens from 1942 to 1944. [49] The joint club played in all three Grand Finals during this period, winning the 1942 instalment, [50] but losing the 1943 and 1944 editions to the Norwood-North Adelaide combination. [51] [52] While normal competition resumed in 1945, [53] Port Adelaide was unable to regain its pre-war success in the rest of the decade. In particular, it lost the 1945 SANFL Grand Final after a remarkable comeback from West Torrens. [54] The 'All Australian', predecessor to the modern 'All-Australian' team, was created by Sporting Life magazine in 1947, with Bob Quinn being named in the side as captain. [42]

1950–1973: Fos Williams era and Jack Oatey rivalry

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Fos Williams coached Port Adelaide to nine premierships.

During the 1950s, Port Adelaide reestablished itself as a perennial contender, winning seven premierships. At the end of the 1949, having missed two finals series in a row, the Port Adelaide Football Club's committee sought out a coach that could win the club its next premiership. Following a failed attempt to obtain Jim Deane, the decision was made to appoint Fos Williams, a rover from West Adelaide. [56] In his second season as player-coach in 1951, Williams led the club to their first standalone premiership in 12 seasons, defeating North Adelaide by 11 points. [57] In the 1951 post-season, Port Adelaide lost an exhibition match to reigning VFL premiers Geelong. [58]

1955 Exhibition MatchGBTotal
Port Adelaide91064
Venue: Norwood Oval Crowd: 16,400 [59]

In the mid-1950s, Port Adelaide and Melbourne, often the premiers of South Australian and Victorian leagues respectively, played exhibition matches at Norwood Oval. [60] The most notable game was the 1955 match, which had an estimated crowd of 23,000. The match went down to the last 15 seconds when Frank Adams kicked a decisive behind to give Melbourne a one-point victory. [59]

Geof Motley took over the captain-coaching role at the club in 1959 when Williams retired from his playing career and also took a break from coaching. [61] That year, the club won the premiership and equalled a national record of six consecutive Grand Final victories, having won each premiership from 1954 to 1959. [62] Port Adelaide's premiership streak was brought to an end in the 1960 preliminary final with a 27-point loss to Norwood. [63]

1965 SANFL Grand Final
Fos Williams's ninth premiership.
Port Adelaide12880
Sturt 12577
Venue: Adelaide Oval Crowd: 62,543 [64]

Williams returned in 1962, and coached Port Adelaide to win three of the next four premierships. [55] In 1965 he coached his ninth and last premiership in front of 62,543 people, [55] the largest-ever crowd at Adelaide Oval. [65] After the 1965 Grand Final, Port Adelaide's success was limited by the dominance of Sturt, which won seven premierships over this period under the leadership of Jack Oatey. [66] Despite playing in 6 of the next 10 grand finals, Port Adelaide failed to win another premiership in that span. [67]

1974–1996: John Cahill, SANFL domination and AFL licence

1977 SANFL Grand Final GBTotal
Port Adelaide1711113
Glenelg 169105
Venue: Football Park Crowd: 56,717 [68]

One of Port Adelaide's leading players during the Fos Williams era was John Cahill. After retiring from playing in 1973 and following the departure of Fos Williams to West Adelaide in 1974, he took over as coach and began another era of premiership success for the club. [69] In 1976, Cahill took Port Adelaide to its first Grand Final under his leadership, facing Sturt. Sturt won in front of an official attendance of 66,897, the record for football in South Australia. [70] The actual crowd was estimated at 80,000, much bigger than the official figure. [71] The following year, Port Adelaide won the premiership to break a 12-year drought. [72]

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Statue of Russell Ebert outside Adelaide Oval, unveiled 15 August 2015.

The 1980 season was Port Adelaide's most dominant since 1914. [74] The club completed its fourth ever 'Triple Crown', winning the premiership, Magarey Medal and having the SANFL's leading goalkicker in a single season. [74] The Magarey Medal was awarded to Russell Ebert for a record 4th time and Tim Evans set the then-league goal kicking record of 146 goals in a season. [74] The club set a new record for most points scored during a season at 3,176, whilst also having conceding only 1,687 points. [74] The club's win–loss record was 19–2 with one draw and a percentage of 65.31, its best percentage since 1914. [74]

Following the 1982 season, Cahill was offered a contract by Collingwood to coach their club in the VFL. [75] In his stead, Russell Ebert became coach in 1983. [76] During his five years as coach, Port Adelaide made the finals three times, and achieved a win rate of above 55%. [77] John Cahill returned as coach from the 1988 season, winning the premiership that year. [78] He won a further five premierships, [69] totalling a record-equalling ten over his coaching career. [79]

Two key events of the late 1980s were attempts by the VFL to further expand outside of Victoria and financial difficulties in the SANFL. In 1989, seven of the ten SANFL clubs were recording losses and the combined income of the SANFL and WAFL had dropped to 40% of that of the VFL. [80] During May 1990, the SANFL clubs unanimously accepted a SANFL proposal to not enter a club from South Australia until 1993. [81] Weeks later, Port Adelaide, suffering from a mixture of ambition and frustration, started secret negotiations with the VFL in the town of Quorn for entry to the competition in 1991. [82] When knowledge of Port Adelaide's negotiations to gain an AFL licence were made public, the other nine SANFL clubs called a crisis meeting to discuss options. Plans were made to kick Port Adelaide out of the SANFL should they succeed, and to prevent them from using Football Park as a home ground. [83] SANFL clubs urged Justice Olssen to make an injunction against the bid, which he agreed to. [83] During these meetings, an option was discussed to make a counter offer to the AFL. On the 16th of August, the SANFL officially launched a submission for a composite team. [84] After legal action from all parties, the AFL agreed to accept the SANFL's bid to enter the composite team, which was named the Adelaide Football Club. [85]

"These twenty blokes, everyone whose helped us, are sensational people and all the views that you have read in the press the one thing that really matters is that there will always be a Port Adelaide Football Club."

George Fiacchi upon accepting the 1990 Jack Oatey Medal for best on ground at the 1990 SANFL Grand Final. [86]

During December 1994, Max Basher announced that Port Adelaide had won the tender for the second South Australian AFL licence [87] on the condition that a merger take place between two existing AFL clubs to keep the league at the club limit imposed by the AFL in 1993. [88] As such, the licence would not be made available until at least 1996, and was not guaranteed. [89] With the merger of the Brisbane Bears and Fitzroy looming, the club was advised on 21 May 1996 by the AFL that they would take part in the 1997 AFL season. [90]

1997–2010: AFL entry, Mark Williams and club debt

1997 West End Showdown IGBTotal
Adelaide Crows 11672
Port Adelaide111783
Venue: Football Park Crowd: 47,265 [91]

Following confirmation of their entry in 1997, the club began preparations to enter the league. John Cahill began the transition to the AFL, with Stephen Williams, a son of Fos Williams, taking over the SANFL coaching position from midway through the 1996 season. [92] Cahill then set about forming a group which would form the inaugural squad. Brownlow Medallist and 1990 Port Adelaide premiership player, Gavin Wanganeen, was signed from Essendon and made captain of a team made up of six existing Port Adelaide players, two from the Adelaide Crows, seven players from other SANFL clubs and 14 recruits from interstate. The AFL's father-son rule for the club was set at 200 games for SANFL players before 1997, compared to only 100 for Victorian clubs. [93] On 29 March 1997, Port Adelaide played its first AFL premiership match against Collingwood at the MCG, suffering a 79-point defeat. [94] It won its first AFL game in round 3 against Geelong, [95] and defeated cross town rivals and eventual premiers Adelaide by 11 points in the first Showdown in round 4. [91] The club finished its first season 9th, missing the finals on percentage behind Brisbane. [96] Following the 1998 season, John Cahill retired from his coaching position.

In 1999 Mark Williams, another son of Fos Williams, took over as coach of Port Adelaide and led the club to many notable first achievements in the AFL over the next decade. [97] They earned a spot in the AFL finals for the first time in Williams's first season. They were eliminated by eventual premier, North Melbourne, by 44 points in their qualifying final. [98] Port Adelaide had a very successful 2001 season, starting with a maiden pre-season competition victory. [99] Port Adelaide finished their 2001 home and away season in third place, [100] though the club would lose both finals it contested. [101] In 2002, Port Adelaide built on its success and won its first AFL minor premiership. However, they lost to the eventual premiers, the Brisbane Lions in the preliminary final. [100] Port Adelaide continued its minor round dominance in 2003 and again claimed the minor premiership; however like the previous year, Port Adelaide was eliminated in the preliminary final. [100]

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Left: 2004 club leading goalkicker, Warren Tredrea. [102]
Right: The 2004 AFL premiership was Port Adelaide's first since joining the league. [103]

The 2004 season started strongly for Port Adelaide, winning five of their first six matches. Although they lost three of their next five games, [104] the club would only lose a single game between Round 12 and the end of the minor round. [100] This resulted in the club claiming the minor premiership for third consecutive year. [100] Port Adelaide won its qualifying final against Geelong, earning a home preliminary final. [100] Port Adelaide made it through to its first AFL grand final after defeating St Kilda in a preliminary final by six points, with Gavin Wanganeen kicking the winning goal. [100] The following week Port Adelaide faced the Brisbane Lions, who were attempting to win a record-equalling fourth straight AFL premiership. [100] Port Adelaide led by 15 points at quarter time, but a strong second quarter by Brisbane meant only one point separated the sides at half time. Late in the third quarter Port Adelaide took the ascendency to lead by 17 points at three-quarter time, and dominated the final term to win by 40 points: 17.11 (113) to 10.13 (73). [100] Byron Pickett was awarded with the Norm Smith Medal for being judged the best player in the match, tallying 20 disposals and kicking three goals. [105]

2004 AFL Grand Final GBTotal
Port Adelaide1711113
Brisbane Lions 101373
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground Crowd: 77,671 [106]

"Port Adelaide are the winningest team in Australia. The ol' Port Adelaide have won 36 premierships, today, at the MCG, may just be their finest hour."

Tim Lane's statement at the conclusion of the 2004 AFL Grand Final. [107]
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Justin Westhoff made his debut in the 2007 season, along with Robert Gray and Travis Boak

Port Adelaide had limited success in the middle of the decade. In 2005, the club made the finals for the fifth consecutive season, where they contested the only Showdown final to date, with rivals Adelaide winning by 83 points. [109] In 2007, Port Adelaide finished the minor round second on the ladder with 15–7 record. [110] They reached that year's grand final, where they were defeated by Geelong by an AFL record margin of 119 points, 24.19 (163) to 6.8 (44). [111]

Following their second grand final, Port Adelaide began experiencing financial troubles and also saw a decline in performance. By 2009, the club had accumulated a consolidated debt totalling $5.1 million and was unable to pay its players; they had lost $1.6 million the season before. [112] The AFL delayed giving the club financial support, instead urging it to sort out deals with SANFL as a predecessor to any league support. [113] On 20 May, Port were handed $2.5 million in debt relief by the SANFL, [112] and on 15 June were handed a $1 million grant by the AFL commission. [114] Plans for a re-merging of the two teams was rejected by the SANFL early during 2010, [115] though they eventually signed off on the proposal during November 2010. [116]

"He (Demetriou) said he could not imagine an AFL competition without Port Adelaide in it. I thought that was a really strong statement of leadership."

Keith Thomas at a press conference upon the retirement of Andrew Demetriou. [117]

The 2010 season saw Mark Williams step down as senior coach. [118] Matthew Primus took over as caretaker coach for Port Adelaide after Mark Williams stood down. [119] He led the club to five wins from its final seven games. [120]

2011–present: Matthew Primus, Ken Hinkley and independence

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In 2014, Port Adelaide returned to Adelaide Oval as its home ground for the first time since the 1976 SANFL season.

On 9 September 2010, Matthew Primus was appointed as the senior coach of the club for the next three years. [121] The SANFL sought to take control of Port Adelaide in 2011. Despite underwriting $5 million of Port's debt in 2010, the takeover failed when the SANFL was unable to get a line of credit to cover Port Adelaide's future debts. [122] After the failure of the takeover, AFL Chief executive Andrew Demetriou offered $9 million over the next three years to help the club, ahead of the move to the Adelaide Oval. [123] Port Adelaide suffered its worst season result in 141 years, finishing sixteenth with 3 wins for the season. Rounds 20 and 21 saw the club lose to Collingwood and Hawthorn by record margins of 138 and 165 respectively. [124] The following season, Matthew Primus stepped down from his position as coach, following a loss to Greater Western Sydney. [125]

On 8 October 2012, Ken Hinkley was announced as the new senior coach of the club. During the same week, David Koch was named chairman of the club and numerous board members were replaced. [126] The club finished the home and away season 7th on the ladder, qualifying for finals for the first time since 2007. Port travelled to Melbourne to play Collingwood at the MCG in an Elimination Final where they won by 24 points; they then lost to Geelong by 16 points the following week in a Semi-final. [127] [128]

The 2014 season saw both Port Adelaide and Adelaide move their home ground from Football Park to the redeveloped Adelaide Oval. [129] Port Adelaide signed up a record 48,968 members for the 2014 season, an increase of 23% from the previous year, and averaged 44,824 at home games. [130] [131] Port Adelaide finished fifth on the ladder, with a win–loss record of 14–8. [132] They hosted Richmond in the elimination finals, kicking the first seven goals of the game and leading by as much as 87 points before recording a 57-point victory. [133] After defeating Fremantle in the semi-finals, the club's season ended with a three-point loss to Hawthorn in the preliminary finals. [134]

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Robbie Gray being chaired off Adelaide Oval by Ollie Wines and Travis Boak in his final game, Showdown 52.

In 2017, Port Adelaide made finals after winning 14 games to finish fifth on the ladder. [135] Port Adelaide's season came to an end in an elimination final loss to West Coast by 2 points in extra time. [136] In the 2020 AFL season, Port Adelaide qualified for the finals as minor premiers for the first time since 2004, [137] making it to the preliminary final and being defeated by eventual premiers Richmond by 6 points. [138] Port Adelaide returned to the AFL finals in the 2021 season, finishing in second place at the end of the home-and-away season and qualifying for a second consecutive preliminary final, where they were defeated by the Western Bulldogs by 71 points. Despite this, Ollie Wines became the first Port Adelaide player to win the Brownlow Medal, the league's highest individual honour, winning the award with a record-equalling tally of votes. [139]

AFLW involvement

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Erin Phillips was awarded the captaincy of Port Adelaide's Women's team for its inaugural season in the AFL Women's season seven.

Port Adelaide first showed interest in an AFL Women's side in 2015. The club signed Erin Phillips as their marquee player in the event that the club was admitted to the AFLW for the 2017 season. However, logistical demands related to the club's China program prevented the club from submitting a bid. The club subsequently attempted to enter a side in the SANFL Women's League (SANFLW), but this approach was rejected by the South Australian Football Commission. [140] In May 2021, the AFL Commission announced that the remaining four clubs without AFLW teams would be admitted to the competition by the end of 2023, with the clubs to bid for entry order. [141] Port Adelaide's bid to enter the competition was successful, with the AFL Commission deciding all four clubs would debut in the AFLW in the 2022/23 season. [142]

SANFL presence (Post–AFL entry)

As part of Port Adelaide's initial bid for the 1994 AFL license, the club had no plans to maintain a presence in the SANFL. [143] After winning the tender for the license, however, an agreement was created with the SANFL for Port Adelaide to field two separate clubs in the SANFL and AFL, at the request of the other SANFL clubs. [143] This agreement resulted in the creation of the Port Adelaide Magpies Football Club, a separate legal entity to Port Adelaide Football Club. For the first few years after 1997, the Port Adelaide Magpies were forced to train at Ethelton to ensure they would not gain any advantage using the upgraded Alberton training facilities. [144] Additionally, Port Adelaide AFL-listed players who were not selected for the senior team were randomly drafted to SANFL clubs to play reserves matches until the two Port Adelaide entities merged. [145] This arrangement was necessitated as the other SANFL clubs did not want the reserves side to gain any use of the senior side in the AFL's resources, fearing any potential advantages would be too strong in the SANFL. [145] Australian football historian John Devaney described the forced separation of Port Adelaide's SANFL and AFL operations as being "akin to the enforced splitting up of families associated with military conquest or warfare". [146]

In response to financial trouble suffered by both Port Adelaide entities, the "One Port Adelaide Football Club" movement was launched by former players Tim Ginever and George Fiacchi on 20 August 2010, in an effort to merge Port Adelaide's AFL and SANFL operations. [147] A website was created that claimed 50,000 signatures were needed for the merger. [148] On 16 November 2010, following approval from all nine SANFL clubs, the club formalised the off-field merger between the two entities. [116] [149] On 10 September 2013, Port Adelaide and the SANFL agreed to a model to allow all its AFL-listed players (not selected to play for Port Adelaide in the AFL) to play for the SANFL side. [150] [151] As part of the arrangement, the club lost its recruiting zones and could no longer field sides in the junior SANFL competitions, [150] and as a result established an 18 to 22 year old academy training team to compete in the league's reserves competition. [152] In 2018, Port Adelaide and the league jointly agreed that it would no longer field a team in the SANFL Reserves competition. [153]

Port Adelaide initially still had success in the SANFL after accession into the AFL, with the Port Adelaide Magpies winning back to back Grand Finals in 1998 and 1999. [154] However, the club would not make another grand final until the 2014 season, where it was defeated by Norwood by four points. [155] Port Adelaide featured in two further grand finals against Sturt and Glenelg, though it would be defeated in both. [156] [157]

The club did not field a team in the SANFL in the 2020 season due to AFL restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic, [158] though it re-joined the competition in 2021. [159]

Club symbols and identity

Club guernseys

Captain and No. 1 guernsey

The tradition dictating that the captain of the Port Adelaide Football Club wear the number one guernsey started when Clifford Keal wore the number as club captain for the first time in 1924. [160] The tradition was cemented, at least in the view of then-secretary Charles Hayter, when in 1929 he received a letter from a junior Kilkenny player requesting a number one Port Adelaide guernsey as he had just become captain of his underage team. [161] Hayter granted the wish of the junior and provided him with a number one Port Adelaide guernsey. [161] Since 1924, there have been few exceptions to the tradition. The most notable exception was Geof Motley, who followed the captaincy of Fos Williams. Following his appointment as captain-coach, Motley elected to continue wearing the number 17, and continued to do so for the remainder of his career. [160] When Motley handed the captaincy to John Cahill in 1967, at the insistence of coach Fos Williams, the tradition of Port Adelaide captains wearing the number one guernsey resumed. [160] When co-captains were appointed for the 2019 season the No. 1 guernsey was temporarily retired. [160] It was re-instated the following season when the club returned to appointing a single captain. [162]

Number panel

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Left: Harold Oliver wearing Port Adelaide's famous Wharf Pylon guernsey.
Right: Clifford Cocks wearing the first Port Adelaide guernsey with the number panel attached to the back for a trip to Western Australia in 1910. [163]

The white number panel on the back of the Port Adelaide guernsey originates from the first decade of the twentieth century when club secretary James Hodge took the club across Australia to play matches against interstate teams. [164] During the early 1900s, it was commonplace that touring teams would wear numbers, allowing spectators to identify unknown footballers. [165] Port Adelaide attached a white square to the back of its guernsey, with black numbers to be printed on the square. This design would continue to be used after the introduction of numbers into the SANFL, and was interchangeably with a black square and white numbers. The design bearing the black square eventually became the design of choice until 1928. The club introduced a 'permanent' white panel for the 1928 season, which would remain until the club was forced to merge with West Torrens during WWII. The club reintroduced the panel in 1953 and has since continuously used it in the SANFL. The panel was also present on the club's AFL guernsey until it was phased out in 2009. [166] The number panel returned to the club's guernsey in 2017. [167] The white panel is also intended to resemble the white back of a local Magpie species that is present on the badge of South Australia. [11]

'Prison Bar' guernsey

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Woollen Fos Williams' Port Adelaide guernsey from the mid-to-late 1950s.

Historically, the black and white 'Prison Bar' guernsey, alternatively and historically known as the Wharf Pylon guernsey, has been Port Adelaide's most iconic guernsey design. The club first adopted the guernsey in the 1902 season, after having difficulty finding magenta and blue dyes that could repeatedly last the rigours of an Australian rules football match. [168] The guernsey was designed to be a literal depiction of the wharves and pylons that were prominent along the docks of Port Adelaide at the turn of the 20th century. [11] Prior to adopting the guernsey the club had won 3 premierships over 31 years. After adopting the guernsey, the club won 33 premierships and 3 Championships of Australia. [168]

"Anyone that put on the guernsey acted like the guernsey intended it to act. It wasn't built around the player wearing the guernsey. It was the guernsey using a player."

Retired Port Adelaide player and coach Fos Williams explaining the mythology of the guernsey in 1981. [169]

The Prison Bar nickname first originated from fans of rival football clubs, in particular those of Norwood. The nickname was used in a derogatory fashion, in an attempt to liken the club to a criminal stereotype. The nickname first appeared in media in early 1993, in a match report written by former cricketer Alan Shiell. [168] The nickname was subsequently accepted by the Port Adelaide fanbase, becoming a popular nickname for the design among fans.

Upon joining the AFL, Port Adelaide, along with being required to find a new logo, song and nickname, was also forced to replace the Prison Bar guernsey because existing club Collingwood, already using the Magpie logo and nickname, also wore a similar guernsey with vertical black and white stripes. [170] A new guernsey was ultimately created, incorporating teal into its design. [171]

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Port Adelaide's 2003 AFL Heritage Round guernsey.

Since the club's entry to the AFL, Port Adelaide has made numerous requests to the AFL to wear the Prison Bar guernsey in specific games, only some of which have been approved. The club was first granted the right to wear an AFL-approved Prison Bar guernsey (a replica of the 1914 premiership design) in the Heritage Round of the 2003 season. [168] During 2007, following controversy the year prior in which the AFL declined Port Adelaide the right to wear their heritage guernsey, [172] the AFL and Port Adelaide reached an agreement whereby the club could wear its traditional guernsey in the heritage round, with the proviso that in future seasons its players can only wear it in home heritage round games and provided that such a game is not against Collingwood. [173] No heritage rounds have been held since this agreement was reached. [174] In 2014, the AFL declined Port Adelaide permission to wear its traditional guernsey for celebrating of 100 years since its 1914 Championship of Australia. [175] On 2 September 2014, the AFL cleared the club to use the guernsey in their final against Richmond, following controversy about their prior decision to have Port Adelaide wear their clash strip. [176] For their 150th anniversary, the club was granted permission to wear the guernsey in its Showdown match in the 2020 season. [177] The following year, Port Adelaide requested permission to permanently wear the guernsey in all future Showdown matches, but this proposal was rejected by the AFL. [178]

Support for the guernsey remains extremely high, with the merchandise for a single game against Carlton in 2013 generating over $500,000. [179] On 9 September 2020, it was revealed that memorabilia associated with the Prison Bar guernsey raised $2,000,000 for the club in 2020 and the Prison Bar guernsey itself was the highest selling piece of merchandise in the AFL that year. [180] Towards the end of 2018, a group of supporters organised to push for the return of the club's traditional guernsey full time from the start of the 2020 AFL season, to coincide with the club's 150th anniversary year, and a supporter petition in 2019 calling for the reinstatement of the guernsey reached 10,000 signatures. [181] [182] On 29 July 2021, club president David Koch revealed that, if the club wore the Prison Bar guernsey without permission, it would be deducted four premiership points along with a fine. [183] The club negotiated an agreement with Collingwood to return the guernsey for the 2023 home Showdown match. [184]

Uniform evolution

Uniform Evolution [185]
DesignPeriodDescription and historyStatistics
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1870–1876The recorded colours worn by the club. This guernsey was revived in 2005, during the Heritage Round. [186] Seasons: 7 – Premierships: 0
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1877–1883Original full magenta uniform.Seasons: 9 – Premierships: 0
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1884–1892Better dyes resulted in magenta appearing closer to red. Blue bib added to top of uniform.Seasons: 9 – Premierships: 2 (1884, 1890)
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1893–1901Magenta and blue stripes with leather lace divider. In 2004, the team wore a heritage uniform honoring this guernsey during the Heritage Round. [186] Seasons: 9 – Premierships: 1 (1897)
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1902–present'Prison Bar' uniform. Worn for all South Australian premierships since 1902 except for 1951. Used once in each of the 2003, 2007, 2013, 2014 and 2020 AFL seasons.Seasons: 101 – Premierships: 34 (1903, 1906, 1910, 1913, 1914, 1916*, 1917*, 1921, 1928, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999)
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1951A one-off uniform used in the Jubilee year of Australia, given to the club by Collingwood.Seasons: 1 – Premierships: 1 (1951)
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1997–2009Inaugural uniform in the AFL. Port Adelaide was required to incorporate teal and remove horizontal stripes by the AFL to appease Collingwood.Seasons: 13 – Premierships: 1 (2004)
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2010–presentPermanently used in the AFL since 2010.Seasons: 11 – Premierships: 0

Logo evolution

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The first Port Adelaide logo, introduced in the early 1900s
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Port Adelaide's two joint logos for the club's AFL and SANFL teams, in use until 2019

Port Adelaide has adopted different insignia on several occasions throughout its history.

Up until 2020, all of the club's insignia in the SANFL were designed around featuring one or multiple Magpies. The original club crest, adopted in 1900, featured a tan football and magpies perched on a gum tree with a black and white striped flag on the left and the Australian Red Ensign on the right. [187] The ensign switched to blue sporadically through the 1910s before the flags were dropped in 1928. [187] From 1930 until 2019, the logo always featured a dexter (left-facing) magpie, perched upon a gum branch (1930 to 1953) or a fence wire (1954 to 1974). [187] The last Magpies-specific logo, used by the club between 1975 and 2019 in the SANFL, was situated inside a circular disc as was the case at all other SANFL clubs. It made mention of "Magpies" in the logo for the first time and was the longest standing in the club's history. [187]

Upon entering the AFL in 1997, Port were required to adopt colours and an insignia that distinguished it from Collingwood, who already had the nickname of the 'Magpies'. The club designed a new logo with a silver fist clutching a lightning bolt, in front of both a Prison Bar design and teal background, showcasing both new colours the club adopted. [187] The logo was slightly altered in 2001 with the lightning bolt and fist defined and the reference to "Port" dropped. [187] Ahead of the 2020 season, Port Adelaide's 150th anniversary, the club unveiled a commemorative logo to be worn by both the senior AFL team and reserves SANFL team. The logo features the "PA" acronym, 1870 to acknowledge the foundation year, the black-and-white prison bars, the chevron design of the AFL guernsey and a teal outline. [188] Although initially intended to be used exclusively in 2020, [189] feedback from supporters, key stakeholders and investors prompted the club to retain the logo in 2021 and beyond. [190]

Club songs

Over the years, Port Adelaide has used various songs and music at its games. The club has had two main official songs in the SANFL and one in the AFL, in addition to other songs representing the club unofficially. In its first season during 1870 the club invited local brass bands to play during the club's first games at Glanville. [191] In 1882 a song based on Harry Clifton's "Work, Boys, Work (and be contented)" was written for the club as a tribute to the recently retired player Thomas Smith. [192] Following the end of the First World War, the club adopted the song was "The Pride of Port Adelaide is my football team". The song remained in use until 1971, [193] when Port Adelaide secretary Bob McLean decided to change the club song to "Cheer, Cheer the Black and the White" after hearing the South Melbourne Football Club's song based on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team's "Victory March". [194] As Sydney was already using the Notre Dame Victory March when Port Adelaide entered the AFL, the club was forced to find a new song. "Cheer, Cheer the Black and the White" is still used by the club in the SANFL competition. [195]

Due to the club's need for a new song upon their entry to the AFL, Port Adelaide adopted "Power to Win", written for the club by Quentin Eyers and Les Kaczmarek. The song was first played at AFL level after Port Adelaide's win against Geelong in Round 3, 1997 at Football Park. [196] Since 2016, an alternative Pitjantjatjara language version of the song ('Nganana wanangara kanyini' – literally, 'We have the lightning bolt') has been used by the club on occasions such as Indigenous Round. [197] As the club's official nickname was shortened to 'The Power', rather than the original 'Port Power'. the line in the song "..til the flag is ours for the taking, Port Power!" was eventually changed, removing the word 'Port' and the song was re-recorded.

Since March 2014, Port Adelaide has used "Never Tear Us Apart" by the Australian band INXS as the club's unofficial anthem leading up to the opening bounce at its new home of Adelaide Oval. [198] [199] The song is used as a reference to the various and unique difficulties the club faced when trying to enter the AFL, primarily in regards to the separation of its SANFL and AFL operations. [200] [201] Port Adelaide's use of the song stemmed from a trip the club took to Anfield in November 2012 while they were in England to play an exhibition match against the Western Bulldogs. [201] Seeing the Anfield crowd's rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone", Matthew Richardson, Port's general manager of marketing and consumer business, sought to replicate the pre-match experience. During a meeting in mid 2013, the idea of an anthem was raised; various songs were suggested, including "Power and the Passion" by Midnight Oil and "Power to the People" by John Schumann. "Never Tear Us Apart" by INXS was suggested by Port Adelaide's events manager, Tara MacLeod, [201] and the song was accepted, as it resonated with the Power's history: when the Power entered the AFL in 1997, it was forced to cut ties with its traditional base, the Port Adelaide Magpies, forming separate administrations and causing division amongst supporters. [201] Initially the song was introduced to coincide with the 60-second countdown before the start of a match, with the music playing over the top of a video montage. The song proved to be a success among the fans, with them adopting the song as well as raising scarves above their heads as the song was being sung. [201] [202]

Home grounds

Glanville Hall Estate/Buck's Flat (1870–1879)

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Glanville Hall Estate

After foundation, it was decided by the inaugural president of Port Adelaide, John Hart Jr., that the club's home ground would be Glanville Hall Estate, a property owned by his immediate family. [5] [203] The area in which the teams played was often referred to as 'Buck's Flat'. The club was forced to cease using the ground following 1879, as the property was sold at an auction. [204]

Alberton Oval (1880–present)

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Alberton Oval

Alberton Oval has been Port Adelaide's home ground in the SANFL since 1880, excluding 1975 and 1976. [205] Following the end of its operations at Glanville Hall, Port Adelaide was forced to find a new ground to operate from. It was decided that the club would use Alberton Oval for the 1880 season. On 15 May 1880, Port Adelaide played its first match at Alberton Oval. [206] The following year, the decision was made by the club to start leasing the oval from the Port Adelaide Council for the sum of 10 shillings a year. [207] The oval is also used for training purposes for both AFL and SANFL operations, aside from 1997 through 2001 when SANFL training temporarily moved to Ethelton. [144]

In 1975 and 1976, Port Adelaide was temporarily locked out of the ground following a dispute between the Port Adelaide Council, the SANFL and the Club over seating arrangements at the ground. The club usually split its seating revenue 50/50 with the SANFL during this time period, an arrangement the SANFL held with each club. However, the Port Adelaide Council wanted to take 50% of all game day revenue, leaving the remaining half to the two to split between themselves. In 1975, the SANFL refused to accept the offer for the ground provided by the council, resulting in the temporary suspension of Port Adelaide's lease on the ground. This prevented Port Adelaide from playing any games at the venue and, the following year, training at the venue. With the 1977 season pending, the issues between the council and the club were resolved and the club was permitted to return that year. [208]

The ground possesses two notable grandstands named after individuals important to the club. The Fos Williams Family Stand is the oldest remaining structure at Alberton Oval, first constructed in 1903. [209] The other grandstand, the Robert B. Quinn MM Grandstand, was first opened in 1972. [210] The ground also has the bordering Allan Scott Power Headquarters for the administration of Port Adelaide, which opened in 1999 and is named after the club's initial major sponsor. [211]

Football Park (1997–2013)

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Football Park

Port Adelaide first played at Football Park on 15 June 1974. [212] Despite not being officially recognised as a 'home ground' in the SANFL, it hosted night matches for every team, [213] as well as all finals between 1974 and 2014 regardless of 'home' team. [214] During 1975 and 1976, Port Adelaide sold some of their home games (to be played at their temporary home, Adelaide Oval) to Football Park. [208]

Upon the club's entry to the AFL, fellow South Australian club Adelaide was already using the ground for their home matches. Port Adelaide was assigned the ground as its home venue, alongside its existing tenants. [215] Port Adelaide's first official AFL match at the ground was on 6 April 1997, where they were defeated by Essendon by 33 points. [216]

Planned upgrades to the stadium were cancelled following news that Port Adelaide, alongside both Adelaide and the SANFL, would make use of Adelaide Oval from 2014 onward, as it had been recently redeveloped. [217] It hosted its final AFL match on the 31st of August that year, where Port Adelaide was defeated by a point by Carlton. [215] The ground remains the headquarters of Adelaide, though features such as the ground's grandstands have been demolished. [218]

Adelaide Oval (2014–present)

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Adelaide Oval

Since 2014, Adelaide Oval has been the home ground of Port Adelaide's AFL team, shared with Adelaide. [219]

Adelaide Oval has historically been used for SANFL Finals (until 1974) and the Championship of Australia match. During the 1975 and 1976 seasons, Port Adelaide's SANFL Team was forced to play out of the ground following their dispute with the local council, using it for both match day playing and training purposes over the period. [208] Its role as the primary venue for SANFL finals was supplanted by Football Park in 1974, following disagreements between the SANFL and South Australian Cricket Association (SACA). [220]

Following extensive redevelopment in the early 2010s and negotiations between the SANFL and SACA over the use of the ground, [221] the ground was cleared for football usage purposes, allowing Port Adelaide to use the ground as its home ground from the 2014 season onwards. [222] Port Adelaide also played the first official AFL match at the venue in 2011 against Melbourne. [223]

Adelaide Oval has two notable stands named after significant Port Adelaide individuals, the Fos Williams Stand, and the Gavin Wanganeen Stand. Both were named after the redevelopment of the Eastern Stand at the ground, and are featured alongside other famous individuals from the SANFL and Adelaide. [224]

Club creed

Fos Williams authored the club's creed in 1962. [225]

We, the players and management of the Port Adelaide Football Club, accept the heritage which players and administrators have passed down to us; in doing so, we do not intend to rest in idleness, but shall strive with all our power to further this club's unexcelled achievements.
To do this, we believe that there is great merit and noble achievement in winning a Premiership. That to be successful, each and every one of us must be active, aggressive and devoted to this cause.
We agree that success is well within our reach and have confidence that each member of both the team and management will suffer personal sacrifices for the common end.
Also, we know that, should after striving to our utmost, after giving our everything still not be successful, our efforts will become a further part of this club's enviable tradition.
Finally, we concede there can be honour in defeat, but to each of us, honourable defeat of our club and guernsey can only come after human endeavour on the playing field is completely exhausted.

Fos Williams




Port Adelaide has a fierce rivalry with fellow South Australian AFL team Adelaide. Matches between the two teams are known as the 'Showdown'. [226] The rivalry between Adelaide and Port Adelaide is often considered to be among the best rivalries in the Australian Football League, with Malcolm Blight, Australian Football Hall of Fame Legend, stating in 2009 that "there is no doubt it is the greatest rivalry in football." [227] The Showdown rivalry also significantly draws upon the bitter, winner take all, competition for the two South Australian licences to join the AFL in the 1980s and early 1990s. [228]

Brisbane Lions

This rivalry dates back to 1997, the inaugural season of Port Adelaide and the newly merged Brisbane Lions. In their early days, the two clubs had multiple close encounters, with a draw in two of their first three meetings. [229] In the early 2000s, the rivalry reached its peak as the two clubs would be the most dominant of the era, meeting in multiple finals and consistently finishing at the top of the ladder from 2001 to 2004. [230] [231] Notable encounters include a Round 22 match in 2002 to determine the minor premiership that year, which Port Adelaide won by a single goal, and a Round 17 match in 2003 with 7 lead changes in the final quarter, which Port Adelaide won by a point. [229] The rivalry culminated with the 2004 AFL Grand Final, where Port Adelaide defeated Brisbane to win their first premiership, and end Brisbane's chance to win a fourth consecutive. The rivalry has since died down. [232]



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Norwood and Port Adelaide playing in the 1921 SAFL Grand Final.

The rivalry between Port Adelaide and the Norwood Football Club is one of the longest standing rivalries in South Australian league football. [233] The two clubs met for the first time in 1878, where Port Adelaide hosted Norwood, with the visitors winning 1–0. [234] However, the rivalry between the two clubs would first begin in 1882, where Port Adelaide's first win over Norwood was controversially overruled by the league, with a follow-up game overshadowed by a misunderstanding at the gate which almost prevented Norwood players accessing the venue. [235]

The clubs met in 14 Grand Finals prior to Port Adelaide's accession into the AFL and share over 60 premierships between them. [233] In 1884, Port Adelaide won the premiership, bringing Norwood's run of six premierships in a row to an end. [236] In 1960, Norwood brought Port Adelaide's own record run of six premierships to an end defeating them by 27 points in the 1960 Preliminary Final. [237] They have met in three Grand Finals following Port Adelaide's entry to the AFL, with Port Adelaide winning in 1999 and Norwood winning in 1997 and 2014. [238] The two clubs are the only clubs in any of the elite Australian Rules Football leagues (the SANFL, WAFL, and VFL/AFL) to win six successive premierships. [239] [240]

Playing lists

Senior listRookie listCoaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)
  • (B) Category B rookie
  • italics - Inactive player list
  • Cruz Roja.svg Long-term injury
  • (ret.) Retired

Updated: 16 March 2023
Source(s): [241]

SANFL list [lower-alpha 2] Coaching Staff
  • Preston Cockatoo-Collins
  • Will Francou
  • Brodie Motlop
  • Harper Montgomery

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • TBC (defence)
  • TBC (midfield)
  • TBC (forwards)

  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)

Updated: 28 February 2023
Source(s): [242]

  1. Behinds did not contribute to scoring until 1897.
  2. Port Adelaide AFL-listed players (not selected to play AFL) are allowed to play for the SANFL squad.


Guernsey sponsors
PeriodFront sponsorBack sponsor
1978–79Lensworth Finance
1983–87 Standard Chartered
1988 Standard Chartered
1992Alpine Retreat
1993Bee-Jays Roadlink
1994Seaton Hotel Cash Converters
1995–96 Scott's Transport [243]
1997–07 Vodafone [244]
2008–09Bianco Construction & Industrial Supplies [245]
2010MyATM [246] AussieATM [247]
2011Soaring Securities [248]
2012VIP Home Services [249] Foodbank [250]
2013 Renault [251] VIP Home Services
2014–16 EnergyAustralia [252] Renault
2017 OAK [253]
2018 OAK
2019 GFG Alliance [254]
2020–21 MG Motor [254]

Administrative positions


Current major sponsors

Key China game sponsors

Apparel sponsors


Sammy Lunn was a famous Port Adelaide supporter during the 1910s and 1920s who would shout rhymes at games. He was also a celebrated fundraiser for returned servicemen. Sammy Lunn 1915.png
Sammy Lunn was a famous Port Adelaide supporter during the 1910s and 1920s who would shout rhymes at games. He was also a celebrated fundraiser for returned servicemen.

The Port Adelaide Football Club has historically drawn its supporter base in the region of Port Adelaide. Since the club's entry to the AFL, support for the club had increased within suburbs of Adelaide – notably, the northern suburbs. [261] It has also experienced growth in regional South Australia. [262]

Port Adelaide has many supporter groups from all around Australia, with every state and territory except Tasmania having an officially recognised supporter group. Among these, the Port Adelaide Cheer Squad, the official supporter group from Adelaide, creates banners to be used by the club and has official seating to cheer at home games. [263] There are also a number of unofficial supporter groups who perform activities for the club and its fans, such as the Outer Army and the Alberton Crowd. [264] [265]

Number-one ticket holders

Membership and attendance

Membership & Attendance
YearMembershipLadder positionHome crowds [269]
AFL auditedChangeAverageRankChange
Minor roundFinals
2005 [270] 36,834N/A8th6th30,69111 / 16Decrease2.svg 1,015
2006 [271] 35,648Decrease2.svg 1,18413th26,65116 / 16Decrease2.svg 4,040
2007 [272] 34,073Decrease2.svg 1,5752nd2nd29,94412 / 16Increase2.svg 4,293
2008 [273] 34,185Increase2.svg 11213th23,84216 / 16Decrease2.svg 6,102
2009 [274] 30,605Decrease2.svg 3,58010th24,34916 / 16Increase2.svg 507
2010 [275] 29,092Decrease2.svg 1,51310th23,04416 / 16Decrease2.svg 1,305
2011 [276] 32,581Increase2.svg 3,48916th21,67615 / 17Decrease2.svg 1,190
2012 [277] 35,543Increase2.svg 1,00314th19,91116 / 18Decrease2.svg 3,155
2013 [278] 39,838Increase2.svg 3,3837th5th26,91513 / 18Increase2.svg 7,004
2014 [279] 48,968Increase2.svg 9,1305th3rd44,5214 / 18Increase2.svg 17,514
2015 [280] 54,057Increase2.svg 5,0899th43,7494 / 18Decrease2.svg 680
2016 [281] 53,743Decrease2.svg 31410th39,6654 / 18Decrease2.svg 4,048
2017 [282] 52,129Decrease2.svg 1,6145th7th38,1366 / 18Decrease2.svg 1,529
2018 [283] 54,386Increase2.svg 2,25710th38,2278 / 18Increase2.svg 91
2019 [284] 51,951Decrease2.svg 2,43510th33,9508 / 18Decrease2.svg 4,277
2020 [285] 46,820Decrease2.svg 5,1311st3rd9,469 [lower-alpha 1] 5 / 18Decrease2.svg 24,481
2021 [286] 56,532Increase2.svg 9,7122nd3rd32,080 [lower-alpha 1] 4 / 18Increase2.svg 22,611
202211th29,6939 / 18Decrease2.svg 2,387


Indigenous community

Richie Bray is Port Adelaide's first known Indigenous premiership player. 1963, Richie Bray, The Advertiser, October.jpg
Richie Bray is Port Adelaide's first known Indigenous premiership player.

The Port Adelaide Football Club has a long-standing connection to the indigenous community. Initial club president John Hart Jr., alongside his father, were the founders of The Adelaide Milling and Mercantile Company in Port Adelaide, which employed Kaurna people alongside non-indigenous workers as early as the 1850s. [288] John Hart Sr. advocated for other settlers to refrain from killing and eating black swans as they were a totem of the Kaurna people. [288] Harry Hewitt was named in Port Adelaide's side when they defeated Fitzroy by two goals on Adelaide Oval in 1891 and is the club's first known Indigenous Australian player. [289] During the 1950s, St Francis House in Glanville housed young indigenous boys, many of whom played for Port Adelaide. [290] Richie Bray became the club's first known Indigenous player to win a premiership, featuring in the 1962, 1963 and 1965 premierships winning teams. [287]

Port Adelaide has been represented by 62 indigenous players across the SANFL and AFL competitions throughout its history. [291] Upon the club's entry to the AFL in 1997, the club appointed its first Indigenous captain in Gavin Wanganeen. [292] Wanganeen would later become the first indigenous player in the AFL to play 300 games, and the first indigenous player to join the board of an AFL club. [293]

In 2008, the club started the Aboriginal Power Cup to help promote academic and healthy outcomes for indigenous students in South Australia. [294]

China partnership

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Left: China partnership banner displayed at a Port Adelaide home game at Adelaide Oval.
Right: Jiangwan Stadium in Shanghai where Port Adelaide played an annual fixture between 2017 and 2019.

On 14 April 2016, Port Adelaide announced it had struck a three-year multimillion-dollar partnership with leading Chinese property developer Shanghai Cred, where Port Adelaide would take primary responsibility for developing Australian rules football in China. This involved the club holding annual training camps and providing sponsorship in China, as well as producing AFL programs and broadcasting games in the country via China Central Television and other networks. [295] [296] The same day, it was revealed by then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that Port Adelaide had an intention to play an in-season AFL match in China. [297] As part of the partnership, Port Adelaide also agreed to annually run an Australian rules football program in over 20 Chinese schools, culminating in a football carnival the same week the AFL premiership match is held in Shanghai. [298]

The first AFL game played for premiership points was played in May 2017 between the Gold Coast Suns and Port Adelaide. [299] In October 2018, the AFL announced St Kilda would be taking over from the Gold Coast Suns in the China fixture, with Gold Coast citing guernsey disagreements as a reason for exiting the deal. [300] In 2019, 4.01 million people watched the match between Port Adelaide and St Kilda. [301] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the match was not played in the 2020 or 2021 AFL seasons. [302] [303]

Club honour boards

Honour Board

In the Port Adelaide clubrooms at Alberton Oval there is a large wooden honour board with gold text that details every season of the club from 1870 to the present. [304]

Port Adelaide Football Club Honour Board [305] [306]
%FinalsChairmanCEO Coach Captain Best & Fairest Leading
Interclub Matches
J.Hart R.Leicester J.Wald J.Wald J.Wald J.Wald 2
1871Third0–2–233 J.Hart G.IrelandF.StoneF.StoneF.StoneUnknown1
1872Second0–1–20 J.Hart G.IrelandG.IrelandG.IrelandN/AN/A0
1873 Second1–2–025 J.Hart F.IrelandH.SparnonH.Sparnon
1874 Second2–3–1100 J.Hart F.IrelandJ.RannJ.Rann
1875 Second3–3–1140 J.Hart F.IrelandR.SandilandsR.SandilandsH.FordH.Ford
1876 Fifth2–6–038 J.Hart C.WellsW.FletcherW.FletcherE.Le MessuierS.Tyzack2
E.Le Messuier
South Australian Football Association era
1877 Fourth9–4–2177No
J.Hart C.WellsW.FletcherW.Fletcher T.Smith A.Le Messuier5
1878 Second5–2–4400 J.Hart C.WellsW.FletcherW.Fletcher T.Smith 2E.Le Messuier
1879 Second5–2–2183 J.Hart C.WellsW.FletcherW.Fletcher T.Smith 3E.Le Messuier24
Alberton Oval acquired
1880 Sixth3–3–589No
J.Sidoli E.Le Messuier33
1881 Fifth2–6–543J.FormbyE.Le Messuier
J.SandilandsJ.Sandilands J.Sidoli 2H.Watt6
1882 Third7–7–0157J.FormbyE.C.Le MessuierC.KellettH.Frayne
1883 Second 7–5–2114J.FormbyE.C.Le MessuierR.TurpennyE.Le Messuier
R.KirkpatrickJ.Litchfield 13
1884 First 11–2–2252J.FormbyE.C.Le MessuierR.TurpennyR.TurpennyC.Kellett
R.Roy 25
1885 Third6–8–1120J.FormbyE.C.Le MessuierR.TurpennyR.Turpenny
1886 Fourth
Wooden Spoon
3–11–164J.FormbyJ.Litchfield J.McGargill W.Bushby C.Fry M.Coffee
1887 Second 12–3–2239J.FormbyE.C.Le Messuier J.McGargill W.Bushby W.Bushby
1888 Second 14–2–1280J.FormbyJ.Sweeney J.McGargill W.Bushby H.Phillips H.Phillips 24
1889 Second 14–2–13850–1–0J.FormbyR.Cruickshank J.McGargill W.Bushby G.Hamilton C.Fry 2 32
1890 First
Champions of Australia
J.FormbyR.Cruickshank J.McGargill K.McKenzie C.Fry 2J.McKenzie 54
1891 Second 12–4–0288J.FormbyR.Cruickshank
J.McGargill K.McKenzie H.Phillips 2J.McKenzie237
1892 Second 11–4–1193J.FormbyJ.Sweeney J.McGargill K.McKenzie H.Phillips 3 A.McKenzie 43
1893 Third10–6–2202J.CleaveJ.Sweeney J.McGargill K.McKenzie W.Murray
H.Phillips 4
A.McKenzie2 59
1894 Third9–9–0114J.CleaveJ.Sweeney J.McGargill K.McKenzie A.Miers A.McKenzie 336
1895 Third8–7–1141W.FisherJ.Sweeney J.McGargill A.Miers O.L'Estage A.McKenzie 425
1896 Fifth
Wooden Spoon
H.Hills J.McGargill K.McKenzie G.Linklater A.Lees19
Modern Scoring System Adopted
1897 First 14–2–1266No
H.Hills J.McGargill K.McKenzie K.McKenzie A.Lees2 26
Regular SAFA Grand Finals commence
1898 Second 11–5–01991–1–0W.FisherH.Hills
J.McGargill K.McKenzie A.Hosie W.Stark31
1899 Third9–5–0155W.FisherJ.Sweeney J.McGargill H.Phillips S.Malin W.Stark213
1900 Fifth
Wooden Spoon
2–12–066W.FisherJ.Sweeney J.McGargill H.Phillips
J.Quinn H.Tompkins16
Federation of Australia
1901 Second 12–6–01310–1–0R.CruickshankJ.Sweeney J.McGargill A.Hosie E.Strawns J.Quinn 27
1902 Disqualified 10–2–0198DSQ W.Mattinson J.Sweeney J.McGargill A.Hosie L.Corston M.Healy25
1903 First 10–1–12482–1–0 W.Mattinson J.Sweeney J.McGargill A.Hosie J.Tompkins J.Tompkins 40
1904 Second 10–1–11730–2–0 W.Mattinson J.Sweeney J.McGargill A.Hosie
L.Corston J.Tompkins2 28
1905 Second 9–3–01701–1–0 W.Mattinson J.Sweeney J.McGargill J.Quinn J.Quinn 2J.Mathison 30
1906 First 11–1–02131–1–0 W.Mattinson J.Hodge J.McGargill J.Fletcher
E.Strawns 2J.Mathison2 42
South Australian Football League era
1907 Second 10–2–01921–2–0 W.Mattinson J.Hodge J.McGargill L.Corston J.Mack J.Quinn2 32
1908 Third8–4–01370–1–0 W.Mattinson J.Hodge J.McGargill E.Strawns
S.Dickson J.Mathison3 33
1909 Second 9–3–01340–2–0 W.Mattinson J.Hodge A.Hosie M.Donaghy S.Dickson 2 A.Congear 12
1910 First
Champions of Australia
11–2–01503–0–0 W.Mattinson J.Hodge A.Hosie J.Woollard S.Hosking F.Hansen 46
1911 Second 11–1–01711–2–0R.Cruickshank J.Hodge M.Donaghy
G.Dempster H.Oliver F.Hansen2 41
1912 Second 12–0–02051–2–0R.Cruickshank J.Hodge S.Hosking C.Cocks
H.Oliver 2 F.Hansen3 37
1913 First
Champions of Australia
10–2–01602–0–0A.Benson J.Hodge J.Londrigan J.Londrigan H.Eaton F.Hansen4 39
1914 First
Champions of Australia
Defeated SA state team
12–0–02092–0–0A.Benson J.Hodge J.Londrigan J.Londrigan J.Ashley J.Dunn 33
1915 Second 9–2–11750–2–0A.Benson J.Hodge A.McFarlane A.McFarlane H.Eaton 2 A.Congear2 21
South Australian Patriotic League (World War I)
1916 First 9–1–02462–0–0C.TylerS.Gill
H.Eaton S.Hosking 2J.Hayman40
1917 First 8–1–01641–0–0J.AdamsC.Tyler H.Eaton J.Hayman239
1918 Third11–3–11231–1–0C.Tyler H.Eaton
Resumption of South Australian Football League
1919 Fourth6–5–11270–1–0A.BensonC.Tyler F.Hansen H.Pope
J.Ashley 2L.Lackman 26
1920 Third8–4–01190–1–0A.BensonC.Tyler F.Hansen J.Robertson
C.Adams E.Dewar24
1921 First 12–2–01821–1–1A.BensonC.Tyler S.Hosking H.Oliver C.Adams 2 M.Allingham 43
1922 Fifth7–7–0101H.SkipperC.Tyler S.Howie S.Howie C.Dayman M.Allingham2 47
1923 Seventh5–9–099H.SkipperA.McKelvie C.Dayman C.Dayman L.Dayman M.Allingham3 42
1924 Fourth9–5–01210–1–0H.SkipperA.McKelvie A.Hosie C.Keal L.Dayman 2 M.Allingham4 28
1925 Third10–4–01270–1–0H.SkipperA.McKelvie A.Hosie C.Keal P.Bampton H.Logan 56
1926 Third10–4–01230–1–0P.CherryA.McKelvie M.Allingham M.Allingham L.Hodge H.Logan2 36
South Australian National Football League era
1927 Third10–7–01180–1–0P.Cherry C.Hayter S.Hosking P.Bampton C.Keal H.Logan3 66
1928 First 14–3–01191–1–0P.Cherry C.Hayter S.Hosking V.Johnson L.Dayman 3 L.Dayman 41
1929 Second 13–4–01562–1–0P.Cherry C.Hayter S.Hosking V.Johnson E.Mucklow L.Dayman2 86
1930 Second 10–6–11162–1–0P.Cherry C.Hayter S.Hosking V.Johnson V.Johnson L.Dayman3 89
1931 Third14–3–01270–2–0P.Cherry C.Hayter S.Hosking V.Johnson M.Allingham L.Dayman4 70
1932 Fourth10–7–0990–1–0C.Gun C.Hayter S.Ween S.Ween E.Mucklow 2 N.Hender 55
1933 Fifth9–7–1104C.Gun C.Hayter H.Dewar S.Ween J.Dermody N.Hender2 48
1934 Second 10–6–11211–1–0C.Gun C.Hayter L.Ashby V.Johnson A.Hollingworth J.Prideaux 73
1935 Second 12–5–01251–1–0C.Gun C.Hayter L.Ashby R.Johnson J.Dermody 2 J.Prideaux2 95
1936 First 14–3–01272–1–0C.Gun C.Hayter S.Hosking J.Dermody A.Hollingworth 2 J.Prideaux3 86
1937 First 13–4–01312–0–0P.Cherry C.Hayter S.Hosking J.Dermody R.Quinn R.Quinn 51
1938 Second 10–7–01182–1–0P.Cherry C.Hayter S.Hosking N.Hender R.Quinn 2 A.Hollingworth 45
1939 First 13–4–01262–0–0P.Cherry C.Hayter R.Quinn R.Quinn A.Reval H.Abbott49
1940 Third14–3–01180–2–0P.Cherry C.Hayter R.Quinn
R.Schumann A.McLean 47
1941 Fourth11–5–11060–1–0P.Cherry C.Hayter A.Reval A.Reval J.Skelley A.McLean2 62
Temporary Geographical merger with West Torrens (World War II)
1942 First 7–5–01032–0–0P.Cherry C.Hayter S.Hosking L.Roberts N/A M.Shaw 42
1943 Second 10–2–01351–1–0P.Cherry C.Hayter S.Hosking L.Roberts N/A M.Shaw2 55
1944 Second 12–1–01330–1–0P.Cherry C.Hayter M.Drury L.Roberts N/A M.Shaw3 69
Competition returns to unaligned clubs
1945 Second 15–2–01331–1–0P.Cherry C.Hayter R.Quinn R.Quinn R.Quinn 3 R.Quinn2 51
1946 Second 12–5–01211–2–0P.Cherry C.Hayter R.Quinn R.Quinn L.Roberts K.Jolly46
1947 Third14–3–01310–2–0P.Cherry C.Hayter R.Quinn R.Quinn R.Quinn 4 A.McLean3 80
1948 Seventh13–4–086P.Cherry C.Hayter
L.Roberts L.Roberts R.Russell A.McLean4 48
1949 Sixth7–10–094P.Cherry A.McLean J.McCarthy R.Schumann R.Russell 2 L.Zucker 51
1950 Third12–5–01131–1–0W.Baudinet A.McLean F.Williams F.Williams F.Williams F.Williams 40
1951 First 17–1–01562–0–0W.Baudinet A.McLean F.Williams F.Williams R.Russell 3N.Clark37
1952 Third13–4–01490–2–0B.Harvey A.McLean F.Williams F.Williams R.Whitaker R.Clift 26
1953 Second 15–3–01441–2–0B.Harvey A.McLean F.Williams F.Williams H.McDonald R.Whitaker 35
1954 First 15–3–01472–0–0B.Harvey A.McLean F.Williams F.Williams R.Clift T.Garland 44
1955 First 13–4–01322–1–0B.Harvey A.McLean F.Williams F.Williams F.Williams 2 F.Williams2 35
1956 First 17–1–01872–0–0B.Harvey A.McLean F.Williams F.Williams E.Whelan R.Johns 70
1957 First 15–2–11702–0–0B.Harvey A.McLean F.Williams F.Williams N.Hayes R.Johns2 77
1958 First 13–5–01463–0–0B.Harvey A.McLean F.Williams F.Williams G.Motley R.Johns3 55
1959 First 17–1–01602–1–0B.Harvey A.McLean G.Motley G.Motley G.Motley 2 W.Dittmar 74
1960 Third14–4–01480–2–0B.Harvey A.McLean G.Motley G.Motley N.Hayes 2 W.Dittmar2 69
1961 Third15–4–01410–2–0B.Harvey A.McLean G.Motley G.Motley J.Potter R.Johns4 54
1962 First 17–2–01560–2–0B.Harvey A.McLean F.Williams G.Motley P.Obst R.Johns5 76
1963 First 13–7–01522–0–0B.Harvey A.McLean F.Williams G.Motley G.Motley 3 R.Johns6 54
1964 Second 17–3–01831–1–0B.Harvey A.McLean F.Williams G.Motley J.Potter 2 J.Potter 30
1965 First 17–3–01292–0–0B.Harvey A.McLean F.Williams G.Motley G.Motley 4 E.Freeman 74
1966 Second 14–6–01431–1–0B.Harvey A.McLean F.Williams G.Motley J.Cahill E.Freeman2 81
1967 Second 14–6–01342–1–0B.Harvey A.McLean F.Williams J.Cahill J.Potter 3 E.Freeman3 74
1968 Second 15–5–01391–2–0B.Harvey A.McLean F.Williams J.Cahill J.Cahill2 R.Ebert 44
1969 Sixth9–11–092B.Harvey A.McLean F.Williams J.Cahill J.Potter 4M.Dittmar28
1970 Third17–2–11500–2–0B.Harvey A.McLean F.Williams J.Cahill J.Cahill 3 E.Freeman4 75
1971 Second 16–5–01381–2–0B.Harvey A.McLean F.Williams J.Cahill R.Ebert E.Freeman5 50
1972 Second 15–6–01221–2–0B.Harvey A.McLean F.Williams J.Cahill R.Ebert 2 M.James 62
1973 Fifth11–10–01050–1–0K.Duthie A.McLean F.Williams J.Cahill J.Cahill 4 J.Cahill 59
1974 Third18–3–11231–2–0K.Duthie A.McLean J.Cahill R.Ebert R.Ebert 3 D.Cahill 54
1975 Third12–6–01232–1–0K.Duthie A.McLean J.Cahill R.Ebert P.Woite T.Evans 64
1976 Second 17–4–01351–1–0K.Duthie A.McLean J.Cahill R.Ebert R.Ebert4 R.Gerlach 90
1977 First 17–4–11462–0–0K.Duthie A.McLean J.Cahill R.Ebert R.Ebert 5 T.Evans2 88
1978 Third14–8–01112–1–0K.Duthie A.McLean J.Cahill R.Ebert S.Clifford T.Evans3 90
1979 First 14–8–01123–0–0K.Duthie A.McLean J.Cahill B.Cunningham M.Faletic T.Evans4 82
1980 First 19–2–11882–0–0K.Duthie A.McLean J.Cahill B.Cunningham S.Clifford 2 T.Evans5 146
1981 First 15–7–01223–0–0K.DuthieR.Taylor J.Cahill B.Cunningham R.Ebert 6 T.Evans6 98
1982 Third16–5–11270–2–0K.DuthieR.Taylor J.Cahill B.Cunningham C.Bradley T.Evans7 125
1983 Sixth9–12–091K.DuthieR.Taylor R.Ebert R.Ebert S.Clifford 3 T.Evans8 63
1984 Second 17–5–01271–1–0K.DuthieI.McKenzie R.Ebert R.Ebert C.Bradley 2 T.Evans9 137
1985 Seventh8–14–088K.DuthieI.McKenzie R.Ebert R.Ebert C.Bradley 3 T.Evans10 96
1986 Fourth13–9–01030–2–0 B.Weber I.McKenzie R.Ebert R.Johnston M.Leslie D.Smith 49
1987 Fourth15–7–01120–2–0 B.Weber I.McKenzie R.Ebert R.Johnston B.Abernethy D.Smith2 71
1988 First 16–6–01273–0–0 B.Weber I.McKenzie J.Cahill R.Johnston G.Phillips S.Hodges 74
1989 First 18–4–01393–0–0 B.Weber R.Clayton J.Cahill R.Johnston R.Johnston S.Hodges2 79
1990 First 17–3–01502–1–0 B.Weber R.Clayton J.Cahill R.Johnston S.Hodges S.Hodges3 153
1991 Fifth14–8–01090–1–0 B.Weber R.Clayton J.Cahill G.Phillips P.Northeast D.Borlase 25
1992 First 18–4–01372–0–0 B.Weber B.Cunningham J.Cahill G.Phillips N.Buckley M.Tylor 97
1993 Third15–5–01181–2–0 G.Boulton B.Cunningham J.Cahill G.Phillips T.Bond M.Tylor2 90
1994 First 15–7–01313–1–0 G.Boulton B.Cunningham J.Cahill T.Ginever T.Ginever S.Hodges4 130
1995 First 16–6–01313–0–0 G.Boulton B.Cunningham J.Cahill T.Ginever R.West M.Tylor3 53
1996 First 13–7–01293–1–0 G.Boulton B.Cunningham
T.Ginever S.Hodges 2 S.Hodges5 117
Australian Football League era
(see also continued SANFL presence)
1997 Ninth10–11–192 G.Boulton B.Cunningham J.Cahill G.Wanganeen D.Mead S.Cummings 70
1998 Tenth9–12–196 G.Boulton B.Cunningham J.Cahill G.Wanganeen A.Kingsley W.Tredrea 33
1999 Seventh12–10–0900–1–0 G.Boulton B.Cunningham M.Williams G.Wanganeen S.Paxman W.Tredrea2 40
2000 Fourteenth7–14–184 G.Boulton B.Cunningham M.Williams G.Wanganeen B.Montgomery W.Tredrea3 32
2001 Fifth16–6–01290–2–0 G.Boulton B.Cunningham M.Williams M.Primus W.Tredrea W.Tredrea4 51
2002 Third18–4–01321–2–0 G.Boulton B.Cunningham M.Williams M.Primus M.Primus S.Dew 51
2003 Fourth18–4–01271–2–0 G.Boulton B.Cunningham M.Williams M.Primus G.Wanganeen W.Tredrea5 58
2004 First
AFL Premiers
17–5–01323–0–0 G.Boulton B.Cunningham M.Williams M.Primus
W.Tredrea 2 W.Tredrea6 81
2005 Sixth11–10–1981–1–0 G.Boulton J.James M.Williams M.Primus W.Tredrea3 W.Tredrea7 65
2006 Twelfth8–14–089 G.Boulton J.James M.Williams W.Tredrea B.Lade J.Mahoney 29
2007 Second 15–7–01132–1–0 G.Boulton J.James M.Williams W.Tredrea K.Cornes B.Ebert 56
2008 Thirteenth7–15–096 G.Boulton J.James
M.Williams W.Tredrea K.Cornes 2 D.Motlop 57
2009 Tenth9–13–089B.DuncansonM.Haysman M.Williams D.Cassisi W.Tredrea4 W.Tredrea8 51
2010 Tenth10–12–082B.DuncansonM.Haysman M.Williams
D.Cassisi K.Cornes 3 J.Schulz 33
2011 Sixteenth3–19–065B.DuncansonM.Haysman
M.Primus D.Cassisi T.Boak
R.Gray 32
2012 Fourteenth5–16–179B.Duncanson
K.Thomas M.Primus
D.Cassisi K.Cornes 4 J.Schulz2 42
2013 Fifth12–10–01021–1–0 D.Koch K.Thomas K.Hinkley T.Boak C.Wingard J.Schulz3 49
Administrative Independence from the SANFL
2014 Third14–8–01302–1–0 D.Koch K.Thomas K.Hinkley T.Boak R.Gray J.Schulz4 66
2015 Ninth12–10–0106 D.Koch K.Thomas K.Hinkley T.Boak R.Gray 2 C.Wingard 53
2016 Tenth10–12–0106 D.Koch K.Thomas K.Hinkley T.Boak R.Gray 3 C.Wingard2 38
2017 Seventh14–8–01300–1–0 D.Koch K.Thomas K.Hinkley T.Boak P.Ryder C.Dixon 49
2018 Tenth12–10–0108 D.Koch K.Thomas K.Hinkley T.Boak J.Westhoff R.Gray2 36
2019 Tenth11–11–0105 D.Koch K.Thomas K.Hinkley O.Wines
T.Boak 2 C.Rozee 29
2020 Third14–3–01361–1–0 D.Koch K.Thomas K.Hinkley T.Jonas D.Byrne-Jones C.Dixon 234
2021 Third17–5–01261–1–0 D.Koch M.Richardson K.Hinkley T.Jonas O.Wines C.Dixon 348
2022 Eleventh10–12–0110 D.Koch M.Richardson K.Hinkley T.Jonas T.Marshall 45
⚑ = Premier / ★ = League Best and Fairest / ✪ = League Leading Goalkicker / 2 = Multiple Best & Fairest or Leading Goalkicker

SANFL Honour Board (Post AFL Entry)

Port Adelaide Football Club honour roll (SANFL since 1997) [305]
SeasonFinal positionCoachCaptainA.R McLean MedalLeading goal kicker
1997 Second Stephen Williams Tim Ginever Tim Ginever Phil McGuinness (36)
1998 ⚑ First Stephen Williams Darryl Borlase Bryan Beinke Bryan Beinke (39)
1999 ⚑ First Stephen Williams David Brown Darryl Poole Paul Evans (35)
2000 Third Stephen Williams Darryl Poole Phil McGuinness Phillip Smith (41)
2001 Third Stephen Williams Darryl Poole Ryan O'Connor Tony Brown (27)
2002 Sixth Stephen Williams Darryl Poole Corey Ah Chee Matt Lokan (22)
2003 Fifth Stephen Williams Darryl Poole Brett Ebert Paul Evans (46)
2004 Sixth Matthew Knights Tony Brown Kristian De Pasquale Paul Evans (29)
2005 Third John Cahill Tony Brown Jeremy Clayton Clive Waterhouse (75)
2006 Fifth Tim Ginever Mark Clayton Jeremy Clayton Clive Waterhouse (52)
2007 Sixth Tim Ginever Mark Clayton Jeremy Clayton Brent LeCras (45)
2008 Fifth Tim Ginever Corey Ah Chee Jeremy Clayton Daniel Hargraves (53)
2009 Eighth Tim Ginever Corey Ah CheeBrad MurrayJoel Perry (43)
2010 Eighth Tony Bamford James Meiklejohn Steven Summerton Cameron Cloke (25)
2011 Sixth Tony Bamford James Meiklejohn Mark DollingBrad Mercer (30)
2012 Seventh Tony Bamford James Meiklejohn Jeremy Clayton Luke Harder (29)
2013 Sixth Ken McGregor James Meiklejohn Sam Gray Josh Thurgood (38)
2014 Second Garry Hocking Steven SummertonSteven Summerton John Butcher (32)
2015 Fourth Garry Hocking Steven SummertonSteven Summerton Mitch Harvey (21)
2016 Sixth Chad Cornes Steven Summerton Kane Mitchell Luke Reynolds (43)
2017 Second Chad Cornes Steven Summerton Brendon Ah Chee Brett Eddy (59)
2018 Ninth Matt Lokan Steven Summerton Will Snelling Lindsay Thomas (21)
2019 Second Matt Lokan Cameron Sutcliffe Jack Trengove Billy Frampton (32)
2020 did not field a team due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Seventh Matt Lokan Cameron Sutcliffe Sam Hayes Dylan Williams (31)
2022 Eighth Matt Lokan Cameron Sutcliffe Dylan Williams (20)
⚑ = Premier / = Magarey Medallist / = Ken Farmer Medallist / 2 = Multiple Best & Fairest or Leading Goal Kicker

Hall of Fame

Port Adelaide launched the club Hall of Fame on 20 February 1998, when it inducted inaugural 18 members into the Hall of Fame. [307] It has since honoured 40 more players, coaches, administrators and club servants who have played a major part in the club, in addition to two eras of premiership teams. [308] [309]

Port Adelaide
Hall of Fame

Bruce Abernethy
John Abley
Dave Boyd
Craig Bradley
John Cahill
Bob Clayton
Angelo Congear
Kane Cornes

Brian Cunningham
Leslie Dayman
Russell Ebert
Tim Evans
Brian Fairclough
George Fiacchi
Tim Ginever
Neville Hayes

Scott Hodges
Ron Hoffman
Sampson Hosking
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Allan McLean
Edward McMahon
Geof Motley
Paul Northeast

Harold Oliver
Greg Phillips
Harold Phillips
Jeffrey Potter
Bob Quinn
Allan Reval
Llewellyn Roberts
Richard Russell

Darren Smith
Warren Tredrea
Gavin Wanganeen
Edward Whelan
Fos Williams
Mark Williams
Stephen Williams
Lloyd Zucker



Players listed in bold are inductees in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.
Players listed in bold and italics are legends in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

Greatest Team

In June 2001, the Port Adelaide Football Club announced its 'Greatest Team' from the prior two centuries, consisting of the most successful players from the club. Between the 22 players inducted, they shared 201 premiership medals, 532 state games, 16 Magarey Medals and numerous other football accolades. The club hailed the group the "Greatest Team of the Greatest Club". [310]

Military service

Australian Army Emblem.svg
War Roll of Honour [38]
Boer War
Kenneth McKenzieWilliam Schwann
World War I
Maurice AllinghamFrederick BadcockArthur BiscombeWilliam Boon †
David BowerHoward BungeyHugh ChallinderArnold Channon
Albert Chaplin †Robert CoffenHenry DavisClement Dayman
William DempsterHenry DewarWilliam 'Roy' Drummond M.M.Edward Foggo
Archibald Gosling †Matthew HealyHorace HoareSamuel Howie
Gordon InksterClarence LatimerLawrence LevyWilliam Marshall
Tom McDonald D.C.MFrederick MeadowsEdward OateyJohn W. Robertson
Edwin RoseThomas SardStedman StidsonWilliam Theodore
Harry TobinArthur TubelArthur TurnerDouglas Walsh M.C.†
Joseph Watson †Edward Weeden
World War I – officials
Dr Alexander BensonCharles HayterDr Edward Morris
World War II
Howard AbbottJames AllinghamCharles A. AndersenCharles H. Andersen
Basil BamptonHarold Beer Halcombe George BrockMaxwell Carmichael †
George W.F. ChapmanClarence ChristensenNoel ClarkJohn Coppin
Ivor DangerfieldLindsay DarlingRalph DaweClarance L. Dayman
John DermodyEdward DorianJames DoyleDrozena Eden
Bert EdwardsJames FarrDennis FitzgeraldFrederick Galliford
Laurence GatesGeoffrey GermeinFrancis GibautArthur Gower
Colin GrantClaude GreeningDonald GreggColin Grimm
John HeatonColin HerbertJohn JohnsonKenneth Johnson
Clyde KellawayPeter KeoughLyall KretschmerRobert Lander
Peter MarrettRichard MayneHarold McDonaldNorman McInnes
Malcolm McKiggan †Allan R.C. 'Bob' McLeanHarold MillsBrian Moore
George NeaylonJohn OehmeWilliam OwensAlexander Pender
Harry PerryFrederick PetersJames PrideauxGeorge U. Quinn †
John M. QuinnRobert B. Quinn M.M.Lew RobertsHerbert Robertson
Bertram RobinsonLloyd Rudd †Leonard SalveminiReginald Schumann
John SkelleyKenneth SladeGordon TembyWilliam Trigg
Arthur TunbridgeArthur UttingJohn Wade †Hercules Waldron
John WhiteGeoffrey WieseFoster WilliamsJohn Woollard
World War II – officials/staff
Kenneth AubertArchibald DowsettHenry NaismithWilliam Adair
Vietnam War
Peter Chant †Lindsay McGieJohn A. Quinn
† denotes killed in action or died while serving

Club achievements

Port Adelaide is one of the most successful clubs in senior level football, having won a record 37 senior premierships across the AFL and SANFL competitions. [311] The club won its first premiership in 1884, [12] while its most recent senior level premiership was in 2004. [312] The club has won a record 4 Championship of Australia titles, [313] and have won the Stanley H. Lewis trophy 12 times, second to only Norwood (14). [314] Port Adelaide has had two notable periods of success under the leadership of Fos Williams, who coached 9 premierships, and John Cahill, who coached 10.

CompetitionLevelWinsYears Won
Australian Football League Seniors [312] 1 2004
South Australian National Football League Seniors (1877–2013)
Reserves (2014–present) [315]
36 1884, 1890, 1897, 1903, 1906, 1910, 1913, 1914, 1921, 1928, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999
Reserves (1906–2018) [315] 19 1911, 1923, 1933, 1936, 1947, 1948, 1952, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1963, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1996, 1997, 2010
Under 19s (1937–2008) [315] 13 1946, 1950, 1953, 1962, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1991, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2007
Under 17s (1939–2008) [315] 6 1951, 1955, 1961, 1971, 1972, 1994
Under 18s (2009–2014) [316] 1 2011
War League (1942–1944) [50] 1 1942 [lower-alpha 2]
South Australian Patriotic Football League Seniors (1916–1918) [317] 2 1916, 1917
Other titles and honours
Championship of Australia Seniors [313] 4 1890, 1910, 1913, 1914
Stanley H Lewis Memorial Trophy (1962–2014)Multiple [314] 12 1962, 1963, 1964, 1970, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1999
AFL pre-season competition Seniors [318] 2 2001, 2002
SANFL Lightning Premiership Seniors [319] 1 1948
Finishing positions
Australian Football League Minor premiership
(McClelland Trophy) [320]
4 2002, 2003, 2004, 2020
Runners Up [312] 1 2007
Wooden spoons 0Nil
South Australian National Football League Minor premiership [321] 44 1889, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1906, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1921, 1928, 1931, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1939, 1940, 1945, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1970, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2014
Runners Up [315] 37 1878, 1879, 1883, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1891, 1892, 1898, 1901, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1912, 1915, 1929, 1930, 1934, 1935, 1938, 1945, 1946, 1953, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1976, 1984, 1997, 2014, 2017, 2019
Wooden spoons [321] 3 1886, 1896, 1900

Player achievements

Competition awards

Brownlow Medal (AFL fairest and best) [322]

Magarey Medal (SANFL best and fairest) [323]

AFLCA Champion Player of the Year [324]

AFL Rising Star (Best player under 21) [325]

Grand final best on ground awards

Norm Smith Medal (AFL Grand Final best on ground) [326]

Jack Oatey Medal (SANFL Grand Final best on ground) [327]

Club awards

John Cahill Medal (best and fairest)

Allan Robert McLean Medal (SANFL best and fairest)

Gavin Wanganeen Medal (Best player under 21) [328]

Fos Williams Medal (Best Team Man) [328]

Coaches' Award (Most Improved Player) [328]

John McCarthy Medal (Community Award) [328]


An All-Australian team is considered a 'best-of' selection of players for each calendar year, with each player represented in their team position. Each team is selected by a panel of experts. [330]

Sporting Life's All Australian

Bob Quinn was named as captain in Sporting Life's All-Australian. 1947 Sporting Life (September) pg 20 All Australian team.jpg
Bob Quinn was named as captain in Sporting Life's All-Australian.

Sporting Life Magazine first pioneered the concept of an All-Australian 'team of the year' in 1947, and would run each year until 1955. [331] The AFL does not recognise the teams selected by Sporting Life. [332]


All Australian teams from the Interstate Carnivals and Australian Football League have been endorsed as official by governing bodies of the sport, such as the Australian National Football Council and the AFL. [331]

Interstate carnivals [336]

Australian Football League [336]



  1. 1 2 Capped stadium capacities.
  2. Won the 1942 premiership as a merged team with West Torrens. The league merged all clubs during the Second World War. [49]

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