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South Adelaide Celebrate 140 Years Since First Game!

Posted by South Adelaide Football Club on 20 May 2016
South Adelaide Celebrate 140 Years Since First Game!

On Saturday, May 20, 1876 the South Adelaide Football Club took to the field for the first time. Today we celebrate the 140th anniversary of that match!

At the foot of Montefiore Hill, an area now home to the North Adelaide Golf Club, South Adelaide would do battle with a side known as the Victorians and fall to a one goal to none defeat.

The Victorians may have won the battle, but South Adelaide have won the test of time and 140 years later are one of the oldest football clubs in Australia.

Below (and the image above) is a match report published on page two of the Express and Telegraph on Monday, 22 May, 1876 that describes the afternoons action - it is interesting to note that even 140 years ago the decisions of the games officials were the cause of much debate!

"A match between the Victorian and South Adelaide Football Clubs took place at the foot of Montefiore Hill, on Saturday afternoon, May 20.

Mr G. Downs captained the Victorians and Mr. G. Kennedy the South Adelaide team.

Play was commenced about 3 o'clock, and after more than two hours' hard work a goal was secured for the Victorians by Mr. H. Barry.

It being too late to continue play, the Victorians were declared the winners.

Several disputes arose in consequence of several of the players not being acquainted with the rules under which the match was contested."

Thank you to South Adelaide Football Club Heritage Committee for their assistance with gathering information for this story.

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  • NORWOOD

    26

  • WOODVILLE-WEST TORRENS

    23

  • STURT

    22

  • NORTH ADELAIDE

    20

  • SOUTH ADELAIDE

    18

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2018 FIXTURE

  • SANFL Round 17

    South Adelaide vs Bye
    Venue: Bye
    Time: Bye


  • SANFL Round 17

    South Adelaide vs Sturt
    Venue: Hickinbotham Oval
    Time: 2:10pm, SUNDAY August 12


  • SANFL Round 18

    Woodville-West Torrens vs South Adelaide
    Venue: Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval
    Time: 2:10pm, SATURDAY August 18


  • SANFL Round 19

    South Adelaide vs Norwood
    Venue: Hickinbotham Oval
    Time: 2:10pm, SUNDAY August 26


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