The importance of history and tradition in the success and prosperity of football clubs cannot be overestimated.
For many years SAFC historian John Althorp performed a sterling job collating and recording memorabilia and writing historical articles.
In late 2014, a heritage committee was proposed to enable different areas of expertise and interest to be utilised.
This official subcommittee of the SAFC Board first met in February 2015 and began by defining its role and terms of reference.
Inaugural Committee members were Dr Randal Williams
(Chair), John Althorp, Dr Jack White, Bryan Ploenges, Peter Cochinos and the SAFC Board Chair (ex officio.)
There have been fluctuations in membership, with John Reid, Peter Cochinos and Peter Davey making valuable contributions along the way. The SAFC CEO was invited to represent the club at meetings, a role currently filled by Marketing, Media and Partnerships Manager Jonathon Parker.
The committee meets bimonthly and liaises with the SANFL History Centre and the historical groups of other SANFL Clubs.
Achievements of the committee have included contributions to Panthers News, the purchase of a large trophy cabinet for the Club foyer, creation of the Frank Brown Door in the players locker room, introduction of the Frank Barry Medal for the best senior SAFC player in the Anzac Round and
preservation and displays of memorabilia both at the SAFC and the Adelaide Oval.
A major initiative has been the collation of the names of all
players who have played at least one senior game since 1876, enabling these names to be included on a heritage guernsey. Profiles of these players are being developed with a view to public access via the SAFC website.
Important functions of the Heritage Committee include advising on SAFC and SANFL Hall of Fame nominations, giving historical information to supporters and the media when required and providing annual reports to the SAFC Board.
New initiatives include a multi-author pictorial history planned for publication in the Club’s 150th year in 2026 and ensuring representation and involvement of SAFC Women’s football.
2021 SAFC Heritage Committee
David Kelly (Chair)
Dr Randal Williams
Dr Jack White
Dr Chris Haines