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Creator : News Ltd; Photographer
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 200 x 155 mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Port Adelaide has been the most successful club in the history of South Australian league football and, arguably, the most successful of any senior club anywhere in Australia. It is also the oldest surviving league club. Established in 1870, it was a founder member of the South Australian Football Association, the forerunner of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL), in 1877. Port has won 36 league premierships, including six in a row from 1954 to 1959 and seven out of nine between 1988 and 1996.

Befitting such a successful club a number of Port champions have won the Magarey Medal including the 1899 winner Stan Malin, Jack Mack 1907 Sampson 'Shine' Hosking 1910 and 1915, ruckman Jack Ashley 1914, Charlie Adams 1921, Peter Bampton 1925, champion rover Bob Quinn 1938 and 1945, dashing centreman Dave Boyd 1956, nine time premiership player Geof Motley 1964, Trevor 'Bubbles' Obst 1967, Russell Ebert four times - 1971, 1974, 1976, and 1980, defender Peter Woite 1975, Greg Anderson 1986, full forward Scott Hodges 1990, Nathan Buckley 1992, Tony Brown and Ryan O'Connor joint winners in 2001, Brett Ebert, son of Russell, in 2003 and Jeremy Clayton in 2005.


Of course many other fine players have worn the black and white including Harold Oliver who played from 1910 to 1922 and is often regarded as the best player to never win a Magarey Medal, the tough ruck-rover Alan "Bull" Reval and players from the successful teams of the 1950s such as Neville 'Chicken' Hayes, John Abley and Dick Russell. Port Adelaide has had two of South Australia's most successful coaches - Fos Williams and John Cahill. Williams, as both a playing and non-playing coach, led the club to nine premierships and Cahill, after a long playing career with Port, coached them to ten premierships in the SANFL and was the inaugural coach of Port in the Australian Football League.


Item 1: Photograph of seven men holding a giant Fosters' Mighty Magpies banner at Black Diamond Corner, Port Adelaide, in 1963. Referring to Foster 'Fos' Williams who coached the club to nine premierships, including the six in a row.
Items 2-6: 1954 Premiership dinner menu including a list of players
Item 7: promotional badge from the 1920s
Item 8: 1967 Milo promotional sticker
Item 9: guernsey from 1996, a premiership year, with the signatures of coach John Cahill, captain Tim Giniver and player Stephen Carter

Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :
Wood, John. Simply the best : the story of the Port Adelaide Football Club, Queenstown, S. Aust. : J. Wood, 1995-
Williams, Fos and Rucci, Michelangelo. Dynasty : a legend, a family and the Port Adelaide Football Club : the story of the Williams family, Norwood, S. Aust. : Peacock Publications, 1999
Williams, Fos. Fos Williams on football 1959-1965 / edited by Michael Sexton, [Colonel Light Gardens, S. Aust. : Michael Sexton], c2007
Whimpress, Bernard. The South Australian football story, West Lakes, S. Aust. : South Australian National Football League, 1983.
SANFL Grand Final 1963 [videorecording], Adelaide : S.A. Video Warehouse, 1993
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