Alberton Oval
Robert Berrima Quinn Military Medal Grandstand, 3 September 2022.jpg
Partial view of Alberton Oval looking toward the Robert B. Quinn MM Grandstand
Former namesQueen and Albert Oval
Locationcnr Brougham Place and Queen St, Alberton, South Australia
Coordinates34°51′52″S 138°31′10″E / 34.86444°S 138.51944°E / -34.86444; 138.51944Coordinates: 34°51′52″S 138°31′10″E / 34.86444°S 138.51944°E / -34.86444; 138.51944
Public transitAiga railtransportation 25.svg Cheltenham Station
Aiga railtransportation 25.svg Alberton Station
OwnerCity of Port Adelaide Enfield
OperatorPort Adelaide Football Club
Record attendance22,738 (Port Adelaide vs Norwood, 11 June 1977)
Field size170 by 130 metres (185.9 yd × 142.2 yd)
Broke ground1877
Opened8 November 1877
(145 years ago)
Construction costProperty: Donated by John Formby.
Construction: £500 [1]
Port Adelaide Football Club
Administration & Training (1880–present)
SANFL (1880–present)
AFL (1997–present)
AFLW (2022–present)
Port Adelaide Cricket Club (1896–1996)

Alberton Oval is located in Alberton, a north-western suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. The ground is a public park and is exclusively leased to the Port Adelaide Football Club for Australian rules football.


John Formby donated the land for Alberton Oval to the people of Port Adelaide for a sporting oval.[3]
John Formby donated the land for Alberton Oval to the people of Port Adelaide for a sporting oval.[3]

With the nearby Queenstown Oval built upon in 1876, the Alberton and Queenstown Council opted to construct a cricketing ground on the land adjacent Brougham Place in 1876.[4] The land was donated by the former Mayor of Port Adelaide, John Formby.[5] The Queen and Albert Oval was officially opened on 8 November 1877 for a game between the touring Tasmanian cricket team and a selected eleven of the Queen and Albert Cricket Association.[6]

Port Adelaide Football Club

While several teams played at the Alberton Oval in the ground's early days, it is most famous for being the training and administration base for the Port Adelaide Football Club since it played its first game on 15 May 1880 and defeated the original, now-defunct Kensington Football Club 1-nil.

Port Adelaide has played all its South Australian National Football League (SANFL) home games at the ground since 1880. When the club commenced playing in the Australian Football League (AFL) in 1997, it played home matches at Football Park in West Lakes, until 2014 when AFL matches were moved to the Adelaide Oval near the city. The club continued fielding a team in the SANFL after accession to the AFL, and continued to play home matches at Alberton Oval. Initially the SANFL team was legally separate from the club's AFL operations, until the two were re-unified in 2010. Since 2014 Port Adelaide's SANFL team has been a reserve team for the club.[7] The club commenced fielding a women's team in the AFL Women's league in 2022, and play home matches at Alberton Oval.

All of the club's teams, including its AFL, AFLW and SANFL teams, conduct their principal trainings at the ground.

The Allan Scott Power Headquarters stands adjacent to the oval. So too does The Port Club, a social venue for the club's supporters and players, which was opened on 14 November 1954.[citation needed]

Alberton is regarded as the "spiritual home" of Port Adelaide[8] due to the club (in the SANFL) playing almost all of their homes games there since commencing its tenancy. The club's AFL team usually plays one or two trial games at the ground during the pre-season.

Many notable Australian rules footballers have played for Port Adelaide on the ground, including 3 time Brownlow and Sandover Medalist Haydn Bunton Sr, four time SANFL Magarey Medal winner and club games record holder (392) Russell Ebert, nine time premiership coach Fos Williams, local junior and future Carlton player Craig Bradley, 1992 Best and Fairest winner Nathan Buckley, 1993 Brownlow Medallist Gavin Wanganeen and Port Adelaide's first ever AFL coach, John Cahill who also coached the club to 10 SANFL premierships.[9]

Cheltenham cemetery curse

For a long time such was the Port Adelaide Football Club's dominance at Alberton Oval with a win percentage of 78% from its first year at the ground in 1880 to joining the AFL in 1997 there has been conjecture that opposition teams became cursed as they passed by Cheltenham cemetery on the way to the ground.

Your fellows are beaten as soon as they pass the Cheltenham Cemetery.

— Unknown Port Adelaide player, Adelaide Advertiser, 10 May 1946, [10]

Malcolm Blight as coach for Woodville played up the curse for his players in the lead up to a match, parking the bus before the cemetery, and making his players walk past Cheltenham cemetery. Unfortunately it didn't work and Woodville still lost but Blight suggests his team would've lost by more if he didn't make everyone walk past.[11]

The adage, you lose five goals every time you came to Alberton Oval as soon as you passed Cheltenham Cemetery.

— Malcolm Blight, Sportsday SA, 2 July 2018, [12]

Interstate pre-season matches

2022/23 redevelopment

In 2021, Port Adelaide club officials revealed plans for a redevelopment of the Alberton Oval and surrounding precinct, to include an additional indoor training and administration venue for football, which would feature two basketball courts and an adjacent outdoor soccer pitch.[13] Upgrades to the existing change-rooms and training buildings for men's and women's players were also proposed, as well as spectator amenities and additional spaces for parked cars.[13] The plans were opposed by several local residents who claimed it would exacerbate traffic and congestion issues, though club officials pointed to the expanded car-park spaces available for staff and players, and the opportunities available for local community sports groups to utilise the facilities.[14][15] The proposal was granted approval by the City of Port Adelaide Enfield council on 9 November 2021.[16][17][18] The estimated cost of the redevelopment is $30 million,[19][17] of which $15 million was financed from the federal government in an announcement made on 27 November 2021.[20] The other half of the cost was raised by the South Australian government's Office for Recreation and Sport, the AFL and the club, and several undisclosed club benefactors.[20]

The first completed component of the upgrades was The Precinct at Alberton, a multi-purpose events and administration centre attached to the Robert Quinn grandstand, which was completed in June 2022. The precinct includes the club museum, store, membership services, private event spaces and a large bar, restaurant and kitchen with views over Alberton Oval and toward the Adelaide Hills.[21] Dedicated facilities for the women's team were completed prior to the August 2022 season. The women's football program is located within and along the length of the Fos Williams Stand, and includes expansive locker-rooms, player recovery and administration offices, a team meeting room and a lounge.[22] The redevelopment of the Allan Scott HQ building and addition of the adjacent High Performance Centre and outdoor training/soccer field, located on the eastern side of the oval, commenced in October 2022, with construction expected to be completed 12 months thereafter.[23][24]

Ground records

Highest score

Largest margin

Most goals in a match

Longest winning streak


Alberton Oval was used as a cricket ground during summer between 1877 and 1996.[citation needed] Following the opening game between Tasmania and the Queen and Albert Cricket Association in 1877, the ground became the home of the new Port Adelaide Cricket Club in 1897 and remained so until the end of 1996.[citation needed]

In the early years attention needed to be paid to the state of the outfield. An example of this need was when Port Adelaide batsman G.S.P. Jones was able to run 8 while making 143 not out against West Torrens in 1904-05 because the fieldsman could not find the ball amongst the weeds.[27] Cricket and football shared the use of the oval for a century, until the Port Adelaide Football Club was elevated into the AFL in 1997 and required the full-year use of the ground.[28]

The cricket club now plays games at the Port Reserve in Port Adelaide.


The grounds main stands and features are:

Fos Williams Family Stand

The Williams Family Grandstand at Alberton Oval.
The Williams Family Grandstand at Alberton Oval.

Opened in 1903. The oldest remaining structure at Alberton Oval, the Fos Williams stand houses the SANFL change rooms, coaching and media boxes. It also is the location of plaques commemorating members of the Williams family.

Robert B. Quinn MM Grandstand

The Williams and Quinn grandstands pictured in 2007.
The Williams and Quinn grandstands pictured in 2007.

Opened in 1964, the grandstand houses the Port Club bistro, Bob McLean sportsbar, Port Store and upstairs function room.

Allan Scott Power Headquarters

Built with donations provided by businessman Allan Scott, government grants and funding provided by the sale of personalised pavers laid around the Oval precinct, the Headquarters house the administration of the Port Adelaide Football Club along with the AFL training facilities. The Headquarters also have a balcony that overlooks the ground. In 2010 the HQ was upgraded, the cornerstone of which was the Mark Williams Facility, which allows players to train indoors during extreme weather conditions.

N.L. Williams Scoreboard

Named after Port Adelaide and South Australian cricketer Norman Williams, the scoreboard is located on the South East pocket.

Attendance records


The attendance record at the ground for an Australian rules football match was 22,738 during a match against Norwood on 11 June 1977.

Crowd Date Participants Event Series
1 22,738 11 June 1977 Port Adelaide def. Norwood Australian rules football 1977 SANFL Season
2 ? 14 March 1981 Port Adelaide def by. Richmond Australian rules football 1981 Pre Season


Crowd Date Participants Event Series
1 ? 31 December 1996 Jimmy Barnes Concert NYE Live at the Port

References and notes

  1. ^ "CRICKET". South Australian Register. Vol. XLII, no. 9688. South Australia. 1 December 1877. p. 5 (Supplement to the South Australian Register.). Retrieved 4 November 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "Alberton Oval". Austadiums. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Cricket". Adelaide Observer. Vol. XXXIII, no. 1812. South Australia. 24 June 1876. p. 5. Retrieved 27 December 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ Adelaide Observer, Saturday 13 May 1876, Page 6
  5. ^ "Alberton Oval - -". Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  6. ^ South Australian Register, 23 October 1877, page 1
  7. ^ John Devaney. "Port Adelaide Magpies". Australian Football.
  8. ^ History, Port Adelaide Football Club.
  9. ^ Alberton Oval, Port Adelaide Football Club.
  10. ^ "FOOTBALL". The Advertiser (Adelaide). South Australia. 10 May 1946. p. 5. Retrieved 8 August 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ Blight, Malcolm (2 July 2018). "Messiah's Moments". Sportsday SA.
  12. ^ Blight, Malcolm (2 July 2018). "Messiah's Moments". Sportsday SA.
  13. ^ a b Loukas Founten (31 July 2021). "Port Adelaide unveils proposed Alberton Oval precinct redevelopment fly-through". Port Adelaide Football Club.
  14. ^ "Port Adelaide fans furious over redevelopment plans of local Alberton Oval 7NEWS". 7 News. YouTube. 7 April 2021. Archived from the original on 22 December 2021.
  15. ^ "Transcript: Matthew Richardson Alberton Oval precinct development plan presentation". Port Adelaide Football Club. 28 October 2021.
  16. ^ "Residents say "no consultation" as Port Adelaide development passes council hurdle". ABC Radio Adelaide. 10 November 2021.
  17. ^ a b "Statement: Alberton Oval Precinct re-development". Port Adelaide Football Club. 10 November 2021.
  18. ^ "Alberton Oval Precinct".
  19. ^ "Port's $30m redevelopment clears first hurdle". The Advertiser. 29 October 2021.
  20. ^ a b "Port Adelaide welcomes $15 million funding support from Federal Government". Port Adelaide FC. 27 November 2021.
  21. ^ "The Precinct at Alberton officially opens its doors". 24 June 2022.
  22. ^ Jamie Anderson (16 June 2022). "Inside Alberton's 'W' facility". Port Adelaide FC.
  23. ^ Matthew Richardson (14 September 2022). "From the CEO: HERstory in the making is underway". Port Adelaide FC.
  24. ^ Ruby McHaffie (16 November 2022). "Port Adelaide's redevelopment of high-performance centre kicks off at Alberton Oval". Port Adelaide FC.
  25. ^ "Australian Football - Alberton Oval Ground - Highest Scores". Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  26. ^ "Australian Football - Alberton Oval Ground - Biggest Wins". Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  27. ^ "Port Adelaide Cricket Club". Port Adelaide Cricket Club. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  28. ^ Port Adelaide Cricket Club