Full nameKensington Football Club
Club details
ColoursRed and white
CompetitionInterclub 1871-1876, SAFA 1877-1881
PremiershipsInterclub 1873-1875
Ground(s)Kensington Oval

The Kensington Football Club was one of the first Australian rules football clubs founded in South Australia and played an integral part in the game's development in the state. The early rules used in South Australia were referred to as the "Kensington Rules". Club uniform was a scarlet cap and jacket and white trousers. [2]
The club was one of the founding teams of the South Australian Football Association (later renamed the SANFL) in 1877.
For the 1881 SAFA season it merged with Old Adelaide Football Club. The first meeting of the merged club was held on Monday 11 April 1881 at the Prince Alfred Hotel. It was decided that the colour of the club be blaok and scarlet guernsey, hose, and cap, and navy blue knickerbockers. [3]
The Club resigned from the Association on 1 June 1881 after only 4 games in the 1881 SAFA season.[4] Kensington Club continued to play football matches from the 1882 Season (but not in the SAFA) and also held Athletic Sports Days. A friendly reunion match of the old Kensington and new Kensington members was held on Saturday 29 September 1883. The Old Kensington winning 8 goals to 2. [5]


  1. ^ "Latest News". Evening Journal. Adelaide. 19 August 1871. p. 2 Edition: LATE EDITION. Retrieved 17 October 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "Topics of the Day". South Australian Advertiser. 30 April 1874.
  3. ^ "Adelaide and Kensington Football Club". Adelaide Observer. 16 April 1881.
  4. ^ "South Australian Football Association". Adelaide Observer. 4 June 1881.
  5. ^ "Present Kensington V. Old Kensington". Express and Telegraph. October 1883.