North Adelaide Football club
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Names
Full nameNorth Adelaide Football Club
Nickname(s)Roosters (previously "Dingoes")
2021 season
After finals5th
Home-and-away season4th
Leading goalkickerLewis Hender (36)
Best and fairestCampbell Combe
Club details
Founded1881; 141 years ago (1881)
Colours  Red and   White
CompetitionSouth Australian National Football League
PresidentAndrew Souter
CoachJacob Surjan
Captain(s)Alex Spina
PremiershipsSANFL: 14 (1900, 1902, 1905, 1920, 1930, 1931, 1949, 1952, 1960, 1971, 1972, 1987, 1991, 2018)
SANFLW: 2 (2020, 2022)
Ground(s)Prospect Oval (capacity: 20,000)
Uniforms
Home
Other information
Official websitenafc.com.au

North Adelaide Football Club, nicknamed The Roosters, is an Australian rules football club affiliated with the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and SANFL Women's League (SANFLW). The club plays its home games at Prospect Oval, located in Prospect, a northern suburb of Adelaide. The club joined the SAFA in 1888 as the Medindie Football Club (nickname Dingoes), changing its name to North Adelaide in 1893. It is the fourth oldest club still in operation in the SANFL after South Adelaide (1877), Port Adelaide (1877) and Norwood (1878). North Adelaide's first premiership was won in 1900 (which finally broke the dominance of the 3 older clubs), and the club has won a total of fourteen senior men's premierships in the SANFL, most recently in 2018.

History

The 1905 NAFC team.
The 1905 NAFC team.

The club was originally formed in 1881 as Medindie by a number of college students from Prince Alfred College and the now defunct Whinham College, including Charles Nitschke who would become known as the founding Father of North Adelaide Football Club.[1] The club's first reported games were in May 1882 against Prince Alfred and St Peters Colleges Second Twenties both on Medindie's home ground. [2] [3] South Australian Football Hall of Fame and Australian Football Hall of Fame inductee Jack 'Dinny' Reedman and future North Adelaide Premiership Captain began his career at Medindie in 1884.

Medindie was a foundation member in 1885 of the South Australian Junior Football Association, before spending the 1886 and 1887 seasons competing in the Adelaide and Suburban Football Association. [4]

Joining the SAFA in 1888 as Medindie, on 14 March 1893 the club at a meeting held at Temperance Hall, Tynte Street, North Adelaide unanimously decided to renamed itself North Adelaide.[5] Although several other early clubs used the name of "North Adelaide" prior to 1893, none of them bore ties to the current club.

North Adelaide started playing at Prospect Oval from 1922 with the first game of the season on Monday 8 May 1922 against Glenelg[6] and it has remained their home ground ever since.

The North Adelaide Football Club officially renamed both ends of Prospect Oval in 2012 after the two official Icons of the Club. The northern end around the goals was named the "Ken Farmer End", while the southern end was named the "Barrie Robran End".

North Adelaide competed in the first match played at Football Park (now known as AAMI Stadium) in round 5, 1974. Their opponent was Central District. The match was won by Central District.

The longest serving coach for the club is Michael Nunan – 12 seasons from 1981 to 1992.[citation needed] The Captain's record is held by Ian McKay, captaining the team for 8 years from 1948–1955.[citation needed]

North Adelaide was a foundation member of the SANFL Women's competition in 2017. The Roosters lost two grand finals in the league before eventually claiming their maiden women's premiership in 2020.

Club Icons

The North Adelaide Football Club has named two of their past champions as Icons. They are:

Club song

North Adelaide have had many versions of their club song in the past. All versions have contained the same lyrics, but have been changed rhythm wise to keep up with the times.[citation needed] The lyrics and tune, by well known Australian singer/songwriter Johnny Mac, are the only completely original written in the league, as all the other clubs have written lyrics to well known tunes.[citation needed] The most recent version was brought in during the early 2000s, but all versions can still be found on the club song CD.[citation needed]

It's a great, great club,
And the club we love,
We're the good old red and whites!
The mighty Roosters we're called,
All for one, one for all,
If we're down we fight, fight, fight!
We always play as a team,
And we play it clean,
We're never out of sight,
Be it wet, be it dry,
We try, try, try,
We're the good old red and whites!

Current playing list

Senior list Coaching staff
  • 1 Harrison Wigg
  • 2 Andrew Moore
  • 3 Keenan Ramsey
  • 4 Alex Barns
  • 5 Cameron Craig
  • 6 Jake Neade
  • 7 Tanner Smith
  • 8 Ben Jarman
  • 9 Robbie Young
  • 10 Mitch Clisby
  • 11 Jarred Allmond
  • 12 Brayden Kirk
  • 13 Luke Wharton
  • 14 Kym LeBois
  • 15 Tom Schwarz
  • 16 Frank Szekely
  • 17 Mitch Harvey
  • 18 Campbell Coombe
  • 19 Lewis Hender
  • 20 Jake Wohling
  • 21 Alex Spina (C)
  • 22 Cameron Hewett
  • 23 Eliot Chalmers
  • 24 Billy Hartung
  • 25 Dylan Aldridge
  • 26 Liam Verity
  • 27 Harrison Magor
  • 28 Sam Davis
  • 29 Keanu Miller
  • 30 Will Coombe
  • 31 Sam Parsons
  • 32 Mason Neagle
  • 33 Terrel Rigney
  • 34 Lee Minervini
  • 35 Chris Barns
  • 36 James Craig
  • 37 Karl Finlay
  • 38 Dyson Hilder
  • 39 Sam McInerney
  • 40 Damon Hill
  • 41 Kurt Waterman
  • 42 Dakota Nixon
  • 43 Cameron Tiggeman
  • 44 Tyran Hill
  • 45 Nick Jaensch
  • 46 Ryan Marini
  • 47 Josh Hart
  • 48 Bailey Hann
  • 49 Patrick Davies
  • 50 Bailey Coleman-Oakes
  • 51 Charlie Dowling
  • 52 Declan Fahey
  • 53 Mack Bowman
  • 54 James Langley
  • 55 Tom Robinson
  • 56 Jack Scott
  • 57 Lachlan Borg
  • 58 Jak Goudman-Glasson
  • 59 Jake Wehl
  • 60 Lucas Di Sotto
  • 63 Josh Byrne
  • 64 Harry Campbell

Head coach

Assistant coach

  • tba

Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)

Updated: 2 April 2020
Source(s): Players,

Club achievements

Premierships
Competition Level Wins Years Won
South Australian National Football League Seniors 14 1900, 1902, 1905, 1920, 1930, 1931, 1949, 1952, 1960, 1971, 1972, 1987, 1991, 2018
SANFL Women's League Seniors 2 2020, 2022
SANFL Reserves Reserves 12 1912, 1925, 1928, 1932, 1934, 1964, 1965, 1966, 2005, 2006, 2016, 2018
SANFL Under 19s (1937–2008) Under 19s 8 1937, 1942, 1948, 1949, 1954, 1961, 1966, 2005
SANFL Under 17s (1939–2008) Under 17s 12 1939, 1940, 1947, 1950, 1952, 1956, 1969, 1970, 1987, 1997, 2005, 2007
SANFL Under 18s (2009–present) Under 18s 0 Nil
SANFL Under 16s (2010–present) Under 16s 3 2010, 2011, 2013
Other titles and honours
Championship of Australia Senior 1 1972
Stanley H Lewis Trophy Multiple 7 1966, 1967, 1971, 1972, 2005, 2006, 2014
SANFL Night Series Senior 1 1968
Finishing positions
South Australian National Football League Minor premiership 15 1900, 1905, 1920, 1930, 1932, 1949, 1952, 1958, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989
Grand Finalists 17 1906, 1913, 1914, 1919, 1923, 1926, 1927, 1932, 1951, 1963, 1973, 1985, 1986, 1989, 2007, 2013, 2020
Wooden spoons 8 1894, 1899, 1912, 1978, 1999, 2003, 2015, 2017
SANFL Women's League Minor premiership 3 2017, 2020, 2022
Grand Finalists 2 2017, 2019
Wooden spoons 0 Nil

Club records

Premiership sides

2018 Premiership Side

Main articles: 2018 SANFL season and 2018 SANFL Grand Final

North Adelaide 19.10 (124) defeated Norwood 15.15 (105)
Venue: Adelaide Oval
Attendance: 40,355
Date: 23 September 2018
Umpires: Bowen, Medlin, Harris
Jack Oatey Medallist: Mitch Grigg (Norwood)

2018 Premiership Team
B: Callum Wilkie (26) Cameron Craig (5) Mitch Clisby (10)
HB: Brock Castree (23) Tanner Smith (7) Connor Rozee (48)
C: Maris Olekalns (14) Aidan Tropiano (1) Jarred Allmond (11)
HF: Lewis Hender (19) Keenan Ramsey (3) Boyd Woodcock (27)
F: Mitch Harvey (17) Alex Barns (4) Robbie Young (8)
Foll: Jordon Sweet (40) Tom Schwarz (15) Max Thring (c) (30)
Int: Sam McInerney (39) Mackenzie Slee (53) Jake Wohling (20)
Coach: Josh Carr

Best: Schwarz Allmond Barns Tropiano Woodcock Castree[10]
Goals:
4 – Barns
3 – Harvey, Woodcock, McInerney
2 – Hender
1 – Ramsey, Sweet, Wilkie, Young

1991 Premiership Side

Main articles: 1991 SANFL season and 1991 SANFL Grand Final

North Adelaide 21.22 (148) defeated West Adelaide 11.7 (73)
Venue: Football Park
Attendance: 39,276
Date: 5 October 1991
Umpires: Laurie Argent and Mick Abbott
Jack Oatey Medallist: Darel Hart

1991 Premiership Team
B: Rod Saunders (4) Sean Tasker (21) Bradley Ryan (24)
HB: Steven Barratt (18) Trevor Clisby (29) Tim Perkins (15)
C: David Sanders (9) Peter Krieg (17) Marc Marshall (19)
HF: Brodie Atkinson (47) Peter Bennett (35) Steven Hamilton (25)
F: Craig Burton (5) Michael Parsons (28) Darel Hart (3)
Foll: Michael Redden (42) Kym Klomp (c) (7) Steven Sims (2)
Int: Stephen Riley (22) Tim Nunan (38)
Coach: Michael Nunan

Best: Hart, Perkins, Sanders, Krieg, Redden, Parsons, Sims
Goals:
7 – Hart
4 – Burton
2 – Hamilton, Parsons
1 – Atkinson, Clisby, Krieg, Nunan, Perkins, Sanders

1987 Premiership Side

Main articles: 1987 SANFL season and 1987 SANFL Grand Final

North Adelaide 23.7 (145) defeated Glenelg 9.9 (63)
Venue: Football Park
Attendance: 50,617
Date: 3 October 1987
Umpires: Neville Thorpe, Rick Kinnear
Jack Oatey Medallist: Michael Parsons

1987 Premiership Team
B: Peter Simmons (31) Paul Arnold (32) Stephen Riley (22)
HB: John Riley (1) Trevor Clisby (29) David Tiller (4)
C: Roger Carlaw (11) Kym Klomp (7) David Sanders (9)
HF: Darren Jarman (8) Peter Bennett (35) Craig Burton (5)
F: Michael Parsons (28) John Roberts (25) Steven Sims (2)
Foll: Michael Redden (42) Andrew Jarman (17) Darel Hart (c) (3)
Int: Michael Armfield (16) Wayne Slattery (34)
Coach: Michael Nunan

Best:
Goals:
6 – Parsons
5 – Roberts
4 – Sims
3 – Burton, D. Jarman
2 – A. Jarman

1972 Premiership Side

Main articles: 1972 SANFL season and 1972 SANFL Grand Final

North Adelaide 19.14 (128) defeated Port Adelaide 10.12 (72)
Venue: Adelaide Oval
Attendance: 55,709
Date: 30 September 1972
Umpires:

1972 Premiership Team
B: Geoff Paull (6) Bob Hammond (29) John Spry (38)
HB: Geoff Strang (3) Bohdan Jaworskyj (27) Allan Howard (15)
C: John Phillips (7) Barrie Robran (10) Barry Stringer (9)
HF: Darryl Webb (19) Rodney Robran (20) Adrian Rebbeck (18)
F: Barry Hearl (14) Dennis Sachse (30) David Marsh (36)
Foll: Garry Sporn (26) John Plummer (13) Terry von Bertouch (2)
Int: Rick Schubert (37) Kevin Barr (17)
Coach: Mike Patterson

Best:
Goals:
6 – Sachse
3 – Hearl
2 – Marsh, R. Robran, von Bertouch
1 – Phillips, Plummer, Rebbeck, B. Robran, Webb

1971 Premiership Side

Main articles: 1971 SANFL season and 1971 SANFL Grand Final

North Adelaide 10.19 (79) defeated Port Adelaide 9.5 (59)
Venue: Adelaide Oval
Attendance: 52,228
Date: 25 September 1971
Umpires:

1971 Premiership Team
B: Geoff Paull (6) Bob Hammond (29) Peter Anderson (3)
HB: David Burns (28) Bohdan Jaworskyj (27) Allan Howard (15)
C: John Phillips (7) Kym Lehmann (11) Barry Stringer (9)
HF: Terry Collins (17) Barrie Robran (10) Adrian Rebbeck (18)
F: Mike Patterson (c) (25) Neil Sachse (12) Ken Francou (21)
Foll: Garry Sporn (26) Darryl Webb (19) Terry von Bertouch (2)
Int: Arch Wilkey (23) Barry Hearl (14)
Coach: Mike Patterson

Best:
Goals:
4 – Rebbeck
3 – Webb
2 – Sachse
1 – Collins

1960 Premiership Side

Main articles: 1960 SANFL season and 1960 SANFL Grand Final

North Adelaide 14.11 (95) defeated Norwood 13.12 (90)
Venue: Adelaide Oval
Attendance: 54,162
Date: 1 October 1960
Umpire:

1960 Premiership Team
B: Don Gilbourne (c) (1) Bob Hammond (18) Theodore "Hank" Lindner (3)
HB: Brian Gambling (7) Malcolm Montgomery (4) Ray Carroll (20)
C: Ron Hewett (6) Ray Trenorden (21) Barrie Barbary (5)
HF: Malcolm Whitford (10) Don Lindner (2) Terry Hughes (16)
F: Alwin Faggotter (12) Bob Pascoe (15) Barry Potts (8)
Foll: John Bubner (9) Barry Kent (11) Billy Thomas (14)
Int: Alan Cheek (19) Peter Bottroff (17)
Coach: Jack McCarthy

Best: Potts, Gilbourne, Hammond, Gambling
Goals:
7 – Potts
1 – Barbary, Hughes, Kent, D. Lindner, Thomas, Trenorden, Whitford

1952 Premiership Side

Main articles: 1952 SANFL season and 1952 SANFL Grand Final

North Adelaide 23.15 (153) defeated Norwood 6.9 (45)
Venue: Adelaide Oval
Attendance: 50,105
Date: 4 October 1952
Umpire:

1952 Premiership Team
B: Lloyd Weston (14) Ian McKay (c) (1) John Tidswell (15)
HB: Les Cunningham (22) Alan Galloway (4) John Blunden (5)
C: Merv Way (20) Lyle Griffin (9) John Renner (21)
HF: Don Gilbourne (16) Geoff Fuller (17) Paul Kennett (12)
F: Ron Phillips (2) Bob Proud (7) Hubert McKenzie (18)
Foll: Alan Aldenhoven (3) Dean Stringer (6) Darcy Cox (23)
Int: Keith Carroll (8) Allen Odgers (10)
Coach: Ken Farmer

Best:
Goals:
4 – Kennett, McKenzie, Phillips
3 – Cox
2 – Proud
1 – Aldenhoven, Gilbourne, Griffin, Fuller, McKay, Renner

1949 Premiership Side

Main articles: 1949 SANFL season and 1949 SANFL Grand Final

North Adelaide 13.17 (95) defeated West Torrens 9.18 (72)
Venue: Adelaide Oval
Attendance: 42,490
Date: 1 October 1949
Umpire:

1949 Premiership Team
B: Tom MacKenzie (4) Ian McKay (c) (1) Frank O’Leary (2)
HB: Alan Galloway (16) Frank Crouch (9) John Blunden (3)
C: Brian Coulls (11) Stanley Hancock (7) Allen Odgers (5)
HF: Jeff Pash (17) Ron Phillips (10) Paul Kennett (15)
F: Keith Carroll (21) Dean Stringer (8) Morrie Arbon (13)
Foll: Len Pedler (18) Colin Aamodt (20) Darcy Cox (14)
Int: John Tidwell (12) Don Gilbourne (22)
Coach: Ken Farmer

Best:
Goals:
4 – Stringer
3 – Cox
2 – Peddler
1 – Arbon, Kennett, Pash, Phillips

1931 Premiership Side

Main articles: 1931 SANFL season and 1931 SANFL Grand Final

North Adelaide 17.13 (115) defeated Sturt 11.11 (77)
Venue: Adelaide Oval
Attendance: 34,202
Date: 3 October 1931
Umpire:

1931 Premiership Team
B: Bob Barrett (12) Harry Fleet (11) Ray Munn (23)
HB: Bert Mangelsdorf (8) Stan Burton (24) Darrell Conrad (5)
C: Norm Drew (7) Stan Lock (19) Jack MacKay (3)
HF: Robert Taylor (6) Harold Hawke (14) Brian Burns (8)
F: Percy Furler (c) (1) Ken Farmer (9) Norman Proud (15)
Foll: Clarrie Willshire (22) Don Phillis (16) Garfield Storer (10)
Int: George Foulis (13)
Coach: Percy Lewis

Best:
Goals:
6 – Farmer
4 – Proud
2 – Furler, Willshire
1 – Burns, Hawke, Lock

1930 Premiership Side

Main articles: 1930 SANFL season and 1930 SANFL Grand Final

North Adelaide 9.13 (67) defeated Port Adelaide 9.9 (63)
Venue: Adelaide Oval
Attendance: 23,609
Date: 4 October 1930
Umpire:

1930 Premiership Team
B: George Foulis (12) Harry Fleet (11) Ron May (21)
HB: Robert Taylor (6) Bert Mangelsdorf (18) Darrell Conrad (5)
C: Norm Drew (7) Stan Lock (19) Garfield Storer (10)
HF: Sid Burton (24) Clarrie Willshire (22) Harold Hawke (14)
F: Bob Barrett (12) Ken Farmer (9) James McDowall (c) (1)
Foll: Percy Furler (2) Ray Munn (23) William Thomas (8)
Int: Frederick Hardwick (17)
Coach: Percy Lewis

Best:
Goals:
4 – Farmer
2 – Barrett
1 – Burton, Furler, Hawke

1920 Premiership Side

Main articles: 1920 SAFL season and 1920 SAFL Grand Final

North Adelaide 9.15 (69) defeated Norwood 3.3 (21)
Venue: Adelaide Oval
Attendance: Approximately 31,000
Date: 18 September 1920
Umpire:

1920 Premiership Team
B: Ivan Davey (3) Richard Foale (7) Leslie Reedman (18)
HB: Charles Penery (17) Jack "Snowy" Hamilton (9) David Crawford (2)
C: Russell Fuss (6) Percy Lewis (12) Alby Fooks (21)
HF: Frank Haines (10) Percy Frost (23) Glyn Trescowthick (13)
F: Lloyd Davies (14) Dan O'Brien (19) Laurence Sprigg (16)
Foll: Tom Leahy (c) (1) Cecil Curnow (20) Vernon Maloney (4)
Int:
Coach: Albert Klose

Best:
Goals:
2 – Frost, Leahy
1 – Curnow, Lewis, Maloney, Sprigg, Trescowthick

1905 Premiership Side

Main articles: 1905 SAFA season and 1905 SAFA Grand Final

North Adelaide 6.8 (44) defeated Port Adelaide 1.6 (12)
Venue: Adelaide Oval
Attendance: Approximately 11,000
Date: 9 September 1905
Umpire:

1905 Premiership Team
B: Alec Ewers Jimmy Matthews Charles Fotheringham
HB: Tom MacKenzie Fred Odlum Herb Ward
C: Jack Rees Edward MacKenzie Norman Pash
HF: Charlie Jessop Vern Drew William "Peter" Fleet
F: Ernie Johns Anthony "Boss" Daly Jack "Dinny" Reedman (c)
Foll: John Earl Frank Young Harold "Araby" Pash
Int:
Coach: n/a

Best:
Goals:
4 – Jessop
1 – Fleet, Johns

1902 Premiership Side

Main articles: 1902 SAFA season and 1902 SAFA Grand Final

North Adelaide 9.14 (68) defeated South Adelaide 4.7 (31)
Venue: Adelaide Oval
Attendance: not recorded
Date: 6 September 1902
Umpire:

1902 Premiership Team
B: William Dawkins Alec Ewers George Carter
HB: Terry Bradley Norm Clark Norman Claxton
C: Jack Rees Phil Sandland Norman Pash
HF: Jimmy Matthews Frederick Dickenson Norman Lemon
F: John Earl Ernie Johns Anthony "Boss" Daly
Foll: Charles Fotheringham Jack "Dinny" Reedman (c) Charlie Jessop
Int:
Coach: n/a

Best:
Goals:
4 – Jessop
2 – Dickenson, Johns
1 – Daly

1900 Premiership Side

Main articles: 1900 SAFA season and 1900 SAFA Grand Final

North Adelaide 4.3 (27) defeated South Adelaide 1.8 (14)
Venue: Adelaide Oval
Attendance: approximately 7,000
Date: 8 September 1900
Umpire:

1900 Premiership Team
B: William Baker George Carter Sam Heseltine
HB: Norm Clark Ernie Jones (c) Norman Claxton
C: Harry Wilmshurst Ernie Mitchell Harold "Araby" Pash
HF: William Dawkins Jimmy Matthews Thomas McNamara
F: Bill Shaw Norman Pash Frederick Dickenson
Foll: Jack "Dinny" Reedman Harry Mumme Charles "Joe" Coates
Int:
Coach: n/a

Best:
Goals:
2 – McNamara
1 – Matthews, Shaw

Team of the Century (1901–2000)

Selected by a committee composed of Colin Walsh (Chairman), Don Lindner, Tom McKenzie, Jeff Pash, Barrie Robran and Gordon Schwartz. Each member provided a list of candidates for each position and the Committee then set about the arduous task of selecting the final team. The selected team was formally announced at a gala dinner held on 7 October 2000.

North Adelaide Team of the Century
B: Bob Hammond Ian McKay (c) Don Gilbourne
HB: John Riley Ron Phillips Bohdan Jaworskyj
C: Norm Drew Andrew Jarman Barrie Barbary
HF: Jeff Pash Don Lindner (vc) Harold Hawke
F: Tony Antrobus Ken Farmer Percy Furler
Foll: Tom Leahy Barrie Robran Tom MacKenzie
Int: Michael Redden Darren Jarman Brenton Phillips
Coach: Mike Patterson

Individual

Magarey Medallists

^ – awarded retrospectively

All-Australians

League Leading Goalkickers

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