Edwardstown Football Club

The Edwardstown Football Club is an Australian rules football club first formed in 1919. In 1938, Edwardstown merged with the Black Forest Football Club from the Adelaide and Suburban Football Association but retained the name Edwardstown. For much of the first 60 years of its existence, the Edwardstown Football Club competed in the Glenelg-South Adelaide District Football League (previously known as the Glenelg-South-West District Football Association and the Mid-Southern Football Association), except for two seasons spent in the Adelaide and Suburban Football Association (1934–35).

Full nameEdwardstown Football Club
Club song"Step to the Rear"
Club details
Founded1919; 105 years ago (1919)
CompetitionAdelaide FL
PresidentEdward Dessmann
CoachDamien Salievic
PremiershipsGDFA (8): 1932, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1948, 1949
SWDFA (4): 1952, 1960, 1962, 1966
GSAFA (2): 1973, 1977
SAFA (4): 1980, 1982, 1987, 1988
Ground(s)Edwardstown Oval
Other information
Official websiteedwardstownfc.com.au

In 1978, Edwardstown was a key player in the establishment of the South Australian Football Association (SAFA), a semi-professional league drawing on the stronger clubs of the former Norwood-North Football Association and some other strong metropolitan clubs. Edwardstown won four premierships during the 18 years that the SAFA completion ran. When SAFA folded at the end of the 1995 season, Edwardstown transferred to the South Australian Amateur Football League P1 competition. In 2009, Edwardstown changed leagues once again, with their Senior teams shifting to the Southern Football League.[1]

In 2012, Edwardstown attempted to shift its junior teams from the Metro South Junior Football League (MSJFL) to the Southern Football League, resulting in a breakaway group setting up a separate football club, the Edwardstown Junior Sports Club, in direct competition to the Edwardstown FC, drawing the majority of junior players from them and replacing them in the MSJFL.[2][3][4]

At the end of the 2015 season, Edwardstown transferred back to the SAAFL, now known as the Channel 9 Adelaide Football League, being admitted into Division 4.

Edwardstown FC has produced a number of Australian Football League (AFL) players including Hamish Hartlett (Port Adelaide), Danyle Pearce (Fremantle, Port Adelaide), Jordan Russell (Collingwood, Carlton), Adam Hartlett (Carlton) and Caleb Daniel (Western Bulldogs)

Club song edit

I hear the crowd

Begin to cheer

Get on your knees now ’cause there is a Townie near

Will everyone here kindly step to the rear

And let the Townies lead the way.

We show other clubs how the game should be played,

The goals should be made,

The teamwork really kills them,

Towns are the best

And unlike all the rest

Determination is our game,

The club men are great

Every fellow's your mate

And we’d like you to join in and say,

Would everyone here kindly step to the rear

And let the Townies lead the way,

And let the Townies lead the way!

Former logo of the Edwardstown Football Club

A-Grade Premierships edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Club History". Edwardstown Football Club Inc. Archived from the original on 9 April 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  2. ^ Petersen, Holly (28 September 2012). "Edwardstown Football Club in juniors dispute". Guardian Messenger. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  3. ^ Schultz, Duane (11 February 2013). "Edwardstown Football Club split on juniors". Guardian Messenger. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  4. ^ Adams, Kara (5 June 2013). "Juniors Love New Club - Players All Set to Kick Off Season". Guardian Messenger. p. 13. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Junior Football". The Mail (Adelaide). 18 September 1948. p. 4. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Premiership Winners". South Australian Amateur Football League. Archived from the original on 30 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.

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