Morphett Vale Football Club

The Morphett Vale Football Club is an Australian rules football club first formed in 1895.[1][2] From 1896 to 1898 there are some records of Morphett Vale playing regular games against teams from the southern metropolitan area of Adelaide, but it is not known if this was part of a formal competition.[3][4]

Morphett Vale
Morphett vale fc badge.png
Full nameMorphett Vale Football Club
Club song"It's a Grand Old Flag"
2018 season
After finals?
Club details
Founded1895; 128 years ago (1895)
Colours  Black,   Red
PresidentMichelle Glazbrook
CoachBrayden Bayly
Ground(s)Morphett Vale Memorial Oval, Morphett Vale


In 1899, Morphett Vale joined the Southern Football Association and remained as a participant in this competition until the end of the 1913 season.[5] In 1914, Morphett Vale transferred to the Alexandra Football Association[6] for one season, before returning to the Southern Football Association the following year. This return only lasted for one season as Morphett Vale went into recess due to the First World War. Morphett Vale did not reform until 1924 when they re-entered the Southern Football Association, going the entire season winless and once again going into recess. They reformed in 1928, again with little success when they proceeded through both the 1928 and 1929 seasons without a win. Morphett Vale withdrew from the Southern Association for the 1930 season.[7]

Morphett Vale reformed once again for the 1935 season and their Round 1 win against Clarendon was their first win in 21 years. They would go on to win a further two games that year against Noarlunga and again Clarendon. In 1936, Morphett Vale merged with the Noarlunga Football Club to form the Northern United Football Club.[8] At the end of the 1937 season, the Northern United club split with Noarlunga reforming and Morphett Vale going into recess again.

After the Second World War, Morphett Vale reformed for the 1946 season, lasting until the 1951 season before going into recess again. In 1953, Morphett Vale were re-admitted to the Southern Football Association but only lasted the one season before going into recess again.

Morphett Vale FC reformed once again in 1963, returning to the Southern Association where they have remained ever since. The Morphett Vale FC continues to field teams in Senior and Junior grades in the Southern Football League.

Morphett Vale FC has produced a number of Australian Football League (AFL) players including Rod Jameson (Adelaide), Clay Sampson (Melbourne, Adelaide) and Jason Torney (Richmond, Adelaide).[9]

A-Grade PremiershipsEdit

1978 Southern Football League Division 1
1979 Southern Football League Division 1
1980 Southern Football League Division 1
1981 Southern Football League Division 1
2004 Southern Football League A-Grade
2005 Southern Football League A-Grade
2006 Southern Football League A-Grade
2007 Southern Football League A-Grade Undefeated
2009 Southern Football League A-Grade

Greatest SFL TeamEdit

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Southern Football League, each club was asked to name their "Greatest Team" whilst participating in the SFL.[10]

Morphett Vale Football Club's Greatest Team 1898-2010
B: Chris Dibley Craig Smith Dylan Sampson
HB: Simon Robinson Garrett Vandersteldt Jason Gaskin
C: Daniel Earl Dean Moore Gavin Steel
HF: Steven Newman Reid Beeching Nathan Bayly
F: Baden Taylor Graham Gunn Scott Pollard
Foll: Martin Short Alan Twigden Shane Fishlock
Int: Reg Pollard Braden Bayly Matthew Joraslafsky
Coach: Geoff Sulley


On 4 August 1910, former club Secretary Charles Grundy was sentenced to three months imprisonment after being found guilty of fraudulent misappropriation of the funds of the club.[11] The 20 year old was accused of taking £4 for his personal use and had his sentence suspended on agreement to return the funds to the club.[12]


  1. ^ "Football". The Advertiser (Adelaide). 28 March 1895. p. 7. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Football". South Australian Chronicle. 30 March 1895. p. 15. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Sports and Pastimes - Football Matches - Minor Matches - Morphett Vale v Sturt". The Advertiser (Adelaide). 7 July 1896. p. 6. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Football - Brighton v Morphett Vale". The Advertiser (Adelaide). 28 July 1898. p. 6. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Football - Southern Football Association". South Australian Register. 2 August 1899. p. 7. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Football - Country Clubs - Alexandra Association". Chronicle (Adelaide). 18 April 1914. p. 16. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  7. ^ "McLaren Vale". The Advertiser (Adelaide). 17 May 1930. p. 9. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Football Teams Begin Practice - Morphett Vale". The Advertiser (Adelaide). 24 March 1936. p. 6. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  9. ^ "SFL to AFL". Southern Football League. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  10. ^ Nelligan, Katelin (10 August 2011). "Glory and Spirit Relived". Southern Times Messenger. p. 11. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Football Funds - Charge of Fraudulent Conversion". Daily Herald (Adelaide). 5 August 1910. p. 7. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  12. ^ "Defaulting Club Secretary". The Register (Adelaide). 5 August 1910. p. 3. Retrieved 5 February 2017.

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Preceded by SFL Division 1 Premiers
1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Succeeded by