St Kilda Football Club

The St Kilda Football Club, nicknamed the Saints, is an Australian rules football club based in Melbourne, Victoria. The club plays in the Australian Football League, the sport's premier league.

St Kilda Football Club
St Kilda FC logo.svg
Full nameSt Kilda Football Club Limited[1]
Nickname(s)Saints, Sainters
MottoFortius Quo Fidelius ("Strength Through Loyalty")
Club song"When The Saints Go Marching In"
2020 season
After finals5th (Semi Final)
Home-and-away season6th
Leading goalkickerDan Butler (29 goals)
Trevor Barker AwardJack Steele
Club details
Founded1873; 148 years ago (1873)
Colours  Red   White   Black
CompetitionAFL: Men
AFLW: Senior Women
VFLW: Reserves Women
PresidentAndrew Bassat
CEOMatt Finnis
CoachAFL: Brett Ratten
AFLW: Peta Searle
VFLW: Dale Robinson
Captain(s)AFL: Jarryn Geary, Jack Steele
AFLW: Cat Phillips, Kate Shierlaw, Rhiannon Watt
VFLW: Tara Bohanna, Deanna Jolliffe, Frankie Hocking
PremiershipsVFL/AFL (1) Reserves (3)
Ground(s)AFL: Docklands Stadium (56,347)
AFLW/VFLW: RSEA Park (10,000)
Former ground(s)Junction Oval (1897–1964)
 Moorabbin Oval (1965–1992)
 Waverley Park (1993–1999)
Training ground(s)Moorabbin Oval
Other information
Current season

The club's name originates from its original home base in the bayside Melbourne suburb of St Kilda in which the club was established in 1873. The club also has strong links to the south-eastern suburb of Moorabbin, due to its long-standing usage of their facilities.

St Kilda were one of five foundation teams of the Victorian Football Association (VFA), and later became one of eight foundation teams of the Victorian Football League (VFL) in 1897, now known as the Australian Football League (AFL). St Kilda fields teams in the AFL Women's and VFL Women's competitions, and are in an alignment with the Sandringham Football Club in the Victorian Football League.

St Kilda have won a single premiership to date, a one-point win in the 1966 VFL Grand Final against Collingwood. They have also qualified for the grand final on six additional occasions. The club has won the minor premiership three times, in 1965, 1997 and 2009.

St Kilda developed a reputation as perennial underachievers,[2] much of this attributed to their record of finishing last more often than any other club in the league (27 times),[3] as well as having the second lowest all-time win percentage of any team still playing in the league.[4]


1873–1915: Early yearsEdit

On 14 March 1873, a meeting was held in Windsor to form the St Kilda Football Club. At this meeting a provisional committee of men were elected.[5] The formation was completed on 2 April 1873,[6][7] and on 11 June 1873 another meeting was held to appoint the final committee.[8] The club's original home ground was colloquially nicknamed the "Alpaca Paddock", which was a large fenced off area at the St Kilda end of what is now known as Albert Park.[9]

During its formation years, the club underwent multiple mergers. In June 1873, it merged with South Yarra Football Club and adopted the red from their colour scheme.[10] In 1875, the club briefly merged with University to stay financially viable.[11] In March 1888, a decision was made to amalgamate St Kilda with nearby Prahran Football Club. St Kilda retained their colours, name and ground as well as picking up a number of Prahran players.[12][13] St Kilda competed as a senior club in the VFA from 1877 to 1879, 1881 to 1882 and 1886 to 1896 before accepting an invitation into the breakaway competition, the Victorian Football League, from 1897 onwards.[14]

St Kilda were one of the eight clubs that took part in the inaugural VFL season in 1897.[15] They made their debut in an away game against Collingwood on 8 May 1897 at Victoria Park. The club's home ground in the new league was the Junction Oval in the suburb of St Kilda, Victoria and the club's first home game was against Fitzroy.

St Kilda's early years in the VFL were not successful and, in 1899, they had the lowest score ever recorded in a VFL/AFL match, one point against Geelong.[16] The club lost 48 consecutive games, recording their first win on 5 May 1900, against Melbourne. This match initially ended as a draw, but a protest launched by St Kilda saw the result overturned, resulting in a 1 point victory to St Kilda.[17]

1903 St Kilda team

In 1902, Charlie Baker became the first St Kilda player to be the league's leading goalkicker in a home and away season with 30 goals.[17]

Six successive wins at the start of the 1907 season helped St Kilda to its first finals appearance, qualifying third with nine wins and eight losses. The club was beaten by eventual premiers Carlton. They qualified in third position again in 1908 and were once again eliminated by Carlton in the semi-finals.

St Kilda squad for the 1913 Grand Final

The 1913 season saw major improvement, in which the team qualified fourth, but were eventually defeated in the 1913 grand final by Fitzroy. Due to the finals system at the time, Fitzroy, who had been defeated by St Kilda, were allowed to challenge St Kilda to a rematch the following week. St Kilda lost the rematch, 7.14 (56) to 5.13 (43).

1916–1949: Two World WarsEdit

Due to World War I, St Kilda went into recess in 1916 and 1917. Just prior to their recession, the club changed their official colours to include yellow in place of white, to avoid association with the German Empire. The club resumed normal operation in 1918 and fared well initially, qualifying for finals in fourth position. However, the following years saw St Kilda consistently struggle with poor form. The club qualified for finals once between 1919 and 1938, although during this time period, Colin Watson became the first St Kilda player to win the league's highest individual award, winning the 1925 Brownlow Medal. Additionally in 1936, forward Bill Mohr kicked 101 goals, winning the leading goalkicker award and becoming the first St Kilda player to kick 100 goals or more in a season.

The club qualified for finals in 1939, finishing the season in fourth after a record run of eight consecutive victories and an overall record of 13 wins and five losses.[12] The team had its first finals win since 1913, against Richmond, but were eliminated in the preliminary final by Collingwood.

St Kilda won three of the first four games early in the 1940 season and were on top of the ladder after Round 4, however, the club went on to finish second last. Despite prominent players emerging for the club such as Harold Bray, Keith Drinan, Peter Bennett and later Neil Roberts, St Kilda were rarely competitive for the duration of the 1940s.

1950–1973: Failure and successEdit

The 1950 season saw St Kilda win the first five games before fading to finish with eight wins and a draw in ninth place. In 1955, after one of the club's worst seasons, Alan Killigrew was appointed coach. His first action was one of the largest clean-outs of players in the history of any VFL club. Between 1957 and 1959, St Kilda won three consecutive Brownlow Medals. The 1959 winner, Verdun Howell, tied with Bob Skilton in the Brownlow Medal count. At the time, Skilton was awarded the medal on count-back. The league later decided to award a Brownlow Medal to any player who was eligible to win who tied on the same number of votes as a winner who won on count-back – with Howell receiving the Brownlow retrospectively.

In 1958, St Kilda won the Consolation Night Series competition, a competition that was played between clubs that had failed to qualify for the premiership season finals series. St Kilda defeated Carlton 16.13 (109) to 15.11 (101).

In 1961, after finishing sixth in 1960, Allan Jeans was appointed coach. St Kilda qualified for the final four for the first time since 1939, qualifying third with eleven wins and seven losses. The club lost to Footscray in the first semi-final. The club would again qualify for finals in 1963 with 13 wins, two premiership points behind minor premiers Hawthorn. The club lost to Melbourne in the semi-finals. In 1965, St Kilda finished the home and away season a game clear on top with 14 wins and 4 losses, qualifying for a finals series as minor premiers for the first time in the club's history. St Kilda defeated Collingwood in the second semi-final to progress into the grand final. The club finished second in the 1965 premiership season, being defeated by Essendon in the 1965 VFL Grand Final.

1966 VFL Grand Final G B Total
Collingwood 10 13 73
St Kilda 10 14 74
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground Crowd: 101,655

Following their successful 1965 season, St Kilda qualified for finals in consecutive year for the first time since 1907-08. The club was defeated in the second semi-final by Collingwood - however, the club defeated Essendon in the preliminary final in to qualify for the 1966 VFL Grand Final. St Kilda defeated Collingwood by a single point to win their first premiership in 68 seasons.[18]

The following year, St Kilda failed to qualify for the finals series, finishing fifth. A seventh place home and away season finish in 1969 was followed by another finals appearance in 1970, when St Kilda qualified in third place.

St Kilda qualified for the finals series in second place in 1971 at the end of the home and away season with 16 wins. St Kilda was defeated by Hawthorn by two points in the second semifinal, defeated Richmond in the preliminary final and was defeated in the 1971 VFL Grand Final by Hawthorn.

The club qualified for the finals series again in 1972 in fourth with 14 wins and 8 losses. St Kilda defeated Essendon in the elimination final and Collingwood in the first semifinal before being eliminated in the preliminary final by Carlton. 1973 saw the club qualify for a record fourth consecutive finals series in fifth place with 12 wins.

1974-1990: DeclineEdit

1974 saw St Kilda decline to the lower half of the ladder for the first time since the 1950s, finishing tenth with seven wins. The club failed to build on competitive seasons in 1975 and 1976. Allan Jeans coaching career at St Kilda ended at the end of the 1976 season after 16 seasons.

Following the appointment of Lindsay Fox as club president in 1979, arrangements were made to address the club's withstanding debt of 1.45 million dollars. Many senior players and Allan Jeans accepted a deal to be paid 22.5 cents for each dollar they were owed. Additionally, non-football creditors received 7.5 cents for each dollar owed. The club was ultimately able to settle with its creditors for $195,000.[19] Despite these efforts, continuing financial pressures and defeats saw the club remain in the bottom three for every season between 1979 to 1986.

In 1987, Tony Lockett won the Coleman Medal for leading goalkicker in the home and away season, the fourth St Kilda player to win the league's leading goalkicker award. Lockett also became the seventh St Kilda player to win the Brownlow Medal. He remains the only person in league history to win both the league's best and fairest Brownlow Medal and the league's leading goalkicker Coleman Medal award in the same season.

1990–1999: AFL eraEdit

The league was officially renamed the Australian Football League prior to the start of the 1990 premiership season.

A competitive 1991 AFL season saw St Kilda qualify for a finals series for the first time since 1973, qualifying fourth at the end of the home and away rounds. St Kilda were defeated by Geelong in the elimination final. After failing to win a final in the 1992 finals series, the club finally broke through in 1923, winning its first finals series match since 1973 against Collingwood.

St Kilda won the 1996 Ansett Australia Cup competition, the pre-season cup. The team had wins over Hawthorn in the round of 16, Adelaide in the quarter finals, West Coast in the semi-finals and defeated Carlton in the final 20.10 (130) to 10.12 (72) in front of 66,888 people at Waverley Park. Nicky Winmar became the first St Kilda player to win the Michael Tuck Medal for best player on the ground in the 1996 Ansett Australia Cup Final.[20][21]

In the 1997 season, St Kilda qualified for the finals series in first position at the end of the home and away rounds with 15 wins and 7 losses, winning a second minor premiership and the first McClelland Trophy in the club's history. St Kilda defeated Brisbane in the qualifying finals and North Melbourne in the preliminary finals to move through to the grand final. St Kilda finished second after being beaten in the 1997 AFL Grand Final by Adelaide.

In 1998, St Kilda made their best start to a season since 1972 by winning five out of six matches by Round 6. At the half-way mark of the 1998 season, St Kilda was on top of the ladder in Round 14 with eleven wins and three losses and were tipped as warm favourites for the premiership. However, the team's performance dramatically faded after going from second place in Round 17 to sixth at the home and away games conclusion in Round 22. After qualifying for the finals in consecutive seasons, St Kilda were defeated narrowly by Sydney in the qualifying finals and then eliminated comprehensively by Melbourne in the semi-finals.

2000–2011: Wooden spoon to premiership contenderEdit

During the early part of the decade, St Kilda struggled, winning only two matches and drawing one to finish with the wooden spoon in 2000. The following two years were similar, finishing second-last in both seasons. During this period, St Kilda recruited players such as Justin Koschitzke, Nick Riewoldt, Nick Dal Santo and Brendon Goddard, who were mainstays of the team over the following decade.

In 2004, St Kilda won a club record of 10 consecutive matches from round 1 to round 10. The club returned to finals, eventually being defeated by eventual premiers Port Adelaide in the preliminary final.[22] The following year saw a similar result, with the club being defeated in the preliminary final by Sydney.[23]

The 2006 AFL season saw the club finish in sixth position at the end of the home and away rounds and qualify for a third successive finals series. St Kilda were eliminated by Melbourne in the elimination finals.[24] During this season, Robert Harvey broke the all-time games record for St Kilda when he played in his 324th premiership season match in Round 7. On 11 October 2006, Ross Lyon was appointed as the new head coach for St Kilda, replacing Grant Thomas.[25]

After missing finals in 2007, St Kilda again qualified for the finals in 2008, a 108-point win over Essendon in the final home and away round saw the club take fourth position for the finals series.[26] St Kilda were defeated by Geelong in the qualifying finals,[27] defeated Collingwood in the semi-finals[28] and were eliminated by the eventual premiers, Hawthorn, in the preliminary final.[29]

St Kilda's 2009 season is considered one of the most dominant home and away seasons in AFL history.[30] The club won 20 games - the best ever home and away record for the club - as well as winning 19 games in a row before being defeated by Essendon.[31] In Round 14, St Kilda defeated Geelong by six points, with both teams being undefeated prior to the match.[32] The game broke multiple records, including highest ever crowd for an AFL match at Docklands Stadium (54,444).[32] The game was sold out two weeks in advance,[33] causing a change in timeslot (moving from 2.10pm to 3.10pm) so that the Seven Network could broadcast the game live in Victoria.[33] St Kilda eventually progressed to that year's Grand Final, where they were defeated by Geelong by 12 points.[34] Following the Grand Final, Ross Lyon signed a three-year extension to his coaching contract until the end of the 2012 season.[35]

The following year, St Kilda experienced a similar level of success, qualifying for the finals in third position. The club recorded their first win against Geelong in a finals match in the 2nd Qualifying Final, and eventually qualified for the Grand Final against Collingwood. The match ended in a draw – The third drawn grand final in VFL/AFL history.[36] St Kilda midfielder Lenny Hayes won the Norm Smith Medal for the player judged the best on ground in the match, making him the first St Kilda player to ever win the medal.[37] Due to the draw, a second Grand Final match was played the following week. In the Grand Final replay, Collingwood won by 56 points.[38]

In December 2010, the club was granted ownership of the 'Linen House Centre', a new training and administration property in the City of Frankston at Seaford which cost over $9 million to build.[39][40] Following the season, the club announced a record net profit of $7.467 million for season 2010.[41] St Kilda also achieved a new record membership for a single season and were the 2nd most-watched team on television, rating 22,777,092 viewers across the season.[41]

Following a loss in their 2011 elimination final, Ross Lyon left the club, despite one year remaining on his contract, to coach Fremantle.[42] Former Sydney, Fremantle and West Coast player and Collingwood assistant coach Scott Watters was announced as Lyon's replacement in October 2011.[43]

2012-present: Grand Final hangover and rebuildEdit

The following years did not prove fruitful for St Kilda. They failed to make the finals in 2012, for the first time since 2007,[44] ultimately culminating in finishing last in 2014.[45] Despite this, the 2013 season marked a historic moment for the St Kilda Football Club and the AFL, when St Kilda hosted the first home and away season match outside of Australia.[46] Following the 2013 season, senior coach Scott Watters was sacked.[47] On 14 November, former Port Adelaide director of coaching Alan Richardson was announced as new senior coach for the next three years.[48]

Following poor performances in the 2018 and 2019 seasons, Alan Richardson was advised that his contract would not be renewed for 2020. As a result, he resigned from his position as senior coach. Assistant coach Brett Ratten took over as caretaker coach.[49] After winning three of the season's last six games, was appointed permanent senior coach in September 2019.[50] During the 2019 trade period, four high-profile players requested a trade to St Kilda and many discussions were held with other players looking to move.[51]

In the reduced 2020 season, the club managed 10 of a possible 17 wins to qualify for their first finals series since 2011.[52]

Club identityEdit

The club's on-field nickname is the "Saints", usage of which dates back to as early as the 1870s.[53] Many clubs' early nicknames were derived from an abbreviation or demonym of the club's suburb, but St Kilda is unique among the AFL clubs in now utilising this as its official nickname. Dating back to as early as the 1890s,[54] and to as late as the 1950s,[55] the "Seagulls" was also in use as a nickname, but this has fallen out of use.


The St Kilda jumper has three vertical panels of red, white and black on the front with the club crest a plain black back with white ribbing and numbers. The current club sponsors are Dare Iced Coffee & Pepper Money whose logos appear alternating on the front and back of the uniform for home and away games. The clash jumper is very distinct from the home jumper, bearing red, white and black vertical stripes with a white back. The club's current apparel partner is New Balance.[56]


Uniform Evolution[57]
Period Description and history Design
1873–1885 St Kilda's original guernsey. A stylised replica was sold in 2013.
1893–1909 A widened version to the stripes used in the preceeding guernsey.
1910–1914 The same guernsey top, using blue shorts instead of black.
1915–1918 A yellow version of the guernsey, used to avoid playing in the colours of the German Empire's flag during a war against that country.[58]
1919–22 A second yellow guernsey, sporting a K for 'Kilda'.
1923–52 A return to the pre-war guernsey, with an additional white stripe between the Red and Black stripes.
1953–96 A "vest" type guernsey, with the tricolour red, white and black stripes.
1997–01 A stylised jumper based on the club crest.
2002–present A return to the design used after 1953.


The club has used many logos since it was formed in 1873 for promotional and merchandise purposes.

The Victorian Football League did not use official club logos until approximately the 1970s. Prior to the 1970s, logos were generally created by clubs and in some cases outside companies for sales of merchandise but were not official (or registered trademarks in some cases). Many club logos were printed in the same basic design frame and had each club's individual colours, name and design in them. St Kilda used several different logos, including some featuring a stick figure in the 1980s and 1990s. Shortly after the league officially changed its name to the AFL prior to the start of the 1990 premiership season, the club used a logo with a red white and black vertically striped design with the goal and behind posts on it, with a stick figure attempting a mark on it with a halo above its head, with the league logo and the club crest on top of either behind post.

The St Kilda Football Club crest first appeared officially on the jumper in 1933, after existing at the club for quite some time beforehand in basic design form. The crest became an iconic feature of the club's jumper – a well-known and recognisable symbol of the club. The crest also includes the club's motto, Fortius Quo Fidelius, which is usually translated as "Strength through loyalty". As with the nickname "Saints" the club crest has no religious associations. A logo change before the start of the 1995 season saw the club make the decision to use the official club crest as the club's official logo in the league.

Club songEdit

The club song is an adaption of "When The Saints Go Marching In".[59] The song was recorded in 1972 by the Fable Singers and released as a single. The song was recorded with all copyright and royalty agreements in place and the AFL has permission to broadcast it publicly at each St Kilda match.[60]

Until 1964, when St Kilda played at the Junction Oval, the club song at every match was an adaptation of "I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside". When the club moved to Moorabbin Oval a popular chant called "We are the Saints" was sung by supporters. In the late 1960s "When The Saints Go Marching In" eventually became established as the club song. The tune is used by permission under licence.

Home groundsEdit

Docklands Stadium – St Kilda's home ground

Training, administration and entertainment facilitiesEdit

Players training in front of the G. G. Huggins Stand (demolished in 2017) before the 2009 AFL Grand Final

St Kilda's primary administrative and training base from the end of the 2010 season to 2019 was a new facility at Belvedere Park in Seaford, approximately 21 kilometers south of Moorabbin Oval. The development was a St Kilda Football Club development in conjunction with the Frankston City Council, the Victorian state government and the AFL. The new facility was completed at a cost of approximately 9.5 million dollars and named the Linen House Centre under a naming rights sponsorship deal.

In 2019 the club relocated back to Moorabin Oval.

Moorabbin Oval redevelopmentEdit

Moorabbin Oval has undergone a two-stage redevelopment, costing approximately 30 million dollars, for the St Kilda Football Club. Stage one was a two part development with the demolishing of the old Drake and Huggins stands.[61][62]

From 2018 the ground has again become the training, entertainment, member and community base for St Kilda and the primary community football ground in south-eastern Melbourne region. As part of the development deal the parkland outside the outer side of the oval (behind the old terraces that were on the outer side of the ground) is no longer leased by St Kilda FC and has been released back to the local council. It will serve as the primary home ground for the Sandringham Dragons and the Southern Football League as well as being the administrative centre for football development in the south-east. It is also the main venue for the St Kilda FC women's team.[63]


Current AFL squadEdit

St Kilda Football Club
Senior list Rookie list Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)
  • (B) Category B rookie
  • italics - Inactive player list
  •   Long-term injury
  • (ret.) Retired

Updated: 28 July 2021
Source(s): [64], [65]

Current AFLW squadEdit

In 2017, following the inaugural AFL Women's (AFLW) season, St Kilda was among eight clubs that applied for licences to enter the competition from 2019 onwards.[66] In September 2017, the club was announced as one of four clubs to receive a licence to join the competition in 2020.[67]

St Kilda Football Club (AFL Women's)
Senior list Rookie list Coaching staff

Head coach

  • Vacant

Assistant coaches

  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)
  • (B) Category B rookie

Updated: 28 July 2021
Source(s): [68], [69]

Reserves teamsEdit

St Kilda operated its own reserves team from 1919 to 2000. From 1919 to 1991 the VFL/AFL operated a reserves competition and, from 1992 to 1999, a de facto AFL reserves competition was run by the Victorian State Football League. St Kilda fielded a reserves team in both of these competitions, allowing players who were not selected for the senior team to play for St Kilda in the lower grade. During that time, the St Kilda reserves team won three premierships (1942, 1943 and 1961). Following the demise of the AFL reserves competition, the St Kilda reserves team competed in the new Victorian Football League in the 2000 season before the team was dissolved at the end of the year.

Southern Saints logo

In 2001, St Kilda entered a reserves affiliation with existing VFL club Springvale (which moved to Cranbourne and was renamed Casey in 2006). Under the affiliation, reserves players for St Kilda played VFL football with Springvale/Casey. The affiliation ended after the 2008 season[70] and St Kilda then entered an equivalent affiliation with Sandringham which it still maintains as of the 2019 season.[71]

St Kilda had announced its intention to end its affiliation with Sandringham and re-establish its own reserves team in the VFL from the 2017 season after a redevelopment of Moorabbin Oval was completed;[71] but the club ultimately extended and expanded its affiliation with Sandringham. From 2017, St Kilda has had a greater involvement in the operation of the VFL club and, from 2018, Sandringham plays three games per year at Moorabbin Oval in St Kilda colours.[72]

The club has also fielded a team in the second-tier VFL Women's league since 2018, in partnership with VFL men's club Sandringham.[73] The team is referred to as the Southern Saints.[74]



Administrative BoardEdit


New Zealand partnershipEdit

In September 2012, St Kilda announced that had signed a three year partnership with the Wellington City Council to play an annual match at Westpac Stadium on Anzac Day as part of the day's commemorative services. As a result of the partnership, St Kilda became the first AFL club to play for premiership points outside of Australia.[46][76] Although the partnership was extended by three years in 2013,[77] a review conducted in 2015 saw the conclusion of the partnership.[78]

In 2018, AFL New Zealand and St Kilda both expressed interest in signing a new partnership in the future, where AFL matches would be hosted in Auckland rather than Wellington.[79]

China partnershipEdit

In October 2018, St Kilda signed a three year deal to replace Gold Coast as Port Adelaide's opponent's in their annual match played in China. The three year deal was expected to earn St Kilda more than $2 million, in addition to any commerical earnings.[80] In 2019, 4.01 million people watched the match between the two clubs.[81] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the match was not played in the 2020 or 2021 AFL seasons.[82][83]

Club Honour BoardsEdit

Honour BoardsEdit


St Kilda Football Club Honour Board[84][85]
Year Position Chairman CEO Coach Captain Best & Fairest Leading
1897 Eighth
Wooden Spoon
- - - B.Shawl - R.Stewart
1898 Eighth
Wooden Spoon
- - - B.Shawl - A.Stewart 23
1899 Eighth
Wooden Spoon
- - - B.Shawl - A.Stewart2 16
1900 Eighth
Wooden Spoon
- - - C.Sandford - G.Sutherland 13
Federation of Australia
1901 Eighth
Wooden Spoon
- - - D.McCabe
- C.Sandford 9
1902 Eighth
Wooden Spoon
- - - J.Hogan - C.Baker 30
1903 Fifth - - - B.Jackson
- C.Baker2 22
1904 Eighth
Wooden Spoon
G.Turner - - J.Smith - C.Baker3 30
1905 Seventh - - - V.Barwick
- C.Baker4 19
1906 Sixth - - A.Hall J.Smith - D.McNamara 23
1907 Third - - - J.Wells - D.McNamara2
1908 Third - - M.Grace J.Wells - J.Stewart2 28
1909 Tenth
Wooden Spoon
- - J.Smith V.Barwick - V.Barwick 16
1910 Tenth
Wooden Spoon
- - - S.Gravenall - A.Thomas 15
1911 Ninth - - E.Drohan G.Dangerfield - E.Sellars 22
1912 Eighth - - - G.Morrissey - E.Sellars2 44
1913 Second - - D.McNamara
H.Lever - E.Sellars3 53
1914 Seventh - - D.McNamara H.Lever
W.Eicke D.McNamara3 48
1915 Fourth - - J.Smith G.Dangerfield W.Eicke2 H.Moyes 32
WW1 Recess
1918 Fourth - - J.Smith H.Lever R.Cazaly D.McNamara4
1919 Seventh - - W.Eicke W.Eicke W.Eicke3 J.James 12
1920 Ninth
Wooden Spoon
- - G.Sparrow
R.Cazaly W.Cameron J.James2 13
1921 Eighth - - C.Ricketts C.Ricketts
B.Cubbins H.Moyes 32
1922 Seventh - - D.McNamara B.Cubbins B.Carr H.Moyes2 23
1923 Sixth - - D.McNamara D.McNamara B.Cubbins2 H.Moyes3 29
1924 Ninth
Wooden Spoon
- - W.Eicke W.Eicke C.Watson J.James3 28
1925 Sixth F.Nelson J.Irvine N.Clark B.Cubbins
C.Gambetta J.Shelton 42
1926 Ninth
Wooden Spoon
F.Nelson J.Irvine N.Clark B.Cubbins H.Mason
J.Shelton2 47
1927 Seventh F.Nelson J.Irvine G.Heniz H.Mason
H.Matthews2 J.Shelton3 24
1928 Sixth - J.Irvine G.Sparrow H.Mason
B.Cubbins3 B.Smedley 51
1929 Fourth - J.Irvine G.Sparrow B.Cubbins H.Mason2 B.Mohr 38
1930 Eighth C.Suhr
J.Irvine B.Cubbins B.Cubbins F.Phillips B.Mohr2 83
1931 Ninth M.Gild J.Irvine C.Hardy H.Matthews H.Neill B.Mohr3 57
1932 Eleventh M.Gild J.Irvine C.Hardy
S.King B.Mohr B.Mohr4 68
1933 Ninth F.Arlington-Burke J.Lord C.Deane C.Deane
H.Comte B.Mohr5 74
1934 Seventh - - C.Watson C.Watson J.Davis B.Mohr6 66
1935 Fifth - - D.Minogue C.Hindson J.Davis2 B.Mohr7 83
1936 Seventh - - D.Minogue J.Perkins B.Mohr2 B.Mohr8 101
1937 Sixth - - D.Minogue B.Mohr J.Davis3 B.Mohr9 58
1938 Eighth - - D.Minogue
A.Clarke S.Lloyd B.Mohr10 34
1939 Third D.McNamara - A.Clarke A.Clarke R.Fountain B.Mohr11 47
1940 Eleventh D.McNamara
E.C. Mitty
- A.Clarke S.Lloyd A.Killigrew B.Mohr12 25
1941 Eleventh E.C. Mitty - J.Knight J.Knight R.Garvin B.Flegg 47
1942 Seventh E.C. Mitty - R.Garvin R.Garvin K.Walker F.Kelly 21
1943 Eleventh E.C. Mitty - R.Garvin R.Garvin K.Walker2 J.Connelly 27
1944 Ninth E.C. Mitty - H.Thomas F.Kelly
R.Garvin2 S.Loxton 52
1945 Twelfth
Wooden Spoon
E.C. Mitty - H.Thomas C.Vontom H.Bray J.Hall 21
1946 Eleventh R.Sackville - A.Hird A.Hird K.Rosewarne S.Loxton2 40
1947 Twelfth
Wooden Spoon
R.Sackville - A.Hird A.Hird H.Bray2 P.Bennett 37
1948 Twelfth
Wooden Spoon
R.Sackville - F.Froude H.Bray R.Hancock P.Bennett2 32
1949 Eleventh R.Sackville - F.Froude F.Green J.Ross J.Mcdonald 33
1950 Ninth R.Sackville - F.Froude F.Green B.Phillips P.Bennett3 59
1951 Tenth R.Sackville - F.Green K.Drinan J.Ross2 P.Bennett4 47
1952 Twelfth
Wooden Spoon
R.Sackville - C.Williamson K.Drinan J.Ross3 J.Mcdonald2 31
1953 Ninth R.Sackville - C.Williamson K.Drinan K.Drinan P.Bennett5 36
1954 Twelfth
Wooden Spoon
R.Sackville - L.Foote L.Foote L.Foote J.Ross3 34
1955 Twelfth
Wooden Spoon
R.Sackville - L.Foote L.Foote N.Roberts J.Mcdonald3 24
1956 Eleventh - - A.Killigrew K.Drinan K.Drinan2 B.Young 56
1957 Ninth - - A.Killigrew K.Drinan B.Gleeson B.Young2 56
1958 Eighth J.Reilly I.Drake A.Killigrew N.Roberts N.Roberts2 B.Young3 56
1959 Eighth G.Huggins I.Drake J.Francis N.Roberts V.Howell B.Young4 45
1960 Sixth G.Huggins I.Drake J.Francis N.Roberts L.Oswald B.Young5 37
1961 Fourth G.Huggins I.Drake A.Jeans N.Roberts L.Oswald2 I.Rowland 26
1962 Sixth G.Huggins I.Drake A.Jeans N.Roberts D.Baldock D.Baldock 33
1963 Fourth G.Huggins I.Drake A.Jeans D.Baldock D.Baldock2 D.Baldock2 36
1964 Fourth G.Huggins I.Drake A.Jeans D.Baldock I.Stewart D.Baldock3 29
1965 Second G.Huggins I.Drake A.Jeans D.Baldock D.Baldock3 D.Baldock4 44
1966 First G.Huggins I.Drake A.Jeans D.Baldock I.Stewart2 K.Neale 55
1967 Fifth G.Huggins I.Drake A.Jeans D.Baldock R.Smith K.Neale2 37
1968 Fourth G.Huggins I.Drake A.Jeans D.Baldock C.Ditterich K.Neale3 32
1969 Seventh G.Huggins I.Drake A.Jeans I.Stewart B.Murray K.Neale4 50
1970 Third G.Huggins I.Drake A.Jeans R.Smith D.Griffiths B.Breen 35
1971 Second G.Huggins I.Drake A.Jeans R.Smith R.Smith2 A.Davis 70
1972 Third G.Huggins I.Drake A.Jeans
R.Smith S.Trott J.Stephens 53
1973 Third G.Huggins I.Drake A.Jeans S.Trott K.Neale A.Davis2 49
1974 Tenth G.Huggins I.Drake A.Jeans
B.Lawrence G.Elliott B.Duperouzel 28
1975 Sixth G.Huggins I.Drake A.Jeans B.Lawrence J.Sarau G.Young 53
1976 Ninth G.Huggins I.Drake A.Jeans C.Ditterich T.Barker G.Young2 52
1977 Twelfth
Wooden Spoon
G.Huggins I.Drake R.Smith C.Ditterich J.Sarau2 G.Young3 58
1978 Sixth G.Huggins - M.Patterson G.Colling G.Gellie G.Young4 70
1979 Twelfth
Wooden Spoon
L.Fox - M.Patterson B.Breen J.Dunne G.Sidebottom 56
1980 Eleventh L.Fox D.Wanless M.Patterson
G.Sidebottom J.Dunne2 M.Scott 48
1981 Tenth L.Fox D.Wanless A.Jesaulenko A.Jesaulenko
T.Barker2 C.Gorozidis 34
1982 Eleventh L.Fox I.Stewart A.Jesaulenko B.Duperouzel P.Kiel M.Scott2 45
1983 Twelfth
Wooden Spoon
L.Fox I.Stewart T.Jewell T.Barker M.Crow M.Jackson 41
1984 Twelfth
Wooden Spoon
L.Fox I.Stewart T.Jewell
T.Barker G.Burns T.Lockett 77
1985 Twelfth
Wooden Spoon
I.Drake G.Gellie T.Barker P.Morwood T.Lockett2 79
1986 Twelfth
Wooden Spoon
D.Perry K.Marshall G.Gellie T.Barker G.Burns2 T.Lockett3 60
1987 Tenth T.Payze K.Marshall D.Baldock
D.Frawley T.Lockett T.Lockett4 117
1988 Fourteenth
Wooden Spoon
T.Payze R.Watt D.Baldock D.Frawley D.Frawley N.Winmar 43
1989 Twelfth T.Payze R.Watt D.Baldock D.Frawley N.Winmar T.Lockett5 78
Australian Football League era
1990 Ninth T.Payze R.Watt K.Sheldon D.Frawley S.Loewe T.Lockett6 65
1991 Fifth T.Payze R.Watt K.Sheldon D.Frawley T.Lockett2 T.Lockett7 127
1992 Fourth T.Payze R.Watt K.Sheldon D.Frawley R.Harvey T.Lockett8 132
1993 Twelfth A.Plympton G.Bail K.Sheldon D.Frawley N.Burke T.Lockett9 53
1994 Thirteenth A.Plympton D.Hanly S.Alves D.Frawley R.Harvey2 T.Lockett10 56
1995 Fourteenth A.Plympton D.Hanly S.Alves D.Frawley N.Winmar2 S.Loewe 76
1996 Tenth A.Plympton D.Hanly S.Alves N.Burke
N.Burke2 S.Loewe2 90
1997 Second A.Plympton D.Hanly S.Alves N.Burke
R.Harvey3 J.Heatley 73
1998 Sixth A.Plympton D.Hanly S.Alves N.Burke
R.Harvey4 J.Heatley2 48
1999 Tenth A.Plympton D.Hanly T.Watson N.Burke N.Burke3 B.Hall 41
2000 Sixteenth
Wooden Spoon
A.Plympton D.Hanly T.Watson N.Burke A.Thompson P.Everitt 40
2001 Fifteenth R.Butterss J.Watts M.Blight
R.Harvey P.Everitt B.Hall 44
2002 Fifteenth R.Butterss B.Waldron G.Thomas R.Harvey N.Riewoldt S.Milne 50
2003 Eleventh R.Butterss B.Waldron G.Thomas A.Hamill L.Hayes F.Gehrig 55
2004 Third R.Butterss B.Waldron G.Thomas L.Hayes N.Riewoldt2 F.Gehrig2 103
2005 Third R.Butterss J.Watts G.Thomas N.Riewoldt S.Baker
F.Gehrig3 78
2006 Eighth R.Butterss J.Watts
G.Thomas L.Ball N.Riewoldt3 F.Gehrig4 71
2007 Ninth R.Butterss A.Fraser R.Lyon L.Ball
N.Riewoldt4 F.Gehrig5 59
2008 Fourth G.Westaway A.Fraser R.Lyon N.Riewoldt S.Fisher N.Riewoldt 65
2009 Second G.Westaway M.Nettlefold R.Lyon N.Riewoldt N.Riewoldt5 N.Riewoldt2 78
2010 Second G.Westaway M.Nettlefold R.Lyon N.Riewoldt L.Hayes2 S.Milne2 57
2011 Seventh G.Westaway M.Nettlefold R.Lyon N.Riewoldt S.Fisher2 S.Milne3 56
2012 Ninth G.Westaway M.Nettlefold S.Watters N.Riewoldt L.Hayes3 S.Milne4 56
2013 Sixteenth G.Westaway M.Nettlefold S.Watters N.Riewoldt J.Steven N.Riewoldt3 50
2014 Eighteenth
Wooden Spoon
P.Summers M.Finnis A.Richardson N.Riewoldt N.Riewoldt6 N.Riewoldt4 49
2015 Fourteenth P.Summers M.Finnis A.Richardson N.Riewoldt J.Steven2 J.Bruce 50
2016 Ninth P.Summers M.Finnis A.Richardson N.Riewoldt J.Steven3 T.Membrey 44
2017 Eleventh P.Summers M.Finnis A.Richardson J.Geary S.Ross T.Membrey2 38
2018 Sixteenth P.Summers M.Finnis A.Richardson J.Geary J.Steven4 J.Gresham 35
2019 Fourteenth A.Bassat M.Finnis A.Richardson
J.Geary S.Ross2 T.Membrey3 44
2020 Sixth A.Bassat M.Finnis B.Ratten J.Geary J.Steele D.Butler 29
2021 A.Bassat M.Finnis B.Ratten J.Geary
⚑ = Premier / = Brownlow Medallist / = Coleman Medallist / 2 = Multiple Best & Fairest or Leading Goal Kicker


St Kilda AFLW honour roll[86]
Season Ladder W–L–D Finals Coach Captain(s) Best and fairest Leading
2020 9th ^ 2–4–0 DNQ Peta Searle Multiple[a] Four players[b] Caitlin Greiser 10
2021 11th 3–6–0 DNQ Peta Searle Multiple[c] TBC Caitlin Greiser2 9
^ = Ladder split into two conferences / ⚑ = Premier / = Best And Fairest / = Leading Goalkicker / 2 = Multiple Best & Fairest or Leading Goal Kicker

VFLW (Southern Saints)Edit

Southern Saints VFLW honour roll
Season Final position Coach Captain Best and fairest Leading
2018 8th Peta Searle Georgia Walker Alison Drennan & Rhiannon Watt Tara Bohanna 15
2019 3rd Peta Searle Rotating captains Tilly Lucas-Rodd Caitlin Greiser 22
2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 TBC Dale Robinson Multiple[d] To be determined

Team of the centuryEdit

At a special function in 2003, the St Kilda Football Club 'Team of the Century' was announced. Darrel Baldock, who captained the 1966 grand final team, was named as captain and Allan Jeans, the only premiership-winning coach of the club, was named as coach.[87] Ian Stewart was also named a member of the AFL Team of the Century.

Hall of FameEdit

St Kilda Football Club's Hall of Fame

St Kilda Football Club's Hall of Fame was established in 2003. Club identities, past or present, are selected and inducted into the club's hall of fame by a St Kilda Football Club Hall of Fame committee.[88] The club has inducted 48 members into the Hall of Fame since its inception.

St Kilda
Hall of Fame

Darrel Baldock
Ian Stewart
Tony Lockett
Trevor Barker
Carl Ditterich
Verdun Howell
Nicky Winmar
Ross Smith
Max Hudghton
Stuart Trott

Neil Roberts
Bill Mohr
Dave McNamara
Allan Jeans
Ian Drake
Harold Bray
Barry Breen
Jack Davis
Peter Everitt
Jim Ross

Keith Drinan
Wels Eicke
Danny Frawley
Graham Huggins
Stewart Loewe
Alan Morrow
Bob Murray
Kevin Neale
Stephen Milne
Lenny Hayes

Travis Payze
Nathan Burke
Greg Burns
Gary Colling
Bill Cubbins
Brian Gleeson
Daryl Griffiths
Barry Lawrence
Robert Harvey

Brian Mynott
Des Nisbet
Lance Oswald
Bruce Phillips
Colin Watson
Jeff Sarau
Ian Synman
Ken Walker
Glenn Elliott

Players listed in bold are inductees in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.
Players listed in bold and italics are legends in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.


Club AchievementsEdit

Competition Level Wins Years Won
Australian Football League Seniors[89] 1 1966
VFL Reserves Reserves 3 1942, 1943, 1961
VFL Under 19s Under 19s[90] 1 1957
Other titles and honours
AFL Preseason competition Seniors[91] 3 1996, 2004, 2008
VFL Night Series Seniors[91] 1 1958
Lightning Premiership Seniors[92] 1 1940
Finishing positions
Australian Football League Minor premiership
(McClelland Trophy)
2 1997, 2009
Grand Finalist[89] 7 1913, 1965, 1966, 1971, 1997, 2009, 2010
Wooden spoons[93] 27 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1904, 1909, 1910, 1920, 1924, 1943, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1977, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 2000, 2014

Individual AchievementsEdit

Trevor Barker Award (Club best and fairest)

Brownlow Medal (League best and fairest)

Leigh Matthews Trophy (Most Valuable Player)

Coleman Medal (Leading Goal Kicker)

AFL Rising Star award (Best player under 21)

Norm Smith Medal (AFL Grand Final best on ground)

Records and statisticsEdit


  • Biggest winning margin: 139 points (2005, Round 22, v Brisbane Lions)
  • Biggest score: 31.18 [204] (1978, Round 6, v Melbourne Demons)
  • Largest attendance at a home game: 72,669 (1978, Waverley Park, v Collingwood)
  • Most premiership points in a season: 80 (2009)
  • Most consecutive wins: 19 (2009, Rounds 1–19)


  • Biggest winning margin: 56 points (2021, Round 9, v West Coast)
  • Biggest score: 11.10 [76] (2021, Round 9, v West Coast)
  • Most premiership points in a season: 12 (2021)
  • Most consecutive wins: 1 (2020, 2021)

Membership and attendanceEdit

Year Members Tally Average Home Attendance
A Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all St Kilda home games in 2020 were either held in Victoria without a crowd, or held outside Victoria with limited spectators allowed.

Bold denotes club record.

See alsoEdit

Explanatory notesEdit

  1. ^ 2020 co-captains were Cat Phillips, Kate Shierlaw & Rhiannon Watt.
  2. ^ 2020 best and fairest shared by Rosie Dillon, Caitlin Greiser, Georgia Patrikios, Olivia Vesely.
  3. ^ 2021 co-captains were Cat Phillips, Hannah Priest, Kate Shierlaw, Rhiannon Watt.
  4. ^ 2021 co-captains were Tara Bohanna, Deanna Jolliffe, and Frankie Hocking.


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