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The AFL has given approval for Port Adelaide to wear its prison bar guernsey against Richmond on Sunday

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Magarey Medal round-by-round voting

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The Port Adelaide Football Club is widely recognised as the most successful senior football club, not only in South Australia but Australia-wide.

Since playing our first game on 24 May, 1870 the club has gone on to win an Australian record of 36 SANFL premierships including six in a row - another national record - and achieve the honour of being Champions of Australia on four occasions - the most of any club in the nation.

It is the oldest senior football club in South Australia and the state's oldest, continuous football club in any grade or competition.

Port Adelaide reached another landmark in its history by joining the country’s national competition – the Australian Football League – in 1997.

It is the only traditional and established football club outside of the original Victorian Football League to be invited to join the Australian Football League.

As surprising as it sounds, the players did not always wear the traditional black and white in its SANFL days. For its first game back in 1870, the players donned a blue and white guernsey with a pink cap!

Someone must have come to their senses however, as they changed to the famous black and white colours in 1902, which Port Adelaide still wears in the SANFL today.

Port Adelaide quickly established itself as a force in state football, winning its first flag in 1884.

Success started coming regularly and in 1914 it created history by going the whole season undefeated and in the process winning the honour of being Champions of the Commonwealth (commonly known as Champions of Australia).

After capturing three flags in the 1930s, with superb talent such as dual Magarey Medallist and club legend Bob Quinn, the club would embark on its next great era with the arrival of Foster Neil Williams to Alberton in 1950.

Fos led the Magpies to nine premierships overall and in many ways, propelled the club to where it is today. Port won seven premierships in the fifties including its Australian record six-in-a-row between 1954 and 1959.
Fos Williams leading his team in the 50s
The tradition continued to grow. Through great players such as four-time Magarey Medallist Russell Ebert, Port Adelaide continued its SANFL supremacy - peaking just before entering the AFL in 1997 with more famous wins like its barnstorming defeat of North Adelaide (who came with 'one goal in mind') in 1989 and classic underdog premiership over Woodville-West Torrens in 1994.

The club, coached by John Cahill, won seven out of nine flags between 1988 and 1996, making it the obvious choice for South Australia's second AFL licence, which the club was awarded in 1994. 

On joining the AFL, teal and silver were added to the famous black and white, along with a new nickname, 'the Power', to avoid a clash with the Collingwood Magpies.

Cahill was appointed inaugural coach of a young Power squad, led by 1993 Brownlow Medallist and former player Gavin Wanganeen. After two seasons of just missing out on the finals, Mark Williams was appointed coach and in his first season took Port Adelaide to its first finals appearance.

After ten seasons in the AFL, the Power has competed in finals six times, including five consecutive years. It has won two pre-season premierships in 2001 and 2002, finished minor premiers in three consecutive years (2002-2004) and won the club’s first AFL Premiership in 2004.