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TIMELINE

1870

First games played in Adelaide against the Young Australians Football Club wearing blue and white uniforms.

1877

Port Adelaide adopts a rose pink jacket for its new uniform and is a foundation club of the SAFA along with South Adelaide, Gawler, Kensington, Adelaide, Prince Alfred etc

1883

James Litchfield becomes Port Adelaide’s first leading goal kicker in the SAFA.

1884

Port Adelaide tops the SAFA ladder to win its first premiership

1890

Port Adelaide wins second premiership, defeats South Melbourne to win its first Australian Championship

1897

Port Adelaide wins its final premiership of the colonial period. Loses to Geelong in national championship.

1899

Stan Malin becomes Port Adelaide’s first Magarey Medallist

1900

Port Adelaide’s third and most recent wooden spoon.

1901

Port Adelaide’s last season wearing magenta and blue, finishes second overall. Locals begin to nickname club the ‘Magpies’.

1902

Black and white guernsey adopted, Port Adelaide has worn these colours continuously ever since. Wins first of three consecutive minor premierships but fails to make final.

1903

Port Adelaide defeats South Adelaide to win the 1903 SAFA Grand Final, its fourth premiership.

1906

Port Adelaide defeats North Adelaide to win the 1906 SAFA Grand Final, its fifth premiership.

1907

SAFA becomes the South Australian Football League. Port Adelaide wins the minor premiership but defeated by Norwood in the final.

1909

Port Adelaide wins the minor premierships but defeated West Adelaide in the final.

1910

Port Adelaide defeats Sturt to win the 1910 SAFL Grand Final, its sixth premiership. Port Adelaide would later prevail over Collingwood at the Adelaide Oval to be crowned Champions of Australia for a second time.  Shine Hosking wins his first of two Magarey Medals and Frank Hansen is crowned the league’s leading goal kicker for the first time.

1911

Port Adelaide wins the minor premiership but defeated by West Adelaide in the final.

1912

Port Adelaide wins the minor premiership but is again defeated by West in the final.

1913

Port Adelaide defeats North Adelaide to win the 1913 SAFL Grand Final, its seventh premiership. It later defeats VFL premiers Fitzroy to win its third Australian Championship.

1914

Port Adelaide defeats North Adelaide to win the 1914 SAFL Grand Final, its eighth premiership and later defeats Carlton to win its fourth and final Australian Championship. This season is notable for Port Adelaide winning every single game it competes in, including a final game against a ‘best of the rest’ state side. Jack Ashley wins the Magarey Medal while John Dunn is crowned the association’s leading goal kicker.

1915

Port Adelaide finishes minor premiers for the 15th occasion, but loses to Sturt in the grand final. Shine Hosking wins his second Magarey Medal.

1916

With the SAFL cancelled, Port Adelaide rallies support for a ‘patriotic league’ in support of the war effort. Key Port Adelaide officials establish the league with profits going towards returned services movements. Participant teams include SAFA clubs North Adelaide, Norwood, West Adelaide and West Torrens and the South Australian Railways. Port Adelaide wins first Patriotic Premiership.

1917

Port Adelaide defeats West Torrens to be crowned patriotic premier for a second time.

1918

Final year of patriotic football. Port Adelaide loses to West in the final.

1919

League football resumes. Port Adelaide finishes fourth.

1921

Port Adelaide defeats Norwood to win the 1921 SAFL Grand Final, its ninth premiership after winning the minor premiership. Charlie Adams wins the Magarey Medal.

1927

SAFL becomes the South Australian National Football League.

1928

Port Adelaide defeats Norwood to win the 1928 SAFL Grand Final, its tenth premiership.

1936

Port Adelaide defeats Sturt to win the 1936 SAFL Grand Final, its 11th premiership.

1937

Port Adelaide defeats South Adelaide to win the 1937 SAFL Grand Final, its 12th premiership.

1939

Port Adelaide defeats West Torrens to win the 1939 SAFL Grand Final, its 13th premiership.

1942

Port Adelaide combines with West Torrens as League seeks to address loss of footballers to the war effort. West and Glenelg join together, as do North and Norwood and Sturt and South. Port-Torrens defeats West-Glenelg to win the 1945 SANFL Grand Final.

1950

Fos Williams becomes coach of Port Adelaide, having previously played at West Adelaide.

1951

Port Adelaide defeats North Adelaide to win the 1951 SANFL Grand Final, its 14th premiership.

1954

Port Adelaide defeats West Adelaide to win the 1951 SANFL Grand Final, its 15th premiership.

1955

Port Adelaide defeats Norwood to win the 1952 SANFL Grand Final, its 16th premiership.

1956

Port Adelaide defeats West Adelaide to win the 1953 SANFL Grand Final, its 17th premiership and first hat trick.

1957

Port Adelaide defeats Norwood to win the 1957 SANFL Grand Final, its 18th premiership and first four-peat.

1958

Port Adelaide defeats West Adelaide to win the 1958 SANFL Grand Final, its 19th premiership and five-peat.

1959

Port Adelaide defeats West Adelaide to win the 1959 SANFL Grand Final, its 20th premiership and sixth flag in a row. This is an Australian record which remains unbeaten to this day.

1962

Port Adelaide defeats West Adelaide to win the 1962 SANFL Grand Final, its 21st premiership.

1963

Port Adelaide defeats North Adelaide to win the 1963 SANFL Grand Final, its 22nd premiership. Port Adelaide has now won the most premierships of any club in South Australia.

1965

Port Adelaide defeats Sturt before a record Adelaide Oval crowd to win the 1965 SANFL Grand Final, its 23rd premiership. This is Port Adelaide’s final flag at the Adelaide Oval.

1977

Port Adelaide defeats Glenelg to win the 1977 SANFL Grand Final, its 24th premiership. This ends a 12-year premiership drought.

1979

Port Adelaide defeats South Adelaide to win the 1979 SANFL Grand Final, its 25th premiership.

1980

Port Adelaide defeats Norwood to win the 1980 SANFL Grand Final, its 26th premiership.

1981

Port Adelaide defeats Glenelg to win the 1981 SANFL Grand Final, its 27th premiership.

1988

Port Adelaide defeats Glenelg to win the 1988 SANFL Grand Final, its 28th premiership.

1989

Port Adelaide defeats North Adelaide to win the 1989 SANFL Grand Final, its 29th premiership.

1990

Port Adelaide defeats Glenelg to win the 1990 SANFL Grand Final, its 30th premiership. Prior to this the club had entered into negotiations with the AFL to become the first club admitted into the AFL from South Australia, and the first extant senior football club from outside Victoria to do so.

1992

Port Adelaide defeats Glenelg to win the 1992 SANFL Grand Final, its 31st premiership.

1994

Port Adelaide defeats Woodville-West Torrens to win the 1994 SANFL Grand Final, its 32nd premiership. The club is confirmed by the AFL to be the next team to enter into the national competition.

1995

Port Adelaide defeats Central District to win the 1995 SANFL Grand Final, its 33rd premiership.

1996

Port Adelaide defeats Central District to win the 1996 SANFL Grand Final, its 34th premiership.

1998

Port Adelaide defeats Sturt to win the 1998 SANFL Grand Final, its 35th premiership.

1999

Mark Williams, son of Foster Williams, takes over from John Cahill as senior coach of Port Adelaide. Both Mark and Stephen are now responsible for steering the club in two leagues. Port Adelaide defeats Norwood to win the 1999 SANFL Grand Final, its 36th premiership.

2004

Port Adelaide defeats the Brisbane Lions to win the 2004 AFL Grand Final, its 37th senior premiership and first AFL premiership.

2007

Port Adelaide loses to Geelong in the 2007 AFL Grand Final after a strong finish to its season.

2010

After 257 games as senior coach of Port Adelaide, Mark Williams steps down following the club’s Round 15 loss to Collingwood at Football Park. Matthew Primus steps in as caretaker coach and is later appointed to the role full-time.

2011

Port Adelaide struggles through the season and only wins three matches. The club wins its Round 24 game against Melbourne in the first AFL game at Adelaide Oval to avoid the wooden spoon.

2012

Matthew Primus steps down as senior coach after a difficult season which only bags five wins. Garry Hocking steps in as caretaker. Ex-Geelong champion Ken Hinkley is appointed the Power’s new coach.

2013

Port Adelaide breaks its finals drought and plays through to the semi finals in Hinkley’s first season as coach.

2014

After a barnstorming season the Power reaches a preliminary final against Hawthorn, eventually losing by just three points to the eventual premiers. Garry Hocking (coach) and Steven Summerton (captain) lead Port Adelaide to the SANFL Grand Final - falling an agonising four points short of victory against Norwood.

2015

The Power slips out of the finals despite a fast finish to the season after up and down form. The Magpies also suffer defeat with a straight-sets exit from the SANFL Finals.

2016

Neither the Power under Ken Hinkley or the Magpies under Chad Cornes reach the finals in a disappointing campaign for Port Adelaide.

2017

Port Adelaide returns to finals in both leagues, with the Power bowing out in an extra time elimination final against West Coast and the Magpies losing the SANFL Grand Final by one point to Sturt.