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Port to farewell AAMI in prison bars

Members have the chance to have their name immortalised on the famous 'prison bar' guernsey.
Members have the chance to have their name immortalised on the famous 'prison bar' guernsey.
This guernsey and AAMI Stadium go hand in hand. As a club we have won a remarkable 13 premierships at this ground so to be able to wear it in our final AFL home-and-away game is very fitting
David Koch
PORT ADELAIDE will wear a replica black-and-white, “prison bar” guernsey in the final AFL home-and-away game at AAMI Stadium when it hosts Carlton later this season in Round 23.

Members can secure their place on the guernsey by clicking here. Please note, you'll need your Account ID (Member number) and password

The guernsey will honour the incredible success that Port Adelaide enjoyed at West Lakes since AAMI Stadium (formerly Football Park) was originally opened in 1974.

During this time, AAMI Stadium has hosted some of Port Adelaide’s greatest triumphs, both in the SANFL and AFL.

Port Adelaide has won 13 premierships at the ground in the SANFL – 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998 and 1999 – while on the national stage, AAMI stadium hosted the penultimate final – the thrilling Preliminary Final victory against St Kilda – on Port Adelaide’s journey to the 2004 AFL premiership.

Port Adelaide members will have an exclusive and rare opportunity to purchase the ISC manufactured heritage guernsey.

For $260 members will not only receive a replica heritage guernsey as worn by the team, but, for the first time in the club’s history, will have their name printed on the actual playing guernsey. Members will receive an email from the club today clearly outlining how they can take up this offer while members without email access will receive direct mail from the club.

UPDATE: Due to an overwhelming response, this offer has been extended to put more names on the guernsey. But hurry, this exclusive member offer is available until 17 May.

In addition, the club will release a limited framed version of the heritage guernsey for $1500 (including postage), signed by the team who play in the Round 23 game.

Port Adelaide chairman David Koch says the club is proud to wear the black-and-white guernsey in the final AFL home-and-away game at AAMI Stadium.

“The Port Adelaide Football Club is honoured by the opportunity to wear our famous black-and-white, prison bar guernsey in Round 23 against Carlton,” Koch said.

“This guernsey and AAMI Stadium go hand in hand. As a club we have won a remarkable 13 premierships at this ground so to be able to wear it in our final AFL home-and-away game is very fitting.

“Most importantly, it gives us an opportunity to pay tribute to the club’s former players and administrators who came before us. After all, the majority of those premierships at AAMI Stadium helped propel us into the national league in 1997 so we are forever indebted to those players and administrators for their magnificent contribution to our great club.”

It is only the third time that Port Adelaide has worn a black-and-white guernsey in the AFL. Previously the club wore a replica black-and-white heritage guernsey as part of AFL Heritage Round in 2003 where it honoured the undefeated 1914 Champions of Australia team and again in 2007 where it saluted the 1977 SANFL centenary premiership side.

Koch thanked the AFL and Collingwood for the opportunity to wear the black-and-white strip and urged Port Adelaide members not to miss the chance at being part of history.

“I really appreciate the goodwill from Eddie McGuire and the Collingwood Football Club for allowing us to wear this guernsey,” Koch said.

“Eddie was the first person to call me upon my appointment as chairman of Port Adelaide to offer whatever assistance he could.

“His support for our heritage guernsey is a reflection of that and I’m very grateful on behalf of the club.

“As a traditional football club like us they understand the significance in honouring our past and appreciate how important it is to our members.

“And what an opportunity it is for our members to be part of history. For $260, not much more than the price of a normal guernsey, Port Adelaide members will have the opportunity to not only receive the guernsey but to have their name immortalised on the guernsey that our players will wear in our final home-and-away game at AAMI Stadium.

“What an incredible opportunity. But it is literally a case of first in best dressed because this member offer is limited to just 1600.”

Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak says he and the team can’t wait to wear the guernsey in Round 23.

“I guess originally coming over from Victoria you don’t have a great knowledge of the history of the SANFL, but as soon as you arrive here at Port Adelaide you immediately understand how rich the tradition of this club is and how central the black-and-white guernsey is to that proud and successful history,” Boak said.

“As a club we are always focussed on winning the next game and the next premiership but this opportunity in Round 23 gives us a great chance to farewell AAMI Stadium and honour the past Port Adelaide players who played a significant role in our rise to the AFL.”

Former Port Adelaide captain Tim Ginever, who won seven grand finals for the club at AAMI Stadium in the 1980s and 1990s, says he will be very proud when Port Adelaide runs out in Round 23 wearing the black-and-white guernsey.

“The famous black-and-white, prison bar guernsey has so much significance for so many connected with our club,” Ginever said.

“All the emotional equity in the journey to the AFL is inside that design. When we put it on and laced it up, it felt like a shield of steel and we could achieve anything inside it. It was an aggressive, intimidating sight to see the Port Adelaide team running out as one in that guernsey.

“For so many that wore it that never represented the club in the AFL, it symbolises all the sacrifices made by players, coaches, support staff, board members and above all our supporters, to elevate this great club into the AFL.

“To see it worn on the national stage pays respect to all those involved with the Port Adelaide community since 1870.”

Port Adelaide’s premierships at AAMI Stadium (formerly Football Park)

1977 SANFL Grand Final
Saturday 24 September 1977
Crowd: 56,717
Port Adelaide 17.11 (113) def Glenelg 16.9 (105)

1979 SANFL Grand Final
Saturday 29 September 1979
Crowd: 50,428
Port Adelaide 9.9 (63) def South Adelaide 3.14 (32)

1980 SANFL Grand Final
Saturday 4 October 1980
Crowd: 54,870
Port Adelaide 11.15 (81) def Norwood 9.9 (63)

1981 SANFL Grand Final
Saturday 3 October 1981
Crowd: 52,659
Port Adelaide 14.11 (95) def Glenelg 6.8 (44)

1988 SANFL Grand Final
Saturday 1 October 1988
Crowd: 50,313
Port Adelaide 12.12 (84) def Glenelg 8.7 (55)

1989 SANFL Grand Final
Saturday 7 October 1989
Crowd: 50,487
Port Adelaide 15.16 (106) def North Adelaide 1.8 (14)

1990 SANFL Grand Final
Sunday 7 October 1990
Crowd: 50,589
Port Adelaide 16.12 (108) def Glenelg 13.15 (93)

1992 SANFL Grand Final
Saturday 3 October 1992
Crowd: 42,242
Port Adelaide 17.3 (105) def Glenelg 7.7 (49)

1994 SANFL Grand Final
Sunday 2 October 1994
Crowd: 40,598
Port Adelaide 15.16 (106) def Woodville-West Torrens 10.9 (69)

1995 SANFL Grand Final
Sunday 1 October 1995
Crowd: 45,786
Port Adelaide 13.16 (94) def Central District 6.10 (46)

1996 SANFL Grand Final
Sunday 6 October 1996
Crowd: 46,120
Port Adelaide 11.14 (80) def Central District 6.8 (44)

1998 SANFL Grand Final
Sunday 4 October 1998
Crowd: 44,838
Port Adelaide 11.9 (75) def Sturt 9.12 (66)

1999 SANFL Grand Final
Sunday 3 October 1999
Crowd: 39,135
Port Adelaide 14.17 (101) def Norwood 14.9 (93)
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