- Woodville Football Club
Woodville Football Club was an
Australian rules footballclub that competed in the South Australian National Football Leaguefrom 1964to 1990, when it merged with the West Torrens Football Clubto form the Woodville-West Torrens Eagles.
Based in the western suburbs of
Adelaide, South Australia, Woodville derived its name from the suburb it was located in.
There are newspaper references to a Woodville Football Club dating back to the nineteenth century but the modern club was formed in
1938to play in local amateur competitions. In 1959the SANFL were looking to expand the competition from eight to ten teams and selected Woodville and Central District Football Club to enter the SANFL reserves competition on a five year apprenticeship before gaining admission to the league competition in 1964.
Its inaugural season was an indicator of its success (or lack thereof) for the remainder of its existence. It won just three matches, all against Central Districts. In its 27 seasons in the SANFL, Woodville only reached the finals in
1979, 1986and 1987, with its best result a 3rd position in 1986.
Woodville’s most successful player was
Malcolm Blight, who won a Magarey Medaland gained selection in the All Australian team in 1972. He would later play for North Melbourne Football Clubin the Victorian Football League(VFL), winning a Brownlow Medalin 1978. He returned to Woodville in 1983as Captain/Coach, leading the club through their most successful period.
As a struggling club with limited fans and finances, there were regular calls throughout the 1980s to merge Woodville with another club. In 1990, with the imminent entry of the South Australian based
Adelaide Crowsinto the national Australian Football League, it was decided to amalgamate Woodville with neighbouring West Torrens Football Club. In an apt moment, Woodville and West Torrens were drawn to play each other in their respective final games. The two sides merged after the completion of the 1990 season and have since participated in the SANFL as the Woodville-West Torrens Eagles.
*SANFL League: Nil
*SANFL Night Premierships: 2 - Coca Cola Cup 1972, Escort Cup 1988
*SANFL Reserves: 2 - 1973, 1987
*SANFL Under 19's: Nil
*SANFL Under 17's: 5 - 1962, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1973
SANFL Leading Goalkickers
Glynn Hewitt: 83 goals (1979)
*Trevor Pierson: 104 goals (1982)
Malcolm Blight: 126 goals (1985)
*Stephen Nichols: 103 goals (1986)
Club Colours and Emblems
*Red and White (1938 – 1939)
*Purple and White (1940 – 1946)
*Green and Gold (1947 – 1990)
On entry to the SANFL, Woodville were known as “The Woodpeckers” but changed to “The Warriors” in 1983.
Woodville Oval(1941 – 1990)
*Ralph Sewer: Debuting in 1969 and playing his final match in 1990 aged 38, Sewer became not only the only man to have played in the SANFL in four different decades but also the only grandfather. His 325 games was a club record.
* John Roberts
* [http://www.wwtfc.com.au/theclub_history.asp Woodville-West Torrens Official Site]
* [http://www.fullpointsfooty.net/Woodville.htm Full Points Footy]
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