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4.0
Australian Football League Teams

There are 16 teams that will be competing in the AFL in 1995. Only one team has ever folded in the AFL (or VFL), which was University in 1914. In 1982, South Melbourne relocated to Sydney. A list of details for each AFL team follows:

(note: the following guernsey descriptions describe long-sleeved and collared versions of club designs, however, the sleeveless and collarless versions are predominantly worn in modern football.)

4.1
Adelaide

       Postal Address: PO Box 1, West Lakes, SA 5021, Australia
       Phone: (08) 347-2322
       Joined AFL: 1991
       Home Ground: Football Park, West Lakes, South Australia
       Ground Dimensions: 185m by 145m
       Official Colours: Guernsey: Navy blue, red and gold hoops
                         Shorts:   Navy Blue
                         Socks:    Navy Blue, red and gold hoops
       Nickname: Crows
       Premierships: -
       Brownlow Medallists: -

4.2
Brisbane

       Postal Address: PO Box 1535, Coorparoo DC, Qld 4151, Australia
       Phone: (07) 896-1777
       Joined AFL: 1987
       Home Ground: Woolongabba Ground (The Gabba), Brisbane,Queensland
       Ground Dimensions: 171m by 156m
       Official Colours: Guernsey: Maroon with gold V and white trim
                         Shorts :  Maroon with gold V and white trim
                         Socks:    Maroon with pencil gold and white
                                   stripes around the top.
       Nickname: Bears  (Brisbane have changed their Logo for 1995 by
                         removing the Koala and replacing it with a
                         stylised form of the team name.)
       Premierships: -
       Brownlow Medallists: -

4.3
Carlton

       Postal Address: PO Box 83, North Carlton, Vic 3054, Australia
       Phone: (03) 387 1400
       Joined AFL: 1897
       Home Ground: Optus Oval, Royal Parade, North Carlton, Victoria
       Ground Dimensions: 165.4m by 149.9m. Goals run east to west
       Official Colours: Guernsey: Dark navy blue with white monogram
                         Shorts: Dark navy blue
                         Socks: Dark Navy blue
       Nickname: The Blues
       Premierships: 1906-7-8, 1914-15, 1938, 1945, 1947, 1968, 1970, 1972
                     1979, 1981-82, 1987
       Brownlow Medallists: BJ Deacon - 1947, J James - 1961, G Collis -
                            1964, G Williams - 1994.

4.4
Collingwood

       Postal Address: PO Box 165, Abbotsford, Vic 3067, Australia
       Phone: (03) 419 9222
       Joined AFL:1897
       Home Ground: Victoria Park, Lulie St, Abbotsford, Victoria
       Ground Dimensions: 175.5m by 141.7m. Goals run east to west
       Official Colours: Guernsey: Black and white vertical stripes on
                                   body and horizontal stripes on sleeves.
                         Shorts: Black
                         Socks: Black
       Nickname: Magpies
       Premierships: 1902-3, 1910, 1917, 1919, 1927-28-29-30, 1935-36,
                     1953, 1958, 1990.
       Brownlow Medallists: S Coventry - 1927, A Collier - 1929, H Collier
                     - 1930, M Whelan - 1939, D Fothergill - 1940,
                     L Thompson - 1972, P Moore - 1979.

4.5
Essendon

       Postal Address: PO Box 17, Essendon, Vic 3040, Australia
       Phone: (03) 375 3211
       Joined AFL: 1897
       Home Ground: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Yarra Park, Jolimont, Victoria
       Ground Dimensions: 172.7m by 149m. Goals run east to west
       Official Colours: Guernsey: Black with a red sash
                         Shorts: Black
                         Socks: Red with black hoops
       Nickname: Bombers
       Premierships: 1897, 1901, 1911-12, 1923-24, 1942, 1946, 1949-50
                     1962, 1965, 1984-85, 1993.
       Brownlow Medallists: RS Reynolds - 1934,1937,1938, WH Hutchison -
                     1952,1953, G Moss - 1976, G Wanganeen - 1993.

4.6
Fitzroy

       Postal Address: 2 Charles Street, Northcote, Vic 3070, Australia
       Phone: ?
       Joined AFL: 1897
       Home Ground: Western Oval, Barkly St, Footscray, Victoria
       Ground Dimensions: 183.7m by 129.8m. Goals run North to south
       Official Colours: Guernsey: Red, royal blue collar, cuffs and yoke,
                                   gold monogram
                         Shorts: Royal blue
                         Socks: Red with royal blue top
       Nickname: Lions
       Premierships: 1898-99, 1904-05, 1913, 1916, 1922, 1944.
       Brownlow Medallists: H Bunton - 1931,1932,1935, W Smallhorn - 1933,
                     D Ryan - 1936, A Ruthven - 1950, K Murray - 1969,
                     B Quinlan - 1981.

4.7
Footscray

       Postal Address: PO Box 112, West Footscray, Vic 3012, Australia
       Phone: (03) 689 3100
       Joined AFL: 1925
       Home Ground: Western Oval, Barkley St, Footscray, Victoria
       Ground Dimensions: 183.7m by 129.8m. Goals run north to south
       Official Colours: Guernsey: Royal blue, red collar on white V,
                                   red and white bands.
                         Shorts: Royal blue
                         Socks: Royal blue
       Nickname: Bulldogs
       Premierships: 1954
       Brownlow Medallists: A Hopkins - 1930, N Ware - 1941, P Box - 1956,
                     J Schultz - 1960, G Dempsey - 1975, K Templeton - 1980,
                     B Hardie - 1985, T Liberatore - 1990, S Wynd - 1992.

4.8
Fremantle

       Postal Address: PO Box 381, Fremantle, WA 6160, Australia
       Phone: ?
       Joined AFL: 1995
       Home Ground: Subiaco Oval and the WACA, both in Perth, WA
       Ground Dimensions: Subiaco - 188m by 134m, WACA - 185m by 174m.
       Official Colours: Guernsey: (Home) Purple background featuring one
                                   green and one red chest panel seperated
                                   by a white anchor.
                                   (Away) Green background with purple
                                   chest panels seperated by white anchor.
                         Shorts: H-Purple A-Green
                         Socks: H-Purple A-Green (?)
       Nickname: Dockers
       Premierships: -
       Brownlow Medallists: -

4.9
Geelong

       Postal Address: PO Box 461, Geelong, Vic 3220, Australia
       Phone: (052) 21 3355
       Joined AFL: 1897
       Home Ground: Kardinia Park, Moorabool St, Geelong, Victoria
       Ground Dimensions: 183.7m by 149m. Goals run north to south
       Official Colours: Guernsey: Navy blue and white hoops
                         Shorts: Navy blue
                         Socks: Navy blue and white hoops
       Nickname: Cats
       Premierships: 1925, 1931, 1937, 1951-52, 1963.
       Brownlow Medallists: E Greeves - 1924, B Smith - 1951, A Lord - 1962
                     P Couch - 1989.

4.10
Hawthorn

       Postal Address: PO Box 52, Hawthorn, Vic 3122, Australia
       Phone: (03) 819 2199
       Joined AFL: 1925
       Home Ground: Waverly Park, Wellington Rd, Mulgrave, Victoria
       Ground Dimensions: 182m by 142m. Goals run north to south
       Official Colours: Guernsey: Brown and gold vertical stripes on
                                   front, plain gold back.
                         Shorts: Brown
                         Socks: Gold
       Nickname: Hawks
       Premierships: 1961, 1971, 1976, 1978, 1983, 1986, 1988-89, 1991.
       Brownlow Medallists: C Austin - 1949, R Dipierdomenico - 1986,
                     J Platten - 1987.

4.11
Melbourne

       Postal Address: PO Box 254, East Melbourne, Vic 3002, Australia
       Phone: (03) 650 9052
       Joined AFL: 1897
       Home Ground: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Yarra Park, Jolimont, Vic.
       Ground Dimensions: 172.7m by 149m. Goals run east to west
       Official Colours: Guernsey: Navy blue with red V neck
                         Shorts: Navy blue
                         Socks: Red
       Nickname: Demons
       Premierships: 1900, 1926, 1939-40-41, 1948, 1955-56-57, 1959-60,
                     1964.
       Brownlow Medallists: IP Warne-Smith - 1926, Dr D Cordner - 1946,
                     B Wilson - 1982, P Moore - 1984, J Stynes - 1991.

4.12
North Melbourne

       Postal Address: PO Box 158, North Melbourne, Vic 3051, Australia
       Phone: (03) 326 8666
       Joined AFL: 1925
       Home Ground: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Yarra Park, Jolimont, Vic.
       Ground Dimensions: 172.7m by 149m. Goals run east to west
       Official Colours: Guernsey: Royal blue and white vertical stripes
                         Shorts: Royal blue
                         Socks: Royal blue
       Nickname: Kangaroos
       Premierships: 1975, 1977
       Brownlow Medallists: N Teasdale - 1965, K Greig - 1973,1974,
                     M Blight - 1978, R Glendinning - 1983.

4.13
Richmond

       Postal Address: PO Box 48, Richmond, Vic 3121, Australia
       Phone: (03) 429 5333
       Joined AFL: 1908
       Home Ground: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Yarra Park, Jolimont, Vic.
       Ground Dimensions: 172.7m by 149m. Goals run east to west
       Official Colours: Guernsey: Black with yellow sash
                         Shorts: Black
                         Socks: Black and yellow hoops
       Nickname: Tigers
       Premierships: 1920-21, 1932, 1934, 1943, 1967, 1969, 1973-74, 1980.
       Brownlow Medallists: S Judkins - 1930, JW Morris - 1948, GR Wright -
                     1952,1954, I Stewart - 1971.

4.14
St Kilda

       Postal Address: PO Box 34, Moorabbin, Vic 3189, Australia
       Phone: (03) 555 6688 ?
       Joined AFL: 1897
       Home Ground: Waverly Park, Wellington Rd, Mulgrave, Victoria
       Ground Dimensions: 182m by 142m. Goals run north to south
       Official Colours: Guernsey: Red, white and black vertical stripes,
                                   crest on left breast, black back and
                                   sleeves, red cuffs on sleeves, white
                                   collar.
                         Shorts: Black
                         Socks: Red, white and black hoops.
       Nickname: Saints
       Premierships: 1966
       Brownlow Medallists: C Watson - 1925, B Gleeson - 1957, N Roberts -
                     1958, V Howell - 1959, I Stewart - 1965,1966,
                     R Smith - 1967, T Lockett - 1987.

4.15
Sydney

       Postal Address: PO Box 173, Paddington, NSW 2021, Australia
       Phone: (02) 332 3888 ?
       Joined AFL: 1897 as South Melbourne, Relocated to Sydney in 1982
       Home Ground: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, New South Wales
       Ground Dimensions: 159.4m by 155m. Goals run north to south
       Official Colours: Guernsey: White with red yoke, red back, red 
                                   cuffs and collar, white monogram on 
                                   yoke.
                         Shorts: Red
                         Socks: Red
       Nickname: Swans
       Premierships: 1909, 1918, 1933
       Brownlow Medallists: H Matthews - 1940, R Clegg - 1949, 
                     FW Goldsmith - 1955, R Skilton - 1959,1963,1968,
                     P Bedford - 1970, G Teasdale - 1977, B Round - 1981,
                     G Williams - 1986, G Healy - 1988.

4.16
West Coast

       Postal Address: PO Box 508, Subiaco, WA 6008, Australia
       Phone: (09) 381 1111
       Joined AFL: 1987
       Home Ground: Subiaco Oval and the WACA, Perth, Western Australia
       Ground Dimensions: Subiaco - 188m by 134m, WACA - 185m by 174m.
       Official Colours: Guernsey: (Home) Navy Blue, with gold eagle 
                                   wings and monogram, white trim.
                                   (Away) Royal blue, with gold eagle
                                   wings and monogram, white trim.
                         Shorts: H-Navy blue A-Royal Blue
                         Socks: H-Navy blue with gold top
                                A-Royal blue with gold top
       Nickname: Eagles
       Premierships: 1992, 1994
       Brownlow Medallists: -

4.17
University

       Postal Address: N/A Folded 1914 in merger with Melbourne
       Phone:-
       Joined AFL: 1908
       Home Ground: 1908-10 East Melbourne Cricket Ground, Jolimont,Vic.
                    1911-14 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Jolimont, Vic.
       Ground Dimensions: EMCG ?, MCG 172.7m by 149m
       Official Colours: Guernsey: Black with blue V neck and cuffs
                         Shorts: White
                         Socks: Black with blue tops
       Nickname: Students
       Premierships: -
       Brownlow Medallists:-

4.18
Port Adelaide

       Postal Address:PO Box 2095, Port Adelaide, SA 5015, Australia.
       Phone: (08) 47-4044

On December 13 1994, the SANFL announced that the Port Adelaide Football Club (currently playing in the SANFL) would become South Australia's second team in the AFL when a new licence became available.

The SANFL was told to prepare a possibility for a 2nd South Australian team as early as 1996. (The Adelaide Crows have a 5 year market exclusivity deal in SA until then.) Debate now raises as to when/if Port Adelaide will be admitted, as the AFL is not keen to expand to a 17 team competition. It was previously forseen that a Victorian club would fold or merge thus providing the way for a licence being made available. Fitzroy was seen as the strongest candidate to lose it's licence, due to it's financial problems, but the rescue of Fitzroy by the Nauru consortium means that there is no easily forseeable entry for Port Adelaide.

Another issue to be resolved is that of Port Adelaide's guernsey design and logo. Unlike the other expansion teams, Port has an already existing history - that of a black and white vertically striped guernsey and a Magpie logo. These however are already 'owned' by Collingwood in the AFL. Port is meant to have already registered 6 names as possibilities, including the Pirates, and the Raiders, whilst they are likely to retain black and white as their colours but add silver in addition. Port has been named as the NEXT team to join the AFL, but has to wait until at least 1997 for this to be accomplished. They have revealed their name as "Port Power".

4.19
Statistical Trivia from the AFL (and VFL)

4.20
Origin of St Kilda's Crest on their Uniform

Round 5, 1933 St Kilda vs North Melbourne. Nine Saints players are seriously injured during the game. They eventually finish the game with only 15 men on the ground, many still injured. Despite this managed to hang on for a 97 to 83 win. Emotional officials pin badges of recognition on the survivors guernseys. Badge is now incorporated into uniform.

4.21
Fitzroy Win Wooden Spoon AND Premiership in Same Year

1916 - Five of the nine VFL clubs go into recess due to the continuation of World War I. This leaves only Carlton, Collingwood, Richmond and Fitzroy to play a 12 round season. Fitzroy end season on the bottom of the Premiership Ladder with a 2-9-1 record. A final Four system is in use and so Fitzroy still gets to play in the Finals. Producing a remarkable form reversal, Fitzroy win all three finals matches to become Premiers, defeating Carlton in the Grand Final 85 to 56.

4.22
AFL Attendances

In 1994, the average size of a crowd at an AFL game was 28,615. In total, there were 16 games during the season that had attendances of more than 50,000 people.

The record crowd for an Australian Rules Football Game was the 1970 VFL Grand Final between Carlton and Collingwood at the MCG. It drew a crowd of 121,696. Subsequent modifications to the MCG mean that this figure is unlikely to be broken, due to a more restricted capacity.


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