A club with a colourful history, West Adelaide was formed around 1892 wearing red, white and blue switching to the old Adelaide Football club colours of red and black when it joined the South Australian Football Association in 1897.
The club won two parklands premierships prior to 1897 and has since collected nine SANFL League premierships. Added to these highlights are two Champions of Australia titles against Essendon and Carlton, 2 SANFL Cup Premierships 1985 & 1987 and the first SANFL club to win the National Foxtel Cup premiership in 2013. Boasting 14 Magarey Medal winners and 136 State Players, the Bloods also lay claim to some of the greatest names in SA Football history. Club legends like Dick Head, Bruce McGregor, Neil Kerley and Brian Faehse donned the Red and Black.
Then there are the colourful characters like Jack Broadstock and Doug Thomas as well as greats like Fos Williams, Grant Fielke, Tony Modra, Mark Mickan and Shaun Rehn. We have a 4 time Ken Farmer Medallist in Adam Richardson and the club holds the honour of having the first Brownlow Medal winner from SA in Bernie Smith. This award has since been won by Westies Adam Cooney and of course Mark Ricciuto.
Champions of Australia – 1908, 1911
Foxtel Cup Champions – 2013
SANFL Premiers – 1908, 1909, 1911, 1912, 1927, 1947, 1961, 1983, 2015
Runners Up – 1922, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1991, 2003, 2012
We’re a happy team at Westies,
We’re the mighty fighting Bloods,
We love our club and we play to win,
Riding the bumps with a grin,
Come what may you’ll find us striving,
Team work is the thing that counts,
All for one and one for all,
The way we play at Westies
We are the mighty fighting Bloods!