Footy Frontiers and Pioneers: The Origins of the Norwood-Port Adelaide Rivalry

Payneham Library - 2 Turner Street, Felixstow

The Norwood and Port Adelaide Football Clubs in the SANFL have one of the most significant and enduring rivalries in Australian sport. The Norwood Football Club and the City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters have combined for South Australia’s History Festival to present a special event to outline how, within just a few years of Norwood entering the fledgling SA football competition in 1878, the two clubs had become the nemesis of one another on and off the field.

What happened at Alberton Oval when Norwood players were refused entry to play a match? And what went down at the Imperial Hotel when players from both sides were involved in a post-match confrontation?

Chris Brown, a member of Norwood Football Club’s History Committee, will take attendees through when, where and how this unique and enduring rivalry all began.

Entry is free, however attendees are asked to make a voluntary donation on the night towards the establishment of the Redlegs Museum at Norwood Oval.

Bookings are essential.