1927 as Flinders Park Methodist - Renamed Flinders Park in 1933
Red, navy blue and gold
On the 15th of March 1927 a community meeting was held and as a result the Flinders Park Methodist Church Football Club was born. The new team to the United Church Association's 'B' Division wore a chocolate and blue guernsey with blue knickers, and capped off their first season with a Premiership. Since then, the Flinders Park history spans over some nine decades and has seen the club compete in five different leagues and associations. We boasts the unique distinction of having claimed at least one senior grade Premiership in each of them.
The club began life in 1927 as Flinders Park Methodist, competing in the United Churches Football Association. Our six season stint in this competition yielded a premiership every year but one, and so in 1933 the club sought a sterner challenge by applying to join the South Australian Amateur Football League. The application proved successful but the initial foray into the SAAFL proved disastrous, as after just a single season the club was expelled because of bad behaviour on the part of our supporters. The 1934 season saw the Reds fronting up in the Adelaide and Suburban Football League where we would remain until 1946; the season that saw them claim their second senior grade Premiership in the competition.
In 1947 and 1948 Flinders Park was a member of the West Torrens District Football Association, and we enjoyed premiership success in both years. The club’s second stint in the SAAFL began in 1949 and on this occasion there were no supporter-related problems. Over the ensuing three decades the Reds made their way steadily up the SAAFL’s grading ladder, and by the mid-1970s we were fielding the strongest teams in our history, as evidenced by the feat of winning back to back premierships in A1 Grade in 1976 and 1977. The 1978 season saw the creation of a new competition, the South Australian Football Association (SAFA), which was intended to be the second tier of organised football in the state. As a leading amateur club, Flinders Park was invited to transfer to this competition, which we did and were able to claim senior grade premierships in both of our first two seasons. We later added a third in 1981, and a fourth and last in 1983. At the end of the 1995 season the SAFA disbanded with most of its member clubs, including Flinders Park, transferring to the SAAFL. There we had an immediate impact winning a division four flag in our first season.
In 2019 Flinders Park has senior men's football A and B grade teams competing in Division 3 and 3 Reserves of the Adelaide Footy League, C grade at C3 level, and a Senior Colts team competing in the Under 18.5 Red division. We are thrilled in 2019 to field our first ever senior women's football team also in Division 5 of the SA Women's Football League, and we offer junior football at all levels of SANFL Juniors for boys as well as two girls teams at under 12 and under 16 level to boast one of the strongest junior administrations in metropolitan Adelaide.
Also part of the club are the Flinders Park Cricket Club competing in the Adelaide Turf Cricket Association's A2, B2, and LO1 senior levels, with juniors in the Western Suburbs Junior Cricket Association.
In 2015 we were proud to establish our first Flinders Park netball teams competing in the South Australian United Church Netball Association right across the grades, and we have expanded at a rapid rate from the inaugural two winter teams in 2015 and now enter some seven senior teams for summer 2018/19 and six during winter 2019.