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 team entered the United Church Association’s ‘B’ Division wearing chocolate and blue guernseys with blue knickers, and capped off their first season with a Premiership. Today, over 90 years since that meeting and with a rich history since, the Flinders Park Football Club continues to thrive as a football force in the Adelaide Footy League and has added cricket and netball branches to become a club of choice in Adelaide’s western suburbs.
2023 FPFC Executive Committee
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.
Our Modern Day Legacy
In 2023 Flinders Park has senior men’s football teams competing in Division 3, 3 Reserves and C3 of the Adelaide Footy League (AdFL), as well as senior women’s football in Division 4. We offer junior football at all levels of SANFL Juniors for boys from Under 8 to Under 17.5, and field two girls teams at under 15 and under 17.5 level to have one of the strongest junior football footprints in the state.
Our A Grade cricketers were A2 Premiers in 2019/2020 and now complete in the A2 competition in the Adelaide Turf Cricket Association (ATCA), with teams in the B2, LO3, Under 18 Division 1 and Under 16 Division 2 grades also. Our junior cricket presence has been strengthening in recent years and we now enter multiple teams at Under 10, Under 12 and Under 14 levels of the the Western Suburbs Junior Cricket Association (WSJCA).
In 2015 we established our first Flinders Park netball teams competing in the South Australian United Church Netball Association (SAUCNA) and have since seen the program expanding at a rapid rate and Premiership successes right across the grades. In 2022 we have some 7 teams taking the court for both the summer and winter seasons.”