1961196219631964196519661967196819691970197119721973197419751976197719781979198019811982
 

From humble beginnings, the Southport Australian Football Club grew...

 

The following is an in-depth look at the Southport Shark's history from 1961 through to 1982. This was an exciting time for the Club marked by a multitude of successes both on and off the field. Follow the historical account as it tells a tale of a small local football team that quickly grew in leaps and bounds.  

 

1961

1000 Spectators attended the first game of Australian Football on the Gold Coast between Southport and Centrals. Southport defeated Ipswich to win their first premiership.
 

1963

After a promising start the club struggled through
the later part of the season and came close to folding
over the summer.
 

1965

In spite of a 13 game winning streak the Magpies failed
to make a controversial GCAFL Grand Final attended
by 4000 fans.
 

1967

Key player departures rocked the Magpies. 20-year-old senior coach Ken Best took the club to a Grand Final loss to Surfers Paradise.
 

1969

Bob Burke kicked 24 goals in a home and away match.
The Magpies went down to Surfers Paradise.

 

1971

Burns plays 100 as Southport rebuild to finish
runners up to Palm Beach-Currumbin.
 

1973

More premiership heartbreak as Palm Beach - Currumbin repeat their 1971 success.
 

1975

Southport dominates the season. Bill Ryan,
Zane Taylor and Lindsay Fawns head an
unrivalled recruiting coup.

1977

Three premierships in a row for the
seniors and reserves as the Magpies
machine rolls on.

1979

The new Owen Park clubhouse is opened
and the more premierships flow on the field.

1981

Coolangatta too good as the Magpies
attention turns to the QAFL.
 
 

1962

Southport organised matches against Brisbane clubs to continue the rapid development of the code. Junior and school football were launched.
 

1964

Southport revitalised and Owen Park was secured for Australian Football and the Magpies. Coach Harold Peacock led a remarkable recovery to a premiership. 
 

1966

An undefeated premiership underlined a year of absolute dominance. Southport’s Terry Doyle was the first GCAFL player to kick 100 goals in a season.
 

1968

Collingwood recruits Ken Best.
Owen Park hosts the first GCAFL night match.
 
 

1970

Labrador took out their first premiership as
Southport misses the finals for the first time.
 

1972

Ian Rapkins achieved his second Magpies Best and Fairest. The Pacific Hotel became Southport AFC’s first true home.
 

1974

Alan Mackenzie and Wally Fankhauser take the reins. Magpies miss the finals for their second and last time.
 

1976

The dominance of 1975 was repeated and complimented with reserves (undefeated) and colt’s premierships. A second club championship in a row indicated the Magpies had arrived

1978

Zane Taylor lays claim to the title of best footballer in Queensland as the Magpies just fail to take their fourth premiership in succession.

1980

Five out of six as the Magpies still reign.
 
 

1982

Dare arrives as the Blues deny the Magpies
a fairytale departure from the GCAFL.