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Highlights through the years

 
A snapshot of the Southport Australian Football Club's  journey from 1961 through to the present day. Visit the Memorable Moments section of the website for more detailed recounts of these events.
 

1961

The first meeting, first match,
first premiership.
 

1963

Southport players shine in successful representative programand 2000 attend junior Grand Finals.
 

1965

Thirteen game winning streak.
 

1967

Southport appoints twenty-year-old Ken Best
as coach, the Green Tin Shed.
 

1969

Max Nowlan – Southport’s first ex-VFL/AFL player, Captain Coach Bob Burke breaks all goal-kicking records.
 

1971

Reserve grade and the GCJAFL commences.
Dave Burns – 100 games.
 

1973


Media Interest Soars.
Eastman joins Hillis as former VFL Magpies.
 

1975

Undefeated Premiership achieved in emphatic fashion and Bill Ryan arrives. Headlines grabbed for all the wrong reasons.
 

1977

Three premierships in a row, Clark kicks
100 from a Half Forward Flank.

1979

Opening of the new Owen Park clubhouse,
another senior and reserves premierships.
 

1981

Magpies seek entry to the
QAFL and a grand final loss.
 

1983

Southport enters QAFL and first QAFL Grand Final win.
 

1985

Grand Final Triumph.
 

1987

Gary Dempsey the Joe Grant Medal Winner.
 

1989

The Wally Fankhauser donation, new home
ground and Grand Final win.
 

1991

A Grand Final Loss.

 

1993

Pokies Arrive. 
 

1995

Brisbane Bears ace Nigel Lappin played
a game for Southport
.
 

1997

Southport wins Grand Final on home ground for the first time.
 

1999

Undefeated Champions.
 

2001

Scott Lawton replaces Jason Cotter, Sharks minor premiers.
 

2003

Sharks near miss for Grand Final.
 
 

2005

Revenge for the Sharks.
 

2007

Topsy-turvy season follows Crowley’s
successful debut stint in charge.
 

2009

Southport looses to Mt Gravatt
in the preliminary final.
 
 
 

1962

First matches against QANFL clubs, representative match
at the Gabba
and first Southport junior.
 

1964

Owen Park – A Home for the Magpies,
1964 Premiership.
 

1966

Undefeated Premiers, Southport Cheer Girls make their mark.
 

1968

Ken Best recruited by Collingwood,
Night football is played at Owen Park.
 

1970

Collingwood recruit another Gold Coast Magpie, wild brawls at Salk Oval as the Magpies fight to make the finals.

 

1972

Southport establish a home at the Pacific Hotel,
Magpie administrators stand firm.
 

1974

Inconsistency and injury see Magpies flogged by Lions,
Busch departs and Mackenzie and Fankhauser team up.
 

1976

Record winning streak sparks debate
about entry into the QAFL.
 

1978

Zane Taylor lays claim to the title of best footballer in Queensland, a near miss for fourth premiership.
 

1980

McGuane and Stewart arrive, the first major sponsor and another premiership.
 

1982

Dare joins the Magpies and Southport prepares for
the move to the state’s premier competition.
 

1984

Southport are preliminary finalists.
 

1986

An unexpected defeat.
 

1988

A Grand Final Loss.

 

1990

The season to beat all seasons.
 

1992

Unbeaten Premiers

 

1994

For the first time, Southport were bundled
out of the finals in straight sets.
 

1996

Danny Brennan the new Coach.
 

1998

Jason Cotter takes the reigns.
 

2000

Sharks complete premiership hat trick.
 

2002

Tragedy: Billy Hardy killed in the Bali terrorist attack.

 

2004

Ben McEntee  the first player to kick 100 goals
for Southport in State League.

 

2006

Craig Crowley in charge of the State’s most
powerful and successful club.
 

2008

Magnificent late comeback to win grand
final against Morningside.

 

2010

Craig Crowley resigned as coach, Sharks
lost the preliminary final to Morningside.
 
For further information on any of these events visit the Memorable Moments section of this website.