1887 SAFA season

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1887 SAFA premiership season
Norwood Football Club 1887.jpg
10th SAFA season
Pictured above is the 1887 premiership team.
Teams 7
Premiers Norwood
(7th premiership)
Matches played 55
Highest attendance 11,000 (Round 8, Norwood vs. Port Adelaide)
Leading goalkicker Alf Bushby
Port Adelaide (25 goals)
1886
1888

The 1887 South Australian Football Association season was the 11th season of the top-level Australian rules football competition in South Australia.

1887 saw Gawler, Hotham and West Adelaide join the SAFA with the last of those bearing no relation to the modern day West Adelaide Bloods.

Premiership Season[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Round 1
Saturday, 7 May (3:10 pm) Adelaide 7.19 (7) def. Hotham 3.7 (3) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 1,500) [1][2]
Saturday, 7 May (3:25 pm) Norwood 9.23 (9) def. West Adelaide 0.0 (0) Kensington Oval [3]
Saturday, 7 May (Time pm) Port Adelaide 12.28 (12) def. Gawler 0.1 (0) Alberton Oval (crowd: 800) [4][5]
Bye: South Adelaide

Round 2[edit]

Round 2
Saturday, 14 May (Time pm) Adelaide 3.12 (3) drew with South Adelaide 3.4 (3) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 2,300) [6]
Saturday, 14 May (Time pm) Port Adelaide 3.22 (3) def. West Adelaide 0.2 (0) Alberton Oval (crowd: 600) [7]
Saturday, 14 May (3:15 pm) Norwood 6.14 (6) def. Hotham 0.2 (0) Kensington Oval [8]
Bye: Gawler

Round 3[edit]

Round 3
Saturday, 21 May (3:15 pm) Port Adelaide 3.4 (3) drew with Norwood 3.7 (3) Alberton Oval (crowd: 3,000) [9]
Saturday, 21 May (3:10 pm) South Adelaide 9.21 (9) def. Hotham 6.5 (6) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 1,000) [10]
Saturday, 21 May (3:10 pm) Adelaide 9.21 (9) def. West Adelaide 0.1 (0) Kensington Oval (crowd: 100) [11]
Bye: Gawler

Round 4[edit]

Round 4
Saturday, 28 May (3:04 pm) South Adelaide 7.11 (7) drew with Norwood 7.11 (7) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 3,000) [12][13]
Saturday, 28 May (3:25 pm) West Adelaide 3.12 (3) drew with Gawler 3.4 (3) Kensington Oval [14][15]
Saturday, 28 May Port Adelaide 7.15 (7) def. Hotham 1.6 (1) Alberton Oval (crowd: 300) [16][17]
Bye: Adelaide

Adelaide were on an interstate trip to Victoria to play their first ever game on the MCG.

Round 5[edit]

Round 5
Saturday, 4 June (3:25 pm) South Adelaide 5.20 (5) def. West Adelaide 1.8 (1) Kensington Oval [18]
Saturday, 4 June (3:15 pm) Norwood 7.15 def. Hotham 1.5 Adelaide Oval [19]
Saturday, 4 June (3:30 pm) Gawler 0.0 (0) def. by Port Adelaide 3.14 (3) Gawler Oval (crowd: 150) [20]
Bye: Adelaide

Round 6[edit]

Round 6
Saturday, 11 June (3:00 pm) Adelaide 2.11 (2) def. by Port Adelaide 4.6 (4) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 4,000) [21]
Saturday, 11 June (3:25 pm) Hotham 2.5 (2) drew with West Adelaide 2.4 (2) Kensington Oval [22]
Saturday, 11 June Gawler 1.2 (1) def. by South Adelaide 9.23 (9) Gawler Oval (crowd: 75) [23][24]
Bye: Norwood

Round 7[edit]

Round 7
Saturday, 18 June (3:16 pm) Norwood 8.21 (8) def. West Adelaide 1.1 (1) Adelaide Oval [25]
Saturday, 18 June (3:35 pm) South Adelaide 5.18 (5) def. Hotham 4.2 (4) Kensington Oval (crowd: 200) [26]
Saturday, 18 June (3:30 pm) Gawler 0.4 (0) def. by Adelaide 8.15 (8) Gawler Oval [27]
Bye: Port Adelaide

Round 8[edit]

Round 8
Monday, 20 June (3:00 pm) Norwood 6.16 (6) def. Port Adelaide 4.3 (4) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 11,000) [28]
  • The match was under the patronage of the Chinese Commissioners to the Jubilee Exhibition General Wong Yang Ho and Console-General Yu Chiung.[29]
  • The match attendance of approximately 11,000 was the largest in South Australian football history at the time.

Round 9[edit]

Round 9
Saturday, 25 June (3:00 pm) Adelaide 1.3 (1) def. by Norwood 5.15 (5) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 4,500) [30]
Saturday, 25 June (Time pm) Port Adelaide 6.17 (6) def. Hotham 2.5 (2) Alberton Oval (crowd: 300) [31]
Saturday, 25 June (Time pm) South Adelaide 8.20 (8) def. West Adelaide 2.5 (2) Kensington Oval (crowd: 250) [32]
Bye: Gawler

Round 10[edit]

Round 10
Saturday, 2 July (3:00 pm) South Adelaide 2.4 (2) def. by Norwood 6.6 (6) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 3,500) [33][34]
Saturday, 2 July (3:10 pm) Port Adelaide 3.10 (3) def. by Adelaide 4.1 (4) Alberton Oval (crowd: 1,000) [35]
Saturday, 2 July (3.22 pm) West Adelaide 0.3 (0) def. by Gawler 1.8 (1) Kensington Oval (crowd: Attendance) [36]
Bye: Hotham

Round 11[edit]

Round 11
Saturday, 23 July (3:15 pm) Adelaide 3.12 (3) drew with South Adelaide 3.9 (3) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 2,000) [37]
Saturday, 23 July (Time pm) Hotham 5.11 (5) def. West Adelaide 0.4 (0) Kensington Oval [38]
Saturday, 23 July (3:11 pm) Port Adelaide 4.1 (4) drew with Norwood 4.8 (4) Alberton Oval (crowd: 3,500) [39]
Bye: Gawler

Round 12[edit]

Round 12
Saturday, 30 July (3:15 pm) Adelaide 5.16 (5) def. Hotham 0.3 (0) Kensington Oval (crowd: 150) [40][41]
Saturday, 30 July (3:30 pm) Gawler 1.4 (1) def. by Norwood 7.15 (7) Gawler Oval (crowd: 350) [42]
Saturday, 30 July (3:21 pm) South Adelaide 6.8 (6) def. by Port Adelaide 8.3 (8) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 2,500) [43]
Bye: West Adelaide

Round 13[edit]

Round 13
Saturday, 6 August (3:06 pm) Adelaide 4.8 (4) def. Norwood 2.13 (2) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 4,000) [44]
Saturday, 6 August (3:20 pm) Port Adelaide 11.29 (11) def. West Adelaide 1.3 (1) Alberton Oval (crowd: 200) [45][46]
Saturday, 6 August (3:30 pm) South Adelaide 3.13 (3) drew with Hotham 3.4 (3) Kensington Oval (crowd: 200) [47][48]
Bye: Gawler

Round 14[edit]

Round 14
Saturday, 13 August (3:15 pm) Port Adelaide 6.14 (6) def. Adelaide 2.9 (2) Alberton Oval (crowd: 3,000) [49]
Saturday, 13 August (3:00 pm) South Adelaide 16.27 (16) def. Gawler 2.3 (2) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 400) [50][51]
Saturday, 13 August (3:30 pm) Norwood 14.26 (14) def. West Adelaide 0.0 (0) Kensington Oval (crowd: 200) [52]
Bye: Hotham

Round 15[edit]

Round 15
Saturday, 20 August (3:08 pm) Norwood 5.11 (5) def. Port Adelaide 2.9 (2) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 8,000) [53]
Saturday, 20 August South Adelaide 4.20 (4) drew with Hotham 4.7 (4) Kensington Oval (crowd: 100) [54]
Bye: Gawler, West Adelaide, Adelaide

Round 16[edit]

Round 16
Saturday, 27 August (3:00 pm) South Adelaide 7.5 (7) def. Norwood 5.6 (5) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 3,000) [55][56]
Saturday, 27 August (3:25 pm) Adelaide 4.17 (4) def. Hotham 1.9 (1) Kensington Oval [57][58]
Saturday, 27 August (3:15 pm) Port Adelaide 17.27 (17) def. West Adelaide 2.0 (2) Alberton Oval (crowd: 200) [59][60]
Bye: Gawler

Port Adelaide's score of 17.27 (17) was the highest total ever at the time in South Australian league football.

Round 17[edit]

Round 17
Thursday, 1 September (3:08 pm) Adelaide 1.2 (1) def. by South Adelaide 6.2 (6) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 2,500) [61]

Round 18[edit]

Round 18
Saturday, 3 September Port Adelaide 11.11 (11) def. South Adelaide 4.8 (4) Alberton Oval (crowd: 2,000) [62]
Saturday, 3 September (3:15 pm) Adelaide 7.20 (7) vs. Gawler 1.4 (1) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 100) [63]
Saturday, 3 September Norwood 14.20 (14) def. West Adelaide 0.1 (0) Kensington Oval (crowd: 100) [64]
Bye: Hotham

Round 19[edit]

Round 19
Saturday, 10 September Norwood 8.23 (8) def. Hotham 0.4 (0) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 1,000) [65]
Saturday, 10 September (3:20 pm) Adelaide 4.21 (4) def. West Adelaide 3.3 (3) Kensington Oval [66][67]
Bye: Port Adelaide, South Adelaide, Gawler

Round 20[edit]

Round 20
Saturday, 17 September Adelaide 4.7 (4) def. by Port Adelaide 5.12 (5) Adelaide Oval [68]
Bye: South Adelaide, Norwood, Gawler, Hotham, West Adelaide

Ladder[edit]

1887 SAFA Ladder
TEAM P W L D GF BF GA BA
1 Norwood 18 12 2 4 119 257 40 73
2 Port Adelaide 17 12 3 2 110 220 46 103
3 Adelaide 16 9 4 3 67 195 43 109
4 South Adelaide 17 8 5 4 102 221 72 101
5 Hotham 15 3 10 2 37 98 77 227
6 Gawler 11 1 9 1 13 48 72 197
7 West Adelaide 16 1 13 2 18 52 114 288
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, GF = Goals For, BF = Behinds For, GA = Goals Against, BA = Behinds Against, (P) = Premiers [69]

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