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Boasting the somewhat quaint, and quite possibly unique, nickname of the Shoes, Noarlunga Football Club first surfaced at least as long ago as the 1890s, since when it has enjoyed almost continuous involvement in the Southern Football League/Association.\n\nRecords of the competition prior to world war one are scant, but once the war was over Noarlunga was quick to establish itself as a force. When the Association resumed operations in 1919, it reached the premiership deciding match, but lost to Willunga. Two years later, however, it broke through for the first of two successive flags, the second of which, against McLaren Vale, involved the only replayed grand final in SFA/L history. Further premiership triumphs in 1925 and 1926 made the 1920s far and away the most successful decade in Noarlunga’s history to date.\n\nThe 1930s, by contrast, proved a truly dire period, with the club on occasion facing a real struggle merely to survive. In 1936 and ‘37 things were so tough that it was forced to enter into a temporary merger arrangement with Morphett Vale, which like Noarlunga had fallen on hard times.\n\nThe Shoes’ fortunes did not noticeably improve after world war two, but at least the club was still in business. The seniors finally made another grand final in 1970, and scored a tense 4 point win over Reynella. Since then, the club has added four more senior grade premierships, the most recent of which was in 2001 when the reserves also went top. In 2002 the seniors again contested the grand final, but went down narrowly to Brighton District and Old Scholars.\n\nThe 2009 season saw Noarlunga’s A Grade side finish ninth, failing to qualify for the finals by a mere half a game.


John Devaney - Full Points Publications


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
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