Formed early in April 1877, the Bankers Football Club was one of the founder members a few weeks later of the South Australian Football Association. Unfortunately, the club appears to have been signally lacking in playing talent, and proved to be considerably weaker than all of the other teams. It lost every one of the 15 matches it contested in 1877, and managed to score just 4 goals while conceding 31. Moreover, it would probably be fair to suggest that the club was not taken particularly seriously, either by the other clubs in the Association, or by the public at large. At the end of the 1877 season ‘Marlborough’, writing in ‘The Advertiser’, strongly implied that the Bankers club was something of an embarrassment, and expressed the hope “that no efforts will be made to establish it next season”. The writer got his wish as, shortly afterwards, Bankers disbanded.
1 The South Australian Register (supplement), 3/10/1877, page 2.