North Adelaide (Hotham)
Hotham Football Club is believed to have been formed in 1881. Six years later the club was accorded senior status in the SAFA, along with Gawler and West Adelaide. Hotham finished fifth out of seven clubs in its debut season. At a meeting held in March 1888 it was agreed to combine forces with a local junior club, Ariel, and to compete under the name North Adelaide. The club again ran fifth out of seven in 1888, and a couple of months prior to the start of the 1889 season there were proposals to amalgamate with SAFA newcomers Medindie, which had finished last in its debut season of 1888. However, at the eleventh hour a completely different arrangement was brokered involving an ostensible merger with Adelaide, although this was probably better described as a takeover in that the merged club retained Adelaide’s name and colours.