Sydney University Australian National Football Club
(SUANFC) claims to have been founded in 1863 and to be the oldest Australian rules football
club in New South Wales
. However, this claim is based on the club being a spin-off from Sydney University Football Club
, Australia's oldest rugby union
club, which experimented which Australian rules in its early years. SUANFC did not play its first official game until 1887.
Sydney University currently fields six teams in the Sydney AFL
competition: Premier Division (Seniors), Division 1 (Reserves), Division 2 (Blues), Division 3 (Reds), Division 5 (Golds) and Under 18 Premier Division (Colts). The Students won the Sydney AFL division one premiership in 2005. In 2007, the firsts and reserves were promoted to the premier division in Sydney Football, and a fifth team was included, in division two.
All told, the Students have participated in Sydney football's elite competition for a total of 28 seasons, in four separate stints. In the 10 seasons from 1948 to 1957, the side managed the ignominious "achievement" of four "wooden spoons" and two second last finishes, with seventh place out of 10 clubs in 1954 its best return.
The next stint between 1962 and 1968 was scarcely any more auspicious, but the Students' involvement in the Sydney District Football Association (the word "District" was later dropped from the title) between 1971 and 1987... Read More