Farm Football Club was started on the evening of September
26, 1967, when a group of interested local residents met in
a private home to discuss forming a club to play competitive
Australian Rules football. The resulting committee called
the first annual general meeting at the Valley View Progress
Association Hall on February 14, 1968 and the club was actually
Rau was elected as the first club chairman and he
continued in that role until 1969 when he was succeeded by Peter
Clee and then Fred Rodgers,
who assumed leadership in 1971.
Competing in the Central
Districts Football Association, Ingle Farm was captained coached
by ex-Central District league footballer Billy
McDonald in it's first two years, 1968 and 1969.
In the first couple of
seasons, Ingle Farm played only "away" games as it did
not have the luxury of it's own home ground. Training was
initially conducted on Greenacres Oval and later at Manor Farm.
The club's first home ground
was the Abattoirs Oval and it was used until the move to Golding
Oval in 1970. Pioneer players were "staggered"
by the facilities at Golding Oval when the SA Housing Trust
kindly donated a Nissen Hut (ex-Gepps Cross Migrant Hostel)
which actually provided them with a roof over their heads and
the miracle of running water in the showers (after the players
poured the concrete and did the plumbing).
In those early days, many
people contributed to the formation of the club and were
responsible for it's early success. Stan
Richards and Sid Williams
from the Pooraka (now Bridgeway) Hotel provided the club with
food, drink and meeting facilities. Peter
Ward worked tirelessly selling a meat raffle on
Friday and Saturday nights in the Pooraka Hotel. Stan
Condous sold beer tickets through his Kmart
delicatessen and after much lobbying Stan became the club's
chairman in 1972. The club lounge was later (and still is)
named the "Stan Condous Lounge". Together with
the then secretary Brian Hills,
Stan formed a partnership which brought the club stability,
professionalism and inspiration and both gentleman held key
positions within club for the next five years.
Brian Hills became an
inaugural director on the newly formed South Australian Football
Association (SAFA) in 1978 and as such was obviously unable to
continue his active role at Ingle Farm. The club owes a
huge debt of gratitude to both Stan and Brian. Both of
these two incredible workers where ultimately responsible for
the negotiations and planning of the new club headquarters
"Rowe Park" which was opened in 1975. Built by
the Salisbury Council and leased back to the club, the new
clubrooms provided excellent facilities including a licensed bar
and lounge. The club headquarters have been at Rowe Park
On the football field,
ex-South Adelaide footballer Reg
Richards became captain/coach in 1971 and he made a
significant contribution to the club over many years, not only
as player, leader and role model, but also as an administrator,
fundraiser and chairman of the Bulldog Vice Presidents Club.
The club played in the
Central District Association until 1974 when it transferred to
the Norwood-North Association. In 1978, the club moved to
the newly formed SAFA competition and it now competes in the
Amateur League Competition.
The Ingle Farm Football Club
was renamed the Ingle Farm Sporting
Club Inc. in March 1993 to reflect the growth
of the club which embraces a growing number of sporting
activities including senior & junior football, senior &
junior cricket, darts, eight ball, softball, golf and netball.