History – Football

The Ingle 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 formed.

Peter 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 ever since.

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.