West Adelaide

Formed 1962

The club was formed in 1962 by an amalgamation of 2 clubs, West Adelaide Soccer Club and Hellenic Athletic & Soccer Club.

They were founder members of the NSL in 1977 and competed in the NSL until 1998-99 apart from a couple of seasons from 1987 to 1989 and again in the 1990 and 1991 seasons.

West Adelaide changed their name to the West Adelaide Sharks in an attempt broaden their appeal outside their Greek base but this failed and the senior arm of the club stopped playing in 1998-99.

In 2008 after 10 years there is again a Senior club competing in the South Australian State League.

  

Kit History

Home Kits

1978

1995

2008

 
  

Away Kits

1978

 

Background

Formed 1962

The club was formed as an amalgamation between West Adelaide Soccer Club (formed 1910) and Hellenic Athletic & Soccer Club (formed 1945 as Olympic Soccer Club). Hellas was supported by the local Greek community. The almalgamated club played under the name West Adelaide Hellas, and quickly became one of the dominant clubs in the South Australian 1st Division, winning six titles from 1966-76. Joining the NSL as a foundation member in 1977, in 1978 the club became the only non-Sydney based team to win the NSL championship in the years 1977-1983, a late goal by Vic Bozanic earning a draw against local rival Adelaide City on the final day of the season, which was enough to win the title by a point from Sydney City.

From 1979 until 1986 however, the club struggled, with a best finish of seventh in 1979 for that era, and a failure to make the finals in the conference system years of 1984-86 making them a prime candidate as one of the clubs to be dumped back to the state leagues when the NSL reformed its conference system back to a single division. A three season spell in the South Australian 1st Division followed, which saw two titles and a second place finish. Re-instated to the NSL for the 1989/90 season, the club performed poorly finishing 13th, and was bumped back to the state league for another two year spell, where they won another two titles.

West Adelaide were once again re-instated into the NSL for season 1991/92, and despite another 13th place finish, the club managed to reach the finals in two of the three following seasons. During this time the club also changed its name to the Adelaide Sharks in an attempt to broaden its appeal outside its Greek migrant base. But gradually declining performances on the field, and a worsening financial situation off it, saw the club's senior arm fold at the end of 1998/99 season. The West Adelaide Juniors continued and finally in 2008 were reinstated with seniors, the West Adelaide Soccer Club are currently in the South Australian State League competition.

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