The Adelaide Crows, also known as the Adelaide Football Club, is an Aussie Rules footy club located in Adelaide, South Australia. Since their establishment, they have developed into one of the most successful and respected AFL clubs out there.
Adelaide Crows Information
Home Ground(s): AAMI Stadium
Colours: Navy Blue, Red, Gold, White
Number of Premierships Won: 2 (1997, 1998)
Number of Minor Premierships Won: 1 (2005)
Established in 1990, the Adelaide Crows played their first AFL season in 1991. Though the team got off to a relatively good start, they just missed out on the Finals in their first two seasons. This was soon to change as they made their first Finals in 1993 after a turbulent home and away season. Though they easily slipped through in the first playoff round, they were not able to earn a place in the Grand Final match after a disappointing loss to the Essendon Bombers.
1997 and 1998, fondly known as the Premiership years, was one of the team’s most productive periods. Malcolm Blight took over as coach and led the team to a 13-9 home and away season. They then went on to become the first AFL team in history to win four consecutive finals to claim their first Premiership. The team followed up their 1997 success with another 13-9 home and away season in 1998. It was enough to earn them a spot in the Finals after placing fifth on the ladder. Though they didn’t go undefeated through the Finals, the Crows did put on an impressive performance that culminated in a 24-point comeback and 35-point victory against the North Melbourne Kangaroos. It was the Crows’ second and last Premiership title to date.
Since then, the team has had its ups and downs. Though they have competed in eight of the last nine finals series, including every single finals series since 2005, the club has not been able to repeat the Premiership success of 1997-98. 2010 saw the Adelaide Crows get off to one of its worst starts in club history, going 0-6 in the first six rounds.
Emblem, Colours & Guernseys
The team emblem is the head of a crow with the team moniker directly below. The whole emblem is done up in the team’s colours of navy blue, red, gold, and white.
The home guernseys – worn at all home fixtures, selected away games, and all Grand Finals matches – is a navy blue shirt with alternating red and gold stripes. It has gold accents around the arms and neck, and is worn with navy blue shorts. The clash (away) guernsey is mostly white with navy blue stripes down the sides and curved accents in club colours across the front and back. It’s worn with white shorts.
The Adelaide Crows call AAMI Stadium home. It holds over 51,500 screaming Crows supporters and also acts as the team’s training grounds.
As the Crows are such a popular AFL team, they have a wide fan base that stretches across Australia. In fact, in 2006, the team set a membership record for being the first team in VFL/AFL history to have over 50,000 members. This was a record they broke the following year when they signed up 50,146 members. You too can become a member of the Adelaide Crows as they’re offering plenty of packages that include tickets to all of their home fixtures, exclusive merchandise, invitations to special events, newsletters, vouchers, and weekly email updates among other members only perks.
Claude ‘Curls’ Crow is the team mascot for the Adelaide Crows. He’s a formidable bird named after famed Crows’ player Neil Kerley.
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The 2010 home and away season hasn’t been that kind to the Crows and sees them sitting in the number ten position on the ladder. A Top 8 wager seems unlikely; so does a Wooden Spoon bet. However, be sure to back the Crows on any home fixture, as they’re unstoppable on the home ground. To bet on AFL matches, get to Ladbrokes.com.au. Betting at this top online sportsbook is quick, easy, and offers Adelaide Crows fans the best possible odds on all of their AFL matches.