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Plympton Football Club History

The Plympton Football Club (the Bulldogs)  was founded in 1937 by local resident, Mr Robert McGhee, formerly of Victoria. The red and black colours were chosen as RP McGhee was an Essendon supporter. The Club emblem became a Bulldog after a local member came across a Bulldog cut-out during a shed cleanout.


From a humble beginning in a green galvanised iron shed in the north east corner of the oval, the club progressed to a volunteer hand made grey brick structure in the early 50's, which served the club loyally until 1979 when the current premises were opened. The building of the new complex incorporated spacious changerooms and large clubroom facilities. The clubroom is over 400 square metres comprising of modern bar and kitchen facilities, stage area and newly built pergola to provide shelter during winter and summer months.

The club has played in the Glenelg District Association, the Glenelg South West Football Association, the Glenelg West Football Association, the South Metropolitan Football League, the Southern Football League, the South Australian Football Association and is currently affiliated with the South Australian Amatuer Football League. Only one team was fielded in 1937, but since then as many as four senior teams have been fielded. For some years now three senior teams have been in operation.


The first under age team to be fielded was in 1956 when an U15's competition was introduced. Since then there has always been some form of underage competition ranging from U12's up to U18's. 1998 saw the establishment of the Metro South Junior Football League. Plympton fielded two teams, U9's and U11's in that first year and currently field eight teams ranging from U8s up to U18s. Many premierships and regular finals appearances have been a feature of our involvement in this junior competition.


At the 'A' Grade level Plympton have won thirteen premierships, and are currently the reigning Div 4 premiers as are our "B" grade team. This premiership resulted in the club being promoted to Division 3. Prior to this the Club won the Div 5 premiership only 2 years before. Before these 2 premierships the last premiership was back in back in 1989, which was the last of three in a row in the Southern Football League. Along the way Plympton has produced many players who have gone on to play in the SANFL, mainly with Glenelg, West Adelaide and South Adelaide. The most notable player being Scott Salisbury who played 250 league games and captained Glenelg, he was also an All Australian representative. Scott is Managing Director of Scott Salisbury Homes who is currently the club's Major Sponsor.


In 2006 former Plympton Junior Footballer, Bryce Gibbs was the number 1 AFL Draft Pick and picked up by Carlton. In 2010 he was joined at Carlton by another former Bulldog, Patrick McCarty via the pre-season draft. Cameron Hitchcock was recruited by Port Adelaide as a rookie and has been elevated to the senior list for 2011. Christain Howard, a former Bulldog junior was picked up by the Western Bulldogs in 2009. Our goal is to continue to produce league footballers in the future and also add to our eleven 'A' Grade premierships.

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