Explore the SANFL History Footy Trail

A seven-metre wide panoramic photo of Adelaide Oval in AFL mode is among the eye-catching exhibits at the Our Footy, Our People, Our Stories exhibition, currently being held at the State Library of South Australia. Adelaide Oval Football Tours are also part of the SANFL History Footy Trail currently happening across Adelaide. Picture: Sarah Reed

A trail of football history is happening in Adelaide with a number of unique exhibitions for footy fans to explore.

Already, more than 23,000 people have experienced the Our Footy, Our People, Our Stories exhibition since it opened in June at the State Library of South Australia.

Our Footy, Our People, Our Stories captures 145 years of great moments and achievements of the SANFL and runs until October 16.

Coinciding with the State Library exhibition are events at the Migration Museum, Adelaide Oval and the National Wine Centre of Australia.


Thousands of visitors have already flocked to the Our Footy, Our People, Our Stories – 145 years of the SANFL exhibition since it opened at the State Library of SA in June. Picture: Sarah Reed

Migration Museum

In a first for SANFL History, the Migration Museum has curated an exhibition to capture the stories of South Australian footballers who either came to Australia as migrants or were children to parents born overseas.

The featured players highlight the diverse migration backgrounds of players and their families and the contribution they have made to the national game.

The display includes a slideshow of players in the Multicultural Team of the Century and memorabilia from former North Adelaide and Hawthorn player Bohdan Jaworskj and West Torrens’ Peter Phillipou, father of West Torrens and Footscray player Sam and grandfather of 2022 top AFL Draft Prospect Mattaes.

The SANFL History display at the Migration Museum runs until October.

Adelaide Oval Football Tours

Football Tours of historic Adelaide Oval are offered each year during the football season, but for a limited time, tours providing rare access to the SANFL Chairman’s Room and 128-year Magarey Medal collection, also are available as part of the Footy Trail.

The 90-minute Football Tour is available on selected Sundays, starting at 10am. This includes*:

  • SANFL Chairman’s Room and collection of Magarey Medals
  • Leigh Whicker Room
  • Visitor team changerooms
  • Cahill McLeod Rooms
  • Football Media Centre

To book the Football Tour, visit http://www.adelaideoval.com.au/tours/

and select ‘Football Tours’ for this special experience. All participants will receive an Adelaide Oval souvenir on completion of the tour. Information and bookings for other tour options at Adelaide Oval can also be booked here.

*Please be advised that all locations are subject to availability based on the operational activity of the stadium. The Sunday tour will not be available during the SANFL Finals Series.

National Wine Centre of Australia

An exhibition of the work of Lionel Coventry, a prolific artist and cartoonist in the mid-20th Century is now open at the National Wine Centre of Australia, corner of Botanic and Hackney roads, Adelaide.

Coventry’s 33,000-plus published caricatures featured well know identities – especially from football and cricket – as well as people from the wine industry and academia.

The Coventry exhibition is open daily from 10am to 5pm.


Lionel Coventry’s caricatures are now on display at the National Wine Centre.

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