Sydney Swans

The Sydney Swans is a professional Australian rules football club, based in Sydney, New South Wales. The club competes in the Australian Football League (AFL), the sport's premier league.

Sydney Swans
Full nameSydney Swans Limited[1][2]
Former name(s)South Melbourne Football Club
Nickname(s)Swans, Swannies, Bloods
2021 season
After finals7th
Home-and-away season6th
Leading goalkickerLance Franklin (51 goals)
Bob Skilton MedalLuke Parker
Club details
Colours  Red   White
CompetitionAFL: Senior men
VFL: Reserves men
CoachAFL: John Longmire
VFL: Jeremy Laidler
AFLW: Scott Gowans
Captain(s)AFL: Callum Mills/Dane Rampe/Luke Parker
PremiershipsVFL/AFL (5)VFA (5)Reserves (4) South Melbourne in italics.
Ground(s)AFL: Sydney Cricket Ground (48,000)
VFL: Sydney Cricket Ground & Tramway Oval (1,000)
AFLW: Henson Park (30,000)
Former ground(s)Lakeside Oval (as South Melbourne Football Club)
Stadium Australia
Training ground(s)Sydney Cricket Ground & Tramway Oval, Moore Park
Other information
Current season

According to Roy Morgan Research, the Swans are a top 3 football club brand in Australia and overall most supported club in the AFL with more than a million fans.[3]

In a pioneering move in 1982 it became the first professional Australian football club to permanently relocate interstate, paving the way for what is now Australia's most popular national football competition.

The club was established in 1874 in Melbourne, Victoria. Playing as South Melbourne it participated in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) competition from 1878 before joining the breakaway Victorian Football League (VFL) as a founding member in 1897. Originally known as the "Bloods" in reference to the red colour used on players guernseys, the Swan emblem was adopted in 1933 after a journalist at the time referred to them using the moniker following a large influx of Western Australian players. It was renamed Sydney in 1983 following its relocation.

The club has 5 AFL premierships including 1909, 1918 and 1933 before experiencing a 72-year premiership drought—the longest of any team in the competition's history. This premiership drought ended with the club's 2005 Grand Final victory, which was later followed by another premiership in 2012.

The club's headquarters and training facilities are located at the Sydney Cricket Ground, which has been its playing home ground since 1982.

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