From humble beginnings, the Southport Australian Football Club grew...


The following is an in-depth look at the Southport Shark's history from 1961 through to 1982. This was an exciting time for the Club marked by a multitude of successes both on and off the field. Follow the historical account as it tells a tale of a small local football team that quickly grew in leaps and bounds.  



1000 Spectators attended the first game of Australian Football on the Gold Coast between Southport and Centrals. Southport defeated Ipswich to win their first premiership.


After a promising start the club struggled through
the later part of the season and came close to folding
over the summer.


In spite of a 13 game winning streak the Magpies failed
to make a controversial GCAFL Grand Final attended
by 4000 fans.


Key player departures rocked the Magpies. 20-year-old senior coach Ken Best took the club to a Grand Final loss to Surfers Paradise.


Bob Burke kicked 24 goals in a home and away match.
The Magpies went down to Surfers Paradise.



Burns plays 100 as Southport rebuild to finish
runners up to Palm Beach-Currumbin.


More premiership heartbreak as Palm Beach - Currumbin repeat their 1971 success.


Southport dominates the season. Bill Ryan,
Zane Taylor and Lindsay Fawns head an
unrivalled recruiting coup.


Three premierships in a row for the
seniors and reserves as the Magpies
machine rolls on.


The new Owen Park clubhouse is opened
and the more premierships flow on the field.


Coolangatta too good as the Magpies
attention turns to the QAFL.


Southport organised matches against Brisbane clubs to continue the rapid development of the code. Junior and school football were launched.


Southport revitalised and Owen Park was secured for Australian Football and the Magpies. Coach Harold Peacock led a remarkable recovery to a premiership. 


An undefeated premiership underlined a year of absolute dominance. Southport’s Terry Doyle was the first GCAFL player to kick 100 goals in a season.


Collingwood recruits Ken Best.
Owen Park hosts the first GCAFL night match.


Labrador took out their first premiership as
Southport misses the finals for the first time.


Ian Rapkins achieved his second Magpies Best and Fairest. The Pacific Hotel became Southport AFC’s first true home.


Alan Mackenzie and Wally Fankhauser take the reins. Magpies miss the finals for their second and last time.


The dominance of 1975 was repeated and complimented with reserves (undefeated) and colt’s premierships. A second club championship in a row indicated the Magpies had arrived


Zane Taylor lays claim to the title of best footballer in Queensland as the Magpies just fail to take their fourth premiership in succession.


Five out of six as the Magpies still reign.


Dare arrives as the Blues deny the Magpies
a fairytale departure from the GCAFL.