While Port Adelaide had by far the largest supporter base in South Australia, it could not compete with the SANFL's offer of a composite club and the use of Football Park, and in November 1990, following a legal battle, the AFL announced the Adelaide Football Club had been granted a licence and would enter the competition in 1991.The Adelaide Crows debuted in 1991 wearing the state colours of navy blue, red and yellow.Behind posts: Behind posts have generally been coloured red in South Australia, as opposed to white elsewhere.Goalkicker listings: Match reports in South Australia generally list goals and behinds scored by player, whereas elsewhere in Australia goals only are generally shown.In fact, after a match between Port Adelaide and Kensington in 1873, it was remarked that neither side understood the rules clearly, and there was uncertainty over which team had won.
In 1981 the VFL rejected a SANFL bid to enter a composite South Australian team to its competition.
While the Adelaide Crows enjoyed crowds of over 40,000 every week and dominated local media coverage, crowds at local SANFL matches suffered substantially.
In 1990, Woodville and West Torrens had merged to form Woodville-West Torrens Football Club.
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