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Sydney

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Kevin Dyson - Melbourne 1991-1995, Sydney 1996-1997


Years - 1897 - 1981 (South Melbourne) 1982- (Sydney)
Home grounds: Lake Oval, SCG, Stadium Australia
First match: Round 1, 1897 at Lake Oval

WinsDrawsLosses%
92211144.87
(to end 2016)

The first club in the area was called Emerald Hill, eventually after becoming South Melbourne in 1867 after they amalgamated with the Albert Park club. They switched back to Emerald Hill, and then to Albert Park in 1869. In 1880 they became South Melbourne again.

The Swans were Melbourne's opposition in Round 1, 1897 and enjoyed most of their success in the era before the Second World War. Master coach Norm Smith took them back to the finals in 1970, but thereafter they joined the Demons the league's easybeats for the rest of the decade.

South beat Melbourne at the MCG in every game between 1909 and 1919, then the Redlegs won every match there until 1931.

Against the wishes of a majority of their fans the Swans relocated to Sydney at the end of the 1981 season. Melbourne were one of two clubs to oppose a loan to the club to keep them afloat. Despite the objections of the Demons and Essendon the loan was granted and the side moved to the harbour city.

After a rocky start the Swans enjoyed a brief renaissance under the ownership of flamboyant Sydney doctor Geoffrey Edelsten in the mid 80's on the back of players like Warwick Capper and Greg Williams.

The departure of the good doctor, however, saw their fortunes nose dive alarmingly to the point where they were almost wound-up in the early 90's. With the club having a membership of just over 3000 Ron Barassi was lured out of retirement to help rebuild from the ground up. In 1993 they won just one match for the season, against Melbourne at the SCG but soon made their masterstroke in recruiting boom full forward Tony Lockett.

"Plugger" joined emerging players like Paul Kelly in a vastly improved Swans side that made the 1996 Grand Final. They lost and had to wait almost ten years for another shot at glory - winning the 2005 Grand Final by the narrowest of margins.

Biggest Win

MarginRoundVenue
1 107 Round 6, 1939 MCG
2 105 Round 1, 1971 MCG
3 97 Round 12, 1984 MCG
4 83 Round 15, 1991 SCG
5 76 Semi Final 1987 MCG
6 73 Round 17, 2010 MCG
7 71 Round 4, 1972 MCG
8 69 Round 13, 1927 MCG
9 67 Round 19, 1990 MCG
10 65 Round 6, 1975 MCG

Highest Score

ScoreRoundVenue
1 26.21.177 Round 15, 1991 SCG
2 27.11.173 Round 19, 1990 MCG
3 24.23.167 Round 15, 1979 MCG
3 27.5.167 Round 24, 1994 SCG
5 24.21.165 Round 1, 1971 MCG
6 25.13.163 Round 22, 1982 MCG
7 22.23.155 Round 6, 1975 MCG
8 23.15.153 Round 4, 1938 MCG
9 21.23.149 Semi Final 1987 MCG
10 22.16.148 Round 12, 1936 MCG

Biggest Loss

MarginRoundVenue
1 124 Round 17, 1986 MCG
2 116 Round 18, 1997 MCG
3 101 Round 8, 2012 SCG
4 79 Round 13, 1943 Punt Road
5 78 Round 12, 1912 MCG
6 73 Round 15, 1988 MCG
7 70 Round 10, 1978 Lake Oval
8 69 Round 1, 1977 MCG
9 68 Round 21, 1985 SCG
10 68 Round 21, 2002 MCG

Lowest Score

ScoreRoundVenue
1 0.0.8 Round 12, 1912 MCG
2 2.3.15 Round 6, 1898 MCG
3 2.7.19 Round 15, 1913 MCG
4 3.2.20 Round 8, 1897 MCG
5 3.4.22 Round 3, 1912 Lake Oval
6 3.6.24 Round 3, 1909 Lake Oval
6 3.6.24 Round 12, 1909 MCG
8 3.8.26 Round 9, 1905 MCG
9 2.15.27 Round 11, 1919 Lake Oval
9 4.3.27 Round 11, 1906 Lake Oval

Lowest Score (1980-)

ScoreRoundVenue
1 4.7.31 Round 13, 2016 MCG
2 5.7.37 Round 8, 2012 SCG
3 5.8.38 Round 7, 1996 MCG
3 5.8.38 Round 6, 2014 MCG
5 7.4.46 Round 20, 2004 Docklands
6 6.14.50 Round 17, 2009 Manuka
7 6.16.52 Round 9, 1989 SCG
7 6.16.52 Round 18, 1996 SCG
8 7.11.53 Round 18, 1997 MCG
10 8.9.57 Round 15, 1988 MCG

Shared Players

1900's

Joe Canavan
Jack Davidson
Horrie Drane
Henri Jeanneret
Harold Rippon
Norm Rippon
Ted Wade

1910's

Les Abbott
Harry Brereton
Frank Cummins
Bill Daly
Len Incigneri
Herb Joolen
Herb Matthews
Archie Pratt

1920's

Bert Lawrence
Jim Makin

1930's

Bert Avery
Fred Backway
Norm Matthews
Tom McMahon
Pat McNamara
Lou Reiffel
Jack Richardson

1940's

Billy Deans
Jack O'Keefe
Jack Quinn
Percy Taylor

1950's

Jim Dorgan
John Ferguson

1960's

Sid Catlin
Ray Dawson
Rob Dowsing
Graeme Jacobs
Terry Leahy
Herbie Matthews
Kevin Mithen
Ray Nilsson

1970's

Daryl Cumming
Stewart Gull
George Lakes

1980's

Garry Baker
Adrian Battiston
Michael Byrne
Paul Callery
Vin Catoggio
David Cordner
Jamie Duursma
Gerard Healy
Doug Koop
Shane Zantuck

1990's

Paul Bryce
Kevin Dyson
Wayne Henwood
Craig Nettelbeck

2000's

Darren Jolly

Media
"Demons Get Tough" - The Age 02/12/1981

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