For over 140 years the Swans have worn the Red and White, on many occasions defying the odds to become one of the few continuously operating football Clubs of any code in the world.
In this time there have been the bravest of men who have inspired others around them to go onto great victories, heroes who fell in war, legends who have captured the imagination of two cities and those off the field who have fought tooth and nail to ensure the Red and White would stay alive.
These people form the basis of our Club.
On July 18 2009, 100 years on from the 1909 South Melbourne victory over Carlton, in which the Swans won our first VFL (AFL) premiership, we celebrated our history and those who made it happen at our inaugural Hall of Fame event, It's In The Blood.
Twenty Club greats and three Bloods Legends made up the list of the first-ever inductees into the Swans Hall of Fame.
On 30 April, 2011, the second Swans Hall of Fame dinner was held. Another 27 former champion players and coaches were inducted, and Peter Bedford was elevated to Bloods Legend status as Bob Pratt, Bob Skilton and Paul Kelly were in 2009.
In 2012, for the first time ever, the Sydney Swans Guernsey Presentation Dinner included a number of Hall of Fame Inductions and this tradition continues today.
In 2011 we introduced the Swans Heritage Listings. Everything associated with the club from 1874 onwards is eligible for inclusion on our Heritage List from memorable moments to our home ground and emblem.
Like the Australian Heritage List however, which doesn’t recognise individuals, our Heritage List doesn’t recognise the careers of players or coaches because that is the purpose of the Hall of Fame.
“The history of our Club must be understood by our current crop of players and the best way for them to lead our Club into the future is for them to know where the Club has come from and learn more about the players who paved the way for them today” – Sydney Swans coach John Longmire.