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Four of the South Melbourne/Sydney Swans premiership cups on display at the 2011 Swans Hall of Fame


The South Melbourne/Sydney Swans Football Club has won five VFL/AFL premierships over the course of the League’s 116-year existence.

The club’s first premiership came in front of a crowd of 36,700 at the MCG, when South Melbourne 4.14 38 defeated Carlton 4.12 36 at the MCG on October 9, 1909. A second premiership followed in 1918 when South 9.8 62 pipped Collingwood 7.15 57 after trailing in the final minute of the Grand Final.

The Swans played four successive Grand Finals between 1933 and 1936, but captured only one flag – the premiership of 1933 – defeating Richmond by 42 points in the season decider, in what would prove to be the club’s last premiership for 72 years.

After decades of fruitless results, and a 1982 relocation north to Sydney, the longest premiership drought in the League’s history came to an end on September 24, 2005 when the Sydney Swans defeated the West Coast Eagles by four points in a nail-biting finale.

Thankfully, the Swans didn’t have to wait as long to record its fifth premiership, with a new-look line-up taking home the 2012 premiership in another classic Grand Final just seven years after the 2005 triumph. Going into the game as rank outsiders, the Swans kicked the last four goals of the match to come from behind and edge out Hawthorn by 10 points in front of a capacity crowd of 99,683.  


South Melbourne won its first VFL premiership by two points over Carlton in front of 37,600 in 1909...more


The Swans recorded their biggest Grand Final winning margin, beating Richmond by 42 points in 1933...more


The Sydney Swans won its second flag in seven years with a come from behind win over Hawthorn...more


South's second VFL flag came after a thrilling five-point win over Collingwood in the 1918 decider...more


The Sydney Swans ended the club's premiership drought in the famous 2005 Grand Final...more