1906 - 1910
AUFC 1906-1910 - THE EARLY YEARS
The first team to truly represent the AUFC began competing in the Adelaide and Suburban Association in 1906 with H.W.D. Stoddart as captain and T.H. Donnelly as vice-captain. This Association was already in existence when joined by the 'Varsity and the other five teams competing at the time were Portland Imperial, Semaphore Central, Norwood II, West Suburban and Prospect. University finished out of the four.
During the year a match was also played against Melbourne’s Scotch College on Adelaide Oval and the team was defeated 5.8 to 4.9.
During 1907 the Club again competed in the Adelaide and Suburban Association which now consisted of ten teams (West Torrens 11, South Adelaide 11, North Adelaide 11, Sturt II, and West Adelaide were the new sides with West Suburban becoming non-existent). University finished ninth with only one win after ten of the eleven rounds. West Adelaide finished bottom.
In the programme at this time with one round oil for the SA vs Vic. League match and one round off for the International Lacrosse which was then a major sport. Finals consisted of the Minor Premiers playing the third side and the second side playing the fourth side. The winners of these games then played off to decide the Premiership with the proviso that if the ultimate winner was not the Minor Premiers then a final challenge match could be played.
During the three years 1908-19 10 the Club existed in name only and except for the annual match against Me1hot~rnc University did not compete at all. This of course put the Club at a disadvantage in these matches as the team was basically a scratch side whilst Melbourne University was admitted to the VFL in 1908 after being Premiers of their Metropolitan Association for the previous two years.
Prominent players of this period were H.W.D. Stoddart, P.H. Donnellv. C.E. Dolling, W.A.V. and CF.Drew.