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2011 - PRESENT
A New Era
Seeking a fresh start, St Kilda relocated from Moorabbin.

A move to a new training and administration base in Seaford at the end of 2010 saw the club temporarily cut ties with their spiritual home, yet the memories of the earlier heartbreak remained.

Coach Ross Lyon’s unexpected departure to Fremantle at the end of 2011 surprised all, with the next two years under Scott Watters bearing little fruit on-field.

Champion players Brendon Goddard and Nick Dal Santo found new homes during the lull, while Luke Ball had tasted Grand Final success after a move to Collingwood in 2010.

Success was sporadic, but their knack for the miraculous endured.

There was no clearer example than in 2015, with the languishing Saints astoundingly overturning a 55-point deficit – led by Jack Billings – from midway through the third quarter to stun the Bulldogs with a record-breaking triumph.

Then a few years later, the barnstorming opening to the 2017 Maddie’s Match shocked the AFL world when the purple, white and black got 82 points ahead at half-time over that year’s eventual Premiers, Richmond.

St Kilda Football Club Vs Richmond Tigers 2017
More than red, white and black
Spud's Game - Marvel Stadium
Held in honour of Danny Frawley, the now-annual Spud's Game: Time 2 Talk puts the spotlight on reaching out to your mates and speaking up about mental health; a cause close to the late great's heart. Spud's legacy lives on through this tribute and the Danny Frawley Centre for Health & Wellbeing.
Bradley Hill During Sir Sir Doug Nicholls Round Holding an Aboriginal Flag
Sir Doug
One of the most powerful weeks on the AFL calendar, Sir Doug Nicholls Round celebrates the profound impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players and their culture have had on the game. St Kilda has worn an Indigenous-designed guernsey every year since 2014, with players and Indigenous artists creating the significant threads.
Rowan Marshall Celebrating During Maddie's Match
Purple overtook the Saints' red for Maddie's Match; a tribute game held in memory of the late Maddie Riewoldt, sister of skipper Nick. The fixture raises funds and awareness towards a cure for Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes, with over $8 million raised as of 2023.
Nick Coffield Playing in the AFL Pride Game
Celebrating the red, white, black and everything in-between. St Kilda and Sydney played host to the first ever AFL Pride Game in 2017, showcasing inclusion and diversity to make our game one for everyone, regardless of sexual identity or preference.
Carlton Football Club's Michal Jamison & St Kilda Football Club's Sean Dempster NZ ANZAC Day Game
Anzac Day
The Saints made history across the ditch with the first AFL match for Premiership points outside of Australia. The New Zealand expedition for Anzac Day was held from 2013-2015, with St Kilda wearing a Māori-inspired guernsey for all three encounters.
St Kilda Football Club's Jarryn Geary & Port Adelaide Power's Travis Boak - China Match
St Kilda again went abroad in 2019, this time taking residence at China's Jiangwan Stadium. St Kilda and Port Adelaide were set to continue the venture in Shanghai before the intervention of COVID-19 brought the fixture to a close.
One by one, the champions of old called time.

Leigh Montagna and Lenny Hayes bowed out just shy of 300 games, Stephen Milne, Justin Koschitzke and Jason Blake all went out in style in a memorable close to 2013, while Nick Riewoldt hung up the boots in 2017 as one of the all-time greats.

Under Alan Richardson, the next line came to the fore.

Jack Steven’s explosiveness won him four Trevor Barker Awards in six seasons, Jarryn Geary, David Armitage and Seb Ross were consistent warriors, while Jack Steele, Tim Membrey, Jade Gresham and Rowan Marshall were earmarked as future stars.

St Kilda Champion Retirement Gif
After 11 seasons at the helm, Riewoldt handed the reins to Jarryn Geary.

The under-the-radar backman assumed the captaincy with the weight of expectation on his shoulders. If he felt it, he certainly didn’t let it show. He was a different skipper and player to Roo – gritty and fierce more than elegant and powerful – but their relentless will was one in the same.

St Kilda fell just short of the top-eight in 2017, but with Riewoldt’s retirement at the end of the year, the fabled era of the early 2000s was officially over.

Riewoldt and Montagna’s retirements coincided with the Saints’ nosedive the following season; one remembered for its homecoming to Moorabbin more than anything else.

Jarryn Geary Leading Out the St Kilda Football Club
The shining lights
St Kilda Football Club's Jarryn Geary Being Tackled By Cartlon Football Club's Matthew Wright
Underrated across the league but unlimited in terms of courage, Jarryn Geary committed his all while in the colours. Despite the ever-mounting injury toll and the severity of each wound, the sturdy utility would defy the odds to eventually bounce back and lead the Saints through both triumph and adversity.
Jack Steven Breaking Free of a Tackle
Second only to Nick Riewoldt's six Best & Fairests, four-time winner Jack Steven sits in esteemed club company. Once the little legs got pumping, the lightning-quick ball-magnet was close to uncatchable across his 183 appearances in red, white and black.
David Armitage Celebrating
The beloved 'Armo' probably doesn't have the accolades to reflect his impact on-field, but it doesn't make him any less of a quality on-baller. The ball-magnet debuted in the star-studded mid-2000s, weathering through the Saints' darker days as one of the club's key midfielders before calling time on the eve of St Kilda's resurgence in 2020.
Seb Ross Running With the Football
It took time for Seb Ross to get the motor ticking over, but when he did, showed how important he was to St Kilda. The two-time Trevor Barker Award winner (2017, 2019) has – and continues to – consistently deliver, even taking on a mountain of responsibility by captaining the club for close to a year after Jarryn Geary was sidelined.
Sean Dempster Holding the Football
Sean Dempster was a proper defender in every sense of the word. An impeccable athlete committed to pushing himself to the absolute limits, his impact after crossing over to Sydney with Adam Schneider was immediate. A Premiership Swan, Dempster came agonisingly close to replicating the feat at his new club in 2009 and 2010.
2018 marked a long-awaited return to the heartland.

RSEA Park, Moorabbin. The name and signage shiny and new, the playing field pristine and now free of mud. But the treasured memories of old remained.

A multi-million-dollar redevelopment in 2018 transformed the dilapidated Moorabbin into the start-of-the-art complex at Linton Street, bringing St Kilda and its people home after almost a decade in Seaford.

Moorabbin’s revival and transformation into RSEA Park not only stirred the faithful’s emotions, but gave rise to a new generation of red, white and black football.

After 147 years, St Kilda embarked on a new journey in the AFL Women's.

Over 10,000 days had passed since the red, white and black took to the muddy quagmire of Moorabbin that was once called home; this time, with a wave of trailblazing women leading the charge.

Headlined by a talented young core of Georgia Patrikios, Olivia Vesely, Nicola Xenos, Molly McDonald and so many others under coach Peta Searle, the Saints officially joined the competition in 2020 as an expansion club.

The new generation of Saints came from all walks of life. Some were newcomers to footy, others junior stars with an aptitude to impress. All had their own stories to inspire young women right around the country.

St Kilda Football Club's First AFLW Match
AFLW Honour Board
Hannah Priest St Kilda Football Club
Captain, 2022
Co-captain, 2021
Georgia Patrikios St Kilda Football Club
Best & Fairest, 2020, 2021
All-Australian, 2020
Olivia Vesely - St Kilda Best & Fairest Winner 2020
Best & Fairest, 2020
Rosie Dillon St Kilda Football Club Best & Fairest Winner 2020
Best & Fairest, 2020
Bianca Jakobsson Best & Fairest Winner 2022
Best & Fairest, 2022
Caitlin Greiser Best & Fairest Winner 2020
Best & Fairest, 2020
AFLW Leading Goalkicker, 2020
Kate Shierlaw Best & Fairest Winner 2022
Co-captain, 2020-2021
Best & Fairest, 2022
Rhi Watt Co-Captain 2020-2021
Co-captain, 2020-2021
Cat Phillips Co-captain 2020-2021
Co-captain, 2020-2021
In front of 8,000 fans, the new Saints made history.

In front of a heaving crowd, 19-year-old Molly McDonald enshrined her name in the record books with the club’s first AFLW goal.

Rewind a staggering 147 years ago to 1873, and McDonald’s moment echoes one almost forgotten memory in St Kilda’s rich history.

James Middleton Macdonald (spelled McDonald in some historical records) became the first ever Saint to kick a goal in the club’s foundation year, almost a century-and-a-half apart from Molly’s ground-breaking major.

Molly McDonald First AFLW Goal
A growing family
St Kilda VWFL Players
Established in 2018, St Kilda's Wheelchair Football side transformed the game into one that was accessible to those who otherwise would be unable to play. The red, white and black picked up its first Premiership in late 2020, several months after the scheduled season was cut short due to COVID-19.
St Kilda Football Club VBFL 2021 Premiership
The Saints family grew once again with the formation of the club's Blind AFL side, allowing those with low or impaired vision to take part. Much like their Wheelchair AFL counterparts, the Saints snared Premiership honours in 2021 off the back of an undefeated home-and-away campaign.
Sandringham Zebras St Kilda VFL Affiliate
Since 2009, St Kilda has been in an alignment agreement with VFL club Sandringham Zebras; the former home of Saints great, Trevor Barker. Saints players line up for the yellow, black and blue while not selected in the senior side, with the Zebras similarly in the hunt to break its Premiership drought.
St Kilda VFLW Players Running Through the Banner
Sandringham's own family grew with the introduction of its women's side, the Southern Saints, which similarly share an affiliation with St Kilda's AFLW side. Despite their short time in the competition, the red, white and black made their first Grand Final appearance in 2022.
An epic first-up win in the heartland was unforgettable.

Caitlin Greiser’s last-gasp goal from outside 50 caused RSEA Park to erupt; the young forward sinking the match-winning goal against the experienced Melbourne in Round 3 to be christened St Kilda’s newest ‘G-Train’ – a nod to cult hero Fraser Gehrig.

St Kilda’s maiden season steadily picked up steam, but was suddenly and shockingly cut short as the entire world was flipped upside-down.

Caitlin Greiser Goal Celebration
Without warning, the world was turned on its head.

The outbreak of COVID-19 was unexpected and unanticipated in both scale and scope.

Suddenly, life as we once knew it ground to a halt. As social distancing and lockdowns across the nation became the norm, St Kilda’s new era under Brett Ratten was brought in to the sound of an eerily empty Marvel Stadium as fans were confined to their homes.

The unknown of what the season – and world – would be was made for certain at the close of the Saints’ season opener.

For the foreseeable future, football was no more.

After three months of isolation, footy at last returned.

The stands remained vacant as Victoria’s lockdowns and quarantines ensued, but if they were filled, the aisles would have been pumping.

Memorable wins at Marvel Stadium were punctuated by the immediate impact of the Saints’ trade pickups, headlined by crafty small forward Dan Butler, and the emergence of future skipper Jack Steele. Amid even the most darkest and uncertain of times, there was reason for hope.

But the game’s future was again under threat. And as Victoria’s restrictions tightened, the Saints were forced to pack their bags to continue the season in the Sunshine State.

Jack Steele Goal Vs Greater Western Sydney
Noosa became home for the next 110 days.

There was nothing quite like it. Player accommodation was converted into ad-hoc treatment and massage rooms, dining rooms into makeshift theatrettes, and players were virtually living out of each other’s back pockets as stringent measures were put in place to keep the abridged season alive.

Where and when games would take place was a week-to-week proposition, with the relocated Saints even playing four games in the space of just 16 days at one point.

The side was humming: daring, quick, lively… in the blink of an eye, this irregular season wasn’t just becoming a good one. Finals were on the horizon.

St Kilda Football Club Players in Noosa
Modern marvels & top trades
Jack Steele St Kilda Football Club - Celebrating
Few players have rivalled the universal love of Lenny Hayes, but current-day skipper Jack Steele isn't far off. Fearless and fierce on-field, the dual Best & Fairest and All-Australian enjoyed a sensational 2020 - running equal-third in that year's Brownlow - before being inducted as the Saints' captain the following season.
St Kilda Football Club's Max King & Jack Billings Celebrate
The heir apparent to the famed No. 12 guernsey, there's a lot of pressure on the young Max King's shoulders. He's assumed the forward throne despite that; his aerial prowess, penchant for big bags and freak athleticism earmarking the boyhood Saints fan as one of the club's future stars at just 22 years of age.
St Kilda Football Club's Rowan Marshall Celebrates
The fan-favourite ruckman with a grin almost as wide as he is tall, Rowan Marshall's ceiling is yet to be reached. The rookie pick-up stunned all with a breakout 2019 and runner-up placing at the Trevor Barker Award, growing his game further with the arrival of Paddy Ryder.
St Kilda Football Club's Tim Membrey Celebrates
When the Saints are in need of a lift, Tim Membrey is the man to step up to the occasion. Unafraid to shoulder responsibility when the chips are down, the three-time leading goalkicker has warranted admiration from the faithful for his never-say-die approach. You may not see it under all the ink, but his heart is always worn on his sleeve.
St Kilda Football Club's Callum Wilkie with the Football
There's far more to Callum Wilkie than his staggering journey from Adelaide accountant to vice-captain of St Kilda in just five years. One of the most consistent players to ever pull on the jumper, the reliable defender is yet to miss a senior game since his debut in Round 1, 2019.
St Kilda Football Club's Jack Sinclair Running with the Football
Career transformations rarely come as dynamically – and influentially – than that of Jack Sinclair. A mainstay of St Kilda's line-up during the mid-2010s, the mulleted marvel reinvented himself into a fluent and vital half-back in 2021, winning his maiden Trevor Barker Award the following year.
St Kilda Football Club's Dan Butler Celebrating
Brian Taylor's commentary of "Danger, danger, danger!" is burned into Saints fans' minds off the back of Butler's blistering first season at the club, which saw him earn selection in the All-Australian squad and take out the club's goalkicking honours. The Premiership Tiger was one of five key players to sign during the Saints' 2019 trade blitz.
St Kilda Football Club's Bradley Hill Running with the Football
Three Premierships with Hawthorn and a Best & Fairest with Fremantle already has Bradley Hill in exclusive company. Hill took time to get all cylinders firing at his new club with shorter game-time in 2020 hampering his impact late in games, but his experience in finals proved important as the Saints broke their drought.
St Kilda Football Club's Dougal Howard with the Football
The defensive lynchpin from Port Adelaide slotted immediately into St Kilda's defensive half, forming a solid union with fellow defender Callum Wilkie from 2020 and beyond. Although animated on-field, his thumping spoils and ability to grapple with the competition's biggest forwards have proven vital on multiple occasions.
St Kilda Football Club's Zak Jones Celebrating
Inside grunt was one area the Saints were looking to address during its trade bonanza, and it came in the form of Zak Jones. Quick on the burst and not afraid to roll up the sleeves on the inside, the ex-Swan proved a vital cog on-ball as the Saints gunned towards finals action in 2020.
St Kilda Football Club's Paddy Ryder in a Ruck Contest
The only downside to Paddy Ryder is that he wasn't at St Kilda for long enough. The adored ruckman joined St Kilda in the twilight stages of his career, but was masterful in the ruck and through his partnership with Rowan Marshall; his performance in the 2020 elimination final going down as one of his best outings in his 16 seasons.
The elimination final against the Dogs was one to savour.

St Kilda’s first finals appearance since 2011 had the heart-rates rising. It had been a march into October done in emphatic fashion, but it would be for nought without a win.

The Saints came to play. Battle-hardened skipper Jarryn Geary was swung forward – as he had throughout the year – to bag two majors, one of which came at a crucial time in the last quarter as the Dogs bit back late.

Geary was the only Saint to have tasted finals action in Saints colours, only ever feeling defeat from nine years prior.

St Kilda Football Club's Elimination Final Win Celebrations
But above them all was the veteran, Paddy Ryder.

He gave his absolute all to will the Saints home late, despite snapping his hamstring tendon in the last 90 seconds.

Ryder came to St Kilda with a point to prove: he still had plenty to give. In his 13 seasons between Essendon and Port Adelaide prior to arriving at Moorabbin, he, like Geary, had never won a final.

His stats and monumental presence at centre bounce only tell half the story of his influence, before injury cruelly struck. The Saints wouldn’t have tasted the sweet joy and relief of a finals win that they did without him. A next-up win in the semis wasn’t to be, however.

St Kilda Football Club's Paddy Ryder Surrounded By Teammates
The game slowly returned to normal the following year.

Crowds steadily trickled back through the turnstiles as St Kilda re-embraced its Victorian fanbase.

It took time for the world readjust, as did the Saints, who started the year off slowly before a stirring patch late had them just miss the top-eight. Amid the rollercoaster season was the touching tribute match to the late Danny Frawley: Spud’s Game.

The now-annual fixture encourages those suffering in silence to speak up, with the game championing Spud’s legacy of destigmatising and starting a broader conversation about mental health.

Spud's vision lives on through the centre named in his honour.

When RSEA Park was first constructed, Frawley would joke how no room, wing or part of the building was named after him.

He’d be chuffed to know his name is now plastered on the side of the Danny Frawley Centre for Health and Wellbeing, but more so how there is now a place for the community to speak openly and honestly about their mental health.

The multi-million-dollar facility – which sits in the Saints’ heartland – comes complete with a recovery centre, consulting suites, gym, pool and much more for the club and community’s use; not only celebrating Spud’s life, but the legacy he left behind.

Danny Frawley Centre Gif
Manning up in the past was to suffer in silence. Manning up now is to put your hand up.
Danny 'Spud' Frawley
Meawhile, St Kilda's women were turning over a new leaf.

The arrival of club great Nick Dal Santo as senior coach initiated a new beginning for St Kilda’s AFLW side at the onset of 2022. Hannah Priest was appointed sole captain in the reformed brigade, with another influx of young talent paving the way forward.

Several heartbreaking losses at the death tested morale amid the COVID-impacted campaign, however the eventual triumphs meant far more than four points.

The decision from the AFL to move the season start-date from January to August saw two seasons be played in 2022. Again, the Saints’ spirit never dwindled.

St Kilda Football Club's AFLW Team Celebrations
Wins to Remember
St Kilda Football Club AFLW 2020 Round 3 - Teammates Hugging
Round 3,
First wins don't get much better than this. Caitlin Greiser's rocket from outside-50 late against Melbourne delivered St Kilda its maiden triumph; the Saints' spiritual home popping off for an unforgettable Friday night.
Alice Burke & Nathan Burke
Round 1,
There's far more to footy than the final score. While St Kilda's 2021 campaign began on the perfect note, it will forever be remembered for this poignant and touching photo of debutant Alice Burke with her father, St Kilda legend and Bulldogs AFLW coach, Nathan, post-game.
St Kilda Football Club vs West Coast Eagles AFLW Round 9 2021
Round 9,
A big, big win in the west. The Saints' highest score and biggest victory were both recorded in this season finale against West Coast, which saw young gun Georgia Patrikios star with a club-best 30 disposals and two goals.
Round 8 2022 St Kilda vs Gold Cost AFLW
Round 8,
Times had been tough amid the COVID-impacted 2022 season, which had seen three of St Kilda's last four games determined in the dying moments by less than a goal. Without a win on the board after the first seven rounds, the Saints rallied to pip Gold Coast by three points. The outpouring of emotion at the final siren said it all.
St Kilda vs Port Adelaide AFLW Round 9 2022 (Season 7)
Round 9,
2022, S7
After starting the unexpected 'Season 7' strong with back-to-back wins, the Saints were staring down the barrel of seven straight losses. Even with several close shaves in the final minutes, the home side held out against a valiant Port Adelaide, recording another uplifting win into coincide with its Pride Round celebrations.
The belief was reignited at the start of 2022.

Kicking off the season with an 8-3 record, the red, white and black looked to have rekindled its flair from two seasons prior.

Spearheaded by the brilliance of the rejuvenated Jack Sinclair and aided by the proficiency of first-years Marcus Windhager, Mitch Owens, Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera and mature-ager Jack Hayes, St Kilda was on track for another September feature.

The post-bye capitulation saw finals slip by yet again, with another surprise coming in the form of Ross Lyon’s return to the senior coaching ranks by season’s end.

Jack Sinclair Goal Vs Fremantle 2022
And now here we stand, 150 years on.

A milestone unparalleled in significance for this proud club of ours. Our story is unlike any other. But it’s ours.

For 150 years, the mighty red, white and black has withstood the test of time. We have endured – both through immeasurable triumph and unmatched adversity – to be the bearers of an inimitable story with loyalty and passion at its heart.

We have resisted dissolution with a resilience that has since been engrained into our very identity, binding together those who wear the colours.

Nothing can quite match what it means to be part of the Saints.

St Kilda is full of character, and, well…full of characters. From the diehards, hard-hitters and high-flyers, the cynics and believers, the new crew and the old, this proud club has been home to some of the game’s greatest, on and off the field.

Strength Through Loyalty is more than just a motto. It has been embodied by many over our 150 years; from those who have championed the mantra on-field, to the fans who have lived and breathed it from the stands and beyond.

St Kilda Football Club Cheer Squad
So, here’s to the real legends of St Kilda.

The ones whose loyalty has never faltered. Voices hoarse, passionate hearts always on their sleeves.

The ones who have lived and breathed our mantra season after season, doing the club proud through triumph and tragedy. Fortius Quo Fidelius.

The ones who have stood by us through thick and thin, have pulled on the colours with pride, and will do so again, and again, and again.

We wouldn’t have them any other way, the faithful. And we wouldn’t be here without them.

St Kilda Football Club Fan Gif
Thank you, Sainters.