|The Football Park postmark (PMP
565) was used on the AFL Centenary Cover with the Adelaide Crows stamp on the
first day of issue, 23rd April 1996. It was also used on a AFL Centenary cover
1997 saw the long awaited
with their new co-tenants, Port Power, at Football
park. These have continued as mini-premierships bringing Adelaide to a
1997 was also the start of
a dream run for the Crows. It won its
first Grand Final
after having to win four consecutive games in the finals, a feat never before
accomplished. It particularly has had difficulty winning away from Football Park
but won both the preliminary and grand final at the MCG.
In 1998 they had continued
success, sneaking into their
second Grand Final
against North Melbourne after loosing a final and then winning from fifth
position, a feat never before accomplished. 1999 was disappointing with the
Crows finishing outside the eight. It saw the resignation of Malcolm Blight
despite winning two premierships.
The 2000 season was again
disappointing with the Crows again finishing out of the eight. The season was
marked with the release of club and individual
2000 Personalised Stamps.
On the 15th July 2000 the Crows held their grand
function to announce their
This was marked by the release of a special cover and individual covers for the
members of the Team.
2001 season started slowly with Crows out of the eight. The season was marked
with the release of club
2001 Personalised Stamps.
They managed to sneak into the finals in eighth spot but were unable to progress
2002 brought improvement with the
Crows well entrenched in the eight.
The mid season was marked with the
release of the club
2002 Personalised Stamps.
They finished third after the home and away season but lost their preliminary
final to Collingwood.
won the 2003 preseason Competition with a 31 point win over 2002 Grand Finalists
won the Michael Tuck Medal for best player and the game saw the return of
The Captain and Coach,
Riciutto & Ayres
received the trophy.
On the 30th March 2003 the Adelaide Crow's Centre Half
played his 250th game.
First Class Collectibles released a cover to
commemorate the event. The Annual Premiership Players
Club P stamp Sheet of 20 players was released on the 26th March 2003 and
was a featured player.
In April 2003 the
2003 Personalised Stamps were released.
The mid point of the season saw the Crows sitting comfortably
in the eight. By the seasons end they had disappointingly bowered out by loosing
to eventual premiers, the Lions, in the semi-finals.
There season was highlighted by
ending in a three way tie for the Brownlow Medal with Collingwood captain Nathan
Buckley and Sydney ruckman Adam Goodes at a gala Ceremony on 22nd
September 2003. He also won
2004 started with the Crows
looking to make the eight. In mid April the
Personalised Stamps were released. This year they were a booklet
of 20 stamps showing 10 players, rather than the A4 sheet.
After seven successive loses, Adelaide defeated Port by 37 points
in Showdown XV played at AAMI Stadium on the 8th May 2004. The game also marked
200th AFL Game. 3 weeks later
played his 250th game.