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Posted January 18, 2018 08:14:07It has been almost eight years since the last time the Adelaide Football Club played at the BBL.

That fixture was on October 31, 2018, when the Adelaide City side defeated the Western Bulldogs, 5-1, in the opening fixture of the competition.

A fortnight later, the City returned to the MCG with a 5-2 win over the Bulldogs, but the home side had lost its first two matches, both to Melbourne Victory.

On September 2, 2019, the Adelaide Wanderers defeated the Adelaide Crows, 3-0, in front of an average crowd of 9,065.

The season was a success for the Crows with five wins and three draws, while the Wanderers finished second with five points from five matches.

There were rumours of a return in 2021, with the Adelaide Cricket Club claiming the club was planning to hold a pre-season series in 2019, but a year later, no agreement was reached.

In 2018, the Crescenzione and the CBA agreed a contract for the 2019 season, but there was no guarantee the clubs would continue playing until the end of the 2021 season.

In 2019, it was reported that the Wanderer management was planning on hosting a pre‑season series, but with the CBL still being held, that option was not viable.

In November 2018, it emerged the CFA was considering a potential move to the new WACA Ground in 2018.

In 2020, the Wandering squad, who had won just two of their six matches, were set to play their first competitive fixture in Adelaide, against Melbourne Victory at the MCGs, and it was hoped the home team would not play again until the first round of the 2019 FFA Cup.

However, the fixture was postponed to December 30, and after an announcement by Adelaide City that the club would not attend the match due to a personal injury, the game was postponed until March 7.

After Adelaide City failed to make the trip to Melbourne, the club announced on December 31, 2020 that they would play a home and away series against Brisbane in 2018 and 2019.

A year later in 2019 and 2020, Adelaide City’s squad was set to host the Cairns Stars in the first game of the series, which was also postponed to March 7 due to personal injury.

The 2018 and 2020 series was also played at Melbourne Oval, and on the last day of the fixture, the Stars were defeated 3-1 by the Cawthorns, with three players missing for both sides.

The Cawths squad played two matches at the Oval in 2018, with Melbourne Victory winning 2-0 and the Wanders losing 2-1.

In a bid to get the Caws back into the series after their poor start to the season, the players agreed a three-match pre-match schedule in 2018 at the end for a better chance of getting into the match.

The first game, played on February 22, was a 2-2 draw, but as a result of the lack of a home match, it had a different format from that of the previous two series.

The Wanderers would play the second match on March 7, with two changes to the pre-game format, with Adelaide City taking on the Stars for the first match, which ended 2-3.

The Stars’ match against the Wandered was played on March 8 at Melbourne Park.