AFL grounds on Cricket Stamps

Adelaide Oval – S Tome et Principe ( FDI 23/09/2015)

This 2015 stamp and minisheet shows Sir Donald Bradman batting at the redesigned Adelaide Oval. The upgrade was completed in 2014, 13 years after Sir Donald’s death.

From 1877 until the 1973 SANFL Grand Final, Adelaide Oval was the marquee ground for South Australian National Football League matches. After a dispute between Cricket and SANFL administrators, Australian rules football in South Australia was moved to Football Park in 1974 with only sporadic games being played until its permanent return to the ground in 2014. Port Adelaide hosted Melbourne for one match of the 2011 AFL season.

Bradman was at the centre of the bitter split, from 1969, between the South Australian Cricket Association and the South Australian National Football League over the use of Adelaide Oval.

MCG – Republic of Togolese (FDI 15/03/2011)

Sourav Ganguly played 113 tests for India as a left hand Batsman. He scored 7212 runs at an average of 42.18. His highest score was 239. He scored 16 centuries.

Glenn McGrath wasa right handed fast medium and swing bowler who played 124 tests for Australia. He took 563 wickets at an average of 21.64. He took 10 wickets in a match on three occasions and 5 wickets in an innings 29 times.

SCG – Republic of Guinea (FDI 23/12/2013)

Sachin Tendulkar played 200 tests for India averaging 53.78 runs. Jacques Kallis played 166 tests for South Africa averaging 45.97 runs. Brian Lara played 131 tests for the West Indies at an average of 52.88.

GABBA – Republic of Togolese (FDI 15/12/2016)

MCG – Republic of Togolese (FDI 30/12/2014)

Chris Gayle played 103 tests for the West Indies at an average of 42.18. He is better known as a T20 and ODI player. He is still playing in the IPL and will almost certainly represent the West Indies at the 2019 ODI World Cup in the United kingdom.


Why have these African Nations and former French Colonies issued so many stamps with cricket as the theme? Stamperija is one of a number of companies to offer poorer nations a deal to issue their stamps for postal use. This may be for no or markedly reduced price. In return the country hands over the right to produce stamps under the auspices of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), established by the Treaty of Bern of 1874. They then sell the stamps to dealers and collectors at a considerable profit. They often produce vast quantities of stamps far more than could ever be used for postage. The designs are usually what they feel will sell rather than having any relationship to the country. Sports, World Leaders, Movie Stars, Walt Disney, Art, Fauna and Flora, Space etc are favourite topics.

The Oval – Pakistan Post (FDI 02/11/2017)

The Oval, currently referred to for sponsorship purposes as the Kia Oval, is an international cricket ground in Kennington, in the London Borough of Lambeth, in South London. The Oval has been the home ground of Surrey County Cricket Club since it was opened in 1845. It was the first ground in England to host international Test cricket in September 1880. The final Test match of the English season is traditionally played there.

Australia has played England 37 times at the Oval with England winning 16 and Australia 7. 14 were drawn.

The Oval has been the AFL’s home away from home with all matches except one played at the Oval. The participating teams are in the table below.

Date Teams Attendance
03/11/2012 Western Bulldogs vs. Port Adelaide 10,000
21/10/2006 Geelong v. Port Adelaide 12,129
08/10/2005 West Coast v. Fremantle 18,884
11/10/2003 Collingwood v. Fremantle 12,847
12/10/2002 Richmond v. Essendon 13,000
07/10/2000 Melbourne v. Adelaide 4,500
09/10/1999 Essendon v. Hawthorn 12,000+
10/10/1998 Western Bulldogs v. St Kilda 12,000
12/10/1997 West Coast v. Collingwood 14,000
16/10/1994 Richmond v. Carlton and Adelaide v West Coast 6,000
13/10/1991 West Coast v. Hawthorn 10,000
14/10/1990 Collingwood v. Essendon 9,000
22/10/1989 Melbourne v. Essendon 12,000
09/10/1988 Hawthorn v. Carlton 10,000
11/10/1987 Carlton v. North Melbourne 14,000
12/10/1986 Carlton v. North Melbourne ?
29/10/1972 Carlton v. All-Stars 9,000

In 2017 Pakistan won the ICC Champions Trophy at the Oval with a massive 180 run win over arch rival India. Originally known as the ICC Knockout when it was staged in 1998 in Dhaka, Bangladesh and in 2000 in Nairobi, Kenya. The event was renamed the ICC Champions Trophy in 2002 was held every two years until 2009 (when it was held in South Africa after the scheduled event in 2008 in Pakistan had to be cancelled). Subsequently the event moved to a four year cycle and features the top eight teams in the ICC one-day rankings.

Pakistan Post issued a set of three stamps and a Miniature Sheet showing the Oval’s OCS Stand. The stamps show the winning team and the trophy and stand.