The club started in 1969 when a team was fielded in the old United Church Association for the first time. In the first year the club wore a " Footscray" style jumper and played on a parklands oval with no change room facilities. In the second year the club moved to the Daws Road High School Oval. The club quickly grew into two teams and soon established itself as a force. A “St Kilda” style jumper was introduced in 1973. The first premiership was in 1974 (B Grade), followed by back to back A Grade Premierships in 1975 and 1976 and the Double Premiership in 1979.
The original church association folded and became the Adelaide and Suburban Association and then in 1980 we joined the old Glenelg South Football Association. In 1983, the club moved to its present home ground in the south parklands and also adopted the current style of footy jumper. In 1985, ALFC joined the Amateur League and made a quick impact by winning the A6 A Grade Premiership in 1986, the A5 Premiership in 1988 and the A4 Double Premiership in 1991. The C Grade also won the A10 Premiership in 1992. Major additions were made to the existing clubrooms in 1991 and they have been continually improved and maintained since then to provide functional facilities for all members and friends.
2004 saw a triumphant return to the glories of past double premierships with the capture of the Div 6 and Div 6 Reserves flags - the club's first premierships in 12 years. Going up a grade is always a challenge and for the A Grade and B Grade to play off in the 2005, Div 5 Grand Finals was a credit to all involved. However the two losses did not help and 2006 was a struggle for the A Grade in Div 4. After relegation back to Div 5 in 2007, the club again played off in both grand finals. Unfortunately the A Grade were not good enough on the day but the B Grade thoroughly deserved the Div 5 Reserves Premiership.
In 2009 we celebrated our 40th anniversary.
In 2010 the C Grade was very strong and finished runners up in C4. 2011 was a great year for the B Grade winning the Div 5 Reserves Premiership under Mike Emmett. In 2012 the B Grade backed it up and won the Div 5 Reserves Premiership for the second year in a row, this time under coach David Menz.
In 2013 the football club joined Adelaide Lutheran Cricket & Netball to form the Adelaide Lutheran Sports Club with the aim of builidng an even stronger, united community sports club.
2017 saw another Double Premiership year with both the A Grade and B Grade winning the Div 7 & Div 7R flags. This was the first A Grade premiership since the double in 2004 (13 years). In 2018 the B Grade then went Back to Back under coach Joh Duffield to win the Div 6R premiership.
In 2018 we also saw the birth of Adelaide Lutheran Women's Footy with the highlight of the year being their first win. The girls battled hard all year in true Doggies style. We look forward to seeing them grow stronger in 2019.
Overall the club is still going strong off and on the field. We have good depth and provide a country club atmosphere in the heart of the city. Full details of the early history of the club are documented in the book titled "A Bulldog for Me”, written by Wayne Gladigau and published in 1994.
2018 was the 50th year for Adelaide Lutheran and there will be a big celebartion and book coming in 2019.