Brighton Football Club
Brighton Football Club was an Australian rules football club which played in the Victorian Football Association. The club was based in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton, and was nicknamed the Penguins, after suffering financial hardship throughout the 1950s, Brighton moved to Caulfield and became the Caulfield Bears in the early to mid-1960s. The club is believed to have formed in 1885 and seven years became a foundation member of the Metropolitan Junior Football Association. During this time, Brighton played its matches at the Brighton Beach Oval. Brighton first played football in the VFA in 1926 with help from former Fitzroy player Gordon Rattray who coached the club. They made it all the way to the final before losing to Coburg. Brighton almost folded while the Association was in recess during World War II, four years later, in 1948, the club won its first and only top division premiership. The club was one of several which struggled badly both on and off the field after the era ended in 1950.
In twelve seasons from 1952 until 1963, the club won eight wooden spoons, coupled with its existing off-field problems, the club lost occupancy of its home ground at Elsternwick Park after the 1961 season. The club managed to survive, after merging with the Federal Leagues South Caulfield Football Club to form a new team known as Brighton-Caulfield, the merger did not help the clubs on-field performances, and its first two seasons as a merged club yielded wooden spoons. After competing as Brighton-Caulfield for three seasons, the club eliminated almost all links to its Brighton heritage in 1965 as the sought to appeal more strongly to fans in its new suburb. The club competed in the Association as the Caulfield Football Club until the end of the 1987 season
Prahran Football Club
Since 2007, the club has competed in D1 Section of the Victorian Amateur Football Association. The nickname Two Blues comes from the uniform which has been royal blue. Prahran fields Senior, Club XVIII and junior teams, the senior team was coached in 2006 by Leigh Stafford, who resigned from the coaching role at the end of the season. In 2007 the new coach is Paul Greenham, who has played for Richmond and its sister team is the Deakin Devils – a Division 1 Victorian Womens Football League team. Kevin Sheedy – former coach of Essendon Football Club and former Richmond player, sam Kekovich – North Melbourne Premiership player and well known football identity. Don Chipp – Australian Federal politician, a former Liberal Minister in the Australian government and inaugural leader of the Australian Democrats political party. Played in the clubs 1951 VFA Premiership team, after 1887, it amalgamated with the neighbouring St Kilda Football Club, which was based less than a mile away. A new senior Prahran Football Club was established in March 1899, and joined the VFA that season, in 1999, the club merged with Southbank Amateur Football Club in 1999 and joined the Victorian Amateur Football Association under the stewardship of Herald Sun racing writer Tim Habel.
It re-established its junior arm, after commencing with just two teams, the club now has eight junior teams and has formed a joint Under 19 team with Caulfield Football Club. In 2010, a voint venture with Assumption College was approved and in 2011 the club changed its name to Prahran/Assumption Football Club
Victorian Football League
The Victorian Football League is the major state-level Australian rules football league in Victoria. The league evolved from the former Victorian Football Association, and has been known by its current name since 1996. The VFA was formed in 1877 and is the second-oldest Australian rules football league, initially serving a primarily administrative function, the VFA premiership served as the top level of club competition in Victoria until 1896. The VFA became the level of club competition from 1897 after its eight strongest clubs seceded to form the VFL. From 1897 until 1995, the VFA remained independent from the VFL as Victorias secondary senior club competition and it presently comprises 14 teams from throughout Victoria, eight of which have a continuous VFA heritage. The Victorian Football Association was founded on 17 May 1877 at the meeting of club secretaries immediately preceding the 1877 season. Decisions were made based on a vote of the Board of Management, the five foundation senior clubs in the Melbourne metropolitan area were Albert-park, Hotham, Melbourne and St Kilda.
There was no system of promotion and relegation between the senior and junior levels, with it largely at a clubs discretion whether or not it joined the Association as a paying senior member. The affiliation fee for senior clubs was initially set at one guinea, through the first decade of the VFAs existence, the structure of the football season did not change significantly from the informal system which had evolved over previous years. Premierships won under this method are now considered official. Three Ballarat-based clubs – Ballarat, Ballarat Imperial and South Ballarat – were voting members of the VFA through this time, the two new competitions competed in parallel from their respective 1897 seasons. Because the VFA was independent from the VFL, the VFA had the power to set its own rules, the VFA reduced the number of on-field players from twenty to eighteen in 1897, a move followed by the VFL two years later. The VFA tried reducing the number of players further to 17 in 1908, to 16 in 1912, the VFA went into recess during World War I, with the 1916 and 1917 seasons cancelled and the 1915 and 1918 seasons shortened.
Over first thirty years of the VFAs independence, its relationship with the VFL was, in general, the loss of the VFAs strongest three clubs to the VFL in 1925 firmly cemented the VFA as the second tier competition in the state. Between 1925 and 1929, the addition of outer suburban clubs in Coburg, the relationship with the VFL improved, and a new permit reciprocity agreement was established in 1931. In 1938, the VFA made a rule change by legalising throwing of the football in general play. The change helped to speed up the game, and introduced more run-and-carry play in an era which had previously dominated by a long-kicking style. Additionally, the VFA ended its agreement with the VFL
Williamstown Football Club
The Williamstown Football Club, nicknamed The Seagulls, is an Australian rules football club based in Melbourne. The club currently competes in the Victorian Football League, the Williamstown Football Club was formed in 1864, making it one of the oldest football clubs in Australia. The club was considered a junior club, before being granted senior status in 1884. Starting in 1884, the competed in the Victorian Football Association. Williamstowns original colours were black and yellow, in 1886, players wishing to play on the cricket ground ultimately established a rival senior club, the South Williamstown Football Club, which contested the VFA for two seasons. The Williamstown and South Williamstown clubs were off-field rivals, but they never played a match against each other, in the late 1930s, Larry Floyd and Bill Dooley decided to adopt a more modern nickname, and the club became formally known as “the Seagulls”. Throughout its history, the club has been known by the abbreviated name ‘Town.
Williamstown won its first VFA premiership in 1907, and its second in 1921, Williamstown finished fourth on the ladder but, despite not having won a final since 1924 won three close finals for its third VFA premiership. The Seagulls continued their raid on the VFL, recruiting star players Ron Todd and Des Fothergill. Following the end of the era in 1950, many Association clubs began to struggle through the following decade as the prestige of the VFA declined. Under Carter, the club won three premierships in 1954,1955 and 1956, and was unbeaten in the 1957 home-and-away season before crashing in the finals to finish third. Carter was replaced as coach in 1958 by club legend Gerry Callahan, who served as captain-coach until 1959, williamstowns form slumped in the 1960s and 1970s, and it finished last in Division 1 in 1967, resulting in relegation to Division 2. It won the Division 2 premiership in 1969 under captain-coach Max Papley to return to Division 1. The club was relegated again in 1975, won the Division 2 premiership in 1976 under the coaching of Mal Allen, despite this finals success, the clubs best home-and-away finish in those six years was second, achieved only in 1989.
During the middle 1990s Williamstown slipped, and at its nadir in 1995, after the clubs could not agree to terms, the VSFL decided to grant the remaining licence and the affiliation with the Jets to Williamstown, resulting in Werribees temporary expulsion from the VFL. Williamstown and Collingwood were affiliated from 2001 until 2007, during which time the club won one premiership, in 2003. Williamstown and the Western Bulldogs ended their affiliation after the 2013 season, the club was found guilty of salary cap breaches in 2013 and their punishment was never made public. The club won the premiership in 2015, its second stand-alone season. F. A
The Northern Blues are affiliated with the Carlton Blues in the AFL, and play their home games at the Preston City Oval and Ikon Park. The club was established in 1882 as the Preston Football Club, the club participated in the VFA between 1903 and 1912, and since 1926. After World War II, the club was known as the Bullants, the club became the Northern Bullants. Ahead of the 2012 season, the club adopted the colours and nickname of its AFL-affiliate, the club was formed in 1882 but little is known of its first three years before the Shire of Jika Jika changed its name in September 1885 to Preston. Preston and another club, Gowerville and competed at lower levels of the Victorian Junior Football Association. Further premierships followed in 1901 and 1902, no finals being played as Preston finished the two games clear of their nearest rivals to claim the title. Despite a reasonable opening season where they won six games, the club struggled to find players, with Northcote joining the Association in 1908, pressure was applied for the two clubs to merge and the VFA forced the issue early in 1912.
Preston were simply promoted before their time, by 1912, the district numbered just 4,800 people spread over 8,800 acres, of the other suburbs represented in the VFA, the next smallest was Brighton with 11,000. Prestons leading player during early VFA days was Sid Hall, a centre half-back regarded as the best high mark in the competition. Despite the lack of success, Preston managed to some fine players to League ranks in Percy Ogden, Hedley Tompkins and Bill Hendrie, Hugh James, Joe Prince, George Doull. Prestons place was taken by Melbourne City who didnt win a game in the two years before they folded, the nucleus of the Preston club returned to the First-Rate Division of the Victorian Junior Football Association. Ogden returned to captain-coach the clun in 1916 and 1917 while Essendon were in recess for the First World Warr, with the loss of North Melbourne and Hawthorn to the League in 1925, the Association accepted Preston and Camberwell into their ranks for the 1926 season. The team used their uniform from junior days, a red stripe down the chest and back.
This time the club was ready for senior ranks, raising a few eyebrows when they won nine of the 18 games in their first season as well as supplying the Recorder Cup winner, William Bluey Summers. A finals appearance came the year, Prestons first ever senior final finished in a draw with Brighton. Needing to win 12 games straight to ensure a spot, Preston managed to sneak in with 11 wins and a draw. Despite the modest finals record, the club provided the 1934 and 1936 Recorder Cup winners in Danny Warr and Bert Hyde respectively. Leading players up to World War 2 included Summers, Bert Smith, Frankie Dickie Dowling and Bill Socks Maslen, although he was never a star with Preston, 17-year-old Bert Deacon played his first match in 1940, becoming Carltons first Brownlow Medallist in 1947
Duncan made his debut for Carlton in Round 1 of the 1921 season. He retired from VFL football in 1930, having played 141 senior games for Carlton and he is especially remembered for his performance in Duncans match. He made his debut for Carlton on 7 May 1921, playing on the flank, against Richmond. A crowd of 32,000 saw Carlton defeat Richmond by 9 points,7.11 to 8.14 and he played 15 senior matches in 1924, with 27 goals, he was Carltons top goalkicker. He was given a house, rent-free, a job, and was to be paid a salary of ₤8 a week as captain-coach. Having left Carlton on good terms, R. A. Duncan was granted a clearance from Carlton to Stratford on 25 March 1925, at the end of the 1925 season, he returned to Melbourne, ready to resume his career with Carlton the following season. Moved from the line to centre half-back, he played his first return game for Carlton. There was an epidemic in Melbourne at the time. Playing at centre-halfback, the impassable and unbeatable Duncan dominated the game as, according to The Age, Duncans meteoric marking and wonderfully dashing defence was the most sparkling individual performance of the season.
According to The Argus, Duncan his played many games for Carlton, and has been a tower of strength in interstate teams. His marking was superb, his judgment faultless, and his kicking splendid and he took at least 33 marks, and his beautiful drop-kicks on that day were as flawless as his marking. Carlton won the match 14.11 to Collingwoods 13.5 and he went to the VFAs Coburg Football Club in 1931, and was appointed the captain-coach of Coburg in 1935. His first senior match in 1936 for Coburg was on 13 June 1936, when he played at centre half-back against Preston and he played for Coburg on 18 July 1936, despite having been cleared to play for Havelock. In 1936, aged 36, he was granted a permit to play for the Havelock Football Club, wills, in the Saturday Morning League competition, conducted by the Industrial Football League. He played in Havelocks Grand Final 6.16 to 4.12 loss to Victoria Brewery on 22 August 1936, the Havelock club withdrew from the competition before the start of the 1937 season, due to its difficulty in attracting sufficient suitable players.
It returned to the competition in 1939, during the particularly torrid match against Collingwood at Princes Park on 29 July 1922, which Carlton won, Duncan scored three goals despite being knocked out on two separate occasions. Eric Cock was found guilty of punching Duncan, and was suspended for six matches, Duncan was found guilty of having elbowed Harry Saunders, and was suspended for three matches. Saunders pleaded guilty to punching Duncan, pleading provocation, he was suspended for six matches and was fined £5 by the police for his assault on Duncan, Duncan protested that Sale had only complained to retaliate for Wood having been reported by the field umpire
Coburg City Oval
Coburg City Oval is an Australian rules football and cricket stadium located in Coburg, Australia. It is home to the Coburg Football Club in the Victorian Football League, the oval was officially opened in 1915. Following the Coburg Football Clubs admission to the Victorian Football Association in 1925, the grandstand was constructed, in the late 1920s and early 1930s, the venue was one of the VFAs finals venues, and it hosted the final in 1932. It hosted the 1967 Division 2 finals series, in 1965, the VFLs North Melbourne Football Club moved its playing and training base from the Arden Street Oval to Coburg City Oval. During the 1965 VFL season, Coburg City Oval attracted an average of 13,146 spectators to its nine games, a ground record was set in round 10 against Collingwood, with a total attendance of 21,626. The grounds current capacity is around 15,000, the oval is currently fenced off from the public. The oval sits inside the wider G. A, bridges Reserve, which includes a leisure centre, a bowls club and a former trugo club
Australian rules football
The main way to score points is by kicking the oval-shaped ball between the two tall goal posts. The team with the score by the end of the match wins unless a draw is declared. During general play, players may position themselves anywhere on the field, the primary methods are kicking and running with the ball. There are rules on how the ball can be handled, for example, throwing the ball is not allowed and players must not get caught holding the ball. A distinctive feature of the game is the mark, where players anywhere on the field who catch a ball from a kick are awarded possession, possession of the ball is in dispute at all times except when a free kick or mark is paid. Players can tackle using their hands or use their body to obstruct opponents. The game features frequent physical contests, spectacular marking, fast movement of players and the ball and high scoring. The sports origins can be traced to matches played in Melbourne, Victoria in 1858. Its annual Grand Final is the highest attended club championship event in the world, the sport is played at amateur level in many countries and in several variations.
The games rules are governed by the AFL Commission with the advice of the AFLs Laws of the Game Committee, there is evidence of football being played sporadically in the Australian colonies in the first half of the 19th century. The earliest such match, held in St Kilda on 15 June, was between Melbourne Grammar and St Kilda Grammar. Born in Australia, Wills played a nascent form of rugby football whilst a pupil at Rugby School in England and his letter is regarded by many historians as giving impetus for the development of a new code of football today known as Australian football. Two weeks later, Wills friend, cricketer Jerry Bryant, posted an advertisement for a match at the Richmond Paddock adjoining the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This was the first of several kickabouts held that year involving members of the Melbourne Cricket Club, including Wills, Bryant, W. J. Hammersley, trees were used as goalposts and play typically lasted an entire afternoon. Without an agreed code of laws, some players were guided by rules they had learned in the British Isles.
Another significant milestone in 1858 was a match played under experimental rules between Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College, held at the Richmond Paddock. This 40-a-side contest, umpired by Wills and Scotch College teacher John Macadam, began on 7 August and it is commemorated with a statue outside the MCG, and the two schools have competed annually ever since in the Cordner-Eggleston Cup, the worlds oldest continuous football competition. Since the early 20th century, it has suggested that Australian football was derived from the Irish sport of Gaelic football
Coburg Football Club
The Coburg Football Club, nicknamed The Lions, is an Australian rules football club based in Coburg, a northern suburb of Melbourne, and currently playing in the Victorian Football League. It is based at Coburg City Oval which has renamed to Piranha Park. Coburg has historically been a club and has won 6 VFA/VFL premierships with the most recent premiership in 1989. The club spent time aligned as a side for the Richmond Football Club from 2001. Coburg was runners-up to the Northcote Football Club in three seasons from 1932 to 1934, and was runners-up in 1941. Coburg had prolific goal kickers Lance Collins and Bob Pratt during the 1930s and 1940s. Collins, in his first full season in 1936, kicked 16,12,11 and 10 goals in games to kick 116 goals for the season. Pratt and Collins together hold the record for the most goals by two players in a season, they kicked a total of 256 goals in 1941, Pratt kicked 22 goals in a match against Sandringham Football Club, a club record. The clubs existence was threatened in 1965, when the City of Coburg leased Coburg Oval to the VFLs North Melbourne Football Club, the only J. J.
Liston trophy winner for Coburg was Jim Sullivan in 1967. Prior to 1943 the Best and Fairest Award in the VFA was the Recorder Cup, Coburg VFA winners were Peter Reville who was the equal winner in 1936 and E. Snowy Martin in 1927. Jim Sullivan was credited by club statistics to have amassed 54 kicks in a match in 1969, which is the second highest recorded in football competition. Coburg has the second highest number of reported players in a VFA match, after many years in the doldrums, the club enjoyed somewhat of a rebirth in the late 1970s, with a continued period of success until the 1990. During that time, the club won three flags, finished another two times and won four minor premierships. Even so, the clubs off-field position was not secure during this time, VFA legend Phil Cleary was a member of all these games, as either a player or a coach. Dave Starbuck holds the record for games, with 219. He is closely followed by cult figure, Vin The Tank Taranto, who played during the 1980s and the days of the 1990s.
Third on the games list, on 205 games, is Cleary, from 2001 until 2013, Coburg had an alignment in place with the AFLs Richmond Football Club, which saw Richmonds players eligible to play senior football for Coburg when not selected in the AFL. The affiliation ended after the 2013 season, Coburg returned to operations as a senior club in the VFL from 2014
Northcote Football Club
Northcote Football Club, nicknamed The Dragons, was an Australian rules football club which played in the VFA from 1908 until 1987. The clubs colours for most of its time in the VFA were green and yellow, Northcote joined the VFA from the Victorian Junior Football Association in 1908. For its first two decades in the VFA, Northcote failed to have a significant impact and this changed in 1929, when the club won its first premiership and began the most prolific period in its history. The club won five premierships, five minor premierships, and finished runners-up on a further two occasions in eight seasons from 1929 until 1936, the club did not win another top division premiership in its time in the Association. As the Association expanded through the 1950s, Northcote became one of the weakest clubs in the Association. The club had a low base, and could only offer lower match payments than most other clubs, to the point when the club was fully amateur from 1953 until 1955. This weakness was reflected in generally poor onfield performances – with the exception of a preliminary final appearance in 1954 when the club was fully amateur.
After the Association split into two divisions, Northcote won the inaugural Division 2 premiership in 1961, but spent only two seasons in Division 1 before being relegated at the end of 1963. It never returned to the top division, and spent the next 24 years competing in Division 2, the club remained middle-of-the-pack in Division 2 throughout the 1960s and 1970s, often finishing just outside the finals. A small club with a supporter base, Northcote was unable to cope with rising operating costs in the 1980s. The club announced initially its withdrawal from the VFA in November 1984 and it played three more years, but its financial situation did not improve and its membership dropped to fewer than 100. It was suspended from the VFA in November 1987 after it lost tenancy of Northcote Park, Northcote was originally nicknamed the Brickfielders because of the local brickworks. For a time in the late 1930s and 1940s, the team was known as the Rosellas and their nickname in the latter half of the 20th century was Dragons.
It wore maroon guernseys for a few years following World War I due to the unavailability of green and gold wool at the time
Sandringham Football Club
The club was formed in that time as a three-way merge of the existing amateur clubs in the area, Sandringham Amateurs, Black Rock FC and Hampton Amateurs. The club colours of gold and blue were taken from three local teams respectively. In the clubs first 10 years of existence, they achieved an end of season ladder position of no higher than 5th. Sandringham recorded its inaugural premiership in the 1946 season, coming from behind late in the quarter to record a 7-point win over Camberwell in front of 30,000 spectators. The Zebras have an alignment agreement with Australian Football League club St Kilda which has been in place since 2009. The alignment agreement means that St Kilda listed players who are able to play, the clubs extended their agreement at the end of 2016. Previously, Sandringham had an alignment with Melbourne and Melbourne were the first two clubs to form an alignment. This was announced in 1999 and began in the 2000 season, the alignment had an immediate effect with Sandringham winning the premiership in 2000, and a further three premierships were won during the affiliation.
Only in 1966 did the club home grounds, spending a year at the Junction Oval in St Kilda before moving back to Beach Oval ahead of the 1967 season. From the 2018 season, the club will play three of its home games each year at Moorabbin Oval, and will wear St Kildas black and white guernsey in these games. The oval has a grandstand, a southern end named after record breaking goal kicker Nick Sautner, and an administration centre – a social club. A record crowd of 18,000 attended the venues first Sunday VFA premiership game, a Rec Footy competition is played at the ground. The Sandringham Dragons play in the TAC Cup and are due to part of the Sandringham club in the near future
Oakleigh Football Club
Oakleigh Football Club, nicknamed the Devils, was an Australian rules football club from Oakleigh which played in the VFA from 1929 until 1994. Oakleigh wore purple guernseys with a gold monogram thus giving them their nickname the Purple. The club was formed in 1891 and after having success in the Melbourne Districts Association, they were one of two teams admitted into the VFA in 1929, the other being Sandringham. With former Essendon star and future Carlton coach Frank Maher in charge they won a premiership in just their second season with a 9-point win over Northcote in a spiteful game,9.6 to 7.9. The two sides met once more in the Grand Final the following year and Oakleigh again got the better of Northcote and they earned the minor premiership the following season and outplayed Port Melbourne to win their third premiership. In 1952 the teams met again in the Grand Final and Oakleigh won comfortably, another drought ensued and Oakleigh didnt make the finals again until 1959. They won their 5th premiership in 1960 despite not being able to play at their ground which was having resurfacing work.
In the following decade they made consecutive Grand Final appearances in 1972,1973 and 1974, Oakleigh remained in the second division for the rest of that divisions existence, losing a number of grand finals along the way, until 1988 when they finally won the premiership. At the end of season, the two division format was scrapped and all of the existing VFA clubs were merged into one competition for the following season. Oakleigh struggled to make an impact in the competition and never managed to move far off the bottom of the ladder again. The Chargers were one of two additional metropolitan clubs introduced to the TAC Cup in 1995 as part of a plan by the AFL to replace the traditional club zones with independent junior clubs and they are based at Warrawee Park in Oakleigh, representing the southeastern suburban area of Melbourne. Melbourne District Association 1907,1924,1928 Victorian Football Association 1930,1931,1950,1952,1960,1967,1972,1988 Carlton – Jack Howell, Bryan Quirk, collingwood – Bill Jones, and Alby Pannam.
St Kilda – Wally Gunnyon and Eric Guy, richard Di Natale - Australian Senator 2010-. Leader, Australian Greens 2015- Keith Schleiger -, shane Rogers - National Recruiting Manager Carlton Football Club Cory Young - Liston Trophy Joe Garbiou - Liston Trophy Derek King – Liston Trophy and Field Medal. Brian Matthey - J Field Medal Rino Pretto –874 career goals for Oakleigh, and one of only two men to have kicked 1000 VFA/VFL goals