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Port Melbourne Football Club

Port Melbourne
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Names
Full namePort Melbourne Football Club
Nickname(s)The Borough
Club details
Founded1874; 147 years ago (1874)
Colours  Blue   Red
CompetitionVictorian Football League
PresidentMichael Shulman
CoachGary Ayres
Captain(s)Jordan Lisle / Tom O'Sullivan
Premierships17 (1897, 1901, 1922, 1940, 1941, 1947, 1953, 1964, 1966, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 2011, 2017)
Ground(s)North Port Oval (capacity: 10,000)
Uniforms
Home
Other information
Official websiteportmelbournefc.com.au

The Port Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed The Borough, is an Australian rules football club based in the inner Melbourne suburb of Port Melbourne. The club was founded in 1874 and has been competing in the Victorian Football Association/League (VFL) since 1886.

Port Melbourne is the most successful club in the VFL, having won 17 senior men's premierships, three more than its nearest rival, Williamstown. The club has maintained stand-alone status, without being in a formal reserves affiliation with a club from the Australian Football League (AFL), for all but five years of its history.

Consequently Port Melbourne is considered one of the strongest Victorian-based football clubs that does not compete in the AFL. The club will begin fielding a women's team in the VFL Women's (VFLW) competition in 2021, and in the past it has fielded premiership-winning teams in the now-defunct VFL Reserves and Development leagues.

History

Port Melbourne team that won its first premiership in 1897

The Borough joined the Victorian Football Association (VFA) in 1886 and has played in every season since then. In 1897, Port Melbourne was left out of the group of eight clubs which formed the breakaway VFL competition, despite having regularly been about the sixth- or seventh- best performing team onfield. Historian Terry Keenan theorised that the likeliest reason for Port Melbourne's exclusion was the reputation for the poor behaviour that its players and spectators had developed over the previous decade; its rivalry with and proximity to the influential South Melbourne Football Club and the fact that the club had supported the gate equalisation measures which the breakaway clubs were trying to escape were also speculated to have contributed to the decision.[1]

The club, and the suburb of Port Melbourne in general, were heavily associated with wharf labourers and the union movement. During a 1928 waterfront strike in Melbourne, a wharf labourer protesting the use of scab labour was shot by police; as a result, the club banned any police from playing with them. The policy remained in place until the late 1950s.[2]

For most, the nickname of the Borough (or Boroughs) may seem strange, but its origins lie when the team was based in what was known as the Borough of Port Melbourne. The name stuck, even after the area was upgraded to the status of town and eventually city.[3][4]

Port Melbourne went on to become one of the strongest clubs in the VFA, and today still attracts some of the biggest crowds to its games. The club had very strong links with the Port Melbourne community, arguably the strongest community relationship within the VFA; local juniors often held stronger aspirations to play for Port Melbourne than for the VFL's South Melbourne - which by the 1950s was perennially struggling and to which the Port Melbourne area was zoned - and even players as highly decorated as Brownlow Medallists Peter Bedford and Bob Skilton regularly returned to Port Melbourne after their VFL careers.[5]

Traditionally the Borough's greatest rivals are the Williamstown Seagulls and the Sandringham Zebras. All three teams continue to play in the VFL to this day. Prior to the original breakaway of the VFL from the VFA in 1897, Port Melbourne's greatest rival was South Melbourne.[1]

Since the AFL reserves competition merged with the Victorian Football League in 2000, Port Melbourne has been involved in two affiliations: with the Sydney Swans (2001-2002), and with the North Melbourne Kangaroos (2003-2005); since 2006, Port Melbourne has existed as a stand-alone VFL club. The club has fielded a team in the VFL Women's competition since 2021.

In under-age football, Port Melbourne has been affiliated with the Oakleigh Chargers NAB League team since the 1999 season.[6] It had previously been affiliated with the Geelong Falcons (1996-1998),[7] and in 1995 was part of a three-way affiliation which saw it share the Calder Cannons and Western Jets with Williamstown and Coburg.[8]

Club Jumper

The Port Melbourne Football Club's Guernsey is royal blue with red vertical stripes.

Uniform evolution

1889-
1897-1908
1909-present

Club Song

The club song is sung to the tune of "You're a Grand Old Flag".

2011 season

In 2011, Port Melbourne completed a perfect season, winning all eighteen home-and-away games, then three finals matches, culminating in a 56-point win against Williamstown in the Grand Final.[9] It was the first perfect season in the VFA/VFL first division since 1918.[10]

Team of the Century

The Port Melbourne Football Club team of the century was chosen in 2003, combining all the clubs greats from across its long history.

Team of the Century: Line Up
Back Line Stan Plumridge Joe Garbutt Vic Aanensen
Half Back Line David King Bob Kelsey Bob Withers
Centre Line Bill Swan Peter Bedford Billy McGee
Half Forward Line Rob Freyer Ted Freyer Brian Walsh
Forward Line Bob Bonnett Fred Cook Tommy Lahiff
Rucks Frank Johnson, Sr. (c) Graeme Anderson Bill Findlay
Interchange David Holt Reg Murray Norm Goss, Jr.
Bill Bedford Carl Bowen Gary Brice
Coach Gary Brice

Honours

Premierships
Competition Level Wins Years Won
Victorian Football League Seniors 17 1897, 1901, 1922, 1940, 1941, 1947, 1953, 1964, 1966, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 2011, 2017
VFA/VFL Reserves Division 1 14 1944, 1949, 1951, 1959, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1980, 1996, 2004
VFA/VFL Thirds Division 1 2 1952, 1993
Other titles and honours
Centenary Cup Seniors 1 1977
Finishing positions
Victorian Football League Minor premiership 20 1941, 1947, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1966, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1987, 1993, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2014
Grand Finalists 21 1902, 1923, 1925, 1928, 1929, 1945, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1965, 1967, 1987, 1993, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2012
Wooden spoons 3 1909, 1936, 2006

Grand Final performances

  • 1897 - runners-up North Melbourne
  • 1901 - runners-up Richmond
  • 1922 - Port Melbourne 9.6 (60) d Footscray 8.10 (58) (Crowd: 22,000)
  • 1940 - Port Melbourne 23.22 (160) d Prahran 17.11 (113) (Crowd: 30,882)
  • 1941 - Port Melbourne 15.18 (108) d Coburg 11.23 (89) (Crowd: 36,289)
  • 1947 - Port Melbourne 15.13 (103) d Sandringham 11.8 (74) (Crowd: 24,000)
  • 1953 - Port Melbourne 21.15 (141) d Yarraville 12.9 (81) (Crowd: 40,000)
  • 1964 - Port Melbourne 14.17 (101) d Williamstown 10.5 (65) (Crowd: 20,000)
  • 1966 - Port Melbourne 13.12 (90) d Waverley 6.11 (47) (Crowd: 20,000)
  • 1974 - Port Melbourne 22.20 (152) d Oakleigh 11.17 (83) (Crowd: 23,936)
  • 1976 - Port Melbourne 19.18 (132) d Dandenong 10.15 (75) (Crowd: 32,317)
  • 1977 - Port Melbourne 23.19 (157) d Sandringham 7.15 (57) (Crowd: 29,664)
  • 1980 - Port Melbourne 11.15 (81) d Coburg 10.10 (70) (Crowd: 22,010)
  • 1981 - Port Melbourne 32.19 (211) d Preston 15.8 (98) (Crowd: 20,186)
  • 1982 - Port Melbourne 21.15 (141) d Preston 20.14 (134) (Crowd: 20,732)
  • 2011 - Port Melbourne 22.12 (144) d Williamstown 13.10 (88) (Crowd: 11,896)
  • 2017 - Port Melbourne 11.8 (74) d Richmond 10.10 (70) (Crowd: 17,159)
  • Total Premierships - 17
  • Total Grand Finals - 33

Post War Placings

Placings (1945-64)
Year 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964
Placement 2 4 1 11 7 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 3 8 8 6 7 5 1
Placings (1965-84)
Year 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984
Placement 2 1 2 5 3 4 6 5 4 1 3 1 1 3 3 1 1 1 3 6
Placings (1985-04)
Year 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Placement 5 5 2 4 8 10 5 6 2 7 3 5 4 8 6 13 10 2 3 2
Placings (2005-present)
Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
Placement 5 13 7 2 3 6 1 2 6 3 10 8 1 8 4

Records

  • League History: VFA/VFL 1886-15, 1918-41, 1945-present
  • Record Attendance: 36,289 v the Coburg Lions in 1941
  • Most Games: 253 by Fred Cook
  • Most Goals: 1210 by Fred Cook
  • Liston Medallists: E. Hyde (1930), W. Findlay (1946), F. Johnson (1952), V. Aanensen (1979, 1981), S. Allender (1980), W. Swan (1982, 1983), S. Harkins (1990), S. Valenti (2010, 2011)
  • Highest Score: 43.29 (287) v Sandringham in 1941
  • Lowest Score: 0.2 (2) v Prahran in 1902
  • Longest Winning Run: 28 (2011-2012)
  • Longest Losing Run: 14 (1909)

Coaches

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Keenan, Terry (2001), "Keeping out the riff-raff - Port Melbourne's exclusion from the Victorian Football League in 1896", Sporting Traditions, 17 (2): 1-16
  2. ^ Marc Fiddian (19 September 1981). "Another proud day for Port". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 43.
  3. ^ Ciem (22 July 1922). "Association topics". Record. Emerald Hill, VIC. p. 2.
  4. ^ "Ports wilted at the finish". Record. Emerald Hill, VIC. 19 June 1937. p. 5.
  5. ^ Amy, Paul (2014), Fabulous Fred: the Strife and Times of Fred Cook, Melbourne Books, pp. 53-54
  6. ^ "Borough Continue To Build on Oakleigh Chargers Relationship". Port Melbourne Football Club. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ Adrian Dunn (5 October 1995). "Willy and the Bees merge order". Herald Sun (Afternoon ed.). Melbourne, VIC. p. 86.
  8. ^ Adrian Dunn (17 September 1994). "Prahran calls time out". Herald Sun (Morning ed.). Melbourne, VIC. p. 86.
  9. ^ Amy, Paul (25 September 2011). "Port Melbourne crushes Williamstown to claim VFL flag". Leader. Retrieved 2011.
  10. ^ "This weekend in the VFL". The Marngrook Footy Show. 26 August 2011. Retrieved 2011.

Sources

  • Atkinson, G. (1982) Everything you ever wanted to know about Australian rules football but couldn't be bothered asking, The Five Mile Press: Melbourne. ISBN 0 86788 009 0.
  • Terry Keenan. 2006. Unduly Rough Play - A History of the Port Melbourne Football Club, Volume 2 1918 - 1944. Albert Park: Eucalyptus Press
  • Terry Keenan. 2004. Kicking into the Wind - A History of the Formative Years of the Port Melbourne Football Club 1874-1917. Petersham: Walla Walla Press
  • Terry Keenan. 1999. A Taste of Port. Albert Park: Eucalyptus Press
  • Terry Keenan. A Family Feud. Port Melbourne: Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society.
  • Terry Keenan. Keeping Out the Riff-Raff. Port Melbourne: Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society.
  • Marc Fiddian. The VFA - A History of the Victorian Football Association 1877-1995.

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