Altona Football Club

Altona
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Names
Full nameAltona Football Club
Nickname(s)Vikings
Club details
Founded1918; 103 years ago (1918)
Colours
CompetitionWestern Region Football League (s. 1988)
OwnersMembers
PresidentPaul Eishold
CoachCorey McCall
Premierships1947, 1951, 1991, 2004, 2005, 2012
Ground(s)Grant Reserve, Altona[1]
Uniforms
Home
Other information
Official websitealtonafc.com.au

The Altona Football Club is an Australian rules football club which compete in the WRFL since 1988.[2] The team is based in the Melbourne suburb of Altona.

History

An Altona FC team of 1919.

Altona Football Club was established in 1918 in a Pier Street café by James Duke. Altona's nickname in the 1930s was “The Seagulls” or "The Seadogs". In 1939 Altona changed their Guernseys to Navy Blue with a white "A" on the breast and were known as "The As" In 1940 Altona struggled to keep a team going due to many players joining the Armed Forces. With 2 games to complete the 1940 W.D.F.L. season, Altona were expelled from the Association due to not fielding a team on 2 occasions. Altona would go into recess from 1941 to 1943. In 1944 a group met at Leo Barnes' shop in Pier Street Altona and formed a committee to resume the football club which would play social matches in 1944. In 1945 Altona entered the Footscray District Football League in B-Grade where they won the 1947 Premiership and were elevated into the A-Grade for seasons 1948 and 1949.

In 1950 Altona did not field a Senior team due to the Werribee Shire unwilling to supply a satisfactory playing area, Altona only ran an Under 18 team in C-Grade of the F.D.F.L.

In 1951 with a new playing area Altona rejoined the B-Grade of the F.D.F.L. where they won the Premiership Flag.

In 1952 the F.D.F.L. made it mandatory that there would only be 1 Senior Grade and that all teams must have an Under 18 side. Altona could not raise an Under 18 side so it joined the Werribee Football League and changed their Guernseys back to purple & gold. Altona played in the W.F.L. from 1952 to 1964 and were finalists every year and winning the 1956 & 1964 Premierships.

In 1965 Altona had 2 Senior sides and Juniors. Due to the W.F.L. only having one Senior Division, Altona joined the strong Metropolitan Football League with 1 Senior side and had its Reserves and Juniors in the Werribee Football League. Altona's Reserves would move to the 2nd Division of the Metro Football League in 1966 and the Juniors played in the Western Suburban Football League which had changed its name from the Werribee Football League on the request of the South Melbourne Football Club whom was sponsoring the League.

In early 1969, Altona Football Club Committee released a statement that due to lack of support and poor finances Altona would not field a Senior side and only field Juniors in the W.S.F.L. Former Altona Shire President, Bill Lee had registered the name "Altona City Football Club" with the W.S.F.L. and this would be the start of a new club which would have all the A.F.C. players, same colours and same ground. In 1972 Altona City adopted the nickname "The Vikings" and penned the theme song which would pay homage to the Altona Football Club with the ending chorus of "C'mon the As". This era would be Altona's most successful winning Senior Premierships in 1970,71,72,73,75 &76.

In 1977 Altona City FC joined the FDFL for 3 seasons.

Altona rejoined the WSFL in 1980 winning the Division 2 flag and the 1987 Premiership. Altona City played in the WSFL until 1988 when the WSFL merged with the FDFL. In 1991 Altona City won the F.D.F.L. A2 Division Premiership which elevated them to the A1 Division in 1992.

At Altona's AGM at the end of 1992, it was voted that Altona City would be named Altona Football Club and all records from both clubs be amalgamated. Altona played in the A1 Division until they were relegated back to the A2 Division after the 2003 season. 2004 saw Altona win the A2 Premiership. Instead of taking the elevation into the A1 Division, the thoughts of the club that they were not ready to play in the A1 Division and decided to stay in the A2 Division in 2005 where they won back to back Premierships and were elevated into A1 Division for season 2006. The club rebuilt itself from 2006 and saw some lean years but it paid dividends were Altona won the 2012 A1 Division Premiership.

Team Of The Century 1918 - 2018

Back Pocket Full Back Back Pocket
Danny Brennan Bernie Brennan Ian McLeod
Half Back Centre half back Half back Flank
Bill "Scud: Thompson -VC Frank Nielson Ian Harris
Wing Centre Wing
John Rohleder Mal Tisdale Greg Cunninghan
Half Forward Centre Half Forward Half Forward
Steve Sheils Steve Mandics Wayne Muschialli
Forward Pocket Full Forward Forward Pocket
Andrew Venner Ron Schwabe Bill Devereaux
Ruck Ruck Rover Rover
Gordon Timmins Martin Crump Noel Rohleder-Capt
Interchange
Vic Pateras Geoff Bebend Kevin Rohleder Peter Mildenhall
Coach Assistant Coach
Mal Tisdale Lou Thompson

Competitions

Y.M.C.A

1921,1924,1925,1927,1928 (5 Seasons)

Sunshine & District Football Association

1922, 1923 (2 Seasons)

Melbourne & Suburbs A-Grade

1926 (1 Season)

V.F.A. Suburban District B Section

1929 (1 Season)

Footscray District Football League / Western Region Football League

1933,34,35,36,37,45,46,47,48,49,51,77,78,79,1988–present (45 Seasons)

Werribee District Football Association / Werribee Football League

1930,31,32,38,39,40,52,53,54,55,56,57,58,59,60,61,62,63,64 (19 Seasons)

Metropolitan Football League

1965,66,67,68 (4 Seasons)

Western Suburban Football League

1969,70,71,72,73,74,75,76,80,81,82,83,84,85,86,87 (16 Seasons)

Premierships Seniors

  • W.D.F.L. = 1930, 1932
  • W.F.L. = 1956, 1964
  • F.D.F.L. & W.R.F.L. = Div 1 = 2012. Div 2 = 1947, 1951, 1991, 2004, 2005
  • W.S.F.L. = 1970,1971,1972,1973,1975,1976,1980,1987

Premierships Reserves

  • W.S.F.L. 1972,1974
  • W.R.F.L. Div 2 = 2005,Div 1 = 2012, 2013, 2018, 2019

Premierships U19s

  • W.R.F.L. 2017
  • W.R.F.L. 2018

Premierships U18s

  • W.F.L. 1960,1961,1964
  • W.S.F.L. 1966,1967,1968,1970,1971,1984
  • W.R.F.L. 2007 Div: 1,2007 Div: 2

Premierships U16s

  • W.S.F.L. 1968,1969,1970,1971

Premierships U13s

  • W.S.F.L. 1973,1977

Senior Grand Final Results

Year Team Score Team Score League
1925 Abbotsford 12:8:80 Defeated Altona 11:5:71 Y.M.C.A. Open Age
1930 Altona 10:11:71 Defeated Truganina 9:6:60 W.D.F.L.
1932 Altona 12:10:82 Defeated Laverton 4:13:37 W.D.F.L.
1947 Altona 12:25:97 Defeated Waratah 4:5:29 F.D.F.L. B Grade
1951 Altona 12:12:84 Defeated Kingsville 11:7:73 F.D.F.L. B Grade
1956 Altona 9:13:67 Drew Werribee INF 10:7:67 W.F.L.
1956 Altona 8:7:55 Defeated Werribee INF 5:7:37 W.F.L.
1957 Werribee South Defeated Altona W.F.L.
1958 Werribee INF 12:17:89 Defeated Altona 6:13:49 W.F.L.
1959 Werribee South 6:11:47 Defeated Altona 3:8:26 W.F.L.
1963 Werribee South 10:13:73 Defeated Altona 9:9:63 W.F.L.
1964 Altona 5:13:43 Defeated Werribee South 5:4:34 W.F.L.
1970 Altona City 17:14:116 Defeated Central Altona 14:10:94 W.S.F.L.
1971 Altona City 13:9:87 Defeated West Newport 11:13:79 W.S.F.L.
1972 Altona City 16:8:104 Defeated Newport 2:11:23 W.S.F.L.
1973 Altona City 14:20:104 Defeated Newport 8:12:60 W.S.F.L.
1975 Altona City 20:13:133 Defeated Central Altona 10:13:73 W.S.F.L.
1976 Altona City 25:9:159 Defeated Brooklyn 14:13:97 W.S.F.L.
1980 Altona City 18:11:119 Defeated Laverton 11:9:75 W.S.F.L. 2nd Div
1983 Werribee Centrals 25:13:163 Defeated Altona City 10:7:67 W.S.F.L.
1984 West Newport 12:12:84 Defeated Altona City 7:9:51 W.S.F.L.
1987 Altona City 18:10:118 Defeated Hoppers Crossing 15:9:99 W.S.F.L.
1991 Altona City 10:14:74 Defeated Sunshine Heights 7:13:55 F.D.F.L. A2 Div
2004 Altona 11:14:80 Defeated Deer Park 8:7:55 W.R.F.L. A2 Div
2005 Altona 19:12:126 Defeated Glenorden 8:9:57 W.R.F.L. A2 Div
2012 Altona 14:7:91 Defeated Spotswood 12:18:90 W.R.F.L. A1 Div
2019 Altona 9:10:64 Defeated By Deer Park 9:13:67 W.R.F.L. A1 Div

VFL/AFL players

Altona Juniors Football Club

ALTONA Senior Best & Fairest

1919 Abe Johnson & J.Chandler
1931 Ben Wohlers
1938 Kevin Rohleder
1945 Bernie Brennan
1946 Ron Douglas
1947 W."Scud" Thompson
1949 Chris Birkitt
1951 Noel Rohleder
1952 Kevin Ridge
1953 Bob Blokeerus
1955 Max Stephens *Max Stephens League B&F
1958 Wilfred Haigh
1959 Noel Rohleder
1961 Noel Rohleder
1962 Noel Rohleder *Noel Rohleder League B&F
1963 Mario Piovesan *Mario Povesan League B&F
1964 Noel Rohleder & Bill Devereaux
1965 Bill Devereaux
1966
1967 Mal Tisdale
1968 Algie Vosilitis * Algie Vosilitis League B&F
1969 Graham Brennan
1970 Stephen Chatfield
1971 Mal Tisdale
1972 Martin Crump
1973 Gary Munro *Ron Schwabe League B&F
1974 Mal Tisdale
1975 Steve Mandics
1976 Danny Brennan
1977 Geoff Bebend 
1978 Peter Robertson
1979 Steve Mandics
1980 Steve Mandics *Steve Mandics League B&F
1981 Peter Greenough
1982 Steve Mandics
1983 Murray Cooper *Murry Cooper League B&F
1984 Bradley Scholes
1985 Steve Mandics
1986 Colin Ritchie
1987 Greg Cunningham
1988 Shane Davis
1989 Greg Cunningham
1990 Darren Hyde
1991 Paul Whybrow
1992 David Wright
1993 Greg Cunningham
1994 Greg Cunningham
1995 Wayne Muschialli & Scott Evans
1996 Greg Cunninham
1997 Andrew Venner
1998 Andrew Venner *Andrew Venner League B&F
1999 Andrew Venner *Andrew Venner League B&F
2000 Scott Evans 
2001 Andrew Venner *Andrew Venner R/up League B&F
2002 J.Dorward
2003 A.McMahon
2004 S.Smith
2005 Aaron Freeland & Brett Miller
2006 J.Magnabosco
2007 Aaron Freeland
2008 Aaron Freeland & Brett Shiels
2009 Aaron Freeland
2010 Lee Spiteri
2011 Reece Miles
2012 Travis Lunardi
2013 Steven Kennedy
2014 Daniel O'Leary
2015 Jayden Post     
2016 Jordan Robbins
2017 Steven Kennedy *Steven Kennedy League B&F
2018 Patrick Rose
2019 Steven Kennedy

ALTONA Reserves Best & Fairest

1965 Ern Gillert
1966 Lou Thompson
1967 Kevin Peachey
1968 John Neal
1972 Bill Devereaux *Bill Devereaux League B&F
1974 Geoff Bebend
1976 Steve Grainger
1977 Mick Howard
1978 Gary Nolan
1986 Darren Hyde
1990 Paul Nuske
1991 Steve Shiels
1992 Steve Shiels
1993
1994 Steve Shiels
1995 Robert Grierson
1996 Greg Cooney
1997 Darren Hyde
1998 Glenn Evans 
1999 Glenn Evans  *Glenn Evans League B&f
2000 Glenn Evans 
2001 Anthony Hodgetts  *Glenn Evans League B&f *Anthony Hodgetts R/up League b&f
2002 Darren Hyde 
2003 Anthony Hodgetts
2004 Anthony Hodgetts 
2005 Anthony Hodgetts  *Anthony Hodgetts League B&f
2006 Anthony Hodgetts  *Anthony Hodgetts R/up League B&f 
2007 Kevin McDonald    *Anthony Hodgetts R/up League B&f
2008 Kevin McDonald 
2009 Shaun Hagger
2010 Allan Casser  *Anthony Hodgetts League B&f  
2011 Allan Casser 
2012 Brett Miller  *Brett Miller League b&f 
2013 Brett Miller  *Brett Miller League B&f
2014 Brett Miller  *Brett Miller League B&f *Bilal Souki R/up League B&f 
2015 Brett Miller  *Brett Miller League B&f
2016 Brett Miller  *Brett Miller League B&f
2017 Jordan Allen
2018
2019 Matthew McCartney

League Best & Fairest

Seniors

1955 - Max Stephens. 1962 - Noel Rohleder. 1963 - Mario Piovesan. 1968 - Algie Vosilaitis. 1973 - Ron Schwabe. 1980 - Steve Mandics. 1983 - Murray Cooper. 1998 & 1999 - Andrew Venner. 2017 -Steven Kennedy.

Reserves

1972 - Bill Devereaux. 1999 - Glenn Evans. 2001 - Glenn Evans. 2005 - Anthony Hodgetts. 2010 - Anthony Hodgetts. 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 - Brett Miller.

Under 19s

2018 - J.Callaway & B.Searle.

Under 18s

1960 - Brian Skinner. 1970 - Steve Chatfield. 1971 - E.Valente 1999 - R.Cassidy. 2007 - M.Hardiman. 2008 - Corey Lawson. 2009 - Alex Vivoda. 2017 Ethan Taylor

Under 17s

1978 - Neil Condon.

Under 16s

1966 - Richard Zapart. 1968 - Steve Chatfield. 1971 - Joc O'Conner.

Under 12s

1977 - Doug Cooper. 1983 - Jason Skinner.

Under 10s

1977 - Andrew Taylor.

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.sportingpulse.com/club_info.cgi?c=1-6162-80547-0-0&sID=108003

External links

Book

  • History of the WRFL/FDFL – Kevin Hillier - - ISBN 9781863356015
  • History of football in Melbourne's north west - John Stoward - ISBN 9780980592924

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