Brunswick Football Club
|Full name||Brunswick Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||Pottery Workers, Brickfielders, Magpies|
|Colours||Black and White|
|Competition||Victorian Football Association 1897-1990|
|Ground(s)||Gillon Oval |
Brunswick Football Club was an Australian rules football club which played in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) from 1897 until 1990. Based in Brunswick, Victoria, for most of their time in the Association they were known as the Magpies, and wore black and white guernseys. Three years prior to leaving the VFA they were renamed Brunswick-Broadmeadows.
Brunswick Football Club was formed in 1865 and joined the VFA in the 1897 season. The club was colloquially known in its early days as the Pottery Workers or the Brickfielders, and its fans were known for sounding clayhole bells at matches; after changing their colours from light blue and red colors to black and white, they became informally, and then later formally, known as the Magpies. They struggled to be competitive in the league early on, finishing last in 1898, 1899 and 1902.
They won the first of their three 1st division premierships in 1909 which started a successful era for the club under former Essendon Football Club player Jack McKenzie. Up until 1915 they played in 6 finals series and 4 grand finals.
After consistently making the finals following the end of the war they won another premiership in 1925. In 1926, the club dropped out of the Association near the end of the season in protest against suspensions meted out to captain-coach Wally Raleigh and team-mate Hassett, but was re-admitted prior to the 1927 season under an entirely new committee.
They struggled during the 1930s, both financially and on the field, forcing them to sell their finest players to Victorian Football League (VFL) clubs. Their last premiership success however came in the decade, defeating Brighton Football Club in the 1938 grand final by 33 points. For much of the later part of the 20th century the club played in the 2nd division, winning premierships in 1975, 1980 and 1985.
- 1975 (2nd Division)
- 1980 (2nd Division)
- 1985 (2nd Division)
Club Champions/Best & Fairest
- 1938 J Dowling
- 1939 H Jones & R Quinn (equal)
- 1940 C Crawford & J Dowling (equal)
- 1947 R Shaw
- 1949 I McIvor
- 1964 B Wicks
- Frank Anderson, Hedley Blackmore, Jack McKenzie and Stewart McLatchie – Carlton footballers
- Tom Clarke – Essendon footballer
- Leo Maynes - Essendon/Fitzroy footballer
- Roy McKay – Footscray footballer
- Joe Kinnear – Melbourne footballer
- John Dowling, Keith Greig, Daryl O'Brien, Wayne Schimmelbusch and Daryl Schimmelbusch – North Melbourne footballers
- Ron Clegg and Charles Clements – South Melbourne footballers
- Mark 'Jacko' Jackson – Melbourne/St Kilda/Geelong & entertainer
- Barry Nolan – 1978 J. J. Liston Trophy winner
- Tony West – 1986 J. J. Liston Trophy winner
- John Curtin – Australian Prime Minister
- Ernest George – 1913 Stawell Gift winner
- Paul Young – 1985 Stawell Gift winner
- Wayne Harmes played one season in 1989 after leaving Carlton
- Bill Jacobs - 1960s Australian Cricket Team Manager and Football Radio Broadcaster (3AW - 1957 to 1991 incl 25 Grand Finals)
- "Brunswick". Australian Football. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
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- Old Boy (1 September 1908). "Football – Association premiership". The Argus (Melbourne, VIC). p. 9.
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- "Football sensation – club leaves Association". The Argus (Melbourne, VIC). 21 August 1926. p. 32.
- "Brunswick's position". The Argus (Melbourne, VIC). 18 January 1927. p. 7.