Cananore Football Club

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Full name Cananore Football Club
Nickname The Canaries
Sport Australian rules football
Founded 1901
First season 1908
Last season 1941
League Tasmanian Football League
Home ground TCA Ground
Black with Gold CFC monogram on chest.

Cananore Football Club was an Australian rules football club, founded in 1901.

Cananore v Lefroy at North Hobart in 1938

It competed in the Tasmanian Football League (TFL/TANFL) as a junior club from 1901 to 1907, and as a senior club between 1908 and 1941.

In 1942, the TFL competition was suspended indefinitely due to World War II. The club did not resume competition after the war and, to all intents and purposes, the former Cananore Football Club was transformed into what is now the Hobart Football Club.

The Canaries[edit]

They were known as the Canaries and wore black and gold as their club colours.

TFL status[edit]

Cananore played as a junior club between 1901 and 1907; and, as a junior club, played their matches at West Hobart Oval (the current school oval of the Lansdowne Crescent School) .

Cananore gained senior club status for the 1908 TFL season; and, from then, played their home games at the Tasmanian Cricket Association Ground.


The name of the Cananore Football Club was derived from a misspelt plaque on a large family home, which had been a gathering point for fans of the club in its formative years. The house is long demolished and the plaque is now displayed in the Hobart Football Clubrooms.

"Cannanore was the British name of a district in India in the 19th century which is now called Kannur.
The district was an important port on the Arabian Sea and the British military headquarters on India's west coast until 1887.
It is believed one of the founders of Cananore chose the name as they had been based [at Cannanore] in earlier years and had brought home an incorrectly spelt name plaque, which adorned the entry to a building at which many supporters of the new entity met.
While no official amalgamation of Cananore and Hobart took place, it is widely regarded that from Cananore's ashes Hobart grew, with strong family ties linking the history of the two clubs." — The Mercury, 8 September 2010.[1]

The 1923 Cananore Football Team. Jack Gardiner, the captain-coach (then aged 42), is at the far left; Ted Terry (marked with arrow) is third from the right.


The club were TFL/TANFL premiers eleven times and Tasmanian State Premiers on ten occasions.

Last season (1941)[edit]

The Canaries' final season of football was the 1941 TANFL Season under coach J.Cashmore. The club would go into recess due to World War Two, and, in 1944, TANFL executives drew up a plan to turn the competition into a regulated, district-based format upon resumption of the League in 1945, rather than the previous motley collection of clubs.

As a result of these changes, Cananore was replaced in the TANFL by the Hobart Football Club who would go on to share the same black and gold colours, same home ground (TCA Ground) and many of the same players and supporters from Cananore would go on to be involved with Hobart for many years to come.

Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame[edit]

On 18 May 2010, AFL Tasmania announced that the Cananore Football Club and Hobart Football Club would be inducted together in the Great Clubs category of the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame.

VFL footballers[edit]

The most famous VFL footballer to have played for the club was Albert Collier; while others to have played include Claude Bryan, Jack Cashman, Jack Gardiner, Pat Hartnett, Fred Pringle, Alan Scott, Ted Terry, and Graham Tudor.[2]


TFL/TANFL premierships[edit]

  • 1909, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1921, 1922, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1931, 1933
Cananore Football Club's 1909 premiership team

Tasmanian State Premierships[edit]

  • 1909, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1921, 1922, 1925, 1926, 1927,[3][4] 1931.

Club Facts[edit]

William Leitch Medallists[edit]

George Watt Medallists[edit]

  • 1940 - Geoff Kilmartin.

TFL Leading Goalkickers[edit]

  • 1909 - F.Burton (11)
  • 1910 - C.Ward (16)
  • 1911 - C.Ward (24)
  • 1913 - G.Badenach (13)
  • 1924 - J.Brain (47)
  • 1925 - J.Brain (64)
  • 1926 - F.Ahearne (50)
  • 1927 - F.Ahearne (45)