|Full name||Casey Scorpions Football Club|
|Colours||Navy, White and Red|
|Competition||Victorian Football League|
|Premierships||VFA/VFL D1: 5 (1987, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999)|
|Ground(s)||Casey Fields (capacity: 4,000)|
The Casey Scorpions Football Club is an Australian rules football club based in Cranbourne East, Victoria. The club, which was known until 2005 as the Springvale Football Club and was based in Springvale, currently plays in the Victorian Football League (VFL). It has a reserves affiliation with the Melbourne Football Club.
The club was founded in 1903 as the Springvale Football Club, and from 1915 it played at what became its traditional home ground, the Springvale Recreation Reserve at Newcomen Road, Springvale. After initially playing in the Mulgrave Football Association, the club joined the Berwick District Football Association in 1911, where it played until the Second World War; in its time in the BDFA, the club won seven premierships. After the war, the club switched to the more metropolitan-based Caulfield Oakleigh District League. After winning the 1956 premiership, the club switched to the Federal Football League, the top suburban league in the southern suburbs of Melbourne. The club became a powerhouse of the Federal League, and in its 25 years in the league from 1957–1981, it won seven premierships, including four in a row from 1960–1963, and missed the finals only twice. Overall, the club won fifteen senior premierships at suburban level.
Due to Springvale's strength as a club, it was seen as a strong contender to join the Victorian Football Association, the second-highest level of senior football in Melbourne. The club was offered entry to the VFA in 1961, after its first Federal League premiership, but the club turned down the offer, seeking to consolidate its strength in the Federal League, and worried that the proximity of Oakleigh and Dandenong could stifle its competitiveness. The club applied for VFA membership in 1978, but the VFA was not looking to expand at that time. Finally, as part of the VFA's expansion and restructure in 1982, Springvale was admitted to Division 2. Springvale won the Division 2 premiership in its second year in 1983, and was promoted to Division 1 in 1984, and narrowly avoided relegation for the next three years.
In December 1986, Springvale was earmarked for exclusion under the Association's controversial Football Organisation Review Team (FORT) recommendations, which sought to rationalise the Association to a stronger twelve-club competition in a single division, but which were never formally enacted after being rejected by the clubs. Less than a year later, after recruiting Phil Maylin and three other former League players in the pre-season, Springvale proved the FORT wrong by rising to the finals for the first time and winning the 1987 Division 1 premiership. Springvale was one of only two of the FORT review's excluded clubs to survive in the VFA beyond 1991, the other being Werribee. Springvale dominated the VFA/VFL in the late 1990s, winning four premierships in five years: 1995, 1996, 1998 and 1999.
By 2000, the club was hindered by its Newcomen Road ground. Aside from the rundown condition of the facilities, the surrounding area of Springvale had developed a bad reputation as a drugs hotspot, which was keeping people away. The club continued to train at Newcomen Road, but played home games nomadically at a variety of south-eastern suburban grounds for the next few years, initially at Waverley Park in 2000, and then later at venues including Moorabbin Oval and Shepley Oval (Dandenong).
In 2005, to attempt to financially secure its long-term future, the club came to an arrangement with the City of Casey, which had developed the new Casey Fields multi-sports complex in Cranbourne East and was seeking a VFL team to play there. The club moved its training and playing base to Casey Fields in 2006, and changed its name to the Casey Scorpions Football Club.
When the VFL and the Victorian State Football League merged in 2000, Springvale carried on as a stand-alone club for one season before entering reserves affiliations with Australian Football League clubs. From 2001 until 2008, the club was affiliated with the St Kilda Football Club. Since 2009, it has been affiliated with the Melbourne Football Club, which also maintains a training base at Casey Fields.
- Division One (2): 1987, 1995
1987- Springvale 14 16 (100) d. Port Melbourne 7 20 (62) at Junction Oval
1995- Springvale 14 10 (94) d. Sandringham 6 15 (51) at Victoria Park
- Division Two (1): 1983
1983- Springvale 17 9 (111) d. Brunswick 13 16 (94) at Toorak Park
- VFL: 1996, 1998–99
1996- Springvale 11 7 (73) d. Frankston 10 10 (70) at Princes Park
1998- Springvale 11 17 (83) d. Werribee 5 15 (45) at TEAC Oval
1999- Springvale 19 11 (125) d. Nth Ballarat 9 11 (65) at TEAC Oval
JJ Liston Medallists: Stuart Nicol 1990, D. Robbins 2000.
Norm Goss Medallists: D. Vernon 1987, M. Mellody 1995, K. Taylor 1996, B Delaure 1998, D. Donati 1999.
Games Record Holder: Damien Carroll 233.
Goals Record Holder: Shayne Smith 470
Longest Winning Sequence: 16 (1999)
Longest Losing Sequence: 10 (2005)
VFA/VFL era captains and coaches
|1982||Phillip Pinnell||Phillip Pinnell|
|1983||Laurie Fowler||Laurie Fowler|
|1984||Laurie Fowler||Laurie Fowler|
|1985||Greg Anderson||Laurie Fowler|
|1986||Daryl Vernon||Phil Fryer|
|1987||Phil Maylin||Phil Maylin|
|1988||Phil Maylin||Phil Maylin|
|1989||Phil Maylin||Phil Maylin|
|1990||G Meade||Phil Maylin|
|1991||Graham Dempster||Phil Maylin|
|1992||R Morgan||Bernie Sheehy|
|1993||R Morgan||Bernie Sheehy|
|1994||Denis Knight||Bernie Sheehy|
|1995||Denis Knight||Michael Ford|
|1996||Kain Taylor||Brad Gotch|
|1997||Kain Taylor||Brad Gotch|
|1998||Kain Taylor||Phil Nicholson|
|1999||Kain Taylor||Phil Nicholson|
|2000||Jason Caples||Phil Nicholson|
|2001||Jason Caples||Phil Nicholson|
|2002||Jason Caples||Ken Sheldon|
|2003||Steven Harrison||Gerard FitzGerald|
|2004||Steven Harrison||Graham Wright|
|2005||Steven Harrison||Peter Banfield|
|2006||Steven Harrison||Peter Banfield|
|2007||Nigel Carmody||Peter Banfield|
|2008||Kyle Matthews||Greg Hutchison|
|2009||Kyle Matthews||Peter German|
|2010||Kyle Matthews||Brad Gotch|
|2011||Kyle Matthews / James Wall||Brad Gotch|
|2012||Evan Panozza||Brett Lovett|
|2013||Evan Panozza||Rohan Welsh|
|2014||Evan Panozza||Rohan Welsh|
- Casey Scorpions (21 September 2007). "The Club – History". Retrieved 14 July 2014.
- Frank Morley (5 November 1960). "VFA approach to Springvale". The Sporting Globe (Melbourne, VIC). p. 10.
- Marc Fiddian (14 August 1981). "Springvale bid to join VFA". The Age (Melbourne, VIC). p. 24.
- John Craven (16 October 1981). "'Springy' for VFA". The Herald (Melbourne, VIC). p. 28.
- Len Johnson (6 December 1986). "Radical plan to cut VFA to 12 teams". The Age (Melbourne, VIC). p. 39.
- Sam Prenesti (2 May 1987). "Maylin's men spring back". The Age (Melbourne, VIC). p. 36.
- Santo Caruso; Marc Fiddian; Jim Main (2002), Football Grounds of Melbourne, Essendon North, VIC: Pennon Publishing, pp. 140–143
- Ben Carbonaro (29 April 2006). "Good start out at Casey Fields". Retrieved 30 March 2014.
- Daniel Cherny (3 May 2014). "Saints staying in Seaford despite government funding at Moorabbin". The Age (Melbourne, VIC). Retrieved 14 June 2014.
- Cenza Fulco; Debbie Lee (2010). "Read like a demon: football heroes promoting reading to primary school students". Retrieved 30 March 2014.