Castlemaine Football Club
The club is notable for several reasons. Formed in 1859, it is the second oldest documented football club in Australia after the Melbourne Football Club and it has produced a large number of notable Australian rules footballers.
Like many country football clubs, Castlemaine operates as a football and netball club.
Players wear vertical black and white stripes and goes by the nickname "Magpies".
The Castlemaine Football Club was formed on June 15, 1859 at the Supreme Court Hotel and chaired by T Butterworth. Castlemaine played its first match on June 22, 1859 on the Cricket Ground Barkers Creek.
The club was formed in an era before codified rules organised competition, but according to some sources, including Graeme Atkinson, "football" was popular in the goldfields region. Records for the foundation date was discovered in 2007 which rewrote history as many had previously believed the Geelong Football Club to be formed earlier.
Without a league to participate in, the club was an irregular competitor during its first decade.
The original uniform was a white cap with royal-blue Maltese cross.
In 1925, Castlemaine joined the Bendigo Football League.
Castlemaine Players in the VFL/AFL
|Player||VFL/AFL Clubs||VFL/AFL Career||Notes/References|
|Jack Showell||St Kilda||1936–38|
|Ron Barassi, Sr.||Melbourne||1936–1940|
|Graeme Miniham||St Kilda||1953–59|
|Bud Annand||St Kilda||1956–62|
|Warren Jones||Carlton, St Kilda||1978–85|
|Lazar Vidovic||St Kilda||1989–97|
|Paul Starbuck||Sydney, Carlton||1990|
|Rod Keogh||Melbourne, St Kilda||1990–98|
|Tom Kavanagh||Melbourne, Fitzroy||1993–94|