Eltham Football Club

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Eltham Football Club
Eltham Logo.JPG
Names
Full nameEltham Football Club
Nickname(s)The Panthers
2013 season
Leading goalkickerTBA
Best and fairestTBA
Club details
Founded1909
Colours     Black and      Red
CompetitionNorthern Football League
ChairmanSteve McAllister
CoachBrett Weatherald
Captain(s)Paul Currie
Ground(s)Central Park
Other information
Official websiteelthamfc.com.au
 
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Eltham Football Club
Eltham Logo.JPG
Names
Full nameEltham Football Club
Nickname(s)The Panthers
2013 season
Leading goalkickerTBA
Best and fairestTBA
Club details
Founded1909
Colours     Black and      Red
CompetitionNorthern Football League
ChairmanSteve McAllister
CoachBrett Weatherald
Captain(s)Paul Currie
Ground(s)Central Park
Other information
Official websiteelthamfc.com.au

Eltham Football Club is an Australian rules football club in Eltham, Victoria, currently competing in the Northern Football League.

History[edit]

The Eltham Football Club began playing social matches at nearby Kangaroo Ground, Diamond Creek and Greensborough from around 1904. Phil McGavin was listed as Secretary in 1904.

In 1907, Police Constable "Ike" Stephens convened a meeting with the idea of providing entertainment for the lads and an outlet for their surplus energy. .

Eltham continued to play social games however World War One saw these stop. After the return of the men in 1918-19, Eltham returned to the football field.

In 1920, the Eltham Football Club joined the Heidelberg District Football League. The team travelled by train to Ivanhoe to play their first game. Home games were played at Eltham Park, now called Eltham Lower Park.

In 1922, Eltham joined other nearby clubs Greensborough, Diamond Creek, Templestowe, Warrandyte, and Kangaroo Ground in establishing the Diamond Valley Football League.

Eltham made their first finals appearance in 1928 and won their first premiership in 1930 by defeating Heidelberg.

In 1930, Eltham Central Park was opened, although this was only used by the footballers for training until 1935, when the club formally moved their home games there and this has been the club's home ever since.

In 1935, Eltham defeated Epping in the Grand Final, but Epping lodged a protest over the eligibility of an Eltham player. A tribunal in Melbourne upheld the protest and ordered a replay. Eltham forfeited the replay and Epping was awarded the premiership.

Eltham left the DVFL to play in VFL Sub Districts League for seasons 1936 & 1937 before returning in 1938.

After five consecutive wooden spoons during the early 1960s, the club went through a golden period of four premierships in six seasons between 1969 and 1974.

Eltham Football Club was relegated to the new DVFL Second Division for Season 1981, but quickly responded with the 1982 premiership and subsequent return to the First Division. This began a trend with Eltham "yo-yoing" between the two divisions – six Second Division premierships and five First Division wooden spoons.

The 2002 Second Division premiership was the Panthers last success,gaining promotion to Division 1. Has competed in the top Division since 2003. Competing in their first finals series in the top division since 1977 in 2010.

The club boasts a thriving junior organisation with numerous under-age teams in the NFL. A large number of junior premierships have been won, many of these in Division 1..

Other highlights:

Premierships[edit]

Seniors[edit]

(Division One)

(Division Two)

Reserves[edit]

(Division One)

(Division Two)

Under 19[edit]

(Division One)

Honourboard[edit]

YearPresidentCoachCaptainB & FGoalkicker
2012Steven McAllisterBrett WeatheraldPaul CurrieLachlan RichardsonPaul Currie
2011Steven MerkelCraig HayesPaul CurrieGavan ConnellyChris Burton
2010Steven MerkelCraig HayesPaul CurrieGavan ConnellyPaul Currie
2009Steven MerkelCraig HayesLachlan RichardsonGavan ConnellyPaul Currie
2008Steven WilliamsonPhil MaylinLachlan RichardsonChris VarsamakisNick Sandy
2007Steven WilliamsonPhil MaylinLachlan RichardsonJai AudleyMark Minney
2006Dean PhilpotsPhil MaylinLachlan RichardsonMark MinneyRyan Bongetti
2005Dean PhilpotsPhil MaylinLachlan RichardsonAdam ContessaAshley Dickson
2004Dean PhilpotsPhil MaylinLachlan RichardsonAdam ContessaMarcus Pappa
2003Dean PhilpotsPhil MaylinLachlan RichardsonMark MinneyGavan Neville

Chris Moyle

2002Dean PhilpotsWayne FreemanLachlan Richardson

Craig McKay

Lachlan RichardsonLuke Kennell
2001Geoff WaddellGrant TurnbullDean PhilpotsMark MinneyJimmy Stirton
2000Geoff WaddellGarry JessopLucas Paul

Mark Minney

Lachlan RichardsonLucas Paul
1999Neil HalfpennyGarry JessopDavid BrownMark MinneyMark Minney

John Garrard

1998Colin WilsonMichael Jones

Ray Spratt

David BrownLucas PaulMark Minney
1997Colin WilsonRay SprattPaul SmithGarry RamsayGreg Wilson

AFL / VFL footballers from Eltham FC[edit]

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