Federal Football League
FormerlyFederal Football Association (1909−32)
Federal District Football League (1932−62)
SportAustralian rules football
Founded1909
Ceased1981; 43 years ago (1981)
CountryAustralia
Most titlesMoorabbin (12)

The Federal Football League (FFL), also known simply as the Federal League, was an Australian rules football competition in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria. The competition was in existence from 1909 to 1981 and was regarded as one of the strongest metropolitan leagues in Melbourne.[1]

It is said that, in the mid-1960s, Channel 7 was seeking to telecast FFL games on a Sunday.[2]

Formation

Formed in 1909[3] as the Federal Football Association,[4] the competition's eight founding members were Cheltenham, Ellindale, Elsternwick, Frankston, Mentone, Mordialloc, Moorabbin, and Glen Huntly,[5] all from the southern/south eastern suburbs.[6]

Local Councillor F. T. Le Page was elected president.[7]

History

In 1915, the Federal football Association (FFA) A. Grade teams were - Brighton District, Moorabbin, Cheltenham, Moorabbin Park, Oakleigh and Elsternwick, whilst the B. Grade clubs were Sandringham, Mentone, Heatherton and Glenhuntly.[8]

In 1925, the FFA comprised 10 senior and 9 junior club's and had over 1,000 registered players.[9]

In 1933, J Nolan kicked 116 goals for the Caulfield.[10]

In 1937 the A Section competition teams were composed of - Black Rock, Mordialloc, Cheltenham, East Burwood, Moorabbin, Caulfield, Darling and Mentone, and in the B section, Chelsea, Highett, Mt. Waverley, Mordialloc, Black Rock and Edithvale-Aspendale.[11]

Middle Brighton FC kicked 50.40 - 340 v Heatherton: 0.0 - 0 in a match in 1914.

Clubs

Nine clubs competed in the FFL's final season.

Club Colours Nickname Seasons Fate/current league
Bentleigh
Demons 1957–1978 Merged
1979 with McKinnon to form Moorabbin (II)
Black Rock
Jets 1913–14; 1919–1926;
1931–1972
SFNL
Brighton Districts
1913-1915;
1919-1921
Merged[12][13]
1928 with Brighton
Camden 1939–1956 Merged
1956 with South Caulfield CYMS to form South Caulfield
Carrum
Lions 1911; 1913–1914;
1922–1927
SFNL
Chelsea
Seagulls 1919–1958 MPNFL
Cheltenham
Rosellas 1909–1928;
1930–1981
SFNL
Clayton
Clays 1954–1981 SFNL
Dandenong
Redlegs 1951–1957 Folded
1994
Darling 1934–1940 Folded
c. 1940
Doveton
Doves 1972–1976 SFNL
East Burwood
Rams 1931–1938 EFNL
East Caulfield
1932–1976 Folded
1976
East Malvern
1962–1973 Folded
1973
Ellindale 1909–1910;
1912
Folded
c. 1913
Elsternwick
Wickers 1909–1910, 1913 VAFA
Glen Orme 1946-1948 Folded[14]
c. 1948
Glen Huntly Hunters 1960–1974 Merged
1974 with Glen Huntly Amateurs
Hampton 1920[15] Merged[16]
1929 with various clubs to form Sandringham
Heatherton
(Freighters)
Tonners 1913–1914; 1920–1921;
1927–1928; 1946–1952
SFNL[17]
Highett
Bulldogs 1934–1981 SFNL
McKinnon 1954–1977 Merged
1979 with Bentleigh to form Moorabbin (II)
Mentone
Tigers 1909; 1913–1914;
1920–1981
Merged
1993 with St Bedes
Moorabbin (I)
Kangaroos 1909–1950 Folded
1965
Moorabbin (II)
Kangaroos 1979–1981 Folded
1987
Moorabbin Park 1913-1915 Folded[18][19]
1915
Mordialloc
Bloodhounds 1909–1911;
1921–1957
SFNL
Noble Park
Bulls 1964–1981 SFNL
Oakleigh District
Districts 1964–1981 SFNL
Parkdale Seagulls 1955–1981 Merged
2004 with Mentone to form Parkdale Vultures
South Caulfield 1957–1961 Merged
1964 with Brighton
Springvale
Demons 1957–1981 VFL
as Casey
University Reds
Reds 1971−1972 Merged
2008 with Fitzroy
Vermont
Eagles 1936 EFNL
Victoria Brewery 1910–1912 Folded[20]
1913

Notes

A. Grade Football Premiers / Runners Up

The Agar Wynne Shield. The Honourable Agar Wynne, MHR was the Federal Football Association's Patron from 1909 to 1915.[23]

Best and Fairest Awards

Senior Football / A. Grade Section[51]

Cr. J.W. ALLNUT MEDAL. (Allnut was President of the FFA from 1936 to 1945 & a life member).

Year Player's Name Club Votes Year Player's Name Club Votes
1927 P Gleeson Chelsea 1952 C. Mudge Mentone
1928 P Gleeson Chelsea 1953 A. Beckwith Mentone
1929 Les Warren & Chelsea 1954 [52] G March Camden 22
W Hughes Mordialloc 1955 R Goodes Parkdale
1930 Les Warren Chelsea 1956 George Ashman Mordialloc
1931 A Perry Black Rock 1957 Kevin Phillips Chelsea
1932 B.Kavanagh Mordialloc 1958 Kevan Hamilton McKinnon
1933 J Ash & Caulfield 1959 K Roberts Cheltenham
I Corry Cheltenham 1960 I Gardner Springvale
1934 V Hunter East Burwood 1961 Kevan Hamilton McKinnon
1935 E Roff East Burwood 1962 Kevan Hamilton McKinnon
1936 E Martin East Burwood 1963 Kevan Hamilton McKinnon
1937[53] J Mitchell Mentone 1964 K Hamilton McKinnon
1938[54] P Witchell Black Rock 21 1965 G Gotch Glenhuntly
1939 K Dunn Mentone 1966 W Morrison Highett
1940 E.McInerny Moorabbin 1967 J Ward Black Rock
1941[55] Laurie Kelly Camden 1968 I House Caulfield
1942 In recess. WW2 1969 C Hutchins East Malvern
1943 In recess. WW2 1970 K Ellis Glenhuntly
1944 In recess. WW2 1971 J Calleja Bentleigh
1945 R.Hocking Camden 1972 D. McGrath Noble Park
1946 D.Fankhauser Mordialloc 1973 F.Clifford Doveton
1947 C.Mudge & Mordialloc 1974 G.Skinner Parkdale
Alf Evans Chelsea 1975 R.Johnston McKinnon
1948 C.Coade & Glen Orme 1976 A.Sierowkoski Mentone
G.Daley & Heatherton 1977 L.Studham Noble Park
C.Mudge Mordialloc 1978 T.Quinn Bentleigh
1949 R.Fox Moorabbin 1979 S.Watt Noble Park
1950 C.Dawson Caulfield 1980 D.Brooks Noble Park
1951 C.Mudge Mentone 1981 T.Quinn Moorabbin

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