Full nameKilsyth Football Club
Former nickname(s)Sythers, Red Robins
Club song"We are the Red and Blacks"
Club details
Founded1910; 114 years ago (1910)
CompetitionEastern Football League
Premierships7 (1938, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1975, 1990, 1995)
Ground(s)Pinks Reserve
Former ground(s)Colchester Rd

The Kilsyth Football Club, nicknamed the Cougars, is an Australian rules football club based in Kilsyth, Victoria, which plays in the Eastern Football League. The club is most notable for its three-year stint in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) second division in the 1980s.


The Kilsyth Football Club was formed in 1910 and was affiliated with the Box Hill District Football League. In 1913 they combined with Montrose and played on Vacant Land owned by the Salvation Army on the corner of Liverpool and Pig Lane (renamed Pavitt Lane) and again in 1922 they combined but this time it was with Bayswater.

In 1923, Kilsyth merged with Montrose in the Yarra Valley Football Association and lost the preliminary final to Healesville.[1]

In 1924 Kilsyth Football Club became a sole entity and purchased a former orchard on Colchester Road which is now known as Kilsyth Recreation Reserve.

From 1927 Kilsyth 'Sythers' played in the Ringwood District Football League until its demise in 1941 when it then moved to theCroydon-Ferntree Gully Football League which then became the Eastern District Football League which Kilsyth Football Club was a founding member of and played there until 1981.[2]

Despite being a small EDFL club and having finished last in the EDFL's second division in 1981,[3] Kilsyth joined the Victorian Football Association second division for the 1982 season as part of the VFA's restructuring and expansion in the early 1980s.[4] The outer north-eastern suburbs were not otherwise represented in the VFA, and Kilsyth hoped that it would be able to attract some of the best local talent out of the EDFL and into its VFA team; but this never happened, and the club endured three seasons in Division 2 with very little success, finishing with a total on-field record of 9 wins and 44 losses.

The club still intended to continue in the VFA in 1985,[5] but it withdrew shortly before the season began and returned to the Eastern District Football League in 1986.[2]

During the 1997 season the club moved from its Colchester Road ground to play its first match against Knox at Pinks Reserve.

As of 2022, the club plays in the Eastern Football League's fourth division.

Club symbols

The club's nickname is the Cougars, which is a type of big cat located in North, Central and South American Mountainous areas was the perfect fit for the Outer Eastern suburb team for its location was at the foot of the famous Mt Dandenong Ranges. The Cougars guernsey is currently black with red sash but had previously worn different colours and types of patterned guernsey's before the World Wars, including a green with white sash and in 1922. Later that year they went back to a green guernsey but this time yellow was added. In 1924 hard times hit and they allowed anyone with a playing guernsey to take the field as did many local sides during that era. 1925 seen the Kilsyth club adopt similar colours and design to that of Footscray. 1946 was the First time the Sythers ran out onto their home ground in the black and red and it was around this stage when they adopted the 'Red Robins' moniker. Around the late 60's it was determined that Cougars was a better fit for the club's image. In 1983, the club reversed its colours to red with a black sash – partly because of its similarity to the guernsey of VFA Division 1 club Coburg, and partly because the VFA was discouraging its clubs from wearing the same guernsey design as Victorian Football League clubs (Kilsyth's guernsey matched Essendon's).[6] Since 1997, the club has played home matches at Pinks Reserve in Liverpool Road; prior to that, and during its time in the VFA, the club had played at the Kilsyth Recreation Reserve in Colchester.[7]


  1. ^ "1923 - Preliminary Final review". Healesville and Yarra Glen Guardian (Vic). 13 October 1923. p. 3. Retrieved 28 January 2024.
  2. ^ a b John Devaney. "Kilsyth". Australian Football. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  3. ^ John Craven (13 November 1981). "Kilsyth in VFA bid". The Herald. Melbourne, VIC. p. 29.
  4. ^ Darren Joyce (14 November 1981). "Kilsyth in VFA". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne, VIC. p. 63.
  5. ^ Bruce Tobin (20 February 1985). "Kilsyth seeks new players for 1985". The Croydon Mail. Vol. 62, no. 7. Melbourne, VIC. p. 61.
  6. ^ Marc Fiddian (26 March 1983). "Dullard, Towns join Seagulls". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 27.
  7. ^ Mieke Ruotsalainen (8 May 2014). "Kilsyth (VFA and EFL), Victoria". Scoreboard Pressure. Retrieved 12 June 2014.