Victorian Football League

Victorian Football League

Past Clubs

The VFL has undergone significant format changes since its induction which means several clubs have either left the league or changed identity for different reasons.

*Albert Park Football Club
*Ballarat Football Club
*Ballarat Imperial Football Club
*Barwon Football Club
*Beechworth Football Club
*Bendigo Diggers (changed name to Bendigo Bombers)
*Berwick Football Club (the Trojans 1983-85 and Gippslanders 1986-87)
*Brighton Football Club (later Brighton-Caulfield Football Club)
*Brunswick Football Club (later Brunswick-Broadmeadows Football Club) (the Pottery Workers 1897–1908 and Magpies 1909-1990)
*Camberwell Football Club (the Tricolors 1926-78 and the Cobras 1979-1991)
*Carlton Football Club (breakaway club to the VFL/AFL)
*Castlemaine Football Club
*Caulfield Football Club (Brighton-Caulfield Penguins 1962–1964, Caulfield Bears 1965-1988)
*Collingwood Football Club (breakaway club to the VFL/AFL but the reserves side now plays in the VFL as of 2008)
*Dandenong Football Club(Redlegs 1958-1993)
*East Melbourne Football Club
*Essendon Football Club (breakaway club to the VFL/AFL)
*Essendon Town Football Club (later Essendon Association Football Club) (the Dreadnaughts 1901–1922. Club then merged with North Melbourne Football Club)
*Fitzroy Football Club (breakaway club to the VFL/AFL)
*Footscray Football Club (breakaway club to the VFL/AFL)
*Geelong Football Club (breakaway club to the VFL/AFL)
*Geelong Association Football Club
*Geelong West Football Club (the Roosters 1963-1988)
*Hawthorn Football Club (breakaway club to the VFL/AFL)
*Heidelberg Football Club (competed 1900–1902 in the short-lived VFA 2nd Division)
*Hotham Football Club (changed name to North Melbourne Football Club concurrent with the change of name of the municipality in 1888)
*Inglewood Football Club
*Kilsyth Football Club
*Melbourne Football Club (breakaway club to the VFL/AFL)
*Melbourne City Football Club (Disbanded after two seasons without a win.)
*Moorabbin Football Club (the Kangaroos 1951–1964, 1983-1988)
*Mordialloc Football Club (the Bloodhounds 1957-1988)
*Murray Kangaroos
*North Melbourne Football Club (breakaway club to the VFL/AFL - later fielded the Murray Kangaroos as a reserves side)
*Northcote Football Club (originally the Brickfielders and later the Dragons)
*Oakleigh Football Club (originally the Purple and Golds, and later the Devils)
*Prahran Football Club (the Two Blues 1886–1888, 1899-1959, 1960-1995)
*Richmond Football Club (breakaway club to the VFL/AFL)
*Rochester Football Club
*St Kilda Football Club (breakaway club to the VFL/AFL)
*South Ballarat Football Club
*Standard Football Club (an original Junior Club, albeit shortlived)
*South Melbourne Football Club (breakaway club to the VFL/AFL)
*South Williamstown Football Club (forced by the VFA to amalgamate with Williamstown Football Club in 1888)
*Sunshine Football Club (the Crows 1959-1989)
*Traralgon Football Club (the Maroons 1996-1997)
*University Football Club
*Victoria United Football Club (an original Junior Club, albeit shortlived)
*Victorian Railways Football Club (an original Junior Club, albeit shortlived)
*Waverley Football Club (the Panthers 1961-1988)
*West Melbourne Football Club
*Yarraville Football Club (the Villains 1927–1948, the Eagles 1949-1984)


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VFA Top Four Clubs 1877-1988 / VFA Final Five 1989-1994 /
VFL Finalists 1995-

From 1888, the VFA published a list of the final four clubs at the end of what are now called home-and-away matches. The listings (below) 1877-1887 are based on various newspaper reports as researched by Graeme Atkinson and published in his book "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Australian Rules Football ..." (1982, The Five Mile Press, Melbourne).

Finals series (initially the Argus system, and from 1933 the Page-McIntyre system) were introduced in 1903 and, therefore from that date, the listing (below) reflects that situation after the finals.

In 1989 the VFA changed from a Final Four to a Final Five.

{| class="wikitable"
Box Hill
Box Hill
Port Melbourne
Box Hill
Werribee Tigers
Werribee Tigers
Port Melbourne
Box Hill
Dandenong Redlegs
FrankstonVFA evolved into the VFL.

ee also

*Early VFL Final systems
*History of Australian rules football in Victoria (1859-1900)


External links

* [ VFL Official Site]
* [ VFL Official History]
* [ List of VFA/VFL premiers since 1877]
* [ VFA and VFL Stats and History at Full Points Footy]
* [ VFLFooty Unofficial Fan Site]
* [ VFL Mark of the Year competition]
* [ History of the VFL]
* [ Radio 1611 AM VFL Broadcast Station]
* [ Footynews Unofficial VFL news and results]

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