Defunct footy clubs in Melbourne

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Interested in getting a list of defunct footy clubs in Melbourne and maybe a bit of info e.g League they were in colours, nickname, home ground, maybe why they disbanded if there are any intersting reaons.
From the 1960 'List of Clubs' booklet issued between the VFU, VCFL, VAFA and VFL.

By no means is this a 100% accurate list from the information in the booklet due to name changes and the number of clubs in an area and the CYMS/YCW connection (are some junior teams?)!

There are a number of VAFA clubs to be added.

Former leagues:
Eastern Suburban (Protestant) Churches FA
Metropolitan FL
Metropolitan Protestant Churches FL (became ESCFA and merged with SESFL c.1991?)
Panton Hill FA/FL (end of 1987)
Saturday Morning FL
Sunday League
Tramways FA
Victorian FA (1877-1995)
Werribee District FL (became West Suburban FL and merged into the Footscray District FL around 1988)

Former clubs:
Abbotsford - Metropolitan FL
Abbotsford Brewery - Saturday Morning FL

Alphington - VAFA (1934-83) - blue and gold - suspended from VAFA for two years after 1983 finals due to violence. Did not reform.

Alphington YCW - Metropolitan FL
AMP Society - VAFA (became Balaclava and later merged with Glenhuntly - now part of Glen Eira VAFA)
ANZ Bank - VAFA (became ANZ Bank Albert Park and is now Albert Park VAFA)
Armadale - CYMS FA
Army Apprentices - VAFA
Ascot Presbyterians - Essendon DFL
Ascot Rovers Maribyrnong YC - Essendon DFL
Ascot Vale - Essendon DFL
Ascot Vale - CYMS FA
Ascot Vale YCW - YCW FA
Ashburton - CYMS FA
Ashburton Meths - ESPCFA
Australia Postal Institute - VAFA

Balwyn Combined - Eastern DFL, ESCFA, ESPCFA

Batman - Essendon DFL
Beauville - Caulfield-Oakleigh DFL
Bellfield - VAFA
Bennettswood/Blackburn South - Eastern DFL
Bentleigh Meths - ESPCFA
Blackburn North - ESPCFA
Blackburn Baptists - ESPCFA
Blackburn United - ESPCFA (merged with St Andrews to become Box Hill North VAFA)
Boronia Park - SFL - black and red sash

Boundary Rovers-East Bentleigh - Caulfield-Oakleigh DFL
Box Hill Adelphians - SFL, ESCFA (did they become another club?)
Brighton United - ESPCFA
Broadmeadows - Essendon DFL

Brunswick - VFA - black and white (became Brunswick-Broadmeadows and intended to move to Broadmeadows but folded before this could happen)

Brunswick - Sunday FL
Brunswick City - Essendon DFL
Brunswick District - Metropolitan FL
Brunswick YCW - YCW FA

Brunswick Power - Footscray DFL - suffered heavy losses and player drain

Brunswick Presbyterians - Metro Prot Churches FL
Burwood - CYMS FA
Burwood United - ESPCFA
Burnley - CYMS FA
Camberwell - Tramways FA

Camberwell - VFA - red, white and blue panels and red CFC logo - (played for a season or so in the VAFA as Camberwell Amateurs)

Camberwell Baptists - ESPCFA
Camberwell East - YCW FA (merged with Surrey Hills to become Surrey Park - Eastern FL)
Canterbury Presbyterians - ESPCFA
Carlton - YCW FA
Carlton Methodists - Metro Prot Churches FL
Carlton Rovers - Sunday FL
Carlton YCW - CYMS FA
Carnegie - Caulfield-Oakleigh DFL
Carrum - Mornington Peninsula FL
Carrum Downs - Mornington Peninsula Nepean FL
Cassie - VAFA 1964-65 - primarily Greek players

Cathedral - YCW FA
Central Altona - Footscray DFL, West Suburban FL
Cheltenham C of C - ESPCFA
Clayton Meths - ESPCFA

Clayton YCW - Caulfield-Oakleigh DFL (is this the Clayton in the Southern FL?)
Clifton Hill - CYMS FA
Clifton Hill - YCW FA
Coburg - YCW FA
Coburg - VAFA
Coburg East - YCW FA
Coburg YCW - YCW FA
Collingwood Districts - SFL, ESCFA
Coolaroo Rovers - Melbourne North FL and Panton Hill FL
Dallas - YCW FA (did they become Jacana?)
Dandenong Meths - ESPCFA
Dandenong (Redlegs) - VFA - red and blue, later white with blue and red vees - (integrated into the Dandenong Stingrays U18 system when VFA dissolved)
Donnybrook - Panton Hill FL
East Gardenvale Presbyterians - ESPCFA
East Hawthorn - Eastern DFL (amongst a number of competitions)
East Kew Combined - ESPCFA
East Newport - West Suburban FL
Elsternwick United - ESPCFA

Essendon HSOB - Essendon DFL
Fairfield - Metropolitan FL
Fairfield - VAFA
Fairfield - YCW FA
Fairfield - CYMS FA
Fawkner - VAFA (now part of Northern Saints Essendon DFL)
Fitzroy AYC - Sunday FL
Fitzroy - Sunday FL
Flemington - CYMS FA
Flemington - YCW FA
Flowerdale - Panton Hill FA
Footscray - Sunday FL
F & Y Socials - Footscray DFL
Gardenvale - CYMS FA
Gardiner C of C - ESPCFA
Gladstone Park - Footscray DFL, Essendon DFL

Glenhuntly - VAFA (part of Glen Eira VAFA?)
Glenhuntly - Tramways FA
Glenhuntly - CYMS FA
Glen Iris - CYMS FA
Glen Waverley - Caulfield-Oakleigh DFL
G.M.H. - Saturday Morning FL
Graham - Sunday FL
Hartwell Presybterians - ESCFA

Havelock - Saturday Morning FL
Hawthorn - YCW FA (is this Hawthorn in the VAFA?)
Hawthorn - CYMS FA

Heidelberg Colts - SFL and Melbourne North FL - blue and white - move to SFL found the club out of its geographic areas and out of its depth and folded mid season

Highfield Road Meths - ESPCFA

Huntingdale - VAFA
Huntingdale - Caulfield-Oakleigh DFL
Kealba/Green Gully - Footscray DFL
Kensington - CYMS FA (North Melb-Kensington FDFL?)
Kensington - Sunday FL
Kensington Hill (Hammerheads) - Footscray DFL

Kontias - Southern FL (ex VAFA) - folded part way through its first SFL season due to heavy losses - team made up primarily of players of Greek origin

Kew - Tramways FA
Kew - YCW FA
Kew Baptists - ESPCFA

Kingsville - Footscray DFL - blue and gold - (merged with Yarraville VFA, later merged with Seddon-Yarraville Club to become Yarraville Seddon Eagles WRFL)

Kodak - Saturday Morning FL
Little River-Avalon - Geelong Dist FL
Maidstone - Footscray Dist FL
Malvern - Tramways Association
Malvern - CYMS FA
Malvern - VAFA
Malvern - YCW FA
Malvern South - ESPCFA

Mentone - CYMS FA - black and gold - (later went to SESFL and SFL, merged with St Bede's VAFA to form St Bede's/Mentone)

Merlynston - Metropolitan FL
Mont Albert Meths - ESPCFA
Montague - Sunday FL
Moomba Park - Riddell DFL
Moonee Imps. - Essendon DFL (now part of Maribyrnong Park EDFL)
Moonee Ponds - CYMS FA
Moonee Ponds - YCW FA
Moorabbin - VFA
Moreland - YCW FA
Murrumbeena - CYMS FA
National Bank - VAFA
Newlands Coburg - Footscray DFL

Newport - Footscray DFL - ejected from the League

Newport YCW - YCW FA
Newport Methodists - Metro Prot Churches FL
Noble Park - ESPCFA (did they play in the Eastern DFL as the Noble Park Bears)
North Balwyn C of C - ESPCFA
North Balwyn Meths - ESPCFA

North Caulfield - Caulfield-Oakleigh DFL
North Kew - SFL, SESFL

Northcote - VFA - green and gold stripes

Northcote - CYMS FA
North Essendon Meths. - Essendon DFL
North Fitzroy - Tramways FA
North Melbourne - Metropolitan FL
North Melbourne - YCW FA (North Melb-Kensington FDFL?)
North United - Sunday FL
North West - Sunday FL

Oakleigh - VFA - purple and gold - (integrated into the Oakleigh Chargers U18 system)

Oakleigh - YCW FA
Oakleigh - CYMS FA (one of these would be Oakleigh Krushers VAFA)

Ormond - CYMS FA
Painters & Dockers - Saturday Morning FL
Parkfield - Caulfield-Oakleigh DFL
Pascoe Vale - CYMS FA
Port Melbourne - Tramways FA
Port Melbourne - Sunday FL
Port Melbourne Districts - Saturday Morning FL
Postal - Saturday Morning FL

Preston - VFA - red and white (merged into Northern Blues VFL)

Preston - VAFA
Preston CYMS - CYMS FA
Preston - Tramways FA
Preston Meths - Metro Prot Churches FL
Preston - YCW FA

Preston Wanderers - black and white - Melbourne North FL

Preston West - YCW FA
Preston YCW - Metropolitan FL
Princes Hill - VAFA
Raymonds - Saturday Morning FL
Repatriation - Saturday Morning FL
Research - Panton Hill FA (later DVFL) - blue red and white in PHFL and red and white stripes in DVFL (folded after 1991, dumped by DVFL due to issues with behaviour)

Reservoir - Metropolitan FL
Reservoir - YCW FA (one of these is Reservoir NFL)

Reservoir-Lakeside - white with red vee - Diamond Valley FL (merged with West Preston to form West
Preston-Lakeside NFL)

Reservoir YCW - Metropolitan FL
Richmond - Sunday FL
Richmond - YCW FA
Richmond YCW - CYMS FA
Riverside Stars - Essendon DFL (now Maribyrnong Park EDFL)
St Albans South - West Suburban FL
St Andrew's - Panton Hill FL
St Andrew's Coburg - Diamond Valley FL (Essendon DFL?)
St Andrew's Presbyterians - ESPCFA (merged with Blackburn United to become Box Hill North VAFA)

St David's - Essendon DFL
St Mary's C of E - ESPCFA
St Oliver's - Essendon DFL
St Peter's C of E - ESPCFA
St Stephen's - ESPCFA

St Vincent's - YCW FA
Salvation Army - Caulfield-Oakleigh DFL
Salvation Army - Metro Prot Churches FL
Sandringham - CYMS FA
S.E.C.- Saturday Morning FL

Seddon - Footscray DFL - brown and gold stripes (now Yarraville Seddon Eagles WRFL)

Smorgon - Saturday Morning FL
South Camberwell - CYMS FA
South Caulfield - CYMSFA (now part of Glen Eira VAFA?)
South Hawthorn - Tramways FA
South Melbourne - Metropolitan FL
South Melbourne - YCW FA
South Parks - Metropolitan FL
South Murrumbeena - Caulfield-Oakleigh DFL
South Yarra - YCW FA
South Yarra YCW - CYMS FA (one of these is South Yarra SFL)
Southern Dragons - Southern FL (ex VAFA) - folded part way through the 2015 season due to heavy losses - team made up primarily of players of Vietnamese origin

State Savings Bank- VAFA
Surrey Hills - Croydon-FTG FL (now Surrey Park SFL)
Syndal Baptists - ESPCFA
Thornbury - Metropolitan FL
Thornbury - CYMS FA
Thornbury - YCW FA
Trinity Presbyterians - ESPCFA
Vespa - Essendon DFL
Victoria Brewery - Saturday Morning FL
Waterside Workers - Saturday Morning FL
Wattle Park Presbyterians - ESPCFA (merged into Doncaster East EFL)
Werribee South - Werribee DFL
West Brunswick - YCW FA
West Brunswick YCW -CYMS FA (could one of these be West Brunswick VAFA)
West Coburg Amateurs - Essendon DFL
West Coburg Methodists - Metro Prot Churches FL
West Footscray YC - YCW FA
Westgarth - Sunday FL
Westgarth Dragons (or Northcote Dragons?) - Melbourne North FL
West Ivanhoe - ESCFA

West Melbourne YCW - YCW FA
West Newport - Footscray DFL
West Preston - CYMS FA
West Preston - CYMS FA (one of these is West Preston - part of West Preston Lakeside NFL)
Williamstown - YCW FA (Williamstown CYMS in VAFA?)
Williamstown Methodists - Metro Prot Churches FL
Williamstown Rovers - Werribee FL
Worawa - YVMDFL
Yarraville - CYMS FA
Yarraville - YCW FA
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I can remember a few from the Sotuhern Football Leage in the early 90's Richmond Rosellas, Fairfield Bloods. The was Box Hill something that became Camberwell Power and then folded.
I believe that the Richmond team from the YCW comp. has a connection to Richmond Rosellas and Fairfield from the VAFA ended up in the DVFL as Fairfield Park. You'd be thinking of Box Hill Adelphians, but I am not sure what they became.
I'm almost certain they became Camberwell Power for about a year then folded.
From that list Blackburn United and St Andrews merged to become Box Hill North, still going in the VAFA.

I imagine a few others of those listed would have merged to create new clubs.
I am certain they would but with some suburb names having teams in YCW and CYMS comps and sometimes in other leagues, tracking it would need to be left to old timers who can confirm exactly which clubs merged.

e.g. I look at Fairfield and wonder how they had as many as four different senior clubs when Clifton Hill, Northcote, Parkside, Collingwood, Abbotsford and Alphington are all so close.

I know that the 1960s was when some leagues started Reserve Grade competitions (so that could distort the number a little) and that there was still minimal rivalry from other sports but some areas with a heap of clubs are struggling to have one now.
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It rings a bell
I remeber umpiring one of there games in 96 as Camberwell Power. They played on that funny ground off Burke Road near the Monash Freeway, South Yarra played there in the 90's then moved to T H King reserve on High St then I think to some ground in Camberwell.

B: J. Brayshaw T. Jones C. Stanaway
HB: D. Barrett K. Stefanovic A. Loxley
C: S. Kruger E. McGuire (c) L. Wilkinson
HF: C. Hutchison P. Hitchener M. King
F: G. Lyon M. Lloyd B. Brownless
R: J. Newman S.Crawford R. Judd
Int (from): D. Hughes T. Grimshaw B. McLeod L. Nixon J. Hall
C. Wilson S. Craft A. Woolley S. Cam D. Goodrem
R. Martin J. Madden B. Madden J. Marais M. McElhinney
Coach: L. Oakes
B: J. Brayshaw T. Jones C. Stanaway
HB: D. Barrett K. Stefanovic A. Loxley
C: S. Kruger E. McGuire (c) L. Wilkinson
HF: C. Hutchison P. Hitchener M. King
F: G. Lyon M. Lloyd B. Brownless
R: J. Newman S.Crawford R. Judd
Int (from): D. Hughes T. Grimshaw B. McLeod L. Nixon J. Hall
C. Wilson S. Craft A. Woolley S. Cam D. Goodrem
R. Martin J. Madden B. Madden J. Marais M. McElhinney
Coach: L. Oakes
Why no B Lawry?
Keon Park (YCWFL & Panton Hill FL), Black with a Gold Yoke, folded in 1988 after winning the last PHFL Premiership in 1987
St George/Reservoir (Ended up in the Panton Hill League in 1981 & folded in 1983).
Thornbury (Royal Blue & Red stripes, ended up in the Diamond Valley F.L, but folded in 1990).
North Fawkner (It's last league was the Riddell League, where they were whipping boys, folded around the mid 90's).
Fawkner Park (A merger between Fawkner Amateurs & Moomba Park, wore Navy with light blue wings like the west coast eagles, with a white FFC logo, merged with North Coburg to be the Northern Saints in the EDFL in the mid 00's).
Carrum has reemerged as Carrum/Patterson Lakes in the Southern FL, wearing the 1957-1973 style Fitzroy jumpers.
The current Reservoir Football Club was in the Metropolitan League but moved to the Panton Hill FL in 1971, then to the DVFL in 1981, before they changed their colours to Royal & Light Blue, they wore Red with a White Yoke.

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Fawkner Amateurs (VAFA) - Navy with a white FFC monogram (like Fitzroy)
West Preston (YCWFA/DVFL) - Royal Blue with a red & white V, royal blue numbers within a white number box
Donnybrook (PHFL) - Geelong colours
St Andrews (PHFL) - Richmond colours
Heidelberg Colts (YCWFL, PHFL, MNFL, SFL) Navy with a white HC monogram, changed to Navy with a white bar with Navy HC logo in the middle (due to the jumper clash with Hurstbridge in the Panton Hill League, who wore Navy & white before moving to the DVFL in 1988)
North Fawkner were the whipping boys of the Riddell League in their final years - does anyone know more about them?

Has Campbellfield ever had a side or did North Fawkner fill that void?
I don't think so, but I do know that North Fawkner's ground was near the Scots Church off Sydney Road near the Rowntree Chocolate Factor, I think a Soccer Club & Campbellfield C.C occupy that ground land now.
I have a one copy of the ESCFA Record from each season from 1985-88 and it is a passing parade of defunct clubs.

All the member clubs from this period are as follows:

Five Grades - 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988

Ashburton (1985 - C)
Chadstone Salesians (1985 - E)

Ashburton/Chadstone (1986-88 - D)

Aquinas (1985-86 - B)
went to VAFA and currently play in D3

Balwyn Combined (1985 - C; 1986-87 - B; 1988 - A)
went to EDFL in 1994(?) and folded after that season

Bellfield (1987-88 - E)

Bentleigh (1985-88 - B)

Black Rock (1985 - C)
are they connected to the current SFL club?

Blackburn North Burners (1985-88 - E)

Box Hill Adelphians (1985 - C; 1986 - D; 1987-88 - E)
Did they become Camberwell Power(?) ex-SFL club

Box Hill North (1985-86, 1988 - D; 1987- C)
currently in VAFA D4

Box Hill Pioneers (1985-1986, 1988 - B; 1987- A)
became Whitehorse Pioneers and currently play in EFL Div. 3

Brighton (1985-88 - B)

Burwood United (1985-88 - A)

Canterbury/North Balwyn (1985, 1987-88 - B; 1986 - C)

Caulfield (1985-88 - E)

Cheltenham Assumption (1985 - A; 1986 - B; 1987 - C)

Clayton Saints (1985-86, 1988 - E; 1987 - D)

Collingwood (1987 - E; 1988 - D)

Dandenong South (1987 - D; 1988 - C)
current day Dandenong SFL Div. 3 (?)

Dandenong West (1987-88 - E)
current day Dandenong SFL Div. 3 (?)

Donvale United (1985-88 - A)
went to EDFL Div. 3 in 1991 and rose to Div. 1. In recess in 2014 and now play in Div. 4

East Bentleigh (1985 , 1987-88 - D; 1986 - E)

East Camberwell (1985-87 - A; 1988- B)
merged with Surrey Hills EDFL as Surrey Park. Playing in Div. 4

East Malvern (1985-87 - E)

Elsternwick (1985-86, 1988 - C; 1987 - B)

Emmanuel (1985 - A; 1986-88 - B)

Fairfield (1987-88 - D)
went to SFL and then to DVFL as Fairfield Park

Gardenvale (1985-87 - D; 1988 - C)

Glen Waverley (1985-87 - B; 1988 - C)

Glenhuntly S.A. (1985 - D; 1986-88 - C)

Hampton United (1985-88 - A)
now Hampton SFL Div. 2 (?)

Hartwell (1985, 1988 - D; 1986-87 - E)

Hawthorn Y.C. (1985 - E; 1986-88 - D)

Highfield (1985-86 - C; 1987-88 - D)

Koonung (1985 - D; 1986 - C)

Knox (1985 - E; 1986-88 - D)
currently in EFL Div. 1

Lower Plenty (1986 - D; 1987- C; 1988 - B)
played in SFL before moving to DVFL in 1995. Now plays in Div. 1 ofNFL

Mazenod (1985, 1988 - B; 1986-87 - A)
now in VAFA and currently play in B Section

Mt. Waverley (1985 - B; 1986-88 - C)
now plays in Div. 3 SFL

Moorabbin West (1986-88 - E)
now plays in Div. 3 SFL as Moorabbin

Murrumbeena/Sth Caulfield (1985-86 - C; 1987-88 - B)
part of the current day Glen Eira (D3 VAFA)?

Noble Park Bears (1985, 1987-88 - C; 1986 - B)
later played in EDFL as Noble Park Bears, folded c.mid-1990s

North Blackburn (1985-88 - E)

Oakleigh Scared Heart (1985-88 - A)

Richmond Amateurs (1987-88 - D)

Ringwood (1985-87 - E)
South Ringwood (1988 - E)

St Kevin's Ormond (1985-86 - B; 1987-88 - A)

St Leo's/Wattle Park (1985-88 - A)
ent to VAFA and now play as Emmaus St.Leo's in D3

St Mary's (1985-86 - A; 1987-88 - B)

St Pats/Mentone (1985-88 - C)
ex-YCWNFA team, later merged with Parkdale and are currently playing as Parkdale Vultures in VAFA B Section

St Paul's Bentleigh (1985 - B; 1986-88 - A)
went to SFL and currently play in Div. 1

Salvation Army (1986 - E)
Salvo Saints (1987 - D; 1988 - E)

Sandringham Sacred Heart (1985-86, 1988 - D; 1987 - E)

South Yarra (1985-87 - D; 1988 - E)
current South Yarra SFL Div. 3(?)

Springvale (1985 - D; 1986-88 - C)
Springvale Districts - currently in SFL Div.2(?)

Syndal-Tally Ho (1985-86, 1988 - A; 1987 - B)
now Chadstone VAFA in D4

Wattle Park (1985-87 - C; 1988 - B)
later merged with Doncaster East EDFL

West Ivanhoe (1986 - D; 1987-88 - C)

Wonga Park (1985 - C)
moved to EDFL, renamed Croydon North and folded c.1990s - plays as a Veterans club now
I love these lists, check out It has Southern League results from 93 on.

I believe Blackburn Baptists became Blackburn South and from memory wore green, black and red panels although that could be completely wrong. Bennettswood wore orange with a black yoke.

Burwood United changed to Burwood (after original Burwood merged with Essex Heights to become Ashwood) and then merged with Mt. Waverley and are now a part of Waverley Blues.

Dandy West (navy w/ white DW monogram) are now Dandenong (Demons/Redlegs), they changed in the mid 00's.

Dandenong South (Richmond) are a mystery to me, I can see they played in the Churches in 89 in B grade (C grade r/up 88) but I have no Churches info from after that. In 1990 (?) Doveton Eagles and St. Johns OC split to form separate clubs so I’m wondering if Dandenong South had anything to do with that. Did they play at the same ground St. Johns do near Shepley oval?

North Kew merged with Kew a few years ago to become Kew Bears.

North Melb YCW and North Melb & Districts were the same club. They became NM-Kensington in 85 or 86.
This file says NM-Kensington took FDFL to court in 1980 but I’ve seen an article stating NMYCW were in the YCW league then so I’m presuming it was a typo and was meant to be just Kensington. Was this the Kensington they merged with or was it Kensington Stores from YCW league? I’d say Kensington though because Kensington Stores played the first couple of YCW games in 86 (NMYCW were NM-K by then) only to disappear.

Emmanuel and Oakleigh Sacred Heart are now Oakleigh Krushers.

Who were South Ringwood? Did they play on the other ground at Jubilee Park or Gracedale Park in Heathmont/Bayswater maybe? I was an East Ringwood kid in those days, I should know this!!!
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There use to be the Preston District Junior Football Association.

Clubs like Olympic Youth, Holy Child, Newlands Coburg and the team I played a couple of games for, Upfield (who wore the Port Melbourne jumper).
Research - Panton Hill FA (later DVFL) - blue red and white in PHFL and red and white stripes in DVFL (folded after 1991, dumped by DVFL due to issues with behaviour)

Funny, now they're probably one of the best behaved junior clubs in the NFL - pity they cant form a senior team and they lose their guys to Lower Plenty.
I found an old list of former competitions on the internet a while ago. I cannot fully vouch for the accurcy of the dates.

Band of Hope FA (1926-1932)

Berwick Football Association (1910–1932)

Bourke-Evelyn Football League (1906-1931)
Panton Hill Football League (1931-1987)

Caulfield Oakleigh Football League (1932–1962)
South East Suburban Football League (1963-1992)

East Suburban Football League (1932-1962)

Eastern Suburbs Churches Football Association (1925-1992)

Croydon Ferntree Gully Football League (1950-1961)
Eastern (Districts) Football League (1962-)

CYMS Football League (1936-1974)

Dandenong Districts Football League (1933–1953)
South West Gippsland Football League (1954–1994) became part of the MPNFL
South East Football Netball League (2015-

Federal Football League (1909–1981)

Keilor & Broadmeadows Football League (1926-1931)

Melbourne Amateur Sunday Football Association (1950-1968) known in 1968 as the Sunday Suburban Football League

Melbourne North Football League (1988-1993)

Methodist Football League (1946-1955)

Metropolitan Football League (1950-1974)

Metropolitan Protestant Churches Football League (1957-1971)

Northern Metropolitan Football League (1975-1979)

Ringwood District Football League (1927-1941)

Saturday Morning Football League (1927-1960)

Scoresby District Football League (1925-1930)

Sub District Football Association
Sub District Football League (1925-1949)

Sunday Amateur Football League (1950-1968)

Werribee District Football League (1919–1964)
West Suburban Football League (1965-1987)

YCW National Football League (1963-1986)
Research - Panton Hill FA (later DVFL) - blue red and white in PHFL and red and white stripes in DVFL (folded after 1991, dumped by DVFL due to issues with behaviour)

Funny, now they're probably one of the best behaved junior clubs in the NFL - pity they cant form a senior team and they lose their guys to Lower Plenty.

By the time when the Senior club was booted out for on-field behavior, there wasn't much of a link between the Junior & Senior Club because they played in different grounds (The Juniors played at Research Park, Research while the Seniors played on the back oval of Eltham Lower Park, which they shared with the Eltham Lacrosse Club), and they had an idiot element which lead to their demise as a Senior Club.

Lower Plenty filled the void and moved in to form a link with the Research Juniors when they joined the DVFL in 1995, and they've been a solid club in Division One ever since.

Their last game was a Reserves Grand Final in 1991, they were beaten by West Preston & although I was only a kid at the time, (I was there to support Mernda who won the Second Division Flag that year against West Preston at Epping), I remember the final being a bloodbath and the crowd got involved, so much so that the DVFL abandoned the trophy & flag presentation to avoid further trouble.

They were already on probation at the time for similar issues the previous year, so the DVFL booted them, when they folded, quite a few of the players & officials went to Panton Hill at the time (thankfully, the idiots didn't follow) who were then in the Yarra Valley Mountain District League, they were good for a couple of years then went back in the cellar before the Redbacks found a home in the DVFL in 1997

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