Balranald Football Club was established in the 1940s. Following WWII, the Kangaroos participated in the North West Murray Football League, winning the championship in 1954 with a grand final victory against Bannerton. The next season, they moved to the Mid Murray Football League, where they won three premierships. In 1957, they returned to the NWMFL and have remained there since.
In 1970, the club merged with nearby Balramon South to form Balranald-Balramon. This lasted for one season before being dissolved. In 1978, Balranald FC was re-established once again. This time, they played in the Southern Football League until 1992, when they moved up to the Northern Premier League. They have been playing at that level ever since.
As for the present day, Balranald play in the SFA Division 3 league. Their highest finish to date is 4th place in 2001. The club has also had two spells as National Cup finalists, in 1960 and 1969. Both times they were defeated by professional teams: Manchester United and Leeds United respectively.
The most famous player to have come from the club is Graeme Souness, who went on to manage Liverpool. He began his career with Balranald in 1969 before moving to England to study engineering. During his time at Liverpool, he won five Premier Leagues, four FA Cups and one UEFA Champions League title.
In the winter and spring of 1858, Wills commanded a loosely organized Melbourne team that played against other football fans. The Melbourne Football Club was founded the next year, on May 14, becoming one of the world's oldest football clubs. Wills was elected president of the club, but he never attended a game and had no official role after it first took the field.
Melbourne's first match was held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (then known as Melbourne Park) on March 24, 1859. The visitors were Sydney's Blackheaths, who defeated Melbourne 2-0. This is the only recorded match played by the Melbourne Football Club.
The two cities were then part of the single colony of Victoria, but they soon divided into separate states. By 1870, when Melbourne hosted a second international game, its population was nearly 100,000 people. London's soccer team, which had a roster including three players who would later become prime ministers of Australia, beat Melbourne 1-0.
In 1877, a third international game was played between the two cities. This time, both teams came from Melbourne: the Victorians played Richmond on Easter Monday and won 4-1. A few months later, in August, Melbourne again hosted London's team. This time, however, London won 3-0.
The club was founded in 1908, making it one of the New South Wales Rugby Football League's initial founding members and one of Australia's first rugby league football clubs. North Sydney continued to compete with some success in the NSWRL and the ARL in the early part of the twentieth century...
North Sydney initially played their home games at various locations around the district including Birchgrove Oval, Coney Island, The Sands, Winmalee and Mosman Park. In 1910, a site near North Sydney railway station was purchased and construction began on a new stadium that would become known as The Paddocks...
The Paddocks opened its gates for the first time on 24 April 1911 when Norths played Canterbury-Bankstown in a game that ended in a 12-all draw. The following week, Norths lost its first match 7-3 against Eastern Suburbs at the newly-built ground. The club's first try was scored by captain-goalkeeper Fred "Footy" Miller while back-rower John "Jack" Simpson scored three goals from kicks by Miller. Forward Charlie Spencer also had three goals disallowed because he hadn't put his hand up before taking the ball.
Norths struggled in its first years but soon became a force to be reckoned with, winning the 1912 Grand Final over Canterbury-Bankstown 4-2 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The West Coast Please, God, don't do it again. Not until January, at the very least. 6 Sydney Pt Melb, Fitzroy, Aces, Giants, Apr 2, 2009 The AFL began as the VFL in 1897. The name was changed from the VFL to the AFL in 1990. Brisbane Port Adelaide, January 8, 2010 Click to enlarge... lolwut? Formed? We were admitted to the AFL, but we never "formed." There were already two other football clubs in Perth when we decided to start a new team. They were called the St Georges Saints and they played in the Western Australian Football League (now known as the WAFL). The Saints competed against other WAFL teams for the Frank Tarrant Trophy. The club that wins this trophy goes through to play the Melbourne Cricket Club in the annual Grand Final. The first game was held on April 2, 1909 at East Park. The visitors lost by a goal margin of 3 points or "aet". The most recent season was 2017. The West Coast Eagles are based in Perth, Western Australia. They play their home games at Optus Stadium. The club's official mascot is Spike, a white dog with red ears and eyes.
In addition to playing football, the team also runs a popular basketball team in the National Basketball League (Australia). The basketball team was named after Nike, a brand of shoe that became popular in the 1980s. Ronald Reagan wore Nike shoes while he was president of the United States, so people started calling his basketball team the "Nikes".
The Union Football Team (not to be confused with the defunct Unions club from Fremantle) was created in 1902 and participated in the Perth Third Rate Association Competition (although an earlier 'East Perth' had been formed in 1891). The club achieved success and was elevated to the First Rate Association. In 1908, when that league collapsed, it moved up to the Second Division where it remained until 1915 when World War I halted all football activities in Western Australia. After the war ended, the Union team returned to the field but could only manage fifth place in its first season back.
Their second-place finish that year led to a promotion playoff against third-placed East Perth, which Union won 2-0. This is now considered by many to be the official founding of the club.
Union played in a variety of styles throughout their early years, including association football, rugby union, and even hockey on some occasions. However, they were always a successful side and had great fan support, so the decision was made to focus on football as their main sport.
They joined the new Australian National Football League (now known as the AFL West) in 1919 and immediately became dominant players in this new competition. The club's best and fairest winner in its first three seasons was Jack O'Connor who finished with 31 goals. In 1922, he broke this record with 77 goals.
The Geelong Football Club was created in 1859, and competition began in 1866 when an updated set of regulations was introduced. The club's first season ended in failure as they lost all six matches they played.
They didn't win a single match either, with each loss being by a margin of at least 20 goals. However, after these poor results were announced, some of the team's members decided not to be involved with the club any further and so the club started again the following year with only five members instead of six.
In its first season, the club only had one game against another football club (the Melbourne Football Club), which they lost badly - 110 goals to 0. But since then, it has become one of the most popular sports in the city, along with cricket.
Geelong plays its home games at University Park Stadium. The stadium has been called many things over the years including "The Corio Bay Oval" and "The Maatsen Park Sports Ground", but currently it is known as "University Park".
It used to be able to hold 25,000 people, but now holds 14,500 for soccer games.