Federal Football League

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Federal Football League
FormerlyFederal Football Association
Sport Australian rules football
Ceased1981;40 years ago (1981)
Most titles Moorabbin (12)

The Federal Football League was an Australian rules football competition in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, that was in existence from 1909 to 1981. It was regarded as one of the strongest metropolitan leagues in Melbourne and in the 1960s [1] and it is said that Channel Seven were seeking to telecast league games on a Sunday. [2]



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]


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 where 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.


ClubBasedYears in competitionNotes
Bentleigh Football Club Bentleigh, Victoria 1957–1978Merged with McKinnon to form the new Moorabbin FC in 1979
Black Rock Football Club Black Rock, Victoria 1913-14, 1919–1926, 1931–1972in recess 1973, reformed in 1980
Brighton Districts Football Club Brighton, Victoria 1915, 1919-21Joined the Victorian Junior Football Association in 1922 [12]
Camden Football Club Caulfield, Victoria 1939–1956Merged with South Caulfield CYMS to form South Caulfield
Carrum Football Club Carrum, Victoria 1911, 1913-1914, 1922–1927In recess from 1928-31. Joined the Peninsula District FA in 1932
Caulfield Football Club Caulfield, Victoria 1914, 1930–1970changed name to East Caulfield
Chelsea Football Club Chelsea, Victoria 1919–1958Joined the Mornington Peninsula FL in 1959
Cheltenham Football Club Cheltenham, Victoria 1909–1928, 1930–1981Transferred to South East Suburban FL in 1982
Clayton Football Club Clayton, Victoria 1954–1981Transferred to South East Suburban FL in 1982
Dandenong Football Club Dandenong, Victoria 1951–1957Moved to the Victoria Football Association in 1958
Darling Football Club East Malvern, Victoria 1934–1940Did not reform after the World War II
Doveton Football Club Doveton, Victoria 1972–1976Returned to the South West Gippsland FL in 1977
East Burwood Football Club Burwood East, Victoria 1931–1938moved to Eastern Suburbs FL in 1939
East Caulfield Football Club East Caulfield, Victoria 1971–1976Caulfield (Federal) changed name to avoid confusion with Caulfield VFA
East Malvern Football Club East Malvern, Victoria 1962–1973Folded in early 1974 due to lack of off field support.
Ellindale Football Club McKinnon, Victoria 1909–1910, 1912In recess by time of World War I
Glen Orme Football Club [13] Victoria 1946 - 19?? ?
Glen Huntly Football Club Glen Huntly, Victoria 1960–1976In recess in 1977
Hampton Football Club Hampton, Victoria 1920 [14] Joined the Metropolitan Amateurs Football Association in 1921. [15]
Heatherton Football Club Heatherton, Victoria 1913-14, [16] 1920–1921, 1927–1928, 1946–1952Played as Freighters from 1951. Went into recess in 1952
Highett Football Club Highett, Victoria 1934–1981Transferred to South East Suburban FL in 1982
McKinnon Football Club McKinnon, Victoria 1955–1977In recess '78, merged with Bentleigh to form Moorabbin FC (Mark II) in '79
Mentone Football Club Mentone, Victoria 1909, 1913-1914, 1920–1981Transferred to South East Suburban FL in 1982
Middle Brighton Football Club Brighton, Victoria 1913 & 14 [17] red & white colors. In 1915 changed their name to Brighton Districts FC [18]
Moorabbin Football Club Moorabbin, Victoria 1909–1950, 1979-1981Joined the Victoria Football Association in 1951. Returned in 1979
Moorabbin Park Football Club [19] Moorabbin, Victoria 1913-1915Withdrew in July, 1915 due to WWI [20]
Mordialloc Football Club Mordialloc, Victoria 1909–1911, 1921–1957Moved to the Victoria Football Association in 1958
Noble Park Football Club Noble Park, Victoria 1964–1981Transferred to South East Suburban FL in 1982
Oakleigh District Football Club Oakleigh, Victoria 1964–1981Transferred to South East Suburban FL in 1982
Parkdale Football Club Parkdale, Victoria 1955–1981Transferred to South East Suburban FL in 1982
South Caulfield Football Club South Caulfield, Victoria 1957–1961Merged with Brighton in the Victoria Football Association in 1962
Springvale Football Club Springvale, Victoria 1957–1981Moved to the Victoria Football Association in 1982
Vermont Football Club Vermont, Victoria 1936Joined the East Suburban Football League in 1937.
Victoria Brewery Football Club Caulfield, Victoria 1910–1912Left the FFA after the 1913 FFA - AGM [21]

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. [22]

Best and Fairest Awards

Senior Football / A. Grade Section [50]

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

YearPlayer's NameClubVotesYearPlayer's NameClubVotes
1927P GleesonChelsea1952C. MudgeMentone
1928P GleesonChelsea1953A. BeckwithMentone
1929Les Warren &Chelsea1954 [51] G MarchCamden22
W HughesMordialloc1955R GoodesParkdale
1930Les WarrenChelsea1956George AshmanMordialloc
1931A PerryBlack Rock1957Kevin PhillipsChelsea
1932B.KavanaghMordialloc1958 Kevan Hamilton McKinnon
1933J Ash &Caulfield1959K RobertsCheltenham
I CorryCheltenham1960I GardnerSpringvale
1934V HunterEast Burwood1961K HamiltonMcKinnon
1935E RoffEast Burwood1962K HamiltonMcKinnon
1936E MartinEast Burwood1963K HamiltonMcKinnon
1937 [52] J MitchellMentone1964K HamiltonMcKinnon
1938 [53] P WitchellBlack Rock211965G GotchGlenhuntly
1939K DunnMentone1966W MorrisonHighett
1940E.McInernyMoorabbin1967J WardBlack Rock
1941 [54] Laurie KellyCamden1968I HouseCaulfield
1942In recess. WW2 1969C HutchinsEast Malvern
1943In recess. WW2 1970K EllisGlenhuntly
1944In recess. WW2 1971J CallejaBentleigh
1945R.HockingCamden1972D. McGrathNoble Park
1947C.Mudge &Mordialloc1974G.SkinnerParkdale
Alf EvansChelsea1975R.JohnstonMcKinnon
1948C.Coade &Glen Orme1976A.SierowkoskiMentone
G.Daley &Heatherton1977L.StudhamNoble Park
1949R.FoxMoorabbin1979S.WattNoble Park
1950C.DawsonCaulfield1980D.BrooksNoble Park

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