Brighton (VFA)

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1950 Argus Badge
1950 Argus Badge

Brighton is an affluent beach-side suburb of Melbourne.

The Brighton Football Club emerged in the 1880?s. The club joined the Victorian Football Association (VFA) in 1908 and achieved moderate success over a 44-year period in the VFA. Brighton reached VFA grand finals in 1926, 1927,1938 and 1948. It won its first and only VFA premiership in 1948.

In Brighton's earlier VFA years, the club played it’s home games at Brighton Beach Oval. The club later moved to the nearby Elsternwick Park, its home ground from 1927-1962. After the Second World War, the club adopted the mascot name ‘Penguins’

Financial problems that developed in the fifties eventually led to the demise of Brighton in its traditional form. The club merged for a short period with South Caulfield (Brighton-Caulfield) before being subsumed by a new VFA identity - Caulfield.

Brighton's final year as 'Brighton' was a low point in it's history. In VFA Second Division, the senior team failed to win a game, over the season scoring 761 points for and 2621 against, with a percentage of 29%. This was the lowest percentage scored by any VFA club for over fifty years and a clear sign of the need for change.

Team Name and Jumpers

Cgwil003 003 Brighton - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Cgwil003 003 Brighton - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards

1961 Brighton
1962-63 Brighton-Caulfield
1964 Caulfield

Brighton changed it’s jumper colours a number of times. In 1933 they wore red jumpers with white BFC logo and a white collar. From about 1935 they changed to a white jumper with a red V, and in 1940 another version of the white jumper. Later, in 1945, they changed to a rust coloured/maroon jumper, with gold lettering.

There have been two club histories written. The “Brighton Football Club Year Book – Souvenir Programme, 1950? provides a history of the club up until 1950. More recently “From Cabbage Patch to Caulfield” by Marc Fiddian was published in 2006.

  • Originally 'two blues' but changed abt 1912
  • Until abt 1935 Red Jumper with white BFC Logo on Front
  • abt 1935- White Jumper with Red V Neck
  • 1940s - Maroon Jumper with Yellow Logo

Boyles Team Photos

Brighton VFA Photos by Other Photographers

Boyles Player Photos


1933 Giant League and Association Colours
1933 Giant League and Association Colours

Reference_ Brighton Coaches
Reference_ Brighton Captains
Reference_ 1948 VFA Grand Final

Home Grounds

Brighton Beach (Brighton) -1926
Elsternwick Park (Elsternwick) 1927-1962

Results during Charles Boyles Work Period 1925-63

For more extensive results (and source data for this table), see
Note: Brighton joined the VFA in 1908
Brighton merged with Caulfield and were known as Brighton-Caulfield in 1962-63

Team History

The Argus - Saturday 17 September 1949
The Argus - Saturday 17 September 1949

Interesting News Stories

Brighton Smoke Night
Description of the Football Club Smoke Night, including a description of the toasts

Brighton Ridiculous in the Eyes of the Football World
Scathing report on the state of the Brighton Club

Brighton Team Colours
Brighton to change from the Two Blues to Red and White

Brighton decide to suspend play during the War

Prahran v Brighton
Prahran mistakenly play with 19 players. When discovered, four goals are removed from their score. A fight and a close finish

Brighton v Williamstown
Williamstown spectators cross the bay in a ferry, players fight, spectators join the fight, spectators fight again

Brighton v Coburg
1926 Grand Final - George Hunt's skull fractured, though he stays on ground; Brighton effectively play final with 17 men

Brighton v Coburg
After Brighton's mosquito fleet beat Port Melbourne in the Semi Final they cannot reproduce the form in the final

Club Cannot afford to pay Coach
Club in financial trouble.

Brighton v Williamstown
From Williamstown's perspective, Williamstown win a close game. Brighton have the worst conditions to train under than any team playing football in the state.

Brighton disgusted by choice of Brunswick for location of Grand Final match
BRUNSWICK CHOSEN V.F.A. Decision Surprises. (1938, August 16). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 16. Retrieved October 6, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12468890

Russ McIndoe
Wins Association Best and Fairest

Brighton v Williamstown
Brighton win their first Premiership


End of Season Trip 1956

Brighton 56 Trip to Tungamah Cover - Source: Private Collection
Brighton 56 Trip to Tungamah Cover - Source: Private Collection
Brighton 56 Trip to Tungamah - Inside- Source: Private Collection
Brighton 56 Trip to Tungamah - Inside- Source: Private Collection

(End of Season trips have certainly changed)


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