Brunswick (VFA)

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1950 Argus Badge
1950 Argus Badge

An inner-northern suburb of Melbourne, In the 1800's, Brunswick was known for its brickworks providing the football team with their nickname as the ''Pottery Workers'.

The Brunswick football club was formed in 1865 and joined the VFA as one of the replacement teams in 1897 when a number of clubs left the VFA to form the VFL. They achieved three VFA premierships (1909, 1925 and 1938) as well as three VFA second division premierships (1975, 1980, 1985).

In the mid 1930's the club was in dire financial trouble and after the 1933 wooden spoon, the club resorted to selling its players to richer VFL clubs. In 1934 Frank Anderson, Dave Arnol and Wally Mutimer went to Carlton and in 1935 Bervyn Woods and Harold Jones went to Collingwood. Not only did the club survive but it then had one of the better runs in the club's history. Brunswick were minor premiers in 1936 and 1937, topping the ladder at the end of the home and away series and in 1938 defeated Brighton to win their third (and final) VFA premiership.

Team Name and Jumpers

Cgwil003 004 Brunswick - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Cgwil003 004 Brunswick - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards

Light Blue and Red (Pottery Workers)
Red and White
Black and White (Magpies) - Prior to WW1

Team Photos

Photos by Charles Boyles

Photos by Unknown/Other Photographers

Brunswick Team Photos

Player Photos


List_ Brunswick Captains
List_ Brunswick Coaches
1933 Giant League and Association Colours
1933 Giant League and Association Colours

Home Grounds

Brunswick Recreation Reserve (Brunswick) -1907
Brunswick Oval (Brunswick) - now Gillon Oval 1908+

Results during Charles Boyles Work Period 1925-63

For more extensive results (and source data for this table), see
Brunswick played in the VFA from 1897-1990


Progressive Association Club (1925, April 18). Sporting Globe (Melbourne, Vic. : 1922 - 1954), , p. 5. Retrieved March 13, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article184820100

Club Awards

FOOTBALL Brunswick Awards. (1938, November 19). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 14. Retrieved July 25, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12065319


1935 Jim Jenkins
BRUNSWICK BEGINS. (1935, March 12). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 11. Retrieved July 25, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12218433

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