[9] From 1966–68, the club moved to Carlton's Princes Park while keeping their training and administration at the Brunswick Street Oval. I think you'd have to go with Lipps Inc's version to keep the traditionalists happy. With a stake in the ground, the football club could have better agitated for improvements to the ground by sourcing funds from other organisations such as the VFL. With eight rounds to go until the end of the season, Fitzroy's on field performances continued to deteriorate to the point where the team was thrashed week in, week out. Fitzroy won 8 premierships (1 VFA and 7 VFL) as the Maroons. Despite pressure from the Lions and other VFL clubs, the Cricket Club refused to make the needed upgrades. However, the ground managers were the Fitzroy Cricket Club. [16] Brisbane returned to using the old logo on its playing guernseys from 2015, but the new logo will remain for corporate purposes. At other times, joining with Melbourne or relocating to Brisbane was suggested. You must log in or register to reply here. The club finished in the bottom three 11 times in the 1960s and 1970s, including three wooden spoons in four years and going completely winless in 1964, but still continued to produce great individual players, including Brownlow Medallists Allan Ruthven and Kevin Murray. Originally a source of controversy, lured to Fitzroy with an illegal £222 payment, and subsequently not allowed to play in the 1930 season, Bunton became one of the game's greatest players, winning three Brownlow Medals while at Fitzroy. and we'll always see it through, For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. Formed in 1883 to represent the inner-Melbourne municipality of Fitzroy, the club was a member of the Victorian Football Association (VFA), before becoming a foundation member of the breakaway Victorian Football League (VFL/AFL) in 1897. It would be thirteen years before the club would take to any football field again. In 2008, the Reds agreed to be incorporated into the Fitzroy Football Club. In 2008, the Reds agreed to be incorporated into the Fitzroy Football Club. By the beginning of July 1996, the club had agreed to arrangements to become the North Fitzroy Kangaroos Football Club. [14] On 15 July 2010, the two clubs reached a settlement, agreeing that the Fitzroy logo symbolically represents the historic merger between the Bears and Fitzroy and the first 13 years of the Brisbane Lions competing in the AFL, and that Brisbane would use both the old and new logos alongside each other in an official capacity (e.g. Brownlow Medals were also won by Wilfred Smallhorn and Dinny Ryan, while Jack Moriarty set many goalkicking records. THe cheesy 70's songs are a thousand times better than the modern synthesizer and drum machine songs. Justin Clarke has just won a Rhodes scholarship. They played their debut season in the same year. The new logo, a lion's head facing forward, replaced the former Fitzroy logo of a passant lion with a football. What has happened to delisted/retired players? Further problems with the Cricket Club and the high cost of rent imposed by Carlton saw Fitzroy move to the Junction Oval, where they had a short-lived promising start to the decade. This article is about the football club. Yep the original was pretty bloodthirsty. They witnessed the Lions being defeated by 151 points, the second greatest loss in the club's history: Richmond 28.19 (187) defeated Fitzroy 5.6 (36). In 1897, Fitzroy were one of the eight clubs who broke away from the VFA to form the Victorian Football League (VFL). It's already bad enough to have our jumper and logo bastardised. If we keep looking to do Fitzroy or bears things, it just continues to create two separate identities in the club where there should be one. Keep the words of the Lions song, but re-record the music and maybe the vocals to … Fitzroy largely resumed its original VFL/AFL identity through its continued use of their 1975–1996 VFL/AFL jumper, their club song and their 1884–1966 home ground at the Brunswick Street Oval. Adelaide Crows Women's Team: 2 x AFLW premiers! - November Photoshop comp, Aus v NZ Women's Internationals, ODIs/T20s, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Marseillaise#Lyrics, In the grandstand at the Brunswick St. [14] Tim Bell resigned for personal reasons at the end of 2011 and assistant coach Michael Pickering, a former AFL player with the Richmond and Melbourne Football Clubs was appointed as coach for the 2012 season. I like what Chopperduck and Mr Rip said above. In 2018, Fitzroy won both the VAFA Premier C and the VAFA Premier C reserves competitions.[15]. Those horns! This enabled the club to enter another women's team into the VWFL, in the North West division. They had held discussions with the Northcote and Preston VFA clubs and also had approached the Heidelberg Council about relocating to the Olympic Training Ground. However, later that afternoon the administrator of Fitzroy who had been appointed to temporarily replace the Fitzroy board agreed to merge the club with the equally strapped Brisbane Bears, with the agreement of the AFL commission and a majority vote of the AFL's constituent clubs. Given they already have to put the words to the song up on the screen at the Gabba it's probably not a good idea to start changing things. Fitzroy's season-by-season records throughout its thirteen seasons at VFA level are given below. "Shoop and win!" “We are the boys from old Fitzroy”, 1950s. During the final years, the Fitzroy Football Club had been in merger discussions with several teams, but discussions were most advanced with North Melbourne. Fitzroy finished last at the end of the home-and-away season but finished strongly in the finals to complete a stunning form reversal. In 1989 the directors agreed to amalgamation with equally troubled Footscray to form the Fitzroy Bulldogs, but a fightback from Footscray supporters, in which almost two million dollars was raised in three weeks, averted the merger. As well as trying several fund-raising ventures, the Lions experimented with playing four home matches in Tasmania in 1991 and 1992, but lost money in the process. Where did they go? The strong support and frequent attendance of club greats such as Kevin Murray has only strengthened the ties to the past for Fitzroy fans. The Fitzroy theme song conveys this feeling much more than the Brisbane Lions theme song. The Fitzroy Football Club was formed at a meeting at the Brunswick Hotel on 26 September 1883,[4] at a time when Melbourne's population was rapidly increasing. For other uses, see, Fitzroy Football Club merged with the Brisbane Bears in 1996 to form the Brisbane Lions, Known as the Victorian Football League from 1897–1989; no grand finals were held in 1897 and 1924, The AFL club operations were merged with the, Maroon was lightened close to red for colour TV from 1975 onwards, and the FFC logo changed from white to gold in 1974 (see, Proposed mergers and relocations of the Fitzroy Football Club, "The merger that never got across the line", "The old Lion roars again as Fitzroy is reborn", http://www.lions.com.au/news/2018-09-17/roys-win-premiership, "Brisbane Lions settle logo dispute with Fitzroy", Official website of the Fitzroy Football Club, "In Defeat We'll Always Try" – Radio National documentary on the death of the Fitzroy Lions, "Around the Grounds" – Web Documentary – Brunswick Street, South Australian National Football League, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Fitzroy_Football_Club&oldid=986291997, Australian rules football clubs established in 1883, Australian rules football clubs in Melbourne, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Fitzroy Football Club (incorporating the Fitzroy Reds), Round 10 16 July 1898 to Round 4 27 May 1899, Round 11 20 July 1963 to Round 1 17 April 1965. on letterheads, marketing, etc. The Victorian Football Association (VFA) made changes to their rules, allowing Fitzroy to join as the seventh club in 1884, playing in the maroon and blue colours of the local Normanby Junior Football Club. By the mid 1960s, Fitzroy's traditional home ground, the Brunswick Street Oval was in a state of disrepair. Personally, I think it's a step to far backwards. Not only would North Melbourne go on to the 1996 premiership, the merged team had proposed to take a 50-player senior list into the 1997 season. Due to economic difficulties imposed on the VFL clubs due to World War I, only four teams contested the premiership that year, and at the end of the home and away rounds all teams made the finals. This is compared with the Brisbane Lions bid, which proposed a 44-player senior list for 1997, and did not have the potential off-field strength of an all-Victorian merge. At the beginning of the 2011 season, Fitzroy appointed Tim Bell as their new senior coach following the resignation of Simon Taylor. [17], Premiers (8): 1898, 1899, 1904, 1905, 1913, 1916, 1922, 1944. VFL/AFL (8): 1898, 1899, 1904, 1905, 1913, 1916, 1922, 1944. During this time, coach Mick Nunan resigned after Fitzroy's game against Essendon on July 6 and was replaced by Alan McConnell for his second stint in just twelve months. Both wear the old Fitzroy jumper, play the old theme song, and play from Brunswick Street Oval in the heart of Fitzroy. A war song eh ... that sounds like a challenge for a guy in my industry. All the teams were made up mainly of Fitzroy Reds personnel.[13]. In contrast, the 1916 Fitzroy team only won 2 home and away matches and finished last in a competition reduced by the effects of World War I to four teams. Yep certainly like that arrangement. None of the three Fitzroy representatives, Laurie Serafini, David Lucas and Ken Levy, chosen by the Brisbane Bears to serve on the Brisbane Lions board were Fitzroy directors at that time. In Round 21, 48,884 people attended the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on 25 August 1996 for Fitzroy's last ever game in Melbourne as part of the AFL competition. Fitzroy won 1 premiership as the Gorillas, their final one in 1944. [14] Having reached the Premier C Grand Final at the end of 2012 season, Fitzroy was promoted to Premier B for season 2013 which coincided with the club's 130th birthday. It was in this year, under captain-coach Fred Hughson, that the Gorillas won their eighth VFL flag against Richmond in front of a capacity crowd at Junction Oval. During the 1996 season, there were fears that the club would collapse in mid-season due to its lack of cash. This page was last edited on 30 October 2020, at 23:15. Post your photoshop mashup and maybe win a Premium Platinum membership! Includes all confirmed trades and FA moves. The other AFL club presidents rejected the North Melbourne-Fitzroy merger by a vote of 14–1. Negotiations for elements such as club colours, guernsey and song were to be settled by the morning of 4 July by the Fitzroy board. However, when Coburg entered into an affiliation with the AFL's Richmond Football Club, the Fitzroy connection was abandoned. Fitzroy lost in the VAFA D1 Grand Final to Rupertswood in 2009, but as a Grand Finalist was promoted to C-Grade for the 2010 season.