Club History

The first time in the Clubs history it won both Senior & Reserves Premierships, Frank Rugolo kicked over 100 goals and Hampton Football Club won “Football Victoria” Inaugural Club Achievement Award Ideal conditions greeted both sides as they run out for the big game and after a lengthy pre game warm-up, it was the Hampton, which started strongly and jumped out to early lead. Great work in the middle of the ground from Fletcher resulted in him kicking the first two goals of the game, With Thompson controlling the ruck contests and marking everything that came his way and MacKenzie and Fletcher dominating around the base of the packs, our forward were fed a steady supply of opportunities and capitalised to lead by four goals at quater time. The second quarter was dominated by our tall forwards as Woottom, Cusack, Horvat, and Rugolo all kicked goals and created havoc across the forward line. Black rock was simply unable to match up on our tall forwards and this allowed the smaller players to move in and crumb anything that was spilled. Our Half Back line lead by Harrison was impassable and on the rare occasions, that Black Rock was able to go forward, Hobson and Wardell blanketed their key forwards. Wardell in particular played an inspired game, Shutting down the dangerous Fode and not allowing him to kick a goal. With Crossley and Bennett Providing plenty of run from half back and Tom Evans dominating on his wing, we went to main change with a commanding lead. The demolition continued after the main break and every player shared in the victory as we careered away to win by a record margin of 96 points. A superb team effort capped off by some excellent finishing saw us control the game from first bounce to last and run out deserving winners, having dominated the competition all year. Thompson in the ruck played a super game and was ably supported by the midfield brigade, none more so that Tom Evans who was a deserving winner of the best a field medal. Harrison and Cusack at either end of the ground marked everything that came their way and a miserly defence lead by Wardell ensured that Black Rock were under constant pressure. A superb team performance to cap off a wonderful season. Congratulations to Greg Cusack and the rest of the match committee on their tremendous achievements in season 2002. Reserves win first Premiership in 26 years The game started under threatening skies that produced their fare share of rain during the first half. A very dour struggle ensured as our opponents continually flooded nine and ten players back into our forward fifty to try and stifle our attack. Early goals to Pearce, Piasente and Douglas, from a beautiful pass
The 90`s ended with Hampton United Football Club changing it`s name to Hampton Football Club for the new millennium. This was done for several reasons, the main being – attracting sponsorship and younger players. Unfortunately the year started with the loss of many senior players, due to retirement, injury, and clearances. However with the hard work of the committee and new coaches Mark Aumont, Justin George, and our loyal senior players, we were able to recruit over 30 new players, the majority of which were under 21 years old. The club also made a conscious effort to develop youth and not to spend money for short term gain, to ensure the financial stability and long term on field development of our club. Unfortunately due to the various changes already mentioned, the club had very little success on field in 2000. The only wins registered by both sides were in our R6 clashes with local rivals Highett, with the senior side winning by a point, and the reserves by 5 points. Highlights of the season did include the 200th game of Graeme Bell, who became the nineteenth Hampton player to reach the milestone. Graeme started with the club in 1987 and was also rewarded with Life Membership at the end of the season along with other club stalwarts Rod Stelling (150+ games, former Pres, Sec, Tres), and Ian Nichol (3xBest Clubman, former Pres, current Tres). Presentation night saw club vice captain and former Sandringham premiership player Adrian Mackenzie (pictured below left) easily take out the Senior Best & Fairest, followed by Jason Dunkley(4xwinner), and first year player for Hampton Matt Evans closely third. The Reserves Best & Fairest was won by Dana Smith.
In 1999 the senior side finished 7th, faltering in the last few games of the year. Probably the highlight of the season was the defeat of eventual premiers Mordialloc by 1 point Mordialloc. A seven bounce run by rover Dale Reidy in the dying moments from the back pocket to the forward line resulting in a goal. The game was also the S.F.L. televised game of the round, which made the victory even sweeter. Without doubt the player of the decade was Jason Dunkley with 4 senior Best & Fairests and 3 Runners Up
The last finals appearance of the 90’s was to be in 1998 in the 1st Semi Final against Ashwood at Noble Park. Ashwood had finished the season very strongly and were favoured by the scribes to go right through to a premiership. Hampton put a great performance losing by 7 points in a physical affair, and considering losing our Co Captains Mark Aumont (kidney & spleen) and Paul Haddock (knee) to injury early in the game affected our height and strength. As one Ashwood supporter commented late in the game, ‘It doesn’t matter who wins this they’ll be stuffed next week any way!’ He was right. Hard work by our committee, players and supporters saw great improvements to our clubrooms in 1998, such as a new bar, a new canteen and new restroom facilities.
In 1997 the club fielded one of its strongest sides of the decade. New senior playing coach in Tony O’Brien (X/Frankston) and X/Sandringham dual premiership player Adrian MacKenzie headed the list of a successful summer of recruitment. The season commenced early with the S.F.L. hosting a pre season night series at Moorabbin. After 4 weeks the knockout competition against sides from all divisions and from other leagues saw us reach the Grand Final against 1st division side Parkdale. We were defeated by 3 goals in a close encounter for the majority of the night. The regular season saw us finish second, but serious knee injuries to key forwards Shane Burbidge and James Ross cost us dearly in the finals. Balwyn outclassed us in the Second Semi and we went down by 5 goals to St Kilda City in the Preliminary final. Balwyn went up to first division the following season and won the next 3 first division flags, our round 2 defeat of Balwyn was one of their very few for the next few years. The year also heralded the retirement of former captain and premiership player Andrew Howes. A great player in defence for many years and you’d never meet a better clubman, he played his 250th game during the year
In 1996 we were placed in second division, the club started slowly but had a strong second half to the season, which gave us promise for 1997.
Between 1993 and 1995 the club struggled with only a handful of wins in 1st division of the S.F.L., we were unable to match the more financial clubs such as Noble Park and East Brighton. However we did show the Hampton fighting spirit to knock of the occasional top side such as the 1995 win over East Brighton at Hurlingham Park. They had organised their past player / sponsors day against us because in their words, its a certain victory. That was all the motivation we needed to pull off a great upset and defeat them by seven goals. As usual we celebrated accordingly. (Emma Dunkley never organised another restaurant night again!)
Joined the SFL, the Hammers have been limited to a couple of Division Two finals appearances in the nineties and have since changed their name to Hampton Football Club.
1992 and we were back in A grade, and 1st game up for the year was our opportunity to seek �some� revenge for the Grand Final defeat as we played Collingwood Districts at Ramsden St. The game was played in 30 degree heat and we started the year with a great victory. We finished second on the ladder at the completion of the home and away season, however injuries to key players such as our captain coach Shane Edmunds seen us go out in the preliminary final.
In 1991 we reached the Grand Final in the seniors (B grade E.S.C.F.A.), to be defeated by a heartbreaking 1-point margin against Collingwood Districts
The club moved to its current home ground at Peterson Street Of course on field success over a long period of time also required off field success and for that there are many people who should be mentioned. Too many to list here so my apologies to those who missed out. The stand out person through all this was Chris Johannsen whose tireless efforts in administration and playing have been rightly rewarded with a life membership. Arthur Leigh, long time trainer. President, supporter and good bloke, Leon Bailey, Paul Housden, Graeme Stillwell, Mick Bennett and many other people who also unselfishly gave their time and efforts to ensuring that Hampton United was the best club in the competition. I, along with every person that played, thank you most sincerely and assure you that it was appreciated very much. We will never forget where we came from, what we ate and how we ate `em. Rose Bailey – your forever in our hearts
Won the A-Grade premiership under Coach Shane Edmunds 1986 will be remembered as Hampton United`s finest for no other reason than everybody had to acknowledge that we were the best in the competition. Anyone who disagreed had their house burnt down
Darryl Mackenzie added the desire to be a force in the top grade and 1985 a young bloke from Sandy, who`s only claim to fame was that he once ate a pie during training, became coach of what was arguably the best talent ever assembled at Hampton. Shane Edmonds was able to instil a sense of pride, commitment and `never say die` attitude that had us in the Grand Final in his first year and Premiers in the next. Shane`s ability as both an on field leader and player earned him the respect and admiration of every person at the club and although we didn`t claim another flag, we finished 3rd and 2nd in the next seasons. Shane had the right something a coach needs to get that little bit extra out of his players at the time it matters most.
Runner Up that year saw us in `A` Grade the following year and suddenly we started to believe that we could match it with any side. Kevin saw us safely through our first year in the higher division and the formation of some fierce new rivalries – what`s new about that.
1982 saw the arrival of Kevin Maguire who was able to build on Alan`s foundation and with some help from some good recruits ( who were assured that if they didn`t sign their houses would be burnt down) Hampton was suddenly a team that could beat you on the scoreboard as well as anything else
The decade began with Hampton United in `B` Grade of the E.S.C.F.A. and struggling to hold that position. Alan Deluca was coach and his efforts were deserving of much better results than we achieved at that time, but, Alan had introduced a level of professionalism that was to see the club achieve higher accolades in the time ahead. Hampton was feared for all the wrong reasons, and many a night was spent debating the best way of getting off a `trumped up charge by some mug umpire`.
Success on the field bred good times off the ground, at Hampton`s 1996 50th anniversary Colin De Young recalled memories such as: * “The blue movie night in `Cyclones` garage and a jog in the street by John * The trip away to Camperdown and Castlemaine (where Colin Duell `borrowed` a horse and rode it into the pub). I remember someone bought a six pack and the barman said “just go to the freezer and help yourself”. Well, you could imagine the stocks were depleted in 15 minutes. * On a trip to Albury we were in the `Termo` lounge and Wayne Thomas wanted to show his strength by punching out a drink tray. He asked some guy to hold the tray. Wayne missed the tray and punched him out – so we vacated this hotel.” By the end of the decade the club had 4 more premierships to it`s credit, had returned to `A` grade after 17 years, and most importantly had established friendships that would last a lifetime.
The disappointment of 1977 was all the motivation the club needed for season 1978. The senior side had an awesome season winning the `B` grade Grand Final by 94 points, which was our 15th straight win (a senior club record), 4 games clear of the second placed side, and 106 goals by Kim Pitt. It was also gratifying to note that players from the 1976 reserves flag such as Kim Pitt, Bert Calvert, Ken Patterson, Terry Housden, and Kevin Milton (1978 Sen Best & Fairest) had gone on to play in this great senior premiership. Hampton had rewarded Chris King for his faith the previous year.
1977 saw a man called Chris King from Croydon come to the club to coach. After the home & away games were completed, both the seniors and reserves had finished on top. The finals however, turned out to be a complete disaster, and a huge disappointment to everyone concerned with very few players showing their true form. A find for the club in 1977 was the runner up in the senior Best & Fairest, Greg Nash, who would go on to greater heights. In true Hampton spirit however, the new coach showed he loved his new club by listing the following highlights in the 1977 `Seaweed & Mussels` – * the great year by Tocky and his U17 team in making the Grand Final * 100 goals kicked by Kim Pitt for the second successive year * The outstanding form of our centreline, well done Wayne, Kevin, and Dave * Both teams finishing on top at the end of the home & away games * Rod Collie`s frequent training appearances * Ken Patterson`s unusual shaving technique * John Haddock`s efforts to be off the track early on Thursday nights * Colin De Young`s “unbiased” comments about the umpires each Saturday
The club changed its name to Hampton United Football Club
1974 produced another premiership, this time in the reserves, and in extraordinary circumstances. We were playing Oakleigh Sacred Heart in the Grand Final and were 2 points up when their president died from a heart attack. The game was abandoned, and a rematch was organised by the league. However in respect to their president, Oakleigh refused to play and we were awarded the premiership. It did however form close ties between the two clubs, and for many seasons to come players from both sides would get together for a `drink` at the end of each year.
1972 was a great year, the club had the distinction of winning the seniors `C` grade premiership, being runners up in the reserves, and Paul (Fuzzy) Housden winning the reserves Best & Fairest for the competition. Coach Ted O`Neill wrote in the 1972 `Seaweed & Mussels`- “Congratulations to our Best & Fairest winner John Haddock. John had a great season. Could any of us forget the courage and team spirit shown by John after his bad injury in the Grand Final?. I don`t want to individualize too much because ours was largely a team effort, but in a report such as this nature it would be remiss not to mention our top ruckman, Graham Stone and Ross Humphrey who paved the way for so many of our wins.” The season also saw the 200 game milestone reached by Ian Grover. At this time, the change from `Methodist` to `United` took place. We had to find an affiliation with a church and Brother Theo helped us out and became our link to stay in the competition. Brother Theo cared for homeless, handicapped children, and young adults. His help was the key to us continuing on.
This decade was the start of a steady climb from `C` to `A` grade in the E.S.C.F.A. Players who had come through our juniors in the late 60`s, particularly the U17 side of 1967 (who were always the chopping block), formed a strength and determination between each other to help Hampton become a revered side in the 70`s. Former coach Colin De Young said, “I wonder how we attracted players with the old wooden clubrooms, one shower, and a toilet that didn`t work. However, there was that special kind of person around Hampton, and we formed great friendships and warmth to new people around the club.” The seventies began with the appointment of new president, the great man – George White. George was a founding member of the club in 1947 and was our first senior coach from 1947 – 1950. He went on to be president for 1970,71,74 – 80, and was appropriately awarded life membership in 1972.
The club formed an Under-17 and Under-15 side that played up until 1979. This era proved to be the club`s most successful, with six senior and two junior premierships
Robert Jesser was Coach for the season but resigned with seven games to play. I was asked to take over for the balance of the season. Best and Fairest John Donnell (Firsts) Les Duncan (Seconds)
C Grade was not the best of years with only three victories and a lack of big men. Best and Fairest – Graham Chapman (Firsts) Les Duncan (Seconds)
`A` Grade and it was a hard season. The standard was much higher than we expected, so we returned to `B` Grade for 1963 Best and Fairest – John Donnell 44 Votes John Walsh 15 Votes (seconds) Most Goals – Barrie Peel (37 Goals) Stan Porter 31 Goals (seconds)
Our second year in `B` Grade was a great with a top of the list result. Throughout the year we made our way to the Grand Final to play Gardenvale at the Burwood Oval. We lead from start to finish Final Score 15-15-105 to 12-11-83 Best and Fairest – Gill Freeman (Firsts) Ron Roberts (Seconds) Most Goals – Barrie Peel (55 Goals) Barry McLarty (35 Goals)
1960 Moved into `B` Grade and with a large number of players that forced us to put a second eighteen team in . Col Smith was made Coach of the new team and it made the selection of the senior side so much easier. The season was good one. We finished in the final four but were beaten by Box Hill by 5 goals. Best and Fairest – John Donnell – 36 Votes (Firsts) John Wyatt – 16 Votes (Seconds) Most Goals – Barrie Peel – 36 Goals
The club reformed, joining ESCFA, where they won the premiership in their first back under Coach Ken Gill The rebirth of the Hampton Methodist Football Club by the Coach Ken (Kaygee) Gill The first season was trail and error for selectors to fit the thirty odd players into a balanced team. This took up to seven games or so but we proved that we could compete well and it resulted in a premiership. Most Goals – Barry Peel – 73 Goals
Club in Recess
Hampton Methodist Football Club was formed and played in the Melbourne Methodist League and went into recess in 1951 Inaugural Year – 1947 In the Beginning By George White A group of young people met at the back of the Hampton Methodist Hall to see if they could form a football Club. At the time the Church had cricket, tennis and table tennis sides We approached a couple of the Elders of the Church and they agreed to take our request to the Minister, the late Rev A Veneer. After putting our case to him, he agree to be our President. We had then to round up players and find a ground to play on. The Fewster Road ground was allotted to us but there were no change rooms so the back fence was it. Wally Adams, one of the Elders of the Church, was our coach with Bert Nankervis helping. I was made Captain because of age rather than ability. Our colours were purple and gold. IN our first year, 1947 we did not win a game and transport was the Hampton Red Bus driven by Mr M. Peeler. This was change rooms on away game with all girlfriends outside. Midway through the first season Wally Adams gave up the Coaching so l was dropped from playing to be appointed non-playing Coach. Over the next three years we won lot more games and just missed out on the finals one year. In 1947 we ask the Church if we could run a dance at the scout hall in Ludstone street which was giving the OK. The dance was a great success with the help of the players girlfriends (no grog allowed) With the money we had raised we had a trip away at the end of the 1948 season. We spent a weekend at a guesthouse in Daylesford, our transport was a furniture van and a great time was had by all with no one put in jail.