The Fitzroy Football Club (incorporating the Fitzroy Reds) was born from the merger of the Fitzroy Football Club and the Fitzroy Reds Football Club Inc in 2008.
On both sides of this merger the club has a rich and varied history stretching as far back as 1883.
Today the club is a strong, vibrant community club operating in the heart of Fitzroy and Melbourne with its mantra of ‘Great Football, Great Community, Great Culture'. Fitzroy fields seven teams – Seniors, Reserves, Thirds, two Under 19 teams and two Fitzroy-ACU women's teams – competing in the Victorian Amateur Football Association.
Address: Brunswick Street*, North Fitzroy Built: 1888
Record Crowd: 34,765 - 11/8/1923 (VFL: Fitzroy v Essendon)
W.T. Peterson Community Oval (named after a 21-year veteran of the Fitzroy City Council) is better known to generations of Fitzroy Football Club supporters as the Brunswick Street Oval. It served as the club's home ground in the VFA competition, and later the VFL competition from 1883 until 1966. The Oval hosted 612 VFL home and away games, and 4 finals.
During the 1980s, the University Reds played home matches on Sundays at the Melbourne University Oval. In 1991, opposition clubs made it known that they didn't fancy playing on Sundays. The Reds wanted to play at the University Oval on Saturdays but the ground was fully booked. Brother clubs, the Blues and the Blacks, shared the ground on Saturdays. As the Reds were a distant third in the pecking order of the Melbourne University Football Club. So to Brunswick Street Oval we came.
In recent years the ground has had a new playing surface laid. In 2008 the redevelopment of the change rooms, and a new and very welcome Social Club for our use during the footy season, were completed.
The playing ground is framed by the remaining original features of the oval: the visiting members gate structure at the corner Freeman and Brunswick Streets, and late nineteenth century grandstand, gates and ticket box on the opposite side of the oval. The main grandstand is on the Victorian Heritage Register.
* If you’re looking to hold an event in the Community Rooms at Brunswick Street Oval, you need to contact the City of Yarra. Please click here for more information.
Club Bank Details
For any direct debit payments, please use the following details:
Bank: Bendigo Bank
Account Number: 136425758
Account name: Fitzroy Football Club Ltd - Football Account
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