Established in 1883, the Fitzroy Football Club became a foundation team in the Victorian Football League in 1897. The first to win a VFL grand final, Fitzroy is the only club to have played in the VFA, VFL, AFL and VAFA. Throughout its long and rich history, Fitzroy has won premierships in the VFA, the VFL and the VAFA, and holds a unique place in the hearts of Fitzroy and opposition supporters, the local community, and the VAFA competition it now plays in.
Today a strong, vibrant community club operating in the heart of Fitzroy, the Roys field men's and women's teams in the largest community football
competition in Australia - the Victorian Amateur Football Association.
On home games, the men’s firsts run onto the ground to the sounds of the Club’s much-loved VFL/AFL theme song. The song is belted out by every team after every win. And every team proudly sports the Fitzroy guernsey.
Now incorporated with the Fitzroy Reds who, from 1991, started using the Brunswick Street Oval as their home ground, the Fitzroy Football Club keeps the tradition alive for supporters of old. We’ve created a new and loyal fan base in the hipsters who crowd 'Hipster Hill' and the families who surround the ground on game days. And we promise a bright future for the people of the ever-expanding inner city northern suburbs of Melbourne – as players and supporters.
Fitzroy first fielded a women's team in 2015, in partnership with the Australian Catholic University, and expanded to two teams the year after.
As our mantra says, we represent Great football. Great community. Great culture.
Fitzroy forever, forever Fitzroy.
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.
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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