St Kilda Football Club

St Kilda Football Club is a professional football team based in Melbourne. It plays in the Australian Football League (AFL).

In this article, we learn everything about the St. Kilda Football Club.

St Kilda Football Club History 

St Kilda Football Club was founded in April 1873. In its early years, the club was known as the Seagull. The first match of the club happened near the St Kilda Railway Station.

In the early years, the club had a rivalry with neighboring Prahan. At the end of 1996, the club entered the VFL/AFL.

In the beginning, the club suffered and performed very poorly. In the first season, they had 14 losses and finished last. The next season was slightly better, but they were last once again.

After three long years, the club saw its first victory against Melbourne.

They had their best season since joining the VFL in 1903. In that season, they won 7 matches and lost 9. In 1906, the St Kilda Club reached the semifinals, their best effort since joining.

After the Great War, a new era began in the VFL. In 1913, they performed very well and took fourth place. After the war in 1918, the club made the finals.

Before the Second World War, St Kilda had a pretty successful period. In 1939, they made the finals. In that season, they won 8 matches in a row after 1907.

From 1956 through 1965, the team was very successful, and it was said to be their golden age.

In that era, they are proving themselves as a worthy contender to be a premiership team. 1966 they became the premiership team, and their golden age continued.

Uniforms

St. Kilda’s home, Guernsey, features the club crest on the left side. It has red, white, and black colors on the front.

It has three vertical panels. The back is black with white ribbing and white numbers.

In contrast, the Clash Guernsey has two extra white panels on either side of the red and black panels. It has a white back and three colored panels under the jersey number.

It’s white with black numbers and retains the white ribbing from the other guernseys.

Home Grounds

Over the years, St Kilda Football Club has had a couple of home grounds.

The first home ground was Junction Oval from 1897–1964, later Moorabbin Oval from 1965–1992, then Waverley Park from 1993–1999, and 2000 – till now, Docklands Stadium. Let’s learn about them:

Junction Oval

It was their first home ground for the VFL and was used until 1964. It was built for the St. Kilda Cricket Club in 1856.

At the end of the 1950s, the St Kilda Football Club decided to move its playing base from Junction Oval to their own stadium.

They didn’t want to continue to be tenants of another club, and they wanted to continue to operate in their own venue.

A number of discussions began in 2014 between St Kilda and the Victorian government for them to rejoin Cricket Victoria as co-tenants at Junction Oval.

According to the proposals, a small oval at the site would be used for St Kilda’s training and administrative purposes.

Moorabbin Oval

Since 1965, Moorabbin Oval has been the training and administrative base for St Kilda Football Club.

In March 1964, the club negotiated a deal to move its playing, training, and administrative base from Frankston to the Moorabbin Oval.

As a result of a lease agreement signed by the club in August 1964, it has been granted access to all facilities of the Moorabbin Oval for the next 75 years.

In 1992, the club stopped using Moorabbin Oval as a home arena and retained it as an administrative and training facility.

Waverley Park

Originally known as “VFL Park,” the Victorian Football League opened it in 1970 in Waverley Park.

A number of reasons led the VFL to build the stadium, including the fact that they would eventually become its owners.

This approach led St. Kilda to agree with Waverley Park to transfer their home games to Waverley in 1993. The club decided to use the Moorabbin Oval for training, administration, and social events.

In 1999, the Australian Football League (AFL) announced that it would not schedule any more matches at Waverley Park.

The stadium would be sold to provide money for the development of Docklands Stadium, which was then in the planning stages to become the home ground for St. Kilda Football Club.

Docklands Stadium

Docklands Stadium became a new home for St Kilda following the discontinuation of Waverley Park as a scheduled ground in 2000.

This multi-purpose stadium was designed to accommodate Australian rules football, soccer, rugby, and other general entertainment events.

It cost approximately $460 million to construct the stadium. The AFL acquired exclusive ownership of the ground in October 2016.

St Kilda Football Club’s Current AFL Squad

Here is the list of senior players, rookies, and coaches of the St Kilda Football Club.

Senior List

  1. Jack Steele (C)
  2. Dougal Howard (VC)
  3. Tim Membrey (VC)
  4. Ryan Byrnes
  5. Jack Billings
  6. Dan Butler
  7. Marcus Windhager
  8. Rowan Marshall
  9. Nick Coffield
  10. Zak Jones
  11. Jade Gresham
  12. Brad Crouch
  13. Sebastian Ross
  14. Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera
  15. Bradley Hill
  16. Mitch Owens
  17. Hunter Clark
  18. Max King
  19. Zaine Cordy
  20. Jack Higgins
  21. Jack Bytel
  22. Mattaes Phillipou
  23. Josh Battle
  24. Oscar Adams
  25. Jimmy Webster
  26. Matthew Allison
  27. James Van Es
  28. Ben Paton
  29. Tom Highmore
  30. Jack Sinclair
  31. Daniel McKenzie
  32. Leo Connolly
  33. Tom Campbell
  34. Olli Hotton
  35. Isaac Keeler
  36. Callum Wilkie

Rookie List

  1. Jack Peris (B)
  2. Angus McLennan (B)
  3. Anthony Caminiti
  4. Max Heath
  5. Cooper Sharman
  6. Liam Stocker
  7. Jack Hayes
  8. Mason Wood

Coaching Staff

Head Coach

  1. Ross Lyon

Assistant Coaches

  1. Robert Harvey (Forwards)
  2. Lenny Hayes (Midfield)
  3. Corey Enright (Defence)
  4. Jake Batchelor (VFL coach/development)
  5. Brendon Goddard (Development coach)
  6. Damian Carroll (Head of development & learning)

Administrative Board

  • President: Andrew Bassat
  • Vice president: Russell Caplan
  • Chief executive officer: Matt Finnis
  • Director: Dean Anderson
  • Director: Jennifer Douglas
  • Director: Paul Kirk
  • Director: Jack Rush
  • Director: Danni Roche
  • Director: Adam Hilton

Sponsors

Principal partners

  1. CMC Markets
  2. Pepper Money

Major sponsors

  1. Red Rooster
  2. RSEA Safety

Elite partners

  1. AIA
  2. AVJennings
  3. Furphy Beer
  4. Jayco
  5. Mosh
  6. New Balance[
  7. Opal
  8. Webcentral

Apparel sponsors

  1. Puma (1997–2001)
  2. Sekem (2002–2003)
  3. Piping Hot (2003–2006)
  4. Skins (2007)
  5. ISC (2008–2016, 2020)
  6. BLK (2017–2019)
  7. New Balance (2021–present)

Conclusion 

St Kilda Football Club is a historical football club, the club got it’s premiership in 1966 and has always been the underachievers.

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