Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat

CHRONOLOGY OF FITZROY FOOTBALL CLUB
1883
26/9/83 Fitzroy formed at the Brunswick Hotel (Fitzroy) with a meeting chaired by local tailor John McMahon. George Toms was instrumental in forming the club after the constant rejections by the VFA in elevating the status of the Normanby club to that of a Senior Club.
3/10/83 Second meeting held at Leicester Arms Hotel. Colours of club agreed upon. Maroon jersey and hose with blue knickerbockers and cap. These colours were not available in Australia and were ordered from England. The first jerseys were a canvas jacket with chamois trimmings.
1884
16/1/84 Leading players from Normanby club join Fitzroy
26/4/84 Fitzroy’s first ever game. Played at Brunswick St against Richmond Union. A draw in Fitzroy’s favour was the result. FFC 0.14 RUFC 0.2
31/5/84 Fitzroy’s first ever win 4.9 to Melbourne 1.20 at Brunswick St. P McShane (first captain of Fitzroy) played 3 tests against England from 1884-88. He umpired the 4th test Aust v. England in 1885 and then remarkably played in the next Test match!
1885
Grandstand and pavilion erected at Brunswick St.
1886
Field Umpire John Trait officiated in the game between Fitzroy and Carlton and for the first time a whistle was used to assist an umpire.
Cable tram opened along Brunswick St allowing greater access for crowds.
1887
John Worrall (rover) wins the Champion Of The Colony award. J Worrall (captain and player 1884-92) also played in 11 test matches against England from 1885-99 scoring 478 runs at 25.15 and took one test wicket. In a district cricket game in 1896 Worrall playing for Carlton against Melbourne University hit a then Australian record score of 417n.o.
1888
Fitzroy became the first club to use an electronic time clock to control the length of quarters.
Fitzroy toured southern NSW playing many games against local sides. In a game against Newcastle Fitzroy kicked a record score of 22 goals 24 behinds.
Fitzroy played a game of football against a touring English Rugby team at the Association Ground in Sydney winning 12.12 to 3.4.
1890
J Worral wins his second Champion Of The Colony award.
1891
Forward Jim Grace becomes the first ever player to kick eleven goals in a game of football v. Richmond.
Jim Grace wins the VFA goal kicking championship with a tally of 49 goals.
Jim Grace was Fitzroy’s greatest goalscorer in the VFA with 254 goals. (287 career goals 1889 - 1899)
1892
Fitzroy decide to disband it’s second 20 and amend it’s rules making the Fitzroy Junior club it’s reserve side.
All senior players who did not gain selection in the senior side were guaranteed a game with the junior side regardless of their ‘size’ or expertise. The juniors played at the Brunswick St ground on alternate Saturdays to the senior side.
Tom Banks captains the Victorian side against South Australia.
1894
Fitzroy Juniors win premiership in the Junior League.
1895
Fitzroy win the premiership by finishing on top of the ladder. The premiership was secured with a last round win against Sth Melb at Sth.
Captain Tom Banks was presented with the ball used in the game by Sth officials as a momento.
Fitzroy became the first ever team to receive a Premiership Pennant for winning a premiership, this was presented by the VFA.
1896
Fitzroy win the Daily Telegraph Trophy for season 1896.
Fitzroy agree to join the breakaway competition the Victorian Football League.
1897
First VFL game at FCG Fitz 6.13.49 d Carl 2.4.16 22/6/97
Fitzroy played in the first ever drawn game in the VFL - 5.13.43 to Sth Melbourne 5.13.43.
1898
Fitzroy played in and won the first ever VFL Grand final by defeating Essendon 5.8.38 - 3.5.23.
The Dalton brothers (William and Jack) and the Grace brothers (Jim and Michael) became the first ever brothers to play in a winning Grand Final team.
1899
Fitzroy hold three teams goalless in the one season. Ess in rnd 1, Geel in rnd3 and Melbourne in rnd16.
Fitzroy became the first ever club to successfully defend a premiership by defeating Sth Melbourne 3.9.27 - 3.8.26 winning back to back Grand Finals.
Mick Grace (follower) wins Champion Of the Colony.
Other clubs may have their stars but, Fitzroy have their aces. Other clubs may put on airs but Fitzroy have the Graces.
Fitzroy premiership player Stan Reid is the first to ever VFL player to lose his life in active service, being killed in the Boer War.
1900
Fitzroy kicked a score of 100 pts for their first time 16.20.116 against St Kilda.
Fitzroy play in their third Grand Final.
1901
Rd 13 Fitzroy and Collingwood played in the only scoreless quarter of VFL/AFL history - the 4th Quarter.
1903
23/5/03 Fitzroy and Collingwood play in the first ever VFL game in Sydney and win 7.20.62 d 6.9.45. Played on the Association ground at Moore Park. (SCG). This is the first time ever that players wear numbers on the back of their jumpers to enable the Sydneysiders to recognise the players.
8/6/03 Bill McSpeerin becomes the first player to play 100 VFL games for Fitzroy.
A total of 110 players went on to achieve this feat.
Fitzroy defeat Geelong by 52 points in the Second Semi.
Fitzroy play in their fourth Grand Final.
1904
Fitzroy win their third VFL premiership.
7/5/04 Joe Johnson becomes the first ever aborigine to play VFL football. He played a total of 55 games for Fitzroy.
In 1904 he became the first ever Aboriginal player to play in a premiership side. He also played in the 1905 premiership side.
The club uses the motto of Lord Horatio Nelson as the official motto of the FFC “Palmam qui meruit ferat’ Let him who has won it bear the palm.
1905
Fitzroy win their fourth VFL premiership.
Percy Trotter (rover) wins Champion of the Colony.
Fred Fontaine (forward) plays in his fourth premiership side for Fitzroy. This is the most in the history of the club. Fred was described as ‘perhaps the greatest kick that ever played for your club’ in a report of the 25th year of FFC.
Fitzroy secretary Con M Hickey becomes the inaugural president of the AFC later the ANFC.
1906
25/8/06 Fitzroy’s first 100 point victory. 17.18.120 d Melb 2.1.13
22/09/06 Fitzroy play in their seventh Grand Final.
22/09/06 Fred Fontaine plays in his sixth Grand Final for Fitzroy. (Most by any Fitzroy player).
1908
Fitzroy celebrate it’s 25th year Jubilee.
The club declares Worral, Banks, M Grace Pat Hickey and Percy Trotter as its greatest players of this time.
H ‘Boxer’ Milne and B Bailes represent the VFL in the inaugural ANFC Carnival.
The VFL win the C M Hickey Shield named after FFC player and secretary.
The West Australians use the FCG as its home base.
1911
Fitzroy use a new uniform of maroon jumper with blue yoke and trimmings. White shorts and maroon socks with blue tops.
17/3/11 A new reform party is swept to power.
29/4/11 Ex player Geoff Moriarty becomes the first official coach of the senior side. Fitzroy Juniors win the Vic Junior Assn premiership
The Fitzroy Footballers Cricket Club is formed
1912
Jim Freake becomes the first ever player to kick 50 goals in a season for FFC with 53 goals.
Numbers became official and used by all sides.
A fire in the cricket club pavilion destroys FFC’s 5 premiership pennants.
The footballers cricket side win the Vic Junior Cricket Assn 2nd grade premiership in their first season
1911/12. The club then won the 1st Grade premiership in the next season. This club continued until 1967-8 winning nine premierships.
1913
Fitzroy win 18 games in a season all time record. (15 home and away).
Nicknamed The Unbeatable’s Fitzroy win their 5th VFL premiership in front of record crowd 59,479.
Jim Freake becomes the first Fitzroy player to win the VFL goal kicking with 56 goals.
1914
Membership passes 4000 for the first time.
1915
Rd 15 Jim Freake kicks 10 goals v Richmond. Jim Freake equal leading goal kicker in VFL with 66 goals.
1916
Players donate match payments to the ‘Patriotic Fund’ the club donates all profits after expenses to the same fund. &152 16/2.
Only four teams compete
FFC win their first two games and draw the third before losing their next nine games to finish last.
Fitzroy then win all three finals to win their sixth VFL premiership.
They played Carlton 6 times in the one season for a 3 wins 3 losses result.
E A McDonald (Ted) played 46 games 2 goals 1913-1919 including the 1916 premiership. Ted played 11 tests for Australia taking 43 wickets at 33.27 and scored 116 runs at 16.57.
1917
Fitzroy play in their tenth Grand Final.
1918
The sporting clubs of Fitzroy erect a War memorial to commemorate the fallen.
9/8/18 Ex player Captain Jack Loughnan awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in the field. He was wounded at Bullecourt in 1916.
1919
30/8/19 R Merrick kicks 12 goals against Melbourne (record at Brunswick St)
30/8/19 Fitzroy kick their first ever score of 20 goals in the VFL 21.16.142 v Melbourne. the winning margin is 125 points.
30/8/19 Fitzroy defeat Melbourne by 125 points.
1920
16/5/20 Fitz 13.18.96 d Geel 8.8.56 in a game played on Wednesday at 10.45 am due to a Royal visit by the Prince of Wales.
Past player Chris Lethbridge designs and crafts chairs for committee at the cost of 70 pound.
1921
16/7/21 St Kilda held goalless 0.18.18 to 6.8.44
10/9/21 Fitzroy and Essendon played in the last ever game at the East Melbourne Cricket Ground. Scores (F) 11.8.74 tied (E) 10.14 74.
1922
Fitzroy win their seventh VFL Premiership.
Essendon drop a young Jack Moriarty from their side in a final against Fitzroy. Moriarty later becomes Fitzroy’s greatest ever goal scorer.
Goldsmith Collins wins the Champion Of The Colony award.
7/8/22 Fitzroy became the first ever Victorian club to travel to Western Australia where they played a total of 4 games winning two and losing two. They played in Perth and Kalgoorlie.
1923
2/6/23 All time record crowd at Brunswick St Oval 34,765 v. Essendon. Fitzroy play in their twelfth Grand Final. This is the only time ever that a Grand Final is postponed (by one week) due to flooding at the MCG.
Jim Freake’s four goals in the Grand Final are a record for Fitzroy and give him an aggregate of 10 goals in Grand Finals the most by a Fitzroy player.
Percy Parratt plays his 19th final most by a Fitzroy player.
1924
26/4/24 Fitzroy 19.9.123 defeated Carlton 15.17.107 in the first ever game in VFL history where both teams kicked over 100 points each.
Jack Moriarty (Fitz) wins the VFL goal kicking with a then record total of 82 goals.
Moriarty won Fitzroy’s goal kicking a record 9 times and kicked the most goals ever by a Fitzroy player - 626 (Career total 670).
27/9/24 Jim Freake kicks two goals in the third final play-off. His aggregate of 45 goals in finals is the most by a Fitzroy player.
1925
Reserves lose their first VFL grand final.
1926
The East Fremantle FC request the rules of the FFC to copy in the ‘hope of becoming under the same excellent management as FFC’.
1928
26/5/28 Fitzroy kick 2.27.39 against Geelong including 5 posters.
30/6/28 Jack Moriarty kicks 12 goals v Nth Melbourne. All time record at Arden St.
1930
Haydn Bunton refused permit to play VFL football
1931
Haydn Bunton becomes the first player to win the Brownlow Medal in his first season of VFL football.
1932
Haydn Bunton wins his second Brownlow Medal.
1933
6/5/33 Jack Moriarty kicks 10 goals v. Collingwood (most by a FFC player).
Wilfred ‘Chicken’ Smallhorn wins the Brownlow Medal. He was the first ever player to receive his Brownlow Medal in front of a Grand Final crowd.
1935
Bunton wins his third Brownlow medal.
Denis ‘Dinny’ Ryan wins most improved new player and FFC goal kicking with 46 goals in his debut season.
Doug Nicholls becomes the first Aboriginal to represent the VFL in a game against WA.
Footballers cricket club win their sixth premiership.
1936
‘Dinny’ Ryan wins the Brownlow medal 1937 Fitzroy field a team containing 3 Brownlow medallists. Haydn Bunton captains the VFL side.
Doug Nicholls wins the reserves B&F in his last season at Fitzroy.
1938
Rnd 17 Fred Hughson kicks 10 goals v. Essendon at Windy Hill (FFC record).
Bruce Calverley wins the Gardiner Medal.
1939
Dr Cec Rapheal nicknames Fitzroy the ‘Gorillas’.
Footballers Cricket club win the premiership.
1942
FFC monogram added to jumper in blue. Yoke becomes straight.
Haydn Bunton returns to Fitzroy and plays two games.
Fitzroy field a third 18 team for the first time.
Frank Curcio captains the RAAF team containing 9 Fitzroy players to the premiership of the Inter-Services League.
Played at the Fitzroy Cricket Ground.
1943
22/5/43 Fred Hughson (Fitzroy Full Back) kicked a world record drop kick of 89 feet 11 inches at the half time interval of a VFL game against Sth Melbourne at the Brunswick St Oval. The competition was organised with the American army and two players from Fitzroy and Sth Melb matched their kicking skills against an American soldier William Jost, who threw an American football. Hughson established an official and recognised world record.
Fitzroy play in the finals for first time since 1924 reaching the Preliminary final. Fitzroy runners up in the Lightning Premiership.
1944
15/7/44 Fitzroy kick their highest score to date 25.29.179 defeating Geelong by 123 points.
Fitzroy record their highest ever percentage in a season - 131.2%
Fitzroy seniors win their eighth VFL premiership. Reserves win their first VFL premiership.
The only time in the history of club when both teams are successful in the one season.
Fitzroy uses 44 players in the season, the most by any side ever in a premiership year.
1946
27/4/46 Frank Curcio becomes the first player to play 200 games with Fitzroy a total of eleven players complete this milestone.
The reserves play in their sixth straight Grand Final. The only success was in 1944
1947
Rnd 4 Fitzroy defeat North Melbourne by 101 points.
Don Chipp founder of the Australian Democrats Party plays 3 games.
1949
Allan Ruthven wins his fifth Best and Fairest award.
Norm Smith appointed Captain and Coach.
Len Smith appointed coach of the U/19’s.
1950
Allan Ruthven wins the Brownlow Medal.
1952
14/6/52 Fitzroy play Melbourne in the first ever VFL game in Hobart at the Nth Hobart Oval as part of the VFL propaganda week winning - 12.10.82 - 10.10.70. The crowd of 18,387 is a VFL record at North Hobart.
28/6/52 Fitzroy were the only team (V Chanter Full Back) to ever hold John Coleman goalless in a VFL game.
6/9/52 Allan Ruthven kicks a behind in the last minute of the 1st semi to give Fitzroy victory against Carlton.
Bill Duncan (Committee 1952-55) was a magnificent jockey riding a career total of 893 winners including two Melbourne Cup’s 1918 Nightmarch and 1932 Peter Pan, two Caulfield Cup’s and a VRC Derby.
Bill Stephen writes the Fitzroy theme song on an end of season trip to Perth.
1953
23/5/53 Allan Ruthven kicks Fitzroy’s only score (a goal) of the match against Footscray.
Fitzroy are the only team of the original eight VFL clubs to have scored a goal in every game that they have played.
1/8/53 Allan Ruthven plays his 200th game for Fitzroy.
1954
Kevin Murray wins the Jim Freake Memorial Award in the Second 18 for Best Junior at age 15. Murray began his career at Fitzroy in 1952 as a 13 year old training with the U/19’s.
1955
Rnd 4 Tony Ongarello is the last ever player to score a goal with a place kick in the VFL.
Fitzroy Past Players and Officials Association formed.
Fitzroy thirds win their first ever VFL premiership coached by Len Smith.
Fitzroy travel to Brisbane and play in two Exhibition games defeating Richmond on both occasions at the Exhibition Ground.
1956
Fitzroy change the colour of the FFC monogram from blue to white.
Norm Johnstone plays his 200th game for Fitzroy. Kevin Murray becomes the youngest ever winner of the Best and Fairest Award aged 17.
1957
Fitzroy officially adopt the Lion as its mascot, to reflect ‘the never say die spirit of the club’.
1958
12/4/58 Fitzroy defeat North Melbourne by 120 points in Len Smith’s first game as senior coach.
K Murray and O Abrahams become the first Fitzroy players named as an ‘All Australian player’, eight FFC players receive this honour.
Fitzroy Footballers Cricket club win the premiership Fitzroy Footballers Basketball side win the VBL premiership.
1959
Fitzroy win their first night Premiership 10.10.70 d Hawthorn 4.16.40
Don Glassenbury wins the Morrish Medal.
President Les Phelan receives the ‘Award of Merit’ presented by the ANFC becoming only the fifth person to receive this honour.
1960
26/2/60 Haydn Bunton memorial pavilion opened at the Fitzroy Cricket Ground.
10/9/60 Len and Norm Smith become the only brothers to ever coach opposing sides in a final. Second Semi Final between Fitzroy and Melbourne.
Fitzroy reach the Preliminary Final Laurie Morgan (33 games 1937-39) wins two Gold Medals at the Rome Olympic games. He captain’s the successful four man Equestrian team, and wins individual Gold in the same event.
Keith Wiegard (32 games 1957-59,61) represents Australia in the Water Polo team at the Rome Olympics.
1961
29/4/61 Alan ‘Butch’ Gale plays his 200th game for Fitzroy.
26/8/61 Fitzroy defeat Sth Melb by 103 points.
Fitzroy Footballers Cricket club win the premiership
1962
Warwick Selvey (reserves player) wins the Gold Medal for the discus throw at the 1962 Perth Empire Games (now the Commonwealth Games).
1963
Fitzroy form a Business Committee whose aims were to find employment for players and strengthen the ‘Traditional Fitzroy Spirit’.
Fitzroy enter a fourths team (U/17’s) in the Melbourne Boys League.
Wally Clark wins the Gardiner Medal.
1964
31/5/64 Kevin Murray captains the VFL team.
Leon Wiegard (committee 1979-91, President 1986-91) represents Australia in the Water Polo team at the Tokyo Olympic games. He was also a member of the 1972 team in Munich.
1965
The Lion Hunters and the Ladies Auxiliary coteries are formed.
1966
30/7/66 Fitzroy (coach Bill Stephen) and Carlton (coach Ron Barassi) experiment with a centre rectangle in a VFL game.
20/8/66 Last game played at the Fitzroy Cricket Ground (Brunswick St Oval).
Bruce Wright wins the Morrish Medal
1967
Fitzroy play home games at Princes Park.
Fitzroy add a lion to the left breast of jumpers.
Mr Lal McLennan completes 60 years of consecutive service to Fitzroy.
1969
Kevin Murray wins the Brownlow Medal. Oldest player to have done so.
1970
Fitzroy begin playing their home games at the Junction Oval, St. Kilda. 5/4/70 Fitzroy play Richmond in the first ever VFL game to be played on a Sunday. This game was also the first ever occasion that a game has been played in front of Royalty with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Princess Anne in attendance for the second half. Fitzroy defeated the reigning premier - 16.20.116 - 14.12.96 18/4/70 Fitzroy and Geelong play in the first ever game at VFL Park now Waverley Park. Shane Molloy (Fitzroy) kicks the first ever goal at Waverley (reserves).
Ken Marks wins the Morrish Medal.
1971
21/8/71 Fitzroy defeat Carlton in thick fog at the Junction Oval.
27/9/71 Fitzroy reach the Grand Final in the night competition. Trevor McGregor (49 games 1966-71) wins the Stawell Gift.
1972
Pastor Sir Douglas Nicholls KVCO MBE OBE K.St.J JP. (53 games 1932-37) becomes the first Aborigine to be knighted.
Fitzroy supporter Michelle Downs becomes Miss Australia.
1973
16/6/73 Kevin Murray becomes the first and only person to play 300 games for Fitzroy.
1974
Fitzroy undergo major uniform changes in preparation for colour T.V.
The white FFC monogram is changed to gold with the maroon and blue becoming much brighter. Light maroon, blue and gold hooped socks are worn and yellow shorts are used for away games.
25/4/74 After scoring a goal in 120 consecutive matches (a VFL record) Peter McKenna (Collingwood), is held goalless against Fitzroy with Harvey Merrigan at Full Back.
24/8/74 Kevin Murray becomes VFL games record holder.
31/8/74 Kevin Murray plays his 333rd and final game for Fitzroy (+17 night games). His records at Fitzroy include the following - · Most games as captain 159 · Most consecutive games 168 (323 consecutive from 1959 - 1974) · Most State games VFL 24 (6 for WA) · Most Best and Fairest Awards 9 · Most Brownlow votes 178
1975
31/5/75 Fitzroy kick 13 straight goals in a game against Melbourne (club record)
1976
Fitzroy wear blue shorts for home games and change their socks back to the traditional style - light maroon with blue tops.
Len Wigraft completes 60 years of continuous service to Fitzroy.
1977
17/5/77 Fitzroy defeat North Melbourne in the first ever night game (what is now the pre-season competition) at VFL Park (F) 16.12.108 - (NM) 11.8.74.
The Pride Coterie and Lion Cubs are formed.
John Murphy plays his 200th game for Fitzroy. John Murphy wins his fifth Best and Fairest Award.
1978
First sponsorship advertising is displayed on the jumper - IOOF. 8/4/78 Fitzroy 23.19.157 lose to Melbourne 24.23.167 which is an equal record for the highest aggregate of combined scoring shots in a VFL/AFL game - 89.
22/4/78 Bob Beecroft kicks 10 goals against SM (record at Junction Oval)
20/6/78 Fitzroy defeat North Melbourne by 76 points in the night Grand Final which is the greatest ever winning margin in a night Grand Final 13.18.96 - 2.8.20.
Graham Campbell involved in every premiership since 1944; Player U/19’s in 1955 and 1959 night premierships, coach of 1974 reserves and 1978 night premierships.
Andy McPhie wins the Morrish Medal.
1979
23/6/79 Highest ever crowd for a home game 56,975 v Coll at VFL Park.
28/7/97 Fitzroy kick a VFL record score of 36.22.238 to Melbourne’s 6.12.48. The winning margin of 190 points is the greatest winning margin in VFL/AFL history.
28/7/79 Bob Beecroft kicks 10 goals (record at Waverley)
8/9/79 Fitzroy kick 9.4.58 in the first quarter of the Elimination Final which is the highest ever first quarter score in an Elimination final.
8/9/79 Fitzroy defeat Essendon by 81 points. Fitzroy’s greatest winning margin in a final. Highest aggregate score in a season 2699 pts (home and away only)
1980
12/7/80 Warwick Irwin plays his 200th game for Fitzroy.
Garry Wilson wins his fifth Best and Fairest Award.
Fitzroy finish on the bottom of the ladder however they kick more points for than the top team Geelong, which is the only ever occurrence of this happening.
Noel McMahon (reserves player) Wins the Stawell Gift.
1981
1/8/81 Garry Wilson plays his 200th game for Fitzroy.
19/8/81 Fitzroy 8.11.59 d Collingwood 4.9.33 in the only VFL game where there has been no multiple goal scorers.
Chris Brent son of train robber Ronald Biggs kicks 95 goals in the U/19’s (club record).
Bernie Quinlan wins the Brownlow Medal. First year where two medals are awarded.
Robert Walls selected as ‘Coach of the Year’.
1982
20/3/82 The rd2 game between Fitzroy and Richmond was brought forward and played a week before round 1 on March 20 making this the earliest ever VFL game played.
Under 19’s win the premiership, becoming the first team to win a VFL premiership from 5th position.
1983
26/3/83 David McMahon plays his 200th game for Fitzroy.
18/6/83 Fitzroy defeat North Melbourne by 150 pts (34.16.220 - 10.10.70) This is the greatest ever winning margin over a team on top of the ladder in VFL/AFL history.
30/4/83 Bernie Quinlan kicks 10 goals against St. Kilda (FFC record at Moorabbin).
23/7/83 Fitzroy 12.6.78 to St. Kilda 7.1.43 in quarter 2 is the highest aggregate score in any quarter of VFL/AFL, total 121 pts.
20/8/83 Bernie Quinlan becomes the first ever Fitzroy player to kick 100 goals in a season. Bernie Quinlan kicks eight goals in the Qualifying Final - a record in any final by a Fitzroy player. Bernie Quinlan is the first Fitzroy player to win the John Coleman Medal kicking 116 goals for the season which is a club record.
Fitzroy is represented in the finals by all three grades for the only time in it’s history.
Dr McClelland Trophy second placing - best by Fitzroy. 26/9/83
Fitzroy celebrate their 100th birthday. (Australia 2 wins the Americas Cup).
1984
23/4/84 Michael Conlan kicks 10 goals against Footscray.
25/8/84 Bernie Quinlan kicks 11 goals v NM (record at the MCG).
1/9/84 Last game played at the Junction Oval.
Bernie Quinlan wins the John Coleman Medal with 105 goals.
Fitzroy reach the final five with 11 wins the lowest ever.
9/9/84 Fitzroy’s 15.17.107 to Collingwood’s 23.15.153 is the highest ever aggregate score in an Elimination Final. Total 260 pts.
1985
Home games played at Victoria Park. Paul Roos wins the EJ Whitten Medal.
1986
Fitzroy play in a double header.
6/9/86 Lowest ever winning margin in an Elimination Final 1 pt Fitz 8.10.58 - Ess 8.9.57
14/9/86 Fitzroy win their first final at the MCG since 1952.
Fitzroy reach the Preliminary Final. Fitzroy has never won a preliminary final under the McIntyre finals system, introduced in 1931. They have lost 5 in 1943,47,52,60 and 86.
1987
Fitzroy play their home games at Princes Park.
11/4/87 Fitzroy defeat North Melbourne in the first ever night game for premiership points played under lights at VFL Park (now Waverley) giving them a unique record of firsts at Waverley, scores (F) 20.9.129 - (NM) 7.13.55.
19/4/87 Fitzroy defeat the Brisbane Bears in the first ever VFL game played at Carrara Oval (QLD) scores (F) 20.9.129 - (BB) 16.18.114. The crowd of 22,684 is an all time record at Carrara.
George Coates wins the Jack Titus award.
1988
18.6.88 Michael Conlan Plays his 200th game for Fitzroy.
Paul Roos wins the EJ Whitten medal.
1989
23/7/89 Richard Osborne kicks 11 goals against Melb (record at Princes Park).
5/8/89 Alastair Lynch takes ‘Mark of the Year’. Reserves win the premiership coached by Robert Shaw. (last by a Fitzroy side)
1991
29/6/91 Paul Roos plays his 200th game for Fitzroy. Fitzroy play two home games in Tasmania at the North Hobart Oval. ‘Save the Lions’ appeal raises over $800,000.00
1992
21/3/92 Fitzroy reach the Grand Final of the night competition coached by Robert Shaw.
The Fitzroy Club Hotel opens.
12/7/92 Fitzroy player Darren Whieldon becomes the highest goals scorer at the North Hobart Oval with 12 goals.
1/8/92 Fitzroy play in the last ever game at Moorabbin.
1993
3/7/93 Fitzroy defeat North Melbourne by one point, their 31st victory by this margin. The most by any side in the VFL/AFL.
29/8/93 Fitzroy defeat the Brisbane Bears by 104 points.
1994
Fitzroy play their home games at the Western Oval.
Paul Roos wins his fifth Best and Fairest Award.
David Bain wins the Morrish Medal. Record profit of $193,498 made.
1995
27/5/95 Fitzroy play West Coast in the first and only AFL game played in Canberra at the Bruce Stadium. The crowd is 13,778.
Doug Hawkins plays at his 17th AFL venue, the most by any player.

1996
Fitzroy become one of only three clubs to play in all 100 seasons of VFL/AFL.
18/5/96 Fitzroy win their last ever AFL game Fitz 16.11.107 d Fremantle 10.16.76 at the Western Oval. (Ironically Fremantle won their first ever game against Fitzroy in 1995).
The Club's 112th Annual General Meeting was held at Fitzroy Town Hall on 29th April.
On Saturday 11th May (the day of the Carlton Vs. Fitzroy Centenary game at Optus), a HEads of Agreement to merge was agreed to by the Fitzroy & Nth Melbourne Football Clubs. The new club would be called Fitzroy-Nth Melbourne Kangaroos. On 28th June, the Club's financier Nauru Insurance Corporation appointed Michael Brennan as Administrator. On the 4th July the Administrator and the AFL announces that the Brisbane Bears merger offier had been accepted in place of the Nth Melbourne offer. Fitzroy plays is last AFL game at Subiaco WA against Freemantle.
Brad Boyd Captain, Martin Pike B&F, Antony Mellington leading goal kicker, 22 goals.
Kevin Murray (HBF) and Haydn Bunton (HFF) named in the AFL team of the Century.
Haydn Bunton (LEGEND), Kevin Murray, John Worrall and Bernie Quinlan inducted in the AFL Hall of Fame.
Bill Stephen wins the Jack Titus award.

RECORD CLUB BY CLUB TEAM WINS LOSSES DRAWS TOTAL

Adelaide 3 6 0 9
Brisbane Bears 6 11 0 17
Carlton 72 120 5 197
Collingwood 75 131 3 209
Essendon 80 112 5 197
Footscray 54 72 0 126
Fremantle 1 3 0 4
Geelong 79 103 1 183
Hawthorn 52 63 1 116
Melbourne 88 88 3 179
North Melbourne 62 65 1 128
Richmond 72 94 0 166
St Kilda 105 77 1 183
Sydney 104 77 4 185
University 10 3 1 14
West Coast 6 9 0 15

TOTAL 869 1034 25 1928

 

GRAND FINALS RECORD TYPE WIN LOSS TOTAL

Senior day
1898 1899 1904 1905 1913 1916 1922 1944 1900 1903 1906 1917 1923
Won 8 Lost 5
Senior night
1959 1978 1971 1992
Won 2 Lost 2
Senior Lightning Premiership
1943 Lost 1
Reserves
1944 1974 1989 1925 1941 1942 1943 1945 1946 1957 1959
Won 3 Lost 8
Under 19’s
1955 1982 1956 1967 1977 1979 1980
Won 2 Lost 5

Fitzroy won the 1895 VFA premiership (No GF played).
Fitzroy Juniors (Reserves team) also won premierships in 1894 and 1911 however these seasons were not played under the control of the VFL.