Australian Federal Football League
(AFFL)


The truly national football league that Australia has never had, starting at the time of Federation in 1901. A fictional competition inspired by the pyramid structure of European football/soccer leagues.
  • All
  • 1975–1977
  • 1970–1974
  • 1956–1969
  • 1950–1955
  • 1938–1949
  • 1935–1937
  • 1923–1934
  • 1914–1922
  • 1907–1913
  • 1901–1906

First Division – Top

=VICGippsland
2nd=QLDNundah
3rd+1TASNorth-West Districts
4th+5QLDTownsville
7th-4NSWMarrickville

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWCrows Nest
FIND1QLDTownsville
 
SFD2NSWBlacktown
SFD1NSWAlexandria

1975 Season Headlines
  • Gippsland hold onto the First Division title in an unchanged top two.
  • Crows Nest's AFFL Cup final hoodoo is definitely over, collecting a second cup trophy in three seasons.
  • Townsville's second top flight is even better than their first, with a top four finish and an AFFL Cup final appearance.
  • Reservoir tumble from top five in the Second Division South & West to the bottom four.
  • It's a season of highs and lows for Blacktown, a AFFL Cup semi final berth is tempered by relegation from the Second Division North & East.
  • Woolloongabba are also relegated, returning to the Third Division for the first time in over forty years.
  • There is good news for the first time in a long time for South Yarra, winning promotion from the Third Division South after a quarter of a century.
  • Canning's recent strong form in the Third Division West region comes to an abrupt end.
  • Dandenong claim the AFFL Cup scalp of the season, humbling the league champions Gippsland.

First Division – Top

+3VICGippsland
2nd=QLDNundah
3rd+7NSWMarrickville
4th+2TASNorth-West Districts
8th-7NSWCentral & Western Districts

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1QLDFortitude
FIND1TASNorth-West Districts
 
SFD1NSWCentral & Western Districts
SFD1VICMaribyrnong

1974 Season Headlines
  • New teams:  Rockingham and Bruce.
  • Gippsland's impressive form since bursting back into the First Division four seasons ago pays the ultimate dividend: A first league title.
  • Fortitude win a second trophy in three seasons with their third AFFL Cup.
  • Townsville's debut in the top flight is a good one, finishing in the top half of the ladder.
  • The season ends on a sour note in Northern Tasmania as Mersey are relegated from the First Division after almost thirty years, and North-West Districts lose in the AFFL Cup final for the third time.
  • Queensland's Far North Districts earn a first crack at the First Division next season.
  • Gold Coast rise to seventh place on their return to the Second Division North & East region.
  • Illawarra, one of six teams active since Federation never to have played in the Third Division, will do so next season.
  • Perth are also relegated from the Second Division, returning to the bottom league tier for the first time in almost forty years.
  • Three of the Third Division winners, Stirling, Emu Plains and Cairns, are promoted for the first time.
  • After a couple of seasons struggling to avoid a wooden spoon, Strathfield bounce up into the top six in the Third Division East region.
  • Reservoir of the Second Division dispatch the defending cup holders and the season's eventual league premiers in successive AFFL Cup rounds.
  • It's a promising inaugural season for the ACT's second side Bruce, safely avoiding a league wooden spoon and winning two AFFL Cup games.
  • Liverpool lose their tenth consecutive AFFL Cup match.

First Division – Top

+1NSWCentral & Western Districts
2nd+4QLDNundah
3rd+1VICKew
4th-1VICGippsland
5th-4QLDFortitude

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWCrows Nest
FIND1QLDDarling Downs
 
SFD2Goldfields
SFD1VICKew

1973 Season Headlines
  • Central & Western Districts are the first team in twenty years to win three major trophies in three seasons.
  • Crows Nest are the AFFL Cup finalists for the second time in three seasons and, in their eighth final, win for just the second time.
  • In contrast, four time cup winners Darling Downs' perfect record in the final comes to end, and the 1966 league premiers' thirty year stay in the First Division is also over.
  • Hobart immediately dive from mid-table security in the top flight last season to relegation.
  • Townsville are headed to the First Division for the first time.
  • After a generation in the Second Division, Riverina slip down the trapdoor to the third tier.
  • Not suprisingly given last season, Territorians' fall to the Third Division West ends in a bottom half finish.
  • Second Division Goldfields reach the semi finals of the AFFL Cup for the first time since 1904, after they were drawn to play the only other surviving non-top flight side, bottom tier Newcastle, in the quarter finals.

First Division – Top

+1QLDFortitude
2nd-1NSWCentral & Western Districts
3rd+7VICGippsland
4th-1VICKew
5th-1VICCorio

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWCentral & Western Districts
FIND1VICMaribyrnong
 
SFD1QLDNundah
SFD1QLDFortitude

1972 Season Headlines
  • Fortitude win a second First Division premiership in four years.
  • Central & Western Districts drop to runners up in the league but win a fifth AFFL Cup.
  • Just two years after returning to the top flight, Gippsland sit pretty in the top three.
  • Nundah rocket into the league's top six and again make the final four of the AFFL Cup, joining the new league premiers for the first ever occasion where two Brisbane sides have made the cup semi finals.
  • Marrickville look less and less like a premiership force, falling further to fourteenth place just two seasons after winning the First Division.
  • Southern Murray's first season down in the Second Division since 1938 turns heads for the wrong reasons, finishing eleventh in the South & East region.
  • Launceston are dropping down to the Third Division for the first time in almost forty years.
  • The three point tally of Territorians is the second lowest of any Second Division team since the 1949 expansion to eighteen teams.
  • Pascoe Vale are headed up out of the Third Division South region for the first time.
  • Lambton take another dramatic fall down the Third Division North ladder to the bottom four.
  • Alexandria are bundled out of the first round of the AFFL Cup by middling Third Division outfit Woollahra.
  • Prospect account for Hindmarsh for their tenth successive head-to-head cup fixture.

First Division – Top

+4NSWCentral & Western Districts
2nd+1QLDFortitude
3rd+5VICKew
4th-2VICCorio
7th-6NSWMarrickville

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWMarrickville
FIND1NSWCrows Nest
 
SFD1QLDNundah
SFD1VICGippsland

1971 Season Headlines
  • The resurgence of Central & Western Districts is complete, adding a third league title to their trophy cabinet after a long wait of almost thirty years.
  • The defending First Division premiers Marrickville slip back out of the top six but as a trade-off win their first AFFL Cup.
  • Five time premiers Southern Murray tumble out of the First Division after a run of thirty three seasons.
  • Mount Gravatt are the second Expansion era side to top the Second Division and head to the top flight.
  • South Australia's South-East Districts are surprise winners of the Third Division West.
  • Ballarat finally enjoy a season out of the doldrums, storming up the Third Division West ladder to fifth.
  • Ipswich and Cairns both move in positive directions in the Third Division North.
  • Latrobe Valley win a first promotion from the Third Division South region.
  • Crows Nest win through to the first all-Sydney AFFL Cup final since 1925, but lose the season ending decider for a sixth time.
  • Nundah are first time cup semi finalists.
  • Third Division Wynnum claim the upset of the season, eliminating 1968 cup winners Darling Downs from the knockout trophy.
  • Ryde make the most of a soft cup draw, beating three fellow Third Division teams to reach the last sixteen for the first time.

First Division – Top

+7NSWMarrickville
2nd+1VICCorio
3rd-2QLDFortitude
4th+2NSWCrows Nest
8th-6VICKew

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1SAHindmarsh
FIND1TASNorth-West Districts
 
SFD2NSWBondi
SFD1NSWCentral & Western Districts

1970 Season Headlines
  • Marrickville are the biggest surprise winners of the First Division title in almost forty years and they do so in style, while at the same time, are also the third post-Federation team (and fourth former Third Division wooden spooners) to win the league.
  • In the midst of rapidly deteriorating league performances, Hindmarsh collect a first AFFL Cup, the second metropolitan Adelaide team ever to collect the knockout silverware.
  • Tasmania's North-West Districts enjoy a top half finish on their return to the First Division, and reach their second AFFL Cup final.
  • Newly renamed Berowra revel in their new identity, moving up through the Second Division North & East in four seasons (and just seven seasons after sitting bottom of the Third Division) to earn a top flight return.
  • Reservoir's first ever Second Division season lands a top half finish in the South & East region.
  • Wide Bay's fall to the Second Division after forty years is one to forget, finishing thirteenth in the North & East region.
  • Albury will march back to the Second Division next season after an absence of three decades.
  • Castle Hill are promoted from the Third Division East in just their second season of existence, while nearby Chatswood win a first ever ticket out of the North region.
  • Unley take a massive tumble down the Third Division West ladder, finding themselves on the bottom yet again.
  • Things are also incredibly bleak at Ashfield, where the long-time AFFL heavyweights are just the second former top flight champions to fall to rock bottom of a Third Division region.
  • Richmond-Tweed's opportunities for promotion out of the Third Division North are extinguished, slumping from second last season to fourteenth place.
  • In the Western Australian rounds of the AFFL Cup, Stirling inflict the upset of the season over First Division South-West Districts.
  • Mornington win through to the last sixteen of the AFFL Cup for the first time.

First Division – Top

+3QLDFortitude
2nd-1VICKew
3rd=VICCorio
4th+2NSWCentral & Western Districts
7th-5TASMersey

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1VICMaribyrnong
FIND1VICSouthern Murray
 
SFD1TASHobart
SFD1QLDFortitude

1969 Season Headlines
  • Folded teams:  Nine sides including Jolimont, Surry Hills and Dulwich Hill.
  • Merged teams:  Bathurst & Orange.
  • New teams:  Eleven sides including Morphett Vale, Broadmeadows, Castle Hill and Shoalhaven.
  • Twenty five years after sitting at the foot of the Third Division, Fortitude are at the very top of the heap, the first league champions from metropolitan Brisbane since 1903.
  • Maribyrnong win their fifth AFFL Cup, their previous knockout win co-incidentally coming in the very same season that the new league champions were collecting their Third Division wooden spoon.
  • The changing of the guard in Queensland continues as Wide Bay are relegated from the First Division after almost forty consecutive seasons in the top flight.
  • Fremantle are relegated from the Second Division for the first time in their history.
  • Hunter's mercurial rise from the Third Division to the top flight in the late 1950's is a distant memory, as they fall back to the Third Division next season.
  • Castle Hill, fifth in the East region, and Shoalhaven are the most impressive performers of the new entrants joining the Third Division.
  • Revesby rebound from last season's unexpectedly poor season in the Third Division East to finish in seventh.
  • The new joint venture between Bathurst & Orange sees the former appear in the AFFL Cup Round of 16 for the first time since 1932.
  • Granville also reach the last sixteen to end a drought of fifty three seasons, the second longest in AFFL Cup history.
  • Of the new teams, Mordialloc venture furthest in the AFFL Cup, losing in the Round of 32 to the eventual winners.

First Division – Top

=VICKew
2nd=TASMersey
3rd+1VICCorio
4th+4QLDFortitude
14th-11QLDDarling Downs

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1QLDDarling Downs
FIND1TASHobart
 
SFD1VICCorio
SFD1VICSouthern Murray

1968 Season Headlines
  • Kew are the second team in the decade to win back-to-back premierships.
  • Darling Downs win their fourth AFFL Cup in as many finals, but fall well off the pace in the league.
  • Dulwich Hill are top of the Second Division North & East in just their second season there but, amidst fierce competition in inner western Sydney, they are just one of a number of teams from the area not viable from next season.
  • Both sides newly promoted to the Second Division North & East, Bathurst and Hawkesbury, belie all expectations to immediately finish in the top three.
  • Amongst the consolidation across Melbourne and Sydney the competition also bids farewell to two Federation teams who have won both First Division and AFFL Cup honours: Inaugural 1901 premiers Jolimont, and Surry Hills.
  • Second Division debutants Dulwich Hill finish fourth in the North & East region.
  • Rockdale are promoted to the Second Division for the first time in a generation.
  • Wagga Wagga surge up the Third Division South ladder, while in the East Revesby are in freefall from top three to bottom three.
  • Orange sign-off their last season as a stand alone team as just one of two sides to have spent more than sixty consecutive seasons in the Third Division.
  • Port Macquarie win a first AFFL Cup match in their last eleven.

First Division – Top

+1VICKew
2nd+4TASMersey
3rd-2QLDDarling Downs
9th-6QLDWide Bay
12th-8NSWCrows Nest

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1QLDWide Bay
FIND1NSWAlexandria
 
SFD2VICGippsland
SFD1NSWMarrickville

1967 Season Headlines
  • Kew are resurgent, winning a fourth league title after a wait of almost forty years.
  • Wide Bay win the AFFL Cup for the fourth time, Alexandria lose their second final in five seasons.
  • Bondi will be the very first of the 1949 expansion teams to play in the First Division next season.
  • Western Australia's South-West Districts are set to return to the top flight after twenty years in the second tier.
  • Second Division debutants Dulwich Hill finish fourth in the North & East region.
  • Capricornia are relegated from the Second Division for the first time in their history.
  • Moorabbin's recent dalliances with the Second Division look well and truly finished, returning to the Third Division South region in fifteenth place.
  • Reservoir make great strides up the Third Division South ladder, while in the East region Ryde stagger in the opposite direction.
  • Port Macquarie lose their tenth AFFL Cup match in a row.

First Division – Top

+1QLDDarling Downs
2nd+3VICKew
3rd+1QLDWide Bay
9th-8NSWAlexandria
13th-10VICAbbotsford

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWBarrier
FIND1NSWCentral & Western Districts
 
SFD1QLDWide Bay
SFD1VICCorio

1966 Season Headlines
  • The league baton passes to another first-time winner, this time Darling Downs (the second ever former Third Division cellar dwellers to climb to the very top), as the defending premiers falter to mid-table.
  • The AFFL Cup final was one for the ages, Central & Western Districts went into the decider for a record tenth time, but the trophy heads to Broken Hill as the victors are western New South Wales rivals Barrier.
  • Amongst the many changes in the top half of the First Division, newly promoted Corio are immediately fifth, and they also reach the semi finals of the AFFL Cup for the first time.
  • Maribyrnong set a new record of forty seven consecutive seasons in the top flight, though they do so while flirting with relegation.
  • Rozelle are bound for a return to the First Division, just four seasons after leaving the Third Division.
  • The promotion window looks to be slammed shut on two of last season's Third Division runners-up, Derwent and Lambton.
  • Canberra stay in the news as they can muster just twelfth position on their return to the Third Division East region.
  • Orange are in the last sixteen of the cup for the first time in a quarter of a century.
  • Mackay win their first ever AFFL Cup match at the eighteenth attempt.

First Division – Top

+1NSWAlexandria
2nd+1QLDDarling Downs
3rd+3VICAbbotsford
4th-3QLDWide Bay
9th-5NSWCrows Nest

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1Perth
FIND1NSWGoulburn & Monaro
 
SFD1NSWBarrier
SFD1VICMaribyrnong

1965 Season Headlines
  • Alexandria are first-time premiers, the second post-Federation side to climb to the very top.
  • Perth endure a dreadful league season that ends in relegation, but this is tempered by capturing a fourth AFFL Cup in as many finals.
  • Capricornia roar up the ladder of the Second Division North & East region, enjoying one of their best seasons in thirty years.
  • South-East Districts tumble through the Second Division in just three seasons, a fall from grace just as swift as their rise from the Third Division to the top flight in the late 1940's.
  • Canberra are AFFL Cup quarter finalists, but their attempts to stay afloat in the Second Division seemed doomed from the outset.
  • There is another underwhelming season for Oakleigh, bottom of the Third Division East region again with just three points on the board.
  • Third Division Lambton are the second such team in the AFFL Cup ever to oust two top flight sides in three seasons, reaching the last sixteen for the first time via a win over Abbotsford.
  • Victoria's Western Districts are in the last sixteen of the cup for the first time in fifty two years.
  • Mersey beat Launceston in the AFFL Cup for the tenth consecutive match-up.
  • Since entering the AFFL as a 1949 expansion team, Mackay's win-loss record in the AFFL Cup stands at 0-17, equalling the all-time record for consecutive losses.

First Division – Top

+6QLDWide Bay
2nd+1NSWAlexandria
3rd+6QLDDarling Downs
6th-4VICAbbotsford
8th-7VICSouthern Murray

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1QLDFortitude
FIND2SAProspect
 
SFD2TASLaunceston
SFD1VICBalaclava

1964 Season Headlines
  • Both of the season's trophies reside in Queensland concurrently for the first time as Wide Bay are the somewhat unexpected league premiers (their third), and Fortitude take a second AFFL Cup after a fifty seven year wait.
  • In more good news for Queensland sides, Darling Downs finish in the top three for the very first time.
  • Prospect are in their second cup final in four seasons, a fine achievement for a Second Division team.
  • Warringah are the latest post-Federation side to earn an entrance into the First Division.
  • On their second crack at the Second Division, Hurstville are far from overawed with a fifth placed finish in the North & East region.
  • Spencer Ports are returning to the Third Division after twenty years, a period which included a few short-lived attempts in the top flight.
  • Parramatta are stuck at the foot of the Third Division East region for the third year in a row.
  • There is a replay of last season's AFFL Cup final in the second round, Alexandria atone for last season's defeat but eventually bow out in the quarter finals.
  • Coot-Tha win a first cup match in ten knock-out fixtures.

First Division – Top

=VICSouthern Murray
2nd=VICAbbotsford
3rd+3NSWAlexandria
11th-7Perth
12th-9VICKew

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWNewcastle
FIND1NSWAlexandria
 
SFD1QLDFortitude
SFD1VICSouthern Murray

1963 Season Headlines
  • Southern Murray's exceptional league winning run continues, extending to five premierships in eight years.
  • Newcastle win a second AFFL Cup but, as on the previous occasion in 1918, it comes at the cost of staying in the top flight.
  • Both Second Division winners will return to the First Division after many years away: For Balaclava it's been a generation, for Woolloongabba more than two generations have passed.
  • South Australia's South-East Districts are humbled after their fall to the Second Division, finishing twelfth in the South & West region.
  • Once mighty Ashfield are sucked down into the Third Division from next season, the fourth former premiers to fall to the bottom tier.
  • Hawkesbury are rock bottom of the Third Division, just a dozen years after their single season in the First Division.
  • Marrickville's pitch for league stability in their first top flight season gave Third Division Lambton the opportunity to bundle them out of the AFFL Cup in the second round.
  • Blacktown win a first cup match in twelve fixtures, and then win two more to qualify for the last sixteen for the first time.

First Division – Top

+1VICSouthern Murray
2nd+1VICAbbotsford
3rd+3VICKew
4th=Perth
7th-6VICMaribyrnong

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1QLDDarling Downs
FIND1NSWCentral & Western Districts
 
SFD1NSWAlexandria
SFD1NSWGoulburn & Monaro

1962 Season Headlines
  • Southern Murray are victorious in the league for the fourth time in seven years.
  • It's three wins from three AFFL Cup finals in a dozen years for Darling Downs.
  • Mersey go from relegation battlers back to top five contenders.
  • There are contrasting fortunes in the Second Division North & East region as Marrickville knock on the door of the top flight for the first time, and Clarence-Nambucca are returning to the Third Division after more than forty years.
  • In just their second season since their brief stay in the Second Division, Oakleigh are rock bottom of the Third Division South region.

First Division – Top

+3VICMaribyrnong
2nd-1VICSouthern Murray
3rd+6VICAbbotsford
4th-1Perth
7th-5NSWAlexandria

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1TASHobart
FIND2SAProspect
 
SFD1NSWAlexandria
SFD1QLDFortitude

1961 Season Headlines
  • After finishing outside the top four just once since their last league title in 1954, Maribyrnong their consistency pays off with premiership number five.
  • There is a Back to the Future end to the AFFL Cup, with winners Hobart and semi finalists Fortitude both appearing in the sharp end of the competition for the first since 1918.
  • In addition to their first AFFL Cup final appearance since 1924, former top Adelaide side Prospect are in revival mode in the league, leaping to mid-table security in the Second Division South & West region.
  • There are contrasting fortunes in Melbourne's western suburbs as Sunshine as tumble down the Third Division West ladder, while Altona are in the top three.
  • Orange are anchored to the bottom of the Third Division North region for the third consecutive year, and sixth time in eight seasons.
  • Third Division strugglers Hawkesbury make the quarter finals of the cup.
  • There were two major upsets in the AFFL Cup: Adelaide Ports heap more misery on relegated First Division neighbours Hindmarsh, while Barrier are humbled by Parramatta.
  • Blacktown lose a tenth straight cup match.

First Division – Top

+1VICSouthern Murray
2nd+2NSWAlexandria
3rd-2Perth
4th-1VICMaribyrnong
16th-11TASNorth-West Districts

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1Perth
FIND1TASNorth-West Districts
 
SFD1NSWSurry Hills
SFD1NSWBarrier

1960 Season Headlines
  • Southern Murray put aside the disappointment of finishing runners up in the league twice in a row by winning their third title in five years.
  • Perth make it First Division and AFFL Cup trophies over two seasons by winning their third cup final.
  • The rollercoaster ride at North-West Districts continues, venturing all the way to the AFFL Cup final but falling precariously close to First Division relegation.
  • Surry Hills freefall from celebrating the double to becoming mired in the top flight drop zone in just two painful seasons.
  • Sixteen years after collecting a Third Division wooden spoon, Fortitude re-enter the league's top six for the first time in forty four years.
  • Newcastle win promotion to the First Division after an absence of more than forty years, while Illawarra must be content with tenth place on their return to the Second Division.
  • In their third season back in the Third Division, Hawkesbury collapse to second last in the North region.
  • Struggling Adelaide expansion team Edwardstown send Maribyrnong packing in the upset of the season, enroute to their debut AFFL Cup Round of 16 appearance.
  • In Western Australia, Goldfields bundle South-West Districts out of the AFFL Cup for the first time in their last twelve head-to-head meetings.

First Division – Top

+4Perth
2nd=VICSouthern Murray
3rd+1VICMaribyrnong
4th-1NSWAlexandria
10th-9NSWSurry Hills

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWIllawarra
FIND1NSWCrows Nest
 
SFD1Perth
SFD1SAHindmarsh

1959 Season Headlines
  • Perth help themselves to a fourth premiership in the decade as Surry Hills were never in with a shot of holding on to the league title.
  • Crows Nest lose their second AFFL Cup final in four seasons, and fifth overall, allowing relegated Illawarra to collect a second knockout cup.
  • North-West Districts are into the top five in their second season in the First Division and, finally, reach the last sixteen of the AFFL Cup for the first time – the very last of the Federation teams ever to do so.
  • Yorke are relegated from the Second Division South & West region for the first time in thirty years.
  • Wimmera's brief hope of Third Division promotion is over, tumbling from top four to bottom four of the West region.
  • Glebe are the latest former top flight team to collect a Third Division wooden spoon.
  • Parramatta venture into the AFFL Cup Round of 16 for the first time in just over twenty years.

First Division – Top

+3NSWSurry Hills
2nd-1VICSouthern Murray
3rd+3NSWAlexandria
4th-2VICMaribyrnong
15th-10TASHobart

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWSurry Hills
FIND1VICAbbotsford
 
SFD1NSWBarrier
SFD1VICKew

1958 Season Headlines
  • After a fifty year wait, Surry Hills triple the contents of their trophy cabinet by winning the league and cup double.
  • Abbotsford fall one win away from retaining the AFFL Cup, and are also relegated from the First Division.
  • Hobart's top flight status is suddenly in doubt as they crash from top five last season to bottom four this season.
  • Hindmarsh finish top of the Second Division South & West region to get a first ever crack at the elite league tier.
  • Woollahra are bottom of the Second Division North & East region, and will face life in the Third Division for the first time in almost half a century.
  • Malvern are given a rude shock on their return to the Third Division after a single season one rung higher, finishing the season in fourteenth in the South region.
  • Pascoe Vale defy their lowly Third Division league form to venture as far as the last eight of the AFFL Cup, after knocking out two Second Division sides.
  • Goldfields qualify for the last sixteen of the cup for the first time in twenty seven years.
  • Third Division Richmond-Tweed heap misery on top of Hunter's unsuccessful debut top flight season by knocking them out in the first round of the AFFL Cup.
  • In their tenth year of existence, Mackay are still yet to win once in the cup. Hampton also lose their tenth cup match in a row.

First Division – Top

=VICSouthern Murray
2nd+2VICMaribyrnong
3rd=QLDWide Bay
4th-2NSWSurry Hills
5th+2TASHobart

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1VICAbbotsford
FIND1QLDWide Bay
 
SFD2NSWNewcastle
SFD1SASpencer Ports

1957 Season Headlines
  • Southern Murray win a second league premiership in as many years.
  • While continuing to keep their heads just above the relegation zone, Abbotsford win the AFFL Cup for the sixth time.
  • Hunter are the fourth team in history to be promoted twice in three seasons, heading up to the First Division for the first time.
  • Also appearing in the top flight for the first time next season are North-West Districts, who have put aside fifty years of obscurity. They will be one of three top tier teams from Tasmania, and ominously they defeat both existing top flight rivals in the AFFL Cup.
  • After a dozen years and a single season in the top flight, Hawkesbury are returning back to the Third Division.
  • In their third season, Sutherland are still rooted to the foot of the Third Division East ladder.
  • First time AFFL Cup semi finalists Newcastle are in the last sixteen for the first time in twenty five years.
  • Bathurst's record of consecutive cup losses finally ends at seventeen, with a first victory since the Second Round of 1940.

First Division – Top

+4VICSouthern Murray
2nd=NSWSurry Hills
3rd-2QLDWide Bay
4th+3VICMaribyrnong
5th-2Perth

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1QLDDarling Downs
FIND1NSWCrows Nest
 
SFD2SASpencer Ports
SFD1SASouth-East Districts

1956 Season Headlines
  • Southern Murray emerge from a near deadlock at the top as first-time league premiers, the sixth former Third Division side (and first to have had a wooden spoon) to reach the league pinnacle.
  • Darling Downs win their second AFFL Cup trophy in six years.
  • New Second Division entrants Hunter make an audacious bid for double promotion in the North & East region, but finish second.
  • Richmond-Tweed are returning to the Third Division for the first time in over thirty years following a catastrophic fall from the top five of the Second Division North & East.
  • Malvern are massive outsiders to claim top spot in the Third Division South region and a first promotion.
  • Wynnum, wooden spooners just three seasons ago, are surprise holders of the promotion ticket in the Third Division North region.
  • Orange's terrible league run extends to a third straight wooden spoon in the Third Division North region.
  • Two South Australian teams make the last four of the cup for the first time since 1924, Spencer Ports the best performing of all teams from outside the top flight.
  • Capricornia defeat last season's cup finalists Wide Bay for the first time in their last fourteen head-to-head AFFL Cup match-ups.

First Division – Top

+1QLDWide Bay
2nd+6NSWSurry Hills
3rd=Perth
4th=TASMersey
7th-6VICMaribyrnong

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWAlexandria
FIND1QLDWide Bay
 
SFD3VICAltona
SFD2VICCorangamite

1955 Season Headlines
  • Folded teams:  Royal Park, Botany and Five Dock.
  • New teams:  Stirling, Modbury, Waverley and Sutherland.
  • Finally, after a twenty year wait, there is a second league crown for Wide Bay, a just reward for a consistently strong side who have finished inside the top four for the last decade. Surry Hills burst into the top three for the first time.
  • Alexandria, the second post-Federation team to win the knockout trophy, deny the league premiers from running away with the double.
  • Crows Nest are unlikely promotion winners in the Second Division North & East region, on their way back to the top tier after nine seasons.
  • Last season's AFFL Cup finalists Bankstown tumble into relegation zone after three seasons in the Second Division.
  • Celebrations abound in the Top End as Territorians earn a first promotion out of the Third Division.
  • Camberwell are the latest of the Expansion era teams to win a ticket out of the bottom league tier. Dubbo are also going up to the Second Division for the first time.
  • Hunter win promotion from the Third Division North region by a very healthy margin of ten points to leave the bottom tier after sixteen seasons.
  • Second Division Corangamite defeat the AFFL Cup holders Southern Murray in the quarter finals, but their feat is eclipsed in the same round by Altona who spring a second major upset in three seasons, this time over Kew, to become just the second Third Division team ever to reach the last four.
  • South-West Districts knock out Goldfields for the tenth consecutive time in their AFFL Cup match-ups.
  • Bendigo lose their tenth cup game in a row, while Bathurst's losing cup run extends to a competition record fifteen consecutive matches.

First Division – Top

+2VICMaribyrnong
2nd=QLDWide Bay
3rd-2Perth
4th+1TASMersey
5th+7VICSouthern Murray

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1VICSouthern Murray
FIND2NSWBankstown
 
SFD2NSWWoollahra
SFD1NSWSurry Hills

1954 Season Headlines
  • The premiership race goes down to the wire, but Maribyrnong keep their necks in front to be champions for the fourth time.
  • Southern Murray win a first major trophy in their third AFFL Cup final appearance, ending the fairytale run of Expansion era joiners Bankstown.
  • In a reflection of the new pressures brought on Federation era metropolitan teams by the new Expansion joiners from the suburbs, Royal Park, one of the most successful sides in the first fifteen years of the competition, are forced into closure. Botany, AFFL Cup winners just two season ago, choose to fold rather than drop to the Third Division for the first time.
  • Western Districts of Victoria are set to return to the Second Division after twenty two years away. Their neighbours Wimmera drop one spot to rock bottom of the West region, the fifth team to have previously played in the First Division to fall so far.
  • Mount Gravatt stun the Third Division North region by rising from eleventh place last season to win promotion.
  • It was a good year in the AFFL Cup for Second Division sides as Woollahra also made the semi finals, going one round better than last season, and Hawkesbury got to the quarter finals for the second time in three years.

First Division – Top

=Perth
2nd+2QLDWide Bay
3rd-1VICMaribyrnong
4th+2NSWBarrier
11th-8VICAbbotsford

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1Perth
FIND1TASLaunceston
 
SFD1VICAbbotsford
SFD1NSWBarrier

1953 Season Headlines
  • Perth retain the premiership at a canter, and in doing so enter rare company with both a third successive league title as well as the season's trophy double.
  • Five time premiers Jolimont are going back to the top flight after seventeen years, as are Fortitude after an absence of thirty three years.
  • In the Second Division South & West region Blackburn fall dramatically from mid-table to relegation after five seasons.
  • Rozelle freefall through the Second Division in just four seasons to face life in the bottom tier for the first time.
  • Magill are the fourth of the Expansion era sides to move up to the second tier.
  • Wimmera continue to sink like a stone in the Third Division West region, finishing second last in their second season since relegation. Oakleigh are wooden spooners in the South region, four years since their relegation from the Second Division.
  • In a horror season Hurstville plummet from top three to bottom three in the Third Division East region.
  • North-West Districts defeat last season's finalists Mersey for the first time in their nine AFFL Cup meetings.
  • In Victoria, Corio are cup qualifyers for the first time in over twenty years, and the upset of the season goes to Altona as they knock out top flight Corangamite.

First Division – Top

=Perth
2nd+1VICMaribyrnong
3rd+5VICAbbotsford
4th-2QLDWide Bay
8th-4TASMersey

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWBotany
FIND1TASMersey
 
SFD1NSWAlexandria
SFD1QLDWide Bay

1952 Season Headlines
  • Perth don't need to wait any longer than the minimum period necessary to claim their third premiership. Barrier are in the top six for the very first time.
  • Botany last reached the AFFL Cup semi finals in 1927, and they were also relegated from the First Division that year, but their cup performances are sufficient this season to win a first major trophy, including a high pressure semi final win over local rivals Alexandria.
  • Corangamite's sudden surge continues, conjuring recent Second Division relegation fears (and a lucky escape in 1948) into elevation back to the top flight after eight seasons.
  • Nundah are the fourth team established after Federation to reach the First Division, leap-frogging fellow post-Federation contenders Marrickville.
  • Wheatbelt's debut Second Division season belies all expectations, immediately landing in the top six of the South & West region.
  • New England endure a horror winless Second Division season to continue pinballing between the second and third league tiers.
  • North-West Districts are eight points clear on their return to the Third Division South region, ensuring that Tasmania are the first state with all teams competing in the top two divisions next season.
  • Albury, bottom of the Third Division most recently in 1948, are there again within four years of the league expanding.

First Division – Top

+2Perth
2nd+2QLDWide Bay
3rd+2VICMaribyrnong
4th-2TASMersey
5th-4NSWGoulburn & Monaro

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1QLDDarling Downs
FIND2NSWRichmond-Tweed
 
SFD1NSWCentral & Western Districts
SFD1Perth

1951 Season Headlines
  • Perth win their second premiership, a mere forty nine years after their first.
  • Darling Downs claim their first major honours, and they do so in gruelling fashion as they complete victories over both of last season's finalists and also enjoy a first cup win in ten matches against Wide Bay.
  • 1942 and 1943 premiers Central & Western Districts, runners up as recently as four seasons ago, are relegated.
  • Richmond-Tweed are the first second tier team to reach the AFFL Cup final since 1939, courtesy of consecutive wins over First Division sides in both the quarter finals and semi finals.
  • Botany are heading back to the top flight after twenty four years. Fortitude storm up the North & East ladder to fifth after a few years flirting dangerously with relegation back to the Third Division.
  • Wheatbelt are promoted from the Third Division for the first time in their thirty nine year history. Strathfield are the third expansion team in a row to be promoted from the Third Division East region.
  • Belmore are one of two expansion teams to qualify for the AFFL Cup last sixteen for the first time via a stirring giant killing over Maribyrnong.
  • There were two more major cup upsets in New South Wales as struggling Third Division sides Albury and Rockdale picked off Illawarra and Goulburn & Monaro respectively.

First Division – Top

=NSWGoulburn & Monaro
2nd+1TASMersey
3rd+3Perth
4th=QLDWide Bay
6th-4NSWIllawarra

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWCentral & Western Districts
FIND1QLDWide Bay
 
SFD1VICKew
SFD1SASpencer Ports

1950 Season Headlines
  • Goulburn & Monaro retain the league title, as teams from five different states fill the top five for the first time since 1905 (and all six states are represented in the top seven for the first time ever).
  • Central & Western Districts win their fourth AFFL Cup title, and first since 1933.
  • Wide Bay reach their second AFFL Cup final in three years, ending Goulburn & Monaro's tilt at the double-double, and also equalling the cup record of thirteen consecutive head-to-head wins over Capricornia along the way.
  • Perth are in the top three for the first time since 1911, and the surging performances of South-East Districts continue as they finish seventh on their return to the top flight.
  • Amongst much upheaval at the top of the Second Division North & East ladder, Hawkesbury charge to the top to become the third post-Federation team to reach the First Division. There are also stirring performances from Townsville to finish third.
  • Once mighty South Yarra are in crisis as they face life in the Third Division, just the third former top flight premiers to fall so far.
  • It's taken fifty years, but the last team active in the Third Division since Federation, Tasmania's North-West Districts, are finally moving up.
  • Hurstville are the second of the new expansion teams to head to the Second Division, and Newcastle will leave the Third Division for the first time in almost thirty years.
  • Spencer Ports venture as far as the cup semi finals for the first time, beating Unley for just the third time in sixteen cup ties.
  • Expansion side Emu Plains are the latest Third Division side to reach the AFFL Cup last eight. Pascoe Vale make the Round of 16 courtesy of a giant killing win over Mersey, the latter failing to reach the semi finals for the first time in three years.

First Division – Top

+4NSWGoulburn & Monaro
2nd+1NSWIllawarra
3rd+6TASMersey
4th-2QLDWide Bay
5th-4VICMaribyrnong

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWGoulburn & Monaro
FIND1NSWRozelle
 
SFD1TASMersey
SFD1VICSouthern Murray

1949 Season Headlines
  • Folded teams:  Moreton.
  • Re-established teams:  Goulburn Valley (formerly Echuca), Dubbo and Wagga Wagga.
  • New teams:  Forty six new sides, as the Third Division expands to four regions.
  • Southern New South Wales gets its first real taste of league intrigue as Goulburn & Monaro beats next door neighbours Illawarra for their first league crown. The premiers are then the fourth team in this decade to sweep the double after winning an all New South Wales AFFL Cup final.
  • Mersey are the first Tasmanian team to reach the top three in just over thirty years.
  • South-East Districts are the third team in history to win promotions out of the Third and Second Divisions within three seasons, returning to the top flight for the first time in a quarter of a century. Their regional South Australian counterparts Yorke are surprise runners up.
  • Ashfield dig deep to find a rich vein of form and return to the First Division at the third attempt. Their immediate neighbours Five Dock appear to finally settle in the second tier as their fifth place is a new high point.
  • Of the ten new teams starting life in the Third Division West region stretching all the way from Western Australia to the western suburbs of Melbourne, Adelaide's Magill are the most successful in fourth.
  • Riverina go from wooden spooners to promotion winners in the space of just three years. Thirteen new teams join the Third Division South region that stretches from Tasmania, most of metropolitan Melbourne and up to southern New South Wales, Pascoe Vale the most successful in fourth place.
  • Bankstown celebrate their debut season with a ticket to the Second Division, one of fourteen new teams in the almost exclusively Sydney metropolitan Third Division East region.
  • New England comfortably take the Third Division North region to end a twenty year stay in the bottom tier. Twelve new sides from northern New South Wales and Queensland join, Southern Districts are the best in fifth.
  • The inaugural AFFL Cup national Round of 32 sees a Cup Final replay from last season, Maranoa reaching the last sixteen for the first time in nineteen years, and struggling league debutants Hampton do the same at the first go.
  • Not all the top tier sides from New South Wales found the new AFFL Cup setup to their liking, as First Division Alexandria and Barrier fell to Granville and Liverpool respectively. Also in New South Wales, Bathurst endure a tenth successive cup loss.

First Division – Top

+3VICMaribyrnong
2nd+1QLDWide Bay
3rd+2NSWIllawarra
4th-3VICAbbotsford
7th-5NSWCentral & Western Districts

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1QLDWide Bay
FIND1NSWIllawarra
 
SFD1TASMersey
SFD1VICKew

1948 Season Headlines
  • Abbotsford are finally dethroned as Maribyrnong win their third premiership in the last ten years. Wide Bay earn their third piece of AFFL Cup silverware in the last decade.
  • After just five seasons in the Second Division South & West region (and spending the early 1930's rooted to the foot of the Third Division), Spencer Ports are heading to the big league for the very first time.
  • Corio slot in as the lucky eighteenth team in an expanding First Division next season, returning to the top flight for the first time in over twenty years.
  • In more good news for South Australia, South-East Districts are fourth on their return to the Second Division.
  • South Yarra's future in the Second Division looks uncertain as they slump from top four to bottom two in the South & West region. Corangamite, in their fourth season out of the First Division, avoid relegation to the bottom tier only due to the expanding competition from next season
  • Despite finishing second in the Third Division North & East region, their best result in twenty years, Moreton will fold in anticipation of seven new sides from Brisbane and south east Queensland joining the Third Division next year. Their last AFFL Cup campaign ended with a tenth straight loss to Fortitude.
  • Albury & Wagga Wagga are bottom of the Third Division North & East region for the second successive year ahead of their impending demerger, the very same position Wagga Wagga occupied in their last season as a stand alone team in 1905.
  • Losing AFFL Cup finalists Illawarra were the only First Division team from New South Wales to survive a torrid second round where the other five all lost out to lower division opposition – the biggest upsets being Newcastle over Surry Hills and Warringah over Rozelle.
  • Five Dock were one of the lower league beneficiaries in New South Wales as they became the first Third Division side in sixteen years to reach the cup quarter finals.

First Division – Top

=VICAbbotsford
2nd=NSWCentral & Western Districts
3rd+1QLDWide Bay
4th-1VICMaribyrnong
5th=NSWIllawarra

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1VICAbbotsford
FIND1NSWCentral & Western Districts
 
SFD1NSWGoulburn & Monaro
SFD1Fremantle

1947 Season Headlines
  • The current Abbotsford generation prove themselves without any doubt as the best team in AFFL history: The first ever fourth consecutive premiership and, with yet another AFFL Cup triumph, an unprecedented double-double.
  • Perth are set to return to the First Division for the first time in almost thirty years.
  • Fortitude can look forward to life back in the Second Division as they put aside some tumultuous performances in the last nine years in the bottom league tier.
  • Second Division Hawkesbury make it through the early rounds of the AFFL Cup for the first time on their way to the last eight.
  • Spencer Ports reach the Round of 16 in the cup for the first time in almost forty years.
  • Far North Districts overcome Wide Bay for the first time in nine AFFL Cup meetings.

First Division – Top

=VICAbbotsford
2nd+3NSWCentral & Western Districts
3rd+1VICMaribyrnong
5th-2NSWIllawarra
8th-6VICSouthern Murray

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1VICAbbotsford
FIND1VICMaribyrnong
 
SFD1NSWCrows Nest
SFD1QLDDarling Downs

1946 Season Headlines
  • Abbotsford match their own record-setting team of 1919–1921 as they win both a third successive premiership and the season's trophy double.
  • Maribyrnong and Crows Nest duel in the AFFL Cup for the third successive season, this time in the semi finals, as the former reach their second final in three years.
  • The biggest shocks in the First Division occur at the very bottom of the ladder: 1938 and 1939 premiers Crows Nest are relegated, as are seven time premiers Ashfield, the very last team to play in the top flight continuously since the league began.
  • Surry Hills are most unlikely promotion winners in the Second Division North & East region, improving fast after an underwhelming previous six seasons since their last relegation from the First Division.
  • Riverina's swift fall from the Second Division continues with their first Third Division wooden spoon since 1920.

First Division – Top

=VICAbbotsford
2nd+1VICSouthern Murray
3rd+4NSWIllawarra
4th+1VICMaribyrnong
5th-3NSWCentral & Western Districts

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWCrows Nest
FIND1VICSouthern Murray
 
SFD2VICJolimont
SFD1QLDDarling Downs

1945 Season Headlines
  • Abbotsford are back-to-back premiers for the third time in their history, and Illawarra are in the top three for the very first time.
  • Crows Nest avenge last season's AFFL Cup final loss in a rematch Maribyrnong in the Round of 16 before going on to win their first knockout trophy.
  • Southern Murray finish a bittersweet season as runners up in both competitions.
  • It's a one-two finish for Kew and Dandenong, the two Victorian sides awkwardly rezoned into the Second Division North & East region.
  • After two seasons in a row as runners-up of the Second Division South & West region, Mersey go one better to earn a First Division debut.
  • After four years battling furiously against a first ever drop to the Third Division, Royal Park take just three points in a dismal campaign that sends them down.
  • Derwent's continuing good form allows them another chance at life in the Second Division after nine seasons and three wooden spoons. Hawkesbury are promoted from the Third Division North & East region in their twelfth season in the competition.
  • Fortitude rebound from last year in spectacular fashion, shooting back up the ladder to third.
  • Riverina's second season back in the Third Division already sees them eyeing a wooden spoon.
  • Newcastle collect a first ever wooden spoon, the second former top flight team in two years to do so.
  • Although Rockdale struggled terribly in the Third Division, they eliminate Hastings-Clarence in the AFFL Cup upset of the season.
  • In South Australia, Prospect lose to Spencer Ports for the first time in their fourteen cup fixtures, ending the longest head-to-head winning run in AFFL Cup history.

First Division – Top

+2VICAbbotsford
2nd-1NSWCentral & Western Districts
3rd+2VICSouthern Murray
4th+2NSWGoulburn & Monaro
5th-3VICMaribyrnong

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1VICMaribyrnong
FIND1NSWCrows Nest
 
SFD1VICSouth Yarra
SFD1NSWGoulburn & Monaro

1944 Season Headlines
  • Abbotsford's rapid redemption is complete as they are handed a tenth premiership trophy, while Southern Murray continue to hit new heights with third.
  • Maribyrnong collect a fourth AFFL Cup, and second in four years. Crows Nest lose their third cup final after disposing of both the previous season's cup finalists in the quarters and semi finals.
  • Five time premiers South Yarra face life in the Second Division for the first time in forty years.
  • Fremantle are unlikely Second Division promotion winners, heading back to the top flight for the first time since 1917.
  • Bathurst's drift to the bottom of the Second Division concludes with a first ever drop to the bottom tier.
  • Derwent are third in the Third Division South & West region, just two seasons after their last wooden spoon.
  • Fortitude freefall from second to last in their region, the worst slump ever by any team in the Third Division, and they become the third former top flight team to collect a bottom tier wooden spoon. Their AFFL Cup run, however, stands in stark contrast to their league season, as they defeat two second tier sides and First Division Darling Downs in an unlikely march to the last sixteen.
  • Third tier Ballarat defeat three Second Division sides to reach the national rounds for the first time since 1917.

First Division – Top

=NSWCentral & Western Districts
2nd=VICMaribyrnong
3rd+5VICAbbotsford
7th-3NSWAshfield
11th-8VICSouth Yarra

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1QLDWide Bay
FIND1VICSouth Yarra
 
SFD1NSWIllawarra
SFD1VICGippsland

1943 Season Headlines
  • In an unchanged top two, Central & Western Districts retain the league title by a point.
  • Queensland's number one team Wide Bay win a second AFFL Cup trophy in four seasons, South Yarra lose for just the second time in their sixth final.
  • Abbotsford are back in familiar territory in the top three, and elsewhere in Victoria Southern Murray are in the top six for the first time.
  • Three time premiers Kew are out of the top flight for the first time in over thirty years.
  • Alexandria, the first post-Federation side to climb to the Second Division in 1909, are the second such team to break into the First Division.
  • Barrier are ten points clear at the top of the Third Division North & East region.
  • Prospect are the first to thirty appearances in the national rounds of the AFFL Cup.
  • Perth are the Western Australian national round qualifier for the first time since 1926, courtesy of a first win in eleven cup games against South-West Districts.

First Division – Top

+4NSWCentral & Western Districts
2nd-1VICMaribyrnong
3rd=VICSouth Yarra
4th-2NSWAshfield
7th-3NSWCrows Nest

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWGoulburn & Monaro
FIND1VICKew
 
SFD1South-West Districts
SFD1NSWHastings-Clarence

1942 Season Headlines
  • Central & Western Districts are the first regional New South Wales team to sit atop the league pyramid, and fourth former Third Division side to do so, as they snuff out Maribyrnong's march to what would have been three successive titles.
  • Goulburn & Monaro ensure that both trophies for this season reside in country New South Wales as they win their first AFFL Cup final.
  • Darling Downs, rock bottom of the Third Division in 1914, are the toast of the Second Division as they earn a top flight debut.
  • Balaclava are in full crisis mode as they fall through the Second Division in two just seasons, and face life in the third tier for the very first time. Barrier also succumb to relegation after recent seasons of struggle, returning to the Third Division for the first time in twenty five years.
  • Derwent make it three Third Division wooden spoons in a row, bringing back painful memories of their poor performances in the very first years of the competition.
  • Albury & Wagga Wagga are the sole third tier side in the last sixteen of the AFFL Cup, the first time they've come so far in nearly forty years, and Glebe nail the upset of the season over Crows Nest.
  • South-West Districts see off Perth in an AFFL Cup fixture for the tenth consecutive time, and in Queensland Wide Bay also make it ten in a row against Capricornia.

First Division – Top

=VICMaribyrnong
2nd+2NSWAshfield
3rd=VICSouth Yarra
4th-2NSWCrows Nest
5th+7NSWCentral & Western Districts

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1VICMaribyrnong
FIND1VICCorangamite
 
SFD2NSWRozelle
SFD1NSWCentral & Western Districts

1941 Season Headlines
  • Maribyrnong are nine points clear at the top of the ladder as they win a second successive premiership in style. They also win the AFFL Cup, just the second team in history to claim the trophy double.
  • Abbotsford win promotion from the Second Division South & West region by twelve points to storm back into the top flight at the second attempt.
  • Second Division Rozelle account for two top tier sides including Ashfield on their way to the AFFL Cup semi finals.
  • Both sides who dropped down to the Second Division, Balaclava and Surry Hills, struggle badly in their regions.
  • Goldfields rebound in the Third Division South & West region from fourteenth last season to third. Derwent are abysmal, drawing just two league games in their worst season since 1901.
  • Nundah are breaking out of the Third Division North & East region for the very first time.
  • Orange register their second massive cup upset in ten years over First Division opposition, this time Illawarra, to reach the last sixteen for just the second time in their history.
  • In South Australia, Prospect keep the wood over Spencer Ports in head-to-head AFFL Cup contests with a new record of eleven wins on the trot.

First Division – Top

+2VICMaribyrnong
2nd-1NSWCrows Nest
3rd+5VICSouth Yarra
4th-2NSWAshfield
10th-6VICKew

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1QLDWide Bay
FIND1VICSouthern Murray
 
SFD2SAHindmarsh
SFD1South-West Districts

1940 Season Headlines
  • Crows Nest's bid for a league three-peat falls just short as they finish runners up behind Maribyrnong, who after twenty one years are still the only post-Federation team to rise to the First Division.
  • After years of good progress in the knockout competition, Wide Bay are the first Queensland side to claim the AFFL Cup silverware since 1907, and the only side from that state so far to have won both major trophies.
  • Spencer Ports, one of the last two active teams in the Third Division continuously since Federation, win promotion.
  • Derwent tumble from the top six of the Third Division South & West region to finish bottom for the first time in almost thirty years.
  • Marrickville are the first team from the Third Division to ever reach the last sixteen of the AFFL Cup two years in a row.

First Division – Top

=NSWCrows Nest
2nd+2NSWAshfield
3rd+4VICMaribyrnong
5th-3QLDWide Bay
6th-3VICCorangamite

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1VICGippsland
FIND2TASMersey
 
SFD1NSWCrows Nest
SFD1NSWIllawarra

1939 Season Headlines
  • Crows Nest retain the premiership, with Ashfield in second to complete a first ever Sydney one-two.
  • Gippsland win a first major trophy, knocking out the favourites Crows Nest in the AFFL Cup semi finals and then easing past Second Division outsiders Mersey in the decider, the first Tasmanian finalists in twenty one years.
  • None other than the most successful league team in the land, Abbotsford, are swiftly relegated just three years after their last premiership.
  • Dandenong's drop to the Second Division is nothing short of disasterous, avoiding consecutive relegations only due to an even worse season by Unley.
  • Just four years after leaving the bottom league tier, Surry Hills stun the Second Division North & East region to rise back to the First Division for the first time in over thirty years.
  • Goldfields, a top flight team just seven years ago, plunge to second last in the Third Division South & West region.
  • Third Division sides Wheatbelt and Marrickville both made the last sixteen of the AFFL Cup for the very first time (the latter ending their ten cup match losing streak). Far North Districts made their first national round appearance in the cup since 1912.
  • In South Australia, Spencer Ports end their eleven cup game losing sequence.

First Division – Top

+3NSWCrows Nest
2nd+1QLDWide Bay
3rd+5VICCorangamite
4th-3NSWAshfield
6th-4VICKew

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1VICAbbotsford
FIND1NSWCrows Nest
 
SFD1QLDWide Bay
SFD1VICCorangamite

1938 Season Headlines
  • Crows Nest sit at the league summit, only the second New South Wales team ever to do so, and also the second former Third Division team to reach the very top.
  • The top three First Division teams all simultaneously reach the AFFL Cup semi finals, but it is Abbotsford who again win the trophy to rob the league premiers, this time Crows Nest, from winning the double.
  • In only their fourth season in the second tier, and second as a merged entity, the future is very bright indeed for Southern Murray as they earn a debut in the First Division.
  • Botany fall just one point short of a dramatic return to the First Division.
  • The same cannot be said for any of the Adelaide metropolitan teams, who all occupy the bottom three of the Second Division South & West region, with Prospect's recent decline continuing all the way to Third Division ignominy.
  • The Third Division South & West region is given a big shake-up. Albury & Wagga Wagga will slot back into the Second Division for the first time in more than thirty years, and they were chased by the even more unfancied Western Districts and Territorians.
  • In a show of strength for expansion teams, Townsville win promotion and Hawkesbury are second in just their fifth seasons in the Third Division North & East region.
  • Also in the Third Division North & East region, Nundah pick themselves up off the canvas to scrap their way into the top six, Granville take their place as cellar dwellers for the third time in five years.
  • The going in the Third Division is much tougher than expected for both newly relegated teams, Wimmera and Glebe, who find themselves in eighth and eleventh in their respective regions.
  • Second Division Woolloongabba chance a soft draw to progress beyond the qualifying rounds of the AFFL Cup for the first time since 1916.
  • Marrickville's poor cup run extends to ten successive losses.

First Division – Top

+2NSWAshfield
2nd+2VICKew
3rd+2QLDWide Bay
4th-2NSWCrows Nest
9th-8VICAbbotsford

AFFL Cup – Final Four

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FIND1QLDWide Bay
 
SFD2NSWWoollahra
SFD1VICGippsland

1937 Season Headlines
  • Merged teams:  Southern Murray.
  • New teams:  Blackburn.
  • Ashfield win a third premiership in five years, and number seven overall. South Yarra win their fourth AFFL Cup, their first since 1915.
  • Abbotsford suffer a major premiership hangover as they succumb to ninth place, their worst finish in thirty years.
  • Second Division Woollahra enjoy another good cup run to the semi finals, helped in part by only one of six New South Wales First Division teams making the last sixteen.
  • Wimmera complete the quickest boom and bust cycle in history as in the space of just eight years they have left the Third Division, spent a single season in the First Division and will return to the bottom tier next season.
  • It's a baptism of fire for Blackburn, the new expansion side from Melbourne's growing eastern suburbs, picking up just one point in their debut season in the Third Division.
  • Warringah notch the biggest upset of the season over struggling First Division debutants Richmond-Tweed to get beyond the Third Round of the AFFL Cup for the first time.
  • Riverina, one of the last two teams active since Federation never to pass beyond state qualifying in the cup, do so for the first time.
  • Corangamite, Victoria's least successful team in the AFFL Cup, go through to the national rounds for the first time since the inaugural 1901 season.
  • In Western Australia, Wheatbelt topples Goldfields for the first time in their nine cup meetings. In South Australia, Spencer Ports lose a tenth consecutive cup match.

First Division – Top

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3rd+2NSWAshfield
4th-1VICKew
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AFFL Cup – Final Four

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FIND1VICMaribyrnong
 
SFD1NSWHastings-Clarence
SFD1VICJolimont

1936 Season Headlines
  • The normal order at the top of the league is restored as Abbotsford win premiership number nine.
  • Illawarra put aside their losing AFFL Cup final last season to win the competition this time around, against 1932 winners Maribyrnong.
  • Jolimont, one of the last two teams remaining in the First Division continuously since Federation, suddenly lose their mojo to face next season in the Second Division.
  • Launceston become the second team ever to win consecutive promotions on their way to a first season in the top flight.
  • Richmond-Tweed are also going to the First Division, a far cry from the very first years of the competition when they collected four consecutive Third Division wooden spoons.
  • Parramatta shake off their first Third Division North & East wooden spoon last season by making huge gains to fifth place.
  • There is much focus in Sydney in the AFFL Cup as Third Division Five Dock emerge as victors in their first ever meeting with neighbouring giants Ashfield.
  • Woolloongabba beat Brisbane neighbours Fortitude for the first time in nine head-to-head AFFL Cup contests.

First Division – Top

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3rd=VICKew
4th+5NSWCrows Nest
5th-4NSWAshfield

AFFL Cup – Final Four

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FIND1NSWIllawarra
 
SFD2NSWHastings-Clarence
SFD1NSWAshfield

1935 Season Headlines
  • Wide Bay create history as the first former Third Division team to scale the league summit. Though in a real blow to national representation, the premiers will be the only top flight side outside New South Wales and Victoria next season.
  • AFFL Cup finalists Dandenong and Illawarra both go beyond the semi finals for the first time.
  • Wimmera, freshly relegated from the First Division, find themselves far closer to the third league tier than the first.
  • Hastings-Clarence hold their nerve to earn a top flight debut, and enjoy a successful run in the AFFL Cup to boot.
  • The opposite holds true for Glebe, who fall to the Third Division for the very first time, and the fortunes of Goldfields rapidly vanish as they make the same drop just three years after falling from the top flight.
  • Launceston win every Third Division South & West game of the season in an effort to prove that they may indeed belong in the Second Division.
  • Orange and Rockdale are both surprise top four finishers in the Third Division North & East, while New England, in the top three every year since their relegation from the Second Division in 1929, plunge into the bottom four.

First Division – Top

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4th-2VICAbbotsford
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AFFL Cup – Final Four

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FIND1NSWAshfield
 
SFD1NSWCrows Nest
SFD1VICBalaclava

1934 Season Headlines
  • Folded teams:  Angas and Upper Hunter.
  • Merged teams:  Far North Districts.
  • New teams:  Hawkesbury and Townsville.
  • Ashfield comfortably go back-to-back in the league for the second time in their history, though their latest attempt at a league and cup double is scuppered in the AFFL Cup final by Abbotsford, the only team who have so far achieved that feat.
  • Twenty years after their most recent Third Division wooden spoon, and after the last few seasons hovering at the top of the Second Division South & West, Corangamite are the latest side to earn a top flight debut.
  • Hindmarsh are far from overawed on their return to the Second Division with a fourth placed finish in the South & West region. Royal Park are less than impressive after their First Division relegation last season, managing only ninth place.
  • Wangaratta & Benalla, one of three teams sitting in the Third Division continuously since Federation, earn a Second Division debut.
  • Spencer Ports are bottom of the Third Division South & West region for the third time in four years.
  • No less than nine Second Division teams fill the last sixteen of the AFFL Cup, though only Corio can progress into the quarter finals.

First Division – Top

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3rd+5VICKew
4th-2VICJolimont
5th-2QLDWide Bay

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWCentral & Western Districts
FIND1NSWGoulburn & Monaro
 
SFD1QLDCapricornia
SFD1NSWCrows Nest

1933 Season Headlines
  • The premiership drought is over for Sydney's most successful team, Ashfield, who have finished second in the league four times since their last triumph in 1915, and they become the first side outside Melbourne to win the title since 1918.
  • Central & Western Districts, in an unprecedented fourth AFFL Cup final in five years, win their third cup trophy in four seasons as New South Wales teams rediscover their form in the knock-out competition.
  • With the reduction of the First Division back to fifteen teams from next season, the relegation zone was adjusted exceptionally to include the bottom three. In the scramble for survival, 1929 and 1930 runners up Bathurst are relegated after steadily deteriorating results in recent seasons.
  • In just their third season since they were promoted to the Second Division, rank outsiders Wimmera stun their opposition in the South & West region to barge their way to a First Division debut.
  • The boom and bust cycle is complete for South Australians South-East Districts, relegated from the top flight in 1925 and returning to the Third Division for the first time since 1906.
  • The biggest drama in the Second Division is at Maranoa, who dropped from the First Division last season and finish fourteenth in the North & East region, who find themselves relegated immediately to the Third Division due to the league's structural changes for next season.
  • Nundah collect a fourth Third Division North & East wooden spoon in five years.
  • Prospect post a record equalling tenth consecutive win in their head-to-head AFFL Cup matches against Spencer Ports.
  • With a merger in place for next season, Carpentaria ensure they bow out of the AFFL with a sting in the tail, upsetting First Division high fliers Wide Bay in the cup.

First Division – Top

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3rd+10QLDWide Bay
7th-5VICBalaclava
8th-5VICKew

AFFL Cup – Final Four

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FIND1VICGippsland
 
SFD1South-West Districts
SFD1QLDWide Bay

1932 Season Headlines
  • Jolimont fall agonisingly short of a First Division three-peat due to a smash and grab campaign by local rivals Abbotsford, but perhaps the biggest surprise of the season is third placed Wide Bay.
  • Maribyrnong win a second AFFL Cup, Gippsland lose a second final.
  • Parramatta now lay claim to two of the three worst Second Division seasons ever, taking just three points all season.
  • Marrickville are the third post-Federation team to climb up to the Second Division.
  • In South Australia, Angas drop from top five in the Third Division South & West to second from bottom.
  • Orange net the upset of the season over Crows Nest, as only one of the four First Division sides from New South Wales emerged unscathed from unexpectedly bruising early round match-ups in the AFFL Cup.
  • Newcastle are the first team from the Third Division to qualify for the last sixteen of the cup twice in three seasons. Fellow New South Wales bottom tier side Rockdale progress to the national rounds for the first time since 1911, reaching the last eight.

First Division – Top

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2nd+4VICBalaclava
3rd=VICKew
4th=NSWCrows Nest
7th-5NSWBathurst

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWCentral & Western Districts
FIND2NSWWoollahra
 
SFD1VICKew
SFD1NSWAshfield

1931 Season Headlines
  • Jolimont retain the premiership by one point from Balaclava in a season where four Melbourne teams again fill the top five.
  • Incredibly, the AFFL Cup final is a replay of last season, with the match netting the same result and a series of firsts: To Central & Western Districts for retaining the AFFL Cup and for reaching three consecutive finals, and to Woollahra as the first team outside the First Division to appear in consecutive finals.
  • It's a good year for regional South-West Queensland teams in the Second Division at the expense of the capital, highlighted by Maranoa earning a First Division debut.
  • Goldfields is the Western Australian representative in the national rounds for the first time since 1904, courtesy of a first win in nine head-to-head cup matches against South-West Districts.
  • Granville also win a AFFL Cup game, their first since the Second Round of 1917, ending their competition record losing streak at fourteen.

First Division – Top

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3rd-2VICKew
4th+2NSWCrows Nest
5th-1NSWCentral & Western Districts

AFFL Cup – Final Four

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FIND2NSWWoollahra
 
SFD2NSWHastings-Clarence
SFD1VICKew

1930 Season Headlines
  • League challengers from New South Wales continue to circle but yet another Melbourne side claims the First Division prize, this time Jolimont, their fourth league title and first since 1916.
  • Central & Western Districts overcome the previous season's AFFL Cup disappointment to qualify for back-to-back finals for the second time in their history, and win their first major trophy.
  • Five of the AFFL Cup quarter finalists come from the second tier, with Woollahra the fourth Second Divsion team to reach in the final.
  • After two seasons as Second Division South & West runners up, Dandenong push forward to claim their first ticket to the First Division.
  • Perth are the second former First Division premiers to face life in the Third Division next season.
  • Wheatbelt take the unwanted baton of Third Division South & West wooden spooners for the third time in the last five seasons. Nundah can muster only one league draw all season as they remain anchored to the bottom of the North & East ladder.

First Division – Top

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2nd+4NSWBathurst
3rd-1VICJolimont
4thD2NSWCentral & Western Districts
8th-7VICSouth Yarra

AFFL Cup – Final Four

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FIND1NSWCentral & Western Districts
 
SFD1VICGippsland
SFD1NSWCrows Nest

1929 Season Headlines
  • Kew win their second premiership of the decade, and third overall, as South Yarra's premiership hangover takes hold.
  • Ashfield's run as the most successful AFFL Cup team continues, eliminating the holders Bathurst early enroute to a fifth final in eight seasons and a third cup trophy in five years.
  • Newly promoted Central & Western Districts win many admirers for their fourth place, but lose a third AFFL Cup final.
  • Northcote, a fixture of the top flight since 1907, fall well short of safety.
  • Goldfields will make their First Division debut as one of two Western Australian sides in the top flight next season for the first time in fifteen years.
  • New England, the last team continuously in the Second Division since Federation, are relegated to the Third Division.
  • South Australians Yorke, one of four teams in the Third Division since Federation, continue their recent upwards trajectory all the way out of the division.
  • Granville's long AFFL Cup losing streak extends to a record thirteen matches.

First Division – Top

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2nd+5VICJolimont
3rd+5VICKew
4th-2VICAbbotsford
8th-5NSWAshfield

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWBathurst
FIND1VICSouth Yarra
 
SFD1VICMaribyrnong
SFD1QLDWide Bay

1928 Season Headlines
  • Within an all-Melbourne top five, South Yarra stake their claim as the best ever league team, dropping just four points on their way to a third successive premiership and fifth in seven seasons.
  • The league premiers went into the AFFL Cup final confident of matching the feats of Abbotsford's all-conquering 1921 side, but Bathurst had different ideas and collected their first major trophy.
  • Barrier of far western New South Wales, rezoned to the South & West region of the Second Division this season, easily beat out their competition to earn a First Division debut.
  • Dandenong enjoy a greatly encouraging Second Division campaign, rising from thirteenth place to second.
  • Spencer Ports end a sequence of eleven straight AFFL Cup losses, and Nundah do likewise after a run of ten straight cup defeats.

First Division – Top

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3rd-1NSWAshfield
4th+3NSWBathurst
8th-5VICKew

AFFL Cup – Final Four

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FIND1VICMaribyrnong
 
SFD1VICNorthcote
SFD1NSWBotany

1927 Season Headlines
  • South Yarra make it four premierships in six years, and they do so convincingly with a seven point buffer.
  • AFFL Cup holders Maribyrnong reach all the way to the final, but are stopped in their tracks by 1925 winners Ashfield, appearing in their fourth cup final in six years.
  • The embarassment is complete for Woolloongabba, the first ever former First Division premiers to collect a Third Division wooden spoon.
  • Perth's record AFFL Cup run against Goldfields ends with a first loss in their last eleven meetings.

First Division – Top

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2nd+2NSWAshfield
3rd=VICKew
4th-3VICAbbotsford
5th+7VICJolimont

AFFL Cup – Final Four

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FIND1VICBalaclava
 
SFD2NSWRozelle
SFD1NSWCrows Nest

1926 Season Headlines
  • In a nail biting end to the league season, South Yarra remain a single point above the next three challengers to claim a third premiership in five years.
  • In the second ever all Victorian AFFL Cup final, Maribyrnong claim a first major trophy.
  • Losing cup finalists Balaclava endure the worst ever First Division season since the top flight expanded to sixteen teams.
  • Queensland's Maranoa, threatened by relegation from the Second Division in recent seasons, surge back up the ladder to fourth.
  • The biggest upset of the AFFL Cup season goes to Third Division Upper Hunter over Botany.

First Division – Top

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2nd-1VICSouth Yarra
3rd+1VICKew
4th-1NSWAshfield
11th-6NSWGoulburn & Monaro

AFFL Cup – Final Four

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FIND1NSWCrows Nest
 
SFD2NSWIllawarra
SFD1VICKew

1925 Season Headlines
  • After three straight seasons as runners up, Abbotsford are back at the very top of the league pyramid for the seventh time.
  • In the first all New South Wales cup final since 1912 it is Ashfield who put aside recent disappointments in the final decider to hold the trophy aloft for the third time.
  • Royal Park, one of the last three teams to remain continuously in the elite league since inception, are headed down to the second tier.
  • Capricornia, one of only two teams continuously in the Second Division since Federation, are shock winners of the North & East region after finishing in the bottom half of the table for much of their history.
  • Queensland's Carpentaria combine their Third Division league winning form with a first ever quarter finals appearance in the AFFL Cup.
  • Territorians finish bottom of the Third Division South & West region for the third time in four seasons.
  • Perth extend their AFFL Cup record over Goldfields to ten successive head-to-head wins.
  • Corio snap a losing streak of eleven AFFL Cup games dating back to the Second Round of 1914.

First Division – Top

+3VICSouth Yarra
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3rd=NSWAshfield
4th-3VICKew
5th+4NSWGoulburn & Monaro

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1SAProspect
FIND1NSWAshfield
 
SFD2Fremantle
SFD1SASouth-East Districts

1924 Season Headlines
  • South Yarra win the league title for the second time in three years, but with four New South Wales teams in the top eight for the very first time, perhaps the Victorian teams' grip on the premiership thus far may be beginning to recede.
  • In a replay of the 1922 AFFL Cup final, Prospect's cup glory over Ashfield comes at the cost of First Division survival.
  • Crows Nest are the second former First Division side to fall to the Third Division and return, re-entering the top flight next season for the first time since 1906.
  • There are cup upsets galore in Victoria as no less than five top flight teams are ousted by lower division opposition, the pick being Third Division Ballarat's humiliation of Gippsland.
  • New England, one of three teams active since Federation yet to progress beyond the early rounds of the AFFL Cup, eliminate Botany in order to do so for the first time.

First Division – Top

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4th-3VICSouth Yarra
6th-2VICMaribyrnong

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWWoollahra
FIND1SASouth-East Districts
 
SFD1NSWAshfield
SFD1QLDWide Bay

1923 Season Headlines
  • Kew win a second premiership after an eleven year wait.
  • Woollahra win the AFFL Cup, the sixth team in history to do so while simultaneously falling out of the First Division.
  • South-East Districts account for defending cup holders Prospect in the first round before going on to reach their first final.
  • 1918 premiers Hobart are to drop to the Second Division for the second time, the first team to to have won the league and then end up relegated in two different top flight forays.
  • Hunter's latest promotion to the Second Division North & East region results in an immediate entrance into the top three.
  • Melbourne Ports face the drop down to the Third Division, twenty one years after falling out of the First Division. Surry Hills also suffer a similar fate.
  • Hindmarsh win their first AFFL Cup match since the First Round in 1911, and then another to make the Round of 16 for the first time since 1909.

First Division – Top

+1VICSouth Yarra
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3rd=VICKew
4th+10VICMaribyrnong
7th-3VICNorthcote

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1SAProspect
FIND1NSWAshfield
 
SFD1VICMaribyrnong
SFD1VICJolimont

1922 Season Headlines
  • Folded teams:  Grampians.
  • Merged teams:  Goulburn & Monaro and Central & Western Districts.
  • New teams:  Territorians, Warringah, Five Dock and Marrickville.
  • Abbotsford must finally be content for second place as South Yarra take their league mantle.
  • Prospect's brief spell back in the First Division at least comes with a second AFFL Cup win, eliminating Abbotsford in the quarter finals and Sydney stalwarts Ashfield in the final.
  • Maribyrnong make their reprieve from relegation last season count, and announce themselves as yet another premiership contender in a long line of Melbourne sides.
  • Goldfields are runners up in the Second Division South & West region for the fourth year in a row.
  • Unley's second chance to stay in the second tier goes begging, one of the last three teams continuously in the Second Division since Federation to move for the very first time.
  • While the relegation trapdoor from the Second Division was stuck shut for Newcastle last season, they fall through it this season, the latest former First Division side to drop to the bottom tier.
  • Warringah, in seventh, are far and away the most impressive of three new Sydney entrants to the Third Division. Fellow debutants Marrickville can take heart in winning two AFFL Cup matches.
  • Upper Hunter are the third team from the Third Division in as many years to venture to the last eight of the cup.
  • Derwent, one of four surviving Federation teams never to have qualified for the last sixteen of the AFFL Cup, break that duck.
  • Hindmarsh's AFFL Cup slump extends to a competition record twelve successive losses.

First Division – Top

=VICAbbotsford
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3rd+1VICKew
5th-2VICJolimont
6th-4NSWGoulburn

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1VICAbbotsford
FIND1VICNorthcote
 
SFD2SAUnley
SFD2NSWSurry Hills

1921 Season Headlines
  • Abbotsford are the undisputed best team of all-time as the first to win three consecutive First Division premierships and this season's league and cup double.
  • Northcote can't quite make it two AFFL Cups in three seasons, though they take out defending winners Jolimont along the way.
  • Corio make their own history as the first team ever to win back-to-back promotions to the Second and First Divisions.
  • Woollahra's twenty year relegation-promotion cycle is complete, returning to the top flight for the first time since the inaugural 1901 season.
  • Off-field issues force Grampians, who finish runners-up in the Third Division South & West region for the fourth successive season, into extinction.
  • Eden-Monaro finish top of the Third Division North & East region, but eschew their prize of a Second Division debut in favour of forming a consolidated joint venture with bigger neighbours Goulburn.
  • Third Division Moreton make the most of a soft draw, reaching the AFFL Cup quarter finals for the first time since 1901.

First Division – Top

=VICAbbotsford
2nd+6NSWGoulburn
3rd+3VICJolimont
6th-4VICNorthcote
8th-5VICSouth Yarra

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1VICJolimont
FIND1QLDWide Bay
 
SFD2Perth
SFD1VICMaribyrnong

1920 Season Headlines
  • Abbotsford go back-to-back in the league for the second time, and are the first team to win three premierships in four seasons.
  • Jolimont win their second AFFL Cup, ending an eighteen year wait.
  • The league champion's only challenger is Goulburn, who finally look like they belong at the elite level – only the second team from New South Wales ever to finish inside the First Division top four.
  • In the Third Division South & West region, Oakleigh go from wooden spooners to top four in two seasons, and Ballarat are the first former top flight team to win a Third Division wooden spoon.
  • All four New South Wales First Division sides fall in the early rounds of the AFFL Cup, including titans Ashfield who are embarrased by Third Division, and eventual quarter finalists, Eden-Monaro.

First Division – Top

+2VICAbbotsford
2nd+5VICNorthcote
3rd+3VICSouth Yarra
5th-3NSWAshfield
7th-6TASHobart

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1VICNorthcote
FIND2NSWParramatta
 
SFD1NSWGlebe
SFD1QLDWide Bay

1919 Season Headlines
  • Abbotsford are back at the top of the league pyramid for the fourth time as five Melbourne sides dominate the top six teams.
  • Northcote win their second cup, but the headlines are stolen by freshly promoted second tier Parramatta, who topple three First Division sides including big names Hobart and Ashfield, on their way to becoming the third Second Divison side to reach the final.
  • A barnstorming run from Maribyrnong leaves them four wins clear at the top of the Second Division South & West region, the first post-Federation team to knock on the door of the top division.
  • Bathurst finally make good in the Second Division North & East region after years of almost making the top flight.
  • Derwent's recent reinvention from perennial Third Division wooden spooners to potential promotion contenders continues at pace, and they are bound for a Second Division debut.
  • Capricornia topple Fortitude to end the cup competition's record of seven straight head-to-head losses.
  • Melbourne Ports win their first AFFL Cup game since the Second Round of 1908.

First Division – Top

+4TASHobart
2nd=NSWAshfield
3rd-2VICAbbotsford
4th=VICJolimont
6th-3VICSouth Yarra

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWNewcastle
FIND1TASHobart
 
SFD2QLDCapricornia
SFD1QLDFortitude

1918 Season Headlines
  • In their fourth season back in the First Division Hobart's league renaissance is complete, muscling out last season's top three for a third premiership. Their bid for the first ever league and cup double, and a second AFFL Cup trophy in three years, is foiled at the very last step.
  • Although concurrently relegated from the First Division, Newcastle win their first major trophy with a stirring AFFL Cup final victory over the league premiers.
  • Following their triumph in the Second Division North & East region, Wide Bay will be the fourth former third tier outfit to join the First Division.
  • Barrier immediately land in the top six of the Second Division South & West region, equal on points with relegated top flight side Fremantle.
  • Oakleigh collect an unwelcome hat-trick of wooden spoons in the Third Division South & West region.
  • Melbourne Ports set a new AFFL Cup record of eleven losses in a row.

First Division – Top

+4VICAbbotsford
2nd=NSWAshfield
3rd+4VICSouth Yarra
4th-3VICJolimont
6th-3VICKew

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWAshfield
FIND1VICGippsland
 
SFD1Fremantle
SFD1SASouth-East Districts

1917 Season Headlines
  • A third First Division title in five years heads to Abbotsford.
  • Ashfield are league runners up for the second year running, though go one better in the knockout competition to claim a second AFFL Cup trophy.
  • Fremantle are relegated from the First Division after sixteen seasons and two league premierships, while derby rivals Perth will be promoted in their place.
  • Woolloongabba are the first former First Division champions to be playing their league football in the Third Division next season.

First Division – Top

+6VICJolimont
2nd-1NSWAshfield
3rd+6VICKew
5th-2VICAbbotsford
7th-5VICSouth Yarra

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1TASHobart
FIND1VICKew
 
SFD1VICSouth Yarra
SFD1Fremantle

1916 Season Headlines
  • Jolimont are surprise First Division premiers, their third league title.
  • There is a replay of last season's AFFL Cup decider in the quarter finals which nets the same result, only for defending holders South Yarra to bow out in the last four to eventual first-time winners Hobart, meaning the cup has now been won by teams from every state.
  • Gravity takes hold for country side Central-North Districts, relegated from the First Division after four seasons and two AFFL Cup finals.
  • After a decade of second tier stability, South-East Districts are the third former Third Division side to clinch a berth in the First Division.

First Division – Top

+4NSWAshfield
2nd+2VICSouth Yarra
3rd-2VICAbbotsford
4th-1VICRoyal Park
9th-7VICKew

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1VICSouth Yarra
FIND1NSWCentral-North Districts
 
SFD3VICDandenong
SFD1VICNorthcote

1915 Season Headlines
  • Sydney's Ashfield snag a fourth league premiership to beat all Melbourne challengers.
  • South Yarra win their second AFFL Cup in three seasons, and third overall.
  • Central-North Districts are the third team to reach back-to-back cup finals, but the first to lose both.
  • After recent seasons flirting with relegation, Perth are well short of safety, the third former premiers to fall out of the top flight.
  • Dandenong put aside their previous sorry AFFL Cup history to be the first ever Third Division side in the semi finals, knocking off three Second Division sides enroute. They are also successful in the league, winning promotion back to the Second Division after thirteen seasons.

First Division – Top

=VICAbbotsford
2nd+2VICKew
3rd+2VICRoyal Park
4th-1VICSouth Yarra
6th-4Fremantle

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1Fremantle
FIND1NSWCentral-North Districts
 
SFD2TASHobart
SFD1VICRoyal Park

1914 Season Headlines
  • Abbotsford demolish all league opponents as they defend their premiership in the best possible way with a perfect winning season.
  • Fremantle win the AFFL Cup, although they are almost overshadowed by the rise and rise of Central-North Districts as the first serious contender to come from outside the major cities.
  • Prospect take only three points in a miserable and short-lived return to the First Division.
  • South-West Districts aren't at all overawed in their first second tier season, finishing fifth in the South & West region.
  • Rockdale's downward trajectory goes on, the fourth former First Division side to fall to the third league tier.
  • In their second season since merging, Western Australia's joint venture Goldfields find success in the Third Division South & West region, echoing major partner Kalgoorlie's rise a decade before.
  • Grampians rise from Third Division wooden spooners last season to the top six, close neighbours Corangamite tumble in the opposite direction.
  • Dandenong win an AFFL Cup match, finally, ending their competition record losing streak of ten games.

First Division – Top

+2VICAbbotsford
2nd+6Fremantle
3rd-1VICSouth Yarra
4th-3VICKew
5th-1VICRoyal Park

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1VICSouth Yarra
FIND2QLDMaranoa
 
SFD2NSWIllawarra
SFD1VICNorthcote

1913 Season Headlines
  • Folded teams:  Maryborough & Castlemaine, Yarra Valley and Darling.
  • Merged teams:  Goldfields.
  • New teams:  Wheatbelt, Oakleigh, Upper Hunter and Nundah.
  • Abbotsford are the third former Second Division side to win the top flight premiership.
  • The first ever AFFL Cup winners in 1901, South Yarra, win the knockout competition for the second time.
  • Second Division strugglers Maranoa enjoy a second consecutive fairytale cup run that goes all the way to the final.
  • Hobart aren't able to make their second chance at First Division survival count for anything, becoming the second former premiers to fall out of the top flight.
  • New Second Division entrants Wide Bay surge to fifth place in the North & East region.
  • New Melbourne team Oakleigh unexpectedly reach the third round of the AFFL Cup, only losing to the eventual winners.

First Division – Top

D2VICKew
2nd+7VICSouth Yarra
3rd+2VICAbbotsford
5th-4VICJolimont
7th-5Perth

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWAshfield
FIND1NSWGlebe
 
SFD2QLDMaranoa
SFD1TASHobart

1912 Season Headlines
  • Kew return to the First Division for the first time since 1905, and stun the league to immediately take the title in a tight season where two wins is all that is between the premiers and ninth place – and Melbourne sides have a total monopoly on the top five.
  • There is a second all-New South Wales AFFL Cup final in four years – and a particularly spicy Western Sydney derby at that – as Ashfield build on recent campaigns to win the cup trophy for the first time.
  • Maryborough & Castlemaine succeed in the Second Division South & West region, but off-field issues mean that instead of an instant return to the First Division, this regional Victorian team will be no more. Their demise allows Hobart to stay exceptionally in the top flight, after falling from the top six last season to the relegation zone.
  • The steady progress made at Central-North Districts means they are the second former Third Division side to knock on the door of the First Division.
  • Maranoa, bottom of the Second Division North & East, avoid relegation due to new teams entering the Third Division next season. They had success in the AFFL Cup however, knocking out holders Perth to make the semi finals.
  • South Australians Angas will make their Second Division debut after a perfect winning league season in the Third Division South & West region.
  • In a log-jammed contest for the Third Division North & East region where the top eight places are separated by a single win, Wide Bay receive the keys to the Second Division.
  • Derwent's abject on-field performances continue with a bottom of the ladder finish in the Third Division South & West region for the eighth time, however they did enjoy a first win in six AFFL Cup outings against Launceston.

First Division – Top

+3VICJolimont
2nd+1Perth
3rd-2NSWAshfield
4th-2VICRoyal Park
5th=VICAbbotsford

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1Perth
FIND1VICNorthcote
 
SFD1NSWAshfield
SFD1NSWIllawarra

1911 Season Headlines
  • Jolimont grab a second league title, and their first since the inaugural 1901 season.
  • Perth take a first a AFFL Cup trophy to Western Australia, bundling out last year's finalists Ashfield in the semis and then defending holders Northcote in the final.
  • Ballarat, after a single First Division season in 1905, are the third former top flight team to be relegated to the Third Division.
  • Maribyrnong are the second post-Federation team to make the jump out of the Third Division.

First Division – Top

=NSWAshfield
2nd+6VICRoyal Park
3rd+4Perth
6th-3TASHobart
7th-5Fremantle

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1VICNorthcote
FIND1NSWAshfield
 
SFD1QLDFortitude
SFD1NSWRozelle

1910 Season Headlines
  • Ashfield win back-to-back league titles and at the same time become the first team to win three premierships in four seasons.
  • There is a first trophy for Northcote as only they can stop Ashfield from a league and cup double.
  • Rozelle endure a torrid First Division league season with only one draw, tempered only a little by reaching the semi finals of the AFFL Cup.
  • After only four second tier seasons, Crows Nest are the second former First Division side to fall to the Third Division.
  • Woollahra get a kind draw to become the second Third Division side ever to make the last eight of the AFFL Cup.
  • Dandenong set a new cup record of seven straight losses.

First Division – Top

+6NSWAshfield
2nd-1Fremantle
3rd+1TASHobart
9th-6VICNorthcote
10th-8VICBalaclava

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWGlebe
FIND1NSWGoulburn
 
SFD1VICAbbotsford
SFD1SAProspect

1909 Season Headlines
  • Ashfield manage to put aside a disappointing 1908 to wrestle the league crown back from Fremantle.
  • In the AFFL Cup there is a first all-New South Wales final as Glebe become the first side to win the knockout trophy for a second time, though it's 1904 all over again as they are concurrently relegated from the First Division.
  • 1903 premiers Woolloongabba become the first former league winners to drop out of the First Division.
  • Maryborough & Castlemaine are the first former Third Division side to bag a promotion ticket for the First Division, and concurrently reach the quarter finals in the cup.
  • Bathurst rise from relegation strugglers in the Second Division North & East region last season to the top five.
  • Sydney side Alexandria are the first of the post-Federation teams to jump out of the Third Division in their fourth season.
  • Hobart are stunned by intrastate Third Division opposition in the AFFL Cup for the second time in four years as they fall to Mersey.

First Division – Top

+4Fremantle
2ndD2VICBalaclava
3rd+1VICNorthcote
7th-6NSWAshfield
10th-8VICRoyal Park

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWSurry Hills
FIND1VICAbbotsford
 
SFD1NSWAshfield
SFD1VICSouth Yarra

1908 Season Headlines
  • It's two premierships in three years for Fremantle, as for the first time the league top three is comprised of teams who all started life in the Second Division. Balaclava of South-East Melbourne stun the league by finishing second in their debut top flight season.
  • Surry Hills find something to cheer about in the midst of First Division relegation by claiming the AFFL Cup.
  • 1901 AFFL Cup winners South Yarra dispatch last year's cup holders and losing finalists in successive knockout rounds, only to bow out to the eventual winners in the semi finals.
  • North-West Queensland's Carpentaria shock everyone, not least themselves, to climb eleven places in the Third Division North & East region and gain admittance to the second league tier.
  • Launceston eliminate Hobart from the AFFL Cup for the first time in their seven early round Tasmanian matchups.

First Division – Top

+2NSWAshfield
2nd=VICRoyal Park
3rd+1TASHobart
4thD2VICNorthcote
5th-4Fremantle

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1QLDFortitude
FIND1VICRoyal Park
 
SFD2VICMelbourne Ports
SFD1VICAbbotsford

1907 Season Headlines
  • A near deadlock at the summit sees Ashfield bring a first league premiership to New South Wales.
  • Fortitude become the first team to reach back-to-back AFFL Cup finals, going one better this time around.
  • Royal Park are left to lick their wounds as both league and cup runners up, while their immediate neighbours Northcote dazzle in their first top flight season, finishing fourth.
  • South Australians South-East Districts finally, at the fourth attempt, find their feet in the Second Division.
  • After their relegation from the First Division last season, Crows Nest immediately fall into the bottom half of the Second Division North & East region.
  • The weeping and gnashing of teeth is over for now at Derwent, with a tenth place finish lifting them off the bottom of the Third Division South & West region for the very first time.
  • Dubbo win a first ever AFFL Cup match, the last original Federation side to break the duck in the knockout competition.
  • Queensland's Northern Districts beat Wolloongabba for the first time in their six head-to-head cup fixtures.

First Division – Top

+2Fremantle
2nd+4VICRoyal Park
3rd+2NSWAshfield
4th-3TASHobart
7th-5QLDWoolloongabba

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1SAProspect
FIND1QLDFortitude
 
SFD2NSWGlebe
SFD1Fremantle

1906 Season Headlines

First Division – Top

=TASHobart
2nd+1QLDWoolloongabba
3rd+7Fremantle
6th-4VICRoyal Park
8th-4SAProspect

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1VICRoyal Park
FIND1NSWSurry Hills
 
SFD2VICNorthcote
SFD2NSWNewcastle

1905 Season Headlines
  • Bragging rights for Tasmania as Hobart become the first team to win back-to-back premierships.
  • After making the AFFL Cup semi finals in the previous two seasons, Sydney's Surry Hills go one better and make the final, only for Royal Park to reassert Melbourne's early dominance over the cup trophy.
  • Last season's AFFL Cup runners-up Kalgoorlie, now of the Third Division, cause the upset of the season when they dispose of First Division Perth, the second time in three years that the latter has been knocked out by third tier opposition.
  • Geelong based Second Division side Corio make the last eight of the cup for the third season in a row.
  • Fast rising Maryborough are surprise candidates to clinch promotion from the Third Division South & West region, and there is hope their impending merger with neighbours Castlemaine will lead to Second Division stability.
  • There is joy for far northern New South Wales side Richmond-Tweed, whose thirteenth place finish in the Third Division North & East region means they avoid the wooden spoon for the first time. Their place at the bottom was taken by Wagga Wagga, who appeared to be going through the motions in their last season as a stand-alone team after finishing in the bottom three every year.
  • Things are still bleak for Derwent, with their fifth successive bottom finish in the Third Division South & West region.

First Division – Top

+2TASHobart
2nd+2VICRoyal Park
3rd-2QLDWoolloongabba
4th+5SAProspect
8th-6Perth

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1NSWGlebe
FIND2Kalgoorlie
 
SFD1NSWSurry Hills
SFD1QLDWoolloongabba

1904 Season Headlines
  • Hobart are the new league champions, while Melbourne's Abbotsford immediately land in the top six on their top flight return.
  • Glebe of Sydney take the cup silverware as some solace for their relegation back to the Second Division after two ordinary top tier seasons.
  • Kalgoorlie are the first team outside the top flight to reach the AFFL Cup final, flying in the face of their poor first season in the league's Second Division which ended in immediate relegation.
  • Sydney silvertails Woollahra are again in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, as the first former First Division side to play in the Third Division next season.

First Division – Top

+1QLDWoolloongabba
2nd-1Perth
3rd+3TASHobart
4th=VICRoyal Park
8th-5VICJolimont

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1VICKew
FIND1Fremantle
 
SFD2SAUnley
SFD1NSWSurry Hills

1903 Season Headlines
  • Mixed emotions in Brisbane as south of the river Woolloongabba win the First Division premiership and north of the river Fortitude are relegated.
  • Kew make it three out of three AFFL Cup wins for Melbourne teams, while Adelaide's Unley are surprise cup performers, becoming the first Second Division team to win through to the semi finals.
  • Victoria's Western Districts and Capricornia of Queensland both go from probable relegation candidates to potential promotion chasers in their respective Second Division league regions.
  • Perth appear distracted by maintaining their league success as they are felled in the AFFL Cup second round by struggling Third Division side South-West Districts.

First Division – Top

+1Perth
2nd+3QLDWoolloongabba
3rd-2VICJolimont
4th+3VICRoyal Park
12th-9SAProspect

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1VICJolimont
FIND1QLDWoolloongabba
 
SFD1VICSouth Yarra
SFD1SAProspect

1902 Season Headlines
  • Perth win the league, though Jolimont now hold both a league and AFFL Cup trophy over two years.
  • Prospect drop perilously close to relegation from the First Division, but their cup form stays more reliable than their league performances, reaching the final four for the second season running.
  • Newly promoted Second Division side Barrier only just fail in their surprise bid for double promotion, finishing second in the North & East region.
  • Woollahra get a reality check on life in the second tier, finishing in tenth on the North & East ladder.
  • Southern Tasmanians Derwent manage just a single league draw in a dreadful Third Division South & West season, collecting a second successive wooden spoon.

First Division – Top

--VICJolimont
2nd--Perth
3rd--SAProspect
4th--NSWAshfield
5th--QLDWoolloongabba

AFFL Cup – Final Four

D1VICSouth Yarra
FIND1NSWWoollahra
 
SFD1TASHobart
SFD1SAProspect

1901 Season Headlines
  • Teams from five different states fill the top five as Jolimont win the inaugural First Division season.
  • Woollahra endure a winless league season and then, to add insult to injury, lose in the first ever AFFL Cup final to fellow First Division strugglers South Yarra.
  • Victorian regional side Western Districts drop only two points on their way to promotion out of the Third Division South & West region.
  • Maryborough, one of two country Victorian sides from the Third Division in the mix for the last sixteen of the AFFL Cup, shock First Division Rockdale to make the quarter finals.