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Frankston Football Club

Full name Frankston Football Club
Nickname(s) The Dolphins
Motto Elite habits
Club details
Founded 1887
Colours      Black,      White and      Red
Competition Victorian Football League
Coach Patrick Hill
Captain(s) Shane Hockey
Premierships PFA: 5 (1911, 1919, 1922, 1923, 1931)
MPFL: 7 (1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1949, 1952, 1961)
VFA (D2): 1978
Ground(s) Frankston Park (capacity: 5,000)
Other information
Official website

Frankston Football Club, nicknamed The Dolphins, is an Australian rules football club based in Frankston, Victoria, and currently playing in the Victorian Football League. The club was formed in 1887. The Dolphins have no alignments to any AFL clubs.[1]


  • History 1
    • Peninsula Football Association 1.1
    • Mornington Peninsula Football League 1.2
    • Victorian Football Association 1.3
    • Victorian Football League 1.4
  • Frankston Park 2
  • Notable players 3
  • J. J. Liston Trophy winners 4
  • Jumpers 5
  • Premierships 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Frankston Football Club was the first Peninsula football club to be founded in 1887. Games were arranged between a group of teams across the Peninsula including Hastings and Mornington.

Peninsula Football Association

Frankston was one of five founding members of the Peninsula Football Association in 1908. In the inaugural season It lost the first Grand Final to Hastings. Frankston were Premiers in 1911, 1919, 1922, 1923, and 1931.[2]

Mornington Peninsula Football League

At the end of the 1933 season the Peninsula Football Association merged with the Peninsula District Football Association to form the Mornington Peninsula Football League. Frankston were MPFL Premiers in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1949, 1952 and 1961.[3]

Victorian Football Association

In 1966, Frankston entered the Victorian Football Association Second Division. Its departure from the MPFL was acrimonious, with the MPFL refusing on three occasions over two years to grant the club the necessary clearance.[4] With the strong population growth and natural access to juniors from the strong local league, Frankston had been expected to quickly earn promotion and become a strong Division 1 team, a similar trajectory to that experienced by the Dandenong Football Club; but the fall-out from its bitter departure from the MPFL damaged the club's reputation among junior clubs, local players and businesses on the Mornington Peninsula, and ten years later the club was still in Division 2, having played finals only twice, and was $50,000 in debt.[5]

It was not until 1976 that Frankston saw its first real success. The senior side finished on top of the VFA Second Division ladder but lost both its finals matches, and its reserves side won the premiership.[6] Two years later, in 1978, Frankston won the VFA Second Division premiership, its first and to date only VFA/VFL premiership. Frankston defeated Camberwell 15.13 (103) to 13.11 (89) in front of 12,291 at Toorak Park, and full-forward John Hunter kicked 6 goals in the side 14 point win.[7] As a result, Frankston was promoted to First Division for 1979, and stayed there for the rest of the time that the Association remained in two divisions; its off-field position also improved, with the promotion to Division 1 immediately helping it to secure $30,000 in sponsorship.[5] In 1984 they made the Grand Final but lost by 54 points to Preston.

Victorian Football League

The mid-1990s saw a turbulent period for the VFL with many clubs disbanding and re-organising continuously, yet Frankston remained stable and competitive. Led by former Carlton Football Club premiership player David Rhys-Jones Frankston managed to make the 1996 and 1997 VFL Grand Finals although would lose both matches. In 1999 Robert Mace was again appointed head coach, leading the club until the end of 2002.

In 2009 Frankston appointed former North Melbourne forward Shannon Grant as its senior coach. Grant replaced former Melbourne defender Brett Lovett, who spent six years as coach of the Dolphins. In 2010 Grant was replaced by Simon Goosey, former coach of Mornington Football Club and part-time Essendon Football Club recruiter. In 2015, Frankston was coached by former Box Hill Hawks assistant coach Patrick Hill,[8] but the club finished last and was winless for the first time in its history.

Since the VFL merged with the AFL Reserves competition in 2000, Frankston has been unique amongst all VFL clubs in that it has never been involved in a reserves affiliation with an AFL team.

Frankston Park

Frankston Park is the home ground of the Dolphins. The ground has a capacity of 5,000 and included a 1,000 seat grandstand. The Frankston Football Club has a fully licensed social club overlooking the oval, capable of seating up to 250 people.

On the morning of 13 February 2008 the Frankston Football Club's historic grandstand, named after stalwart Bryan Mace,[9] was destroyed by fire. This grandstand had been there since the early 1930s and was an icon of the local community. It was originally built for the parade grounds of Australia's first World Scout Jamboree. Damage to the grandstand was estimated at over $1million. The rebuilding of the Grandstand was completed in late 2010.

In 2013 it was announced that the club would expand their social rooms and function centre, allowing 370 patrons downstairs and a further 220 seated patrons upstairs. Funding was provided by the Victorian State Government, the AFL, AFL Victoria and Frankston City Council.[10] Construction is expected to commence in 2014.

Notable players

J. J. Liston Trophy winners

  • 1984 – Peter Geddes
  • 1999 – John Georgiou
  • 2006 – Aaron Edwards



  • VFA Premierships (1): 1978 (Second Division)
  • Peninsula Football Association (5): 1911, 1919, 1922, 1923, 1931
  • Mornington Peninsula Football League (7): 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1949, 1952, 1961


  1. ^ Chris Mitchell (14 June 2009). "Dolphins battle to stay afloat". Herald Sun. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Peninsula Football Association". Full Points Footy. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "MPFL History". MPFL. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Frankston for VFA". The Sun News-Pictorial (Melbourne, VIC). 13 July 1965. p. 43. 
  5. ^ a b Marc Fiddian (2 June 1979). "Dolphins set to make splash". The Age (Melbourne, VIC). p. 39. 
  6. ^ CLUB HISTORY 1966-2006
  8. ^ CLUB HISTORY 2007-2012
  9. ^ "Grandstand Naming Honours Life Of Bryan". Frankston City Council Communications Department. 2 September 2005. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  10. ^ "Frankston Council signs off on Dolphins Football Club redevelopment". Herald Sun. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 

External links

  • Official Frankston Dolphins Site
  • Australian Football Club Bio for Frankston Dolphins
  • Highlights - 1978 VFA Div 2 GRAND FINAL Frankston v Camberwell
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