Club History

Click this Link Club History and then select from drop down box to view a particular year. 

Much of the information which appears in the Club History Section on this Site has been sourced from The Book Chelsea Grit.

Written by Colin Counsell, "Chelsea Grit" is a 360 Page full colour book which records the History of The Chelsea Football Club from it's formation in 1911 to it's Centenary in 2011.

A limited Number of copies of Chelsea Grit are still available for purchase from The Club and orders may be placed in the "Shopping Cart" on the Club website.

 

 

SUMMARY 1909 to Latest 

 
1909 The Federal Football Association comprised of four Teams, Mordialloc, Edithvale, Mentone and Cheltenham
1911 A combined Chelsea and Carrum side was admitted to the Federal Football Association.
1912/1913 Chelsea/Carrum did not compete.
1914 Chelsea and Carrum combined to field a Team.
1916/1917/1918 Play was suspended during World War 1
1919 Ten Clubs comprised The League. These were Chelsea, Black Rock, Brighton, Carrum, Glenhuntly, Amateurs, Mentone, Cheltenham, Sandringham, Hamilton and Mordialloc.
1921

Chelsea wins U-21 Premiership.

Club disqualified from Federal Football Association for rest of season and three players receive life bans after Chelsea v Moorbbin match.

1922

Chelsea returns to The Federal Football Association after being suspended in 1921.

1923 Chelsea wins U-21 Premiership.
1924 Chelsea Junior joins The Federal Football Association.
Aspendale joins The Federal Football Association.
1926 Chelsea U-21's win the Junior Premiership.
1927  

Chelsea Football Club broke up. A breakaway club formed led by Tom Tom Johnston, Roy O'Donnell and Fred Carpenter. It became known as the "Wells Road Team".

The League introduced a "Best & Fairest" award and Chelsea player P.Gleeson won the award in its first two years.

1929  L Warren wins League Senior League Best & Fairest.
1930  L Warren wins League Senior League Best & Fairest. 
1931 

With the depression bearing down pressures were building and after four rounds of the 1931 season, the senior team was withdrawn from the competition. 

Chelsea U- 21's win the Junior Premiership. 

1932

The League became the VFL. "Victorian Federal District League".

Chelsea U-21's win the Junior Premiership.

1933 Chelsea re entered the competition after its break away in 1927.
1934 The League became A & B Sections of open age. B Section replaced the U-21 competition. No Junior Football was played. "A" Division comprised of Caulfield, Carnegie, Black Rock, Moorabbin, Cheltenham, Mentone, Mordialloc, Chelsea, Dandenong, East Burwood and Darling. "B" Division comprised of Regents Park, Carrum, Mount Waverley, Highett, Moorabbin 2nds, Cheltenham 2nds.
1935

The League Re Named "The Federal Football League". A" Section became Open Section. "B" Section became District.

Regents Park became Edithvale Aspendale.

1936

Promotion & relegation system introduced. Chelsea relegated to "B" grade, Vermont promoted to "A" Grade.

Chelsea wins "B" Grade Premiership.

1937

Chelsea wins "B" Grade Premiership.

Ivan "Bonnie" Johnston wins League "B" Grade Senior Best & Fairest.

1938 Chelsea promoted to "A" Grade. 
1940 Chelsea withdraws from competition after 6 games. This was due to heavy loss of players participating in The Armed Services in WW2.
1941

Chelsea compete in "A" Grade.

Des Williams wins League 4th X111 Best & Fairest.

1942

No Senior Football played due to WW2.

U-18 competition started, involving Cheltenham, Mordialloc, Mentone, Moorabbin, Carrum and Chelsea.

1944 Chelsea wins Junior Premiership. 
1945  Senior Football resumed along with U-18's. 
1947 

Alf Evans wins League Senior League Best & Fairest.

Chelsea wins Junior Premiership.

 
1953  2nd XV111's introduced. No "A" and "B" Senior Sections. 
1955 

Chelsea wins Senior Premiership.

Chelsea wins Junior Premiership.

 
1957  Kevin Phillips wins League Senior Best & Fairest. 
1959  Chelsea joins Mornington Peninsula Football League. Read News Item 
1960 Chelsea fields U-15 Team in Federal Football League. (1st year of competition).
1961 Len Park wins League U-16's Best & Fairest.
1962

Chelsea wins Senior Premiership.

Chelsea wins Reserves Premiership.

1963 Chelsea wins Senior Premiership.
1964

Ken Knight wins League Reserves Best & Fairest.

Chelsea wins U-15 Premiership.

1966

Chelsea wins Senior Premiership.

Chelsea wins Reserves Premiership.

Chelsea wins U-15 Premiership.

Greg Hill wins League U-15's Best & Fairest.

1967

Chelsea wins Senior Premiership.

Chelsea wins U-15 Premiership.

Leigh Matthews wins League U-15's Best & Fairest.

1968

Chelsea wins Senior Premiership.

Chelsea wins U-17 Premiership.

Ian Kemp wins League Reserves Best & Fairest.

Leith Matthews aged 16 plays in Senior Premiership Team.

Leith Matthews wins MPNFL Senior Goal Kicking with 70 goals.

Leigh Matthews History at Chelsea Read 

 
1970 

Chelsea wins Reserves Premiership.

Chelsea wins U-15 Premiership.

Brian Corrigan wins League U-15's Best & Fairest.

 
1971  Chelsea wins U-17 Premiership. 
1972 

Chelsea wins U-17 Premiership.

Chris Newman wins League U-17's Best & Fairest

 
1975 

Chelsea wins U-15 Premiership.

Luke De Munk wins League U-15's Best & Fairest.

 
1976  Lee Carpenter wins League U-18's Best & Fairest. 
1977 Chris Bull wins League U-18's Best & Fairest.
1978 Peter Hewitt wins League U-18's Best & Fairest.
1981 Phil Thurgood wins League Senior Best & Fairest.
1982 Dale Carpenter wins League Senior Best & Fairest.
1985 Chelsea Junior Football Club established. U-18's move from Senior Club to the Junior Club.
1986 Chelsea wins Senior Premiership
1987 Chelsea wins Senior Premiership.
1988 Mornington Peninsula and Nepean Football League's, merge into "The Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League"
1990

Chelsea wins Senior Premiership.

Graham Savage wins League Senior Best & Fairest.

1991 Chelsea wins U-17 Premiership.
1995 Joe Rugolo wins League Senior Best & Fairest.
1997 Carrum Football Club folds.
1990 Chelsea finishes last and is relegated to 2nd Division (Peninsula Division)
2000

Chelsea wins Senior Premiership.

Chelsea wins Reserves Premiership.

Eric Singh wins League Reserves Best & Fairest.

2001 Chelsea promoted to 1st Division (Premier Division) after 2000 Premiership win.
2004 Matt Stuart wins League Reserves Best & Fairest.
2005

Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League restructures to 3 Divisions, Peninsula Division, Nepean Division & Casey Cardinia Division. Relegation between Divisions no longer applies.

Chelsea competing in Peninsula Division along with Bonbeach, Edi-Aspendale, Seaford, Hastings, Mornington, Frankston YCW, Mt Eliza, Pines and Karingal. Rosebud and Rye moved to Nepean Division.

Tim Scott-Branagan wins League Senior Best & Fairest.

Clint Hall wins League Reserves Best & Fairest.

2006

Chelsea wins Senior Premiership.

Anthony Lewis wins League Senior Best & Fairest.

Senior Coach Tim Scott- Branagan seriously injured. Read News Item

2009 Langwarrin move to Peninsula Division, replacing Hastings which moved to Nepean Division.
2011 Chelsea celebrates it's Centenary after starting life as "Chelsea/Carrum" in 1911.

MPNPL introduces a "Final 5".

MPNFL introduces Ladies Netball Competition.
2015

Casey Cardinia Club's move motion of no confidence in MPNFL Directors. Casey Cardinia Club's form new League the "South East Football Netball League" . Langwarrin move to Peninsula Division, replacing Hastings which moved to Nepean Division.was established as the governing body of the "South East Football Netball League.

Following the motion by The Casey Cardina Clubs, The Peninsula and Nepean Football Netball Clubs, which remained as members of The Mornington Peninsula Football League, also moved a motion of no confidence in the Board of Directors. Following this motion The Directors resigned and the "South East Football Netball League assumed an interim governance role. At the AGM of the MPNFL, member clubs voted to have the "South East Football Netball League" become the governing body of the MPNFL.

On a football basis, Mark Nightingale was a joint winner of The MPNFL Reserves B&F award.

2017

AFL South East has restructures into a Divisional competition in season 2018. 

There are currently 22 affiliated clubs in the MPNFL and in 2018 those clubs will play in 2 Divisions. 

The MPNFL Divisional competition has been determined in accordance with AFL South East’s recent announcement relating to the Competition Review. 

Division 1 will comprise of 10 teams and Division 2 will have 12 teams. 

In determining which clubs should be selected to compete in Division 1, AFL South East considered the following criteria: 

    Recent playingperformances

    Playing depth

    Junior pathway including viability of U19’s and junior club pathways

    Club facilities,and

    The results of a survey conducted by MPNFLClubs

For season 2018,Division 1 Clubs will be: 

Bonbeach, Edithvale-Aspendale, Frankston Bombers, Frankston YCW,Mornington, Mt Eliza,Pines,Rosebud, Seaford and Sorrento.

Division 2 will comprise: 

Chelsea,CribPoint,Devon Meadows,Dromana,Hastings,Karingal, Langwarrin, Pearcedale,Red Hill,Rye, Somerville and Tyabb.

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2016 Peninsula Seniors
POS TEAM PTS
1 Frankston YCW 66
2 Mt Eliza 56
3 Pines 44
4 Bonbeach 44
5 Edi-Asp 34
6 Seaford 34
7 Mornington 32
8 Karingal 22
9 Langwarrin 20
10 Chelsea 8

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POS TEAM PTS
1 Mt Eliza 68
2 Frankston YCW 56
3 Bonbeach 52
4 Langwarrin 48
5 Seaford 40
6 Karingal 32
7 Chelsea 32
8 Mornington 12
9 Edi-Asp 12
10 Pines 8

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2016 Peninsula U/19
POS TEAM PTS
1 Mt Eliza 60
2 Langwarrin 56
3 Frankston YCW 52
4 Karingal 48
5 Seaford 44
6 Edi-Asp 36
7 Mornington 32
8 Bonbeach 20
9 Chelsea 12
10 Pines 0

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