Bentleigh Football Club and Moorabbin Football Club

 

It is believed that the Bentleigh Football Club did not exist prior to its admission to the Federal League in 1923.

In Bentleigh’s first game against Mordialloc at Mordialloc they started with just 15 men and went down by 210 points although it was recorded that they battled on against the odds.
Federal League records show that the club left the competition after the 1928 season. From 1923 to 1928 Bentleigh had won just 11 games out of 71 played, but only won the wooden spoon once. From mid 1926 to mid 1927 Bentleigh lost 26 consecutive games.
Bentleigh then played in the Victorian Amateur Football Association from 1929 to 1937. The club won the C Grade premiership in 1930.

From 1938 Bentleigh played in the Caulfield-Oakleigh competition and established a great record. These were the major achievements.

  • 1938 McKinnon beat Bentleigh in Grand Final
  • 1940 Dandenong beat Bentleigh in Grand Final by a point
  • 1941 Bentleigh beat McKinnon in Grand Final then disbanded due to war
  • 1945 Bentleigh beat Murrumbeena in Grand Final
  • 1946 Bentleigh lost Grand Final
  • 1947 Bentleigh beat McKinnon in Grand Final
  • 1949 McKinnon beat Bentleigh in Grand Final
  • 1953 Glen Waverley beat Bentleigh in Grand Final

According to a later story, Bentleigh was runner-up six times, but the year of the sixth second placing is not clear.

In 1957 Bentleigh returned to the Federal League and re-established a long running link. Bentleigh had a strong link with St Kilda Football Club through its coaches in the 1950s and 1960s.

Tom Meehan coached Bentleigh in its last two seasons in the Caulfield-Oakleigh League (1955-56). Ken Mulhall coached from 1958-61, Max Nowlan in 1963 and Ray Walton from 1964-66.

At the start of 1979 Bentleigh merged with the struggling McKinnon and became Moorabbin.

In the 1979, 1980 and 1981 seasons the club played as Moorabbin in the Federal League.
In 1982 Moorabbin crossed to the South East Suburban League for a season after the Federal League folded and in 1983 Moorabbin joined the VFA and played in that competition until 1986, before disbanding.

Here’s a list of Bentleigh and Moorabbin Federal League players from 1957 to 1981. We hope to obtain records of Moorabbin the SESFL and VFA.

If you know where these players are , email us – holmesby@bigpond.com.au

BENTLEIGH AND MOORABBIN

FEDERAL LEAGUE 1957-1981

FIRSTS

NAME YEARS TOT
ABBLITT, G 1974 9
ADAMS, W 1962-63 6
AITKEN, Bruce 1972 5
ALLEMAND, L 1962-64 22
ALLEN, P 1960-61 14
ALTMAN, A 1961-62,1965 10
ANDERSON, G 1966 4
ANDERSON, Robert 1972-73,1975 23
AOUN, John 1980-81 4
ARMITAGE, P 1963-65 11
ARNOLD, Gary 1968 17
ASTBURY, C 1974 3
AUBREY, Graham 1965-66,1971 23
AUSTIN, Anthony 1961,1967 11
AUSTIN, David 1977-79 19
AUSTIN, John 1966-1967,1969,1971 8
AUSTIN, P 1964-65 3
BACKMAN, Alan 1964-65,1969-71 61
BAIL, Garry 1974,1977 4
BAKER, Ernie 1978-81 46
BAKLIS, G 1967 4
BALFOUR, R 1967 1
BARKLA, Gary 1972-73 7
BARKLA, R 1957 12
BARNES, David 1980-81 23
BARNES, I 1957,1959 6
BARRAND, G 1971,1973 12
BARROT, A 1972 7
BARROT, F 1972 5
BARRY, A 1957-58 18
BARTLETT, Maurie 1961-63,1973,1975-77 43
BATTEN, Robert 1977-78 18
BEATTIE, Graeme 1977-81 71
BECK, Paul 1981 8
BEVERLEY, Robert 1973-76 40
BIGELOW, Ross 1971-74 10
BIGGS, S 1958-59 13
BILLSON, L 1960 5
BIRD, N 1958,1970-71 10
BLACKWELL, J 1959 1
BLANCHARD, William 1957-1961 35
BOAL, Chris 1972 4
BOTTERILL, R 1962,1964 16
BOUKER, Greg 1966-72,1974 113
BOURKE, G 1980 8
BOWER, M 1959-60 12
BOYD, John 1970,1972,1974 7
BOYLE, A 1973 2
BRADLEY, Greg 1971,1973 8
BRAIN, Mal 1968-69,1971-76 71
BRANCH, Clinton 1968-69,1972 13
BRAND, Frank 1980 2
BREEN, P 1965-68,1970 46
BREEN, Roger 1965-70 34
BROADBENT, Kevin 1962,1964-67 28
BROOKS, R 1965 4
BROWN, C 1965-69 56
BRUTON, Rex 1965-72 78
BRYCE, W 1966 6
BULLER, P 1961 1
BURKE, G 1979 2
BURKE, Jim 1962,1964-1971 66
CAIRNS, Kevin 1974-75 26
CALLEJA, Joe 1966,1970-72 55
CAMPBELL, William 1963-65 14
CARBOON, T 1963-65 32
CAREY, George 1966-68 16
CARLON, P 1977 18
CARRACHER, P 1977 1
CATHCART, David 1977-78 15
CATHCART, John 1977-78 3
CAULFIELD, I 1957 13
CHARLES, Des 1975 2
CLARK, P 1963 2
COATS, John 1961-66 53
COGGER, J 1970 1
COLCOTT, Russell 1967-68 7
COLLET, I 1957-58 27
CONNOLLY, J 1968-69 7
CONNORS, P 1967 2
COOGAN, P 1969 1
COOKE, R 1957 4
COOPER, G 1965-66 3
COOPER, R 1959 1
COSTELLO, Ray 1968-74,1976,1978 38
COURT, G 1958-59 3
COX, B 1959-62,1964 44
COYNE, J 1981 2
COZENS, John 1973 3
CRANE, J 1979-80 11
CRITCH, Robert 1981 14
CROOT, R 1957 1
CULLY, P 1961-62,1964-66 64
CUNNINGHAM, C 1980 8
D’OLIVER, D 1957-58 25
DAVIDSON, C 1957 5
DELOOZE, Michael 1965-68 18
DEMCZUK, Ray 1977-78 11
DENBOER, R 1967-68 15
DENNIS, Gary 1960-63,1966,1968,1970-71 70
DERRICK, Craig 1978-1981 18
DERRICK, John 1959,1963,1967-68 20
DEWAR, David 1969-70,1975-77 29
DICK, John 1957-65 102
DONALD, G 1957 11
DOUTHIE, Graeme 1976-78 41
DRING, Stephen 1977 14
DRUMMEY, Peter 1974 7
DUNCOMBE, C 1962 1
DUNN, J 1961-62 3
DWYER, Mick 1973,1975-81 51
EASTON, T 1969 1
ELLIOTT, P 1969 7
ELLIS, K 1975-1976 29
FARRELLY, R 1967,1974,1977 28
FAURE, R 1961-63 33
FEIGAN, Robert 1971-73,1976 26
FENTON, R. W 1957-59 21
FIDDES, B 1957-59 48
FIDGE, Frank 1969 1
FLEGG, J 1961 1
FOLEY, W 1967-70 22
FORD, K 1969-70 12
FORSYTHE, D 1969 5
FRANCIS, Brian 1965-68 18
FROWD, A 1959-62 22
FULLER, David 1965-68,1972-73 13
GALILEOS, Arthur 1973,1979-81 18
GARDINER, John 1965-67,1970-75,1978,1980 123
GARDINER, Laurie 1968-69 12
GARDNER, Peter 1973-75 32
GILLIS, D 1964,1966,1968 14
GISSING, Trevor 1973 1
GLADSTONE, E 1958,1960 3
GLUYAS, H 1957 12
GOLDSMITH, B 1957,1959,1961 8
GOWAN, B 1969 1
GOWDIE, John 1970-76 96
GROENVELD 1968 6
HAIDON, Russell 1980-81 25
HALL, A 1959 10
HANLON, Peter 1966-67, 1969 10
HANNA, M 1963 16
HARD, Gordon 1959-64 66
HARDY, I 1962-63 3
HARRIGAN, Bob 1963-67,1969-71 61
HARRIGAN, Ken 1966, 1970-74,1978,1980 67
HARRIS, I 1957-61 19
HART, B 1964-65 17
HART, B 1965 1
HARTLETT, Peter 1972-74 36
HATELY, Lance 1976 1
HATFIELD, John 1976 2
HATTAM, Max 1972,1975,1977-79 59
HAW, A 1961-64 33
HAYCROFT, B 1957-60 70
HAYDEN, R 1966 13
HAYNES, C 1957-59 18
HEAD, L 1972 3
HICKEY, Gerald 1978-81 16
HIGGINS, Andrew 1981 14
HIGGINS, David 1981 17
HILLIER, P 1957 8
HILTON, Steve 1977 1
HOCKING, N 1960,1962-66 29
HOGARTY, A 1965 4
HOLT, Colin 1962 17
HOLT, David 1981 17
HOPKINS, J 1967-68 6
HORKINGS, Ray 1976 16
HORROCKS, R 1958-60 47
HOSKINS, Rod 1971 2
HOUSTON, Ray 1958 16
HUBBLE, Brian 1978 1
HUGHES, John 1977 1
HUNTINGTON, Lindsay 1962 18
HURSE, J 1968-69 8
HUTTON, Roger 1963-66 38
HUXHAM, A 1957-61 54
INGRAM, J 1958,1960 5
JAMES, A 1964 1
JAMES, Gary 1978-79 15
JAMIESON, C 1970-71 18
JANIDES, G 1958 12
JANSEN, M 1979-80 7
JEEVES, Alan 1967-73 73
JEFFS, W 1968 1
JENKIN, Alan 1967,1969-1972 44
JENKINS, G 1959,1961-63 10
JOHNSON, A 1961 16
JONES, Barry 1977-78 6
JONES, G 1959 13
JORDAN, J 1961-62 23
KEMP, Ian 1972-74 21
KERLEY, Bill 1966 2
KILLIAN, Robert 1973-74,1977 26
KNIGHT, Rob 1973-75,1977-78,1980-81 103
KRONE, V 1967 3
KUZMUIK, T 1980 11
LADD, Ray 1957-70 127
LAEMMLE, Ian 1979-80 11
LAMBERT, K 1957 3
LANDORFF, B 1965 1
LANGFORD, Doug 1972-81 116
LANGFORD, Rob 1965-66,1970,1974-75 50
LARKE, L 1964 7
LARKIN, K 1957-60,1965 61
LATTA, G 1968 1
LAWRY, Col 1975-76 20
LAZZARO, Bernie 1981 18
LAZZARO, Peter 1981 18
LEE, A 1972 3
LEGG, J 1958-61 12
LETT, George 1981 3
LITTLE, John 1966-68,1974 27
LITTLE, Mick 1965-68,1970-75 99
LLOYD, Ian 1973-74 8
LONIE, Denis 1978 1
LONIE, Ken 1978-81 22
LORKIN, T 1959-62 50
LYNCH, B 1966 2
MACINTOSH, G 1957 1
MACKIE, Stephen 1975 14
MALCOLM, I 1957 1
MANION, Mick 1978-79 13
MANZIE, Ken 1957-58 8
MARSHALL, Glenn 1977-79,1981 50
MARTIN, Peter 1970-81 163
MATTHEWS, N 1969 1
McCONCHIE, Ian 1965-72,1975,1977 112
MCCORMACK, J 1971 4
MCCORMACK, P 1970-71 8
MCGREGOR, R 1958-59,1965 27
McGUINNESS, J 1969-72,1974 55
MCINNES, Bruce 1972-74 15
MCINNES, Graham 1973 1
McINNES, Neil 1969 2
McINTYRE, J 1969 4
McKAY, B 1957-58,1960 8
McKENZIE, B 1967 4
McKENZIE, C 1969 1
MCKENZIE, Peter 1975 14
MCLEAN, Warren 1971-72,1974 11
MCLELLAN, Ross 1975 17
MCPHERSON, I 1958-59 6
MCQUEEN, Ray 1975-76 23
MEE, Brian 1959-61 51
MERCOULIA, Jim 1975-76 27
MERCOULIA, Peter 1974 1
MERCOVITCH, Raoul 1970-72 23
MERCURI, Forge 1975-77,1979 64
MICHAELIDES, Chris 1973-74,1980 17
MILLEN, K 1963 10
MILLER, B 1979-80 11
MILLER, John 1979-80 5
MILLER, P 1970 2
MIOS, Con 1981 2
MISSEN, D 1971-72 26
MITCHELL, G 1957-1960 8
MOLEY, W 1969 1
MOLONEY, B 1968 12
MONAGHAN, Mick 1968,1974 19
MOORE, R 1963 3
MORRIS, G 1964 3
MOSELEY, B 1957-59 34
MOSS, Graham 1970-71 8
MOUNSEY, R 1957 9
MULHALL, Ken 1958-61,1963 64
MURNANE, John 1978-79 33
MURRAY, G 1966 17
NEAVE, R 1964 1
NELSON, Brian 1973,1978-81 40
NEYLAN, G 1957 1
NICHOLS, Maurie 1967-68 13
NICOL, Dennis 1978 9
NIDDRIE, Mal 1972 6
NOLAN, B 1963-65 34
NOWLAN, Max 1963 14
O’FARRELL, Chris 1970-72,1974,1979-81 105
O’LEARY, B 1961-62 7
O’MALLEY, Bernard 1975 3
OAKLEY, Denis 1962-63 23
OSBORNE, John 1961-63,1965,1967-69 37
PAGNOCOLLO, Charlie 1977 5
PARKE, Greg 1964-67 27
PARKE, R 1965,1968-69 29
PARKINSON, S 1957-58 31
PASQUILL, Rod 1974 7
PATON, Robert 1965-69,1972-73,1976-79 75
PAUL, J 1959 1
PEARSON, B 1960-61 10
PENDLEBURY, N 1958 2
PERKINS, A 1961 1
PERRETT, William 1978 10
PHILLIPS, G 1961-62,1964 24
PIERCE, G 1967 14
PLUMRIDGE, J 1966,1968 4
POLLOCK, A 1960-62 12
POLSON, Philip 1967 1
PRESCOTT, David 1963-1966 47
PRICE, Colin 1977-78 10
PRITCHARD, Barry 1957-64,1966 62
PRITCHARD, P 1963 4
PROFITT, Robert 1981 15
QUINN, D 1967-68 17
QUINN, John 1972 15
QUINN, Peter 1972 1
QUINN, Tom 1963,1965-66,1976-81 103
REVERE, H 1980-81 21
REVERE, Steven 1980 2
REVILL, Kevin 1972 1
RHODES, David 1979 4
RICE, P 1970 1
RICHARDSON, Neil 1973 1
RIDDLE, Alan 1960-66,1968 108
RIDDLE, Robert 1963-66,1969-71 62
RIISIK, R 1962 1
ROBERTSON, P 1957 6
RODGERS, G 1960 2
ROGERS, Alan 1971-74 22
ROGERS, D 1963 4
ROSENGREN, Dale 1967-69,1972 32
ROSS, Peter 1971-81 125
ROWE, T 1966 1
RUST, R 1960-61 25
RUST, Steve 1966-68 8
SADDINGTON, Ken 1964,1968-69 26
SANDFORD, H 1961-62 3
SARGEANT, P 1959,1961 6
SAYERS, Brian 1974-78 60
SCHINK, Norm 1981 11
SCOTT, 1972 5
SECCULL, Shane 1977 1
SHAW, Steve 1972 1
SHEARN, Trevor 1973-76 13
SHEPHARD, K 1957 9
SHERIDAN, F 1957 13
SKIDMORE, J 1967-69 19
SMART, P 1980 12
SMITH, Alan 1971-72 12
SMITH, Anthony 1978 2
SMITH, B 1978 2
SMITH, C 1964-65 30
SMITH, P.R 1960-61 10
SMITH, R 1960-61 9
SPINNER, T 1957-59 27
SPROULE, D 1969 3
STABB, B 1968 1
STABB, Gary 1962-63,1966 7
STANTON, Mick 1969 1
STEPHENS, Adrian 1976-79 44
STEWART, Graham 1977-80 40
STEWART, K 1958-59 16
STILLMAN, G 1962 2
STONE, Murray 1969-72 29
STRINGER, M 1967 8
STUCHBERY, Don 1959-64 76
SUTTIE, John 1960-61 30
TARRANT, K 1964 8
TASKER, J 1961-62 14
TAYLOR, I 1961-66 69
TAYLOR, M 1973-74 19
TAYLOR, N 1967 6
TAYLOR, Robert 1973-75,1977-78 65
TAYLOR, W 1961 2
TEAKLE, D 1967 1
THEODORE, Jim 1973-74 28
THOMAS, I 1961 1
THOMAS, J 1958 11
THOMPSON, C 1966,1970 14
TOOHEY, P 1959 6
TOZER, M 1957 1
TRAYNOR, Mark 1980-81 7
TREGEAR, Trevor 1966, 1969-72,1976-77,1980-81 99
TYRRELL, N 1959 1
VAUGHAN, Len 1981 2
VEALE, R 1957,1959 12
VINCENT, A 1969 5
VOLICH, L 1961 1
VORBACH, Neil 1974-75 3
WALKER, Peter 1973-74 15
WALLACE, Bob 1979 1
WALSH, J 1957-1960 40
WALSH, L 1962-65 23
WALTON, Ray 1964-66 53
WARREN, K 1961 1
WARREN, L 1957,1965 18
WASLEY, J 1962 9
WATERSON, R 1959-63 35
WATSON, Ian 1959-62 48
WATT, L 1961 3
WEIDEMAN, A 1958-62, 1968 20
WELSH, Greg 1972 2
WEST, Alan 1972-73 12
WETZEL, Rob 1973-74 30
WETZEL, Ron 1973-74 17
WHITBY, R 1967, 1969 17
WHITE, Ross 1979 12
WHITELAW, Murray 1979 3
WHYTCROSS, Phil 1973 3
WILLIAMS, B 1959,1968 14
WILLIAMS, D 1969 1
WILLIAMS, John 1971 1
WILLIAMS, N 1964-65 34
WILLIAMS, R 1963 6
WILSON, B 1958,1963 35
WILSON, E 1958,1963 11
WILSON, F 1958-60 37
WILSON, J 1957-60,1964,1968 50
WILSON, Kevin 1970-71 8
WILTON, E 1966 2
WOOD, R 1967,1970-71 5
WOODS, P 1964,1968 12
WORRELL, Brian 1959-65,1969-72 152
WRIGHT, Colin 1969 4
WRIGHT, Laurie 1958-59 6
YORKE, Brad 1977,1979-81 6
YOUNG, Colin 1980 14
YOUNG, N 1961-62 17

MOORABBIN VFA 1983-87

NAME YEARS TOT
ALAGIOZIDIS, Chris 1983-84 12
ANGWIN, Kevin 1983 7
ATHERTON, Gary 1983-85 45
BAKER, Gary 1986 16
BARBER, Campbell 1984-87 22
BARRY, Gary 1987 1
BEATTIE, Graham 1983-87 34
BOUKER, Brett 1986 14
BOYLE, Greg 1984-85 18
BROOKS, Graham 1986-87 9
BUNTZ, Tom 1983-84, 1986-87 12
CAMERON, Len 1983 12
CATHCART, Brian 1983-87 51
CATHCART, David 1983-87 52
CLIFFORD, Steve 1987-87 8
COATES, Neil 1983-84 23
CONSTANTINOU, Conn 1983 16
COOK, Fred 1985 18
CORRIE, Anthony 1986 1
CRAWFORD, Mark 1987 2
CRESSIA, Frank 1983 8
CRUMP, Garry 1986 1
CRUWYS, Steve 1985-86 3
DERRICK, Craig 1983-84 9
DIMATTINA, Paul 1984-86 19
FALCONER, Mick 1985-87 17
GILMORE, Steven 1985-86 24
GOSS, Michael 1983 4
GRAY, Troy 1983 4
HACK, Paul 1985 7
HALE, Warren 1983-87 49
HARDEMAN, Gary 1983 11
HATTAM, Max 1983 4
HILL, Tim 1985-86 12
HILLIARD, Wes 1987 2
HOLT, David 1983 2
HOWES, Andrew 1983-84 13
JONES, Bernie 1983 18
KNIGHT, Robert 1983, 1985-86 47
LANGFORD, D 1983 2
LAZZARO, Bernie 1983-86 34
LAZZARO, Peter 1983-86 19
LETT, George 1983-86 45
LONIE, Denis 1986-87 4
LONIE, Ken 1983-85 12
LYELL, Terry 1985 1
MANNING, Gerald 1983 2
MARSHALL, Lex 1983-1984 20
McGAW, Paul 1983 3
McGUINNESS, Ian 1986-87 12
McNAMARA, Darren 1984 4
MERCOULIA, Jim 1983-87 57
MICHAELIDES, Tim 1984-85 4
MILLS, Brian 1983-84,1986 8
MORRIS, Craig 1984-86 23
O’FARRELL, C 1983 16
O’KEEFE, Adrian 1983 4
O’TOOLE, Paul 1984-87 30
PAPPAS, Sid 1984-86 42
PAPPON, Steve 1983-85 23
PATRICK, Steve 1984 4
PEARSSONS, Steven 1985 11
PEET, Gary 1984-85 31
PHILLIPS, Craig 1986-87 10
POLLOCK, Ross 1983-87 62
POLLOCK, Wade 1984 3
REVERE, Paul 1984-86 18
RYAN, Bernie 1985-86 3
SCHULTZ, Wayne 1985-86 15
STEWART, Graham 1983-87 61
STRECKER, Peter 1987 1
TAYLOR, Michael 1983 1
VAUGHAN, Len 1984 2
WELLS, Greg 1983 16
WHALEBONE, Mark 1984-86 5
WHEATLEY, Warren 1986 7
WHITE, Ross 1984-85 17
WILSON, Ray 1983 2
ZAPPA, Adrian 1987 2

1981 FEDERAL AND 1983-87 VFA

NAME 81 YEARS TOT VFA YEARS VFA GAMES OVERALL TOTAL
BEATTIE, G 17 1977-81 71 1983-87 34 105
DERRICK, C 12 1978-1981 18 1983-84 9 27
HATTAM, M 1972,1975,1977-79 59 1983 4 63
HOLT, D 17 1981 17 1983 2 19
KNIGHT, R 18 1973-75,1977-78,1980-81 103 1983,1985-86 47 150
LANGFORD, D 14 1972-81 116 1983 2 118
LAZZARO, B 18 1981 18 1983-86 34 52
LAZZARO, P 18 1981 18 1983-86 19 37
LETT, G 3 1981 3 1983-86 45 48
LONIE, K 1 1978-81 22 1983-85 12 34
O’FARRELL, C 15 1970-72,1974,1979-81 105 1983 16 121
REVERE, H 14 1980-81 21 1984-86 18 39
VAUGHAN, L 2 1981 2 1984 2 4
STEWART Graham 1977-80 40 1983-87 61 101