Club History

A proud and strong Red + White history
There  are strong historical reasons for the club’s choosing and being allowed play in the red and white. The history of Aussie Rules football in Newtown is a long one: the former Newtown Australian Football Club, (known as the Angels), were a foundation member of the (senior) NSW AFL and played in the Red & White of the old South Melbourne. 
In a history of more than a hundred years, (they folded in 1987), the Blood Stained Angels played in 37 grand finals, winning 19. Photo Gallery 1 Legendary players and identities over the years included Jim Phelan, Bub Phelan, Roger Duffy, Jack Armstrong and his son John Armstong, Dennis Aitken, Gordon Bowman, Ellis Noack, SamKekovich,
boxing guru Johnny Lewis, Alan Joyce and many more. The old home ground was Erskineville Oval and there was a licensed Newtown Rules club on Cleveland Street. Photo gallery 2

In 1996 a group of local footy fans started playing social footy games at Camperdown Oval, with large bins for point posts placed on either side of the rugby uprights. These ad hoc footy games continued at Picken Oval until 1998, when on 7th February the inaugural meeting of the Newtown Australian Football Club was held at the Newtown RSL, thereby formalising the social footy scene, with the added aim of promoting the game in the Newtown area. Originally this entity was for safer adult footy, but it was agreed that a major long term objective of the club was to promote junior football, and women's participation in football. In 1999 the club fielded its first Auskick teams and in 2000 we fielded an under 10 side for the first time! Now it is history being made....

The first Committee was Eddie Greenaway President, Neill Jones Vice President, Andrew Loveridge Treasurer with Jeffrey Thomas, John McGann, David Rathbone, Brad Newell, Michael Hosking, Jenny Howard and Amanda Weston.

Over the years, the club has gone from strength to strength with our registration numbers increasing every year.

  • In 2007 we registered 140 players.

  • In 2008 we registered 180 players

  • In 2009 we registered 200 players

  • In 2010 we registered 214 players

  • In 2011 we registered 230 players

  • In 2012 we registered 302 players

  • In 2013 we registered 335 players


THE AUSTRALIAN GAME-Sydney Morning Herald

Tuesday March 24 1903
The tenth club to play football under the Australian rules was formed at St George's Hall, Newtown on Friday night last (20th), and a strong team was got together, some 30 names being handed in as players.The club will commence practice at once in preparation for the ensuing season. The outlook for the league and Australian football in this State is most promising, and it is apparent that the game under Australian rules is going to fill a big place in the winter sports of the community,being everywhere taken on with great enthusiasm. The formation of further clubs is engaging the active attention of the league. For further information click here: Footystats


Where it all began...photo galleries
History -1

History -2
[if you have photographs like these let me know so I can make a High Resolution copy for our archive.
Brendan the Webmaster]

The Auskick team 2001 [link to come]
The Auskick team 2001[link to come]
Under 10's 2001[link to come]

Newtown dominance
Newtown Football Club is the most successful Club in the SAFL, it could be argued. Whislt Easts have 2 more Premierships Newtown ceased playing in 1985 and finished with a total of 19. To see a summary of all the Clubs from 1903 to 2010 CLICK HERE

Newtown player who became a Saint.
Reg Garvin  A member of New South Wales’ 1933 Sydney carnival team, Reg Garvin won the Phelan Medal with NSWANFL premiers Newtown in 1936 before heading for the ‘big time’ with St Kilda the following year. As a fireman Garvin had little choice but to remain in optimal shape physically and this probably helped him to compensate for any deficiencies in skill resulting from his late start in the game. As a youngster in Sydney he had played soccer and rugby but, in common with most of his compatriots, regarded Australian football as a ‘foreign’ sport. Once exposed to it, however, his determination, toughness and vigour quickly yielded dividends and he ultimately took to the hurly burly of VFL football as though born to it. Indeed, so thoroughgoing was his assimilation that he was appointed captain-coach of the Saints in 1942, a position he held for two years. He was also a VFL interstate representative and winner (in 1944) of St Kilda’s club champion award. After 129 games with the Saints Reg Garvin finished his senior career with Prahan in 1947.