Castlemaine Football Club

The Castlemaine Football and Netball Club, nicknamed The Magpies, is an Australian rules football and netball club based in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia and is currently a member of the Bendigo Football League.

Castlemaine Football Club
Full nameCastlemaine Football & Netball Club
2016 season
After finalsDNQ
Home-and-away season7th
Club details
Founded1859 (1859)
Colours     Black      White
PremiershipsBFL (5) 1926, 1952, 1966, 1992, 2000
Ground(s)Camp Reserve, Castlemaine
Other information
Official websiteCFNC

The club is notable for several reasons. Formed in 1859, it is the second oldest documented football club in Australia after the Melbourne Football Club and it has produced many notable Australian rules footballers.


The "Castlemaine Football Club" was formed on 15 June 1859 at the Supreme Court Hotel and chaired by T Butterworth.[1] Castlemaine played its first match on 22 June 1859 on the Cricket Ground Barkers Creek.[2]

The club was formed in an era before codified rules organised competition, but according to some sources, including Graeme Atkinson, "football" was popular in the goldfields region. Records for the foundation date was discovered in 2007 which rewrote history as many had previously believed the Geelong Football Club to be formed earlier.[3]

Without a league to participate in, the club was an irregular competitor during its first decade.

The original uniform was a white cap with royal-blue Maltese cross.

In 1925, Castlemaine joined the Bendigo Football League.


Castlemaine players in the VFL/AFL

PlayerVFL/AFL ClubsVFL/AFL CareerNotes/References
Percy BentleyRichmond1925–40
Jack ShowellSt Kilda1936–38
Jack TitusRichmond1926–43
Ron Barassi, Sr.Melbourne1936–1940
Graeme MinihamSt Kilda1953–59
Bud AnnandSt Kilda1956–62
Brian McMillanRichmond1962–64
Kevin DelmenicoFootscray1966–70
Robert ThompsonEssendon1968–71
Peter HallCarlton1971
Peter FyffeCarlton1970–73
Mark CrossFootscray1974
Warren JonesCarlton, St Kilda1978–85
Lazar VidovicSt Kilda1989–97
Steven OliverCarlton1992–94
Paul StarbuckSydney, Carlton1990
Rod KeoghMelbourne, St Kilda1990–98
Tom KavanaghMelbourne, Fitzroy1993–94
Heath CulpittCarlton1999–2001
Dustin MartinRichmond2010–


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