Newtown & Chilwell Football Club

Newtown & Chilwell Sporting Club, nicknamed the Eagles, is an Australian rules football and netball club based in the inner western suburb of Newtown, Victoria.

Newtown & Chilwell
Full nameNewtown & Chilwell Football Club
Club details
Founded1933 (1933)
PresidentShaun McWilliam
Premierships(9): 1937, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1978, 1982, 1985, 1986
Ground(s)Elderslie Reserve

The club teams currently compete in the regional Geelong Football Netball League, playing their home games at Elderslie Reserve.[1]


Chilwell Football Club (formed 1874) and Newtown Football Club (formed 1874/1875) were affiliated with the following leagues:

  • Geelong District Football Association (GDFA), 1879–1918
  • Geelong District Football League (GDFL), 1919–1921
  • Geelong Junior Football Association (GJFA), 1922–1932
  • Geelong District Football League (GDFL), 1933

In 1933 the Newtown Football Club and the Chilwell Football Club merged to form the Newtown & Chilwell Football Club. The merger of two of Geelong's oldest clubs was because Newtown had difficulty getting players so they looked to their neighboring club, Chilwell. The club also has a historical link to the Barwon Football Club, which at its peak in the mid-1870s was one of the strongest clubs in Victoria, before it merged into Chilwell in 1879.[2]

When the league was formed in 1979 the Eagles were one of the 10 clubs that broke away from the Geelong & District Football League.[3] The city and country clubs of the old GDFL were divided into the major league competition of the GFL and the minor league GDFL.

VFL/AFL players


  • Stoward, John. Cat Country – History of Football in the Geelong Region. ISBN 978-0-9577515-8-3.


  2. Mark Pennings; Trevor Ruddell (2007), "Anyone but Barwon", Sporting Traditions, 25 (1): 41–55
  3. Fanning, Noel (9 April 2008). "Geelong and District Football League boasts a long list of superstars". The Geelong Advertiser. Retrieved 10 November 2008.
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