North Launceston Football Club

The North Launceston Football Club, nicknamed The Bombers, is an Australian rules football club based in Launceston, Tasmania. Australia. Since 2009 they have played in the newly formed Tasmanian State League.

North Launceston
Full nameNorth Launceston Football Club
Club song"See the Bombers fly up"
2019 (TSL) season
After finalsPremiers
Home-and-away season1st
Club details
Founded1893 (1893)
CompetitionTasmanian State League
PresidentThane Brady
CoachTaylor Whitford
Ground(s)York Park, Launceston (capacity: 21,000)


The club started as "Railway Football Club" in 1893 and were known as "Essendon" in the 1898 season. It fielded a team in the NTFA Junior Competition for three years, and began playing in the senior competition in 1896.[1]

Its first season under the North Launceston name was in 1899 when it played in the Northern Tasmanian Football Association.

The club has remained in the top tier of state competition ever since, playing in the Tasmanian Football League and Northern Tasmanian Football League upon the competition restructures in the state. The club won the Tasmanian State Premiership in 1905 and 1906 (both unofficial), 1947, 1949, 1950, 1995 and 1998.

The club accepted an invitation to join the new Tasmanian State League that commenced in 2009. Since 2014, the club has been a dominant force in the league, reaching every Grand Final between 2014 and 2019 for five premierships: 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019.[1]


  1. As "Northern Bombers FC"

Senior coaches


Coach Years Competition Premierships
Bill Adams 1930 NTFA
Alan Scott 1931-1932 NTFA 1931
H. Cunningham 1933-1935 NTFA
P. W. Snowball 1936 NTFA
Gordon Strang 1937 NTFA
F. Barnes 1938 NTFA
Cecil Pettiona 1939-1940 NTFA
Joe Sankey 1941 NTFA
Gavin Luttrell 1945-1951 NTFA 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950
Doug Williams 1952 NTFA
John Leedham 1953 NTFA
Jack Hawksley 1954 NTFA
Raynor Summers 1955 NTFA
Jim Ross 1955-1957 NTFA
Raynor Summers 1958 NTFA
Jack Hawksley 1959 NTFA
Bob Withers 1960-1967 NTFA 1961, 1963
Trevor Somerville 1968 NTFA
Kevin McLean 1969-1971 NTFA
Tony Haenen 1972-1974 NTFA
Peter Daniel 1975-1982 NTFA 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
Tony Young 1983-1987 NTFA, TFL Statewide 1983
Steve Goulding 1988-1992 TFL Statewide
David Rhys-Jones 1993-1995 TFL Statewide 1995
Wes Lewis 1996-1997 TFL Statewide
Matthew Armstrong 1998 TFL Statewide 1998
Rod Hill 1999 TSFL
Garry McIntosh 2000-2001 SWL, NTFL
Rod Keogh 2002-2006 NTFL
Shane Wager 2007 NTFL
Chris Whitford 2008-2009 NTFL, TSL
Paul Atkins 2010 TSL
Jeff Dunne 2011 TSL
Zane Littlejohn 2012-2016 TSL 2014, 2015
Tom Couch 2017 TSL 2017
Taylor Whitford 2018- TSL 2018, 2019


  1. "Northern Bombers – History". Retrieved 14 June 2008.
  2. "Honour Boards". North Launceston Football Club.

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