BRIGHTON FOOTBALL CLUB
1885-1990

18  A Grade Premierships

1919  1920  1923  1924  1925  1936  1944  1945  1947

1957  1958  1959  1969  1970  1978  1982  1983  1986

SAAFL Premierships: 1958 (A3)   1959 (A2)

Please note that much of the history of the Brighton Football Club has been lost because the records were lost in a fire.  Below is a very brief history written by Graham Cummings and some other information on BFC from other sources.

 

A VERY BRIEF HISTORY OF BRIGHTON FOOTBALL CLUB

By Graham Cummings (Life Member, BDOS Football Club).

Graham played for both BHOS and Brighton Football Clubs in the 1980s and has coached at the Brighton Bombers.

 

The Brighton Football Club is one of the oldest in South Australia. Games were originally played in a paddock opposite its current location (Preston Ave) in the 1890s between North and South Brighton Lads. This was before joining the Sturt Association and games were played east of the current Brighton Hotel.

 

Some key dates are:

  • In 1918 Brighton joined the Mid Southern Association

  • In the 1920s Brighton moved to its current location at Brighton Oval.

  • In 1936 Brighton won the Centenary Cup Premiership defeating arch rival Blackwood

  • Post WW2 saw many epic struggles vs Sturt (now Marion), Blackwood and Plympton.  

  • Dramatic growth of the club occurred in the 1950s when Brighton joined the South Australian Amateur Football League (SAAFL).

    • Here we saw the influx of many top players including: Neil Hawke (Test Cricketer), Des Staite (3 generations of Staites have played at Brighton with distinction), Harry Kernahan, Brian Colbey (All Australian) and Ray Button. The last quartet subsequently played for Glenelg with distinction.

  • In the 1960s an ambitious proposal was to build social clubrooms worth $40,000, which would be financed with Brighton Cricket Club.  The man who spearheaded this was local lawyer Lance Lee.  The current committee room is named in his honour. The Brighton Sports and Social club was formed to run the Club’s venue and as avenue of fund raising the BSSC issued foundation building membership of $40 for 10 years membership. These people who initially joined are listed in the clubs foyer.  The club building was completed in 1969 and has had an extension added in the late 1980s.

  • The year 2020 marks 100 years of footy at Brighton Oval.

OTHER INFORMATION

According to the book, “A History of the South Australian Amateur Football League 1911-1994”, the Brighton Football Club has had the following history.

1885-1937

1938-1941

1942-1945

1946-1956

1957-1990

NAMES

Brighton

Brighton & Seacliffe

Sturt Brighton

Brighton & Seacliffe

Brighton

1885-1902

1903-1919

1920-1990

GROUNDS

Preston Avenue

Sturt Road

Brighton Oval

1885-1911

1912-1919

1919

1920-1930

1930-1935

1936

1937-1949

1950-1957

1958-1968

1969-1983

1984-1986

1987-1990

AFFILIATIONS

Nil

Sturt District

YMCA & Suburban

Mid Southern

Glenelg District

Port Adelaide District

Glenelg District

Glenelg South West

SAAFL

Glenelg South Adelaide

Southern Metropolitan

SAFA

Pre WW II

To 1957

1958

1959-1965

1966-1968

1969-1970

1971-1990

COLOURS

Black & Gold

Black: White V & trim

Black & White vertical stripes

Black, gold & white panels

Black: gold yoke

Black: white vert stripes;

horizontal white stripe at arms

Black: yellow sash