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Joined VAFA: 1928

Section: Premier

Years in Section: 1

Nickname: Blacks

Ground: Melbourne University, Main Oval, Parkville.

Under 19/Thirds: Crawford Oval, Cemetery Rd West, Carlton North.

Colours: Black with royal V/ royal panel – white number; shorts – black; socks – black.

Secretary: Zach Harris E: [email protected] M: 0459 701 965

President: Patrick Barry E: [email protected] M: 0404 008 475

The University of Melbourne Football Club, founded in 1859, is one of the oldest football clubs in the world of all football codes, let alone Australian rules football. University Blacks and their cousins University Blues, both play under the University of Melbourne name, but on field and off, they are two very separate entities. University played in the MJFA prior to spending seven fabled seasons in the Victorian Football League (1908-1914). After the First World War, University rejoined the MAFA, initially as University A and University B, before the club split in 1928 to become Blacks and Blues.

Blacks dominated the VAFA the 1930s and 1940s, playing off in the A Section premiership decider 12 times from a possible 17 between 1928 and 1949. Their run of six straight premierships between 1938 and 1949 was interrupted by the Second World War where a halt to competition between 1940-45 occurred.

Blacks won further A Section flags in 1965 and 1974 to have them as the leading club to have won the VAFA’s top section premiership in the multi section era (post 1920). Blacks have produced many of the competitions most famous players but despite their lofty status, the club fell dramatically down through the sections entering into the club’s darkest days in the 1980s and 1990s. A 23-year premiership drought was broken in 1997 and despite an initial hiccup and a couple of false starts, the club commenced its climb back to the top of the VAFA. After a wait of 40 years, and with many of the 1974 premiership team cheering them on, University Blacks again sat on top of the VAFA tree having won the 2014 Premier Section flag.

Despite suffering relegation after five years in Premier, the 2017 season brought about an unlikely, but outstanding, Woodrow Medal victory for courageous skipper and former Big V representative, Bede Mahon.


Seniors Reserves Thirds U19s
20 18
A Section/Premier: 1921-22^,  1928-29, 1935, 1938-39, 1946-49,1965, 1974, 2014  2014
B Section/Premier B: 1964, 2012
C Section: 2005
D Section: 2004
E Section: 1997, 2000

^ Won as University B, the Blacks club was formed in 1928.


Competition Best and Fairest Winners – Senior

A Section / Premier – JN Woodrow Medal – 4

B Section / Premier B – GT Moore Medal – 2

Year Name Medal Votes
2017 Bede Mahon Premier 17
2012 Charlie Richardson B Section 20
1958 J.S. Winneke B Section 24
1952 H.A. Meredith A Section
1948 G.D. Cordner A Section
1933 Allan F. LaFontaine A Section


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