The history of the Belconnen Magpies Football Club is one that has travelled along many different paths, at times under the one banner, and at other times simultaneously under separate banners. The various clubs in the past, that have been the Belconnen Magpies Football Club have all added their own dimension to our now great football club, and contributed to the character and spirit now experienced by our club’s current players, coaches, training staff, and supporters.
The Belconnen Football Club and The West Canberra Football Club amalgamated in the late 80’s early 90’s to create the now stronger than ever, Belconnen Magpies Football Club. Both clubs possessed their own unique culture, history and also their own origins.
This page hopes to provide a small glimpse of the two club’s past and how they came to be one. While the information on this page focuses mainly on the history of the clubs playing strip, it provides small insights into major events for both clubs along the way that brought the two clubs together to form The Belconnen Magpies Football Club.
The Belconnen Football Club
The Belconnen Football Club adopted the navy blue jumper and white monogram when it entered the competition in 1971. These colours were chosen to align with the colours used by the Turner Football Club. The different design was to reflect the move to the Belconnen district, a new area, new clubhouse and new future.
Slight modifications were made to the monogram over the years and the navy blue graced the Canberra footy fields until 1986. During that time the club was based in its own licensed premises effectively known as the “Shed” at Jamison. In 1987 Belconnen amalgamated with The West Canberra Football Club. They became known as the Belconnen Magpies, and played in the black and white stripes, alternating between the “Shed” and West Canberra’s licensed premises in Kippax as their home.
Belconnen reverted back to its navy blue and white colours in 1988 when the amalgamation dissolved and continued to sport these colours until 1990. “The Shed” remained as the Club’s base until it was sold in 1989. The club was then based at the Western Districts Rugby club in 1990.
In 1991 Belconnen affiliated with the West Canberra Football Club and adopted that club as its home. The famous black and white jumpers were again used until 2000 when the current black, white and teal was adopted. The team was again known as the Belconnen Magpies and still is.
The West Canberra Football Club
The West Canberra Football Club entered the competition in 1974. In keeping with the famous Magpie tradition the club adopted the famous black & white stripes that were previously worn by the Acton Football Club. In the early years the club did not have a permanent home, however that problem was rectified when stage one of the current clubhouse was completed in 1978.In 1987 West Canberra amalgamated with the Belconnen Football Club.
They became known as the Belconnen Magpies, they continued to sport the black and white stripes and alternated between the current clubhouse and Belconnen’s clubhouse in Jamison. The amalgamation dissolved in 1987 and the black and white colours were not seen in the ACTAFL competition until 1991 when the Belconnen Football Club affiliated with the West Canberra Football Club, moved its operations to Kippax and the Belconnen Magpies were reborn. The black and white colours remained in use until 1998 when the current black, white, and teal strip was adopted.
From 1988 to 1990 West Canberra fielded teams in the Monaro competition using the black, and white colours. West Canberra juniors have sported the black and white stripes since 1974 and still do.
Since 2001 the BMFC have played senior, reserves and U18 home games at Canberra’s enduring home of Cricket and Australian Rules Football, Manuka Oval. As Canberra’s premier sporting complex we have been blessed with first-class facilities for players and spectators. We continued to play home games at Manuka Oval until the end 2012.
From 2013 onwards all grades will play home games at the newly redeveloped Kippax oval which is nicknamed “The Nest”. The ACT government invested 2 million dollars to the upgrade which included new turf, new seating and a new pavilion/function room.
The Football club raised a further 150,000 dollars which got us new coaches boxes and a brand new rehab room for the players. The venue is a state-of-the-art complex which will help grow football in the Belconnen region for many years to come and one the club is very proud of.
After the Sports Club moved from its licensed premises in Kippax in 2017, the club has embraced the Brindabella as its new home. The redeveloped Golf Club sits just minutes from the Nest on the doorstep of new West Belconnen suburbs.
The Brindabella offers the very best in club facilities. With stunning views of the Brindabella Ranges, the club has huge screens for all the best live sport, an amazing bistro which is open every day for lunch and dinner, and an open plan TAB. It is the perfect place to catch up with friends and family to enjoy everything on offer.
Our club functions because of the tireless and professional work of our volunteer board members. Contact us to be put in touch with a particular portfolio manager.
|Glenn O'Sullivan||Vice President & List Manager|
|Ryan Bradley||Sponsorship & Marketing|
|Geoffrey Jones||Districts Coordinator|
|Phillip Batten||Gameday Coordinator|
Life Membership is awarded in recognition of outstanding, prolonged service to the football club.
|James Bennett||2019||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Matthew Campbell||2019||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Terri Jamieson||2018||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Peter Dunn||2018||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Ryan Turnbull||2017||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Chris York||2016||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Rory Markham||2016||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Jeremy Foster||2016||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Alexander Bennett||2015||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Brock Weston||2014||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Jo Foster||2013||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Paul Raadts||2011||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Andrew McIntosh||2011||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Lyall Camp||2011||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Jim Calvert||2011||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Bob McMullen||2010||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|John Harper||2010||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Norm Simms||2007||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Scott Reid||2007||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Justin Lalor||2007||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Rob Hanily||2007||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Bernie Williams||2006||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Andrew Smith||2006||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Daryl Read||2006||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|David Fitzgerald||2006||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Danielle Baguley||2006||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Terry O'Kane||2005||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Leigh McPhan||2005||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Steve Mahar||2005||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Adam Garrett||2005||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Paul Netting||2004||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Brendan Read||2003||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Jason Moore||2003||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|John Williams||2002||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Mick Hassett||2002||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Mick Danaher||2002||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Peg Townley||2001||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Paul Gunn||1999||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|David Williamson||1998||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Michael Molony||1998||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Steve Ryder||1997||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Brian Morris||1997||West Canberra Football Club|
|Peter Bradley||1997||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Steve Taylor||1996||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Tony Stubbs||1996||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Frank Southwell||1996||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|John Klep||1996||West Canberra Football Club|
|Kym Austin||1996||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Brian Read||1995||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|John Molony||1995||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Brian Falconer||1995||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Tom Allison||1995||Belconnen Magpies Football Club|
|Geoff Reid||1990||West Canberra Football Club|
|Peter Taylor||1989||Belconnen Football Club|
|Gary Schmidt||1989||Belconnen Football Club|
|Michael Price||1988||Belconnen Football Club|
|Judy Hynes||1988||Belconnen Football Club|
|David Bennett||1988||Belconnen Football Club|
|Frank Goddard||1987||Belconnen Football Club|
|Robert Smith||1985||West Canberra Football Club|
|Rob Goddard||1985||Belconnen Football Club|
|Mick Burgess||1985||Belconnen Football Club|
|Ernie Bennett||1985||West Canberra Football Club|
|Ray Baguley||1985||Belconnen Football Club|
|Reg Proctor||1985||Belconnen Football Club|
|Danny Clark||1984||West Canberra Football Club|
|Robert Anderson||1984||Belconnen Football Club|
|Trevor Franklin||1983||West Canberra Football Club|
|Paul Woodham||1982||West Canberra Football Club|
|Geoff Bartley||1981||West Canberra Football Club|
|Ken Westcott||1979||West Canberra Football Club|
|Bill Simington||1971-1983||Belconnen Football Club|
|Keith Mortimer||1971-1983||Belconnen Football Club|
|Bob Brown||1971-1983||Belconnen Football Club|
|Jim Hourigan||1971-1983||Belconnen Football Club|
|Doug Thompson||1971-1983||Belconnen Football Club|
|Keith Mitchell||Pre 1971||Turner Football Club|
|Max Gibbs||Pre 1971||Turner Football Club|
|Jack Sheahan||Pre 1971||Turner Football Club|
|Peter McCaskill||Pre 1971||Turner Football Club|
|John Gleeson||Pre 1971||Turner Football Club|
|John Curtin||Pre 1971||Turner Football Club|
|Ken Jones||Pre 1971||Turner Football Club|
|Ken Jones||Pre 1971||Turner Football Club|
|Thelma Hourigan||Pre 1971||Turner Football Club|
|Bill Wise||Pre 1971||Turner Football Club|
|Norm Hunter||Pre 1971||Turner Football Club|
|Les Ainsworth||Pre 1971||Turner Football Club|
|Vic Samuel||Pre 1971||Turner Football Club|
Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame members are inducted in recognition of their significant contribution to and impact on the football club.
For we're a happy team Belconnen
We're the mighty, fighting Pies
We love our club and we play to win
Riding the bumps with a grin Belconnen
Under pressure we'll be striving
For teamwork is the thing that counts 2, 3, 4
One for all and all for one
That's the way we play Belconnen
We are the mighty, fighting Pies