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The Belconnen Magpies Football Club is a proud Australian rules football club with a rich history.

History

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.

The Nest

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.

The Brindabella

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.

The Board

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.

Name Position
Scott Reid President
Glenn O'Sullivan Vice President & List Manager
Jacqueline Spence Secretary
Dylan Valentine Treasurer
Daniel Posch Sponsorship
Ryan Bradley Sponsorship & Marketing
Samuel Ryan-Baker Legal
Kendall Draper Functions
Amber Allen Functions
Bradley Posch Communications
Geoffrey Jones Districts Coordinator
Phillip Batten Gameday Coordinator

Life Members

Life Membership is awarded in recognition of outstanding, prolonged service to the football club.

Name Year Inducted 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.

Name Year Inducted
Andrew Smith 2019
Paul Raadts 2019
Terry O'Kane 2019
Matthew Campbell 2019
Brian Read 2018
Reg Proctor 2018
Paul Gunn 2018
Jo Foster 2017
Paul Netting 2016
Daryl Read 2016
Brendan Read 2015
Darren Denneman 2015
Scott Reid 2014
Steve Mahar 2014
Peter Taylor 1999
Gary Schmidt 1999
Michael Price 1999
Robert Goddard 1999
Frank Goddard 1999
David Bennett 1999
Ray Baguley 1999
Robert Anderson 1999
Tom Allison 1999

Club Song

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