The Bundoora Football Club
In 1974, 13 wise men formed a committee to investigate the feasibility of forming a senior football club in Bundoora to give the boys coming out of the Bundoora Junior football club somewhere to go rather than scattering around the suburbs.
The Diamond Valley Shire allocated Yulong Reserve; 2 tin sheds were erected as clubrooms; the Panton Hill football league accepted the nomination for entry and the journey began in 1975.
The clubs 1st open age premiership was won by the reserve grade team in 1979 quickly followed by the seniors in 1980.
The DVFL expanded into 2 divisions in 1981 and Bundoora along with 3 other PHFL
Teams transferred to the 2nd division. Languishing on the bottom of the ladder after the 1st nine games with 2 wins from 9 matches a crisis meeting was held, the administration was restructured, the playing group were refocused and the rest is history. 8 wins from the 2nd 9 matches to edge Heidelberg out of the finals, wins in the 1st & 2nd semi finals and over running Northcote Park in the grand final to win the flag and be the 1st club promoted to 1st division
After 2 wins and a draw in its 1st year in division 1, the club surprised most experts by making the 1983 grand final only to be out lasted by Greensborough on the wide expanses of Victoria Park.
The following 10 years saw the club have some lean years and some near misses.
In 1994, for reasons known only to those in power in the DVFL at the time, a campaign was launched to expel the club from the league. However as our insignia suggests through “devotion & determination” we survived the critical vote and remained in the competition to go on to win the 1995 and 1996 premierships.
History records that from entering the DVFL in 1981 (27 years ago), Bundoora has competed in 22 final series, 14 grand finals and won 3 premierships and has performed on a par with the elite clubs of the competition throughout that period.