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History

50 Year Celebration Program (pdf 3.8Mb)

Note A special thank you Michael Barfoot of the NTFL for his assistance in the Club history coordination.

The Nightcliff Football Club was originally formed as Works and Housing Football Club in 1950 and competed in the 1950/51 season. As the NTFL consisted of only the League competition until the Reserves Grade was started in 1953/54, and the Senior Colts competition established in 1956/57, the Works and Housing Club was established to give fringe players and a number of younger players who could not get a game with Buffaloes the opportunity to play in the NTFL competition. The club was renamed Nightcliff Football Club in 1963/64.

The foundation members of the Club were Bert Garrett as Secretary, Merve Hunt, Ron Bridget, Roly Dunn and Bob Renner. Most were employed by the Commonwealth Department of Works and Housing. They were supported by former Buffalo players Leo Pon and Ron Chin.

Stewie Clark, Keith Smart, Frank Griffin, Ken Utting, Ian White, Tom Blackley, Mike Crawshaw, John Greenoff, Cost Karaolias, Eddie Motlop, Paul Bleile and Cedric Suradi are amongst a long list of Nightcliff stalwarts who have over the years given dedicated and tireless service to the Club.

Since inception the club has only won three Premierships in 1956/57, 1960/61 and 1964/65. The Tigers’ League teams must have been reasonably strong as they were runners-up on seven occasions, third seventeen and fourth a further eleven occasions. The Club has won eleven Reserve grade and seven Under-18 Premierships. [More...] (pdf 139Kb)