Geelong Football Club | Cats
The co-founder of Australian Rules Football, Thomas Wills established the Geelong Football Club in July 1859, making it the 2nd oldest club of any football code in the world.
Wills formed Geelong Football Club for the same reason he and his cousin, Henry Harrison, had earlier established the Melbourne Football Club.. to keep cricketers fit during the off-season.
The club assumed the Cats nickanme after a spate of losses early in the 1923 season prompted a cartoonist to suggest Geelong needed a black cat to bring it good luck.
Centreman Edward 'Carji' Greeves won the inaugural Brownlow Medal, an award for the best and fairest player instituted in memory of Charles Brownlow, who died in 1924.
Geelong has a proud history, having won nine AFL and seven VFA premierships in its history.
The Cats tasted success in 1925, 1931, 1937, 1951, 1952, 1963, 2007, 2009 and 2011. The club has also won flags at other levels, including the night cup, reserves, under 19 and VFA/VFL.
Geelong took out its first league premiership and its first senior flag since taking out VFA honours in 1886.
Geelong bounced back from losing the 1930 grand final to defeat Collingwood to take out their second league premiership.
Geelong took out the minor premiership by winning 15 of 18 games, before going on to win their third premiership.
A fourth premiership came to Geelong with an 11-point win over Essendon on grand final day.
By grand final day, Geelong was in the midst of a 26-game unbeaten run, and Collingwood posed few problems on the big day.
A sixth flag came in 1963. It was the only time Geelong won the premiership without being in first place after the home & away season.
Geelong broke its 44-year premiership drought with an incredible 119-point win over Port Adelaide.
Geelong claimed their second premiership in three years after coming from behind to beat St Kilda.
The Cats were written off all year but stood up when it mattered to defeat Collingwood by 27 points.
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