CHELSEA FOOTBALL CLUB - HOME OF THE SEAGULLS

CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY

Year Chronological History
1909 The Federal Football Association comprised of four Teams, Mordialloc, Edithvale, Mentone and Cheltenham. 
1911 It is June 24th 1911 when Chelsea first sets foot on the ground as a football team playing under its own name. The opposition is Carrum and the match is played for a dinner that would later be served in fine style at the Carrum Hotel.
Carrum had been playing social games of football since 1897 and had represented the Borough of Carrum which extends from the Mordialloc Creek in the north to the Kannanook Creek in the south. There is no organized football competition in the area at this early stage. Immediately following the game between Chelsea and Carrum, Carrum changed it's name to Carrum Chelsea and a side was admitted to the Federal Football Association. The Federal Football Association formed a Junior Section this season. Read the Full Story.
The colour of the Chelsea jumpers has been predominately blue and white hoops over the years, but during the first three years while playing as Carrum-Chelsea the colours were white, red and blue.
1912 Chelsea/Carrum did not compete.
1913/1914 After a year of absence the club re-entered the FFA in 1913 and 1914 finishing both seasons with six wins from sixteen games.
The Andrews brothers, Cecil, Arthur and Charlie, were well regarded as being among the club’s better players though some of their tactics were questionable, given that Charlie was recorded, on one occasion, as having marked the ball on the opposition’s goal line while wearing a coat. The field umpire gave the ‘all clear’ but reversed the decision when he discovered that Charlie was, in fact, a Carrum-Chelsea player. Charlie removed his coat and took his kick thereby denying Mentone the goal. Other skilled performers during these times were Newbald, Howard, Bond, Steward and Graham (who later played alongside his brother at Edithvale). It wasn’t long, however, before the ‘dogs of war’ were baying and the Federal Football Association went into recess. 
1915/1918  Play was suspended during World War 1. 
1919  A Ladies Committee had been formed had been formed in 1917 to support the newly formed Chelsea Football Club. Full Story Building The Foundations.

Office Bearers of The Ladies Committee were as follows:
President: Mrs Fricke. Secretary: Mrs A. A. Walker. Treasurer: Mrs Dennington.

Office Bearers of The Men’s Committee.
President: W. Williamson: Secretary: J. J. Smith.
Mr Hocking donated one pound for the purchase of a ball and Mr Callanan donated ten shillings and six pence.

Resuming competition in 1919 with things beginning to return to normal after the ‘Great War,’ the Federal Football Association reformed, with seven teams including Chelsea, who were about to compete as a club in their own right. 
George Featherstone came to the club to join brother Bill who was a committeeman. George was to play a significant role in the establishment of the club in coming years and was instrumental in bringing his nephew Clarrie Featherstone to the club a little later. Clarrie would fill the role of coach, a position that was becoming more common during these times. Others who became more active were W. G. ‘Bill’ Oliver and son Stanley who had both been involved in the patriotic games played in 1917. 
The Chelsea team was only able to win one match during the 1919, season and that on forfeit from Moorabbin. 

With the resumption of football in 1919, Chelsea seniors wore navy blue jumpers while the juniors were decked out in blue jumpers with a broad white band.

COW PAT LOTTO
To be clear right from the very start, football grounds, as we now know them, were non-existent out in ‘the sticks’. Local teams such as Carrum and Chelsea played on paddocks. The Full Story.

1920 THE ROARIN’ TWENTIES
The rip roaring, rocking, rootin’, tootin’, twenties and boy did they start with a bang. The war was over and it was time to redirect energies to matters on the home front; important matters like winning football matches and proving ourselves superior to the men folk in other towns in the area. To say that parochialism was alive and well in this era would be a massive understatement. The inhabitants of neighbouring towns were the enemy. A great deal of honour was to be gained from giving them a decent ‘touch up’ on the ground, and there were plenty of loyal supporters around to assist the effort in whatever way they saw fit. A town’s status and self-image was at stake after all. The Full Story.             
1921  Snr Club disqualified from Federal Football Association for rest of season and three players receive life bans after Chelsea v Moorabbin match. Read Part 1 ; Read Part 2 ; Read Part 3
With Chelsea suspended for season 2021 a number of its players transfered to Carrum and played in it's 2021 Premiership Team. Team Photo.
Chelsea Juniors win U-21 Premiership. 

Edithvale admitted into The Federal Football Association.
1922  Chelsea returns to The Federal Football Association after being suspended in 1921. In 1922 and 1923 Chelsea seniors wore navy blue jumpers while the juniors were decked out in blue jumpers with a broad white band. 

Chelsea Reserve evolves. The Full Story.
1923  Chelsea Juniors win U-21 Premiership. 1923 seems to be the first year that the blue and white hoops appeared in the juniors. Photo Players and Committee.
Chelsea, at one stage in the twenties, had a second junior team called the Chelsea Stars. They wore blue jumpers with a white star.
1924  Chelsea Juniors joins The Federal Football Association. Season overview.

Aspendale admitted to The Federal Football Association.
1925  Season 1925 was one best forgotten. A narrow loss to hoodoo team Edithvale in Round One triggered a string of 13 losses in a row; confidence waned and the endeavour sagged. Finishing last with just three wins was deflating but there was still cause for some optimism as the Junior Under 21 team was starting to become much more competitive, and several players looked promising. 
1926  Chelsea U-21's win the Junior Premiership. 

Premiership Match Report.
1927  Chelsea Football Club broke up. A breakaway club formed led by Tom Johnston, Roy O'Donnell and Fred Carpenter. It became known as the "Wells Road Team". Chelsea seniors wore brown jumpers with a broad yellow yoke in the latter part of the 1920s.
1927/1928  The League introduced a "Best & Fairest" award and Chelsea  (Wells Road Team)  player P. Gleeson won the award in its first two years.
1929 The "Wells Road Team" was suspended from competition after playing an unregistered player against Mentone.

Leading into The Great Depression The Full Story.

Les Warren wins League Senior League Best & Fairest.
1930 Still enjoying the benefits of a Warren-led recovery, Chelsea City once again featured in the finals as the decade commenced. Finishing fourth, however, wasn’t good enough as the old enemy Mordialloc once again prevented the Chelsea side from advancing any further. The Juniors also performed well, finishing the season proper in third place but were also eliminated in the semi-finals.

Les Warren wins League Senior League Best & Fairest.
1931  With the depression bearing down pressures were building and after four rounds of the 1931 season, the senior team was withdrawn from the competition. The Full Story.

Chelsea U-21's win the Junior Premiership. Team Photo and Match Report.

Edithvale and Aspendale combine and play as "Regents Park".
1932  Chelsea U- 21's win the Junior Premiership.  Team Photo and Match Report.

Player-wise, 1932 was very productive as a young player by the name of Ivan "Bonnie" Johnstone took up residence in Chelsea and commenced his CFC connection by winning the junior’s Best and Fairest Award in his first season at the club. It would be the start of a wonderful career with the Seagulls.

The League became the VFL. "Victorian Federal District League". 
1933  Chelsea re entered the competition after its break away in 1927 where it had played as The "Wells Road" Team.

"Dirty Days" With the economy on the improve, the reintroduction of the senior team into competition occurred in 1933 but it was to be a slow road back as the team quickly became the competition’s ‘chopping block’, losing every game bar one, a one point victory over Carnegie. Chelsea won the wooden spoon hands down and, worse still, managed the daily double as the Juniors picked up the same award for the trophy cabinet. These were difficult times indeed.
This was the last time that a Junior Under 21 competition was operational as it was replaced by a B Grade open division in 1934.
1934  The League became A & B Sections of open age. B Section replaced the U-21 competition. No Junior Football was played. "A" Division comprised of Caulfield, Carnegie, Black Rock, Moorabbin, Cheltenham, Mentone, Mordialloc, Chelsea, Dandenong, East Burwood and Darling. "B" Division comprised of Regents Park, Carrum, Mount Waverley, Highett, Moorabbin 2nds, Cheltenham 2nds. 

Chelsea commenced the 1934 season with two narrow losses and much improved on-field performances, they broke the ice in Round 3 and followed up with a second win the next week. Things were improving and the club was able to register seven wins for the season, but it was to be a short lived improvement.
1935  The League Re Named "The Federal Football League". A" Section became Open Section. "B" Section became District. Regents Park became Edithvale Aspendale. 

On field  season 1935—’ANNUS HORRIBILUS’ - a year that went down in history as our worst ever. Not one single win was registered as the club was relegated to B Section for the coming season. It was to be a blessing in disguise, as the troops rallied at the indignity of their pitiful performance and set about rectifying the situation.

Ivan "Bonnie" Johnstone wins Chelsea’s first Federal District League best and fairest award.
1936  Promotion & relegation system introduced. Chelsea relegated to "B" grade, Vermont promoted to "A" Grade. 

Chelsea wins "B" Grade Premiership. Team Photo and Match Report.
1937 Chelsea wins "B" Grade Premiership. Team Photo and Match Report.

Ivan "Bonnie" Johnstone wins League "B" Grade Senior Best & Fairest.
1938 With consecutive flags at the lower level Chelsea was promoted to the "A" Grade Section in 1938. The step up proved to much and they struggled to win a game and finished last with only 2 wins for the season.
1939 The nightmare continued in 1939 with the Seagulls only managing to eke out one victory for the season, that being in the very last game against Mentone which had finished 2nd last with seven wins. These were dark days for the Seagulls.
1940 Chelsea withdraws from "A" Grade competition after 6 games. This was due to heavy loss of players participating in The Armed Services in WW2. The Full Story.
1941  Chelsea compete in "A" Grade.
Des Williams wins League 4th X111 Best & Fairest. 
1942  Senior Football goes into recess due to WW2. U-18 competition started, involving Cheltenham, Mordialloc, Mentone, Moorabbin, Carrum and Chelsea. 

Alan Baylis Chelsea Captain and Best & Fairest.

Jack "Chooka" Howell" - Recruited by Carlton from Chelsea at 17 years of age
1944  Chelsea wins U-18 Premiership. Team Photo and Match Report

Norm Johnstone - Recruited by Fitzroy from Chelsea.

Thank you to those that served.
1945  Senior Football resumed after recess during WW2. 

Ron Jacobs A.F.S.M
1946  Seniors finish in 5th place.Team Photo. 

Juniors. Team Photo.
1947  Alf Evans joint winner with C Mudge of Mordialloc of League Senior League Best & Fairest.

Chelsea Seniors finish 3rd. Team Photo.

Chelsea wins Junior Premiership. Team Photo and Match Report.
1948  Chelsea wore blue jumpers with a white yolk in 1948 as the traditional blue and white hoops were not available at the time. Team Photo.

Chelsea Juniors finish 4th. Team Photo.

Frank Pearson President 1942 - 1949
1949  Chelsea Seniors finish 7th. Team Photo. 

Chelsea Juniors finish 5th. Team Photo.

Roy Hart Chelsea Footballer and Stawell Gift Winner. 
1950  Tough Men for Tough Times. The Full Story. 

Senior Players and Committee. Team Photo.

Pat Phillips Senior Captain/Coach
1951  Under new Coach Stuart Hamilton Chelsea finish 4th. The Full Story

Dixie Boland Senior Best & Fairest
1952  Senior Players and Committee. Team Photo.

Kevin Phillips Senior Best & Fairest 1954, 1955 & 1957. 

Junior Players. Team Photo.
1953  2nd XV111's introduced. No "A" and "B" Senior Sections.  

Senior Players. Team Photo.

Bill Woodhead Senior Best & Fairest.
1954  Russell Grambeau Captain/Coach 1954/1955 - Chelsea finish in 5th place.
1955  Chelsea wins Senior and Junior Premiership. 
1957  Kevin Phillips wins League Senior Best & Fairest.  
1959  Chelsea joins Mornington Peninsula Football League. 
1960  Chelsea fields U-15 Team in Federal Football League. (1st year of competition). 
1961  Len Park wins League U-16's Best & Fairest. 
1962  Chelsea wins Senior Premiership and Reserves Premiership. 
1963 Chelsea wins Senior Premiership. 
1964 Ken Knight wins League Reserves Best & Fairest. Chelsea wins U-15's Premiership.
1966  Chelsea wins Senior, Reserves and U-15 Premierships. Greg Hill wins League U-15's Best & Fairest.
1967  Chelsea wins Senior and U-15's Premiership. Leigh Matthews wins League U-15's Best & Fairest.
1968  Chelsea wins Senior and U-17's Premiership. Ian Kemp wins League Reserves Best & Fairest.
1968  Leith Matthews aged 16 plays in Senior Premiership Team and wins MPNFL Senior Goal Kicking with 70 goals.
1970  Chelsea wins Reserves and U-15's Premiership. Brian Corrigan wins League U-15's Best & Fairest.
1971  Chelsea wins U-17 Premiership. 
1972  Chelsea wins U-17 Premiership. Chris Newman wins League U-17's Best & Fairest.
1975  Chelsea wins U-15 Premiership. Luke De Munk wins League U-15's Best & Fairest. 
1976  Lee Carpenter wins League U-18's Best & Fairest.  
1977 Chris Bull wins League U-18's Best & Fairest.
1978  Peter Hewitt wins League U-18's Best & Fairest. 
1981  Phil Thurgood wins League Senior Best & Fairest. 
1982 Dale Carpenter wins League Senior Best & Fairest. 
1985  Chelsea Junior Football Club established. U-18's move from Senior Club to the Junior Club. 
1986  Chelsea wins Senior Premiership. 
1987  Chelsea wins Senior Premiership. 
1988  Mornington Peninsula and Nepean Football League's, merge into "The Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League".
1990  Chelsea wins Senior Premiership. Graham Savage wins League Senior Best & Fairest.
1991  Chelsea wins U-17 Premiership. 
1995  Joe Rugolo wins League Senior Best & Fairest. 
1997  Carrum Football Club folds. 
1999  Chelsea finishes last and is relegated to 2nd Division (Peninsula Division). 
2000  Chelsea wins Senior and Reserves Premierships. Eric Singh wins League Reserves Best & Fairest.
2001  Chelsea promoted to 1st Division (Premier Division) after 2000 Premiership win. 
2004  Mornington 14-12-96 def Chelsea 8-10-58 in Div 1 Snr Grand Final. Matt Stuart wins League Reserves Best & Fairest. 
2005  Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League restructures to 3 Divisions, Peninsula Division, Nepean Division & Casey Cardinia Division. Relegation between Divisions no longer applies. 
2005  Chelsea competing in Peninsula Division along with Bonbeach, Edi-Aspendale, Seaford, Hastings, Mornington, Frankston YCW, Mt Eliza, Pines and Karingal. Rosebud and Rye moved to Nepean Division.
 
2005  Tim Scott-Branagan wins League Senior Best & Fairest. Clint Hall wins League Reserves Best & Fairest.
2006  Chelsea wins Senior Premiership. Anthony Lewis wins League Senior Best & Fairest.  
2006  Senior Coach Tim Scott- Branagan suffers career ending neck injury at Seaford late in season and returns to coach a Premiership from the bench.
2009  Langwarrin move to Peninsula Division, replacing Hastings which moved to Nepean Division. 
2011  Chelsea celebrates it's Centenary after starting life as "Chelsea/Carrum" in 1911. 
2011  MPNFL introduces Netball to the competition. Chelsea fields 2 Netball Teams in the first season. MPNPL introduces a "Final 5" for Football.
2015  Casey Cardinia Club's move motion of no confidence in MPNFL Directors. Casey Cardinia Club's form new League the "South East Football Netball League" .
Following the motion by The Casey Cardina Clubs, The Peninsula and Nepean Football Netball Clubs, which remained as members of The Mornington Peninsula Football League, also moved a motion of no confidence in the Board of Directors. Following this motion The Directors resigned and the "South East Football Netball League assumed an interim governance role. At the AGM of the MPNFL, member clubs voted to have the "South East Football Netball League" become the governing body of the MPNFL. 
2015  Langwarrin move to Peninsula Division, replacing Hastings which moved to Nepean Division. Mark Nightingale was a joint winner of The MPNFL Reserves B&F award.
2016  Netball fields a "D" Grade Team bringing total of competing teams to 4. (A, B, C & D Grades). 
2016 Structure of 3rd's Football changed from U-18's to an U-19 Competition commencing 2016.
2017  AFL South East announces a restructure into a Divisional competition for season 2018.  
There are currently 22 affiliated clubs in the MPNFL and in 2018 those clubs will play in 2 Divisions. 
The MPNFL Divisional competition has been determined in accordance with AFL South East’s recent announcement relating to the Competition Review. 
Division 1 will comprise of 10 teams and Division 2 will have 12 teams. 
In determining which clubs should be selected to compete in Division 1, AFL South East considered the following criteria: 
•    Recent playing performances
•    Playing depth
•    Junior pathway including viability of U19’s and junior club pathways
•    Club facilities and
•    The results of a survey conducted by MPNFL Clubs
For season 2018,Division 1 Clubs will be: 
Bonbeach, Edithvale-Aspendale, Frankston Bombers, Frankston YCW, Mornington, Mt Eliza, Pines, Rosebud, Seaford and Sorrento.
Division 2 will comprise: 
Chelsea, Crib Point, Devon Meadows, Dromana, Hastings, Karingal, Langwarrin, Pearcedale, Red Hill, Rye, Somerville and Tyabb.
2019  Todd Gardiner Winner of MPNFL Div 2 League Best & Fairest 2019 and Captain of League Team of The Year 2019.
2019  Netball adds an U-17 Team bringing total of competing teams to 5 (A, B, C & D Grades and U-17's).  
2020  A Global Pandemic "Covid -19" first reported in China early 2020, quickly spread around the Globe and arrived in Australia resulting in a shut down of large swathes of the Economy. In March 2020 Sport ranging from Professional to Community Competitions, was suspended for an indefinate period.
On 27th June the MPNFL season was officially cancelled. This last time this occurred was in 1941 when Football was suspended during WW2.