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THE HISTORY OF THE CHELSEA FOOTBALL CLUB- Established 1911
Pictured is
Col Counsell
with his Book
"Chelsea Grit"
Much of the information which appears in the Club History Section on this Site has been sourced from The Book Chelsea Grit.

Written by Colin Counsell, "Chelsea Grit" is a 360 Page full colour book which records the History of The Chelsea Football Club from it's formation in 1911 to it's Centenary in 2011.

A limited Number of copies of Chelsea Grit are still available for purchase from The Club and orders may be placed in the "Shopping Cart" on the Club website.

1909 The Federal Football Association comprised of four teams, Mordialloc, Edithvale, Mentone and Cheltenham.
1911 A combined Chelsea and Carrum side was admitted to the Federal Football Association.
1912/1913 Chelsea/Carrum did not compete.
1914 Chelsea and Carrum combined to field a Team.
1916/1917/1918 Play was suspended during World War 1
1919 Ten Clubs comprised The League. These were Chelsea, Black Rock, Brighton, Carrum, Glenhuntly, Amateurs, Mentone, Cheltenham, Sandringham, Hamilton and Mordialloc.
1921 Chelsea wins U-21 Premiership.
Club disqalified from Federal Football Association for rest of season and three players receive life bans after Chelsea v Moorabbin match.
1922 Chelsea rejoins The Federal Football Association after being suspended in 1921..
1923 Chelsea wins U-21 Premiership.
1924 Chelsea Juniors join The Federal Football Association.
Aspendale join the competition.
1926 Chelsea U-21's wins the Junior Premiership.
1927

Chelsea Football Club broke up. A breakaway club formed led by Tom Tom Johnston, Roy O'Donnell and Fred Carpenter. It became known as the "Wells Road Team".

The League introduced a "Best & Fairest" award and Chelsea player P.Gleeson won the award in its first two years.

1929 L Warren wins League Senior League Best & Fairest.
1930 L 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With the depression bearing down, pressures were building and after four rounds of the 1931 season, the senior team was withdrawn from the competition.

Chelsea U-21's win the Junior Premiership.

1932

The League became the VFL. "Victorian Federal District League".

Chelsea wins Junior Premiership.

1933 Chelsea re entered the competition after its break away in 1927.
1934 The League became A & B Sections. 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.
1935

League Re Named "The Federal Football League"."A" Section became Open Section. "B" Section became District.

Regents Park became Edithvale Aspendale.

1936

Promotion & relegation system introduced. Chelsea relegated to "B" grade, Vermont promoted to "A" Grade.

Chelsea wins "B" Grade Premiership.

1937

Chelsea wins "B" Grade Premiership.

Ivan "Bonnie" Johnston wins League "B" Grade Senior Best & Fairest.

1938 Chelsea promoted to "A" Grade.
1940 Chelsea withdraws from competition after 6 games. This was due to heavy loss of players participating in The Armed Services in WW2.
1941

Chelsea compete in "A" Grade.

Des Williams wins League 4th X111 Best & Fairest.

1942

No Senior Football played due to WW2.

U-18 competition started, involving Cheltenham, Mordialloc, Mentone, Moorabbin, Carrum and Chelsea.

1944 Chelsea wins U-18 Premiership.
1945 Senior Football resumed along with U-18's.
1947

Alf Evans wins League Senior League Best & Fairest.

Chelsea wins Junior Premiership.

1953 2nd XV111's introduced. No "A" and "B" Senior Sections.
1955

Chelsea wins Senior Premiership.

Chelsea wins Junior Premiership.

1957 Kevin Phillips wins League Senior Best & Fairest.
1959 Chelsea joins Mornington Peninsula Football League. Read News Item
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.

Chelsea wins Reserves Premiership.

1963 Chelsea wins Senior Premiership.
1964

Ken Knight wins League Reserves Best & Fairest.

Chelsea wins U-15 Premiership.

1966

Chelsea wins Senior Premiership.

Chelsea wins Reserves Premiership.

Chelsea wins U-15 Premiership.

Greg Hill wins League U-15's Best & Fairest.

1967

Chelsea wins Senior Premiership.

Chelsea wins U-15 Premiership.

Leigh Matthews wins League U-15's Best & Fairest.

1968

Chelsea wins Senior Premiership.

Chelsea wins U-17 Premiership.

Ian Kemp wins League Reserves Best & Fairest.

Leigh Matthews aged 16 plays in Senior Premiership Team.

Leigh Matthews wins MPNFL Senior Goal Kicking with 70 goals.

Record of Leigh Matthews at Chelsea

1970

Chelsea Seniors Runners-up

Chelsea wins Reserves Premiership.

Chelsea wins U-15 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.

1973 Chelsea 3rd xv111 won won Premiership v Mt Eliza. A protest by Mt Eliza FC was over ruled by the AFL and Chelsea was awarded the Premiership. MPNFL refused to accept the AFL ruling and declared the Grand Final a no contest. Mt Eliza FC later wrote to the MPNFL endorsing Chelsea FC as the winner - MPNFL dismissed the Mt Eliza FC endorsement.
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 Chelsea Seniors Runners up.

Phil Thurgood wins League Senior Best & Fairest.
1982 Dale Carpenter wins League Senior Best & Fairest.
1985

Chelsea Seniors Runners up.

Chelsea Junior Football Club established. U-16's move from Senior Club to The Junior Club

1986 Chelsea wins Senior Premiership.
1987 Chelsea wins Senior Premiership.
1988 Mornington Peninsula & Nepean League"s merge into the new "Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League"
1990 Chelsea wins Senior Premiership.

Graham Savage wins League Senior Best & Fairest.
1991

Graham Savage wins League Senior Best & Fairest.Chelsea wins U-17 Premiership

1992 Chelsea Seniors Runners up.
1993 Chelsea Seniors Runners up.
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 Premiership.

Chelsea wins Reserves Premiership.

Eric Singh wins League Reserves Best & Fairest.

2001 Chelsea promoted to 1st Division (Premier Division) after 2000 Premiership win.
2004

Chelsea Seniors Runners up.

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.

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.

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.

Senior Coach Tim Scott- Branagan seriously injured. Read News Item

 

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.

MPNFL introduces a Final 5.

MPNFL introduces Ladies Netball Competition.
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" . Langwarrin move to Peninsula Division, replacing Hastings which moved to Nepean Division.was established as the governing body of 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.

On a football basis, Mark Nightingale was a joint winner of The MPNFL Reserves B&F award.

CLUB HISTORY
History records are being updated progressively. Anyone who can assist with items of historical value are encouraged to contact us by e-mail

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