The Geelong Football Club, nicknamed the Cats, are based in the city of Geelong. The club was formed in 1859, making it the second oldest club after Melbourne and one of the oldest football clubs in the world. The club participated in the first football competition in Australia and was a foundation club of both the VFA in 1877 and the VFL in 1897.

They have been premiers nine times, with three in the AFL era.
The Cats have also won nine McClelland Trophies, a record shared with Essendon.


18 July 1859


The Cats
The Handbaggers

The club first established itself in the VFA by winning seven premierships, making it the most successful VFA club leading up to the formation of the VFL in 1897.
The club won a further six premierships, before enduring a 44-year waiting period until it won its next premiership, a record 119-point victory in the 2007 Grand Final.

Kardinia Park is regarded as a proverbial graveyard for teams playing against Geelong, which has an especially good record at the ground in recent years. Geelong did not lose a single match played at the venue between 26 August 2007 and 27 August 2011.


Club Song

We are Geelong, the greatest team of all
We are Geelong; we’re always on the ball
We play the game as it should be played
At home or far away
Our banners fly high, from dawn to dark
Down at Kardinia Park

Kardinia Park

1941 – 2019

Football has been played on Kardinia Park since the 19th century, and prior to the 1940s, it was the secondary football venue in the city of Geelong; Corio Oval was the primary venue, and the Geelong Football Club played its VFL games at that venue until 1940.

Corio Oval

1897 – 1940

Geelong's administrative headquarters is its home stadium, Kardinia Park. The club trains here during the season, however it also trains at its alternate training venue, Deakin University's Elite Sport Precinct. The latter features an MCG-sized oval and is used often by the club in the pre-season, when Kardinia Park is being used for other events.

club records

Record Venue Opponent Details
Highest score Carrara
1992 Round 7
Brisbane Bears Geelong 37.17 239
Bears 11.9 75
Lowest score Corio Oval
1899 Round 3
Fitzroy Geelong 0.8 8
Fitzroy 4.8 32
Highest losing score Princes Park
1989 Round 6
Hawthorn Geelong 25.13 163
Hawthorn 26.15 171
Lowest winning score Corio Oval
1897 Round 9
Melbourne Geelong 1.9 15
Melbourne 0.10 10
Biggest winning margin Kardinia Park
2011 Round 19
Melbourne 186 37.11 233
Melbourne 7.5 47
Biggest losing margin Princes Park
1986 Round 21
Hawthorn 135 13.12 90
Hawthorn 35.15 225
Record attendance (home and away game) MCG
2010 Round 9
Collingwood 91,115
Record attendance (finals match) MCG
1967 VFL Grand Final
Richmond 109,396

years in competition & premierships

Geelong Football Club years in competition premierships runner-up
1897 – 1915 + 1917 – 1941 + 1944 – 2019
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