Geelong Football Club

geelong cats

The Geelong Football 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 was a foundation club of both the VFA in 1877 and the VFL in 1897.

Founded

18 July 1859

Nickname

The Cats
The Handbaggers
Pivotonians
Seagulls

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 who did not lose a single match played at the venue between 26 August 2007 and 27 August 2011.

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

The Cats have also won nine McClelland Trophies, a record shared with Essendon.

Playing Uniform

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


A tune reworked from Georges Bizets' Les Toreadors.

Geelong played at Corio Oval, the primary venue in the city, until 1940.

Geelong's administrative headquarters is its home stadium, Kardinia Park.

Football has been played on Kardinia Park since the 19th century.
Prior to the 1940s it was the secondary football venue in the city of Geelong.

years in competition & premierships

Geelong Football Club years in competition premierships runner-up
119
1897 – 1915 + 1917 – 1941 + 1944 – 2019
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