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Geelong Cats Football Club History

The Geelong Cats Football Club or more commonly known as the Cats is a professiona; Australian rules football club. They are based in the city of Geelong, Australia, thus the name Geelong Cats. They are currently playing in the Australian Football League (AFL).

The Geelong Cats Football Club has been the VFL and AFL premiers nine times, with three in the AFL era since 1990. The Cats have proudly won nine McClelland Trophies.

Early History

The formal establishment of the club was way back July 18th 1859 at a meeting held in Victoria Hotel. This makes the Geelong Cats Football Club one of the oldest football clubs in the world. The club’s first match of Australian Rules football took place against Melbourne in 1860 at the Argyle Square, a match which they contested. This ended up being a scoreless draw. Three years after, in 1863, they travelled to Melbourne to contest the Caledonian Challenge Cup where they won despite the compromised rules. In the years that followed, the team continued to contest the cup where they were able to reach the finals in 1867 and 1869.


The foundation of the Victorian Football Association (VFA) in 1877 led to Geelong joining the association and making it one of their foundation clubs. They became one of the eight foundation clubs established in the VFL. At this time, Geelong came runner up to Essendon in its inaugural season following a round robin finals system instead of the traditional Grand Final.


In 1990, the league was expanded to the national level and the name was changed to Australian Football League (AFL). In 1990, Geelong failed to give the fans an exciting game just like the one in 1989. In 1990, the surprising retirement of Gary Ablett was a big blow for the team however; they still managed to secure victory over some games.

At present, Geelong remains a strong team after redeeming itself in 2007 by beating Port Adelaide in the 2007 Grand Final which ended their 44-year premiership drought. Since then, things have been going smoothly for the Cats.

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