Mansfield Football Club
|Full name||Mansfield Football Netball Club|
|Founded||c. 1881–83 [note 1]|
|Competition||Goulburn Valley FL|
|Premierships||2 (2004, 2009)|
|Ground(s)||Mansfield Recreation Reserve|
The Mansfield teams currently compete in the Goulburn Valley League. The Eagles home ground is the Mansfield Recreation Reserve.
The seed of the Mansfield FC was planted because of an advertisement in the Mansfield Guardian on 18 May 1878. The ad called for a meeting to be held at the Mansfield Hotel with the purpose of forming a football club.
Surviving records of those times describe a game between Mansfield and Jamieson in July 1883. Nevertheless, in 1886 the Mansfield Courier reported that Mansfield had fielded teams in 1881. 
Early games were played against neighbouring towns on a round robin basis with the teams playing for trophies donated by prominent businessmen. The original shirt worn by Mansfield was white with red stripes. In 1900 these local clubs formed an Association, adopted a constitution and began a formal competition for points culminating in a final series. Mansfield played many clubs in this era in various leagues and associations. Jamieson, Bonnie Doon, Merton, Maindample, Delatite, Mt Battery, Swanpool, Tolmie, Yarck, among others.
Between the wars the district became unable to maintain numerous clubs, so the various smaller ones morphed towards the larger Mansfield FC and Mount Battery FC. Eventually these two formed the "Mansfield Battery FC", adopting a navy blue guernsey with a white monogram.
Since its foundation, the club has participated in the following leagues:
- 1925–33: Mansfield Line Association
- 1934–40: Mansfield-Alexandra FA
- 1945–46: Upper Goulburn FL
- 1946–77: Waranga North East FL
- 1977–95: Tungamah FL
- 1996–97: Goulburn Valley FL (2nd Division)
- 1998–present: Goulburn Valley FL
2010 Football SquadEdit
Matt Storer and Guy Taylor are Eagles Co-Captains for the 2010 season. The Eagles Seniors are coached by ex-Collingwood player, Craig 'Ned' Kelly.
Notable Former PlayersEdit
- Craig Kelly - ex-Collingwood and player manager.
- Craig Flint - ex-Carlton reserves player
- Andrew Tranquilli - ex-Collingwood player in the Australian Football League
- David Mensch - ex-Geelong player in the Australian Football League
- Trent Hotton - ex-Carlton player in the Australian Football League
- Brendan Hehir - ex-Geelong rookie in the Australian Football League
- Josh Fraser - ex Collingwood and Gold Coast
- Jarrod Kayler-Thomson - ex Hawthorn
- James Cousins current player for Hawthorn
- Mansfield Hotel / Bremner's Cup (1):
- Mansfield FA (3):
- 1900, 1904, 1905
- Mansfield District FA (3):
- 1911, 1912, 1913
- Mansfield Swanpool District FA (1):
- Mansfield Line FA (1):
- Waranga North Eastern Football Association (4):
- Tungamah FL (2):
- 1987, 1989
- Goulburn Valley 2nd. Division (1):
- Goulburn Valley FL (2):
- 2004, 2009
|2004 GVFL Grand Final||G||B||Total|
|Venue: Deakin Reserve, Shepparton|
|2009 GVFL Grand Final||G||B||Total|
|Venue: Deakin Reserve, Shepparton|
Trent Hotton, who played for the Eagles last season, won the league best and fairest in 2007. The Eagles won their first GVFL premiership in 2004 since moving to the league in 1997. In 2009 the Eagles capped off a fantastic year with a win in the GVFL Grand Final over Kyabram, capturing their second GVFL flag in five years.
- The date of establishment of the club is unclear. There are some records of a Mansfield FC game in July 1883. Nevertheless, in 1886 the Mansfield Courier reported that Mansfield had fielded teams in 1881.
- History of Mansfield FC on MNFC website
- "1900 - Bremner's Cup - Premiership". Trove Newspapers. The Argus Newspaper.
- "1905 - Mansfield Football Association - Premiership review". Trove Newspapers. Alexandra and Yea Standard, Gobur, Thornton and Acheron Express.
- "1913 - Mansfield Football Association - Grand Final Scores". Trove Newspapers. The Argus Newspapers.
- "1927 - Mansfield Swanpool Football Association - Grand Final Scores". Trove Newspapers. The Argus Newspapers.
- "1929 - Mansfield Line Football Association - Grand Final Review". Trove Newspapers. Alexandra and Yea Standard and Yarck, Gobur, Thornton and Acheron Express.
- "1951 - Waranga North Eastern Football Association - Grand Final Review". Trove Newspapers. Alexandra Standard and Yarck, Gobur, Thornton, Taggerty and Acheron Express.
- "1953 - Waranga North Eastern Football Association - Grand Final Review". Trove Newspapers. Alexandra Standard and Yarck, Gobur, Thornton, Taggerty and Acheron Express.
- "1954 - Waranga North Eastern Football Association - Grand Final Review". Trove Newspapers. Benalla Ensign Newspaper.
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