The Hampton Rovers Amateur Football Club is a proud club with an even prouder history dating back to 1918 (the club proper was established in 1929). The club has grown over the years and now caters for boys and girls from Auskick and Under 8s in the SMJFL right through to senior football in the VAFA for men and women. The club boasts great facilities at two home grounds and a great name in the community and football circles. In 2019, the club will celebrate 90 years!
Facts & Figures
Club Established: 1929
Joined the VAFA: 1933
Senior Premierships: 9
Reserve Premierships: 9
Under 19 Premierships: 9
Junior Premierships (U11-17): 43
Junior Lightning Premierships (U8-U10): 14
Senior Teams affiliated: VAFA (2019 Premier C)
Junior Teams affiliated: SMJFL
Total teams in 2017: 27 (5 Snr, 22 Jnr)
Total players in 2017: 660 (203 Snr, 457 Jnr)
Auskick participants in 2017: 180
The Hampton Rovers Football Club has adopted a ‘one-club’ structure whereby the Seniors & Juniors are in fact a single club. There are two committees: Senior Committee who are responsible for the senior section of the club and a Junior Committee who are responsible for the junior section (U8-U17). Above the two committees is a Board of Management who deal with top-level issues and ensure both committees work together to benefit the club as a whole.
Hampton Rovers Football Club boasts some of the best facilities in the VAFA. The club’s main home ground, Boss James Reserve, features a great playing surface, large social rooms including bar, gym, lights suitable for night matches and a LED scoreboard. The smaller Castlefield Reserve is the secondary home ground and features training lights, great playing surface and brand new clubrooms that will open in 2018.
BOSS JAMES RESERVE
Corner David Street & Bluff Road, HAMPTON, VIC 3188 (Melways Ref: 77 A7)
Teams: Seniors, Reserves, Thirds, U19, Snr Women’s, U14 – U17, Auskick
Facilities include: Large social rooms with 150+ seating capacity, Fully licensed bar, Ladies/men’s toilets, Large home change rooms, Medical room, Visitor change rooms, Fully equipped Gym, Lights (four 30m towers, 100+ lux for night matches), Two sealed car parks with additional parking on hill surrounding ground, Canteen/Kitchen.
71 Ludstone Street, HAMPTON, VIC 3188 (Melways Ref: 76 J5)
Teams: Thirds, Snr Women’s, U8 – U13
Facilities include: Home and visitor change rooms, Lights suitable for junior night matches, Canteen, Toilets, Car park.
The traditional Hampton Rovers Football Club jumper is Green on the lower half and gold yoke on the upper. The current supplier for senior jumpers is Puma.
The Hampton Rovers club song is based on the original St Kilda FC song:
Oh we do like to be beside the seaside,
Oh we do like to be beside the sea,
Down at Hampton there’s a football team,
The boys all wear the Gold and the Green,
So lets give a cheer for Hampton Rovers,
For this years Premiers we will be,
Though it’s not quite in the bag,
We’ve got our eyes upon the flag,
Beside the seaside, beside the sea.
As one club, a player can transition from Auskick right through to senior football and beyond. The Rovers has its own Auskick program where 7 & 8 year-old’s can learn the basics of Australian Rules Football. From there, boys and girls can move onto the Under 8’s and develop their skills through the junior ranks, right through to playing senior football in the VAFA. Players can follow in the footsteps of previous Rovers AFL players can play at the Sandringham Dragons before nominating for the Draft. The club also has an official partnership with VFL club Sandringham Zebras.
The club has had numerous AFL/VFL players over the years. St Kilda champion Ross Smith is arguably Hampton Rovers most well known player, winning the Brownlow medal in 1967 as well as captaining the club and Victoria. In 2018, the Rovers boasted EIGHT former players on AFL lists. View our AFL players.
In the Community
The Hampton Rovers Football Club is a Bayside community club. As well as getting involved in the local community, the club also supports a number of charities. Since 2007, the Rovers have regularly held annual functions raising funds for numerous charities and each year, the club also supports The Salvation Army with players collecting donations throughout Hampton. To date, the club has raised over $120,000 for the Salvo’s.
Hampton Rovers were the first VAFA, and one of the first non-AFL clubs, to have a club website. The site began in 1998 and continues to set the benchmark for local clubs. The site has always received large traffic numbers and the club also has a strong presence on social media. In 2017, the club introduced a separate juniors website to improve communication for the junior section of the club.