Brief History of the Club
Hampton Rovers Amateur Football Club first started as an organised activity for the 1st Hampton Scout group in 1918. The Scout Group’s main theme was to promote football as a team game and encourage self-confidence, self-control and the desire of a player to improve his ability. This is similar to the current philosophy used by Hampton Rovers today.
Initially in 1920, games were played socially against other Scout Groups. The club as we know it today was established in 1929 and as the incentive to play in a higher standard became apparent, another football competition was sought.
In 1931, Hampton Rovers was admitted to the Metropolitan Amateur Football League and played Richmond United at Burnley in its first game. The competition was renamed the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) in 1933 (a competition in which the club still participates today) and changed the colours to the current Green & Gold.
The club won the ‘A Section’ Premiership in 1951 and in doing so, became the first club to win flags in all four senior sections of the VAFA. In total, the club has claimed nine senior premierships including back-to-back wins in 1946-47 and 2013-14. Nine Reserve and 10 Under 19 premierships have also been won by the Rovers.
1963 saw the club move from Ludstone Street to our present home on the corner of David Street and Bluff Road. In 2002 this ground was formally named “Boss James Reserve” in memory of the club’s founder.
In 1979 the club started its youth policy by introducing Junior Grades. The aims were to provide an extensive link with the local community and a development scheme and feeder base for the senior sides. The club now fields 28 junior teams in the South Metro Junior Football League, with over 600 boys and girls.
The club hosted the first VAFA Women’s match in 2017, under lights at Boss James Reserve, and in 2019, fielded seven female teams, including five junior girls, U18’s and senior women’s.
Hampton Rovers has maintained an honest and hard-working approach to its administration and has a deeply etched tradition, not only with the VAFA and SMJFL, but with the community at large. The club also maintains a high profile with the local media.
The club celebrated its 90th year in 2019, is in a healthy position and well placed for a successful next decade as it builds towards its centenary.