Situated just outside the inner city at Gillon oval on Victoria Street in Brunswick and affiliated with St. Patrick’s College Ballarat, Brunswick NOBSPC (North Old Boys St. Patricks College) has a rich 50 year history within the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA). The club was able to climb into the Premier divisions in 2013, with its first Senior premiership in 2012 for 30 years. The club has over 100 registered players with 3 senior teams competing in the VAFA. NOBSPC also has a very strong affiliation with the Brunswick Junior Football Club and Brunswick Renegades.
North Old Boys Amateur Football Club was first been formed in 1932, before being expelled from the VAFA in 1939. It was re-formed in 1963 by past pupils of St Joseph’s CBC North Melbourne, joined the VAFA in E Grade and won their first flag in 1964. By 1968, NOBs had achieved promotion to A Section, the first and only club to be promoted through the grades in consecutive years. After returning briefly to B Grade NOBs moved back into A Section in 1972.
NOBs stayed at the highest level of the VAFA for the next 23 years (a record that has only recently been broken) and in that time we won two A-Section flags (1976, 1982) and played in six losing Grand Finals. After such a long time in the competition elite, NOBs suffered a slump in the mid-’90s. Fortunately, the strength of the Club’s support and reputation saw the slide quickly halted. After several seasons in B Grade, NOBs remains committed to returning to its rightful position among the top rung of the VAFA. In 1990, North Old Boys moved from Brens Oval, Royal Park, to Gillon Oval, Brunswick (corner of Pearson and Victoria Streets), making our playing and training venue the envy of the VAFA.
1932: North Melbourne C.B.C.O.B admitted to the association. Finished Fourth D section 1
1933: Runners up to Ormond in the D Section Grand Final by three goals 14-18-102 to 11-18-94. Go to C section
1934: Runners up to Ormond in the C Section Grand Final by nearly 10 goals 15-20-110 to 8-3-51. Go to B Section
1937: Finish Fourth in B section
1938: J.Power wins the G.T.Moore Medal B&F in B Section
1939: North Melbourne C.B.C.O.B expelled from the association
1963: North Melbourne C.B.C.O.B admitted to the association. Finish Fourth
1964: Win E Section Grand Final defeating Old Geelong Grammarians 15-12-102 to 7-15-57. Off to D Grade. Win E Reserve Section Grand Final
1965: Win the D Section Grand Final defeating Preston 8-7-55 to 5-8-38. Off to C Grade. Win D Reserve Section Grand Final. J.B.Adams leading goalkicker in D Grade with 58
1966: Runners up to Geelong in the C Grade Grand Final 13-8-86 to 8-8-56.Off to B Grade. Win C Reserve Section Grand Final
1967: Runners up to University Blues in the B Grade Grand Final 23-12-150 to 9-16-70.
Off to A Grade, completing the fastest possible rise in the Amateurs.
1971: Runners up to Old Paradians in the B Grade Grand Final 13-11-89 to 7-14-56.
Off to A Grade again.
1972: Finish Fourth in A Grade.U19s Runners Up to University Blues 15-17-107 to 10-12-72. L.G.Carny wins the J.N.Woodrow Medal B&F in A Grade.
1973: U19s finish Fourth. R.V.Peasnell wins the J.N.Woodrow Medal B&F in A Grade
1975: Runners Up to St Bernards in the A Grade Grand Final 19-13-127 to 12-10-82.
U19s Win the Grand Final defeating Hampton Rovers 12-6-78 to 5-6-36
1976: Win the A Grade Grand Final defeating St Bernards 18-18-126 to 11-11-77
In the U/19s, they win the Grand Final by defeating Monash University 16-14-110 to 6-12-48
1977: Runners up to De La Salle in the A Grade Grand Final by three points 9-20-74 to 11-5-71. Win Reserve Section Grand Final. U19s finish Third
1978: Runners up to Old Scotch in the A Grade Grand Final by five points 16-16-112 to 16-11-107. B.A.O’Connor leading goalkicker in A Grade with 62. U19s win Grand Final defeating Ormond 17-15-117 to 13-11-89
1979: U19s finish Fourth. G.D.Pearse wins the U19 C.R.Newbury B&F medal.
1981: Runners Up to Old Xaverians in the A Grade Grand Final 15-22-112 to 13-15-93.
Runners Up A Reserve Section. Win U19s Grand Final.
1982: Win the A Grade Grand Final defeating De La Salle 19-17-131 to 8-15-63. Runners Up A Reserve Section. G.W.Dillon leading goalkicker in A Grade with 83.
1983: Finish Fourth in A Grade. Win A Reserve Section Grand Final
1985: Finish Fourth in A Grade. U19s Runners Up to Bulleen Templestowe 16-12-108 to 13-8-86
1986: Runners Up to Collegians in the A Grade Grand Final 19-17-131 to 11-15-81.
1989: A.Trimboli wins the U19 G.W.Taggart B&F medal
1990: D.A.Goodear and L.M.Joseph in a three way tie for the U19 G.W.Taggart B&F medal
1991: Runners Up to De La Salle in the A Grade Grand Final by 5 points 12-10-82 to 11-11-77. G.D.Carroll wins the S.Mason Medal B&F in G Section
1992: Finish Fourth in A Grade
1994: Win A Reserve Section Grand Final. U19s Runners Up to Old Paradians 26-17-143 to 9-15-69.
1995: U19s win Grand Final defeating Marcellin 14-11-95 to 11-13-79
1997: O.Khoder wins the U19 B&F Medal
1998: Finish Fourth in B Grade
2000: Finish 3rd in B Grade. U19s Runners Up to Old Camberwell 10-9-69 to 7-11-53
2001: Seniors finished a disappointing 6th in B Grade and farewelled Frank Dunell as Senior Coach. Robbo’s Reserves also finished disappointingly, after being bundled out of the Preliminary Final by Ormond. The Unders played well all year and we beaten in the Preliminary Final by Therry Penola
2002: Seniors lost the preliminary final to see the club again finish 3rd in B Grade. The Reserves lost the first semi-final to end a charge to the finals.
2003: A disappointing year with no sides making the finals.
2004: A disappointing year for the Senior but the Reserves lost the Grand Final (by a heart breaking 4pts) and the Club 18 side finished 3rd in their first year back.
2005: A disappointing year for all teams with no teams making the finals and the Senior team finishing bottom. Club relagated to C grade.