In the years prior to the club’s formation, local boys played in the Temperance League under the banner of the “Claremont Cobblers”.
Long time Claremont resident and past Claremont Councillor Trevor Nicholas founded the club in 1960.
Trevor approached the Claremont Football Club (now the Claremont WAFL club) receiving a 200 pounds grant which was applied to set up the Claremont Junior Football Council, which in turn set up and administered a new junior competition between Claremont Junior Football Club and a number of other district teams.
A very fortunate aspect of the Club’s founding was its location – College Park in Claremont – a great venue for junior footy with two full size ovals, grassy banks providing a natural grandstand, and of course its use for cricket in summer providing players with the enjoyment of sliding in those fantastic mud patches from the waterlogged cricket pitch areas in winter!! (and providing their parents with the joy of washing the mud out of their jumpers the next day!). Lights were added for night training in the 1980s.
A walk today through our club rooms (located in the basement of the Leckie Pavillion at College Park) shows a rich history and passion for Aussie Rules footy with over 50 framed photos of past Claremont Junior Football Club teams mounted on the walls. Some examples of Claremont Juniors teams through the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s can be seen by clicking on the links below.
Some of the past Claremont Football Club players who have gone on to become WAFL and AFL greats include: Steve Malaxos, Graham Moss, Robbie Melville, Frank Stevenson, Joe Jordan, Warren Ralph, John Winter, Hawthorn Strongman Campbell Brown and West Coast Eagles players James Thompson and Eric McKenzie.
We would love any other information you can give us to add to this club history – photos, media articles, details of past WAFL/AFL players who played for Claremont Junior Football Club. If you have anything to add, please click through to the People part of this web site and give us a call or send through an email.