Established in 1888, the Macedon Football Club has a long history and tradition within the towns of Macedon, Mount Macedon and throughout the entire Macedon Ranges community. Nicknamed the ’Cats’ and based at the picturesque Tony Clarke Reserve, Macedon Football Club was an original member of the Riddell District Football League (RDFL), where it remains an integral member today.
The club has spent the majority of its history playing in the navy blue and white horizontal ‘hoops’ (Geelong jumper), while for a period of time in the 1980’s and 1990’s it wore the royal blue and red vertical stripes (Port Melbourne jumper). Tasting Senior Football premiership success has been few and far between for the club with premierships in 1907, 1919, and the last in 1976 – far too long ago. More recent team success has come via the Under 18’s who tasted premiership glory in 2004, 2008 and 2010 and the Reserves who famously won their first ever premiership in 2010 before going back-to-back in 2011. Individual success has been more common in recent times , with Senior League Best and Fairest winners Aaron Blade in 2009 and Darren Goodwin in 2013 both taking home the Bowen Medal.
Perhaps the proudest moments in the clubs history of over 125 years though has been the drafting of 3 players in the space of 2 years to AFL Clubs.
Daniel Markworth to the St Kilda Football Club at Pick Number 35 in the 2011 NAB AFL National Draft, Lachie Plowman to the GWS Giants at Pick Number 3 in the 2012 NAB AFL National Draft and Matthew Dick to the Sydney Swans(now at Carlton Football Club) at Pick Number 64, also in the 2012 NAB AFL National Draft.
From the history books
See below an interesting article from the Gisborne Gazette—June 1892 Gisborne v Macedon:
"The first match of the season was played on the Macedon Football Ground between Gisborne & Macedon Clubs on Saturday. The game started at 3.30pm, James Nicholls acted as central umpire. The Macedon skipper won the toss & elected to kick with the wind. The ball was bounced, Macedon very soon was in the ascendancy & carried the ball into the south eastern corner, from which a behind was the result. Kicked off by Gisborne, a lot of centre play & several scrimmages & then Ben Peterson received a mark 60 yards from goal & by a beautiful effort, sent the ball through the posts amidst much applause. The feat of kicking the goal such a great distance with a high wind blowing, was a creditable performance. Off again it was once more, carried down to the goal, where the Gisborne back players had their work cut out to defend the goal & which they did for a time until J Colliery took a mark & punted another goal for Macedon.Immediately afterwards, time was called.
On the change of ends, Gisborne played better & kicking with the wind, kept Macedon defending their goal & after a lot of out-of-bounds play, scored a good goal for Gisborne. After a little more desultory play, half time was called, the scores then being Macedon 2 goals, 5 behinds; Gisborne 1 goal & 3 behinds.
After the teams had a replenisher, play resumed & Macedon kept Gisborne on the defensive during the third quarter, kicking two more goals. One of the goals kicked by Dangerfield was anything but a goal, but as the goal umpire had given it, it had to remain. J Quaife kicked Macedon’s fourth goal from a free kick. Ends being changed for the last quarter, Gisborne once more kicked with the wind, but was unable to add any more goals to the score.
Hughes, Mullins & Gardiner played very well for the Gisborne team as did Quaife brothers, Dangerfield, Colliery and Watson for Macedon. Umpiring was performed in a satisfactory manner.
After the match, the teams then adjourned to the Victorian Alps Hotel, where a sumptuous repast was prepared for the visitors. After dinner Mr B O’Hare, Macedon Captain congratulated the teams on the absence of rough play. Mr Morand, the Gisborne Captain replied in a few well chosen words. "