The Scarborough Amateur Football Club is based at Millington Reserve, on the corner of Jeanes Road and Elliott Road, Karrinyup, on the northern border of Scarborough.
The club competes in the Perth Football League (PFL), formerly the West Australian Amateur Football League (WAAFL), and in 2018 fielded three senior teams in A grade, A Reserves and E1 as well as two Colts teams in the Phil Scott and Brett Jones Colts Divisions.
Coached by Jim McGann, the inaugural side made its way through to the Grand Final, against Victoria Park at Bassendean oval. However, despite a gallant fight, a better side defeated them on the day.
In 1971, Scarborough performed with distinction as the Colts stayed together from the previous year and entered a senior team in ‘F’ Grade. They went through the season as undefeated premiers, in what was the club’s first premiership flag.
In the early years the club was based at Abbett Park, next to the Scarborough Sportsman’s Club. The club moved to Millington Reserve in the mid 1970’s after a dispute with the Scarborough Cricket Club over the interference of football on the Abbett Park turf wicket. The lure of playing on the new Millington ground, which was a much bigger oval than Abbett Park, and had a better quality playing surface, more suited to senior football, was another incentive to shift the home ground and training location.
The club remains at Millington Reserve, known as ‘The Mill’, to this day, although they have used Abbett Park for pre-season training under different coaches and was the temporary home of the club during the 2018 season while the Millington Clubrooms were under renovation.
By the early 80’s the club had grown to field three senior teams as well as a Colts side. In 1983 the Club secured the ‘B’ Grade premiership and, with that, promotion into ‘A’ Grade for the 1984 season, marking the beginning of the clubs rise up the ranks of the WAAFL competition.
1983 also saw the club win its maiden Colts premiership. While the club has produced numerous quality Colts sides over the years, this remains the clubs only Colts premiership and is a point regularly highlighted by former Club President and Colts premiership player, Tim McCallum.
During the 1990’s, Scarborough was regarded as the power-house club of the WAAFL, playing in 5 consecutive ‘A’ Grade grand finals, winning three, all coached by Gary Armstrong. This included the 1995 flag when they went through the season undefeated, the first club to do so since 1961 and a feat not repeated since. The Club’s two other ‘A’ Grade premierships in that era of Armstrong’s reign were in 1997 and 1998.
Former Subiaco Captain, Aiden Parker, was appointed as League Coach in 2015 and immediately went about building and leading a strong culture amongst the group, culminating in the club being promoted back to ‘A’ Grade in his first year at the helm.
In 2016, the club played off in the ‘A’ Grade Grand Final, which was a fantastic effort for their 1st year back in the premier league and followed that up with another finals appearance in 2017.
In 2018 the Club broke through for its first ‘A’ Grade premiership in 20 years, losing just one game during the season and ultimately claiming victory by 46 points in the Grand Final at Bassendean Oval.
Overall the club has won 24 premierships across all grades, making it one of the most successful clubs in the PFL.
Club President, Curtis Reddell, heads up a committee of dedicated club members intent on growing the club to ensure its ongoing presence in the ‘A’ Grade competition as well as setting the foundation for sustained success in the highest grade, while also giving the coaches and players across all grades the best opportunity to find success.
The Scarborough Amateur Football Club is a full division of the Scarborough Sportsmen’s Club and has strong associations with several WAFL league clubs, with many players progressing on to the WAFL and AFL ranks as players and coaches. The club also has strong junior community club ties amongst the greater Scarborough area with players joining the club from Scarborough JFC, Wembley Downs JFC, Marist JFC, Sorrento Duncraig JFC and several others.
One of the strengths of the Club is the ongoing support and involvement with our Past Players & Supporters group who attend games and provide coterie support. The annual Neil Granland Past Players & Supporters day attracts over 150 attendees each year, which is a testament to the history and community spirit of the Club.
Since 1970, the Club has built a proud history of mates looking out for each other, and joining in to play hard, both on and off the field. It is that spirit which has seen the club grow to become one of the premier clubs in the PFL competition, building on that history to create a culture of success.