A Chronology of Aussie Rules at UNE

1962
Game first played in Armidale between University of New England and Moree
1963
Robb College & Wright College form teams. Competition includes Moree, but ceases after third car is rolled returning to Armidale and a player almost dies of exposure
1964
UNE College competition formed – Robb, Wright & Earle Page
1967
Euan Fleming selected as vice-captain of All-Australian Universities Team at Hobart IV
Jack Makeham arrives in Armidale
1968
Two great Australians – Prof. Zelman Cowen & Jack Makeham (JPM) become patrons of UNE Australian National Football Club
1969
St Alberts & Drummond combined team enters competition
1970
St Alberts form separate team
1971
Bill Taylor enrols at UNE.
Drummond team formed
1972
Bill Taylor narrowly escapes death when car stalls on the railway line after annual presentation dinner
1973
United club formed as Wright-Austin-Drummond
1974
Armidale City club reformed with Bill Taylor as captain-coach
1975
Tamworth joins UNE competition
City & United combine
1976
New England AFL formed
Gunnedah joins competition.
City reformed
UNE IV team wins Division 2 title in Sydney
Mitch Hooke represents NSW Country in City v Country game in Sydney
1977
Saints established at historic meeting at St Kilda Hotel
Armidale New England wins Northern zone of NSW Country Championships
Mitch Hooke named as captain of All-Australian Universities Team at Melbourne IV
1978
Uralla Wanderers formed and Coffs Harbour joins competition
Tamworth & Gunnedah leave to form North West Australian Football Association.
New England wins Northern zone of NSW Country Championships
1979
Mitchell Harry Hooke graduates from UNE
1983
Mungus passes away
1985
Robb & United join North West League
1988
Robb United formed
1992
UNE competition reformed.
Afghans formed
1997
Jack Makeham passes away
1999
UNE club reformed as New England Nomads and joins the Tamworth AFL Games played on Bellevue Oval
2000
Nomads win Tamworth AFL premiership
2001
Wanderers reformed.
Nomads win second flag
2002
Wanderers pass away… again
2004
Nomads win third TAFL flag defeating the Tamworth Kangaroos.
Reunion in Melbourne on 2004 AFL Grand Final eve as part of celebrations of the 50th anniversary of UNE’s autonomy
  • Coming up:

  • 06 May, Suns (h)
  • 13 May, Eagles (a)
  • 20 May, Swans (h)
  • 27 May, Bulldogs (a)
  • 03 Jun, Roos (a)
  • Latest results:

  • Nomads def. Roos
  • 12.10 (82) to 7.5 (47)
  • Suns def. by Bulldogs
  • 5.8 (38) to 20.11 (131)
  • Saints def. Eagles
  • 14.19 (103) to 5.4 (34)
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Celebrating 50 years of football at UNE
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