About The Lions
Known as: Marby Lions
Established: 1980 after the amalgamation of Riverside Stars & Moonee Imperials
Club Colours: Red, royal blue and gold logo
Home Ground: Maribyrnong Park, Cnr. The Boulevard & Orford St., Moonee Ponds
Oval 1 - Length 150 Meters, Width 115 meters Circumference 430 meters
Oval 2 - Length 141 Meters, Width 105 meters Circumference 410 meters
Competitions participated in: Essendon District Football League 1980 to present.
No.1 Ticket Holders:
Male: 2004–2012 Kevin Murray, 2013-Present Bill Shorten
Female: 2008 Shirley Cornish, 2009-Present Judy Madigan
Club Patron: Kevin Murray
Maribyrnong Park Football Club (MPFC) was formed in 1980 following the amalgamation of the Riverside Stars(1947) and Moonee Imperials(1951) Football Clubs. These two clubs shared the clubrooms and two grounds for many years.
Amalgamation saw the emergence of a new team in the EDFL wearing the old Fitzroy Football Club jumper with the club gaining strength throughout the 1980’s and early 1990s under the watchful eye of ex-Fitzroy legend Kevin Murray, who coached the seniors from 1984 to 1986.
The senior success in the early years was limited to winning the 1981 B3 premiership, whilst the juniors successfully featured in finals in most years during the 1980’s and 1990’s. After numerous attempts to take the Senior Premiership Flag the MPFC Seniors finally came out on top in 2007 moving the club into the EDFL A Grade competition for the 2008 season. The Reserves also brought home the flag for the first time in 2006 then Premiers and Champions in 2007.
In 2009 Maribyrnong Park won the A Grade Grand Final beating Greenvale in just their 2nd A Grade Season, they followed that up in 2010 taking back to back premiership flags.
Maribyrnong Football Club Juniors have a successful history in the EDFL, having won Premierships in all age divisions and League Best & Fairest awards.
We are very proud of our junior premierships in the 80's & 90's with victories in Under 10’s in '85, ’88 and ’89; Under 12’s experienced success in '91, ’95 and ’96; Under 14’s in '84 and ’87; Under 16’s in '89.
Moderate junior success followed with the club required to concentrate its efforts on rebuilding its junior division after only fielding two junior sides in 2002.
This effort paid off with 7 sides competing in 2008 and winning 3 junior premierships - U10 Div 7, U12 Div 3 and U14 Div 3.
In 2009 the results of the rebuilding were shown with nine teams competing (3 Under 10 and 12’s, 2 Under 14s and 1 Under 16).
Success continued in 2010-2011 with the club winning several more premierships including the spellbinding win for U12 Div5 – the boys in that team had played in grand finals the previous 3 years and lost by less than a kick each time.
While success at senior level has eluded the club since 2010, juniors have won numerous premierships including four Under 16 premierships over two years in 2013-14. Many of those boys are now making their way into the senior ranks of the club.
In 2017 the club is fielding 3 senior teams, and 18 junior teams from under 9 to Under 19, and in a first for the club , this number includes Under 12 and Under 15 Girls teams, continuing to ensure Maribyrnong Park is an inclusive club open to all to participate and contribute to.
Maribyrnong Park has proudly produced the following AFL players:
Jim McAllister (Footscray/Essendon)
Daryl Griffin (Footscray)
Allen Nash (Adelaide)
Lynden Dunn (Melbourne/Collingwood)
Rory Atkins (Adelaide)
Touk Miller (Goldcoast)
Luke Ryan (Fremantle)