The first mention of football being played in Inglewood is in 1873, when ‘the first football match of the season’ was played by the Inglewood Cricket and Football Club. The first games were scratch matches between club members. Real interest began to be shown around 1876, when Inglewood played against Wedderburn in a ‘grand’ football match as part of an Inglewood Hospital fund raiser. Inglewood also played against Serpentine that year, as well as a team of Inglewood ‘amateurs’ labelling themselves ‘the Bothumpians’.
In 1877 the club became a foundation member of the Victorian Football Association (VFA). The Melbourne Football Club visited Inglewood in 1877, playing a match against an Inglewood District team. A similar match was played against the Carlton Football Club in 1879.
In the 1880s and ’90s, Inglewood continued playing against local teams, firstly in a competition called the North West Division, and then the Loddon Association, before becoming a foundation member of the Loddon Valley Football League in 1903, taking out the inaugural premiership.
The club then joined the newly formed Korong League in 1908. The club was dominant in the 1920s, playing in 8 grand finals for 5 premierships, under the leadership of Jack Brennan, a former VFL player with South Melbourne. Following Brennan’s departure the club sought another high-profile coach, signing Edward ‘Carji’ Greeves in 1935. Greeves was a premiership player for Geelong and the first winner of the Brownlow Medal for the VFL’s Fairest and Best Player.
Due to the depression and high travelling costs in 1936, Inglewood formed two teams, the ‘Stars’ and the ‘Rovers’, competing against Serpentine and Rheola in the Inglewood Football Association. By 1937, the club was back to one team in the Korong League, returning to the Loddon Valley Football League in 1938. The club was very strong between 1946 and 1958, taking out six premierships in that period.
The club’s most recent premierships came in 1971 and 1986.
The club celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2001 with premiership reunions and the naming of a Team of the Century.
After reaching the preliminary final in 2003, the club fell upon hard times, enduring a 51-game losing streak. The drought was finally broken in Round 3, 2007. The fact the club survives today is testament to the hard working committee and loyal playing group that backed the club during that difficult period.
2016 saw the club celebrate 140 Years which included the naming of a netball ‘All-Stars’ team.
1877 to 1879 – Victorian Football Association, North West Division
1880 to 1894 – No formal competition
1895 to 1902 – Dunolly Electorate/Loddon Association
1903 to 1907 – Loddon Valley Football League
1908 to 1935 – Korong District Central Association
1936 – Inglewood Football Association
1937 – Korong League
1938 to Present – Loddon Valley Football League
1877 – Blue Jersey, Red Cap, Blue Knicks, Blue and Red Striped Hose
1877 – 1908 – Blue and Red
1909 – 1922 – Blue and White vertical stripes
1923 – 1935 – Dark Blue
1936 – ‘Stars’ – Light Blue with white ‘IFC’ monogram, ‘Rovers’ – Yellow and Black
1937 – 1950 – Light Blue
1951 to 1975 – Royal Blue with White ‘V’
1976 to 2013 – Navy Blue with White ‘IFC’ monogram
2013–Present – Navy Blue with White ‘V’
1876 to 1892 – Inglewood Public Park (current Golf Course)
1893 to 1950 – Inglewood Recreation Reserve (‘Old Rec’, cnr Heales St and Morrow St)
1951 to Present – Inglewood Community Sports Centre (Grant St)