The AFL, also known as VFL, has been around for more than a century. And during this time, AFL fans have enjoyed unforgettable moments, some of which were marked by extraordinary dominance by several clubs. Part of understanding a sport requires that you look back at the Competition’s history. So here are some of the most successful clubs in AFL’s history.
Established in 1864, Carlton Blues are among eight teams to have featured in the inaugural season of what was then the Victorian Football League (VFL). Having won 16 flags in their 122 seasons in the AFL, the Blues are one of the most successful teams in history. Although most Flags were won in their earlier years, they still have managed to win at least one Flag in every decade except for the 1920s and 1950s.
The Bombers went down in history as the winners of the inaugural VFL season in 1897. This win set them on the path to success. Just like the Carlton Blues, the Bombers have 16 flags under their name. Notably, one of their biggest wins came in 2000, which went down in history as one of the most dominant seasons in AFL’s history.
With 15 Flags, the Collingwood Magpies are working hard to catch up with their fierce rivals Carton and Essendon. The Magpies are highly regarded in the AFL, being the only team to have ever won four Flags in a row (from 1927-1930). Over the five decades, they have managed to stage several decent performances.
With 13 Flags, the Hawthorn Hawks won their first premiership in 1961, after entering the VFL in 1925. They are known for staging seven grand finales in the 80s and 90s and winning an impressive four finals. And, more recently, they managed to win three consecutive flags between 2013 and 2015.