History of Old Scotch Collegians Football Club
Nickname: The Thistles
Seniors: 1957, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1986, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
State Premiers: 1976, 1980
Reserves: 1967, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1993, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2017
Most Games Played: Mark Walker (308)
League Best & Fairest:
SENIORS: R.Clemons 1935, K.Taylor 1957, M.Neilson 1971, G.Breward 1984,1992, A.D.Gibson 1985, J.Cooley 1996, L.Butzin 2004, R.W.Rigney 2007
RESERVES: D.Talbot, M.Claridge
The Old Scotch Collegians Football Club (OSCFC) was founded in 1935 by a group of Launceston business men who were ex students of Scotch College. There were five families who played a strong role in establishing the club. They were the Bushby, Fotheringham, Hogarth, Cocker and Ellis families, and descendants still play an active part 73 years on.
The club is renowned for being a family based club, with very strong ties to the Scotch Oakburn College community and the recently formed East Launceston Junior Football Club, which remains as one of its principal recruiting grounds. Early days were tough as with any newly established club, and this was not assisted when the club went into recess between 1942 and 1945 owing to World War 2. It was not until 1957 before the club some had success in winning and premierships - some 22 years after its establishment.
The club is now extremely proud of the fact that we have won 13 Senior premierships after winning the NTFA Division 2 premiership in 2009 (breaking a 23 year drought), going back to back in 2010 and again winning the premiership in 2013, with all victories against the Fingal Valley.
The senior side has been the benchmark of the competition for a number of years now, and set an NTFA record in 2016, being the first division 2 club to win four premierships in a row (2013 - 2016).
The senior side had also previously won 2 State premierships. Our Reserves have now won 15 premierships and 1 State premiership for an overall count of 30 premierships.
Season 2010 was a historical year. Not only did the Reserves win their 4th straight premiership, but the Seniors went through the year undefeated, and then went on to defeat the Fingal Valley in the Grand Final without allowing them to concede a score, a first in Australian Rules history. It was also the first time the club has won back to back premierships in the same year in both grades.
In 2011 the NTFA announced their team of the decade (2000 - 2010), of which five Old Scotch players were recognised for their outstanding playing achievements throughout the last 10 years. This was an outstanding effort from a group of very good footballers.
While other clubs try and buy flags, OSCFC pride themselves on building a successful culture with players only wanting to play for the jumper and not for money, one of the major reasons for our recent success.