The Hawthorn Football Club, nicknamed the Hawks, are the youngest of the Victorian based Australian rules teams. They’re based in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn and are the most successful team of the modern era having won 10 Premierships over the last five decades.
Hawthorn Hawks Information
Home Ground(s): Melbourne Cricket Grounds, Aurora Stadium
Colours: Brown and Gold
Mascot: Hudson ‘Hawka’ Knights
Number of Premierships Won: 10 (1961, 1971, 1976, 1978, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2008)
Number of Minor Premierships Won: 7 (1961, 1963, 1971, 1975, 1986, 1988, 1989)
Established in 1902, the Hawthorn Hawks were the last of the classic Victorian footy teams. Though there’s some question surrounding the actual date of the team’s inception because of poor record keeping, many supporters have agreed on 1902. They joined the VFL in 1919 and got off to a terrible start. In fact, the team didn’t win more than seven games per season in their first seventeen years.
For the most part, the Hawthorn Hawks continued to struggle right through to the 1960s. John Kennedy was named the head coach in 1960 and immediately turned the club around. After implementing a training regime to improve team fitness, Kennedy led the Hawks to their first Premiership in 1961. From then on, the Hawks’ success went up and down as they dropped to the bottom of the league in 1962, but rose to the top again in 1963. It continued in this back and forth pattern throughout much of the decade.
The 1970s saw the team turn around and begin a period of success that stretched even to this day. With the arrival of such players as Kelvin Moore, Alvin Martello in 1970 and Leigh Matthews in 1971, the team was able to post their first winning home and away season since 1963. They also won their first Premiership in 10 years. The success continued throughout the 1980s and 1990s with the team getting better with each passing year. For the most part the team has remained successful and are currently sitting in the Top 8 after 10 rounds of play.
Emblem, Colours & Guernseys
The emblem has undergone a few changes over the club’s long history. Currently it’s a shield filled with the profile of a determined hawk with the team’s nickname over the top. It’s done in the team’s colours of brown and gold.
The Hawthorn Hawks’ home guernesys have vertical stripes of brown and gold – the team’s colours. The shorts are white. The clash guernesys are mostly white with brown and gold accenting stripes down the sides and the hawk emblem covering the majority of the front. The shorts are white.
The Hawthorn Hawks play all of their home fixtures at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which holds over 100,000 screaming Hawks fans. They also play some of their home matches at Aurora Stadium, which offers room for approximately 23,000 footy fans. If you want to become one of those screaming fans with a reserved seat at the next home match, become a Hawthorn Hawks member. It’s a fantastic way to support the team and gives you access to such bonuses as weekly newsletters, special merchandise, exclusive invitations, and much more. With a variety of packages available, there’s something to suit all types of Hawthorn Hawks fans.
Hudson ‘Hawka’ Knights is the team mascot for the Hawthorn Hawks. Named after legendary AFL players Peter Hudson and Peter Knights, this half man/half hawk mascot is known for vigorously supporting his team’s successes.
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