Hobart Forever Boys - Club History

Club History

The Hobart Football Club was formed at a meeting at The Continental in Hobart on 19 December 1944, and became a playing member of the Tasmanian Football League (TFL) in 1945. Hobart played under the emblem 'Tigers' and wore a yellow and black playing strip. The Tigers lost every game in its first season under coach Cecil Geappen and were similarly unsuccessful in 1946. In 1947 Hobart made the Grand Final but were beaten by North Hobart.

The club were to become a prominent finalist over the following 20 years, missing out only twice between 1947–1966, along the way collecting six TFL premierships, a State Premiership and losing four grand finals.

In 1966 Hobart defeated Glenorchy by 1 point in a thrilling Grand Final before 16,699 people. However, hard times were to hit the Tigers, with the club finishing on the bottom of the ladder from 1967–1971. In 1972 Hobart were languishing at the foot of the ladder midway through the season (and copping enormous press criticism) before staging a monumental comeback to win all bar one game from that point and making it to the Preliminary Final before losing to New Norfolk by 4 points.

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