The Early Years: 1932 - 1949
The Fremantle CBC Old Boys Football Club was founded in 1932 and first took to the field in the 1933 season as part of Western Australian Amateur Football Association. A group of local cricketers took it upon themselves to form a club and play football as a way of keeping fit during the cold winter months, playing out of Fremantle Park the players utilised the toilet and change room facilities at the Christian Brothers College in Fremantle as a home base.
No records of matches played the results of those matches or games played by individuals at the club were kept from 1933 to 1939. In 1940 with a 9 win, 8 loss record the club played in the 1st semi final and rolled Palmyra by 8 goals, a 1 point victory in the “Final” as it was then known put a Fremantle CBC side Captain / Coached by the legendary Tom Naylor into the Grand Final v East Fremantle who proved to be too strong on the day.
By the start of the 1941 season WWII was in full swing and the player drain to the armed forces had commenced in earnest, the club struggled its way to just 5 wins before the league was suspended for 4 years from 1942 to 1945.
The re-commencement of Amateur football in the 1946 season was a joyous occasion for all clubs; Fremantle CBC however couldn’t find the right personnel, they struggled losing 16 straight before forfeiting the final two games, a massive fall from grace after a GF appearance the previous season.
In 1947 & 48 the club showed some steady improvement, with a healthy 50% win / loss ratio in both seasons, there was some light on the horizon for the club and some key influential individuals were starting to shine in their respective roles. Tom Naylor was back as the coach and the inaugural Fairest and Best winner from 1946, Jim McLinden was starring for the green and gold.
1949 started badly with 3 losses on the trot, Tom Naylor rallied his troops and lead by Captain and ball magnet Jim McLinden the club rattled off 10 wins from the next13 games to once again taste some finals success. The grand final v Palmyra was a bridge too far, the strong Palmyra outfit finished the season undefeated. Jim Adams become our first “milestone man” notching his 50th game during the 1949, taking the clubs “most consistent” award and being selected for the WA state team to play SA in Adelaide.