Southern Football League (SFL) since 1993
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South East Suburban Football League (SESFL) Division One - 1966, 1973, 1976, 1991 (4 total); Division Two - 1988 (1 total); SFL Premier Division/Division One - 1993, 2004 (2 total); Division Two - 2002 (1 total)
Over the six decades of their existence the Vampires have put together an impressive record which includes a total of eight senior grade premierships. Between 1949 and 1962 the club competed in the Caulfield Oakleigh District Football League and when that competition merged with the Eastern Suburbs Football League in 1963 East Brighton was a foundation member of the resultant organisation, the South East Suburban Football League. Most of the club’s thirty seasons in the SESFL were spent in division one, in which it was successful in winning four grand finals. The Vampires also claimed the 1988 division two flag.
Since 1993 East Brighton has been affiliated with the Southern Football League, which was formed that year, and once again most of its time has been spent in the top division (known initially as the premier division, and later as division one). In their very first season in the SFL the Vampires triumphed in the division one grand final, downing Noble Park by 34 points. The following year saw the same two sides contesting the grand final, but this time the result was reversed.
In 2001 East Brighton suffered the indignity of relegation to division two, but bounced straight back on the strength of a 17.18 (120) to 8.7 (55) defeat of Murrumbeena in the 2002 grand final. The 2003 season saw the Vampires consolidating in the top division and in 2004 they claimed their second flag at that level by means of a hard fought 10 point grand final win over St Paul’s Bentleigh. A second straight grand final appearance followed in 2005, but on this occasion opponents Balwyn proved too strong. The Vampires’ senior grade side has not contested the finals since.
John Devaney - Full Points Publications