1880; disbanded 1955; reformed 1960
Northern Tasmanian Football Association (NTFA) since 1998Home Ground: Perth Recreation Ground
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The Magpies have a long history which has not been without its troubles, but they have enjoyed a fair amount of success as well. Their first senior flag was won in the Esk Football Association in 1945 thanks to a 7.8 (50) to 7.7 (49) grand final defeat of Cressy. Perth fielded strong sides during the early 1950s, but second place in 1952 and 1953 was as close as the side got to claiming another premiership.
In 1955 the club was forced to go into recess, and did not resume until 1960. The seniors reached grand finals in 1964 and 1970, losing to Bracknell and Evandale respectively, before finally claiming that elusive second flag in 1971 with an 11.11 (77) to 10.8 (68) grand final victory over Deloraine.
Perth’s third premiership was won in 1983, again at the expense of Deloraine. In 1984 the Esk and Deloraine Associations were combined, and the Magpies, under the new name of Perth Rovers, defeated Wesbury in the new competition’s first grand final. They went on to contest the first seven EDFA grand finals, winning all but one of them.
Perth currently competes in division two of the Northern Tasmanian Football Association.
John Devaney - Full Points Publications