Football Flashback: Woosang FC

Every season Charlton and Wedderburn play for the Woosang Cup in the North Central League but few outside the region would know why.  It was started in 2014, with Wedderburn winning the inaugural match, 11.13-79 to 8.5-53.  It continues to be an important event ten years later between these two teams, but why the Woosang Cup.

Situated midway between Wedderburn and Charlton, Woosang was a district that had a hall and sportsground.  It also provided football for well over 50  years to the men of the district, with the last team taking the field in 1950.  Little remains in the paddock now except a war memorial but it was the hub of a vibrant community.

Woosang has its origins in a team called Foley’s Hill which played for much of the 1880s and 1890s.  Their home ground was on the Richmond Plains Cricket Ground and players from all around the district played.

In 1895 Foley’s Hill disbanded at the end of the season, but ensuring that the men of the district had somewhere to play, a new club was formed at Woosang. With families such as the Cossars, Goulds, Stewarts and McGurks the team was able to field powerful sides up to the second world war, and on some occasions fielded teams in the senior and junior competitions in the same year.

Shrinking populations and changing farming practices were a challenge to Woosang fielding a team and the club finally played its last game in 1950 before going  into recess. The club had dominated local footy for over five decades and provided a social outing for the people who lived and worked in the district.  When the club folded players and families moved to both Wedderburn and Charlton.

Premierships   16

Senior:-               1896, 1897, 1921, 1923, 1928, 1929

Junior:                  1919, 1920, 1922, 1925, 1928, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1938