Wynnum Wolves signage

100 years at the heart of our community

As one of only a handful of grassroots community football clubs in Queensland to have reached the magical 100 years milestone, Wynnum Wolves FC has much to celebrate from its rich, colourful and vibrant history.

Founded in 1921 by one of Brisbane’s great pioneers and entrepreneurs, John “Jack” Hutchinson, the Wynnum football club has long forged its own path as a proud and parochial club that has always looked after its own.

Wynnum is widely acknowledged as a club that has not only survived, but thrived, on the strong sense of community, belonging and connection that continues to bind those who have played for the club over the course of its 100-year history.

Wynnum is the home of one of Australia’s original Socceroos, cap #9 Clarrie Shenton – a talented centre-half who toured New Zealand with the first Australian team in 1922. It will be one of only a handful of clubs that will be able to boast this great honour in 2022 when Football Australia celebrates the 100th year of the Socceroos this year.

Following on from that early honour the Wynnum football club has had many a notable player and coach pass through its ranks over the past Century. Closer to this end of the club’s 100-year history, current Matilda Clare Polkinghorne kicked off her junior playing career at the Wolves, while current Adelaide United A-League player and ex-Socceroo Ben Halloran spent 10 years learning his football craft as a youngster on the fields of Carmichael Park. Both proudly claim Wynnum Wolves FC as their grassroots football club.

George Cowie

In 1997, Scottish coach George Cowie (pictured) – who played in both the English and Scottish Premier League competitions – arrived at the club and guided Wynnum to the most notable victory in its history – a Queensland State League title. The club holds tremendous pride in the fact that many locally born and bred players were a part of that memorable Cup win.

Following on from that success, Wynnum won its inaugural first grade silverware in 2001 under the astute coaching of Peter Tokesi, who had previously worked with Frank Farina at the Brisbane Strikers when they won the National Soccer League title in 1996/97.

Twenty years later, Frank took charge of the first-grade team at Wynnum for its centenary year campaign, coaching a raw young team that also featured many locally produced juniors.

Traversing 100 years of a constantly changing football environment in Brisbane has served up its fair share of triumphs and challenges for Wynnum Wolves, but the one constant over a century of football has been the grit and determination of Wynnum teams to always bounce back from adversity.

Since its very early years the club has ridden a rollercoaster journey between the First and Second Divisions of the local football scene. While many other clubs have fallen by the wayside or merged with neighbouring entities to ensure survival, Wynnum has remained steadfast in its mission to provide a strong and vibrant football club for the local community it services.

A purple patch through the early 2000s saw the club’s first team recognised as one of the best and brightest in the Brisbane League on the back of multiple Premiership and Grand Final victories. Many imported players contributed to the club’s first team on-field success during this era, but a shift in priorities over more recent seasons has seen the club re-focused on investing in its grassroots community and goal to develop local juniors to progress through the ranks towards first team football at Wynnum and beyond.

It is from this grassroots-first development philosophy that Wynnum Wolves Football Club is spring-boarding into its second century of football.