The Hawthorn Football Club, nicknamed the Hawks, is based in Melbourne, Victoria. The club, founded in 1902, is the youngest of the Victorian-based teams in the AFL and has won 13 VFL/AFL premierships. It is the only club to have won premierships in each decade of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s.
The Hawks’ origins are in the inner-eastern Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn and also at Glenferrie Oval, the club’s former administrative and training base and social club. Matches, however, have not been played there since 1973. In 2006 Hawthorn’s training and administration facilities were relocated to Waverley Park.
Since 2007 Hawthorn have played four games a year at their second ground of York Park in Launceston, Tasmania, with the remaining games played at the MCG, the club’s current playing home ground. Hawthorn’s current Victorian Football League (VFL) affiliate team is the Box Hill Hawks Football Club.
The Hawthorn club song is entitled “We’re a Happy Team at Hawthorn” and is sung to the tune of “The Yankee Doodle Boy” which was written by George M. Cohan for his 1904 musical Little Johnny Jones. In the musical Johnny Jones is a patriotic US jockey competing in England. The song gained prominence when it was featured in the wartime 1942 musical Yankee Doodle Dandy. The song was adapted with new Hawthorn lyrics by Chick Lander in 1956.
Home Ground: Melbourne Cricket Ground
Club Address: PO Box 829, Mount Waverley VIC 3149
Debut season: 1925
Premierships: 13 – 1961, 1971, 1976, 1978, 1983, 1986, 1988-89, 1991, 2008, 2013-14-15
Song: We’re a happy team at Hawthorn
Phone: (03) 9535 3000