Dunbar Rovers has been a strong and proud member of the Eastern Suburbs Football Association since 1991, winning its top honours at every level, and representing the Association by winning several state-wide Football NSW competitions.
We are rightly proud of our on-field Senior record with ESFA: 55 Grand Final appearances, 35 Club Grand Final wins and 35 Club Minor Premierships. All achieved in style with Dunbar’s trademark pink collar, our way of symbolising good sportsmanship and behaviour both on and off the field.
- 7-time winner of the ESFA Men’s First Grade League Championship (2007,2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2019)
- 5-time winner of the ESFA Men’s First Grade Grand Final (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016)
- 3-time Winner of the ESFA Men’s Open Cup (2006, 2009, 2014)
- 2-time winner of the All Age Men’s NSW Champions of Champions (2008, 2014)
- 2-time winner of the All Age Women’s NSW Champions of Champions (2016, 2018)
- 12-time winner of the ESFA Women’s Division 1 League Championship (2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019)
- 7-time winner of the ESFA Women’s Division 1 Grand Final (2005, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019)
- 7-time winner of the ESFA O35 Men’s Championship (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019)
- 1-time winner of the ESFA O45 Men’s Championship (2011)
- 1999: Winner of the Sydney Metropolitan Cup (Men)
- 2015: Winner of the Open Women’s State Cup
- 2017: Winner of the ESFA Women’s Open Cup
- 2018: First ESFA Club to win Over35 Men’s NSW Champion of Champions
NSW Champions of Champions
Dunbar Rovers has been represented in all but one NSW Champion of Champions tournament since 2002.
In addition, Dunbar has the honour of being the first ESFA Club to win the All-Age Men’s Champion of Champions (2 titles), the first ESFA Club to win the All-Age Women’s Champions of Champions (2 titles) and in 2018 the first ESFA Club to win the Men’s Over35 Champion of Champions.
On October 24th, 2008 the Club defeated Budgewoi FC (Central Coast) in a very tight final, winning 1-0 thanks to a golden goal in extra-time from striker Peter Satos.
On October 19th, 2014 Dunbar Men’s First Grade defeated Kenthurst (Gladesville Hornsby) 3-2 in the Final. Kenthurst took the lead in the 13 min. Dunbar via Anto Flood saw us draw level and then the same man again to get us in the lead, which was only short-lived. Mike Sealy got Dunbar the winner in the 79-minute.
On October 23rd, 2016, Dunbar Rovers Football Club Women’s Championship team defeated Tarrawanna FC (Football South Coast) 2-1 in the final. Similar to the Men, the team became the first team from the Eastern Suburbs Football Association to win the title. A great game by Tarrawanna FC pushed our ladies to their limits by getting the early goal, however, we had another couple of gears left that saw us win in normal time 2-1 with goals to Belinda (Bina) Seers and the match-winner to Fran Brady. Check out the goals from 12.04 minutes in at http://www.footballnsw.com.au/index.php?id=381
On October 21st, 2018, Dunbar Rovers FC Women’s Championship team defeated Albion Park FC (Football South Coast) 2-1 in the final. Once again — just as the Men did in 2014 — our Women’s team became the first to win the title twice, from the Eastern Suburbs Football Association. In this game, it was Dunbar who set the pace leading 2-0 at halftime. With Darcy Read and Danielle Morris placing Dunbar in a match-winning position. Albion Park came out strong, they scored and it was up to the Dunbar ladies to keep the attack and defense at equal force. The final whistle blew, 2-1 to Dunbar!
On that same day in 2018, Dunbar Rovers FC Over35 Championship team defeated Como Jannali FC (Sutherland Shire) 2-0 in the final to become the first Over35 team from the Eastern Suburbs Football Association to win the title. Neither side was willing to give any opportunity away early resulting in a scoreless first half. Not until the 67th minute did Dunbar hit the scoreboard with a beautifully timed lob from Matty Pickover, well worth the wait! It was not until 3 minutes to go that we sealed the victory, once again scored by Matty.
History in the making for the Club, 2 NSW Champion of Champions titles in one day.