Northampton, Western Australia
Northampton is a reasonably old town by WA standards… it was gazetted in 1864. It sits a half-an-hour drive north of Geraldton, 480km from Perth.
Northampton was a foundation club in the Great Northern Football League in 1961 but footy started in the town around 1910. For a time the town had two teams Rovers and Towns in the Northampton-Upper Chapman Football Association. The Rams last won the GNFL flag in 2004.
In recent years Northampton has gained a well-earned reputation as an AFL production line – current AFL players Josh Kennedy (West Coast), Harry Taylor (Geelong), Jamie Cripps (West Coast) and Patrick Cripps (Carlton) played their junior footy with the Rams as did Andrew Lockyer (West Coast), Paul Hasleby (Fremantle), Daniel Chick (West Coast) and Liam Anthony (North Melbourne). Tarkyn Lockyer (Collingwood) was born in Northampton but played his early footy in far away Albany.
The scoreboard is named after Malcolm Gould, who won the JJ Clune Medal as the best player in the GNFL in 1969. It’s built like a proverbial brick outhouse.