The Banks Bulldogs Football Club was established in 1978 as a founding member of the Carlton United Sunday competition, the forerunner of the Northern Territory Football Association being formed in 1982, in recent years becoming known as TEAFA. Last season the TEAFA merged with the NTFL forming a three tiered competition.
The Club's first ever game was played as a social match between the Commonwealth Bank and Westpac. After the match it was thought we could perhaps form a 'proper' side. Banks Bulldogs took on the NTFL C Grade sides as well as Pints and Combined Services.
Over the next few years the make up of the competition saw new sides come including Katherine, Jabiru and Tracy Village with University joining later.
During these changing times Banks have always had a competitive playing group and a strong committee, something that continues today.
The Football Club in the early years was run on a very small budget and sponsorship was minimal. Our sole sponsor for many years was CUB and our motto 'Powered by Fosters' which was taken seriously by the playing group.
Players filled almost all committee positions and social functions were well patronised and enthusiastically attended. The early 1980's saw several changes that have left lasting legacies on the Club.
Life long friendships and lasting fond memories are things Banks Football Club offered and continue to do so.
More recently in 2010/11, the TEAFA merged with the NTFL creating a three tiered competition with Banks being represented in Division 1 and 2. The Banks Bulldogs have now participated in two full seasons making an immediate impact in the competition making 4 grand finals from a possible 4 and winning two of them. We have won Division 2 in our first season in 10/11 and Division 1 in our second year 11/12.
Since 1978, Banks have made 42 out of a possible 56 grand finals wining 17 premierships across both teams. The A Grade/Division 1 have won 11 flags and been runner-ups 15 times, and the Killer B's winning 8 with 9 second place finishes. Very few clubs can boast this level of success over an extended period of time.
2012/13 sees the Club playing in an unprecedented four game trial in the Premier League before returning to Division 1 to play out the remainder of the season. The trial will be a great challenge both on and off the field and will be a genuine gauge of where the Club is at. The Premier League Trial is another move forward for the Club as we continue to evolve. All great clubs should aspire to playing in the highest league they can and for Banks Bulldogs Football Club this is to become a permanent club in the Premier League.
Season 2014/2015 was a great season for all involved with Banks. Both divisions won the premiership, also known as the double dog.
Season 2015/2016 saw the introduction of The Pups. Banks entered their first ever under 12s side into the competition.