The 1990’s created a tumultuous time for the Bullants and the VFA;  Like all things with a good foundation however, they can be maintained and rebuilt with ease. It was in these times that a beneficial merger with an under 18’s team the Northern Knight was struck. The Bullants then rebranded to the Northern Bullants.

In 2002 an affiliation with Carlton FC was formed. This mutually beneficial affiliation saw the Bullants achieve multiple successful football seasons, especially with two consecutive Grand final appearances under the tutelage of current-day Carlton coach, David Teague. This affiliation later grew into a merger and the Bullants were rebranded into the ‘Northern Blues’.  Some VFL champions then played for the Bullants in this time, such as Ahmed Saad, Kane lambert, Alex Johnson and Andre Gianfagna.

It is now that the Covid-19 pandemic has called a close to this merger between Carlton and Bullants. Now with nothing but the sturdy foundation to rebuild from, we have a unique opportunity to stand alone and are asking you to be a part of this rich history like the many before us.

Our History

The Northern Bullants and the Northern Suburbs have a deep rooted connection through past players, supporters, staff and the community. It’s through this connection that the lifeblood of the club has been kept alive. The Bullants have persevered through many struggles and due to the passion of its community it has survived once again. 

The Ants were officially formed in 1885 however our history dates back to 1882. In the early days the Bullants were quite successful claiming 5 VJFA premierships. It was in 1926 where the Bullants joined the VFA as a standalone club. The “Bullants” name was then adopted in 1930 due to their ‘swarming’ playing style. 

The bullants through the years built its success on the backs of many legendary players including Carlton’s first brownlow medalist, Bert Deacon, Hawthorn premiership coach, Alan Joyce, Collingwood captain/Bullants Hall of Fame inductee, Ray Shaw and widely known Roy Cazaly. All players including these legends, supporters, staff and the community created the sturdy foundations that continue to be built upon to this day, foundations which allowed the club to enjoy six VFA premierships

Historical Overview

1882
Club Founded
Although not officially founded until 1885, the history of the Northern Bullants dates back 139 years.
1926
VFA Joined
Prior to 1926 the Bullants were competing in the VJFA where they enjoyed an array of success. It was in 1926 where they made the jump VFA allowing them to compete against many Victorian elite teams.
1930
Bullants name adopted
The Bullants were infamously known to have a 'swarming playstyle'. Prior to the 1930's however they didn't carry the Bullants name. It was after the connection was made between the swarming playstyle and bullants that the name was adopted.
1930 - 1990
Legendary Players
The Bullants were home to many legendary football players. Players like Bert Deacon, Alan Joyce, Ray Shaw and Roy Cazaly. These players are responsible for building the rich history that the bullants now know.
2002
Carlton affiliation
An affiliation which was mutually beneficial was created which saw the Bullants achieve multiple grand final appearances. This affiliation saw players like Kade Simpson, David Teague and even Chris Judd play for the club.
2021
The Rebuild
After a unprecedented year brought upon the world by Covid-19, many organisations have struggled. This struggle saw the end to the Bullants-Carlton affiliation. This has now lead to the re-introduction of the historical Bullants name.