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The Samford Stags was formed in February 1970 when a team was entered in the Brisbane C Grade Metropolitan Competition.

A few "scratch" matches had been played in 1969. The first team was entered under the name of Golden Valley Hotel RLFC (a hotel located directly beside the club's home ground and its first sponsor).

The name was changed to the Samford and Districts Rugby League Football Club in 1971, with the club adopting the colours of gold with a green "V".

The club's major sponsor was the hotel proprietor Jack Slatterly, followed by John Foxlee and family in 1972 when the hotel changed hands. Alan Cash, later to become club president, gave the club his bottom paddock behind the hotel to use as its field.

This field was originally about 80 yards long and ran north to south, not east to west as it does now. In the early days the goal posts were made from saplings cut from the paddock surrounds.

The 1970 side consisted mainly of players who lived in the district. Although the club didn't fare well in its first year, winning one game and drawing another, better times were soon to come.

In 1971 the Stags won the Presidents Cup and were narrow losers in the grand final. The club was promoted to B Grade.

1972 and won the President's Cup and the grand final, a great achievement in the space of three years. Samford was promoted to A Grade and in 1973 made the semi-finals.

The following years saw the club go from strength to strength, fielding two sides, one in A Grade and another in C Grade, from 1975 to 1979. The club continued to perform consistently well and grow steadily throughout the 1980's, making the B grade semi-finals in 1984 and winning the premiership in that grade the following year.

The subdivision of many, formerly rural properties in the Samford Valley, started in the 1980s and resulted in a steady growth in population, some of which were families with young children.

In turn, some of the new residents started appearing at the club and they, with strong support from the committee and players from the all-conquering 1994 premiership and Chairman's Trophy team, helped provide the impetus for the birth of a junior division for the Stags.

The fielding of junior teams in various age groups from under 7 to under 13 in 1994 was the second most important moment in the history of the Stags, behind the club's foundation.

It stopped a drain of promising youngsters from the area joining junior clubs on areas bordering the Samford Valley and laid the foundation for the progression of juniors through to the senior team. In 2003 the club fielded junior teams in the under 7, 8, 10,11,12 and 13 competitions, with the under 12s and under 13s making the semi-finals and the under 13's the final of the Chairman's Trophy.

The club also joined the Northern Storm Development Program, supported by the Melbourne Storm NRL club, giving young players with the desire and talent a path into Colts and A grade senior football in Brisbane.

In 2006 the Storm moved its development scheme to the Central Coast of NSW, and the Brisbane junior clubs formerly involved in the program remained together under the banner of Norths Devils RLFC. whose development program is under the Brisbane Broncos umbrella.

However, the Storm-supported years proved more than fruitful for the Melbourne club, which signed two of the Stags most promising young players; Ryan Hansen and Jake Whittle.

The two players were members of the best junior side fielded by Samford to date - the Premier Division runners-up in under 14s in 2004 and in the 15s in 2005 and then Premier Division premiership winners in 2006.

With the Brisbane Junior League announcing there would be no Under 17 Premier Division in 2007; almost all players left the club at the end of 2006 to try and play Colts, then the league announced there would be a combined 17-18 Premier Division, but it was too late as they had already started training with Norths.


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