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Redcliffe District Rugby League Football Club Inc. was founded on 27 February 1947, and in its first year entered Under 17, Reserve Grade and First Grade teams into the Sandgate Suburban Rugby League competition. Through the 1950s Redcliffe also played in the Kilcoy, Murrumba and Geraghty Cup competitions. On 19 November 1959 Redcliffe received full district club status and was accepted into the Brisbane First Grade competition.
Throughout the 1960s, a number of famous players came through the ranks of the Dolphins to represent Queensland and Australia, including Trevor Harken and Arthur Beetson. Redcliffe won the Brisbane Rugby League Premiership for the first time in 1965.
In 1972 Redcliffe were coached by former Kangaroo Ken Day. Redcliffe’s halfback Greg Oliphant was selected to go on the 1978 Kangaroo tour but did not play in any Test matches.
Australian national coach Frank Stanton coached Redcliffe in 1980.
The Redcliffe club won further premierships in 1994 and 1996 and has appeared in seven Queensland Cup grand finals, making it the most successful team in that competition.
Jim Martin & Kevin Richards – Redcliffe Showgrounds 1952
The Redcliffe Dolphins was founded in 1947, originally known as “Shellgrit”
Through the 1950s Redcliffe played in the Kilcoy, Murrumba and Geraghty Cup competitions
The Dolphins was accepted into the Brisbane Rugby League premiership in 1960
Redcliffe won the Brisbane Rugby League Premiership for the first time in 1965
Since 1996 the Dolphins have played in seven Queensland Cup grand finals
The Dolphins won the 2006 Queensland Cup, beating Toowoomba in the grand final at Suncorp Stadium
Redcliffe Dolphins revealed plans for a $12 million stadium at Dolphin Oval
Stage 1 of Dolphin Stadium, the Des Webb Stand, is completed
Stage 2 of Dolphin Stadium, construction of the Eastern side, is commenced