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.
The logo of the Redcliffe Dolphins from the early 2000s (decade) to 2005
In the 2000s a new National Rugby League team to be based on the Gold Coast was going to call itself the Gold Coast Dolphins. This was decided against after the Redcliffe Dolphins threatened legal action. The team was ultimately decided to be named the Gold Coast Titans. The Dolphins won the 2006 Queensland Cup, beating Toowoomba in the grand final at Suncorp Stadium under the coaching of Anthony Griffin.
Jim Martin & Kevin Richards – Redcliffe Showgrounds 1952
The Redcliffe Dolphins were founded in 1947
Through the 1950s Redcliffe played in the Kilcoy, Murrumba and Geraghty Cup competitions
The Dolphins were 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
The Dolphins were runners-up in the 2012 Queensland Cup
Redcliffe Dolphins revealed plans for a $12 million stadium at Dolphin Oval