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KEY FACTS

Official name
Footscray Football Club (trading as Western Bulldogs Football Club)

Known as
Western Bulldogs

Nickname
Bulldogs

Former name
Footscray

Former name date
1997-01-01

Formed
1883 (as Footscray); 1997 (named changed to Western Bulldogs)

Colours
Red, white and blue

Associated clubs
Footscray; Western Bulldogs WFC; Western Bulldogs WFC (VFLW)

Affiliation (Current)
Australian Football League (AFL) 1925–2022

Affiliation (Historical)
Victorian Football Association (VFA) 1886–1924

Home Ground
Docklands

AFL Premierships
2016 (1 total)

VFL Premierships
1954 (1 total)

VFA Premierships
1898-9-1900, 1908, 1913, 1919-20, 1923-4 (9 total)

Senior Premierships
Championship of Victoria - 1924 (1 total); V/AFL Night Series: 1963-4, 1967, 1970, 2010 (5 total)

Most Games
364 - Brad Johnson (1994-2010)

Most Goals
575 - Simon Beasley (1982-1989)

League Top Goalkickers
J.Collins (84) 1954 & (74) 1957; K.Templeton (118) 1978 & (91) 1979; S.Beasley (105) 1985; B.Hall (80) 2010 (4 winners/6 wins)

Brownlow Medalists
Alan Hopkins 1930; Norm Ware 1941; Peter Box 1956; John Schultz 1960; Gary Dempsey 1975; Kelvin Templeton 1980; Brad Hardie 1985; Tony Liberatore 1990; Scott Wynd 1992; Adam Cooney 2008 (10 total)

Headquarters
417 Barkly St, Footscray, VIC 3011

Postal Address
PO Box 4112 DC, Footscray West, VIC, 3012

Phone: (03) 9680 6100 

Email
godogs@westernbulldogs.com.au

Website
westernbulldogs.com.au

Western Bulldogs



"In actuality, Footscray in the 1950s was gradually assembling its greatest array of talent ever, and an inability to perform under pressure was certainly never an issue for players like Herb Henderson, Jack Collins, Charlie Sutton or Ted Whitten ... Collins, the VFL's top goalkicker in 1954 and 1957, was arguably Footscray's greatest ever full forward; Sutton, although best remembered as a highly accomplished back pocket player, was capable of playing almost anywhere, and indeed jointly topped the club's goalkicking list in 1951. Whitten, of course, was simply incomparable..."

John Devaney extols the virtues of the blue-collar Bulldogs, Footscray - the team of the mighty west.

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1951 Season (V/AFL) Fixture | Player Stats

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Footscray's 1951 Fixture

Rnd H&A Club Q1Q2Q3Q4 S R Opponent Q1Q2Q3Q4 S Mgn Grd Date SC
1 A Footscray 6.38.513.915.10 100 WON Richmond 3.28.610.815.9 99 1 PUN Apr 21 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
2 H Footscray 1.22.73.75.11 41 WON Carlton 1.31.104.154.16 40 1 WES Apr 28 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
3 H Footscray 6.26.39.710.9 69 WON North Melbourne 0.04.84.105.13 43 26 WES May 5 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
4 A Footscray 3.45.96.146.16 52 LOST Fitzroy 1.24.37.610.10 70 -18 BWS May 12 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
5 H Footscray 2.57.910.1211.15 81 WON St. Kilda 1.22.24.87.11 53 28 WES May 19 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
6 A Footscray 2.64.107.147.17 59 LOST Hawthorn 3.26.96.119.16 70 -11 GLE Jun 2 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
7 A Footscray 3.56.66.139.15 69 LOST South Melbourne 3.210.816.1017.14 116 -47 LAK Jun 11 (Mon, 2:15) Scores
8 H Footscray 1.14.46.59.5 59 LOST Geelong 3.25.28.711.11 77 -18 WES Jun 16 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
9 A Footscray 6.49.1119.1223.14 152 WON Melbourne 1.11.72.115.19 49 103 MCG Jun 23 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
10 A Footscray 3.36.411.512.5 77 WON Collingwood 3.24.44.710.12 72 5 VIC Jun 30 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
11 H Footscray 2.74.87.147.14 56 LOST Essendon 4.35.55.59.10 64 -8 WES Jul 14 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
12 H Footscray 3.76.98.139.17 71 WON Richmond 1.31.53.96.9 45 26 WES Jul 21 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
13 A Footscray 1.12.65.69.11 65 WON Carlton 3.54.85.148.14 62 3 PRI Jul 28 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
14 A Footscray 4.74.810.1511.15 81 WON North Melbourne 2.06.56.610.10 70 11 ARD Aug 4 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
15 H Footscray 1.02.33.54.6 30 LOST Fitzroy 3.54.57.88.9 57 -27 WES Aug 11 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
16 A Footscray 2.35.68.1211.15 81 WON St. Kilda 6.57.79.99.12 66 15 JUN Aug 18 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
17 H Footscray 2.47.69.911.14 80 WON Hawthorn 1.12.45.89.10 64 16 WES Aug 25 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
18 H Footscray 2.25.911.1113.15 93 WON South Melbourne 1.22.33.66.12 48 45 WES Sep 1 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
1SF A Footscray 6.17.17.58.5 53 LOST Essendon 3.24.46.78.13 61 -8 MCG Sep 8 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
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1951 Player Stats

# Player GP K Avg H Avg D Avg M Avg HO Avg T Avg FF FA G Avg B TS
30 Abbey, Angus 18                             0 0.0    
32 Aked Jnr, Frank 1                             0 0.0    
14 Barrett, John 7                             1 0.1    
5 Box, Peter 19                             1 0.1    
18 Bryden, Dave 18                             16 0.9    
17 Bulman, Alan 4                             3 0.8    
27 Charles, Norm 4                             8 2.0    
2 Collins, Jack 19                             7 0.4    
31 Connolly, Bert 10                             0 0.0    
22 Donald, Wally 18                             0 0.0    
10 Edwards, Norm 1                             1 1.0    
20 Edwards, Arthur 2                             2 1.0    
8 Egan, Reg 8                             8 1.0    
24 Gallagher, Jim 8                             0 0.0    
25 Henderson, Herb 15                             0 0.0    
1 Henderson, Don 10                             5 0.5    
11 Kent, Len 13                             12 0.9    
31 King, Jack 4                             1 0.3    
12 Laffey, Merv 9                             10 1.1    
23 Linton Jnr, Alby 15                             23 1.5    
19 Martin, Alan 17                             0 0.0    
21 McLaren, George 17                             3 0.2    
16 McRae, Frank 19                             4 0.2    
10 Moncrieff, Allan 1                             1 1.0    
29 Murray, Les 11                             6 0.5    
20 Reardon, Bill 6                             5 0.8    
7 Reid Snr, Bruce 3                             1 0.3    
4 Richards, Ron 10                             7 0.7    
26 Scanlan, Bill 17                             1 0.1    
15 Smallwood, Bernie 7                             4 0.6    
6 Sutton, Charlie 18                             23 1.3    
10 Vanderfeen, Geoff 2                             0 0.0    
33 Wearmouth, Dick 18                             2 0.1    
3 Whitten Snr, Ted 15                             22 1.5    
31 Willis, Brian 2                             0 0.0    
28 Wood, Bill 14                             13 0.9    
Totals 380                             190 0.5    
 

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.