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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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1961 Season (V/AFL) Fixture | Player Stats

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Footscray's 1961 Fixture

Rnd H&A Club Q1Q2Q3Q4 S R Opponent Q1Q2Q3Q4 S Mgn Grd Date SC
1 A Footscray 3.07.710.815.12 102 WON Richmond 3.34.57.811.8 74 28 PUN Apr 15 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
2 H Footscray 1.45.136.1513.19 97 WON North Melbourne 4.24.28.48.4 52 45 WES Apr 22 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
3 A Footscray 4.58.129.1411.15 81 WON Carlton 2.24.37.411.6 72 9 PRI Apr 29 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
4 H Footscray 3.54.87.1310.13 73 WON Collingwood 0.15.35.310.4 64 9 WES May 6 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
5 A Footscray 2.25.49.712.10 82 LOST South Melbourne 2.25.610.1112.12 84 -2 LAK May 13 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
6 H Footscray 1.24.55.69.8 62 LOST Melbourne 6.26.610.813.9 87 -25 WES May 27 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
7 A Footscray 0.12.52.104.14 38 LOST Geelong 4.57.710.913.13 91 -53 KAR Jun 3 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
8 H Footscray 3.57.138.1714.19 103 WON Hawthorn 5.37.511.1213.13 91 12 WES Jun 12 (Mon, 2:15) Scores
9 H Footscray 2.06.28.39.5 59 LOST Fitzroy 4.14.36.59.9 63 -4 WES Jun 17 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
10 A Footscray 0.50.72.114.13 37 LOST St. Kilda 3.35.66.108.11 59 -22 JUN Jun 24 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
11 A Footscray 3.28.59.813.14 92 WON Essendon 4.55.610.1112.11 83 9 WIN Jul 1 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
12 H Footscray 0.02.33.46.6 42 WON Richmond 0.41.64.94.9 33 9 WES Jul 8 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
13 A Footscray 1.26.29.211.6 72 LOST North Melbourne 4.76.99.1410.15 75 -3 ARD Jul 15 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
14 H Footscray 5.27.411.712.11 83 WON Carlton 1.13.25.77.9 51 32 WES Jul 29 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
15 A Footscray 3.36.49.511.12 78 WON Collingwood 0.11.45.75.10 40 38 VIC Aug 5 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
16 H Footscray 3.56.77.1214.17 101 WON South Melbourne 0.80.93.145.16 46 55 WES Aug 12 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
17 A Footscray 2.24.35.57.6 48 LOST Melbourne 2.25.98.1511.22 88 -40 MCG Aug 19 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
18 H Footscray 0.36.68.1012.12 84 WON Geelong 1.64.66.118.15 63 21 WES Aug 26 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
1SF H Footscray 3.37.79.119.15 69 WON St. Kilda 1.43.76.98.12 60 9 MCG Sep 2 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
PF H Footscray 4.35.411.613.7 85 WON Melbourne 0.22.54.68.10 58 27 MCG Sep 16 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
GF A Footscray 4.25.56.67.9 51 LOST Hawthorn 2.43.99.1513.16 94 -43 MCG Sep 23 (Sat, 2:50) Scores
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1961 Player Stats

# Player GP K Avg H Avg D Avg M Avg HO Avg T Avg FF FA G Avg B TS
18 Baxter, Ray 11                             12 1.1    
6 Beamish, Keith 20 30 10.0         5 1.7         1 1 15 0.8    
19 Bradbury, John 9                             0 0.0    
37 Bryant, Ian 18 45 15.0         8 2.7         4 8 2 0.1    
2 Devery, Terry 1                             0 0.0    
7 Dowling, Bernie 3                             1 0.3    
16 Duff, Ken 15 10 3.3         3 1.0         1 2 9 0.6    
1 Elliott, Trevor 11                             0 0.0    
28 Evans, Charlie 21 39 13.0         16 5.3         6 5 0 0.0    
12 Gardiner, Alex 16 35 11.7         9 3.0         8 5 1 0.1    
34 Graham, Max 6                             7 1.2    
32 Gutterson, Jim 5                             0 0.0    
2 Hobbs, Merv 14 45 15.0         10 3.3         5 5 30 2.1    
23 Hoiles Snr, John 21 55 18.3         12 4.0         11 10 0 0.0    
17 Ion, Graham 21 23 7.7         6 2.0         2 11 27 1.3    
38 Ion, Barry 6 26 13.0         5 2.5         3 1 1 0.2    
25 Jillard, John 12 26 8.7         6 2.0         3 5 0 0.0    
10 Kent, Reg 4                             3 0.8    
29 Lee, Bernie 18 18 6.0         4 1.3         4 4 0 0.0    
36 Madigan, Owen 1                             0 0.0    
9 McDonald, Cameron 13 19 6.3         3 1.0         3 6 5 0.4    
30 McKellar, Barney 19 31 10.3         6 2.0         6 3 10 0.5    
15 Quarrell, John 9 30 10.0         3 1.0         2 1 7 0.8    
14 Schultz, John 20 43 14.3         19 6.3         9 4 1 0.1    
24 Slattery, Jack 13 22 7.3         8 2.7         1 2 25 1.9    
31 Smith, Barry 18 0 0.0         0 0.0         0 0 7 0.4    
8 Spargo Jnr, Bob 16 59 19.7         6 2.0         6 5 5 0.3    
5 Stewart, Charlie 20 7 3.5         0 0.0         2 0 4 0.2    
20 Taylor, Graeme 1                             0 0.0    
13 Thornton, Barry 10 9 9.0         1 1.0         0 5 0 0.0    
26 Walker, Ray 10                             0 0.0    
4 Ware, Bob 14 30 10.0         13 4.3         6 8 2 0.1    
3 Whitten Snr, Ted 20 34 11.3         12 4.0         9 12 42 2.1    
35 Wood, Peter 4                             0 0.0    
Totals 420                             216 0.5    
 

Footnotes

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