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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) –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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1978 Season (V/AFL) Fixture | Player Stats

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Footscray's 1978 Fixture

Rnd H&A Club Q1Q2Q3Q4 S R Opponent Q1Q2Q3Q4 S Mgn Grd Date SC
1 H Footscray 2.49.710.1111.14 80 LOST North Melbourne 6.311.518.723.11 149 -69 WES Apr 1 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
2 A Footscray 7.511.1013.1419.16 130 LOST St. Kilda 4.211.514.1320.17 137 -7 MOO Apr 8 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
3 H Footscray 3.56.138.1410.16 76 LOST Geelong 6.18.315.921.14 140 -64 WES Apr 15 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
4 A Footscray 4.55.911.1118.12 120 LOST Melbourne 5.411.714.1218.19 127 -7 MCG Apr 22 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
5 H Footscray 1.56.89.1415.20 110 WON Essendon 5.311.512.1313.15 93 17 WES Apr 29 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
6 H Footscray 4.37.311.616.9 105 LOST South Melbourne 2.34.610.1218.15 123 -18 VFL May 6 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
7 A Footscray 4.47.511.1313.13 91 LOST Hawthorn 5.39.1016.1227.15 177 -86 PRI May 13 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
8 H Footscray 7.210.312.514.5 89 LOST Collingwood 3.14.46.714.9 93 -4 WES May 20 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
9 A Footscray 4.28.513.718.9 117 WON Fitzroy 8.48.711.1113.14 92 25 JUN May 27 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
10 H Footscray 4.37.611.919.11 125 WON Carlton 7.412.1113.1415.14 104 21 WES Jun 5 (Mon, 2:10) Scores
11 A Footscray 3.35.813.1014.13 97 LOST Richmond 3.310.913.1223.17 155 -58 MCG Jun 17 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
12 A Footscray 5.47.410.913.12 90 WON North Melbourne 3.15.86.118.12 60 30 ARD Jun 24 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
13 H Footscray 5.415.821.1133.15 213 WON St. Kilda 5.38.714.916.10 106 107 WES Jul 1 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
14 H Footscray 6.210.517.620.7 127 WON Melbourne 2.46.56.78.11 59 68 WES Jul 8 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
15 A Footscray 2.37.88.1010.12 72 LOST Geelong 2.34.88.1112.12 84 -12 KAR Jul 15 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
16 A Footscray 3.65.1210.1315.17 107 WON Essendon 2.25.39.513.8 86 21 VFL Jul 22 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
17 A Footscray 2.16.49.813.13 91 LOST South Melbourne 7.29.910.1315.15 105 -14 LAK Jul 29 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
18 H Footscray 3.210.413.617.10 112 LOST Hawthorn 5.97.1014.1417.16 118 -6 WES Aug 5 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
19 A Footscray 1.15.58.610.6 66 LOST Collingwood 6.46.57.1311.16 82 -16 VIC Aug 12 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
20 H Footscray 1.22.56.109.17 71 LOST Fitzroy 7.212.720.1021.13 139 -68 WES Aug 19 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
21 A Footscray 3.27.48.415.12 102 LOST Carlton 6.115.321.523.7 145 -43 PRI Aug 26 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
22 H Footscray 4.36.97.1311.15 81 LOST Richmond 4.47.713.1319.20 134 -53 VFL Sep 2 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
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1978 Player Stats

# Player GP K Avg H Avg D Avg M Avg HO Avg T Avg FF FA G Avg B TS
30 Abbey, Ross 22 266 12.1 93 4.2 359 16.3 76 3.5 0 0.0     45 51 6 0.3 7 43
16 Blair, Dennis 8 85 10.6 19 2.4 104 13.0 26 3.3 1 0.1     8 14 0 0.0 1 1
19 Bradmore, Phil 5 31 6.2 13 2.6 44 8.8 7 1.4 1 0.2     9 6 2 0.4 1 13
12 Brown, George 5 27 5.4 20 4.0 47 9.4 5 1.0 1 0.2     5 14 4 0.8 1 25
46 Davis, Greg 1 1 1.0 0 0.0 1 1.0 1 1.0 2 2.0     0 0 0 0.0 0 0
24 Dempsey, Gary 17 250 14.7 92 5.4 342 20.1 181 10.6 302 17.8     44 36 13 0.8 12 90
34 Dinatale, Jack 9 86 9.6 67 7.4 153 17.0 23 2.6 0 0.0     15 19 5 0.6 4 34
32 Dunstan, Ian 22 353 16.0 118 5.4 471 21.4 73 3.3 2 0.1     51 55 20 0.9 18 138
20 Edmond, Jim 9 94 10.4 22 2.4 116 12.9 32 3.6 1 0.1     20 18 4 0.4 4 28
49 Egan, Mick 1 5 5.0 2 2.0 7 7.0 2 2.0 0 0.0     1 1 0 0.0 0 0
42 Foreman, Wayne 13 172 13.2 64 4.9 236 18.2 54 4.2 1 0.1     36 26 16 1.2 10 106
9 Fox, Wayne 1 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0     0 0 0 0.0 0 0
37 Fox, Tony 1 3 3.0 3 3.0 6 6.0 0 0.0 0 0.0     0 2 0 0.0 0 0
27 Gieschen, Jeff 3 20 6.7 7 2.3 27 9.0 3 1.0 0 0.0     3 3 0 0.0 1 1
14 Groenewegen, Robert 6 33 5.5 9 1.5 42 7.0 8 1.3 2 0.3     5 4 5 0.8 2 32
1 Hampshire, Ian 14 87 6.2 62 4.4 149 10.6 63 4.5 128 9.1     24 28 16 1.1 11 107
7 Hawkins, Doug 18 157 8.7 84 4.7 241 13.4 65 3.6 0 0.0     43 35 11 0.6 7 73
45 Henwood, Don 2 12 6.0 5 2.5 17 8.5 5 2.5 0 0.0     4 3 0 0.0 1 1
25 Jennings, Geoff 22 343 15.6 146 6.6 489 22.2 91 4.1 3 0.1     41 57 16 0.7 15 111
8 Johnson, Matt 4 20 5.0 14 3.5 34 8.5 12 3.0 1 0.3     5 8 3 0.8 0 18
11 Kelly, Mick 19 215 11.3 78 4.1 293 15.4 34 1.8 0 0.0     44 36 7 0.4 11 53
44 Linke, Graeme 4 36 9.0 8 2.0 44 11.0 16 4.0 1 0.3     3 8 0 0.0 2 2
28 Low, Ian 16 199 12.4 83 5.2 282 17.6 42 2.6 0 0.0     25 37 7 0.4 4 46
8 Morrison, Ian 13 134 10.3 32 2.5 166 12.8 59 4.5 3 0.2     23 14 14 1.1 4 88
10 Munro, Peter 4 24 6.0 9 2.3 33 8.3 16 4.0 0 0.0     4 5 3 0.8 2 20
26 Murrie, Richard 15 116 7.7 64 4.3 180 12.0 38 2.5 0 0.0     26 34 3 0.2 0 18
23 Perussich, Lee 6 51 8.5 22 3.7 73 12.2 10 1.7 0 0.0     8 4 4 0.7 1 25
21 Power, Stephen 12 142 11.8 57 4.8 199 16.6 28 2.3 0 0.0     31 27 0 0.0 1 1
5 Reid Jnr, Bruce 15 146 9.7 62 4.1 208 13.9 48 3.2 89 5.9     22 25 4 0.3 6 30
33 Reid, John 19 198 10.4 57 3.0 255 13.4 52 2.7 2 0.1     39 33 1 0.1 1 7
50 Scanlan, Glen 5 44 8.8 18 3.6 62 12.4 16 3.2 0 0.0     7 9 4 0.8 3 27
17 Smedts, Alby 22 209 9.5 66 3.0 275 12.5 46 2.1 2 0.1     50 49 2 0.1 1 13
3 Stoneham, Alan 21 359 17.1 132 6.3 491 23.4 79 3.8 8 0.4     60 73 7 0.3 9 51
48 Tantsis, Angelo 2 15 7.5 8 4.0 23 11.5 4 2.0 0 0.0     3 3 0 0.0 0 0
31 Templeton, Kelvin 21 253 12.0 27 1.3 280 13.3 176 8.4 9 0.4     30 35 118 5.6 65 773
43 Tivendale, Norm 2 11 5.5 3 1.5 14 7.0 4 2.0 0 0.0     0 2 0 0.0 0 0
4 Welsh, Peter 10 88 8.8 54 5.4 142 14.2 48 4.8 35 3.5     22 18 5 0.5 2 32
49 Wheeler, Garry 3 18 6.0 13 4.3 31 10.3 4 1.3 1 0.3     3 5 3 1.0 0 18
35 Wheeler, Terry 22 236 10.7 115 5.2 351 16.0 53 2.4 0 0.0     45 51 0 0.0 0 0
22 Whitten Jnr, Ted 22 306 13.9 103 4.7 409 18.6 65 3.0 1 0.0     74 47 27 1.2 17 179
40 Wilson, Brian 4 28 7.0 11 2.8 39 9.8 9 2.3 0 0.0     3 8 3 0.8 2 20
Totals 440 4873 11.1 1862 4.2 6735 15.3 1574 3.6 596 1.4     881 903 333 0.8 226 2224
 

Footnotes

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