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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) 1925–2023

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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1954 Season (V/AFL) Fixture | Player Stats

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Footscray's 1954 Fixture

Rnd H&A Club Q1Q2Q3Q4 S R Opponent Q1Q2Q3Q4 S Mgn Grd Date SC
1 H Footscray 1.23.64.77.11 53 LOST St. Kilda 2.34.38.99.10 64 -11 WES Apr 17 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
2 A Footscray 3.36.107.149.19 73 LOST Richmond 3.76.1310.1612.19 91 -18 PUN Apr 24 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
3 H Footscray 6.09.511.1117.14 116 WON South Melbourne 2.52.63.83.11 29 87 WES May 1 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
4 A Footscray 8.313.416.820.14 134 WON Carlton 6.67.1113.2017.21 123 11 PRI May 8 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
5 H Footscray 3.25.38.411.7 73 WON North Melbourne 1.31.34.45.5 35 38 WES May 15 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
6 H Footscray 5.47.59.712.8 80 WON Essendon 1.12.33.44.7 31 49 WES May 22 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
7 A Footscray 2.23.44.911.12 78 WON Hawthorn 3.67.68.810.9 69 9 GLE May 29 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
8 H Footscray 4.44.512.813.9 87 WON Fitzroy 2.25.95.1110.14 74 13 WES Jun 5 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
9 A Footscray 1.35.86.98.15 63 LOST Geelong 2.52.66.129.13 67 -4 KAR Jun 14 (Mon, 2:15) Scores
10 H Footscray 2.07.107.1210.13 73 WON Melbourne 1.21.46.68.9 57 16 WES Jun 26 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
11 A Footscray 2.46.57.910.12 72 LOST Collingwood 3.17.410.712.10 82 -10 VIC Jul 3 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
12 A Footscray 4.27.811.1113.14 92 WON St. Kilda 4.34.57.89.8 62 30 JUN Jul 10 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
13 H Footscray 2.23.26.96.9 45 LOST Richmond 0.23.64.96.13 49 -4 WES Jul 24 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
14 A Footscray 2.07.37.711.12 78 WON South Melbourne 1.01.25.46.5 41 37 LAK Jul 31 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
15 H Footscray 3.23.35.76.7 43 LOST Carlton 3.26.67.88.12 60 -17 WES Aug 7 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
16 A Footscray 2.34.86.109.14 68 DRAW North Melbourne 3.23.66.139.14 68 0 ARD Aug 14 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
17 A Footscray 3.55.810.1111.12 78 WON Essendon 1.13.83.127.17 59 19 WIN Aug 21 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
18 H Footscray 4.37.713.1217.15 117 WON Hawthorn 1.24.24.35.4 34 83 WES Aug 28 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
2SF A Footscray 3.17.77.1011.19 85 WON Geelong 4.54.87.108.14 62 23 MCG Sep 11 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
GF H Footscray 6.38.512.915.12 102 WON Melbourne 1.44.66.77.9 51 51 MCG Sep 25 (Sat, 2:50) Scores
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1954 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 8 9 4.5         1 0.5         1 0 0 0.0 2 2
5 Box, Peter 19 35 17.5         13 6.5         5 3 17 0.9 4 106
18 Bryden, Dave 20 29 14.5         15 7.5         5 3 1 0.1 0 6
2 Collins, Jack 17 26 13.0         17 8.5         1 3 84 4.9 8 512
23 Collins, Bob 6                             0 0.0    
22 Donald, Wally 18 29 14.5         3 1.5         1 2 0 0.0 0 0
7 Duffy, Roger 19 30 15.0         7 3.5         7 3 15 0.8 1 91
11 Edwards, Arthur 18 17 8.5         5 2.5         3 4 7 0.4 1 43
14 Ellis, Lindsay 1                             0 0.0    
24 Gallagher, Jim 18 21 10.5         7 3.5         2 2 0 0.0 0 0
6 Gelavis, Nick 4                             0 0.0    
34 Gilmore, Brian 19 25 12.5         12 6.0         1 2 19 1.0 2 116
10 Harper, Roy 2                             0 0.0    
25 Henderson, Herb 19 26 13.0         6 3.0         3 4 0 0.0 0 0
21 Jones, Tom 2                             1 0.5    
1 Kerr, John 15 37 18.5         4 2.0         3 3 20 1.3 5 125
4 Letcher, Ian 6                             0 0.0    
19 Martin, Alan 20 20 10.0         9 4.5         3 4 0 0.0 0 0
33 McCarthy, Ron 18 24 12.0         7 3.5         1 1 3 0.2 2 20
29 McPhee, Peter 4                             0 0.0    
16 McRae, Frank 1                             0 0.0    
26 Nuttall, Jack 16 0 0.0         0 0.0         0 0 0 0.0 0 0
27 Outen Jnr, Alby 2                             0 0.0    
21 Porta, Ron 1                             0 0.0    
28 Reynolds, Doug 14 20 10.0         4 2.0         3 2 2 0.1 1 13
9 Ross, Don 20 24 12.0         6 3.0         2 1 6 0.3 0 36
31 Ryan, Lionel 7 5 5.0         0 0.0         1 1 1 0.1 0 6
32 Stevens, Harvey 20 36 18.0         14 7.0         4 10 26 1.3 1 157
17 Stockman, Ron 11 25 12.5         6 3.0         2 4 1 0.1 0 6
6 Sutton, Charlie 17 13 13.0         3 3.0         2 5 11 0.6 1 67
15 Thompson, Norm 4                             0 0.0    
35 Trusler, Allan 7                             11 1.6    
20 Warren, Allen 6                             1 0.2    
29 White, Kevin 1                             0 0.0    
3 Whitten Snr, Ted 20 27 13.5         9 4.5         1 4 1 0.1 0 6
Totals 400                             227 0.6    
 

Footnotes

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