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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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1955 Season (V/AFL) Fixture | Player Stats

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Footscray's 1955 Fixture

Rnd H&A Club Q1Q2Q3Q4 S R Opponent Q1Q2Q3Q4 S Mgn Grd Date SC
1 A Footscray 2.07.310.915.14 104 WON Collingwood 2.53.73.86.12 48 56 VIC Apr 16 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
2 H Footscray 7.511.915.1416.16 112 WON Richmond 0.24.47.512.9 81 31 WES Apr 23 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
3 A Footscray 2.34.45.86.10 46 LOST Melbourne 2.74.116.136.22 58 -12 MCG Apr 30 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
4 H Footscray 1.12.54.84.12 36 WON Essendon 0.12.22.52.11 23 13 WES May 7 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
5 A Footscray 0.24.57.810.12 72 LOST Geelong 3.57.710.912.12 84 -12 KAR May 14 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
6 H Footscray 1.32.54.88.10 58 LOST Fitzroy 2.12.26.410.6 66 -8 WES May 21 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
7 H Footscray 4.36.39.910.9 69 WON North Melbourne 1.36.97.118.14 62 7 WES May 28 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
8 A Footscray 1.24.35.413.7 85 WON St. Kilda 1.41.54.64.10 34 51 JUN Jun 4 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
9 H Footscray 1.26.68.1017.12 114 WON Hawthorn 6.66.78.98.11 59 55 WES Jun 11 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
10 A Footscray 3.65.69.1211.15 81 WON Carlton 3.03.35.66.7 43 38 PRI Jun 25 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
11 H Footscray 2.58.610.1411.16 82 WON South Melbourne 2.03.55.66.13 49 33 WES Jul 2 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
12 H Footscray 0.21.53.85.13 43 WON Collingwood 4.25.25.55.7 37 6 WES Jul 9 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
13 A Footscray 1.51.64.106.12 48 LOST Richmond 1.24.56.78.9 57 -9 PUN Jul 16 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
14 H Footscray 2.36.57.611.8 74 WON Melbourne 1.102.135.189.19 73 1 WES Jul 23 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
15 A Footscray 0.31.131.145.22 52 LOST Essendon 5.55.77.159.18 72 -20 WIN Jul 30 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
16 H Footscray 0.26.77.710.13 73 LOST Geelong 4.76.710.1410.16 76 -3 WES Aug 6 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
17 A Footscray 1.33.83.1111.13 79 WON Fitzroy 4.35.57.69.7 61 18 BWS Aug 13 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
18 A Footscray 2.38.89.914.11 95 WON North Melbourne 4.34.35.45.5 35 60 ARD Aug 20 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
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1955 Player Stats

# Player GP K Avg H Avg D Avg M Avg HO Avg T Avg FF FA G Avg B TS
5 Box, Peter 17                             14 0.8    
18 Bryden, Dave 16                             4 0.3    
8 Clough, Alan 12                             3 0.3    
23 Collins, Bob 8                             1 0.1    
2 Collins, Jack 15                             60 4.0    
29 Dixon, Ron 2                             0 0.0    
22 Donald, Wally 18                             0 0.0    
7 Duffy, Roger 16                             13 0.8    
11 Edwards, Arthur 15                             2 0.1    
24 Gallagher, Jim 16                             0 0.0    
12 Gardiner, Alex 16                             2 0.1    
34 Gilmore, Brian 12                             3 0.3    
10 Harper, Roy 4                             2 0.5    
25 Henderson, Herb 17                             0 0.0    
1 Kerr, John 18                             24 1.3    
4 Letcher, Ian 1                             1 1.0    
33 McCarthy, Ron 6                             0 0.0    
19 McDowell, Frank 1                             0 0.0    
26 Nuttall, Jack 10                             0 0.0    
21 Porta, Ron 10                             1 0.1    
28 Reynolds, Doug 18                             5 0.3    
9 Ross, Don 18                             1 0.1    
31 Ryan, Lionel 11                             4 0.4    
8 Smith, Kevin 4                             9 2.3    
8 Smith, Kevin 9                             7 0.8    
32 Stevens, Harvey 15                             16 1.1    
17 Stockman, Ron 15                             0 0.0    
6 Sutton, Charlie 10                             4 0.4    
35 Trusler, Allan 6                             7 1.2    
20 Warren, Allen 4                             0 0.0    
10 Westacott, John 3                             0 0.0    
3 Whitten Snr, Ted 17                             0 0.0    
Totals 360                             183 0.5    
 

Footnotes

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