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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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1963 Season (V/AFL) Fixture | Player Stats

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Footscray's 1963 Fixture

Rnd H&A Club Q1Q2Q3Q4 S R Opponent Q1Q2Q3Q4 S Mgn Grd Date SC
1 A Footscray 2.52.75.85.10 40 LOST North Melbourne 2.18.69.811.11 77 -37 ARD Apr 20 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
2 H Footscray 2.04.37.415.11 101 WON Fitzroy 2.42.76.117.13 55 46 WES Apr 27 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
3 A Footscray 2.15.26.210.4 64 LOST Geelong 3.63.147.2410.25 85 -21 KAR May 4 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
4 H Footscray 1.26.69.914.12 96 WON Richmond 6.38.48.911.11 77 19 WES May 11 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
5 H Footscray 0.32.46.68.9 57 LOST Hawthorn 4.45.710.911.10 76 -19 WES May 18 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
6 A Footscray 3.65.106.126.18 54 LOST Essendon 2.38.412.813.16 94 -40 WIN May 25 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
7 H Footscray 1.33.74.77.7 49 LOST Carlton 0.42.45.78.9 57 -8 WES Jun 1 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
8 H Footscray 1.33.74.126.16 52 WON South Melbourne 1.51.73.85.9 39 13 WES Jun 10 (Mon, 2:15) Scores
9 A Footscray 2.13.25.46.4 40 LOST Collingwood 2.15.511.511.6 72 -32 VIC Jun 22 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
10 A Footscray 1.36.511.915.11 101 WON St. Kilda 4.35.88.1014.13 97 4 JUN Jun 29 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
11 H Footscray 1.31.41.53.6 24 LOST Melbourne 1.15.78.710.9 69 -45 WES Jul 20 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
12 H Footscray 3.07.77.910.11 71 WON North Melbourne 2.42.54.77.10 52 19 WES Jul 27 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
13 A Footscray 1.14.98.1210.20 80 WON Fitzroy 3.23.25.27.7 49 31 BWS Aug 3 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
14 H Footscray 0.12.74.75.8 38 LOST Geelong 5.25.48.78.10 58 -20 WES Aug 10 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
15 A Footscray 3.16.109.1316.21 117 WON Richmond 2.34.45.87.10 52 65 PUN Aug 17 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
16 A Footscray 2.32.36.58.7 55 LOST Hawthorn 3.29.1010.1513.21 99 -44 GLE Aug 24 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
17 H Footscray 1.12.14.34.4 28 LOST Essendon 1.64.87.1012.12 84 -56 WES Aug 31 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
18 A Footscray 2.43.66.118.11 59 LOST Carlton 2.23.105.1213.13 91 -32 PRI Sep 7 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
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1963 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 14                             3 0.2    
40 Becker, Niels 2                             1 0.5    
38 Bendelle, Col 3                             0 0.0    
43 Birch, Ron 1                             0 0.0    
6 Bisset, George 12                             16 1.3    
35 Blain, Ron 2                             0 0.0    
19 Bradbury, John 3                             0 0.0    
20 Bradley, John 7                             1 0.1    
5 Bryant, Ian 16                             1 0.1    
27 Chalmers, Graeme 7                             0 0.0    
40 Coutts, Rod 4                             8 2.0    
15 Darcy, David 17                             11 0.6    
7 Dowling, Bernie 7                             7 1.0    
16 Duff, Ken 11                             0 0.0    
28 Evans, Charlie 3                             0 0.0    
34 Graham, Max 2                             1 0.5    
39 Gray, Bob 7                             9 1.3    
44 Greenwood, John 11                             0 0.0    
11 Harrington, Bill 5                             2 0.4    
2 Hobbs, Merv 14                             16 1.1    
23 Hoiles Snr, John 18                             2 0.1    
17 Ion, Graham 14                             13 0.9    
21 Ion, Barry 16                             2 0.1    
25 Jillard, John 18                             0 0.0    
29 Lee, Bernie 9                             4 0.4    
33 Marsh, Ivan 1                             0 0.0    
9 McDonald, Cameron 2                             1 0.5    
30 McKenzie, Don 13                             10 0.8    
41 O'Halloran, Eddie 5                             2 0.4    
32 Parsons, Bob 4                             0 0.0    
22 Payne, Kelvin 3                             0 0.0    
14 Schultz, John 17                             4 0.2    
47 Schultz, Robert 2                             0 0.0    
31 Smith, Barry 16                             2 0.1    
8 Spargo Jnr, Bob 15                             14 0.9    
24 Spurling, Bob 2                             1 0.5    
26 Walker, Ray 17                             0 0.0    
4 Ware, Bob 17                             9 0.5    
3 Whitten Snr, Ted 18                             15 0.8    
1 Zeuschner, Murray 5                             1 0.2    
Totals 360                             156 0.4    
 

Footnotes

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