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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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1985 Season (V/AFL) Fixture | Player Stats

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Footscray's 1985 Fixture

Rnd H&A Club Q1Q2Q3Q4 S R Opponent Q1Q2Q3Q4 S Mgn Grd Date SC
1 A Footscray 3.29.317.722.10 142 WON Carlton 3.25.411.617.10 112 30 PRI Mar 30 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
2 H Footscray 1.19.514.1020.14 134 WON North Melbourne 8.29.312.416.12 108 26 VFL Apr 8 (Mon, 2:10) Scores
3 H Footscray 4.313.515.1026.14 170 WON Geelong 5.010.313.816.9 105 65 WES Apr 13 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
4 A Footscray 5.38.611.912.11 83 LOST Melbourne 3.26.99.1114.18 102 -19 VFL Apr 20 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
5 H Footscray 3.47.1114.1318.17 125 WON Essendon 4.36.86.1111.18 84 41 WES Apr 27 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
6 A Footscray 1.16.67.1311.17 83 LOST Sydney 8.313.417.825.11 161 -78 SCG May 5 (Sun, 2:10) Scores
7 A Footscray 9.412.518.823.13 151 WON Richmond 2.37.313.715.11 101 50 MCG May 11 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
8 H Footscray 4.16.38.711.7 73 LOST Fitzroy 4.56.89.1212.15 87 -14 WES May 18 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
9 A Footscray 4.27.514.816.11 107 LOST Hawthorn 7.713.1115.1417.24 126 -19 PRI May 25 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
10 H Footscray 4.56.710.716.10 106 WON Collingwood 3.26.510.612.8 80 26 MCG Jun 2 (Sun, 2:10) Scores
11 H Footscray 3.47.611.1915.21 111 WON St. Kilda 1.14.57.713.12 90 21 WES Jun 8 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
12 H Footscray 5.06.010.613.8 86 WON Carlton 0.32.42.55.9 39 47 WES Jun 15 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
13 A Footscray 4.38.89.811.11 77 WON North Melbourne 2.83.126.199.21 75 2 VFL Jun 22 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
14 A Footscray 7.312.617.823.8 146 WON Geelong 7.910.1314.1917.22 124 22 KAR Jun 29 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
15 H Footscray 4.59.1018.1126.13 169 WON Melbourne 1.24.54.86.13 49 120 WES Jul 6 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
16 A Footscray 2.54.66.713.10 88 LOST Essendon 6.112.415.817.10 112 -24 WIN Jul 20 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
17 H Footscray 7.29.311.1215.15 105 WON Sydney 1.28.78.811.13 79 26 WES Jul 27 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
18 H Footscray 4.212.816.1125.16 166 WON Richmond 3.36.514.517.6 108 58 VFL Aug 3 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
19 A Footscray 1.25.29.412.5 77 WON Fitzroy 2.44.75.1010.12 72 5 VIC Aug 10 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
20 H Footscray 0.23.64.85.13 43 WON Hawthorn 4.14.15.65.8 38 5 WES Aug 17 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
21 A Footscray 4.66.1010.1315.19 109 WON Collingwood 2.06.38.59.10 64 45 VIC Aug 24 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
22 A Footscray 3.85.117.168.18 66 LOST St. Kilda 1.35.35.712.12 84 -18 MOO Aug 31 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
QF A Footscray 2.33.56.118.14 62 LOST Hawthorn 6.511.1115.1622.23 155 -93 MCG Sep 8 (Sun, 2:30) Scores
1SF H Footscray 3.19.814.1619.23 137 WON North Melbourne 4.39.511.916.11 107 30 MCG Sep 15 (Sun, 2:30) Scores
PF A Footscray 4.46.610.715.9 99 LOST Hawthorn 3.27.410.816.13 109 -10 VFL Sep 21 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
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1985 Player Stats

# Player GP K Avg H Avg D Avg M Avg HO Avg T Avg FF FA G Avg B TS
9 Bamblett, Les 24 226 9.4 63 2.6 289 12.0 66 2.8 2 0.1     26 47 51 2.1 35 341
35 Baxter, Darren 4 25 6.3 5 1.3 30 7.5 5 1.3 0 0.0     6 6 0 0.0 0 0
26 Baxter, Peter 1 3 3.0 2 2.0 5 5.0 0 0.0 0 0.0     0 0 0 0.0 0 0
18 Beasley, Simon 25 172 6.9 23 0.9 195 7.8 127 5.1 6 0.2     28 45 105 4.2 41 671
21 Buhagiar, Tony 25 305 12.2 106 4.2 411 16.4 78 3.1 0 0.0     51 55 36 1.4 25 241
28 Cordy, Graeme 3 16 5.3 8 2.7 24 8.0 8 2.7 0 0.0     1 2 2 0.7 2 14
29 Cordy, Neil 20 143 7.2 52 2.6 195 9.8 47 2.4 1 0.1     37 29 1 0.1 2 8
49 Cordy, Brian 25 293 11.7 70 2.8 363 14.5 71 2.8 2 0.1     25 23 2 0.1 1 13
11 Daniels, Allen 24 389 16.2 55 2.3 444 18.5 86 3.6 1 0.0     26 33 17 0.7 17 119
16 Dunne, Emmett 1 1 1.0 0 0.0 1 1.0 1 1.0 3 3.0     0 1 0 0.0 0 0
20 Edmond, Jim 22 277 12.6 68 3.1 345 15.7 122 5.5 2 0.1     43 50 38 1.7 25 253
10 Egan, Mick 5 38 7.6 20 4.0 58 11.6 8 1.6 0 0.0     7 5 0 0.0 0 0
45 Ford, Michael 15 83 5.5 40 2.7 123 8.2 24 1.6 0 0.0     14 17 1 0.1 0 6
6 Ford, Alister 1 8 8.0 2 2.0 10 10.0 5 5.0 22 22.0     4 3 0 0.0 0 0
32 Foster, Peter 20 213 10.7 64 3.2 277 13.9 57 2.9 0 0.0     45 39 0 0.0 3 3
14 Groenewegen, Robert 17 118 6.9 40 2.4 158 9.3 32 1.9 29 1.7     24 27 7 0.4 5 47
4 Hardie, Brad 25 365 14.6 92 3.7 457 18.3 113 4.5 0 0.0     53 29 13 0.5 18 96
7 Hawkins, Doug 24 349 14.5 182 7.6 531 22.1 172 7.2 1 0.0     56 49 7 0.3 8 50
3 Kellett, Mark 8 61 7.6 23 2.9 84 10.5 26 3.3 1 0.1     6 7 0 0.0 0 0
8 Kennedy, Rick 17 121 7.1 56 3.3 177 10.4 37 2.2 0 0.0     37 25 0 0.0 1 1
43 MacPherson, Rod 10 112 11.2 42 4.2 154 15.4 32 3.2 0 0.0     25 14 1 0.1 1 7
27 MacPherson, Stephen 25 286 11.4 114 4.6 400 16.0 85 3.4 0 0.0     45 58 39 1.6 19 253
17 Maylin, Phil 17 204 12.0 89 5.2 293 17.2 51 3.0 0 0.0     26 26 4 0.2 4 28
51 McLean, Michael 23 186 8.1 100 4.3 286 12.4 36 1.6 0 0.0     21 21 6 0.3 2 38
37 Peart, Neil 9 64 7.1 23 2.6 87 9.7 29 3.2 9 1.0     16 17 5 0.6 0 30
38 Petraglia, Angelo 2 10 5.0 1 0.5 11 5.5 0 0.0 0 0.0     1 1 1 0.5 1 7
1 Purser, Andrew 24 216 9.0 113 4.7 329 13.7 105 4.4 402 16.8     64 66 5 0.2 5 35
33 Royal, Brian 25 466 18.6 70 2.8 536 21.4 115 4.6 0 0.0     47 63 37 1.5 35 257
2 Sewell, Jim 25 172 6.9 106 4.2 278 11.1 106 4.2 12 0.5     29 23 14 0.6 21 105
19 Tzatzaris, Zeno 6 40 6.7 6 1.0 46 7.7 10 1.7 0 0.0     3 6 0 0.0 0 0
24 Wallis, Steve 25 464 18.6 158 6.3 622 24.9 178 7.1 1 0.0     44 43 6 0.2 10 46
5 Williams, Ian 3 20 6.7 7 2.3 27 9.0 7 2.3 0 0.0     2 3 0 0.0 1 1
Totals 500 5446 10.9 1800 3.6 7246 14.5 1839 3.7 494 1.0     812 833 398 0.8 282 2670
 

Footnotes

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