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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

CEO
Patterson, Mark

President
Smorgon, David

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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1997 Season (AFL) Fixture | Player Stats

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Western Bulldogs' 1997 Fixture

Rnd H&A Club Q1Q2Q3Q4 S R Opponent Q1Q2Q3Q4 S Mgn Grd Date SC
1 H Western Bulldogs 0.15.610.611.10 76 LOST Fremantle 3.45.86.1310.20 80 -4 PRI Mar 29 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
2 H Western Bulldogs 1.39.512.913.12 90 WON Sydney 4.48.512.712.11 83 7 PRI Apr 5 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
3 H Western Bulldogs 4.06.39.816.9 105 WON Richmond 5.37.610.1212.14 86 19 MCG Apr 12 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
4 A Western Bulldogs 2.25.69.813.11 89 WON Melbourne 3.38.610.813.9 87 2 MCG Apr 18 (Fri, 7:40) Scores
5 H Western Bulldogs 2.33.114.139.17 71 LOST Adelaide 5.37.313.519.7 121 -50 PRI Apr 26 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
6 A Western Bulldogs 4.18.414.1117.11 113 WON West Coast 3.47.78.1114.15 99 14 WAC May 2 (Fri, 8:40) Scores
7 H Western Bulldogs 2.38.1011.1319.19 133 WON Hawthorn 6.48.412.713.10 88 45 PRI May 10 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
8 A Western Bulldogs 4.36.117.1411.17 83 LOST Collingwood 4.410.613.1119.15 129 -46 MCG May 16 (Fri, 7:40) Scores
9 H Western Bulldogs 3.110.214.416.7 103 WON North Melbourne 4.17.37.510.11 71 32 MCG May 25 (Sun, 2:10) Scores
10 A Western Bulldogs 8.413.815.1120.16 136 WON Essendon 3.37.712.917.12 114 22 MCG Jun 1 (Sun, 2:10) Scores
11 H Western Bulldogs 2.57.78.1014.12 96 WON Geelong 3.15.28.611.9 75 21 PRI Jun 7 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
12 H Western Bulldogs 8.28.510.1012.10 82 LOST Port Adelaide 1.45.78.1014.10 94 -12 PRI Jun 14 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
13 A Western Bulldogs 4.47.712.915.11 101 WON St. Kilda 0.64.88.1211.18 84 17 WAV Jun 28 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
14 A Western Bulldogs 2.25.812.1116.14 110 WON Carlton 3.15.28.411.8 74 36 PRI Jul 5 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
15 H Western Bulldogs 4.15.48.711.7 73 LOST Brisbane 4.411.615.821.11 137 -64 PRI Jul 12 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
16 A Western Bulldogs 3.17.510.813.13 91 LOST Fremantle 5.29.412.715.7 97 -6 SUB Jul 20 (Sun, 2:10) Scores
17 A Western Bulldogs 1.22.46.67.10 52 LOST Sydney 6.210.1016.1422.17 149 -97 SCG Jul 26 (Sat, 4:40) Scores
18 A Western Bulldogs 5.48.710.915.10 100 LOST Richmond 4.38.613.817.13 115 -15 PRI Aug 2 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
19 H Western Bulldogs 4.56.109.1514.18 102 WON Melbourne 1.33.58.69.10 64 38 PRI Aug 9 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
20 A Western Bulldogs 6.010.213.616.7 103 WON Adelaide 1.42.94.127.18 60 43 FBP Aug 17 (Sun, 3:10) Scores
21 H Western Bulldogs 4.36.88.1212.14 86 WON West Coast 1.12.55.610.8 68 18 WHI Aug 23 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
22 A Western Bulldogs 3.48.812.1215.15 105 WON Hawthorn 4.26.58.713.9 87 18 WAV Aug 30 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
2QF H Western Bulldogs 9.212.514.718.11 119 WON Sydney 0.54.76.1012.12 84 35 MCG Sep 6 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
1PF H Western Bulldogs 2.210.613.713.13 91 LOST Adelaide 0.74.118.1512.21 93 -2 MCG Sep 20 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
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1997 Player Stats

# Player GP K Avg H Avg D Avg M Avg HO Avg T Avg FF FA G Avg B TS
30 Allen, Scott 2 3 1.5 1 0.5 4 2.0 3 1.5 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0.5 0 6
17 Brown, Nathan 14 107 7.6 35 2.5 142 10.1 34 2.4 0 0.0 7 0.5 8 8 10 0.7 11 71
18 Cameron, Leon 17 207 12.2 59 3.5 266 15.6 62 3.6 0 0.0 7 0.4 10 6 6 0.4 10 46
43 Contessa, Adam 4 25 6.3 20 5.0 45 11.3 1 0.3 0 0.0 5 1.3 2 3 0 0.0 1 1
12 Cook, James 14 85 6.1 31 2.2 116 8.3 59 4.2 0 0.0 5 0.4 12 14 36 2.6 20 236
26 Cox, Simon 10 91 9.1 38 3.8 129 12.9 43 4.3 0 0.0 2 0.2 11 4 3 0.3 2 20
16 Croft, Matthew 20 129 6.5 81 4.1 210 10.5 73 3.7 3 0.2 23 1.2 14 19 17 0.9 4 106
11 Curley, Todd 10 102 10.2 37 3.7 139 13.9 37 3.7 9 0.9 14 1.4 13 7 2 0.2 2 14
14 Darcy, Luke 23 208 9.0 92 4.0 300 13.0 131 5.7 123 5.3 14 0.6 24 31 24 1.0 13 157
21 Dent, Matthew 20 189 9.5 126 6.3 315 15.8 76 3.8 0 0.0 29 1.5 12 15 5 0.3 1 31
28 Dimattina, Paul 17 221 13.0 93 5.5 314 18.5 68 4.0 1 0.1 27 1.6 19 16 8 0.5 11 59
32 Ellis, Craig 24 227 9.5 111 4.6 338 14.1 109 4.5 11 0.5 24 1.0 31 25 1 0.0 2 8
3 Grant, Chris 23 281 12.2 148 6.4 429 18.7 170 7.4 10 0.4 29 1.3 35 33 37 1.6 22 244
37 Hargraves, Daniel 4 10 2.5 0 0.0 10 2.5 8 2.0 0 0.0 2 0.5 0 1 3 0.8 1 19
9 Hudson, Paul 20 154 7.7 78 3.9 232 11.6 75 3.8 0 0.0 15 0.8 11 18 27 1.4 25 187
6 Johnson, Brad 24 375 15.6 125 5.2 500 20.8 122 5.1 0 0.0 25 1.0 19 23 16 0.7 15 111
4 Kellett, Nigel 4 23 5.8 11 2.8 34 8.5 7 1.8 0 0.0 5 1.3 3 2 0 0.0 1 1
2 Kolyniuk, Steven 17 144 8.5 44 2.6 188 11.1 38 2.2 0 0.0 22 1.3 21 11 14 0.8 11 95
35 Kretiuk, Steven 15 88 5.9 64 4.3 152 10.1 38 2.5 4 0.3 14 0.9 14 11 0 0.0 1 1
27 Lane, Tyson 3 26 8.7 8 2.7 34 11.3 10 3.3 0 0.0 2 0.7 1 2 1 0.3 3 9
39 Liberatore, Tony 24 237 9.9 196 8.2 433 18.0 40 1.7 0 0.0 95 4.0 34 23 8 0.3 4 52
23 Martin, Michael 6 29 4.8 16 2.7 45 7.5 9 1.5 0 0.0 6 1.0 1 1 1 0.2 3 9
1 Minton-Connell, Simon 17 90 5.3 25 1.5 115 6.8 58 3.4 0 0.0 9 0.5 5 6 43 2.5 26 284
10 Montgomery, Brett 16 139 8.7 48 3.0 187 11.7 79 4.9 0 0.0 15 0.9 11 15 18 1.1 18 126
29 Powell, Stephen 3 25 8.3 8 2.7 33 11.0 16 5.3 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 3 2 0.7 2 14
22 Quill, Peter 4 30 7.5 30 7.5 60 15.0 12 3.0 0 0.0 8 2.0 3 5 1 0.3 0 6
36 Romero, José 24 298 12.4 138 5.8 436 18.2 80 3.3 0 0.0 29 1.2 40 19 11 0.5 10 76
41 Round, David 2 2 1.0 0 0.0 2 1.0 0 0.0 2 1.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
38 Sir, Sedat 8 39 4.9 10 1.3 49 6.1 15 1.9 0 0.0 9 1.1 4 3 0 0.0 1 1
5 Smith, Rohan 24 318 13.3 145 6.0 463 19.3 95 4.0 1 0.0 32 1.3 23 15 26 1.1 13 169
8 Southern, Daniel 17 100 5.9 81 4.8 181 10.6 67 3.9 3 0.2 19 1.1 18 7 2 0.1 0 12
25 Watts, Jason 4 11 2.8 6 1.5 17 4.3 5 1.3 0 0.0 0 0.0 3 1 2 0.5 2 14
34 West, Mark 7 49 7.0 27 3.9 76 10.9 11 1.6 0 0.0 15 2.1 3 9 2 0.3 4 16
7 West, Scott 24 367 15.3 240 10.0 607 25.3 58 2.4 1 0.0 57 2.4 48 21 5 0.2 3 33
24 Wira, Brad 16 118 7.4 85 5.3 203 12.7 43 2.7 0 0.0 7 0.4 13 9 1 0.1 0 6
15 Wynd, Scott 23 97 4.2 194 8.4 291 12.7 83 3.6 350 15.2 30 1.3 31 32 3 0.1 2 20
Totals 504 4644 9.2 2451 4.9 7095 14.1 1835 3.6 518 1.0 602 1.2 497 418 336 0.7 244 2260
 

Footnotes

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