The Western Bulldogs are a professional Australian rules football team that competes in the Australian Football League (AFL), the sport's premier competition.
|Full name||Footscray Football Club Limited, trading as Western Bulldogs[lower-alpha 1]|
|Nickname(s)||Dogs, Doggies, Scraggers, The ‘Scray, Dish Lickers, Footascray.|
|Leading goalkicker||Aaron Naughton (51 goals)|
|Founded||1877 (entered into the VFL in 1925 as Footscray, renamed as Western Bulldogs in 1996)|
|Colours||Royal blue, red, white|
|Competition||AFL: Senior men|
AFLW: Senior women
VFL: Reserves men
VFLW: Reserves women
|Coach||AFL: Luke Beveridge|
AFLW: Nathan Burke
VFL: Stewart Edge
VFLW: Rhys Sullivan
|Captain(s)||AFL: Marcus Bontempelli|
AFLW: Ellie Blackburn
VFL: Lachie Sullivan
VFLW: Riley Christgoergl
|Ground(s)||AFL: Marvel Stadium (56,347) & Eureka Stadium (11,000)|
AFLW/VFL/VFLW: Whitten Oval (12,000)
|Training ground(s)||Whitten Oval|
Founded in 1877 as the Footscray Football Club,[lower-alpha 1] and based in West Footscray in the old City of Footscray west of Melbourne, the club won nine premierships in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) before gaining admission to the Victorian Football League (which became the AFL in 1990) in 1925. The club has won two VFL/AFL premierships, in 1954 and 2016 and was runner-up in 1961 and 2021.
Much of the club's supporter base comes from Melbourne's traditionally working-class western region. Docklands Stadium, in the city's inner-west, has served as the club's home ground since 2000, while its headquarters and training facilities are at its original home ground, the Whitten Oval. The club also plays home games at Mars Stadium in the city of Ballarat west of Melbourne. The Western Bulldogs guernsey features two thick horizontal hoops—one red and one white—on a royal blue background. Fourteen players from the club are members of the Australian Football Hall of Fame, including inaugural inductee and Legend Ted Whitten. Marcus Bontempelli and Luke Beveridge serve as the club's current captain and head coach.
At the end of 1996, as part of a broader rebranding scheme, the club changed its name from Footscray to Western Bulldogs. The club has fielded a side in AFL Women's since the competition's 2017 inception, and also has a reserves side in the Victorian Football League and VFL Women's League.