Western Bulldogs

The Western Bulldogs are a professional Australian rules football team that competes in the Australian Football League (AFL), the sport's premier competition.

Western Bulldogs
Full nameFootscray Football Club Limited, trading as Western Bulldogs[lower-alpha 1][1]
Nickname(s)Dogs, Doggies, Scraggers, The ‘Scray, Dish Lickers, Footascray.
2022 season
After finals8th
Home-and-away season8th
Leading goalkickerAaron Naughton (51 goals)
Club details
Founded1877 (entered into the VFL in 1925 as Footscray, renamed as Western Bulldogs in 1996)
ColoursRoyal blue, red, white
CompetitionAFL: Senior men
AFLW: Senior women
VFL: Reserves men
VFLW: Reserves women
PresidentKylie Watson-Wheeler
CoachAFL: 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
PremiershipsVFL/AFL (2)Reserves/VFL (8)VFA (9)AFLW (1)
Ground(s)AFL: Marvel Stadium (56,347) & Eureka Stadium (11,000)
AFLW/VFL/VFLW: Whitten Oval (12,000)
Training ground(s)Whitten Oval
Other information
Official websitewesternbulldogs.com.au

Founded in 1877 as the Footscray Football Club,[lower-alpha 1][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.

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