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Beginnings: The Western Bulldogs, (Footscray Football Club) are an AFL (Australian Football League) club based at the Whitten Oval in West Footscray, an inner-western suburb of Melbourne. The club draws its supporter base from this traditionally working class area and plays its home matches at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne Docklands, also in the city's inner-west. Established 1883.

Records:
  • * Record Attendance: 42,354 at Western Oval on 9 July 1955
  • * Most Games: 329 by Doug Hawkins 1978-1994
  • * Largest Finals Crowd: 107,935 for 1961 grand final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
7 Western Bulldogs (P) 22 15 7 0 1857 1609 115.4 60

Wood named Bulldogs captain

Wood: "It's a huge honour" BulldogsTV speaks exclusively to Easton Wood ahead of his announcement as the Club's new captain, discussing the honour of the role, the responsibilities it brings, the type of leader he wants to be, and what he sees as his focus for the group across the preseason and into season 2018.

Easton Wood has been announced as the new captain of the Western Bulldogs.

The 28-year-old will lead a leadership group of six, which includes Marcus Bontempelli as vice-captain.

The new-look group, which was voted on by the players, includes Lachie Hunter, Jason Johannisen, Jack Redpath and Jordan Roughead.

Wood, the Bulldogs’ vice-captain for the last two seasons, led the Club to a historic premiership in 2016 in the absence of Bob Murphy, who missed most of that season with a knee injury.

Murphy, the Club captain from 2015-17, retired in August after 312 games.

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Wood named Bulldogs captain

Wood: "It's a huge honour" BulldogsTV speaks exclusively to Easton Wood ahead of his announcement as the Club's new captain, discussing the honour of the role, the responsibilities it brings, the type of leader he wants to be, and what he sees as his focus for the group across the preseason and into season 2018.

Easton Wood has been announced as the new captain of the Western Bulldogs.

The 28-year-old will lead a leadership group of six, which includes Marcus Bontempelli as vice-captain.

The new-look group, which was voted on by the players, includes Lachie Hunter, Jason Johannisen, Jack Redpath and Jordan Roughead.

Wood, the Bulldogs’ vice-captain for the last two seasons, led the Club to a historic premiership in 2016 in the absence of Bob Murphy, who missed most of that season with a knee injury.

Murphy, the Club captain from 2015-17, retired in August after 312 games.

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Redpath steps forward

New Captain Speaks To Media Easton Wood spoke to the media after he was announced as the new Captain for the Western Bulldogs.

It’s May 2017 at Domain Stadium in Perth and Jack Redpath, in his first AFL game back from his third serious knee injury is lining up for goal.

At Etihad Stadium the week before he’d taken nine marks and kicked six goals in a commanding performance in the VFL, 287 days since injuring his ACL against St.Kilda at the same ground.

The kick, from 30 metres out and on a 45 degree angle is typical Redpath, hard, low and dead straight.  As the ball sails through mid-post height, Channel Seven’s Brian Taylor, gives a glimpse as to why the 26-year-old was elevated into the Club’s Leadership Group for the 2018 season this week.

“You watch the players get around this man here, they absolutely love him,” Taylor exclaimed in his characteristically ebullient...


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Redpath steps forward

New Captain Speaks To Media Easton Wood spoke to the media after he was announced as the new Captain for the Western Bulldogs.

It’s May 2017 at Domain Stadium in Perth and Jack Redpath, in his first AFL game back from his third serious knee injury is lining up for goal.

At Etihad Stadium the week before he’d taken nine marks and kicked six goals in a commanding performance in the VFL, 287 days since injuring his ACL against St.Kilda at the same ground.

The kick, from 30 metres out and on a 45 degree angle is typical Redpath, hard, low and dead straight.  As the ball sails through mid-post height, Channel Seven’s Brian Taylor, gives a glimpse as to why the 26-year-old was elevated into the Club’s Leadership Group for the 2018 season this week.

“You watch the players get around this man here, they absolutely love him,” Taylor exclaimed in his characteristically ebullient...


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Bevo on the Leaders

Bevo announces leaders to players Enter the inner sanctum and watch exclusive vision from Monday's team meeting, in which Senior Coach Luke Beveridge announced the team's 2018 leadership group to the players for the first time.

On Monday morning, with the whole group back together for the first time to begin pre-season training, Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge formally announced the Club’s 2018 leadership group.

At the end of the 2017, during the exit interview process, the players were asked to put their votes forward as to who they wanted to see lead them into the new season, and with that Easton Wood was named captain, and Marcus Bontempelli named vice-captain.

Joining them were Jack Redpath, Jason Johannisen, Lachie Hunter and Jordan Roughead.

Here’s what the coach had to say about each of them.  You can watch the full video here.

Jack Redpath

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Bevo on the Leaders

Bevo announces leaders to players Enter the inner sanctum and watch exclusive vision from Monday's team meeting, in which Senior Coach Luke Beveridge announced the team's 2018 leadership group to the players for the first time.

On Monday morning, with the whole group back together for the first time to begin pre-season training, Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge formally announced the Club’s 2018 leadership group.

At the end of the 2017, during the exit interview process, the players were asked to put their votes forward as to who they wanted to see lead them into the new season, and with that Easton Wood was named captain, and Marcus Bontempelli named vice-captain.

Joining them were Jack Redpath, Jason Johannisen, Lachie Hunter and Jordan Roughead.

Here’s what the coach had to say about each of them.  You can watch the full video here.

Jack Redpath

“The thing that came out in...


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Four Things To Watch: Pre-Season 2018

New Captain Speaks To Media Easton Wood spoke to the media after he was announced as the new Captain for the Western Bulldogs.

1. Sun’s out, guns out

As the temperatures finally begin to climb and talk turns to The Ashes and the makeup of the Channel 9 commentary team, the Bulldogs’ full squad hit the track together for the first time on Monday. 

You can’t help but notice that there’s some familiar faces missing, and with that a new leadership group has emerged.

Easton Wood has assumed the captaincy full time, Marcus Bontempelli will be his co-pilot, and Jordan Roughead has rejoined the Leadership Group for the first time since 2015.  But perhaps most pleasing for Bulldogs fans is the emergence of the next group of leaders, with Jason Johannisen, Lachie Hunter and Jack Redpath stepping up.

While you obviously don’t need a title to be a leader, Dale Morris will continue to be Dale...


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Four Things To Watch: Pre-Season 2018

New Captain Speaks To Media Easton Wood spoke to the media after he was announced as the new Captain for the Western Bulldogs.

1. Sun’s out, guns out

As the temperatures finally begin to climb and talk turns to The Ashes and the makeup of the Channel 9 commentary team, the Bulldogs’ full squad hit the track together for the first time on Monday. 

You can’t help but notice that there’s some familiar faces missing, and with that a new leadership group has emerged.

Easton Wood has assumed the captaincy full time, Marcus Bontempelli will be his co-pilot, and Jordan Roughead has rejoined the Leadership Group for the first time since 2015.  But perhaps most pleasing for Bulldogs fans is the emergence of the next group of leaders, with Jason Johannisen, Lachie Hunter and Jack Redpath stepping up.

While you obviously don’t need a title to be a leader, Dale Morris will continue to be Dale...


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Former Olympian named women's footy boss

THREE-TIME Olympian Nicole Livingstone has been appointed the new head of women's football, and hopes to begin the journey towards the AFLW becoming totally professional.

Livingstone will join the AFL on December 4 and has the responsibility of growing and managing the NAB AFL Women’s competition and female football participation.

Since retiring from her decorated swimming career in 1996, Livingstone has gone on to be a success as a commentator, presenter and sports administrator.

Among a host of roles, she is currently on the board of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and a director of Swimming Australia and will resign from successful roles with the Australian Olympic Committee and VicHealth. 

With a lot to get her head around and the AFLW season less than three months away, Livingstone told AFL.com.aushe thought the game's elite competition could one day be fully professional.

"I...


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Tim’s towering ambition

English: "Really looking forward to this year" BulldogsTV spoke to Tim English about his first week back, and his memories from last year's draft.

Standing at a towering 205cm, 20-year-old Tim English has all of the attributes desired of a ruckman in the modern game –  he is mobile, and clean with his hands, with the ability to cover the ground and rack up possessions.

Rewind 12 months and the West Australian was preparing for the NAB AFL Draft, with his playing destiny out of his hands.

“I remember being really, really nervous. That was one thing that sort of got me,” English told westernbulldogs.com.au.

“Being in Sydney for the Draft I remember sitting there with Mum and Dad.

“It’s such a weird situation because you have no idea what’s happening and you have no control over it.  

“Being able to play football as a job is something I’ve wanted to do since I was quite...


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AFLX details confirmed

AFL 2017 Rd 12 - Sydney Swans v Western Bulldogs

Western Bulldogs are scheduled to play in Sydney against GWS, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Richmond and the Sydney Swans. (Photo: AFL Media)

The AFL has confirmed its shortened version of the game, AFLX, will be launched in February next year, a week before the JLT Community Series.

AFL teams have been split into three groups, with the Western Bulldogs scheduled to play in Sydney on Saturday, February 17 in a tournament which also contains GWS, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Richmond and the Sydney Swans.

Adelaide (February 15) and Melbourne (February 16) will host the other two tournaments. 

AFLX, a fast and exciting version of Australian Football, is to be played on a rectangular field and aims to showcase the unique and most thrilling aspects of the game to attract new fans.

AFL General Manager of Game Development Andrew Dillon said the confirmation of AFLX was the first step in the launch of the...


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Cal Twomey's Phantom form guide: November edition

AFTER all those games, all that athletic testing and all of the club interviews, we are finally a week away from the NAB AFL Draft.

It is crunch time for recruiters to finalise their lists of prospects, and the same applies to us at AFL.com.au as we reveal our final Phantom Form Guide for 2017. 

This is our rating of the best 30 players in this year's pool. It is not a mock draft or necessarily an indication of where the players will get selected or where bids may come for father-son or academy players.

1 Cameron Rayner

POS: Half-forward/midfielder, Ht 187cm, Wt 88kg, DOB 21/10/1999
From Western Jets/Vic Metro
October ranking: 1

Rayner is the most exciting, game-changing prospect in the pool and for that reason is the No.1 player in the Phantom Form Guide. It was rare for Rayner to play a game this year without showing at least a couple of his tricks – whether it be an explosive burst from a stoppage,...


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Cult Figures: Peter Street

AFL 2006 Rd 4 - Western Bulldogs v Geelong

Peter Street of the Bulldogs in action during the round four AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Geelong Cats at the Telstra Dome April 22, 2006 in Melbourne, Australia.

Peter Street doesn’t go unnoticed. At 211cm, he is the equal-tallest AFL player ever recorded, leading him to be easily identifiable while roaming the streets of Footscray as a detective since finishing his playing days in 2008. The 37-year-old chats to AFLPlayers.com.au about his AFL and Victorian Police career.

It was reported a few years ago that you joined Victoria Police, are you still there now?

Yeah, except I’m a detective now and have been for just over three years while being a police officer for around eight years. I’m based out at Footscray.

When did the passion to become a police officer begin to surface for you?

Towards the end of my career and more specifically in my last year, I was able to...


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The best no. 79 picks

AFL 2017 Media - AFL Draft Combine Day 3

westernbulldogs.com.au takes a looks at the best players drafted at pick 79.

The Western Bulldogs hold picks #9, #16 and #79 heading into the 2017 NAB AFL Draft.

westernbulldogs.com.au takes a look at two very handy #79 draft picks.

1990 AFL National Draft – James Hird

James Hird was taken at pick #79 in the 1990 National Draft. Hird took home ‘Charlie’ in the 1996 Brownlow count and by the time his career ended in 2008, after 253 games and 343 goals, Hird had claimed the 2000 Norm Smith medal, was a two-time Premiership player, won five Essendon best and fairest awards, was named All Australian five times and captained the Bombers for eight seasons.

The Hird Files:

2x AFL premierships: 1993, 2000 (captain)
Brownlow Medal: 1996
All-Australian team: 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2003
Essendon best and fairest: 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2007
Norm Smith Medal: 2000
Essendon leading goalkicker:...


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The best no. 79 picks

AFL 2017 Media - AFL Draft Combine Day 3

westernbulldogs.com.au takes a looks at the best players drafted at pick 79.

The Western Bulldogs hold picks #9, #16 and #79 heading into the 2017 NAB AFL Draft.

westernbulldogs.com.au takes a look at two very handy #79 draft picks.

1990 AFL National Draft – James Hird

James Hird was taken at pick #79 in the 1990 National Draft. Hird took home ‘Charlie’ in the 1996 Brownlow count and by the time his career ended in 2008, after 253 games and 343 goals, Hird had claimed the 2000 Norm Smith medal, was a two-time Premiership player, won five Essendon best and fairest awards, was named All Australian five times and captained the Bombers for eight seasons.

The Hird Files:

2x AFL premierships: 1993, 2000 (captain)
Brownlow Medal: 1996
All-Australian team: 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2003
Essendon best and fairest: 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2007
Norm Smith Medal: 2000
Essendon leading goalkicker:...


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Bargain Hunters

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Daniel Cross played 210 games across 11 seasons after being drafted at Pick 56 in 2000. (Photo: AFL Media)

With the 2018 season looming, the eyes of the footy world will be on Sydney next Friday for the NAB AFL Draft, where eager young footballers across the country will hope to hear their name called and begin their AFL journeys.

The Bulldogs will take picks 9, 16 and 79 to the Sydney Convention Centre next week, and fans will no doubt be keen to see who the Dogs can pluck with two top 20 picks. 

But what of 79? While names like Bevan Smillie and Daniel Donati may not be familiar, there’s a good chance that Aaron Hamill and James Hird are.

The message?  Bargains are out there to be found, and in that spirit here are the top five Bulldogs bargains since the draft’s first year back in 1986.

1. Chris Grant

Pick 105, 1988.

Simply one of the greatest Bulldogs to ever pull on the...


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Cult Figures: Peter Street

AFL 2006 Rd 4 - Western Bulldogs v Geelong

Peter Street of the Bulldogs in action during the round four AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Geelong Cats at the Telstra Dome April 22, 2006 in Melbourne, Australia.

Peter Street doesn’t go unnoticed. At 211cm, he is the equal-tallest AFL player ever recorded, leading him to be easily identifiable while roaming the streets of Footscray as a detective since finishing his playing days in 2008. The 37-year-old chats to AFLPlayers.com.au about his AFL and Victorian Police career.

It was reported a few years ago that you joined Victoria Police, are you still there now?

Yeah, except I’m a detective now and have been for just over three years while being a police officer for around eight years. I’m based out at Footscray.

When did the passion to become a police officer begin to surface for you?

Towards the end of my career and more specifically in my last year, I was able to...


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Bargain Hunters

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Daniel Cross played 210 games across 11 seasons after being drafted at Pick 56 in 2000. (Photo: AFL Media)

With the 2018 season looming, the eyes of the footy world will be on Sydney next Friday for the NAB AFL Draft, where eager young footballers across the country will hope to hear their name called and begin their AFL journeys.

The Bulldogs will take picks 9, 16 and 79 to the Sydney Convention Centre next week, and fans will no doubt be keen to see who the Dogs can pluck with two top 20 picks. 

But what of 79? While names like Bevan Smillie and Daniel Donati may not be familiar, there’s a good chance that Aaron Hamill and James Hird are.

The message?  Bargains are out there to be found, and in that spirit here are the top five Bulldogs bargains since the draft’s first year back in 1986.

1. Chris Grant

Pick 105, 1988.

Simply one of the greatest Bulldogs to ever pull on the...


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Honeychurch stepping up

Honeychurch: "Looking forward to the season ahead" BulldogsTV spoke to Mitch Honeychurch to see how his first week of pre-season is tracking.

Patience has become a key part of Mitch Honeychurch’s game. 

Not one to waste an opportunity at AFL level, Honeychurch bided his time in the VFL early in 2017. He played six straight AFL matches from Round 13 before his hopes of landing more senior game time were dashed when injury struck and he was ruled out for the remainder of the season.

But the 22-year-old is optimistic he can add to his 22-game career tally in 2018.

“I definitely take confidence from the six games I played in the AFL side,” Honeychurch told westernbulldogs.com.au.

Honeychurch finished the season averaging 15 disposals per match, including six score involvements, and his 5.7 tackles per game placed him fourth at the club.

“I thought I was playing pretty good footy when...


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Join us at the Bulldogs Shop relaunch

'Outsiders' - Coming Soon Take a look at the trailer for Outsiders - a behind-the-scenes look at the Western Bulldogs' ground-breaking journey to the 2016 AFL Premiership. Showing at Sun Theatre 28 September - 4 October, or pre-order the DVD today.

The Bulldogs Shop at VU Whitten Oval will relaunch later this month ahead of the 2018 season.

The new-look shop front will showcase the latest Bulldogs’ Asics merchandise range, with 2016 Premiership players Tom Boyd and Caleb Daniel on hand to sign autographs.

2018 memberships will also be available at the store, with subscribers entered into a draw to win great prizes. 

To celebrate the relaunch, all members will receive 10% off their purchases, and a free gift bag will be given to the first 200 customers. 

Barkers Café will also be open, they’ll be offering a Regular coffee and Barkers Homemade Muffin for just...


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