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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

Bob Jane T-Marts expand partnership with the Bulldogs

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The Western Bulldogs' draft class of 2017 pictured at Victoria University Whitten Oval, showcasing the new Bob Jane T-Marts branding on the media polo sleeves.

The Club is proud to announce that Bob Jane T-Marts have become a platinum partner of the Club's AFL team until the end of the 2019 season.

The partnership expands the brands involvement with the Club beyond their current co-major sponsorship of the AFLW team which had commenced in late 2016.

Bob Jane T-Marts were an integral part of the inaugural AFLW season and will now have a partnership across both the AFL and AFLW teams in a further show of support from the iconic brand.

The Club is extremely happy to expand their association with such a like-minded brand that has over 50 years of experience as Australia’s largest independent tyre and wheel retailer.

Both brands are perfectly aligned and have many of the same shared...


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Draft Days | New doco released

All Access | Draft Days From the combine to draft night, inside the recruiters' meetings and the deliberations behind closed doors, follow the journey that saw three draft hopefuls become Bulldogs in the latest BulldogsTV All Access documentary.

The recent NAB AFL Draft was the culmination of months of work for recruiting and list management staff as they zeroed in on the latest addition to their playing lists.

In the latest BulldogsTV All Access documentary, released on Monday night, fans are taken behind the curtain as the Dogs prepare to take Aaron Naughton, Ed Richards and Callum Porter at this year’s draft in Sydney.

Be there as Western Bulldogs Recruiting Manager Simon Dalrymple, provides exclusive access at the NAB AFL Draft Combine and inside his home office, breaking down vision of the Club’s then potential draft picks, before the door is opened on all the debate and...


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Guernsey numbers reveal coming

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The new guernsey numbers for 2018 season will be revealed on Wednesday, starting at 8:00am (AEDT)

With a number of players departing the kennel this past offseason, including two former captains, speculation has grown about who will be wearing what guernsey numbers this season, and come Wednesday, all will be revealed.

At five key moments throughout Wednesday - 8:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm and 6:00pm (AEDT) - the guernsey numbers of the Club's new recruits will be revealed. The guernsey numbers will be revealed across westernbulldogs.com.au, the official Bulldogs Mobile App and the Club's social media channels -Facebook,Twitter and Instagram.

Throughout the trade and draft periods, the Bulldogs have brought in seven new players, all of who will need new numbers.  But will it stop there? Do the vacant numbers just go to the new guys, or are there some younger players ready and...


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Numbers’ up for Dunkley, Young

Dunkley: "It is a massive honour' Josh Dunkley spoke to BulldogsTV to reveal his guernsey number for the 2018 season

The Western Bulldogs will reveal their 2018 guernsey numbers today, with youngsters Lewis Young and Josh Dunkley the first changes to be revealed, taking on numbers’ two and five respectively.

At four more key times throughout Wednesday - 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm and 6:00pm (AEDT) - the remaining guernsey numbers for the upcoming 2018 season will be announced. The guernsey numbers will be revealed across westernbulldogs.com.au, the official Bulldogs Mobile App and the Club's social media channels -Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The numbers two and five became available following the retirements of Club legends and former captains Robert Murphy and Matthew Boyd after the 2017 season after 33 seasons and 604 combined games. 

The significance of their inheritance...


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Q&A — Billy Gowers

Billy Becomes A Bulldog BulldogsTV spoke to Billy Gowers after he was taken into the Kennel at pick 9 in the 2017 NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

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aflplayers.com.au spoke to Billy Gowers following his selection in rookie draft. (Photo: AFL Media)

Taken with pick 6 by Carlton in the 2015 rookie draft, Billy Gowers’ time at the Blues lasted just two years without making a senior appearance. After going back to VFL level in 2017 and joining Footscray, the 21-year-old enjoyed a stellar season, culminating in a second chance at AFL level, with the Western Bulldogs offering him a lifeline at Monday’s rookie draft. He sat down with AFLPlayers.com.au to discuss his journey.

When I first called you to discuss the interview, it went through to your voicemail and I heard you say that you worked for VicProp?

Yeah, that’s the one. I’ve been doing residential leasing in the city on Queen Street.

When did...


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Q&A — Billy Gowers

Billy Becomes A Bulldog BulldogsTV spoke to Billy Gowers after he was taken into the Kennel at pick 9 in the 2017 NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

VFL 2017 Round 10 - Footscray v Werrribee

aflplayers.com.au spoke to Billy Gowers following his selection in rookie draft. (Photo: AFL Media)

Taken with pick 6 by Carlton in the 2015 rookie draft, Billy Gowers’ time at the Blues lasted just two years without making a senior appearance. After going back to VFL level in 2017 and joining Footscray, the 21-year-old enjoyed a stellar season, culminating in a second chance at AFL level, with the Western Bulldogs offering him a lifeline at Monday’s rookie draft. He sat down with AFLPlayers.com.au to discuss his journey.

When I first called you to discuss the interview, it went through to your voicemail and I heard you say that you worked for VicProp?

Yeah, that’s the one. I’ve been doing residential leasing in the city on Queen Street.

When did...


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Q&A — Billy Gowers

Billy Becomes A Bulldog BulldogsTV spoke to Billy Gowers after he was taken into the Kennel at pick 9 in the 2017 NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

VFL 2017 Round 10 - Footscray v Werrribee

aflplayers.com.au spoke to Billy Gowers following his selection in rookie draft. (Photo: AFL Media)

Taken with pick 6 by Carlton in the 2015 rookie draft, Billy Gowers’ time at the Blues lasted just two years without making a senior appearance. After going back to VFL level in 2017 and joining Footscray, the 21-year-old enjoyed a stellar season, culminating in a second chance at AFL level, with the Western Bulldogs offering him a lifeline at Monday’s rookie draft. He sat down with AFLPlayers.com.au to discuss his journey.

When I first called you to discuss the interview, it went through to your voicemail and I heard you say that you worked for VicProp?

Yeah, that’s the one. I’ve been doing residential leasing in the city on Queen Street.

When did...


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Where does the Dogs’ list rank?

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Western Bulldogs will go into the 2018 season with the fifth youngest list in the competition. (Photo: AFL Media)

The Western Bulldogs will go into the 2018 season with the fifth youngest list in the competition it’s been revealed after final playing lists were finalised this week.

With veterans Robert Murphy, Matthew Boyd and Travis Cloke retiring, the Dogs average age in Round 1 will be 23.72, with only St.Kilda (23.55), North Melbourne (23.42), Brisbane (23.28) and Gold Coast younger.

And when the Dogs run out to face the Giants in Canberra in Round 1 next season, the average number of games played will be just 56, with only three teams boasting a lower number.

This despite only seven teams having a list that has played more finals.

The Dogs do, however, boast the competition’s third-oldest player in evergreen defender Dale Morris.  The former Rookie will be 35 in December and is...


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Where does the Dogs’ list rank?

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Western Bulldogs will go into the 2018 season with the fifth youngest list in the competition. (Photo: AFL Media)

The Western Bulldogs will go into the 2018 season with the fifth youngest list in the competition it’s been revealed after final playing lists were finalised this week.

With veterans Robert Murphy, Matthew Boyd and Travis Cloke retiring, the Dogs average age in Round 1 will be 23.72, with only St.Kilda (23.55), North Melbourne (23.42), Brisbane (23.28) and Gold Coast younger.

And when the Dogs run out to face the Giants in Canberra in Round 1 next season, the average number of games played will be just 56, with only three teams boasting a lower number.

This despite only seven teams having a list that has played more finals.

The Dogs do, however, boast the competition’s third-oldest player in evergreen defender Dale Morris.  The former Rookie will be 35 in December and is...


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Where does the Dogs’ list rank?

AFL 2017 Round 19 - Western Bulldogs v Essendon

Western Bulldogs will go into the 2018 season with the fifth youngest list in the competition. (Photo: AFL Media)

The Western Bulldogs will go into the 2018 season with the fifth youngest list in the competition it’s been revealed after final playing lists were finalised this week.

With veterans Robert Murphy, Matthew Boyd and Travis Cloke retiring, the Dogs average age in Round 1 will be 23.72, with only St.Kilda (23.55), North Melbourne (23.42), Brisbane (23.28) and Gold Coast younger.

And when the Dogs run out to face the Giants in Canberra in Round 1 next season, the average number of games played will be just 56, with only three teams boasting a lower number.

This despite only seven teams having a list that has played more finals.

The Dogs do, however, boast the competition’s third-oldest player in evergreen defender Dale Morris.  The former Rookie will be 35 in December and is...


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Women’s football behind participation spike: AFL

The AFL has set participation records in 2017, with the introduction of the NAB AFL Women’s competition a key to the growth, it was reported today.

Participation in all levels of Australian Football has reached a record high 1,547,915, a 10% jump on the previous year, with AFL General Manager of Game Development, Andrew Dillon pointing to increased female involvement as a major factor.

“The participation in Australian Football has risen by 10.24 per cent this year and the NAB AFL Women’s competition has played a key role in contributing to that growth,” Dillon told media on Thursday.

463,364 females and girls were involved with the game in 2017, a 22 per cent increase from last year, while 1,690 teams were created this year alone, a whopping 76% increase from 2016.

“We knew AFLW would have an incredible impact on women playing the game as it provides an opportunity to aspire to; and...


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Women’s football behind participation spike: AFL

The AFL has set participation records in 2017, with the introduction of the NAB AFL Women’s competition a key to the growth, it was reported today.

Participation in all levels of Australian Football has reached a record high 1,547,915, a 10% jump on the previous year, with AFL General Manager of Game Development, Andrew Dillon pointing to increased female involvement as a major factor.

“The participation in Australian Football has risen by 10.24 per cent this year and the NAB AFL Women’s competition has played a key role in contributing to that growth,” Dillon told media on Thursday.

463,364 females and girls were involved with the game in 2017, a 22 per cent increase from last year, while 1,690 teams were created this year alone, a whopping 76% increase from 2016.

“We knew AFLW would have an incredible impact on women playing the game as it provides an opportunity to aspire to; and...


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New start time for JLT Series

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Western Bulldogs’ week three JLT Community Series match up with Collingwood has a new start time.

The Western Bulldogs’ week three JLT Community Series match up with Collingwood has a new start time the AFL has announced.

The Bulldogs were initially scheduled to face the Magpies at 2.05EDT at Ted Summerton Reserve in Moe, but the game will now start an hour earlier at 1.05EDT.

The start times of four matches across the period March 10-11 have been altered to enable all games on those days to be played and broadcast as full-length matches as per the premiership season, and not as shorter-timed matches in weeks one and two of the JLT Community Series.

The Dogs’ pre-season schedule will officially kick off at Allianz Stadium as part of the launch of AFLX before the Club returns to Ballarat to take on Hawthorn at Mars Stadium on Saturday, March 3 for week two of the JLT Community Series.


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2018 list locked in

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Bulldogs' playing list for 2018 has been finalised and submitted to the AFL. (Photo: AFL Media)

It’s been a busy couple of months at VU Whitten Oval for the Club’s Recruiting and List Management teams, but the playing list for the 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership season has been finalised and submitted to the AFL ahead of Wednesday’s deadline.

The Dogs added Aaron Naughton, Ed Richards and Callum Porter at last week’s NAB AFL Draft in Sydney, before selecting Billy Gowers, and recommitting to Roarke Smith during Monday’s Rookie Draft.

The latest generation of pups will be joined by former Fremantle forward Hayden Crozier, Power utility Jackson Trengove and young Lions forward Josh Schache, who arrived at the Club during the 2017 Trade period.

Full list

Marcus Adams, Shane Biggs, Marcus Bontempelli, Thomas Boyd, Tom Campbell, Kieran Collins, Zaine Cordy, Hayden Crozier, Luke Dahlhaus,...


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Join us for our Christmas Open Training Session

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Western Bulldogs are extending an invitation to its annual Christmas Training Session

In the spirit of the festive season, the Western Bulldogs are extending an invitation to all Bulldog fans to its annual Christmas Training Session at Victoria University Whitten Oval.

The session will take place on Saturday 16 December, with gates open from 8:00am.       

Make sure you don't miss this opportunity to meet the new draftees and see the 2018 team train for the final time before the break.

The day will be full of activities including the training session, fun games and activities with the Bulldogs inflatables, visits from The Pack, Caesar and a special appearance from Santa.

The Bulldogs Shop will be open, and the Membership team will be on hand for any last-minute Christmas gift shopping.


Western Bulldogs Christmas Open Training
Saturday 16 December 2017
at Victoria University Whitten...


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Bulldogs host CALDplay Gala

The Western Bulldogs Community Foundation’s CALDplay sports program has almost finished for 2017, with the Term 4 Gala taking place on Thursday 30th November.

Delivered across three locations during Term 4, the Lacrosse CALDplay program reached over 160 participants from Wyndham, Brimbank and Maribyrnong.

Assisting over 100 participants each term, drawn from AMES and Community Centres across the West, the CALDplay sports program allows participants to develop sporting skills over an eight-week period.

By participating weekly in sport, participants gain a better appreciation and understanding of the sport’s rules and structure, while supporting them to maximise language proficiency and enjoy engagement in their new community.

Each program is delivered on a sustained model of engagement with new arrivals (minimum six weekly sessions per sport). The program acts to build trust,...


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Bulldogs host CALDplay Gala

The Western Bulldogs Community Foundation’s CALDplay sports program has almost finished for 2017, with the Term 4 Gala taking place on Thursday 30th November.

Delivered across three locations during Term 4, the Lacrosse CALDplay program reached over 160 participants from Wyndham, Brimbank and Maribyrnong.

Assisting over 100 participants each term, drawn from AMES and Community Centres across the West, the CALDplay sports program allows participants to develop sporting skills over an eight-week period.

By participating weekly in sport, participants gain a better appreciation and understanding of the sport’s rules and structure, while supporting them to maximise language proficiency and enjoy engagement in their new community.

Each program is delivered on a sustained model of engagement with new arrivals (minimum six weekly sessions per sport). The program acts to build trust,...


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Bulldogs host CALDplay Gala

The Western Bulldogs Community Foundation’s CALDplay sports program has almost finished for 2017, with the Term 4 Gala taking place on Thursday 30th November.

Delivered across three locations during Term 4, the Lacrosse CALDplay program reached over 160 participants from Wyndham, Brimbank and Maribyrnong.

Assisting over 100 participants each term, drawn from AMES and Community Centres across the West, the CALDplay sports program allows participants to develop sporting skills over an eight-week period.

By participating weekly in sport, participants gain a better appreciation and understanding of the sport’s rules and structure, while supporting them to maximise language proficiency and enjoy engagement in their new community.

Each program is delivered on a sustained model of engagement with new arrivals (minimum six weekly sessions per sport). The program acts to build trust,...


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Bulldogs students shine at Ballarat Youth Awards

Western Bulldogs Community Foundation Leadership Project students have been rewarded for their impressive work at the 2017 City of Ballarat Youth Awards.

The Leadership Project Care Drive group – made up of Ballarat students Hannah, Riley, Daen, Amy and Leeann – took home the Group Project Award for their homeless care and advocacy initiative.

The students donated 1500 pairs of socks and developed care packages that were distributed around Ballarat via the Soup and Shower Bus services.

Leadership Project student Amy Zuell spoke to the Ballarat Courier about the idea behind group’s project.

“People are always quick to donate coats and blankets to the homeless, but no-one really looks at socks,” she said.

“We’re looking at how to do that now...homelessness is a big issue. We can’t fix the whole issue, but we can make a change.”

For more information about the Leadership Project, visit


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Bulldogs students shine at Ballarat Youth Awards

Western Bulldogs Community Foundation Leadership Project students have been rewarded for their impressive work at the 2017 City of Ballarat Youth Awards.

The Leadership Project Care Drive group – made up of Ballarat students Hannah, Riley, Daen, Amy and Leeann – took home the Group Project Award for their homeless care and advocacy initiative.

The students donated 1500 pairs of socks and developed care packages that were distributed around Ballarat via the Soup and Shower Bus services.

Leadership Project student Amy Zuell spoke to the Ballarat Courier about the idea behind group’s project.

“People are always quick to donate coats and blankets to the homeless, but no-one really looks at socks,” she said.

“We’re looking at how to do that now...homelessness is a big issue. We can’t fix the whole issue, but we can make a change.”

For more information about the Leadership Project, visit


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