The Western Bulldogs (the trading name of the Footscray Football Club) is 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.
Founded in 1883, the club won 9 premierships in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) between 1898 and 1924. Since joining the then Victorian Football League (VFL), the predecessor to the AFL, in 1925, the club has been one of the League’s least successful, both in terms of on-field success – its only VFL/AFL Premiership coming in 1954 – and off-field resources. However, in recent years, the club has taken significant steps to eliminate this stigma, achieving stable sponsorship and consistently strengthening membership figures (34,842 members in 2010).
Western Bulldogs Football Club
417 Barkly St, Footscray West 3012
PO BOX 4112 DC
Phone: (03) 9680 6100
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