West Perth Football Club

The West Perth Football Club, nicknamed the Falcons, is an Australian rules football club located in Joondalup, Western Australia. West Perth competes in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) and is the oldest existing Australian rules football club in Western Australia.[2] Originally located at Leederville Oval, the team was relocated in 1994 to Arena Joondalup, a sports complex in the northern suburbs of Perth. The team's club song is "It's a Grand Old Flag" and its traditional rivals are East Perth.

West Perth
Full nameWest Perth Football Club
Former name(s)Victorians Football Club (1885–91)
Metropolitans Football Club (1891–92)
Nickname(s)Falcons, Cardinals, Garlic Munchers
Motto"Does Your Heart Beat True?"
2018 season
After finalsGrand Finalists
Home-and-away season3rd
Leading goalkickerAndrew Strijk and Tyler Keitel (43 goals)
Best and fairestAaron Black
Club details
Founded1885; 135 years ago (1885)
Colours  Red   Blue
CompetitionWest Australian Football League
PresidentNeale Fong[1]
CoachGeoff Valentine[1]
Captain(s)Aaron Black
Ground(s)Arena Joondalup (capacity: 16,000)
Other information
Official websitewestperthfc.com.au


West Perth were known as "the Cardinals" from 1885 till 1975. The name came from the team being referred to as the "blue and cardinals" in the early days.

The Victorian Football Club was established at a meeting on 2 May 1885. The new team was to play its games at the Recreation Ground (now Esplanade Reserve) and wear the colours cardinal and navy.[3] Two weeks after the establishment of the new club it formed the WAFA together with Rovers and Fremantle. The three clubs, along with High School (now Hale School) were to play out the 1885 season, however High School dropped out after just two rounds.[4]

The West Australian Football Club was established in 1886 and were admitted to the competition for the 1887 season.[5] At a meeting of the two clubs on 16 April 1889, it was unanimously decided to amalgamate the two clubs – West Australian and Victorians – into a single club known as the Metropolitan Football Club for the 1889 season. The West Australian colours of black and red were to be maintained for the new club.[6] The team changed its name to West Perth after two seasons as Metropolitans and in 1897 won its first premiership.

In 1915 the team became the original tenant of the newly built Leederville Oval where it would remain based until 1993, at which the team moved to Joondalup to play games at Arena Joondalup from the 1994 season onwards. Since relocating the Falcons have enjoyed relative success with four premierships from seven grand finals, the most recent of which was in 2013.

Club songEdit

"It's a Grand Old Flag"
It's a grand old flag it's a high flying flag,
It's the emblem for me and for you,
It's the emblem of the team we love,
The team of the red and the blue,
Every heart beats true for the red and the blue,
And we sing this song to you,
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the red and the blue...


Club honoursEdit

Competition Level Wins Years Won
WAFL Seniors 19 1897, 1899, 1901, 1905, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1941, 1942, 1949, 1951, 1960, 1969, 1971, 1975, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2013
WAFL Reserves Reserves 7 1927, 1930, 1947, 1956, 1960, 2014, 2019
WAFL Colts Colts (U19) 2 1968, 1990
Other titles and honours
Rodriguez Shield Multiple 3 1960, 1999, 2002
State Premiership (1904–1924) Seniors 1 1905

Individual honoursEdit

Sandover Medallists: (12 total)

1922: Harold Boyd
1924: Jim Gosnell
1927: Jim Craig
1930: Ted Flemming
1940: Terence O'Keefe
1942: Laurie Bowen
1946: John Loughridge
1951: Fred Buttsworth
1959: Brian Foley
1992: Robert West
1993: Neil Mildenhall
2014: Aaron Black

Simpson Medallists: (11 total)

Bernie Naylor Medalists: (18 total)


1961: Ray Gabelich
1972: Alan Watling

300 games

Mel Whinnen (371)
Bill Dempsey (343)

200 games:

(*) Indicates current listed players

Club recordsEdit

WA Football Hall of FameEdit

West Perth players who have been inducted into the West Australian Football Hall of Fame:

Player Year inducted
Fred Buttsworth 2004
Bill Dempsey 2004
Brian Foley 2004
Barney Grecian 2004
Stan Heal 2004
Fred McDiarmid 2004
Ray Schofield 2004
Ray Scott 2004
Max Tetley 2004
Ted Tyson 2004
Mel Whinnen 2004
Jim Craig 2005
Les Fong 2006
Brian France 2006
Jim Gosnell 2007
Alan Watling 2009
Wally Price 2010
Don Marinko, Sr. 2011
Frank Hopkins 2013
John Wynne 2015
Derek Kickett 2017
John Loughridge 2019


Grand finalsEdit

Last premiership teamEdit

2013 premiership team
B: Jordan Jones Daniel Hunt Laine Rasmussen
HB: Andrew Strijk Shaun Marusic Steven Browne
C: Matt Guadagnin Chris Keunen Jay Van Berlo
HF: Jason Salecic (c) Nicholas Rodda Joshua Mellington
F: Marc Crisp Matt Fowler Kody Manning
Foll: Mark Hutchings Rohan Kerr Aaron Black
Int: Ray Bartholomew (vc) Steve Potente Shane Nelson
Luke Tedesco
Coach: Bill Monaghan

Club coachesEdit

Club captainsEdit

Current squadEdit

As of May 2018:

Team of the CenturyEdit

Team of the Century
B: Wally Price Ray Schofield Bill Dempsey
HB: Harold Boyd Brian France Ted Flemming
C: Peter Menaglio Mel Whinnen Stan Heal
HF: John Loughridge Fred Buttsworth Don Marinko, Sr.
F: Bill Valli Ted Tyson Brian Foley
Foll: Graham Farmer Ed O'Keefe Les Fong
Int: Ken Ashdown Jim Craig Jim Gosnell
Jack McDiarmid Ray Scott Max Tetley
Alan Watling
Coach: Stan Heal

AFL/VFL players (including rookies)Edit

This is a list of West Perth players who have played at AFL/VFL level:

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Board of Directors, Staff and Volunteers". West Perth Football Club. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  2. ^ "West Perth – Part One: 1885 to 1944". AustralianFootball.com. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2008.
  3. ^ http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2998024
  4. ^ FOOTBALL.The West Australian. Published Wednesday, 13 May 1885. Retrieved from Trove, 1 July 2012.
  5. ^ NEWS OF THE DAY.The Daily News. Published Saturday, 17 July 1886. Retrieved from Trove, 27 June 2012.
  6. ^ FOOTBALL.Western Mail. Published Saturday, 27 April 1889. Retrieved from Trove, 27 June 2012.

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