West Perth Football Club
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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. 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.
|Full name||West 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?"|
|After finals||Grand Finalists|
|Leading goalkicker||Andrew Strijk and Tyler Keitel (43 goals)|
|Best and fairest||Aaron Black|
|Competition||West Australian Football League|
|Ground(s)||Arena Joondalup (capacity: 16,000)|
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. 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.
The West Australian Football Club was established in 1886 and were admitted to the competition for the 1887 season. 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. 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.
- "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...
|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|
Sandover Medallists: (12 total)
Simpson Medallists: (11 total)
Bernie Naylor Medalists: (18 total)
- Mel Whinnen (371)
- Bill Dempsey (343)
(*) Indicates current listed players
Highest goal kicker (season):
Highest goal kicker (game):
Highest goal kicker (career):
Longest serving captain:
Longest serving coach:
Most club champion awards won:
Record home attendance:
Record finals attendance:
WA Football Hall of FameEdit
West Perth players who have been inducted into the West Australian Football Hall of Fame:
|Don Marinko, Sr.||2011|
Last premiership teamEdit
|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|
As of May 2018:
Team of the CenturyEdit
AFL/VFL players (including rookies)Edit
This is a list of West Perth players who have played at AFL/VFL level:
References and notesEdit
- "Board of Directors, Staff and Volunteers". West Perth Football Club. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
- "West Perth – Part One: 1885 to 1944". AustralianFootball.com. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2008.
- FOOTBALL. – The West Australian. Published Wednesday, 13 May 1885. Retrieved from Trove, 1 July 2012.
- NEWS OF THE DAY. – The Daily News. Published Saturday, 17 July 1886. Retrieved from Trove, 27 June 2012.
- FOOTBALL. – Western Mail. Published Saturday, 27 April 1889. Retrieved from Trove, 27 June 2012.
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