East Perth Football Club

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East Perth
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Names
Full name East Perth Football Club
Former name(s) Union Football Club (1902–1906)
Nickname(s) Royals
Motto Regii hodie et heri et cras maneamus
2014 season
Premiership Runner Up
Leading goalkicker Josh Smith (41 goals)
Best and fairest TBC
Club details
Founded 1902
Colours      Blue
     Black
Competition West Australian Football League
Coach Brian Dawson
Captain(s) Brendan Lee & Craig Wulff
Premierships 17 (1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1927, 1936, 1944, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1972, 1978, 2000, 2001, 2002)
Ground(s) Leederville Oval (capacity: 18,000)
Other information
Official website www.eastperthfc.com.au
Guernsey:
East Perth Royals Jumper.svg

The East Perth Football Club, nicknamed the Royals, is an Australian rules football club based in Leederville, Western Australia, current playing in the West Australian Football League (WAFL). Formed in 1902 as the Union Football Club, the club entered the WAFL in 1906, changing its name to East Perth. It won its first premiership in 1919, part of a streak of five consecutive premierships. Overall, the club has won 17 premierships, most recently in 2002. The club is currently based at Leederville Oval, which it shares with the Subiaco Football Club, having previously played home games at Wellington Square (from 1901 to 1909) and Perth Oval (from 1910 to 1999). The current coach of East Perth is Brian Dawson[1] and the current captains are Brendan Lee and Craig Wulff.

Starting from the 2014 season, East Perth will serve as the host club for the West Coast Eagles of the Australian Football League, an arrangement which will see West Coast's reserves players playing WAFL football for East Perth.[2]

History[edit]

The club was actually founded in 1902 as Union Football Club (not to be confused with the defunct Unions club from Fremantle) and competed in the Perth Third Rate Association Competition (however an earlier ‘East Perth’ had formed in 1891). The club was successful and was promoted to the First Rate Association. After continuing to succeed at this level they applied to join the WAFL and hence became a member in April 1906. The club became known as East Perth in accordance with the WAFL’s policy of having each club represent a district in Perth.

After a relatively slow start – despite being competitive form its first season – East Perth after World War I went on to become one of the most powerful clubs in the West Australian league with the appointment of former Subiaco player Phil Matson as captain-coach. The club won five consecutive WAFL premierships between 1919 and 1923, and after a brief lapse due to Matson’s death in a truck crash crash recovered to contest the finals every year from 1931 to 1940, but won only one premiership – a frustrating record to be repeated in the 1970s.

Although the club garnered an undefeated premiership in the under-age WAFL competition in 1944, East Perth became very much a middle-of-the-road side after open-age WANFL football resumed until the emergence of champion ruckman Graham “Polly” Farmer in 1956. That year, despite being held to the lowest WAFL score between 1946 and 2002[3] by Perth in torrential rain and genuine darkness at the WACA,[4] the Royals won fourteen of their nineteen games and beat South Fremantle twice. Under the coaching of Jack Sheedy, and aided by becoming the first WAFL club to play players formally,[5] the club contested the following five grand finals for further premierships in 1958 and 1959 and a huge upset loss to Swan Districts in 1961.

The loss of Farmer, however, saw a decline in fortunes: in 1964 the club won only one of its first eighteen games and finished with its first wooden spoon since 1929, but with the recruitment of Kevin Murray the club returned to the top quickly. It returned to the finals in 1966 and played therein during every one of the next seventeen seasons except 1974. During these years East Perth won 246 and drew one of 388 games for a success rate of 63.5 percent: clearly the highest in a competition that – at least during the first half of the period – was extremely even and characterised by very rapid fluctuations in teams’ fortunes.[6] By 1980, the club had made a submission to enter the VFL/AFL, however this was withdrawn, and from 1983 their fortunes declined abruptly: between 1985 and 1995 East Perth won only eighty and draw one of 235 games for a success rate of 34.26%.[7]

In 1996 the Royals returned to prominence and took the minor premiership before losing narrowly to Claremont in its first grand final since 1978. However, the club returned to the lower reaches of the ladder in 1999, winning only five of twenty games. East Perth later acted as the host club for West Coast Eagles players recruited from interstate from 2000–2001[8] until the host club arrangement was abolished. This made them favoured for high honours in 2000 - which was achieved with five Eagles in the grand final side, though the Royals’ “old guard” made a much larger contribution than expected to the club’s first flag for twenty-two years.[9] It repeated the dose emphatically in 2001, holding South Fremantle to 0.3 (3) after half time, and yet again in 2002, but fell off steadily in the following four seasons to win only six games in 2005. A partial recovery in 2007 saw the Royals finish fourth, but it returned to last in 2008 before again rebounding in 2009 to finish fifth.

Its first home ground was Wellington Square. It then moved to Perth Oval between 1910 and 2002, although it played games at the WACA from 1988–89. East Perth began playing its games at Medibank Private Stadium from 2000 (better known in Perth as Leederville Oval, formerly the home of bitter rivals West Perth), but the club only officially moved there in 2003. They have since been joined at the ground by the Subiaco Football Club.

2010 season[edit]

The 2010 season of home and away matches ended on a high for the Royals, as they defeated minor premiers Clarement in a tense and physical round 23 encounter. The win enabled them to hold their fourth place in the top four, earning a first semi-final appearance against East Fremantle.

After a slow start where East Fremantle lead 7.2-3.2 at quarter time East Perth eventually overran the much more fancied Sharks by 14 points 15.12 (102) to East Fremantle 13.10 (88). West Coast Eagles listed player Ben McKinley lead the charge up forward with 6 goals while Zac Beeck and Zac Clarke dominated the ruck.

A week later East Perth met Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval for the chance to meet the top of the table Claremont in the Grand Final. This time it was East Perth who flew out of the blocks to lead at the first change 5.2 to 3.2 but after that they would manage only 4 goals for the rest of the match as Swans steamrolled their way past a valiant East Perth 15.11 (101) to 9.9 (63). Swan Districts then went on to win the 2010 WAFL Premiership defeating Claremont in one of the great Grand Finals by 1 point at Subiaco Oval 8 days later.

The Reserve grade team went one step further than the Seniors in 2010 going down to Claremont by 12 points 13.6 (84) to 10.12 (72) in the Grand Final.

Craig Wulff was finally rewarded with his first FD Book Medal as the Best & Fairest for season 2010.

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 March 2014:

1 Dean Cadwallader
2 Steven Payne
3 Mitchell Fraser
4
5 Mitchell Howlett
6 Kyle Anderson
7 Brendan Lee
8 Garry Moss
9 Jacob Payne
10 Nathan Blee
11 Matt Gordon
12 Callum Hart
13 Craig Wulff
14 Julian Locantro
15 Josh Smith
16 Jarrad Oakley-Nichols
17 Beau Chatley
18
19 Paul Johnson
20
 
21 Freddie Clutterbuck
22
23
24 Thomas Hodgson
25 Lewis Wilson
26 Jackson Slater
27 Thomas Shannahan
28 Scott Jones
29
30 Agid Gardoud
31 Trent Bradshaw
32 Michael Rimbas
33 Mitchell Lague
34 Brandon Hughes
35 Brett Dobson
36 Thomas Omedei
37 Daniel Perkins
38 Steven Wijtk
39
40 Marcus Ruggerio
 
41
42 Jordan Dobson
43 Julian Ameduri
44 Tony Kalimaris
45 Thomas Wilson
46 Jake Keefe
47 Blake Riley
48 Jack Hogan
49 Mathew Buxton
50 Samuel Ims
51 Alex Ridley
52 Alexander Vernon
53 Oliver Ryan
54 Marty Zambotto
55 Kristian Caporn
56 Joel Kane
57 Joel Van Dijk
58
59 Jobe McShane
60 Harrison Lill
 
61
62 Beau Morgan
63 Matthew Blackley
64 Daniel Allsop
65 Brendan Fisher
66 Jack Gare
67 Kane Moulton
68 Jordan Payne
69 Thomas Rees
70 Marcus Coli

Rivalries[edit]

East Perth's traditional and most bitter rivals are West Perth Football Club. Known as the Perth Derby, they have competed in many historic matches including Grand Finals in 1922, 1932, 1960, 1969, 1971, 2002, when East Perth defeated the Falcons by 60 points to complete a hat-trick of premierships, and 2013.[10]

The East Perth vs Perth fixtures were a significant rivalry in the 1960s and 70s, including the famous 1978 Grand Final. However its significance is somewhat muted compared to the former mentioned fixture, possibly due to Perth's lacklustre performances since the late 70s.

Another newer rivalry is that with co-tenants Subiaco Football Club. East Perth had not beaten Subiaco since they began sharing the ground in 2004, until the 2007 season when East Perth came from over forty points behind at half time to win the game by three points. Recent games have become even more bitter with the transfer of players Travis Knights, Caine Hayes and Paul Ridley to Subiaco under controversial circumstances. It should be noted though that off the field the two clubs do have a good working relationship in regards to their ground sharing situation.

Honours[edit]

Club honours[edit]

WAFL Premierships: (17 total) 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1927, 1936, 1944,[11] 1956, 1958, 1959, 1972, 1978, 2000, 2001, 2002

Runners-Up: (16 total) 1910, 1918, 1928, 1932, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1976, 1996, 2013, 2014

WAFL Wooden spoons: (7 total) 1911, 1913, 1929, 1964, 1985, 1989, 2008

Reserves Premierships:[12] (13 total) 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1948, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1967 1976, 1978, 1981, 1983

Colts Premierships:[13] (5 total) 1967, 1975, 1980, 2000, 2006

Fourths Premierships:[14] (2 total) 1965, 1967

Rodriguez Shield: (9 total) 1958, 1959, 1961, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1976, 2000

Individual honours[edit]

Sandover Medallists: (18 total) 1923: William 'Digger' Thomas, 1925: George 'Staunch' Owens (1925), 1929: Billy Thomas, 1950: Frank Allen, 1956: Graham Farmer, 1957: Graham Farmer, 1958: Ted Kilmurray, 1960: Graham Farmer, 1969: Malcolm Brown, 1975: Alan Quartermaine, 1976: Peter Spencer, 1978: Phil Kelly, 1979: Phil Kelly, 1983: John Ironmonger, 1984: Peter Spencer, 1988: David Bain, 1997: Brady Anderson, 2001: Ryan Turnbull

Simpson Medallists: (7 total) 1958: Ned Bull, 1959: Graham Farmer, 1972: Ken McAullay, 1978: Ian Miller, 2000: Dean Cox, 2001: Ryan Turnbull, 2002: Ryan Turnbull

Bernie Naylor Medallists: (10 total) 1909: Sam Sloss (30), 1924: Bonny Campbell (67), 1926: Bonny Campbell (89), 1927: Bonny Campbell (87), 1944: Alan Watts (101), 1958: William Mose (115), 1959: Neil Hawke (114), 1967: Phil Tierney (119), 1990: Glen Bartlett (69), 2006: Troy Wilson (74), 2013: Josh Smith (62)

All Australians: 1956, 1958 & 1961: Graham Farmer, 1966: Kevin Murray, 1966: Keith Doncon, 1972: Mal Brown, 1972: Ken McAullay, 1979: Barry Cable[15]

Tassie Medallists: (3 total) 1937: Mick Cronin, 1956: Graham Farmer, 1972: Ken McAullay

JJ Leonard Medallists: (1 total) 2014: Brian Dawson

F.D. Book Medallists[edit]

Main article: F.D. Book Medal

The F.D. Book Medal is awarded to the club's fairest and best player at the end of each season.

Records[edit]

Highest Score: Round 1, 1944 - 41.30 (276) vs. South Fremantle at Perth Oval

Lowest Score: Round 13, 1909 - 0.6 (6) vs. East Fremantle at Fremantle Oval

Greatest Winning Margin: Round 1, 1944 - 256 points vs. South Fremantle at Perth Oval

Greatest Losing Margin: Round 20, 1987 - 169 points vs. Claremont at WACA

Most Games: Derek Chadwick 269 (1959–1972)

Most Goals: Phil Tierney 620 (1962–1972)

Record Home Attendance: Round 9, 1969 - 26,760 vs. West Perth at Perth Oval.

Record Finals Attendance: 1969 Grand Final - 51,385 vs. West Perth at Subiaco Oval.

Teams of the Century[edit]

With the launch of the East Perth history book in mid-2006, an expert panel from the club came up with two "teams of the Century". One pre-war team from 1906–1944, and the other from 1945–2005

Pre-war Team[edit]

Pre-War Team
B: Wally Fletcher Harry Sherlock Alby Western
HB: Nashy Brentnall Ray Star Archie Herd
C: Ike Allen William 'Digger' Thomas Jackie Guhl
HF: Mick Cronin (c) Paddy Hebbard Bert Harrold
F: William 'Billy' Thomas Bonny Campbell Harold Gepp
Foll: George Owens Val Sparrow Larry Duffy
Int: Herbie Screaigh
Coach: Phillip Matson


Post-war Team[edit]

Post-War Team
B: Stephen Curtis John Watts Malcolm Atwell
HB: Ken McAullay Ross Glendinning Jim Washbourne
C: Phil Kelly Syd Jackson Derek Chadwick
HF: Ted Kilmurray Malcolm Brown Peter Spencer
F: Ron Alexander Phil Tierney Keith Doncon
Foll: Graham Farmer Kevin Murray Jack Sheedy (c)
Int: Bradley Smith Bob Graham Tom Everett
Ryan Turnbull
Coach: Jack Sheedy


Honourboard[edit]

Year Place Record Coach Captain Best & Fairest
(F. D. Book Medal)
Leading goalkickers
1906 7th 5–12 W.Plunkett Jack Woorland - Don McKinnon (11)
1907 6th 7–10 J.Kennedy J.Kennedy - Jack Oliver (19)
1908 5th 7–9–1 J.Kennedy I.Brown - Sam Sloss (31)
1909 3rd 10–8 Ivor Crapp P.Wallish - Sam Sloss (30)
1910 R/Up 14–5 Bob Burns Bob Burns - Sam Sloss (28)
1911 7th 2–10 Bob Burns Charles Hardisty - Bill Gagner (9)
1912 5th 5–11 B.Wallish Charlie McKenzie - Sam Sloss (20)
1913 7th 2–10 P.Shea Arthur Nash - Albert Oates (14)
1914 5th 7–7 G.Sparrow C.Morrissey - Ernie Sellars (22)
1915 4th 13–9 G.Sparrow
Hedley Tomkins
Charlie McKenzie - Ernie Sellars (34)
1916 5th 4–8 - William 'Digger' Thomas - Jim Wallace (27)
1917 5th 4–8 C.Waugh Paddy Finlay - William Silverstone (20)
1918 R/Up 14–3 Phil Matson William 'Digger' Thomas - George Owens (22)
1919 Premiers 14–3 Phil Matson Chris Slattery - Harold Gepp (20)
1920 Premiers 11–6 Phil Matson Charlie McKenzie
Chris Slattery
- George Owens (17)
1921 Premiers 11–7 Phil Matson Vern Harold
Charlie McKenzie
- Paddy Hebbard (23)
1922 Premiers 12–4 Phil Matson Vern Harold - Gus Giese (40)
1923 Premiers 13–4 Phil Matson Vern Harold - Bert Harold (36)
1924 3rd 12–4 Phil Matson William 'Digger' Thomas - Bonny Campbell (67)
1925 4th 9–8 Paddy Hebbard Paddy Hebbard - Bonny Campbell (53)
1926 Premiers 15–4–1 Phil Matson Harold Gepp "Plum" Duffy Bonny Campbell (89)
1927 Premiers 16–5 Phil Matson Harold Gepp Jim O'Meara Bonny Campbell (87)
1928 R/Up 12–8–1 Phil Matson
Paddy Hebbard
W. Fletcher Billy Thomas Bonny Campbell (61)
1929 7th 2–16 Val Sparrow "Plum" Duffy Billy Thomas Bob Crow (33)
1930 5th 8–10 Val Sparrow Val Sparrow Albert Davies Ken O'Reilly (36)
1931 3rd 12–8–1 Val Sparrow Val Sparrow Mick Cronin Billy Thomas (30)
1932 R/Up 11–10 Val Sparrow Val Sparrow Herb Screaigh Ken O'Reilly (51)
1933 4th 9–10 - Jackie Guhl Herb Screaigh Paul Lockyer (72)
1934 4th 13–8–1 Jerry Dolan Bob Bennett Herb Screaigh Herb Screaigh (45)
1935 3rd 13–7 Jerry Dolan Dick Lawn Brian Ryan Paul Lockyer (31)
Herb Screaigh (31)
Seff Parry (31)
1936 Premiers 13–10 Jerry Dolan Mick Cronin Leo Graham Frank McAllon (42)
1937 3rd 13–7–3 Jerry Dolan Mick Cronin Herb Screaigh Cecil Rowland (87)
1938 3rd 11–10–1 Jerry Dolan Mick Cronin Ray Starr Herb Screaigh (43)
1939 3rd 15–7 Mick Cronin Mick Cronin Dave Miller
Ritchie Thomas
Austin Gardener (78)
1940 4th 13–8 Herb Screaigh Mick Cronin Ritchie Thomas Austin Gardener (40)
1941 5th 12–8 Mick Cronin Herb Screaigh Max O'Loughlin Max O'Loughlin (47)
1942
Underage Comp
3rd 11–8 Billy Thomas Neil Reiger John (Todge) Campbell Ron Brentnall (38)
1943
Underage Comp
5th 7–10 Val Sparrow Mick George Ray Perry John (Todge) Campbell (55)
1944
Underage Comp
Premiers 21–0 Cecil Rowland Allan Watts John (Todge) Campbell Alan Watts (101)
1945 6th 9–11 Cecil Rowland Cecil Rowland Harry Outridge Cecil Rowland (62)
1946 6th 7–11–1 Cecil Rowland Jack Sweet Jim Washbourne Max O'Loughlin (53)
1947 5th 10–9 Val Sparrow Jack Sweet Norm Gibney Max O'Loughlin (41)
1948 5th 10–9 Val Sparrow Jack Sweet Frank Sparrow Jim Washbourne (41)
1949 5th 9–9 Seff Parry Don Matson
Frank Sparrow
Ray Perry Jack Webb (34)
1950 6th 6–15 Johnny Larcombe
Colin Pestell
Johnny Larcombe
Colin Pestell
Frank Allen Jack Smith (42)
1951 5th 12–9 Mick Cronin Frank Sparrow Ray Perry Jack Smith (88)
1952 4th 13–8 Mick Cronin Jim Spencer Frank Sparrow Jack Smith (77)
1953 5th 8–13 Mick Cronin Jim Spencer Jim Spencer Jack Smith (72)
1954 5th 8–12 Mick Cronin Jim Spencer Graham Farmer Ted Kilmurray (61)
1955 5th 7–13 Mick Cronin Jim Spencer Graham Farmer Ted Kilmurray (68)
1956 Premiers 16–5 Jack Sheedy Jack Sheedy Graham Farmer Ted Kilmurray (51)
1957 R/Up 18–5 Jack Sheedy Jack Sheedy Graham Farmer Kevin McGill (52)
1958 Premiers 18–6 Jack Sheedy Jack Sheedy Ted Kilmurray Bill Mose (115)
1959 Premiers 20–3 Jack Sheedy Jack Sheedy Graham Farmer Neil Hawke (119)
1960 R/Up 14–8–2 Jack Sheedy Jack Sheedy Graham Farmer Kevin McGill (52)
1961 R/Up 20–3 Jack Sheedy Jack Sheedy Graham Farmer Ralph Rogerson (51)
1962 5th 11–10 Jack Sheedy Jack Sheedy
Ted Kilmurray
Don Marinko Karl Bearman (48)
1963 4th 13–9 Jack Sheedy Don Marinko Derek Chadwick Karl Bearman (42)
1964 8th 3–18 Jack Sheedy Mal Atwell Derek Chadwick Ted Kilmurray (25)
1965 6th 10–11 Kevin Murray Kevin Murray Kevin Murray Phil Tierney (55)
1966 R/Up 16–8 Kevin Murray Kevin Murray Syd Jackson Keith Doncon (50)
1967 R/Up 18–6 Derek Chadwick Derek Chadwick Hans Verstegen Phil Tierney (119)
1968 R/Up 15–9 Derek Chadwick Derek Chadwick Jim Haines Phil Tierney (106)
1969 R/Up 18–5–1 Jack Sheedy Derek Chadwick Mal Brown Phil Tierney (74)
1970 3rd 13–10 Mal Brown Mal Brown Mal Brown Gary Bygraves (56)
1971 R/Up 18–5 Mal Brown Mal Brown Ken McAullay Phil Tierney (105)
1972 Premiers 17–6 Mal Brown Mal Brown Mal Brown Mal Brown (51)
1973 3rd 15–8 Mal Brown Mal Brown Gary Malarkey Archie Duda (71)
1974 6th 10–11 Ray Giblett Hans Verstegen Ron Alexander Archie Duda (74)
1975 4th 13–9 Ray Giblett Ron Alexander Peter Spencer Peter Spencer (34)
1976 R/Up 17–6 Graham Farmer Brad Smith Peter Spencer Gary Bygraves (65)
1977 4th 13–9 Graham Farmer Brad Smith Stephen Curtis Archie Duda (106)
1978 Premiers 15–9 Barry Cable Barry Cable Kevin Bryant Archie Duda (76)
1979 4th 13–9 Barry Cable Barry Cable Phil Kelly Paul Arnold (51)
1980 3rd 12–11 Barry Cable Ian Miller Wayne Otway, Sr. Paul Arnold (76)
1981 4th 11–11 Grant Dorrington John Hayes Dean Turner Grant Campbell (54)
1982 4th 13–9 Grant Dorrington John Hayes Stephen Curtis Grant Campbell (76)
1983 5th 9–12 Greg Brehaut John Dimmer Peter Spencer John Scott (67)
1984 4th 11–11 Greg Brehaut Greg Walsh Grant Campbell John Scott (63)
1985 8th 5–16 Greg Brehaut Kevin Bryant Brett Stephens Brett Stephens (69)
1986 6th 7–14 Greg Brehaut
Gerard McNeil
Kevin Bryant
Russel Sparks
Craig Starcevich Richard Dennis (32)
1987 7th 4–17 Gerard McNeil Chris Allen George Giannakis Grant Campbell (27)
1988 7th 5–16 Gerard McNeil Glen Bartlett David Bain Grant Campbell (58)
1989 8th 3–18 Ian McCulloch Glen Bartlett George Giannakis Glen Bartlett (41)
1990 5th 9–12 Ian McCulloch Glen Bartlett Lucio Baroni Glen Bartlett (69)
1991 5th 10–12 Ian McCulloch Glen Bartlett Ryan Turnbull Glen Bartlett (90)
1992 3rd 12–12 Stan Magro Craig McGrath Peter Miller Paul Peos (38)
1993 7th 9–11–1 Stan Magro Lucio Baroni Ryan Turnbull Paul Barnard (53)
1994 7th 6–15 Robert Solin Lucio Baroni Dean Talbot Darren Williams (47)
1995 6th 10–11 Robert Solin Stephen Hooper Greg Jones Scott Loving (36)
1996 R/Up 15–8 Kevin Worthington Stephen Hooper Paul Peos Christopher Gerreyn (74)
1997 4th 12–8–1 Kevin Worthington Paul Peos Peter Miller Scott Loving (56)
1998 4th 11–10 Kevin Worthington Peter Miller Aaron Marley Wayne Otway, Jr. (31)
1999 8th 5–15 Kevin Worthington Greg Jones Ryan Turnbull Jeremy Barnard (21)
2000 Premiers 17–3 Tony Micale Jeremy Barnard Aaron Marley
David Swan
Rod Wheatley
Ashley Hutchinson (51)
2001 Premiers 16–4 Tony Micale Jeremy Barnard Rod Wheatley Dean Buszan (51)
2002 Premiers 15–5 Tony Micale Jeremy Barnard
Ryan Turnbull
Rod Wheatley
Paul Ridley Paul Ridley (54)
2003 3rd 14–7–1 Andy Lovell Jeremy Barnard
Ryan Turnbull
Rod Wheatley
Brent Cowell Paul Ridley (71)
2004 5th 11–9 Andy Lovell Jeremy Barnard
Ryan Turnbull
Troy Wilson Troy Wilson (54)
2005 6th 6–14 Warren Mahoney Dean Brennan Andrew Merrington Andrew Merrington (51)
2006 5th 7–13 Warren Mahoney
Paul Peos
Michael Swan Troy Wilson Troy Wilson (74)
2007 4th 11–10 Glen Bewick Michael Swan Frank Agostino Ben McKinley (46)
2008 9th 6–14 Glen Bewick Michael Swan Timothy Noakes Andrew Merrington (44)
2009 5th 10–10 Tony Micale Craig Glancy
Michael Swan
Luke Webster
Trevor Oliver Mathew Seal (36)
2010 3rd 12–10 Tony Micale Craig Glancy
Michael Swan
Luke Webster
Craig Wulff Adam Prior (43)
2011 7th 6–14 Tony Micale
David Hynes
Michael Swan Brendan Lee Josh Smith (47)
2012 4th 11–9–1 Tony Micale Michael Swan
Craig Wulff
Paul Johnson Josh Smith (53)
2013 R/Up 14–9 Brian Dawson Brendan Lee
Craig Wulff
Brendan Lee Josh Smith (62)
2014 R/Up 17-5 Brian Dawson
Russell Thompson
Brendan Lee
Craig Wulff
- Josh Smith (41)

League Championship Cup[edit]

In 2010 the Australian Football League (AFL) announced plans to start a knockout competition featuring the best teams from the state leagues around Australia. 16 Teams would qualify based on their finishing position in their corresponding state leagues the previous years. Originally games were played primarily as curtain raisers for AFL games on a Saturday night and broadcast live on Fox Footy. In 2013 the games shifted to Tuesday night and the tournament comprised only 10 teams. The competition is sponsored by Foxtel and is known as Foxtel Cup.

East Perth have qualified for the tournament twice. In the competitions first year, 2011, the Royals defeated North Ballarat and NT Thunder to reach the semi final losing to eventual premiers Williamstown.

The Royals also gained qualification for the 2014 season. East Perth were big 50 point winners over Norwood in the quarter final but once again fell in the semi final to VFL side Williamstown who once again went on to win the title.


Club Song[edit]

East Perth Forever Boys is the theme song of the East Perth Football Club, played as the league team comes to the field at either a home game or final, and after a victory at a home game or final. It is sung to the tune of Anchors Aweigh The lyrics were written by John K. Watts, an ex-player of the club. He was also responsible for the club songs of Swan Districts Football Club and Geelong Football Club. The recording of the song used by the club was performed by Clem Grogan and the Blue Brass. Hobart Football Club also has a song sung to the tune of Anchors Aweigh. Its lyrics are very similar to East Perth Forever Boys.

East Perth forever boys
East Perth are we
East Perth a great tradition
With the premiership our mission
East Perth forever boys
And to the cause
For we are the mighty Royals
East Perth is the greatest team of all
We'll beat the Cardies
Whether it be wet or fine
We'll beat the others
At the bell they'll be behind
No doubt about it
The reason for it
East Perth forever boys
East Perth are we
East Perth a great tradition
With the premiership our mission
East Perth forever boys
And to the cause
For we are the mighty Royals
East Perth is the greatest team of all

Merged content from East Perth Forever Boys to here. See Talk:East Perth Forever Boys.

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Brian Dawson replaces Tony Micale at East Perth". PerthNow. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Quartermaine, Braden (31 October 2012). "West Coast and Fremantle will enter WAFL alignments from 2013". Perthnow. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Perth v East Perth, May 12, 1956
  4. ^ The goal came with only three minutes to go; see The Sunday Times (Perth); 13 May 1956
  5. ^ Devaney, John; Full Points Footy’s WA Football Companion; p. 84. ISBN 978-0-9556897-1-0
  6. ^ See Devaney; Full Points Footy’s WA Football Companion for details.
  7. ^ In the period 1985 to 1989, East Perth actually won only 24 of 105 games for a success rate of 22.8% and did not finish above sixth
  8. ^ "AFL interstate recruits allocated to WAFL Clubs". Footygoss. 2007-01-23. http://www.footygoss.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=31773&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0. Retrieved 2007-01-25.
  9. ^ See Devaney; Full Points Footy’s WA Football Companion; p. 90
  10. ^ Pike, Chris (21 September 2013). "WAFL Grand Final Day Preview". 
  11. ^ During the years 1942 to 1944 the WANFL operated as an under age competition
  12. ^ from 1925
  13. ^ from 1957
  14. ^ fourth grade competition ran from 1965 to 1974
  15. ^ Barry Cable was selected as the 1979 All Australian coach

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