Footscray Bulldogs

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Full name Footscray Bulldogs[1]
Nickname(s) Bulldogs, Dogs
Motto Cede Nullius (Yield To None)
Club details
Founded 2013
Colours      Red      White      Blue
Competition Victorian Football League
Coach Chris Maple
Captain(s) Lukas Markovic
Nick Lower
Ground(s) Whitten Oval (capacity: 15,000)
Other information
Official website Western Bulldogs VFL

The Footscray Bulldogs is an Australian rules football team which participates in the Victorian Football League (VFL). The team is a reserves team operated by the Western Bulldogs, which fields its senior team in the Australian Football League (AFL). The Footscray Bulldogs team has participated in the VFL competition since the beginning of the 2014 season.


Prior to fielding a stand-alone team in the Victorian Football League in 2014, the Western Bulldogs were affiliated with the Williamstown Football Club[2] in a deal that resulted in AFL-listed Western Bulldogs compete for Williamstown when not selected for the senior team. The two clubs agreed in September 2012 that they would end their affiliation at the end of the 2013 season, one season earlier than the agreement which was in place.[3] During the 2013 season, Williamstown began preparing for the split by enforcing a policy that prevented more than 12 Western Bulldogs listed players from playing for the team in any one match.[4]

The new reserves team was formally named the Footscray Bulldogs, reflecting the club's original name prior to the decision to trade as the Western Bulldogs in the AFL from 1997.[5]

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The VFL Bulldogs play several home matches at the club's administrative and training headquarters, Whitten Oval in Footscray.[6] As part of the clubs' participation in the VFL competition, the venue was named Victoria University Whitten Oval. This deal sees the University figuring prominently on the team jumper, which is otherwise identical to the AFL team's guernsey. For the 2014 season, Footscray were granted 5 home games at the Whitten Oval.[7] In October 2013, the inaugural coach of the Footscray Bulldogs was announced; with former Development Manager of the Western Bulldogs AFL coaching panel Chris Maple being granted the honour.[8] On 7 February 2014, Lukas Markovic and Nick Lower were named the inaugural captains of the Footscray Bulldogs.[9]


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