South Fremantle Football Club

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South Fremantle
Full name South Fremantle Football Club
Nickname(s) Bulldogs, Souths
2013 season
Premiership 7th
Home-and-away season 7th
Leading goalkicker Mitch Banner (33 goals)
Best and fairest Ryan Cook
Club details
Founded 1900
Colours      Red
Competition West Australian Football League
President Haydn Raitt
CEO Stuart Kemp
Coach Paul Hasleby (2012–2014)
Todd Curley (2015)
Captain(s) Ryan Cook
Premierships 13 (1916, 1917, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1970, 1980, 1997, 2005, 2009)
Ground(s) Fremantle Oval (capacity: 18,000)
Other information
Official website
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The South Fremantle Football Club, nicknamed the Bulldogs, is an Australian rules football club, based in Fremantle, Western Australia, playing in the West Australian Football League (WAFL). It was formed in 1900 and plays its home games at Fremantle Oval.


The Fremantle Football Club (originally known as Unions and unrelated to either an earlier club and the current AFL club of the same name) had won ten premierships in the fourteen years that they were in the WA Football Association (now known as the West Australian Football League). By 1899, however, the club suffered from financial problems that caused the club to disband. The South Fremantle Football Club was formed to take their place following an application to the league by Griff John, who would be appointed secretary of the new club, with Tom O'Beirne the inaugural president. Most players, however, were from the defunct Fremantle club.[1][2]

The new club did well in its first year, finishing runners-up.[3] However, over the next three seasons the performance fell away badly and, in April 1904 a Fremantle newspaper confidently reported that South Fremantle would not appear again. However, the club decided to carry on and centreman Harry Hodge took over as skipper, but the season was a disaster. The club won only one game.[4]

They won their first premiership in 1916 and went back-to-back in 1917, both times defeating their local rivals, East Fremantle in the final and challenge final.[5] The 1930s were not as successful, marred by the death of the 23-year-old captain-coach Ron Doig as a result of injuries sustained in a match.[6] After World War II, South experienced their greatest era, with the arrival of future Hall of Fame members Steve Marsh, Bernie Naylor, John Todd and Clive Lewington.[7] Between 1945 and 1956 they would win six premierships, be runners-up three times and make the finals in every season. Since then, however, they have won five more premierships, in 1970, 1980, 1997, 2005 and 2009.[8]

South Fremantle was the first WAFL club to have won 10 grand finals since World-War II. Four of their 13 premierships were won against the club's traditional rivals, East Fremantle.

In 2009 South Fremantle's League and Reserves sides won their respective Grand Finals. This was the first time the club had taken the Premiership double since 1954.

Fremantle Derby[edit]

The Fremantle Derby, is traditionally one of the biggest game of the year on the WAFL calendar. The Derby's still have a great following but have decreased in importance compared to the Western Derby, the match between WA's two AFL teams.

The Foundation Day derby on the first Monday in June (a public holiday to mark the Foundation of Western Australia in 1829) is commonly the highest attended game of the home and away season. To the end of the 2006 season the two clubs had met 344 times with South Fremantle winning 156 to East Fremantle's 184 wins, 4 Draws have occurred between the two sides.

The Club[edit]

Club guernsey & colours[edit]

South Fremantle's Guernsey (shown right) used for all WAFL matches is all white with a red V in the centre of the guernsey. During the 1990s they also introduced the reverse of the traditional guernsey with a white V on a red jumper. The South Fremantle colours of red & white stem from the first Fremantle based team who wore red and white in the mid-1880s.


South Fremantle are one of the most supported clubs in the WAFL.

South hold three notable WAFL Grand Final attendance records, 1979 v East Fremantle, 52,781, the highest ever attendance at a WAFL Grand Final, 1975 v West Perth, 52,322, the second highest ever Grand Final attendance and 1989 v Claremont, 38,198, the highest ever Grand Final attendance in the post AFL period.[9]

On Foundation Day v East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval, South played in front of the biggest crowd of the 2009 WAFL home and away season 11,300.[9]

Souths average attendance at home and away fixtures is 3000, which is amongst the highest for the WAFL.[9]

Club song[edit]

"We're the Bulldogs" is the theme song of the South Fremantle Football Club, played as the league team comes to the field at home and away games, and after a victory.

We are the mighty bulldogs
Always fighting on
With victory and flag our goal
With guts and determination
We put the rest to shame
Because our fighting spirit wins the game.
We're the bulldogs (yes we are)
And we're the greatest (yes we are)
The mighty red 'v' which stands for victory
The rough tough bulldogs (yes we are)
South Fremantle (yes we are)
The southerners for ever more
Down by the port of Fremantle
We hit them really hard
With true grit and courage we win
So come on Souths let's show them
How to play the game to win
South Fremantle for ever more
We're the bulldogs (yes we are)
And we're the greatest (yes we are)
The mighty red 'v' which stands for victory
The rough tough bulldogs (yes we are)
South Fremantle (yes we are)
The southerners for ever more.


John Dimmer (coach) and David Gault (captain) celebrate after winning the 2005 WAFL Premiership.

Club Honours[edit]

WAFL Premierships: (13 total) 1916, 1917, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1970, 1980, 1997, 2005, 2009

Reserves Premierships:[10] (10 total) 1936, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1992, 2004, 2009

Colts Premierships:[11] (9 total) 1970, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2012

Rodriguez Shield: (6 total) 1983, 1984, 1992, 2001, 2004, 2009

WAFL Wooden Spoons: (12 total) 1904, 1920, 1925, 1936, 1943, 1944, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1972, 1987

Individual Honours[edit]

Sandover medallists: (10 total) 1928: Jack Rocchi, 1937: Frank Jenkins, 1947: Clive Lewington, 1952: Steve Marsh, 1955: John Todd, 1980: Stephen Michael, 1981: Stephen Michael, 1986: Mark Bairstow, 1989: Craig Edwards, 2005: Toby McGrath

Tassie Medallists: (3 total) 1983: Stephen Michael, 1984 & 1986: Brad Hardie

All Australians: (6 total) 1953: Steve Marsh, 1956: John Gerovich & Cliff Hillier, 1961: John Todd, 1972: Brian Ciccotosto, 1983: Stephen Michael 1983

Bernie Naylor Medallists: (20 total) H.Kelly (50) 1905; G.Thomas (31) 1910; H.Campbell (47) 1922; S.Lawn (75) 1928 & (96) 1929; B.Naylor (131) 1946, (108) 1947, 91 (1948), (147) 1952, (167) 1953, (133) 1954; J.Gerovich (74) 1956, (101) 1960 & (74) 1961; R.Bauskis (108) 1977 & (82) 1978; C.Edwards (54) 1992; J.Dorotich (88) 1996 & (114) 1997; Z.Parsons (65) 2002; B Saunders (66) 2012;


Highest Score: Round 21, 1981 - 40.18 (258) vs. West Perth at Fremantle Oval

Lowest Score: Round 5, 1904 - 0.4 (4) vs. East Fremantle at Fremantle Oval [12]

Greatest Winning Margin: Round 3, 1999 - 195 points vs. Peel at Fremantle Oval

Greatest Losing Margin: Round 1, 1944 - 256 points vs. East Perth at Perth Oval

Most Games: Marty Atkins 266

Most Goals: Bernie Naylor 1,023 (1941, 1946–1954)

Longest winning streak (league): 17 games from Round 2, 1953 to Round 18, 1953

Longest losing streak (league): 18 games from Round 4, 1987 to Round 21, 1987

Most goals in a season: 167 by Bernie Naylor in 1953

Most goals in a game: 23 by Bernie Naylor vs. Subiaco in 1953

Record Home Attendance: Round 10, 1979 - 23,109 vs. East Fremantle

Record Finals Attendance: 1979 Grand Final - 52,781 vs East Fremantle at Subiaco Oval [ Highest Ever WAFL Game Attendance Record]

Notable players and coaches[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Christian, Geoff; Lee, Jack; Messenger, Bob (1985). Jordan, Ray, ed. The Footballers: A history of football in Western Australia. St George Books. p. 15. 
  2. ^ "FOOTBALL.". The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879-1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 28 May 1900. p. 7. Retrieved 16 March 2011. "The South Fremantle club, which has risen out of the ashes of the once redoubtable, but now defunct, Fremantle Club, possesses practically the same combination of players who wore the red and white colours last year. The name is changed but that is all" 
  3. ^ "FOOTBALL.". The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879-1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 17 September 1900. p. 6. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Christian, Lee & Messenger (1985), p 161
  5. ^ Christian, Lee & Messenger (1985), p 23
  6. ^ Christian, Lee & Messenger (1985), p 32
  7. ^ WA Football Hall of Fame
  8. ^ List of Premiers
  9. ^ a b c
  10. ^ from 1925
  11. ^ from 1957
  12. ^ lowest score was also recorded Round 2, 1904 against North Fremantle

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