West Coast Eagles
|Full name||West Coast Eagles|
|Leading goalkicker||Jack Darling (53 goals)|
|Best and fairest||Scott Selwood|
|Colours||Navy Blue White Gold|
|Competition||Australian Football League (AFL)|
|Premierships||Three (1992, 1994, 2006)|
|Ground(s)||Subiaco Oval (capacity: 43,600)|
|Former ground(s)||WACA Ground (1987–2000)|
|Current season: 2012|
The West Coast Eagles are an Australian rules football club based in Perth, Western Australia, currently playing in the Australian Football League (AFL). Representing the Australian state of Western Australia, in particular the Perth metropolitan region, the club trains and plays its home games at Subiaco Oval (Patersons Stadium) in Subiaco, having previously also played matches at the WACA Ground. The club is one of two Australian Football League clubs based in Western Australia, with the other being the Fremantle Football Club.
The club was founded in 1986 as an expansion team, and entered the competition the following season, along with the Brisbane Bears, making the finals series for the first time in 1988. West Coast won its first premiership in 1992, after being defeated in the grand final the previous year, winning two more in 1994 and 2006. In 2011, the Eagles finished fourth to make the finals for the first time since 2007, having won the wooden spoon after finishing last in 2010. The club is currently one of the wealthiest and most-supported teams in the AFL. The current coach of the club is John Worsfold, and the current captain Darren Glass, who have filled their roles since 2002 and 2008, respectively. From the 2014 season onwards, the East Perth Football Club, playing in the West Australian Football League (WAFL), will serve as West Coast's reserve team, with West Coast players previously distributed among all WAFL teams.
The West Coast Eagles were selected in 1986 as one of two expansion teams to enter the Victorian Football League (VFL) the following season, along with the Brisbane Bears. Ron Alexander was appointed as the team's inaugural coach in September 1986, with the inaugural squad, comprising a majority of players from the West Australian Football League (WAFL), unveiled in late October. Ross Glendinning, recruited from North Melbourne, was made the club's first captain as one of the few players with previous VFL experience. The team's first senior match in the VFL was played against Richmond at Subiaco Oval in late March 1987, with West Coast defeating Richmond by 14 points. Having won eleven games and lost eleven games for the season, the club finished eighth out of fourteen teams. At the end of the season, John Todd, the coach of Swan Districts in the WAFL, replaced Alexander as West Coast's coach. The club made the finals for the first time in 1988, but lost form the following season, winning only seven games to finish 11th on the ladder. Todd was sacked at the end of the 1989 season, and was replaced by Michael Malthouse, who had previously coached Footscray. With the competition having rebranded itself as the Australian Football League (AFL) at the start of the 1990 season, West Coast finished third on the ladder at the conclusion of the home-and-away season, and progressed to the preliminary final before losing to Essendon, having been forced to play four consecutive finals in Melbourne.
John Worsfold replaced Steve Malaxos as captain for the 1991 season, and the club finished the season as minor premiers for the first time, losing only three games. In the finals series, West Coast progressed to the grand final, but were defeated by Hawthorn by 53 points. Peter Sumich kicking 111 goals during the season, becoming the West Coast player to reach a century of goals, as well as the first-ever left-footer. In 1992, West Coast finished fourth on the ladder, but again progressed to the grand final, defeating Geelong by 28 points to become the first team based outside Victoria to win a premiership. Having slipped to third in 1993, the club finished as minor premiers the following season, and went on to again defeat Geelong in the grand final to win its second premiership in three years. In 1995, a second AFL team based in Western Australia, the Fremantle Football Club, with the two clubs' subsequent rivalry branded as the "Western Derby". West Coast made the finals in every year that remained in the 1990s, but failed to reach another grand final, with a fourth-place finish in 1995 their best result. Worsfold retired at the end of the 1998 season, and was replaced by his vice-captain, Guy McKenna, who served as captain until his retirement two seasons later.
Malthouse left West Coast at the end of the 1999 season to take up the senior coaching position with Collingwood, and was replaced by Ken Judge, who had been coach of Hawthorn. The 2000 and 2001 seasons were marked by a rapid decrease in form after the loss of several key senior players, culminating in a 14th-place in 2001, at the time the worst in the club's history. Round eighteen of the 2000 season marked the club's final match at the WACA Ground, which had been used concurrently with Subiaco Oval since the club's inception. Judge was sacked at the end of 2001, and replaced by the club's former captain John Worsfold, who had been serving as assistant coach at Carlton. The club made the finals in 2002, 2003, and 2004, but each time failed to progress past the elimination final. Ben Cousins was made sole captain of the club in 2002, having shared the role with Dean Kemp the previous season. During this time, the team was boosted by a number of high picks in the AFL Draft gained as a result of the previous poor finishes. Chris Judd, who had been taken with pick three in the 2001 National Draft, won the Brownlow Medal as the best player in the competition in 2004, becoming the first West Coast player to win the award. In 2005, the Eagles finished second on the ladder after the regular season, and progressed to the grand final against Sydney, where they were defeated by four points. For the second consecutive year, the Brownlow Medal was won by an Eagles player, with Ben Cousins and Daniel Kerr finishing first and second, respectively. West Coast finished as minor premiers for a third time in 2006, with seventeen wins from 22 games. In the 2006 finals series, the club lost the qualifying final to Sydney by one point, but after defeating the Western Bulldogs and the Adelaide in the semi- and preliminary final, respectively, again progressed to the grand final, where the Eagles defeated Sydney by a point in an exact reversal of the score in the qualifying final. The two grand finals in 2005 and 2006 were part of a series of close games between the two clubs that resulted in a total difference of thirteen points across six games, an AFL record.
The club finished third during the regular 2007 season, but after a series of late-season injuries lost both its games during the final series. During the past few seasons, the club had been impacted by a series of highly-publicised off-field controversies involving allegations of recreational drug use, nightclub assaults, and links to outlawed motorcycle gangs. Michael Gardiner was traded after crashing his car while drunk, and Ben Cousins resigned the captaincy of the club prior to the 2006 season after being charged with evading a police breath-test, with Chris Judd taking over as captain. Cousins was sacked at the end of the 2007 season after being arrested for possession of drugs, while Judd requested to be traded back to Victoria, and was traded to Carlton in exchange for a key forward, Josh Kennedy, and several draft picks. Darren Glass, the club's full-back since the retirement of Ashley McIntosh in 2003, was then appointed captain. These controversies were followed by a series of poor seasons on-field, culminating in the club's first wooden spoon, after winning only four games in 2010. The three-year period between 2008 and 2010 was the longest time in the club's history without a finals appearance. Despite predictions of another bottom-four finish in 2011, West Coast won 16 games to finish in the top four, becoming the first team since the Brisbane Lions in 1998 and 1999 to reach a preliminary final after finishing last the previous season.
Finance and ownership
The West Coast Eagles have been owned in full by the West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) since 1989. The club was originally owned and operated by Indian Pacific Limited, a publicly listed company that was delisted from the Australian Stock Exchange in 1990 after 75% of the shares were bought out by the WAFC. The last minority shareholders were bought out in 2000. West Coast pay approximately $3 million in rent to the WAFC for the use of Subiaco Oval, and 50–70% of overall profits. In 2001, a South African investment company, Southern African Investments Ltd. (SAIL), had proposed a $25-million deal for a 49-percent stake in the club, with the bid being rejected in 2003. In 2011, it was reported that the AFL had lobbied to take over the ownership of both the Eagles and the Fremantle Football Club from the WAFC.
West Coast is currently one of the most financially successful clubs in the AFL, both in terms of revenue and profit. In May 2011, the club's total revenue for the previous season was reported as $45.6 million, equal first with Collingwood in the AFL. The club's football department spending over the 2011 season was reported as $18.6 million, second to Collingwood. Along with most other clubs (notably excluding Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney), player payments are limited by a salary cap, which stands at $8.78 million as of the 2012 season.
Membership and attendance
|1993–1994||Denis McInerney||Car dealer|
|1995–1996||Ernie Dingo||Television personality|
|1997–1998||Geoff Christian||Sports journalist|
|2001–2002||Tony Evans||Former footballer|
|2003–2004||Dennis Lillee||Former cricketer|
|2005–2006||Jeff Newman||Television personality|
|2009–2010||Ross Glendinning||Former footballer|
|2011–||Michael Brennan||Former footballer|
As of July 2012, the West Coast Eagles have over 56,000 members. The club's 2011 membership of 54,745 people was a club record, and the fourth-highest overall in the AFL. Membership numbers are limited by the capacity of Patersons Stadium, which holds 43,500 seats, with 39,000 reserved exclusively for club members. In March 2012, The Weekend West reported that the cost of a West Coast Eagles adult club membership was A$283, the most of any club in the AFL. The current waiting list for family memberships is over 9,000 people, with a total waiting list in excess of 20,000 people, or around four years.
The number-one ticket holder is a position in most Australian Football League clubs given to a well-known supporter of the club. The West Coast Eagles' website lists "longevity of service", "passion for the club", "contribution to the community of Western Australia", and "the level at which they are recognised in their chosen profession by the community" as criteria for the position. Number-one ticket holders generally serve for two years. The current number-one ticket holder of the club is Michael Brennan, who played 179 games for the club, and whose son, Jacob Brennan, is currently listed with the club.
In total, 455,899 people attended West Coast Eagles home games in 2011, equating to an average of 37,992 people per game. The highest-attended home game was against North Melbourne in the elimination final, which was attended by 41,790 people. The highest attendance for any game featuring West Coast was against Collingwood in the semi-final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, attended by 65,483 people. In terms of television audience, on average 519,000 people viewed West Coast Eagles games in 2011, with a high of 1,074,000 viewers for the round 16 game against Geelong.
Club symbols and uniform
|Jumper sponsors and
|1991–97||SGIO and Hungry Jacks|
|1997–98||SGIO and BGC|
|1998–99||SGIO and Hungry Jacks|
|2003–11||SGIO and Hungry Jacks|
|2012||SGIO and Bankwest|
West Coast's official colours are navy blue, gold, and white, having previously been royal blue and gold. The club's current logo features a stylised Wedge-tailed Eagle with the words "West Coast Eagles" written underneath. Previous logos have all incorporated a stylised eagle's head. The club's current home jumper design features a stylised eagle's head taken from the club's logo on a tricolour of navy blue, white and gold.
Puma has manufactured the club's uniforms since their inaugural season in 1987, and is the "official apparel and preferred footwear supplier of the West Coast Eagles". A number of sponsors' logos have featured on West Coast jumpers and shorts. The Burswood Entertainment Complex was the original sponsor for the 1987 season, but SGIO (1988 to present), an insurance provider, Hungry Jack's (1991–1999; 2003–2011), a fast food chain; BGC (1997–1998), a construction conglomerate, and Bankwest (2012–present), a bank, have also served as major sponsors. Bankwest replaced Hungry Jack's as the major jumper sponsor for the 2012 season. Hungry Jack's later criticised West Coast for dropping the sponsorship deal after a 25-year partnership.
As part of West Coast's (and the AFL's in general) efforts to develop the game outside of Australia, the club partners with a number of internationally-based football clubs, providing them with guernseys and other equipment. There are currently Eagles-affiliated clubs (also referred to as "sister clubs") in Cambodia (the Cambodian Eagles), Canada (the Toronto Eagles), China (the Shanghai Eagles, Italy (the Milano Eagles), and Sweden (the Karlstad Eagles). West Coast is also responsible for sponsoring FootyWILD, a program similar to Auskick held in KwaZulu-Natal, a province of South Africa.
The club's official team song is "We're the Eagles", composed by Kevin Peek, a former member of the band Sky, and initially recorded at Peek's studio in Roleystone. "Eagle Rock", a 1971 song recorded by Daddy Cool, is traditionally played at home games. As part of the AFL's Mascot Manor program, a club mascot, Rick "The Rock" Eagle, was created in 2003 to promote the club to junior players. The mascot is in part named after the song. A real Wedge-tailed Eagle, Auzzie, occasionally performs tricks at home games.
|Pos||Ladder position||P||Games played||W||Games won||L||Games lost||D||Games drawn||%||Percentage||Premiership season|
Players who have played 150 games for the club are automatically inducted as life members of the club. Other players, administrators and coaches that have made an outstanding contribution to the club have also been inducted. No life members were inducted in 2001 or 2010. The following players, coaches and administrators are life members of the club:
|Year of induction||Inductees|
|1994||Michael Brennan, Dwayne Lamb, Chris Lewis, Chris Mainwaring, John Worsfold (all players)|
|1995||David Hart, Guy McKenna (both players)|
|1996||Hank Gloede (property manager), Dean Kemp (player), Bill Sutherland (head trainer)|
|1997||Mick Malthouse (coach), Peter Matera, Peter Sumich, Chris Waterman (all players)|
|1998||Brett Heady, Glen Jakovich, Ashley McIntosh|
|1999||Murray McHenry (chairman)|
|2000||Drew Banfield, Mitchell White (both players)|
|2002||Ross Nicholas (marketing manager), Brian Edwards (manager), Ken Fitch, Rod Moore (both team doctors)|
|2003||Ben Cousins, Don Pyke (both players), Robert Wiley (player and coach)|
|2004||Karl Langdon, Phil Matera (both players), Trevor Nisbett (CEO)|
|2005||Michael Braun, Tony Evans, Peter Wilson (all players)|
|2006||Craig Turley, Ryan Turnbull, David Wirrpanda (all players), David Jones (board member)|
|2007||Chad Fletcher, Rowan Jones (both players, Brian Dawson (coach), Anna Durante (secretary), Tim Gepp (match committee chairman)|
|2008||Dean Cox, Andrew Embley, Darren Glass, Daniel Kerr, Phil Scott (all players)|
|2009||Dalton Gooding (chairman), Nigel Satterley (board member), Adam Hunter, Quinten Lynch (both players)|
|2011||Adam Selwood (player), Richard Godfrey (Chief Operating Officer), Glenn Stewart (High Performance Manager)|
Team of the Decade
In 1996 as part of the AFL's centenary celebrations, and the club's 10-year celebrations, the Eagles named a team of the decade.
|Backs:||David Hart||Michael Brennan||Ashley McIntosh|
|Half Backs:||Guy McKenna||Glen Jakovich||John Worsfold|
|Centres:||Peter Matera||Dean Kemp||Chris Mainwaring|
|Half Forwards:||Brett Heady||Mitchell White||Craig Turley|
|Forwards:||Chris Lewis||Peter Sumich||Tony Evans|
|Ruck:||Ryan Turnbull||Don Pyke||Dwayne Lamb|
|Interchange:||Chris Waterman||Steve Malaxos||Peter Wilson|
In 2006 the West Coast Eagles named a greatest team of the past twenty years as part of the club's twentieth anniversary celebrations:
|Backs:||David Wirrpanda||Ashley McIntosh||Michael Brennan|
|Half Backs:||Guy McKenna||Glen Jakovich||John Worsfold (Captain)|
|Centres:||Peter Matera||Dean Kemp||Chris Mainwaring|
|Half Forwards:||Brett Heady||Mitchell White||Chris Lewis|
|Forwards:||Phillip Matera||Peter Sumich||Tony Evans|
|Ruck:||Dean Cox||Chris Judd||Ben Cousins|
|Interchange:||Chris Waterman||Drew Banfield||Don Pyke|
Hall of Fame inductees
The Australian Football Hall of Fame was established in 1996:
- Ross Glendinning – 2000
- Peter Matera – 2006
- Dean Kemp – 2007
- Glen Jakovich – 2008
- Guy McKenna – 2009
Brownlow Medal winners
The Brownlow Medal is awarded to the best player in the competition during the home-and-away season as voted by the umpires:
- Ross Glendinning – 1988
Norm Smith Medal winners
Coleman Medal winners
The Coleman Medal is awarded to the player who kicks the most goals in the AFL competition during the home-and-away season:
- Scott Cummings (88 goals) – 1999
AFL Rising Star winners
The AFL Rising Star is awarded to the best rookie player in the competition during a particular season:
- Ben Cousins – 1996
Goal of the Year winners
Mark of the Year winners
- Ashley Sampi – 2004
Sandover Medal winners
- Phil Narkle (Swan Districts) – 1982
- Murray Wrensted (East Fremantle Football Club) – 1985
- Ian Dargie (Subiaco) – 1991
- Robbie West (West Perth) – 1992
- Ryan Turnbull (East Perth) – 2001
- Matt Priddis (Subiaco) – 2006
|Year||Eagles players selected|
|1991||Guy McKenna, Chris Mainwaring, Peter Matera, Craig Turley|
|1993||Peter Matera, Guy McKenna|
|1994||Peter Matera, Guy McKenna, David Hart, Glen Jakovich|
|1996||Peter Matera, Chris Mainwaring, Mitchell White|
|1997||Peter Matera, Fraser Gehrig|
|1998||Ben Cousins, Ashley McIntosh|
|2003||Michael Gardiner, Phil Matera|
|2004||Chad Fletcher, Chris Judd|
|2005||Ben Cousins, Dean Cox, David Wirrpanda|
|2006||Ben Cousins, Chris Judd, Dean Cox, Darren Glass|
|2007||Dean Cox, Darren Glass, Daniel Kerr|
|2011||Dean Cox, Darren Glass|
|2012||Dean Cox, Darren Glass(Captain), Nic Naitanui, Beau Waters|
VFL Team of the Year
Prior to 1991 the VFL Team of the Year was announced each year, consisting of the best players during that season in the Victorian Football League.
|Year||Eagles players selected|
|1990||John Worsfold, Chris Lewis|
Most games: 276 – Glen Jakovich Most goals: 514 – Peter Sumich Highest score: 29.18 (192) vs. Brisbane Bears, 1988, at the WACA Ground Lowest score: 1.12 (18) vs. Essendon, 1989, at Windy Hill Greatest winning margin: 135 points vs. Adelaide, 1995, at Subiaco Oval Greatest losing margin: 142 points vs. Essendon, 1989, at Windy Hill
Players and staff
- See also West Coast Eagles draft history for the complete list of West Coast's draft selections, delistings and trades from 1989 onward
West Coast Eagles
|Senior list||Rookie list||Coaching staff|
Updated: 29 October 2012
Current coaching staff
|Senior coach||Performance coach
(strength & conditioning)
(strategy & innovations)
- Chairman: Alan Cransberg
- Deputy Chairman: Chris Cronin
- Terry Agnew
- Graeme Yukich
- James McMahon
- Hon. Julie Bishop
- Peter Carter
- Chief Executive Officer: Trevor Nisbett
- Chief Operating Officer: Richard Godfrey
- Chief Financial Officer: Amanda Cox
- General Manager – Football Operations: Neale Daniher
The club's strongest rivalry is with the Fremantle Football Club, the only other AFL club based in Western Australia. The two teams play off in the Western Derby twice each home-and-away season. Overall, 34 derbies have been played, with the Eagles winning 21 and Fremantle winning 15. Derbies usually incorporate a sold-out crowd: the average crowd since the first derby was held in 1995 has been 39,910 people per game, with the average crowd for the past ten games 40,587 people per game, out of a total ground capacity of 43,600 people.
Other rivalries include with Essendon, Geelong, and a rivalry with the Sydney Swans, which stems from a series of six matches between 2005 and 2007, including both the 2005 and 2006 Grand Finals, in which the total points difference was 13, the lowest of all-time. This sequence included three one-point matches between the 2006 qualifying final and round one of the 2007 season.
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