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|Date of birth||14 November 1974|
|Place of birth||Swan Reach, South Australia|
|Debut||Round 1, 1993, Footscray
v. Collingwood, at Melbourne Cricket Ground
|Height/Weight||178 cm / 80 kg|
|1993–2008||Western Bulldogs||324 (104)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2008.
Scott West (born 14 November 1974) is a former Australian rules football player who played for the Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football League. West was a tough "in-and-under" midfielder who was hard at the ball, especially around the stoppages, and was regularly one of the leading possession accumulators in the competition.
West attended Essendon Grammar and was recruited to the Footscray Football Club (now Western Bulldogs) where he made his debut in 1993. He won an AFL Rising Star nomination that season. In 1993 and 1994 he wore the number 14 guernsey, before changing to his famous number 7 in the wake of Doug Hawkins' departure to Fitzroy in 1995.
West is regarded as one of the most consistent players in the AFL over a long time-frame. He has regularly made the most disposals in the AFL in the past ten years, and has made AFL All-Australian selection on five occasions in 1998, 2000, 2004, 2005 and 2006. He won seven club best-and-fairest awards (Charles Sutton Medals); his victory in 2005 overtaking Gary Dempsey's previous record of six.
Late in 2006 West had been described as being in the best form of his career despite him being 32 years of age and completing his 300th game. This run of form included an incredible career best 45 disposals in one match against the Adelaide Crows. In the 2006 season, West became the first player on record (recorded since 1987) to amass more than 400 handpasses in a season, finishing with 423.
Scott West is considered to be one of the best ever players not to have won a Brownlow medal. In 2000 he was particularly unlucky. Going into the final round, he was level with Shane woewodin from Melbourne on 22 votes. Having had only 17 disposals and being interchanged for majority of the final quarter, Shane woewodin wasn't considered a chance to poll Against westcoast, however woewodin polled 2 votes and consequently Won the medal on 24 votes. Wests amazing brownlow record consists of third in 1999, second (by two votes) in 2000 and (by two votes) in 2006 and fourth in 2004 and 2005. In 2006 he won the Sunday Footy Show's Lou Richards award for best player as voted by Channel 9's football commentators. He was the crowd favourite to win the Brownlow Medal in 2006, due to his string of close misses and secondly, because he was one of the few Victoria-based players with a high chance of winning the award, during a period when non-Victorian teams were dominating the league. West ended up finishing second in 2006 behind Adam Goodes.
On 23 September 2008, his career came to an end after the Bulldogs said he was no longer required at the club.
In early 2002, West was named in the Western Bulldogs Team of the Century along with Footscray great Ted Whitten.
The Scott West Award, for the Western Bulldogs' most courageous player, was named in his honour.
In 2009, West took up a part-time Assistant Coach position at the Melbourne Football Club.
|Led the league for the Season only*|
|Led the league after finals only*|
|Led the league after Season and Finals*|
*10 games required to be eligible.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- "Bulldogs axe West". AFL.com.au. 2008-09-23. Retrieved 2008-09-23.
- Diamond, Brent (8 October 2013). "Scott West quits as Werribee's VFL coach as Dogs return looms". The Age. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- Green, Warwick (5 June 2013). "Scott West crowned an AFL Hall of Fame member". Herald Sun. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- Scott West's player profile at AFL Tables
- Scott West's profile on the official website of the Western Bulldogs
- Scott West's statistics from AFL Tables