Subiaco Football Club

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Subiaco
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Names
Full name Subiaco Football Club
Nickname(s) Lions
2014 season
Premiership 1st
Home-and-away season 2nd
Leading goalkicker Matthew Boland (53 goals)
Best and fairest Kyal Horsley
Club details
Founded 1896
Colours      Maroon
     Gold
Competition West Australian Football League
Chairman Mark Lawrence
Coach Jarrad Schofield
Captain(s) Kyal Horsley
Premierships 12 (1912, 1913, 1915, 1924, 1973, 1986, 1988, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014)
Ground(s) Medibank Stadium (Leederville Oval) (capacity: 18,000)
Other information
Official website http://www.sfclions.com.au
Guernsey:
Subiaco Lions Jumper.svg

The Subiaco Football Club, nicknamed the Lions and known before 1973 as the Maroons, is an Australian rules football club in the West Australian Football League (WAFL). It was founded in 1896, and admitted to the WAFL in 1901, along with North Fremantle. The club is currently based at Leederville Oval, having previously played at Subiaco Oval.

History[edit]

Subiaco was incorporated in 1896, establishing its base at a small playing arena within the environs of the Shenton Park Lake. During the Club's embryonic period it played in the "First Rate Juniors" competition from 1896 to 1900 and enjoyed premiership success. As a result, along with fellow First Rate Junior powerhouse North Fremantle the Subiaco Football Club joined the then West Australian Football Association competition (known today as the West Australian Football League – WAFL) in 1901. However, it struggled so much that there were long debates as to whether it should continue after it won only eleven games in its first seven seasons[1] but with the construction of Subiaco Oval on what was formerly called the “sand patch”, the club’s performances improved: very slowly at first, but very rapidly after the acquisition of two key forwards in Phil Matson and Herbert Limb for the 1912 season. That year Subiaco rose from second last to their first ever premiership despite a thrashing from East Fremantle in the final, and they again won premierships against Perth in 1913 and 1915 before loss of players to World War I gave them the rare ignominy of plummeting from premiers to the wooden spoon in 1916.

During the inter-war period Subiaco were mainly a middle-of-the-road outfit, though they did win a premiership from third in 1924 and played in three grand finals for the rest of that decade, only to lose each time to East Fremantle or East Perth. They were noted for a large number of outstanding players during this period, including ruckman Tom Outridge and rover Johnny Leonard, but as these players declined Subiaco began a period of struggle that would rival their experiences in the 1900s (and from 1975 to 1983).

They plummeted to their first wooden spoon since 1916 in 1937 and made an extremely ambitious recruiting coup by providing local employment for three Victorian champions in Haydn Bunton, Keith Shea and Les Hardiman. Although Bunton lived up to his Fitzroy reputation and at times did work far beyond that expected of a rover,[2] Shea and Hardiman did not, and Subiaco in the four seasons from 1938 to 1941 won only 23 and drew one of eighty games, finishing seventh twice and sixth twice in an eight-team competition.

After the WANFL operated on an under-age format for three seasons from 1942 to 1944, Subiaco rose to fifth in 1945 and third in 1946, but this proved a false honeymoon. Sorely lacking in high quality players, Subiaco between 1947 and 1956 won only thirty-eight of 198 games, and simply failed to recruit players of the quality that the two Fremantle sides, Perth and West Perth did.[3] It was engaged in a consistent battle with Swan Districts for the wooden spoon, and never finished higher than seventh in an eight-team competition.

Late in the 1950s, Subiaco emerged from the doldrums in spectacular fashion when in its first final for thirteen years it kicked a remarkable 16.8 (104) in the third quarter against Perth - easily a record quarter score for a senior Australian rules final.[4] They then beat East Fremantle to reach their first grand final since 1935, but were beaten by East Perth and in the following years Subiaco again struggled, winning only 69 and drawing three of 168 home-and-away games between 1960 and 1967 and never seeming to have good direction in their management. 1968, however, saw the club achieve stability through the recruitment of Haydn Bunton junior as coach and a record season from Austin Robertson at full forward, who kicked 157 goals and in one match against East Fremantle fifteen of nineteen (along with eleven behinds!). The club finished fourth every year from 1968 to 1970, but declined somewhat in 1971 and 1972. However, under new captain-coach Ross Smith and with the emergence of star players like Mike Fitzpatrick, Subiaco emerged for the first time since the Matson era as firm favourites for the flag during 1973 and duly beat West Perth.

However, with the departure of Fitzpatrick and Peter Featherby to the VFL, Subiaco returned to the dark days of the late 1940s and early 1950s. In 1974 they reached the First Semi-Final only to lose to Swan Districts, but would not participate in the finals for a decade afterwards and finished absolutely last in 1976, 1979, 1980 and 1982. In the process they won just 44 of 189 games, and in 1982 looked like a winless season before beating East Fremantle in the seventeenth round. However, during this period every one of the other seven WAFL clubs won at least one premiership. Their only genuinely class player of this era, Gary Buckenara, defected to Hawthorn after three years with the Lions. Worse still, unlike that earlier bleak era, Subiaco were hit by severe financial problems and only community involvement during the early 1980s managed to save the club from extinction.

The return of Haydn Bunton junior as coach after a long stint with South Adelaide was viewed by most Subiaco fans as the return of a master, and it is remarkable how he rose a nearly defunct club to a major force in the WAFL.[5] Subiaco moved from four wins to nine in 1984 (along with a reserves premiership[6]) and rose to second behind East Fremantle in 1985. Although it was their first finals appearance since 1974, Subiaco did not disappoint but ultimately failed by five points. However, 1986 saw them even better, beating VFL club St. Kilda in the Foster‘s Cup and losing only four games all year - their second-best home-and-away return behind 1912 - before recovering from a thrashing from East Fremantle to demolish that team in the Grand Final by sixty-nine points.

Bunton junior’s aim of a Subiaco dynasty was ended by the formation of the West Coast Eagles that summer, which quickly drained the WAFL of all its best talent. Nonetheless, he coached the Lions to another premiership in 1988, and although they did decline to only six wins in 1989 and 1990, Subiaco maintained a respectable position in the weakened WAFL over the next decade, before becoming the richest[7] and most powerful club therein during the 2000s under the coaching of Peter German and Scott Watters with premierships in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008 - in the last of which they were amazingly unlucky not to be only the second undefeated team in open-age WAFL history suffering only a one-point loss to Swan Districts.

Subiaco would endure a lull after their historic three-peat between 2006 and 2008 before returning to the WAFL Grand Final against Claremont in 2011 under the guidance of ex-West Coast Eagle Chris Waterman. The Lions would be humbled by the Tigers on the day with a 56 point defeat solemnly ending Subiaco’s season. The Lions suffered a Grand Final hangover in 2012 free-falling down the table to finish seventh with only seven wins. This resulted in head coach Chris Waterman being replaced by club great Jarrad Schofield who played in two premierships for the Lions on either side of a 206 game AFL career. Schofield worked hard to instil a new system at Subiaco resulting in a low key eighth finish again in 2013 with only six wins; but it would set the building blocks for a miraculous face lift in 2014.

After recruiting heavily over the off-season and relying on a strong base of home-grown talent the Lions turned their fortunes around to finish second in 2014 and contend for their seventh grand final in eleven seasons. Subiaco lost their first semi-final to the heavily favoured Royals before pulling off a nail-biting five-point win over the East Fremantle Sharks in an elimination final to secure the clubs 24th Grand Final appearance. On a wet and blustery day the Lions proved too determined for the West Coast Eagles affiliated Royals to record a famous 16 point Grand Final victory and the clubs twelfth historically. Jason Bristow was awarded best on ground with 23 disposals and a goal whilst Kyal Horsley captained Subiaco to his second Grand Final. Subiaco veteran Darren Rumble became the clubs most successful player historically with his fifth premiership for the club.

Less than 24 hours after Subiaco secured their club’s twelfth premiership they also had the club’s second Brownlow medallist with Matthew Priddis winning the AFL's best and fairest after an outstanding season with the West Coast Eagles. Priddis played 63 games for the Lions including two WAFL premierships and a Sandover medal before being drafted to the Eagles in 2006.

Club Song[edit]

The Club Song of the Subiaco Football Club is sung to the tune of The Battle Hymn of the Republic written by a supporter John Irvin and adopted by the club.

Subiaco players know the meaning of success
Dedication is the way to fight for happiness.
We're the mighty fighting Lions
We'll grind ‘em in the ground
To the premiership we’re bound!
Glory, glory Subiaco
Glory, glory Subiaco
Glory, glory Subiaco
The team is striving on!
Glory, glory Subiaco
Glory, glory Subiaco
Glory, glory Subiaco
The team is striving on!
Subiaco players know the meaning of success
Dedication is the way to fight for happiness.
We're the mighty fighting Lions
We'll grind ‘em in the ground
To the premiership we’re bound!
Glory, glory Subiaco
Glory, glory Subiaco
Glory, glory Subiaco
The team is striving on!

Honours[edit]

Club Honours[edit]

WAFL Premierships: (12 total) 1912, 1913, 1915, 1924, 1973, 1986, 1988, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014

Runners-Up: (12 total) 1925, 1926, 1931, 1933, 1935, 1959, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1995, 2003, 2009

Reserves Premierships: (16 total) 1928, 1929, 1931, 1958, 1959, 1969, 1972, 1984, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007

Colts Premierships: (1 total) 1989

Rodriguez Shield: (9 total) 1970, 1973, 1986, 1995, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2014

Individual Honours[edit]

Sandover Medal Winners: (12 total) 1921: Tom Outridge, 1935: Lou Daily, 1938: Haydn Bunton, Sr, 1939: Haydn Bunton, Sr, 1941: Haydn Bunton, Sr, 1991: Ian Dargie, 1994: Ian Dargie, 2000: Richard Ambrose, 2004: Allistair Pickett, 2006: Matthew Priddis

Simpson Medalists: (8 total) 1973: Dennis Blair, 1985: Brian Taylor, 1986: Mark Zanotti, 1988: Mick Lee, 2004: Paul Vines, 2006: Marc Webb, 2007: Brad Smith, 2008: Chris Hall, 2014: Jason Bristow

Bernie Naylor Medalists: (21 total) 1913: H. Limb (40), 1915: H. Limb (46), 1920: Pat Rodriguez (36), 1957: Don Glass (83), 1962: Austin Robertson, Jr. (89), 1964: Austin Robertson, Jr. (96), 1968: Austin Robertson, Jr. (162), 1969: Austin Robertson, Jr. (114), 1970: Austin Robertson, Jr. (116), 1971: Austin Robertson, Jr. (111), 1972: Austin Robertson, Jr. (98), 1987: Todd Breman (111), 1988: Todd Breman (75), 1993: Jason Heatley (111), 1995: Jason Heatley (123), 1998: Todd Ridley (77), 2003: Brad Smith (84), 2004: Brad Smith (109), 2005: Lachlan Oakley (83), 2007: Brad Smith (126), 2008: Brad Smith (104), 2011: Blake Broadhurst (68)

Tassie Medal Winners: (1 total) 1969: Peter Eakins

All Australians: 1966: Brian Sarre, 1969: Peter Eakins, 1972: George Young, 1986: Laurie Keene, 1986: Andrew MacNish

Records[edit]

Record Home Attendance: 21 088 v. Claremont on 2 June 1986

Highest Score: 29.33 (207) v. Peel Thunder on 3 May 2008 and 33.9 (207) v South Fremantle on 28 August 2010

Lowest Score: 0.0 (0) v. South Fremantle on 4 August 1906

Lowest Scores since 1919: 1.2 (8) vs. East Perth on 7 August 1920 and 1.5 (11) v. East Fremantle on 24 July 1954

Longest Winning Streak: 19 games from Round 12, 2006 to Round 7, 2007 (including 2006 premiership; bye in Round 8 of 2007)

Longest Losing Streak: 24 games from Round 1, 1902 to Round 9, 1903

Team of the Century[edit]

Team of the Century
B: Dwayne Lamb Brian Sarre Lou Daily
HB: Laurie Kettlewell Brighton Diggins Bill Faul
C: Snowy Hamilton Peter Featherby Dean Kemp
HF: George Young Phillip Matson Gary Buckenara
F: Allistair Pickett Austin Robertson Tom Outridge
Foll: Mike Fitzpatrick (c) Haydn Bunton Johnny Leonard
Int: Laurie Keene Fred Williams Drew Banfield
Brett Heady
Coach: Haydn Bunton, Jr.

Honourboard[edit]

This table lists the coaches, captains, best-and-fairest winners and leading goalscorers for Subiaco since 1920. Data for goalkickers are sketchy before the late 1920s[8]

Season Place Record Coach Captain Best & Fairest
(Tom Outridge Medal)
Leading goalkicker
1920 4th 7–8–1 Wally Steele Wally Steele Wally Steele Pat Rodriguez (36)
1921 5th 6–8–1 Wally Steele Harry Morgan Tom Outridge, Sr.
1922 5th 4–11 Jack Leckie
Wally Steele
Wally Steele Tom Outridge, Sr.
1923 5th 5–10 Tom Outridge, Sr. Tom Outridge, Sr. Snowy Hamilton
1924 Premiers 10–7–1 Tom Cain Snowy Hamilton Snowy Hamilton
1925 R/Up 10–6–1 Tom Cain George Scaddan Bill Brophy
1926 R/Up 10–9–1 Tom Cain Snowy Hamilton Johnny Leonard Pat Rodriguez (52)
1927 4th 10–9 Sam Gravenall Tom Outridge, Sr. Johnny Leonard Len Metherell (49)
1928 4th 10–9 Alec Robinson George Pengel Johnny Leonard Bert Nissen (54)
1929 4th 9–10 Alec Robinson Tom Outridge, Sr. Johnny Leonard Bert Nissen (57)
1930 4th 9–10 Arthur Green Johnny Leonard Johnny Leonard Geoff Smith (30)
1931 R/Up 13–8 Arthur Green Bill Brophy Billy Faul Stewart Daily (44)
1932 5th 8–10 Arthur Green Bill Brophy Peter Mackay
Stewart Daily
Harold Bancroft (58)
1933 R/Up 9–12 Arthur Green Johnny Grigg Geoff Smith Bert Nissen (53)
1934 6th 7–13–1 Arthur Green Geoff Smith John Bowe
Geoff Smith
Jack Jennings (92)
1935 R/Up 15–5 Frank Murphy Frank Murphy Lou Daily Jack Jennings (93)
1936 4th 11–10 Frank Murphy Frank Murphy Lou Daily Jack Jennings (52)
1937 8th 4–17 Frank Murphy Frank Murphy Lou Daily Les Mills (36)
1938 7th 8–12 Haydn Bunton, Sr. Haydn Bunton, Sr. Haydn Bunton, Sr. Haydn Bunton, Sr. (51)
1939 7th 3–17 Haydn Bunton, Sr.
Keith Shea
Haydn Bunton, Sr.
Keith Shea
Haydn Bunton, Sr. Haydn Bunton, Sr. (59)
1940 6th 5–14–1 Arthur Green Lloyd Strack Les Hardiman Haydn Bunton, Sr. (34)
1941 6th 7–13 Haydn Bunton, Sr. Haydn Bunton, Sr. Haydn Bunton, Sr. Haydn Bunton, Sr. (46)
1942
Underage Comp
5th 7–9–1 Bill Brophy Bob Herd
Wally Bone
Trevor Preston
Wally Bone
John Hetherington (67)
1943
Underage Comp
3rd 13–6 Bill Brophy Bill Mackey Merv Beckham Ernie Tonkinson (59)
1944
Underage Comp
5th 8–11 Bill Brophy Stan Prouse
Merv Beckham
Merv Beckham Ernie Tonkinson (71)
1945 5th 10–10 Seff Parry Ossie Diggins Leo Hickey Jack Cooper (43)
1946 3rd 11–10 Frank Murphy Fred Williams Fred Williams Fred Williams (22)
1947 8th 3–16 Seff Parry Fred Williams Bill Alderman Bill Ralph (27)
1948 7th 5–14 Fred Williams Fred Williams Albert “Bub” Howe Jeff Smith (34)
1949 8th 2–16 Fred Williams Fred Williams Colin Davey Bob Lindsay (30)
1950 8th 5–16 Jack Sweet Jack Sweet Neil Althorpe Bob Lindsay (30)
1951 7th 4–17 Jack Sweet Jack Sweet Don Carter Ernie Hagdorn (27)
1952 7th 3–17 Jack Sweet Jeff Smith Jeff Smith Jeff Smith (27)
1953 8th 2–19 Jesse Newton Jeff Smith Don Carter Colin Davey (23)
Trevor Buggins (23)
1954 8th 4–16 Charlie Strang Don Carter Don Carter Alan White (27)
1955 8th 4–16 Charlie Strang Ron Jarvis Peter Amaranti Warwick Denton (33)
1956 7th 6–13 Charlie Tyson Charlie Tyson Charlie Tyson Don Glass (52)
1957 6th 7–14 Charlie Tyson Charlie Tyson Don Glass Don Glass (83)
1958 5th 10–11 Charlie Tyson Charlie Tyson Tom Robbins Don Glass (49)
1959 R/Up 14–10 Charlie Tyson Charlie Tyson Don Glass Reg Hampson (60)
1960 5th 12–9 Charlie Tyson Charlie Tyson Laurie Kettlewell Reg Hampson (61)
1961 3rd 12–11 Dan Murray Laurie Kettlewell Tom Robbins Reg Hampson (50)
1962 7th 8–12–1 Dave Cuzens Dave Cuzens Laurie Kettlewell Austin Robertson, Jr. (89)
1963 6th 8–13 Dave Cuzens
Bob Browning
Keven Merifield Wally Martin Austin Robertson, Jr. (79)
1964 4th 13–8–1 Keith Slater Keith Slater Wally Martin Austin Robertson, Jr. (94)
1965 7th 8–12 Keith Slater Kevin Merifield Austin Robertson, Jr. Austin Robertson, Jr. (108)
1966 7th 6–14–1 Keith Slater Keith Slater Ross Gosden Kevin Merifield (27)
1967 8th 3–18 Alan Killigrew Reg Hampson Cam Blakemore Austin Robertson, Jr. (104)
1968 4th 12–10 Haydn Bunton, Jr. Haydn Bunton, Jr. Austin Robertson, Jr. Austin Robertson, Jr. (162)
1969 4th 12–10 Haydn Bunton, Jr. Haydn Bunton, Jr. Cam Blakemore Austin Robertson, Jr. (104)
1970 4th 13–9 Haydn Bunton, Jr. Haydn Bunton, Jr. Cam Blakemore Austin Robertson, Jr. (116)
1971 5th 10–11 Haydn Bunton, Jr. Colin Williams Keith Watt Austin Robertson, Jr. (111)
1972 6th 8–13 Haydn Bunton, Jr. Peter Metropolis Brian Sierakowski Austin Robertson, Jr. (98)
1973 Premiers 18–6 Ross G. Smith Ross G. Smith Mike Fitzpatrick Austin Robertson, Jr. (77)
1974 4th 12–10 Ross G. Smith Ross G. Smith Mike Fitzpatrick Austin Robertson, Jr. (59)
1975 7th 9–12 David Parkin David Parkin
Peter Burton
Peter Burton Neil Randall (43)
1976 8th 4–17 Jack Ensor Peter Burton Neil Randall Gary Fathers (35)
1977 6th 7–14 Brian Douge Brian Douge Peter Featherby Gary Fathers (84)
1978 7th 5–16 Brian Douge Brian Douge Peter Featherby Mick Malone (54)
1979 8th 3–18 Peter Burton Brian Douge Alex Hamilton Graham Schultz (38)
1980 8th 2–19 Ken Armstrong Brian Douge Alex Hamilton Peter Munro (61)
1981 5th 9–12 Ken Armstrong Brian Douge Neil Taylor Gary Buckenara (42)
1982 8th 1–20 Ken Armstrong Neil Taylor Dwayne Lamb Brian Taylor (34)
1983 7th 4–17 Peter Daniels
Brian Fairclough
Neil Taylor Neil Taylor Clinton Brown (59)
1984 7th 9–12 Haydn Bunton, Jr. Neil Taylor Dwayne Lamb Clinton Brown (54)
1985 R/Up 16–8 Haydn Bunton, Jr. Neil Taylor Dwayne Lamb Laurie Keene (78)
1986 Premiers 19–5 Haydn Bunton, Jr. Neil Taylor Laurie Keene Stephen Sells (74)
1987 R/Up 15–8–1 Haydn Bunton, Jr. Neil Taylor Greg Wilkinson Todd Breman (111)
1988 Premiers 16–8 Haydn Bunton, Jr. Greg Wilkinson Brian Taylor Todd Breman (77)
1989 6th 6–15 Haydn Bunton, Jr. Brian Taylor Brad McDougall Brett Heady (35)
1990 7th 6–15 Haydn Bunton, Jr. Brian Taylor Damian Hampson Wayne Golding (38)
1991 R/Up 15–10 Haydn Bunton, Jr. Brian Taylor Andrew MacNish Todd Breman (55)
1992 5th 11–11 Haydn Bunton, Jr. Rod Willet Phil Scott Rod Willet (43)
1993 3rd 12–12 Tony Solin David Snow Rod Willet Jason Heatley (111)
1994 4th 14–9 Tony Solin David Snow Ian Dargie Jason Heatley (81)
1995 R/Up 20–4 Gary Buckenara Dwayne Lamb Andrew Donnelly Jason Heatley (123)
1996 8th 6–15 Gary Buckenara Dwayne Lamb Nathan O'Connor Jason Heatley (55)
1997 7th 9–11 Peter Thorne Jay Burton Damian Hampson Todd Breman (43)
1998 3rd 12–10 Peter Thorne Damian Hampson Todd Ridley Todd Ridley (73)
1999 3rd 15–7 Kevan Sparks Damian Hampson Nathan O'Connor Todd Ridley (45)
2000 3rd 12–8 Kevan Sparks Tony Godden
Michael Symons
Michael Symons Brad Smith (33)
2001 4th 9–9–1 Kevan Sparks Tony Godden
Michael Symons
Richard Maloney Ben Knights (38)
2002 3rd 13–7 Kevan Sparks Tony Godden David Lucas Luke Toia (23)
2003 R/Up 17–5 Peter German Richard Maloney Marc Webb Brad Smith (84)
2004 Premiers 17–5 Peter German Richard Maloney Allistair Pickett Brad Smith (109)
2005 3rd 18–4 Peter German Marc Webb Matt Priddis Lachlan Oakley (80)
2006 Premiers 20–2 Peter German Marc Webb Mark Haynes David Mapleston (57)
2007 Premiers 18–4 Scott Watters Marc Webb Brad Smith Brad Smith (126)
2008 Premiers 21–1 Scott Watters Marc Webb Greg Broughton Brad Smith (110)
2009 R/Up 14–9 Scott Watters Brad Smith Shaun Hildebrandt Trent Dennis-Lane (66)
2010 6th 10–10 Chris Waterman Aidan Parker Blake Broadhurst Blake Broadhurst (56)
2011 R/Up 14–9 Chris Waterman Aidan Parker Kyal Horsley Blake Broadhurst (68)
2012 7th 7–13 Chris Waterman Aidan Parker Aidan Parker Blake Broadhurst (32)
2013 8th 6–14 Jarrad Schofield Aidan Parker George Hampson
Brett Mahoney
Brad Stevenson (20)
2014 Premiers 16–7 Jarrad Schofield Kyal Horsley Kyal Horsley Matthew Boland (53)

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ See Spillman, Ken; Diehards: The Story of the Subiaco Football Club 1896-1945; pp. 33-37 ISBN 0-646-35834-0
  2. ^ See Spillman; Diehards Part I; pp. 151-160
  3. ^ See Spillman, Ken; Diehards - the Story of the Subiaco Football Club 1946-2000; ISBN 0-9578185-0-5
  4. ^ WAFL Footy Facts: All Quarters
  5. ^ See Devaney, John; Full Points Footy’s WA Football Companion; p. 278. ISBN 978-0-9556897-1-0
  6. ^ Devaney; Full Points Footy’s WA Football Companion; p. 277
  7. ^ Lewis, Ross; ‘Subiaco Find the Answer Up-Front’; The Game, p. 14, from The West Australian, 3 April 2006
  8. ^ Spillman; Diehards: The Story of the Subiaco Football Club 1896-1945; p. 184