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Formerly the Footscray Football Club, the Western Bulldogs club was founded in 1877 and joined the AFL comp in 1925. Prior to joining the VFL (now known as the AFL) comp, the Bulldogs won nine premierships in the VFA comp. Since joining the AFL, the club has won two premierships, with the most recent win coming in 2016. After finishing seventh in the 2016 season, the Bulldogs defied the odds and defeated the minor premiers, the Sydney Swans, to claim their first flag in 62 years. The club officially changed their name from the Footscray Football Club to the Western Bulldogs in 1996 in an effort to bring new success and unite their fan base across the western suburbs of Melbourne. The club gained admission to the VFL comp after the 1924 season when they challenged the VFL premiers, Essendon, to a charity match and recorded an upset win. The Bulldogs claimed their first VFL flag in 1954, defeating the Melbourne Demons in the Grand Final.
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The Bulldogs adopted their nickname in 1928 after a bulldog ran onto the field and accidentally led the players onto the field. Fans felt the bulldog was a great symbol for their ‘bulldog spirit’ and so it became their famous nickname and mascot. In fact, the Bulldogs have a real-life mascot, a bulldog puppy named Caesar. Sid previously held the position from 2009 to 2017 and was given a lap of honour for his service when he retired. For true Bulldogs fans, you’ll just love our range of Western Bulldogs merchandise at The Stubby Club.
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