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Fremantle Football Club
Fremantle FC logo.svg
Full name Fremantle Football Club
Nickname(s) Dockers, Freo
2018 season
Home-and-away season 14th
Leading goalkicker Michael Walters (22 goals)
Doig Medal TBC
Club details
Founded 1994; 24 years ago (1994)
Colours      Purple      white
Competition Australian Football League
Chairman Dale Alcock
Coach Ross Lyon
Captain(s) Nathan Fyfe
Premierships nil
Ground(s) Subiaco Oval (1995–2017) (capacity: 43,500)
  Perth Stadium (from 2018) (capacity: 60,000)
Former ground(s) WACA Ground (1995–2000)
Training ground(s) Cockburn ARC (training and administration, 2017–present)
  Fremantle Oval (1995–2017)
Other information
Official website
Current season

The Fremantle Football Club, nicknamed the Dockers, is a professional Australian rules football team that competes in the Australian Football League (AFL). The club represents and was previously based in the port city of Fremantle at the mouth of the Swan River in Western Australia and now has their training and headquarters at Cockburn ARC in Cockburn Central. In 1995 it became the second team from Western Australia after the West Coast Eagles to be admitted to the AFL, honouring the rich footballing tradition and history associated with Fremantle.

High-profile players since the club's inception include former captain and six time All-Australian Matthew Pavlich, 2015 Brownlow Medallist Nat Fyfe, the league's tallest ever player Aaron Sandilands, Peter Bell, Shaun McManus, former number one draft pick Clive Waterhouse, winners of the AFL Rising Star award Paul Hasleby and Rhys Palmer, Jeff Farmer, Luke McPharlin and Hayden Ballantyne.

The club is coached by Ross Lyon following the sacking of Mark Harvey at the end of the 2011 AFL home and away season.[1] Fremantle has not won a premiership during its time in the AFL, one of only three clubs, however it did win the minor premiership in 2015,[2] and reached the 2013 AFL Grand Final which it lost to Hawthorn.[3]

Australian rules football in Fremantle[edit]

The port city of Fremantle has long been a stronghold of Australian rules football in Western Australia, hosting the state's first game in 1881.[4] The East Fremantle and South Fremantle Football Clubs dominated the early years of the West Australian Football League (WAFL), winning 24 of the first 34 premierships.[5]

1979 WANFL Grand Final G B Total
East Fremantle 21 19 145
South Fremantle 16 16 112
Venue: Subiaco Oval crowd: 52,781

Since 1897, Fremantle Oval has been the main venue for Australian rules football matches in the city. The AFL match attendance record in Western Australia remained unchallenged at 52,781 at Perth's Subiaco Oval for the 1979 WANFL Grand Final between East Fremantle and South Fremantle, until this was broken in 2018 at Perth Stadium.

Champion players who forged careers playing for Fremantle-based clubs include, among many others, Steve Marsh, Jack Sheedy, John Todd, George Doig, William Truscott and Bernie Naylor.


Fremantle in the Australian Football League (1993–2006)[edit]

Left: A commemorative plaque from Victoria Pavilion, Fremantle Oval..
Right: Fremantle players warming up prior to a game in the clubs original guernsey.

Negotiations between East Fremantle and South Fremantle to enter into the VFL as a merged club began in 1987. However, due to an exclusive rights clause granted to the West Coast Eagles this would be impossible until the end of the 1992 season. Further applications were made by the clubs to join but their model was out of favour with the West Australian Football Commission.[6]

The AFL announced on 14 December 1993 that a new team, to be based in Fremantle, would enter the league in 1995. The names "Fremantle Football Club", "Fremantle Dockers" and the club colours of purple, red, green and white were announced on 12 July 1994. The decision to base the new club in Fremantle was primarily due to the long association of Australian rules football in Fremantle. However, it was not represented in a national club competition until 1995, eight years after the first expansion of the then Victorian Football League into Western Australia in 1987 with the creation of the West Coast Eagles. Their first training session was held on 31 October 1994 at Fremantle Oval.

The team endured some tough years near the bottom of the premiership ladder, until they finished fifth after the home and away rounds in 2003 and made the finals for the first time. The elimination final against eighth-placed Essendon at Subiaco Oval was then the club's biggest ever game, but ended in disappointment for the home team, with the finals experience of Essendon proving too strong for the young team. They then missed making the finals in the following two seasons, finishing both years with 11 wins, 11 losses and only 1 game outside the top eight.

After an average first half to the 2006 AFL season, Fremantle finished the year with a club-record nine straight wins to earn themselves third position at the end of the home and away season with a club-best 15 wins. In the qualifying final against Adelaide at AAMI Stadium, the Dockers led for the first three quarters before being overrun by the Crows. The following week saw the club win its first finals game in the semi-final against Melbourne at Subiaco Oval. The club subsequently earned a trip to Sydney to play in its first ever preliminary final, where they lost by 35 points at ANZ Stadium to the Sydney Swans.

Recent history (2007–present)[edit]

In 2007, following Chris Connolly's resignation midway through the season, Mark Harvey, a three-time premiership player with Essendon, was appointed caretaker coach for the club. During his seven matches for 2007, Harvey coached the Dockers to four wins and three losses.[7] The club came 11th that year, and Harvey was appointed full-time coach at the end of the season. The following year saw the club slump to 14th.[7]

In Round 15, 2009, Fremantle recorded the lowest score in its history and of the 2000s, scoring only 1.7 (13) to the Adelaide Crows' 19.16 (130).[7] It scored just one point in the first half and the only goal scored came in the third quarter.

After finishing sixth in 2010, the club played in the finals for the first time since 2006. The team played Hawthorn at Subiaco Oval, and despite being considered underdogs, went on to win by 30 points. The win came from strong performances from Luke McPharlin and Adam McPhee who limited the impact of Lance Franklin and Luke Hodge, respectively.[8] The team's second ever win in a finals match qualified them for a semi-final to be played against the Geelong Cats at the MCG the following week. In a one-sided contest, Geelong won easily by 69 points.[9]

The 2011 season saw Fremantle lose just once in the first six rounds before ending the year in 11th position after losing their final seven games. Fremantle's collapse was considered a result of a heavy injury count that began in the pre-season.[10]

In September 2011, Mark Harvey was sensationally sacked by the club in favour of still-contracted St. Kilda coach Ross Lyon.[10]

Fremantle qualified for the finals in 2012 after finishing in seventh position. In their elimination final against Geelong, the Dockers won their first ever finals game away from home with a 16-point victory at the MCG behind Matthew Pavlich's six goals.[11] Fremantle subsequently lost to the Crows in Adelaide the following week, ending their finals campaign.

In 2013, Fremantle finished the home-and-away season in third position with a club-best 16 wins. In their qualifying final against the Cats in Geelong, the Dockers produced a first-round upset with a 15-point victory to advance through to a home preliminary final.[12] In the preliminary final, the Dockers defeated the reigning premiers, the Sydney Swans, by 25 points to advance to their maiden AFL Grand Final. In the 2013 grand final, the Dockers were defeated by Hawthorn by a margin of 15 points.

In 2014, the club reached the finals for the third successive year with a top-four finish and 16 wins, but despite earning a double chance, they were knocked out after losses to Sydney away and Port Adelaide at home. Nat Fyfe was awarded the Leigh Matthews Trophy for winning the AFL Players' Association MVP award.[13]

In 2015, the club were crowned minor premiers for the first time in their history, earning their first piece of silverware with the McClelland Trophy.[2] However, the club failed to convert this into a grand final appearance, losing to Hawthorn by 27 points in its home preliminary final. Fremantle ended their season with Nat Fyfe becoming the club's first Brownlow Medalist.[14]

Season 2016 marked Matthew Pavlich's final season in the AFL, as Fremantle missed the finals following a 10-game losing streak to start the year, finishing in 16th position with just four wins.[15]

Overall performance[edit]

Fremantle are one of the least successful clubs in the league, with an overall win percentage of 44.37%.[16] The Dockers' halcyon years took place between 2013 and 2015, where they earned three-straight top four finishes to go with their only grand final appearance (2013) and their only minor premiership (2015).

Fremantle played in its first drawn match in Round 8, 2013 against the Sydney Swans.[17] In 2006, against St Kilda at Aurora Stadium in Launceston, they did play in a controversial Round 5 match that initially ended in a draw. However, the AFL overturned the draw result the following Wednesday after the match, due to an off-field error made by the timekeepers not sounding the siren for long enough, and declared Fremantle as one-point winners.[18] It marked the first time a game result had been later overturned since 1900.[19]

Year by year performance[edit]

  Home and away Finals Coach
Year P W D L % Rank P W L Rank
2017 22 8 0 14 74.40 14/18 14/18 Lyon
2016 22 4 0 18 74.28 16/18 16/18 Lyon
2015 22 17 0 5 118.73 1/18 2 1 1 3/18 Lyon
2014 22 16 0 6 130.40 4/18 2 0 2 6/18 Lyon
2013 22 16 1 5 134.10 3/18 3 2 1 2/18 Lyon
2012 22 14 0 8 115.67 7/18 2 1 1 6/18 Lyon
2011 22 9 0 13 83.11 11/17 11/17 Harvey
2010 22 13 0 9 103.88 6/16 2 1 1 6/16 Harvey
2009 22 6 0 16 77.34 14/16 14/16 Harvey
2008 22 6 0 16 93.73 14/16 14/16 Harvey
2007 22 10 0 12 102.55 11/16 11/16 Connolly/Harvey
2006 22 15 0 7 109.83 3/16 3 1 2 3/16 Connolly
2005 22 11 0 11 100.15 10/16 10/16 Connolly
2004 22 11 0 11 100.64 9/16 9/16 Connolly
2003 22 14 0 8 103.13 5/16 1 0 1 7/16 Connolly
2002 22 9 0 13 88.33 13/16 13/16 Connolly
2001 22 2 0 20 72.02 16/16 16/16 Drum/Allan
2000 22 8 0 14 72.04 12/16 12/16 Drum
1999 22 5 0 17 82.44 15/16 15/16 Drum
1998 22 7 0 15 76.37 15/16 15/16 Neesham
1997 22 10 0 12 91.90 12/16 12/16 Neesham
1996 22 7 0 15 92.28 13/16 13/16 Neesham
1995 22 8 0 14 92.85 13/16 13/16 Neesham
Total/Avg 484 218 1 265 94.00 15 6 9
Overall 499 224 1 274 93.84
P = Played, W = Win, D = Draw, L = Loss, % = Score for/Score against.    Source: AFL Tables

Club identity[edit]


Fremantle Football Club logo 1997–2010 showing former team colours red and green

Shortly after the club was launched in 1994, Levi Strauss & Co., which produces the Dockers brand of clothing, challenged the club's right to use the name "Fremantle Dockers", specifically on clothing.[20] As a result, the club and AFL discontinued the official use of the "Dockers" nickname in 1997. However, the team was still known unofficially as "The Dockers", both inside and outside the club, including in their official team song "Freo Way to Go" and the official club magazine "Docker".[21] In October 2010, the strong association that members and fans have with the "Dockers" nickname led the club to form a new arrangement with Levi Strauss & Co which allows the club to officially use the nickname "Dockers" everywhere including on clothing and other brand elements.[22] This name change was made in conjunction with changes to the club logo and playing strip.[23]


Nat Fyfe wearing Fremantle's home guernsey

Until 2011 the Fremantle Football Club used the anchor symbol as the basis for all of their guernseys. The home guernsey was purple, with a white anchor on the front separating the chest area into two panels, which were coloured red and green to represent the traditional maritime port and starboard colours. The away or clash guernsey was all white with a purple anchor. Since the end of the 2010 home and away season the home jumper is purple with 3 white chevrons and the away jumper is white with 3 purple chevrons.[24]

One game each year is designated as the Purple Haze game, where an all-purple jumper with a white anchor is worn. This game is used to raise money for the Starlight Children's Foundation. After the guernsey re-design to a predominately purple home jumper, Fremantle wore the Starlight Foundation logo, a yellow star, above the highest chevron for their Purple Haze game.

Since 2003, the AFL has marketed one round each year as the Heritage Round. Until 2006 Fremantle wore a white guernsey with 3 red chevrons, to emulate the jumper worn by the original Fremantle Football Club in 1885. However, in 2007, the selected round had Fremantle playing Sydney, who also wear red and white. An alternative blue and white striped design was used, based on the jumper worn by the East Fremantle Football Club in their 1979 WAFL Grand Final win over the South Fremantle Football Club. This Fremantle Derby still holds the record for the highest attendance at a football game of any code in Western Australia, with 52,781 attending at Subiaco Oval.[4]

In September 2008, newly appointed CEO Steve Rosich confirmed that the Fremantle Football Club would undergo a thorough review of all areas, including the club's team name, song, guernsey, and logo in a bid to boost its marketability.[25] However he later confirmed that the purple colour will be maintained as it had become synonymous with Fremantle.[26]

Home ground and administration headquarters[edit]

Fremantle Football Club had its original training and administration facilities at Fremantle Oval. On 21 February 2017 the club moved its training and administration facilities to Cockburn ARC, a world-class facility constructed in 2015–17 at a price of $109 million, located in the suburb of Cockburn Central.[27]

The team's home games are currently played at Subiaco Oval. From 2018, Fremantle will join rivals West Coast in moving all home games to the newly constructed 60,000 seat capacity Perth Stadium. Between 1995 and 2000 the club also played home games at the WACA Ground.


The official song of the club is Freo Way to Go. The Fremantle Dockers' club song that was used from 1995 until 2011 was called Freo Heave Ho and was written in the mid-1990s by Ken Walther and unlike many of the other Australian rules team songs, it is played to a contemporary rock tune but is based on a traditional Igor Stravinsky arrangement of a Russian folk song, Song of the Volga Boatmen,[28] but most of the song was an original composition by Walther. After the 2011 season, the Volga Boatmen section was dropped, leaving only the part written by Walther.

The song is regarded with a great deal of derision from many opposition supporters[29][30] and equally fierce loyalty from many fans. At the end of the 2010 season, there was speculation that the song would be changed at the same time as the jumper and logo was changed, but only a review of the song was announced.[23][31]

In October 2011, the official website of the Dockers released four options for members to vote on to be the club song in 2012 and beyond. One of the songs titled "Freo Freo" was written by Australian indie-rock group and the Dockers' number one ticket holder Eskimo Joe.[32] However, members elected to retain the existing club song.


Johnny "The Doc" Docker, Fremantle's official mascot since 2003
  • 1995–1999: Grinder – A cartoon-like docker man, in a similar style to Popeye, with a permanent snarl, oversized jaw and muscular arms.
  • 2000–2003: The Doc – a straggly blonde-haired mascot, similar in appearance to Fremantle players Clive Waterhouse or Shaun McManus.
  • 2003–present: Johnny "The Doc" Docker – a blonde haired surfer with a surfboard under one arm is the Docker's official mascot in the Mascot Manor promotion for kids. Jenny Docker is also a mascot of the Fremantle Football Club.


Western Derby[edit]

Fremantle's biggest rivalry is with the other Western Australian team, the West Coast Eagles, who they play twice each year in the home and away season, in the fiercely contested "Western Derby" matches (Pronounced /ˈdɜːrbi/ in Western Australia). West Coast were victorious in the first nine games, before Fremantle won in round 16, 1999. The term "derby" is named after the Fremantle Derby games between East and South Fremantle in the West Australian Football League, which for almost 100 years have been considered some of the most important games in the local league.[33] The 1979 WANFL Grand Final still holds the Subiaco Oval football attendance record of 52,781.[34]

St Kilda controversies[edit]

The Dockers and the St Kilda Football Club have seen a number of controversial events between them, most notably the AFL siren controversy at York Park in 2006. The match was set into a state of confusion with Fremantle leading by one point when the siren (which had not been very loud all game) was not heard by the umpires who then allowed St Kilda tagger Steven Baker to score a point after time had elapsed and, as a result, the match ended in a draw. The outcome of the game was taken to the AFL Commission and it was decided during the week that as the siren had gone Fremantle were judged to be the winners, disallowing Baker's point.

During the 2011 off-season, Fremantle sacked coach Mark Harvey and replaced him with then-St Kilda coach Ross Lyon in controversial circumstances. The move was met with much criticism towards Fremantle's president, Steve Harris, and CEO, Steve Rosich, claiming that they had "backstabbed" Harvey. Lyon was also met with widespread criticism and was accused of backstabbing St Kilda by many Saints supporters as the club was made aware that Fremantle had approached Lyon during St Kilda's lead-up to its finals campaign. The two clubs contested a highly anticipated Friday night match in Round 4 of the 2012 AFL season at Etihad Stadium, with Fremantle winning by 13 points and Lyon being booed throughout the match.[35] Lyon has since become Fremantle's longest serving and most successful coach.


Number 1 ticketholders[edit]

It is traditional for each club to recognise a prominent supporter as the No. 1 ticketholder. Fremantle originally chose to award this to the sitting member for the federal seat of Fremantle. This was roundly criticised as the member may or may not be a supporter of the club and unnecessarily linked politics with sport.[36] The policy was soon changed to select a well-known Fremantle identity for a two-year period.

On 23 April 2010, Eskimo Joe were announced as the number one ticketholder for the Fremantle Football Club, replacing golfer Nick O'Hern.[37] The band's drummer and guitarist, Joel Quartermain, hinted that they might write a new theme song for the club, saying that

We'll give it a crack. We're back here this winter writing our new record so, while we're at it, we may as well knock off a new theme song.

— Joel Quartemain, [37]
Year Number 1 Ticket Holder
1995–1996 Carmen Lawrence
1997–2002 Jack Sheedy and Steve Marsh
2003–2005 Rove McManus
2006–2007 Luc Longley
2008 Jesse Dart (No. 1 Junior Ticket Holder)[38]
2009 Nick O'Hern[39]
2010–2011 Eskimo Joe[37]
2012–2015 Ben Roberts-Smith[40]
2016 Richard Walley[41]

Other high-profile fans include psychedelic rock band Tame Impala, a former Premier of Western Australia, Alan Carpenter,[42] a former Federal Minister of Defence, Stephen Smith,[43] Tim Minchin, author Tim Winton[44] and journalists and television presenters Dixie Marshall, Simon Reeve,[45] American tennis player John Isner[46] and Matt Price, who wrote a book on Fremantle, Way to Go.


Since 2003, the Fremantle Football Club has had the Governors of Western Australia as its patron.



Current squad[edit]

See also Fremantle Football Club drafting and trading history for the complete list of Fremantle's draft selections, delistings and trades
Fremantle Football Club
Senior list Rookie list Coaching Staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)

Updated: 28 August 2018
Source(s): Senior list,
Rookie list, Coaching staff


Matthew Pavlich captained the club from 2007 to 2015.
Seasons Captain[47] Coach[47]
1995–1996 Ben Allan Gerard Neesham
1997–1998 Peter Mann Gerard Neesham
1999 Chris Bond Damian Drum
2000–2001 Shaun McManus and Adrian Fletcher (co-captains) Damian Drum/Ben Allan from Rd 10, 2001
2002–2006 Peter Bell Chris Connolly
2007 Matthew Pavlich Chris Connolly/Mark Harvey from Rd 16
2008–2011 Matthew Pavlich Mark Harvey
2012–2015 Matthew Pavlich Ross Lyon
2016 David Mundy Ross Lyon
2017– Nathan Fyfe Ross Lyon

Reserves team[edit]

For most of Fremantle's history, players have played for various West Australian Football League (WAFL) teams when not selected to play for the Fremantle AFL team. Players recruited from the WAFL have remained with their original club, and players recruited from interstate have been allocated to teams via a draft system. Since the 2014 season, the Peel Thunder Football Club has served as the host club for the Fremantle Dockers, an arrangement which will see Fremantle's reserves players playing in the WAFL for Peel Thunder Football Club. An attempt to field a standalone Fremantle reserves side in the WAFL was rejected by the other WAFL clubs.[48] A similar host club system was used in 1999 when South Fremantle was the aligned club but was cancelled after a single season.


Ownership and management[edit]

The club is owned by the West Australian Football Commission (WAFC). Since 2003, a Board of Directors controls the operation of the club, on behalf of the WAFC. Prior to this, a two-tier arrangement was in place, with a Board of Management between the Board of Directors and the Commission. The initial club chief executive officer was David Hatt, who had come from a hockey background, and the inaugural club chairman was Ross Kelly, who had played for West Perth. It was a deliberate act by the commission to avoid having administrators from either East Fremantle or South Fremantle in key roles, as they wanted the club to be bigger than just representing Fremantle.[49]

Kelly resigned at the end of 1998, replaced by Ross McLean. Whilst he presided over some key financial decisions, including the building of the club's administrative and training centre at Fremantle Oval and the deferment of the licence fee to the AFL, it was Fremantle's lowest point onfield, culminating in a two-win season in 2001 which saw the coach Damien Drum be sacked mid-year. McLean resigned following an inadvertent breach of the salary cap.[50]

In early 2001 Hatt accepted a government job and Cameron Schwab was appointed. After weathering the fallout from the disastrous 2001 season, Schwab and the new chairman, local West Australian retailing businessman Rick Hart, set about rebuilding the club. A former recruiting manager, Schwab focused on building up the on-field performance by recruiting high-profile players in Trent Croad, Peter Bell and Jeff Farmer, as well as coach Chris Connolly and with Hart then focused on enhancing the corporate and financial standing of the club.[51] The club membership grew every year from 2002 until 2008[52] and the final licence payment was made to the AFL in 2005.

Schwab chose to return to Melbourne in 2008 and was replaced as CEO by Steve Rosich, who had previously worked for the West Coast Eagles. A year later Hart resigned as president and Steve Harris, who runs The Brand Agency and had produced advertising for Fremantle since 2002, took over at the end of 2009. Harris had been on the board since November 2008, the first club chairman or president to have previously served on the board.[53] The club has developed into one of the wealthiest clubs in the league and their surprise recruitment of Ross Lyon to replace Mark Harvey as coach at the end of the 2011 is seen as an example of their ruthless drive for sustained success.[54]

Membership base[edit]

Supporters cheer on the Dockers

Despite a relative lack of on-field success, Fremantle has recorded membership figures above average for the league. The club in 2005 had the fastest growing membership in the AFL competition with home crowds growing at a similar rate. The club's recent membership slogans have emphasised the passion of Fremantle fans for their team.

Season Members Change from previous season Finishing position (after finals) Average home match crowds[55]
1995 18,456 13th 23,361
1996 19,622 Increase 1,166 (+6.32%) 13th 22,473
1997 19,949 Increase 327 (+1.67%) 12th 21,982
1998 22,186 Increase 2,237 (+11.21%) 15th 23,365
1999 24,896 Increase 2,710 (+12.21%) 15th 23,972
2000 24,925 Increase 29 (+0.12%) 12th 22,357
2001 23,898 Decrease 1,027 (−4.12%) 16th 21,258
2002 23,775 Decrease 123 (−0.51%) 13th 26,359
2003 25,347 Increase 1,572 (+6.61%) 7th 31,688
2004 32,259 Increase 6,912 (+27.27%) 9th 35,693
2005 34,124 Increase 1,865 (+5.78%) 10th 35,224
2006 35,666 Increase 1,542 (+4.52%) 4th 37,063
2007 43,343[56][57] Increase 7,677 (+21.52%) 11th 37,474
2008 43,366[58] Increase 23 (+0.05%) 14th 35,877
2009 39,206[59] Decrease 4,160 (−9.6%) 14th 33,144
2010 39,854 Increase 648 (+1.63%) 6th 37,084
2011 42,762 Increase 2,908 (+6.8%) 11th 34,394
2012 41,705 Decrease 1,057 (−2.4%) 6th 33,386
2013 44,480[60] Increase 2,775 (+6.7%) 2nd 35,015
2014 48,776[60] Increase 4,296 (+9.7%) 6th 36,215
2015 51,433[61] Increase 2,657 (+5.4%) 3rd 36,914
2016 51,889 Increase 456 (+0.89%) 16th 31,416
2017 51,254 Decrease 635 (-1.22%) 14th 32,375
2018 55,639 Increase 4,385 (+8.60%)[62] 14th 41,764


The Doig Medal is the Fremantle Football Club's annual fairest and best award. Currently, the Fremantle coaching staff give every player votes on a 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 basis after every match, including Finals Series matches. Top votes are awarded for what is regarded as an elite performance. At the end of the year the votes are tallied and the Doig Medal Night is held to announce the winner. Variations on the voting system have been used in past years. The awards ceremony has been held at the Fremantle Passenger Terminal (1995), Challenge Stadium (1998–1999), Fremantle Oval (2000–2001), the Grand Ballroom at Burswood Entertainment Complex (2002–2005, 2008–current) and the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre (2006–2007).

The Beacon Award is presented to the club's best first year player. Mature aged recruits Michael Barlow, Tendai Mzungu and Lee Spurr have won in recent years, despite being significantly older than most first year players.

Season Doig Medal winner Beacon Award winner Best clubman Leading goalkicker
1995 Peter Mann Scott Chisholm Peter Mann (33)
1996 Stephen O'Reilly Gavin Mitchell Kingsley Hunter (33)
1997 Dale Kickett Mark Gale Kingsley Hunter (32)
1998 Jason Norrish Brad Dodd Chris Bond and Jason Norrish Clive Waterhouse (30)
1999 Adrian Fletcher Clem Michael Ashley Prescott Tony Modra (71)
2000 Troy Cook Paul Hasleby Dale Kickett and John Rankin Clive Waterhouse (53)
2001 Peter Bell Dion Woods Leigh Brown Justin Longmuir and Matthew Pavlich (28)
2002 Matthew Pavlich Paul Medhurst Shaun McManus Trent Croad (42)
2003 Peter Bell Graham Polak Troy Longmuir Paul Medhurst (50)
2004 Peter Bell Andrew Browne Matthew Carr Paul Medhurst (41)
2005 Matthew Pavlich David Mundy Troy Cook Matthew Pavlich (61)
2006 Matthew Pavlich Marcus Drum Luke Webster Matthew Pavlich (71)
2007 Matthew Pavlich Robert Warnock Heath Black Matthew Pavlich (72)
2008 Matthew Pavlich Rhys Palmer Luke Webster Matthew Pavlich (67)
2009 Aaron Sandilands Stephen Hill Michael Johnson Matthew Pavlich (28)
2010 David Mundy[63] Michael Barlow Matthew de Boer Matthew Pavlich (61)
2011 Matthew Pavlich[64] Tendai Mzungu Matthew de Boer Chris Mayne and Kepler Bradley (25)
2012 Ryan Crowley[65] Lee Spurr Tendai Mzungu Matthew Pavlich (69)
2013 Nat Fyfe[66] Cameron Sutcliffe Lee Spurr Michael Walters (46)
2014 Nat Fyfe[67] Matt Taberner Alex Silvagni Hayden Ballantyne (49)
2015 Aaron Sandilands[68] Alex Pearce Jonathon Griffin Michael Walters (44)
2016 Lachie Neale Lachie Weller Aaron Sandilands Michael Walters (36)
2017 Bradley Hill Luke Ryan Zac Dawson Cam McCarthy (25)


Fremantle players enter Subiaco Oval, by running through a celebratory banner before a game in 2004.
  • Premierships: Nil
  • Grand Final appearances: One (2013)
  • Minor Premierships: One (2015)
  • Wooden spoons: One (2001)
  • Finals series reached: Seven (2003, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Biggest winning margin: 113 points - 24.13 (157) vs. Greater Western Sydney 6.8 (44), Patersons Stadium, 11 August 2013
  • Biggest losing margin: 133 points - 3.7 (25) vs. Geelong 24.14 (158), GMHBA Stadium, 18 August 2018
  • Longest winning streak: 9 games (Round 14, 2006 – Round 22, 2006) and (Round 1, 2015 - Round 9, 2015)
  • Longest losing streak: 18 games (Round 22, 2000 – Round 17, 2001)
  • Highest score: 28.12 (180) vs. Collingwood 10.8 (68), Subiaco Oval, 8 May 2005
  • Lowest score: 1.7 (13) vs. Adelaide 19.16 (130), AAMI Stadium, 11 July 2009

Individual awards and records[edit]

Attendance records[edit]

AFL finishing positions (1995–present)[edit]

Finishing Position Year (Finals in Bold) Tally
Premiers nil 0
Runner Up 2013 1
3rd 2015 1
4th 2006 1
5th nil 0
6th 2010, 2012, 2014 3
7th 2003 1
8th nil 0
9th 2004 1
10th 2005 1
11th 2007, 2011 2
12th 1997, 2000 2
13th 1995, 1996, 2002 3
14th 2008, 2009, 2017, 2018 4
15th 1998, 1999 2
16th 2001, 2016 2
17th nil 0
18th nil 0

Fremantle Football Hall of Legends[edit]

The Fremantle Football Hall of Legends was inaugurated by Fremantle Football Club in 1995, in recognition of the new AFL team's links with its home city's football heritage. The inductees are nominated by the two clubs from the Fremantle area in the WAFL: East Fremantle and South Fremantle. In time, players who represented Fremantle in the AFL will join their predecessors in this prestigious Hall.

AFL Women's team[edit]

Fremantle AFL Women's team huddle prior to a practice match in January 2017

In May 2016, the club launched a bid to enter a team in the inaugural AFL Women's season in 2017.[74] As part of the bid, the team would guarantee all players education and job opportunities with the club and the partnering Curtin University.[74]

Fremantle beat out a bid from rivals West Coast when they were granted a license on 15 June 2016.[75]

Kiara Bowers and Kara Donnellan were the club's first signings, unveiled along with the league's other 14 marquee players on 27 July 2016.[76] A further 24 senior players and two rookie players were added to the club's inaugural list in the league's drafting and signing period.

Former South Fremantle assistant coach, Michelle Cowan was appointed the team's inaugural head coach in July 2016.[77]

The club's initial bid outlined plans for a game each at Domain Stadium and at Curtin University's Bentley campus as well as up to two remaining matches held at the club training base in the city of Cockburn.[74] The club eventually played two home games at Fremantle Oval, one at Domain Stadium and one in Mandurah.[78] In 2018, the Dockers hosted the first football game at Perth Stadium but will play the remainder of their home games at Fremantle Oval.

The Dockers struggled in their inaugural season, only winning one of seven games and finishing seventh out of eight teams on the ladder. They fared slightly better in 2018, winning three matches, but again finished seventh on the ladder.[79]

Current squad[edit]

Fremantle Football Club (AFL Women's)
Senior list Rookie list Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)

Updated: 7 June 2018
Source(s): Playing list

Honours list[edit]

Season Coach Captain Fairest and best Best Clubwoman
2017 Michelle Cowan Kara Donnellan Dana Hooker[80] Amy Lavell[81]
2018 Michelle Cowan Kara Donnellan Ebony Antonio[82] Lisa Webb

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