The Western Bulldogs have enjoyed some great success at Etihad Stadium since electing to play its home games at the venue in 2000. While failing to reach a Grand Final since 1961, the Bulldogs had three near misses in Preliminary Finals between 2008-10, causing heart break for its loyal band of supporters. Former captain and club champion, Brad Johnson once said he loved nothing more than playing under the roof of Etihad Stadium. “When the roof’s shut the atmosphere is amazing and it is where I have played some of my best football,” the former skipper said. Johnson played his 300th career match at the stadium in 2008. In 2009 Johnson became the first AFL player to play 100 matches at Etihad Stadium.
Coach: Brendan McCartney
Captain: Ryan Griffen
Premierships: (1) 1954
Brownlow Medallists: Allan Hopkins (tied) 1930, Norm Ware 1931, Peter Box 1956, John Schultz 1960, Gary Dempsey 1975, Kelvin Templeton 1980, Brad Hardie 1985, Tony Liberatore 1990, Scott Wynd 1992, Adam Cooney 2008
300 game players: Brad Johnson 349, Chris Grant 341, Doug Hawkins 329, Scott West 324, Ted Whitten snr 321
Norm Smith Medallists: -
AFL Hall of Fame Legends: Ted Whitten