35 Facts About West Coast Eagles


West Coast Eagles are a professional Australian rules football club based in Perth, Western Australia.

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West Coast Eagles are one of the most successful clubs in the AFL era.

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West Coast Eagles were selected in 1986 as one of two expansion teams to enter the Victorian Football League the following season, along with the Brisbane Bears.

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The West Coast Eagles benefitted from a strong WAFL competition and very loose transfer restrictions relative to later expansion teams, with early success seen as a key factor to promoting the new national competition.

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In 1992, West Coast finished fourth on the ladder, but again progressed to the grand final, defeating Geelong by 28 points to become the first team based outside Victoria to win a premiership.

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West Coast made the finals in every year that remained in the 1990s, but failed to reach another grand final, with a fourth-place finish in 1996 their best result.

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West Coast Eagles was replaced by the club's former captain John Worsfold, who had been serving as assistant coach at Carlton.

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In 2005, the West Coast Eagles won 15 of their first 16 games, and were 20 points clear on top of the ladder at stages, but they eventually slipped to second behind Adelaide.

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West Coast finished as minor premiers for a third time in 2006, with seventeen wins from 22 games.

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The West Coast Eagles went into 2013 as premiership favourites, although injuries and poor form saw the club finish in thirteenth position on the ladder, with the club losing its final three games by an average of 71 points.

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West Coast Eagles was replaced by five acting co-captains for the remainder of the season – Shannon Hurn, Josh Kennedy, Eric Mackenzie, Matt Priddis, and Scott Selwood.

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West Coast had a strong preseason and won their opening three matches, although they eventually finished in ninth position.

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At the start of the 2015 season, West Coast lost two of their opening three games and suffered injuries to key players.

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The West Coast Eagles went on to defeat Hawthorn and North Melbourne in the qualifying and preliminary finals by 32 and 25 points respectively to qualify for the 2015 Grand Final, their first since 2006, only to lose to Hawthorn by 46 points.

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The West Coast Eagles controversially won after the siren courtesy of a Luke Shuey goal.

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The match was fairly close throughout, until the West Coast Eagles got on top in the last ten minutes of the third quarter to win by a commanding 35 points.

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West Coast Eagles finished the 2018 home and away season second on the ladder with 16 wins and 6 losses – their best result since 2006 – earning the right to host the second qualifying final against third-placed Collingwood at Optus Stadium.

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The West Coast Eagles went on to win 79 to 74, claiming their fourth premiership in front of 100,022 at the MCG.

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West Coast Eagles started their 2019 premiership defence in indifferent fashion, suffering three heavy defeats in the first six weeks of the 2019 season.

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West Coast struggled to find their best form throughout the year and would ultimately miss the finals for the first time since 2014, finishing ninth on the ladder with 10 wins and 12 losses.

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West Coast Eagles have been owned in full by the West Australian Football Commission since 1989.

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West Coast is currently one of the most financially successful clubs in the AFL, both in terms of revenue and profit.

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In 2018, the West Coast Eagles were the highest earning club in terms of revenue, reporting an income of $82,265,015.

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In 2011, the West Coast Eagles had 54,745 members, which was a club record at the time, and the fourth-highest overall in the AFL.

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In 2018, West Coast had the second highest home ground attendance of any AFL club, averaging 53,250 for its 11 home games.

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Highest attendance for any game featuring West Coast was against Collingwood in the 2018 grand final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, attended by 100,022 people.

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The West Coast Eagles rebranded to its current brand on 1 November 2017, ahead of the club's move to Perth Stadium from 2018.

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West Coast is responsible for sponsoring FootyWILD, a program similar to Auskick held in KwaZulu-Natal, a province of South Africa.

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Club's official team song is "We're the West Coast Eagles", composed by Kevin Peek, a former member of the progressive rock band Sky, and initially recorded at Peek's studio in Roleystone.

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West Coast Eagles had its original primary training and administration base at Subiaco Oval from 1987 until 2019, the club then moved its primary training and administration base to Mineral Resources Park in 2019.

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In 2006 the West Coast Eagles named a greatest team of the past twenty years as part of the club's twentieth anniversary celebrations:.

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In 2011 the West Coast Eagles named a greatest team of the past twenty five years as part of the club's twenty fifth anniversary celebrations:.

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In Round 2 of the AFL season, West Coast became the first AFL team to need to call on this top-up list, when 12 players who played in Round 1 were unable to play due to Covid-19 health and safety protocols.

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West Coast currently hold the record for the most consecutive derby wins after winning their 11th in a row in round 7 of the 2021 AFL season.

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In September 2017, West Coast Eagles were granted a license by the AFL to compete in the AFL Women's league from the start of the 2020 season.

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