West Coast Eagles

The West Coast Eagles Football Club, nicknamed The Eagles, is a professional Australian rules football club based in Perth, Western Australia, and plays in the Australian Football League (AFL).

West Coast Eagles
Full nameWest Coast Eagles Football Club
Nickname(s)The Eagles
2019 season
After finals6th
Home-and-away season5th
Leading goalkickerJack Darling (59)
John Worsfold MedalLuke Shuey
Club details
Founded20 October 1986 (1986)
Colours     Royal Blue
CompetitionAFL: Senior men
AFLW: Senior women
WAFL: Reserves men
OwnersWest Australian Football Commission (WAFC)
ChairmanRussell Gibbs
CEOTrevor Nisbett
CoachAFL: Adam Simpson
AFLW: Luke Dwyer
WAFL: Luke Webster
Captain(s)AFL: Luke Shuey
AFLW: Emma Swanson
PremiershipsAFL (4)
Ground(s)AFL: Optus Stadium (60,000)
AFLW/WAFL: Mineral Resources Park (15,000)
Former ground(s)WACA Ground (1987–2000)
Subiaco Oval (1987–2017)
Training ground(s)Mineral Resources Park
Other information
Official websiteWestCoastEagles.com.au

The West Coast Eagles was founded in 1986 as an expansion team. It entered the AFL, then known as the Victorian Football League, in 1987 along with Queensland's Brisbane Bears. It reached the finals series for the first time in 1988, and won its first premiership in 1992, having been defeated in the grand final the previous year. It was the first non-Victorian team to compete in and win a grand final. The Eagles have since won three more premierships, in 1994, 2006 and 2018. The club is currently coached by Adam Simpson.

The Eagles have won the second most premierships (four, second to Hawthorn) in the AFL era (1990 onwards) and are one of the most strongly supported and profitable clubs in the league.[1][2]

As well as competing in the AFL, West Coast also field teams in the AFL Women's (AFLW) and West Australian Football League (WAFL).


West Coast Eagles seasons

1987–1989: Formation and first years

The West Coast Eagles were selected in 1986 as one of two expansion teams to enter the Victorian Football League (VFL) the following season, along with the Brisbane Bears.[3] Ron Alexander was appointed as the team's inaugural coach in September 1986, with the inaugural squad, comprising a majority of players from the West Australian Football League (WAFL), unveiled in late October.[4] Ross Glendinning, recruited from North Melbourne, was made the club's first captain as one of the few players with previous VFL experience. The team's first senior match in the VFL was played against Richmond at Subiaco Oval in late March 1987, with West Coast defeating Richmond by 14 points.[5] Having won eleven games and lost eleven games for the season, the club finished eighth out of fourteen teams. At the end of the season, John Todd, the coach of Swan Districts in the WAFL, replaced Alexander as West Coast's coach.[6] The club made the finals for the first time in 1988, but lost form the following season, winning only seven games to finish 11th on the ladder.[7]

1990–1999: Malthouse era and dual premierships

Todd was sacked at the end of the 1989 season, and was replaced by Mick Malthouse, who had previously coached Footscray.[8] With the competition having rebranded itself as the Australian Football League (AFL) at the start of the 1990 season, West Coast finished third on the ladder at the conclusion of the home-and-away season, and progressed to the preliminary final before losing to Essendon, having been forced to play four consecutive finals in Melbourne.[9]

John Worsfold replaced Steve Malaxos as captain for the 1991 season, and the club finished the season as minor premiers for the first time, losing only three games.[3] In the finals series, West Coast progressed to the grand final, but were defeated by Hawthorn by 53 points. Peter Sumich kicking 111 goals during the season, becoming the first West Coast player to reach a century of goals, as well as the first-ever left-footer.[10] 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.[11] Having slipped to third in 1993, the club finished as minor premiers the following season, and went on to again defeat Geelong in the grand final to win its second premiership in three years.[12] In 1995, a second AFL team based in Western Australia, the Fremantle Football Club, with the two clubs' subsequent rivalry branded as the "Western Derby".[13] 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.[7] Worsfold retired at the end of the 1998 season, and was replaced by his vice-captain, Guy McKenna, who served as captain until his retirement two seasons later.[14]

2000–2005: Struggles, rebuild and Worsfold era

Malthouse left West Coast at the end of the 1999 season to take up the senior coaching position with Collingwood, and was replaced by Ken Judge, who had been coach of Hawthorn.[15] The 2000 and 2001 seasons were marked by a rapid decrease in form after the loss of several key senior players, culminating in a 14th-place in 2001, at the time the worst in the club's history. Round eighteen of the 2000 season marked the club's final match at the WACA Ground, which had been used concurrently with Subiaco Oval since the club's inception.[16] Judge was sacked at the end of 2001, and replaced by the club's former captain John Worsfold, who had been serving as assistant coach at Carlton.[17] The club made the finals in 2002, 2003, and 2004, but each time failed to progress past the elimination final.[7] Ben Cousins was made sole captain of the club in 2002, having shared the role with Dean Kemp the previous season.[6] During this time, the team was boosted by a number of high picks in the AFL Draft gained as a result of the previous poor finishes. Chris Judd, who had been taken with pick three in the 2001 National Draft, won the Brownlow Medal as the best player in the competition in 2004, becoming the first West Coast player to win the award.[18] In 2005, the Eagles finished second on the ladder after the regular season, and progressed to the grand final against Sydney, where they were defeated by four points.[19] For the second consecutive year, the Brownlow Medal was won by an Eagles player, with Ben Cousins and Daniel Kerr finishing first and second, respectively.[20]

2006–2010: Third premiership, controversies and final misses

West Coast finished as minor premiers for a third time in 2006, with seventeen wins from 22 games.[21] In the 2006 finals series, the club lost the qualifying final to Sydney by one point, but after defeating the Western Bulldogs and the Adelaide in the semi- and preliminary final, respectively, again progressed to the grand final, where the Eagles defeated Sydney by a point in an exact reversal of the score in the qualifying final.[22] The two grand finals in 2005 and 2006 were part of a series of close games between the two clubs that resulted in a total difference of thirteen points across six games, an AFL record.[23]

The club finished third during the regular 2007 season, but after a series of late-season injuries lost both its games during the final series. During the past few seasons, the club had been impacted by a series of highly publicised off-field controversies involving allegations of recreational drug use, nightclub assaults, and links to outlawed motorcycle gangs. Michael Gardiner was traded after crashing his car while drunk, and Ben Cousins resigned the captaincy of the club prior to the 2006 season after being charged with evading a police breath-test, with Chris Judd taking over as captain. Cousins was sacked at the end of the 2007 season after being arrested for possession of drugs,[24] while Judd requested to be traded back to Victoria, and was traded to Carlton in exchange for a key forward, Josh Kennedy, and several draft picks.[25] Darren Glass, the club's full-back since the retirement of Ashley McIntosh in 2003, was then appointed captain.[26] These controversies were followed by a series of poor seasons on-field, culminating in the club's first wooden spoon, after winning only four games in 2010.[27] The three-year period between 2008 and 2010 was the longest time in the club's history without a finals appearance.

2011–2013: Breakthrough years

Despite predictions of another bottom-four finish in 2011, West Coast won 16 games to finish in the top four, becoming the first team since the Brisbane Lions in 1998 and 1999 to reach a preliminary final after finishing last the previous season.[28]

West Coast's strong form continued into 2012, losing the 2012 NAB Cup grand final to Adelaide and spending the early part of the season on top of the table. They eventually finished fifth and bowed out in the semi finals to Collingwood.[29][30] The 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.[31][32] Coach John Worsfold resigned on September 5, 2013.[29]

2014–present: Simpson era and fourth premiership

Former North Melbourne player Adam Simpson was announced as the team's new coach for the 2014 season.[29] Darren Glass was initially renamed as captain, but retired from football after round 12.[33] He was replaced by five acting co-captains for the remainder of the season – Shannon Hurn, Josh Kennedy, Eric Mackenzie, Matt Priddis, and Scott Selwood.[34] West Coast had a strong preseason and won their opening three matches, although they eventually finished in ninth position.[35] During the season the club were labeled as "flat track bullies" due to beating lower placed teams by large margins, yet failing to defeat teams above them on the ladder.[36] Midfielder Matt Priddis became the third Eagles player to win a Brownlow medal, winning the 2014 medal at the end of the season.[37]

On December 7, 2014, Shannon Hurn was appointed as sole captain for 2015 and beyond.[38] At the start of the 2015 season, West Coast lost two of their opening three games and suffered injuries to key players. Despite this, they went on to lose only three more games for the rest of the home and away season, finishing behind local rivals Fremantle in second position.[39] The 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. The following season ended up being a disappointment, with the team failing to produce another top 4 finish in spite of a late form reversal. In their elimination final, the heavily favoured Eagles were defeated at home by the Western Bulldogs, who went on to claim the 2016 premiership.[40]

In 2017, West Coast finished in eighth position on the table. A thrilling finish against Adelaide in the last ever game at Subiaco was enough to put them into their third consecutive finals series under Simpson. Their percentage of 105.7% edged out Melbourne, who finished with the same number of wins and an almost identical percentage of 105.2%. Remarkably, their elimination final away against Port Adelaide ended up a tie after regulation time and was sent to extra time. The Eagles controversially won after the siren courtesy of a Luke Shuey goal. The following week they were soundly defeated away by Greater Western Sydney, in front of the lowest finals crowd in over 100 years.

Few predicted West Coast would contend in season 2018, with most having them outside the 8. After losing the inaugural game at the new Optus Stadium against the Sydney Swans, West Coast went on to win 10 in a row to surge to top of the ladder, including defeating Hawthorn at Etihad and Richmond, the eventual minor premiers. However, injuries to star forwards Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling saw them struggle, losing 3 games in a row including to Sydney for a second this time at the SCG. Despite injuries, they managed to rebound and stabilise. The Eagle's form at the MCG had long been criticised, and round 17 against an in form Collingwood who had won 7 of the previous matches was seen as a stern test. The match was fairly close throughout, until the Eagles got on top in the last ten minutes of the third quarter to win by a commanding 35 points. The victory was bittersweet, however, as the All-Australian ruckman Nic Naitanui went down with an ACL for the second time after his 2017 injury, putting him out for the rest of the season. In round 20 star midfielder Andrew Gaff was suspended for 8 weeks for a hit on Fremantle player Andrew Brayshaw. Following this many dismissed the Eagles, believing they were unable to win the flag. The following week there was a bright spot in a dark period, as Jeremy McGovern kicked a goal after the siren at Adelaide Oval to pinch the game from Port Adelaide, in similar circumstances to West Coast's win over Port in the 2017 elimination final.

The Eagles finished the 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. Collingwood. led for most of the close, hard-fought match, before the Eagles again pulled away in the last quarter to win by 16 points.

In the second preliminary final, the Eagles faced the fifth-placed Melbourne Demons, a team whose impressive end-of-season form had begun with a victory over the Eagles at Optus Stadium in round 22. What was touted as a close-fought match instead became a blowout. West Coast led 10.9.69 to 0.6.6 at half time, Melbourne becoming the first team since 1927 to fail to score a goal in a half of finals football.[41] West Coast eventually won by 66 points, 121 to 55.

In the grand final, West Coast again played Collingwood, who had upset Richmond in the first preliminary final the week prior. In a match dubbed an all-time classic,[42] Collingwood led by as much as 29 points in the first quarter, but the resilient Eagles managed to claw their way back into the contest, and with just over 2 minutes left, a brilliant play set up by a Jeremy McGovern intercept mark and a further sensational mark by first year player Liam Ryan saw Dom Sheed score a goal from a tight angle to put the Eagles 4 points in front. The Eagles went on to win 79 to 74, claiming their fourth premiership in front of 100,022 at the MCG. Luke Shuey won the Norm Smith Medal.

The Eagles started their premiership defence in indifferent fashion, suffering three heavy defeats in the first six weeks of the 2019 season. The reigning premiers recovered magnificently, winning 12 of their next fourteen matches, but missed out on a spot in the top four after an upset 38-point loss to Hawthorn in round 23. The Eagles finished fifth on the AFL ladder with a 15–7 win-loss record. They thrashed Essendon by 55 points in the first elimination final but their premiership defence was brought to a premature end the following week, losing to minor premiers Geelong by 20 points in the first semi-final.

Finance and ownership

The West Coast Eagles have been owned in full by the West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) since 1989. The club was originally owned and operated by Indian Pacific Limited, a publicly listed company that was delisted from the Australian Stock Exchange in 1990 after 75% of the shares were bought out by the WAFC.[43] The last minority shareholders were bought out in 2000. West Coast pay approximately $3 million in rent to the WAFC for the use of Subiaco Oval, and 50–70% of overall profits.[44] In 2001, a South African investment company, Southern African Investments Ltd. (SAIL), had proposed a AUD$25-million deal for a 49-percent stake in the club, with the bid being rejected in 2003.[45] In 2011, it was reported that the AFL had lobbied to take over the ownership of both the Eagles and the Fremantle Football Club from the WAFC.[46]

West Coast is currently one of the most financially successful clubs in the AFL, both in terms of revenue and profit.[47][48] In May 2011, the club's total revenue for the previous season was reported as $45.6 million, equal first with Collingwood in the AFL.[49] The club's football department spending over the 2011 season was reported as $18.6 million, second to Collingwood.[50]

In the AFL annual report of 2017 the West Coast Eagles were fifth in terms of revenue across the Australian Football League. ($64,013,222), however, all other clubs with higher revenue receive monies from poker machines.

In 2018, the West Coast Eagles were the highest earning club in terms of revenue, reporting an income of $82,265,015.[51] They also had total assets of $106,229,217 and reported a profit of $7,621,284. These figures were all league records and further established West Coast's status as the biggest club in the AFL. What is even more impressive is that they do not earn any poker income, which is attributable for significant portions of their rivals income. They signed a new sponsorship deal with online mortgage broker Lendi, as well as naming agreements to its training facility with Mineral Resources. The major sponsors for the 2019 season are Hungry Jacks and Lendi.

Membership and attendance

Number-one ticket-holders
1993–1994Denis McInerneyCar dealer
1995–1996Ernie DingoTelevision personality
1997–1998Geoff ChristianSports journalist
1999–2000Ray TurnerBusinessman
2001–2002Tony EvansFormer footballer
2003–2004Dennis LilleeFormer cricketer
2005–2006Jeff NewmanTelevision personality
2007–2008Nigel SatterleyBusinessman
2009–2010Ross GlendinningFormer footballer
2011–2012Michael BrennanFormer footballer
2013–2014Rod MooreClub Doctor
2015–2016Daniel RicciardoF1 Driver
2017–2018Julie BishopPolitician
2019-2020 Sam Kerr Footballer

The club's 2011 membership of 54,745 people was a club record, and the fourth-highest overall in the AFL. Membership numbers are limited by the capacity of Domain Stadium, which holds 43,500 seats, with 39,000 reserved exclusively for club members. In March 2012, The Weekend West reported that the cost of a West Coast Eagles adult club membership was $283, the most of any club in the AFL.[52] The current waiting list for family memberships is over 9,000 people, with a total waiting list in excess of 20,000 people, or around four years.[53] In July 2015, the club reached a record high of over 60,000 members, which was the highest number of members for a club in Western Australia, as well as being the 6th highest in the league.[54] As of August 2019, West Coast reached a tally of 90,445 members, becoming the second club in history to pass the 90,000 mark and sit 2nd for total members in the 2019 season.[55] With the advent of the new Optus stadium in 2017 at a cost of $1.8b (includes transport infrastructure) West Coast commenced playing all its home games at the new stadium in 2018. The AFL provided nil funds towards the new stadium even though it is the number one sport played at the stadium and generates significant income for the AFL. The highest individual crowd to watch a game at Optus Stadium is 59,608 which was between West Coast and Melbourne in the preliminary final of 2018.

During the 2018 season West Coast had the second highest home ground attendance of any AFL club, averaging 53,250 for its 11 home games (Richmond 61,175 MCG home ground capacity over 100,000). Currently West Coast has a membership of over 80,000. however the capacity of Optus Stadium is 60,000.

The number-one ticket holder is a position in most Australian Football League clubs given to a well-known supporter of the club. The West Coast Eagles' website lists "longevity of service", "passion for the club", "contribution to the community of Western Australia" and "the level at which they are recognised in their chosen profession by the community" as criteria for the position.[56] Number-one ticket holders generally serve for two years.

In total, 455,899 people attended West Coast Eagles home games in 2011, equating to an average of 37,992 people per game.[57] The highest-attended home game was against North Melbourne in the elimination final, which was attended by 41,790 people. The 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. In terms of television audience, on average 519,000 people viewed West Coast Eagles games in 2011, with a high of 1,074,000 viewers for the round 16 game against Geelong.[58]

Club identity

Symbols and uniform

Jumper sponsors and
Span Manufacturer Sponsor(s)
1987 Puma Burswood
1988–90 SGIO
1991–97 SGIO and Hungry Jack's
1997–99 SGIO and BGC
1998–99 SGIO and Hungry Jack's
2000–02 SGIO
2003–11 SGIO and Hungry Jack's
2012–17 SGIO and Bankwest
2018 ISC SGIO and Hungry Jack's
2019– Hungry Jack's and Lendi

West Coast's official colours are royal blue and gold. The club had previously used navy blue in place of royal blue between 1999 and 2017, but returned to the club's original colours prior to the 2018 season.[59]

The club's current logo features the head of a wedge-tailed eagle in the royal blue and gold colours of the club with the words "West Coast Eagles" written underneath. It was introduced prior to the 2018 season and aimed to present a more realistic portrayal of an eagle than the previous logo.[60] The previous logo, in use between 2000 and 2017, featured a more heavily stylised wedge-tailed eagle. The club's current and former logos have all incorporated a stylised eagle's head, always facing east (i.e. towards the right, where east appears on most maps) to represent the eagle eyeing off its prey in the eastern states.[61]

As part of the AFL's Mascot Manor program, a bald eagle club mascot, Rick "The Rock", was created in 2003 to promote the club to junior players. The mascot is in part named after the song.[62] A real wedge-tailed eagle, Auzzie, has flown around the field before matches at West Coast home games since 2007.[63]

In 2018, the Eagles' home guernsey saw a return of the club's former 'royal blue' design used prior to 1999, updated to feature the club's new logo.[59][64] The club's away strip, which already used a variation of t he design with the royal blue and gold colours swapped around, w as updated to feature the new logo but otherwise remained relatively unchanged. Between 2000 and 2015, the club's home jumper design featured a stylised eagle on a tricolour of navy blue, white and gold.[65] This jumper was introduced during the 2000 season along with a much criticised ochre away jumper as part of a rebrand of the club to coincide with the new millennium.[66] The ochre jumper was later dropped at the end of 2002 in favour of an updated version of the club's former royal blue jumper, which was worn during their 1992 and 1994 premierships.[67] Starting in 2010, the Eagles also wore a third, predominantly white guernsey in order to avoid visual clashes with teams who used similar colours.[65] It was dropped as the club's designated clash jumper at the end of 2016, in favour of an updated version of their original 1987 "yellow peril" guernsey.[68] During October 2015, the club announced a navy version of the royal blue jumper would replace the tricolour guernsey as the club's home uniform from 2016, and was used until the introduction of the current design.[69]

Uniform evolution

West Coast's uniform changes throughout their history. :[70]



Puma manufactured the club's uniforms since their inaugural season in 1987, but was replaced by ISC for 2018 and onward.[71] A number of sponsors' logos have featured on West Coast jumpers and shorts. The Burswood Entertainment Complex was the original sponsor for the 1987 season, but SGIO (1988–2018), an insurance provider, Hungry Jack's (1991–1999; 2003–2011, 2018–present), a fast food chain; BGC (1997–1998), a construction conglomerate, Bankwest (2012–2017), a bank and Lendi (2019–present), an online mortgage broker, have also served as major sponsors.[72]

In June 2018, SGIO announced they shall be ceasing their sponsorship at the end of the 2018 season.[73] After their premiership, it was announced that Lendi, an online mortgage broker would be sponsoring the Eagles from 2019 and onwards.

As part of West Coast's (and the AFL's in general) efforts to develop the game outside of Australia, the club partners with a number of internationally based football clubs, providing them with guernseys and other equipment. There are currently Eagles-affiliated clubs (also referred to as "sister clubs") in Cambodia (the Cambodian Eagles), Canada (the Toronto Eagles), China (the Shanghai Eagles), Italy (the Milano Eagles), and Sweden (the Karlstad Eagles).[74] West Coast is also responsible for sponsoring FootyWILD, a program similar to Auskick held in KwaZulu-Natal, a province of South Africa.[75]


The club's official team song is "We're the Eagles", composed by Kevin Peek, a former member of the progressive rock band Sky, and initially recorded at Peek's studio in Roleystone.[76][77] The original 1987 version, which was played after the 1992 and 1994 grand final victories, featured anti-Victorian verses ("For years, they took the best of us and claimed them for their own... So watch out, all you know-alls, all you wise men from the East") and a different musical structure. It was eventually altered in the mid-1990s. The re-recorded version had new verses added by Ken Walther, who also composed Fremantle's 1995 team song.[78] A modified version of the mid-1990s song has been used since March 2018.[79] Ahead of the Eagles' appearance in the 2015 Grand Final, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra created an orchestral version of the song.[80] "Eagle Rock", a 1971 song recorded by Daddy Cool, is also traditionally played at home games.[81]

The current version of the song goes as follows:

Born is pride,
from isolation
Our fortress built,
we cross the nation
Our colours share,
the west coast sky
Our will to win won't die,
We're the Eagles, the West Coast Eagles
And we’re here to show you why
We’re the big birds
Kings of the big game
We're the Eagles, we’re flying high

List of seasons

YearNo.CoachCaptainJohn Worsfold MedalLeading
Chris Mainwaring Medal(Best Clubman)Emerging Talent Award
19878thRon AlexanderRoss GlendinningSteve MalaxosRoss Glendinning (38)Glen BartlettChris Mainwaring
19884thJohn ToddRoss GlendinningJohn WorsfoldRoss Glendinning (73)Phil ScottGuy McKenna
198911thJohn ToddMurray RanceGuy McKennaPeter Sumich (45)Geoff MilesPeter Sumich
19903rdMick MalthouseSteve MalaxosChris LewisPeter Sumich (90)Phil ScottDean Kemp
19911stMick MalthouseJohn WorsfoldCraig TurleyPeter Sumich (111)Chris WatermanGlen Jakovich
19924thMick MalthouseJohn WorsfoldDean KempPeter Sumich (82)David HynesMatt Clape
19936thMick MalthouseJohn WorsfoldGlen Jakovich
Don Pyke
Peter Sumich (76)John WorsfoldDrew Banfield
19941stMick MalthouseJohn WorsfoldGlen JakovichPeter Sumich (49)Guy McKennaShane Bond
19955thMick MalthouseJohn WorsfoldGlen JakovichJason Ball (43)Michael BrennanFraser Gehrig
19964thMick MalthouseJohn WorsfoldDrew BanfieldMitchell White (37)Tony EvansAndrew Donnelly
19975thMick MalthouseJohn WorsfoldPeter MateraPeter Sumich (33)Chris MainwaringJosh Wooden
19987thMick MalthouseJohn WorsfoldAshley McIntoshFraser Gehrig (42)John WorsfoldPhillip Read
19995thMick MalthouseGuy McKennaGuy McKennaScott Cummings (95)Dean KempLaurie Bellotti
200013thKen JudgeGuy McKennaGlen JakovichPhil Matera (49)Phil MateraDarren Glass
200114thKen JudgeBen Cousins and
Dean Kemp
Ben CousinsTroy Wilson (40)Rowan JonesDaniel Kerr
20028thJohn WorsfoldBen CousinsBen CousinsPhil Matera (46)Drew BanfieldChris Judd
20037thJohn WorsfoldBen CousinsBen CousinsPhil Matera (62)Michael BraunAshley Sampi
20047thJohn WorsfoldBen CousinsChris JuddPhil Matera (61)Josh WoodenMark Seaby
20052ndJohn WorsfoldBen CousinsBen CousinsPhil Matera (38)Andrew EmbleyAshley Hansen
20061stJohn WorsfoldChris JuddChris JuddQuinten Lynch (65)Dean CoxJaymie Graham
20073rdJohn WorsfoldChris JuddDarren GlassQuinten Lynch (52)Ashley HansenMatt Priddis
200815thJohn WorsfoldDarren GlassDean CoxBen McKinley (42)Jaymie GrahamBen McKinley
200911thJohn WorsfoldDarren GlassDarren GlassMark LeCras (58)Beau WatersChris Masten
201016thJohn WorsfoldDarren GlassMark LeCrasMark LeCras (63)Mark NicoskiNic Naitanui
20114thJohn WorsfoldDarren GlassDarren GlassJosh Kennedy (59)Brett JonesLuke Shuey
20125thJohn WorsfoldDarren GlassScott SelwoodJack Darling (53)Mitch BrownJacob Brennan
201313thJohn WorsfoldDarren GlassMatt PriddisJosh Kennedy (60)Adam SelwoodScott Lycett
20149thAdam SimpsonDarren GlassEric MackenzieJosh Kennedy (61)Sam ButlerJeremy McGovern
20152ndAdam SimpsonShannon HurnAndrew GaffJosh Kennedy (80)Josh KennedyDom Sheed
20166thAdam SimpsonShannon HurnLuke ShueyJosh Kennedy (82)Luke ShueyTom Barrass
20178thAdam SimpsonShannon HurnElliot YeoJosh Kennedy (69)Mark HutchingsLiam Duggan
20182ndAdam SimpsonShannon HurnElliot YeoJack Darling (48)Lewis JettaWillie Rioli
20195thAdam SimpsonShannon HurnLuke ShueyJack Darling (59)Fraser McInnesOscar Allen

Club honours

Life members

Players who have played 150 games for the club are automatically inducted as life members of the club. Other players, administrators and coaches that have made an outstanding contribution to the club have also been inducted. No life members were inducted in 2001. The following players, coaches and administrators are life members of the club:

Year of inductionInductees
1994Michael Brennan, Dwayne Lamb, Chris Lewis, Chris Mainwaring, John Worsfold (all players)
1995David Hart, Guy McKenna (both players)
1996Hank Gloede (property manager), Dean Kemp (player), Bill Sutherland (head trainer)
1997Mick Malthouse (coach), Peter Matera, Peter Sumich, Chris Waterman (all players)
1998Brett Heady, Glen Jakovich, Ashley McIntosh
1999Murray McHenry (chairman)
2000Drew Banfield, Mitchell White (both players)
2002Ross Nicholas (marketing manager), Brian Edwards (manager), Ken Fitch, Rod Moore (both team doctors)
2003Ben Cousins, Don Pyke (both players), Robert Wiley (player and coach)
2004Karl Langdon, Phil Matera (both players), Trevor Nisbett (CEO)
2005Michael Braun, Tony Evans, Peter Wilson (all players)
2006Craig Turley, Ryan Turnbull, David Wirrpanda (all players), David Jones (board member)
2007Chad Fletcher, Rowan Jones (both players), Brian Dawson (coach), Anna Durante (secretary), Tim Gepp (match committee chairman)
2008Dean Cox, Andrew Embley, Darren Glass, Daniel Kerr, Phil Scott (all players)
2009Dalton Gooding (chairman), Nigel Satterley (board member), Adam Hunter, Quinten Lynch (both players)
2010Jeff Newman
2011Adam Selwood (player), Richard Godfrey (Chief Operating Officer), Glenn Stewart (High Performance Manager)
2012Ian Miller, Trevor Woodhouse, John Adams
2013Matt Priddis, Peter Souris, Chris Summers, Ken Godwin
2014Shannon Hurn, Matt Rosa, Gary Greer
2015Mark LeCras
2016Chris Masten, Josh Kennedy, Sam Butler, Will Schofield, Neil Hamilton, Denis McInerney, Mick Moylan.
2017Luke Shuey, Andrew Gaff, Jack Darling
2018Nic Naitanui, Brad Sheppard, Chris Judd, David Hynes, Ross Glendinning.


Team of the Decade

In 1996 as part of the AFL's centenary celebrations, and the club's 10-year celebrations, the Eagles named a team of the decade.

Backs:David HartMichael BrennanAshley McIntosh
Half Backs:Guy McKennaGlen JakovichJohn Worsfold
Centres:Peter MateraDean KempChris Mainwaring
Half Forwards:Brett HeadyMitchell WhiteCraig Turley
Forwards:Chris LewisPeter SumichTony Evans
Ruck:Ryan TurnbullDon PykeDwayne Lamb
Interchange:Chris WatermanSteve MalaxosPeter Wilson

Team 20

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

Backs:David WirrpandaAshley McIntoshMichael Brennan
Half Backs:Guy McKennaGlen JakovichJohn Worsfold (Captain)
Centres:Peter MateraDean KempChris Mainwaring
Half Forwards:Brett HeadyMitchell WhiteChris Lewis
Forwards:Phillip MateraPeter SumichTony Evans
Ruck:Dean CoxChris JuddBen Cousins
Interchange:Chris WatermanDrew BanfieldDon Pyke
Dwayne Lamb
Coach:Michael Malthouse

Team 25

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:

Backs:David HartDarren GlassMichael Brennan
Half Backs:Guy McKennaGlen JakovichJohn Worsfold (Captain)
Centres:Peter MateraBen CousinsChris Mainwaring
Half Forwards:Brett HeadyMitchell WhiteChris Lewis
Forwards:Phillip MateraPeter SumichTony Evans
Ruck:Dean CoxDean KempChris Judd
Interchange:Daniel KerrAshley McIntoshDon Pyke
Andrew Embley
EmergencyDavid WirrpandaDwayne LambMatt Priddis
Coach:Michael Malthouse

Individual awards

Hall of Fame inductees

The Australian Football Hall of Fame was established in 1996:

West Coast Eagles Hall of Fame inductees

Brownlow Medal winners

The Brownlow Medal is awarded to the best player in the competition during the home-and-away season as voted by the umpires:


AFLPA Awards

The Leigh Matthews Trophy is awarded to the best player in the competition as voted by the AFL Players Association:

The Best Captain Award is awarded to the best captain as voted by the AFL Players Association:

The Best First-Year Player Award is awarded to the best first-year player as voted by the AFL Players Association:

Norm Smith Medal winners

The Norm Smith Medal is awarded to the player judged best-on-ground in the AFL Grand Final:

Coleman Medal winners

The Coleman Medal is awarded to the player who kicks the most goals in the AFL competition during the home-and-away season:

AFL Rising Star winners

The AFL Rising Star is awarded to the best rookie player in the competition during a particular season:

Goal of the Year winners

The Goal of the Year is awarded to the player judged to have kicked the best goal during a particular season:

Mark of the Year winners

The Mark of the Year is awarded to the player judged to have taken the best mark during a particular season:

All-Australian selection

The All-Australian team is a representative team consisting of the best players during a particular season. Prior to 1991 it was awarded to the best players in each interstate football carnival.[83]

YearEagles Players & Coaches Selected
1987Phil Narkle
1988Steve Malaxos
1991Guy McKenna, Chris Mainwaring, Peter Matera, Craig Turley, Mick Malthouse (coach)
1992Dean Kemp
1993Peter Matera, Guy McKenna
1994Peter Matera, Guy McKenna, David Hart, Glen Jakovich
1995Glen Jakovich
1996Peter Matera, Chris Mainwaring, Mitchell White
1997Peter Matera, Fraser Gehrig
1998Ben Cousins, Ashley McIntosh
1999Ben Cousins
2001Ben Cousins
2002Ben Cousins
2003Michael Gardiner, Phil Matera
2004Chad Fletcher, Chris Judd
2005Ben Cousins (vice-captain), Dean Cox, David Wirrpanda
2006Ben Cousins, Chris Judd, Dean Cox, Darren Glass, John Worsfold (coach)
2007Dean Cox, Darren Glass, Daniel Kerr
2008Dean Cox
2010Mark LeCras
2011Dean Cox, Darren Glass
2012Dean Cox, Darren Glass (captain), Nic Naitanui, Beau Waters
2015Matt Priddis, Josh Kennedy (vice-captain), Andrew Gaff
2016Josh Kennedy, Jeremy McGovern
2017Josh Kennedy (vice-captain), Jeremy McGovern, Elliot Yeo
2018Shannon Hurn, Jeremy McGovern, Andrew Gaff, Adam Simpson (coach)
2019Shannon Hurn (vice-captain), Jeremy McGovern, Elliot Yeo, Jack Darling

VFL Team of the Year

Prior to 1991 the VFL Team of the Year was announced each year, consisting of the best players during that season in the Victorian Football League.[83]

YearEagles players selected
1987Ross Glendinning
1988John Worsfold
1989Guy McKenna
1990John Worsfold, Chris Lewis

Players and staff


West Coast Eagles
Senior list Rookie list Coaching staff
  • 26 Francis Watson (B)
  • 42 Harry Edwards
  • 43 Anthony Treacy
  • 45 Mitch O'Neill

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)
  • (B) Category B rookie
  • italics - Inactive player list
  • Long-term injury
  • (ret.) Retired

Updated: 12 December 2019
Source(s): Senior list, Rookie list, Coaching staff

Coaching staff

Coaching staff[84]
Senior coachAssistant coachesSpecialist coach
Adam Simpson
appointed 2013
Jaymie Graham
appointed 2017
Nathan Van Berlo
appointed 2018
Daniel Pratt
appointed 2015
Matt Rosa
appointed 2019
Adrian Hickmott
appointed 2014
Development coachesStrength and
conditioning coach
Luke Webster
appointed 2016
Mark Nicoski
appointed 2012
Adam Selwood
appointed 2013
Chance Bateman
appointed 2019
Warren Kofoed
appointed 2008

Club officials

Club officials[85]
ChairmanDeputy ChairmanChief Executive OfficerChief Operating OfficerChief Financial Officer
Russell Gibbs
appointed 2016
Peter Carter
appointed 2016
Trevor Nisbett
appointed 1999
Richard Godfrey
appointed 2009
Amanda Cox
appointed 2005
Maryna Fewster
elected 2015
Chris Wharton
elected 2013
Paul Fitzpartick
elected 2015


The club's strongest rivalry is with the Fremantle Football Club, the only other AFL club based in Western Australia. The two teams play off in the Western Derby twice each home-and-away season. Overall, 50 derbies have been played, with the Eagles winning 30 and Fremantle winning 20.[87] Derbies usually incorporate a sold-out crowd: the average crowd since the first derby was held in 1995 has been 39,910 people per game, with the average crowd for the past ten games 40,587 people per game, out of a total ground capacity of 43,600 people.[88]

The club's earliest rivalry was with VFL powerhouse the Hawthorn Hawks. This rivalry stemmed from a series of memorable matches in the early 1990s, most notably the 1991 Grand Final. It was considered the first ever interstate rivalry in the competition, although it had fallen to irrelevance in later years.[89] 24 years later in 2015, the two clubs met again in another grand Final, which Hawthorn won in convincing fashion.

Other rivalries include with Essendon,[90] and a rivalry with the Sydney Swans, which stems from a series of six matches between 2005 and 2007, including both the 2005 and 2006 Grand Finals, in which the total points difference was 13, the lowest of all-time. This sequence included three one-point matches between the 2006 qualifying final and round one of the 2007 season.[91]

Game and ladder records

  • Biggest winning margin: 135 points - 26.21 (177) vs. Adelaide 5.12 (42), Subiaco Oval, 13 August 1995
  • Biggest losing margin: 142 points - 1.12 (18) vs. Essendon 25.10 (160), Windy Hill, 15 July 1989
  • Highest score: 29.18 (192) vs. Brisbane Bears, W.A.C.A., 17 April 1988
  • Lowest score: 1.12 (18) vs. Essendon, Windy Hill, 15 July 1989
  • Highest score conceded: 30.21 (201) vs. Sydney, S.C.G., 19 July 1987
  • Lowest score conceded: 2.8 (20) vs. Melbourne, Subiaco Oval, 24 March 1991
  • Highest aggregate score: 295 vs. Carlton, Princes Park, 18 April 1987
  • Lowest aggregate score: 76 vs. Footscray, Whitten Oval, 23 August 1992
  • Most goals in a match: Scott Cummings, 14 goals vs. Adelaide, W.A.C.A., 1 April 2000
  • Highest crowd: 100,022 vs. Collingwood, MCG, 29 September 2018
  • Lowest crowd: 4859 vs. Brisbane Bears, Carrara, 16 August 1987
  • Highest WA crowd: 59,608 vs. Melbourne, Perth Stadium, 22 September 2018
  • Lowest WA crowd: 12,803 vs. St. Kilda, W.A.C.A., 12 May 1988
  • Highest home-and-away season crowd: 62,957 vs. Collingwood, MCG, 23 June 2012

VFL/AFL finishing positions (1987–present)

Finishing PositionYear (Finals in Bold)Tally
1st (Premiers)1992, 1994, 2006, 20184
2nd (Runner Up)1991, 2005, 20153
4th1993, 20112
5th1988, 1996, 2007, 20124
6th1995, 1997, 1999, 2017, 20195
7th1998, 20162
8th1987, 2002, 2003, 20044
11th1989, 20092
13th2000, 20132

Win-loss record

Statistics are correct to the Round 20, 2019 season[92]
West Coast Eagles's win-loss record against other VFL/AFL clubs
Club T W L D Win%
Adelaide 482721056.32
Brisbane Bears 16132184.38
Brisbane Lions 342211066.65
Carlton 452421253.27
Collingwood 542825151.88
Essendon 532429045.28
Fitzroy 1596060.00
Fremantle 503020060.00
Geelong 522625150.96
Gold Coast 1191186.36
Greater Western Sydney 1183072.70
Hawthorn 512823054.90
Melbourne 533617067.90
North Melbourne 502822056.10
Port Adelaide 341519044.45
Richmond 432617061.46
St Kilda 493018162.24
Sydney 512130041.18
Western Bulldogs 553618166.09
Totals 774 440 328 6 57.03
W Wins L Losses D Draws T Total
Win% Winning percentage Defunct club
West Coast Eagles Football Club finals series match record
Opponent Played Won Lost Draw Most recent final
Adelaide 4 2 2 0 2006 Preliminary Final Win
Carlton 3 2 1 0 2011 Semi-Final Win
Collingwood 8 3 4 1 2018 Grand Final Win
Essendon 6 1 5 0 2019 Elimination Final Win
Geelong 5 4 1 0 2011 Preliminary Final Loss
GWS 1 0 1 0 2017 Semi-Final Loss
Hawthorn 5 2 3 0 2015 Grand Final Loss
Melbourne 5 4 1 0 2018 Preliminary Final Win
North Melbourne 5 3 2 0 2015 Preliminary Final Win
Port Adelaide 2 1 1 0 2017 Elimination Final Win
Sydney 5 2 3 0 2006 Grand Final Win
Western Bulldogs 4 2 2 0 2016 Elimination Final Loss
Overall 53 26 (49%) 26 (49%) 1

AFL Women's team

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.[93] The club shares home games between Lathlain Park, Perth Stadium and Leederville Oval.


West Coast Eagles (AFL Women's)
Senior list Rookie list Coaching staff
  • Grace Kelly
  • Niamh Kelly

Head coach

  • Luke Dwyer

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

Season summaries

West Coast AFLW honour roll
SeasonFinal position Coach CaptainBest and fairestLeading goal kicker
2020 TBC Luke Dwyer Emma Swanson TBC TBC

WAFL team

After several years of lobbying by the club, in 2018 the West Australian Football Commission granted permission for the Eagles to field a reserves team in the semi-professional West Australian Football League (WAFL).[94] For many years beforehand the Eagles had been in an alignment with the East Perth Football Club, and Eagles players not selected for the AFL team were forced to play for East Perth.[95] Under the terms of the agreement with the WAFC, the Eagles are required to play every home and away match at their opponent's home ground, a one-off sign-on fee of $90,000, and an annual contribution to the league of $800,000.[96]

Season summaries

West Coast Eagles (WAFL)
SeasonFinal position Coach CaptainBest and fairestLeading goal kicker
2019 4th Luke Webster Fraser McInnes Keegan Brooksby Jake Waterman (28)

Sources: Best and fairests & Leading goalkickers

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