East Perth Football Club

East Perth Football Club

Infobox aus sport club | clubname = East Perth Royals

fullname = East Perth Football Club
emblem = Royals (Crown)
strip = Royal blue with black yoke at top; blue or white shorts; blue and black hooped socks.
founded = 1906
sport = Australian rules football
league = West Australian Football League
firstseason = 1906
ground = Medibank Private Stadium, Leederville
capacity = 18000
song = "East Perth Forever Boys"
president = Bronte Howson
coach = Glen Bewick
captain = Michael Swan
season = 2008
position = 9th of 9

The East Perth Football Club is an Australian rules football club that is a member of the West Australian Football League.

The club is based at Medibank Private Stadium, Leederville (Formerly Leederville Oval) in Perth, Western Australia.


The club was actually founded in 1902 as Union Football Club (not to be confused with the defunct Unions club from Fremantle) and competed in the Perth 3rd Rate Association Competition (however an earlier 'East Perth' had formed in 1891). The club was successful and was promoted to the 1st Rate Association. After continuing to succeed at this level they applied to join the WAFL and hence became a member in April 1906. The club became known as East Perth in accordance with the WAFL's policy of having each club represent a district in Perth.

It went on to become one of the most powerful clubs in the West Australian league.

By 1980, the club had made a submission to enter the VFL/AFL, however this was withdrawn.

East Perth later acted as the host club for West Coast Eagles players recruited from interstate from 2000-2001 until the host club arrangement was abolished.

Its first home ground was Wellington Square. It then moved to Perth Oval between 1910 and 2002, although it played games at the WACA from 1988-89.

The club began playing its games at Medibank Private Stadium from 2000 (better known in Perth as Leederville Oval, formerly the home of bitter rivals West Perth), but the club only officially moved there in 2003. They have since been joined at the ground by the Subiaco Football Club.


:WAFL Premierships: 1919-20-21-22-23, 1926-27, 1936, 1944, 1956, 1958-59, 1972, 1978, 2000-01-02

2008 Season

The 2008 season was a disappointing one for the Royals. Managing to win only 6 games all season, the league team sat in eighth place for the majority of the year. A loss to Perth in the final home and away round, coupled with a Claremont upset win over top four side South Fremantle consigned East Perth to 9th place, their first wooden spoon since 1989.

Current squad

"As of April 25, 2008:"

Individual awards

F.D. Book Medallists

Sandover Medal Winners

*William 'Digger' Thomas (1923)
*George 'Staunch' Owens (1925)
*William (Billy) Thomas (1929)
*Frank Allen (1950)
*Graham Farmer (1956, 1957, 1960)
*Ted Kilmurray (1958)
*Malcolm Brown (1969)
*Alan Quartermaine (1975)
*Peter Spencer (1976, 1984)
*Phil Kelly (1978, 1979)
*John Ironmonger (1983)
*David Bain (1988)
*Brady Anderson (1997)
*Ryan Turnbull (2001)

Simpson Medal Winners

*Graham Farmer (1956, WA v SA)
*Graham Farmer (1958, WA v VFL)
*Ned Bull (1958 Grand Final)
*John Watts (1959 WA v SA)
*Graham Farmer (1959 Grand Final)
*Derek Chadwick (1964, WA Interstate Tour)
*Kevin Murray (1965, WA v VFA)
*Ken McAullay (1972 AFC Championship)
*Ken McAullay (1972 Grand Final)
*Ron Alexander (1974, WA v VFL)
*Ian Miller (1978 Grand Final)
*Dean Cox (2000 Grand Final)
*Ryan Turnbull (2001 Grand Final)
*Ryan Turnbull (2002 Grand Final)

Bernie Naylor Medal winners

This medal is awarded to the player who scores the most goals in the home and away rounds. The number in brackets is the number of goals scored that season.

*S.Sloss 1909 (30)
*Hugh Campbell 1924 (67)
*Hugh Campbell 1926 (89)
*Hugh Campbell 1927 (87)
*Alan Watts 1944 (101) (Underage competition)
*William Mose 1958 (115)
*Neil Hawke 1959 (114)
*Phil Tierney 1967 (119)
*Glen Bartlett 1990 (69)
*Troy Wilson 2006 (74)


ee also

*East Perth theme song

External links

* [http://www.eastperthfc.com.au/ East Perth Football Club] - Official
* [http://www.arach.net.au/~daveiza/royals/ Fight on East Perth] - Unofficial history page
* [http://www.fullpointsfooty.net/East_Perth.htm Full Points Footy] - Detailed club history

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