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Footscray/Western Bulldogs Past Players Group

Formed in 1947, the Footscray/Western Bulldogs Past Players Group is the oldest supporter group at the football club.

It’s a thriving group, comprising past players and associates from over the decades, that keep in touch and meet socially, attend matches, and continue their proud support of the Club.

The Past Players Group aims to protect the history and build on the traditions of the Team of the Mighty West.

The group host social functions throughout the season, including Western Bulldogs home match days at Etihad Stadium, with a regular base in the Accolade Room which also hosts our Player Sponsor coterie group (Level 2, Etihad Stadium, access via Gate 6).

The Accolade Room provides a vibrant and festive atmosphere for catching at with old friends, bringing the kids and watching the game – and not to mention a stellar view of the ground.

Past Players Group Membership

Contact Western Bulldogs Group Relationships Co-ordinator Linda Murray on (03) 9680 6142 or via email at for more information on group membership and upcoming events.

To download a Past Players Group Membership Form, please click here.

Past Players Newsletters

Newsletter #1, July 2017 - Click here to read

Newsletter #2, November 2017 - Click here to read

Past Players News Stories

Whatever happened to...Matthew Croft?

A look back at the career of the former #16, and what life after football has had in store.

4:11pm  Jun 13, 2016

Whatever happened to: Simon Atkins?

Learn what life after football had in store for former Bulldog Simon Atkins.

7:00am  May 18, 2016

Whatever happened to Jeff Gieschen?

Arriving as a 17-year-old flanker from Maffra, learn where Jeff Gieschen's football career took him after the Kennel.

6:01am  Apr 7, 2016

Whatever happened to... Ben Harrison?

Learn what life after football had in store for former Bulldog Ben Harrison.

6:00am  Feb 21, 2016

What Ever Happened To Matthew Mansfield?

What has life after football had in store for the Club's second ever draft pick Matthew Mansfield? Find out.

1:56pm  Dec 15, 2015


Past Players Group - Match Day Information

Match Day Guest Passes

To arrange passes for guests to access the Accolade Room with Past Players Group Members on Match Day, please contact Linda Murry on (03) 9680 6142 or

Match Day Events

The Accolade Room located on Level 2 at Etihad Stadium (access via Gate 6, take the lift to Level D) and is the dedicated room for the Past Players Group and their guests. The room also hosts the Player Sponsor coterie group whom many would have sponsored former players of the Club.  

The room has access to a premium reserved seating bay that has a stellar view of the ground from the wing on Level 2.

There is access to an exclusive bar and complimentary tea and coffee facilities, along with  lounges and cocktail style seating if you prefer to stay inside and watch the game from behind the glass.

Past Players Group Committee Members

Please find below the names and contact details of the Past Players Group Committe

Title Name Phone Number
President Ross Abbey 0412 073 092
Vice-President Philip O'Keeffe 0402 007 270
Secretary Owen Madigan 0408 105 151
WB Group Relationships Co-ordinator Linda Murray 0413 053 828
Golf Jack Slattery 0425 746 148
  Simon Beasley 0411 825 533
Bowls Len Cumming 0418 374 079
  Ian Rickman 0419 537 393
Perth Dennis Blair 0418 160 649
  Andrew Purser 0411 876 411
Sydney John Reid 0409 229 831
  Michael Ford 0414 544 538
Brisbane Geoff Jennings 0408 770 659
  Danny Del Re 0419 336 072
Cairns Max O'Halloran 0407 311 233