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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 Annual General Meeting

Click here to download information on the upcoming Annual General Meeting of the Western Bulldogs Past Players Group.

For further information on recent events around the Past Players Group, click here

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.

Neil Sachse Foundation - Project Discovery Classic

Forty years ago Neil Sachse was a young man when he was injured playing Australian rules football with Footscray. He never walked again.

Neil lives for the day that people with spinal cord injury will walk again and as a result he established the Foundation.

20 years on, after many successes in research and education the foundation together with South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) has established Project Discovery - a three year research program requiring $1M to complete.
On November 14 – 16 the NSF Project Discovery Classic will head to the Barossa – three days and 370 kilometres of Cycling Beauty. Neil is seeking sponsors.
This campaign is for those who won't be participating in the event.
The Western Bulldogs Past players and the entire organisation would appreciate any donations to this great cause.

For more information on the event, click here.

To make a donation and support this event, click here.

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

Name Mobile Email
Owen Madigan 0408 105 151
Ian Bryant 0412 522 579  -
Ross Abbey (President) 0412 073 092  -