|Full name||Fremantle Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||The Dockers, Freo|
|Top goalkicker||Matthew Pavlich|
|Best & Fairest||Aaron Sandilands|
Green, Purple, Red and White
Away:Purple and White
|Competition||Australian Football League|
|Ground(s)||Subiaco Oval (1995 - Current) (Capacity: 43,500)|
|WACA Ground (1995 - 2000)|
|Fremantle Oval (Training & Administration only)|
Fremantle Football Club, unofficially nicknamed The Dockers and known informally as "Freo", is one of 16 teams in the Australian Football League (AFL). The club is based in the port city of Fremantle at the mouth of the Swan River in Western Australia. In 1995 it became the second team from Western Australia to be admitted to the national Australian rules football competition, honouring the rich footballing tradition and history associated with Fremantle. Despite enduring some tough times in the AFL, particularly early on in the club's history, fans have continued to show loyalty and passion for the club and Fremantle is one of the most well supported clubs in the AFL.
Matthew Pavlich has been club captain since the beginning of the 2007 season. High profile players since the club inception include the league's tallest player Aaron Sandilands, former captain Peter Bell, former number one draft pick Clive Waterhouse, Fremantle's favourite son and now radio presenter Shaun McManus, the winner of the 2008 AFL Rising Star award Rhys Palmer, Luke McPharlin and Jeff Farmer. The club is coached by Mark Harvey following the resignation of Chris Connolly midway through the 2007 season.
The AFL announced on December 14 1993 that a new team would enter the league in 1995 and be based in Fremantle. The names "Fremantle Football Club", "Fremantle Dockers" and club colours were announced on July 12 1994. Their first training session was held on October 31 1994 at Fremantle Oval.
The decision to base the new club in Fremantle was primarily due to the long association of Australian rules football in Fremantle. The first match to be played in Fremantle occurred in the 1880s  and the city quickly became a stronghold of the code, with Fremantle based teams winning 24 of the first 34 WAFL premierships . For over 100 years it has been represented by two strong clubs in the West Australian Football League: East Fremantle and South Fremantle. However it was not represented in a national club competition until 1995, eight years after the initial expansion of the then Victorian Football League in 1987 with the creation of rival Western Australian football team, the West Coast Eagles.
In February 1996, Levi Strauss & Co., which produces the Dockers brand of clothing, challenged the club's right to use the name "Fremantle Dockers", specifically on clothing. As a result, the club and AFL discontinued the official use of the "Dockers" nickname in 1997. However, the team is still known unofficially as "The Dockers", both inside and outside the club, including in their official team song Freo Way to Go and the official club magazine "Docker".
The team endured some tough years near the bottom of the premiership ladder, until they finished fifth after the home-and-away rounds in 2003 and made the finals for the first time. The elimination final against eighth placed Essendon at Subiaco Oval was then the club's biggest ever game, but ended in disappointment for the home team, with the finals experience of Essendon proving too strong for the young team. They then missed making the finals in the following two seasons, finishing both years with 11 wins, 11 loses and only 1 game outside the top 8.
After an average first half to the 2006 season, Fremantle finished the year with a club record 9 straight wins to earn themselves 3rd position at the end of the Home & Away season, a club record 15 wins in a year and a double chance for their September finals campaign. In the qualifying final against Adelaide at AAMI Stadium, the Dockers led for the first three quarters before being overrun by the Crows. The following week (September 15) saw the club win its first and only finals game in the semi-final against Melbourne at Subiaco Oval. The club subsequently earned a trip to Sydney to play in its first ever preliminary-final the following Friday night (September 22) at Telstra Stadium against the Sydney Swans, where they lost by 35 points.
Fremantle is currently the only team in the league that has not won a premiership (or played in a Grand Final), following Port Adelaide's win in 2004.
The club is also the only team never to have played in a drawn match, despite a controversial Round 5 match against St Kilda at Aurora Stadium in Launceston, Tasmania in 2006. The Saints trailed by a point when the final siren sounded, but the field umpires failed to hear the siren which many commentators had noted as being "dangerously quiet" during the game. St Kilda's Steven Baker then scored a behind, levelling the scores, before the siren was sounded a second time. Baker was awarded a free-kick for an infringement after he kicked the point and was allowed to take the kick again - which he also scored a behind from. Immediate protests from Fremantle players and officials failed to have any effect, causing controversy throughout Australian rules circles. However, the AFL overturned the result the following Wednesday — the first time this had occurred since 1900 — and awarded the win and four premiership points to Fremantle.
In Round 15 2009, Fremantle achieved the lowest score in its history and of the noughties, scoring only 1 goal and 7 points (13 total) to the Adelaide Crows 19.16 (130). It was held to just one point in the first half and the only goal scored came in the third quarter. Earlier that year, in Round 4 they scored their lowest ever score in Melbourne, 4.4.(28), against eventual runners-up St Kilda.
Fremantle's biggest rivalry is with the other Western Australian team, the West Coast Eagles, who they play twice each year in the home and away season, in fiercely contested "Western Derby" matches (Derby is pronounced /ˈdɝːbiː/ in Western Australia). West Coast were victorious in the first nine games, before Fremantle won in round 16, 1999. Since 2000, however, it has become more even, with Fremantle winning 6 of the 14 games and in 2006 the Dockers won both derbies in a season for the first time, they also knocked West Coast off late in the 2007 season in one of the toughest derbies ever. These games are reminiscent of the Fremantle Derby games between East and South Fremantle in the WAFL. A Fremantle Derby Grand Final in 1979 holds the WAFL and Subiaco Oval attendance record of 52,781. In recent years, the Fremantle Dockers have held a long streak in western derby victories, winning the last four matches between the two sides. 
Fremantle Football Club has its training and administration facilities at Fremantle Oval.
The club encourages fans to attend Monday night training sessions, when players remain on the field after training to meet their supporters and sign autographs.
|1995-1996||Ben Allan||Gerard Neesham|
|1997-1998||Peter Mann||Gerard Neesham|
|1999||Chris Bond||Damian Drum|
|2000-2001||Shaun McManus & Adrian Fletcher (co-captains)||Damian Drum, Ben Allan from Rd 10, 2001|
|2002-2006||Peter Bell||Chris Connolly|
|2007-2009||Matthew Pavlich||Mark Harvey, from Rd 16, 2007|
The Doig Medal is the Fremantle Football Club's annual fairest and best award. Currently, after each of the 22 home and away matches, the Fremantle coaching staff rate each player from 0-7 (with 7 being the best). At the end of the year the votes are tallied and the Doig Medal Night is held to announce the winner. Variations on the voting system have been used in past years. The awards ceremony has been held at the Fremantle Passenger Terminal (1995), Challenge Stadium (1998-1999), Fremantle Oval (2000-2001), the Grand Ballroom at Burswood Entertainment Complex (2002-2005, 2008-2009) and the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre (2006-2007).
The Beacon Award is presented to the club’s best new talent. To be eligible, a player must be under the age of 21 years on or before 31 December of the previous year and have played less than 10 games at the start of the season (matching the AFL Rising Star criteria).
|Season||Doig Medal Winners||Beacon Award Winners||Best Clubman||Leading Goalkicker|
|1995||Peter Mann||Scott Chisholm||Peter Mann (33)|
|1996||Stephen O'Reilly||Gavin Mitchell||Kingsley Hunter (33)|
|1997||Dale Kickett||Mark Gale||Kingsley Hunter (32)|
|1998||Jason Norrish||Brad Dodd||Chris Bond & Jason Norrish||Clive Waterhouse (30)|
|1999||Adrian Fletcher||Clem Michael||Ashley Prescott||Tony Modra (71)|
|2000||Troy Cook||Paul Hasleby||Dale Kickett & John Rankin||Clive Waterhouse (53)|
|2001||Peter Bell||Dion Woods||Leigh Brown||Justin Longmuir & Matthew Pavlich (28)|
|2002||Matthew Pavlich||Paul Medhurst||Shaun McManus||Trent Croad (42)|
|2003||Peter Bell||Graham Polak||Troy Longmuir||Paul Medhurst (50)|
|2004||Peter Bell||Andrew Browne||Matthew Carr||Paul Medhurst (41)|
|2005||Matthew Pavlich||David Mundy||Troy Cook||Matthew Pavlich (61)|
|2006||Matthew Pavlich||Marcus Drum||Luke Webster||Matthew Pavlich (71)|
|2007||Matthew Pavlich||Robert Warnock||Heath Black||Matthew Pavlich (72)|
|2008||Matthew Pavlich||Rhys Palmer||Luke Webster||Matthew Pavlich (67)|
|2009||Aaron Sandilands||Stephen Hill||Michael Johnson||Matthew Pavlich (28)|
The Fremantle Football Club uses the anchor symbol as the basis for all of their guernseys or jumpers (unlike other sporting codes it is rarely called a jersey, shirt or kit). The home jumper is purple, with a white anchor on the front separating the chest area into two panels, which are coloured red and green to represent the traditional maritime port and starboard colours. The current alternative or clash guernsey is all white with a purple anchor. 
One game each year is designated as the Purple Haze game, where an all-purple jumper with a white anchor is worn. This game is used to raise money for the Starlight Foundation.
Since 2003, the AFL has marketed one round each year as the Heritage Round. Until 2006 Fremantle wore a white guernsey with 3 red chevrons, to emulate the jumper worn by the original Fremantle Football Club in 1885. However in 2007, the selected round had Fremantle playing Sydney, who also wear red and white. An alternative blue and white striped design was used, based on the jumper worn by the East Fremantle Football Club in their 1979 WAFL Grand Final win over the South Fremantle Football Club. This Fremantle Derby still holds the record for the highest attendance at a football game of any code in Western Australia, with 52,781 attending at Subiaco Oval.
In September 2008, newly appointed CEO Steve Rosich confirmed that the Fremantle Football Club would undergo a through review of all areas, including the club's team name, song, guernsey and logo in a bid to boost its marketability.  However he later confirmed that the purple colour will be maintained as it had become synonymous with Fremantle.
The official song of the club is Freo way to Go. It was written in the mid 1990s by Ken Walther and unlike many of the other Australian rules team songs, it is played to a contemporary rock tune but is based on a traditional Igor Stravinsky arrangement of a Russian folk song, Song of the Volga Boatmen. 
Despite a relative lack of on-field success, Fremantle has surprised many with record membership figures. The club in 2005 had the fastest growing membership in the AFL competition with home crowds growing at a similar rate. The club's recent membership slogans have emphasised the passion of Fremantle fans for their team.
|Season||Members||Change from previous season||Finishing position||Average home match crowds|
|1996||19,622||▲ 1166 (+6.32%)||13th||22,473|
|1997||19,949||▲ 327 (+1.67%)||12th||21,982|
|1998||22,186||▲ 2237 (+11.21%)||15th||23,104|
|1999||24,896||▲ 2710 (+12.21%)||15th||23,972|
|2000||24,925||▲ 29 (+0.12%)||12th||22,357|
|2001||23,898||▼ 1027 (-4.12%)||16th||21,258|
|2002||23,775||▼ 123 (-0.51%)||13th||26,359|
|2003||25,347||▲ 1572 (+6.61%)||5th||30,681|
|2004||32,259||▲ 6912 (+27.27%)||9th||36,258|
|2005||34,124||▲ 1865 (+5.78%)||10th||35,224|
|2006||35,666||▲ 1542 (+4.52%)||3rd||36,569|
|2007||43,343||▲ 7677 (+21.52%)||11th||37,474|
|2008||43,366||▲ 23 (+0.05%)||14th||35,877|
|2009||39,206||▼ 4160 (-9.6%)||14thth||33,144|
The Fremantle Football Hall of Legends was inaugurated by Fremantle Football Club in 1995, in recognition of the new AFL team’s links with its home city’s football heritage. The inductees are nominated by the two clubs from the Fremantle area in the WAFL: East Fremantle and South Fremantle. In time, players who represented Fremantle in the AFL will join their predecessors in this prestigious Hall.
It is traditional for each club to recognise a prominent supporter as the #1 Ticketholder. Fremantle originally chose to award this to the sitting member for the Federal Seat of Fremantle. This was roundly criticised as the member may or may not be a Fremantle football supporter and unnecessarily linked politics with sport. The policy was soon changed to select a well-known Fremantle identity for a two year period.
|Year||Number 1 Ticket Holder|
|1995 – 1996||Carmen Lawrence|
|1997 – 2002||Jack Sheedy & Steve Marsh|
|2003 – 2005||Rove McManus|
|2006 – 2007||Luc Longley|
|2008||Jesse Dart (#1 Junior Ticket Holder)|