The Fremantle Dockers, also known simply as Freo, are based at the mouth of the Swan River in Western Australia, in the port city of Fremantle. As the most recent of the Western Australian teams to join the AFL, the Dockers are fiercely followed and have become one of the most loyally supported clubs in the league.
Fremantle Dockers Information
Home Ground: Subiaco Oval
Colours: Green, purple, red and white
Number of Premierships Won: 0
Number of Minor Premierships Won: 0
Founded in 1994, the Dockers first entered the AFL in the 1995 season with their initial training session held on the 31st of October 1994. It was a decision supported by many, as for years the Fremantle area had widely played and followed the sport, and it was considered time for a side to enter the AFL.
During their first few years in the AFL, Freo were dealt some devastating blows which saw them firmly claim the bottom of the ladder positions, until 2003 when they finished fifth at the end of the normal season and made their first appearance in the finals.
In 2006 the Dockers had the best season in the clubs short history, ending the regular season with nine straight wins, seeing them to third place. Making their maiden performance in a preliminary final, they had their first taste of the big time, although lost to the Swans, and are still the only side never to have won the Premiership or even been in the Grand Final.
Emblems, Colours & Guernseys
The Fremantle emblem is fittingly the purple outline of a docker holding an anchor, with a background of green and red, with the name Fremantle Football Club written below it. The anchor emblem is a theme for Freo, with their home and away jumpers both having an anchor on the front.
The home guernsey is predominantly purple, with a white anchor down the neck separating the two green and red panels across the chest, which are positioned to represent the port and starboard colours. The away guernsey is white with a purple anchor, and the colours on the Fremantle jumpers are also regarded as the club’s colours.
Perth’s Subiaco Oval is where the Dockers call home, and with room for 43, 500 fans to fit the stands, Fremantle always get a rapturous crowd for their home matches. During the week, the team heads to the Fremantle Oval where they train, and often use it for pre season fixtures.
For true Freo fans, the options available when it comes to memberships are too good to be true, but with dedicated fans all over the country hoping to see the Dockers play, you need to sign up soon to confirm your spot as a member. Fremantle treat their loyal fans well, as if they manage to break the unlucky run of not yet making it to the Grand Final, and are one of the last two teams standing, all it takes is $15 for a member to be guaranteed a seat at the MCG.
Since 2002, Johnny “The Doc” Docker has been running alongside Fremantle on the oval. A blonde-haired surfer, constantly with a surfboard under arm, Johnny loves to head down to the Subiaco Oval to cheer on his favourite AFL players.
Best Bet To Make
The 2010 AFL Season has blessed Fremantle with their best record to date, heading for a top four finish if they continue their impressive form, which could be a good market to place a wager on. While winning the flag is unlikely, Freo are due the title, and so could be a bet to consider for the more avid Freo followers. If you want to punt on Freo for 2010, do not forget to head to Ladbrokes.com.au for the best odds and markets each week, so you can really pledge your allegiance to the well-loved Dockers!