West Coast Eagles

The West Coast Eagles are an Australian rules football club based in Subiaco Oval in Perth. They’re one of the newer teams, but have already developed into one of the most successful clubs in the AFL thanks to a wide fan base and three Premiership titles.

West Coast Eagles Information

Established: 1986
Home Ground(s): Subiaco Oval
Colours: Navy Blue, White, and Gold
Mascot: Rick ‘the Rock’ Eagle
Number of Premierships Won: 3 (1992, 1994, 2006)
Number of Minor Premierships Won: 3 (1991, 1994, 2006)

History

The Eagles were formed in 1986 and played their first official AFL match on 29 March 1987. It was a game won after a massive comeback effort over the visiting Richmond Tigers. It was a hint at what was to come from this team, as they almost immediately became one of the strongest teams in the league. 1988 saw them rocket to the Top 4 on the AFL ladder, nearly making their first Grand Final appearance. Unfortunately, under tremendous pressure and suffering from injuries, the team had a drop in 1989, winning only two of their 15 home and away games.

The 1990s marked the beginning of a new era as Mick Malthouse was named the new coach. The team finished third on the ladder, but couldn’t manage to get through to the Grand Final match. Once again, the success of the season was to set the pace for much of the ‘90s as the team went on to capture two of their three Premierships during this decade. The success carried over into the new millennium.

The club held their own through much of the 2000s as they took another Premiership in 2006. Though 2008 marked the first season that the club really fell on hard times. They won only four games after the loss of both Chris Judd and Ben Cousins. Unfortunately this bad luck carried through 2009 and saw the Eagles get off to a bad start in 2010.

Emblem, Colours & Guernseys

The Eagles’ emblem is a modern adaptation of a flying eagle. The team’s colours are navy blue, gold, and white.

The West Coast Eagles’ home guernseys feature three thick vertical stripes in the team’s colours with the team’s emblem emblazoned on the front. The shorts are white. The away guernsey is mostly navy blue with gold accents on the shoulders. The shorts are navy blue.

Football Club

This AFL team plays all of its home matches at Subiaco Oval, which holds more than 43,000 West Coast Eagles fans. The stadium also serves as the team’s training location where they hold open sessions each week. The public is invited to attend.

There are over 35,000 register Eagles’ members as fans from across Australia sign up to support this team. Becoming a member is a great way to show your support and also affords all kinds of bonuses. This includes tickets to home fixtures, exclusive West Coast Eagles merchandise, weekly updates via email, and exclusive invitations to special Eagles events. There are a number of membership packages available that are suitable for all pocket sizes.

Mascot

Rick ‘the Rock’ Eagle is the mascot for the West Coast Eagles. He’s a rough and tumble character that’s not to be underestimated. He’s named after the team’s theme song, Eagle Rock.

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