Reigning Premier Richmond Reigns Number 1 With Club Memberships In Season 2018

Reigning Premier Richmond Reigns Number 1 With Club Memberships In Season 2018

Australian Football League CEO Gillon McLachlan

16 Of 18 Club Memberships Grew On Season 2017 Levels

Victor P Taffa

AFL Club Membership has cracked 1 Million for the first time, with 13 teams breaking their all-time records this season.

Final tally for 2018 stood at 1,008,494 members by the July 31 deadline.

It was an 11% increase on last season and the 18th consecutive year of growth.

Reigning premier Richmond led the way after becoming the first club to sign up 100,000 members an increase of nearly 39% following last year’s drought-breaking flag.

Hawthorn and West Coast rounded out the top 3, with both clubs exceeding 80,000 members for the first time.

Only Collingwood (-372) and the Western Bulldogs (-4,407) failed to grow their membership bases.

“1 in every 24 Australians is now a member of an AFL club, a sign that the national reach of Australian football has never been greater.” Australian Football League CEO Gillon McLachlan said.

“Whether you have been a member for decades or just signed up this year, on behalf of the AFL I want to thank every single one of you.”

“Commitment members make to their clubs is the key reason why our game continues to prosper.”

“Our clubs give us a connection. Our games fill us with hope, despair and joy, and today it makes us proud.” Mr. McLachlan said.

According to the AFL 1 in 24 Australians are members of an AFL Club.

Richmond Tigers To Roar In Season 2018

 

Season 2018 Memberships

Ranking         Club                             Season 2017   Season 2018     Change +/-

1                      Richmond                               72,669             100,726               28,057

2                      Hawthorn                                75,663             80,302                4,639

3                      West Coast                              65,064             80,290               15,226

4                      Essendon                                 67,768             79,319                 11,551

5                      Collingwood                           75,879             75,507                  -372

6                      Adelaide                                  56,865             64,739                  7,874

7                      Geelong                                   54,854             63,818                  8,964

8                      Sydney                                    58,838             60,934                 2,096

9                      Carlton                                    50,326             56,005                 5,679

10                    Fremantle                                51,254             55,639                 4,385

11                    Port Adelaide                          52,129             54,386                  2,257

12                    St. Kilda                                  42,052             46,301                  4,249

13                    Melbourne                               42,233             44,275                 2,042

14                    Western Bulldogs                   47,653             43,246                -4,407

15                    North Melbourne                     40,343             40,789                446

16                    Greater Western Sydney        20,944             25,243                4,299

17                    Brisbane                                    21,362             24,867                 3,505

18                    Gold Coast                              11,655             12,108                    453

Total                                                          907,561        1,008,494        100,933

 

VFL Competition began in 1897 which became the AFL Competition in 1990.

 

Club Nicknames

Club                                Nickname       Entered Competition            Premierships  Last Premiership

Adelaide                                  Crows              1991                                               2                             1998

Brisbane*                                Lions               1987                                               3                            2003

Carlton                                    Blues               1897                                                16                          1995

Collingwood                           Magpies           1897                                              15                          2010

Essendon                                 Bombers          1897                                             16                          2000

Fremantle                                Dockers           1995                                              0                          TBA

Geelong                                   Cats                 1897                                                9                          2011

Gold Coast                               Suns                2011                                               0                          TBA

Greater Western Sydney      Giants              2012                                             0                          TBA

Hawthorn                                Hawks             1925                                             13                        2015

Melbourne                               Demons           1897                                           12                        1964

North Melbourne                  Kangaroos       1925                                            4                        1999

Port Adelaide                          Power              1997                                           1                         2004

Richmond                               Tigers              1908                                           11                        2017

St. Kilda                                  Saints              1897                                             1                      1966

Sydney**                                Swans              1897                                            5                      2012

West Coast                              Eagles              1987                                          3                      2006

Western Bulldogs***             Bulldogs          1925                                         2                      2016

 

Explanation Notes

Brisbane *

Fitzroy Lions merged with Brisbane Bears in 1996

Fitzroy Lions

Year Entered Competition: 1897

Year Left Competition: 1996

Premierships as Fitzroy: (8) 1898, 1899, 1904, 1905, 1913, 1916, 1922, 1944,

Premierships as Brisbane: (3) 2001, 2002, 2003,

As Fitzroy merged with Brisbane premiership record is totalled separately.

 

Sydney **

Originally South Melbourne and relocated to Sydney in 1982

Year Entered Competition: 1897

Premierships as South Melbourne: (3) 1909, 1918, 1933,

Premierships as Sydney: (2) 2005, 2012,

As South Melbourne relocated to Sydney premiership record is a combined total of 5.

 

Western Bulldogs ***

Originally Footscray Bulldogs and renamed Western Bulldogs in 1996

Year Entered Competition: 1925

Premierships as Footscray: (1) 1954,

Premierships as Western Bulldogs: (1) 2016,

As Footscray were renamed Western Bulldogs premiership record is a combined total of 2.

 

Abbreviations:

AFL                Australian Football League

VFL                Victorian Football League

CEO                Chief Executive Officer

TBA                To Be Advised