Toast Bleeding Purple


Club Legend
Oct 15, 2006
AFL Club
Has anyone else started listening to the ‘Bleeding Purple’ podcasts available on the Fremantle Dockers app?

As part of the 25 year celebrations Dr Jeffrey Boyle is doing a series of interviews with some of the key people in Freo’s history. Very interesting hearing the stories & the obstacles they had to overcome.

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Footy Yankee
Oct 31, 2015
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Yeah, I've listened to them all. Great stuff. I've actually listened to them a couple times. For someone who became a footy fan from outside AUS, it's really insightful to hear about how the club was formed. The obstacles they had to overcome were unbelievable. The way the AFL rigged the player picking to favor the Vic clubs is f***in mind boggling. The Suns and GWS got completely opposite treatment.

I don't understand why the AFL allowed a new expansion club and then stacked the deck against their success. They've said on a couple of the pods that the "AFL didn't want two dominant teams in the west". If this is true, why did the AFL even give Fremantle a team?? Why start a team you don't want to see do well? Makes no sense to me... For those of you around in '94, what is your take on this? I would love to hear from some people who have been with the club from the start.


Club Legend
Jul 2, 2013
AFL Club
I need to add a toast to the excellent job done by Freo's Dr Jeffrey Boyle, the inaugural Physiotherapist, who did 6 superb podcasts to celebrate Freo's 25th year in the AFL.

His also did a video of his last one released a week or so ago which includes Shaun McManus and Spider Burton.

Podcasts available from any of the below links;
And on the Fremantle web page under the Podcasts and Radio section;

I encourage all Freo fans, especially those of us who have been around since the start, to have a good listen to them, if you haven't already.
I'll also be sending an appreciative Email to Freo in hope that Dr Boyle continues with some of these in the future.

One of the biggest things that I got out of them, was the vast distance between what was happening internally at the club at different stages of Freo's history versus what was being reported externally. For example, in this latest episode, Dr Jeffrey Boyle gives some stats of just how successful Phil Smart was with his recruiting while at Freo ... yet I can recall the external noise about Phil Smart being virtually the complete opposite with Smart being blamed for much of Freo's lack of success during his tenure.


Premiership Player
Jun 18, 2010
AFL Club
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FFC Quay Club
It was good to hear Kelly's heartfelt appreciation of the support given to them by the Quay Club and Harbour Master members.

Fast Forward to today.... it is disappointing that the club has elected to pretend Quay club never happened.

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