Expansion poll - how many of you would drop the eagles / dockers and go for your old wafl clubs if yours were upgraded

Would you leave the eagles / dockers for your wafl club if it went into the afl

  • Yes

    Votes: 8 8.9%
  • No

    Votes: 49 54.4%
  • Im too young for the wafl

    Votes: 33 36.7%

  • Total voters
    90

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Cuzz09

Brownlow Medallist
Sep 21, 2004
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Adel - SA - Aust - Earth
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West Coast
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Norwood & Liverpool.
I followed the Eagles before I followed a WAFL side and never really adopted one (Sort of liked Sth Freo for a bit coz Sumich was from there)

I follow Norwood in the SANFL but not enough to drop West Coast for them if the Leggies ever were upgraded.

If The Eagles were kicked out the AFL Id either stop following the sport all together (Im a LOT less dedicated than I was when I was younger) or start going to more SANFL



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Ambrose Burnside

Premiership Player
Dec 8, 2006
3,842
6,435
WA
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West Coast
The first bit of footy merchandise I owned was a Subi beanie from when I was a baby, and I definitely consider them my WAFL club, but I was a month away from turning three when the Eagles played their first game, so Eagles all the way for me.
 

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Ishmael_

EQuiv
Apr 30, 2013
2,303
5,616
Stockholm
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South Fremantle
It's interesting, I'm in my late twenties, so really too young to have followed a WAFL club with the passion of the Eagles, but I was brought up on tales of South Fremantle brilliance and I know my extended family still has a bit of a soft spot for Freo because of it.

I reckon if South and East Fremantle didn't sook it up and tried harder to be integrated with Fremantle or even if they merged and became Fremantle, my extended family of Eagles supporters would have swapped over.

They didn't and the connection wasn't that strong at all so they didn't swap, but oh what a calamity that would have been. Too young to do anything about it and I would have been stuck with Freo for the rest of my life. The horror!
 

Scotland

TheBrownDog
May 5, 2006
58,356
63,152
AFL Club
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No way.

There is already a Swans in the AFL and obviously already a team in black and white stripes.

The mighty fighting black and whites would end up as the Darling Scarp Quolls or some sh*t and forced to wear brown jumpers with white spots.
 

ziad

Brownlow Medallist
May 2, 2009
16,685
9,442
Sydney
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West Coast
Used to be a member of Subi since I was at school but time has passed. It will never happen as well so i dont have to worry.
 

megadeth92

Senior List
Jul 21, 2020
220
143
Lautoka, Fiji Islands
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Collingwood
There is no world where I would support West Perth in the AFL over the Eagles.

The second the Eagles joined the WAFL, they became my team and West Perth were an opposing side I had a soft spot for.

Australia is so unlike Scotland, isn't it, mate? Glasgow Rangers were put in the fourth-tier as a punishment for liquidation and the 50,000 home-game crowds kept attending faithfully.
 

HoneyBadger35

Moderator
Aug 11, 2011
20,803
52,442
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Australia is so unlike Scotland, isn't it, mate? Glasgow Rangers were put in the fourth-tier as a punishment for liquidation and the 50,000 home-game crowds kept attending faithfully.
Not entirely the same though is it? If there were promotion and relegation, and some WAFL clubs had a chance at the AFL from the get go, i dare say football would have developed very differently.

Would Rangers have had 50k week in, week out, if they were permanently a fourth division club with no way of getting back to the heights of Europe? I don’t think they would.
 

jesterwester

Premiership Player
May 1, 2007
3,077
4,407
Aveley
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West Coast
Bit late to this thread, but I voted too young.

Not that I was too young for the WAFL, but too young for it to have formed an attachment to any club in particular. Still haven’t, actually.

Might have had more take up if this was an option in say the early to mid 90’s. Which is why I guess a number realigned to our friends down the road. But now, the club has 30 odd years of history and culture. There will be no other club for me.
 

Beutbrute

The West is Ours!
Sep 5, 2013
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7,242
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I followed both East Freo and the Eagles. When Fremantle entered the comp I wasn't sure which way to go. If it was a genuine East Fremantle side, not a manufactured brand with a hideous jumper I would have been more tempted. Watched the First season of Fremantle playing with an open mind, but found my heart wasn't in it. Glad I made the right choice
 

megadeth92

Senior List
Jul 21, 2020
220
143
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Not entirely the same though is it? If there were promotion and relegation, and some WAFL clubs had a chance at the AFL from the get go, i dare say football would have developed very differently.

Would Rangers have had 50k week in, week out, if they were permanently a fourth division club with no way of getting back to the heights of Europe? I don’t think they would.

I agree it's not the same and I wasn't trying to blame you or anyone else for switching clubs. But it is interesting to me how the sporting culture in Australia is to follow the top-league in the given sport whereas in UK it is more about loyalty to your club no matter what. Say if Rangers had been banned from ever entering the top league again, what would have happened? It is hard to say. I think older fans would have stayed loyal but increasingly youngsters would have been drawn to a top-tier club. Scotland is unique too because of how club is tied to religion and politics.
 

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greatwhiteshark

Brownlow Medallist
Oct 3, 2007
12,111
12,106
Perth
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West Coast
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West Perth
Same

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Bit late to this thread lol. Just voted yes. West Perth will always be my heart and I would support them if they were hypothetically promoted. WAFL was very big for me in my lifetime. I am in my 50's. Love the Eagles but it is a different love to what I have for West Perth.
 

kranky al

Premium Platinum
Jun 30, 2009
22,420
29,392
Greenough
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Bit late to this thread lol. Just voted yes. West Perth will always be my heart and I would support them if they were hypothetically promoted. WAFL was very big for me in my lifetime. I am in my 50's. Love the Eagles but it is a different love to what I have for West Perth.

I try to imagine what loving west perth would feel like and the only thing that seems equivalent would be loving undouched anal sex and the subsequent santorum thats produced.

;)
 

Astro35

Team Captain
Feb 4, 2010
429
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Perth
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This thread made me think - what if a vic team like Norf was dropped back to the vfl? Would the fans stay or would they move to a AFL team?
 

WCE_phil

Norm Smith Medallist
Nov 14, 2009
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If a third club was introduced I would buy a membership and attend games and they would be my second side. Get to go to the footy almost every weekend at afl level and would make getting derby tickets much easier and a potential opportunity to watch the dockers lose 4 times each year.

I come from a family that moved from NSW in the 70's and were die hard Bulldogs fans in the NRL. All of the family except for my father kept the colours and have supported the sharks in the wafl ever since and my dad followed souths. The chances of East Freo getting promoted are none. There is already a freo side which I despise and don't even like going to fremantle as a part of the city of perth. So not a chance.

The only way i'd even come close to not being a rusted on eagles die hard would be if the Wildcats got the franchise and had both a footy and a basketball team and even then they'd still just be my second side, but it would be close. If this happened and they made Ross Lyon coach of the eagles i'd probably turn or just give up on the game.
 

Imnotdeadyet

Debutant
Oct 27, 2017
68
109
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West Perth
Bit late to this thread lol. Just voted yes. West Perth will always be my heart and I would support them if they were hypothetically promoted. WAFL was very big for me in my lifetime. I am in my 50's. Love the Eagles but it is a different love to what I have for West Perth.
Same vintage but No for me.
Go the Munchers, but go the Eagles a bit more.
Was always torn when we were aligned with East Perth and it was a Perth Derby.
Felt a bit dirty when hoping West Coast boys got the job done.
 

HoneyBadger35

Moderator
Aug 11, 2011
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This thread made me think - what if a vic team like Norf was dropped back to the vfl? Would the fans stay or would they move to a AFL team?
I couldn't imagine they'd pick another AFL team. Fitzroy would be a good case study, seeing what sort of numbers they get in the lower grades.

If the Eagles got dropped from the AFL or the equivalent top division, I'd follow the Eagles where they went (WAFL presumably) and move on from the AFL as a comp, just follow whatever tier West Coast were in.
 

Ochre

Great kick
Aug 25, 2008
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I couldn't imagine they'd pick another AFL team. Fitzroy would be a good case study, seeing what sort of numbers they get in the lower grades.

If the Eagles got dropped from the AFL or the equivalent top division, I'd follow the Eagles where they went (WAFL presumably) and move on from the AFL as a comp, just follow whatever tier West Coast were in.
Lots of Roys' fans jumped to other AFL teams even though they theoretically still existed in the same competition, so I think a lot would jump. If WCE for whatever reason left the league, I would think I'd go to another team, even if I'm sure it'd never be to the same level.
 

Ochre

Great kick
Aug 25, 2008
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Lots of Roys' fans jumped to other AFL teams even though they theoretically still existed in the same competition, so I think a lot would jump. If WCE for whatever reason left the league, I would think I'd go to another team, even if I'm sure it'd never be to the same level.
Although, Fitzroy didn't exist again as a stand alone team for 13 years. If that'd happened straight away the above probably would've been different
 

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