Fremantle Football Club

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The Fremantle Football Club, nicknamed The Dockers and also commonly known as "Freo", is one of 16 teams in the Australian Football League. The club is based in the port city of Fremantle, west of Perth at the mouth of the Swan River.

The team joined the league in 1995, 110 years after the first official Australian rules match to be held in Fremantle, and eight years after the foundation of rival Western Australian football team, the West Coast Eagles. The Dockers endured some tough years near the bottom of the premiership ladder, until they finished fifth after the home-and-away rounds in 2003, and made the finals for the first time. The Dockers and the Eagles play each other at least twice a year, in fiercely contested "Western Derby" matches, and the Dockers have won five of the 20 derbies so far.[1] (http://fremantlefc.com.au/default.asp?pg=history&spg=clubrecordsdisplay&articleid=173116)

Fremantle's official colours are purple, red and green and the centrepiece of their emblem, an anchor, reflects the city's maritime links and heritage. Alternate uniforms are used for away games, the most recent being predominantly white with a purple emblem.

The team's home base is at Fremantle Oval, while most of their home games are played at Subiaco Oval.

After Levi Strauss & Co., which produces "Dockers" brand clothing, challenged the club's right to use that name, all references to it were dropped from official use.

Fremantle is the only club left in the competition which has yet to win a premiership, following Port Adelaide's win in 2004. It is also the only team in the competition not to have played in a draw.

The club is coached by Chris Connolly and is captained by Peter Bell. Players selected in All-Australian teams include Bell, Matthew Pavlich and Paul Hasleby.

On May 8, 2005 Fremantle broke or equalled a number of club records, when it defeated Collingwood by 28 goals 12 points (180) to 10.8 (68). This was the club's highest ever score and its first victory by more than 100 points.

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