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Updated: 29/09/2009

West Coast Eagles

To no ones surprise a team from West Australia, later named the West Coast Eagles, along with the Brisbane Bears, was chosen by the VFL to be the first expansion clubs since the packing off of South Melbourne to Sydney in 1982.

Success came quickly with the Eagles making the finals in only their second year in the competition.

They have only missed the final series three times, in 1987, 1989 and 2000. They played in their first grand final in 1991, in only their fifth season. Unfortunately they lost to Hawthorn but the next year they were able to go one better winning their first premiership. They followed this up again in 1994. 

Their home ground is Subiaco Oval where they play their day games and in previous seasons have played night games at the WACA ground. In 1997 lighting was completed at Subiaco so from the 2001 season on they will not play any games at the WACA.

1996 Eagles AFL Centenary Cover

The AFL Centenary Cover below shows the West Coast Eagles Peel and Stick Stamps with the West Coast Eagles Commemorative Postmark (PM 1997) which was introduced on the 23rd April 1996. This Postmark was announced in The Australian Stamp Bulletin No 227 Oct - Dec 1994 along with a cover produced by Australia Post WA Administration featuring the Eagles inclusion in the 1994 Grand Final. It was apparently not issued due to time constraints.

The Eagles chose Glen Jakovich, as their player on the Maximum Card, Post Card and Stamp Booklet.

The 25th May 2000 marked  the release of club and individual 2000 Personalised Stamps.

On the 28th March 2001 the second annual  meeting of the "Premiership Players Club" was held at the MCG to help raise funds for charity. One West Coast eagle player was included in the 20 players pictured on the A4 sheet of 20 P stamps of the globe and map issue. He was John Worsfold. The stamps were also displayed on a set of 20 first day covers by Havilah Enterprises.

The 2001 season was disastrous for the WA sides with both finishing in the lower 25% of the teams and the Eagles finishing 14th. The 30th March saw the release of the 2001 Personalised Stamps.

2002 started on a bright note with the Eagles winning all their home games. On the 15th May 2002 the clubs 2002 Personalised Stamps were released.

On the 29th March 2003 the West Coast Eagles Centre Half Back, Glen Jakovich, played his 250th game. First Class Collectibles released a cover  to commemorate the event. The 2003 Personalised Stamps were released on 22nd April 2003. On the 7 July 2003 at the Regent Theatre Ballroom Western Australia's John Todd was inducted into the AFL Hall Of Fame. Two players, Michael Gardiner and Phillip Matera, made the All Australian Team.

2003 was a mixed season with the Eagles making the eight but bowing out in the first week.

In mid April the 2004 Personalised Stamps were released. This year they were a booklet of 20 stamps showing 10 players, rather than the A4 sheet. Glen Jakovich  was included in the 20 players of the "Premiership Players Club". Chris Judd and Chad Fletcher made the All Australian Team.

On 20th September 2004 Chris Judd, of the West Coast Eagles,  won his first Brownlow Medal. Australia Post issued a Souvenir Stamp Sheet on the 27th September 2004.
Commemorative Covers to commemorate the Eagles first Brownlow were released by First Class Collectables and StampsOz.

On the 1st April 2005 the West Coast Eagles booklet of the 2005 Personalised Stamps was released. On 16th July 2005 Ben Cousins played his 200th game for the West Coast Eagles.
A Commemorative Covers showing
Cousins was released by First Class Collectables. The Indigenous Team Of the Century was named at a lavish function at the Palladium on the 1st August 2005. First Class Collectables produced a set of covers. Signed player covers included Peter Matera  First Class Collectables issued covers  to commemorate the Best and Fairest winners including Ben Cousins. On 19th September 2005 Ben Cousins won the Brownlow Medal for the second consecutive year for the West Coast Eagles.Two Commemorative Covers showing Cousins with the Brownlow medal and as a Player were released by First Class Collectables. Coversplease also released a Cover.

The Eagles were on top of the ladder for most of the year loosing the top to Adelaide in the last game of the year. After two home final wins the made the 2005 Grand Final against Sydney.

On the 20th March 2006 the Eagles booklet of the 2006 Personalised Stamps was released. Rivalry Round was played on the 6th May 2006. Onlycovers released covers of the Western Derby  and Ross Glendinning Medal Winner, Chris Judd. A further cover was released on the21st May 2006 for Chris Judd's 100 Games for the Eagles. Onlycovers released a Captains series with covers including Chris Judd.

On the 22nd June 2006  Peter Matera was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame. Round 16 was the Heritage Round with clubs wearing jumpers from a previous era. Onlycovers released a cover for each club including the West Coast Eagles FC

The Eagles made their second consecutive Grand Final against Sydney but this time turned the tables with them winning the 2006 Premiership.

After the 2006 Premiership the Eagles finished third in 2007 with Australia Post issuing the 2007 Personalised Stamps. 2008 and 2009 were rebuilding years with them finishing in the bottom half of the ladder. Australia Post changed from the Prestige Booklet to the Folder format issuing the 2008 Personalised Stamps and 2009 Personalised Stamps.