MEDIA RELEASE: 400 community members turn out for first Footscray Pride March

Barkly Street in Footscray was turned into a sea of rainbows on Saturday as 400 community members took to the streets for the inaugural Footscray Pride March. 

The march was organised by Bulldog Pride, the LGBTIQA+ coterie group for the Western Bulldogs Football Club, to mark the third AFLW Pride Match at Whitten Oval. Marchers walked almost the length of Footscray from the Nicholson Street Mall to the Whitten Oval, led by the Dykes on Bikes and Bulldog Pride members. 

The march was joined by local bars, Councillors from Maribyrnong Council, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and local football clubs. Drag Performers representing the Pride of Our Footscray Community Bar dotted the march, proving an entertaining sight for bystanders. The march was welcomed into the Whitten Oval by a snuff puppet from the Footscray Drill Hall waving a rainbow flag. 

Overall the reception from the Footscray community was overwhelmingly positive, with many securing outdoor seats in the local pubs to cheer on the march as it moved down Barkly Street. People in their cars seemed largely unbothered by the traffic delay, with many joining in the fun by honking their horns in time with the Bulldogs chants from the crowd. Given the success of the event, the organisers have expressed a desire to run another march to mark the Pride Match again next year. 

Quotes attributable to Bulldog Pride President, Amy Fabry-Jenkins: 

“This is the first time we’ve ever done this and I never dreamed we would get such a positive response. My heart is full and I think many LGBTIQ westsiders feel the same.”

“Today I’ve met queer people seeking asylum and trans teenagers at their first ever Pride March, this has been a truly special day for our community”

Quotes attributable to Bulldog Pride Treasurer, Wil Stracke: 

“When I moved to the inner-west twenty-five years ago, I could have never imagined that one day we would take over the streets for a Pride March. The idea of a Pride March in Footscray sounded terrifying to me at first, and today shows how far we’ve come.”

Media Contact: Amy Fabry-Jenkins, 0424 698 694,



The AFLW’s Pride Match between Carlton & Western Bulldogs at the Whitten Oval is in its third year, and this year rainbows will take over the rest of Footscray, with Bulldog Pride organising the first ever Footscray Pride March. 

The march will assemble in the Footscray CBD and make its way down the main street to Whitten Oval, led by the Dykes on Bikes and drag performers from the local queer bar. The focus of the event will be to showcase the pride and diversity of the LGBTIQA+ community in the western suburbs of Melbourne. 

The AFLW Pride Match attracts thousands of attendees every year, many who have never attended a professional Australian rules football match. The game was spearheaded by the Western Bulldogs football club and their LGBTIQA+ coterie group, Bulldog Pride, as a way to promote diversity and inclusion in the game. 

Where: Nicholson Street Mall, Footscray

When: Saturday 22 February, 2020. Gathering 12.30, marching to start at 1pm

Quotes attributable to Bulldog Pride President Amy Fabry-Jenkins: 

“Being Bulldog is about sticking together through adversity. We’re proud to be a part of a club that is proud of us, and that has been so supportive of our work with LGBTIQA+ fans”

“We chose to march down Barkly Street because it links up all of Footscray’s major icons, finishing at the heart of Footscray, Whitten Oval. It’s where the Footscray Bulldogs paraded after they saved the club in 1989.”

“I grew up in Footscray and have made a home here with my spouse. The Pride March is about celebrating the home that many LGBTIQA+ people have built in the western suburbs

Contact: Amy Fabry-Jenkins 0424 698 694


(as far as we know)

The first ever AFLW Pride Match was held at Whitten Oval three years ago and we made history in more ways than one (one being it was the first pride match, the other being Brooke Lochland’s ridiculous goal streak being the highest in AFLW history) – this year we’re holding a community pride march from Nicholson St Mall to Whitten Oval to start off the game with a gathering of community and showing of pride.

Date: Saturday 22nd February

Time: Gathering from 12.30, marching at 1pm. (Game starts at 3.10pm)

Where: We will be gathering at Nicholson St Mall to march down Hopkins/Barkly St, Footscray towards the Whitten Oval.

Who: We are a local community group creating a safe space for the LGBTIQA+ community and allies to enjoy the footy. We are a volunteer run group and an official coterie group of the Western Bulldogs Football Club.

Invite your friends to this is the Facebook event.

This event is being organised by Bulldog Pride volunteers.

Any questions please get in touch via this email or contact the Bulldog Pride President – Amy Fabry-Jenkins on her mobile 0424 698 694.

Yoohoo – are you our new committee member?

Bulldog Pride is a motley crew of Bulldogs fans who identify as LGBTIQA+. Some don’t even live in the west! One of our long serving committee members has put in years of energy, and now her daughter’s footy team is lucky enough to have that energy – so we need a new committee member!

Come along to our next committee meeting to see what it’s all about at Littlefoot Bar on Hopkins St, Footscray this Monday 17th Feb at 7pm.

Check out the Facebook event for updates, or call Amy (Bulldog Pride President) on 0424 698 694 if you’d like to have a chat beforehand or to find us at Littlefoot!

New year’s resolution = watch footy with your queer community. 2020 Bulldog Pride event calendar launches!

We’ve got about one event a month – starting this weekend at the Midsumma Carnival! The club is being extremely supportive by bringing Roxy the bulldog, a photobooth and zooper doopers! We’ll also have a badgemaking station and a kids’ slime making station!

What’s On?


Midsumma Carnival Stall

Sunday 19th January
“Sports precinct” stalls, Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne
Click here to see the Facebook event


Drinks before first AFLW home game

6pm – 7pm, Friday 14th Feb
Pride of our Footscray Bar, 1/86-88 Hopkins St, Footscray VIC 3011
Facebook event

AFLW Pride March to Pride Match

Saturday 22nd February
Meeting at Nicholson St Mall from 12.30p, marching down Hopkins st / Barkly St and
finishing by 2pm at Whitten Oval, ready to get a great spot for the game!
Facebook event

Game starts 3.10pm
Whitten Oval, Barkly St, West Footscray

MARCH 2020

Bulldog Pride Pre-Game BBQ

11.30 – 12.30pm, Sunday 15th March
Bristow Reserve cnr Emma St & Pilgrim St, Seddon. A short walk across the train line from Whitten Oval with adequate sun shade and a kids’ playground.

Vegan and gluten free options – free for Bulldog Pride members $5 for non members.
Facebook event.

APRIL 2020
AFLW Grand Final brunch

date and location TBC depending on if we get into the GF, and what date it is set for.
Annual event to celebrate our wonderful AFLW team, no matter how they did, and get giddy excited for the grand final. Fun games, sweeps, raffle, breakfast foods for lunch! Exact date to be confirmed closer to the event – should be the 18th or 19th.
Click attending on Facebook to get updates.

MAY 2020
Bulldog Pride goes to Ballarat!

The Ballarat Game is happening at 1.45pm Saturday 9th May at Mars Stadium. Hopefully Bulldog Pride will meet up with the Ballarat Bulldog supporter group and get to know the broader Bulldog family!

IDAHOBIT drink & away game viewing party

5pm Sunday 17th May
Pride of our Footscray Bar, 1/86-88 Hopkins St, Footscray VIC 3011
Celebrate the Freo-dom to be yourself!
Facebook event

JUNE 2020
Rainbow Family Round

Saturday 13th June, game starts 7.25pm
Marvel Stadium, Docklands
Family-friendly event for Bulldog Pride families at Marvel Stadium.
Facebook event

JULY 2020
Dogs V Freo: Pre-game drinks @ Garden Gate Bar

6pm Saturday 11th July, game starts 7.25pm
Garden Gate Bar, Gate 5, Marvel Stadium, Docklands

Get a drink with fellow LGBTIQA+ footy fans at the Garden Gate Bar (near gate 5)
Head in to sit together ain General Admission or go your own way when the game starts 7.25
Facebook event


Dogs V North Melbourne Pre-Game Drinks

2pm Sunday 9th August
Garden Gate Bar, Gate 5, Marvel Stadium, Docklands

Get a drink with fellow LGBTIQA+ footy fans at the Garden Gate Bar (near gate 5)
Head in to sit together ain General Admission or go your own way when the game starts 3.20pm
Facebook event

NW Pride Night

On May 17 people all over Australia will stand against discrimination in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) mates, colleagues and families.

The 2019 Pride Night is sure to be a spectacular evening with Essendon and Bulldogs Executives in attendance, appearances from Essendon & Western Bulldogs players including Kyle Langford & Tom ‘Libba’ Libertore, the Purple Bombers Ambassador and the announcement of both the Bulldog Pride and Purple Bombers 2019 equality champions.
Join the Essendon FC & Western Bulldogs FC and celebrate pride in our Northwestern community.

Buy your tickets here.

Date Thursday 16th of May
Time 6:30pm Arrival for 7pm start
Location VU Whitten Oval
Address 417 Barkly St, West Footscray

Pride Members … $30
Non-Members ….. $49

Buy your tickets here

Food & Drinks
Canapés are included
Drinks are available at bar prices

Renew/join Bulldog Pride for 2019 and win a VIP pass to the Pride Game!

We’ve got a stellar line up of fun activities planned for 2019 including family-friendly BBQs, pre-game drinks and Grand Final breakfasts.


And you’ll also go into the draw for two tickets in to The Garden presented by Aperol Spritz which are valued at $110 each. Enjoy a premium VIP experience located just meters from all the action at the Western Bulldogs AFLW home games at VU Whitten Oval.  
With a boundary line view of the field your all-inclusive ticket includes:

  • Bottomless Aperol Spritz along with beer, wine & soft drink
  • Continual serving of premium canapes
  • Entry into The Garden presented by Aperol Spritz  

You can join online or in person!

In person: at Midsumma Carnival stall on Feb 20th! We’ll be sharing a stall with the Western Bulldogs Football club in the sports precinct of the Carnival at Alexandra gardens from 11am – 5pm.
Add to your Google Calendar Click attending on Facebook

Online: Download this membership form, and send it back to bulldogprideau[at] or come to the Midsumma Carnival Stall on Sunday 20th Feb! Pay for your membership in our online shop!

Come say hi & join up at Midsumma Carnival!

This year – the Western Bulldogs Football Club will have a stall to sell club merch and promote the AFLW Pride Game against Carlton (which we totally smashed last year and saw Brooke Lochland the ice skate into our heart as queen of the kennel forever)

You can join up or renew your membership at the stall, and find out about all the exciting events we have planned for the year.

When: 11am – 5pm. Sunday 20th Jan, 2019

Where: Sports Precinct, Midsumma Carnival, Alexandra Gardens (across the river from Birrarung Marr)

Click attending on the Facebook event to get more updates.

Members will get free access to all our events this year, a Bulldog pride membership card, lanyard and pin – plus a 10% drinks discount at Pride of our Footscray Bar!

FREE TICKETS TO MARS Stadium game in Ballarat for Bulldog Pride members

Bulldog Pride Roadtrip to Mars (stadium)

Free tickets to the Ballarat game for Bulldog Pride members!

ballaratWhen: 29th July. Game starts 3.20pm, rides from Melbourne TBC

The club have reserved 30 complimentary tickets to the Bulldogs vs Port Adelaide Power game at Mars Stadium in Ballarat on Sunday 29 July.

They’re available for Bulldog Pride financial members to reserve for themselves and a plus one.
First in, best dressed!

Once you’ve reserved your spot, we’ll send you your actual AFL ticket in the weeks leading up to the game.

Melbourne-based Bulldog Pride members will be road tripping up together – Bulldog Pride members are going to make it a full day trip and brunch in Daylesford on the way up!


Not a Bulldog Pride member? Easily fixed! Pay on our online shop and return this membership form to bulldogprideau[at]