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c1959-1964 Caltex WAFL Club Patches or Flags

Issued at Caltex service stations sometime before the middle of 1964, these club patches are very difficult to find. I am yet to see the South Fremantle, East Fremantle and East Perth versions, and have no further information about how they were issued. They are often confused with the 1963 Daily News Patches or Flags (which you can also find on this page) because of their similar size and bright colours. The only way I have been able to narrow their date of production is that the Claremont version appears in a photograph taken in mid-1964, while the Perth version features the nickname "Demons" which was only bestowed on the club in 1959.

Claremont

East Fremantle

East Perth

Perth

South Fremantle

Subiaco

Swan Districts

West Perth

1960 Daily News Cloth Patches or Badges

Issued by the Daily News, this is the first known set of cloth badges and appear to have been modelled on the set produced by Melbourne's Sun newspaper in 1955. They were designed to be cut out and sewn on to a shirt or around a piece of oval-shaped cardboard. The patches themselves were made out of linen-type fabric and printed in washable colour dyes on material measuring about five inches in height and four inches in width. They were available by mailing in a coupon from the newspaper of April 28th, along with sixpence of stamps. The coupons could also be redeemed at Newspaper House in the city. These appear to have been the Daily News's first big football promotion and were launched just before the third week of fixtures for 1960. They were so popular (or so under-produced) that they sold out in just two days. Perhaps that's why they are rarely seen today. In my years of collecting I have only seen a handful of them.


Claremont

East Fremantle

East Perth

Perth
South Fremantle
Subiaco
Swan Districts

West Perth

1962 Daily News Cloth Patches or Penants

The third in the series of 1960s offerings from the Daily News (there was a set of tinnie badges in 1961), the 1962 football promotion was a set of eight cloth pennants. Bearing the same custom-designed club logos as the cloth patches of 1960 and the tinnie badges of 1961, the 1962 pennants were "gaily coloured" and measured about 11 inches by six inches. They cost nine pence apiece, but buyers still had to provide one coupon from the newspaper of March 29th before they could buy as many as they wished. Postage of up to eight penants cost five pence and they were also available at the newspaper's offices in both Perth and Fremantle. The Daily News believed they were "just the thing for flying from your car, bicycle or sulky. You can pin them on your wall or sew them on your favourite 'footy-watching' guernsey... You can make your own, colourful premiership table during the season by buying a complete set and adjusting the position each week". Within four days of launching the promotion, the Daily News had been inundated with orders and told readers they would not accept any more mail orders. I've only ever seen four of these - East Fremantle, Perth, South Fremantle and West Perth. I wonder whether anyone did buy all eight?

Claremont - The Tigers

East Fremantle - Old Easts

East Perth - The Royals

Perth - The Demons

South Fremantle - The Bulldogs

Subiaco - The Maroons

Swan Districts - The Swans

West Perth - The Cardinals

1963 Daily News Cloth Patches or Flags 

The 1963 Daily News offering consisted of club flags, which cost one shilling apiece. Again described as being "gaily coloured", the flags measured 12 inches x 8 inches and were "the ticket for hanging on your bedroom wall, flying from your car, bicycle, hill trolley, hot rod, or maybe your TV antenna". One coupon from the Daily News was required to allow you to purchase as many flags as you wanted, though anyone who wanted to order them by post had to pay five pence (for up to three flags). They were all gone within two days of the offer being launched on April 1, the Daily News of April 3 asking readers for "no more mail orders for those Daily News footy flags". "As always, the rush was a madhouse as the fans stormed in for their 1963 barracking equipment. Mail order stocks are now exhausted; if you missed out we're sorry, but you'll just have to wait until next year. For those who got in early, good barracking to you all - and keep those flags waving." 


Claremont - The Tigers
East Fremantle - Old Easts

East Perth - The Royals

Perth - The Demons

South Fremantle - The Bulldogs

Subiaco - The Maroons

Swan Districts - The Swans

West Perth - The Cardinals


1965 Daily News Skipper & Emblem Cloth Patches or Badges

Again issued by the Daily News, these patches are sometimes referred to as "captain and club logo patches". But, whatever you call them, they're great pieces of memorabilia. Each patch measured about 7.5 inches x 4 inches and carried a colour-fast black-and-white photograph of the club's captain, along with a facsimile autograph and the team's emblem in club colours. They carry the same design as the patches produced by the Herald Sun for VFL clubs in 1964. The Daily News marketed the patches in this way: "You can sew them on shirts, jumpers, cardigans, cushions, pennants. Use them as pin-ups on walls, doors. Display them in cars. Cut one in half, sew the skipper on one arm of a jumper, the emblem on the other. Or sew the two halves at opposite ends of a scarf." As in previous years, you needed to collect a coupon from the newspaper and take it into the Daily News's offices in Perth or Fremantle (or post it in) to entitle you to buy patches for nine pence apiece. If you chose to do it by post, return postage cost five pence for up to 12 patches.


Claremont Logo & Les Mumme

East Fremantle Logo & Bob Johnson

East Perth Logo & Kevin Murray

Perth Logo & Bill Leuzzi

South Fremantle Logo & Ray Sorrell

Subiaco Logo & Keith Slater

Swan Districts Logo & Fred Castledine

West Perth Logo & Bob Spargo

1966-1967 Daily News Cloth Patches or Badges

The Daily News again stole the idea for its 1966 football promotion from the Herald Sun, producing silk embroidered patches in the same design as those issued in Victoria in 1965. Costing 10c apiece (the first Daily News patches to be sold after the switch to decimal currency), the Daily News believed that purchasing them would make you "thrifty as well as nifty". As always, you needed a coupon from the newspaper to get hold of them, which you had to take to the Daily News's offices in St George's Terrace, Perth, or at the corner of Queen & Adelaide Streets in Fremantle. You could also post in the order, along with postage of 4c for up to 7 patches. The Daily News reckoned they were for everyone; "the one-eyed leather-lunged patriots, the Mums and the Dads, the teenaged fancier - and of course the bright-eyed kids". But they may well have made too many. While earlier promotions ended quickly, the Daily News reported there was "no shortage" of the 1966 patches. Most tellingly, the same patches were offered again in 1967 in what proved to be the last of the Daily News's big football promotions. They may well have rolled them out in '67 because of the amount of stock left over from 1966.


Claremont
East Fremantle
East Perth
Perth
South Fremantle
Subiaco
Swan Districts
West Perth

c1968 JJ Cash's WAFL Cloth Patches or Badges

Apparently issued by JJ Cash's in 1968, this set of badges only came to light when some old stock was sold off by a dealer in the Eastern States. Unfortunately, he only had seven of the eight WAFL club badges so the West Perth badge is usually much tougher to find. Three of the badges were square in shape (Claremont, Perth and South Fremantle), while the other five were round. The round ones were about 70mm in diameter, while the square badges measured approximately 80mm x 80mm.

Claremont

East Fremantle

East Perth

Perth

South Fremantle

Subiaco

Swan Districts

West Perth

1970s Nucolorvue Productions WAFL Cloth Badges

These shield-shaped woven cloth badges were made by Victorian company Nucolorvue Productions, which was based in Moorabbin. They were sold separately in plastic wrappers that included a card providing information on the badge and the company. It said: "Beautifully woven cloth badges, ready to sew on to jacket, parka or pullover, etc. Resistant to dry cleaning. FAST COLORS - will not fade." 

These badges were also produced for VFL clubs and measure about 80mm x 50mm.

Claremont

East Fremantle

East Perth

Perth

South Fremantle

Subiaco

Swan Districts

West Perth

c1980 WAFL Club Oval Cloth Badges

These oval-shaped embroidered badges feature the w-style club logos that were prevalent in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They don't appear often and, in fact, I'm still yet to see the Claremont, East Perth or Subiaco versions. They measure about 90mm x 65mm.


Claremont

East Fremantle

East Perth

Perth

South Fremantle

Subiaco

Swan Districts

West Perth

c1982-1983 WAFL Club Badges

These woven badges feature the shield-shaped logos for each club, which were introduced during the finals series of 1981. What is curious is that the East Fremantle version features the Sharks logo, which replaced Old Easts as the club's logo in 1983, effectively dating the badges to the period from 1983 onwards. But the West Perth version features the nickname "Cardinals" on top of a falcon logo, which the club used only in 1982 while in transitioned from the Cardinals to the Falcons. So that muddies the waters somewhat on their date of production, but they were certainly made in the 1982-83 period. The badges themselves measure about 70mm in width and 80mm in height.

Claremont

East Fremantle

East Perth

Perth

South Fremantle

Subiaco

Swan Districts

West Perth

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