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Tinnies and Buttons

Called "buttons" these days and "tinnies" in the distant past, there have only been a few sets of these types of badges issued over for the WAFL over the years. Though I can't possibly list every one produced here (especially when shops allowed people to make their own in the 1980s), I've attempted to list as many mass-produced sets and interesting buttons as possible, including some that were made in the Eastern States but featured a badge for the WA state team.

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1932 Ron Doig Memorial Fund buttons

Ron Doig was the 23-year-old captain of South Fremantle when he tragically died as a result of injuries he suffered while playing for the Southerners in 1932. Grieving club officials and supporters then swung into action, launching a memorial fund to help build an outpatient ward at Fremantle Hospital. The State Government agreed to match the donations received and several other sporting organisations held events to assist the fundraising effort. The Ron Doig Memorial wing was eventually built at a cost of more than £7000 and was opened in August, 1934. These buttons were sold on a "Button Day", which was held on 2 December and run by the various ladies committees and organisations of Fremantle. The buttons were actually available in three sizes - the biggest costing sixpence, a medium badge (available only to school children) at threepence, and a small version at one penny. I've only ever seen one, which was likely the large version. Given those prices, and the reported fact that the event raised just over £60 for the memorial fund, we can assume that between 2,400 and 14,400 badges were sold, in total.



Ron Doig Memorial Fund Small

Ron Doig Memorial Fund Medium

Ron Doig Memorial Fund Large



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1947 Australian Football Carnival tinnies

Obviously, these weren't produced for the WAFL. Rather, they were made to be sold at the 1947 Australian Football Carnival, which was held in Hobart from July 30 to August 11. Each badge had the same design (which included a map of Tasmania in it), but featured the colours of a different competing state. Although seven states and territories competed at the 1947 carnival, I have only ever seen badges for the four states that were considered to be the 1st Division teams. Unsurprisingly, the one I've seen most often (and the only one I actually own) is the Tasmanian badge, which probably sold fairly well to the local supporters.



South Australia

Tasmania
Victoria

Western Australia


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1953 South Fremantle Popular Player Comp tinnies

The idea behind these types of competitions was generally to raise funds for the club. Supporters would buy a tinnie featuring their favourite player and the winner of the competition was then deemed to be the player for whom the most tinnies were sold. Some players even had teams of people working on their campaigns. The South Fremantle Popular Player Comp tinnies were made in 1953 for exactly that reason - to help raise the £4000 needed for the club's planned tour of the Eastern States in 1954. But instead of it being a free-for-all with every player featuring on a tinnie, the players only nominated four of the most popular among them to appear on the tinnies. The trainers also nominated coach Clive Lewington. The rest of the players then supported the campaign for one of those five men. The tinnies themselves measure just 25mm in diameter and are highly sought after today.



Don Byfield
Eric Eriksson
Clive Lewington
Tony Parentich
Barry White

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1954 West Perth Popular Player Comp tinnies

West Perth almost always seemed to be just a short step behind South Fremantle in the period immediately after WWII, and it turns out that wasn't limited to their on-field performance. The Cardies launched a popular player competition in 1954 - the year after the Southerners held theirs. The tinnies produced for this competition were the same size (25mm diameter) as South Freo's and had a very similar design, though they were black-and-white. What is less clear, though, is exactly how many different tinnies were produced. West Perth Football Club's annual report for 1954 reveals the names of the top four placegetters (Tony Yaksich was the winner, while Brian Falconer may have won if he had not been distracted by army training), but I have seen two for other players. There may well have been more. Again, these are very difficult to find today.


Brian Falconer

Laurie McNamara
Ray Schofield
Ray Scott

Eddie Wylde
Tony Yaksich

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1961 Daily News WAFL club tinnies

Starting in 1960, the Daily News tried to draw in footy fans by offering a supporter's item to readers each year. After launching in 1960 with oval-shaped sew-on cloth badges, the newspaper issued a set of eight tinnie badges in 1961. While the 1960 cloth badges were free with a coupon from the paper (provided you supplied sixpence of stamps for them to be mailed out), the 1961 tinnie badges cost sixpence apiece. You also had to pay postage of five pence for up to five badges. Up to a dozen badges would cost eight pence. Described as "gloss-finished" and "hard-wearing", the badges were each about the size of a modern-day 50-cent piece and the newspaper was confident the badges would "last you through more seasons than just the one". The coupon was published on April 7 - eight days out from the opening bouncedown for 1961.

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

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1964 Daily News WAFL club tinnies

Perhaps out of ideas by 1964, the Daily News issued a set of eight tinnies again. They were all, in fact, exactly the same as the 1961 set, the only difference being that these badges were only the size of five-cent pieces. I haven't seen many of these in my years of collecting, but most of those I have seen had team-coloured ribbons attached to them.

Claremont
East Fremantle
East Perth
Perth
South Fremantle

Subiaco
Swan Districts
West Perth


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c1960s Maxart WAFL buttons

I've always struggled to find out anything about these badges, which turn up very infrequently. But I was recently pleased to discover that the daughter of a man who used to work for a company called Maxart had a pile of the badges in her father's belongings. She also had the Maxart display unit that was used to put them on show for potential purchasers. This proved they were made by Maxart, who were perhaps better known for making the buttons on business and casual shirts, but left me with very little information about when they were made. My best guess, judging by the logos and design, is in the late 1960s. The badges themselves are about 44mm in diameter.

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


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c1980 WAFL club buttons

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Claremont

East Fremantle

East Perth

Perth

South Fremantle

Subiaco

Swan Districts

West Perth

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c1980 "I L♥VE " WAFL club buttons 

In Victoria in the early 1980s, you could buy buttons for VFL clubs that said "I Love Collingwood" or "I Love Essendon". Someone bright marketing spark in WA clearly liked the idea enough to copy the design for the WAFL clubs. They were made in the standard 58mm button size of the day and are difficult to find today.


Claremont

East Fremantle
East Perth

Perth
South Fremantle
Subiaco

Swan Districts
West Perth

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c1980 "I HATE " WAFL club buttons 

Along with the "I L♥ve" set of buttons (above), the Victorians had a set of buttons available to show which VFL club(s) you really hated. And, true to form, someone in WA copied that idea, too. I've only ever seen two (for Claremont and East Perth), but now assume they must exist for the other six clubs. 


Claremont
East Fremantle
East Perth

Perth

South Fremantle
Subiaco

Swan Districts

West Perth

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1984 Plastic WAFL club badges

These were made by Imprint Plastic, of Myaree, and feature plastic shields with club logos on them. They were sold separately, but also as part of a "Scream Pack", which included a vinyl penant and a bumper sticker and could be purchased from the Footy Shop for $3.60.


Claremont

East Fremantle

East Perth

Perth

South Fremantle

Subiaco

Swan Districts

West Perth

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1984 WAFL player buttons

Marketed as "Scream Badges", these were standard 58mm 1980s buttons and featured a design based on a set of VFL badges the were released a few years earlier. There were six buttons for each club - five featuring players and one bearing the club's cartoon-style mascot. The buttons cost $2.50 apiece and buying a set of your club's badges from the Footy Shop in Leederville earned you a ticket in the draw to win a trip to the VFL grand final or an Indi 500 bicycle.

Steven Goulding (Claremont)
Steve Malaxos (Claremont)
Noel Morton (Claremont)
Bruce Monteath (Claremont)
Graham Moss (Claremont)
Ron Alexander (East Fremantle)
Shane Ellis (East Fremantle)
Paul Harding (East Fremantle)
Clinton Browning (East Fremantle)
Murray Wrensted (East Fremantle)
Richard Dennis (East Perth)
John Ironmonger (East Perth)
Stan Magro (East Perth)
Peter Spencer (East Perth)
Greg Walsh (East Perth)
Rhett Baynes (Perth)
Peter Bosustow (Perth)
Brian Cousins (Perth)
Earl Spalding (Perth)
Robert Wiley (Perth)
Rod Barrett (South Fremantle)
Noel Carter (South Fremantle)
Brad Hardie (South Fremantle)
Stephen Michael (South Fremantle)
Nicky Winmar (South Fremantle)
Peter Featherby (Subiaco)
Dwayne Lamb (Subiaco)
Phil Lamb (Subiaco)
Neil Taylor (Subiaco)

Greg Wilkinson (Subiaco)
Ron Boucher (Swan Districts)
Don Langsford (Swan Districts)
Keith Narkle (Swan Districts)
Murray Rance (Swan Districts)
Peter Ware (Swan Districts)
Les Fong (West Perth)
Geoff Hendriks (West Perth)
Peter Menaglio (West Perth)
Brian Perrin (West Perth)
Dean Warwick (West Perth)
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1984 WAFL club buttons 

Along with the player buttons issued in 1984, the manufacturers issued a set of club buttons. Technically, they probably form part of the same set, but I have listed them separately here.


Claremont

East Fremantle

East Perth

Perth

South Fremantle

Subiaco

Swan Districts

West Perth

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c1984 WAFL club buttons

These are most readily identified by the fact the border of the shield features a very thick black line.

Claremont

East Fremantle

East Perth

Perth

South Fremantle

Subiaco

Swan Districts

West Perth

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