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    BT's Membership Score - Compare

    So I've devised a simple maths equation that can tell you how our great VFL/AFL team has fared since you specifically have been a member. I've gone back as far as 1950, sorry for anyone with skin in the game longer. Each season I've marked how far from the bottom spot on the ladder we finished. I've gone this way not out of negativity, but as the size of the ladders change over the years it made it harder to find a set number. So this is it. So if we finished 2 spots off the bottom, as in 1950, I've put in 2. So just identify the year followed/joined, tally up the points for those years. Divide that total by the number of years and you have an average 'membership score'. Here are the years:

    1950 - 2
    1951 - 8
    1952 - 2
    1953 - 9
    1954 - 11 (GF, Premiers)
    1955 - 7
    1956 - 8
    1957 - 6
    1958 - 1
    1959 - 0 (wooden spoon)
    1960 - 3
    1961 - 10 (grand final)
    1962 - 7
    1963 - 3
    1964 - 5
    1965 - 3
    1966 - 3
    1967 - 0 (wooden spoon)
    1968 - 3
    1969 - 2
    1970 - 5
    1971 - 4
    1972 - 5
    1973 - 3
    1974 - 7
    1975 - 5
    1976 - 7
    1977 - 5
    1978 - 1
    1979 - 3
    1980 - 2
    1981 - 1
    1982 - 0 (wooden spoon)
    1983 - 5
    1984 - 5
    1985 - 10
    1986 - 4
    1987 - 7
    1988 - 6
    1989 - 1
    1990 - 7
    1991 - 5
    1992 - 13
    1993 - 6
    1994 - 10
    1995 - 9
    1996 - 1
    1997 - 13
    1998 - 14
    1999 - 12
    2000 - 9
    2001 - 6
    2002 - 4
    2003 - 0 (wooden spoon)
    2004 - 2
    2005 - 7
    2006 - 8
    2007 - 3
    2008 - 13
    2009 - 13
    2010 - 12
    2011 - 7
    2012 - 3
    2013 - 3
    2014 - 4
    2015 - 12
    2016 - 17 (GF, Premiers)
    2017 - 8
    2018 - 5

    Simply tally the scores from the year you started following or were a member from (generally not before you were 5 years old). Then divide that number by the numbers of years.

    In my case, my points total 240. Years following is 32 > 240 points/32 years = 7.5

    So my membership score is 7.5 (including 1 X Grand Final, 1 X Premeirship, 1 X Wooden Spoon)

    I've got to say I'm pretty happy with 7.5. Plus only one spoon to GF/Premeirship ratio is better than comparable smaller Vic clubs over the journey.

    That also means we averaged 7.5 spots off the bottom of the ladder in my time. The higher your score, the better time you've had of it. For instance if you joined/followed from 2008, your membership score would be a whopping 9. Or if you followed Hawthorn in 13-15, a score of 17. The lower the score, well you guys and girls especially watching the 60's & 70's, there's always next year to make a dint in your membership score.

    So how do you and your time as part of the club rate on the membership score?
    Last edited by bulldogtragic; 06-06-2019 at 02:11 PM. Reason: 1979 updated
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    Re: BT's Membership Score - Compare

    Not too dissimilar to you - 30 years at 7.56.

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    81 first year of membership at 5.

    265 / 38 = 6.97

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozza View Post
    Not too dissimilar to you - 30 years at 7.56.
    Quote Originally Posted by Grantysghost View Post
    81 first year of membership at 5.

    265 / 38 = 6.97
    Not too bad a time Ozza.

    GG, sub 7. You've done some harder time and you're still so positive. Respect.
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    First started following the club when I was 5 (lived close to the ground and my father took me) - 1961

    354/58 = 6.1

    2 Grandfinals, 1 Premiership, 3 Wooden Spoons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bornadog View Post
    First started following the club when I was 5 (lived close to the ground and my father took me) - 1961

    354/58 = 6.1

    2 Grandfinals, 1 Premiership, 3 Wooden Spoons.
    6.1 . Wow. How many clubs would have rock solid members like you at 6.1 over 58 years? A 'respect' to you too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bulldogtragic View Post
    6.1 . Wow. How many clubs would have rock solid members like you at 6.1 over 58 years? A 'respect' to you too.
    The worst part was following the club in the 1960's (after 61). Didn't play in a final till 1974 - 12 years. Going to Primary school, then high school being one of a few Doggies supporters in the outer Western Suburbs (we moved at the end of 62) was really tough. I just couldn't see myself changing to another club. When I was 11 a kid did convince me to support South Melbourne - it lasted about 5 days - and I am ashamed of it

    However, we won a lot of games at home which made it palatable.
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    I'm a bulldog since birth but the first season I can really remember is 1985 when I was 6/7, so from that point 7.5.

    From when I became a member in 1998 - 7.7, so not much different.

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    Calculating my second membership stint from 2001 after I came back to Melbourne.

    127/18 = 7.05

    The Rhode years hurt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe Man View Post
    I'm a bulldog since birth but the first season I can really remember is 1985 when I was 6/7, so from that point 7.5.

    From when I became a member in 1998 - 7.7, so not much different.
    That’s really interesting. To only have .2 over 13 years. We were consistent if nothing else.
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    Re: BT's Membership Score - Compare

    Note - 1979 should be a 3 (we finished 9th).

    Supporter since 1978 - for a 6.6 (271/41)
    Member since 1980 - 6.8 (267/39)

    Those early years were tough, especially the first half of the 1980 season and the entire 1981 and 1982 seasons.
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    Re: BT's Membership Score - Compare

    Current Comparison Tally (Higher = more overall team success during membership, lower = less overall team success during membership):

    Ozza 7.56
    BT 7.5
    Axe 7.5
    Mofra 7.05
    GG 6.97
    FT 6.6
    BAD 6.1
    B4L 5.86

    As flat as I've been as a member from time to time, maybe I've taken things for granted looking at the early comparisons. I've had a far better time of things, more than I thought.
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    Re: BT's Membership Score - Compare

    Similar to BAD I started going regularly to see the doggies in 1958. I was at the 1961 Grand Final aged 10. I have been going regularly ever since some seasons more than others. My score is 358/61 = 5.86

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    Re: BT's Membership Score - Compare

    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog4life View Post
    Similar to BAD I started going regularly to see the doggies in 1958. I was at the 1961 Grand Final aged 10. I have been going regularly ever since some seasons more than others. My score is 358/61 = 5.86
    I didn't contemplate anyone would score under 6. You sir, deserve a medal from the club. On a side note, what period of time (say 2+ years) was the hardest slog for you? (And others with low scores)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bulldogtragic View Post
    I didn't contemplate anyone would score under 6. You sir, deserve a medal from the club. On a side note, what period of time (say 2+ years) was the hardest slog for you? (And others with low scores)
    Similar to Flamethrower the 80's from 1980 to 1982 were very hard as I was now a lot older than a kid in the 1960s and it hit me harder.
    In 1980 we lost the first 11 games , and won 5. In 1981 we had two wins, beating the Bombers and would you believe Melbourne at VFL park. In 1982, we won just 3 games

    In 3 years or 66 games, we won 10 games.
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