Western Suburbs Magpies Rugby League Football Club Ltd (commonly known as Wests Magpies)
is one of the NSWRL foundation clubs. It was established back in 1908 alongside North Sydney,
Eastern Suburbs, South Sydney, Newtown, Glebe, Newcastle, Cumberland and Balmain.
Western Suburbs (Wests) Magpies competed in First Grade at different homes from 1908 to 1999
1908-1966 St Luke's Park Concord / Pratten Park Ashfield
1967-1986 Lidcombe Oval
1987-1999 Orana Park / Campbelltown Sports Stadium
In the year 2000, the Wests Tigers were established as a 50/50 NRL Joint Venture with the Balmain Tigers.
As of today, the company Wests Magpies Pty Ltd (which is made up of 33% WSDRLFC
and 66% Wests Ashfield Leagues Club) are majority owners/shareholders of the Wests Tigers NRL Franchise.
The Wests Tigers Name/Brand and Logo are controlled trademarks of the ARL Commission,
hence they cannot be re-named or altered by WSDRLFC.
Today the Magpies provide a Pathway to Success for footballers of all ages from the
Liverpool, Macarthur and Southern Highlands to play representative football
for their district whilst aspiring to play at the top national level with the Wests Tigers.
We do this by providing district representation teams for the
Wests Tigers Macarthur JRL and CRL Group 6 district areas in the following NSWRL age group competitions.
Under 16's - NSWRL Harold Matthews
Under 18's - NSWRL S.G. Ball
Seniors - NSW Knock on Effect Cup (Reserve Grade)
Magpies that excel in these competitions may find themselves given
the opportunity to progress to the Wests Tigers who field teams in the following competitions.
Under 20's - NSWRL Jersey Flegg
Seniors - National Rugby League (1st Grade)
WESTS TIGERS OWNERSHIP & RELATED WESTS BOARDS EXPLAINED
Wests Tigers Rugby League Football Pty Ltd holds the NRL issued Wests Tigers License
Owner/Shareholder % make up of this company as of 2020 is:
Wests Magpies Pty Ltd currently holds 90% & Balmain Tigers hold 10%.
Wests Tigers Board is made up of 8 members
- 5 from the Wests Magpies Pty Ltd (Wests Ashfield Leagues / WSDRLFC)
- 1 from the Balmain Football Club
- 2 Independent members.
WSDRLFC (Western Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club Ltd) is a controlled entity of Wests Ashfield Leagues Club.
WSDRLFC has 7 members on its board of directors.
- 4 appointed by Wests Ashfield Leagues Club
- 3 directly elected by eligible Football Club members
To be eligible to vote or sit on the WSDRLFC board you must be a WSDRLFC member for 3 continuous years.
WSDRLFC is the operating entity of Wests Magpies. A General Manager and Operations Manager
Facilitate NSWRL participation in partnership with Wests Tigers, day to day Operations,
planning of Events and generating revenue via sponsors and Merchandise.
WSDRLFC operate and manage the Wests Magpies Ron Massey Cup Team.
Wests Ashfield Leagues Club are the principal financial supporter to Wests Magpies.
The Wests Ashfield Leagues Club has 7 members on its board of directors.
- 5 appointed by the Current Group of 20 x Wests Ashfield Debenture Holders
- 2 directly elected by eligible Wests Ashfield General members
Wests Ashfield Support of current and former Balmain Tigers related operations
In 2019, Wests Ashfield Leagues acquired the operating Assets of the Tigers Leagues Club Business
This includes the Sydney Markets Flemington Club.
BDRLFC remains a separate entity and is not controlled by Wests Ashfield Leagues Club.
Wests Ashfield Leagues provide sponsorship to Balmain District Junior Rugby League
(grass roots junior footy in the Inner West) and a grant to BDRLFC to assist
in the running of Balmain Tigers Junior Reps Teams who have a pathway to Wests Tigers.
Wests Campbelltown Leagues Club Involvement
Wests Campbelltown Leagues was established in 1987 when
Wests Ashfield Leagues purchased the former Campbelltown City Kangaroos Club.
In 1996, Wests Ashfield Leagues Club and Wests Campbelltown Leagues Club
became separate entities.
Wests Campbelltown Leagues Club is no longer involved in the
boards or day to day operations of Wests Ashfield, WSDRLFC or the Wests Tigers.
Wests Campbelltown Leagues Club do contribute to Rugby League
in the Macarthur by providing major sponsorship of the
Wests Tigers Macarthur JRL and Country Rugby League Group 6 JRL. (Grass Roots kids Footy)
They also provide assistance in the form of a club grant to assist
in the running of Western Suburbs Magpies Junior Reps and
make available club facilities to host pre and post season functions and events.
Wests Tigers Macarthur Junior Rugby League (formerly Westerns Suburbs District Junior Rugby League)
Wests Junior League (Grassroots junior football in the Liverpool and Campbelltown LGAs)
has been separated from WSDRLFC since 1996.
Wests Magpies and Wests Ashfield have no involvement or control in their decision making.
They are a company with their own constitution currently under administration of the NSWRL.
In late 2018, Western Suburbs District Junior Rugby League was renamed to
Wests Tigers Macarthur Junior Rugby League to be better reflective of the
geographic location in Sydney and demonstrate connection to (and benefit from)
the Wests Tigers Brand.
In August of 2021, the NSWRL announced the formation of the NSWRL Macarthur Conference, a combined
competition comprising both the Wests Tigers Macarthur JRL and the CRL's Group 6 competition. Due to begin
in 2022, the new competition structure will see a combined conference system from under thirteens to first grade,
with the open age groups to be comprised of existing regional clubs. More information on that here.