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AFL memberships exceed one million for first time
The AFL has announced that club membership has exceeded one million for the first time, with 13 teams breaking their all-time records this season.
The final tally for 2018 stood at 1,008,494 members by the 31st July deadline, an 11% increase on last season and the 18th consecutive year of growth.
Reigning premier Richmond led the way after becoming the first club to sign up 100,000 members – an increase of nearly 39% following last year's drought-breaking flag.
Hawthorn and high-flying West Coast rounded out the top three, with both clubs exceeding 80,000 members for the first time.
Only Collingwood (-372) and the Western Bulldogs (-4407) failed to grow their membership bases.
Welcoming the numbers, AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan stated "one in every 24 Australians is now a member of an AFL club, a sign that the national reach of Australian football has never been greater.
"Whether you have been a member for decades or just signed up this year, on behalf of the AFL I want to thank every single one of you.
"The commitment members make to their clubs is the key reason why our game continues to prosper.
"Our clubs give us a connection. Our games fill us with hope, despair and joy, and today it makes us proud."
AFLW memberships also climbed in the competition's second season, up more than 30% to 9,406.
Images: Richmond became the firts AFL club to sign up 100,000 members (top) and the AFL's club membership figures to 31st July 2018 (below).
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