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Faithful fans flock to Freo
Faithful fans flock to Freo

Fremantle are enjoying an unprecedented membership surge on the back of their best on-field year.

The club is close to matching last year's record tally of 44,007 members a full six months earlier than when the landmark was set in 2013.

A total of 43,500 seated members had signed up as of last Friday, meaning the club is almost certain to post its sixth consecutive year of membership growth.

The response comes following a breakout season where the Dockers topped $50 million in turnover for the first time. They also basked in record television ratings and overall support levels culminating in reaching the club's first grand final.

Dockers chief executive Steve Rosich said the scheduling of more blockbuster matches in 2014 had helped the membership drive.

The Dockers will benefit from high-profile Friday night clashes against Collingwood, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and North Melbourne.

The clash against the Kangaroos at Patersons Stadium has been scheduled on Anzac Day in a significant coup for Fremantle. The club will also host Carlton in a rare Thursday night encounter in round 19.

"We're over 5000 members ahead of where we were at this time last year," Rosich said.

"There's only around 200 reserved seat memberships left as we speak. (Our on-field success) probably has an impact in terms of past results and expectations of future results.

"We're seeing across the board more people looking to get involved with our club and our brand and that's pleasing."

Rosich said the club did not concern itself with making inroads into rival West Coast's established fan base, but described the number of new enquiries as "significant".