MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 18: Andrew Gaff of the Eagles and Dustin Martin of the Tigers compete for the ball during the 2019 AFL round 22 match between the Richmond Tigers and the West Coast Eagles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 18, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Move aside Richmond, there is a new name atop the membership ladder.

With the numbers finalised, it was revealed this morning that the West Coast Eagles have usurped the Tigers at the peak, despite the Victorian team topping the 100,000 mark for the third consecutive season.

In passing the 100,000 mark for the first time in the club’s history, West Coast also broke their all time record with a final total of 100,776 paid up members.

This not only marks the first occasion that the Perth heavyweights have led the single season ladder, but also becomes the first time that a non-Victorian club has achieved the feat.

In the face of an unconventional season marred by COVID restrictions, the Eagles are one of five clubs to surpass their previous high water mark, with Carlton, Gold Coast, GWS and St.Kilda also posting record totals.

Despite a season unlike any other for supporters of the game, AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan tipped his capped to those that have ‘stuck fat’ in these unprecedented times.

“Footy is about connection and a sense of belonging and this remarkable number demonstrates AFL members are the most passionate and loyal members across all sports,” McLachlan said.

“The commitment members made to their clubs is a key reason why all 18 clubs were able to survive a challenging and unprecedented year.

“We have been blown away by the loyalty and commitment footy fans around the country have demonstrated this season.”

Not all clubs have reason to smile when running a comb through their final tallies.

Both Essendon and Melbourne suffered a more than 20 percent down turn since last year, with the Bombers sitting 18,000 members lower than in 2019.

Sydney’s number also took a dive by 13,500, with Port Adelaide unable to capatalize on their successful 2020 season.

2020 AFL Club Membership Totals:

1. West Coast Eagles — 100,776 (2019 tally: 90,445 | +10.3%)

2. Richmond — 100,420 (2019 tally: 103,358 | -0.3%)

3. Collingwood — 76,862 (2019 tally: 85,226 | -10.9%)

4. Hawthorn — 76,343 (2019 tally: 81,211 | -6.4%)

5. Carlton — 67,035 (2019 tally: 64,269 | +4.1%)

6. Essendon — 66,686 (2019 tally: 84,237 | -26.3%)

7. Geelong — 60,066 (2019 tally: 65,063 | -6.7%)

8. Adelaide — 54,891 (2019 tally: 64,437 | -17.4%)

9. Fremantle — 51,577 (2019 tally: 51,431 | +0.3% )

10. St Kilda — 48,588 (2019 tally: 43,038 | +11.4%)

11. Sydney Swans — 48,322 (2019 tally: 61,912 | -28.1%)

12. Port Adelaide — 46,820 (2019 tally: 51,951 | -11%)

13. Melbourne — 40,571 (2019 tally: 52,421 | -29.2%)

14. Western Bulldogs — 38,876 (2019 tally: 44,373 | -14.1%)

15. North Melbourne — 38,667 (2019 tally: 42,419 | -9.7%)

16. GWS Giants — 30,841 (2019 tally: 30,109 | +2.4%)

17. Brisbane Lions — 29,277 (2019 tally: 28,023 | +4.2%)

18. Gold Coast Suns — 16,236 (2019 tally: 13,649 | +15.9%)

TOTAL — 992,854 (2019 tally: 1,057,572)