The year 2013 seems to have a tinge of purple to it.
For the first time, after 17 years of trying, Fremantle have made the AFL grand final.
No wonder the whole of Perth is painted purple.
Fremantle always had the odds stacked against them.
They were the losers of the AFL schoolyard- they were tricked into trading their superior lunch for sandwiches nobody wanted, their clothes were funny, and they had bad taste in music.
When Fremantle arrived, expansion teams were a foreign concept and they were treated with an element of disdain from some, and disinterest from others.
Freo first lined up in 1995 - a year before Fitzroy folded - and they swiftly took the Lions’ position as the easybeats of the competition.
Other clubs had Friday on their mind when saw they were playing the Dockers next week.
Draft picks, hoards of money and the best coaches in the game weren’t provided as a start-up kit to a new club like they were to GWS and Gold Coast.
Nor were Fremantle given an instruction manual on how to trade effectively.
Other clubs manipulated that to legendary effect.
How about giving up one of the greats of the modern game, Andrew McLeod, for… Chris Groom?
Or I’m sure selectors would love to go back in time and un-trade the picks which eventually got Essendon Matthew Lloyd and Scott Lucas for Todd Ridley and Tony Delaney.
I'm not sure who was responsible for Fremantle's jumper, but it was found about 13 years later to be contributing to their lack of success.
Presumably the designer was a West Coast fan in disguise.
They certainly had a rather pretty colour scheme in purple, white, red and green, but it was confused and messy.
The anchor on the jumper was thought to be metaphorically dragging Fremantle down to the bottom of the ladder.
The green and red was discarded and a streamline purple and white v-neck jumper seems to have directly correlated with more on-field success.
And then there was the song.
From the first refrain of 'Freo, heave ho' to their proclamation that they were, indeed, the way to go, it has long been an example of how not to create a new theme song.
But it's grown into its tackiness over the years, and when Fremantle fans were given the chance to give it the old heave ho last year, they chose not to.
Fremantle have taken a good 18 years to recover from the disadvantages they were dealt at their origins.
I don't think I'll be the only unattached supporter to don the purple and white this weekend.
I don't think I'll be the only unattached supporter to don the purple and white this weekend