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Dempsey headlines returns

Dashing defender Courtenay Dempsey is one of three inclusions for Essendon’s Anzac Day blockbuster against Collingwood at the MCG tomorrow.

5:56pm  Apr 24, 2014

Stars to miss Anzac Day

Brendon Goddard and Tom Bellchambers will not line up for Essendon in Friday's Anzac Day clash with Collingwood, as the Bombers look to bounce back from last week's "ordinary effort" against St Kilda.

11:48am  Apr 24, 2014

By the numbers: Essendon v Collingwood

We take a look at the numbers between Essendon and Collingwood ahead of Friday afternoon's Anzac Day clash at the MCG.

11:00am  Apr 24, 2014

WHAT IS CHAMPIONS OF ESSENDON?

Essendon Football Club – it is a name that evokes memories of famous victories and champions of days past and present. It is a name that encompasses pride and passion – for both those in the outer and those who pull on the famous red and black guernsey. Together they have created a great football club. This club values its history more than any other in the competition. The Hall of Fame is testament to that fact. It enjoys reflecting on the deeds of those that engineered the great wins, took the giant marks and kicked the impossible goals. It lauds the players who gave everything they had for the cause. And after more than 100 years the time has come to sit in judgement – to pour over the pages of this club's remarkable history and come up with the "Champions of Windy Hill". Just who are the 25 best players to play for Essendon Football Club?

How does it work?

A specially convened panel has come up with the top 60 players to ever represent Essendon. Each week for the first 15 weeks of season 2002, four names were made public and fans were asked to vote on them at the Bomberland website.

The results of those polls in conjunction with the decisions of the panel saw one player admitted into the top 25. Those players who finished second and third in the voting went back into the nominee pool while the player who finished fourth was omitted.

So after 15 weeks, there were 15 players identified as Champions of Essendon. Then 30 names were left and 10 positions up for grabs. Over the final eight weeks, six groups of four players and two groups of three were be put up for voting. Once again the voting results in conjunction with the thoughts of the panel saw one player admitted to the Champions of Essendon and the other players omitted.

At the completion of 23 weeks we had 23 players who are recognised as Champions Of Essendon – the best of the best! The panel then used two wildcards to round out the top 25 players ever to play at Essendon Football Club.

The final 25

With the final 25 players decided, the panel then re-convened and were asked to work through the difficult task of ranking the top 25 players. They were asked to find Essendon's best player of all time.

And in what was one of Essendon Football Club's most memorable nights, the Champions of Essendon – in order – were revealed at a gala event held at the Crown Palladium Ballroom on August 30th, 2002.

 

  1. DICK REYNOLDS

 

  2. JOHN COLEMAN

 

  3. JAMES HIRD

 

  4. BILL HUTCHISON

 

  5. SIMON MADDEN

 

  6. TIM WATSON

 

  7. KEN FRASER

 

  8. JACK CLARKE

 

  9. ALBERT THURGOOD

 

  10. TOM FITZMAURICE

 

  11. TERRY DANIHER

 

  12. WALLY BUTTSWORTH

 

  13. REG BURGESS

 

  14. BILL BUSBRIDGE

 

  15. BARRY DAVIS

 

  16. KEITH FORBES

 

  17. GRAHAM MOSS

 

  18. MARK HARVEY

 

  19. GAVIN WANGANEEN

 

  20. MARK THOMPSON

 

  21. JOHN BIRT

 

  22. MATTHEW LLOYD

 

  23. MICHAEL LONG

 

  24. FRED BARING

 

  25. HAROLD LAMBERT