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Greg Sewell inducted as an Essendon 'legend'

Greg Sewell was last night inducted as the 18th 'Legend of the Essendon Football Club'.
Former Essendon champion, Greg Sewell, was last night inducted as the 18th 'Legend of Essendon' at a ceremony in the Hall of Fame at Windy Hill.

Speaking at the event, club chairman Ray Horsburgh said there is no greater honour at Essendon.

""If you consider the great history of our club now in our 137th season and Greg is just the 18th legend, it shows how special you must be to become a legend,"" Mr Horsburgh said.

Sewell joined Essendon from Monash Rovers as an under-19 and played 171 games from 1952-61 (kicking 34 goals). He was assistant coach (and reserves coach) from1965 – 1968, chairman of Selectors in 74 and 75, chairman from 1981-87 and is an Essendon and AFLlife member.

""This is the greatest honour I could have ever achieved and I feel very humbled,"" Mr Sewell said.

""I was shocked and stunned to learn about this and never thought that it could one day happen to me. I was once a trustee of the Hall of Fame so I am well aware of what this honour is so when Ray called me and mentioned it I couldn't believe it.""

Sewell, 75, said he has one stand-out memory of his timewith Essendon.

""WhenI was Chairman we won back-to-back Premierships and that is something I will never forget,"" he said.

Horsburgh said that in Greg's playing dayson awing he was part of one of the most famous centre lines in Essendon history along with Jack Clarke and Reg Burgess

""Whilst stats were not kept to today’s level, it was recorded that this group averaged over 90 possessions a match,"" Horsburgh said.

""The great football writer of the time, Alf Brown, wrote in the Melbourne Herald that they formed the best ever centre line.""

Greg was on the wing in the losing 1957 Grand Final team (the year he was selected in the State side) and on the half-forward flank in the 1959 Grand Final team (which also lost). He was also a member of the Reserves Premiership team in 1952.

He scored second top Brownlow medal votes at Essendon in 1960 and also won the most improved player award in 1953, the best utility player award in 1955 and 1958 and the most consistent player award in 1957.

As an administrator, Greg is well known for his role in helping create the coterie group the Diamond Dons and his passionate support of the players and club.

A plaster statue of Greg Sewell was unveiled last night which will sit along side the other 17 club 'Legends'.

Essendon's club legends are:


Albert Thurgood

Bill Busbridge

Tom Fitzmaurice

Dick Reynolds

John Coleman

Bill Hutchison

Jack Clarke

Ken Fraser

Simon Madden

Tim Watson

Terry Daniher

Barry Davis


Allan Hird

Greg Sewell


Alex McCracken

Frank Reid

Bill Cookson


Kevin Sheedy