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BAGGOTT, Jack H.

Years Played: 1936-37
Born: 27/07/1906
Died: 2/06/1995
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 495

Number(s): 10

Games: 19
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Northcote/Dimboola/Richmond

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1936

15

0

1937

4

0

Jack Baggott was born in South Africa. He came to Essendon after an illustrious career at Richmond where he played 128 games and kicked 140 goals between 1927 and 1935 and played in the Tigers’ 1932 and 1934 premiership wins.

Prior to joining Richmond, Baggott had played with Northcote in 1925 and Dimboola in 1926.

Jack Baggott joined Essendon as captain-coach after knocking back a similar job at Footscray. He had proven himself as a versatile defender and a forward who was a good mark and had plenty of pace.

Baggott had a tough start with Essendon, having his jaw broken behind the play in only his second game causing him to miss three weeks. But he returned and played every remaining game that year. In 1937 he began the season as captain coach but retired from playing after round 8 and playing only four games. He continued as non-playing coach until he left controversially early in 1939 after a dispute with the club secretary over his training methods.

Baggott then went on to coach South Melbourne in 1940.

He later wrote on football for 'The Star' and 'The Sun' and was one of the early panellists on television station GTV 9.

Baggott worked in audio visuals with the Education Department.

His brother, Ron played for Melbourne.

He died on 2nd June, 1995.


BAILEY, Dean

Years Played: 1986-92
Born: 18/01/1967
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 921

Number(s): 42 , 31

Games: 53
Goals: 19

Previous Clubs: North Ringwood

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1986

3

2

1987

15

7

1988

8

4

1989

17

4

1991

6

2

1992

4

0

Dean Bailey first played for Essendon in round 13, 1986. He was a creative utility player who came to Essendon from North Ringwood.

Bailey was a member of the Victorian Schoolboy's team and toured Ireland with the Herald Shield team under former Hawthorn champion Don Scott. He was used as a tagger on occasions but a lack of pace held him back.

In 1999 to 2001 Bailey returned to Windy Hill as development coach.

He was appointed assistant coach at Port Adelaide at the beginning of the 2002 season and in 2008 he was appointed senior coach of Melbourne Football Club.


BAKER, Leon F.

Years Played: 1984-88
Born: 17/08/1956
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 905

Number(s): 4

Games: 86
Goals: 70

Previous Clubs: Swan Districts (WA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1984

24

26

1985

23

27

1986

20

9

1987

11

6

1988

8

2

Leon Baker was a popular and exciting centreman who came from Swan Districts in Western Australia to Essendon at the late age of 27. Few players have started so late and been so successful.

Baker had been something of a football nomad, starting his football with Avenel and then Seymour before moving to Cairns in Queensland. He then played with South Bunbury in the West before joining Swan Districts in 1981.

Baker was a fearless, highly skilled player who could kick goals, deliver the ball superbly and often played his best in finals.

He was late starter in football and he didn't play in senior ranks until he was 25.He then played in two premierships at Swan Districts and won that club's best and fairest award in 1983. He also played for Western Australia. He had the distinction of playing in four successive premiership teams (two with Swan Districts and two with Essendon).

Baker starred in the centre for Essendon in both the 1984 and 1985 premiership victories and was also in the centre in the 1984 night premiership win. He booted six goals in the 1984 preliminary final and that is the equal best at Essendon in that final.

Baker was runner-up in the club's best and fairest award in 1984 and 1986.

He was selected in the Western Australian state of origin team in 1984 and 1985 and in the All-Australian team in both years. He was also named in the centre in 'The Sun' all star team and the 'Inside Football' team of the year in 1984.

Unfortunately for Essendon, Baker missed half the 1987 season with a broken ankle but it didn't stop him being Essendon's top Brownlow medal vote scorer with 7 votes.

Baker was named at number 40 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).


BAKER, Norman W.

Years Played: 1937-41
Born: 24/04/1917
Died: 28/01/1979
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Debut order: 518

Number(s): 7

Games: 55
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Northcote CYMS

Norman Baker was a competent back pocket and half-back flanker whose career at Essendon was cut short when he joined the RAAF during World War II.

He died on 28th January, 1979.


BALL, Fred

Years Played: 1897

Born: 1/09/1868
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 24

Number(s):

Games: 5
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Scotch College

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1897

5

1

Fred Ball was a fair-haired ruckman who played in the Essendon Association premiership sides between 1891 and 1894.

Ball formed a great  following combination with Charles Forbes and Colin Campbell.

By the time Essendon joined the League in 1897 Ball was nearing the end of his fine career and he only played five League games.

He went on to play with Prahran in 1899.

Fred Ball was the  'Ball' of the famous 'Ball and Welch' department store that operated in Flinders Street Melbourne for decades.


BANFIELD, Peter

Years Played: 1984-86

Born: 21/01/1965
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Debut order: 909

Number(s): 43 , 16

Games: 11
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: North Ringwood

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1984

4

1

1985

6

2

1986

1

0

Peter Banfield was a gutsy rover who came from North Ringwood and came up through the U19s. He won the U19s' best and fairest award in 1983 and was also a member of the reserves premiership team that year.

Banfield made his senior debut in round 8, 1984, but couldn't hold down a regular senior spot because of a lack of pace, but he did win the reserves best and fairest award in 1986.

In 1987, Banfield was cleared to the Brisbane Bears and played 49 games there between 1987 and 1990 and in 1990 he moved to West Adelaide Football Club winning their best and fairest award in 1991 and playing 95 games between 1990 and 1993.

In 1994-1996 Banfield coached Ainslie in the ACT Football League leading the club to three premierships.
From 1997-2000 he returnf to the AFL as an assistant coach at St Kilda.

From 2001-2002 Banfield was assistant coach to Neale Daniher at Melbourne Football Club.

At the end of the 2002 season, Banfield was appointed coach of the Bendigo Bombers for the seasons 2003 and 2004.


BANKS, Matthew

Years Played: 1997-1998

Born: 20/07/1976
Height: 199 cm
Weight: 103 kg
Debut order: 1004

Number(s): 48 , 39

Games: 3
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Ringwood/Eastern U18s

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1997

2

1

1998

1

0

Matthew Banks was drafted in 1995 by Essendon. His first year was riddled by injury so he only played 10 games in the Reserves. At the end of 1995 he was dropped off the senior list and placed on the supplementary list. In 1996 he showed great form playing at full-back, an earned his spot back on the senior list.

Banks made his senior debut in 1997 against Collingwood on Anzac Day in front of 80,000 people.

He was delisted at the end of the 1999 season.


BANNISTER, Jordan

Years Played: 2001-2004

Born: 31/10/1982
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 1027

Number(s): 36

Games: 14
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Therry-Penola (SA)/Calder Cannons U18s

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2001

4

0

2002

5

0

2003

5

0

Jordan Bannister was drafted by Essendon in the 2000 National draft with pick number 47 overall.

Bannister made his senior debut against Adelaide in Round 12, 2001, playing four games for the season. His running skills and marking ability saw him used in the mid-field and as a half-forward.

He was limited by a severely injured ankle to just five games in 2002 season. He also played five games in 2003.

Bannister was traded by Essendon at the end of the 2004 season to Carlton with Cory McGrath, this trade saw Justin Murphy and Matthew Allan join Essendon from Carlton.

Draft History: 2000 National AFL Draft - Selection No. 47 overall


BANT, William Horace B.

Years Played: 1910

Born: 22/09/1882
Died: 6/05/1957
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 197

Number(s):

Games: 12
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: West Perth (WA)/St Kilda

Horrie Bant was a follower-defender who had a short stint at Essendon in 1910 after coming from St Kilda where he had played 52 games from 1906-1909, kicking one goal. He had been the Saints vice-captain.

He was known as a high flyer and in 1911 he went to Western Australia to play with Subiaco. He then played with Prahran in 1913.

Bant died on 6th May, 1957.


BARBARY, Craig A.

Years Played: 1979
Born: 11/07/1960
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 77 kg
Debut order: 864

Number(s): 48

Games: 8
Goals: 5

Previous Clubs: Woomelang

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1979

8

5

Craig Barbery was a rover from Woomelang. He played eight games in 1979, debuting in Round 4.

He was very speedy but on the small side and his career at Essendon was cut short through injury.

Barbery missed 1980 with a leg injury and then broke his ankle early in the 1981 season.

After leaving Essendon he joined Sturt in South Australia and played there in 1983 and 1984 before returning to Woomelang-Lascelles.

He was assistant coach there in 1985 and captain-coach in 1986 and 1987. He won the award for Best and Fairest in the Southern Mallee League in 1986 and 1987.

 

BARBER, Geoff L.

Years Played: 1959-60
Born: 1/11/1937
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 66 kg
Debut order: 705

Number(s): 6

Games: 5
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Kilmore

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1959

3

0

1960

2

0

Geoff Barber was a defender who joined the Seconds from Kilmore in 1958 and played five senior games in 1959 and 1960.

After leaving Essendon he became captain-coach at Yarragon from 1961 to 1963 and a player there in 1964. He captain-coached the West Gippsland League side in 1963 and won the Best and Fairest award in that League in 1964.

Barber then went to Rochester in 1965 and 1966 and to Bamawm from 1967 to 1972. He won the award for Best and Fairest in the Echuca League in 1967.

 

BARCLAY, Stuart E.

Years Played: 1969-73
Born: 4/10/1949
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 769

Number(s): 42 , 37

Games: 38
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Gisborne/Essendon District

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1969

12

0

1970

6

0

1971

12

1

1972

4

0

1973

4

2

Stuart Barclay was a rangy right footer who began in the back pocket then played on the half back line. In the back pocket he often picked up the resting opposition ruckman. Although lightly built Barclay he was quick, had good spring and was a good mark.

Barclay played in Essendon’s 1968 Reserves premiership side then made his senior debut in round 5 1969 in an away win over North Melbourne. He played in 12 games that year and 12 games in 1971, his best seasons. But he struggled to get a regular game and Barclay’s final appearance was in the losing Elimination Final against St Kilda in 1973. In his career at Windy Hill he’s matched up on some of the game’s best including Peter McKenna, Brent Crosswell, Royce Hart and Barry Rounds.

In 1974 Barclay transferred to Tasmania where he enjoyed immediate success. He was appointed captain coach of City South in Launceston where he played as a ruckman and led the club to the NTFA and State premierships that year, and was also appointed captain coach of Tasmania and led the state at the Australia Carnival in Adelaide in the same year. His form was good enough in 1974 that he was runner-up in the Hec Smith Medal as the best player in the NTFL. Barclay represented Tasmania in every season from 1974-1977.

In 1978 Barclay left Tasmania for Queensland where he joined Windsor-Zillmere. He played in two Grand Finals there losing to Western Districts in 1978 and winning over Kedron in 1981. He also represented Queensland in interstate matches between 1978 and 1980.

He retired from football after the 1981 season to concentrate on his career. He now lives in Noosa. Queensland.

 

BARING, Fred A.

Years Played: 1910-15, 1918-24
Born: 15/12/1890
Died: 10/12/1961
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 90 kg
Debut order: 206

Number(s): 5 , 1 , 6

Games: 155
Goals: 92

Previous Clubs: East Melbourne

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1910

12

6

1911

18

15

1912

19

11

1913

17

15

1914

16

15

1915

12

5

1918

8

1

1919

10

9

1920

11

10

1921

13

4

1922

9

1

1923

4

0

1924

5

0

Fred Baring was one of the greatest ruckmen-defenders ever to play with Essendon. He played 13 seasons for Essendon in a career spanning 15 years and interrupted by the Great War.

Baring debuted in round 8, 1910, and played all remaining 12 games for the year.

In his second season, 1911, Baring played 18 games and played in his first premiership for the Club in a six point win over Collingwood.

He was again a key player in 1912 and starred in the 1912 Grand Final win over Melbourne, kicking a memorable goal in the last quarter to put the game out of Melbourne’s reach.

 

Baring represented Victoria in 1911, 1913 and 1919 and in 1913 he won the Holstein Lager Company trophy, as their choice as the best League player of the year.

Baring was captain in 1918 before stepping down through an illness which kept him out for much of 1919.
In the twilight of his career Baring played few games but his four games in 1923 included a premiership and his five games in 1924 likewise included a premiership win, his fourth.

As well as being a champion footballer, Baring was also a state cricketer. In 1914, he was chosen in the Australian XI to tour South Africa before the tour was cancelled because of the World War I.

He was named at number 24 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Fred Baring died on 10th December, 1961.

 

BARKER, George

Years Played: 1903-05, 1907,1909
Born: 26/09/1885
Died: 15/04/1947
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 95

Number(s):

Games: 46
Goals: 75

Previous Clubs: Abbotsford

George Barker was one of the top forwards in the early years.

He was Essendon's top goalkicker in 1905 with 29 goals. He was also third top in his first season in 1903 and again in 1904. Then after a year at Richmond in 1906, he was second top in 1907.

Barker booted seven goals in a game in 1905 and six in 1907, impressive tallies in an era of low scores.

After leaving Essendon he played with Northcote between 1910 and 1912.

George's younger brother, Syd, was an Essendon champion of the same era (1921-1924).

George Barker died on 15th April, 1947.


BARKER, Sydney Q.

Years Played: 1921-24
Born: 26/11/1887
Died: 23/03/1930
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 95 kg
Debut order: 338

Number(s): 1

Games: 57
Goals: 23

Previous Clubs: Richmond/North Melbourne (VFA)

Syd Barker was a great leader, an inspiring captain and one of the best players of his time. He was tall, had a fine physique and was a conspicuous figure on the field.

Barker came to Essendon half way through the 1921 season from North Melbourne when that club disbanded after a failed attempt at joining the League. He arrived with his famous North Melbourne team-mate and rover Charlie Hardy. Together they brought to the Club a combination that had been unchallenged in the Association. He had played in the North premiership sides in 1910, 1914, 1915 and 1918 and had been North's captain in 1912, 1913, from 1915 to 1919 and again in 1921.

Barker had been with North Melbourne from 1908 to 1921 and led the VFA state team in 1920. While at North, he had also led the Fire Brigade team in the Wednesday League to the premiership in 1920.

Prior to North he had played 2 games with Richmond in early 1908 followed by Essendon Association in 1906 and 1907.

In 1922, when Essendon decided they needed a professionally minded coach with iron discipline, Barker was given the job. As captain-coach in his first year he took Essendon from last to third in an incredible turnaround. Then, in 1923 and 1924, Barker led his team of mighty midgets - known as "The Mosquito Fleet" - to two successive premierships.

After this, he retired to become non playing coach until the end of 1926.

Barker was selected in the state side in 1922 and was appointed captain against New South Wales.

After leaving Essendon, he rejoined North Melbourne as captain-coach in 1927 and he played another nine games.

He was one of the many Essendon players who worked as a fireman.

Syd's elder brother, George, also played for Essendon (46 games, 1903-1905, 1907, 1909). His son, Syd jnr, played 41 games for North Melbourne ( 190-1933).

Syd Barker died aged 52 on 23rd March, 1930 after a brief illness.


BARNARD, Paul

Years Played: 1996-2003
Born: 13/02/1973
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 93 kg
Debut order: 1000

Number(s): 16

Games: 140
Goals: 75

Previous Clubs: East Perth (WA)/Hawthorn

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1996

15

3

1997

5

0

1998

17

4

1999

22

6

2000

22

10

2001

24

25

2002

24

23

2003

11

4

Paul Barnard came to Essendon as part of the Paul Salmon trade. He played 11 games at Hawthorn where he was known for his tough work around the ground. He showed good form in the 1996 Lightning Premiership win.

Unfortunately he suffered a knee injury early in the 1996 season which was a major set back. He played a few games around the ground when he returned to the senior side, and then struck quite good form towards the end of the 1996 season.

Barnard played some key defensive roles during 1999. His best game of the season came in Round 8 against St Kilda and he finished with 22 games for the season.

He played 22 games and kicked 10 goals in the all conquering 2000 side and because he played in the Reserves and missed the team's only loss that year, against the Bulldogs, he did not play in a losing side that season. His four goals off the bench in the 2000 Grand Final was perhaps his finest hour.

2001 saw another solid season for Barnard playing mainly as a half-forward or wingman. He continually slipped under the opposition's guard with his deceptive pace and height. He was always prepared to sacrifice his game by running forward to create space for Matthew Lloyd and fellow forwards.

One of only six players to play every game in 2002 Barnard was solid and used mainly in a forward role.

At the end of 2003 Barnard retired and was then appointed General Manager of the Bendigo Bombers.

Barnard returned to Windy Hill in late 2005 and is currently the Business Development Manager.


BARNES, John R.

Years Played: 1987-90, 2000-01
Born: 1/06/1969
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 96 kg
Debut order: 930

Number(s): 20 , 22

Games: 58
Goals: 25

Previous Clubs: Cobram/Geelong

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1987

6

9

1988

2

0

1989

2

1

1990

2

2

2000

24

10

2001

22

3

John Barnes was a crowd favourite who played 58 games for Essendon in an AFL career that spanned 15 seasons.

He was a promising young ruckman who came to Essendon from Cobram after making All-Australian selection in the Teal Cup (now TAC Cup).

He debuted for Essendon in Round 10 1987 and finished the season with six games. Opportunities were few for Barnes owing to Essendon's strong ruck brigade and he played only two games in each of the next three years for a total of 12 games in those four seasons. In 1991 he played eight Reserves games but injury ruined much of his year.

At the end of 1991 Barnes was traded to Geelong for Sean Denham in a deal that worked well for both clubs. At Geelong Barnes became their number one ruckman and he remained there for eight seasons, playing in 144 games for 65 goals and appearing in three (losing) Grand Finals.

In 1999 Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy believed Barnes had something to offer Essendon and he was picked up in the 1999 draft and returned to Windy Hill. He proved a successful recruit, playing well in tandem with ruck team-mate Steve Alessio. In the all-conquering 2000 Essendon team Barnes played in all 24 rounds and eventually won the premiership medal that had proved so elusive at Geelong when the team beat Melbourne in the 2000 Grand Final.

Barnes played 22 games for Essendon in 2001 and retired at the end of that season but remained at the club as runner until 2007. In 2008 he became runner for the Bulldog and in September that year he was appointed coach of the local club Doutta Stars.

 


BARR, Sydney. C.

Years Played: 1918
Born: 23/09/1892
Died: 12/02/1969
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Debut order: 293

Number(s): 26

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Neerim

Syd Barr was a defender who played one game in mid-1918 in a home loss to Richmond.

He died on 12th February, 1969.

 

BARR, W. Patrick

Years Played: 1898
Born:
Died: 5/09/1945
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 37

Number(s):

Games: 2
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Essendon Juniors

Patrick Barr was a rover who played two games for Essendon in early 1898 and then joined Williamstown in 1899.

He was caretaker of the first Essendon swimming pool.

Barr died on 5th September, 1945.

 

BARRY, Edward

Years Played: 1897-1905
Born: 8/03/1877
Died: 31/12/1959
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 2

Number(s):

Games: 131
Goals: 24

Previous Clubs: Albert Park

"Son" Barry was a dazzling rover/half-forward from Albert Park.

He made history by playing in the very first game of VFL football in 1897, and went on to play all 17 games that year. He had also played for the Club in 1896 in the VFA.

Barry missed few games in his eight years with Essendon and when his career was over in 1905, only Jim Anderson had played more League games (139). The next nearest player was William Griffith on 80.

He was a regular representative for Victoria and was Essendon's vice-captain in 1903.

Barry played in both the the 1897 and 1901 premiership teams.

He died on 31st December, 1959.

 

BATES, Jimmy E.

Years Played: 1933
Born: 25/06/1910
Died: 6/10/2009
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 58 kg
Debut order: 450

Number(s): 13

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Nathalia

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1933

1

0

Jimmy Bates was a nippy wingman who came from Nathalia and played in one game in early 1933. He had been cleared from Nathalia to Essendon and spent three years with the Seconds before playing his first game which was on the wing in a home game against St Kilda in round 2. He had taken the place of Tommy Clarke who had the flu.

Bates had one kick in the game and says he was paid three pounds. So disgusted was he with his performance he retired immediately after the game to concentrate on his first love, professional running. He won the Keilor Gift in 1939.

In March 2001, Jimmy Bates became the oldest living Essendon player and one of the oldest in the League. He died on 6 October 2009 aged 99 and 3 months. At the time of his death he was League football’s oldest player.

 

BATES, Michael

Years Played: 1971
Born: 26/06/1949
Height: 196 cm
Weight: 88 kg
Debut order: 797

Number(s): 49

Games: 2
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Reservoir Old Boys

Michael Bates was a big ruckman and forward who played two games in 1971, both as a reserve. He became a leading amateur ruckman after leaving Essendon.

 

BAWDEN, Tom

Years Played: 1934
Born: 19/10/1912
Died: 9/09/1994
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Debut order: 477

Number(s): 9

Games: 5
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Morwell/Leongatha

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1934

5

3

Tom Bawden was a half-forward and ruckman-defender who took a good mark. He came from Morwell, and before that Leongatha, and he played five games in late 1934.

When he left Essendon, Bawden rejoined Leongatha in 1935 before returning to Morwell from 1936 to 1940.

His brother, Bob, played 107 games for Richmond (1939-1945), most of them as Jack Dyer's ruck partner.

Tom Bawden died on 9th September, 1994.


BAXTER, Ben B.

Years Played: 1902-06
Born: 13/11/1876
Died: 6/02/1934
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 76

Number(s):

Games: 67
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Scotch College/Frankston

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1902

13

3

1903

17

1

1904

11

0

1905

16

0

1906

10

0

Ben Baxter was a fine defender and sometime wingman, who came from Frankston and before that Scotch College.

He was unluckily forced out of the 1902 Grand Final side through injury but he made up for it by playing every game in 1903 and gaining interstate selection.

In 1906 he was cleared to a Collingwood club.

He was also a fine cricketer and played in a Country XI against the English side in 1902.

His son, Ray G., played two games for Richmond (1925).

Baxter died on 6th February, 1934.

 

BAYFORD, Richard E. G.

Years Played: 1910
Born:
Died: 14/08/1939
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 200

Number(s):
Games: 5
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: South Yarra

Dick Bayford was a ruckman who played five games in 1910.

He died on 14th August, 1939.

 

BEASLEY, James F.

Years Played: 1901
Born: 19/12/1880
Died: 10/03/1964
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 72

Number(s):

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Lang Lang/North Adelaide

Jim Beasley came from Lang Lang and North Adelaide. He played in two games in early 1901.

In 1902 he went to Geelong where he played seven games.

He died on 10th March, 1964.


BEAUMONT, Stephen

Years Played: 1974-76

Born: 1/04/1951
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Debut order: 812

Number(s): 3

Games: 37
Goals: 46

Previous Clubs: Cooee (Tas)

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Stephen Beaumont was a tough, nuggety rover who came from Cooee in Tasmania. He had represented Tasmania before joining Essendon and he was leading goalkicker in the NWFU in 1972.

He had difficulty adjusting to the tempo of League football and returned to Tasmania in 1977 to play with Burnie. He later returned to Cooee as captain-coach.


BECKLEY, Charles J.

Years Played: 1909-10
Born: 26/02/1885
Died: 27/11/1964
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 194

Number(s):

Games: 13
Goals: 9

Previous Clubs: South Yarra

Charles Beckley was a centre half-forward who started in late 1909 and played every game that year. However, he only played five more games in 1910 before transferring to Brighton.

He worked as a bank clerk.

In 1911 he went to Western Australia to play.

Beckley died on 27th November, 1964.


BECKTON, Norm A.

Years Played: 1921-30
 Born: 4/05/1898
Died: 8/09/1984
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 93 kg
 Debut order: 324

Number(s): 3

Games: 173
Goals: 157

Previous Clubs: Essendon 'A'

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1921

14

12

1922

18

14

1923

18

13

1924

18

13

1925

18

18

1926

18

23

1927

17

13

1928

17

20

1929

18

14

1930

17

17

Norm Beckton was an outstanding ruckman who was a good mark and delivered the ball well to his rovers.

He was beautifully proportioned, scrupulously fair and one of the best big men of his time.

Beckton came from Essendon 'A' where he had played in 1919 and 1920.

He was one of the stars in the ruck in both the 1923 and 1924 premierships sides and won the Club's Best and Fairest award in 1928. He was appointed captain in 1929 and 1930 and prior to that he was vice-captain for a time in 1928.

Beckton represented Victoria in 1921, 1922, 1923, 1925 and 1928 and only eight Essendon players have played more interstate games.

He was Essendon's equal top Brownlow medal vote scorer in 1928 and was equal second top in 1924.

Beckton had a lean 1927 and some fickle fans would yell at him to get out of the game. But he went on calmly and those who jeered him in 1927 cheered his wonderful football in 1928.

When he left Essendon, he became captain-coach of Sandringham from 1931 to 1934.

He was ranked at number 37 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Beckton died on 8th September, 1984.


BEDDISON, Wayne

Years Played: 1983

Born: 24/08/1961
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Debut order: 895

Number(s): 16

Games: 10
Goals: 18

Previous Clubs: Dimboola

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Seasons Played

Click on a year to view games from that season

Year

Games

Goals

1983

10

18

Wayne Beddison was a talented half-forward who came from Dimboola and was particularly skilful in the air.

He debuted in Round 1, 1983 and played 10 games in his first year. He was a member of the Reserves premiership side that year.

Beddison didn't settle well in the city and returned home to Dimboola at the end of the year.

 

BEGLEY, Les H.

Years Played: 1938-41
Born: 14/10/1916
Died: 24/08/1994
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Debut order: 527

Number(s): 24

Games: 50
Goals: 32

Previous Clubs: Warrnambool

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1938

13

9

1939

16

12

1940

16

11

1941

5

0

Les Begley was a competent half-forward and follower who came from Warrnambool where he had played from the age of 15.

He was extremely fit and his career was cut short through his Army service in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands during World War II.

He had been a member of the Seconds premiership team in 1941.

When Begley left the Army, he returned to Essendon Seconds in 1946 and then went to Camperdown from 1948 to 1951.

He died on 24th August, 1994.

 

BEISSEL, Graeme W. F.

Years Played: 1961-62, 1964
Born: 25/08/1941
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 81 kg
Debut order: 721

Number(s): 18 , 29

Games: 36
Goals: 17

Previous Clubs: University High School

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1961

8

0

1962

9

1

1964

19

16

Graeme Beissel was a strong, courageous centreman who came from University High School. He took a good mark and had a fair bit of pace. He was a wanderer on the field but seemed to bob up in the right places.

Beissel starred in the centre in the 1962 premiership victory. He then caused a surprise in 1963 when he stood out of football to concentrate on his university studies. When he returned in 1964, he was struck down with injury and he retired at the end of the year. He was, however, still equal third top Essendon Brownlow medal vote scorer in that year.

After leaving Essendon, he went overseas for seven years and then settled in Sydney.


BELCHER, Alan M. P.

Years Played: 1906-15; 1918-19
Born: 2/12/1884
Died: 3/07/1921
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Debut order: 130

Number(s): 4 , 1 , 20

Games: 176
Goals: 40

Previous Clubs: Collingwood/Brunswick

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1906

18

7

1907

16

1

1908

15

5

1909

14

0

1910

19

2

1911

17

6

1912

19

3

1913

14

4

1914

16

2

1915

15

7

1918

10

3

1919

3

0

Alan Belcher was one of Essendon's great captains as well as being a superb ruckman and all rounder. He was a magnificent mark and was part of the all conquering ruck combination with Fred Baring and Ernie Cameron.

He came from Coburg/Brunswick and prior to this he had played four games with Collingwood in 1904.

Belcher captained Essendon in 1910 and then from 1912 to 1915 and again in 1919. He was also coach in 1910. He was vice-captain in 1911.

After a superb season in 1911 he was unluckily forced out of the premiership team with a leg injury. He made up for this in 1912, however, when he led his charges to victory in the Grand Final. His brother Victor captained South Melbourne in the same game.

He was selected in the State side in 1906, 1907 and 1911.

Belcher was involved in a sensational incident in 1914 when a spectator ran up the ground to punch him during a game. When he chased his assailant and retaliated, he was reported for unseemly conduct.

Like so many others, Belcher lost two years from his career when Essendon stood out of the League in 1916 and 1917.

His career was tragically ended early in 1919 by, of all things, a broken toe. Following this, Belcher was stricken with a series of personal tragedies and he died, just two years after he finished playing, in the Kew Hospital for the Insane.

His brother, Vic, was an outstanding player for South Melbourne (226 games, 1907-1920).

Belcher was ranked at number 36 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

He died on 3rd July, 1921.


BELCHER, Ernest Norman

Years Played: 1904
Born: 10/07/1879
Died: 31/01/1947
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 77 kg
Debut order: 105

Number(s):

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Newtown/Geelong

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Norman Belcher came from Geelong where he had played in 1899 and 1902. He played two games with Essendon in early 1904.

He then returned to play with Geelong in 1906 and finished up playing a total of eight games there, kicking three goals.

He died on 31st January, 1947.


BELL, A. George

Years Played: 1933-42
Born: 7/05/1912
Died: 12/05/1999
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Debut order: 457

Number(s): 10 , 12

Games: 120
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Horsham

George "Ginger" Bell was a close playing full-back and sometimes back pocket who came from Horsham where he had played between 1928 and 1932.

While not tall for a full-back he was he was a fine kick. Bell was one of Essendon best players at a time when the Club struggled in the 1930s, and he didn't miss a game in 1935 and 1936.

Despite his efforts in the Club's dark days of the 1930s, he managed only one game in 1942 and so missed playing in the premiership team that year.

Bell retired in 1977 after being on the ground staff of Moonee Valley Racing Club for thirty-four years.

His son, John, won the Stawell Gift coached by another Essendon identity Fergie Speakman.

Bell died on 12th May, 1999.


BELL, Greg

Years Played: 1975-78
Born: 26/03/1955
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 88 kg
Debut order: 824

Number(s): 28

Games: 22
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Rupanyup

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1975

9

0

1977

12

0

1978

1

1

Greg Bell was a strong, courageous defender who came from Rupanyup and showed excellent promise winning Essendon best first year player award in 1975. He was a good mark and a fine kick.

He unfortunately suffered a severe knee injury half way through his first year which also put him out for the 1976 season.

When he returned in 1977, he could not recapture his earlier form.

Bell was cleared to Croydon in 1980.


BELL, Tommy

Years Played: 1921
Born:
Died: 16/04/1955
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Debut order: 331

Number(s): 23

Games: 9
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: North Melbourne (VFA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1921

9

0

Tommy Bell was a follower and defender who came from North Melbourne in the VFA.

He played nine games in 1921.

Bell died on 16th April, 1955.

 

BENNETT, Clifford

Years Played: 1907
Born:
Died: 25/08/1957
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 169

Number(s):

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Preston

Cliff Bennett was a full-back known as "Coon", who played two games in late 1907.

He then transferred to Coburg and later played with Williamstown in 1913.

Bennett died on 25th August, 1957.

 

BENNETT, Peter K. C.

Years Played: 1978-81
Born: 8/11/1956
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 856

Number(s): 38

Games: 67
Goals: 22

Previous Clubs: Pakenham/Hawthorn

Peter "Scrubba" Bennett was born in New Zealand. He was a ruck rover and utility player who came from Hawthorn where he'd played 13 games from 1976 to 1977. Prior to that he played with Pakenham.

He was a good ball getter who was a spare parts player fitting into the side wherever there was a vacancy. He was ruck-rover in the 1981 night premiership victory.

Bennett transferred to Subiaco in Western Australia in 1982 and was then captain-coach of Koo-Wee-Rup in 1983 and of Gembrook from 1984 to 1986. He won a premiership there in 1986.

 

BENSTEAD, Rupert

Years Played: 1911
Born: 5/06/1889
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 212

Number(s):

Games: 4
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Long Gully (Bendigo)

Rupe Benstead was recruited from Long Gully in Bendigo and played four games for Essendon in 1911, all of them in winning teams.

 

BERBAKOV, Peter

Years Played: 1996-1999
Born: 22/08/1973
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 90 kg
Debut order: 997

Number(s): 51 , 20

Games: 52
Goals: 14

Previous Clubs: Sunbury/Glenelg (SA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1996

17

0

1997

11

10

1998

16

1

1999

8

3

Peter Berbakov had a tremendous year with the Reserves in 1995 as a supplementary list player, finishing third in the team's Best and Fairest. He showed skill and had a cool head on the backline, something which Essendon needed with Mark Harvey and Mark Thompson getting towards the end of their careers.

His selection in the 1995 December draft was a just reward for a great year with the Reserves. In 1996, he debuted in Round 1 and played nearly every game early for the year, playing well on some very tough opponents. Towards the end of the season his form slipped a little, and he was in and out of the senior side.

At 23 he appeared to have the potential to become an solid defender for years to come, and he was a consistent contributor in 1999 until the 8th round when he had a bad ankle injury which kept him out of football for the remainder of the season.

Berbakov's bad luck continued into 2000 and he did not play a senior game for the season. The popular clubman was delisted at the end of the 2000 season.

He had lived for some years in Papua New Guinea as a boy.

 

BERRY, Bill

Years Played: 1975-77
Born: 27/06/1957
Height: 196 cm
Weight: 92 kg
Debut order: 828

Number(s): 46 , 35

Games: 14
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Strathmore

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1975

3

0

1976

7

3

1977

4

1

Bill Berry was a handy ruckman with long reach and a good mark but found it hard to find a regular senior spot because of Essendon's strength in similar players.

He came from Strathmore and won the U19s Best and Fairest award in 1974 and was the Reserves Best and Fairest in 1977.

In 1978 he went to East Fremantle in Western Australia and he later came back to play 43 games with Footscray from 1979 to 1982 and 12 games with North Melbourne in 1984 and 1985.

 

BERTRAM, Lloyd

Years Played: 1928, 1930
Born: 10/10/1903
Died: 12/04/1971
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 395

Number(s): 18

Games: 8
Goals: 10

Previous Clubs: Maribyrnong Presbyterians/St Kilda Reserves

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1928

5

10

1930

3

0

Lloyd Bertram was a solidly built full-back who came from St Kilda Seconds and prior to that Maribyrnong Presbyterians.

He played the first five rounds of 1928 kicking 10 goals and then returned to play the first three games of 1930.

In late 1930 he joined Coburg where he stayed until 1934.

Bertram died on 12th April, 1971.

 

BESANKO, Barry D.

Years Played: 1980
Born: 15/08/1956
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 876

Number(s): 49

Games: 3
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Mentone/Melbourne Reserves

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1980

3

3

Barry Besanko was a speedy wingman who came from Melbourne Reserves. He had joined the Demons U19s in 1973 from Mentone.

Besanko played three games in late 1980 and one of these was as interchange.

He then became captain-coach of Dingley in 1983 before rejoining Essendon as a specialist coach in 1984 and 1985.

Besanko was captain-coach of Rye in 1986 and 1987, and was appointed fitness advisor at St Kilda for season 1988.

As well as being a League footballer, he was also one of Australia's fastest sprinters, winning Victorian Sprint Championships.

His brother, Neil, also played with Essendon (35 games 1978-1981) and St Kilda (149 games 1968-1977).

 

BESANKO, Neil A.

Years Played: 1978-81
Born: 28/04/1951
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 88 kg
Debut order: 857

Number(s): 30

Games: 35
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Mentone/St Kilda

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1978

14

0

1979

8

1

1980

8

0

1981

5

0

Neil "Stallion" Besanko was a half-back flanker who came from from St Kilda where he played 149 games from 1968 to 1977. Prior to that he played with Mentone.

With a fine professional footrunning background, he had great pace and also was an effective stopper with great concentration. Hamstring injuries over his last couple of seasons with Essendon prevented him from showing his best form.

He won Essendon's best clubman award in 1979.

Besanko left Essendon for Central Districts in South Australia in 1982.

His brother, Barry, also played for Essendon (three games, 1980).


BETSON, Norm

Years Played: 1940-45
Born: 8/07/1914
Died: 5/05/1988
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 92 kg
Debut order: 548

Number(s): 31

Games: 78
Goals: 41

Previous Clubs: Albury/Culcairn

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1940

8

12

1941

7

4

1942

9

7

1943

17

5

1944

20

2

1945

17

11

Norm Betson was a tall, gangling ruckman who had the misfortune of being overshadowed by Essendon's other top ruckmen of the time.

He came from Culcairn where he was captain-coach in mid 1939 and, prior to that, he played with Albury.

Betson was an emergency for the 1942 premiership team. In the 1943 Grand Final his kick for goal in the dying moments was touched on the line and Essendon lost by 5 points. A goals would have ensured a draw and a replay the following week

He was also in the Seconds premiership team in 1941 and won the most improved player award in 1943 and the valuable services award in 1944.

When Betson left Essendon he went to Glenelg in South Australia where he played from 1946 to 1949.

He was captain-coach for a short time in 1946 before losing the job. He played for South Australia in 1947 and 1948 and was vice-captain in 1948.

Betson then became captain-coach of Nathalia in 1950 before playing with Lemnos in early 1951.

He was an engineer at Gadsden's in Shepparton for thirteen years.

Betson died on 5th May, 1988.


BEWICK, Darren

Years Played: 1988-2000
Born: 21/08/1967
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 81 kg
Debut order: 938

Number(s): 8

Games: 238
Goals: 332

Previous Clubs: West Perth (WA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1988

18

19

1989

13

30

1990

25

37

1991

18

25

1992

20

32

1993

24

52

1994

21

20

1995

10

21

1996

18

28

1997

5

2

1998

23

32

1999

24

20

2000

19

14

Darren "Boris" Bewick was the ultimate goal-sneak. He made his senior debut for the Club in Round 1, 1988, after being drafted from West Perth. The strength of his game was that he could play in the centre or on the ball if necessary, with his pace, skill and ability to kick goals being the key attributes of his game.

In 1995 Bewick endured a full knee reconstruction which sidelined him for most of the year. In his return games in 1996 he played one of the games of his career, kicking nine goals against Geelong in the centenary re-enactment match, in what was also Bewick's 150th appearance for the club.

Bewick represented Western Australia in every year they played from 1990 to 1994. He was best first year player in 1988 when he came from Perth. Bewick was runner-up in the Best and Fairest in 1991

After a quiet year in 1997 he played 23 games in 1998 as one of the top 10 EFC players for the year. In 1999 he was again dangerous around goals, kicking 20 goals and averaging 12.5 kicks a game. His best game arguably for the season was against Sydney in which he had 27 possessions.

Darren Bewick retired at the end of his Testimonial year in 2000 after playing in the 2000 premiership side.


BICKFORD, Edric D.

Years Played: 1912
Born: 30/03/1894
Died: 15/11/1956
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 229

Number(s): 22

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Brougham Street Methodists

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1912

1

0

Edric Bickford was half-forward who played one game in late 1912 before transferring to Essendon 'A' where he played in 1913 and 1914.

He later played 21 games with Carlton between 1920 and 1922.

His brother, Albert, played with both Carlton (two games, 1906-1907) and Melbourne (nine games, 1908-1909).

Edric Bickford died on15th November, 1956.

 

BIGELOW, Doug H.

Years Played: 1947-56
Born: 9/01/1927
Died: 21/06/1996
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 91 kg
Debut order: 612

Number(s): 19

Games: 148
Goals: 27

Previous Clubs: Bentleigh

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1947

6

2

1948

16

8

1949

18

6

1950

8

1

1951

21

3

1952

8

0

1953

19

1

1954

18

1

1955

17

3

1956

17

2

Doug Bigelow was a strong and courageous follower and defender who worked unselfishly in the packs, blocking and shepherding for the high flying ruckmen.

He starred in the 1951 finals when Essendon lost the Grand Final and won the Club's most unselfish player award in 1949 and the most consistent player award in 1956. He was a member of the Seconds premiership side in both 1950 and 1952.

When Bigelow left Essendon, he became captain-coach of Coburg from 1957 to early 1961. He then coached Bentleigh in 1963.

He later became a committeeman at Essendon from 1964 to 1976 and was also a well known ABC football broadcaster for over 20 years.

Bigelow died on 21st June, 1996. 

 

BIRT, John M.

Years Played: 1957-67
Born: 29/01/1937
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 64 kg
Debut order: 681

Number(s): 11

Games: 194
Goals: 303

Previous Clubs: Ballarat

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1957

20

29

1958

18

31

1959

20

27

1960

17

24

1961

17

31

1962

15

30

1963

14

25

1964

18

23

1965

20

37

1966

18

22

1967

16

24

John "Sparrow" Birt was one of the finest rovers ever to play the game. A quick, elusive and skilful left-footer, Birt had bags of courage and was a prolific goalkicker. His pace and his ability to find space and team-mates were the keys to many Essendon wins.

Birt came from Ballarat and he had won the Best and Fairest award in the Ballarat League in 1955 while still a schoolboy.

He debuted for Essendon in Round 1 1957, played every game and finished with 29 goals, the second highest at the Club that year and won the Club's best first year player award.

Birt carried on in 1958 where he'd left off the previous year, playing in every game and topping the goalkicking with 31 goals, and winning the most improved player award.

He won Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1961, 1965 and 1967.

Birt was appointed vice-captain in 1966 and 1967 and at his career's end, he'd never played a game in the Reserves.

Always a regular goalkicker, Birt was also the Club's second top golakicker in 1961, 1962, 1965 and 1966 (equal). He was third top in 1959 (equal), 1960, (equal), 1963,1964 and 1967. His best goalkicking effort was six against St Kilda in Round 2 of 1959.

He was Essendon leading Brownlow medal vote-scorer in 1958 (equal) with 15 votes, in 1960 with 10 votes, in 1961 with 9 votes and in 1967 with 13 votes. He was equal second top in 1965 and equal third in 1959 and 1964. He was voted the Club's best team player in 1964.

Birt was the star of the 1962 finals series and was one of the best in the premiership victory in that year. He was also the star rover in the 1965 premiership win. He kicked 20 goals in finals games and only seven Essendon players have bettered this.

Birt represented Victoria in 1960, 1962,1963, 1965 and 1966.

After leaving Essendon, he became captain-coach of West Torrens in South Australia from 1968 to 1970 and represented South Australia in each of those years. He finished third in the Magarey Medal for Best and Fairest in South Australia in 1969.

Birt then returned to Essendon as coach in 1971 but his coaching stint was short-lived and he lost the job at the end of the year after Essendon finished eleventh.

Following this, Birt went on to become assistant coach at Footscray from 1972 to 1976. He was then skills coach at Hawthorn between 1977 and 1980 and at Carlton in 1981.

He later became a football administrator at Collingwood, Fitzroy and then Brisbane.

John Birt was named at number 21 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

 

BLACKMORE, Lewis

Years Played: 1905-07
Born: 21/05/1886
Died: 23/07/1916
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 127

Number(s):

Games: 7
Goals: 10

Previous Clubs: Melbourne Grammar

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1905

3

6

1906

3

3

1907

1

1

Lewis Blackmore was a forward who started conspicuously in late 1905, kicking four goals in his first game and playing in a semi-final against Fitzroy. However, he had difficulty cementing a senior spot and only played a further four games in the next two seasons.

He was killed by machine gun fire at Pozieres on 23rd July, 1916. Like so many others, he has no known grave, but his name is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial in France.

 

BLENCOWE, John F.

Years Played: 1912
Born: 17/05/1891
Died: 19/08/1951
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 230

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Nagambie

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John Blencowe was a half-forward who came from Nagambie.

He later played two games for Geelong in 1914.

Blencowe died on 19th August, 1951.


BLETHYN, Geoff R.

Years Played: 1968-72, 1976
Born: 28/10/1950
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 757

Number(s): 11 , 7

Games: 84
Goals: 216

Previous Clubs: St Andrew's (Coburg)/Northern Junior League

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1968

3

4

1969

16

12

1970

13

33

1971

15

21

1972

23

107

1976

14

39

Geoff "Magoo" Blethyn was immediately identifiable because of the thick black-rimmed glasses he wore when he played.

He played some early games on the centreline before becoming a top full-forward.

Blethyn came to Essendon from St Andrew's in the Coburg and Northern Junior League and started with the U19s in 1966.

After only two senior games at the age of 17, he played a fine game in the 1968 Grand Final and, with Essendon only two points down, he nearly won the game with a kick from the boundary which swung out of bounds.

In that year he was the League's top goalkicker in the Reserve Grade with 75 goals and was chosen in the Reserves interstate side. The previous year, in 1967, he had been the League's top U19s goalkicker with 68 goals.

After becoming full-forward, he turned in some sparkling performances. In 1972, he finished with 107 goals to be the only Essendon player, apart from John Coleman, to kick one hundred goals to that time. He was the League's second top goalkicker in that year. In an amusing incident following his 100th goal, he was temporarily blinded when the police horse protecting him from the fans slobbered over his glasses.

He also headed Essendon's goalkickers in 1970 with 33 goals after having a knee operation at the start of the year and missing seven games. He kicked 11 goals against Footscray in 1972 which is the most kicked by an Essendon player against the Bulldogs. He also kicked seven goals once in 1970 and five times in 1972.

In 1972 he was a member of an All Star team that played Carlton in London.

Just when he hit the bigtime, he was transferred on business to Western Australia in 1973 at the age of 21 and he played with Claremont from 1973 to 1975. He was in the Western Australian State side in 1973.

He returned to Essendon for one more season in 1976.

He scored equal second top Brownlow medal votes at Essendon in 1969 and equal third most in 1971. He also won the best utility player award in 1969 and 1971.

After finally leaving Essendon, Blethyn played in the Port Adelaide premiership team in 1977. He then played two games with Glenelg Reserves in 1980.

From 1983 to 1986, he was Glenelg's assistant coach and Reserves' coach.

 

BLEW, Russell A.

Years Played: 1960-68
Born: 7/11/1941
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Debut order: 716

Number(s): 14

Games: 125
Goals: 16

Previous Clubs: Ascot Youth Centre

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1960

4

0

1961

16

3

1962

18

0

1963

15

0

1964

18

3

1965

20

3

1966

5

1

1967

6

0

1968

23

6

Russell Blew was Essendon's best wingman for many years.

He had plenty of dash and was seldom beaten. A neat player, he got off the mark quickly and didn't waste his kicks.

He came to the U19s in 1959 from Ascot Youth Centre and he won the Best and Fairest award in that year. He was then U19s captain in early 1960 before being promoted to the Reserves and then Seniors.

He was runner-up in the Seniors Best and Fairest award in 1964. He also represented Victoria in that year.

He was on the wing in the 1962 premiership team and was one of the best in that position in the 1965 premiership victory.

His career was upset when he missed most of 1966 and 1967 with a knee injury but he came back with a vengeance for his final season in 1968.

Blew won Essendon's best utility player award in 1962 and the outstanding services award in 1964.

His brother, Don, was a League umpire for many years.

When Blew left Essendon, he became captain-coach of Waverley from 1969 to 1971. He then became a football panallist on HSV7 and a radio commentator on 3DB and 3UZ. Between 1982 and 1985 he was a school squad co-ordinator for Essendon.

Russell Blew was named at number 56 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

 

BLOOMER, Steve C.

Years Played: 1934
Born: 25/11/1909
Died: 25/07/1943
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 77 kg
Debut order: 482

Number(s): 27

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Brunswick/North Melbourne/Carlton

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1934

1

0

Steve Bloomer was a half-forward who came from Carlton where he played three games in 1933. Prior to that he had played seven games with North Melbourne in 1931.

He played one game with Essendon in late 1934.

He then played with Port Melbourne from 1935 to 1937. He went to Port as part exchange for Tommy Lahiff.

Bloomer died on 25th July, 1943.

 

BLUMFIELD, Justin

Years Played: 1996-2002
Born: 24/11/1977
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 1001

Number(s): 34 , 32

Games: 129
Goals: 86

Previous Clubs: Tuggeranong (ACT)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1996

10

3

1997

15

5

1998

21

12

1999

24

20

2000

24

27

2001

13

8

2002

22

11

Justin Blumfield came from the ACT and played a number of exciting games in the Reserves in 1995, and finally got his chance to play senior football in 1996.

He played his first game in unusual circumstances - the completion of the interrupted game against St Kilda in Round 10 when the lights failed. In doing so he became the 1001th player to ever play for the Essendon Football Club. He was picked consistently in the senior side towards the end of 1996.

After a superb 1998 in which he won the EFC Best Clubman award, Blumfield continued with another excellent season in 1999. He played 24 games and kicked 20 goals for the year.

His 2000 was his best. Just shaded by James Hird for best on the ground in the Grand Final, he finished 6th in the Crichton Medal. He also played 24 games and kicked 27 goals for the year and his excellent skills were topped off when he was added to the Australian team touring Ireland post-season.

2001 was a season marred by two major knee injuries limiting him to only 13 games.

Blumfield was traded to Richmond at the conclusion of the 2002 season despite having played 22 games for the year.

He pulled the red and black on again in 2005 after signing to play with the Bendigo Bombers. At 27 years of age Blumfield took on an assistant coach's role at Essendon’s affiliate VFL side.

 

BOLTON, Charles

Years Played: 1907
Born:
Died: 15/09/1954
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Debut order: 166

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Euroa

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1907

1

0

Charles Bolton came from Euroa and played one game in 1907.

He died on 15th September, 1954.

BOLTON, Mark

Years Played: 1998-2007
Born: 3/04/1979
Height: 196 cm
Weight: 91 kg
Debut order: 1010

Number(s): 23

Games: 124
Goals: 50

Previous Clubs: Ringwood/Eastern U18s

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1998

4

1

1999

2

1

2000

1

0

2001

12

5

2002

19

8

2003

21

12

2004

23

6

2005

16

5

2006

19

8

2007

7

4

Mark Bolton was drafted as a first round draft pick in 1997 after he excelled at centre half-back in the 1997 AFL National U18 Championships. He was a good runner with a cross-country background.

He made his debut for Essendon in the first round of 1998 in a surprisingly quick promotion to the senior team. He was a very talented and athletic centre half-back who could play in the midfield. But after four games in the senior team he spent the rest of the year playing in defence for the Reserves.

In 1999 Bolton played most of his football in the Reserves where he was among Essendon best players in the 1999 Reserves Grand Final in a winning team.

He had played only seven senior games by the end of the 2000 season, but was still considered a valuable player. In the final home and away game against Collingwood in 2000 he picked up nearly 20 disposals in one half of football, running with Collingwood star Nathan Buckley.

Bolton played 12 senior games in 2001 which was his best return since making his debut in Round 1, 1998. He had been used as a spare parts player, a defender, a tall mid-fielder and in tagging roles. His other games in 2001 were in the VFL competition in which he finished a creditable 3rd in the VFL Best and Fairest. His best senior game for the 2001 season was against the Kangaroos when he kicked a magnificent running goal in the 3rd quarter during Essendon's great comeback.

He improved his stocks dramatically in 2002 when he played 19 games for the season and fulfilled a variety of roles. Injuries to key players forced him to be played both in defence and attack and his success at either end of the ground saw his confidence soar. Bolton added a running element to his game which only enhanced his ability to be thrown into the mid-field as a tall on-baller. The second half of 2002 proved to be his best and he polled in the final eight games to finish 11th in the Crighton medal for the year and was awarded the most improved player for that season.

Bolton played 21 games in key positions at both ends of the ground for season 2003 and 23 games in 2004 but his form was inconsistent.

He suffered a hamstring injury in the middle of the 2005 season, but managed to play 16 senior games for the year. He played a serviceable year, but was hopeful of having an injury-free season in 2006, giving him a chance to perform at his best.

In 2006 he played 19 games and reached the milestone of 100 senior AFL games. His versatility had been his trademark.

He retired at the end of 2007.

Draft History: 1997 National AFL Draft 1st round selection (Essendon) No. 4 overall.
Player Honours: Reserves Coaches award 2000
VFL Bendigo Bombers 3rd Best and Fairest 2001
Most improved player 2002
Best clubman 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006
Career Brownlow medal votes: 4

 

BOMFORD, Andrew

Years Played: 1997-1998
Born: 19/07/1974
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 89 kg
Debut order: 1002

Number(s): 28

Games: 13
Goals: 5

Previous Clubs: North Shore/Sydney Swans Supplementary List

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Seasons Played

Click on a year to view games from that season

Year

Games

Goals

1997

3

2

1998

10

3

Andrew Bomford was drafted number 25 by Essendon in the 1996 National Draft. He played 79 games in the Reserves for Sydney before being picked up by Essendon. He played his first game against North Melbourne at the MCG in 1997.

In 1998 he played 10 games and kicked three goals for the season.

Bomford was traded to Sydney in 1999, and played 15 games for the Swans from 1999-2000.

 

BOOTH, John A.

Years Played: 1963
Born: 29/07/1942
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Debut order: 733

Number(s): 40

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Doutta Stars (EDFL)

John Booth was a half-back who played two games as a reserve in late 1963. He had joined the U19s in 1960 from Doutta Stars.

He then played 46 games with Fitzroy from 1965 to 1967 before joining Port Melbourne in 1968 and early 1969. He played with Brunswick in late 1969 and 1970.

 

BOOTH, Stan C.

Years Played: 1952-59
Born: 3/12/1933
Died: 30/08/2007
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Debut order: 653

Number(s): 2

Games: 102
Goals: 118

Previous Clubs: Moonee Imperials (EDFL)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1952

5

5

1953

17

13

1954

18

32

1955

14

10

1956

17

21

1957

20

23

1958

8

14

1959

3

0

Stan Booth was a fast moving, elusive rover who usually rested on a half-forward flank.

He came up through the Thirds after coming from Moonee Imperials and was equal second top goalkicker in 1954 and third top in 1956 and 1957.

Booth was involved in one of the most controversial incidents ever at Essendon in 1957 when he was penalised for deliberately putting the ball out of bounds with Seconds to go against Melbourne. Essendon lost the game when a goal was scored from the free. He was on the half-forward flank in the losing Grand Final team in that year.

He was also a member of the Seconds premiership side in 1952.

After leaving Essendon, Booth became captain-coach of Sandy Bay in Tasmania from 1960 to 1962 and later coached Aberfeldie Junior sides.

He became a League steward in 1975.

Booth died on 30th August, 2007.

 

BORTHWICK, Jack

Years Played: 1906
Born: 27/08/1884
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 131

Number(s):

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon 'A'/Port Melbourne/Footscray (VFA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1906

2

0

Jack Borthwick was a rover and wingman who came from Footscray (VFA) where he had played in 1905. Prior to that he had played with Essendon 'A' and then Port Melbourne.

Borthwick played the first two games of 1906 before returning to Footscray between 1907 and 1912.

After that he went to Broken Hill in 1912 and 1913 and then to Midland Junction in Western Australia.

Borthwick was in the Western Australian Carnival team in 1914. He played there from 1914 to 1917 before moving to West Perth in 1918. He then returned from the West to play with Prahran in 1919.

He died in 1948.

 

BOURKE, Peter

Years Played: 1988
Born: 23/05/1966
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 945

Number(s): 41

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Mitcham/Box Hill

Peter Bourke first played in 1988. He was recruited from Box Hill and had also played for Mitcham.

His only game for Essendon was in Round 20, 1988. He then transferred to Fitzroy where he played 22 games from 1989 to 1991.

 

BOWE, Arthur J.

Years Played: 1909

Born: 11/02/1888
Died: 12/10/1949
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 187

Number(s):

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon 'A'

Artie Bowe was a left-foot, half-back flanker who came from Essendon 'A' and played three games in early 1909.

He died on 12th October, 1949.

 

BOWE, Len

Years Played: 1907-15, 1918-20
Born: 27/10/1885
Died: 22/04/1954
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 157

Number(s): 4

Games: 185
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Maldon

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1907

14

0

1908

14

0

1909

18

1

1910

18

0

1911

20

1

1912

21

0

1913

15

0

1914

17

0

1915

14

0

1918

13

0

1919

15

2

1920

6

0

Len Bowe was one of the finest backmen to ever play for Essendon.

Initially from Maldon, he apparently rarely trained yet there were few better players in the team.

Regarded as a 'gentleman and thorough sport' he had no superior in the League as a defender. In 1911 he starred in the premiership victory over Collingwood. He also starred on the half-back flank in the 1912 premiership win over Melbourne.

Between 1908 and 1913 he only missed two out of the 91 games played. Bowe was an excellent big occasion player and when he retired in 1920, his 185 games was a record at Essendon.

He was selected in the State team in 1912. Heart problems forced his premature retirement in early 1920.

Len Bowe died on 22nd April, 1954.

 

BOWER, Brendan

Years Played: 1992
Born: 4/08/1966
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 965

Number(s): 36

Games: 3
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Mildura/Richmond

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1992

3

3

Brendan Bower made his Essendon debut in 1992 after playing 92 games for Richmond.

He played three games for the Essendon Football Club and kicked three goals.

Bower later transferred to North Melbourne, when his Essendon U19 coach, Denis Pagan, became senior coach there.

 

BOWER, Ray

Years Played: 1946-47

Born: 5/01/1923
Died: 16/05/1995
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 72 kg

Debut order: 603

Number(s): 16

Games: 10
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Castlemaine/Richmond

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1946

8

1

1947

2

0

Ray Bower was a solid half-forward and wingman who came from Castlemaine and then Richmond where he played 13 games in 1944 and 1945.

He played 10 games with Essendon, mostly in 1946, but could not hold a regular senior spot in the strong teams of that era.

Bower joined Port Melbourne in 1948.

He died on 16th May, 1995.

 

BOX, William S.

Years Played: 1958
Born: 11/06/1938
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 99 kg
Debut order: 695

Number(s): 20

Games: 9
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Whitton

Bill Box was a rotund centreman who came from Whitton where he played from 1952 to 1957. He played one season at Essendon, 1958, appearing in nine games between Round 2 (away loss to St Kilda) and Round 22 (away win over Richmond).

He then returned to Whitton as captain-coach in 1959. Box then became captain-coach of Culcairn for 11 years and in between also had stints as captain-coach of Barham, Henty and The Rock over a twenty-year period up to 1980.

He died in July 2006. 

 

BOYD, Colin G.

Years Played: 1977-79
Born: 27/07/1954
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 81 kg
Debut order: 841

Number(s): 17

Games: 34
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: St Patrick's (Sale)/Footscray/Williiamstown

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1977

19

0

1978

11

0

1979

4

0

Colin Boyd was a defender who came from Williamstown where he played in 1975 and 1976. He had won the Association's Field Medal in 1976. Prior to that, he played 10 games with Footscray in 1973 and 1974.

He was a determined player who played many good games and in 1977 he was Essendon's highest Brownlow vote-getter.

Boyd won the Reserves Grade Gardiner Medal in 1979 for best player in that competition.

He left Essendon to become captain-coach of Leongatha in 1980 and 1981 and he was then a player there from 1982 to 1986 before becoming captain-coach again in 1987.

 

BOYD, Jack. W.

Years Played: 1927
Born: 24/02/1906
Died: 26/04/1996
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 389

Number(s): 15

Games: 2
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Ballarat

Jack Boyd was a clever half-forward from Ballarat who played two games in early 1927 after showing great promise. He was cool and clever and a good kick.

He died on 26th April, 1996.

 

BOYSE, Maurice B.

Years Played: 1975
Born: 3/07/1955
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 827

Number(s): 20

Games: 9
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Airport West (EDFL)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1975

9

1

Maurice Boyse was a half-back who came from Airport West to the U19s in 1973 and played nine senior games for Essendon in 1975.

He then went to North Melbourne in 1976 where he played 47 games till 1981. He later played 16 games with the Sydney Swans from mid 1981 to 1983.

He made a successful comeback after a skull fracture.

 

BRADBURY, Peter

Years Played: 1983-86
Born: 2/07/1958
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 900

Number(s): 36

Games: 49
Goals: 19

Previous Clubs: Kilsyth/Port Melbourne (VFA)/Essendon U19s

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1983

12

1

1984

24

13

1985

12

5

1986

1

0

Peter Bradbury was a calm and talented left-footer who was a utility player playing mainly on the half-back flank. He was renowned for his long clearing dashes and he often created the loose man although at times he left his opponent unattended.

He came from Port Melbourne where he had played in their premiership team in 1981. Prior to that he had played for two years at Kilsyth and earlier still he had a stint with Essendon Reserves before being sacked in 1978.

He made the transition to the league successfully the second time round winning Essendon's best first year player award in 1983.

He was on the half-back flank in the 1984 premiership side. He was also in that role in the night premiership team and named on the half-back flank in the 'Inside Football' team of the year in the same year.

Bradbury was Essendon's equal third top Brownlow medal vote scorer in 1984.

In early 1986, he was controversially cleared to Collingwood and played 23 games there in that year and 1987.

Bradbury returned to Port Melbourne in 1988.


BRADLEY, Kepler

Years Played: 2004-2007
Born: 13/11/1985
Height: 196 cm
Weight: 90 kg
Debut order: 1042

Number(s): 16

Games: 49
Goals: 5

Previous Clubs: West Perth (WA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2004

5

1

2005

19

4

2006

21

8

2007

4

1

Kepler Bradley was drafted by Essendon in the 2003 National draft as a 1st round selection, No. 6 overall. He was described as one of the best tall players available in the draft and Essendon were delighted to get him with their first pick.

With polished skills and good endurance for a ruckman, he could also play in a variety of positions, including the wing. He had been named the best division one player at the National AFL U18 Championships and had won All-Australian honours. He had also thrived at senior level in the WAFL, playing in West Perth's 2003 premiership.

He made his debut for Essendon in the first game of the 2004 season. He played a total of five games for the year, kicking one goal.

Bradley excelled in the 19 games he played in 2005. He stood out for Essendon early on in the season winning an NAB AFL Rising Star nomination in a losing game in Round 1 against Melbourne, having 25 disposals, and followed up with another strong game in Round 3 against Hawthorn, with 26 possessions. He not only stopped attempts at goal, but he also created run and play from across half-back. Although he looked best suited to a key defensive position, he could also play up forward and was even used in the ruck late in the year. He had showed tremendous agility for his size and capped off a standout season with selection for the International Rules series in 2005.

Bradley missed just one game in 2006, due to an ankle injury, but did not quite reach the promise of the previous season.

He was cleared to Fremantle at the end of 2007.

Draft history: 2003 National AFL Draft, 1st round selection (Essendon) No. 6 overall on-traded
by Richmond to the Western Bulldogs for Danny Jacobs
Player honours: NAB AFL Rising Star nominee 2005, Round 1
VFL Bendigo Bombers Best and Fairest 2007
VFL Bendigo Bombers leading goalkicker 2007


BRADLEY, Kevin L.

Years Played: 1953-54
Born: 27/10/1931
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 659

Number(s): 5

Games: 5
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Mt Hawthorn Juniors (WA)/Myers (Amateurs)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1953

3

0

1954

2

1

Kevin Bradley was a follower and full-forward who came from Mt Hawthorn Juniors in Western Australia. He stood out of football in 1952 while awaiting a clearance to Essendon and played out the year with Myers in the Amateurs.

He played only five games in late 1953 and early 1954 because he was competing for a spot with John Coleman.

He headed the League Seconds goalkickers in 1953 with 61 goals.

After leaving Essendon he played six games with Richmond in late 1954 and then played with Richmond Districts in late 1955. He then went to West Perth from 1956 to 1958 before going overseas.

Bradley later became secretary-manager of West Perth from 1965 to 1982.


BRADLEY, Robert P.

Years Played: 1947-50
Born: 10/09/1924
Died: 4/08/1999
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 611

Number(s): 27

Games: 62
Goals: 5

Previous Clubs: Moonee Ponds YCW

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Robert Bradley was a consistent but deceptive winger who looked fairly slow but managed to keep up with most opponents.

Coming from Moonee Ponds YCW, he was also in the RAAF for three years before joining Essendon. In his first year in 1947, he was runner-up in the Gardiner Medal for Best and Fairest in the VFL Reserves competition.

By 1949 he was on the wing in the senior premiership team. A dislocated shoulder put paid to his chances of playing in the 1950 premiership side.

When Bradley left Essendon he joined Traralgon in 1951 and then went to Camberwell as captain-coach in 1952 and 1953. He later became captain-coach of Auburn from 1954 to 1959.

He died on 4th August, 1999.


BRAID, Colin. W.

Years Played: 1934
Born: 23/11/1913
Died: 15/06/1938
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Debut order: 473

Number(s): 33

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: South Broken Hill

Colin Braid was a tough and courageous utility player who came to Essendon from Broken Hill. He played one game in early 1934.

His lack of pace was a drawback and he transferred to Port Melbourne in 1935 in part exchange for Tommy Lahiff.

Braid died on 15th June, 1938.

 

BRITTINGHAM, Bill B.

Years Played: 1943-52
Born: 5/09/1923
Died: 18/06/1996
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 571

Number(s): 23

Games: 172
Goals: 181

Previous Clubs: Warrnambool

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1943

6

3

1944

9

0

1945

19

48

1946

21

66

1947

18

20

1948

21

39

1949

20

4

1950

20

0

1951

20

1

1952

18

0

Bill Brittingham was a superb ball-getter who came from Warrnambool and worked his way up from the U19s.

Tall, fast and agile, he moved from full-forward to full-back after the arrival of goal kicking sensation John Coleman. Brittingham showed excellent judgment and dash in the backline and was one of the safest defenders in the game.

As a full-forward Brittingham's kicking lacked accuracy but he still headed the League's goalkickers in 1946 with 66 goals. He was also Essendon leading goalkicker in 1945 with 48 goals and runner-up in 1948. He kicked seven goals in a game in 1946 and six goals on four occasions.

Brittingham was full-forward in the 1946 premiership team kicking four goals in a nine goal win over Melbourne.

He was full-forward again in the 1948 Grand Final and legend says he cost Essendon the game by kicking 2 goals 12 behinds in Essendon’s score of 7 goals 27 behinds - in fact, he was by no means the worst offender on the day as his score was actually 2 goals 2 behinds. The game finished in a draw and Essendon lost the replay by 39 points. He kicked 2 goals 3 behinds in the replay.

Playing at full-back after Coleman's arrival, he was amongst the best in both the 1949 and 1950 premiership wins.

Brittingham played in 18 finals games in his career and was selected in the State side in 1948.

Brittingham was also runner-up in Essendon Best and Fairest award in 1950 and won the best clubman award in 1947, 1948,1949 and 1952 and the most consistent player award in 1951.

He was vice-captain in 1951 and 1952.

Brittingham later returned as a club committeeman between 1968 and 1971.

Until 1983 he owned squash centres and a hotel at Allansford.

He died on 18th June, 1996.

 

BROWN, Brian

Years Played: 1982
Born: 27/09/1957
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 893

Number(s): 13

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Otway Rangers

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1982

2

0

Brian Brown was a rugged back pocket player who played two games in late 1982 after coming from Fitzroy where he played 52 games from 1976 to 1981.

His career was plagued by leg injuries before joining Essendon.

His only games for Essendon were in Rounds 17 and 18, 1982, for a win and a loss against Collingwood and Hawthorn.

Brown joined Coburg in 1983 before becoming captain-coach of Colac from 1984 to 1986. He was a player for that club in 1987 and he won the award for Best and Fairest in the Hampden League in that year.

His son, Jonathan, is a champion player for Brisbane.


BROWN, Bruce W.

Years Played: 1972
Born: 6/10/1951
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 801

Number(s): 49

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essex Heights/Melbourne

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1972

1

0

Bruce Brown came from Melbourne where he played six games in 1971. He won the League Reserves Gardiner Medal in 1971 while at Melbourne.

He played one game with Essendon as a reserve in late 1972.

He then joined Port Melbourne in 1973 and 1974 before playing with Brunswick for many years. He finished up as coach of their Reserves.

Brown later moved to Hong Kong. His father, Alf, was chief football writer for 'The Herald' for many years.


BROWN, Greg J.

Years Played: 1963-69
Born: 26/02/1943
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Debut order: 732

Number(s): 18

Games: 83
Goals: 5

Previous Clubs: Essendon Grammar School

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1963

7

0

1964

4

0

1965

20

0

1966

18

0

1967

18

3

1968

6

0

1969

10

1

Greg Brown was a fine full-back who came from Essendon Grammar School and became one of the League's best defenders. He also did well as a centreman and half-back. He was a long, driving kick, strong mark and stuck close to his opponent.

He was runner-up in Essendon Best and Fairest award in 1967. He also scored third most Brownlow medal votes at Essendon in 1967 and won the outstanding services award in that year.

He was full-back in the 1965 premiership team.

In 1966 He came back from his honeymoon in Queensland to play in a crucial match against Collingwood. One paper flew his wife (sister of Essendon player, Ken Hogan)back as well. After the game they flew back to Queensland for a few more days.

In 1968, he missed many games through injury and he lost form. Then, in 1969, he was runner-up in the League Reserves Gardiner Medal award and won Essendon's Reserves Best and Fairest award.

When he left Essendon, he played with Waverley from 1970 to 1972.

He later became an ABC radio and television commentator and then a 3AW radio commentator.

Greg was awarded Life Membership in 2001 for his service to the Club.

 

BROWN, Harold

Years Played: 1897-98
Born: 19/09/1878
Died: 11/03/1940
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 25

Number(s):

Games: 8
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Melbourne Grammar

Harold Brown made his debut for Essendon in Round 3, 1897 and finished with six games for the season. He played two more games in 1898 before moving to St kilda where he played 14 games between 1899 and 1900.

He died on 11th March, 1940.

 

BRYANT, Hedley. V.

Years Played: 1910
Born: 23/11/1885
Died: 16/07/1968
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 204

Number(s):

Games: 3
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: South Ballarat

Hedley Bryant was a half-forward who came from South Ballarat.

His only games for Essendon were in Rounds 5, 6 and 13, for wins over St Kilda and Melbourne and a loss to Collingwood. He kicked his two goals in the 50 point win over Melbourne at the MCG.

Bryant died on 16th July, 1968.


BRYAR, Richard

Years Played: 1948
Born: 16/02/1925
Died: 11/04/1968
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Debut order: 615

Number(s): 10

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Maryborough

Richard Bryar was a forward and centreman who played with Essendon U19s before World War II. After serving with the RAAF, he returned to play with Maryborough for a season in 1947, before re-joining Essendon.

He played three games as a reserve in 1948 before transferring to Essendon RSL in 1949.

He then joined Coburg from 1950 to 1952 and later played with Drysdale.

Bryar died on 11th April, 1968.

 

BRYCE, Ted G.

Years Played: 1935-42
Born: 12/12/1912
Died: 10/10/1996
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 483

Number(s): 8 , 31 , 9

Games: 106
Goals: 125

Previous Clubs: South Melbourne Districts

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1935

16

3

1936

13

0

1937

5

2

1938

17

18

1939

13

8

1940

17

48

1941

15

29

1942

10

17

Ted Bryce was a fine wingman, and later forward and change rover who came from South Melbourne Districts.

He had a solid build, uncanny anticipation and was a beautiful pass.

Bryce headed Essendon's goalkickers in 1940 with 48 goals, kicking goals in all but one of his 17 games that year including five against North Melbourne in a six point victory.

In late 1936 he was suspended for 18 weeks for kicking, meaning he missed 13 games in 1937. He returned and was selected for the state side in 1938. Although he was extremely fiery, he still managed to be Essendon third top Brownlow medal vote scorer in 1938.

He later copped a five week suspension in 1939.

Bryce was in the forward pocket in the losing 1941 Grand Final team.

He won a number of Club awards including most improved player in 1936, best utility player in 1938 and best clubman in 1940.

After leaving Essendon, he played in the Sunday competition and then later in the Wednesday League.

He was a Waterside Worker until he retired in 1976.

Ted's father, Bob, played for South Melbourne (five games, 1899-1900) and Collingwood (13 games, 1901-1902), and his brother, George, played 26 games for South Melbourne (1937-1939).

He died on 10th October, 1996. 

BUCKLEY, Paul C.

Years Played: 1938
Born: 13/05/1913
Died: 26/04/1988
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Debut order: 525

Number(s): 18

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Fish Creek

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1938

2

0

Paul Buckley was a centreman who came from Fish Creek and played two games in early 1938 (Rounds 3 and 4).

He then left to play with Brighton between 1939 and 1941 before enlisting in the Army.

He retired in 1980 after working for Huttons Meats for nearly forty years.

Buckley died on 26th April, 1988.

 

BUHAGIAR, Tony

Years Played: 1981-84
Born: 3/10/1955
Height: 166 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Debut order: 883

Number(s): 20

Games: 83
Goals: 135

Previous Clubs: East Fremantle (WA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1981

22

42

1982

23

41

1983

24

39

1984

14

13

Tony Buhagiar was a small but gutsy rover who came from East Fremantle. He debuted there in 1972 aged 16 and played until 1980 before joining Essendon. He had also represented Western Australia and was a member of the 1979 All-Australian side and the East Fremantle premiership side.

Nicknamed "Budgie", what he lacked in height he made up for with great determination and he loved kicking goals. He used his non-stop style to great effect and had plenty of skill.

Buhagiar succumbed to injury in 1984 which led to him missing out on selection in the premiership team in that year. He was named as an emergency. He had earlier been on the interchange bench in the 1981 night premiership side.

He was selected for Western Australia in the State of Origin series in 1982 but again missed out through injury.

He was Essendon's leading goalkicker in 1981 with 42 goals. He was also third top in 1983. He scored Essendon top Brownlow medal votes in 1982 with 14 votes and was second top in 1981.

Buhagiar won the best first year player award in 1981 and the most determined player award in 1983. In 1981 and 1983, he was named in the forward pocket in the 'Inside Football' team of the year.

He joined Footscray in 1985 where he played 25 games and then returned to East Fremantle in 1986.

Buhagiar's daughter, Carley, married St Kilda player, Brett Peake.

 

BUHAJ, Wally

Years Played: 1967-69
Born: 5/05/1947
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Debut order: 754

Number(s): 52 , 53 , 2

Games: 15
Goals: 5

Previous Clubs: Oak Park

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1967

5

1

1968

8

2

1969

2

0

Wally Buhaj was a stocky half-forward who played for the U19s from Oak Park in 1965. He had difficulty getting a regular senior game and 10 of his 15 games were as a reserve.

He won the Reserves Best and Fairest award in 1968 and was also a member of the Reserves premiership team in that year.

In 1969 and 1970, he played with Burnie in Tasmania. He went to Mayne in Queensland in 1971 and was runner-up in the Grogan Medal for Best and Fairest in the Queensland League in that year.

Buhaj played with Wilston Grange from 1972 to 1974 and later with Strathpine for two years.

 

BULLEN, Marc

Years Played: 2001-2005
Born: 12/07/1982
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Debut order: 1026

Number(s): 37

Games: 44
Goals: 9

Previous Clubs: Congupna/Murray Bushrangers U18s

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2001

2

0

2002

2

0

2003

16

6

2004

17

3

2005

7

0

Marc Bullen was drafted by Essendon in the 2000 National draft with the Club's 5th pick (number 63 overall). He made his debut for Essendon in Round 11, 2001 against St Kilda and adjusted to senior football quickly. He polled Best and Fairest votes in 10 of the VFL side's first 12 games and won the award after an outstanding VFL season.

He played just two games in 2002 in a season plagued with injury but bounced back to play in 16 games in 2003.

Bullen played 17 matches in 2004, kicking 3 goals for the season, playing mainly in the midfield.

The 2005 season was Bullen's last chance to make an impact on the senior team. He played well in the VFL but was not able to emulate his form in the seniors. He was delisted at the end of the 2005 season.

Draft History: 2000 National AFL Draft - Selection No. 63 overall.


BURDETT, Geoff K.

Years Played: 1976-78, 1981
Born: 4/07/1956
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 834

Number(s): 45 , 15 , 7 , 15

Games: 37
Goals: 46

Previous Clubs: Hopetoun

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1976

7

2

1977

4

0

1978

20

37

1981

6

7

Geoff Burdett was a versatile player who filled in as a rover and even played some games at full-forward. He was particularly dangerous near goal.

He came from Hopetoun and first played with the Reserves on permit in 1975 before returning home.

After playing 31 games between 1976 and 1978 he left to become captain-coach of Warracknabeal in 1979. He then returned to Hopetoun for the 1980 season.

He came back to Essendon in 1981 to bolster Essendon playing depth and was on the wing in the night premiership team in that year.

After finally leaving Essendon, Burdett again went back to Hopetoun from 1982 to 1986 and was captain-coach from 1983 to 1986 winning premierships in 1983 and 1984. In 1987 he was captain-coach of Birchip.

 

BURGESS, Reg M.

Years Played: 1954-60
Born: 6/08/1934
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 77 kg
Debut order: 661

Number(s): 18

Games: 124
Goals: 9

Previous Clubs: Apsley

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1954

16

0

1955

19

0

1956

17

3

1957

18

3

1958

16

2

1959

19

1

1960

19

0

Reg Burgess was a superb wingman and centreman, fast moving, high-marking and seldom beaten. He was clever, direct and always purposeful and had great judgment. He positioned himself perfectly for a mark and was just as sure on the ground.

Burgess came from Apsley where he had played from 1949 and had been Best and Fairest in the Kowree-Naracoorte League in 1952.

He won Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1957 and 1960 and was runner-up in 1956.

He was also selected in the State side in 1957, 1958 and 1960 and won an All-Australian blazer in 1958.

He won the most improved player award in 1955 and the best utility player award in 1959. He was on the wing in the 1957 losing Grand Final team and also in the centre in the losing 1959 Grand Final.

After leaving Essendon, he captain-coached Casterton to premierships from 1961 to 1963 and then played again with Apsley in 1964 and 1965. He later coached that club for two seasons.

Burgess was ranked at number 13 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

His daughter is married to former Essendon and Brisbane player Roger Merrett.

 

BURKE, David W.

Years Played: 1980
Born: 6/11/1959
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 874

Number(s): 29

Games: 3
Goals: 6

Previous Clubs: Horsham

David Burke was a ruckman and forward who came from Horsham.

He kicked five goals in his debut game in late 1980 and played two more games that year, but he could not go on with it and languished in the Reserves until early 1982. He was also hampered by a serious ankle injury.

Burke was cleared to St Mary's, Geelong, in early 1982, and he was then assistant coach and a player with Bell Park from 1983 to 1986. He represented the Geelong Football League in 1982, 1984 and 1985.

BURNS, Adrian

Years Played: 1990-91
Born: 5/08/1971
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 71 kg
Debut order: 956

Number(s): 40

Games: 11
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Dromana

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1990

8

6

1991

3

1

Adrian Burns was a member of Essendon's 1990 Night premiership side, in which he kicked two goals. He left Essendon to join St Kilda in 1991.

 

BURT, Charles Ian

Years Played: 1959
Born: 2/02/1937
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Debut order: 708

Number(s): 20

Games: 4
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Redan

Ian Burt was a follower who came from Redan where he had played since 1956 and played four games on permits in early 1959.

He then returned home to Redan where he played until 1960 before becoming captain-coach of Cressy in 1961 and of Newlyn in 1962 where he coached both sides to premierships.

Burt then joined Kyneton from 1963 to 1965. While there he won the award for Best and Fairest in the Bendigo League in 1964 and represented that league in 1963 and 1964. He went on to captain-coach Daylesford in 1966 and 1967.

 

BUSBRIDGE, Bill E.

Years Played: 1904-12
Born: 31/01/1885
Died: 12/06/1943
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 106

Number(s): 2 , 21

Games: 103
Goals: 32

Previous Clubs: Essendon 'A'

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1904

16

6

1905

1

0

1906

15

6

1907

13

10

1908

16

2

1909

15

3

1910

10

3

1911

6

1

1912

11

1

"Buzzy" Busbridge was one of the greatest players to ever play for Essendon, distinguishing himself as a follower and as a centre half-back. He had wonderful dash, was an excellent mark and kick and was one of the fairest players of his day. He was renowned for his sportsmanship during his career.

He came from Essendon 'A' where he started at the age of 15 and played his first game with Essendon a month before his 17th birthday.

Busbridge won the Champion of The Colony award as the best player in Victoria in both 1908 and 1909. He also won 'The Sport' trophy in 1908 and 'The Argus' award in 1909 for being best player of the year. As well he played for Victoria in 1907, 1908 and 1912 including the first Carnival side.

He was centre half-back in Essendon 1911 premiership team but his great career was dogged by injury.

In 1910 he damaged his knee which put him out for two months and he missed the first 14 games in 1911 before being talked into making a comeback.

The same knee gave way in 1912, not only ending his career, but also putting him out of the premiership side.

When Busbridge was transferred in his employment to Geelong, he became a Geelong Committeeman and he coached Geelong Grammar.

He was among the first 10 players inducted in to the Essendon Hall of Fame in 1996, and was ranked number 14 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

His brother, Norm, played five games for Essendon in 1907.

Bill Busbridge died on 12th June, 1943.

 

BUSBRIDGE, Norm

Years Played: 1907
Born: 23/10/1887
Died: 27/06/1953
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Debut order: 151

Number(s):

Games: 5
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon 'A'

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1907

5

0

Norm Busbridge was a follower who came from Essendon 'A' and played five games in early 1907.

He then transferred to Williamstown in 1908 and 1909 before rejoining Essendon 'A'. He later returned to Williamstown from 1912 to 1918 and was later captain-coach of Williamstown. In 1945 he coached the North Melbourne Colts.

He was the brother of Essendon champion Bill Busbridge.

Norm Busbridge died on 27th June, 1953.

 

BUSHBY, Percy C.

Years Played: 1936, 1939-48
Born: 27/05/1919
Died: 29/08/1975
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 90 kg
Debut order: 506

Number(s): 35

Games: 142
Goals: 46

Previous Clubs: Narrandera

Percy Bushby was a fine ruckman and defender who was a good high-mark and kick and protector of his team-mates.

Tall, solid and tough, Bushby came from Narrandera and after playing one game for Essendon in late 1936, he then return home in 1937 and 1938. When he rejoined Essendon in 1939, he became a regular fixture in the team.

Bushby was in the back pocket and ruck in the 1942 and 1946 premiership teams and also won Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1944. He also played in the Seconds premiership side in 1941.

He played in a total of 18 finals games.

Bushby was selected in the State side in the 1947 Carnival and was also chosen in the 'Sporting Life' All-Australian side in that year. He was Essendon's second top Brownlow medal vote scorer in 1947 and won the Club's most improved player award in 1942, the most unselfish player award in 1943 and 1945, and the most consistent player award in 1947.

In 1948, he unsuccessfully sought a clearance to Stawell and he missed the early part of the season.

He was then cleared to become captain-coach of Stawell in 1949 and he captain-coached that club to the 1950 premiership.

He then coached Ararat from 1954 to 1959, winning premierships from 1955 to 1958, and then Kilmore in 1960. From 1964 to 1968 he coached Coburg and also coached the VFA at the 1966 interstate Carnival.

He was an estate officer with the Housing Commission when he died suddenly on 29th August, 1975.


BUTTSWORTH, Fred J.

Years Played: 1945
Born: 29/05/1927
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 594

Number(s): 27

Games: 8
Goals: 9

Previous Clubs: West Perth (WA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1945

8

9

Fred Buttsworth was a fine half-forward who came from West Perth where he was captain in 1944 as well as that Club's leading goalkicker.

He played with Essendon on a war time service permit while serving in the Navy.

A brother of Wally, he only played eight games in 1945 because his naval service took him out of Australia to Asian ports for much of his stay.

After the War, he returned to West Perth where he played from 1947 to 1953. He was a Western Australian Carnival representative in 1947 and 1950 and won the Simpson Medal in 1951. He also won the Sandover Medal for best player in Western Australia in 1951 and had earlier been runner-up in the award in 1944.

He also played cricket for Western Australia.

 

BUTTSWORTH, Wally F.

Years Played: 1939-49
Born: 21/01/1917
Died: 22/05/2002
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 91 kg
Debut order: 533

Number(s): 15

Games: 188
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: West Perth (WA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1939

12

0

1940

19

1

1941

20

0

1942

18

0

1943

14

0

1944

16

0

1945

20

1

1946

22

0

1947

21

0

1948

16

0

1949

10

0

Wally Buttsworth was one of Essendon's greatest players. He came from West Perth where he played from 1935 to 1937, captaining that club in 1937 and also playing for Western Australia. He stood out of football in 1938 so that he could play with Essendon. He won the best first year player award in 1939.

Buttsworth dominated the centre half-back position during his long and distinguished career. He was a rugged, hard hitting defender, a sound mark and a beautiful drop kick. He had an unusual slightly hunched running style.

In the winning semi final over Geelong in 1940, Buttworth dominated the back line even carrying broken ribs, and he was the star at centre half-back in the 1942 premiership victory and again in the 1946 triumph.

He won Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1945 and 1947 and was runner-up in 1940 and 1942. He was Essendon vice-captain in 1949.

In the losing Grand Final of 1947 Buttworth took and incredible 25 marks. The following year he played in the drawn Grand Final, and missed the replay through injury. He played in 19 finals games in total.

Buttsworth was Essendon top Brownlow medal vote scorer in 1941 with 12 votes, and second in 1940. He was also third top in 1939 and 1946. He was Essendon's most serviceable player in 1943.

He was selected in the State side in 1941. He was also named in the 'Sporting Life' All-Australian team in 1947.

When he left Essendon, Buttsworth became captain-coach of Leeton in New South Wales from 1950 to 1952 and then captain-coach of Beckon in 1953.

He later became a club committeeman from 1961 to 1970.

As well as being a champion footballer, Buttworth played cricket for Western Australia and also represented Victoria at lawn bowls.

His brother, Fred, played eight games for Essendon in 1945.

Buttsworth was ranked at number 12 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

He retired from his taxi truck business in 1984 and died on 22nd May, 2002. 

 

BYERS, Max W.

Years Played: 1962-63
Born: 29/12/1939
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 728

Number(s): 37

Games: 7
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Hobart (Tas)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1962

5

0

1963

2

0

Max Byers was a utility player who arrived at Windy Hill from Hobart where he had played from 1957 to 1961.

He played seven games in 1962 and 1963 and five of these were as a reserve. He was also an emergency in the 1962 premiership team.

Byers played for Numurkah in country Victoria from 1964 to 1968, the first four years as captain coach. He later coached the Murray League junior side.


BYERS, Robert

Years Played: 1901
Born: 18/04/1871
Died: 17/12/1972
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 64

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Napier Imperials/Essendon (VFA)/West Perth (WA)/Fremantle (WA)

Bobby Byers was a half-back who came to Essendon from Napier Imperials and played in the Association team in 1894 and 1895. He was a member of the 1894 premiership team.

He then moved to Western Australia and played with West Perth from 1895 to 1897 and then Fremantle from 1898 to 1900.

Byers was 30 years old when he returned to Essendon to play his one League game, a Round 1 loss to Collingwood in 1901.

He then went back to Western Australia where he played with East Fremantle from 1902 to 1904 before going to South Fremantle from 1905 to 1908. He captained that club in 1908.

Byers died on 17th December, 1972.