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CAESAR, Jack

Years Played: 1938-42
Born: 1/05/1917
Died: 18/06/2004
Height: 165 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Debut order: 526

Number(s): 5

Games: 75
Goals: 15

Previous Clubs: Ascot Vale Rovers (EDFL)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1938

15

5

1939

13

3

1940

20

3

1941

20

4

1942

7

0

Jack Caesar was a fine wingman who he came from Ascot Vale Rovers.

He was a real goer, had great pace and delivered the ball beautifully.

He won the best first year player award in 1938 and in 1940 won Essendon's most consistent player award and was the Club's highest Brownlow medal vote winner. He also played in the 1942 premiership team.

After leaving Essendon, Caesar served as sapper in the Army in the Pacific Islands from 1942 to 1945, and he then played with Yarraville in 1946.

He died on 18th June, 2004.

 

CAHILL, Bill J.

Years Played: 1937-38
 Born: 5/12/1911
Died: 7/03/1966
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 520

Number(s): 22

Games: 15
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Launceston (Tas)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1937

3

0

1938

12

0

Bill Cahill was a half-back who arrived from Launceston in Tasmania where he had started in 1928. He played for Essendon in 1937 and 1938.

Shoulder problems cut short his League career and he returned to Launceston as captain-coach in 1939.

He was also a fine cricketer and he had represented Tasmania prior to joining Essendon.

He died on 7th March, 1966, at the age of 55.

 

CAHILL, Terry

Years Played: 1976-78
Born: 30/04/1958
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Debut order: 835

Number(s): 42 , 20

Games: 28
Goals: 22

Previous Clubs: North Ringwood

Terry Cahill was a talented rover who came to Essendon from North Ringwood.

He made his debut in mid 1976 in a win against Footscray and went on to play nine games in his first year, kicking three goals in consecutive weeks against North and Collingwood and picking up the Essendon best first year player award that year.

Cahill then succumbed to a shoulder injury followed by a bad ankle injury which restricted his opportunities. He had an interrupted 1978 but did manage 15 games despite persistent injury problems. He was also king hit in a match against St Kilda in 1978, and fears were initially held for his long-term recovery prospects.

Cahill then took off 1979 and tried making comebacks in 1980 before his ankle injury ended his League career.

 

CAINE, Frank H.

Years Played: 1912-14
Born: 28/07/1881
Died: 19/01/1930
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Debut order: 224

Number(s): 27 , 29

Games: 22
Goals: 33

Previous Clubs: Minyip/Northcote/North Melbourne (VFA)/Carlton

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1912

12

17

1913

5

10

1914

5

6

Frank "Silver" Caine came to Essendon after playing 80 games with Carlton between 1905 and 1909 and then spent two years with North Melbourne (VFA). He had started his football career at Minyip.

He had been a key member of the Carlton premiership teams in 1906 and 1907 and was that club's leading goalkicker in 1905 and 1907. He had also been the Association's leading goalkicker in 1910 while at North Melbourne. He also played in North's premiership team in that year.

"Silver", as he was known, was a top centre half-forward and a magnificent long kick and he was a star in that position in Essendon 1912 premiership victory giving him four premierships in seven years.

He died on 19th January, 1930.

CALLAHAN, Joe E.

Years Played: 1922-24
Born: 19/02/1898
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 89 kg
Debut order: 350

Number(s): 22

Games: 27
Goals: 15

Previous Clubs: Birchip/Footscray (VFA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1922

4

1

1923

14

5

1924

9

5

Joe Callahan was a tall ruckman and centre half-forward who came from Footscray (VFA). Prior to that he had played with Birchip.

In his early games, Callahan was ridiculed because of his extreme awkwardness but he then developed into a competent player. He represented the League against Ballarat in 1922.

 

CALLAN, Hugh

Years Played: 1903-05
Born: 26/12/1881
Died: 5/02/1917
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 84

Number(s):

Games: 36
Goals: 15

Previous Clubs: Brighton

Hugh Callan was a promising follower and utility player who came from Brighton.

His career at Essendon was cut short when he was transferred in his employment with the Bank of Australasia to New Zealand.

When he returned to Australia, he joined South Yarra Juniors for a short time in 1906 before moving on to South Melbourne where he played 36 games between 1907 and 1910. He was an expert in palming the ball to his rovers and was considered South's best player in the 1907 finals series. Although he looked small for a follower, he compensated by being elusive and courageous.

He served with the 14th Battalion and was later tragically killed in action near Bapaume on the Western Front on 5th February, 1917. He is buried in the Bancourt British Cemetery in France.

 

CALTHORPE, David

Years Played: 1992-1998
Born: 17/08/1973
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 92 kg
Debut order: 973

Number(s): 48 , 14

Games: 92
Goals: 58

Previous Clubs: East Keilor

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1992

2

2

1993

11

10

1994

17

13

1995

17

9

1996

16

7

1997

8

4

1998

21

13

David Calthorpe debuted in 1992, and after two games didn't play again until the middle of 1993. But it proved to be a dream start to his career when he won a premiership medal in just his 13th game of League football.

In 1994 he was part of the Club's night premiership side and the following year, in his 30th game, won the EJ Whitten Medal for his best on ground performance for Victoria against South Australia.

Calthorpe was a nuggety half-back/winger who was quicker than he looked and a fine tagger. Unfortunately his 1997 season was hampered by hamstring problems.

The following year he had a career best 5th in the Clubs Best and Fairest award in 1998 but contract negotiations stalled and Calthorpe left Windy Hill to continue his career at Brisbane as their number 1 draft pick in the 1999 pre-season draft. He struggled to make the Brisbane Lions team regularly due to injury.

He was traded to the Kangaroos in 2000 and then delisted by them in 2001.

After coaching the Western Jets in 2002 in 2003, he was appointed coach of the Werribee Seconds.

Calthorpe returned to Windy Hill in 2004 to become a runner and has been Essendon's team manager since 2005.

 

CAMERON, Ernest J.

Years Played: 1905-12
Born: 20/02/1888
Died: 16/12/1946
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 71 kg
Debut order: 124

Number(s): 6

Games: 113
Goals: 55

Previous Clubs: St Mary's (VMFL)

Ern "Ginger" Cameron was a champion rover who was regarded as the most outstanding small player of his time. He stood head and shoulders above everyone as a rover and he was a splendid place kick.

Cameron was part of Essendon's fabulous ruck-roving combination along with Alan Belcher and Fred Baring.

He was the champion League player of 1911 and starred in Essendon's premiership victory in that year. He also dominated the interstate Carnival series that same year.

Cameron was dogged with injuries during his career including a broken ankle in 1908 and a broken jaw in 1909 and then he missed the 1912 premiership side when he broke his leg in the last minutes of the semi final in which he had played magnificently.

This injury spelt the end of his great career.

Cameron was Champion of the Colony for best player in Victoria in 1912 and played for Victoria in 1905, 1906, 1911 and 1912.

He was also Essendon's second top goalkicker in 1912 and third in 1906.

After he retired, Cameron acted for some years on the League Umpires Board after returning from active service abroad during the war.

He also managed the famous Australian AIF cricket team that toured England in 1919. He had been secretary of the North Melbourne Cricket Club.

He was ranked at number 39 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Cameron died on 16th December, 1946.

CAMPBELL, Colin

Years Played: 1897-99

Born: 13/08/1872
Died: 3/04/1907
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 34

Number(s):

Games: 13
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Launceston (Tas)

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Colin Campbell was a top rover over many years and played in Essendon's Association premiership teams between 1891 and 1894 after joining the club from Launceston in 1890.

He was vice-captain in 1893 and an inter-colonial representative in that same year.

Campbell was an all-rounder with speed, a sound football brain and strength. He was also a magnificent long kick.

After Essendon joined the League he played in the 1897 premiership team. In fact, his only three games for the year were all finals.

Like his team-mate, Gus Kearney, he went to Scotland to complete a medical degree at the end of 1899 and he died of pneumonia in Gateshead, Newcastle, England within a month of Kearney in 1907.

He died on 3rd April, 1907.

 

CAMPBELL, Garnet

Years Played: 1923-33
Born: 31/07/1903
Died: 21/01/1981
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 69 kg
Debut order: 353

Number(s): 17

Games: 157
Goals: 51

Previous Clubs: Yarraville

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1923

4

2

1924

12

3

1925

16

1

1926

20

2

1927

15

6

1928

13

2

1929

16

1

1930

14

5

1931

15

7

1932

16

13

1933

16

9

Garnet Campbell was an outstanding, dashing wingman and sometimes centreman who used the ball well. He was an astute and popular leader, and a keen student of the game.

He was captain-coach during the struggling years between 1931 and 1933 and he was the recipient of severe, and at times, unfair criticism because of the team's lack of success.

Campbell was selected in the state side for the Carnival in 1927 and also played against NSW in 1928.

He was also Essendon leading Brownlow medal vote scorer in 1926 and won the Club's most serviceable player award in 1932.

After leaving Essendon, "Garney" became captain-coach of Sandringham in 1934 and 1935.

Like many of his teammates he worked as a fireman.

He died on 21st January, 1981.

 

CAMPBELL, James

Years Played: 1908
Born: 23/03/1886
Died: 16/01/1935
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Debut order: 181

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Preston

James Campbell came from Preston and played one game for Essendon in mid-1908. It was an away win over Geelong in Round 9, 1908.

Late in that year he was cleared to Maldon and he then played with Ballarat Imperials in 1910.

He died on 16th January, 1935.

 

CAMPOREALE, Scott

Years Played: 2006-2007
Born: 11/08/1975
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 1057

Number(s): 17

Games: 19
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Woodville-West Torrens (SA)/Carlton

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2006

12

3

2007

7

2

Scott Camporeale was a former Carlton speedster who played 233 games for the Blues in 10 seasons to 2004 before he was picked up by Essendon in the 2006 pre-season draft. He he struggled to show his best form with his new club largely because of hamstring and calf injuries.

"Campo" as he was known, was restricted to just 12 games in his first year at Essendon, and on occasions, showed his old brilliance. Even at 31 years of age, he played with class and vast experience which were assets the young Bombers needed.

Camporeale played a further seven games in 2007 before injuring a knee. He retired at the end of 2007 and was appointed an assistant coach at Essendon.

Draft History: 2006 Pre- season draft.
Player Honours: Carlton: AFL Rising Star nominee 1995
Carlton premiership side 1995
Carlton pre-season premiership side 1995
International Rules series 1998, 1999
All- Australian 2000
Carlton Best and Fairest 2000 (equal)
Career Brownlow medal votes: 49

 

CAPUANO, Barry E.

Years Played: 1959-66
Born: 26/11/1940
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 709

Number(s): 12

Games: 118
Goals: 16

Previous Clubs: North Essendon Methodists

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1959

10

3

1960

19

0

1961

18

5

1962

17

1

1963

18

2

1964

18

2

1965

12

3

1966

6

0

Barry Capuano was a smart wingman who never stopped trying. Speed was his main asset and he could deliver magnificent kicks on the run.

He came to the Thirds from North Essendon Methodists and in 1959 he was selected in the League Combined Second 18 team. He performed brilliantly and was elevated to the Seniors.

He was one of the best players on the wing in the 1962 premiership win but a knee injury cost him a place in the 1965 premiership team.

He was selected in the State side in 1963. He also won Essendon's award for best player under 21 in 1961 and the most consistent player award in 1963.

When he left Essendon, he became captain-coach of Mitcham in 1967 and 1968 and then captained Eltham in 1969 and 1970 to two Diamond Valley League premierships.

He was on the Essendon committee from 1974 to 1976 and was the Club's general manager from 1981-1988. In between he coached Stawell in 1978 and 1979.

 

CARACELLA, Blake

Years Played: 1997-2002
Born: 15/03/1977
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 1003

Number(s): 33

Games: 126
Goals: 151

Previous Clubs: St Marys (VMFL)/Northern U18s

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1997

17

25

1998

16

13

1999

24

31

2000

24

35

2001

21

25

2002

24

22

Blake Caracella made his senior debut against North Melbourne in Round 3 of the 1997 season after he had played two full years in the Reserves. He had a solid season in 1997, kicking 15 goals from nine games, which saw him nominated for the Norwich Rising Star award in which he ultimately came runner-up. Caracella won the EFC Best first year player in 1997.

After being hampered by injury in 1998 Caracella had an excellent 1999 season, polling Crichton Medal votes in four of the final five games for the season.

Caracella had an excellent year in 2000 coming 3rd in the Crichton Medal and cementing a place in the side, playing 24 games for the year. Caracella finished his 2000 season off by being a member of the premiership team. He also represented Australia in the International Rules against Ireland.

During 2001 he was a significant contributor to the team, polling 18 votes in the Crichton Medal. He was amongst the best players in all 2001 Finals and was a member of the 2001 losing Grand Final team.

Caracella played 22 games in 2002 and kicked 24 goals mainly playing in the midfield and as a forward. At the end of the 2002 season salary cap pressure forced Essendon to cut him from the list, and he was traded to the Brisbane Lions for Damien Cupido.

 

CAREY, Harry J.

Years Played: 1936
Born: 30/01/1916
Died: 4/02/1991
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 496

Number(s): 4

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: St Kevin's College/Essendon CYMS

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1936

3

0

Harry Carey was a defender who came to Essendon via St Kevin's College and Essendon CYMS in 1935.

"Bubba" as he was known, played only three games, all in 1936, but remained at the Club until 1938.

He then went to Lakes Entrance in 1939 and 1940 before joining the Army. After the War, Carey was captain-coach of Tatura in 1946 and he played with Cobram in 1948.

He retired in 1976 from his job as principal at North Footscray Primary School.

Carey died on 4th February, 1991.

 

CAREY, Stephen W.

Years Played: 1980-86
Born: 14/10/1959
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Debut order: 878

Number(s): 17

Games: 105
Goals: 6

Previous Clubs: North Launceston (Tas)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1980

7

0

1981

17

2

1982

20

1

1983

24

2

1984

20

0

1985

16

1

1986

1

0

Stephen "Stan" Carey was a solidly-built, hard-working backman who came from North Launceston in Tasmania. He was one of the tough, old-style defenders who bored in at the ball and was a relentless tackler. He was renowned for his rugged, close-checking play.

He missed selection in the 1984 premiership team because of injury, and was an emergency, but was on the interchange bench in the 1985 premiership team after struggling to hold his place in the team during the year.

He was also on the half-back flank in the 1984 night premiership side.

In 1980, Carey represented Tasmania in the state of origin series. He also won Essendon's best clubman award in 1981.

He was controversially cleared to Geelong in early 1986 and he played eight games there. He then returned to Essendon Reserves in 1987.

He was cleared to West Torrens in South Australia in 1988.

 

CARKEEK, Bill Barlow

Years Played: 1903-05
Born: 17/10/1878
Died: 20/02/1937
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 85

Number(s):

Games: 26
Goals: 8

Previous Clubs: Richmond (VFA)

Bill Carkeek was a competent rover who came from Richmond in the VFA.

He played all but two games in his first season in 1903 and another 12 in 1904. He played two games in 1905 then returned to Richmond during the year and played there till 1907. He was a member of that club's 1905 premiership team.

As well as playing football, Carkeek also played six Test as the Australian wicket-keeper.

He died on 20th February, 1937.

 

CARLAND, Matthew J.

Years Played: 1932
Born: 8/09/1909
Died: 5/02/1998
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Debut order: 441

Number(s): 29

Games: 6
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Nathalia/Castlemaine

Matthew Carland was a pacy half-back and utility player who came from Nathalia and played six games in late 1932.

He returned home to Nathalia in 1933 because he couldn't find work in Melbourne and then joined Castlemaine from 1933 to 1937.

In 1938, he played one game with Footscray and then went to South Warrnambool in 1939 and 1940.

During World War II, he captained the Army signals team in Palestine and then returned to captain-coach South Warrnambool in 1946. He was later captain-coach of Lake Boga in 1952 and 1953 and played with Wycheproof in 1955.

He was also a fine professional athlete winning 23 races.

Carland retired as a transport driver and shearer in 1976 and died on 5th February, 1998.

CARLISLE, Jake

Years Played: 2010-2015
Born: 1/10/1991
Height: 201 cm
Weight: 104 kg
Debut order: 1092

Number(s): 22
Games: 85
Goals: 54

Previous Club: Calder Cannons

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2010

3

2

2011

7

3

2012

18

2

2013

21

6

2014

19

27

2015

17

14

 

Tall and athletic, Carlisle was a strong overhead mark and courageous around packs. His versatility led to him becoming both a key component of the Bombers’ defence as well as an effective forward marking him as a future key position player at either end of the ground.

Jake Carlisle was recruited at pick 24 in the 2009 National Draft from Victorian team Calder Cannons and made his senior debut in Round 20, 2010 against Collingwood at the MCG.

He finished his debut season with three games. The following season Carlisle returned to the seniors late in the season playing every game between Round 18 and the Elimination Final. He had a fine 2012 playing 18 games and earning an AFL Rising Star nomination for his Round 9 game against Greater Western Sydney. Thereafter he played no fewer than 17 games in his next four seasons at Essendon.

Carlisle’s match-winning eight-goal haul against the Western Bulldogs in late 2014 was a career high for him. He finished that season with 27 goals, only one behind the Bombers’ leading goal kicker Joe Daniher.

It was looking like Carlisle was to have a long and successful career ahead of him in the red and black but in late 2015 he requested a trade from Essendon after it had been reported the club’s so-called supplements saga had taken its toll on him. He was traded to St Kilda on 21 October 2015 but his first pre-season ended abruptly when the he was among the 34 past and present players suspended for the entire 2016 season by the AFL because of the saga.

Carlisle played a total of 85 games for Essendon over six seasons.

CARMAN, Phil

Years Played: 1980-81
Born: 4/09/1950
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 89 kg
Debut order: 869

Number(s): 8

Games: 10
Goals: 12

Previous Clubs: Edenhope/Norwood (SA)/Collingwood/Melbourne

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1980

4

7

1981

6

5

"Fabulous" Phil Carman was an immensely talented football nomad, who made Essendon his third VFL home.

Carman was originally from Edenhope and zoned to Collingwood but opted to head to Norwood in Adelaide because he didn’t like Melbourne life. Such was his ability that after 10 games at Norwood he was picked for the South Australian state team.

He arrived at Collingwood aged 24 in 1975 and was a sensation from the start. Carman won the Club's 1975 Best and Fairest award, played for Victoria and was third in the Brownlow medal that year only 3 votes from the winner, but had missed nine games with a broken bone in his foot. In 1977 he was suspended in the semi-final against Hawthorn for striking, and missed both the Grand Final and replay. Most think his suspension cost Collingwood a flag.

He left Collingwood after 66 games for Melbourne but left there after only one year arriving at Essendon in 1980.

He also played for South Australia in the State of Origin game in 1980.

Despite his terrific skills and the excitement he brought to the game, Carman was at times undisciplined, and his career at Essendon was abruptly cut short when he was suspended for 20 weeks in 1980 after being found guilty of head-butting a boundary umpire and striking an opponent. He was the first League player to be suspended on an umpire-related charge since 1945 and it was the harshest suspension since that year.

After leaving Essendon, Carman played 13 games with his fourth VFL club, North Melbourne, in 1982. He then played as captain-coach of Eastlake in the ACT in 1983 and 1984. He was captain-coach of Kangaroo Flats in 1985 and later played with Benalla, Sandhurst, Kennington and North Ballarat.

 

CARMAN, Syd M.

Years Played: 1926-33
Born: 15/12/1901
Died: 16/02/1966
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 65 kg
Debut order: 372

Number(s): 11 , 19 , 11

Games: 96
Goals: 8

Previous Clubs: Middle Park

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1926

7

4

1927

9

1

1928

11

0

1929

9

2

1930

12

0

1931

17

0

1932

17

0

1933

14

1

Syd Carman started as a rover, went to the centre and then in 1930, became a very good defender with plenty of dash and sound judgment.

Carman came to Essendon from a local church competition and was vice-captain in 1933.

Fast and clever, he won Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1932. He also won the most improved player award in 1929.

Carman was selected in the State side in 1932.

He was lucky to escape injury in 1932 when he was struck in the back by a large stone thrown from the crowd.

After retiring, Carman became Club treasurer for twenty-two years from 1937 to 1958. He was then a committeeman in 1962 and 1963. He was chairman of the match committee in 1944.

Syd Carman died 16th February, 1966.

 

CARMICHAEL, Don C.

Years Played: 1955-57
Born: 3/03/1937
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 673

Number(s): 32

Games: 15
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Lincoln Stars

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1955

3

0

1956

5

0

1957

7

1

Don Carmichael was a half-back who played with the Lincoln Stars in 1954. He could not hold down a regular senior spot, playing only 15 games between 1955 and 1957.

He won the Seconds Best and Fairest award in 1955 and was also a member of the League Seconds interstate team in that year.

After leaving Essendon, he played with St Kilda Seconds in 1958 before joining Redan in 1959.

Carmichael then went to Williamstown from 1960 to 1965 and represented the Association in interstate football. He later played with Sale in 1968 and then was that club's chairman of selectors for a time and a selector for the Latrobe Valley League.

 

CARPENTER, John A.

Years Played: 1969
Born: 29/08/1948
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Debut order: 774

Number(s): 34

Games: 2
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Ringwood

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1969

2

1

John Carpenter was a rover who came from Ringwood where he played in 1966 and 1967. Prior to that he had been at Heathmont in 1964 and 1965.

He joined Essendon in 1968 and played two games in late 1969.

After leaving Essendon, he joined McLeod-Rosanna in 1970 and then played with Bayswater in late 1971. He then finished his career with Oakleigh Districts in 1972.

 

CARPENTER, John A.

Years Played: 1969
Born: 29/08/1948
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Debut order: 774

Number(s): 34

Games: 2
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Ringwood

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1969

2

1

John Carpenter was a rover who came from Ringwood where he played in 1966 and 1967. Prior to that he had been at Heathmont in 1964 and 1965.

He joined Essendon in 1968 and played two games in late 1969.

After leaving Essendon, he joined McLeod-Rosanna in 1970 and then played with Bayswater in late 1971. He then finished his career with Oakleigh Districts in 1972.

CARRUTHERS, Bruce

Years Played: 1927-28
Born: 18/01/1903
Died: 8/03/1988
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 383

Number(s): 18

Games: 12
Goals: 6

Previous Clubs: South Bendigo

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1927

11

6

1928

1

0

Bruce Carruthers was a half-forward and rover who came to Essendon from Bendigo.

He was forced to stand out of football in 1926 by the League when it was found that he had accepted money to train with Richmond in 1925 against the rules.

Carruthers had the potential to be a star and played 11 games in 1927 and one more in 1928. He kicked four goals in his first game but a shoulder injury later in that first year cut short his career.

He joined Coburg late in 1928 and then went to Launceston in Tasmania as captain-coach between 1930 and 1932.

Carruthers retired in 1967 from his job as a telegraphist with the Post Office.

He died on 8th March, 1988.

 

CARSTAIRS, James

Years Played: 1951-57
Born: 31/08/1929
Died: 7/07/1996
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 87 kg
Debut order: 641

Number(s): 20

Games: 71
Goals: 21

Previous Clubs: Essendon Baptist-St John's

Jim Carstairs was a consistent follower who arrived at Essendon from Essendon Baptists-St John's at the end of 1950.

After being told at the start of 1952 that he was no longer required, he stayed at Windy Hill determined to prove the selectors wrong, which he did by playing another 55 games over the next five seasons.

In 1950 Carstairs was a member of the Seconds premiership team. In 1953 he was runner-up for the Gardiner Medal, the best players in the League's Seconds competition, and in 1954 was the Club's most improved player. In 1955 he was Essendon's third top Brownlow medal vote getter.

He retired in 1957 after playing 71 games.

Jim Carstairs later joined the Club committee where he served from 1960 to 1973. He was unfortunate to have been chairman of selectors in 1972 and 1973 during an unsuccessful period in the Club's history. His health suffered and he retired after this.

Jim Carstairs died on 7th July, 1996.

 

CARTLEDGE, Tristan

Years Played: 2005-2006
Born: 11/06/1985
Height: 201 cm
Weight: 96 kg
Debut order: 1050

Number(s): 22

Games: 7
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: North Ballarat U18s

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2005

4

1

2006

3

0

Tall and mobile, Tristan Cartledge made his debut in Round 2, 2005, against Carlton and played four games with Essendon that year. In these games he exhibited an impressive vertical leap, which gave Sheedy the possibility of playing him in the ruck.

He played a further three games in 2006 before being delisted at the end of that season.

Draft History: 2002 Draft Selection No. 28

 

CASSIN, Jack W.

Years Played: 1936-47
Born: 1/07/1915
Died: 3/09/1994
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Debut order: 500

Number(s): 19

Games: 150
Goals: 145

Previous Clubs: Seville

Jack Cassin was a tough, rugged ruck-rover who stirred up the opposition with his vigour.

He came from Seville where he played in 1935. Prior to that he had played with Wandin in 1934. He was residentially tied to Richmond but they didn't want him.

Cassin formed a superb ruck partnership with Hugh Torney and was a fine ball getter.

He played in the ruck in the 1942 and 1946 premiership teams and booted six goals in the preliminary final in 1941.

Cassin was runner-up in Essendon Best and Fairest award in 1943, and was selected in the State side in 1941.

He also won the most unselfish player award in 1937, the most serviceable player award in 1939 and the best clubman award in 1941, 1944 and 1946.

Cassin missed many games in 1945 when he was posted to Borneo during World War II, and he retired from the seniors in 1947 to become captain-coach of the Seconds. He was later recalled to the team for the 1947 Grand Final when the team was depleted through injuries.

In 1946, he was involved in a sensational incident when a spectator ran onto the ground and tried to hit him.

When he finally left Essendon, he became captain-coach at Euroa in 1948 and he was then captain-coach of Colac from 1949 to 1951.

He was the marine dealer in Colac until he retired in 1976.

His son, John, later also played with Essendon (51 games, 1971-1974).

He died on 3rd September, 1994.

 

CASSIN, John H.

Years Played: 1971-74
Born: 2/07/1951
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 794

Number(s): 42 , 9

Games: 51
Goals: 32

Previous Clubs: Colac

John Cassin was a fiery rover and utility player who came from Colac. A fine team man, he was conspicuous by his long blond hair and tear through style. He loved to break clear of the packs and run with the ball but sometimes suffered with poor disposal.

He started on a high note winning Essendon's best first year player award in 1971 and the best utility player award in 1972.

In 1975, he went to West Torrens in South Australia and then he joined North Melbourne where he played 79 games from 1977 to 1981. He was a member of North's 1977 premiership side. He went to Fitzroy in later 1981 and played five games there.

His father, Jack, also played for Essendon (150 games, 1936-1947).

 

CERINI, Athol L.

Years Played: 1928
Born: 12/12/1907
Died: 10/04/1999
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 402

Number(s): 34

Games: 2
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Wodonga/Flemington Presbyterians

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1928

2

2

Athol Cerini was a rover who came from Flemington Presbyterians to the Seconds in 1927. Prior to that he had played with Wodonga as a junior until 1923.

He played two games in mid-1928 before giving football away because of a shattered nose.

He retired from work in 1972 after more than forty-eight years with the Post Office.

Cerini died on 10th April, 1999.

 

CHALLENGER, Charles T.

Years Played: 1940
Born: 19/12/1917
Died: 28/11/1996
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 546

Number(s): 22

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Brunswick

Charlie Challenger was short and stout defender who came from Brunswick and played two games in early 1940.

His career at Essendon was cut short by World War II and he served in New Guinea. On his return, he rejoined Brunswick in 1946.

He died on 28th November, 1996.

 

CHALMERS, Wally

Years Played: 1911-15, 1918
Born: 16/09/1890
Died: 17/11/1966
Height: 163 cm
Weight: 63 kg
Debut order: 211

Number(s): 7 , 2

Games: 73
Goals: 11

Previous Clubs: Carlton District

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1911

19

2

1912

16

1

1913

16

1

1914

15

6

1915

1

0

1918

6

1

Wally Chalmers was a smart and gritty winger who came to Essendon from Carlton Seconds.

He was on the wing in both the 1911 and 1912 premiership teams and he was considered to be the best wingman in the League in 1911.

That year he was selected in the VFL team that played against Ballarat and Bendigo.

Chalmers died on 17th November, 1966.

 

CHAPMAN, Keith

Years Played: 1955
Born: 3/03/1934
Died: 13/12/2007
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 64 kg
Debut order: 674

Number(s): 36

Games: 6
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Lincoln Stars (EDFL)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1955

6

1

Keith Chapman was a wingman who played six games for the Club in late 1955.

He was cleared to Coburg in 1957.

Keith Chapman died on 13 December 2007.

CHAPMAN, Paul

Years Played: 2014-2015
Born: 5/11/1981
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 87 kg
Debut order: 1111

Number(s): 3

Games: 29
Goals: 30

Previous Club: Geelong

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2014

20

22

2015

9

8


Paul Chapman was a Geelong champion before the Cats traded him to Essendon for pick 84 in the 2013 Draft. He had had a great career at Geelong playing 219 games between 2000 and 2013 and was a crucial part of that club’s three premiership wins in 2007, 2009 and 2011, winning the Norm Smith Medal for his best-on-ground performance in the 2009 Grand Final.

“Chappy” was a durable, creative and hard-working midfielder who loved to push forward and kick goals. In his debut game for Essendon in Round 1, 2014, Chapman kicked four goals, his first two within 11 minutes of the start, making him an instant Bomber favourite. He repeated the feat two rounds later in a huge win over arch-rivals Carlton. Chapman finished his first season with 20 games and 22 goals.

Chapman’s second season was interrupted by injury and after playing the first four rounds he managed only another five for the remained of the year.

Paul Chapman finished his fine League career on 280 games and three premierships.

CHARLESTON, Aubrey

Years Played: 1928
Born: 22/11/1901
Died: 5/08/1985
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Debut order: 400

Number(s): 26

Games: 9
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Ulverstone (Tas)/Carlton/Coburg

Aubrey Charleston was a solid and courageous ruckman and defender who came from Coburg without a clearance in 1928. He had been a member of their 1926 and 1927 premiership sides.

Charleston played nine games with Essendon in 1928, and although he was a real trier, he lacked mobility. His chief value was his high-marking ability.

He returned to Coburg in 1929.

Charleston died on 5th August, 1985.

 

CLARK, Milton

Years Played: 1945
Born: 27/06/1922
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 596

Number(s): 33

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon Imperials (EDFL)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1945

3

0

Milton Clark was a skilful, thick-set player who joined the Essendon Seconds from Essendon Imperials in 1939.

He played in the Seconds’ 1941 premiership side in which he was knocked out in the last quarter sparking all-in brawl that led to both teams being reported.

Clark’s career was interrupted by war service and he didn’t make his senior debut until Round 11 in 1945 and he played in three consecutive games, all losses..

Clark then joined North Melbourne in 1946 and played two games that year before playing with Essendon RSL from 1947 to 1949.

He retired from his job as a fibrous plasterer in 1982 and he died only a few days short of his 96th birthday on 16 June 2018.

 

CLARK, Steven

Years Played: 1985-89
Born: 15/05/1961
Died: 12/11/2005
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 913

Number(s): 12

Games: 53
Goals: 73

Previous Clubs: Bulleen-Templestowe

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1985

4

4

1986

19

33

1987

11

11

1988

16

22

1989

3

3

Due to Essendon's shortage of rovers, coach Kevin Sheedy with his then runner Colin Hooper, plucked Steven Clark from Bulleen-Templestowe in the Amateurs mid-season.

Clark had originally tried out with Fitzroy in 1981, but had been rejected. He then had four seasons with Doncaster, but thought he would have a crack at "better" football. Within a year he was playing for his state.

Clark was a speedy rover who won Essendon’s best first year player award in 1985. He had a fine year in 1986, won the club’s Most Improved Player award and was selected in the State side in that year. He was also Essendon third leading goalkicker in that year and the Club's second top Brownlow medal vote getter.

Clark’s 1987 season was not as good and although he played 11 games he spent more time in the Reserves.

He was then drafted by the Melbourne Football Club where he played 21 games but seriously injured a knee. He also played six games for St Kilda in 1992. Steven Clark died on 12/11/2005.

 

CLARKE, Jack E.

Years Played: 1951-67
Born: 14/07/1933
Died: 3/12/2001
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Debut order: 642

Number(s): 29 , 1

Games: 263
Goals: 180

Previous Clubs: Essendon High School

Jack Clarke was a great Essendon centreman and then rover who joined Essendon straight from Essendon High School at the age of 14 in 1947. He was vice-captain of the Thirds in 1949 at the age of 15 and was runner-up in the Morrish Medal for Best and Fairest in the League Thirds in 1950. He was Essendon Thirds Best and Fairest award in both 1949 and 1950.

Clarke was a sporting natural and one of the smartest football thinkers of all time. Although he was lightly built, it didn't stop him diving into packs and his fearlessness also led to him receiving more than his fair share of knocks.

Clarke was a superb Essendon captain from 1958 until he retired as skipper at the end of 1964. Only Dick Reynolds was captain for longer and Bill Hutchison for the same period.

He won the Best and Fairest award in 1958 and 1962 and was runner-up six times: 1953, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1960 and 1963.

Clarke was also Essendon's second top goalkicker in 1960 and 1966 (equal). His best goalkicking effort was six in a game in 1960.

He led Essendon superbly as first rover in the 1962 premiership victory and, as centreman, was also amongst the best in the 1965 premiership win.

He polled 116 Brownlow medal votes which is the third most of any Essendon player behind Dick Reynolds and Bill Hutchison.

He polled most Essendon votes in 1956 with 10, in 1957 with 11, in 1958 (equal) with 15 and in 1966 with 9 votes. He was second top in 1953, 1955 and 1965 (equal) and third top in 1954, 1959 (equal) and 1960 (equal).

Clarke played for Victoria in every year from 1953 to 1962 and won three All-Australian blazers in 1953, 1956 and 1958.

He captained the State side in 1959, 1960 and 1962 and played in 27 interstate games (which is second only to Bill Hutchison at Essendon).

Clarke also won the outstanding services award in 1959 and 1963 and the most consistent player award in 1954.

His career at Essendon ended sensationally when he was dropped in early 1967 and he then retired. He had been an applicant for Essendon coaching position when John Coleman was appointed in 1961 and he acted as assistant coach when Coleman was ill with hepatitis in that year.

He did, however, come back as coach in 1968 after Coleman stood down and his new approach to training had immediate results when the club finished runners-up. But this success was short lived and after a disastrous year in 1970 he was dumped.

Clarke returned to Essendon as a specialist coach in 1978 and 1979, before becoming assistant coach at St Kilda from 1981 to 1983.

His father, Tom, had also been an Essendon star in the 1930s and his brother, Ron, was a champion athlete.

He was named at number 8 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Jack Clarke died on 3rd December, 2001, after a six month battle with cancer.

 

CLARKE, Neil F.

Years Played: 1977-87
Born: 28/08/1957
Died: 29/03/2003
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 839

Number(s): 39 , 8
Games: 135
Goals: 34

Previous Clubs: Ringwood

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1977

8

1

1978

4

0

1979

5

2

1980

7

2

1981

20

0

1982

21

4

1983

22

5

1984

14

4

1985

12

5

1986

11

2

1987

11

10

Neil "Nobby" Clarke started off as a wingman after arriving from Ringwood. He had limited success initially, but he switched to the back pocket in 1981 and developed into a fine defender.

He was a mobile player who could also play on the ball, and he could play the tagging role and still gather possessions.

After missing the 1983 Grand Final with a knee injury, Clarke was in the back pocket in the 1984 premiership win. He was also ruck-rover in the 1985 premiership victory.

He had also played in the back pocket in the 1981 night premiership team and the 1984 night premiership side.

Clarke won Essendon's most determined player award in 1981, the most improved player award in 1982, and the best clubman award in 1984.

He also represented Victoria in 1983.

His father, Fred, played 21 games for Richmond (1951-1953).

Neil Clarke died on 29th March, 2003, aged only 43.

 

CLARKE, Tom

Years Played: 1927-34
Born: 21/11/1906
Died: 24/07/1981
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 71 kg
Debut order: 387

Number(s): 23

Games: 103
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Williamstown Juniors

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1927

7

1

1928

12

0

1929

8

1

1930

16

0

1931

16

0

1932

12

0

1933

16

1

1934

16

0

Tom Clarke was a fine wingman who was one of Essendon's most consistent performers. His pace made him a very effective wing player and was noted for his proficiency in the wet. Although he was small, he was fearless and tenacious.

He was also selected in the League side against a country team in 1928 and played against South Australia in 1933. In fact, his state selection in 1933 was announced on the day his son, Jack, was born.

He won Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1931, was Essendon's second top Brownlow medal vote scorer in 1932 and third top in 1933. He also won the Club's most improved player award in 1928 and 1933.

Clarke was the father of future Essendon champion Jack, and Olympic athlete, Ron. When he left Essendon, he went on to play over 100 games with Brunswick between 1935 and 1940. He was member of their 1938 premiership side.

He then returned to Essendon as a committeeman for thirty years from 1944 to 1973 and as a member of the selection committee for ten years.

Tom Clarke died on 24th July, 1981.

 

CLARKSON, Jack H.

Years Played: 1956, 1958
Born: 28/02/1935
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 71 kg
Debut order: 679

Number(s): 29 , 14

Games: 5
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: North Essendon Methodists

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1956

2

1

1958

3

0

Jack Clarkson was a stand-in rover and back pocket player who came from North Essendon Methodists to the Thirds in 1953.

He played five games in 1956 and 1958.

Clarkson was a member of the League Seconds State side in 1956 and also played five senior games between 1956 and 1958. He didn't play senior football in 1957.

After leaving Essendon he played with Coburg from 1960 to 1962.

 

CLAYTON, Cameron D.

Years Played: 1983
Born: 5/02/1957
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 896

Number(s): 12

Games: 17
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: New Norfolk (Tas)/Richmond/Melbourne

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1983

17

1

A tough utility player, Cameron Clayton came from Melbourne where he played 40 games from 1979 to 1982. Prior to that he played at New Norfolk in Tasmania and then 67 games with Richmond from 1974 to 1978. He was in the Tigers' premiership side in 1974.

Clayton played 17 games in 1983 before injuring his knee in early 1984 and this effectively ended his career. He was on the interchange bench in the losing Grand Final team in 1983.

He became captain-coach of Kingsville in 1986.

 

CLEGHORN, Arthur

Years Played: 1897-1901, 1903
Born: 1/12/1873
Died: 27/05/1951
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 3

Number(s):

Games: 61
Goals: 53

Previous Clubs: Richmond City

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1897

15

13

1898

18

14

1899

14

15

1900

8

6

1901

1

1

1903

5

4

Arthur Cleghorn was a clever and efficient rover who was in Essendon's first League side. He was one of the stars in that 1897 premiership team.

He was dangerous around the goals and was Essendon leading goalkicker in 1899 with 15 goals. He was also runner-up in 1898 and third in 1897.

He booted five goals in one game in 1899.

Cleghorn went on to play with Richmond (VFA) in 1904 and 1905 and played in their premiership side in 1905.

He died on 27th May, 1951.

 

CLOSE, Robin W.

Years Played: 1966-78
Born: 3/11/1949
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Debut order: 759

Number(s): 19

Games: 147
Goals: 233

Previous Clubs: Ringwood

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1968

13

25

1969

19

39

1970

14

17

1971

3

5

1972

15

21

1973

19

38

1974

5

8

1975

20

36

1976

18

26

1977

17

12

1978

4

6

Robin Close was a talented, high-marking forward who played as a half-forward and in the key forward posts. He was a fine ground player and had a deadly drop punt for goal.

He came from Ringwood and was the League recruit of the year when he started in 1968 and won Essendon best first year player award. He was also on the half-forward flank in the losing Grand Final team in his first year.

Close was second top goalkicker in 1968, 1969 and 1973. He was also third top in 1975. He booted seven goals in a game in 1977 and six goals in games in 1969 and 1976.

He missed most of 1974 after he broke his leg.

After leaving Essendon he played with Myrtleford in 1980 and then became captain-coach of Benalla in 1981 and 1982.

 

CLOUGH, Richard

Years Played: 1907-08
Born: 2/03/1884
Died: 2/06/1915
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 162

Number(s):

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Coburg Juniors

Richard Clough played one game, against Carlton in 1907, and another against Geelong in 1908.

He later fought for the AIF and was wounded in action at Gallipoli where he was serving with the 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment.

He died of his wounds at sea on 2nd June, 1915.

 

CLOWE, Clarence R.

Years Played: 1922
Born: 13/01/1893
Died: 10/10/1980
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Debut order: 349

Number(s): 19

Games: 5
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Brunswick/Carlton

"Mick" Clowe was a centre half-back who came from Carlton where he played 12 games in 1920 and 1921.

He played five games with Essendon in late 1922.

Clowe died on 10th October, 1980.

 

COATES, Walter

Years Played: 1937
Born: 4/01/1911
Died: 19/04/1990
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 514

Number(s): 27

Games: 4
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: East Brunswick/Carlton Seconds/Fitzroy

Walter Coates played four consecutive games for the Club between Rounds 6 and 9,1937.

He had also played two games for Fitzroy in 1932.

Coates died on 19th April, 1990.

 

COCHRANE, George

Years Played: 1897, 1901-04
Born: 25/09/1877
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 35

Number(s):

Games: 23
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Wesley College

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1897

2

1

1901

1

0

1902

6

1

1903

10

2

1904

3

0

George Cochrane came from Wesley College and showed great promise as a wingman before going away to fight in the Boer War and then to complete his medical studies in England.

He played in the 1897 premiership team and his only three games for that year were finals matches.

Cochrane returned to Australia and rejoined Essendon in late 1901 playing one game. He played 20 games between 1902 and 1904.

 

COCKATOO-COLLINS, Che

Years Played: 1994- 1998
Born: 5/03/1975
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 979

Number(s): 9

Games: 85
Goals: 109

Previous Clubs: City Cobras (Cairns)/Port Adelaide

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1994

16

24

1995

14

19

1996

24

37

1997

17

17

1998

14

12

Che Cockatoo-Collins came to Essendon in 1994 and immediately had some big shoes to fill. In the 1994 pre-season, Michael Long suffered a knee injury that would keep him out for the year, and many thought that Cockatoo-Collins was the player to replace Long. This was a tall order given Long had just won the Norm Smith medal for best on ground in the 1993 Grand Final, but Cockatoo-Collins Che didn't let anyone down. In his first three games he kicked eight goals and continued to impress, kicking goals in all but two of his 16 games that year.

He was nominated for 1994 Norwich Rising Star and played in the 1994 night premiership. As it seems with nearly all Aboriginal players that come to Essendon, Cockatoo-Collins played with a flair that thrilled the crowd. He had a disrupted 1995 season owing to the death of his mother and then suffered an hamstring injury in Round 20 that cut his season short. But he had played some fine games all the same.

Cockatoo-Collins started brilliantly in 1996, and was easily the best player for the Lightning Premiership series. His form was good throughout the year, and he looked to be an important part of the future of the club.

He had a disappointing 1997, kicking only 17 goals in 17 games. He was picked up in pre-draft trading and went to Port Adelaide in 1998.

Che's younger brothers played a few games for Melbourne; Donald played nine (1996-1998) and David played two (1996-1997).

 

COCKBURN, Jack

Years Played: 1943-44
Born: 26/12/1911
Died: 21/09/1990
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 81 kg
Debut order: 575

Number(s): 27

Games: 10
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Blyth/South Adelaide (SA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1943

5

1

1944

5

1

Jack Coburn was a half-back who came from Blyth in South Australia to South Adelaide where he played 167 games from 1934 to 1942. He played in the South Australian Carnival side in 1937 and won the Magarey Medal for Best and Fairest in South Australia in 1935.

He played 10 games for Essendon in 1943 and 1944 and was on the half-back flank in the losing 1943 Grand Final side.

Cockburn played with Essendon on a war time service permit but his senior games were limited because of problems with training. Because of this, he transferred to Williamstown in 1945 and was flown back from RAAF service in Madang to be a member of their premiership side in that year.

He returned to Adelaide after the War, but ill health led to his retirement from football.

Cockburn died on 21st September, 1990.

 

COFFEY, William J.

Years Played: 1918
Born: 10/10/1896
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 281

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Ascot Vale

William Coffey made his Essendon debut in Round 1, 1918, in an away loss to Richmond. It was to be his only League appearance.

He died in 1962.

 

COLE, Richard

Years Played: 2006 - 2007
Born: 15/07/1983
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 87 kg
Debut order: 1063

Number(s): 28

Games: 7
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Pioneers (NT)/Eastern U18s/Collingwood

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2006

4

0

2007

3

0

Richard Cole joined Essendon in 2006 for a new challenge after having had a good 2004 season with Collingwood, but not being able to find similar form in 2005. At his best, he was a dashing defender who was hard at the ball.

He was sixth in Collingwood's Best and Fairest in 2004 and so Essendon knew he had talent. However, 2006 was to be a frustrating year for him and he was restricted to just four games due to knee problems.

Cole was delisted at the end of season 2007.

Draft History: Traded by Collingwood to Essendon for pick no. 23 in the AFL draft, 2005
Player Honours: NAB AFL Rising Star nominee, 2003

 

COLEMAN, Brian

Years Played: 1952-53
Born: 21/05/1932
Died: 9/12/1966
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Debut order: 646

Number(s): 17

Games: 10
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Cobden

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1952

5

0

1953

5

0

Brian Coleman was a half-back from Cobden. He played 10 games in 1952 and 1953 and seven of those were as reserve.

Although he shared the same name and played at the same time as the great John Coleman, they were unrelated.

He joined Maryborough in 1954.

He died at a young age on 9th December, 1966, after an accident at a gymnasium. He was a member of the Police Force.

 

COLEMAN, John

Years Played: 1949-54
Born: 23/11/1928
Died: 5/04/1973
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 619

Number(s): 10

Games: 98
Goals: 537

Previous Clubs: Hastings

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1949

21

100

1950

19

120

1951

16

75

1952

18

103

1953

18

97

1954

6

42

John Coleman was one of the greats of the game, some say the greatest player ever.

Coleman burst into league football with 12 goals on debut and became an overnight sensation. Throughout his career fans flocked to see him play. Many would change ends each quarter get as close a look at him as they could.

Coleman's game was built around his great high-marking for which he became famous, and his long accurate kicking. For a full-froward these were ideal skills. But he was also a superb reader of the game and was quick and strong when the ball was on the ground.

Coleman was born in Port Fairy and spent his early school years in Moonee Ponds. The Coleman family then moved to Tyabb when he was in his teens and he played football for Hastings. His goalkicking feats attracted the attention of league clubs and he was invited to Essendon for practise games in early 1947 and again in early 1948. However Coleman returned home complaining that other players wouldn't kick to him. At one point Coleman was considering playing for Richmond, but finally opted for Essendon.

In his first game, Round 1, 1949, Coleman stunned the football world by kicking 12 goals, a feat never before or since achieved by a player on debut. He became the first League player to kick 100 goals in his first season, in the process breaking Essendon's goalkicking record of 70 goals held by Tom Reynolds in 1939.

He also won Essendon's Best and Fairest medal that year, was selected in the State side, and also played in a premiership, kicking six goals, the last of which was his 100th for the season. An hour after the victory Coleman he was still trying to leave the Essendon rooms besieged by fans.

Coleman was indeed a phenomenon. He was the League's leading goalkicker again in 1950 with 120 goals and his four goals in the Grand Final that year spearheaded the club's second successive premiership win. He was the League's second top goalkicker in 1951 with 75 goals and again topped the League goalkickers in 1952 with 103 goals and in 1953 with 97 goals. In the last three home and away games in 1952 he booted 9, 13 and 8 goals respectively.

In the last game of 1951, Coleman received rough treatment from his Carlton opponent. He retaliated and was reported. He pleaded his case at the tribunal but was sensationally suspended for four weeks, eliminating him from finals action. Many believe that his suspension cost Essendon the flag as the team was beaten in the Grand Final by Geelong by only 11 points.

Coleman played in the State side in 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1953. He won an All-Australian blazer in 1953 and was Essendon's Best and Fairest winner 1949 and runner-up in 1952. He was the Club's vice-captain in 1953 and 1954.

In Round 7, 1954, Coleman kicked 14 goals against Fitzroy, the highest tally of his career. The following week against North Melbourne at Windy Hill, Coleman had five goals on the board when he led for a mark. Coleman landed awkwardly and injured his knee. After 98 games his career was over.

Coleman had kicked 42 goals before his injury, was averaging seven goals a game, and still was Essendon's leading goalkicker for the year. He had kicked 537 goals and headed the League goalkicking list four times. His average was just short of 5.5 goals per game, the second highest in league history and he had been goalless only once in his League career.

Coleman kicked 13 goals twice in 1952, 12 goals in 1949 and 11 goals in 1953. He kicked 10 goals on six occasions, nine goals three times and eight goals on five occasions.

Fortunately for Essendon, his retirement from playing did not mean the end of his association with the Club. Coleman joined the committee in 1959 and then he took over from Dick Reynolds as coach in 1961.

His first year as coach was not without its problems as he was laid low for some weeks with hepatitis at the start of 1961. But he went on to coach Essendon to two premierships in 1962 and 1965 and also coached the State side in 1965.

He retired as coach at the end of 1967.

John Coleman died from a heart attack on 5th April 1973 at his Dromana hotel. He was 44 years old.

 

COLLICOAT, W. Ken

Years Played: 1944
Born: 5/04/1973
Died: 19/04/2007
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Debut order: 584

Number(s): 9

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Carlton Methodists/Carlton Seconds

A half-back, Ken Collicoat came from Carlton Seconds and played in two games in 1944, one was as a reserve.

In 1945 and 1946 he played with Brunswick and he then became the first captain-coach of East Launceston in Tasmania in 1948. He later became captain-coach of Bushfield between 1950 and 1954.

He went on to become a leading international cricket umpire.

Collicoat retired from full time work in 1960.

He died on 19th April, 2007.

 

COLLINS, G. David

Years Played: 1969-70
Born: 31/05/1946
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Debut order: 766

Number(s): 31

Games: 14
Goals: 6

Previous Clubs: St Bernard's Old Collegians

David Collins was a centre half-forward from St Bernard's Old Collegians. He started disastrously when he sustained a facial fracture his first game. His career was then cut short when he missed most of 1970 through a knee injury and he was again dogged by injury in 1971. He had been a member of the Reserves premiership team in 1968.

He played with Williamstown in 1972 and 1973 and then became captain-coach of Aberfeldie in 1974 and 1975 winning a premiership in 1974.

In 1978, he returned to Essendon as a junior skills coach and he was on the match committee from 1983 to 1987.

 

COLLINS, George R.

Years Played: 1897-1903
Born: 30/01/1876
Died: 24/08/1942
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 5

Number(s):

Games: 93
Goals: 22

Previous Clubs: Austral/Ballarat

Known as "Tod" Collins was a top line defender from Ballarat who was an excellent high-mark. It was said that his high-marking defied the opposition.

He played in the Club's first premiership, 1897, was vice-captain in 1900 and then captain in 1901 and 1902, leading Essendon to their second VFL premiership in 1901.

In 1902, he missed nearly three months with a leg injury and did not return until early 1903.

He was selected in the State side in 1900, 1901 and 1902.

As well as being a top footballer he also played cricket for Victoria. After he left Essendon, Collins later went on to captain Preston in 1906.

His brother, Maurice, also played with Essendon at the same time.

Collins died on 24th August, 1942.

 

COLLINS, Jack C.

Years Played: 1950
Born: 9/05/1925
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Debut order: 626

Number(s): 2

Games: 13
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Fitzroy Sub Districts/Fitzroy

Jack Collins was a talented wingman who came from Fitzroy where he played 31 games from 1945 to 1949. Prior to that he was with Fitzroy Sub Districts.

He was speedy and his powerful left-foot kicks, usually delivered quickly after a swerving run, proved a source of drive.

He played 13 games in 1950 and was on the wing in the premiership team that year.

Collins didn't always see eye to eye with the Club hierarchy and there was disappointment when he didn't return in 1951.

He was cleared to Finlay in New South Wales where he was captain-coach in 1951 and 1952 winning a premiership in the second year. He then played with Sorrento in 1953 and 1954 and had half a season with Footscray Seconds in 1955.

His sons both played League football. Daryl played one game for Footscray in 1974, and Dennis played a combined total of 147 games for Footscray, Carlton and Richmond (1972-1980).

Jack Collins died in 1998.

 

COLLINS, James

Years Played: 1919-21
Born: 29/05/1896
Died: 13/10/1990
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 309

Number(s): 22

Games: 30
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Yarraville/South Ballarat

Jim Collins was a centreman who came from South Ballarat and prior to that Yarraville Juniors.

He made his debut in Round 6 1919 against Geelong and played all remaining games that year. But he had difficulty holding a permanent spot in subsequent seasons.

He then became captain-coach of South Ballarat in 1922 and 1923 and Kingsville from 1924 to 1926.

He had three sons - Alan, Jack and Robert - who played for Footscray, including Jack who was became a Footscray champion.

James Collins died on 13th October, 1990.

 

COLLINS, Maurice

Years Played: 1897-1904
Born: 21/07/1876
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 4

Number(s):

Games: 97
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Xavier College/Albert Park

Maurie Collins was one of Essendon's leading defenders in the early years. Like his brother Tod, he was a splendid mark. He was vice-captain in his last season,1904.

Collins played every game in 1898 and missed only one game in both 1899 and in 1901.

After missing the 1897 finals series, he made up for it by being in the back pocket in the 1901 premiership team.

He represented Victoria in 1899 and 1903.

His brother, George, played for Essendon at the same time.

Maurie Collins died in 1943.

 

COLLISS, Walter

Years Played: 1932
Born: 22/05/1908
Died: 8/10/1977
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 447

Number(s): 10

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Coburg

Walter Colliss came to Essendon from Coburg and played one game in late 1932, he then joined Northcote.

He later returned to Essendon as a committeeman in 1943 and 1944 and from 1962 to 1972.

Colliss died on 8th October, 1977.

 

COLLIVER, Barry R.

Years Played: 1954-55
Born: 28/02/1935
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 666

Number(s): 4

Games: 7
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Carrum

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1954

2

0

1955

5

1

Barry Colliver was a half-back who came from Carrum to the Thirds in 1952. He won Essendon Thirds Best and Fairest award in 1952 and was captain in 1953.

Colliver played seven games in 1954 and 1955, and six of these were as a reserve.

He was selected in the League Seconds State side in 1954.

After leaving Essendon, Colliver joined Rushworth in 1956 and 1957 and was then captain-coach of Lake Boga in 1958 and 1959.

 

COMBER, Charles F.

Years Played: 1915
Born: 26/12/1891
Died: 4/02/1966
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 270

Number(s): 15

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Blackburn

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1915

1

0

Charlie Comber played one game in 1915, a Round 5 home loss to South Melbourne.

He died on 4th February, 1966.

CONDON, James

Years Played: 1915, 1918
Born: 15/09/1895
Died: 19/12/1955
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 69 kg
Debut order: 277

Number(s): 24

Games: 17
Goals: 15

Previous Clubs: Williamstown

James Condon was a competent forward, centreman and rover who was dangerous around the goals. Like many others, his career was interrupted when Essendon stood out of the League in 1916 and 1917.

He was the second top Essendon goalkicker in 1918.

Condon went on to play with Port Melbourne in 1919 and then with Brisbane Valley in Queensland.

He died on 19th December, 1955.

 

CONSIDINE, Edward J.

Years Played: 1986-92
Born: 19/09/1968
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 922

Number(s): 37

Games: 49
Goals: 11

Previous Clubs: St Joseph's

Ed Considine debuted for Essendon in 1986 after playing in the U19 competion the previous year. He also played in the Teal Cup and gained All-Australian selection.

He was a promising half-back flanker and utility player. He had pace and was a good mark.

Considine joined the Sydney Swans in 1993 and played 28 games until he retired in 1995.

 

COOKSON, Bill H.

Years Played: 1924
Born: 19/12/1900
Died: 19/07/1980
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 60 kg
Debut order: 362

Number(s): 19

Games: 2
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Illawarras

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1924

2

3

Bill Cookson was a small rover who played two games in late 1924. He had commenced with the Seconds in 1922.

However, it was as an administrator that Cookson left his mark on the Club. In 1931, he became secretary of the Second 18 before becoming Senior Secretary in 1944 for an amazing period of twenty eight years until 1972. His senior appointment was not without controversy with the threat of legal action by the deposed Secretary.

His incredible career at Essendon spanned fifty years and in 1978 he was given the 'Jack Titus Recognition of Service' award by the League.

Bill Cookson died on 19th July, 1980.

 

COOPER, Rupert F.

Years Played: 1909
Born: 10/07/1886
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 192

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Romsey

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1909

1

0

 

 

COPPING, Stephen

Years Played: 1982-84
Born: 3/08/1956
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 81 kg
Debut order: 887

Number(s): 24

Games: 42
Goals: 88

Previous Clubs: Glenelg (SA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1982

23

45

1983

18

42

1984

1

1

Stephen Copping was a talented full-forward who came from Glenelg in South Australia where he played from 1974 to 1981.

Although he was not tall, he had extremely long arms which enabled him to take a strong mark.

Copping was Essendon's second top goalkicker in 1983 and third top in 1982. He kicked seven goals in a game in 1982 as well as four in the Elimination Final in that year which is the equal most goals kicked by an Essendon player in that final.

He won Essendon best first year player award in 1982 and also starred for South Australia in the state of origin game in that year.

In 1983, he was on the interchange bench in the losing Grand Final team.

Copping returned to Glenelg in mid-1984, and played there until 1986, giving him a total of 245 games with that club.

 

CORNALL, Ralph

Years Played: 1920
Born: 17/03/1894
Died: 19/10/1984
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 65 kg
Debut order: 314

Number(s): 1

Games: 7
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: North Melbourne (VFA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1920

7

0

Ralph Cornall was a wingman who came from North Melbourne (VFA). He had been a member of North's premiership sides in 1914 and 1915 before serving overseas with the 29th Infantry Battalion in World War I . He returned to North in 1919 before joining Essendon.

He didn't live up to his promise with Essendon and played seven games in 1920.

He was a member of the Seconds premiership team in 1921.

Cornall died on 19th October, 1984.

 

COULSELL, Frank R.

Years Played: 1931
Born: 17/12/1905
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 81 kg
Debut order: 428

Number(s): 3

Games: 2
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Public Service FC/Sunshine/North Melbourne

Frank Coulsell was a centre half-forward who came from Sunshine. Prior to that he played one game with North Melbourne in 1927 and before that, he had been with Yarraville, and earlier still with Public Service in the Sub District League. He had also played with the Railways in the Wednesday League.

He played two games with Essendon in early 1931 and his football was not helped by him having to walk from Sunshine to Essendon to train and play during the depression.

After leaving Essendon, he returned to Sunshine then later played with Braybrook.

Coulsell retired in 1972 as a head storeman.

 

COULSON, Charles

Years Played: 1931
Born: 28/07/1906
Died: 28/02/1985
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 432

Number(s): 3

Games: 1
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Frankston

Charles Coulson came from Frankston and played one game in an away loss to Hawthorn in Round 6.

He died on 28th February, 1985.

 

COUTTS, Eric L.

Years Played: 1936
Born: 30/12/1913
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 508

Number(s): 23

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Daylesford

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1936

1

0

Eric Coutts was a half-back flanker who arrived from Daylesford where he'd played from 1932 to 1935. He had also had a stint at Castlemaine in 1935.

He played one game with Essendon in late 1936.

In 1937 Coutts played with Maryborough when he was transferred in his employment and he was then captain-coach of Colac in 1938 and 1939.

After returning from service with the RAAF during World War II, he played with Phillip Island from 1945 to 1948.

A schoolteacher, he retired in 1975.

 

COWARD, Ernest

Years Played: 1939-45
Born: 27/01/1916
Died: 5/04/1985
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Debut order: 535

Number(s): 1

Games: 118
Goals: 21

Previous Clubs: West Perth (WA)

Ernie "Sonny" Coward was a talented and speedy wingman from West Perth where he played in 1936 and 1937.

He stood out of football in 1938, with Wally Buttsworth, so that he could play with Essendon.

Coward was runner-up in Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1944. He was also one of Essendon best players on the wing in the 1942 premiership victory.

He was selected in the State side in 1945.

Coward was third top Essendon vote scorer in the Brownlow medal in 1940 and won Essendon most serviceable player award in 1943.

When he left Essendon, he played with Maryborough from 1946 to 1948 and was captain-coach of Scottsdale in Tasmania in 1949.

Coward later returned to live in Western Australia and died there on 5th April, 1985.

 

COWARD, S. George

Years Played: 1935-37
Born: 14/05/1915
Died: 27/04/2009
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 492

Number(s): 34

Games: 9
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: St Paul's (EDFL)

George Coward was a wingman from St Paul's in the Essendon District League. He played nine games between late 1935 and 1937.

He then joined North Melbourne where he played 13 games between 1939 and 1941.

Coward retired in 1980 after nearly thirty years as a toolroom machinist with Sidney Cook.

 

 

COX, Doug

Years Played: 1984
Born: 16/09/1957
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 89 kg
Debut order: 906

Number(s): 21

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: South Mildura/West Torrens (SA)/St Kilda

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1984

3

0

Doug Cox was a speedy defender who came from St Kilda where he played 36 games in 1981 and 1982. Before that he played with West Torrens in South Australia.

He dislocated a wrist in Essendon's 1983 opening practice match and missed the season. Then he could not recapture his earlier form and played only three games in 1984.

Cox won the 1984 footballers' sprint, which was held at half-time during the Grand Final.

He had been a member of the Reserves' premiership side in 1983.

Cox returned to West Torrens in 1985.

 

 

CRAMERI, Stewart 

Years Played: 2010-13
Born: 10/08/1988
Height: 190 cm
Weight: 96 kg
Debut order: 1093

Number(s): 45, 12

Games: 57
Goals: 96

Previous Clubs: Bendigo Bombers

 

Year

 

 

Games

 

Goals

 

2010

 

 

3

 

 

0

 

2011

 

 

20

 

34

 

2012

 

 

18

 

32

 

2013

 

 

16

 

30

Stewart Crameri was selected with pick 43 in the 2009 rookie draft, and came to Essendon after playing for the club’s VFL affiliate side, the Bendigo Bombers.

Known as the ‘Mayor of Maryborough’ by his team mates (after the country town where he grew up,) Crameri was a gifted athlete best known for his explosive speed giving him the ability to burst away from opponents.

Crameri played three games in late 2010, initially as a midfielder, however he eventually became a forward from 2011 onwards where his strength, endurance, great pace and strong hands made him a difficult player for oppositions defences.

With his new position came consistency and Crameri cemented a spot in the starting team with his prowess up forward and finished s Essendon’s leading goalkicker in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons.

At the conclusion of the 2013 season, Crameri requested a trade to the Western Bulldogs where he secured a four–year deal reported to be $1.8 million. He was also reunited with Essendon assistant coach Brendan McCartney with whom Crameri had developed a strong relationship at Windy Hill.

 

CRANE, Jack

Years Played: 1936
Born: 16/08/1912
Died: 5/01/1974
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Debut order: 504

Number(s): 35

Games: 2
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Preston

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1936

2

7

Jack "Storky" Crane was a fine player who came to Essendon from Preston. Prior to that he had been with South Melbourne Seconds and had also played with Dunlop's in the Saturday Morning League.

He played two games in mid 1936. He kicked five goals in one of those games but his career at Essendon was cut short when he was cleared to Richmond after a dispute with a team-mate.

He went on to play 102 games with the Tigers as a full-back and full-forward between 1937 and 1942 and then, after serving in the armed forces during the war, he played 18 games with North Melbourne in 1945 and 1946. He then finished his career as coach of Caulfield.

His brother, Tom, played with South Melbourne and North Melbourne, and another brother, Len, with South Melbourne and Hawthorn.

After Crane left-football, he was involved in the racing industry and he died on 5th January, 1974, at the age of 62.

 

CRANSBERG, Peter

Years Played: 1990-1997
Born: 29/09/1967
Height: 190 cm
Weight: 87 kg
Debut order: 954

Number(s): 23

Games: 79
Goals: 72

Previous Clubs: East Perth (WA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1990

25

22

1991

21

16

1992

3

2

1993

4

5

1994

4

8

1995

6

3

1996

2

2

1997

14

14

Peter "Spider" Cransberg was a versatile running player recruited from East Perth in WA. He fought hard for his place which was made harder by three groin operations and a medial ligament operation which saw him restricted to relatively few senior games in his time at Essendonl.

Tall and lightly built, he could play in a variety of positions and he was a good straight kick for goal.

He played more Reserves games for his Club than senior games, but remained at Windy Hill, believing there was no guarantee of senior football at another club.

 

CRAWFORD, Colin F.

Years Played: 1934-35
Born: 14/05/1913
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Debut order: 464

Number(s): 11

Games: 20
Goals: 6

Previous Clubs: Essendon Juniors

Colin Crawford was a clever rover but he lacked the physique and pace to find a regular spot.

He played 20 games in 1934 and 1935 after coming from Essendon Juniors. He then joined Fitzroy where he played one game in 1936 and following this, Brunswick where he played between 1937 and 1941 and in 1949. He was a member of their 1938 premiership team.

 

CRAWLEY, Val

Years Played: 1910
Born:
Died: 31/08/1946
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 201

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Northcote

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1910

1

0

Val Crawley played one game for Essendon in Round 2, 1910, in a 49 point win over University at the East Melbourne Cricket Ground.

He died on 31st August, 1946.

 

CREBBIN, Bill C.

Years Played: 1900
Born: 8/03/1869
Died: 9/12/1924
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 61

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Ballarat

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1900

1

0

Bill Crebbin was a top centreman in the Essendon Association premiership sides between 1891 and 1894. He did not play many games in 1895 due to his new role as central umpire, and he retired from playing at the end of that season. However he made a brief comeback in 1896 when the side was struggling with injuries and a loss of form. He retired again at the end of the year.

He had been selected in the intercolonial sides in 1891 and 1893.

Crebbin originally came from Ballarat and he had a reputation for being extremely ticklish.

He became the Club's first secretary when Essendon joined the League in 1897 and he returned to the field yet again to play one more game in mid-1900 when, due to injuries, the team found itself one man short. By then he was 31 years old and had not played for four years.

When he stepped down as secretary after eight years in 1904, he remained on the committee for another year in 1905.

He had been elected a life member of the Victorian Football League on his retirement.

Crebbin died on 9th December, 1924.

 

CROFT, Edgar A. F.

Years Played: 1897-99
Born: 7/05/1872
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 21

Number(s):

Games: 15
Goals: 12

Previous Clubs: Scotch College/Richmond City

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1897

10

10

1898

4

2

1899

1

0

Edgar Croft was a forward who had the honour of scoring Essendon first ever goal in a VFL game, Round 1, 1897. It may even have been the first goal ever scored in a League game.

He was later one of the best players in the 1897 premiership victory.

An extremely fearless player, Croft suffered a number of dislocations and fractures which led to him to miss many games.

After he retired, he maintained his involvement with Essendon as a patron until 1918.

Croft died in 1946.

 

CROSS, Jack E.

Years Played: 1929
Born: 26/09/1908
Died: 17/12/1967
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 407

Number(s): 9

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Merbein

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1929

1

0

Jack Cross was a wingman who came from Merbein and played one game in early 1929 before joining Brunswick.

He died on 17th December, 1967.

 

CROUCH, Gary C.

Years Played: 1969-70
Born: 27/09/1946
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Debut order: 767

Number(s): 5

Games: 9
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: University Blacks

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1969

5

0

1970

4

1

Gary Crouch was a rover from University Blacks where he had started in 1966. Prior to that he had played with St Andrews in the Coburg and Northern District League.

He played nine games in 1969 and 1970, and five of these were as a reserve. He then joined Rochester in 1971 before going to Subiaco in Western Australia from 1972 to 1975. He was a member of their premiership side in 1973.

In 1976 he played with South Bendigo and then with Sandhurst from 1977 to 1983 and he was captain-coach there in 1982. He also represented the Bendigo League from 1977 to 1981. He was a Bendigo League selector from 1985 to 1987.

 

CROW, Max T.

Years Played: 1974, 1976-82
Born: 7/01/1956
Height: 196 cm
Weight: 89 kg
Debut order: 816

Number(s): 43 , 31

Games: 136
Goals: 139

Previous Clubs: Underbool

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1974

10

12

1976

17

17

1977

20

38

1978

21

14

1979

22

12

1980

8

8

1981

22

19

1982

16

19

Max Crow was a happy-go-lucky, big ruckman and key position player with tremendous natural ability. He could play in either defence or attack and was a great trier. He was a magnificent mark and normally an accurate kick.

In his early years with Essendon he found it hard to adapt to city life and he returned home for a season in 1975.

Crow was runner-up in Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1978 and 1979 winning the 'Essendon Gazette' Best and Fairest award in both years and he was selected in the State side in 1979.

He also headed Essendon goalkickers in 1977 with 38 goals and was Essendon's equal second top Brownlow medal vote scorer in 1978 and 1979.

He was centre half-back in the 1981 night premiership team.

Crow was cleared to St Kilda in 1983 because of the number of big men at the Club. He played 40 games with the Saints until 1985 and won their Best and Fairest award in 1983. He then went to Footscray in 1986 where he played 12 games.

His son, Justin, played one game for Collingwood in 2004.

 

CROW, Thomas

Years Played: 1908
Born: 30/06/1887
Died: 26/05/1958
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 71 kg
Debut order: 172

Number(s):

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon Junior Football Association

Tom Crow was a defender who played three games in early 1908. In 1910 he was cleared to Melbourne where he played seven games in that year.

In 1913 he joined Essendon 'A'.

He died on 26th May, 1958.

 

CROWLEY, Ian C.

Years Played: 1968
Born: 4/04/1948
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 64 kg
Debut order: 761

Number(s): 34

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Pascoe Vale

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1968

1

0

Ian Crowley was a half-forward from Pascoe Vale, he played one game in mid 1968.

In 1969, he went to Brunswick until 1971 before joining Berwick from 1972 to 1975. He then coached Noble Park Methodists and Old Mentone Grammarians.

 

CULLEN, Jim

Years Played: 1899
Born: 9/06/1878
Died: 9/05/1954
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 47

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Port Melbourne

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1899

1

0

Jim Cullen had the rare distinction of having played one game at three different League clubs.

His sole game for Essendon was in Round 1, 1899, when Essendon was beaten by Fitzroy 6.11.47 to only 9 behinds.

He later played one game with South Melbourne that same year and then played one game for Carlton in 1904.

Cullen died on 9th May, 1954.

 

CUMMINGS, Scott

Years Played: 1994-96
Born: 18/01/1974
Height: 196 cm
Weight: 104 kg
Debut order: 987

Number(s): 36

Games: 40
Goals: 83

Previous Clubs: Swan Districts (WA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1994

10

32

1995

15

13

1996

15

38

Scott Cummings was selected by Essendon in the 1992 National Draft at pick number 20. He represented Western Australia at state level in the U17 championships in 1990 and 1991.

His first game for Essendon was against Sydney Swans at the MCG where he kicked eight goals from full-forward. He was the leading goalkicker at the Club in 1994 with 34 goals.

He transferred to AFL newcomers Port Adelaide as full-forward, and from there he went to West Coast.

After Cummings was delisted from West Coast in 2001 he became a TV and radio "special comments" man.

 

CUNNINGHAM, Daryl R.

Years Played: 1987
Born: 25/11/1960
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Debut order: 931

Number(s): 38

Games: 7
Goals: 5

Previous Clubs: Golden Point/St Kilda

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1987

7

5

Daryl Cunningham was a utility player who came to Essendon in 1987 after St Kilda released him after 34 games between 1983 and 1986. Prior to that he played with Golden Point.

Cunningham played seven games with Essendon in 1987.

He transferred to Maffra as captain-coach in 1988.

Daryl's brother, Geoff, played 224 games for St Kilda (1977-1989).

 

CUPIDO, Damian

Years Played: 2003-2005
Born: 11/03/1982
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 90 kg
Debut order: 1035

Number(s): 13

Games: 40
Goals: 50

Previous Clubs: Croydon Eastern U18s/Brisbane Lions

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2003

23

39

2004

6

5

2005

11

6

Damian Cupido had outstanding skills and an ability to kick goals, but his AFL career was short-lived.

He represented Victoria at U16 level in 1997 and 1998. The following year he toured Ireland with an AFL/AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) squad and was Victoria's leading goalkicker at the 1999 All-Australian Carnival.

Cupido was Brisbane Lions' first draft pick (6th overall) when he was picked up by them in 1999 and made his debut for the Lions in Round 13, 2000 kicking two goals against Sydney and finishing the season with six games. He played a further seven games in 2001 but injured his shoulder and was unable to find his way back into the classy Brisbane premiership side. His shoulder problems kept him out of AFL action for all of 2002 and after 13 games with Brisbane, Cupido was picked up by Essendon, the team he followed as a boy.

Cupido made his debut for Essendon in Round 1, 2003, against his old side, Brisbane, where he kicked Essendon first goal of the game and finished among the best that day. He played 23 games in his debut season for Essendon scoring 39 goals and winning the Best First Year Player award for his effort.

He played six games in 2004 missing much of the season due to injury.

Cupido made 11 appearances in 2005 to reach a total of 50 senior games in the AFL, which coach Sheedy believed was a milestone he had reached too easily. He seemed to frustrate fans and coaches alike with his casual approach to the game.

He was delisted at the end of 2005 after playing 40 games for Essendon over three seasons.

Cupido was born in Capetown and was the first South African-born player to play in AFL. His grandfather, Eric Boggs was a New Zealand All Blacks representative.

Draft History: Traded Blake Caracella to Brisbane 2003, in exchange for Damian Cupido.

 

CURRIE, Daniel

Years Played: 1898
Born:
Died: 20/04/1912
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 43

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Perth (WA)

Daniel Currie played his sole game for Essendon in Round 4, 1898, in an 11 goal win over St Kilda.

He died on 20th April, 1912.