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DALE, Alan

Years Played: 1950-53, 1956

Born: 14/11/1929
Died: 21/04/2007
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 631

Number(s): 15

Games: 45
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Doutta Stars (EDFL)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1950

6

1

1951

19

0

1952

16

2

1953

1

0

1956

3

0

Alan Dale was a strong, bustling centreman who wasn't fast but was a good mark and effective.

Most of his weight was close to the ground in strong legs and big hips and his ruggedness stirred the opposition.

He came from Doutta Stars and started with the Thirds where he won the inaugural Morrish Medal for Best and Fairest in that competition in 1947.

He was in the centre in the Seniors 1950 premiership team. He was also equal top Essendon Brownlow medal vote scorer in 1951 and was third top in 1952. As well, he won the Club's most improved player award in 1951.

Dale left Essendon to be captain-coach of Wangaratta Rovers in 1954 and 1955 and then returned to play three more games in early 1956. He joined St Kilda in late 1956 and was then captain-coach of Belgrave. He then spent one year at Oakleigh, three years at Mt Waverley and then two years as coach of Wangaratta Rovers.

He died on 21st April, 2007.

 

DALGLEISH, Lauchlan

Years Played: 2013
Born: 22/06/1993
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 77 kg
Debut order: 1109

Number(s): 36

Games: 3
Goals: 1

Previous Club: North Ballarat Rebels

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2013

3

1

 

Lauchlan Dalgleish was recruited from North Ballarat Rebels (Vic) at pick 12 in the 2012 Rookie Draft and debuted in Round 21, 2013 against North Melbourne.

Dalgleish was a left-footed half-back or midfielder who had a strong work ethic, agility and speed to burn, winning the Terang Gift over 120m in late 2012.

Dalgleish played one season at Essendon finishing with three games. He was elevated to the senior list in 2014 but didn’t add to this tally and was delisted at the end of the 2015 season.


DALTON, Edward T.

Years Played: 1934
Born: 12/11/1911
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 468

Number(s): 35

Games: 5
Goals: 6

Previous Clubs: Millewa/Footscray Seconds/Collingwood

Known as "Eric", Dalton was a ruck-rover type who joined Essendon from Footscray Seconds. Prior to that he had played three games with Collingwood in 1932.

He started conspicuously with Essendon kicking four goals in his first game, then played four more more in 1934 before joining Ballarat Imperials.

 

DANIEL, Peter R.

Years Played: 1968-74
Born: 17/09/1947
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Debut order: 756

Number(s): 45 , 28

Games: 100
Goals: 54

Previous Clubs: Woori Yallock

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1968

6

0

1969

20

32

1970

21

3

1971

20

16

1972

15

3

1973

15

0

1974

3

0

Peter Daniel arrived at Essendon from Woori Yallock in 1968 and made his debut in a Round 2 loss against North Melbourne. He finished that season with only five senior games but was also part of the Reserves premeriship side that year.

Daniel played every game in 1969 and was Essendon's third top goalkicker with 32 goals. He had two six-goal hauls that year; against St Kilda and Sth Melbourne.

Daniel played all but one game in 1970 and all but two in 1971 playing mainly at full-back where he turned in some top games with his fine marking ability.

He played only three games in his last season, 1974, after which he headed south to captain/coach North Launceston in Tasmania, where he remained from 1975 to 1982. He had remarkable success in Tasmania, coaching the club to five premierships in that period.

He also represented Tasmania in the 1975 Carnival and was captain-coach of the Tasmanian state of origin side in 1980.

In 1983, Daniel became coach of Subiaco in Western Australia and then in 1985 and early 1986 he returned to Tasmania coaching City South.

 

DANIHER, Anthony

Years Played: 1987-94
Born: 21/01/1963
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 90 kg
Debut order: 924

Number(s): 6

Games: 118
Goals: 17

Previous Clubs: Ungarie/South Melbourne/Sydney

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1987

4

3

1988

22

3

1989

25

6

1990

19

1

1991

16

1

1992

15

3

1993

8

0

1994

9

1

Anthony Daniher is one of four Daniher brothers to play for Essendon.

He was recruited from the Sydney Swans where he had already played 115 games between 1981 and 1986. Prior to that he had played with his brothers for Ungarie in New South Wales.

Daniher joined Essendon to be with his brothers Terry, Neale and Chris. His first year at Essendon was ruined when he missed most of the season with a broken ankle, but he established himself as one of the best full-backs in the competition.

In the final round of 1990 (against St Kilda), Anthony and his three brothers made League history when all four played together in a game. It is still the only time four brothers have played in a League game.

Daniher was a member of the All-Australian side in 1991, the year he played his 200th League game.

He retired in 1994.

Anthony's son, Darcy, played his first game for Essendon in 2008.

 

DANIHER, Chris

Years Played: 1987-1997
Born: 31/03/1966
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Debut order: 934

Number(s): 7

Games: 124
Goals: 40

Previous Clubs: Ungarie

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1987

2

0

1988

2

1

1989

3

1

1990

5

1

1991

9

1

1992

19

10

1993

15

1

1994

12

2

1995

21

6

1996

19

13

1997

17

4

Chris Daniher was the last of the four Daniher brothers to play at Essendon. History was made when he played with his brothers Terry, Neale and Anthony at Moorabin in 1990, the first time four brothers had played in the same side in the VFL/AFL history.

Daniher played in the 1993 premiership team that defeated Carlton and had his best season in 1996, playing mainly on the ball, picking up a number of touches around the ground. Daniher showed leadership and experience, which combined to make the year a good one for him. Unfortunately injury meant that he missed a number of games towards the end of 1996, almost cutting his season short prematurely.

He retired at the end of the 1997 season.

 

DANIHER, Darcy

Years Played: 2008-2009
Born: 21/09/1989
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 88 kg
Debut order: 1075

Number(s): 28

Games: 6
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs:

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2008

3

0

2009

3

0

Quick for his size, Darcy Daniher showed enough to suggest he could hold down a role as an attacking defender or as a key forward, before injuries prematurely ended his promising career after only six games.

Daniher made his debut in round 7, 2008 against Port Adelaide and played three games for the season. He also played in rounds 2, 3 and 4 in 2009 before lingering quad and abductor injuries limited him and he made no senior appearances in 2010. Daniher was ready to quit the game but was persuaded to give it one more try. After a solid pre-season, osteo-pubis which had troubled him previously, flared again and in July 2011 Daniher reluctantly announced his retirement.

Darcy Daniher is the son of former Essendon player Anthony and was drafted under the father-son rule in 2007.

Draft history: 2007 NAB AFL Draft 3rd round father-son selection (Essendon) No. 39 overall.

 

DANIHER, Neale

Years Played: 1979-81, 1985, 1989-90
Born: 15/02/1961
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 87 kg
Debut order: 860

Number(s): 6 , 36
Games: 82
Goals: 32

Previous Clubs: Ungarie/Assumption College

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1979

23

9

1980

22

2

1981

21

11

1985

5

0

1989

4

1

1990

7

9

Neale Daniher was developing into one of the best players of his era when injury cut his career short. He subsequently had one of the most interrupted careers in League history.

Daniher was a superb half-back flanker who came to Essendon from Assumption College. He went about his business with a minimum of fuss and was so quiet on and off the field that it was inevitable that he'd be nicknamed "Rowdy".

He debuted in the seniors aged 18, and in his first three seasons he didn’t miss a game until injuring his knee in the final round of 1981. This injury plagued him for the remainder of his career.

In three short years Neale Daniher had already won the Club's best first year player award and was awarded the league recruit of the year, represented Victoria in both 1980 and 1981, and won the Club's Best and Fairest in 1981. He also played in the Club's night premiership in 1981. He looked to have a brilliant future ahead of him.

Unfortunately in Round 22 1981, he injured his knee requiring a reconstruction. The severity of the injury was not known at that time and such was his maturity that he was made captain of Essendon for 1982, replacing Simon Madden. At the age of 21 he had become the youngest Essendon captain ever, however we was also the only captain never to lead his team onto the field.

He missed three complete seasons before coming back in 1985 but after only five games the same knee gave way again. It was assumed his career was over and again in 1987 the knee required a third reconstruction. But Daniher returned in 1989 and played 11 more games over two seasons.

In 1987 he was appointed assistant coach and also worked on video analysis for the Club. He is credited with identifying a key Carlton play at centre bounces which led to Essendon nullifying them in the 1993 Grand Final contributing to an Essendon victory.

He left Essendon to become assistant coach at Fremantle in 1995-97 and then coached Melbourne from 1998 to 2007.

Neale Daniher was named at number 44 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

 

DANIHER, Terry

Years Played: 1978-92
Born: 15/08/1957
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Debut order: 851

Number(s): 5

Games: 294
Goals: 448

Previous Clubs: Ungarie/Ariah Park/South Melbourne

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1978

20

46

1979

15

57

1980

20

22

1981

21

20

1982

23

23

1983

26

64

1984

22

48

1985

17

41

1986

21

24

1987

22

30

1988

19

18

1989

23

26

1990

23

9

1991

12

4

1992

10

15

Terry "TD" Daniher was a great Essendon captain who was skilful, versatile and led by example. He was extremely mobile, took a good mark and could hold down any position.

Daniher came from South Melbourne where he played 19 games in 1976 and 1977. He was cleared to Essendon (with his brother Neale as part of the deal) in what ranks as one the worst trading decisions ever made by a club, in this case, South Melbourne. Of course, it was one of the best deals Essendon ever did as both brothers became champions who gave Essendon years of service.

When he first joined Essendon he distinguished himself as a full-forward with great leading, strong marking and long accurate kicking. By 1982 he had become the versatile adaptable player who could perform equally well in attack or defence.

In 1983 he became captain of Essendon and led Essendon from the half-forward flank to premierships in both 1984 and 1985. He also skippered Essendon from full-forward to the 1981 and 1984 night premiership victories.

Daniher won Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1982, was runner-up in 1987 and third in the award in 1983 and 1984.

He was Essendon's top goalkicker in 1979 with 57 goals and in 1983 with 64 goals. He was also second top in 1978 and 1984 and third top in 1987.

Daniher was equal top League goalkicker in 1979 until he broke his jaw and missed seven games. He kicked eight goals in a game in 1979 and seven goals three times in the same year and again in 1980 and 1982.

He also kicked four goals in the Elimination Final in both 1982 and 1983 which is the equal top at Essendon for that final.

He was selected in the State side in 1979 and then in every year from 1983 to 1987. He captained the State team in 1985, 1986 and 1987. He was also named in the All-Australian team in 1983, 1984 and 1985 and was captain in 1985.

Daniher was named in the "Inside Football" team of the year in 1979, 1983 and 1984. He was also vice-captain of "The Sun" all star team in 1984 and captain of the team in 1985.

He won the best first year player award in 1978 and the best clubman award in 1982.

In the years after his retirement, Daniher was appointed head coach of the Wagga Tigers. During his stint, the Tigers had premiership success and were a highly competitive team.

He became an EFC Life Member in 1987, and was awarded AFL Life Membership in 1991. He was also inducted into the EFC Hall of Fame in 1996 and the AFL Hall of Fame in 1998.

In 1999, he returned to Essendon and was appointed assistant coach. He coached the EFC Reserves side to a premiership in 1999.

At the end of 2002 after four years on the Essendon coaching panel, assisting with the Seniors and coaching the VFL side Daniher accepted an assistant coaching role with Collingwood Football Club.

Terry Daniher was named at number 11 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

 

DARCY, Jim

Years Played: 1897
Born:
Died: 3/10/1932
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 6

Number(s):

Games: 10
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: West Melbourne Juniors

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1897

9

1

Jim Darcy played 10 games for Essendon in the VFL's first season but didn't play after Round 14, meaning he missed the finals in the Club's first premiership year.

He then played one game for South Melbourne in 1904.

Darcy died on 3rd October, 1932.

 

DARCY, Tim

Years Played: 1995
Born: 15/01/1964
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 81 kg
Debut order: 991

Number(s):

Games: 14
Goals: 5

Previous Clubs: St Joseph's/Geelong

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1995

14

5

Tim Darcy played 14 games for Essendon in 1995 and kicked five goals. He played most of the year at full-back, the position he played most of his football at Geelong.



DAVEY, Alwyn 

Years Played: 2007-12

Born: 15/05/1984
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut Order: 1064

Number(s): 29

Games: 100
Goals: 120

Previous Clubs: South Adelaide

 

Year

 

 

Games

 

Goals

 

2007

 

 

14

 

15

 

2008

 

 

5

 

5

 

2009

 

 

20

 

14

 

2010

 

 

16

 

22

 

2011

 

 

14

 

16

 

2012

 

 

17

 

29

 

2013

 

 

14

 

19

Alwyn Davey was selected with pick 36 in the 2006 national draft after playing senior football with South Adelaide.

He’s trained with his brother Aaron at Melbourne but the Demon’s declined to add him to their list thinking they had enough small crumbing forwards.

He was picked up by the Bombers and made his debut in round 1, 2007 when he made an immediate impression with the speed and agility  to weave through opposition defences and score goals. But he was also known for his ferocious forward pressure and the sight of him closing down opposition players was a highlight of his first season.

Davey played 14 consecutive games in his debut season before breaking his arm in round 14, ruling him out for the rest of the year.

He returned in round 1, 2008 and played five consecutive games before a knee injury at training required a full knee reconstruction. For the second successive year injury had ruined his season.

Davey successfully returned in 2009, playing 20 games and had lost none of the blistering speed that was such a highlight of his game.

Though playing for a further three seasons, Davey was regularly under significant pressure to retain his spot.

His final game came against Richmond in round 23, 2013 which was also his 100th career game.

Davey was delisted at the end of the 2013 season.

 


DAVIES, James

Years Played: 2002 - 2004

Born: 30/07/1982
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 1032

Number(s): 35

Games: 3
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Xavier College

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2002

1

0

2003

2

1

James Davies was Essendon's No. 1 draft pick in 2000. He only managed one game in 2002, making his debut in Round 11 against Port Adelaide. He struggled to find consistency in the VFL during the 2002 season.

He failed to live up to expectations playing only one senior game in 2003, and he was delisted.

Davies was re-drafted onto the rookie list by Essendon in 2004, though due to poor form and a lack of senior football he was again delisted the following season.

Draft History: 2000 National AFL Draft selection No. 17 overall
Redrafted onto Rookie List 2004

 

DAVIES, William L.

Years Played: 1906-09
Born: 15/02/1883
Died: 23/07/1959
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 65 kg
Debut order: 132

Number(s):

Games: 65
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Yea/Williamstown

Bill Davies was one of the best wingmen of his day coming from Williamstown and prior to that Yea.

Although lightly built he was fast and clever.

Davies was in the Victorian team against Ballarat in 1905 and against East Fremantle in 1909.

He was also on the wing in Essendon's losing 1908 Grand Final team.

In 1910, Davies returned to Williamstown. Then in 1912 he became an Association umpire.

He died on 23rd July, 1959.

 

DAVIS, Allan E.

Years Played: 1978-79
Born: 29/09/1948
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Debut order: 852

Number(s): 29

Games: 33
Goals: 27

Previous Clubs: East Sandringham/St Kilda/Melbourne

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1978

18

15

1979

15

12

Allan Davis was an unobtrusive but effective half-forward who he came to Essendon after playing 41 games with Melbourne in 1976 and 1977 and 173 games with St Kilda between 1966 and 1975.

He was a member of St Kilda's only premiership side in 1966 and later their leading goalkicker in both 1971 and 1973. He also represented Victoria in 1972 and 1973. He was a superb deliverer of the ball but was approaching the end of his career when he arrived at Windy Hill.

Davies was cleared to Collingwood in 1980, and played three games with his them, his fourth League club, before joining Latrobe in Tasmania in 1981.

He later became assistant coach of St Kilda in 1987.

Allan's son, Chad, played 31 games for St Kilda (2000-2002).

 

DAVIS, Barry G.

Years Played: 1961-72
Born: 15/09/1943
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 87 kg
Debut order: 718

Number(s): 32

Games: 218
Goals: 63

Previous Clubs: Essendon High School

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1961

17

14

1962

17

0

1963

18

1

1964

16

0

1965

12

0

1966

20

1

1967

17

0

1968

22

1

1969

19

18

1970

19

17

1971

19

11

1972

22

2

Barry Davis was one of the game's greats. He was a superb half-back flanker and then ruck rover who came to Essendon from Essendon High School and started as a half-forward.

He played one game in the Seconds before debuting in Round 2, 1961, and played every remaining game that year to finsih with the best first year player award. In just his second season he played in a premiership. He had just turned 19. He won a second premiership in 1965 after missing seven games with a sever facial fracture, incurred in a game against St Kilda.

Davis had all the skills, was tough but scrupulously fair and could read the play well. He was a fabulous mark and one of the best kicks in the game.

In the 1960s he was part of Essendon's great half-back lines with Alex Epis and Ian Shelton. He ultimately became a top ruck-rover where he could display his talents all over the field. He won the Club's most consistent player award in 1966 and best team man in 1967.

Davis captained Essendon in 1970 and 1971 before becoming vice-captain to Des Tuddenham in 1972. He had also been vice-captain in 1969.

Prior to becoming captain in 1970, he was one of the five senior players who resigned over pay and conditions refusing to play in the first game of the season.

Davis won the Club Best and Fairest award in 1968, 1969 and 1971 and was runner-up in 1972. he was also twice runner-up in the Brownlow medal in 1969 and 1971 (18 votes both years). He also polled most Essendon votes in 1968 with 14 votes and in 1970 with 7 votes.

He was selected in the State side in every year from 1967 to 1972 and was vice-captain of Victoria in 1971.

In 1967, Davis was selected in the team to play Gaelic football in Dublin and New York as well as an Australian Rules exhibition match in London. He had the distinction of being selected in the All Ireland team.

He was also selected on the half-back flank in 'The Sun' All Star team in 1972 and in the 'Inside Football' team of the year in 1971 and 1972.

In 1973, he left Essendon controversially under a new League ten year's service rule, to captain North Melbourne and he captained that club to a premiership in 1975.

Davis later returned to Essendon as a specialist coach in 1976 and he became coach from 1978 to 1980. He did not have a great deal of success as coach and, in 1980, he announced mid season that he would resign if Essendon didn't make the five.

He kept to his word.

Davis returned to Essendon in mid-1982 to help out with the U19s for the remainder of that season.

He was elected as a Life Member of the Victorian Football League in 1976 and was inducted into the Essendon Hall of Fame in 2005. He was named at number 15 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

 

DAVIS, Harold

Years Played: 1905
Born:
Died: 23/10/1948
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 81 kg
Debut order: 114

Number(s):

Games: 11
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Yea

Harry Davis played 11 games for Essendon in 1905 and kicked three goals. He debuted in Round 1 against Carlton and played four consecutive games. He played seven more games for the year, his last in the semi-final loss to Fitzroy.

He died on 23rd October, 1948.

 

DAVIS, Michael

Years Played: 1980, 1982-83
Born: 19/01/1961
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Debut order: 879

Number(s): 46 , 41

Games: 4
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: St Bernard's

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1980

1

0

1982

1

0

1983

2

1

A left-footed rover and wingman from St Bernard's, Michael Davis could not get a regular senior game and played a total of four games in 1980, 1982 and 1983.

He was a member of the Reserves premiership side in 1983.

In 1984, Davis was cleared to the Sydney Swans where he played one game.

 

DAY, Albert E.

Years Played: 1914-15, 1918-21
Born: 29/03/1894
Died: 14/05/1949
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 261

Number(s): 27 , 21 , 27

Games: 68
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Mordialloc

Bert Day was one of the finest full-backs of his era.

He debuted in Round 14, 1914 in a home win over Melbourne and then played the last two games of the season.

In 1915 he was one of only two Essendon players (the other was Percy Ogden) to play every game for the year.

Essendon, along with some other clubs, withdrew from the League in 1916 and 1917 owing to a dispute over gate takings being allocated to the war effort, but Day returned in 1918 and again played every game that year.

He represented Victoria in 1920.

Day played until 1921, his last game was in Round 10 in a home loss to Geelong.

He died on 15th May, 1949.

 

DAY, Barry T.

Years Played: 1979-80
Born: 27/02/1954
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 861

Number(s): 3

Games: 15
Goals: 15

Previous Clubs: West Perth (WA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1979

11

7

1980

4

8

Barry Day was a half-forward and ruck-rover who came from West Perth where he had played from 1972 to 1978. He was a member of that club's premiership side in 1975 and was equal Best and Fairest at West Perth in 1978.

He had great pace, but never really settled into the tempo of League football. He came with a top reputation having represented Western Australia in 1977 and 1978 before joining Essendon and played 15 games in 1979 and 1980.

He then went to Collingwood in early 1980 and played in their Reserves.

 

DAY, Harold

Years Played: 1915
Born:
Died: 8/06/1961
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 263

Number(s): 21

Games: 1
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Melbourne District

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1915

1

1

Harold Day played one League game for Essendon in a Round 14 loss to Geelong. It was the last of 10 consecutive losses by the Club. He kicked a goal in his only game.

He died on 8th June, 1961.

 

DAYKIN, Bert V.

Years Played: 1908-10
Born: 25/07/1888
Died: 19/06/1955
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Debut order: 184

Number(s):

Games: 31
Goals: 9

Previous Clubs: South Bendigo

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1908

7

1

1909

17

3

1910

8

5

Bert "Red" Daykin was a follower and forward who came from South Bendigo.

He was in the back pocket in the losing 1908 Grand Final side.

When he left Essendon, he joined Western Australian club Miners Rovers from 1911 to 1913 and he was selected in that State's Carnival side in 1911.

He then rejoined South Bendigo in early 1914 before moving to New South Wales in 1915.

Bert Daykin came from a strong footballing family. His three brothers also played League football: Percy for Carlton (134 games, 1914-1921), Richard for Collingwood (21 games, 1908 and 1910) and Robert for South Melbourne (1 game, 1904).

 

DEAR, Alf

Years Played: 1900
Born: 30/09/1878
Died: 29/08/1906
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 60

Number(s):

Games: 6
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Newtown/Geelong College/Geelong

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1900

6

1

Alf Dear was a ruckman who arrived at Essendon after playing 20 games with Geelong in 1898 and 1899.

He played six games with Essendon in early 1900.

Dear died on 29th August, 1906, aged only 27.

 

DEARLE, Laurie

Years Played: 1942-47
Born: 16/10/1919
Died: 25/10/1979
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 562

Number(s): 10

Games: 76
Goals: 41

Previous Clubs: East Fremantle (WA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1942

10

7

1943

14

5

1944

19

23

1945

17

5

1946

10

1

1947

6

1

Dearle was a dashing centreman with plenty of speed who came from East Fremantle in Western Australia. Prior to that he was with North Fremantle ex Scholars.

He originally played with Essendon under a war time service permit in 1942, but he was then cleared to Essendon.

Dearle starred in the centre in the 1942 premiership win. He also won the best first year player award in 1942 and the most serviceable player award in 1943.

In 1948, he played with East Echuca before returning to Western Australia where he coached North Fremantle Amateurs.

He died in Fremantle on 25th Octobert 1979, aged 60.

 

DEAS, Jack

Years Played: 1902
Born: 5/11/1875
Died: 23/08/1949
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 79

Number(s):

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Leopold (VMFL)/South Melbourne/Fitzroy

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1902

3

0

Jack Deas was a half-back who played three games in early 1902.

Prior to joining Essendon he had played one game with South Melbourne in 1897 and then 31 games with Fitzroy between 1899 and 1901.

He died on 23rd August, 1949.

 

DELAHUNTY, Hugh F.

Years Played: 1971-73
Born: 28/06/1949
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 790

Number(s): 40

Games: 46
Goals: 18

Previous Clubs: Murtoa

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1971

14

4

1972

11

8

1973

21

6

Hugh Delahunty was a strong, toiling ruck rover who came from Murtoa.

Although he was a good mark, he lacked pace.

Delahunty left Essendon to become captain-coach of Donald from 1974 to 1976, during which time Donald won the Country Championship in 1975 and he won the N. C.F. L. Best and Fairest (Feeney Medal) in 1976.

He rejoined Murtoa in 1977 where he was assistant coach in 1977 and captain-coach from 1979 to 1981, winning Murtoa's only premiership in 1980. He left Murtoa at the end of 1982.

Delahunty became captain-coach of Dimboola from 1983 to 1984 and was the coach of the Wimmera Interleague side for nine years, winning the Country Championship (Division 2) in 1988.

He has been actively involved in community affairs for many years. He has been Mayor of Horsham twice and Chairman of Commissioners of the Mildura Rural City. He was the National Party Member for Wimmera from 1999 to 2002, and after an electorate re-distribution in 2002 he became the first Member for Lowan. He was appointed Shadow Minister for Sport, Recreation, Youth Affairs and Veterans' Affairs in 2008. After the win by the Liberal/Nationals Coalition in 2010, he became Minister for Sport and Recreation, and the Minister for Veterans' Affairs.

His brother, Michael, played 42 games for Collingwood (1971-1975). Their sister, Mary, was a well-known media personality and later, Victorian Cabinet minister.

 

DELANEY, Tony

Years Played: 1993-94
Born: 27/12/1975
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 976

Number(s): 30

Games: 15
Goals: 9

Previous Clubs: Claremont (WA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1993

4

2

1994

11

7

Tony Delaney was a speedy wingman who played some very good games with Essendon. At the end of 1994 he moved on to the Fremantle Dockers in a deal that saw Matthew Lloyd come to Essendon as a 16 year old. He later played with St Kilda.

He represented Western Australia in 1995.

In 1997, after an MRI scan, abnormalities were found with muscle tissue in both of his quadriceps. He underwent surgery to removed repair the problem.

He was delisted from St Kilda in 2001.

 

DELLAR, Kevin W. J.

Years Played: 1959
Born: 28/05/1937
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 706

Number(s): 12

Games: 5
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Horsham

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1959

5

0

Kevin Dellar was a half-back flanker who came from Horsham where he played in 1958. Prior to that he had played with Haven in Horsham, followed by Seymour in 1955, Wangaratta Rovers in 1956 and North Gambier in 1957.

He played five games with Essendon on permit in early 1959 but couldn't cope with the travel so he returned to Horsham and played there until 1962.

He then became captain-coach of Miga Lake from 1963 to 1965 before again playing with Horsham from 1966 to 1971.

After this, he went to Noradjuha in 1972 and 1973 and then was back at Horsham as coach in 1974 and 1975.

He later coached St Michael's in Horsham in 1977. He then became President of the Horsham and District League.

 

 

DEMETRIOU, Jim A.

Years Played: 1975-76
Born: 7/06/1955
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 71 kg
Debut order: 825

Number(s): 9

Games: 9
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Pascoe Vale (EDFL)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1975

7

2

1976

2

0

Jim Demetriou was a rover who came from Pascoe Vale to the U19s in 1971. He won Essendon's U19 Best and Fairest award in 1973.

He played nine senior games in 1975 and 1976. He then joined North Melbourne Reserves in early 1977 and then spent the rest of that year with Brunswick. He returned to Pascoe Vale from 1978 to 1981 and then coached the St Kevin's College school side in 1982.

Jim Demetriou's brother, Andrew, played a combined total of 106 games for North Melbourne (1981-1987) and Hawthorn (1988) and later became Chief Executive Officer of the AFL.


DEMPSEY, Courtenay

Years Played: 2006-2016
Born: 28/08/1987
Height: 185cm
Weight: 80kg
Debut order: 1059
Number: 15
Games: 133
Goals: 35 

Previous Club: Morningside (Qld)

Seasons Played


 

 

Year

Games

Goals

2006

5

1

2007

1

1

2008

4

1

2009

20

7

2010

20

3

2011

4

0

2012

20

4

2013

14

7

2014

18

2

2015

13

5

2016

14

4

 

Courtenay Dempsey was recruited from Morningside in Queensland at pick 19 in the 2005 National Draft.

He made his debut the following season in the Round 7 loss to Carlton at the MCG. Dempsey played five games in his debut season but found wins hard to come by and had to wait until his third season, 2008, to sing the club song, in what was his seventh senior game.

At his best Dempsey was a creative and skillful back line player with speed to burn and he brought flair and courage to his game. He could electrify the Bombers fans with his pace and weaving runs from the backline, but he was to suffer more than his share of injuries regularly interrupting his career.

In 2008 Dempsey suffered leg problems which reduced his opportunities but he was back in 2009 and really hit his straps playing 20 games in that and the following season.

An injury to his anterior cruciate ligament in Round 4 2011, required a reconstruction finishing his year, but his bounced back the following season again with 20 games.

While opportunities to score goals were few, Dempsey managed a career-high three goals against the Bulldogs in Round 19, 2013. But three weeks later an injury to his hamstring finished his season four weeks early.

In the Rd 23 game against Gold Coast at Etihad Dempsey provided one of the most remarkable pieces of play when he mistimed his bounce of the ball at full tilt only to flick the ball with his heel over his head and back into his arms without breaking stride.

On his delisting at the end of the 2016 season the club thanked him for his contribution over many seasons and also for his work as a mentor to the club’s younger Indigenous players.

 

DENCH, Douglas A.

Years Played: 1955-56
Born: 29/01/1930
Died: 19/08/2012
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 667

Number(s): 6

Games: 27
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Doutta Stars

Dench was a solid half-back and back pocket. He came from local club Doutta Stars to the Essendon Reserves before joining Redan for a year and a half. He was a member of the Reserves premiership team in 1950. He also won the Reserves Best and Fairest award in 1954.

He made his senior debut in Round 1, 1955 and played all but one game that year. He won the Club's most unselfish player award in 1955 but had trouble getting a regular game the following season.

Dench was cleared to Williamstown in 1957, but because of his age, the Association wouldn't let him play.

 

DENHAM, Sean

Years Played: 1992-2000
Born: 29/04/1969
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 966

Number(s): 38

Games: 142
Goals: 65

Previous Clubs: Melton South/Geelong

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1992

10

4

1993

22

7

1994

20

9

1995

24

11

1996

17

2

1997

22

8

1998

11

3

1999

7

0

2000

9

0

Sean Denham came to Essendon from Geelong in 1992, where he played 44 games and kicked 21 goals, as part of a swap that saw John Barnes go to Geelong. This is one deal in football that worked out well for both clubs. Barnes became a top ruckman for Geelong and Denham became a key possession winner for Essendon.

His tagging of Carlton's Greg Williams in the 1993 Grand Final was an important factor in Essendon's win, and it provided Denham with a new role in the team. He became one of the League's best (and most irritating) taggers.

He was suspended for the first two rounds of 1994, but still finished runner-up in the Club's Best and Fairest award. He polled well again in 1995 after playing every game for the season (one of only four Essendon players to do so).

Denham's hard work paid off in 1997 and he won the EFC Best and Fairest medal from Joe Misiti. He played in 22 games for the season. After a quiet year in 1998, he had his 1999 season ruined by injury, playing just seven games. He played superbly in the Reserves during the 1999 final series and was instumental in their Grand Final win. In spite of a broken nose and injured shoulder he remained on the field to give his all.

Sean Denham retired at the end of the 2000 season but remained to assist the VFL team in 2001.

 

DICK, William

Years Played: 1992
Born: 16/03/1966
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Debut order: 967

Number(s): 2

Games: 7
Goals: 6

Previous Clubs: Perth (WA)

Willie Dick played seven games for the Essendon in 1992. He mostly played as a rover/forward.

 

DICK, David G.

Years Played: 1925
Born: 8/01/1901
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 66 kg
Debut order: 370

Number(s): 23

Games: 3
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Hampton/St Kilda

David Dick at 173 cm was a short for a full-forward. He played three games in 1925 after coming from Hampton Rovers. He kicked six goals in only his second game, a round 13 win over Carlton, but was competing with Greg Stockdale for a place in the team and found his opportunities were few. He joined Footscray in 1926 where he played four games.

Dick later played with Hampton in 1928 and he played 6 games with Sandringham between 1929 and 1930 kicking 12 goals.

He was the son of the great Essendon player, Alick Dick, who captained the Club to four consecutive VFA premierships between 1891 and 1894. His brother Fred played six games for Melbourne (1926-1927).

David Dick died in 1985. 

DICK, Horrie

Years Played: 1907
Born:
Died: 20/01/1930
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 160

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Williamstown

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1907

1

0

Horrie Dick played one game for Essendon, in a three point loss to South Melbourne in Round 4.

He died on 20th January, 1930.

 

DICKINSON, Harold R.

Years Played: 1933
Born: 8/08/1908
Died: 29/04/1988
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 459

Number(s): 35

Games: 2
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Cobram/Carlton Reserves

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1933

2

2

Harold Dickinson played two consecutive games for Essendon in Rounds 9 and 10 against Richmond and North Melbourne. He kicked a goal in both games.

He arrived at Essendon from Carlton Seconds and played as a half-forward.

He died 29th April, 1988.

 

DIMBLE, Murray R.

Years Played: 1942, 1944-45
Born: 8/12/1922
Died: 24/08/2003
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 567

Number(s):

Games: 20
Goals: 17

Previous Clubs: Moonee Imperials

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1942

5

5

1944

7

4

1945

8

8

Murray Dimble was a solid rover and half-forward, he came from Moonee Imperials to the Seconds at the age of fifteen. He was a member of the Seconds premiership team in 1941.

His career was interrupted by the war and he missed much of 1942 and all of 1943 on active service overseas.

After leaving Essendon Dimble played 17 games with St Kilda in 1946 and 1947 before coaching Essendon District League Juniors in 1948 and then the Repatriation F.C.

He retired in 1982 after being with the Repatriation Department for thirty seven years and now lives at Thornbury.

He was awarded the B.E.M. in 1981 for the work he did in rehabilitation.

He died on 24th August, 2003.

 

DINSMORE, Bill H.

Years Played: 1914-15
Born: 14/02/1887
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 251

Number(s): 13 , 29

Games: 13
Goals: 17

Previous Clubs: Wesley College/Fitzroy

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1914

12

17

1915

1

0

William Dinsmore was a forward who came to Essendon after playing 19 games with Fitzroy in 1908 and 1909. Prior to that he had been at Wesley College.

In his first season he was Essendon third top goalkicker with 17 goals including five goals against Sth Melbourne, the best return by any Essendon player that season.

After playing one game in early 1915, he joined St Kilda where he played one game.

His brother, Bart, played two games for St Kilda (1903).

Bill Dinsmore died in 1967.

 

DISTON, Morton K.

Years Played: 1955-56
Born: 28/05/1936
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Debut order: 671

Number(s): 12

Games: 12
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Mitcham

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1955

5

2

1956

7

0

Morton Diston was a follower who came from Mitcham where he had played from 1949 to 1953.

He played 12 games in 1955 and 1956.

After leaving Essendon he played again with Mitcham in early 1957 before spending the rest of the year with Box Hill.

 

DIXON, John

Years Played: 1906
Born:
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 69 kg
Debut order: 141

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Pembroke

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1906

1

0

John Dixon played one game in a Round 4 loss against St Kilda.

He died in 1947.

 

DODD, Rupert E.

Years Played: 1927
Born: 19/01/1907
Died: 16/01/1998
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 69 kg
Debut order: 384

Number(s): 16

Games: 11
Goals: 19

Previous Clubs: Loch/Keilor

Rupert Dodd was a tall follower who came from Keilor.

In his only season, 1927, he was Essendon equal second top goalscorer with 19 goals. He His best return was five goals in a mid-year loss at home to Sth Melbourne.

After leaving Essendon he joined Preston from 1928 to 1930 and then played three games with Hawthorn in 1931.

He died on 16th January, 1998.

 

DODSON, Bruce

Years Played: 1971
Born: 12/05/1949
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 788

Number(s): 41

Games: 11
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Leeor

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1971

11

3

Bruce Dodson was a high-marking half-forward who came from Leeor and played 11 games in 1971.

He transferred back to Leeor as captain-coach from 1973 to 1976 and then became captain-coach of Nhill in 1977 and 1978. He then returned to Leeor from 1979 to 1984 and was captain-coach again from 1979 to 1981.

 

DOIG, J. Norm

Years Played: 1939
Born: 24/07/1910
Died: 29/07/2001
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 541

Number(s): 21

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: East Fremantle (WA)

Norm Doig was a back pocket player who came from East Fremantle in Western Australia where he had started in 1933. He came to Essendon when he was posted to Victoria with the RAAF during World War II. He played two games in late 1939 before returning home to East Fremantle for a season in 1940.

He was 28 years old when he made his League debut.

Doig's remaining football was played with the RAAF in the services competition until 1945.

He was a member of one of Western Australia's best known footballing families with two brothers and five cousins playing senior football in Perth.

He remained in the RAAF until 1955 and was then with the Department of Immigration until 1975.

Doig died on 29th July, 2001.

 

DOLAN, Jack

Years Played: 1926-29
Born: 14/06/1906
Died: 5/03/2001
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Debut order: 373

Number(s): 6

Games: 24
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: St Thomas's Church of England (Essendon)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1926

4

0

1927

6

0

1928

12

0

1929

2

0

Jack Dolan was a dashing half-back who came from a local church competition to the Seconds in 1925. His first senior season in 1926 was interrupted by a severe head injury that caused him to be bedridden for eight weeks.

He had excellent anticipation and handled the ball cleanly and marked well. He was an attractive player to watch but his kicking let him down at times.

When Dolan he left Essendon, he joined Oakleigh from 1929 to 1931 and was a member of their 1930 premiership side.

He died on 5th March, 2001, at the age of 94. At the time of his death he was Essendon's oldest living player.

 

DONALD, Robert W.

Years Played: 1915, 1918-20
Born: 10/03/1894
Died: 16/05/1962
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 67 kg

Debut order: 274

Number(s): 21 , 5

Games: 22
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Golden Point/St Kilda

Bobby Donald was a wingman who came from St Kilda where he had played seven games in 1914 and in early 1915. Prior to that he had been at Golden Point.

He had difficulty getting a regular senior game and played three, eight, nine and two games respectively in his four seasons. He later transferred to Prahran.

He died on 16th May, 1962.

 

DONALDSON, Clyde

Years Played: 1913-14, 1919-26
Born: 9/06/1894
Died: 23/05/1979
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 231

Number(s): 3 , 2

Games: 144
Goals: 28

Previous Clubs: Public Service/Brunswick Juniors

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1913

8

4

1914

6

4

1919

16

10

1920

14

3

1921

16

7

1922

17

0

1923

17

0

1924

19

0

1925

14

0

1926

17

0

Clyde Donaldson was one of Essendon's best-ever back pocket players. Regarded as an ornament to the game, he was extremely quick, a good mark and kick and very dependable.

Donalson came from Brunswick Juniors and his career was interrupted when he volunteered for active service in 1914 with the First Australian Expeditionary Forces in Egypt. In 1916, he represented the Australian Training Units in an exhibition match in London.

On his return he came back to Essendon in 1919 and was in the back pocket in both the 1923 and 1924 premiership teams. He was vice-captain of the club in 1925.

Donaldson was also selected in the State side in 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923 and 1926.

When he retired, he became a 'Truth' football writer.

His brother, Ern, played one game for St Kilda in 1923.

Clyde Donaldson died on 23rd May, 1979.

DONNELLY, Andrew

Years Played: 1920-21
Born: 19/07/1900
Died: 22/04/1964
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 318

Number(s): 25

Games: 12
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: North Melbourne (VFA)

Andrew Donnelly was a half-back who came from North Melbourne where he played in 1918 and 1919. He had been a member of North's premiership side in 1918.

He played 10 senior games in 1920 and two more in 1921. He was also a member of the Seconds premiership team in 1921.

After leaving Essendon, Donnelly played with South Ballarat.

His brother, Gerry, played three games for Essendon in 1930.

Andrew Donnelly died on 22nd April, 1964.

 

DONNELLY, Gerry V.

Years Played: 1930
Born: 7/08/1903
Died: 4/09/1937
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 422

Number(s): 7

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Sturt (SA)/Melbourne/North Melbourne

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1930

3

0

Gerry Donnelly was a fast wingman and rover who came to Essendon after playing 14 games at North Melbourne in 1926 and 1930. He had been captain-coach there in 1926.

Prior to this he had played 12 games with Melbourne in 1925 and had represented Victoria before the League decided that he had been residentually bound to North. He had originally come from St Patricks, Albury.

He didn't live up to his reputation with Essendon and only played three games in late 1930.

His brother, Andrew, played 12 games for Essendon (1920-1921).

Gerry Donnelly died on 4th September, 1937.

 

DONOHOE, Brian J.

Years Played: 1957-60
Born: 21/10/1936
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 81 kg
Debut order: 682

Number(s): 26

Games: 34
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Ascot Youth Centre

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1957

8

1

1958

17

5

1959

7

0

1960

2

0

Brian Donohoe was a ruckman and back pocket who found it hard to find a regular spot in the Seniors. He came from Ascot Youth Centre to the Seconds in 1955 and had won the award for Best and Fairest in the E.D.F.L. junior competition in 1954.

Donohoe won the Seconds Best and Fairest award in 1956 and again in 1960. He also won the Seniors most unselfish player award in 1958.

After leaving Essendon, he was captain-coach of Scottsdale in Tasmania from 1961 to 1966 and was a member of the Tasmanian State side in 1965 and their Carnival side in 1966.

He returned in 1967 to take over as captain of the Seconds to help the younger players and then in 1968 he was cleared to Daylesford as captain-coach.

He later joined the club committee from 1980 and was chairman of selectors from1980 until 1986.

Brian Donohoe was instrumental in the development of the Essendon Football Club Hall of Fame which opened in 1996.

 

DOOLAN, Ben

Years Played: 1994-1999
Born: 10/01/1973
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 89 kg
Debut order: 980

Number(s): 22

Games: 76
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Albury/Sydney Swans

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1994

14

0

1995

9

0

1996

24

6

1997

11

1

1998

11

0

1999

7

0

Ben Doolan arrived at Essendon in 1993 as a big money transfer from Sydney Swans, and with high expectations placed upon him.

He didn't play a senior game in 1993 and was unlucky with injuries when he did debut in 1994. He played 14 games his first seaosn and only nine the following season. He started playing his best football in the last few games of 1995.

1996 saw Doolan's good form continue and he was among the Club's top possession winners that year. He finished fourth in the 1996 Best and Fairest, and received the Most Improved player award for the year.

Tough as they come, with plenty of skill, Doolan was again frustrated in 1997 when a foot operation restricted him to only 11 games. He also played 11 games in 1998 and seven in his last season at Windy Hill, 1999. He was outstanding in the 1999 Reserves Grand Final win over St Kilda.

Unfortunatley his run of injuries prevented Doolan from fulfilling his outstanding potential.

Doolan retired at the end of 1999 and returned to the Riverina.

 

DORAN, Paul J.

Years Played: 1959-65
Born: 22/11/1939
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 710

Number(s): 36

Games: 82
Goals: 34

Previous Clubs: Doutta Stars

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1959

8

7

1960

3

3

1961

13

20

1962

20

0

1963

17

0

1964

17

0

1965

4

4

Paul "Spook" Doran joined Essendon after one game with Doutta Stars. He joined the Essendon Thirds in 1957 and won their Best and Fairest award that year. In 1958, he was appointed captain of the Thirds and finished second in the Morrish Medal, the Best and Fairest award for the league's thirds competition.

Doran made the jump to the Seniors when he was brought into the side to replace regular full-forward Ron Evans who was on was on State duty. Doran booted five goals on debut in Round 12 against Carlton.

He later moved to defence where he had a fair turn of speed and could take a good mark and kick strongly.

Doran was full-back in the 1962 premiership team.

After leaving Essendon, he became captain-coach of Ringwood from 1966 to 1968.

Doran later returned to Essendon as a committeeman from 1972 to 1975.

 

DRINKWATER, Albert

Years Played: 1918-20
Born: 28/09/1895
Died: 27/07/1947
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Debut order: 292

Number(s): 25

Games: 27
Goals: 15

Previous Clubs: St Augustines (Brunswick)/Army

Albert Drinkwater made his debut in Round 5, 1918, and played all remaining games that year.

He played all 16 rounds in 1919 and kicked 13 goals, only two players kicked more (with 14 and 15 respectively).

He played only one game in 1920 to take his tally to 27.

Drinkwater died on 27th July, 1947.

 

DRISCOLL, Frank

Years Played: 1957-58
Born: 30/07/1934
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 683

Number(s): 16

Games: 7
Goals: 11

Previous Clubs: Navarre/Mortlake

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1957

4

10

1958

3

1

Frank Driscoll was a key forward who came from Mortlake where he played in 1956 and prior to that, Navarre where he had been since 1949.

He played seven games in 1957 and 1958 before returning to Navarre from 1959 to 1965. He then became captain-coach of Moonambel in 1966 and 1967 before again rejoining Navarre in 1968 and 1969.

He was a prolific goalkicker in the country and represented the Laxton League from 1953 to 1968.

Driscoll finished up at Moonambel as coach from 1970 to 1973.

 

DRUMMOND, Rob C.

Years Played: 1943-45
Born: 15/04/1919
Died: 8/02/1991
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 573

Number(s): 32 , 28

Games: 14
Goals: 31

Previous Clubs: Ascot Vale

Bob Drummond was a forward who came from Ascot Vale in 1938 and played 14 games from 1943 to 1945.

He debuted in 1943 with four goals against Carlton in a narrow six point win, then kicked five the following week against Collingwood. Only two Essendon players kicked more goals in a game that season.

His was career disrupted by leg injuries and he struggled to put games together. He played only eight games between 1944 and 1945 but showed that he could kick goals. He was also a fine mark.

Essendon cleared him and he went on to play five games with North Melbourne in 1946 and 1947. He then coached Ascot Vale from 1948 to 1955.

In 1966, he joined the League Tribunal where he remained for thirteen years and then became president of the Essendon Past Players Association in 1971.

He retired in 1983 after being operations manager for the Tramways Board.

Drummond died on 8th February, 1991.


DUCKWORTH, Bill K.

Years Played: 1982-90
Born: 21/02/1959
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Debut order: 888

Number(s): 22

Games: 126
Goals: 64

Previous Clubs: Dudinin/West Perth (WA)

Bill Duckworth was a tough and aggressive defender who came from West Perth where he played in 1980 and 1981.

He could play anywhere in defence and also also performed well on the forward line when required.

Duckworth played in both the back pocket and then in the forward line when he won the Norm Smith Medal for being best on ground in the thrilling come-from-behind win over Hawthorn in the 1984 Grand Final. He kicked two goals that day, in his best on ground performance. It was also the Club's first premiership win since 1965.

Duckworth then played on the half-back flank in the 1985 premiership side. He was full-back in the 1984 night premiership win as well.

His brother, John, played 58 games for Fitzroy (1970, 1974-1976) and later won the Magarey Medal when playing with Central District in South Australia.


DUNELL, Frank

Years Played: 1979-86
Born: 17/03/1958
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 866

Number(s): 7

Games: 100
Goals: 57

Previous Clubs: Windsor-Zillmere (Qld)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1979

5

8

1980

9

8

1981

1

0

1982

2

0

1983

17

6

1984

24

25

1985

21

9

1986

21

1

A utility player, Frank Dunell played on the forward line, the wing and in defence after coming from Windsor-Zillmere. He had represented Queensland three times before joining Essendon.

When he started, he was mainly a full-forward when Terry Daniher was injured and he then graduated to the wing but found it hard to get a regular game before 1984. A broken arm restricted him to only one senior game in 1981.

He was fast, an ambitious high-mark and a particularly dangerous snap for goal and became a regular player as his consistency improved.

He was in the forward pocket in the 1984 premiership team. He was also in this role in the night premiership win in that year.

He was an emergency in the 1985 premiership team and was a member of the Reserves premiership side in 1983.

After the 1984 premiership win, his medal was proudly worn in the County Court by his father-in-law, a Judge of that court. This was an Essendon first.

In 1987, he was cleared to the Brisbane Bears and he played 15 games.

 

DUNLOP, Robert

Years Played: 1960-61
Born: 8/12/1935
Height: 192 cm
Weight: 89 kg
Debut order: 711

Number(s): 3

Games: 27
Goals: 28

Previous Clubs: Rupanyup

Robert Dunlop was a red headed follower and forward who came from Rupanyup and played in every game in his first year in 1960, winning Essendon best first year player award. He was also a handy goalkicker kikcing goals in 14 of his 19 games that year.

After this his form wavered, and he played the first eight games of 1961 to take his tally to 27.

He returned home to Rupanyup in 1962 and played there until 1968.

 

DUNN, Norman

Years Played: 1918-19
Born: 20/01/1896
Died: 5/07/1973
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Debut order: 282

Number(s): 21

Games: 14
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Essendon 'A'

Norman Dunn was a wingman and defender who had difficulty keeping a senior spot although he played six games in a row in 1918.

He died on 5th July, 1973.

 

DUNN, Ron W.

Years Played: 1952
Born: 19/04/1929
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 64 kg
Debut order: 650

Number(s): 29

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Northcote/Fitzroy

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1952

2

0

Ron Dunn was a defender who came from Fitzroy where he played 14 games in 1950 and 1951.

He played two games with Essendon in late 1952.


DUSSELL, Harry

Years Played: 1919-21
Born: 3/10/1900
Died: 22/12/1977
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 81 kg
Debut order: 302

Number(s): 19

Games: 32
Goals: 16

Previous Clubs: Moonee Ponds Ramblers

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1919

15

14

1920

15

2

1921

2

0

Harry Dussell was a ruckman and defender from Moonee Ponds Juniors.

He made his debut in Round 1, 1919 and went on to play in every game but one that year. He also proved handy around goals kicking 14 goals that year. Only one Essendon player kicked more.

He played all but one game again in 1920 and played his final two games the following year

When he left Essendon he went on to play with Williamstown.

He died on 22nd December, 1977.


DYSON, Ricky

Years Played: 2004-12

Born: 28/09/1985
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Debut Order: 1047

Number(s): 36, 2

Games: 114
Goals: 43

Previous Clubs: Epping

 

Year

 

 

Games

 

Goals

 

2004

 

 

11

 

7

 

2005

 

 

10

 

9

 

2006

 

 

17

 

9

 

2007

 

 

11

 

3

 

2008

 

 

15

 

3

 

2009

 

 

23

 

8

 

2010

 

 

9

 

1

 

2011

 

 

6

 

0

 

2012

 

 

12

 

3

Ricky Dyson was a midfielder possessing an excellent left-foot kick and had speed to burn but he could be inconsistent leading to him spending frequent periods in the reserves. 

Dyson was selected with pick 44 in the 2003 AFL draft.

Dyson’s best season came in 2009, where he played all 23 games, including the blockbuster ANZAC Day against Collingwood, when, despite initially being chosen to play in the VFL, he replaced the injured Mark McVeigh and collected 27 disposals and kicked two goals in the best performance of his career.

After 2009, Dyson once again found it difficult to gain consistent senior time, playing 27 games over his final three seasons before being delisted at the conclusion of the 2012 season.