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EARLE, Bill H.

Years Played: 1934-36
Born: 21/01/1911
Died: 12/04/1983
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 65 kg
Debut order: 469

Number(s): 25

Games: 40
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Stawell/Melbourne

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1934

13

0

1935

16

3

1936

11

4

Bill Earle was fast and had plenty of ability when he came to Essendon after a clearance dispute with Melbourne.

He played nine games with Melbourne in 1932 and prior to that had played with Stawell.

Earle played in the centre and on the wing over his three seasons at Windy Hill and when he left Essendon he returned to Stawell.

He later ran a hotel there.

Earle’s son also named Bill, represented Australia as a sprinter in the 1964 Olympic Games.

Bill Earle died on 12th April, 1983.


EARLY, Phillip G.

Years Played: 1977
Born: 30/09/1959
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 850

Number(s): 25

Games: 10
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Strathmore

Phil Early was a forward who came from Strathmore. He had won the award for Best and Fairest in the Essendon District League's U17s in 1976.

Early played 10 games in late 1977 and while he had plenty of ability may not have realised his full potential.

After leaving Essendon Early returned to Strathmore in 1978 and then joined Fitzroy in 1979 where he played three games the next year. After this he went to Yarrawonga in 1981 and 1982 and Aberfeldie Park from 1983 to 1985 and was there captain-coach in 1984 and 1985.

 

EASON, Dick T.

Years Played: 1937
Born: 20/11/1913
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Debut order: 522

Number(s): 7

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Footscray Tech Old Boys/Footscray

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1937

2

0

Dick Eason was a rover who came from Footscray where he played 25 games between 1935 and 1937.

Prior to that he was with Footscray Technical School Old Boys.

Eason’s played two games for the Bombers in late 1937. He was one of the first thousand to join the artillery and, after serving in the Middle East, he was awarded the Military Cross for bravery in New Guinea in 1944. He rose to the rank of Brigadier.

After the War, Eason became a senior officer with the Post Master General’s office and the Chairman of Country Fire Authority for thirteen years.

His father, Alex, was a star player for Geelong (he played 150 games between  1909-1915 and 1919-1921 and  also 12 games for Richmond in 1916), and was later coach of Footscray. His uncle, Bill, was the first Geelong player to reach 200 games (220 games, 1902-1915).

Dick Eason died in 1979 at the age of 65.


EASTAUGH, Simon

Years Played: 1998-1999
Born: 12/06/1973
Height: 200 cm
Weight: 95 kg
Debut order: 1011

Number(s): 36

Games: 17
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Shepparton/Richmond/Norwood (SA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1998

12

0

1999

5

1

Simon Eastaugh made his debut for Essendon in 1998, winning the Club's best first year player in his debut season.

He played as a ruckman, had good skills and went on to play 12 senior games in 1998, then played only five games in 1999 before leaving Essendon to play with Fremantle.

Draft History: 1997 National AFL Draft - Selection No. 68 Overall
Player Honours: Norwood's premiership side 1997
Best First Year Player 1998
Reserves premiership side Captain 1999
State Honours: SANFL v ACTFL 1997

 

EASTMUIR, Bill

Years Played: 1939
Born: 22/02/1914
Died: 28/11/1998
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Debut order: 543

Number(s): 34

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Port Melbourne CYMS/Port Melbourne

Bill Eastmuir was a follower and defender who came from Port Melbourne where he played from 1935 to 1938.

Prior to that, he had played with Port Melbourne CYMS and then with the South Melbourne Seconds in 1934.

Eastmuir played one game in late 1939. His stay with Essendon was short lived because of his work commitments. He then stood out of football for three years before joining South Melbourne. He played four games there in 1943.

He later played a season with Pier Hotel, Port Melbourne, in the Sunday competition.

He retired in 1979 after twenty years with the Country Roads Board.

Eastmuir died on 28th November, 1998.

 

EDWARD, Wally G. P.

Years Played: 1926
Born: 6/04/1899
Died: 21/01/1967
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Debut order: 378

Number(s): 26

Games: 4
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon 'A'

Wally Edward played four games in late 1926 before transferring to Black Rock. He was 27 years old on debut.

He died on 21st January, 1967.

 

EDWARDS, Charles F.

Years Played: 1913
Born: 9/10/1891
Died: 3/10/1972
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Debut order: 233

Number(s): 26

Games: 1
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Beverley/Melbourne

Charles Edwards was a rover who played one game in early 1913 before joining Melbourne later in that year where he played three more games.

He died on 3rd October, 1972.

 

EDWARDS, Maurice C.

Years Played: 1942-43
Born: 17/10/1922
Died: 26/02/2007
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Debut order: 568

Number(s): 30

Games: 5
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Moonee Imperials

Maurice Edwards was a rugged, well built defender who joined the Seconds in 1939 from Moonee Imperials.

He played one game in 1942 and four more in 1943.

His football career was interrupted by service with the army during the war. On his return, he couldn't get back on to Essendon's senior list so he played with Essendon R.S.L.

In 1947, he joined North Melbourne where he played three games before returning to Essendon R.S.L.

He then played with Golden Point from 1952 to 1954, winning the award for Best and Fairest in the Ballarat League in 1952.

He died on 26th February, 2007.

 

EGAN, Kevin J.

Years Played: 1963-69
Born: 10/09/1943
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Debut order: 736

Number(s): 42 , 43 , 29

Games: 65
Goals: 13

Previous Clubs: Moonee Ponds YCW

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1963

1

0

1964

3

2

1965

8

2

1966

14

1

1967

15

2

1968

12

4

1969

12

2

Kevin Egan was a talented rover and wingman who came from Moonee Ponds YCW to the Essendon U19s. He won the Morrish Medal in 1962 as the League's best U19s player.

He was small but solidly built and just short of the pace to make him a star. He made up in determination for what he lacked in size.

Egan was a reserve in the 1965 premiership team.

Earlier in that year, he was third in the Gardiner Medal for Best and Fairest in the Reserves. He was also a member of the Reserves premiership side in 1968.

After leaving Essendon, he went to Port Adelaide in 1970 and then joined Williamstown in 1971 and 1972 and Scottsdale in Tasmania in 1973.

He then became captain-coach of Reservoir-Lakeside in 1974 and 1975 and won the flag in 1975.

He returned to Essendon as team manager in 1977.

 

ELKINGTON, Henry S.

Years Played: 1914
Born:
Died: 5/05/1963
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 257

Number(s): 1

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Nhill

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1914

1

0

Henry Elkington played one game, a Round 5 win over Melbourne.

He died on 5th May, 1963.

 

ELLEN, Russell P.

Years Played: 1973-77
Born: 8/02/1954
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 89 kg
Debut order: 804

Number(s): 30

Games: 35
Goals: 5

Previous Clubs: Marnoo

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1973

2

0

1974

7

2

1975

11

1

1976

12

1

1977

3

1

Russell Ellen was a big ruckman who came from Marnoo to the U19s in 1971.

He had difficulty getting a regular senior game and was used usually as a fill in when the regular ruckmen were unavailable.

After leaving Essendon Ellen went on to play 108 games with West Perth between 1978 and 1983.

He then became captain-coach of Wembley in the Western Australian Amateurs in 1984 winning the premiership.

In early 1985, Ellen returned to Marnoo before joining South Broken Hill in late 1985 and 1986. He won the award for Best and Fairest in the Broken Hill League in 1986. He then played in the Sunday League in Perth in 1987.

 

ELLIOTT, Trevor

Years Played: 1957-58
Born: 31/12/1937
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 88 kg
Debut order: 689

Number(s): 19

Games: 7
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Seymour

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1957

1

0

1958

6

1

Trevor Eliott was a follower who came from Seymour and had represented the Waranga North East League before joining Essendon.

He played seven games mainly in 1958 before returning to Seymour in 1959.

He then joined Footscray, where his brother, Morrie, was (although Morrie didn't play any senior games and later transferred to South Melbourne). Trevor played 23 games for Footscray in 1960 and 1961 before transferring to Tongala in 1962 and 1963. He represented the Goulburn Valley League in 1963.

After this, he went to Dimboola in 1964 and 1965 and represented the Wimmera League in 1965 and was then captain-coach of Miga Lake in 1966.

Elliott then became captain-coach of Gerang-Kiata from 1967 to 1970 winning three premierships. He was captain-coach of the Central Wimmera League side.

From 1971 to 1973 he was back at Seymour as a player and assistant coach and he was later non playing assistant-coach in 1975 and 1976.

Elliott lived at Seymour and worked for V-Line.

Trevor's brother, Morrie, played one game for South Melbourne in 1961.

 

ELLIS, John R.

Years Played: 1967-71
Born: 20/09/1948
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 89 kg
Debut order: 748

Number(s): 30

Games: 44
Goals: 43

Previous Clubs: Keilor

John Ellis was a fast moving, creative centreman who could pass beautifully with either foot and was cool and deliberate. He started with the Reserves in 1966 after coming from Keilor.

He didn't miss a game in 1968 and was Essendon second top Brownlow medal vote getter in that year. He played in the centre in the losing Grand Final side. He was also third top goalkicker and won Essendon's most improved player award.

Ellis's promising career was cut short by a knee injury he suffered in 1969 and he played only 16 games between 1969 and 1971.

Ellis was disappointed when Essendon told him he wasn't required and he went to Footscray Seconds in mid 1971. Later in 1971 he joined Perth and played there until 1973. He then became captain-coach of Sandgate in Queensland from 1974 to 1976 winning the premiership in 1974. He was runner-up in the Grogan Medal for Best and Fairest in the Queensland League in 1976.

Ellis then joined Cooee in Tasmania in 1977 and represented the NWFU in that year. He then became captain-coach of Dandenong in 1978. In 1979 he joined Watsonia and won the award for Best and Fairest in the Diamond Valley League and he then played with Keilor in 1980 followed by Greensborough from 1981 to 1983.

 

 

ELSHAUG, Tony G.

Years Played: 1984-87
Born: 19/07/1960
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Debut order: 907

Number(s): 14

Games: 65
Goals: 75

Previous Clubs: Bentleigh/Melbourne

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1984

15

14

1985

23

37

1986

20

17

1987

7

7

Tony “Trout” Elshaug was a talented rover who came from Melbourne where he played 40 games from 1979 to 1983. He had also represented Victoria in 1980.

He was a great ball winner who was fast, skilful and an excellent kick, but lacked consistency.

Elshaug had been an emergency in the 1984 premiership team and was in the forward pocket the following year when Essendon beat Hawthorn to make it back-to-back flags.

He was also on the interchange bench in the 1984 night premiership victory.

After a mixed season in 1987 when he played only seven games, Elshaug injured his knee late in the year. He then moved to Collingwood where he played six games in 1988. Elshaug was captain-coach of Dandenong leading them to the 1991 VFA premiership.

 

 

EMIN, John

Years Played: 1973
Born: 29/03/1951
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 94 kg
Debut order: 811

Number(s): 29

Games: 3
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Hobart

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1973

3

1

John Emin was a tall and strong follower and forward who arrived at Essendon from Hobart where he had represented Tasmania in 1971.

He played made his debut in Round 21 in an away loss to Fitzroy. He played the following week against Collingwood at home and played his last game for the club in the Elimination Final loss to St Kilda, in which he kicked a goal.

Emin then returned to Tasmania to captain Hobart in 1974 and 1975 and in his first season back was runner-up for the William Leitch Medal for the Best and Fairest player in the Tasmanian League. He also represented Tasmania from 1974 to 1977.

Emin then played with Burnie in 1976 and 1977 before becoming captain-coach of Wynyard in Tasmania from 1978 to 1980 winning a premiership in 1979.

He moved to Canberra as captain-coach of Eastlake in 1981 and 1982 and returned to Wynyard as captain in 1983 and 1984 and captain-coach in 1985.

In 1986 Emin went back to captain-coach Burnie and in 1987 was captain-coach of Yeoman in Burnie.

 

EPIS, Alec A.

Years Played: 1958-68
Born: 27/08/1937
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 89 kg
Debut order: 696

Number(s): 28

Games: 180
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Mines Rovers (WA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1958

10

1

1959

20

0

1960

17

0

1961

13

0

1962

18

1

1963

17

0

1964

17

0

1965

16

0

1966

16

0

1967

14

0

1968

22

0

Alec Epis was a fine, dashing and vigorous half-back who came from the Mines Rovers FC in Boulder WA. He had to stand out of football for two years when he arrived at Essendon because of a clearance dispute.

He was strong, had a flair for the spectacular and was a powerful drop kick on the run. He was also renowned for holding the ball aloft after a mark.

"Kookaburra", as he was known because of his incessant chatter on the field, was one of the most colourful players in the League, and his 180 games over 11 seasons is testament to his durability.

Epis was one of Essendon stars on the half-back flank in the 1962 premiership win and he was on the wing in the 1965 premiership team. He also played for Victoria in 1960 and 1963.

Epis was Essendon's second top Brownlow medal vote scorer in 1959 and 1963 (equal). He was also third top in 1960 (equal) and 1962. He also won the Club's most consistent player award in 1959 and 1962 and the best clubman award in 1964.

He went out of the game on a high note after playing well in the 1968 finals series.

Epis knocked back the job of Reserves coach in 1970 and then joined the Club committee in 1972 and 1973 and in 1975 and 1976. He was chairman of selectors in 1975 and 1976.

He later wrote on football for 'Truth' and 'The Sunday Observer' and was a panellist on GTV9.

He was a club director for many years.

  

EQUID, Harry M.

Years Played: 1945-48
Born: 8/10/1924
Died: 2/02/1984
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 92 kg
Debut order: 598

Number(s): 32

Games: 40
Goals: 67

Previous Clubs: Mildura Rovers

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1945

1

3

1946

21

35

1947

7

15

1948

11

14

Harry Equid was a talented half-forward and follower who came to Essendon after serving with the armed forces in the Middle East and the Pacific Region during World War II.

He had earlier played with Mildura Rovers.

He had a superb physique and was capable of anything on his day, but lacked consistency. He was a spectacular mark and was one of the last noted place kick exponents in the League.

Equid was tough, and once kicked a goal with a badly broken ankle. On another occasion, he went into the crowd to grab a barracker who had riled him.

He was on the half-forward flank in the 1946 premiership team and was also Essendon's third top goalkicker that year with 35 goals, His best return was seven goals in a big win over Hawthorn.

After leaving Essendon, Equid became captain-coach of Coburg from 1949 to 1951 and a player there in 1952, and then captain-coach of Kyneton in 1953.

After this, he played with South Mildura in 1954.

Equid died on 2nd February, 1984.

 

  

EUSTICE, Mark

Years Played: 1980-84
Born: 14/02/1963
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Debut order: 881

Number(s): 47 , 19

Games: 29
Goals: 19

Previous Clubs: Strathmore

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1980

1

1

1981

9

5

1982

9

6

1983

1

0

1984

9

7

Mark Eustice was a skilful and quick half-forward from Strathmore. However he had difficulty in stringing games together in teams that had plenty of talent, and he was used mainly off the interchange bench.

He was on the interchange bench in the 1984 night premiership team. He was also a member of the Reserves premiership side in 1983.

Eustice was cleared to Richmond in 1985.

  

EVANS, Joe

Years Played: 1940-42
Born: 20/04/1920

Died: 17/08/2013
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Debut order: 547

Number(s): 16

Games: 21
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Brunswick City

Walter Gerald Evans, known as  "Joe" Evans was a half-forward from Brunswick City.

He played 21 games between 1940 and 1942 before his football career was ended by a bad knee injury. His career was also affected by his War service.

Evans’ best season was in 1941 when he played 12 consecutive games between Round 2 and 13.

He retired from his own welding business in 1986.

Evans died in 2013 aged 93.

 

 

EVANS, Marcus

Years Played: 1901
Born:
Died: 1/06/1955
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Debut order: 70

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Beverley

Marcus Evans played one game in 1901, in a four point loss to Geelong in Round 4.

He died on 1st June, 1955.

 

EVANS, Neil R.

Years Played: 1967-68
Born: 6/02/1947
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 92 kg
Debut order: 750

Number(s): 36

Games: 12
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Essendon Baptists-St John's Juniors/University High School Old Boys

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1967

10

7

1968

2

0

Neil Evans was a tall ruckman with broad shoulders who played 12 games for Essendon in 1967 and 1968.

Evans made his debut the same day as Essendon champion Ken Fletcher, in a Round 3 home loss to Collingwood. He went on to string 10 consecutive games together and kick a handy seven goals that year.

Evans' career was hampered by hamstring injuries and he didn’t return to senior football until the finals in 1968 where he played in Essendon win over Geelong. Despite only one lead up game, he was picked to play back pocket/ruck in the 1968 Grand Final. The side lost to Carlton by three points and it was to be Evan's 12th and final game for the Club.

In 1969, Evans went to Western Australia and played with West Perth. He later returned to Victoria and played with Sandringham in 1972 and 1973.

His brother, Ron, was a star for Essendon (64 games, 1958-1962).

 

EVANS, Ron B.

Years Played: 1958-62
Born: 7/07/1939
Died: 9/03/2007
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 698

Number(s): 8

Games: 64
Goals: 209

Previous Clubs: Essendon Baptists-St John's

Ron Evans was a lightly built full-forward who was the VFL's leading goalkicker in both 1959 (78 goals) and 1960 (67 goals). He is still the youngest player to have topped to the League's goalkicking.


He arrived at Windy Hill from Essendon Baptists-St John's, where in his last year, 1957, he was the competition's Best and Fairest and had set a new Essendon District League goalkicking record.

Although lightly-built, Evans had long arms and was a strong mark.

Evans was also Essendon's third top goalkicker in 1958 and again in 1961. He kicked 10 goals in a game in 1960 and 9 goals twice in 1959. He also booted 8 goals in 1960 and 6 goals twice in 1959 and in 1960. He holds the equal record at Essendon for the most goals kicked against North Melbourne.

Evans was full-forward in Essendon's losing 1959 Grand Final team.

He represented Victoria in 1959 and 1960 and kicked 22 interstate goals which is the fourth top at Essendon.

Evans was also equal third top Brownlow medal vote winner in 1960.

He won Essendon's best player under 21 award in 1960.

In 1962, Evans he lost his place at full-forward to newcomer Charlie Payne. The next year, 1963, at the age of 23, Evans left Essendon and went to West Perth where he won the Western Australian Football League's goalkicking award. He won his club's goalkicking award in all three seasons he played.

Evans later returned to Melbourne and joined the EFC committee in 1978. He was President of the Essendon Football Club from 1988-1992 and proved to be a visionary when he sensitively managed the transition of the Club from playing home games at Windy Hill to the MCG. James Hird said the Evans-led path to the MCG had guaranteed the Club's future.

Evans was appointed to the AFL Commission in 1993, and was AFL Commission Chairman 1998-2007. Among his achievements as an AFL Commissioner were the construction of Telstra Dome; reconfiguring Telstra Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park for AFL matches; improving facilities at the MCG for supporters, players and the media by assisting with financing the Olympic Stand re-development, introduced policies to deal with racial and religious vilification, the use of illicit drugs and respect and responsibility towards women. He was also Commissioner when the League introduced AFL Kickstart program for indigenous communities and community training camps for AFL clubs; and when it secured record media rights agreements with the Seven Network, Network Ten, Foxtel, Telstra, News Limited and various radio stations.

Evans' business interests included roles as managing director of Spotless Services (caterers), director of Healthscope Ltd., and director of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

His brother, Neil, played 12 games for Essendon (1967-1968).

Ron Evans died from cancer on 9th March, 2007.

 

 

EVERARD, John

Years Played: 1905
Born:
Died: 1/10/1952
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 126

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Castlemaine

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1905

1

0

John Everard played one game, a home win over Melbourne in the middle of the 1901 season.

He died on the 1st October, 1952.

 

EWING, Bill K.

Years Played: 1933
Born: 25/08/1909
Died: 12/02/1994
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 88 kg
Debut order: 458

Number(s): 33

Games: 5
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: South Bendigo

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1933

5

3

Bill Ewing was a big full-forward and centre half-forward who came to Windy Hill from South Bendigo. He made his debut in Round 8 1933 in a 58 point loss to Geelong at Windy Hill and didn’t see senior action again until Round 14 when he played four consecutive games for a finally tally of five appearances that year.

In his second last game he kicked three of Essendon’s six goals in a 42 point away loss to South Melbourne.

Ewing then returned home to South Bendigo from 1934 to 1936.

He worked as a butcher and retired from his family butcher shop in 1970.

He died on 12th February, 1994.

 

EXELBY, Murray R.

Years Played: 1935-44
Born: 11/10/1912
Died: 21/10/1987
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Debut order: 487

Number(s): 2 , 4

Games: 115
Goals: 102

Previous Clubs: Silvan/East Brunswick

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1935

14

10

1936

9

5

1937

1

0

1938

18

13

1939

10

5

1940

16

24

1941

16

19

1942

15

18

1943

13

8

1944

1

0

Murray Exelby was an extremely talented rover, half-forward and wingman who came from East Brunswick. Prior to that he played with Silvan for a year.

He was fast, with good anticipation and handball that brought team-mates into the game.

Exelby was in the forward pocket and rover in the 1942 premiership team. Then, in 1943, he was surprisingly omitted from the Grand Final team for Gil Langley after winning a trophy for being best player in the semi final.

He booted six goals in a game in 1940 and won Essendon most unselfish player award in 1940 and 1942.

In 1944, he played one game before becoming playing coach of the Seconds but he was replaced at the end of the year.

After leaving Essendon, he played with Preston in 1945 and 1946. He then coached Leongatha in 1947 and 1948 and was captain-coach of Mitcham in 1949, before going to Queensland as captain-coach of Mayne in 1950. He became assistant State coach and was also appointed by the A.N.F.C. as schools coach for all of Queensland.

He later coached East Brunswick in 1956 and for a number of years before coaching Croxton.

Murray was the brother-in-law of Essendon player, Stan "Snowy" Wilson (75 games, 1936-1941).

He died on 21st October, 1987.

 

EZARD, Alan

Years Played: 1983-93
Born: 15/04/1963
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 69 kg
Debut order: 902

Number(s): 15 , 43

Games: 184
Goals: 200

Previous Clubs: Broadford/Coburg (VFA)/Melbourne

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1983

8

7

1984

19

19

1985

17

20

1986

23

47

1987

17

34

1988

20

20

1989

19

24

1990

22

15

1991

23

7

1992

12

7

1993

4

0

Originally tied to Melbourne, Alan Ezard was cleared to Essendon almost sight unseen from Broadford and Coburg (VFA).

What a move it turned out to be. He played 184 games and kicked 200 goals and was a member of both the 1984 and 1985 premiership sides.

Ezard also represented Victoria at State of Origin level on three occasions in 1985, 1990 and 1991 and also won the E.J. Whitten medal in 1991 as best on ground in one of those games. That same year, 1991, he was Essendon's top Brownlow medal vote-getter.

As a player Ezard was particularly dangerous on the forward line with his electrifying pace, spectacular marking and goal sense. He kicked a goal with his first kick in league football in 1983. He was Essendon's leading goalkicker in 1986 with 47 goals and was third top in 1987. He was also a member of the 1984 night premiership team.

After leaving Essendon he coached Ballarat in the VFL.