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FANNING, John V.

Years Played: 1968-70
Born: 5/09/1948
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 763

Number(s): 40 , 27

Games: 6
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: St Bernard's/Essendon U19s

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1968

4

0

1969

1

0

1970

1

1

John Fanning was a follower who came up through the U19s where he won Essendon Best and Fairest award in 1967. He had earlier played with St Bernard's CBC.
He couldn't get a regular game and of his six games four were as a reserve. He was a member of the Reserves premiership side in 1968.

He then played with Williamstown from 1970 to 1976, and was in their premiership side in 1976. He went to Brunswick in 1977 and 1978 and Strathmore in 1979.

His uncle, Fred, was a champion player for Melbourne (104 games, 1940, 1942-1947), who still holds the record for kicking 18 goals in a game (from the team's total of 19).

 

FARNSWORTH, Harold

Years Played: 1908-09
Born:
Died: 8/03/1960
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 178

Number(s):

Games: 24
Goals: 16

Previous Clubs: West Melbourne

Harry Farnsworthy was a centre half-forward from West Melbourne. He started promisingly playing in all but one game in his first season, 1908. He was full-forward in the losing Grand Final team in that year. He played another nine games in 1909.

He went on to play one game with St Kilda in 1910.

Farnsworth died on 8th March, 1960.

 

FARRELL, Charlie

Years Played: 1919-25
Born: 28/06/1898
Died: 14/03/1972
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Debut order: 303

Number(s): 11

Games: 69
Goals: 20

Previous Clubs: Williamstown Juniors

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1919

11

6

1920

8

5

1921

12

3

1922

15

0

1923

9

0

1924

7

0

1925

7

6

Charlie "Chooka" Farrell was a solid and dependable half-back flanker who was regarded as a clever player with 'clean' ground play.

He came from Williamstown Juniors and Essendon had to fight off South Melbourne for his services.

He just missed out on selection in the 1923 premiership side but he made up for it by being a key member of the 1924 premiership team on the half-back line. He was also selected in the State side in 1921 and 1922.

Nicknamed "Chooka", he was brawny and freckle-faced.

After leaving Essendon, he became captain-coach of Yarraville.

Farrell died on 14th March, 1972.

 

FARRELL, James P.

Years Played: 1943
Born: 6/03/1919
Died: 2/08/2007
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Debut order: 572

Number(s): 18

Games: 4
Goals: 9

Previous Clubs: St Monica's CYMS

James Farrell was a half-forward who came from St Monica's CYMS and played four games in early 1943. He kicked four goals in both of his first two games.

Farrell then went into the RAAF later in 1943 and when he returned in 1945 he couldn't get back into the Seniors. He played with Brunswick in 1945.

He died on 2nd August, 2007.

 

 

FAULKNER, George

Years Played: 1920-21
Born: 4/06/1900
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 319

Number(s): 26

Games: 15
Goals: 13

Previous Clubs: Railway Juniors/Ascot Vale

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1920

12

10

1921

3

3

George Faulkner played 12 games in his debut season after making his debut in a home loss to Carlton in Round 4.

He kicked two goals in the drawn Round 1 game against Melbourne in 1921, but didn't play another game until Round 14. He played only one more game after that.

 

FAWCETT, Albert D. W.

Years Played: 1921
Born: 15/05/1890
Died: 4/03/1970
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 328

Number(s): 13

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Footscray (VFA)/Melbourne

Albert Fawcett was a defender who joined Essendon after playing one game with Melbourne in 1920.

He played two games in early 1921.

 

FAY, Edward

Years Played: 1932-34
Born: 22/12/1911
Died: 2/10/2001
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 442

Number(s): 31

Games: 28
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: West Coburg

Ted Fay was a big strong full-back and centre half-back from West Coburg whose career was disrupted by a foot injury in 1933. He was a fine kick and good mark and had good anticipation.

He made his debut in a three point loss to Melbourne in Round 11, in which he kicked the only goal of his career.
He played in the last two games of that season as well. Fay played another 10 games in 1933 and 15 games in 1934.

Fay then went to Brunswick where he won the Recorder Cup in 1941.

  

FEEHAN, Harold J. A.

Years Played: 1915
Born: 21/04/1895
Died: 7/06/1979
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 272

Number(s): 9

Games: 11
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Ascot Vale Juniors

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1915

11

0

Harold Feehan was a wingman who played 11 consecutive games after debuting in a two point loss to Geelong in Round 6.

His career was cut short when Essendon disbanded during World War I and he spent time overseas with the Armed Forces. On his return, he became a Club Patron.

Feehan died on 7th June, 1979.

  

FEHRING, Charles

Years Played: 1921
Born: 21/03/1899
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 108 kg
Debut order: 329

Number(s): 7

Games: 5
Goals: 8

Previous Clubs: Surreys/Hawthorn (VFA)/Richmond

Charles Fehring was a half-forward and full-forward who came from Hawthorn (VFA), where he played in 1920. He had also lined up with Colbinabbin in the 1920 Grand Final. Prior to that, he played 21 games with Richmond between 1917 and 1919.

He started conspicuously with Essendon kicking four goals in his first two games but then only played three more games.

His brother, Arthur, played two games for Richmond in 1919.

Charles Fehring died in 1981.

 

FENTON, Garry C.

Years Played: 1963-64
Born: 1/12/1942
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 89 kg
Debut order: 731

Number(s): 8

Games: 6
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Golden Point

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1963

5

0

1964

1

0

Garry Fenton was a follower and defender who arrived at Essendon with a big reputation from Golden Point after being sought by most other clubs. He had won the award for Best and Fairest in the Ballarat League in 1962.

He played six games in 1963 and 1964.

After this, Fenton returned to Golden Point from 1965 to 1969 and was captain-coach in 1968 and 1969. He represented the Ballarat League in every year. He then became captain-coach of Clunes from 1970 to 1972 and captain of that club from 1973 to 1978. He later coached Keith in South Australia in 1981 and 1982 to two premierships.

 

FERGUSON, David E.

Years Played: 1897-98
Born: 21/03/1875
Died: 10/06/1920
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 36

Number(s):

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: West Melbourne

David Ferguson played strongly at half-back in the final which earned the 1897 premiership for Essendon. It was his first game for the Club. His only other game was the round 3 win over Carlton in 1898.

 

FIELD, Les

Years Played: 1947
Born: 29/11/1924
Died: 29/11/1991
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Debut order: 609

Number(s): 13

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Casterton

Les Field was a wingman who came to Essendon from Casterton and played two games, Round 7 and 8 in early 1947.

He died on 29th November, 1991.

 

FIELDS, Neville

Years Played: 1969-77, 1981-82
Born: 21/11/1951
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Debut order: 775

Number(s): 55 , 41 , 1 , 12

Games: 140
Goals: 138

Previous Clubs: Essendon High School

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1969

2

0

1970

7

4

1971

12

6

1972

23

24

1973

21

34

1974

21

19

1975

17

16

1976

17

13

1977

15

18

1981

2

2

1982

3

2

"Nifty" Neville Fields was a dashing centreman with a magnificent left-foot kick. He arrived at Windy Hill from Essendon High School and was hailed as a superstar in his early years, but he lacked consistency.

In 1971 Fields won the the Essendon Reserves Best and Fairest award as well as the seniors' most improved player award.

His great form continued in 1972 when he was Essendon's (senior) Best and Fairest and the Brownlow medal favourite that same year, but polled disappointingly.

That same year Fields was selected in 'The Sun' newspaper All Star team in the centre, won the 'Inside Football' magazine player of the year award as well.

He was Essendon second highest Brownlow medal vote getter in 1972 (equal) and 1973 and was equal third top in 1976. He was also Essendon's third top goalkicker in 1972 and 1974. His best goalkicking performance was 6 goals against South Melbourne in 1973.

Fields was a Victorian state representative in 1973.

He was not the same dominant force later in his career and was cleared to South Melbourne in 1978 where he played 60 games between 1978 and 1980, and again represented Victoria against the A.C.T. in 1980.

Fields returned to Windy Hill in 1981, at the age of 30. He stayed for two seasons but played only five senior games.

He was later appointed coach of Labrador in Queensland in 1988.

 

FILANDIA, Peter

Years Played: 1991-92
Born: 14/05/1970
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Debut order: 961

Number(s): 34

Games: 13
Goals: 14

Previous Clubs: Doutta Stars

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1991

12

13

1992

1

1

Peter Filandia was a speedy rover from Doutta Stars who could also play in the forward line. At his time at Essendon he kicked 14 goals in 13 matches. At the end of 1993 he was released by Essendon and drafted by the Sydney Swans.

Peter retired from AFL football at the end of 2000 and was appointed captain of VFL club, Port Melbourne.

 

FINN, S. Ray

Years Played: 1944-45
Born: 2/01/1926
Died: 23/06/2000
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Debut order: 578

Number(s): 16

Games: 10
Goals: 14

Previous Clubs: Oakleigh Juniors

Ray Finn was a rover who came from Oakleigh after having served in the RAAF.

He started impressively kicking four goals in his first game and then winning Essendon best first year player award in 1944.

However, he didn't live up to expectations and only played two more games in 1945 before rejoining Oakleigh from 1946 to 1948. He then went to Lake Boga near Swan Hill.

Ray Finn died on 23rd June, 2000.

 

FISHER, Vic

Years Played: 1948-49
Born: 5/08/1924
Died: 8/04/1999
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Debut order: 616

Number(s): 1

Games: 25
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: West Perth (WA)

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1948

12

2

1949

13

2

Vic Fisher was a fine wingman from West Perth FC where he played in 1947 after returning from overseas service with the RAAF during the war.

Unfortunately, he only stayed with Essendon for two seasons.

Fisher was solid and had the speed to keep with most opponents and the weight to outbump them all. He didn't need many kicks to be effective with his low and fast passes.

He was on the wing in the 1949 premiership victory. The year before, in 1948, he was a reserve in the Grand Final team after winning the best first year player award in that year.

Fisher left Essendon after completing his university studies in 1950 to return to Western Australia and he again played with West Perth from 1950 to 1952 being a member of their premiership team in 1951.

As well as being a top footballer, he also played cricket for Western Australia.

Fisher was involved in Aged Care for many years and was president of WA Nursing Home association for several years.

He died on 8th April, 1999.

 

FITZMAURICE, Tom J.

Years Played: 1918-20, 1922-24
Born: 7/07/1898
Died: 25/12/1977
Height: 192 cm
Weight: 96 kg
Debut order: 287

Number(s): 13 , 6 , 29 , 6

Games: 85
Goals: 30

Previous Clubs: East Melbourne CYMS

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1918

10

4

1919

14

8

1920

12

14

1922

17

3

1923

14

0

1924

18

1

Tom Fitzmaurice was one of the greatest of all Essendon players.

He was a superb player, versatile, with a terrific leap and marking ability. He was both tall and fast and superbly built. He was once the Victorian high jump champion.

Fitzmaurice came to Essendon from East Melbourne CYMS. He started in the ruck and very soon became an idol to supporters. After only three seasons he was transferred to Sydney in his employment and joined North Sydney. He captained N.S.W. in a game against Victoria while there.

On his return in 1922 Fitzmaurice he was appointed Essendon vice-captain and continued to perform superbly in the key defence role.

Fitzmaurice starred in the 1923 and 1924 premiership victories, and was the club Best and Fairest in three consecutive years 1922-24.

He was selected in the Victorian State side in 1919, 1920, 1922, 1923 and 1924.

Fitzmaurice left Essendon under controversial circumstances immediately after the 1924 season. With the 1924 Premiership decided by a round robin competition, Essendon had already accumulated sufficient points to win the flag regardless of the result in their final game against Richmond. Against expectations Essendon lost this game and Fitzmaurice realised some of his team accepted bribes to lose. The following week in a charity match against VFA Premiers Footscray, Essendon again lost amid more accusations of bribery.

Incensed, Fitzmarice quit the club and joined Geelong where he owned a pub. He won his third consecutive premiership there in 1925, only the second player in league history win consecutive premierships at two different clubs.

He played 47 games for Geelong between 1925 and 1928 and was their captain-coach in 1928.

Fitzmaurice then joined Mortlake in 1929 and Yarraville in 1930 before playing 54 games with North Melbourne between 1932 and 1935. He was captain-coach of North in 1934 and their leading goalkicker from 1932 to 1934.

He finished his career at Brunswick in 1935. He later spent a year on Essendon committee in 1936 before moving to Canberra where he played with Manuka from 1937 to 1939.

When Fitzmaurice returned to Melbourne, he spent many years in the hotel industry and at one stage ran the Phoenix Hotel in the city.

He was named at number 10 in the Champions of Essendon (2002), and was an inaugural inductee into the Essendon Hall of Fame in 1996.

Tom Fitzmaurice died on Christmas Day, 1977, at the age of 79.

 

FITZPATRICK, Gary J.

Years Played: 1974-75
Born: 31/03/1955
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Debut order: 819

Number(s): 51 , 7

Games: 13
Goals: 10

Previous Clubs: Moonee Ponds (EDFL)

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1974

7

6

1975

6

4

A rover, Gary Fitzpatrick came from Moonee Ponds to the U19s in late 1973.

He played 13 games in late 1974 and 1975.

Fitzpatrick then went to Brunswick in 1976 before going to Queensland to play with Mayne from 1977 to 1985.

He then became captain-coach of Banyo in Queensland in 1986 and 1987.

 

FITZPATRICK, Hugh

Years Played: 1899-1900
Born: 19/07/1872
Died: 1/01/1925
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 52

Number(s):

Games: 32
Goals: 26

Previous Clubs: Port Melbourne (VFA)

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1899

15

14

1900

15

12

Hugh Fitzpatrick was a full-forward and centre half-forward. He came from Port Melbourne and made a fine debut, playing in every game in his first season in 1899.

He was also Essendon's equal second top goalkicker that year with 14 goals, only one behind the leader.

Unfortunately, his career with Essendon was short-lived.

In 1901, he went to Western Australia in his employment and played for Subiaco for five years before returning home in 1906. He represented Western Australia while he was there.

Hugh Fitzpatrick died 1st January, 1925.

 

FLANEGAN, Greg M.

Years Played: 1980
Born: 18/12/1958
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 91 kg
Debut order: 880

Number(s): 28

Games: 2
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: North Whyalla (SA)

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1980

2

3

Greg Flanegan was a forward from North Whyalla in South Australia and played two games in late 1980.

He returned to North Whyalla in late 1981 and then joined West Torrens in South Australia from 1982 to 1984. From 1985 to 1987 he played with South Augusta.

 

FLANIGAN, Bob

Years Played: 1941-45
Born: 25/03/1914
Died: 12/07/1988
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 90 kg
Debut order: 554

Number(s): 30

Games: 42
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Footscray

Bob Flanigan is regarded as one of the toughest players of his time earning him the nickname "Bluestone".

He was a left-footer, and while not big, he played the game with plenty of heart and consequently suffered more than his share of injuries.

Flanigan arrived at Essendon from Footscray where he had played 49 games between 1936 and 1940.
While there he suffered a fractured skull but even that didn't stop him from continuing to play.

Flanigan made his Essendon debut in Round 1 1941 and played 11 games that year. He played every game in the 1942 season, the only year he didn’t miss a game, and capped of the year by being one of the best players in Essendon's 1942 premiership win over Richmond.

He didn't play at all in 1943 but returned to play10 games and three games respectively in his last two seasons at Windy Hill.

His brother, Jack, played five games with Hawthorn in 1930.

Bob Flanigan died on 12th July, 1988.

 

FLETCHER, Ken A.

Years Played: 1967-80
Born: 21/01/1948
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 751

Number(s): 21

Games: 264
Goals: 55

Previous Clubs: Essendon High School

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1967

16

0

1968

12

1

1969

20

3

1970

19

1

1971

22

1

1972

23

7

1973

22

9

1974

19

8

1975

21

9

1976

21

2

1977

18

10

1978

21

1

1979

19

1

1980

11

2

Ken Fletcher was a top wingman and defender who came from Essendon High School to the Essendon U19s in 1966.

He debuted the following year and played at full-back full before becoming a fine wingman with his great pace and a good skills. He later played in almost every position on the ground.

Fletcher was a great clubman, a model of consistency and a magnificent contributor.

He won Essendon's best first year player award in 1967, the most improved player award in 1969, the most consistent player award in 1970, 1971 and 1972 and the best clubman award in 1975 and 1980.

Fletcher was selected on the wing in 'The Sun' all star team in 1973, was a reserve in 1974 and was on the half-back flank in the 1978 team. He was also on the wing in the 'Inside Football' team of the year in 1973 and 1975. In 1978, he was chosen in the Gaelic football team.

He captained Essendon from 1977 to 1979 and was vice-captain in 1976 and 1980. He also won the Best and Fairest award in 1978 and was runner-up in 1973.

His 264 games puts him ninth in the all-time Bombers list for games. He was on the half-back flank in the losing 1968 Grand Final team and also represented Victoria in every year from 1973 to 1976 and in 1978.

After breaking his leg in 1980, he retired at the end of the year. He had worn a helmet late in his career and was the only Essendon player to have done this to this time.

After leaving Essendon he became captain-coach of Tatura in 1981 and 1982. He returned to Essendon to be specialist coach in 1983 and then became coach of the U19s in 1984 and 1985.

Fletcher was an EFC committeeman from 1987-1998

He is the father of Dustin Fletcher.

Ken Fletcher was named at number 55 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

 

FLOOD, David

Years Played: 1986-95
Born: 2/02/1969
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Debut order: 918

Number(s): 28

Games: 58
Goals: 36

Previous Clubs: Nhill/Essendon U19s

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1986

2

2

1987

4

4

1988

7

4

1990

2

3

1991

12

1

1992

15

11

1993

4

4

1994

8

7

1995

4

0

David Flood played a couple of U19s games in 1985 and also represented Victoria in the Teal Cup that same year.

He came to Essendon as a key forward with a good mark and strong kick but also played his fair share of games in defence.

Flood made his debut with two goals in a huge win over St Kilda at Windy Hill in 1986, but played only one more game for the year. This was to be the pattern to his time at Essendon and he struggled to put games together. His best season was 1992 when he managed 15 games for Essendon.

He played a couple of finals games in 1993 but was not part of the premiership win over Carlton that year.

Flood was awarded life membership of the club in 1995.

In 1999 he was appointed part time Essendon Football Club Development/Welfare Coordinator. This became a fulltime postion in 2000.

He left the Club at the end of 2003.

 

FLYNN, Ted

Years Played: 1903
Born:
Died: 11/06/1965
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 91

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Preston (VJFA)

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1903

1

0

Ted Flynn's sole game was in an away draw against St Kilda in Round 2, 1903.

He died on 11th June, 1965.

 

FOGARTY, A. Chris

Years Played: 1906
Born: 28/01/1884
Died: 29/11/1915
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Debut order: 147

Number(s):

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: St Patrick's College (Ballarat)/Metropolitan FC

Chris Fogarty was a follower and defender who came from St Patrick's College Ballarat and then the Metropolitan FC. He had been captain at both those clubs.

Fogarty only played in the last two games in 1906 including the semi final. His brother, Joe, also played in those same two games for Essendon in 1906.

Fogarty went on to play 26 games with University between 1908 and 1910 and captained that club in 1910.

He practised as a veterinary surgeon.

Chris's brother, Joe, also played two games for Essendon, and they were the same two games as Chris's.

Another brother, Tom senior, played 10 games for St Kilda (1898) and 66 games for Melbourne (1902-1906). He retired in 1906, despite Essendon's attempts to get him to transfer.

A fourth brother, John, played six games for South Melbourne.

Chris Fogarty served with the AIF's 24th Battalion in World War I and was killed in a massive explosion at Lone Pine on 29th November, 1915. He is buried in the Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli.

 

FOGARTY, Joe P.

Years Played: 1906
Born: 24/12/1885
Died: 28/06/1954
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 148

Number(s):

Games: 2
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: St Patrick's College (Ballarat)/South Melbourne

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1906

2

3

Joe Fogarty was a follower and forward who came to Essendon after playing nine games with South Melbourne in 1905.

His only games for Essendon were in Round 17 and the semi-final in 1906, for losses against Geelong and Fitzroy. His brother, Chris, played in those same two games.

In 1908 he joined University where he played another five games.

Another brother, Tom senior, played 10 games for St Kilda (1898) and 66 games for Melbourne (1902-1906). He retired in 1906, despite Essendon's attempts to get him to transfer.

A fourth brother, John, played six games for South Melbourne.

Joe served as a doctor with the Australian Army Medical Corps and was at Gallipoli when his brother, Chris, was killed. He was later mentioned in despatches three times and won the Military Cross at Pozieres in 1916. He was also awarded the OBE in 1919.

Joe Fogarty died on 28th June, 1954.

 

FOLEY, Ashley

Years Played: 1939
Born: 27/12/1915
Died: 20/02/2005
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 537

Number(s): 37

Games: 7
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Mooroopna/Geelong

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1939

7

1

A centreman, Ashley Foley came to Essendon after playing 15 games with Geelong between 1936 and 1938. Prior to that he had played at Mooroopna.

While at Geelong, Foley was runner-up in the 1938 Gardiner Medal for Best and Fairest in the League Seconds.

He played seven games with Essendon in 1939 before his career was interrupted by war service with the RAAF in the Middle East and Pacific during World War II.

On his return, he played with Yarraville in 1946.

Ashley retired from his job after twenty years as a supervisor with Australian Synthetic Rubber in 1980.

He died on 20th February, 2005.

 

FOOKS, Fred J.

Years Played: 1903
Born: 26/11/1880
Died: 30/06/1958
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Debut order: 100

Number(s):

Games: 3
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Port Rovers

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1903

3

2

Fred Fooks was a centreman and full-forward who played three games towards the end of 1903 before moving to Western Australia.

He played for Subiaco later in 1903 and in 1904, then South Fremantle between 1905 and 1907 and West Perth between 1908 and 1910.

He died on 30th June, 1958.

 

FORBES, Charlie

Years Played: 1897-1902
Born: 8/05/1865
Died: 20/06/1922
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 7

Number(s):

Games: 54
Goals: 13

Previous Clubs: North Park Juniors

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1897

16

2

1898

15

4

1899

11

2

1900

4

5

1901

5

0

1902

1

0

Charlie "Tracker" Forbes was the first of Essendon great ruckmen. He was already 32 years old when the VFL was formed and had played for the Club in the VFA from 1889-1896.

Forbes was tall and of lean and dominated the ruck during the early years. He starred in the four consecutive Essendon premiership teams in the Association between 1891 and 1894.

His combination with partner Fred Ball and rover Colin Campbell was superb during the 1890s and he won the Association Champion of the Colony award in 1891. He also played in the intercolonial side in 1893 and 1894.

Forbes was bold and fearless and a splendid mark and was regarded as a great comedian. On one occasion he is reported to have become so irritated by St Kilda rover 'Curly' Jones, he deposited him on a seat outside the fence.

Forbes played in Essendon's first League game and was a star in the 1897 premiership victory.

On retirement he remainded with the club as a committeeman until 1909 and was a club patron in 1910.

Off the field, Forbes's kind hearted nature was legendary. He was working in a factory where other workers were being retrenched, he volunteered to leave to save a married man his job.

Charlie Forbes died on 20th June, 1922.

 

FORBES, Keith M.

Years Played: 1928-37
Born: 28/05/1906
Died: 7/09/1996
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Debut order: 401

Number(s): 35 , 1

Games: 152
Goals: 415

Previous Clubs: Coburg

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1928

13

28

1929

15

40

1930

18

54

1931

14

37

1932

15

44

1933

15

31

1934

14

47

1935

18

52

1936

15

38

1937

15

44

Keith Forbes was one of Essendon's greatest players. Pacy and an excellent kick for goal, he was also one of League football's highest goal scoring rovers of all time.

Forbes came to Essendon without a clearance from Coburg in 1928 after playing in their 1927 premiership side. Prior to that, he played with South Melbourne Districts. He had tried out with South Melbourne but was told he was too small.

Forbes was Essendon leading goalkicker in 1929 with 40 goals (equal), in 1930 with 54 goals, in 1935 with 52 goals and in 1937 with 44 goals. He was also second top in 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934 and 1936. He was third in 1928.

Forbes was the Club's Best and Fairest in 1930 and 1935 and runner-up in 1929 and 1934. He was also runner-up in the Brownlow medal in both 1930 and 1935.

He captained Essendon in 1934 and 1935 before standing down for Jack Baggott. He again took over as captain in 1937.

Forbes kicked nine goals in a game in 1936 and eight goals in 1929 and 1934. He also kicked seven goals in 1933 and six goals on three occasions. His nine goals is equal most kicked by an Essendon player in the 16th round. He became the first Essendon player to reach 200 goals, when he reached that milestone in late 1932.

Forbes played interstate football in 1929, 1930, 1932, 1934, 1936 and 1937 and was vice-captain of the State side against South Australia in 1934.

He won Essendon most serviceable player award in 1931 and 1933 and the best position player award in 1937.

When he left Essendon, he became captain-coach of North Melbourne in 1938 and 1939 and then in 1940 he played four games with Fitzroy.

He served with a field workshop in Benghazi and Haifa and spent more than three years in New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, during the war. On his return, he was captain-coach of Welshpool in 1948 and 1949 and then of Yarram in 1950 and 1951. After this, he coached at Drouin for some years.

Forbes became a member of the West Gippsland Hospital Board, the Drouin South Hall Committee, the RSL and he was involved with the Drouin Bowling Club.

He ran a dairy farm until 1971 and died on 7th September, 1996.

Keith Forbes was named at number 16 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

  

FORD, Frank

Years Played: 1932-33
Born: 25/12/1909
Died: 18/03/1974
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 71 kg
Debut order: 435

Number(s): 15

Games: 21
Goals: 26

Previous Clubs: Bendigo/Richmond

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1932

16

22

1933

5

4

Frank Ford was a rover who joined Essendon after playing 16 games with Richmond in 1931. When not roving he was a very useful forward.

Ford debuted in Round 1 and played 16 games for the season. His 22 golas that year put him third in the Club's top goalkickers and his best return was five against St Kilda.

He played only five more games in 1933 and kicked four goals.

Ford left the Club and joined Sandhurst in 1934.

His brother, Bill, played one game for Richmond in 1927, then 56 games for Hawthorn (1934-1937).

Frank Ford died on 18th March, 1974.

  

FORD, Harry W.

Years Played: 1902
Born:
Died: 26/11/1957
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 82

Number(s):

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon Juniors

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1902

2

0

Harry Ford played two games in late 1902 in consecutive wins over Melbourne and Carlton.

He died on 26th November, 1957.

 

FORDHAM, Ted A.

Years Played: 1961-69
Born: 3/05/1940
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 717

Number(s): 20

Games: 127
Goals: 214

Previous Clubs: Essendon Baptists-St John's/Essendon U19s

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1961

10

3

1962

5

0

1963

14

7

1964

16

25

1965

20

54

1966

20

76

1967

15

25

1968

22

22

1969

6

2

Ted Fordham was a top full-forward who graduated from the half-back flank and ruck to the key forward role before going back into the ruck mainly because of his indifferent kicking.

He came from Essendon Baptists-St John's to the Thirds in 1959 and he was a strong, versatile and willing toiler who could take a good mark.

Fordham was the Club's and League's leading goalkicker in 1966 with 76 goals. He was also Essendon top goalkicker in 1965 with 54 goals and was second top in 1964 and 1967.

He kicked 10 goals against Collingwood in 1966 which is the equal top goals kicked by an Essendon player against that club. He also kicked eight goals in 1964 and 1967 and seven goals in the Grand Final in 1965 and three times in 1966.

Fordham starred in the 1965 premiership victory at full-forward and his seven goals is the equal most kicked by an Essendon player in the Grand Final. His six goals in the 1966 preliminary final is also the Essendon record for that final. He was earlier an emergency in the 1962 premiership team.

He was the equal third most Brownlow medal votes at Essendon in 1966 and won the Club's most improved player award in 1965, the best clubman award in 1966 and the best utility player award in 1967 and 1968.

Fordham retired at the end of 1968 after missing most of the season through injury.

He later returned to the Club as a committeeman from 1974 to 1983 and he was chairman of selectors from 1976 to 1979.

Fordham then coached Ascot Vale from 1983 to 1985.

 

FOREMAN, Wayne M.

Years Played: 1980-81
Born: 16/05/1955
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 872

Number(s): 22

Games: 26
Goals: 30

Previous Clubs: Sunshine (VFA)/Footscray

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1980

18

25

1981

8

5

Wayne Foreman was a half-forward who came from Footscray where he played 40 games from 1977 to 1979. Prior to that he was at Sunshine from 1974.

He went quietly and efficiently about his job and won Essendon's best first year player award in 1980 and was also Essendon third top goalkicker in that year.

He was on the half-forward flank in Essendon's 1981 night premiership victory.

After an injury-affected 1981, Foreman was cleared to West Perth where he played in 1982 and 1983 before retiring.

 

FORGE, Ken M.

Years Played: 1961-62
Born: 7/05/1942
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Debut order: 719

Number(s): 22

Games: 15
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Melbourne Grammar/Essendon Baptists-St John's

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1961

7

0

1962

8

0

Ken Forge was a half-back who came from Melbourne Grammar.

He was in the Associated Public Schools side in 1960. He also played with Essendon Baptists-St John's in 1959.

Forge played 15 games in 1961 and 1962, 10 of these were as a reserve.

He retired after damaging his knee and then in 1964 he played one game with Pharmacy College in the Amateurs before breaking down again.

 

FORSTER-KNIGHT, Robert

Years Played: 2001-2003
Born: 6/04/1982
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 1022

Number(s): 41 , 15

Games: 31
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Cobram/Murray Bushrangers/AFL IS Academy

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

2001

9

0

2002

18

0

2003

4

0

Robert Forster-Knight was recruited from the 1999 National Draft, round 4, Selection No. 72 overall after winning State Honours in the 1999 Australian International U17 team against Ireland.

He made his debut in Round 4, 2001, against Sydney and played nine games for the season and followed up with 18 games in 2002. A highly disciplined player Forster-Knight performed some excellent defensive jobs both in the back half and in the midfield.

He only managed four senior games in 2003, he was unable to push into the strong senior midfield.

Forster-Knight was delisted by Essendon at the end of 2003 and was drafted by Port Adelaide but played no senior games there.

Draft History: 1999 National AFL Draft - Selection No. 72 overall.

  

FORSYTH, James S.

Years Played: 1963-67
Born: 23/07/1944
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 91 kg
Debut order: 734

Number(s): 27

Games: 29
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Thorpdale

James Forsyth was a ruckman who came from Thorpdale and was mainly used as a fil-in when the regular ruckmen were out. Fifteen of his 29 games were as a reserve.

He won the Reserves' Best and Fairest award in 1964.

Forsyth went high for the knockout but was not helped by injuries, including a badly injured leg which led to him missing most of 1965.

He went to West Torrens in South Australia from 1968 to 1970 and played in the South Australian State side in 1968 and the Carnival side in 1969.

In 1971 and 1972 Forsyth played with Yarrawonga, from 1973 to 1976 he was captain-coach of Drouin and he then was captain-coach of Trafalgar in 1977 and 1978. He finally returned to Thorpdale as coach from 1984 to 1986.

He lives at Narracan where he has a farm.

 

FORSYTH, Keith A.

Years Played: 1941
Born: 17/10/1917
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 90 kg
Debut order: 555

Number(s): 32

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Queenscliff (Army)/Flemington-Kensington/Ascot Vale Rovers

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1941

2

0

A full-back, Keith Forsyth came from Ascot Vale Rovers to the Seconds in 1934. When not playing in the Seconds he played for Flemington-Kensington.

He joined the regular army in 1938 and then his football career was affected by war service as well as a dislocated collarbone. He played two games with Essendon in early 1941.

Forsyth was later a prisoner of war in Singapore and spent over two years on the Burma railway.

After the War Forsyth returned to Essendon Seconds in 1946, but was forced to retire because of ankle problems.

He worked as a builder until 1979.

 

FOULDS, Garry

Years Played: 1974-89
Born: 13/05/1956
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Debut order: 817

Number(s): 38 , 10

Games: 300
Goals: 140

Previous Clubs: St Bernard's/West Essendon

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1974

8

14

1975

13

9

1976

12

8

1977

21

9

1978

22

0

1979

23

8

1980

16

1

1981

22

22

1982

23

14

1983

22

11

1984

18

3

1985

24

8

1986

22

10

1987

20

8

1988

22

13

1989

12

2

A superb clubman, Garry "Vault" Foulds is one of only four men to play 300 games for the Club. He went about his football at Essendon with a minimum of fuss.

Foulds came to Essendon as a half-forward flanker from St Bernards and at the end of his time at Windy Hill there was hardly a position that he did not play.

He debuted in 1974 and in 1978 won the Club's most improved player award. He played mostly in the backline and in one game at full-forward in 1981 he kicked seven goals in a narrow 4 point loss to Richmond.

Foulds' straight ahead play, coolness in a crisis and superb long kicking, was a feature of his game. He was equal runner-up in the Best and Fairest award in 1981 and third in the award in 1979.

Foulds was on the wing in the 1984 premiership team and on the half-back flank in the 1985 premiership win. He was also on the wing in the 1981 night premiership side.

He was equal second top Essendon vote scorer in the Brownlow medal in 1979.

Foulds played for Victoria in 1979 and 1985, and in 1985 he was selected in the All-Australian team.

He was also selected on the half-back flank in "The Sun" all star team in 1979 and as an interchange in the 1985 side, and on the wing in "The Truth" Cazaly Team of the Year in 1981. He was on the wing in the "Inside Football" Team of the Year in 1981.

Only Dick Reynolds, Tim Watson and Simon Madden have played more than his 300 games.

Garry Foulds was named at number 53 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

 

FOWLER, Grant

Years Played: 1980-83
Born: 12/03/1957
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Debut order: 873

Number(s): 23 , 2

Games: 63
Goals: 49

Previous Clubs: Trinity Grammar/Fitzroy

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1980

16

15

1981

22

18

1982

18

11

1983

7

5

Grant Fowler was a competent rover who came from Fitzroy where he played 35 games from 1976 to 1979. Prior to that he played with Trinity Grammar.

Fowler made his debut for Essendon in Round 7 1980 against Geelong and finished that season with 16 games. He played all 22 games in 1981 kicking 18 goals and playing in Essendon' night premiership, where he kicked two goals in Essendon's win over Carlton.

He played 18 games in 1982 and only seven in 1983.

Fowler was a regular selection as a rover, an honest player and handy around goals. He went into semi-retirement because of work commitments during 1983.

In mid-1983, Fowler was cleared to Hawthorn where he played two games between 1983 and 1984.

 

FOX, Brad

Years Played: 1991-92
Born: 9/10/1969
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 91 kg
Debut order: 958

Number(s): 25

Games: 17
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Perth (WA)

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1991

10

3

1992

7

1

1993

0

0

Brad Fox played 10 games in 1991 and a further seven in 1992.

He left Essendon for Richmond in 1993 and played four games with the Tigers.

 

FOX, W. Robert

Years Played: 1955-57
Born: 2/11/1931
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Debut order: 668

Number(s): 24

Games: 52
Goals: 34

Previous Clubs: Thornton

A centre half-forward, Robert Fox came from Thornton where he played in 1954 and prior to that with Yarck.

His early form had the stamp of a potential champion on it and he won Essendon's best first year player award in 1955.

However Fox had difficulty adjusting to city life and, as a result, his stay at Essendon was short. In his final year in 1957 he was centre half-forward in the losing Grand Final team.

In 1958 he joined Alexandra for a season before retiring. He later made a comeback to play with Katunga from 1967 to 1969.

  

FRANCIS, Peter S.

Years Played: 1987-88
Born: 16/01/1958
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 925

Number(s): 17

Games: 19
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Heathcote/Carlton/Fitzroy/Richmond

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1987

15

2

1988

4

0

Peter Francis was a half-back flanker who had played at three league clubs before arriving at Windy Hill.

Francis played 52 games for Richmond from 1984 to 1986 immediately before joining Essendon. Prior to that he had played 41 games with Fitzroy from 1981 to 1983 and, earlier, 47 games at Carlton from 1979 to 1981.

He originally played with Heathcote in 1979. Although in the twilight of his career when he joined Essendon, he acquitted himself well.

His League games tally was 159 games.

 

FRASER, Ken D.

Years Played: 1958-68
Born: 12/02/1940
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 693

Number(s): 23

Games: 198
Goals: 156

Previous Clubs: Essendon Baptists-St John's

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1958

17

3

1959

21

9

1960

18

9

1961

18

14

1962

19

23

1963

17

17

1964

18

22

1965

17

22

1966

16

10

1967

16

13

1968

21

15

Ken Fraser was an outstanding centre half-forward, a fine Essendon captain and an ornament to the game. In his 11 season he rarely missed a game.

Fraser came from Essendon Baptists-St John's and went straight into the seniors. He was a brilliant high-mark and moved around the forward line with speed and precision. He was also good on the ground and a superb team player.

Fraser won the Club's best first year player award and best under 21 player in 1958 and the outstanding services award in 1960 and 1965.

He was Essendon's captain from 1965 to 1968 after being vice-captain in 1964.

Fraser was a member or the 1962 premiership side and then among the best afield when he captained the Club to the 1965 premiership win over St Kilda in his first season as captain. In 1968, he was ruled out of the Grand Final with a leg injury and his loss was a devastating blow to Essendon.

Fraser won Essendon's Best and fairest award in 1963 and 1964 and was runner-up in 1965 and third in 1962. He was also twice runner-up in the Brownlow medal, in 1962 with 19 votes and in 1964 also with 19 votes.

Fraser was Essendon top Brownlow medal vote scorer on four occasions.

He represented Victoria in 1959, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1965 and 1966 and captained the State side in 1966.

In 1967, Fraser was chosen to play Gaelic football in Dublin and New York as well as an exhibition of Australian Rules in London.

After leaving Essendon, he was captain-coach of Yarrawonga from 1970 to 1973.

He returned to Essendon as assistant coach and coach of the Reserves from 1975 to 1979. He was then elected to the Committee in 1981.

Fraser was ranked 7th in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

His son, Mark, played 65 games for Essendon.

 

FRASER, Mark

Years Played: 1995-2000
Born: 4/02/1971
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 993

Number(s): 30

Games: 65
Goals: 26

Previous Clubs: Montmorency/Collingwood

In 1995 Mark Fraser made the move that many thought should have occurred many years ago when he moved to Essendon from Collingwood. His father was Essendon champion, Ken Fraser.

When he finally made the move to Essendon some supporters may have cringed at the thought of an ex-Collingwood player playing for Essendon, but thankfully he was welcomed with open arms. It was really the recruiting coup of the year for Essendon (apart from picking up Lloyd in the U16 draft) because he had been playing very good football on the wing for Collingwood when he left.

Fraser had played 45 games and kicked 23 goals for Collingwood before joining Essendon.

He played 19 games in the 1999 season, playing some excellent football. His best games for the season were the first and last games of the year.

Fraser played only four games in 2000 and was delisted at the end of the year.

After leaving the AFL scene in 2000, he joined the umpiring ranks.

 

FRASER, Simon

Years Played: 1905-06
Born: 25/08/1886
Died: 11/05/1919
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Debut order: 119

Number(s):

Games: 21
Goals: 8

Previous Clubs: Melbourne Grammar

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1905

8

2

1906

13

6

Simon Fraser was a full-forward from Melbourne Grammar who was not only a good footballer but also a member of the Australian Rowing Eight.

After leaving Essendon, he joined University where he played two games in 1909.

He died on 11th May, 1919.

 

FRASER, Walter E.

Years Played: 1920-22
Born: 18/06/1897
Died: 10/06/1966
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Debut order: 316

Number(s): 13 , 21

Games: 19
Goals: 10

Previous Clubs: Scotch College/Footscray Juniors

Walter Fraser was a dashing half-forward who came from Footscray Juniors and before that Scotch College.

He had plenty of ability but only played 19 games between 1920 and 1922.

He then joined Footscray (VFA) in 1923 and 1924 and played in their premiership side in both these years. He played six games with that club in the League in 1925.

Fraser died on 10th June, 1966.

 

FREEMAN, Arthur

Years Played: 1911
Born: 17/09/1887
Died: 15/09/1973
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 219

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Preston District/Collingwood / Fitzroy

Arthur Freeman played for Collingwood between 1908 and 1910 and with Fitzroy in 1911.

He played his only game in Essendon colours in a big win over University at the MCG.

Freeman died on 15th September, 1973.

 

FREEMAN, James H.

Years Played: 1911, 1914
Born: 21/11/1889
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 252

Number(s): 12

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: North Melbourne (VFA)

A full-back from North Melbourne (VFA), Jim Freeman he played one game in 1911 before transferring to Brighton in early 1912 and then Richmond (VFA).

He rejoined Essendon and played two more games in 1914 and then left to return to Brighton in 1915.

 

FRENCH, Bill T. H.

Years Played: 1908-09
Born: 20/04/1884
Died: 17/10/1972
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 183

Number(s):

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Northcote/Alphington/East Fremantle (WA)

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1908

2

0

1909

1

0

A forward, Bill French came from East Fremantle and played three games with Essendon in 1908 and 1909.

He later played with Essendon 'A' in 1910 and 1911.

But his involvement with Essendon did not end there. He was a Club patron from 1919 to 1924 and later spent sixteen years as a committeeman between 1940 and 1955.

He was also chairman of the Amateur Boxing and Wrestling Federation.

French died on 17th October, 1972.

 

FREYER, Ted L.

Years Played: 1929-37
Born: 20/05/1910
Died: 22/04/1984
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 414

Number(s): 26

Games: 124
Goals: 372

Previous Clubs: Port Melbourne

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1929

3

2

1930

16

38

1931

18

50

1932

18

52

1933

16

51

1934

17

61

1935

10

34

1936

15

50

1937

11

34

Ted Freyer was one of Essendon's best-ever goalkickers.

"Nipper" usually played in the forward pocket rather than at full-forward and although tall, he was not strongly built. However he had superb anticipation and was an accurate punt kick, especially from acute angles.

Freyer came from Port Melbourne where he had played in 1928 and early 1929.

He was Essendon's leading goalkicker in five seasons: in 1931 with 50 goals, in 1932 with 52 goals, in 1933 with 51 goals, in 1934 with 61 goals and in 1936 with 50 goals. He was also second top in 1930, 1935 and 1937. Only John Coleman, Alan Noonan and Matthew Lloyd have led the Club's goalkicking more often

Freyer kicked 12 goals in the opening round in 1935 and this is still equal most goals kicked in an opening round, as well as being the most kicked by any Essendon player against Melbourne and the biggest tally at the MCG. He also kicked eight goals in a game in 1934, seven goals in 1931,1934,1935 and 1937 and six goals on seven occasions.

In 1936, he was runner-up in the Club's Best and Fairest award and in that year he also scored equal second most Brownlow medal votes at Essendon.

Freyer won Essendon's most serviceable player award in 1931 and 1934, but remarkably did not play one game for Victoria.

He left Essendon controversially at the end of 1937, without a clearance, to return to Port Melbourne although Essendon did forgive him many years later. He remained with Port from 1938 to 1941 before going to New Guinea with the armed forces during the war. He then returned to play one more season with Port in 1945. He was a member of their premiership teams in 1940 and 1941 and was leading Association goalkicker in 1938 and 1940.

In the latter year, he booted 157 goals for a total 464 goals in the Association.

He later played with the Waterside Workers in the Saturday Morning League.

Ted Freyer died at the age of 74 on 22nd April, 1984.

 

FURLONG, Phil. F.

Years Played: 1918
Born: 18/02/1893
Died: 27/11/1930
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 283

Number(s): 14

Games: 5
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Carlton District

A wingman and rover, Phil Furlong played five games for Essendon in 1918. He kicked his three goals in one game, a narrow win over St Kilda in Round 2.

He died on 27th November, 1930.