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GALLAGHER, Fred

Years Played: 1952-58
Born: 1/01/1931
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Debut order: 649

Number(s): 13

Games: 84
Goals: 61

Previous Clubs: Rosebud

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1952

7

5

1953

12

5

1954

10

0

1955

14

1

1956

18

0

1957

12

34

1958

11

16

Fred Gallagher was a forward who came from Rosebud. He started as a half-forward and then went to full-forward where he put in some memorable performances. He was Essendon's leading goalkicker in 1957 with 34 goals and kicked a career best 12 in a game against Geelong that year.

He won the Club's best utility player in 1956 and kicked three of the Club's seven goals in the losing Grand Final against Melbourne in 1957.

Gallagher struggled for games in 1958 and left Essendon at the end of the year to become captain-coach of Turvey Park in New South Wales.

 

GAMBLE, Jeff M.

Years Played: 1953-60
Born: 24/05/1935
Died: 20/06/1996
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 657

Number(s): 22

Games: 90
Goals: 14

Previous Clubs: Aberfeldie

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1953

6

3

1954

12

3

1955

8

4

1956

13

4

1957

19

0

1958

18

0

1959

4

0

1960

10

0

A fine centre half-back, Jeff Gamble joined Essendon from Aberfeldie where he played in 1951 and 1952.

He was runner-up in Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1958 and polled the equal most Brownlow medal votes at Essendon in that year with 15 votes.

Gamble was also centre half-back in the losing Grand Final team in 1957 and won the most improved player award in 1956.

He wrenched his knee in 1959 missing many games and never really recovered from this injury. He retired during the following year at only 25 years of age.

Jeff Gamble was later president of Coralynn F.C. for many years.

He died on 20th June, 1996. 

 

GARDEN, Jack N.

Years Played: 1915, 1920-26
Born: 3/03/1895
Died: 1/12/1955
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Debut order: 278

Number(s): 15 , 28

Games: 115
Goals: 42

Previous Clubs: Melbourne District

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1915

5

3

1920

16

9

1921

16

3

1922

16

2

1923

18

2

1924

10

1

1925

17

4

1926

18

18

Jack Garden was a brilliant wingman and half-forward, he was a leading member of the famed 'Mosquito Fleet' of the mid-1920s. He joined Essendon from Melbourne District where he started in 1914.

Garden was a delightful pass and one of the best wingmen in the game.

Shortly after joining Essendon, he enlisted and spent three years at the front during WWI. He returned home in 1919 and rejoined the club in 1920.

He starred on the wing in both the 1923 and 1924 premiership sides and was an Essendon idol. He won the Best and Fairest award in 1920 and was also selected in the State side in 1921, 1922 and 1923.

When Garden left Essendon he became captain-coach of Kew in the League sub-district competition winning the premiership in his first season in 1927.

Jack Garden died on 1st December, 1955.

  

GARDINER, Les

Years Played: 1943, 1945-53
Born: 25/01/1923
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Debut order: 569

Number(s): 11 , 18

Games: 166
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Brunswick United

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1943

16

0

1945

15

0

1946

22

0

1947

15

0

1948

14

0

1949

22

0

1950

14

0

1951

21

0

1952

13

0

1953

14

0

Les Gardiner was a dashing and courageous back pocket and half-back flanker who came from Brunswick United in the Essendon District League.

He had a fine wrong way turn and was a close playing defender. He was solid and dependable in both kicking and marking, with the speed to nullify opposition attacks.

In 1944, Gardiner missed the whole season with a spine injury. He then went on to be back pocket in the 1946 premiership team and then on the half-back flank in the 1949 premiership win.

In 1950, Gardiner starred in the back pocket in his third premiership victory.

In all, he played in 15 finals games.

Gardiner was third top Brownlow medal vote scorer at Essendon in 1953. He also won the best first year player award in 1943, the most unselfish player award in 1951,1952 and 1953, and the best clubman award in 1945.

He retired at the end of the 1953 season.

 

GARDINER, Ralph B.

Years Played: 1920-22
Born: 19/02/1897
Died: 3/05/1944
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Debut order: 321

Number(s): 10

Games: 8
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Lang Lang/North Melbourne (VFA)

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1920

3

0

1921

5

3

Ralph Gardiner was a rover and half-forward who came from North Melbourne in the VFA. Prior to that he played at Lang Lang.

He played three games in 1920. He kicked off the 1921 season with three goals in a draw against Melbourne in the opening round. He played four more consecutive games for a toal of eight games.

Gardiner died on 3rd May, 1944.

 

GARDINER, Teddy

Years Played: 1921-22
Born: 9/11/1890
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 81 kg
Debut order: 340

Number(s): 10

Games: 8
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: North Melbourne (VFA)

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1921

7

0

1922

1

0

Teddy Gardiner played seven consecutive games from Round 10 to Round 16. He played only one game in 1922.

He died in 1938.

 

 

GARDNER, Corrie H.

Years Played: 1898
Born: 12/03/1879
Died: 6/08/1960
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 63 kg
Debut order: 38

Number(s):

Games: 13
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Melbourne Grammar

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1898

12

0

Corrie Gardner was a smart and speedy wingman who played 13 games in 1898.

During that year, he distinguished himself by winning the Australian Amateur Hurdle Championship.

He later joined Melbourne in 1900 and played 52 games between then and 1903. In 1904 he competed for Australia at the St Louis Olympics and then returned to play for Melbourne in 1905.

Gardner was a member of the 1900 Melbourne premiership team.

His brother, Eric, also played for Melbourne (39 games, 1900-1903).

Gardner died on 6 August, 1960.

 

GARTON, Charles

Years Played: 1906
Born:
Died: 22/02/1908
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Debut order: 149

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Benalla

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1906

1

0

Charles "Cec" Garton played his only League game for Essendon against Geelong in the final round of 1906.

He died on 22nd February, 1908.

 

GAVIN, Hugh

Years Played: 1897-1902, 1904
Born: 25/10/1878
Died: 13/11/1940
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 22

Number(s):

Games: 112
Goals: 21

Previous Clubs: Royal Park Crescent

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1897

15

14

1898

18

4

1899

11

1

1900

18

0

1901

15

1

1902

20

0

1904

15

1

Hugh Gavin was one of Essendon's great centre half-backs.

A superb mark and fast and sure in ground play, he was often switched into the ruck when required.

Gavin took over as captain when Jim Anderson stood down in 1904.

He was a member of the 1897 premiership team and was best on the ground with his superb high-marking in the 1901 premiership victory.

Gavin was also Essendon second top goalkicker in 1897 and was selected in the State side in 1900, 1901, 1902 and 1904. In 1902, he won the Champion of the Colony award as the best player in Victoria.

He left the club for a year in 1903 to become captain-coach of Boulder in Western Australia and he was the top player of the goldfields in that year.

After returning to Essendon for a season in 1904 he took over as captain when Jim Anderson stood down.
He then became captain-coach of Essendon Association in 1905 before rejoining Boulder (WA) between 1906 and 1911.

Gavin was captain of the Western Australian Carnival side in 1911.

He was named at number 34 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Hugh Gavin died in 1940.

 

 

GEGGIE, Jack

Years Played: 1902-04

Born: 29/10/1881
Died: 20/01/1973
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 81 kg
Debut order: 77

Number(s):

Games: 43
Goals: 11

Previous Clubs: North Melbourne (VFA)

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1902

11

6

1903

17

2

1904

15

3

Jack Geggie was a fine full-back who joined Essendon from North Melbourne in the VFA.

He was full-back in the losing 1902 Grand Final side and represented Victoria in 1903 and 1904.

In 1906 Geggie became captain-coach of Richmond (VFA) for two years before playing one game with Melbourne in 1911. He ended his football career as captain of Oakleigh.

He was later well known in Lawn Bowls and was a Victorian selector.

Geggie worked as a plumber and builder and died on 20th January, 1973, at the age of 91.

 

 

GENT, Keith E.

Years Played: 1965-66
Born: 13/04/1945
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Debut order: 740

Number(s): 2

Games: 7
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon Baptists-St John's

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1965

4

0

1966

3

0

A half-forward, Keith Gent came from Essendon Baptists-St John's to the U19s in 1963. He won the U19s Best and Fairest award in 1964 and played in the U19 State side in that year as well.

Gent played seven games in 1965 and 1966 before his career was cut short by war service in Vietnam where he was wounded.

He resumed his career with Essendon Reserves in 1969 before joining Preston later in the year.

Gent then joined Brunswick from 1970 to 1972 before becoming captain-coach of Reservoir from 1975 to 1977 winning premierships in 1975 and 1976.

He returned to Essendon as assistant coach of the U19s 1981 and 1982 and coach in 1983. He was then assistant coach of Fitzroy U19s from 1984 to 1987.

 

 

GEORGE, Alf T.

Years Played: 1906-09
Born: 7/09/1884
Died: 28/04/1946
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 87 kg
Debut order: 139

Number(s):

Games: 33
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Numurkah/Essendon 'A'

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1906

16

0

1907

9

0

1908

3

0

1909

5

0

A big and burly ruckman, Alf George came from Essendon Association, prior to that he had been at Numurkah.

He had wonderful pace and immense strength and was a fine mark.

When he left Essendon, he went on to become captain-coach at Melbourne where he played 55 games between 1911, 1913 and 1915.

Alf George then finished his career at Prahran.

He died on 28th April, 1946.

 

 

GERLACH, Daryl K.

Years Played: 1963-72
Born: 25/01/1944
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 735

Number(s): 55 , 17

Games: 168
Goals: 6

Previous Clubs: Strathmore

Daryl Gerlach was a fine back pocket who came to Essendon from Strathmore.

He held several positions after breaking into the side in the centre, but he found his niche on the back line and by 1968 he was the League's best back pocket player.

Gerlach was a dependable defender with speed and good judgment as well as fine marking ability. He was also a good, long clearing kick. He was runner-up in Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1966 and won the award in 1970. He was selected in the Victorian state side in 1967, 1968 and 1969.

Gerlach was in the back pocket in Essendon's 1965 premiership side.

He scored second top Brownlow medal votes at Essendon in 1967 and was third top in 1968. He also won Essendon's outstanding services award in 1966 and the most courageous player award in 1971.

In 1970, he was one of the five senior players who sensationally went on strike at the start of the year over pay and conditions.

After an unhappy last year at Essendon in 1972, Gerlach moved to Eastlake (ACT) in 1973 for two years as captain-coach and represented the ACT in 1973 and 1974.

He then returned to Essendon in 1976 as a recruitment and development co-ordinator and he became a club committeeman in 1987.

 

 

GIBSON, George

Years Played: 1906-07
Born: 23/06/1885
Died: 31/12/1933
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Debut order: 142

Number(s):

Games: 12
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: South Bunbury (WA)

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1906

4

1

1907

8

0

A half-back, George Gibson played 12 games in 1906 and 1907 before joining Richmond (VFA) in late 1907.

He then joined Richmon for their inaugural League season in 1908 and played 70 games there until 1912.

He then played for Brunswick between 1913 and 1915.

Gibson died on 31st December, 1933.

 

 

GIBSON, Phil

Years Played: 1906
Born: 30/03/1887
Died: 4/10/1939
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 145

Number(s):

Games: 6
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Yarraville Juniors

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1906

6

0

Phil Gibson was a centreman and half-back from Yarraville Juniors, Phil Gibson played in the last six games in 1906.

He went on to play with Essendon Association between 1909 and 1914 and played in their 1911 and 1912 premiership sides.

He died on 4th October, 1939.

 

 

GILES, Archie F.

Years Played: 1919-20
Born: 6/07/1895
Died: 5/04/1941
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 313

Number(s): 14

Games: 4
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Ascot Vale

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1919

2

0

1920

2

0

Archie Giles was a half-back and played in five games in late 1919 and early 1920.

He then joined Essendon Association in late 1920 and 1921. That club disbanded at the end of 1921 and then moved to North Melbourne in 1925 when they entered the league and remained there in 1926 playing 13 games and kicking two goals.

He was North's captain in 1926.

He died on 5th April, 1941.


GILES, Jonathan

Years Played: 2015
Born: 8/01/1988
Height: 201 cm
Weight: 101 kg
Debut order: 1125

Number(s): 27
Games: 3
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Greater Western Sydney

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2015

3

1

 

Jonathan Giles is something of a football journeyman being recruited by four AFL clubs and playing for three in three different states. Giles who was from South Australia, made his AFL debut for Greater Western Sydney in 2012 and played 51 games with that club over three seasons.

He was then traded to Essendon for pick 53 in 2015 and played 15 consecutive games in the VFL before making his senior debut in the Rd 18 loss to the Bulldogs. Giles played the following two rounds injuring his knee which finished his season. He was then traded to West Coast Eagles for the 2016 season.

Giles was a tall and solid ruckman who could also kick goals. 

 

GILL, John S.

Years Played: 1951-57
Born: 19/04/1932
Died: 3/03/2003
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 94 kg
Debut order: 633

Number(s): 34 , 3

Games: 107
Goals: 76

Previous Clubs: Longerenong Agriculture College

John Gill was a top ruckman and an excellent mark. He came from Longrenong College and made his debut in Round 1, 1951. He played 16 games in his first season and was voted the Club's best first year.

His improvement continued and he was voted the most improved player in 1952 and then club Best and Fairest in 1954. He also finished equal third in the Brownlow medal that year. He was best clubman in 1956.

Gill was appointed vice-captain in 1955 and represented Victoria in 1954, 1955 and 1957.

He was the number one ruckman in the losing 1957 Grand Final team and was also named in the 'Sporting Globe' team of the year on two occasions.

His retirement at the end of 1957 at the age of ony 25 because of business commitments, was a shock to the club as he was seen to have many years ahead of him.

His only football involvement after that was as inaugural coach of Bateman's Bay between 1976 and 1978.

John Gill died in Brisbane on 3rd March, 2003.

 

 

GILLIGAN, Austin

Years Played: 1903-05
Born: 1/11/1877
Died: 20/03/1967
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 92

Number(s):

Games: 29
Goals: 11

Previous Clubs: Fitzroy Juniors/Fitzroy

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1903

14

2

1904

8

4

1905

7

5

Austin Gilligan played as a forward. He debuted in Round 3 against Carlton and finished with 14 games in his first season. He played eight more games in 1904 and seven in 1905.

Previously he had played for Fitzroy during 1902, where he had played three games and kicked four goals.

Gilligan transferred to the Perth Football Club in June, 1906.

His brother, Tom, played 47 games for South Melbourne (1897-1899).

Austin Gilligan died on 20th March, 1967.

 

 

GILMORE, Brian R.

Years Played: 1950-53
Born: 1/12/1929
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 630

Number(s): 28

Games: 11
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Koondrook

Brian Gilmore came from Koondrook to the Seconds in 1949 and played 11 games mainly as a follower between 1950 and 1953.

He was a member of the Seconds premiership side in both 1950 and 1952.

After leaving Essendon, Gilmore played with Richmond Seconds in early 1954 and then with Kyneton until early 1955. He went on to play 10 games with St Kilda in later 1955.

In 1957, he played with St Kilda Seconds, Belgrave and then Echuca before retiring.

Gilligan later concentrated on professional athletics winning a number of major races including the quarter mile at Stawell.

 

 

GLUYAS, Robert C.

Years Played: 1957-58
Born: 2/02/1937
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 690

Number(s): 36

Games: 9
Goals: 15

Previous Clubs: North Essendon Methodists

Robert Gluyas was a full-forward from North Essendon Methodists who filled in for Fred Gallagher in 1957 and then played one more game in 1958. His promising career with Essendon was cut short when he badly injured his ankle.

He later returned to North Essendon Methodists for a season in 1960.

 

  

GLYNN, Leo M.

Years Played: 1930
Born: 27/11/1903
Died: 11/12/1983
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 421

Number(s): 18

Games: 9
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Kew

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1930

9

0

Leo Glynn was a rugged defender. He had clear sight in only one eye and this, no doubt, effected his career. He played in nine games in late 1930.

His brother, Bill, played nine games for Collingwood (1922-1923).

Leo Glynn retired in 1931 because of business commitments, and died on 11th December, 1983.

 

GNADEN, William L.

Years Played: 1954
Born: 11/07/1932
Died: 12/11/1995
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Debut order: 662

Number(s): 17

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Donnybrook

A wingman, Bill Gnaden came from Donnybrook and played two games in early 1954, one of those was as a reserve.

He played with Redan in 1955.

Bill Gnaden was later secretary of the Essendon Past Players Association.

He died on 12th November, 1995.

 

 

GODBY, Jack Heitland

Years Played: 1903
Born: 9/01/1880
Died: 28/11/1928
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 103

Number(s):

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Melbourne Grammar/Melbourne

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1903

2

0

Jack Godby came to Essendon after playing one game with Melbourne in 1897. He played in the last two games of 1903.

He served as a corporal with the 5th Mounted Rifles Contigent in the Boer War.

Godby died on 28th November, 1928.

 

GODFREY, Bruce M.

Years Played: 1912
Born: 27/03/1885
Died: 7/10/1947
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 223

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Trentham/Richmond

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1912

1

0

Bruce Godfrey came to Essendon from Trentham and prior to that he had played one game with Richmond in 1910.

His only game for Essendon was in Round 2, 1912, for a win over Collingwood.

Godfrey died on 7th October, 1947.

 

 

GOLDIN, Godfrey

Years Played: 1939
Born: 10/06/1919
Died: 7/02/1943
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Debut order: 538

Number(s): 31

Games: 8
Goals: 6

Previous Clubs: Coburg Amateurs

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1939

8

6

Godfrey "Goff" Goldin was a prodigious football talent from Coburg Amateurs. He was a class rover whose career was cut short by World War 11. He enlisted in the Army in 1939 after playing seven games that year.

After initially serving in the Middle East, he tragically died of wounds received in New Guinea in on 7th February, 1943.

 

GOMEZ, Cecil G.

Years Played: 1926-28
Born: 7/05/1899
Died: 13/03/1947
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 376

Number(s): 1

Games: 9
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Mt Lyall Miners/North Melbourne

Cecil Gomez was a half-back who came from North Melbourne where he had played 10 games in 1925.

He played nine games with Essendon and his career was interrupted by an eight week suspension in 1926.

In 1930, he went on to play with Oakleigh.

He died on 13th March, 1947.

 

 

GOMEZ, Frank J.

Years Played: 1929-32
Born: 13/02/1909
Died: 31/01/1961
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 415

Number(s): 15 , 35

Games: 22
Goals: 8

Previous Clubs: Port Melbourne Juniors

Frank Gomez was a forward and ruckman who came from Port Melbourne Juniors. He lacked a bit of pace but still played 22 games between late 1929 and 1932.

He also played for the Victorian Railways in the Wednesday League.

After leaving Essendon Gomez returned to Port Melbourne. He later coached the Port Thirds with great success before becoming a committeeman there.

His father, Frank P., played one game for Carlton in 1901.

Frank Gomez died 31st January, 1961.

 

 

GONINON, George C.

Years Played: 1948-50
Born: 18/04/1927
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 617

Number(s): 13 , 32

Games: 9
Goals: 11

Previous Clubs: Burnie (Tas)/Essendon Stars

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1948

2

7

1949

5

3

1950

2

1

George "Groucho" Goninon was a talented full-forward from Burnie in Tasmania where he had been the leading goalkicker in the NWFU in 1947. Although he was recruited from Burnie, his football actually began in Essendon, for he had played for Bill Hutchison's old team, the Essendon Stars, for three years before moving to Burnie.

Goninon had the misfortune of starting out at Essendon just when John Coleman arrived. Despite kicking a useful four and three goals in his only two games in 1948, when Coleman kicked 12 goals on debut in Round 1 1949, Goninon's career at Windy Hill was all but over.

He managed only seven more games games with Essendon between 1949 and 1950 but he was also leading League Seconds goalkicker in 1949.

Goninon transferred to Geelong in mid-1950 and played 87 games there until 1954. It was at Geelong that his career took off.

He was the leading League goalkicker in 1951 with 86 goals (Coleman finished second) and he played in Geelong's premiership teams in 1951 (coincidentally they beat Essendon), and in 1952. He was Geelong's leading goalkicker in the four seasons from 1950 to 1953.

Goninon became captain-coach of Newtown in 1955 and then played with Geelong West in 1956. In 1957 he was captain-coach of West Footscray before taking over as captain-coach of Bruthen from 1958 to 1960. He represented the East Gippsland League.

He captain-coached Lakes Entrance to the premiership in 1961 before returning to play with Bruthen in 1962.

  

 

GOODINGHAM, Ivan

Years Played: 1946-49
Born: 8/01/1926
Died: 25/04/1926

Height: 191 cm
Weight: 91 kg
Debut order: 602

Number(s): 30

Games: 36
Goals: 37

Previous Clubs: Mordialloc Juniors

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1946

3

1

1947

17

21

1948

13

15

1949

3

0

Ivan Goodingham was a tall follower who came from Mordialloc Juniors.

He was an accurate left-foot kick but he was troubled by a lack of pace.

Goodingham was in the forward pocket and ruck in the losing 1947 Grand Final team after having his application for a clearance to Oakleigh refused three times. He also won Essendon most unselfish player award in that year.

He was cleared to Mordialloc in 1950 and played there until 1954 before retiring.

Ivan Goodingham died the day before ANZAC Day 2016 aged 90.

 

GORDON, James

Years Played: 1913-14
Born: 1/01/1896
Died: 30/09/1918
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 247

Number(s): 24

Games: 8
Goals: 11

Previous Clubs: Elsternwick

James Gordon was a rover and half-forward who came to Essendon from Elsternwick.

He showed great coolness in kicking a match winning goal after the bell in a game against University in Round 16, 1913, when he was only 18 years old and playing in his first game.

Gordon played in eight games in 1913 and 1914 before volunteering for active service abroad in World War I.

He died on 30th September, 1918.

 

 

GOSLING, J. L. Dick

Years Played: 1926-27
Born: 26/07/1901
Died: 22/02/1999
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Debut order: 381

Number(s): 21

Games: 5
Goals: 11

Previous Clubs: St John's (EDFL)

Dick Gosling was a tall, thin forward who came from St John's in the Essendon District League. He played five games in 1926 and 1927.

He was given six months to live after an operation to mend a nose injury in 1928 went wrong, but he proved the doctors wrong when he made a full recovery and lived to 98.

Gosling retired in 1973 after working for Carter's Grocery business.

He died on 22nd February, 1999.

 

 

GOSPER, Geoff

Years Played: 1960-70
Born: 11/05/1940
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Debut order: 715

Number(s): 49 , 6

Games: 168
Goals: 67

Previous Clubs: Strathmore

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1960

1

0

1961

5

1

1962

13

2

1963

10

4

1964

18

12

1965

21

7

1966

20

5

1967

18

11

1968

23

13

1969

19

10

1970

20

3

Geoff "Goo" Gosper was a game, clever and versatile little battler who usually got his share of kicks without being brilliant. He played in practically every flank position and he was also an effective rover.

Gosper came from Strathmore U17s to the Essendon U19s in 1957. He then returned to Strathmore in early 1960 and sought a clearance to Fitzroy before Essendon urged him back. But he still took a while to become established and in his first 29 senior games, he was a reserve in 18 of them and used mostly to plug gaps.

But he then went on to play 114 consecutive games between 1964 and 1969.

Gosper was a reserve in the 1962 premiership team and then was one of Essendon best on the half-forward flank in the 1965 premiership win.

He won the most consistent player award in 1969 and the best utility player award in 1970.

In 1970, Gosper was one of the group of five senior players who refused to play in the first game of the season because of a dispute over pay and conditions.

After leaving Essendon, he joined Waverley in 1971 and 1972 and then was captain-coach of Oakleigh Districts from 1973 to 1975. Then in 1976 he played with Box Hill. He later returned to coach Waverley in 1983.

Gosper later became a radio commentator. He was also captain-coach of the Victorian Super Rules side in 1987.

 

GOVE, Cyril

Years Played: 1913-15, 1918
Born: 10/01/1890
Died: 28/08/1973
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 55 kg
Debut order: 248

Number(s): 28 , 30 , 19

Games: 28
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Collegians/St Thomas Grammar School

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1913

3

0

1914

16

0

1915

7

3

1918

2

0

Cyril Gove was a fine wingman from Collegians who debuted with Essendon in late 1913.

He missed only two games in 1914 and was selected in the State Carnival team in that year.

Gove became well known in 1915 when in the space of one day he rode a horse in a hurdle race at Moonee Valley and finished third. He was then whisked away to play with Essendon and finished up being one of the best on the ground. He later fought a boxing bout at the West Melbourne Stadium that evening.

He died on 28th August, 1973.

 

GRACE, Billy

Years Played: 1900
Born: 8/07/1876
Died: 23/06/1938
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 58

Number(s):

Games: 4
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Fitzroy Crescent

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1900

4

1

Billy Grace was one of three brothers who played League football.

His four games were in Rounds 3, 4,5 and 10, 1900, against Collingwood, Carlton, St Kilda and Collingwood respectively, for three wins and a loss.

Grace's eldest brother, Jim, was champion forward and ruckman for Fitzroy (47 games, 1897-1899). His other brother, Mick, played a total of 167 games for Fitzroy (1897-1900), Carlton (1903-1907) and St Kilda (1908).

He died on 23rd June, 1938.

 

 

GRACO, Allan R.

Years Played: 1971
Born: 29/01/1948
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 796

Number(s): 52

Games: 8
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Doutta Stars

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1971

8

2

Allan Graco was a ruckman and forward who came from Doutta Stars and played eight games in late 1971 after breaking his wrist earlier in the season.

He then went to North Melbourne Reserves in early 1972 before returning to Doutta Stars later in that year and playing there until 1980.

 

GRAHAM, Ian D.

Years Played: 1962-63
Born: 7/04/1940
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 92 kg
Debut order: 726

Number(s): 39 , 4

Games: 5
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Strathmore

Ian Graham was a follower and forward who came from Strathmore to the U19s in 1958.

He played five games in 1962 and 1963 and three of these were as a reserve. He had earlier won the Reserves Best and Fairest award in 1961 and he won this award again in 1963.

Graham joined Coburg in 1964 and played there until 1968. He then played with Eltham in 1969 and 1970.

  

GRAHAM, Johnny

Years Played: 1897
Born: 9/03/1878
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 8

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Riversdale

Johnny Graham was a forward who has the distinction of kicking two goals in the first game Essendon played, a Round 1 match against Geelong in 1897. It was to be his only game.

 

GRAINGER, Gary A.

Years Played: 1970-72
Born: 24/09/1951
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 90 kg
Debut order: 776

Number(s): 4

Games: 30
Goals: 19

Previous Clubs: Stawell

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1970

14

13

1971

11

6

1972

5

0

Gary “Bronco” Grainger was a ruckman and forward who came from Stawell where he had played from late 1966 to 1969. He was a fine mark but had trouble keeping a regular senior spot.

He kicked two goals on debut in Round 1, 1970, against Carlton in an away loss. He played 14 games in his debut season.

Grainger managed only 11 games in 1971 but finished with the best team man award that year.

He found it hard to get regular first team selection and after five games in 1972 he left Essendon. He joined Preston in 1973 where he remained until 1976, his final season as captain.

Grainger then became captain-coach of East Devonport in Tasmania in 1977 and 1978 and then captain-coach of Epping in 1979.

He was with Lalor from 1980 to 1984 and was that club's captain-coach in 1981. He also represented the Diamond Valley League in that year.

Grainger's father, George, played two games for St Kilda in 1944.

 

GRAY, Alf B.

Years Played: 1898, 1902
Born: 15/11/1874
Died: 2/09/1931
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 46

Number(s):

Games: 5
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Wesley College

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1898

4

0

1902

1

0

Alf Gray was a wingman and defender from Wesley College.

He played four games in 1898, including the losing Grand Final side that year, then returned four years later to play one further game in Round 14, 1902.

Gray died on 2nd September, 1931.

 

GRBAC, Anton

Years Played: 1982
Born: 16/01/1961
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 88 kg
Debut order: 894

Number(s): 40

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: St Bernard's

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1982

2

0

Anton Grbac was a defender who came from St Bernard's.

His only games for Essendon were in Rounds 19 (as interchange) and 20, 1982, for wins over St Kilda and Geelong.

Grbac joined West Torrens, in South Australia, in 1984.

 

GREEN, Bill

Years Played: 1939-40
Born: 12/10/1914
Died: 2/12/1981
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 539

Number(s): 32

Games: 6
Goals: 6

Previous Clubs: Yallourn

Bill Green was a defender who played six games in late 1939 and early 1940. He kicked six goals in his last three games, including three in an 11 point win over South Melbourne.

He died on 2nd December, 1981.

 

GREEN, Fred J .

Years Played: 1939-41, 1943, 1946
Born: 6/03/1921
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Debut order: 534

Number(s): 26 , 34

Games: 49
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Brunswick United

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1939

7

1

1940

18

1

1941

20

5

1943

3

0

1946

1

0

Fred Green was a fine follower and defender who had a disjointed career at Essendon during World War II. He had joined Essendon from Brunswick United.

He was in the ruck and back pocket in the losing 1941 Grand Final side and won Essendon most unselfish player award in that year.

Green missed 1942 and then all of 1944 and 1945 as a result of his war service, initially in the Army and then later in the Navy. He captained the Naval team in Canberra and won the award for Best and Fairest in the ACT League in 1945. He returned to Essendon in 1946.

He then joined St Kilda from 1947 to 1951 and played 67 games with that club. He was captained in 1949 and 1950 and was captain-coach in 1951.

Green became captain-coach of Fairfield in 1952, winning the premiership that year. He played the same role at Bass in 1953.

He later moved to Canberra where he was Secretary of the Department of Air and then a Commissioner with Telecom. He was awarded an CBE for his services.

Fred Green died in 1983.

  

GREEN, John

Years Played: 1906
Born: 2/03/1885
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 133

Number(s):

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Collingwood Juniors

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1906

3

0

John Green came to Essendon from Collingwood Juniors.

His only games for Essendon were in Rounds 1, 2 and 4 in 1906, for a loss to South Melbourne, a win over Geelong and a loss to St Kilda.

Green died in 1983.

 

GREEN, Kevin

Years Played: 1957-58
Born: 16/01/1935
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Debut order: 692

Number(s): 37

Games: 4
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Broadford

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1957

2

0

1958

2

0

Kevin Green was a defender who came from Broadford where he had played from 1950 to 1956.

He played four games for Essendon in late 1957 and early 1958 and two of these were as a reserve.

Green returned to Broadford in 1959 and played there until 1964.

 

GREENWOOD, Bob E.

Years Played: 1967-71
Born: 24/03/1947
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Debut order: 753

Number(s): 8 , 2

Games: 62
Goals: 70

Previous Clubs: Pascoe Vale

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1967

10

14

1968

12

13

1969

12

11

1970

21

23

1971

7

9

Bob “Humpty” Greenwood was a courageous and fearless rover who came from Pascoe Vale to the U19s in 1966.

He suffered a severe knee injury in the early part of 1968, but came back to be the second top goalkicker at Essendon in 1970. He was also third top Brownlow medal vote scorer in that year. He won the best clubman award in 1968.

Greenwood left Essendon when he still had plenty of football left and went to Claremont in Western Australia from 1972 to 1975. He represented Western Australia in the Carnival in 1972.

After this, he became captain-coach of Kedron in Queensland in 1976 and then captain-coach of Griffith in New South Wales from 1977 to 1979 and coach of that club in 1982 and 1983.

In 1986 Greenwood was assistant coach of Coolangatta in Queensland and then in 1987 coached Southport U19s to the flag. 

 

GREENWOOD, Tom G.

Years Played: 1918
Born: 6/09/1889
Died: 8/01/1935
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 77 kg
Debut order: 294

Number(s): 29

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Beaufort

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1918

2

0

Tom Greenwood's only games for Essendon were in Rounds 7 and 8, 1918, for two losses to Collingwood and Richmond.

He joined Northcote in 1920.

Tom Greenwood died on 8th January, 1935.

 

GREGG, Bill P.

Years Played: 1943
Born: 25/08/1914
Died: 23/01/2000
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Debut order: 574

Number(s): 24

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Brunswick

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1943

1

0

Bill Gregg was a wingman who came from Brunswick where he played from 1936 to 1941.

He stood out of football in 1942 after he had been refused a clearance to play with Essendon. He was 28 years old when he finally made his debut in Round 8, 1943. This 41 point win over St Kilda was to be his only game for Essendon.

Gregg returned to Brunswick in1944 and played there until 1946.

He died on 23rd January, 2000.

 

GREGORY, Harry

Years Played: 1924-30
Born: 12/11/1902
Died: 8/01/1993
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 71 kg
Debut order: 360

Number(s): 12

Games: 90
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: North Melbourne Juniors

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1924

17

0

1925

9

0

1926

20

0

1927

7

0

1928

18

0

1929

16

0

1930

2

0

Harry "Speed" Gregory was a solid and dependable half-back flanker who came from North Melbourne Juniors and was a member of a well known footballing family.

He was on the half-back flank in the 1924 premiership team.

Gregory joined Coburg in late 1930, where he played until 1933 before coaching North Melbourne Seconds in 1934.

His brothers both played for North Melbourne, Bruce (one game in 1937) and Johnny (156 games, 1926-1935).

Gregory retired in 1967 after being a foreman at Rouch's Timber Co., where he had worked for forty-eight years.

He died on 8th January, 1993.

 

GRENVOLD, David

Years Played: 1989-96
Born: 6/03/1966
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 88 kg
Debut order: 947

Number(s): 29

Games: 112
Goals: 18

Previous Clubs: Glenelg (SA)

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1989

12

2

1990

23

3

1992

11

2

1993

24

7

1994

18

1

1995

23

3

1996

1

0

David Grenvold came across from Glenelg in SA in 1989, and became one of Essendon's most reliable players.

He played 12 games in his debut season and the following year played every game, except for a two week suspension.

Grenvold injured his knee in a practice game at Moorabbin in 1991 and didn’t play a game that year. But he was back in 1992 with 11 games then played every game in 1993 including the premiership win over Carlton.

He provided the side with another option for the backline and across the centre. He represented South Australia in 1993, and was selected in the squad for 1995. Injuries were unkind to him in 1996, and he suffered one injury after another, which limited him to one game for the year.

Grenvold retired at the end of the 1996 season and then played at Glenelg in the SANFL.

 

 

GRGIC, Ilija

Years Played: 1999-1999
Born: 5/03/1972
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 1016

Number(s): 37

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs:

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1999

2

0

Ilija Grgic was an enthusiastic, mobile ruckman who came to Essendon after playing 85 games at Footscray and the West Coast Eagles.

He was troubled by a knee injury and inconsistent form, and only managed two senior games in 1999. However, he had an excellent season in the Reserves and was a key player in their premiership win that year.

Grgic missed all of 2000 with a back injury and retired at the end of that season.

 

GRIFFITH, Bill C.

Years Played: 1899-1913
Born: 26/12/1881
Died: 7/05/1949
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 48

Number(s): 8 , 29

Games: 185
Goals: 13

Previous Clubs: Essendon District

Bill Griffith was a great Essendon full-back and sometime rover who was solid and reliable. His 185 games stood as an Essendon record for 30 years, until eclipsed by Dick Reynolds in 1944.

He was only 16 years of age when he came to Essendon from the Essendon District. He starred as a rover in the 1901 premiership victory and he was later full-back in the 1911 and 1912 premiership teams. He became captain of the Club from 1907 to 1909 and had been in the State side in 1901 and 1902.

Griffith had his share of controversy during his career. In 1905 he unsuccessfully sought a clearance to Carlton. Then, in 1909, he clashed with star defender Len Bowe and withstood a committee request for him to resign the captaincy. In 1912 he was dropped from the team over a demand for more money.

When he left Essendon he became captain-coach of Essendon 'A' in 1915.

He was named at number 32 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Bill Griffith died on 7th May, 1949.

 

GRIGGS, Les T.

Years Played: 1933-35, 1939-42, 1944
Born: 6/05/1914
Died: 28/05/1990
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Debut order: 454

Number(s): 19 , 33 , 20

Games: 99
Goals: 52

Previous Clubs: Yarragon/Warragul High School

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1933

10

0

1934

15

6

1935

14

8

1939

7

0

1940

16

5

1941

19

29

1942

2

1

1944

16

3

Les Griggs was a fine centreman and later centre half-forward with outstanding ability. Strong and fast, he came straight to Essendon from Warragul High School.

His career at Essendon was interrupted by transfers in his school teaching employment. In 1935, he was posted to the country and he was captain-coach of Kenmare in 1936 and 1937 winning a premiership in 1936 and then captain-coach of Jeparit in 1938 and early 1939 before rejoining Essendon.

Griggs was centre half-forward in the losing 1941 Grand Final team, and won Essendon most serviceable player award in 1940 and 1941 and the most consistent player award in 1944.

He also missed the 1943 season when he again went to the country to teach and he travelled from Bairnsdale to play in 1944.

After finally leaving Essendon, Griggs was captain-coach of Kerang from 1945 to 1949 and then captain-coach of Mildura from 1950 to 1956. He also coached the Sunraysia League team.

He was a players' advocate on the League Tribunal in 1966 and 1867 and he became President of the Past Players Association at Essendon in 1970.

Griggs was a Vice President at the Club from 1971 to 1976.

He retired from the Education Department in 1979, having spent the last eight years as Principal of Essendon High School.

Griggs died on 28th May, 1990.

 

GRINTER, Barry W.

Years Played: 1971-72, 1974-76
Born: 1/10/1951
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 98 kg
Debut order: 791

Number(s): 18

Games: 78
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Ararat

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1971

6

1

1972

21

4

1974

7

2

1975

22

0

1976

22

0

Barry Grinter was a talented left-handed ruckman and defender who came from Ararat.

He made his debut in Round 3, 1971 in a home draw against Collingwood and finished with six games for the season.

Grinter played in all but two games the following season and won the Club's Most Improved Player award.

He played every game in 1975 and won the most improved award for a second time. He was also runner-up behind Graham Moss in the Crichton Medal, the Club's Best and Fairest award.

Grinter was voted the Best Clubman in 1976, his last season at Windy Hill, and he was also Essendon's third highest Brownlow vote winner that year. (His team-mate, Graham Moss, was the Medal winner).

He went to Hobart in 1977 as captain-coach then returned to Melbourne in 1978 to play six games with Richmond.

Grinter coached Windsor-Zillmere in Queensland in 1983 and 1984.

 

 

GROSS, Don R.

Years Played: 1965-74
Born: 1/04/1947
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Debut order: 738

Number(s): 15

Games: 121
Goals: 107

Previous Clubs: Euroa

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1965

16

7

1966

5

2

1967

15

18

1968

14

15

1969

13

13

1970

18

17

1971

19

22

1972

9

4

1973

11

6

1974

1

1

Don Gross was a handy rover and wingman who lacked that yard of pace which would have made him a real star. He was fairly strong and a good left-foot kick. He came to Essendon as an outstanding schoolboy from Euroa.

He was third in Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1971. He was also the third top goalkicker in that year.

Gross was unlucky to miss selection in the 1965 premiership team when he broke his collarbone in the preliminary final, he was then a reserve in the losing 1968 Grand Final side.

He won Essendon's best team man award in 1970.

Gross became captain-coach of Essendon Reserves in 1974 and he later coached the U19s from 1977 to 1980. Since then, he has coached school squads for Essendon.

He is active in the Essendon Past Players and Offiicials Association.

 

 

GROVES, Joe M.

Years Played: 1897-1900, 1908
Born: 18/05/1874
Died: 3/07/1961
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 9

Number(s):

Games: 58
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Footscray (VFA)

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1897

16

0

1898

13

0

1899

17

0

1900

11

0

Joe "Corker" Groves joined Essendon from Footscray in the VFA.

He was a clever wingman who played all but one game in the inaugural VFL season and also made history by playing in the Club's first League game and the League's first premiership team.

He didn't miss a game in 1899.

Groves joined Footscray in the VFA in 1901, playing there until 1903 before moving to rival VFA club North Melbourne from 1904 to 1907. He played in North's premiership team in 1904.

He then returned to Essendon and played the first game of the 1908 season.

Groves died on 3rd July, 1961.

 

 

GUBBINS, Tommy J.

Years Played: 1930-31
Born: 7/07/1907
Died: 23/09/1976
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 416

Number(s): 16

Games: 17
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Williamstown CYMS

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1930

16

1

1931

1

0

Tommy Gubbins was a half-back and back pocket player from Williamstown CYMS. He played 17 games at Essendon, 16 of which were in his first season.

He played with Williamstown in 1932 and 1933, and also played with the Railways in the Wednesday competition. He was with the Railways all his working life.

Tommy Gubbins died on 23rd September, 1976, at the age of 69.

 

 

GUMBLETON, Scott 

Years Played: 2007-13
Born: 3/08/1988
Height: 197 cm
Weight: 99 kg
Debut order: 1069

Number(s): 3

Games: 35
Goals: 45

Previous Clubs: Peel Thunder

 

Year

 

 

Games

 

Goals

 

2007

 

 

5

 

3

 

2008

 

 

0

 

0

 

2009

 

 

0

 

0

 

2010

 

 

17

 

19

 

2011

 

 

0

 

0

 

2012

 

 

6

 

11

 

2013

 

 

7

 

12

Scott Gumbleton was selected with pick 2 in the 2006 national draft by Essendon as a key forward.

Tall, with elite endurance and blessed with outstanding marking ability, it was hoped Gumbleton would become a key forward to replace Matthew Lloyd.

Unfortunately for Gumbleton he endured a horror run hampered by back and hamstring injuries for a significant portion of his career leading him to miss more games than he played. In seven seasons at Windy Hill, Gumbleton played a total of 35 games, his best season being 2010 when he played 17 games.

He didn’t play at all in seasons 2008, 2009 and 2011. In late 2012, Gumbleton was finally able to overcome his injuries and start playing senior football again.

Though his body was fit Gumbleton struggled to regain his form, often finding himself in the VFL. 

At the conclusion of the 2013 season, Gumbleton requested a trade to the Fremantle Football Club, ultimately leaving in exchange for selection 58 in the 2013 national draft.

GWILT, James

Years Played: 2015-2016
Born: 11/08/1986
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 96 kg
Debut order: 1120

Number(s): 42
Games: 26
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: St Kilda FC

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2015

11

0

2016

15

0

 

James Gwilt joined Essendon as an unrestricted free agent in 2014 after a fine 126-game career with St Kilda between 2005 and 2014.  On his AFL debut he was only one of two AFL players to have a Papua New Guinean parent; his mother, his father was Welsh.

Gwilt debuted for Essendon in Round 2, 2015 in a win against Hawthorn at the MCG. He was to play in only two more wins for the Bombers, against Melbourne in Rd 15 and against Melbourne again, in Rd 2 the following year. He ended his first season on the injury list missing the last four games with groin and adductor problems.

Gwilt’s second season at Essendon coincided with the club’s widespread player ban owing to the so-called ‘supplements saga’ and after that Rd 2 win he was to play in 13 consecutive losses in his second year. The only time Essendon had won fewer games was in 1933 with two wins. He  missed the last five rounds of that season with a knee injury.

Gwilt was a reliable defender who was flexible enough to go forward when needed. He provided solid leadership, experience and mentoring for the developing and upcoming younger players during his time at the Bombers.

He was delisted at the end of 2016. 

GYLES, Harry

Years Played: 1934
Born: 10/08/1911
Died: 4/08/1986
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 69 kg
Debut order: 476

Number(s): 13

Games: 9
Goals: 6

Previous Clubs: Caulfield City/Brighton

Harry Gyles was a left-footed rover who made his debut against Footscray in Round 12, 1934.

He played five more games for the year, only the last of which was in a winning side.

He died on 4th August, 1986.