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HAIGBLOOM, Charlie

Years Played: 1907
Born: 5/08/1882
Died: 12/04/1971
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 167

Number(s):

Games: 9
Goals: 9

Previous Clubs: Prahran/South Melbourne Juniors

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1907

9

10

Charlie Haigbloom was a rover who came from Prahran where he played in 1905 and 1906. Prior to that he had played six games with South Melbourne in 1902 and 1904.

He played the last nine games of the 1907 season.

Haigbloom then returned to Prahran in 1908 and 1909 before joining Port Melbourne from 1910 to 1913.

He died on 12th April, 1971.

 

HALL, Alex E.

Years Played: 1898-1900,1902
Born: 19/09/1869
Died: 8/03/1933
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 39

Number(s):

Games: 19
Goals: 18

Previous Clubs: Union Jack/Preston

Alex "Joker" Hall was a superb rover and half-back who played in the four Essendon Association premiership sides between 1891 and 1894.

He was Essendon third top goalkicker in 1898 and booted four goals in one game.

Hall was a great personality and his nickname "Joker" became well known to 'Sporting Globe' readers as a columnist in that newspaper.

He played with Preston in 1901 before he rejoined Essendon for another season.

Hall went to Essendon "A" in 1904 and 1905 before playing one game with St Kilda in 1906.

He then coached Melbourne from 1907 to 1909 and Richmond in 1910 before returning to Melbourne as coach from 1912 to 1914.

Hall became Hawthorn's first League coach in 1925 and after that he went to Williamstown. During his illustrious career, he had either played with or coached five League sides.

He died on 8th March, 1933.

  

HALL, Billy

Years Played: 1935-38, 1942
Born: 30/09/1915
Died: 28/06/2002
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Debut order: 491

Number(s): 31 , 11

Games: 21
Goals: 9

Previous Clubs: Woodlands

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1935

5

3

1936

2

1

1937

7

0

1938

7

5

1942

1

0

Billy Hall was a wingman from Woodlands in the Essendon District League. He had difficulty getting a regular senior game and played 21 games between 1935 and 1938 and then two more in 1942.

Between his stints with Essendon he had played with Coburg from 1939 to 1941, and had played two games for Fitzroy in 1942. He returned to Coburg in 1945 and 1946.

Billy Hall died in Springvale on 28th June, 2002.

 

HALL, Ken

Years Played: 2002
Born: 13/11/1980
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 1033

Number(s): 47

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Hobart/Tasmania Mariners U18s

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2002

1

0

Ken Hall was elevated from the rookie list in 2002 for one senior game in which he kicked one goal.

He was delisted by the Club at the end of the 2002 season.

Draft History: 2002 Rookie List. Essendon Supplementary list player 2001

 

HALL, Norm W.

Years Played: 1913-14, 1918
Born: 28/11/1894
Died: 19/11/1974
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Debut order: 250

Number(s): 9 , 6

Games: 13
Goals: 17

Previous Clubs: Melbourne Grammar

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1913

1

0

1914

2

2

1918

10

15

Norm Hall was a fine half-forward and full-forward who came to the club from Melbourne Grammar.

In 1914, after playing in two early games, he was cleared for a time to Collegians.

He returned to Essendon in 1918, played 10 games and kicked 15 goals, making him top goalkicker for the Club that year. His four goals against Geelong was the best tally by any Essendon player that season.

Norm Hall died on 19th November, 1974.

 

HALL, Syd

Years Played: 1902
Born:
Died: 29/06/1946
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 78

Number(s):

Games: 8
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Preston

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1902

8

1

Syd Hall played the first seven games of 1902, six of which were wins. He played one more game for the Club, a loss to Geelong, in which he kicked his solitary goal.

He died on 29th June, 1946.

 

HALLEY, H. Len

Years Played: 1970-73
Born: 7/03/1951
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 92 kg
Debut order: 781

Number(s): 44

Games: 35
Goals: 11

Previous Clubs: Healesville

Len "Chickenman" Halley was a ruckman who came up through the U19s after coming from Healesville in 1966. He won the U19s Best and Fairest award in 1968.

He found it difficult to get a regular senior game and he won the Reserves Best and Fairest award in 1973. He was also a member of the Reserves premiership side in 1968. He did, however, win the best clubman award in 1972.

Halley joined East Devonport in Tasmania in 1974 and then played with West Perth in 1975 and 1976. He was a member of their premiership team in 1975. After a year with Brunswick in 1977 he then returned to play with West Perth in 1978 and 1979.

He returned to Victoria to became captain-coach of Tatura in 1980 and 1981. He then played with Benalla in 1982 and 1983 and Healesville in 1984. He was captain-coach of Montmorency in 1985 and he played with Warrandyte in 1986.

 

HAMILTON, Paul J.

Years Played: 1986-92
Born: 19/06/1967
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Debut order: 919

Number(s): 40 , 16

Games: 105
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: St Bernard's

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1986

11

1

1987

19

1

1988

21

3

1989

19

0

1990

25

1

1991

7

0

1992

3

1

Paul Hamilton made his debut in Round 7 1986.

He was recruited locally from St Bernards College and had joined the U19s in 1984. He was a close checking, typical defender with good pace, although his kicking could be patchy.

Hamilton won Essendon's best first year player award in 1986 and he consolidated his place in the side with some fine games on the half-back line in 1987.

He played every game in 1990 and was a member of the 1990 night premiership side which defeated North Melbourne and also in the losing Grand Final side against Collingwood.

Hamilton won the most improved player award and came 4th in the Club's Best and Fairest award in 1987. He was also awarded the Club's best team man award in 1992.

He was assistant coach at the Kangaroos from 2001 to 2004, and filled the same position at Adelaide from 2005 to 2007.

Hamilton returned to Essendon in September 2008 to take up the role of Football Operations Manager. 

 

HAMMOND, Joe W.

Years Played: 1925-32
Born: 10/07/1902
Died: 25/12/1990
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Debut order: 368

Number(s): 20

Games: 122
Goals: 18

Previous Clubs: Broadford

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1925

13

3

1926

20

9

1927

16

2

1928

17

1

1929

16

0

1930

17

1

1931

17

1

1932

6

1

Joe Hammond was a big, rugged ruckman and defender with a good pair of hands and plenty of ability.

He came from Broadford where he started in 1922 and was Essendon's vice-captain between 1930 and 1932.

Hammond played in the interstate Carnival in 1927 and against NSW in 1928.

He was Essendon's second top Brownlow medal vote scorer in 1931 and as well, won the Club's most serviceable player award in 1929.

Hammond suffered a serious groin injury early in 1932, after being again chosen in the State side, and it ended his football career.

His brother, Bob, played 34 games for Hawthorn (1927-1928, 1931-1933) and one game for St Kilda (1933).

Joe Hammond worked for the James Moore Timber Yard before he retired in 1969.

He died on Christmas Day, 1990. 

 

HAMPSON, Roger A.

Years Played: 1969-71
Born: 15/11/1948
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Debut order: 772

Number(s): 41 , 36

Games: 10
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: La Trobe University

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1969

8

1

1971

2

0

Roger Hampson was a wingman who arrived at Essendon Reserves in 1968 from La Trobe University.

He was a member of the Essendon Reserves premiership team in 1968 and made his senior debut in Round 9 in an away loss to Carlton. Hampson played eight consecutuve games that season before having his season cut short by a serious knee injury. However he'd shown enough to be nominated as one of the League's top recruits that year and also won the Club's best first year player award.

Hampson's knee injury was such that he missed all of 1970. He returned to play in Rounds 5 and 6 in 1971 for a total of 10 senior games.

He left Windy Hill in mid-1971 and joined Northcote and then played with Sandringham in 1972. Following this, he became captain-coach of East Caulfield in 1973 and 1974 and then captain-coach of Balwyn from 1975 to 1977.

From 1978 to 1981, he was captain-coach of Edithvale-Aspendale and he coached the Mornington Peninsula League side. Then he became assistant coach of the Melbourne U19s from 1982 to 1985.

Roger Hampson later returned to Essendon when he was appointed the Club's general manager in 1989, a position which he held until 1996.

 

HANLEY, Dan H.

Years Played: 1911-14
Born: 17/05/1883
Died: 1/12/1976
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 215

Number(s): 9 , 10

Games: 67
Goals: 8

Previous Clubs: Golden Point/South Ballarat

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1911

11

1

1912

21

4

1913

18

3

1914

17

1

Dan Hanley was a splendid half-back who came from South Ballarat where he had played from 1903 to 1910.

He kicked and ran well and also played in the ruck when required.

Hanley was in the back pocket in the 1911 premiership team and at centre half-back in the 1912 success.

Between 1911 and 1914, he played 67 games in a row and only missed the last game in 1914 when he was suspended for eight matches.

He was selected in the Victorian team that played in provincial matches in 1912 and 1913.

In 1912 he was reportedly involved in an incredible incident when he allleged that he had been deliberately impeded by a boundary umpire when going for the ball during a game.

Hanley spent time overseas with the AIF during the World War I, and, on his return, he became a Club patron.

He died on 1st December, 1976.

 

 

HANNEBERY, Mark

Years Played: 1984
Born: 8/10/1957
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 77 kg
Debut order: 910

Number(s): 16

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: North Melbourne CBC Old Boys/Collingwood

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1984

1

0

Mark Hannebery was a half-back and wingman who came from Collingwood where he played 62 games from 1979 to 1983. Prior to that he was with North Melbourne CBC Old Boys.

He played one game on the interchange bench in mid 1984.

Hannebery returned to North Melbourne CBC Old Boys as captain-coach in 1986 and then was a skills coach at Collingwood.

His brother, Matt, played 32 games for Footscray (1986-1990).

 

HANSEN, Bill L.

Years Played: 1918
Born: 14/09/1893
Died: 3/12/1946
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 81 kg
Debut order: 296

Number(s): 28

Games: 3
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Railways

Bill Hansen was a rover who played three games in late 1918.

He died on 3rd December, 1946.

 

HARBINSON, Merv

Years Played: 1984-85
Born: 11/06/1959
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 912

Number(s): 37

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Coburg

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1984

1

0

1985

1

0

Merv Harbinson was a rover and half-forward who came from Coburg and played two games in 1984 and 1985.

He won the Reserves Best and Fairest award in both 1983 and 1985 and was a member of the Reserves premiership team in 1983.

Harbinson returned to Coburg in 1986 and then joined West Adelaide in 1987.

 

 

HARDIMAN, Kevin P.

Years Played: 1934-35, 1939
Born: 24/07/1915
Died: 2/08/2002
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 474

Number(s): 30 , 22

Games: 18
Goals: 28

Previous Clubs: Essendon High School Old Boys

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1934

1

0

1935

3

2

1939

14

26

Kevin Hardiman was a talented centre half-forward and follower whose career at Essendon was affected by a serious hamstring injury that put him out for most of 1934.

He debuted in 1934 and that was the only game he played that year. He played three more games in 1935 before moving to South Adelaide between 1936 and 1938 for family reasons and represented South Australia in 1938 while there.

Hardiman then returned for another season at Essendon in 1939 and played 14 games booting 26 goals for the year. His five goals in a nine point win over Fitzroy mid-year was the highlight of his year.

After finally leaving Essendon, Hardiman became captain-coach of Norwood in 1940 and then captained that club to a premiership in 1941. After this, he captained North Norwood in 1942.

In 1943 he returned to coach Essendon Seconds before travelling overseas. He later returned to captain-coach Preston Seconds.

In 1956, Hardiman was an Olympic Games athletics coach.

He retired in 1980. He had been Mayor of Preston in 1967 and 1968 and President of the Victorian A.L.P. from 1979 to 1981. he received an Order of Australia in 1987.

Hardiman died on 2nd August, 2002. 

 

HARDWICK, Damien

Years Played: 1994-2001
Born: 18/08/1972
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 983

Number(s): 39 , 11

Games: 153
Goals: 13

Previous Clubs: Upwey-Tecoma/North Melbourne Reserves/Springvale

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1994

17

6

1995

16

2

1996

17

1

1997

15

3

1998

23

0

1999

20

0

2000

24

0

2001

21

1

Damien Hardwick won the Reserves Best and Fairest in 1993 before making his senior debut in a narrow win over Collingwood in Round 5. He came into the team to play on the wing, and his confidence and running ability made him ideal for the job.

In 1995, with the emergence of so many wingmen (Long, Cockatoo-Collins, Hills, Olarenshaw) he had difficulty getting a regular spot. But he kicked off 1996 well, showing good form in the Lightning Premiership. Some nagging injuries kept him from his regular senior spot in the middle part of the season, but he returned later in the year to his regular form.

In 1997 he came 9th in the Crichton Medal after a solid year. He won the Club's Best and Fairest award and most improved player award in 1998.

Hardwick continued his good work into 1999 and was one of the team's most valuable players. He was always hard at the ball, giving Essendon's backline that hard edge and setting the tone for his fellow defenders. He finsihed 6th in the 1999 Crichton Medal with 207 votes.

His single-minded approach in 2000 was rewarded with a spot in the winning 2000 Grand Final team in addition to coming 9th in the Crichton Medal for the year.

Hardwick was a member of the 2001 Grand Final team. At the end of the 2001 season he was traded to Port Adelaide for 2001 November draft selections.

 

HARDY, Charlie

Years Played: 1921-25
Born: 1/04/1887
Died: 19/05/1968
Height: 157 cm
Weight: 54 kg

Debut order: 339

Number(s): 33 , 4

Games: 36
Goals: 21

Previous Clubs: Cudgewa/Walwa/North Melbourne (VFA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1921

8

5

1922

14

5

1923

6

3

1924

2

2

1925

6

6

Charlie Hardy was a top rover in the famed 'Mosquito Fleet' of the 1920s. At just 157 cm and 54kgs, he was one of the smallest players ever to play at Essendon. His combination with Sid Barker and George Rawle was superb.

He was 34 years old when he debuted with Essendon. He already enjoyed a high reputation when he came to Essendon after playing with North Melbourne from 1908 to 1915 and from 1918 to 1921. He was North's captain in 1914 and 1920. He had played in the North premiership sides of 1910,1914,1915 and 1918, with Essendon team-mates Barker and Rawle.

He had also represented the Association in interstate games.

He had great stamina and he was one of Essendon stars in both the 1923 and 1924 premierships wins. He was selected in the State side in 1921.

After leaving Essendon at the age of 38, Hardy went on to coach Coburg premiership sides in 1926 and 1927.

He then came back to the club as non-playing coach in 1928 and remained in that role with little success until the end of 1930.

Hardy then became coach of St Kilda in 1931 and 1932 and then returned to North Melbourne as coach.

He later became a football writer with 'The Sporting Globe' and a commentator on radio station 3KZ.

Charlie's brother, Willis, played three games for Carlton (1917), and his son, Jack, played four games for Carlton in 1949.

Charlie Hardy died on 19th May, 1968, at the age of 81.

 

HARPER, Bert H.

Years Played: 1943-44, 1946-52
Born: 26/01/1923
Died: 29/12/1992
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 570

Number(s): 12 , 13 , 8

Games: 76
Goals: 32

Previous Clubs: Castlemaine

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1943

2

2

1944

5

3

1946

14

13

1947

18

7

1948

8

0

1949

7

0

1950

5

3

1951

9

3

1952

8

1

Bert Harper was a clever half-forward, centreman and wingman who came from Castlemaine where he played from 1939 to 1941.

He was an aggressive, hard bumping player who could hold his own in almost any position. He was also a strong mark and kick.

Harper had enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force before he joined Essendon and his career was interrupted when he missed most of 1943 and 1944 and all of the 1945 season through his war service.

He had been badly injured with a ruptured kidney in the last game in 1943 to add to his football problems.

However, he came back to play on the wing in the 1946 premiership team and on the half-forward flank in the 1950 premiership victory. Harper missed the 1949 premiership team with a knee injury. He also missed the 1951 Grand Final with a broken rib.

His best goalkicking effort was six goals in a game in 1946 and he was third top Essendon Brownlow medal vote scorer in 1947.

Bert Harper was voted the most improved player in 1947.

He died on 29th December, 1992.

 

HARRINGTON, Jack C.

Years Played: 1953-57
Born: 26/06/1930
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Debut order: 654

Number(s): 23

Games: 64
Goals: 12

Previous Clubs: Colac

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1953

15

1

1954

15

6

1955

19

2

1956

11

3

1957

4

0

Jack Harrington was a back pocket and relief ruckman and ruck-rover who came from Colac where he played from 1950 to 1952.

He made his debut in round 1, 1953 played 15 games in his first season and won the club’s best first year player award.

Harrington quickly cemented his place, missed only three games in the next two seasons and won the best clubman award in 1954 and again in 1955.

However he suffered an eye injury in 1957 that ended his League playing career. He then became captain-coach of Preston - Brunswick in the Sunday League in 1958 and 1959.

 

HARRIS, Dick L.

Years Played: 1905
Born: 14/10/1885
Died: 31/10/1945
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Debut order: 115

Number(s):

Games: 3
Goals: 5

Previous Clubs: Caulfield/North Melbourne (VFA)

Dick Harris was a defender who came from North Melbourne (VFA) and prior to that Caulfield.

He played three games in 1905.

Harris then joined Carlton where he played 58 games from 1906 to 1911 and was a member of their 1907 premiership team.

After that he went to St Kilda where he played 28 games in 1912 and 1913.

He died on 31st October, 1945.

 

HARRIS, Harry George

Years Played: 1921
Born: 31/01/1902
Died: 17/07/1981
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 337

Number(s): 31

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Daylesford

Harry Harris was a follower who played one game in mid 1921.

He later played four games with Geelong in 1923 before joining Geelong 'A' from 1924 to 1927.

Harris died on 17th June, 1981.

 

 

HARRISON, Billy

Years Played: 1909-11
Born:
Died: 30/05/1964
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 189

Number(s):

Games: 24
Goals: 6

Previous Clubs: West Melbourne

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1909

12

0

1910

11

6

1911

1

0

Billy Harrison was a follower and defender who came from West Melbourne and had been a member of their premiership side in 1906. He was a fairly regular team member in 1909 and 1910 and kicked four goals in a narrow loss to Geelong in 1910.

He was nicknamed "Brigham" after Brigham Young, founder of the Morman Church, because he had so many followers.

He played 23 games for Essendon between 1909 and 1910 and only one game in 1911 before being cleared to Northcote.

Harrison died on 30th May, 1964.

 

HARRISON, Harry H.

Years Played: 1923-24
Born: 1/01/1901
Died: 7/03/1992
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Debut order: 354

Number(s): 9

Games: 8
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon Juniors

Harry Harrison was a half-back and half-forward who came from Essendon Juniors. He played eight games in 1923 and 1924.

He later joined Footscray where he played two games in 1925.

His brother, Joe, played 59 games for Essendon (1923, 1925-1927).

Harry Harrison died on 7th March, 1992, aged almost 93.

 

HARRISON, Jack E.

Years Played: 1919
Born:
Died: 16/11/1982
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Debut order: 306

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Ascot Vale

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1919

1

0

Jack Harrison played one game, a loss to Fitzroy in Round 3.

He died on 16th November, 1982.

 

HARRISON, Joe E.

Years Played: 1923, 1925-27
Born: 6/01/1903
Died: 16/09/1977
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Debut order: 357

Number(s): 13

Games: 59
Goals: 5

Previous Clubs: Essendon Stars

Joe Harrison came from Essendon Juniors was a fine half-back flanker. He played in that position in Essendon's 1923 premiership side. When champion centre half-back Tom Fitzmaurice left at the end of 1924, Harrison moved into that position in 1925.

He was an excellent mark and won Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1926. He also played in the State team that year and in the 1927 Carnival side.

After he left Essendon, Harrison transferred to Hamilton and he later played with Brunswick in 1932.

His brother, Harry, played eight games for Essendon (1923-1924)

Joe Harrison died on 16th September, 1977.

  

HART, Johnny

Years Played: 1911
Born:
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 216

Number(s):

Games: 4
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Golden Point

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1911

4

0

John Hart made his debut against Carlton in mid 1911. He played three consecutive games and then his final game in a 19 goal win over St Kilda in Round 16.

He died in 1966.

 

HARTIGAN, Dean

Years Played: 1974-77
Born: 23/08/1954
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Debut order: 820

Number(s): 41

Games: 36
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Horsham

Dean Hartigan was a back pocket player who came from Horsham to the U19s in 1972.

He won the Reserves Best and Fairest award in 1976 and played 18 games straight after making his debut, but later had difficulty retaining a regular spot in the seniors.

Hartigan played in an infamous game against Carlton in Round 14, 1975, when a brawl broke out after he and Carlton's Craig Davis were knocked out in a second quarter clash. Every player on the field became involved and nine players were reported. The police also charged several spectators.

After leaving Essendon, Hartigan joined Coburg from 1978 to 1981 and he represented the VFA in 1980.

He then became captain-coach of Seddon in 1982 and from 1983 to 1987 he was captain-coach of Aberfeldie.

Dean's father, Jack, played 15 games for Hawthorn (1951-1952) and seven for St Kilda (1952-1953). His son, Brent, played 34 games for Richmond (2004-2006).

 

HARTIGAN, Gerald B.

Years Played: 1931
Born: 8/01/1905
Died: 14/02/1981
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 430

Number(s): 18

Games: 1
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Coburg

Gerry Hartigan came to Essendon from Coburg where he had played from 1927 to 1930.

He was a ruckman but his lack of pace went against him and he played only one game for Essendon. This single game was in Round 5, 1931, in a loss to Richmond.

Hartigan died on 14th February, 1981.

 

HARVEY, Billy G.

Years Played: 1912
Born: 25/10/1892
Died: 14/09/1917
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Debut order: 226

Number(s): 26

Games: 9
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Ararat

Billy Harvey was a promising defender and half-forward from Ararat, who played in nine games in 1912.

He served as a captain with the 1st Australian Pioneers in World War I and was killed near Ypres on 14th September, 1917.

 

HARVEY, Mark

Years Played: 1984-1997
Born: 11/06/1965
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 87 kg
Debut order: 908

Number(s): 38 , 1

Games: 206
Goals: 170

Previous Clubs: Keilor

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1984

16

28

1985

24

48

1986

20

21

1987

1

0

1988

15

14

1989

12

11

1990

13

16

1991

12

17

1992

22

1

1993

22

7

1994

8

1

1995

11

0

1996

24

5

1997

6

1

Mark Harvey made his debut in 1984 and quickly developed into one of the best and most exciting young players in the game. He had plenty of skill, could kick goals and seemed fearless.

He was a member of the 1984 premiership team in only his 16th game of League football and kicked a handy 28 goals that year.

Harvey played every game in 1985 and was the Club's leading goalkicker with 48 goals. He kicked four goals in the Grand Final and was among Essendon's best. After only 40 games of football he was selected in the All-Australian side that year. He also won his first of five Victorian blazers. The future looked bright for the dynamic young forward.

Harvey broke his leg in a pre-season game against St Kilda in 1987. He re-broke it again that year while over-doing his recovery, and when finally he made it onto the ground in mid-season, he broke if for a third time in a clash with Hawthorn's Dipierdomenico. He'd managed just one game for the year.

The next four years proved frustrating for Harvey. In 1987 he began his battle with bulimia and at one stage was hospitalised. He showed great courage in coming out publicly about the issue a few years later and said he hoped to help others in the same predicament. From 1987 to 1991 he averaged only 13 games a year as the illness took its toll on his body.

1992 was a turning point. He largely beaten his illness and was playing in defence in an attempt to save his body from the battering he'd been receiving in the forward line. He proved a natural. Harvey played in every game that season, one of only two players to do so, and won the Club's Best and Fairest award.

He played every game in 1993, missed a couple of finals, then returned to play in the winning Grand Final. It was his third premiership. He also won his second All-Australian selection that year.

Injuries were as unkind to Harvey and he missed much of 1994 and 1995 with ankle problems. But in 1996 he played nearly every game, and showed some great form in defence.

In 1997 after six games, Harvey led his side out for the last time in a game at Optus Oval. He was given an emotional farewell by his team-mates and fans. His loyalty to the club was rewarded by a position on the coaching team where he served the club from 1998 to 2005 as an assistant coach.

In 2006 he was appointed assistant coach at Fremantle and towards the end of 2007 was appointed their senior coach.

Harvey was ranked 18 in the Champions of Essendon and is a member of the Club's Team of the Century.

 

HARVEY, Shane

Years Played: 2002-2003
Born: 3/01/1983
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 66 kg
Debut order: 1030

Number(s): 38

Games: 11
Goals: 9

Previous Clubs: Preston RSL/Northern Knights

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2002

7

6

2003

4

3

Shane Harvey was drafted by Essendon with their first draft pick (number 18 overall). He made his debut in Round 6, 2002, against Fremantle at the Subiaco Oval, kicking three goals in a losing team.

Harvey managed seven senior games in his debut year, playing well for the remainder of the season in the VFL.

In 2003, Shane played four games before informing the club of his decision to quit the club. He was then delisted and was drafted by the Kangaroos in the 2004 Pre-season draft.

His brother Brent plays for North Melbourne.

Draft History: 2001 National AFL Draft Selection No. 18 overall

 

HASSELL, George A.

Years Played: 1946-50
Born: 5/10/1923
Died: 25/05/2012
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Debut order: 599

Number(s): 6

Games: 63
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Ascot Vale YCW/St Monica's CYMS

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1946

21

2

1947

10

0

1948

18

1

1949

12

1

1950

2

0

George Hassell was a top wingman and a strong and accurate left-foot pass.

He came from Ascot Vale YCW and then St Monica's CYMS and was on the wing in the 1946 premiership team and then a reserve in the 1949 premiership win. He was also a member of the Seconds premiership team in 1950.

Hassell won Essendon best first year player award in 1946 and then missed 12 games in 1947 with a thigh injury.

He was selected in the State side in 1948.

When he left Essendon in 1951, Hassell became captain-coach of Cornwall in Northern Tasmania.

He retired in 1979 as a senior inspector with Australian Airlines.

 

 

HASTINGS, George A.

Years Played: 1897-1903
Born: 13/01/1877
Died: 29/01/1956
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 10

Number(s):

Games: 106
Goals: 25

Previous Clubs: North Melbourne (VFA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1897

8

2

1898

17

8

1899

17

0

1900

16

0

1901

15

6

1902

19

4

1903

14

5

1904

1

0

George Hasting was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He joined Essendon from North Melbourne in the VFA.

He was a dashing wingman and played in Essendon's first League game in 1897 and was also a member of the premiership side in that year. He followed this up four years later when he was a star in the 1901 premiership victory.

Between 1898 and 1900 Hastings played 39 games in a row and in 1903 he became only the third Essendon player (and twelfth in the League) to play 100 games.

He was selected in the League side that played in country matches in 1901 and 1902 and against South Australia in 1903.

Hastings had played every game in 1903 up to Round 14 before he was struck with a severe illness and missed the rest of the season. He recovered from the illness but damaged his knee early in 1904 and retired.

He became a League umpire in 1905.

Hastings returned to Essendon as a committeman from 1936 to 1938.

He died on 29th January, 1956.

 

HATCHER, Graeme J.

Years Played: 1975-76
Born: 11/02/1957
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 826

Number(s): 16

Games: 9
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Hopetoun

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1975

6

0

1976

3

0

Graeme Hatcher was a big ruckman who came from Hopetoun to the U19s in 1973 and played nine games in 1975 and 1976.

He joined Clarence in Tasmania in 1977, then became captain-coach of Woomelang-Lascelles in 1978 and then of Warracknabeal in 1979. He was then captain-coach of Hopetoun from 1980 to 1983 and played with that club in 1984.

Hatcher returned to captain-coach Warracknabeal in 1985 before again playing with Hopetoun in 1986 and 1987.

 

 

HAWKER, Glenn D.

Years Played: 1978-88
Born: 17/03/1961
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 859

Number(s): 33

Games: 200
Goals: 172

Previous Clubs: Kaniva

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1978

3

0

1979

10

5

1980

12

6

1981

23

17

1982

23

30

1983

25

35

1984

21

21

1985

19

13

1986

23

16

1987

21

19

1988

20

10

Glenn Hawker was recruited from Kaniva in 1978. He was a hard running player with the ability to win plenty of the ball. His accuracy with either foot made him a key player for the club.

Thin framed and shaggy haired, "The Hawk" was a clever player who produce a match winning performance on his day. He won the Reserves Best and Fairest award in 1978 but it took him until 1981 to win a regular place in the senior team and he played every game that year.

Hawker won the Essendon Best and Fairest award in 1986. He also scored most Brownlow medal votes in 1986 with 15 votes, and was equal third top vote scorer in 1985. He played on the half-forward flank in the 1984 premiership team and on the wing in the 1985 premiership team. He was also a member of the 1981 and 1984 night premiership teams.

He represented Victoria in 1982, 1983 and 1986 and was awarded the most improved player in 1981. He also won the best teamman award in 1986, and was chosen in that year's 'Inside Football' team of the year.

Hawker left Essendon for Carlton in 1989 and played 27 games there. He retired at the end of the 1991 season.

 

HAY, Charles B.

Years Played: 1911
Born: 4/11/1881
Died: 23/08/1945
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 214

Number(s):

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Central Wanderers (Mt Gambier)

Charles Hay came from Central Wanderers (Mt Gambier), and made his debut at the age of 28 years.

His only games for Essendon were in Rounds 7 and 11 for wins against St Kilda and Richmond.

Hay died on 23rd August, 1945.

 

HAYES, William

Years Played: 1923-24
Born:
Died: 7/11/1969
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 77 kg
Debut order: 358

Number(s): 4

Games: 4
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Donnybrook

William Hayes was a follower from Donnybrook. He played two games in mid 1923 and then two more in early 1924. His last game was a draw against Carlton in Round 2, 1924.

He just missed out however, on being selected in the 1923 premiership team, and was named as one of two emergencies.

Hayes died on 7th November, 1969.

 

 

HAYNES, Ben

Years Played: 2003-2005
Born: 27/06/1981
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Debut order: 1040

Number(s): 39

Games: 26
Goals: 11

Previous Clubs: Melton South/Western Jets/Richmond

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2003

7

5

2004

10

6

2005

4

0

Ben Haynes played 21 games with Essendon. He was elevated from Essendon's rookie list in 2003 after a brief stint at Richmond and was in and out of the senior side through injury.

He played four games in the early stages of 2005 before breaking his arm in Round 6 against Brisbane. He was one of five players delisted by Essendon at the end of the 2005 season.

Draft History: 2003 Rookie List

 

HAZEL, Vernon P.

Years Played: 1911-12
Born: 28/10/1889
Died: 18/04/1967
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 213

Number(s): 21 , 28

Games: 12
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Coburg/St Kilda/Melbourne

Vernon Hazel was a half-forward and defender who was originally from Coburg but who came to Essendon after three games with St Kilda in 1909-1910 and four with Melbourne in 1910.

He was fortunate to be included in the 1911 premiership team in the back pocket when Alan Belcher was forced out.

Hazel's only other game for Essendon was in Round 8, 1912, in an 11 point away loss to St Kilda. He was then cleared to Brighton.

He died on 18th April, 1967.

 

HEADLAM, Wayne V.

Years Played: 1969-73
Born: 22/12/1948
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 95 kg
Debut order: 773

Number(s): 40 , 14

Games: 60
Goals: 25

Previous Clubs: Pascoe Vale

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1969

6

7

1970

16

3

1971

22

3

1972

5

5

1973

11

7

Wayne "Jex" Headlam was a big, strong ruckman who came from Pascoe Vale to the U19s in 1965. He returned to his old club in 1968 and won the award for Best and Fairest in the Essendon District League before returning to Essendon.

He was often used as a fill-in when the regular ruckmen were unavailable.

Headlam became captain-coach of Diamond Creek in 1974. He took a year off to study in 1975, then played with Coburg in 1976 and 1977 before becoming captain-coach of Doncaster in 1978 and 1979.

He then returned to play with Diamond Creek between 1980 and 1984 and won the award for Best and Fairest in the Diamond Valley League in 1981 and 1982.

 

 

HEALY, J. Terry

Years Played: 1944-45
Born: 2/07/1921
Died: 30/04/2009
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Debut order: 585

Number(s): 11

Games: 17
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Pascoe Vale

Terry Healy was a wingman and half-forward who came from Pascoe Vale and played 17 games in 1944 and 1945.


He went on to play with Coburg in late 1946 and 1947.

 

HEAPHY, Bill

Years Played: 1908-09
Born: 18/12/1888
Died: 21/05/1914
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Debut order: 185

Number(s):

Games: 5
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Geelong College/Tatura/West Melbourne

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1908

2

2

1909

3

1

Bill Heaphy was a forward who came to Essendon from West Melbourne towards the end of 1908. Prior to that he had been at Tatura.

He played five games with Essendon, including the 1908 Grand Final in the forward pocket in only his second senior appearance.

Heaphy was cleared to Brunswick in late 1909 and he played in their premiership side in that year.

He died on 21st May, 1914, aged 25.

 

HEARD, Shane

Years Played: 1977-87, 1991
Born: 28/07/1958
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Debut order: 844

Number(s): 9 , 45

Games: 168
Goals: 39

Previous Clubs: Horsham

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1977

10

3

1978

16

1

1979

15

6

1980

20

3

1981

7

5

1982

17

6

1983

18

6

1984

11

1

1985

11

3

1986

15

3

1987

17

1

1991

11

1

Shane Heard was recruited from Horsham in 1977 where he had played 65 senior games for the Horsham Homers by the end of 1980.

An intelligent player, he was quick and clever around the packs and was a good ball handler. He trained hard and was a keen team man.

By 1983 he graduated to being a strong 'jack of all trades' but could be inconsistent. He earned a reputation as one of the League's best taggers and his great concentration enabled him to take opposition players out of the game.

Heard starred on the half-back flank in the 1984 premiership win and he was then an emergency in the 1985 premiership team. He played in five elimination finals in total.

He was selected in the State side in 1985, 1986 and 1987 and won the coach's award in 1983 and 1984. After retiring at the end of 1987, he came back to play another year with Essendon in 1991.

 

HEARN, Clarrie H.

Years Played: 1929-35
Born: 13/11/1905
Died: 1/04/1981
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Debut order: 409

Number(s): 4

Games: 92
Goals: 90

Previous Clubs: Rutherglen

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1929

15

0

1930

16

2

1931

11

31

1932

14

19

1933

14

13

1934

12

12

1935

10

13

Clarrie Hearn was a talented and athletic half-back and full-forward who was very quick and a good mark and kick, although his ball handling was chancy at times.

He came from Rutherglen and was Essendon's third top goalkicker in 1931. He booted seven goals in a game in both 1932 and 1935, six goals in 1931 and five goals twice in 1931.

Hearn was selected in the League side that played against the Association in 1934.

After leaving Essendon, he was captain-coach of Sandringham in 1936.

Hearn was also a top sprinter and won the Stawell Gift in 1929, emulating the feat of George Stuckey in 1897.

Clarrie Hearn died on 1st April, 1981. 

 

 

HEATH, Trevor J.

Years Played: 1971
Born: 2/03/1952
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Debut order: 795

Number(s): 58

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon Baptists-St John's

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1971

1

0

Trevor Heath was a half-forward who came from Essendon Baptists-St John's to the U19s in 1969.

He was runner-up in the Morrish Medal for Best and Fairest in the League U19s in 1970. He headed the League U19s goalkicking with 64 goals in 1971.

Heath's only game for Essendon was as a reserve in Round 14, 1971, in a 147 point loss to Collingwood.

He then played with Eastlake in 1972 and 1973 and represented the ACT in 1973, before moving to West Perth where he played in 1974 and 1975. He transferred to Subiaco from 1976 to mid-1978 and then played with Waneroo in the Western Australian Football Association from mid-1978 to 1982.

 

HEBBARD, Col E.

Years Played: 1957-61
Born: 10/11/1936
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Debut order: 684

Number(s): 4

Games: 85
Goals: 24

Previous Clubs: Mt Hawthorn Juniors (WA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1957

16

16

1958

12

3

1959

20

3

1960

19

0

1961

18

2

Col Hebbard was a star half-forward and then half-back who came from Mt Hawthorn Juniors in Western Australia, where he had played for three years.

He stood out of football in 1956 to get a clearance to Essendon and played a few games with Brunswick Amateurs while he waited for the Australian National Football Council to grant his appeal.

Hebbard had pace, courage, and a big leap and took some brilliant marks.

He was on the half-forward flank in the losing 1957 Grand Final team and on the half-back flank in the 1959 Grand Final side. He was also named in the 'Sporting Globe' team of the year in 1960. He won Essendon's best utility player award in 1961.

After leaving Essendon, Hebbard joined West Perth from 1962 to 1966 and was in the Western Australian State side in 1962 and 1966. He later became West Perth's chairman of selectors in 1985.

 

HEDLEY, Tom M.

Years Played: 1903-04
Born: 5/08/1882
Died: 11/06/1960
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 94

Number(s):

Games: 24
Goals: 6

Previous Clubs: Williamstown

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1903

14

4

1904

10

2

Tom Headley was a ruckman who started conspicuously after coming from Williamstown where he had played from 1899 to 1902.

In his first season in 1903, he was selected in the League side that played Ballarat.

Hedley then played in the first 10 games in 1904 before seeking a transfer to North Melbourne.

He later played with Footscray (VFA) from 1905 to 1907.

Hedley died on 11th June, 1960.

 

HEENAN, Jim P.

Years Played: 1952-57
Born: 19/05/1930
Died: 29/10/1999
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 643

Number(s): 14

Games: 82
Goals: 6

Previous Clubs: Essendon All Blacks

Jim Heenan was a tough back pocket from Essendon All Blacks. He started conspicuously, winning Essendon best first year player award in 1952. He also polled the second most Brownlow medal votes at Essendon that year. He had also won the Seconds Best and Fairest award in 1951.

He was a reserve in the losing 1957 Grand Final side.

Heenan joined North Melbourne in 1958 but only played one game before retiring.

His father, Jim W., played eight games with North Melbourne in 1930.

Jim Heenan died on 29th October, 1999.

 

HEFFERNAN, Chris

Years Played: 1997-2002, 2006-2007
Born: 29/01/1979
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 1007

Number(s): 26

Games: 170
Goals: 37

Previous Clubs: Terang/Geelong Falcons

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1997

3

0

1998

12

3

1999

22

13

2000

21

4

2001

16

6

2002

23

12

2006

19

6

2007

7

2

Essendon drafted Chris Heffernan in the 1996 National draft with its first selection at pick number two overall. He came from Terang in Victoria's Western District and joined Windy Hill with a big reputation from VSFL club Geelong Falcons.

Heffernan debuted for Essendon in Round 19, 1997 against Geelong at the MCG and played in three of the last four games to end the season off on a good note. He was a level-headed youngster who showed good skills and was one of the fittest players at the club. He was considered to be one of the hottest young players around showing poise and the confidence to take on opponents.

In 1999 he won the Most Improved Player award.

Heffernan was a member of the 2000 premiership team in which he was pitted against Brownlow medallist Shane Woewodin and gained 10 kicks, three marks and seven tackles. He also represented Australia in the International Rules side in 2000.

After a dislocated knee he did not appear until Round 10 in 2001. He was a member of the 2001 Grand Final team and was very good in the first half of the Preliminary Final.

Heffernan was traded to the Melbourne Football Club at the end of the 2002 season but recruited back to Essednon at the end of 2005.

In 2006, Heffernan played 19 games for Essendon, being utilised in a number of positions around the ground.

Chris Heffernan retired at the end of the 2007 season.

Draft History: National AFL draft compensatory priority selection (Essendon) No. 2 overall, traded by Port Adelaide
for Scott Cummings, 1996
2002 National AFL draft, traded by Essendon for No. 10 (Jason Laycock)
2006 NAB AFL pre-season draft, second round selection, No. 10 overall
Previous Clubs: Geelong Falcons U18s
Melbourne 2003 - 2005, 47 games, 10 goals
Player Honours: International Rules series 2000
Essendon premiership side 2000
Essendon pre-season premiership side 2000
Club Awards: Most improved player 1999
Career Brownlow votes: 6

 

HEMINGWAY, George W. J.

Years Played: 1918
Born: 8/08/1900
Died: 9/04/1975
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 301

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Moonee Ponds

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1918

1

0

George Hemingway was a forward whose only game for Essendon was in Round 14, 1918, in a loss to Collingwood.

He died on 9th April, 1975.

 

HENNEMAN, Aaron

Years Played: 2000-2006
Born: 13/12/1980
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 92 kg
Debut order: 1021

Number(s): 40 , 3

Games: 58
Goals: 5

Previous Clubs: Corowa-Rutherglen/Murray Bushrangers U18s

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2000

8

0

2001

19

0

2002

8

0

2003

6

1

2004

7

1

2005

10

3

Aaron Henneman played eight games in his debut year 2000 which brought him the Club's Best First Year Player award. He was a high flying defender who was an excellent marking and provided 'run' out of defence. He showed his potential early in the season during the Ansett Cup series.

2001 was an excellent year for Henneman when he played most of his 18 games at centre half-back. He badly tore a hamstring just two weeks out from the finals which gave him an up hill battle to get fit. During 2001 he was a Rising Star Nominee.

He was restricted to eight games in 2002 due largely to hamstring and hip injuries which sidelined him for a total of nine weeks. In 2003 he spent time in the ruck, but injuries and lack of form forced him back into the VFL.

In 2004 he played just seven games and kicked one goal, and followed up with 10 games in 2005, including the last game in Round 22.

Again in 2005 Henneman played the role of a spare parts man. He provided an option up forward when Matthew Lloyd was out of the side and had ruck duties as well.

In 2006, ongoing shoulder problems meant Henneman didn't play a senior game in his last season.

He was delisted in October 2006. His cousin, Belinda, is married to Essendon premiership player, Adam Ramanauskas.

Draft History: 1998 National AFL Draft - Selection No. 25 overall.

 

 

HENRY, Jack D.

Years Played: 1944-45
Born: 21/01/1922
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Debut order: 586

Number(s): 5 , 13

Games: 4
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Essendon Stars/Essendon All Blacks

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1944

3

0

1945

1

1

Jack Henry was a wingman and rover who came from Essendon Stars and then Essendon All Blacks, and played four games in late 1944 and 1945.

He had ability and won Essendon Seconds best fairest award in 1943 and 1944 and was runner-up in the Gardiner Medal for Best and Fairest in the League Seconds in 1944.

Henry joined Williamstown in 1946 and then played with Ascot Vale in 1947. He later played with Repatriation F.C. in 1948 and in the Sunday League before becoming captain-coach of Morningside and an ANFC skills coach in Queensland in 1954.

 

 

HENRY, William H.

Years Played: 1928
Born: 25/11/1904
Died: 19/08/1974
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 398

Number(s): 14

Games: 9
Goals: 20

Previous Clubs: Camberwell/Hawthorn(VFA)/Collingwood/Hawthorn

William Henry came to Essendon from Hawthorn where he played eight games in 1926 and 1927. Prior to that he played two games with Collingwood in 1925 and before that he had played with Hawthorn (VFA) between 1920 and 1924.

He played nine games in 1928 and started well, kicking four goals in his first game.

After leaving Essendon, Henry went to Yarraville in 1929 and then Oakleigh in 1930.

He died on 19th August, 1974.

 

 

HERON, Hugh

Years Played: 1913
Born: 22/05/1890
Died: 6/12/1947
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Debut order: 238

Number(s): 15

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Fitzroy Juniors/Fitzroy

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1913

2

0

Hugh Heron was a wingman who came to Essendon from Fitzroy where he played 10 games in 1912.

Prior to that he had played one game with St Kilda in 1909 and then with North Melbourne (VFA) from 1909 to early 1912. Hugh was a member of North's 1910 premiership side.

Heron's only games for Essendon were in Rounds 5 and 7 for a loss to Fitzroy and a win over University.

His brother, Percy, played 46 games for Fitzroy (1912-1915).

Hugh Heron was killed in a car accident on the Great Ocean Road on 6th December, 1947.


HIBBERD, Michael

Years Played: 2011-2015
Born: 3/01/1990
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 93 kg
Debut order: 1096

Number(s): 1
Games: 84
Goals: 11

Previous Clubs: Frankston Football Club

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2011

9

1

2012

13

0

2013

22

5

2014

19

2

2015

21

3

 

Michael Hibberd arrived from Frankston Football Club in the VFL via pick 4 in the Pre-Season Draft and made his Essendon debut in Round 6, 2011 against Gold Coast.

The attacking left-footed half-back flanker created plenty of play while also shutting down his opponent. He was also capable of adding attacking drive from the back half of the ground.

Hibberd won the club’s Most Courageous Player Award in 2013 after playing a career high 22 games, he also kicked 5 goals that year. Hibberd followed up that successful season with 19 games and 21 games in 2014 and 2015 and was looking to be a settled part of the Bombers line-up.

The so-called supplements saga saw Hibberd suspended with 33 other past and present Essendon players and he played no football in 2016. 

He later left the club and moved to Melbourne joining team mate Jake Melksham.

 

 

HICKMOTT, Peter J.

Years Played: 1972-77
Born: 21/02/1954
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 800

Number(s): 23

Games: 58
Goals: 18

Previous Clubs: Noradjuha/Horsham

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1972

2

0

1973

14

6

1974

8

4

1975

5

2

1976

21

3

1977

8

3

Peter Hickmott was a promising ruck rover and half-forward who came from Horsham in 1971. Prior to that he had played with Noradjuha from 1967 to 1970.

He won Essendon's best first year player award in 1972 but never really lived up to his potential. He was also chosen in the Victorian Reserves team in 1972.

Hickmott was often used as a tagger and kept many match winners out of the game. While he had difficulty keeping a regular senior spot he did win the Reserves Best and Fairest award in 1975.

He missed all of 1978 with a bad shoulder injury and didn't play another senior game after this.

Hickmott joined Footscray in 1980 where he played 15 games and then played with Tatura from 1981 to 1983. He then returned to Horsham for a season in 1985.

In 1988 he was appointed captain-coach of Horsham.

 

HILL, Russell

Years Played: 1944, 1946-47
Born: 9/02/1921
Died: 19/11/1987
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 81 kg
Debut order: 588

Number(s): 28

Games: 14
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Beechworth

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1944

1

1

1946

6

0

1947

7

0

Russell Hill was a defender who came from Beechworth and was mainly used as a fill-in for the regular defenders.

He was a safe mark and had good judgment.

Hill was a surprise selection on the half-back flank in the 1946 second semi final, but was not included in the successful Grand Final team.

He played seven games in 1947.

Hill died on 19th November, 1987.

 

 

HILLE, David

Years Played: 2001-13
Born: 2/06/1981
Height: 202 cm
Weight: 108 kg
Debut order: 1024

Number(s): 34, 19

Games: 197
Goals: 153

Previous Clubs: Dandenong Stingrays

 

Year

 

 

Games

 

Goals

 

2001

 

 

6

 

1

 

2002

 

 

19

 

11

 

2003

 

 

24

 

20

 

2004

 

 

23

 

25

 

2005

 

 

13

 

10

 

2006

 

 

21

 

13

 

2007

 

 

18

 

7

 

2008

 

 

20

 

19

 

2009

 

 

5

 

1

 

2010

 

 

16

 

16

 

2011

 

 

19

 

20

 

2012

 

 

9

 

9

 

2013

 

 

3

 

1

David Hille was selected with pick 40 in the 1999 national draft from the Dandenong Stingrays.

As a teenager Hille had initially favoured basketball and volleyball ahead of football.

Hille broke into the side as the club’s ruckman during the 2002 season, cementing his place in the side for the best part of the next decade.

In 2006, Hille was appointed as captain of Essendon for the season in the absence of Matthew Lloyd, who’d suffered a season-ending injured in round 3.

2008 was the best season of Hille’s career, and he became one of the premier ruckmen in the competition culminating in him winning the club’s best and fairest award.

A serious knee injury in the Anzac day game against Collingwood in round 5, 2009 saw Hille require a knee reconstruction ruling him out for the year.

He made a successful returned in 2010 and was able to maintain his position in the side for the next two seasons before improving teammates began to get more game time ahead of him.

Thoughtful and articulate David Hille retired from Essendon at the end of the 2013 season after 197games over 13 seasons.

 

HILLS, Paul

Years Played: 1991-96
Born: 20/09/1972
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 962

Number(s): 49 , 33 , 11

Games: 63
Goals: 11

Previous Clubs: North Ballarat

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1991

14

3

1992

17

3

1993

20

3

1994

8

1

1995

3

1

1996

1

0

Paul Hills made a stunning debut to League football when he was picked straight from the U19s to play in the Seniors in 1991, bypassing the Reserves completely. He found his niche on the wing, with strong running play and good passing. He was a member of the 1993 premiership side.

There were many strong contenders for the wing positions at Essendon and this, combined with injuries and a loss of form saw him struggle to hold his place. He managed only one senior game in 1996 and was delisted at the end of the season.

 

 

HIRD, Allan

Years Played: 1966-67
Born: 30/03/1946
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Debut order: 745

Number(s): 39

Games: 4
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Stawell

Allan Hird was a centreman who came from Stawell and played four games in 1966 and 1967.

In 1968, Hird joined Heidelberg before moving to Canberra where he became captain-coach of Eastlake from 1969 to 1971 and then the Australian National University team.

He is the son of former player, Allan T. Hird, and the father of former player, James Hird.

 

HIRD, Allan T.

Years Played: 1940-45
Born: 11/08/1918
Died: 16/05/2007
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 552

Number(s): 6

Games: 102
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Williamstown/Hawthorn

Allan Hird was a fine half-back, half-forward and ruckman who was known as "Racehorse" because of his great speed. He came from Hawthorn where he played 14 games in 1938 and 1939 and prior to that he'd played at Williamstown in 1936 and 1937.

He was on the half-back flank in the 1942 premiership team. He also won Essendon outstanding player award in 1945 as well as the best utility player award in 1942 and 1944 and the most efficient player award in 1943.

From debut in 1940 to leaving Essendon in 1945, Hird played 102 out of a possible 103 games.

After leaving Essendon, he went on to be captain-coach of St Kilda in 1946 and 1947, playing 38 games for the Saints. He then returned to Essendon in 1948 as captain-coach of the Seconds until the end of 1954.

Under his leadership, the Seconds played in five successive Grand Finals from 1949 to 1953 and won the premiership in 1950 and 1952.

After this, Hird became a Seconds official until he became a Club committeeman in 1956 and he was treasurer from 1958 to 1960. After a break, he rejoined the committee in 1965 and he became president of Essendon from 1969 to 1975. Then, in 1976, he became chairman of the League Players Appeals Board.

Hird became a life member of the Victorian Football League in 1976.

His son, Allan, later also played with Essendon as did his grandson, James.

Hird retired in 1982 as the Victorian Assistant Director General of Education.

He died on 16th May, 2007.

 

HIRD, James

Years Played: 1992-2007
Born: 4/02/1973
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 90 kg
Debut order: 968

Number(s): 49 , 5

Games: 253
Goals: 343

Previous Clubs: Ainslie (ACT)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1992

4

5

1993

16

31

1994

20

27

1995

24

47

1996

24

39

1997

7

18

1998

13

19

1999

2

1

2000

20

36

2001

22

27

2002

16

11

2003

18

13

2004

20

25

2005

17

17

2006

13

19

2007

17

8

James Hird was ranked the third best Essendon player of all time by a club committee in 2002.

He was a sublimely skilled match-winner, a fine leader, and was at one time the League's most valuable player. Playing mainly off centre half-forward his vision and reading of the game set him apart. Hird was able to play defence or forward, and his ability to lift team-mates and win games is widely acknowledged. His career however was dogged with injuries.

Hird was drafted at pick 79 in the 1990 National Draft and made his senior debut in 1992. He was part of the young Essendon side that won the 1993 premiership in only his 20th senior game.

In 1994 he won the first of his five Best and Fairest medals. He also won the award in 1995, the only season of his career in which he played every game, and again in 1996, 2003 (equal) and 2007. In 1996 Hird won football's highest individual honour, the Brownlow medal, sharing the award with Brisbane player Michael Voss.

In 1997 a foot injury caused him to hobble from the ground in Round 4 and he was restricted to only seven games for the season. It was an injury that was to threaten his career.

Hird was appointed captain in 1998 but problems with his hamstring restricted him to only 13 games. His run with injuries continued into 1999 when stress fractures of his right foot saw him play only two games for the season and he was replaced as captain by Michael Long. Yet despite these frustrations his leadership was unquestioned.

After a long recovery he returned in 2000 in the third game of the Ansett Cup, and what a season he had.
He led the team to their Ansett Cup Grand Final win over the Kangaroos then led the club to its best season in league history. The team won 23 out of 24 games that season, won its 16th premiership, and Hird himself was voted best player in the Grand Final. He also gained All-Australian selection as captain, and was runner-up to Dustin Fletcher in the Crichton Medal that year.

He had another fine season in 2001, was again named captain of the All-Australian side and led the season into a second successive Grand Final, only to go down to Brisbane. His horror run with injuries continued when he suffered serious facial fractures in Round 6 2002. But he returned after only eight weeks and justifiably win the Most Courageous Player award that year. He won his fourth Crichton Medal in 2003 (with co-winner Scott Lucas), and was selected in the All-Australian Team.

He played 20 games in 2004, missing games to an eye injury (one week) and then rib injury (three weeks). He once again showed his consistency as a top rated player in 2005, by again being Essendon's highest Brownlow medal vote getter.

Hird relinquished the EFC captaincy to Matthew Lloyd in 2006, and hamstring and calf injuries restricted the champion to only 13 games. The season was dismal for the Club, finishing 15th with only three wins and one draw. Hird considered retirement, but vowed to play one more season, with his goal being another finals series. The club fell just short.

Hird retired at the end of 2007 along with fellow Essendon great, coach Kevin Sheedy.

Since his retirement in 2007, he has been a partner of sports marketing company Gemba group, has been employed as a commentator and football analyst for Fox Sports and a columnist for the Herald Sun.

After weeks of media speculation, it was confirmed in September 2010 that Hird had been appointed Essendon's senior coach for 2011.

His father, Allan junior, played four games for Essendon, and his grandfather, Allan senior, was an Essendon player and committeeman for many years.

 

 

HISKINS, Fred

Years Played: 1900-02, 1906
Born: 8/08/1878
Died: 25/11/1946
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 63

Number(s):

Games: 50
Goals: 78

Previous Clubs: Rutherglen

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1900

4

9

1901

19

34

1902

16

25

1906

11

10

Fred Hiskins was one of Essendon's leading forwards and goalkickers in the Club's early years.

He debuted late in 1900 with three goals against South Melbourne and a fortnight later kicked four in a huge win over Carlton.

In 1901 Hiskins became the second Essendon player, after Thurgood, to head the VFL goalkickers, with 34 goals and their combined 55 goals were key to the Club's success that year.

He was second top goalkicker, again behind Thurgood, in 1902 and his five goals against Geelong in Round 2 were the most by an Essendon player that year.

Hiskins was selected in the State side in 1902, then left Essendon at the end of 1902 and went to Western Australia for three years.

On return, he emerged from an injured-forced retirement in Round 7, 1906 to help the side cover other injured players and continued to play well.

Hiskins was part of a remarkable football family stretching over generations. He was the oldest of nine boys, three others also played League football: Arthur 185 games for South Melbourne (1908-1915, 1919-1923), Rupe 74 games for Carlton (1920-1924), and Stan 66 games for South Melbourne (1913-1914, 1919-1921).

His son, Jack, played 16 games for Essendon (1934-1935). His grandson, Barry Richardson, played 125 games for Richmond (1965-1974), and his great grandson, Paul McCormack, played 14 games for Carlton (1992-1994).

Fred Hiskins died on 25th November, 1946.

 

 

HISKINS, Jack

Years Played: 1934-35
Born: 12/02/1911
Died: 16/03/1973
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 465

Number(s): 5

Games: 16
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Rutherglen

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1934

13

5

1935

3

2

Jack Hiskins was a half-back who came from Rutherglen where he played from 1930 to 1933. He was not fast and didn't quite have the ability of his father Fred, who was a champion in Essendon's early days.

Hiskins played 16 games mostly in 1934 before returning to Rutherglen in mid 1935. He coached that club to the premiership later in that year and he was then captain-coach from 1936 to 1946.

His father, Fred, was a star for Essendon who played 50 games between 1900 and 1902 and again in 1906.

Jack Hiskins died on 16th March, 1973.

 

HISLOP, Tom

Years Played: 2007-2008
Born: 7/06/1988
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Debut order: 1068

Number(s): 35

Games: 7
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Tassie Mariners U18s/Tassie Devils (VFL)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2007

3

1

2008

4

1

Tom Hislop was drafted to Essendon as a robust and powerful player, who was strong overhead and a prolific ball winner. He was tough and aggressive with excellent speed and endurance. He managed 33 possessions from his three games in 2007 playing across half-back and displayed enormous courage and willingness to provide run out of defence.

Hislop was delisted by Essendon at the end of 2008 for disciplinary reasons and was picked up by Richmond in the pre-season draft.

Draft History: 2006 NAB AFL Draft, 2nd round selection (Essendon) No. 20 overall

 

HOGAN, Ken R.

Years Played: 1971-72
Born: 24/07/1951
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Debut order: 789

Number(s): 29

Games: 18
Goals: 9

Previous Clubs: Ivanhoe Grammar/Essendon U19s

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1971

8

5

1972

10

4

Ken Hogan was a rover who came from Ivanhoe Grammar to the U19s in 1970. He played 18 games in 1971 and 1972.

In 1973, Hogan went to Sandy Bay in Tasmania and was selected in the Tasmanian side in that year. He then joined East Perth in 1974 and 1975 followed by Brunswick in 1976.

He coached Old Ivanhoe Grammarians from 1977 to 1980. His sister married Essendon premiership player, Greg Brown.

 

HOLLIGAN, John

Years Played: 1902-03
Born:
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 83

Number(s):

Games: 5
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Geelong Artillery/Geelong

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1902

1

1

1903

4

3

John Holligan was a clever centre half-forward who came to Essendon after having played 76 games with Geelong from 1897 to early 1902. Prior to that he had played with Geelong Artillery.

He played only one game in late 1902 and then four more in early 1903 before returning to Geelong where he played 14 more games between late 1903 and 1905.

Holligan then went to Preston in 1906 and 1907.

His brother, Joe, played two games for Geelong in 1913.

 

 

HOULI, Bachar

Years Played: 2007-2009
Born: 12/05/1988
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Debut order: 1067

Number(s): 43

Games: 26
Goals: 9

Previous Clubs: Spotswood/Western Jets U18s

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2007

4

3

2008

10

4

2009

7

0

2010

5

2

Bachar Houli is a left-footed, on-baller with plenty of stamina, strong skills and football smarts. He made a high profile debut in 2007 as the AFL's only practicing Muslim player, and looked to becoming one of the game's cult figures.

He played 10 games in 2008 until he developed osteitis pubis and subsequent surgery ended his season.

He returned in 2009 and played seven games before injury again ended his season prematurely, this time with a broken leg.

Houli returned to the senior team in the 2010 round 3 win over Carlton, but was unable to cement a place and only played another four games for the season.

Draft History: 2006 NAB AFL Draft, 3rd round selection (Essendon) No. 42 overall traded by Fremantle for
Dean Solomon and No. 47 (Kyle Reimers)
Player Honours: Representative, Vic Metro 2006
NAB AFL Rising Star Nominee 2008
Career Brownlow votes: 1 

 

 

HOWARD, Don S.

Years Played: 1937
Born: 4/02/1914
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Debut order: 515

Number(s): 10

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Northcote

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1937

1

0

Don Howard was a reserve in Round 6, 1937.

He was not required so he never actually took the field for Essendon. He went on to play six games with South Melbourne in 1938.

 

HUBBERT, Harry Jack

Years Played: 1937
Born: 19/03/1916
Died: 15/08/1990
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 517

Number(s): 13

Games: 2
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Mont Albert

Harry Hubbert's only games for Essendon were in Rounds 7 and 8, 1937, for a win over South Melbourne and a loss to Collingwood.

He died on 15th August, 1990.

 

HUDD, Bill V.

Years Played: 1926-27
Born: 28/11/1901
Died: 5/08/1960
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 374

Number(s): 4

Games: 29
Goals: 5

Previous Clubs: Queenscliff Garrison Artillery/Geelong

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1926

19

1

1927

10

4

Bill "Chunga" Hudd was a strong and vigorous follower who came to Essendon from Geelong where he played 27 games from 1922 to 1925. He was a member of the Geelong 1925 premiership team.

He was a fine protector of his team-mates and seemed prepared to run through a brick wall.

Hudd only missed one game in his first season with Essendon in 1926. He played in the League team against a country side in 1927.

Hudd succumbed to knee problems in 1928 and missed the year and couldn't break back into the team in 1929.

Hudd then went to Yarraville for a brief stay and later played 26 games with Hawthorn in 1929 and 1930.

He joined Sandringham in 1931. He also represented the Police Force in the Wednesday League during his career.

Hudd died on 5th August, 1960.

 

 

HUGGARD, Jack M.

Years Played: 1945
Born: 28/01/1926
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Debut order: 595

Number(s): 4

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon Stars (EDFL)

Jack Huggard was a talented rover and centreman from Essendon Stars, but he had to compete with the likes of Dick Reynolds and Bill Hutchison for a place in the team.

He played one game in early 1945 and also won the Seconds Best and Fairest award in the same year.

He then played seven games with North Melbourne in 1946.

His father, Jack F., played 28 games for Richmond (1925-1927).

Jack Huggard retired in 1985 after thirty four years as an engineer with Australian Airlines.

 

HUNT, Sam

Years Played: 2002-2005
Born: 13/04/1983
Height: 192 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Debut order: 1034

Number(s): 30

Games: 7
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: St Joseph's (VCFL)/Geelong U18s

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2002

3

1

2005

4

0

Sam Hunt debuted in Round 20 in 2002 against Collingwood and has the distinction of kicking a goal with his first kick in League football.

He managed three more games in his debut year. He played all his football after his debut year with the Bendigo Bombers and some thouight he was unlucky to not have played more senior games.

Hunt was delisted at the end of the 2005 season.

He was then picked up by Geelong in the 2006 Rookie Draft Selections but was delisted by Geelong at the end of the 2007 season.

Draft History: 2000 National AFL Draft Selection No. 32 overall.

 

HUNTER, Harry R

Years Played: 1921-27, 1929
Born: 24/02/1902
Died: 23/04/1971
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 325

Number(s): 1 , 7

Games: 109
Goals: 9

Previous Clubs: Newmarket Juniors/Footscray

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1921

5

3

1922

12

3

1923

15

2

1924

19

1

1925

18

0

1926

18

0

1927

14

0

1929

8

0

Harry Hunter was one of Essendon's top full-backs and came to the Seconds in 1920 from Footscray (VFA) where he played in 1919. Prior to that he played with Newmarket Juniors.

He had a waddling run but had pace and he was a good mark and beautiful kick. He was a vigorous but fair player.

Hunter was a late withdrawal from the 1923 premiership side with a strained leg, but was a key player of the 1924 premiership team.

He was also selected in the state side in 1922, 1923, 1925 and 1927 and was also Essendon's vice-captain in 1927.

He was transferred to Albury in his employment in 1928 and spent a year as Albury's captain-coach, winning the premiership in that year.

After returning to Essendon for a season in 1929, he became captain-coach of Yarraville in 1930 and 1931 and he later coached Preston in 1932.

Hunter became co-coach of Essendon with Dick Reynolds in 1939 when Jack Baggott resigned midway through the season. He served on the club committee from 1937 to 1943 and was also chairman of the selection committee. He was club treasurer from 1961 to 1971 and foundation president of the past players association in 1953.

He died on 23rd April, 1971.

 

HUNTER, Herbert H.

Years Played: 1900
Born: 18/11/1881
Died: 15/05/1915
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 59

Number(s):

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Melbourne Grammar

Herbert Hunter was a defender who played three games in early 1900.

He was an outstanding junior athlete and once held the world schoolboys' record of 21 ft 11 in for the long jump. He became the Australasian long jump champion in 1901.

Hunter played with Essendon while studying dentistry at the University of Melbourne. After graduating in 1904, he continued his studies at the University of Pennsylvania in USA.

He enlisted early in 1915 and was granted a commission as Captain. He took part in the first landing at Gallipoli and was wounded in the assault of Krithia on 8th May, 1915. He was carried to an apparently safe place, but was killed when an almost spent bullet hit him in the head. He has no known grave, but is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.

 

HUNTER, John M.

Years Played: 1940
Born: 5/10/1914
Died: 21/09/1990
Height: 192 cm
Weight: 95 kg
Debut order: 549

Number(s): 18

Games: 2
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: South Bendigo

Jack Hunter was a full-forward and ruckman who came from South Bendigo.

He played two games in 1940 kicking three goals in one and four goals in the other.

After leaving Essendon, Hunter went to Brunswick in 1941 and then coached Melbourne Scouts in the Footscray League. He later played seven games with North Melbourne in 1944 and 1945 before coaching Fairfield.

Hunter retired in 1979 after working for Australian Airlines in the stores section for fifteen years. He died on 21st September, 1990.

 

HUNTING, Frank C.

Years Played: 1933
Born: 8/03/1910
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 455

Number(s): 12

Games: 4
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: South Camberwell

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1933

4

0

Frank Hunting was a back pocket player and divinity student who came from South Camberwell.

He played four games in mid 1933.

 

HURREN, Frank J.

Years Played: 1914-15
Born: 2/02/1894
Died: 5/07/1963
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Debut order: 262

Number(s): 6 , 24

Games: 2
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Hawthorn (VMFL)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1914

1

0

1915

1

1

Frank Hurren played two games for the Club, in the first round of both 1914 and 1915.

He then enlisted to fight in World War I and served overseas in the 14th Infantry Battalion. He became a Club patron on his return.

Hurren died on 5th July, 1963.

 

 

HUTCHENS, Victor

Years Played: 1902
Born:
Died: 8/11/1964
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 81

Number(s):

Games: 11
Goals: 8

Previous Clubs: Ballarat

Victor Hutchens was a good player for Essendon in their 1902 Grand Final loss. He then disappeared from the VFL scene after only 11 games.

He died on 8th November, 1964.

 

 

HUTCHISON, Bill

Years Played: 1942-57
Born: 28/04/1923
Died: 18/06/1982
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Debut order: 563

Number(s): 7

Games: 290
Goals: 492

Previous Clubs: Essendon Stars

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1942

11

5

1943

17

9

1944

20

26

1945

20

32

1946

21

46

1947

20

48

1948

20

52

1949

21

37

1950

19

38

1951

19

33

1952

17

27

1953

18

27

1954

17

32

1955

19

32

1956

15

30

1957

16

22

Bill Hutchison was one of the most brilliant rovers of all time. He debuted for Essendon in Round 2, 1942, and went on to have one of the most deorated careers in the game. In 2002 he was voted the fourth best player in the Club's history.

He was fast, tireless, a fine stab kick and an accurate shot for goal. While not big, 'Hutchy' was all heart but managed to stay out of trouble. He was also regarded as a gentleman, both modest and scrupulously fair. With team-mates John Coleman and Dick Reynolds he formed part of a triumvirate of superstars in the late 1940s.

Hutchison came to Essendon initially as a wingman and he played on the half-forward flank in the premiership team of 1942, his first seaon in only his 11th game. By 1946, he had become first rover and he was close to best on the ground in that role in the premiership victory that year. He was also a superb rover in the 1949 and 1950 premiership wins.

Hutchison became captain of Essendon after the retirement of Dick Reynolds in 1951 and he held that position until 1957. He had been vice-captain in 1950.

In 16 seasons he won seven Club Best and Fairest awards, one in almost every second season of his career. He won the Brownlow medal in 1953 after missing out on a count back the previous year. According to the rules of the day the player with the most 3 votes won the medal. He was declared runner-up although equal on votes. Hutchison was later awarded the medal posthumously after the VFL in 1989 amended this rule. His 172 career votes is the highest at Essendon.

Hutchison won Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1946,1948,1950,1952,1953,1955 and 1956 and was runner-up in 1949 and 1954. He also won the best clubman award in 1951.

His 28 finals games which is more than any other Essendon player and only two Bombers: Dick Reynolds and Gordon Lane, have kicked more than his 32 finals goals. He played in seven second semi finals which is an Essendon record and in 10 Grand Finals which is the equal top with Dick Reynolds.

He was Essendon's leading goalkicker in 1948 with 52 goals and he was the League's fourth top in that year. He was Essendon runner-up goalkicker in 10 seasons: 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951 (equal),1952, 1953, 1955 and 1956. He was third top in 1954. He booted seven goals in a game in 1945 and 1947 and six goals in both 1946 and 1948.

Hutchison also played in a then record 30 interstate games, the most of any Essendon player. He represented Victoria in every year from 1945 to 1954 and again in 1956. This is the most years of interstate football of any Essendon player.

He kicked 67 interstate goals and this is also the most kicked by any Essendon player. He captained the State side in 1953 and 1956 and won an All-Australian blazer in both those years. He was also chosen in the 'Sporting Life' all Australian side in 1947.

Hutchison hung up his boots at the end of 1957 at the age of 34. Only Dick Reynolds and Jack Clarek have played more seasons at Essendon.

Essendon were lucky he stayed so long as, in 1954, he sought a clearance to coach North Melbourne but this was refused.

On retirement Hutchison became coach of the Thirds in 1958 and 1959 and then assistant senior coach and coach of the Seconds from 1962 to 1964. He joined the club committee from 1966 to 1971 and was a V.F.L. selector from 1978 to 1980.

He was elected as a life member of the Victorian Football League in 1974.

Bill Hutchison died on 18th June, 1982, at the young age of 59.

 

HYDE, Robert T.

Years Played: 1979
Born: 1/11/1954
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Debut order: 868

Number(s): 19

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Greensborough/Collingwood

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1979

1

0

Robert Hyde was a strong, aggressive defender who came to Essendon from Collingwood after playing 60 games there. He had won Collingwood's Best and Fairest award in 1976.

He was dogged by a leg injury and his only game for Essendon was in the Elimination Final in 1979. This injury led to his retirement at the end of the year, when he was only 24 years old.

After a year off, Hyde became captain-coach of West Coburg in 1981 and 1982, before captaining Greensborough to two flags in 1983 and 1984. He coached the combined Diamond Valley League side in 1984.

Hyde became coach of Fitzroy U19s in 1985 and 1986 and then coached Bundoora in 1987.