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JACKSON, Alfred

Years Played: 1907-09
Born: 25/10/1887
Died: 21/09/1964
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 152

Number(s):

Games: 13
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Melbourne Grammar

Alfred Jackson played 12 games in 1907 and only one in 1909.

He was later a captain in the AIF and was wounded at Gallipoli during World War I.

Jackson died on 21st September, 1964.

 

JACKSON, Bill Charles

Years Played: 1898-1900
Born: 13/04/1874
Died: 11/09/1921
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 45

Number(s):

Games: 27
Goals: 22

Previous Clubs: Melbourne Grammar/Ballarat Imperials

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1898

9

7

1899

10

12

1900

8

3

Bill "Newhaven" Jackson was a dashing ruckman and forward who arrived at Essendon with a big reputation from Ballarat Imperials.

Prior to that he had been at Melbourne Grammar. The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers describes him as "a bulky and artistic player who played the game aggressively".

His magnificent high-marking and kicking led to him being selected in the League side against Ballarat in 1899.

Jackson missed much of 1900 with a cycling injury and was going to retire but played for Essendon in the League finals. However he injured his knee early in the game, leaving Essendon with 17 men and his loss cost Essendon the game and possibly the flag.

He was an accomplished cyclist winning the Australian Cycling Championship twice and also the Warrnambool to Melbourne road race. He was nicknamed "Newhaven" after the 1896 Melbourne Cup winning horse, when he won a major race around the same time. His cycling commitments led to him missing many games.

Jackson also played six games with St Kilda in 1903, and captained that club.

Bill Jackson died on 11th September, 1921.

 

 

JACOBS, Danny

Years Played: 1999-2003
Born: 25/06/1980
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 90 kg
Debut order: 1019

Number(s): 42 , 21

Games: 81
Goals: 23

Previous Clubs: South Melbourne District/Prahran Dragons

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1999

1

0

2000

9

3

2001

23

7

2002

24

9

2003

24

4

Danny Jacobs made his senior debut against Fremantle in Round 14 1999. He played nine senior games in 2000 before getting injured near the end of the season. However he cemented himself a permanent postion in the team during 2001 mainly in defence. He played 23 games, and finished equal 4th in the Rising Star Award and had a strong game in the Grand Final.

He started the 2002 season very well in defence, then played some games in the forward line in the second half of the year.

Jacobs had an inconsistent year in 2003. Having to take a key defensive position with the absence of Dustin Fletcher, Jacobs lacked a bit of consistency. With his contract expiring at the end of 2003, Jacobs couldn't reach agreement with the Club over salary and he was eventually traded to Hawthorn in a deal which saw Mark Alvey and Kepler Bradley arrive at Windy Hill.

He retired through persistent injuries prior to the 2008 season.

Draft History: 1998 November National AFL Draft - Selection No.36 overall

 

JACOBSEN, Albert W.

Years Played: 1933
Born: 10/09/1902
Died: 6/03/1989
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Debut order: 456

Number(s): 27

Games: 7
Goals: 0

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

Albert Jacobsen was a strong, tenacious follower who came to Essendon from Brunswick where he played in 1929 and 1930. Before that he played 15 games with South Melbourne in 1925 and in 1927 and 1928.

He was an winner of the Gardiner Medal for Best and Fairest in the League Reserves in 1926 while at South Melbourne. Coincidentally, he shared the award with R. James of Essendon.

Jacobsen played seven games in mid 1933 and was a great clubman. He then played with Sunshine in 1934.

He retired from work in the late 1960s after being stores and transport manager of the Hardie Trading company. He had worked there for over 40 years.

Jacobsen died on 6th March, 1989.

 

 

JAMES, Malcolm L.

Years Played: 1927
Born: 21/08/1905
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 392

Number(s): 31

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Brunswick

Malcolm James played his sole game for Essendon in Round 9, 1927, in a loss to South Melbourne.

He died in 1979.

 

JENKIN, Graeme L.

Years Played: 1974-76
Born: 5/09/1945
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 105 kg
Debut order: 813

Number(s): 14

Games: 22
Goals: 10

Previous Clubs: Collingwood Police Boys/Collingwood

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1974

18

9

1975

3

1

1976

1

0

Graeme "Jerker" Jenkin was a ruckman who came to Essendon after playing 127 games with Collingwood in 1964 and again from 1966 to 1973. He was sidelined in 1965 with a broken leg.

Jenkin came to Essendon late in his career but didn't perform as strongly as was expected.

He then joined Brunswick in mid 1976 and played there in 1977, then moved to Greensborough from 1978 to 1980.

Jenkin represented the Diamond Valley League in 1978 and 1979. He later coached juniors in the Doncaster League.

He will probably be best remembered as being the player that Carlton great Alex Jesaulenko climbed on to take his celebrated mark in the 1970 Grand Final.

 

 

JENKINS, Barnett H.

Years Played: 1907
Born: 7/03/1884
Died: 14/06/1948
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 168

Number(s):

Games: 3
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: West Melbourne

Barnett Jenkins was a defender who came from West Melbourne and played three games in late 1907. He kicked goals in two of his three games.

He died on 14th June, 1948.

 

JENKINS, Thomas J.

Years Played: 1921-25
Born: 6/06/1902
Died: 6/08/1979
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 93 kg
Debut order: 330

Number(s): 21 , 13 , 3

Games: 65
Goals: 153

Previous Clubs: North Melbourne (VFA)

Thomas Jenkins was a fine full-forward who was solid and strong. He joined Essendon from North Melbourne (VFA)

At only 173 cm, "Fisho", as he was known, was short for a key forward and he was extremely rotund at 93 kg, but he was a solid mark and a good long kick.

Jenkins was Essendon's leading goalkicker in 1924 with 50 goals and again in 1925 with 37 goals. He was also runner-up in 1921 and 1922 and third top in 1923.

He was a late inclusion for Harry Hunter in the 1923 premiership team and was also in the forward pocket in the 1924 premiership team. He was selected in the State side in 1922.

Jenkins kicked seven goals in a game 1924 and 1925 and six goals in a game in 1929. He kicked five goals twice in 1924. However in the 1924 finals series he failed to kick a goal in the last of the Club's three games. It was the only game for the season when he was goalless.

He had a great start to 1925, kicking 37 goals in the first nine games, including nine against North Melbourne, before injuring his knee and missing the remainder of the year.

Jenkins later played three games with North Melbourne in 1927.

He ran a stall in the Victoria Market until he died on 6th August, 1979, at the age of 77.

 

 

JOHNS, Courtney

Years Played: 2005-2008
Born: 14/11/1984
Height: 194 cm
Weight: 100 kg
Debut order: 1055

Number(s): 21

Games: 21
Goals: 18

Previous Clubs: East Fremantle (WA)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2005

3

0

2006

10

12

2007

6

5

2008

2

1

Essendon took a punt when they put young West Australian Courtney Johns onto their rookie list at the start of the 2003 season. He was a solidly built player but had previously suffered a serious hip injury which doctors had predicted would end his promising career before it had even started. However, midway through the 2003 season the Essendon medical and fitness staff were convinced he would be fit to play and he managed seven games with the Bendigo Bombers, five of which he was used sparingly, but showed enough on the field and on the training track to be elevated to the Essendon's senior list at the end of 2003.

He suffered a minor setback in the 2004 pre-season undergoing further surgery to remove loose cartlilage from his hip and subsequently did not play a senior game in 2004 but his outstanding attitude and work ethic made the coaching staff determined to give him the opportunity to overcome his injury.

Johns made his long-awaited debut in Round 15, 2005, against Richmond, and played three consecutuve games before, frustratingly, injuring a hamstring which finished his season.

An ankle injury kept him out of the first three rounds of 2006, then he suffered a rib and hamstring injury. However he managed 10 games for the year and showed great promise as a potential key player for the club, kicking three goals in both Round 14 and 19.

Johns played six games in 2007, kicking five goals, however opportunites were few for him in 2008 and he finished the year with only two more senior games, for a total of 21 games.

He was delisted at the end of 2008.

Draft History: Rookie Draft 2002 (promoted to senior list end 2003)
Player Honours: Club Awards - Lindsay Griffiths Rising Star award 2006

  

JOHNS, Hughie

Years Played: 1900, 1904
Born:
Died: 26/12/1913
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 62

Number(s):

Games: 2
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs:

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1900

1

2

Hughie Johns died on 26th December, 1913, as the result of a swimming accident.

 

JOHNSON, Bill S.

Years Played: 1907-08
Born: 5/01/1886
Died: 5/10/1964
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Debut order: 153

Number(s):

Games: 30
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Castlemaine/West Melbourne

Bill Johnson was a utility player who came to Essendon from West Melbourne and prior to that Castlemaine.

He had been captain of West Melbourne's 1906 premiership team.

Johnson made an excellent debut playing in every game in his first season in 1907. He was a fine mark and kick.
He was on the half-back flank in the losing 1908 Grand Final side.

In 1909 and 1910 Johnson went to Queensland before returning to play 16 games with Carlton in 1911 and 1912.

He did not receive a clearance from Essendon but got through the League on a statute of limitations clause on the grounds that he had not played in the League for three years.

Johnson died on 5th October, 1964.

 

JOHNSON, Jack

Years Played: 1947
Born: 12/03/1926
Died: 29/01/2008
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Debut order: 606

Number(s): 11

Games: 5
Goals: 8

Previous Clubs: North Essendon Methodists

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1947

5

8

Jack Johnson was a rover from North Essendon Methodists who joined the Seconds in 1945.

He played five games in 1947 and kicked four goals against Geelong in Round 4.

Johnson had the ability to turn out of trouble with ease and although short, he was not wanting in commitment.

His career at Essendon was cut short when he joined the Navy in 1947 and his remaining football was played in the services.

Johnson later lived in Hong Kong for twenty years.

He died on 29th January, 2008.

 

JOHNSON, Jason

Years Played: 1997-2008
Born: 25/01/1978
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Debut order: 1006

Number(s): 42 , 14

Games: 184
Goals: 109

Previous Clubs: Assumption College/Calder Cannons

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1997

3

0

1998

8

2

1999

4

0

2000

25

14

2001

24

21

2002

24

14

2003

22

15

2004

19

14

2005

22

12

2006

19

12

2007

10

3

2008

4

2

Jason Johnson was recruited from the Calder U18s in the 1996 National Draft at selection No 28. He made his senior debut in Round 17, 1997 against North Melbourne at the MCG and played three senior games in 1997, eight in 1998 and four in 1999.

A fit and ferocious Johnson became an integral part of the Club's greatest season in 2000. He played all 25 games, won a premiership medal, and also the Club's Most Courageous Player award. His Round 20 performance against Carlton, when he picked up 14 last quarter possessions and kicked two goals, was perhaps his best for the year.

He missed only two games from 2000 to 2003 and cemented his role in the Essendon midfield.

In 2001 he played in all but one game for the season culminating with his first Crichton Medal, All-Australian selection and his second Grand Final appearance (a loss to Brisbane).

Johnson followed up his terrific 2001 season with another in 2002, coming runner-up in the Crichton Medal with 279 votes. He also shared the Best in Finals award with Mark Johnson.

After three stellar seasons in a row, some thought he would go off the boil in 2003, but Johnson proved the doubters wrong by playing in 22 games and finishing third in the Crichton Medal. The rugged midfielder was ranked first at the club in 2003 for hard ball gets, ruck dual clearances, handball receives and uncontested marks.

He had another excellent year in 2004, finishing second in the Club's Best and Fairest with 315 votes, just seven votes behind Adam McPhee. He played 19 matches and kicked 14 goals.

Jason played in all 22 games of the 2005 season. He was a great contributor to the team and this was acknowledged when he won his second Crichton Medal. He also played his 150th game for the club in Round 21 against Carlton, where the team managed to make the day even more memorable for Johnson with a 99 point victory.

He played 19 games in 2006, kicking 10 goals. But in 2007 a foot injury took its toll and he played only 10 games for the year followed by four in 2008.

Johnson retired at the end of 2008 after 184 games, a premiership medal and two Best and Fairest awards.

His grandfather, Mike Higgins, played two games for Footscray in 1933.

Jason Johnson was named at number 52 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Draft History: 1996 National AFL Draft 2nd round selection (Essendon) No. 28 overall, traded by Port Adelaide for
Scott Cummings
Junior Honours: Commonwealth Bank U17 Cup - Vic. Metro Representative - 1996
Australian Representative - 1996
VSFL Team of the Year - 1996
Player Honours: Best and Fairest - 2001, 2005
2nd Best and Fairest - 2002, 2004
3rd Best and Fairest - 2003
Most Courageous Player - 2000
Best performance in finals - 2002
Bomberland player of the year - 2002
Best Clubman - 2005
EFC Life Membership - 2007
Premierships: 2000
Pre-season premierships: 2000
Reserves grade premierships: 1999
AFL Rising Star Nominee - 1998
AFL Grand Final appearance - 2001
All-Australian - 2001
Australian Rules International representative - 2001, 2004
Career Bronlow Medal votes: 52

 

JOHNSON, Len A.

Years Played: 1929-33
Born: 6/07/1908
Died: 24/01/1942
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 405

Number(s): 14 , 10

Games: 64
Goals: 85

Previous Clubs: Ascot Vale CYMS

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1929

13

40

1930

14

14

1931

18

20

1932

16

9

1933

3

2

Len Johnson was a fine left-footed full-forward and centreman from Ascot Vale CYMS. He was very fast and a good mark.

He was Essendon's equal top goal scorer in 1929 with 40 goals, including nine in an eight point win over Footscray in Round 2, even though he broke his arm late in the year. He was a deadly accurate kick.

Johnson played five games with North Melbourne in 1933.

He was also a champion athlete.

Len Johnson was tragically killed on 24th January, 1942, while on active service in Malaya in World War II.

 

JOHNSON, Mark

Years Played: 1999-2007
Born: 23/05/1978
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Debut order: 1014

Number(s): 28 , 1

Games: 194
Goals: 76

Previous Clubs: Sunbury/Calder U18s

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1999

15

2

2000

24

5

2001

23

10

2002

24

5

2003

24

8

2004

20

17

2005

22

29

2006

22

9

2007

20

7

Mark Johnson was elevated to the Club's senior list in 1999 after two solid years in the Reserves. He, along with Dean Rioli, won the Club's Best First Year Player award in 1999 . After throwing off some serious injury problems, he played 15 games for the season, highlighted by a starring game in Round 13 against the Western Bulldogs. He polled Crichton Medal votes in five games for the year.

During 2000 Johnson put together a season of hard running, aggression and consistency. He was responsible for launching plenty of forward thrusts and was considered unlucky not to win All-Australian selection. Johnson played a quarter in both the Qualifying and Preliminary Finals of 2000 and played on Jeff Farmer in the Grand Final winning that particular match up.

His best performance in 2001 came in Round 20 against Collingwood at the MCG. His stats for the year included 23 games, 10 goals, 250 kicks and a berth in the 2001 Grand Final team.

An outstanding season saw Johnson win the 2002 Crichton Medal after polling 312 votes from 19 of the 24 matches in which he played. He also shared the Best in Finals Award with Jason Johnson.

Backing up his previous year's Best and Fairest , Johnson finished 5th in 2003, after a consistent season. He led the Club in tackles and inside 50s, and also took the Mark of the year in Round 7 against Richmond.

He had solid year in 2004, playing 20 games and kicking 17 goals, he played in the majority of the season in the backline and the midfield.

2005 was the year when Mark Johnson impressed fans, with his never-say-die attitude and on-ball work ethic. Fans appreciation of Johnson was highlighted when he won the supporters' award that year. This was determined when he was the best player for Essendon on five occasions, and one of the best on 12 occasions in the 22 games he played. Other achievements in a stellar season were being runner-up for the Crichton Medal, he also had the highest number of tackles (85) and was also Essendon's third highest goalkicker of the year. He signed on with Essendon for another two seasons in September ending speculation about a possible move to Port Adelaide.

He played 20 games and kicked seven goals during the 2007 season.

Mark's brother, David, spent two years on Essendon's rookie list without playing a senior game, but later played 58 games for Geelong (2002-2006).

Mark Johnson was traded to Fremantle prior to the start of season 2008, and retired from Fremantle at the end of the 2008 season.

Draft history: 1998 February Rookie Draft - Selection No. 67
Teal Cup: Vic. Metro Representative - 1995, 1996
Player Honours: Best and Fairest Essendon Reserves 1997
Best First Year Player 1999 (Tied)
Best and Fairest Player - 2002
2nd Best and Fairest Player - 2005
Best Performance in Finals -2002 (Club Award)
Essendon Football Club Mark of the Year - 2003
Bomberland Player of the Year - 2005
Bomberland Mark of the Year - 2006
AFL Rising Star Nominee - 1999
AFL Pre-Season premiership - 2000
AFL premiership player - 2000

 

JOHNSTON, David

Years Played: 1987-92
Born: 10/04/1969
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 928

Number(s): 46 , 39

Games: 41
Goals: 6

Previous Clubs: Doutta Stars (EDFL)

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1987

11

0

1988

6

2

1989

6

1

1990

6

2

1991

10

1

1992

2

0

David Johnson was a nuggety defender who came from Doutta Stars to the U19s in 1985. He represented Victoria in the Teal Cup that year.

He showed plenty of promise in his 11 games in 1987, but could only manage another 30 games in the next five seasons. He was a member of the team that played the last game at Windy Hill against the Brisbane Bears in Round 19, 1991.

Johnston spent three years at Fitzroy after leaving Essendon.

 

JOHNSTON, Graeme C.

Years Played: 1962-67
Born: 20/05/1942
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Debut order: 724

Number(s): 16

Games: 70
Goals: 33

Previous Clubs: Wesley College

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1962

17

8

1963

18

12

1964

11

1

1965

16

12

1966

6

1

1967

3

0

Graeme Johnston was a speedy half-forward who came from Wesley College to the U19s in 1961.

He was more serviceable than brilliant and, although he sometimes lacked the consistency to hold a regular senior spot, he played many fine games for Essendon.

Johnston was on the half-forward flank in both the 1962 and 1965 premiership teams.

He went to Preston in 1968 and was in their premiership side in that year. Following this, he coached Old Carey in 1970 and 1972, De La Salle Old Boys for two years, and then Old Ivanhoe Grammar in 1978.

Johnston later returned to Essendon as an Assistant Coach.

 

JOLLEY, Ben

Years Played: 2006-2006
Born: 12/02/1986
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Debut order: 1061

Number(s): 40

Games: 4
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Strathmore/Calder U18s

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2006

4

0

Jolley came from Calder Cannons where he had played in two Under-18 premierships and also Captained Vic Metro in the 2004 U18 Championships.

He made his debut late in 2006 and played four games where he showed a willingness to tackle hard.

He was one of the Bendigo Bombers most consistent performers and won the team's Best and Fairest in 2006, he attributed his development to Bendigo Coach Matthew Knights.

Jolley was delisted at the end of 2006.

Draft History: Rookie List 2005

 

 

JONES, Bernie M.

Years Played: 1978
Born: 3/05/1953
Height: 197 cm
Weight: 92 kg
Debut order: 853

Number(s): 14

Games: 13
Goals: 11

Previous Clubs: De La Salle/Hawthorn

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1978

13

11

Bernie Jones was a ruckman who came from Hawthorn where he played 58 games between 1973 and 1976. He was a member of their premiership side in 1976. Prior to this, he had been with De La Salle College.

He was a strong mark and, although not the most skilled player, he always contested hard for the ball.

Jones returned to Hawthorn mid-season in 1978 and had the unusual distinction of playing in successive Reserves games on the Queen's Birthday weekend, first for Essendon and then for Hawthorn.

 

JONES, Jack R.

Years Played: 1946-54
Born: 7/11/1924
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Debut order: 600

Number(s): 24

Games: 175
Goals: 156

Previous Clubs: Ascot Vale CYMS

Jack Jones came from Ascot Vale CYMS and then the Army before joining Essendon. He was one of the fastest big men in the game.

Jones could be dangerous on a half-forward flank as well as taking a fair share of the ruck work. He used his speed to the full by continually breaking into the open. He also thrilled fans with his high-marking and was a good long kick.

Jones played in 133 consecutive games between 1946 and 1952 and no Essendon player has bettered this record. He never played in the Seconds.

He played during one of the Club's golden eras alongside champions like Reynolds, Coleman and Hutchison. He was a reserve in the 1946 premiership team and starred on the half-forward flank in the 1949 premiership team. He was also in that spot in the 1950 premiership win. In all, he played in 18 finals games and seven Grand Finals.

Jones was vice-captain of the State side against a Country team in 1951.

Jones won Essendon's best utility player award in 1946, 1947, 1949 and 1954 and the best clubman award in 1953.

After leaving Essendon, Jones became captain-coach of Albury from 1955 to 1959 and then coached Kergundah in 1960. He later umpired in the Albury District League for two years.

He is a currently a tour guide at the Essendon Football Club.

 

JONES, Jimmy W.

Years Played: 1911
Born:
Died: 13/06/1955
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 220

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Shepparton

Jimmy Jones played only one game for Essendon, a win over University at the MCG in Round 14, 1911.

He died on 13th June, 1955.

 

JONES, Llew J.

Years Played: 1900, 1904
Born: 31/05/1880
Died: 21/09/1952
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 55

Number(s):

Games: 6
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Royal Australian Artillery

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1900

5

2

Llew Jones was a follower who played six games spread out over five years because his football career was interrupted when he was posted in the army to Western Australia with the garrison artillery there. He played with West Perth while based in WA.

He played five games in 1900, and one in 1904.

Llew Jones died on 21st September, 1952.

 

JORY, Ron

Years Played: 1945-46
Born: 12/05/1925
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 590

Number(s): 9 , 27

Games: 25
Goals: 17

Previous Clubs: Oakleigh

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

1945

18

15

1946

7

2

Ron "Doutsy" Jory was a follower and half-forward from Oakleigh who played 25 games in 1945 and 1946 before suffering a leg injury.

He then rejoined Oakleigh from 1947 to 1949 and went to Ararat in 1950 and 1951.

Ron Jory's uncle, Percy Jory, was a star with St Kilda (60 games, 1912-1915, 1920).