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LAHIFF, Tommy

Years Played: 1935-37
Born: 31/07/1910
Died: 8/12/1996
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 68 kg
Debut order: 484

Number(s): 6

Games: 49
Goals: 67

Previous Clubs: St Kilda Seconds/Brighton/Port Melbourne

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1935

18

32

1936

15

15

1937

16

20

Tommy "The Turk" Lahiff was not blessed with the natural talents to be a champion, but he was tough and courageous, despite only being 168 cm tall and lightly built.

Lahiff was 25 years old when he came to Essendon from Port Melbourne where he had played from 1931 to 1934. He had been runner-up in the VFA Recorder Cup in 1931. Prior to that, he played with St Kilda Seconds in 1929 and Brighton in 1930.

Lahiff won Essendon's best first year player award and best clubman award in 1935 and played in every game that year. He was also Essendon third top goalkicker in that year.

He only stayed with Essendon until the end of 1937 before returning to Port Melbourne from 1938 to 1941. He was captain-coach in 1938 and 1939 and again in late 1941 and was in two premierships in 1940 and 1941.

Lahiff played six games with South Melbourne in 1942 and then played 19 games with Hawthorn between 1942 and 1944. He was captain-coach of Hawthorn in 1944.

He returned again to Port Melbourne as coach in 1945 and 1946 and later coached Albury in 1947, Corowa in 1948 and 1949 and then Sandringham. After this, he coached Carlton Stars in the Sunday competition and Port Melbourne junior sides.

Lahiff coached Port Melbourne for a third time again in 1962 and had the dubious distinction of being arrested during a game by an over-zealous policeman for allegedly using unseemly words. He was found not guilty. He was later assistant coach at South Melbourne in 1965 and 1966.

He played district cricket for St Kilda for many years.

Lahiff subsequently became well known as a radio football commentator, calling Association matches on 3AK and later League football on 3AW for many years. He did not retire from broadcasting until he was 80 years old.

Lahiff died on 8th December, 1996.

 

 

LAIDLAW, R. Colin

Years Played: 1919-23
Born: 16/09/1896
Died: 25/01/1985
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 71 kg
Debut order: 307

Number(s): 12 , 17 , 19 , 12

Games: 41
Goals: 16

Previous Clubs: Williiamstown Juniors

Colin "Peachy" Laidlaw was a wingman from Williamstown Juniors.

He played 13 games from a possible 16 in 1919, but struggled to maintain a regular place after that and only managed a further 28 games in his next four seasons.

Laidlaw joined Footscray (VFA) in 1924 and was in their premiership side in that year. He remained with Footscray when they enterd the VFL in 1925 and played afurther 25 league games with that club in 1925 and 1926.

Colin Laidlaw died on 25th January,1985, at the age of 88.

 

LAING, Roy W.

Years Played: 1913-15, 1918-25
Born: 4/04/1893
Died: 11/04/1972
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 249

Number(s): 15

Games: 131
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Beverley Juniors (Richmond)

Roy Laing was a superb half-back flanker and one of the best defenders of his day. He was a flamboyant and eye catching player who joined Essendon from Beverley where he had started in 1912. He gave Essendon great service over many years.

Laing was a well built, fearless, straight ahead dasher who would tear through packs. He was a fine mark for his size and on the ground he was hard to beat.

Laing was Essendon's vice-captain between 1919 and 1922. He was also a star on the half-back flank in both the 1923 and 1924 premiership sides.

He was in the State team in 1920, 1921, 1922 and 1923 and captained the state against South Australia in 1921 and against NSW and Ballarat in 1923. He was also vice-captain against Sydney in 1920.

Laing did not always see eye to eye with the League Tribunal and he was suspended for a total of 17 matches in 1915 (12 weeks) and in 1921 (5 weeks).

He became coach of Auburn in 1926, winning the premiership in that year and he later coached Camberwell.

Laing returned to Essendon as a committeeman in 1928 and he served until 1933.

Roy Laing died on 11th April, 1972.

 

 

LAKE, Bruce G.

Years Played: 1968-70
Born: 9/06/1948
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 81 kg
Debut order: 758

Number(s): 16

Games: 30
Goals: 36

Previous Clubs: Metung

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1968

11

18

1969

15

16

1970

4

2

Bruce Lake was a ruckman and full-forward who came from Metung, with his brother, Eddie. He started with the U19s in 1966.

Lake could take a big mark but his kicking was unreliable, and he was used more as a fill in than a regular player. He was a reserve in the losing 1968 Grand Final team.

Lake went on to play two games with Footscray in 1971, then went to Waverley in late 1971 and 1972. He spent several seasons as an umpire with the VFL Reserves list, then joined Reservoir-Lakeside from 1975 to 1978. He played with Pascoe Vale in 1979 and 1980.

His brother, Eddie, played 39 games with Essendon (1968-1973). They played together 11 times.

 

LAKE, Eddie

Years Played: 1968-73
Born: 25/06/1951
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Debut order: 760

Number(s): 42 , 38

Games: 39
Goals: 14

Previous Clubs: Metung

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1968

7

5

1969

4

0

1970

14

4

1971

12

5

1972

1

0

1973

1

0

Eddie Lake was a half-forward who came from Metung with his brother, Bruce. He was in and out of the team after playing his first senior game with Essendon at the age of sixteen.

He played in the centre in the Reserves premiership team in 1968.

Lake won the most courageous player award in 1970 and in 1972, and won Essendon Reserves Best and Fairest award.

He joined Coburg from 1974 to 1977 and played in their premiership team in 1974. After this, he transferred to Coorparoo in Queensland from mid 1977 to 1983 and was captain-coach in 1983.

Lake represented Queensland from 1978 to 1982. He finished his career with Southport in 1984.

His brother, Bruce, played 30 games with Essendon (1968-1970). They played together 11 times.

 

LALICH, Judd

Years Played: 1998-2001
Born: 26/12/1975
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 89 kg
Debut order: 1013

Number(s): 17

Games: 17
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: East Perth

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1998

2

0

1999

9

2

2001

6

2

Judd Lalich came from East Perth to Essendon in 1998. He was a star at the AFL Draft camp and also a fine cricketer having played U17 state cricket.

A tall athletic player with the ability to hold down a key postion at either end of the ground, Lalich played nine senior games in 1999 but was unable to force his way into the Club's best 22. Lalich was brilliant in the Reserves during the finals series where he dominated when used as a mobile ruckman.

He was disappointed to have not played a senior game in the great 2000 side.

After playing six games for the Seniors during 2001, Lalich was delisted at the end of the season.

Draft History: 1997 National AFL Draft - Selection No. 36.

 

LALOR, Ray G.

Years Played: 1956
Born: 30/08/1936
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Debut order: 677

Number(s): 8

Games: 6
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Doutta Stars

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1956

6

2

Ray Lalor was a rover and half-forward who came from Doutta Stars to the U19s in 1953.

His only six games for Essendon were between Rounds 4 and 13 in 1956.

Lalor played with Dandenong from 1958 to 1960 before returning to Doutta Stars in 1961.

He joined Benalla in 1962.

 

LAMBERT, Chris

Years Played: 1939-42, 1944-51
Born: 12/03/1921
Died: 22/09/2005
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 540

Number(s): 27 , 18 , 14

Games: 137
Goals: 18

Previous Clubs: La Mascotte (EDFL)

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1939

3

1

1940

9

5

1941

8

8

1942

9

0

1944

4

0

1945

11

1

1946

14

2

1947

12

1

1948

18

0

1949

13

0

1950

19

0

1951

17

0

Chris Lambert was an outstanding wingman and back pocket who came from La Mascotte in the Essendon District League. He was always content to take the shortest route, even against heavier opponents. He got off the mark speedily and got rid of the ball quickly, thus covering a slight lack of pace.

He was a reserve in the 1946 premiership team and was on the wing in the 1950 premiership victory. He missed the 1949 premiership team with a hamstring injury.

Lambert was selected in the State side in 1949. He also won Essendon most improved player award in 1945 and the best utility player award in 1950.

His career was interrupted by World War II and he missed many games between late 1942 and 1944 when he was posted to Darwin in the Air Force. He represented the RAAF in inter-services matches.

Lambert was captain-coach of Coburg in 1952 and 1953 and then he went to Redan in 1954.

His brother Harold, was an Essendon star of the same era (1940-1941, 1946-1951). They played together 52 times.

Chris Lambert died on 22nd September, 2005.

 

 

LAMBERT, Harold L.

Years Played: 1940-41, 1946-51
Born: 16/05/1923
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 550

Number(s): 17 , 5 , 17

Games: 99
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: La Mascotte (EDFL)

Harold Lambert was one of Essendon's greatest players and was selected at No. 25 in the Champions of Essendon (2002). He was a superb centreman before World War II, but later went to the half-back flank where he continued to dominate after the War.

Lambert came from La Mascotte in the Essendon District League and won the Best and Fairest award in that League in 1939. His brother, Chris, had arrived at Essendon from the same club the previous year.

Lambert served with the Army in New Guinea, Bougainville and Rabaul from 1942 to 1945 and played no football in this period. This service cost him the chance to become a 100 game player.

He was a well-built, strong and fearless player who checked opponents with hard bumps and forceful tackling. Although he was not tall, he was able to take a strong mark.

Lambert was a big occasion player and a disproportionately high number of his games were in finals - 21 from a total of 99. Few Essendon players have played more finals games.

He starred on the half-back flank in the 1946 premiership win and then played a great game in the centre in the 1949 victory. He was on the half-back flank again in the 1950 premiership win.

Lambert won Essendon's best first year player award in 1940, the most serviceable player award in 1946, the best utility player award in 1948 and the most consistent player award in 1949.

He played with Redan in 1952.

Harold's brother, Chris, played 137 fine games for Essendon (1939-1942, 1944-1951). They played together 52 times.

Harold Lambert retired in 1982 after a lifetime with the Defence Department.

 

 

LANDMANN, Otto

Years Played: 1907-10
Born: 31/08/1888
Died: 7/11/1975
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 154

Number(s):

Games: 27
Goals: 34

Previous Clubs: Warrnambool

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1907

8

11

1908

16

22

1909

2

1

1910

1

0

Otto Landmann was a capable full-forward who hit the heights when he was carried off the ground by fans after he had kicked seven of the team's eight goals in a game against South Melbourne in 1908. He was Essendon second top goalkicker in that year with 22 goals behind Dave Smith with 26.

Landmann was selected in the League team for an inter provincial game in his first season in 1907.

Landmann was a valuable player combining clever play with goalkicking, and supporters were surprised when he was controversially omitted from the Grand Final team later in 1908.

He was cleared to Melbourne late in 1910 and he played two games there. He then went to Brighton in 1911.

Landmann died on 7th November, 1975.

 

LANE, Gordon F.

Years Played: 1940-49
Born: 30/05/1921
Died: 21/07/1973
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 551

Number(s): 22

Games: 131
Goals: 256

Previous Clubs: Essendon United

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1940

4

6

1941

16

50

1942

16

44

1943

15

30

1944

17

34

1945

15

18

1946

21

32

1947

17

24

1948

3

10

1949

7

8

Gordon Lane was a great centre half-forward who came from Essendon United in the Essendon District League.

Known to everyone as "Whoppa", he was the most dangerous key forward in the game before his career was interrupted by a bad knee injury in early 1948.

Lane was a superb high-mark, but his most remarkable asset was his outstanding ability to score goals from snap shots with either foot and from long range.

Lane kicked six goals in the 1942 premiership win over Richmond, and was best on ground at centre half-forward in the 1946 Grand Final with seven goals against Carlton, equalling the most goals by an Essendon player in a Grand Final.

Lane was a reserve in the 1949 premiership team. He played in 16 finals games and only Matthew Lloyd and Dick Reynolds have kicked more goals for Essendon in finals.

He was runner-up in Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1946 but surprisingly never represented Victoria.

Lane was second top goalkicker in 1941, 1942 and 1943 and third top in 1944. He also booted seven goals twice in 1941.

He also won the most serviceable player award in 1942 and the best utility player award in 1945.

Lane was unable to re-capture form after his injury in 1948 and at one stage he resigned but returned to play seven more games in 1949.

He went to South Melbourne as captain-coach in 1950 and played 47 games between then and 1952. He was South's leading goalkicker in 1950 and 1952.

He was named at number 51 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Gordon Lane died on 21st July,1973, after having worked all his life as a fireman.

 

 

LANGLEY, Gil

Years Played: 1943
Born: 14/09/1919
Died: 15/05/2001
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Debut order: 576

Number(s): 18

Games: 4
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Sturt (SA)

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1943

4

1

Gil Langley was a talented rover from Sturt in South Australia, where he had played from 1938 to 1942. Prior to this he played with Colonel Light Gardens in the South Australian Amateurs.

Langley played four games for Essendon in 1943 when he was posted to Melbourne through his service in munitions during World War II. One of these games was as a reserve in the losing 1943 Grand Final team.

Langley then returned to Sturt from 1944 to 1948 and captained that club in 1945 and 1947. He also played for South Australia in 1947. He played again with Sturt in 1950.

He is best known as a cricketer and he played 26 Tests for Australian as a wicket keeper.

Langley was also the speaker in the South Australian Parliament. He was in Parliament for twenty years.

He died on 15th May, 2001.

 

 

LARKIN, James

Years Played: 1898-1903
Born: 9/09/1872
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 576

Number(s):

Games: 73
Goals: 61

Previous Clubs: West Melbourne/North Melbourne

James "Skeeter" Larkin was a forward who joined Essendon from North Melbourne with a big reputation.

He was a good ball handler who later played on the wing. Larkin was a consistently good performer in big games and was one of Essendon's best in the 1901 premiership side playing as a half-forward flanker.

In an era of low scoring Larkin was among Essendon's best goalkickers in three of his seasons. He kicked 14 goals in 1899 and again in 1900, including five against Geelong, the most by any Essendon player in a game that year, and 17 in 1901, with a bag of five against Carlton.

 

 

LAVELLE, James

Years Played: 1918
Born: 18/01/1896
Died: 16/07/1952
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 298

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Coburg District

James Lavelle came from Coburg District.

His only game for Essendon was in Round 11, 1918, in a loss to Carlton.

He died on 16th July, 1952.

 

 

LAW, Alby

Years Played: 1951-53
Born: 24/12/1929
Died: 17/05/1970
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Debut order: 634

Number(s): 2

Games: 7
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Moe

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1951

3

0

1952

2

0

1953

2

1

Alby Law was a wingman from Moe. He had represented the Latrobe Valley League in 1948.

He played seven games between 1951 and 1953 and was a member of the Seconds premiership team in 1952.

Law then returned to Moe from 1954 to 1956 and later played with their Reserves in 1959 and 1960 before becoming coach in 1961 and 1962.

He graduated to coach Moe Seniors from 1965 to 1967 winning the premiership in his last season. He was assistant coach of that club in 1970.

Law had worked as an instrument foreman with the SEC.

He died on 17th May, 1970, aged only 40.

 

 

LAWLER, Stan

Years Played: 1933-1933
Born: 19/11/1909
Died: 26/03/1958
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 453

Number(s): 34

Games: 3
Goals: 9

Previous Clubs: Kensington/South Melbourne

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1933

3

9

Stan Lawler came to Essendon from South Melbourne where he had played two games. His original club was Kensington.

He kicked four goals on debut in a Round 5 loss to his old club, South Melbourne. He again kicked four goals in his next game, which was a Round 6 loss to Fitzroy. His last game was in Round 11, which Essendon lost to Collingwood.

Lawler died on 26th March, 1958.

 

LAXTON, Harry

Years Played: 1904-07
Born: 22/08/1879
Died: 16/01/1947
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Debut order: 108

Number(s):

Games: 44
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: West Melbourne

Harry Laxton was a wingman who came from West Melbourne where he played in 1902 and 1903.

He only missed two games in his first season in 1904 and then played every game in 1905.

He then played eight games in 1906 but retruned to West Melbourne late that year in time to play in their premiership side. He was back at Essendon for the start of 1907.

Laxton played with Brighton in 1908 and 1909.

He died on 16th January, 1947.

 

 

LAYCOCK, Jason

Years Played: 2004-2010
Born: 4/11/1984
Height: 201 cm
Weight: 103 kg
Debut order: 1048

Number(s): 26 , 27

Games: 58
Goals: 36

Previous Clubs: East Devonport/Tassie Mariners

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

2004

4

1

2005

13

8

2006

6

4

2007

19

9

2008

16

14

2009

0

0

Jason Laycock was drafted by Essendon in the 2002 National draft as a first round selection, number 10 overall. He is a mobile ruckman who can also play as a forward. He made his senior debut in Round 19, 2004, against Carlton, where he impressed immediately with his strong marking and versatility. Essendon have shown a lot of faith in the young ruckman as the Club has given him a lot of time to develop.

He won a NAB Rising Star nomination for his game against Collingwood on Anzac Day in 2005. He was showing enough potential to suggest he could develop into an important player in the ruck and on the forward line being given responsibility in the absence of David Hille and Matthew Allen. But unfortunatly a strained calf muscle ended his 2005 season and he missed the last seven games.

He suffered further knee and foot injuries in 2006 which restricted him to just six games.

2007 proved to be a much better year for Laycock and he played 19 games giving David Hille good support in the ruck. He played a further 16 games in 2008.

After two such consistent seasons 2009 promised to be a good year, but he suffered a serious foot injury and missed the entire season.

Laycock's injury also caused him to miss the next season, and ultimately brought an end to his career when he was delisted at the end of 2010.

Draft History: 2002 National AFL Draft 1st round selection (Essendon), No. 10 overall, traded by Melbourne for
Chris Heffernan and No. 15 (Nicholas Smith)
Player Honours: NAB Rising Star Nominee 2005

 

 

LE BRUN, Norman

Years Played: 1931-32
Born: 22/04/1908
Died: 15/11/1944
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 425

Number(s): 13

Games: 23
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Richmond Seconds/Sandhurst/South Melbourne

Norman Le Brun was a utility player who had ability but couldn't keep a regular senior spot. He came from Sandhurst where he played in 1930. Before that, he played with Richmond Seconds and then had three games with South Melbourne in 1929.

He played 23 games with Essendon in 1931 and 1932 before joining Collingwood where he played 19 games in 1933 and 1934. He then played four games with Carlton in 1935.

Le Brun had the unusual record of playing senior football with four different league clubs and in the Seconds with a fifth.

Norman Le Brun was killed in action on 15th November, 1944, while fighting with the 2/10 Commando Squadron in New Guinea during World War II.

 

LEACH, Arthur T.

Years Played: 1897
Born: 2/03/1876
Died: 1/10/1948
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 31

Number(s):

Games: 4
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Boroondara

Arthur Leach came to Essendon from Boroondara.

He was a fine half-forward and follower with great strength and endurance.

Leach played two VFA games for Essendon in 1895. His four League games for Essendon were in Rounds 9 to 12, 1897 against Collingwood, Carlton, Fitzroy and St Kilda. He never played in a losing side.

Leach transferred to Collingwood in 1898, and he went on to play 169 games for that club from 1898 to 1908. He was a member of their1902 and 1903 premiership teams. He was also Collingwood's captain in 1906 and 1907.

Leach's two brothers, Fred and Ted, also played for Collingwood.

Arthur Leach died on 1st October, 1948.

 

 

LEAHY, Tommy

Years Played: 1900
Born:
Died: 14/10/1916
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 56

Number(s):

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Kilmore

Tommy Leahy came to Essendon from Kilmore.

His only games were in Rounds 1 and 10 for a win over South Melbourne and a loss to Collingwood.

Leahy died on 14th October, 1916.

 

 

LEE, Andrew

Years Played: 2006-2008
Born: 1/07/1986
Height: 196 cm
Weight: 89 kg
Debut order: 1060

Number(s): 32

Games: 5
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Burnie Dockers/Tasmania U18s

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

2006

5

2

Andrew Lee was a tall forward from Burnie, Tasmania, whose career at Windy Hill was dogged with injuries.

He represented Tasmania in the U18 competition in 2004. He had good mobility, a strong mark and a long kicking style but in his first year at Essendon was put onto the long-term injury list with osteitis pubis and became the only player on Essendon's list not to play a senior game.

He finally made his debut in 2006 and played five games for the season.

Troubled with injury, Lee again failed to play senior football in both 2007 and 2008 and was delisted by Essendon at the end of the 2008 season.

Draft History: 2005 NAB AFL Draft 2nd round selection (Essendon) No. 30 overall.

 

 

 LEE, Brendon

Years Played: 2012
Born:  9/09/1987
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Debut order: 1102

Number(s): 41

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: East Perth 

 

Year

 

 

Games

 

Goals

 

2012

 

 

2

 

0

Brendan Lee was recruited from Western Australia with selection 78 in the 2011 rookie draft as a matured-aged midfielder.

Lee made his debut against North Melbourne in round 20 of 2012 and collected  18 disposals in both of his two senior games. 

He was delisted at the end of the 2012 season.

 

 

LEEHANE, Ted J.

Years Played: 1942-43, 1946-50
Born: 2/06/1923
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 81 kg
Debut order: 565

Number(s): 14 , 9

Games: 83
Goals: 139

Previous Clubs: East Brunswick CYMS

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1942

12

12

1943

2

6

1946

3

1

1947

18

50

1948

22

30

1949

13

18

1950

13

23

Ted Leehane was a fast moving, high-marking centre half-forward and full-forward who combined well with John Coleman in the premiership seasosn sof 1949 and 1950.

He came from East Brunswick CYMS and had a habit of bobbing up at the right place at the right time. His career was interrupted by his World War II army service from early 1943 to late 1946.

Leehane was full-forward in the 1942 premiership victory and then amongst Essendon best at centre half-forward in the 1949 premiership team. In 1950, he ruptured his kidney and came back just in time to be a reserve in the premiership team.

He took over at centre half-forward from Gordon Lane in 1948 and was runner-up in the Best and Fairest award in that year and he won the most unselfish player award in 1950. He was also Essendon leading goalkicker in 1947 with 50 goals and was third top in 1948.

After leaving Essendon, Leehane was captain-coach of Mansfield from 1951 to 1956. He was then captain-coach of Caulfield in 1957.

The Leehanes were a strong football family. Ted Leehane's brother, Tom, played seven games for Essendon (1950-1951), and their father, Steve, played 82 games for Carlton (1914-1919).

Ted Leehane retired in 1984 from his job as a Field Sales Manager for Four'N'Twenty Pies where he had worked for twenty eight years.

He was named at number 49 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

 

 

LEEHANE, Tom J.

Years Played: 1950-51
Born: 14/02/1928
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 627

Number(s): 20

Games: 7
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: East Brunswick YCW/North Melbourne CBC/Carlton

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1950

4

0

1951

3

0

Tom Leehane was a defender who came to Essendon from Carlton where he played two games in 1948. He had joined Carlton Thirds in 1945 and stayed with that club until 1949.

He didn't quite have the ability of his brother Ted, and played seven games with Essendon in 1950 and 1951.

Leehane then joined Port Melbourne in 1952 and 1953 and was in their 1953 premiership side. He then became captain-coach of Boort in 1954 and 1955 winning the premiership in 1954.

He became captain-coach of St Arnaud from 1956 to 1958 winning another flag in 1958. He later returned as coach of that club in 1961 and 1962.

The Leehanes were a strong football family. Tom Leehane's brother, Ted, played 83 games for Essendon (1942-1943, 1946-1950), and their father, Steve, played 82 games for Carlton (1914-1919).

 

 

LEEK, Geoff

Years Played: 1951-62
Born: 18/02/1932
Died: 21/02/2008
Height: 194 cm
Weight: 96 kg
Debut order: 640

Number(s): 30

Games: 191
Goals: 98

Previous Clubs: Preston Boys Club

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1951

6

3

1952

5

3

1953

18

16

1954

16

5

1955

19

4

1956

15

7

1957

20

12

1958

18

13

1959

21

15

1960

16

9

1961

17

1

1962

20

10

Geoff Leek was one of Essendon's best-ever ruckmen and was known as the "gentle giant". He came from Preston Boys Club where he played from 1946 to 1949 and joined the U19s in 1950 after being cleared by Collingwood to whom he was residentially bound.

When he joined the Seniors in 1951, no one would have predicted that the awkward giant would turn out to be such a star. He was a great team man and he gave his rovers an armchair ride with his clever and controlled palming from the packs.

Leek had remarkable quickness for a big man but his kicking could be unreliable.

He was vice-captain from 1957 to 1962 and no Essendon player has held this position for a longer time. He also played 70 games in a row between 1956 and 1960.

He starred in the 1962 premiership win after being doubtful an hour before the game with an ankle injury. He played superbly with the help of pain killing injections. He was also a member of the Seconds premiership team in 1952.

Leek was selected in the State side in 1958.

He won the best clubman award in 1958, the most consistent player award in 1961 and the best team player award in 1962.

Leek became a well known television commentator with GTV9 and then the ABC.

Geoff Leek died after a short illness on 21st February, 2008.

 

 

LEGGE, V. F. Arthur

Years Played: 1904-09
Born: 5/10/1881
Died: 5/01/1941
Height: 0 cm
Weight: 68 kg
Debut order: 110

Number(s):

Games: 69
Goals: 31

Previous Clubs: North Melbourne (VFA)/Williamstown

Arthur Legge was a lightly-built rover and forward who came from North Melbourne (VFA) where he played in 1900 and 1901 and then Williamstown where he played in 1902 and 1903.

He played in the forward pocket in the losing 1908 Grand Final team.

Legge was Essendon's third leading goalkicker in 1907.

He died on 5th January, 1941.

 

 

LEWFATT, Shawn

Years Played: 1995-96
Born: 11/03/1977
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Debut order: 992

Number(s): 33

Games: 3
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Darwin (NT)/Western Jets

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1995

3

2

Shawn Lewfatt was selected by Essendon as their 28th pick in the 1994 in the National Draft.

He represented the NT in state football at U17 level in 1993 and was captain in 1994. He also received All-Australian honours in 1994.

Lewfatt played three games for Essendon and kicked two goals. His first senior game was against Fitzroy at the Whitten Oval.

He was an on-baller who had speed and the ability to kick goals.

 

 

LEYDIN, Graham

Years Played: 1959-61, 1964
Born: 21/03/1940
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Debut order: 701

Number(s): 16 , 38

Games: 36
Goals: 18

Previous Clubs: Moonee Valley

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1959

16

13

1960

16

5

1961

2

0

1964

1

0

Graham "Yabbie" Leydin was a rover and half-forward who joined the U19s from Essendon Bombers (later Moonee Valley) in 1957. He had won the Essendon District League Best and Fairest award in 1956 and went on to win Essendon U19s Best and Fairest award in 1958.

He was small and nippy and of his 34 senior games, 20 were as a reserve.

Leydin left Essendon in 1962 and 1963 when he was transferred in his employment. He played with Wangaratta Rovers in those years before returning to play two more games for Essendon in 1964.

He joined Brunswick late in 1964 and played there until 1971. He then became captain-coach of Doutta Stars in 1972 and coach of that club from 1973 to 1975, winning the premiership in 1972.

Leydin coached his old club Moonee Valley in 1976 and 1977 and Strathmore in 1978 and 1979.

He returned to Essendon as coach of the U19s for a season in 1981.

Leydin was North Melbourne's junior development officer and U19s assistant coach from 1982 to 1987.

 

 

LIESCHKE, William E.

Years Played: 1962
Born: 17/11/1944
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Debut order: 729

Number(s): 41

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Albury

William Lieschke was a back pocket player from Albury.

His only game for Essendon was as a reserve in Round 17 for a loss to Footscray.

Lieschke rejoined Albury in 1963 and played there until 1970, representing the Ovens and Murray League on a number of occasions. He then played with Acton in the ACT in 1971 before returning to Albury for a season in 1972.

He played with Natimuk in 1976 before becoming an umpire in the Wimmera League from 1977 to 1980.

 

 

LIGHT, Peter

Years Played: 1980
Born: 19/07/1960
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 875

Number(s): 19

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Dimboola

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1980

2

0

Peter Light was a ruck rover and forward from Dimboola.

His only games for Essendon were in Rounds 12 (as a reserve) and 19 in a loss to North Melbourne and a win over Footscray.

Light went to Melbourne in 1981 but did not play any senior games, before becoming captain-coach of Horsham from 1983 to 1986. He won the Wimmera League Best and Fairest award in 1983 and 1984.

He became captain-coach of Port Fairy in 1987.

 

 

LIPPIATT, Harry M.

Years Played: 1938-39
Born: 24/12/1917
Died: 13/12/1997
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Debut order: 528

Number(s): 17

Games: 22
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Alphington

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1938

13

1

1939

9

0

Harry Lippiatt was a centreman from Alphington in the Sub District League.

He played 22 games in 1938 and 1939, but his promising career was cut short by a serious knee injury.

Lippiatt then went to Queensland and coached Coorparoo from 1940 to 1943. He returned to Melbourne in 1944 to coach the Kilsyth Juniors.

Lippiatt's brother, Ken, played 30 games for Hawthorn (1944-1946).

Harry Lippiatt died on 13th December, 1997.

 

 

LLOYD, Matthew J.

Years Played: 1995 - 2009
Born: 16/04/1978
Height: 192 cm
Weight: 92 kg
Debut order: 996

Number(s): 18

Games: 270
Goals: 926

Previous Clubs: Avondale Heights/Western Jets U18s

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1995

5

7

1996

11

18

1997

20

63

1998

23

70

1999

22

87

2000

25

109

2001

21

105

2002

16

47

2003

22

93

2004

24

96

2005

20

59

2006

3

13

2007

19

62

2008

21

62

Matthew Lloyd is destined to be remembered as one of the game's greatest full-forwards.

Lloyd was picked up in the U16 draft in a deal that saw three players (Tony Delaney,Todd Ridley and Dale Kickett) go to the Fremantle Dockers. Lloyd starred in the Reserves a number of times in 1995 before making his debut in the seniors that year playing in two finals games and kicking a goal with his first kick.

In 1996 Lloyd played almost half the season in the seniors, and dominated in the match against Adelaide kicking seven goals. He ruptured his spleen in the 1996 preliminary final against Sydney at the SCG which delayed the start of his 1997 season. Despite this he kicked 63 goals in 23 games that year to signal the arrival of a genuine talent.

In 1998 Lloyd kicked 70 goals, the highest individual tally since Sheedy's arrival at Windy Hill in 1981.

After another dynamic 1999 season with 87 goals (the second highest in the AFL) Lloyd stamped himself as one of the stars of the game and was rewarded with All-Australian selection for the second time.

Lloyd won the John Coleman Medal (AFL leading goalkicker award) in 2000 with 109 goals, with a nine goal haul against Fremantle, his best for the year. He was a member of the winning 2000 Grand Final team finishing with four goals for the day.

Lloyd continued his outstanding career in 2001 with All-Australian selection for the 4th year in a row and came runner-up to Jason Johnson in the Crichton Medal. He also won the Coleman medal for the 2nd year in a row, with 105 goals, averaging 5 goals per match over 21 games.

A downside to his fine season was his suspension on three occasions forcing him to miss the Preliminary Final. He returned for the Grand Final to be one of Essendon's best in the loss to Brisbane.

In 2002 Lloyd was EFC's leading goalkicker for the 6th time equalling the record of John Coleman. His total of 47 goals for the year was well down on the previous seasons and came as a result of a serious finger injury in Round 6 causing him to miss seven weeks. After his return he looked set for a great finals series but in the early minutes of the Elimination Final, Lloyd was knocked out and missed the remainder of the game and the season.

Lloyd fought back in 2003 and recovered his status as the competition's premier full-forward, finishing with 93 goals to secure his third Coleman Medal and also his seventh leading goalkicking award at Essendon. Lloyd also passed the Club's all-time leading goalkicking record in Round 19 against Western Bulldogs, surpassing Simon Madden's record of 575 goals. He finished 4th in the Club's 2003 Best and Fairest .

In 2004 Lloyd continued to be one of the most potent forwards in the game to finish runner-up in the Coleman Medal with 96 goals and sixth in the Club's Best and Fairest award.

Matthew's achievements for 2005 included celebrating his 200th game in Round 13 against St Kilda and he also topped Essendon's goal-kicking tally again with 59 goals. This was a massive effort as he had struggled early in the season to be the goal kicking target. His confidence restored with a massive bag of eight goals in the Collingwood game in Round 16. This was also the game he showed he was inspirational, leading from the front, as acting captain in the absence of James Hird. He became Essendon captain on the 27th of September 2005.

His 2006 season was shaping up to be vintage Lloyd when he kicked eight goals and four goals in the opening two rounds. But he tore his hamstring from the bone in round three requiring surgery and he missed the remained of the season. He had a very fine 2008 season roaming up the ground, kicking 62 goals and winning the AFL mark of the year in a game against Melbourne when he kicked eight goals.

In 2009 Lloyd was played further up the ground in a role not entirely familiar to him allowing others to gain some experience at full-forward. Essendon went into the final game of the season against Hawthorn needing a win to play finals. After trailing at half-time by 22 points Lloyd came out and with a bump on Hawthorn player Brad Sewell indicated he was going to go down fighting. This seemed to energise his team and the Bomber fought back to win by 17 points and reach the finals for the first time since 2004.

Unfortunately Lloyd received a four match ban for his bump on Sewell and the Bombers were well beaten by Adelaide in their only finals appearance.

On 23 September 2009, after 270 games and a club record 926 goals, Lloyd announced his retirement from football in front of a packed press conference. On 30 September at the 2009 Essendon Best & Fairest awards night, outgoing CEO Peter Jackson announced that the Essendon leading goalkicker medal would be named the Matthew Lloyd Medal in his honour. Lloyd will be remembered as a great of the game.


Matthew Lloyd was named at number 22 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Draft History: 1995 Pre-Season Draft compensatory selection (Essendon) traded by Fremantle for
Todd Ridley (uncontracted player)
Player Honours: All-Australian 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003
International Rules Series 1998, 2001
Coleman Medallist: 2000,2001, 2003
Jim Stynes Medallist: 2001
Rising Star nominee: 1996
AFL mark of the Year 2008
Century goalkicker 2000,2001
Club Awards: 2nd Best and Fairest 2001
3rd Best and Fairest 1997, 1998
Leading goalkicker 1997-2005, 2007
Best 1st year player 1995
Goal of the year 2007
Club Captain 2006-2009
Premierships: 2000
Pre-season premierships: 2000
Career Brownlow medal votes: 97

 

LONDERIGAN, Con

Years Played: 1907
Born:
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 170

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: North Melbourne

Con Londerigan was a wingman from North Melbourne who played one game in late 1907 in an 11 point loss to South Melbourne away.

 

LONDERIGAN, Mike

Years Played: 1907-09
Born:
Height: 163 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 164

Number(s):

Games: 42
Goals: 22

Previous Clubs: North Melbourne (VFA)

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1907

10

2

1908

16

7

1909

16

12

Mike Londerigan was a fine forward who came from North Melbourne (VFA) where he played from 1903 to 1906. He was a member of North's premiership sides in 1903 and 1904.

Nicknamed "Mad Mick" , he was a superb ball getter but reportedly was often criticised in the newspapers for his rough play.

He missed the losing 1908 Grand Final team following the death of his father.

Londerigan was dropped from the side in 1910 and was cleared to Footscray (VFA) in 1911.

He died in 1938.

 

 

 

 

LONERGAN, Sam

Years Played: 2006-12
Born: 26/03/1987
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 81 kg
Debut order: 1062

Number(s): 36, 14

Games: 79
Goals: 39

Previous Clubs: Lauderdale

 

Year

 

 

Games

 

Goals

 

2006

 

 

1

 

0

 

2007

 

 

0

 

0

 

2008

 

 

19

 

9

 

2009

 

 

17

 

10

 

2010

 

 

16

 

10

 

2011

 

 

12

 

4

 

2012

 

 

14

 

6

Sam Lonergan was a mid-sized in-and-under midfielder with courage to burn.

He was drafted from Lauderdale Bombers in Tasmania with pick 50 in the 2005 national draft and developed into a strong-bodied midfielder who was best adapted to winning the contested ball.

After playing only one senior game in his first two seasons, Lonergan had his breakout season in 2008, playing 19 senior games. 

He followed up with two more seasons that saw him featuring as a regular starter in the senior team before becoming a fringe player in his final two seasons, culminating in Longeran’s delisting at the end of the 2012 season.

Lonergan was then taken by Richmond with a rookie selection that year, playing two games for the club before leaving at the end of 2013.

 In November 2013 he signed with SANFL club Glenelg, a player and assistant midfield coach.

 

 

LONG, Michael

Years Played: 1989-2001
Born: 1/10/1969
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut order: 948

Number(s): 4 , 13

Games: 190
Goals: 143

Previous Clubs: St Marys (Darwin)

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1989

24

19

1990

25

13

1991

18

13

1992

17

13

1993

18

12

1995

22

27

1996

2

2

1997

5

4

1998

9

9

1999

20

12

2000

23

18

2001

7

1

Michael Long was one of the most exciting players to play at Essendon. He had incredible pace, a body so flexible he was sometimes called the rubber man, as well as remarkable skills and vision. Long came to the Club in 1989 and immediately made an impact, being named the Best First Year Player in that year. He wore number 4 originally, but asked to have number 13 to honour his father.

The highlight for Long came in the 1993 finals series. He played outstanding football throughout the finals and capped it off by winning the Norm Smith Medal for best on ground in Essendon's Grand Final win over Carlton. Not long after this high came a terrible low. In pre-season the following year, Long suffered a season-ending knee injury and he failed to play any football in 1994. When he returned to League football in Round 1, 1995, all the football world stood up and took notice. He was arguably the best on ground, and showed no signs of his year-long lay-off.

His form continued throughout 1995, indicated by his 16 votes in the Brownlow, the best by an Essendon player. It included five best on ground performances, more than any other player in the competition.

During 1995 Long made headlines by accusing Collingwood's Damien Monkhorst of racially abusing him. The other aboriginal players in the AFL backed Michael, as did his Club. This was a brave move and one which must be applauded.

He was named co-vice-captain with James Hird in 1996, a just reward for his leadership on and off the field. However disaster struck again, with another serious knee injury. He had trouble early with injury, and when he returned to play in the Centenary re-enactment game against Geelong, his knee collapsed. For one of the best players in the League, this was an absolute tragedy. Everyone awaited the second coming of Michael Long in the 1997 season. Unfortunately injury hit again and he only played five games for the season.

Long won the Most Courageous Player award in1998 after playing in only nine games in a year which started in Round 12 against Adelaide.

He was welcomed back to full time footy in 1999 deputising for James Hird as senior captain and then being appointed as Co-Captain late in the year. After a superb season displaying his exquisite skills he finished 3rd in the Crighton medal. He averaged 11.2 kicks, taking 62 marks during the year, he also scored 9 Brownlow votes.

Long was a member of the 2000 Grand Final team after a very good season.

A knee injury dogged him for much of 2001 season and then he tragically tore a hamstring at training just three days before the 2001 Grand Final.

Michael Long announced his retirement on November 12, 2001, at a press conference held in the Essendon Football Club Hall of Fame.

He was named at number 23 in the Champions of Essendon (2002). 

 

LOVETT, Andrew

Years Played: 2005-2009
Born: 11/11/1982
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 1052

Number(s): 41 , 13

Games: 88
Goals: 93

Previous Clubs: Preston RSL/Northern Knights U18s/East Perth (WA)

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

2005

20

25

2006

13

17

2007

16

16

2008

17

14

2009

22

21

Andrew Lovett was elevated from the rookie list in 2005 to replace Andrew Lee who was placed on the long term injury list. He made his debut in Round 3 and was one of the best players for Essendon on that day where his skill, speed and poise provided excitement for Essendon fans.

He was best afield in only his third senior match, picking up the Anzac Day Medal against Collingwood with 20 possessions and kicking two goals. His influence on the team did not go unnoticed which became apparent when he could no longer sneak under the opposition guard, but became a tagged player when playing against Port Adelaide.

Lovett's magnificent season was acknowledged when he was awarded best first year player in 2005 at the Crichton Medal ceremony and capped this off with being selected for the International Rules Series.

He struggled under the weight of personal problems in 2006, but later in the year played some good football before a thumb injury ended his season.

Lovett played just 16 games in 2007 because of knee and shoulder injuries but when he was on song there were few who could match him.

Again in 2007 he was distracted by off-field problems and played only 17 games in 2008 and it was looking likely he would be traded. A deal could not be reached with another club and he remained at Essendon and committed to turning things around in 2009.

2009 was Lovett’s best season. His electrifying pace, attack and goal sense were the key to a number of Essendon wins and he was shaping as a genuine champion. But he came out of contract at the end of the season and it was agreed that the player and club would part ways.

On 7 October 2009 it was announced that Lovett had accepted a trade to St Kilda in return for Essendon receiving a first round draft pick, number 16 overall.

Draft History: 2005 rookie elevation (Essendon)
Player Honours: Anzac Day medalist 2005
International Rules Series 2005
Player Honours: Best 1st year player 2005
Cheer Squad award 2005
Bomberland goal of the year 2006
Career Browlow Medal votes: 6

 

 

LOVETT, Joe

Years Played: 1932
Born: 18/10/1902
Died: 26/05/1949
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 88 kg
Debut order: 445

Number(s): 33

Games: 5
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Yarraville/North Melbourne Laurels

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1932

5

0

Joe Lovett was a lumbering, tough follower from Yarraville where he played in 1929 and 1930. Before that, he played 33 games with North Melbourne from 1926 to 1928. He was a hard worker who could also take a fine mark.

He played five games with Essendon in late 1932.

After leaving Essendon he played with Footscray Seconds.

 

 

 

 

 

LOVETT-MURRAY, Nathan 

Years Played: 2004-12
Born: 18/11/1982
Height: 190 cm
Weight: 87 kg
Debut order: 1043

Number(s): 42

Games: 142
Goals: 72

Previous Clubs: Bendigo Bombers, Williamstown

 

Year

 

 

Games

 

Goals

 

2004

 

 

20

 

21

 

2005

 

 

17

 

7

 

2006

 

 

19

 

7

 

2007

 

 

9

 

3

 

2008

 

 

20

 

9

 

2009

 

 

14

 

9

 

2010

 

 

12

 

6

 

2011

 

 

14

 

2

 

2012

 

 

17

 

8

 

2013

 

 

3

 

1 

Nathan Lovett-Murray was selected with pick 27 in the 2004 rookie draft. 

Having previously being on Collingwood’s rookie list without playing a game, Lovett-Murray was picked up after two years out of the game. 

Used as utility in both the defence and the midfield, Lovett-Murray’s versatility was his greatest asset. In 10 seasons he averaged over 14 games per year.

Though slimly built Lovett-Murray’s physical strength was a particular asset and he was the strongest man pound-for-pound at the club. 

Lovett-Murray was very active in the community while playing, regularly contributing in the development of Indigenous culture, specifically through his own record label.

After struggling to break in to the senior team in 2013, Lovett-Murray announced his retirement at the end of the season.

 

LOWE, Gary

Years Played: 1974
Born: 31/12/1953
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 814

Number(s): 37

Games: 8
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon District League

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1974

8

0

Gary Lowe was a defender who came from the Essendon District League and played eight games in 1974 and four of these were as a reserve.

Lowe left Essendon to join Eltham in 1976.

 

 

LOWELL, Rupert L.

Years Played: 1913
Born: 30/08/1893
Died: 5/11/1980
Height: 169 cm
Weight: 66 kg
Debut order: 232

Number(s): 6

Games: 10
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Hawthorn (MJFA)

Rupert Lowell was a wingman from Hawthorn (MJFA) who played 10 games for Essendon in 1913.

He later played nine games with Melbourne in 1914 and 1915.

Lowell died on 5th November, 1980.

 

 

LOWENTHAL, Bill M.

Years Played: 1930-35, 1937
Born: 23/09/1909
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Debut order: 424

Number(s): 7

Games: 73
Goals: 14

Previous Clubs: Ascot Vale Presbyterians

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1930

1

2

1931

15

7

1932

17

5

1933

15

0

1934

15

0

1935

8

0

1937

2

0

Bill Lowenthal was a brilliant defender who started with Essendon in the centre before graduating to the half-back flank where he became a real star. He was one of the best high-marks of his time.

He came from Ascot Vale Presbyterians to the Seconds in 1928 and was one of the best half-backs of his era renowned for his speed and marking ability.

Lowenthal was runner-up in the Brownlow medal in 1933 with 17 votes, only missing out by one vote. He had been five votes in front with three games to play but missed three of the last four games with an ankle injury.

As well as playing in the Carnival in 1933, he was also in the League side in 1934 against the Association.

Lowenthal was runner-up in Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1933 and won the most improved player award in 1931.

After leaving Essendon he played 13 games with Fitzroy in 1937 and then played with Preston from 1938 to 1941.

He joined the RAAF until 1946 spending time in Borneo and captained the RAAF football team.

After the war, Lowenthal moved to Sydney and worked as an accountant with L. J. Hooker. He retired in 1974 and died in 1989.

 

 

LUCAS, Scott

Years Played: 1996-2009
Born: 30/12/1977
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 97 kg
Debut order: 999

Number(s): 25

Games: 270
Goals: 471

Previous Clubs: Camperdown/Geelong U18s

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1996

14

11

1997

22

23

1998

23

49

1999

10

8

2000

23

57

2001

25

35

2002

19

25

2003

24

19

2004

21

25

2005

22

51

2006

22

67

2007

22

61

2008

9

18

2009

14

22

Scott Lucas is a powerful forward who can also play in the ruck or in defence. Lucas represented the Victorian Country team in 1994 as a 17 year-old and caught the eye of Essendon recruiters who drafted him with the Club's 4th pick in the 1994 National Draft.

Tall, athletic and versatile, with a long accurate left-foot kick, Lucas made his Essendon debut in 1996 in the blockbuster Anzac Day game against Collingwood at the MCG in front of 90,000 people and went on to play 14 games in his debut season.

In 1997 and 1998 Scott played 22 and 23 games respectively setting the scene for what has become one of the Club's most consistent and reliable performers.

During 1999, a broken ankle in Round 10 against Adelaide, ended Lucas's season. Although he recovered in time to play in the Reserves 1999 Grand Final he was ineligible because he had played too many senior games.

The 2000 season saw Scott burst back into the side playing 23 of 25 games in the premiership year including the Grand Final win over Melbourne. He kicked 57 goals for the year, second only to Matthew Lloyd, with his best hauls being six against the Bulldogs, and five against Hawthorn.

Lucas had a quiet start to the 2001 season but once he found form he was a valuable contributor. He polled Best and Fairest votes in 11 of the last 19 games with 188 votes and was Essendon's best player in the 2001 Grand Final having also been a valuable player in the Preliminary Final. His stats for 2001 were 25 games, 297 kicks 135 marks and 35 goals.

In 2002 Lucas was the key to the Essendon forward line in the absence of the injured Lloyd, Hird and Mercuri. In the latter half of the year he switched to centre half-back where he excelled.

2003 was a year of triumph for Scott, in which he successfully moved from his favourite centre half-forward position to centre half-back. The long kicking left-footer provided run and stability off the half-back line, and amassed 301 votes in the Crichton Medal, to be equal winner along with James Hird. Scott was also awarded with the Best Finals Performance and led the Club in general kicks and was second in both contested and uncontested marks.

In 2004 Lucas played 21 out of a possible 24 games missing three to a hamstring injury.

Lucas flourished in 2005 as an influential dominant forward target in the absence of Lloyd and played in all 22 games for the season. His main position changed from centre-half-back to centre half-forward and was still close to winning the Crichton Medal in this new role. He was the key forward on many occasions and was just pipped by Matthew Lloyd to be second highest goalkicker for Essendon with 51 goals.

His fine form continued in 2006 when he played every game (one of only three players to do so). In the absence of captain Matthew Lloyd, Lucas was the Club's key forward and he led the Club's goalkicking with 67 goals, and won the Club's Best and Fairest for the second time.

In 2007 Lucas again shone for Essendon, playing every game, kicking 61 goals (one fewer than top goalkicker Matthew Lloyd) and leading the Club's contested marks.

In Round 1, 2008, he injured his knee putting him out of action for eight weeks. He made his return v Adelaide in Round10 and in Round 16 v Richmond played his 250th game.

Scott Lucas announced his retirement in front of a packed media conference in the Essendon Hall of Fame on 18 August 2009 to be effective immediately. Lucas ranks as Essendon 6th best goal kicker of all time and his 270 games put him 8th on Essendon’s games list.

Scott Lucas was named at number 58 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Draft History: 1994 National Draft, 1st round selection (Essendon) No. 4 overall traded by Fremantle for
Tony Delaney
Club Awards: Best and Fairest 2003 (equal) , 2006
3rd. Best and Fairest 2007 (equal)
Best 1st. Year player 1996
Most improved 1997
Best performance in finals 2003
Premierships: 2000
Career Brownlow medal votes: 58 

 

LUFF, Bill C.

Years Played: 1934, 1936-40
Born: 25/12/1909
Died: 9/10/1981
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Debut order: 466

Number(s): 10 , 11

Games: 82
Goals: 37

Previous Clubs: Camberwell/Blackburn/Richmond Seconds

Bill Luff was an excellent full-forward and half-back flanker who came from Camberwell where he played from 1931 to 1933. He was the Association's leading goalkicker in 1933 and the first VFA player to kick more than 100 goals in a season. Before that, he played with Blackburn and then Richmond Seconds.

In 1935, Luff returned to Camberwell for a season and was again the Association's leader goalkicker before returning to Essendon.

Luff lacked height and strength for the key position in the League and did better on the flank. He was a superb long punt kick and evasive.

He was Essendon's vice-captain in 1939.

Luff was runner-up in the Best and Fairest award in 1937 and won the best position player award in 1938.
As well, he was Essendon equal second top goalkicker in 1934 and third in 1936.

His father, Bill senior, was a Richmond star (39 games, 1908-1910).

Bill Luff died on 9th October, 1981.

 

LUMSDEN, Ernie

Years Played: 1913-15
Born: 27/06/1890
Died: 8/08/1982
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 71 kg
Debut order: 236

Number(s): 22

Games: 34
Goals: 49

Previous Clubs: Collingwood

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1913

16

18

1914

15

28

1915

3

3

Ernie Lumsden became a fine rover and forward who arrived at Essendon from Collingwood where he played 15 games between 1910 and 1912. Prior to that he played with Northcote.

Nicknamed "Snowy", Lumsden was tough and extremely dangerous around the goals. He headed Essendon's goalkicking in 1914 with 28 goals. The year before, in his first season in 1913, he was second top scorer. He kicked seven goals in one game in 1914 and five goals twice in that year.

Lumsden later returned to Collingwood and played 63 more games between 1917 and 1920. He was a member of Collingwood's premiership teams in 1917 and 1919.

He was a cousin of Collingwood champion Dick Lee, and later served on the Collingwood committee from 1927 to 1950 and was on the selection committee for a time.

As a youngster he had sold the "Herald" newspaper at John Wren's illegal betting shop in Collingwood.

Ernie Lumsden died on 8th August, 1982.

 

LUNN, Ron

Years Played: 1951-52
Born: 7/05/1929
Died: 20/08/1897
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 74 kg
Debut order: 638

Number(s): 27

Games: 28
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Drysdale/Geelong

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

1951

16

3

1952

12

0

Ron Lunn was a wingman who came from Geelong where he played 35 games between 1948 and 1950. Prior to that he played with Drysdale.

He was tall for a wingman but also had pace, and relished the open space.

Lunn was unfortunate to miss the 1951 Grand Final through injury.

He was cleared to Birchip in 1953.

His son, Stephen, played 79 games with Geelong and Footscray (1980-1984).

Ron Lunn died on 20th August, 1987.

 

LYNCH, Frederick T.

Years Played: 1956
Born: 10/05/1936
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 675

Number(s): 4

Games: 6
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Coragulac

Fred Lynch was a half-back flanker who played six games on permits from Coragulac in early 1956. He was a farmer who could not get sufficient time to train or play so he returned home to his farm.

Lynch then played with Colac until 1958 before returning to Coragulac from 1959 to 1963. He won the award for Best and Fairest in the Hampden League in 1961. He later became chairman of selectors at Colac and coached junior teams.

Lynch coached Alvie in 1986 and 1987.

His son, Paul, played 62 games for Geelong (1993-2000).

 

LYNCH, William H.

Years Played: 1930-31
Born: 14/04/1909
Died: 21/03/1985
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Debut order: 418

Number(s): 21

Games: 18
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: North Melbourne

William Lynch was a half-back and follower who joined Essendon from North Melbourne where he played 36 games from 1927 to 1929.

He played 18 games in 1930 and early 1931 with Essendon. He was a hard trier and was a fine model of an athlete.

After leaving Essendon, Lynch played with Williamstown in 1932 and then with Yarram and North Melbourne Seconds.

He died on 21st March, 1985.

 

LYONS, Jack

Years Played: 1945-46
Born: 5/12/1920
Died: 21/03/1955
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Debut order: 593

Number(s): 26

Games: 32
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Essendon CYMS

Jack Lyons was a fine back pocket from Essendon CYMS whose fearless, well-timed dashes were often finished off with long penetrating kicks into attack.

He was runner-up in Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1945. However, he was omitted from the senior list in 1947 and went on to play 23 games with North Melbourne in 1947 and 1948.

Jack Lyons was tragically killed in a car accident on 21st March, 1955, aged only 34.