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MACKIE, A. Barry

Years Played: 1958-60
Born: 28/03/1938
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 699

Number(s): 32

Games: 27
Goals: 8

Previous Clubs: Golden Point

Barry Mackie was a ruckman and forward who came from Golden Point where he played in 1957. He had a tough initiation when he was injured in his only game in 1958.

He was big and strong and could take a fairly good mark without being consistent, but he lacked pace.

He was a reserve in the losing 1959 Grand Final team.

Mackie was cleared back to Golden Point in 1961. He was then captain-coach of Lemnos from 1962 to 1964 and was a player there in 1965 and 1966. He later became captain-coach of Bunnaloo in New South Wales in 1970.

 

MacRAE, Malcolm

Years Played: 1930-31
Born: 17/10/1907
Died: 26/09/1947
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 419

Number(s): 24

Games: 19
Goals: 14

Previous Clubs: Ascot Vale Presbyterians

Malcolm "Mac" MacRae was a centre half-forward from Ascot Vale Presbyterians.

He was a courageous player and a good kick. He started promisingly, playing 15 games and winning the best first year player award in 1930, but could only manage a further four games in 1931.

MacRae transferred to Fitzroy in 1932 where he played six games.

He died through illness on 26th September, 1947, aged only 39.

 

MADDEN, Justin

Years Played: 1980-82
Born: 31/05/1961
Height: 206 cm
Weight: 112 kg
Debut order: 877

Number(s): 44

Games: 45
Goals: 20

Previous Clubs: Airport West

 

Year

Games

Goals

1980

5

1

1981

17

2

1982

23

17

 

Justin Madden was a giant ruckman from Airport West. The biggest man in League football at the time, he had plenty of ability and his height made him difficult to counter, especially on the forward line where he was a strong mark.

He was selected in the State side in 1981 and 1982 and was in the ruck in the 1981 night premiership team. He also won the Club's most determined player award in 1982.

However with his brother Simon also a ruckman at Essendon, Justin was competing with him for the number 1 ruck spot.

Madden felt his opportunities at Essendon were limited by Simon's presence and he successfully sought a clearance to Carlton. It was a move that worked for both men. Justin had a magnificant career at Carlton playing 287 games there over 14 seasons, winning a Best and Fairest award and playing in two premiership sides.

Madden retired in July, 1997, and later entered State politics where he served as Minister in several portfolios in Labor Governments.

His brother, Simon, is one of Essendon's greatest-ever players.

 

MADDEN, Mick

Years Played: 1903-06
Born: 21/06/1882
Died: 21/09/1943
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Debut order: 86

Number(s):

Games: 65
Goals: 51

Previous Clubs: Heathcote

 

Year

Games

Goals

1903

15

15

1904

17

25

1905

17

11

1906

16

0

 

"Mad" Mick Madden was a strong, dashing, fiery redhead from Heathcote.

He became a star centre half-forward and centre half-back and in 1906 he was named in 'The Herald' newspaper as one of the League's top players.

Madden was Essendon's leading goalkicker in 1903 with 15 goals and in 1904 with 25 goals. He kicked four goals in one game in 1904.

He represented the League against Ballarat in 1904 and 1906.

At one stage Essendon needed him for a vital game and sent the Secretary to Heathcote to pick him up in a car. His mother was against him travelling by car so he went by train. It was a good decision as the Secretary's car hit a tree and he wasn't able to return to Heathcote until Sunday.

Madden left Essendon in 1907 to join Essendon Association with his former teammate, "Dookie" McKenzie, and he played there until 1915.

He was a member of their 1912 premiership side. In 1909, he was voted in a poll in 'The Argus' as the third most popular Association player.

Madden later became an Association umpire and was in charge of the sensational 1921 final that was abandoned after the ground was hit by a hail storm. He later required stitches to his head!

Mick Madden died on 21st September, 1943.

 

MADDEN, Russell W.

Years Played: 1932, 1934
Born: 4/06/1910
Died: 18/07/1966
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Debut order: 436

Number(s): 18

Games: 12
Goals: 9

Previous Clubs: Ashby/Geelong

 

Year

Games

Goals

1932

11

0

1934

1

0

 

Russell Madden was a tough, vigorous half-back who came from Geelong where he played three games in 1929 and 1931.

He played 11 games for Essendon in 1932, and returned in 1934 to play one further game.

Russell Madden died on 18th July, 1966.

 

MADDEN, Simon

Years Played: 1974-92
Born: 30/12/1957
Height: 198 cm
Weight: 90 kg
Debut order: 821

Number(s): 27

Games: 378
Goals: 575

Previous Clubs: St Christopher's

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1974

6

18

1975

19

37

1976

20

28

1977

20

33

1978

22

40

1979

23

39

1980

21

45

1981

19

36

1982

21

49

1983

26

26

1984

24

27

1985

20

19

1986

23

25

1987

14

9

1988

22

31

1989

25

33

1990

23

30

1991

23

42

1992

7

8

 

Simon Madden was one of football's greatest ruckmen. He came to Essendon in 1974 at the age of 16 from St Christopher's and became the Club's longest serving player.

Madden played in the last six games in 1974, slotting into the team as a forward pocket and relief ruckman and delighted fans with his big marking and goalkicking. He kicked 18 goals and won the best first year player award.

Madden was only 22 when he was made captain of Essendon in 1980, replacing Ken Fletcher. He had been vice-captain in 1979. A succession of injuries and illness sapped his strength and stamina in his first year as skipper and after a disappointing year in 1981 he was replaced as captain.

His career was at a low ebb at this stage and in early 1982 he even found himself on the interchange bench in the Reserves while his brother Justin took his ruck spot. But he quickly bounced back and his comeback was completed when he had a superb year in 1983 after Justin had transferred to Carlton.

Madden won Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1977, 1979, 1983 and 1984 and finished third in the award in 1978. At the time, only Dick Reynolds and Bill Hutchison had won the award more often.

He had a frustrating season in 1987, missing the first eight games with a knee injury, but he still won the best teamman award for that year.

Madden was a prolific goalkicker for a ruckman and was the Club's leading goalkicker in 1980 with 45 goals and in 1982 with 49 goals. He was second top in 1977, 1979 and 1981 and third top in 1976 and 1978. He kicked eight goals in a game in 1980 and in 1982. He also kicked seven goals twice in 1981. He holds the Essendon record for most goals kicked in Round 20 of a league season with six in 1974.

He was also a prolific Brownlow medal vote-winner, particularly for someone who didn't win one. He polled 139 Brownlow medal votes in his career and finished third in the medal in 1983 with 22 votes and was also Essendon's top vote scorer in 1977 with 24 votes and in 1984 with 14 votes. He finished equal second at Essendon in 1978 and third in 1980 and 1985 (equal).

Madden was in the ruck in the 1984 premiership team and he won the Norm Smith Medal for being best on ground in the 1985 premiership victory. He played in a total of 13 finals games, including two premierships.

Madden was captain of the 1981 night premiership team and was in the ruck in the 1984 night premiership team. He had difficulty adjusting to night conditions because he wore contact lenses.

He was also a regular Victorian representative, and was chosen in the interstate team in 1977, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1987.

Madden was chosen in the All-Australian team in 1983, 1984 and 1987. He was also selected in the ruck in "The Sun" All Star team in 1983 and 1984 and won the "Sunday Observer" Footballer of the Year award in 1983. As well, he was in the ruck in the "Inside Football" Team of the Year in 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986.

His reputation as the best ruckman in Australia was emphasised when he knocked back a $500,000 offer to join the Sydney Swans in 1986. At the time he said "You can take the boy out of Essendon, but you can't take Essendon out of the boy".

Madden retired in 1992 after setting the Club record of 378 games, and then record 575 goals (since eclipsed by Matthew Lloyd).

He was named at number 5 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Simon's brother, Justin, played 45 games for Essendon and 287 for Carlton. 

 

Rhys Magin

Years Played: 2008-2009
Born: 4/03/1989
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Debut order: 1078

Number(s): 34

Games: 4
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Zillmere (Qld)

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

2008

4

2

2009

0

0

 

Rhys Magin represented Queensland at the 2007 NAB AFL Under 18 Championships and was recruited to Essendon in 2008. He was a hard, in-and-under midfielder who won plenty of the ball and showed good skills.

Magin was elevated from the Rookie List in 2008 due to injuries to senior players and played in the last four round that year against West Coast, Adelaide, Bulldogs and St Kilda. Unfortunately he didn’t play in a winning team.

Magin couldn’t add to his four games in season 2009 and was delisted in October that year.

Draft History: Promoted from Rookie list 2008

 

MAHER, Frank

Years Played: 1921-28
Born: 22/09/1895
Died: 7/11/1976
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Debut order: 334

Number(s): 24

Games: 137
Goals: 124

Previous Clubs: Lilydale

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1921

12

14

1922

15

16

1923

18

11

1924

19

19

1925

18

25

1926

20

11

1927

18

19

1928

17

9

 

Frank Maher was a great rover in Essendon's famous "Mosquito Fleet". He was only 170cm tall this didn't stop him, and his ball handling skill were superb.

Maher won the Military Medal in World War I and was recommended for a commission. He won several athletic events while at Officers' Training Corps at Cambridge University. It was during this overseas service that he first became interested in football. He played with Lilydale on his return and joined Essendon in 1921 after nearly going to Carlton.

He starred as first rover in the 1923 premiership win and again on the half-forward flank in the 1924 premiership victory. His team-mates voted him best player in 1923 and in 1927 he won the Club's Best and Fairest award.

Maher created a League record by playing 118 consecutive games between 1922 and 1928. Only Jack Jones at Essendon has played more consecutive games (133). He was Essendon equal second top goalkicker in 1927 and third top in 1921, 1922 and 1925.

Maher was captain-coach from 1925 to 1927 and then stepped down as coach but remained captain in 1928 when Charlie Hardy became coach. He was also vice-captain in 1924.

In 1925, he was third in the Brownlow medal award with 4 votes and he was also Essendon second top vote scorer in 1927.

Maher was chosen in the State side in every 1921 and 1928 except in 1924, and only Bill Hutchison, Dick Reynolds and Jack Clarke at Essendon have played more interstate years. Only eight Essendon players have played more than his nine State games. He captained Victoria against NSW in 1927 and in 1928 against the Ovens & Murray League.

He also won Essendon's most consistent player award in 1927.

Maher became captain-coach of Oakleigh from 1929 to 1931 for what was a huge fee for the time. They won the premiership under him in 1930.

He later became coach of Fitzroy in 1932 and 1933 and then coached Carlton in 1935 and 1936.

Maher first joined General Motors-Holden in 1927 and rose to become head of the War Demands Division and later, Victorian Sales Manager.

In 1962, he was appointed to the League Appeals Board. From 1958 to 1968 he was president of the Essendon Past Players and Officials Association.

He was named at number 27 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Frank Maher died on 7th November, 1976.

 

MALLETT, A. G.

Years Played: 1936
Born: 2/12/1914
Died: 12/06/1992
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Debut order: 509

Number(s): 29

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Sandringham

"Harry" Mallett was a wingman who came to Essendon from Sandringham.

His only games were in Rounds 15 and 16, 1936, in losses to Collingwood and South Melbourne.

Mallett was transferred in his employment to Sydney and played no further games.

He died on 12th June, 1992.


MALTBY, Arnold H.

Years Played: 1936-38
Born: 1/08/1913
Died: 25/08/2003
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 77 kg
Debut order: 503

Number(s): 5

Games: 34
Goals: 15

Previous Clubs: Port Melbourne

 

Year

Games

Goals

1936

10

6

1937

18

8

1938

6

1

Arnold Maltby was a half-forward and wingman who came from Port Melbourne where he played from 1932 to 1935. He had been chased by just about every League club.

He started well, winning Essendon's best first year player award in 1936, but he didn't fulfill this early promise and in 1939 he went to North Melbourne where he played two games before retiring.

Maltby retired in 1973 after working as a linotype operator at 'The Age' newspaper for 45 years.

He died on 25th August, 2003.

 

MANGER, William T.

Years Played: 1925
Born: 5/02/1900
Died: 4/08/1958
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 367

Number(s): 22

Games: 6
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Essendon Juniors

William Manger was a follower who played six games at Essendon in mid-1925.

He then played one game with Carlton in 1926 before going to Coburg in 1928.

Manger later returned to play with the Essendon Seconds.

He died on 4th August, 1958.

 

MANN, Arthur

Years Played: 1914, 19l9
Born:
Died: 2/01/1949
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Debut order: 260

Number(s): 26 , 29

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Brighton

 

Year

Games

Goals

1914

2

0

1919

1

0

Arthur Mann debuted in the drawn game against St Kilda in Round 12, 1914. He played the following week in a losing game against Richmond.

He volunteered for service with the First Australian Expeditionary Force in 1915 and did not play again until Round 3, 1919, in a loss to Fitzroy. In all, his three game career spanned six years.

He died on 2nd January, 1949.

 

MANN, Fred

Years Played: 1901-03
Born: 25/10/1878
Died: 22/02/1970
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 74

Number(s):

Games: 27
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Leopold

 

Year

Games

Goals

1901

9

0

1902

17

1

1903

1

0

Fred Mann was born in England and played his early football with Leopold.

He played in the back pocket in the 1901 premiership team in only his ninth senior game. He was also one of Essendon's best players in the team which lost the 1902 Grand Final to Collingwood.

Mann was selected in the League side to play Ballarat in 1902.

He left Essendon and went to Western Australia where he played with East Fremantle in 1904 and South Fremantle from 1905 to 1910.

Mann is believed to have been the mystery player who twice took the field as "Goodthur" when Essendon's champion, Albert Thurgood, missed three games through a controversial suspension in 1902.

His grandson, Ken, played 13 games for St Kilda (1965-1966) and his great-grandson, Peter, played 39 games for North Melbourne and 77 for Fremantle (1991-1999).

Fred Mann died on 22nd February, 1970, aged 91.


 

MANN, Lance G.

Years Played: 1951-54, 1958-59
Born: 12/07/1930
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Debut order: 639

Number(s): 32 , 7

Games: 80
Goals: 22

Previous Clubs: Walwa/Albury

 

Year

Games

Goals

1951

16

1

1952

9

10

1953

17

5

1954

13

5

1958

8

1

1959

17

0

Lance Mann was a solidly built player from Albury in New South Wales where he started in 1948. Prior to that he had played at Walwa.

Mann was a strong kick but his chief attribute was pace, and he began his career with Essendon on the wing.

He won Essendon best utility player award in 1953, and had played 55 games for Essendon by the end of 1954, but was troubled by knee injuries so he returned to play with Albury from 1955 to 1957. He played so well that he won the award for Best and Fairest in the Ovens and Murray League in 1956.

Mann was invited back to Essendon in 1958, and, although he had lost a bit of pace, he became a tough back pocket player.

Mann remained with Essendon as coach of the Seconds in 1960 and 1961 before giving football away. He later became chairman of selectors at Lavington in New South Wales from 1977 to 1979.

He won a number of important races during his professional running career, including the Bendigo 1000 and the Stawell Gift double in 1952. He was Essendon's third Stawell Gift winner. His team-mate Norm McDonald was runner-up the same year. 

Lance Mann died on 13 March 2015, aged 84.

 

MANNING, Andrew

Years Played: 1989-91
Born: 23/11/1966
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 952

Number(s): 41

Games: 25
Goals: 20

Previous Clubs: Daylesford/St Kilda

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1989

3

2

1990

18

17

1991

4

1

 

Manning was recruited from St Kilda where he had played 31 games.

He played 25 games for Essendon and kicked 20 goals, playing mainly on the forward line or as ruck rover. He showed his talent in several excellent finals performances for Essendon, particularly in the 1989 second semi-final loss to Hawthorn, but never quite fulfilled his potential.

 

 

MANSFIELD, Ken

Years Played: 1976-80
Born: 7/09/1958
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Debut order: 836

Number(s): 13

Games: 48
Goals: 34

Previous Clubs: Avondale Heights

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1976

2

2

1977

11

7

1978

7

4

1979

21

10

1980

7

11

 

Ken Mansfield was an aggressive little rover who came from Avondale Heights to Essendon's U19s in 1974.

He was strongly built with an overwhelming desire to win the ball and his strong tactics often upset opponents.

Mansfield won Essendon's most improved player award in 1979.

He transferred to Woodville in South Australia in 1981, then returned to Melbourne in 1983 to play with Sandringham. He played with Coburg from 1985 to 1987.

 

MANTON, Glenn

Years Played: 1992-94
Born: 1/06/1973
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 90 kg
Debut order: 974

Number(s): 53 , 37

Games: 21
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Essendon U19s

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1992

2

0

1993

7

0

1994

12

4

 

Glenn Manton was born and bred in Essendon and came up through the Club's U19s.

Manton had plenty of ability and showed enough promise but failed to secure a regular senior spot. He played the last four home-and-away games in 1993 and was unlucky to miss playing in the finals, including the 1993 Grand Final through a hamstring injury.

He'd had a troubled adolescence and at times felt he wouldn't make it in league football. But Essendon former player and committeeman Alec Epis mentored the young Manton meeting with him weekly for extra sessions and provded guidance and support to him.

Manton was one of the best players in the 1994 Fosters Cup premiership side, playing mainly in defence. He played a further 12 games in 1994, but was released at the end of the year. He was picked up by Carlton where he played 157 games, including in the 1995 premiership team.

 

MARCHESI, Albert V.

Years Played: 1923-24
Born: 6/03/1900
Died: 19/01/1970
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 355

Number(s): 27

Games: 8
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: South Bendigo/Geelong

Albest Marchesi was a half-forward who came to Essendon came from Geelong where he played 15 games in 1922, prior to that he was at South Bendigo.

The Club had high expectations of him, but he didn't fulfil his potential and only played seven games in 1923 and just one more in 1924.

His son, Gerald, played 92 games for North Melbourne between 1947 and 1954, and his other son, Peter, played three games for North Melbourne in 1955.

Marchesi died on 19th January, 1970.

 

 

MARIGLIANI, Marcus

Years Played: 2010-2010
Born: 5/12/1985
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 87 kg
Debut order: 1094

Number(s): 47

Games: 2
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Seaford, Sandringham U18s, Frankston

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

2010

2

2

 

Marcus Marigliani was selected at pick 55 in the 2010 Rookie Draft. He was a mature-age selection from VFL side Frankston where had won the best and fairest award in 2008 and was runner-up the following year.

Marigliani was a speedy midfielder whose two games for Essendon were in the final two rounds of the 2010 season against Brisbane and the Bulldogs.

Draft History: 2010 Rookie Draft selection no. 55.

 

MARR, Joseph T.

Years Played: 1903
Born: 9/08/1880
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 93

Number(s):

Games: 14
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Richmond City/Carlton

Joe Marr was a talented defender and centreman who came to Essendon from Carlton where he had played 26 games from 1900 to 1902.

He played 14 games with Essendon in 1903 before joining North Melbourne (VFA) in 1904 and he was in North's premiership side in that year.

 

MARSH, Ian J.

Years Played: 1976-80
Born: 23/10/1955
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Debut order: 833

Number(s): 37

Games: 68
Goals: 17

Previous Clubs: North Launceston (Tas)

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1976

2

1

1977

7

0

1978

18

1

1979

22

2

1980

19

12

 

Ian Marsh was an exceptionally speedy and talented blond wingman from North Launceston in Tasmania. He had great skill, balance, and a touch of aggression.

He was an extraordinarily fit player but his career was cut short when he was struck down with serious heart problems which eventually led to open heart surgery in June 1981. Remarkably, he was back in training by July. A large crowd turned up at Essendon to support him when he played his first Reserves game, and he received an emotional cheer when he finally took the field, but he was unable to play at senior level again.

Marsh represented Tasmania in State of Origin matches in 1979 and 1980.

He joined Aberfeldie in 1981 and played there from 1981 to 1984. He then played with South Bendigo in 1985 before again retiring due to health problems.

 

 

MARTIN, Ernest

Years Played: 1928-29
Born: 3/06/1903
Died: 7/09/1996
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 61 kg
Debut order: 396

Number(s): 1

Games: 17
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Carlton/Coburg

Ernest "Snowy" Martin was a talented wingman who had played three games with Carlton in 1925. He then joined Coburg in 1925 and 1926 and won the Recorder Cup for Best and Fairest in the Association in 1926. He was a member of Coburg's premiership teams in 1926 and 1927.

He was a speedy player with tenacity and cleverness and kicked with either foot.

Martin was troubled by knee injuries and only played 17 games with Essendon in 1928 and 1929.

He returned to Coburg in 1930.

Martin died on 7th September, 1996.

 

 

MARTIN, George

Years Played: 1897-1904
Born: 26/01/1875
Died: 2/09/1943
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 13

Number(s):

Games: 101
Goals: 34

Previous Clubs: Brunswick

George Martin was a fine ruckman and forward who played in Essendon first League game in 1897 and was a member of the team which won the League's first premiership that same year.

He missed Rounds 6 to 14 in 1901, but returned to play the five games, including the 1901 Grand Final in which he played in the forward pocket.

Martin was among the League's best players by 1900 and was selected in the League team to play Ballarat in 1900. In 1903, he became the fifth Essendon player to reach 100 games.

His career at Essendon ended controversially when his services were terminated in mid 1904 after a dispute with the Club.

Martin then joined Essendon Town (VFA) where he played from late 1904 to 1907. He later played two games with Melbourne in 1908.

He was appointed a League steward in 1912 to oversee any incidents during a game.

Martin died on 2nd September, 1943.

 


 

MARTIN, Jim

Years Played: 1907-13
Born: 20/08/1884
Died: 12/10/1940
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Debut order: 155

Number(s): 8 , 12

Games: 96
Goals: 72

Previous Clubs: Carlton/Northcote

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1907

16

15

1908

16

17

1909

17

6

1910

17

11

1911

7

6

1912

16

13

1913

6

3

 

Jim "Bull" Martin was a burly and vigorous player who came to Essendon from Carlton after a brief stint with Northcote. Although clumsy when he first started, he soon developed cleverness and became a fine player for Essendon, however he never lost his toughness and was feared by his opponents.

He was disqualified twice in his career, the second time for the final 12 weeks of the 1911 season for striking. The Club took the case to court where, on appeal, he was found not guilty. The League was then in the awkward position of having suspended a player for an offence which Judge Gurner decreed he had not committed. However it refused to budge and Martin missed the 1911 finals, including the 1911 premiership.

Martin made up for this in 1912, however, when he was in the forward pocket and ruck in the premiership team.

He was Essendon's top goalkicker in 1907 with 16 goals. In an era of low scores, he kicked five goals in one game in 1908 and four goals in games both 1907 and 1912.

Martin was in the State side against East Fremantle in 1909.

He was cleared to Fitzroy early in 1913 where he played for two seasons. He was a member of that club's premiership side in 1913 and played 27 games overall.

He and Essendon's Tom Fitzmaurice share the distinction of being the only players in league history to played in successive premierships with different clubs.

Martin died on 12th October, 1940.


MARTINI, Ray H.

Years Played: 1950-52
Born: 14/07/1931
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 629

Number(s): 1 , 5

Games: 13
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Flemington YCW

Ray Martini was a half-back and utility player who came from Flemington YCW. He had earlier spent a year with Essendon's U19s in 1946.

He played 13 games between 1950 and 1952. He was a member of the Seconds premiership team in both 1950 and 1952.

Martini played seven games with Carlton in 1953 before going to Williamstown in 1954.

 

MARTYN, Percy J.

Years Played: 1915, 1918-21
Born: 11/05/1891
Died: 13/01/1962
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Debut order: 273

Number(s): 7 , 9

Games: 45
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Warrnambool/St Kilda/Richmond

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1915

7

5

1918

4

0

1919

12

1

1920

16

1

1921

6

0

 

Percy Martyn was a talented defender who came to Essendon from Richmond where he played 21 games between 1913 and 1915. Prior to that he had played nine games with St Kilda in 1912 after coming from Warrnambool.

He played every game in 1920 and was selected in the State side. He also represented the League against Ballarat in 1921.

Martyn joined North Hobart after leaving Essendon.

He died on 13th January, 1962.

 

MASTERS, Edgar

Years Played: 1911
Born: 15/10/1888
Died: 11/08/1974
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 218

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Brunswick

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1911

1

0

 

Edgar Masters came to Essendon from Brunswick.

His only game was in Round 12, 1911, in which Essendon beat Melbourne.

He died on 11th August, 1974.

 

MATHESON, Alby

Years Played: 1905
Born: 19/03/1895
Died: 27/10/1934
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Debut order: 121

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Brunswick

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1905

1

0

 

Alby Matheson's only game was in Round 3, 1905, which Essendon lost to Melbourne.

He died on 27th October, 1934, aged only 39.

 

 

MATHESON, Allan D.

Years Played: 1946
Born: 3/05/1925
Died: 4/08/2008
Height: 161 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Debut order: 601

Number(s): 4

Games: 3
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Maryborough/Essendon District

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Allan Matheson was a stocky rover from Essendon District. He one of the smallest players to ever play with Essendon.

His only games for Essendon were the first three games of 1946.

Matheson returned to the Essendon District League in 1947 before transferring to Narraport, where he played from 1948 to 1953. He then became captain-coach of Nullawil from 1954 to 1957 before returning to Narraport.

Matheson retired from his work as a caretaker and chaplain at a nursing home in 1985.

He died on 4th August, 2008.

 

MATHEWS, Bob

Years Played: 1935
Born: 26/08/1912
Died: 14/04/1989
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Debut order: 490

Number(s): 27

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Melrose/North Melbourne

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1935

2

0

 

Bob Mathews was a back pocket player who came from North Melbourne where he had played 60 games from 1929 to 1934. Prior to that, he had played with Melrose.

His only two games for Essendon were in Rounds 11 and 12 for a one point win over his old club, North Melbourne, and a 19 point loss to Melbourne.

Mathews then went on to play with La Mascotte in 1936 and 1937.

He retired in 1977 after working as a driver with the Defence Department for nearly fifty years.

He died on 14th April, 1989.

 

MATTHEWS, Barry W.

Years Played: 1962-64
Born: 2/11/1940
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Debut order: 727

Number(s): 3

Games: 12
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Pascoe Vale

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1962

4

0

1963

4

0

1964

4

2

 

Barry Matthews was a rover and wingman who came from Pascoe Vale to the U19s in 1959. He played 12 games between 1962 and 1964 and eight of these were as a reserve.

He won the award for Best and Fairest in the Reserves in 1962.

Matthews transferred to Kyneton in 1965 and played there from 1965 to 1967. He represented the Bendigo League in 1967. He then played with Seaford in 1969.

 

MATTSON, Don

Years Played: 1977
Born: 30/10/1955
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 91 kg
Debut order: 847

Number(s): 44

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Albury/North Melbourne Reserves/Richmond

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1977

1

0

 

Don Mattson came to Essendon from Richmond where he played seven games in 1976.

His only game for Essendon was as a reserve in Round 7, 1977 against Richmond.

This game was memorable for two other reasons: it was the game in which the great Tim Watson made his debut as a 15-year old, and it ended in a draw.

Mattson joined Newtown in New South Wales in 1978.

 

MAY, Charlie F.

Years Played: 1922-26
Born: 17/02/1899
Died: 2/05/1989
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Debut order: 344

Number(s): 14 , 6 , 14

Games: 83
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Brunswick

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1922

16

0

1923

15

1

1924

19

1

1925

17

1

1926

17

0

 

"Chooka" May was a physical but talented centreman who was part of Essendon's famous "Mosquito Fleet" centre line. He was an outstanding player in Essendon's 1923 and 1924 premiership wins.

May was a tough player who, at the end of his career, taught a young Jack Dyer a lesson by flattening him when Dyer ran at May in a Reserves game. May told Dyer never to run in with his arms up - a lesson he put to good use in his later career.

May's career ended after he was suspended for striking Melbourne's Bob Corbett in the 1926 preliminary final, which Essendon lost by three points.

He coached Essendon from 1934 to 1935 and became South Australia's first full-time football coach when he took over at Glenelg. Later still he became a trainer back at Essendon where he remained for many years.

His son, Wally, played 94 games for Essendon (1947-1952).

Charlie May died on 2nd May, 1989.

 

MAY, John L.

Years Played: 1970
Born: 15/04/1951
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Debut order: 782

Number(s): 55

Games: 3
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: West Coburg

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1970

3

1

 

John May was a wingman and rover who came from West Coburg to the U19s in 1969. He was the U19s captain in 1970 before graduating to the Reserves and then the seniors, where he played three games later in that year.

He left Essendon after a year in the Reserves in 1971 to play with Montmorency from 1972 to 1974 and then with Parkdale in 1975 and 1976. He represented the Federal League.

May then moved to Caloundra in Queensland from 1977 to 1979 and won the award for Best and Fairest in the Sunshine Coast League in 1978.

He returned to Melbourne to play an occasional game with Parkdale until 1984.

 

MAY, Wally W.

Years Played: 1947-52
Born: 11/09/1926
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 605

Number(s): 12

Games: 94
Goals: 8

Previous Clubs: Melbourne Boys League

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1947

8

0

1948

15

1

1949

19

0

1950

19

0

1951

18

2

1952

15

5

 

Also nicknamed "Chooka" after his father, Wally May was a fine, hard working, vigorous follower and defender who was one of the toughest players to play for Essendon.

He came from the Essendon District League to the U19s and his principle was the bigger they are the harder they fall. He was a great team player, always ready to help the smaller men by pushing the ball their way and shepherding.

May was runner-up in Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1951 and played well in the back pocket and ruck in the 1949 and 1950 premiership wins.

He won the most consistent player award in 1950 and 1952.

May was forced to stand out of football in 1953 when Essendon refused his clearance to South Australia, but he was finally able to play with Sturt in 1954. He played there from 1954 to 1956 and was captain-coach in 1956.

His father, Charlie, played 83 games for Essendon, but became better known as one of the Club's longest-serving trainers.

 

MAYNARD, Dick

Years Played: 1921
Born: 20/08/1897
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 66 kg
Debut order: 326

Number(s): 6

Games: 7
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon ""A""

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1921

7

0

 

Dick Maynard was a full-back who came to Essendon from the Association team, Essendon "A", where he had played in 1920.

He played seven games throughout the 1921 season, including Essendon's very last game the Club played at the East Melbourne Cricket Ground on 7th September, when Essendon drew with Fitzroy.

 

MAYNES, Leo A.

Years Played: 1937-40
Born: 5/06/1911
Died: 4/08/1998
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Debut order: 519

Number(s): 10

Games: 36
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Brunswick/Fitzroy

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1937

8

5

1938

10

0

1939

12

0

1940

6

2

 

Leo Maynes came from Fitzroy where he played 15 games between 1935 and 1937. Prior to that he had played with Brunswick.

He started as a back pocket and then became a utility player and he was a real trier and great clubman. He was Essendon's equal third top Brownlow medal vote winner in 1938.

Maynes also won Essendon Second Eighteen Best and Fairest award in 1940 and 1941 and played in the ruck in the Seconds premiership side in 1941.

He had the unusual distinction of winning the League Ballroom dancing championship in 1940.

Maynes then joined the Army and served in New Guinea and Borneo during World War II which effectively ended his football career.

He retired in 1977 from his job as a wood machinist and died on 4th August, 1998.

 

McALISTER, Daniel

Years Played: 1997-2002
Born: 22/08/1978
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 88 kg
Debut order: 1008

Number(s): 4 , 12

Games: 6
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Tassie Mariners

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1997

2

0

2001

1

0

2002

3

0

 

Daniel McAlister was no. 5 pick in the 1996 Draft. He was born in New Zealand and played rugby union and softball as a child.

McAlister made his senior debut in1997 playing in the last two games of the year. Injury sidelined him through 1999 and then he played well in the opening Ansett Cup side of 2000.

He played in the VFL for the season but was unable to force his way back into the seniors. He played one game in 2001 and was delisted at the end of the season.

McAlister was re-drafted back to Essendon for 2002, but after playing only three games he was delisted at the end of the season.

Draft History: 1996 National AFL Draft - Selection No. 5 overall
Re Drafted 2001 National Draft - Selection No 64

 

McALLESTER, Jim C.

Years Played: 1980
Born: 16/04/1959
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Debut order: 871

Number(s): 40

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Moonee Imperials

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1980

2

0

 

Jim McAllester was a ruckman and key forward who came from Moonee Imperials to the U19s in 1977.

His only senior games were in Rounds 3 and 4, 1980, for a win over South Melbourne and a three point loss to St Kilda.

McAllester then transferred to Footscray where he played 24 games in 1981 and 1982 before going to East Ballarat. He was in the Ballarat League side that won the country championship in 1983.

He later returned to play 10 games with Collingwood in 1984 and then with that Club's Reserves in 1985. He played with Brunswick in 1986 and 1987.

 

McCANN, Charles

Years Played: 1907
Born: 25/06/1882
Died: 16/08/1961
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 165

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Albury/South Melbourne

Charles McCann came to Melbourne from Albury and played one game with South Melbourne in 1904.

His only game for Essendon was in Round 8, 1907, in a loss to Geelong.

McCann died on 16th August, 1961.

 

McCARTHY, Bill

Years Played: 1903
Born:
Died: 21/11/1940
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Debut order: 87

Number(s):

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Footscray (VFA)/Fitzroy

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1903

3

0

 

Bill "Soldier" McCarthy was a full-back and follower who came from Fitzroy where he had played 11 games in 1902. Prior to that he had played with Footscray (VFA).

He played three games in early 1903 before returning to Footscray where he played from late 1903 to 1906 and from 1909 to 1912.

In between, he played with the Barrier Association in 1907 and 1908.

McCarthy died on 21st November, 1940.

 


McCARTHY, Justin

Years Played: 1922-26
Born: 22/09/1894
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Debut order: 348

Number(s): 4 , 16 , 22 , 16

Games: 56
Goals: 59

Previous Clubs: Brighton/Carlton/Footscray (VFA)

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1922

14

16

1923

16

23

1924

12

9

1925

11

9

1926

3

3

 

Justin McCarthy was a fine centre half-forward who came from Brighton where he played from 1919 to 1921. Prior to that, he played three games with Carlton in 1913 and 1914 and then with Footscray (VFA) in 1915.

While he lacked a bit of pace McCarthy was a good mark and position player. He was Essendon's second top goalkicker in 1923 and equal third top in 1922. He played an important role as the strong man in the 1923 premiership team and was also a member of the 1924 premiership side.

McCarthy also played against Footscray (VFA) in the controversial cahriity game at the end of 1924 when some Essendon players were accused of taking bribes to lose the game.

He was selected in the State side in 1923 and 1925.

McCarthy rejoined Brighton in late 1926.

He was a member of a family of famous boxers.

 

McCARTNEY, Charles

Years Played: 1899
Born:
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 51

Number(s):

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: West Melbourne/South Melbourne

Charlie McCartney was a half-back who came to Essendon from South Melbourne where he played 14 games in 1897.

His only games for Essendon were in Rounds 7, 8 and 9, 1899, for losses to Collingwood and Fitzroy and a win over St Kilda.

 

McCLEARY, Norman L.

Years Played: 1933
Born: 14/07/1911
Died: 21/07/2000
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 463

Number(s): 6

Games: 2
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Watchupga

Norm McCleary came from Watchupga.

His only two games for Essendon were in Rounds 15 and 18, 1933, for losses to Carlton when he kicked two goals, and a loss to Hawthorn when he kicked one goal.

He died on 21st July, 2000.


 

McCLURE, Bob

Years Played: 1946-51
Born: 5/06/1925
Died: 18/06/2003
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 90 kg
Debut order: 604

Number(s): 31

Games: 90
Goals: 17

Previous Clubs: Meeniyan/Peninsula League/Essendon Stars

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1946

8

4

1947

22

6

1948

21

3

1949

17

2

1950

20

2

1951

2

0

 

Bob "Bluey" McClure was one of Essendon's greatest ruckmen. He came to the Club after a war-time stint in the Navy from 1943 to 1945. He represented the Peninsula League during this period. Prior to joining up, he had played with Essendon Stars.

He took over games with his high-marking and superb hitting out and appeared to have the longest arms and surest hands of any big man in the game.

McClure, known as "Bluey" because of his red hair, starred in the ruck in the 1946 premiership win and was then best on the ground in the 1949 premiership victory. He also played well in the 1950 premiership team. He played a total of 14 finals games.

McClure played for Victoria in 1948 and 1950 and was selected in "The Sporting Life" All-Australian side in 1948.

He also scored Essendon's third most Brownlow medal votes in 1948 and 1949, and won the most consistent player award in 1948 and the best Clubman award in 1950.

McClure badly injured his knee in the second game of 1951 against Hawthorn when he stepped in a hole. He never played again. He served on the Essendon Committee in 1953 and 1954.

McClure retired in 1987 from Claude Neon where he had worked for forty six years (he was responsible for the famous "A. W. Allen" sign in South Melbourne).

He was named at number 46 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Bob Mc Clure died on 18th June 2003 after a long illness.

 

McCOLL, Jim C.

Years Played: 1954-57
Born: 17/06/1933
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Debut order: 665

Number(s): 26 , 28

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Geelong College/University Blacks/Dookie Agricultural College

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1954

2

0

1957

1

0

 

Jim McColl was a full-back and centre half-back who came from Geelong College to the U19s in 1951. He had been in the Associated Public Schools team in 1950. He then left to play with University Blacks in 1952 and then Dookie College in 1953.

He returned to Essendon in 1954 and played two games and was also third in the Gardiner Medal for Best and Fairest in the League Seconds.

McColl left again in 1956 and spent a season at City United in the Goulburn Valley before returning to play one more game in 1957. He won Essendon Seconds Best and Fairest award in that year.

He was cleared to Katamatite as captain-coach in 1958 and he returned to City United as captain in 1959. He then became captain-coach of Strathmerton from 1960 to 1962 and played there in 1963.

 

McCOMB, Albert T.

Years Played: 1925
Born: 27/09/1906
Died: 24/12/1981
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 81 kg
Debut order: 363

Number(s): 29

Games: 3
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Frankston

Albert McComb was born in Frankston and played his junior football there.

He was a follower and defender who played the first three games of the 1925 season with Essendon then left Windy Hill and joined Hawthorn that same season, their first in the VFL. He played a total of 18 games for Hawthorn in 1925, 1928 and 1929. In between time he played for Stawell in 1926 and 1927.

McComb then returned to Frankston in 1930 and later was captain coach of Port Campbell in 1936 and 1937 leading them to premierships in both seasons.

McComb worked as a bricklayer with Australian Paper Mills in Fairfield and then became a laboratory assistant there until retirement.

Albert McComb died on 24th December, 1981.

  

McCONNELL, Roy

Years Played: 1949-56
Born: 2/08/1927
Died: 24/07/2003
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Debut order: 621

Number(s): 25

Games: 135
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Ascot Imperials

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1949

15

0

1950

18

0

1951

21

0

1952

19

0

1953

19

0

1954

12

0

1955

19

0

1956

12

0

 

Roy McConnell was a strong, dashing, though slightly built defender. He came to Essendon Seconds from Ascot Imperials in late 1946 and was runner-up in the Gardiner Medal for Best and Fairest in the League Seconds in 1948.

He was a close playing spoiler with good spring and unexpected speed in his long legs. He had remarkable strength in a thin frame as well as tremendous agility a man of his height.

McConnell started off at centre half-back and then took over at full-back when Bill Brittingham retired. He was vice-captain in 1956.

He was amongst the best players in the 1949 premiership victory and was also at centre half-back in the 1950 premiership side.

McConnell played 74 consecutive games between 1950 and 1954.

He also won the best first year player award in 1949 (John Coleman was ineligible as he was Best and Fairest ), and the most consistent player award in 1955.

On his retirement, McConnell joined the Essendon committee from 1957 to 1965. He was the Club's assistant secretary from 1966 to 1972 and secretary from 1973 to 1980.

In 1981, McConnell became the second Essendon recipient of the "Jack Titus Recognition of Service" award.

He died on 24th July, 2003, in Queensland.

 

McCORKELL, Jack C.

Years Played: 1933
Born: 20/05/1910
Died: 6/05/1962
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 451

Number(s): 5

Games: 7
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: St Andrews Colac/North Melbourne CYMS

Jack McCorkill was a strong half-back from Colac and North Melbourne CYMS.

He debuted in Round 2 1933 in a win over St Kilda and played in five more consecutive games, all losses. His final game was in Round 15 v Carlton, another loss.

McCorkell joined Camberwell in 1934.

He died on 6th May, 1962.

 

McCORMICK, Bob

Years Played: 1897-1897
Born:
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 11

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Preston

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1897

1

0

 

Bob McCormick's only game for Essendon was in the Club's first League game, a Round 1 win against Geelong.

 

McDERMOTT, Norman M.

Years Played: 1937-39
Born: 13/05/1915
Died: 4/09/1987
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 71 kg
Debut order: 512

Number(s): 2

Games: 20
Goals: 13

Previous Clubs: Fitzroy Seconds/East Brunswick

Norman McDermott was a wingman from East Brunswick and Fitzroy Seconds.

He played 20 games between 1937 and 1939.

McDermott then joined Brunswick in 1940.

He died on 4th September, 1987.

 

McDONALD, Arch

Years Played: 1905
Born: 25/12/1883
Died: 20/07/1932
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 128

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Mansfield

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1905

1

0

 

Arch McDonald's only game for Essendon was in Round 17, 1905, in a loss to Fitzroy.

His brother, Edwin's single appearance for Essendon was in the same game. His other brother, Fenley, played 11 games for Carlton and Melbourne. Fen was killed in the landings at Gallipoli on 2th April, 1915.

Arch McDonald died on 20th July, 1932.

 

McDONALD, Edgar A.

Years Played: 1912
Born: 6/01/1891
Died: 22/07/1937
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Debut order: 222

Number(s): 13

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Richmond/Footscray (VFA)/Tasmania

"Ted" McDonald was a rover and sometimes half-back from Tasmania. Prior to that he had played with Richmond in 1908 and with Footscray (VFA).

His only games for Essendon were in Rounds 1 and 13 in 1912 for a win over University and a loss to St Kilda.

McDonald then went to Fitzroy where he played 46 games in 1913 and between 1915 and 1919. He then joined Essendon 'A' in 1919 and 1920.

He was also an accomplished fast bowler who played for Victoria and partnered Jack Gregory in one of Australia's best speed pairs.

"Ted" Mc Donald was killed in a car accident in England on 22nd July, 1937.

 

McDONALD, Edwin

Years Played: 1905
Born: 29/09/1875
Died: 17/03/1919
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 129

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Nagambie

 

Year

Games

Goals

1905

1

1

Edwin McDonald's only game for Essendon was in Round 17, 1905, in a loss to Fitzroy.

His brother, Arch's single appearance for Essendon was in the same game. His other brother, Fenley, played 11 games for Carlton and Melbourne. Fen was killed in the landings at Gallipoli on 2th April, 1915.

Edwin McDonald died on 17th March, 1919. 

 

McDONALD, Frank J.

Years Played: 1919-21
Born: 21/09/1899
Died: 28/05/1962
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 311

Number(s): 20

Games: 28
Goals: 56

Previous Clubs: Footscray (VFA)

 

Year

Games

Goals

1919

7

6

1920

11

33

1921

10

17

Frank McDonald was a fine full-forward who joined Essendon from Footscray (VFA).

He was Essendon's leading goalkicker in 1920 with 33 goals in only 11 games and again in 1921 with 17 goals in 10 games.

McDonald kicked seven goals in one game in 1920 and five goals three times in the same year and again in 1921.

He was selected in the State side in 1920 and was also in the League side that played against Bendigo in 1921.

McDonald was captain-coach of Hamilton in 1922 and 1923 and then had a similar role with South Ballarat for a number of years. He also coached St Patrick's College, Ballarat, during this period.

In 1941 he became Essendon's first coach of the Third 18, a position he held for eight years.

McDonald had a continuing involvement in junior football with coaching stints at St Joseph's North Melbourne Old Collegians and North Melbourne Fourths as well as Moonee Valley U17s.

His brother Paddy, played nine games for Essendon in 1918 and 1919.

McDonald worked as a clerk in the railways for many years.

He died aged 62 on 28th May, 1962.

 

McDONALD, Jim

Years Played: 1903-06

Born: 7/03/1877
Died: 7/03/1968
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Debut order: 101

Number(s):

Games: 28
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Warrnambool

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1903

3

0

1904

7

0

1905

17

2

1906

1

0

 

Jim McDonald was a promising half-back from Warrnambool and made an auspicious debut in 1903, playing in the last three games. In 1905, he only missed one game and played in the League side against Ballarat.

His career was cut short when he missed most of 1906 through injury and only managed one game in Round 10.

Jim McDonald died on his 91st birthday.

 

McDONALD, Keith A.

Years Played: 1951-52
Born: 12/09/1929
Died: 24/12/1990
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Debut order: 635

Number(s): 9

Games: 13
Goals: 9

Previous Clubs: Essendon District

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1951

12

8

1952

1

1

 

Keith McDonald was a competent forward who came from Essendon District to the Essendon Seconds in 1948.

He had the misfortune to be at Essendon during a time when the Club had a number of top forwards and he managed to play only 13 games, mainly in 1951. He was full-forward in the losing 1951 Grand Final team when John Coleman was suspended. He was also a member of the Seconds premiership team in 1950.

McDonald later played with Coburg from early 1952 to 1954 and he was selected in the VFA Carnival side in 1953. He then joined Portland from 1956 to 1958.

He died on 24th December, 1990.

 

McDONALD, Norm

Years Played: 1947-53
Born: 10/12/1925
Died: 28/11/2002
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Debut order: 607

Number(s): 4

Games: 128
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Belmont/Geelong RAAF

Norm McDonald was one of Essendon's greatest-ever half-back flankers, and amongst the fastest footballers to play in that position.

He had played with Belmont as a boy and then enlisted in the Army as a youngster, he then played with the Geelong RAAF in 1945 and asked Geelong to sign him up but they weren't interested. He then moved to Melbourne and signed with Essendon in 1946.

An aboriginal, McDonald had remarkable ability and fine balance. He took risks but covered them with spectacular recoveries and his blistering pace. He was also a superb ball handler.

McDonald starred on the half-back flank in the 1949 and 1950 premiership wins and was Essendon best player in the 1948 finals series. He also won Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1951 and he played for Victoria in 1952.

He was Essendon second top Brownlow medal vote scorer in 1948,1950 and 1951 (equal). He also won the Club's best first year player award in 1947 and the most improved player award in 1948.

McDonald was reluctantly cleared to Golden Square in 1954. The next year, he returned to Essendon but was told that he was too old so he played with Kensington Scouts in the Sunday League in 1955 and later with Preston-Brunswick in the same League.

McDonald was also a professional runner and was runner-up to Lance Mann (also an Essendon player) in the 1952 Stawell Gift and won the backmarkers race at Bendigo in that same year.

He managed all this despite his well known love of a beer.

He was named at number 33 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Norm McDonald died at the Footscray District Hospital on 28th November 2002 after a short illness.

 

McDONALD, Paddy

Years Played: 1918-l9
Born: 27/03/1897
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 295

Number(s): 28

Games: 9
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Yarraville Juniors

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1918

6

2

1919

3

1

 

Paddy McDonald came from Yarraville Juniors and played three games in 1919.

He was an engine driver and also played in the Victorian Railways interstate side.

McDonald later went to Rutherglen where he played for some time.

His brother, Frank, played 28 games for Essendon between 1919 and 1921.

Paddy McDonald died in the 1950s.

 

 

McDONALD, Paul S.

Years Played: 1975-78
Born: 27/04/1956
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Debut order: 831

Number(s): 56 , 43

Games: 10
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Keilor (EDFL)

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1975

1

0

1976

2

0

1977

3

2

1978

4

2

 

Paul McDonald was a centre half-forward who came from Keilor to the Essendon U19s in 1974, but struggled to get a regular senior game.

He played 10 games between 1975 and 1978.

McDonald returned to Keilor in 1979, then joined Subiaco in Western Australia in 1980.

He then played with Prahran from 1981 to 1985, and with Port Melbourne in 1986.

 

McEWIN, Ron L.

Years Played: 1948-52
Born: 1/01/1928
Died: 14/03/2007
Height: 169 cm
Weight: 66 kg
Debut order: 614

Number(s): 11

Games: 77
Goals: 76

Previous Clubs: Moonee Ponds West PS/Essendon U18s

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1948

9

1

1949

10

6

1950

20

25

1951

20

26

1952

18

18

 

Ron McEwin was a speedy and talented little rover who liked to hit the ball on ahead of him as he moved quickly through the packs. He was an excellent kick and renowned for his accurate passes.

McEwin had come up through the U18s and made up a formidable roving trio with Bill Hutchison and Greg Tate.

He won the Seconds Best and Fairest award in 1949 and then late in the season cemented his place in the seniors with a superb game as a half-forward and rover in the premiership team. He was also in that role in the 1950 premiership team. He had earlier kicked the sealing goal in the second semi final to put Essendon into the Grand Final.

He was Essendon's third top goalkicker in 1952 and his best goalkicking effort was seven goals in huge win over Sth Melbourne in Round 2, 1950.

McEwin joined South Mildura as captain-coach from 1953 to 1955 and then played with that club in 1956 and 1957 and again in 1959.

He ended his football career by becoming a Sunraysia League umpire for ten years.

Ron McEwin died on 14th March, 2007.

 

McFADYEN, Hector C.

Years Played: 1920
Born: 29/10/1892
Died: 26/08/1965
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 317

Number(s): 21

Games: 4
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Army/Ascot Vale

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1920

4

2

 

Hector McFadyen was a rover from Ascot Vale who made his senior debut in Round 3 1920, at the relatively old age of 27 years.

He played four games for Essendon in his only season, all of them in a losing sides.

Hector McFadyen died on 26th August, 1965.

 

 

McFARLANE, Michael F.

Years Played: 1936-37
Born: 25/10/1908
Died: 12/10/1981
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Debut order: 505

Number(s): 36 , 12

Games: 11
Goals: 15

Previous Clubs: Coburg/Euroa

Michael McFarlane was a full-back from Coburg who was 27 years old when he made his senior debut.

He played 11 games for Essendon in in 1936 and early 1937.

Prior to Coburg, he had played with Euroa and earlier still in 1926 with North Melbourne Seconds.

McFarlane lacked pace and agility, but managed to carve out a 43-game career with North Melbourne between 1937 and 1940.

He served with the RAAF in New Guinea and the Islands in World War II and played with the services.

McFarlane took up umpiring in the Mornington Peninsula League on his return.

He was licensee of the Bayview Hotel at Kensington for many years before he retired.

He died on12th October, 1981, at the age of 75.

 

McFARLANE, Rod K.

Years Played: 1971
Born: 16/12/1950
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 89 kg
Debut order: 786

Number(s): 20

Games: 4
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Coburg Amateurs

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1971

4

3

 

Rod McFarlane was a bespectacled full-forward who came from Coburg Amateurs.

He played four games for Essendon in 1971 before having a knee reconstruction operation.

McFarlane headed the League Reserves grade goalkicking list in 1972 with 62 goals.

He played with Prahran from 1973 to 1976. He returned to Coburg Amateurs in 1979 and coached that club from 1980 to 1982, winning the flag in 1981.

 

McGAIN, Sid

Years Played: 1938
Born: 5/02/1917
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Debut order: 531

Number(s): 22

Games: 1
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Mathoura (NSW)

Sid McGain was a wingman from Mathoura in New South Wales.

His only game for Essendon was in Round 6, 1938, in a win over Fitzroy.

Coincidentally he transferred to Fitzroy in 1940. He played 12 games there between 1940 and 1943, before crossing to North Melbourne where he played a further 12 games between 1943 and 1945.

 

McGARlTY, Jack M. F.

Years Played: 1918
Born: 16/01/1897
Died: 16/03/1974
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 290

Number(s): 29

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Metropolitan Gas Company

Jack McGarity came to Essendon from the Metropolitan Gas Company.

His only two games were in Rounds 3 and 4, 1918, for losses to Geelong and Carlton.

He died on 16th March, 1974.

 

McGIE, Lindsay W.

Years Played: 1964-65, 1968-69
Born: 30/03/1945
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Debut order: 737

Number(s): 4

Games: 31
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Essendon Baptists-St John's

 

Year

Games

Goals

1964

12

1

1965

4

0

1968

14

1

1969

1

0

 

Lindsay McGie was a talented follower and half-back who came from Essendon Baptists-St John's to the U19s in 1963. One of his prime attributes was his magnificent long left-foot kicking.

He won Essendon's best first year player award in 1964, but his career was interrupted in 1966 and 1967 when he was serving in Vietnam with the Army.

McGie went on to play with Port Adelaide from 1970 to 1972 and then Lyndoch in South Australia in 1973 and 1974. He later coached the Port Adelaide U19s in 1981 and 1982.

 

McGILLIVRAY, Malcolm

Years Played: 1950
Born: 28/08/1929
Died: 7/11/1984
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Debut order: 632

Number(s): 34

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Gunbower

"Dick"McGillivray was a tough follower and defender from Gunbower in country Victoria.

He played one game as a reserve in Round 18, 1950, for a win over St Kilda. He was a member of the Seconds premiership side in that year.

McGillivray played with Echuca from 1951 to 1953 before returning to Gunbower as captain-coach in 1954. He had immediate success there, winning the flag in 1954. He played with that club until 1963.

McGillivray was a grazier.

He died on 7th November, 1984.

 

McGORLICK, George W.

Years Played: 1935-37
Born: 31/10/1916
Died: 17/08/2007
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 67 kg

Debut order: 494

Number(s): 13 , 22 , 7

Games: 3
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Essendon CYMS

 

Year

Games

Goals

1935

1

2

1936

1

0

1937

1

0

 

George McGorlick was a rover who came from Essendon CYMS.

He played one game in each of three seasons - Round 18 in 1935, Round 17 in 1936, and Round 2 in 1937. He won the Essendon Seconds Best and Fairest award in 1936.

McGorlick then played with Brunswick in 1938 and 1939.

He was a taxi owner-driver until 1984.

He died on 17th August, 2007.

 

McGRATH, Cory

Years Played: 2001-2003
Born: 4/02/1979
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Debut order: 1025

Number(s): 28

Games: 28
Goals: 14

Previous Clubs: South Fremantle (WA)

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

2001

13

7

2002

6

1

2003

9

6

 

After being drafted from the Essendon rookie list in 2000, Cory McGrath made his debut for the Club in Round 9, 2001, against Hawthorn, finishing with 13 games for the season.

He played a number of roles, generally across the midfield and the half-back line. He had the pace to be a valuable link-man with fine skills.

McGrath played 6 games in 2002 but spent much of his time on the bench, and an ankle injury mid-season resulted in a frustrating year for him.

After only nine games in 2003, McGrath decided it was best to find another club and was subsequently traded to Carlton in a deal that saw Justin Murphy and Matthew Allan join Essendon.

Cory's brother, Ashley, played 83 games for Brisbane (2001-2006); another brother, Toby, was on the West Coast Eagles' list but did not play a senior game. His cousin, Marty McGrath, played 4 games with Richmond (2003), and another cousin, Dion Woods, played 59 games with Fremantle (2001-2005).

Draft History: Essendon Rookie List 2000.

 

McHARDY, Allan

Years Played: 1935
Born: 28/11/1914
Died: 25/03/1986
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 493

Number(s): 36

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon Church of Christ

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1935

1

0

 

Allan McHardy was a ruckman and defender who came to Essendon from Essendon Church of Christ.

His only game for Essendon was in Round 14, 1935, in a win over Footscray.

McHardy died on 25th March, 1986.

 

McINERNEY, Leo T.

Years Played: 1918- l9
Born: 24/04/1898
Died: 29/12/1963
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 72 kg

Debut order: 284

Number(s): 23

Games: 12
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: West Melbourne

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1918

9

2

1919

3

0

 

Leo McInerney came to Essendon from West Melbourne.

He played at both full-forward and half-back. He played nine games in 1918 and the first three games of 1919 before joining Brunswick for the rest of the 1919 season.

McInerney played at Brunswick from 1919 to 1930 and was a member of their premiership side in 1925. He kicked more than 400 goals in his illustrious career with Brunswick, and was the Association's leading goalkicker in 1925 and 1929.

He died on 29th December, 1963.

 

McINTOSH, Frederick R.

Years Played: 1915
Born: 23/07/1893
Died: 28/09/1917
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 264

Number(s): 2

Games: 14
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Scotch College/University

Fred McIntosh was a follower and defender who came from University where he played 25 games in 1913 and 1914.

He played 14 out of the 16 games with Essendon in 1915.

His father, Fred senior, was a star in Carlton's VFA team.

McIntosh enlisted in the 59th Infantry Battalion on 16th July 1915 and embarked on HMAS Nestor on 2nd October 1916. He was made Lieutenant in July, 1916, and was severely wounded at Polygon Wood, Belgium.

He died of his wounds two days later on 28th September, 1917, aged only 24.

 

 

McINTOSH, Keith D.

Years Played: 1951
Born: 6/06/1928
Height: 164 cm
Weight: 63 kg

Debut order: 636

Number(s): 29

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Doutta Stars (EDFL)

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1951

1

0

 

Keith McIntosh was a short wingman nicknamed "the Mouse" who came from Doutta Stars to the Seconds in 1950.

His only game for Essendon was in Round 2, 1951, in a win over Hawthorn.

McIntosh was a member of the Seconds premierships side in both 1950 and 1952.

He retired in 1953 after spending another year in the Seconds.

 

 

McINTYRE, Jack W.

Years Played: 1903
Born: 24/09/1881
Height: cm
Weight: kg
Debut order: 99

Number(s):

Games: 4
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Fitzroy Juniors

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1903

4

1

 

Jack McIntyre was a back pocket and full-back who played four games in 1903.

He went on to play with Essendon Association and was a member of their premiership sides in 1911 and 1912.

McIntyre died in 1957.

 

McIVOR, Ivor T.

Years Played: 1940, 1944, 1946
Born: 16/09/1917
Died: 3/04/1997
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 93 kg

Debut order: 553

Number(s): 30 , 33 , 31

Games: 12
Goals: 9

Previous Clubs: Don Rovers

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1940

2

0

1944

4

5

1946

6

4

 

Ivor McIvor was a full-back and key position player who was a good mark and kick but lacked pace.

His career while spanning a number of years was almost totally interrupted by war service in the Army where he served in the Middle East and New Guinea. He played 12 in three seasons over a span of seven years.

McIvor was used as a fill-in by Essendon and he finished up going to Camberwell without a clearance from 1946 to 1948. As a result, the League disqualified him for five years.

He became captain-coach of Brunswick in 1949 and 1950 and went to Euroa in 1951.

McIvor retired to Torquay after many years as a public accountant.

He died on 3rd April, 1997.

 

McKENZIE, Don

Years Played: 1960-74
Born: 23/03/1939
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Debut order: 714

Number(s): 24

Games: 266
Goals: 23

Previous Clubs: Essendon Baptists-St John's

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1960

12

0

1961

14

3

1962

19

0

1963

18

0

1964

17

0

1965

20

2

1966

20

1

1967

18

3

1968

23

8

1969

20

3

1970

18

1

1971

19

2

1972

21

0

1973

16

0

1974

11

0

 

Don McKenzie was a top-class ruckman who stepped up quietly from the Reserves but gradually improved to become the Club's leading follower. He was probably the best ruckman for his inches in the League during his heyday.

McKenzie began playing football in 1957, and the following year playing at Essendon Baptists-St John's he won the award for Best and Fairest in the Essendon District League.

McKenzie was tough and aggressive, had terrific stamina and could ruck all day. Because he had to give away an inch or two, he had a tremendous leap and could take a strong high-mark.

He was Essendon's captain in 1969 and was vice-captain in both 1968 and 1970. He lost the captaincy to Barry Davis in 1970 shortly after joining four other senior players who resigned over pay and conditions at the start of that year.

McKenzie played 94 consecutive games between 1965 and 1969. He was in the back pocket and ruck in the 1962 premiership team and was one of Essendon best as first ruck in the 1965 premiership win.

He won Essendon Best and Fairest player award in 1966.

In 1963, he became the first Essendon player to be charged with striking an umpire. The charge laid by a boundary umpire was dismissed in four minutes.

McKenzie was selected in the State side in 1967, and in 1968 he became the third Essendon player to play Gaelic football overseas.

In 1968, he unsuccessfully applied for the job of captain-coach at Essendon when Jack Clarke was appointed.

McKenzie won the most consistent player award in 1967, the best team man award in 1969 and the most courageous player award in 1972.

He finally retired in his middle thirties at the end of 1974. Then in 1978, at the age of 39 he made a comeback to play a season in the Reserves.

In 1981, McKenzie returned to Essendon as a committeeman and served as Vice President from 1981-96 In 1997 and 1998 he was chairman of the football sub-committee.

He was named at number 43 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

 

McKENZIE, Jack J.

Years Played: 1901-02, 1904-06
Born: 12/11/1882
Died: 21/03/1946
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 73

Number(s):
Games: 81
Goals: 90

Previous Clubs: Brunswick

"Dookie" McKenzie was one of the greatest footballers of his time.

He was tallish for a rover at that time and could almost be regarded as a ruck-rover. He was fast, a superb mark, an excellent ball handler. He was said to have had splendid co-ordination of mental and physical powers.

McKenzie dominated League football during his prime after coming to Essendon from Brunswick where he played between 1898 and 1900. He was a fine ruckman and kicked one goal in Essendon's 1901 Grand Final win over Collingwood.

He captained Essendon in 1906 after being vice-captain in 1905.

McKenzie won the Champion of the Colony award in 1906 and in that year he was voted the top League player in 'The Herald'. He was selected in the State side in 1902, 1904, 1905 and 1906.

He was a prolific goalkicker and he was the Club's second top goalkicker in 1904 and 1906. He was also equal third in 1902 and 1905. He kicked five goals in a game in 1904 and four goals twice in the same year and once in 1905.

McKenzie went to Western Australia in 1903 and became the star player of the Goldfields before rejoining Essendon in 1904.

He became captain-coach of Essendon Association in 1907 before returning to Brunswick where he was captain-coach from 1908 to 1914. He became one of the greatest ever Association players and represented the VFA in interstate football.

McKenzie easily won a 1909 poll in 'The Argus' as the most popular player in the Association.

He was appointed captain-coach of Melbourne in 1915 where he played 16 games and led the club to its first final series in 15 years.

McKenzie was not only a champion footballer, but he also played cricket for Victoria.

His son, Jack Junior, played five games for Essendon in 1929.

He was named at number 35 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Jack "Dookie" McKenzie died on 21st March, 1946.

 

McKENZIE, Jack James

Years Played: 1929
Born: 19/08/1908
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 410

Number(s): 13

Games: 5
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Geelong Seconds

Jack McKenzie was a half-forward and centreman from Geelong Seconds. He was hailed as a potential champion, but did not fulfil this early promise.

His only games for Essendon were Rounds 5 to 9 in 1929.

Jack was the son of Jack "Dookie" McKenzie who was an Essendon star in the early 1900s.

 

 

McLEAN, Norman A.

Years Played: 1920
Born: 19/12/1896
Died: 19/12/1980
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Debut order: 320

Number(s): 32

Games: 6
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Williamstown District

Norman McLean was a follower and defender from Williamstown District.

He played six games for Essendon in 1920.

McLean died on 19th December, 1980.

 

McLEAR, James

Years Played: 1919

Born: 21/12/1896
Died: 26/11/1968
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 94 kg

Debut order: 312

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Dromana

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James McLear's only game for Essendon was in Round 12, 1919, in a 12 point loss to St Kilda.

He died on 26th November, 1968.

 

McLEISH, John D. M.

Years Played: 1949-50
Born: 19/12/1926
Died: 10/12/2005
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Debut order: 620

Number(s): 5

Games: 10
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Yea

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1949

8

0

1950

2

0

 

John McLeish was a strongly built half-back flanker who came from Yea to the Seconds in 1948. He had started with Yea in 1946 and prior to that played with Dookie College in 1945. He won the award for Best and Fairest in the Goulburn Valley Football Association in that year.

He played 10 games in 1949 and 1950 and seven of these were as a reserve.

McLeish returned to Yea as captain-coach in early 1950 and 1951, winning the flag in 1950, and then played with that club from 1952 to 1954.

His father, Maurie, played one game for St Kilda in 1920.

John McLeish died on 10th December, 2005.

 

McLEOD, George A.

Years Played: 1910-13
Born: 22/08/1879
Died: 3/03/1959
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Debut order: 202

Number(s): 18 , 14

Games: 56
Goals: 5

Previous Clubs: South Yarra Rovers/St Kilda/Tasmania

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1910

15

2

1911

18

1

1912

18

2

1913

5

0

 

George McLeod had already tasted League football while playing 20 games with St Kilda in 1897 and again between 1901 and 1903.

He came to Essendon from Tasmania where he played from 1904 to 1909. He had been in the Tasmanian Carnival side in 1908.

McLeod played in the ruck and back pocket and, although he was a battler rather than a brilliant player, he only missed three games between 1910 and 1912. He capably replaced Essendon's injured captain, Alan Belcher, in the ruck in the 1911 premiership win. He was in the back pocket and ruck in the 1912 premiership.

McLeod joined Brunswick in 1914, and played there until 1915.

He died on 3rd March, 1959.

 

McMULLIN, Ian

Years Played: 1990-92
Born: 1/09/1964
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Debut order: 957

Number(s): 35

Games: 24
Goals: 28

Previous Clubs: Old Melburnians/Collingwood

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1990

5

5

1991

18

20

1992

1

1

 

Ian McMullin played 24 games and kicked 26 goals for Essendon after coming from Collingwood.

He was a half-forward with good skills and pace and a handy goalkicker.

McMullin returned to Collingwood in 1993.

 

McNEIL, Victor J.

Years Played: 1913-14
Born: 10/07/1890
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 244

Number(s): 28

Games: 12
Goals: 1

Victor McNeil was a half-back and full-back from Prahran.

He played 12 games before being cleared to St Kilda in 1915.

 

McPARTLAND, Andrew M.

Years Played: 1941
Born: 25/11/1915
Died: 2/05/1990
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Debut order: 558

Number(s): 19

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: West Perth/Dowerin (WA)/Moonee Valley CYMS

Andrew McPartland was a utility player from Western Australia. He had played with West Perth in 1938 before joining Moonee Valley CYMS in 1940.

McPartland played one game as a reserve in late 1941. He was a member of the Seconds premiership side in that year. His career was interrupted by service in the RAAF during World War II.

He returned to Western Australia and joined Kalgoorlie Railways from late 1945 to 1947 and was captain-coach in 1946 and assistant coach in 1947.

McPartland then went to Miners Rovers in 1948 and 1949 and captain-coached that club to the premiership in 1949.

He was captain-coach of Kalgoorlie in 1951 and he was assistant coach of that club in 1952. He later coached East Victoria Park Juniors in Perth.

McPartland retired in 1979 after working for a building construction company.

His brother, Leo, played four games for Collingwood in 1943.

Andrew McPartland died on 2nd May, 1990.

 

McPHEE, Adam

Years Played: 2003-2009
Born: 6/10/1982
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 88 kg

Debut order: 1036

Number(s): 33

Games: 142
Goals: 83

Previous Clubs: Narre Warren/Dandenong U18s/Fremantle Dockers

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

2003

24

10

2004

21

15

2005

14

9

2006

20

8

2007

22

7

2008

20

18

2009

21

16

 

Adam McPhee was drafted by Fremantle at pick 39 in the 2000 National Draft. He was nominated for the Rising Star Award in his first season at Fremantle. He played 25 games at Freo over two seasons but was dogged by injury.

At the end of 2002 McPhee was part of a complicated three way deal that saw him arrive at Essendon, while Blake Caracella went to Brisbane and Des Headland to Fremantle.

He made his debut for Essendon in Round 1, 2003, against the Brisbane Lions. After this it was all smooth sailing for the courageous wingman, and he played in all 24 games that year for the club and was voted the Club's Most Courageous Player in 2003.

In 2004, McPhee continued where he left off, indicating a bright future. Throughout his 21 games his form and consistency were rewarded with a Best and Fairest award (322 votes). He was also voted the most improved player and also won the cheer squad award. To top off his year, McPhee was named in the All-Australian team on the half-back flank, and he represented Australia in the International Rules v Ireland.

In 2005 McPhee managed to star across the half-back line where his strong marking and run out of defence. He underwent a groin tendon release operation towards the end of the season, after pain in his abdomen caused problems at the end of Round 14. He was nine times in 14 games voted among the team’s best.

Though McPhee missed only two games in 2006 he seemed hampered at times, but his 2007 season saw a marked improvement and a return to form. He played every game in 2007 and was fifth in the Club's Best and Fairest. He took more marks (180) than any other Essendon player and was a fine contributor, mainly in defence.

McPhee had a solid year in 2008 playing 20 games and 21 games in 2009, including his 150th in the exciting Anzac Day clash with Collingwood.

On November 18 2009, after lengthy contract negotiations, McPhee surprised many when he announced he was leaving Windy Hill and would nominate for the pre-season draft in the hope of being picked up by his former club Fremantle, which did eventuate.

Draft History: 2000 National Draft, 3rd round selection (Fremantle) No. 39 overall
2002 National Draft traded by Fremantle for No. 56 (Robert Shirley)
Player Honours: All-Australian 2004
International Rules Series 2004
AFL Rising Star nominee 2001 (Fremantle)
Club Awards: Best and Fairest 2004
Most Improved player 2004
Cheer squad award 2004
Most Courageous player 2003
Career Brownlow medal votes: 24

 

McSWEENEY, Edward

Years Played: 1925-28
Born: 10/09/1903
Died: 7/03/1972
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 365

Number(s): 9

Games: 37
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: North Melbourne (VFA)

Edward McSweeney was a rugged follower and defender from North Melbourne (VFA).

He was a good, solid player and was chosen in the League side against a Country team in 1927.

McSweeney later played with Brunswick Seconds and then became captain-coach at Warrnambool for a season.

He served in the Army during World War II and spent some time as a prisoner of war in Singapore. He was extremely debilitated when he returned to Australia and he went to live in Albury.

Edward McSweeney died on 7th March, 1972.

 

McVEIGH, Mark 

Years Played: 1999-2012
Born: 
26/01/1981
Died:
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 85 kg

 

Debut Order: 1015

 Number(s): 10

Games: 232
Goals: 107
 

Previous Clubs: NSW/ACT Rams

 

Season

 

 

Games

 

Goals

 

1999

 

 

9

 

2

 

2000

 

 

1

 

0

 

2001

 

 

23

 

18

 

2002

 

 

24

 

7

 

2003

 

 

24

 

9

 

2004

 

 

18

 

3

 

2005

 

 

21

 

7

 

2006

 

 

21

 

9

 

2007

 

 

21

 

20

 

2008

 

 

14

 

14

 

2009

 

 

12

 

5

 

2010

 

 

18

 

7

 

2011

 

 

23

 

5

 

2012

 

 

3

 

1

Mark McVeigh was one of Essendon’s most popular players. McVeigh was recruited with pick 9 in the 1998 national draft and went on to play 232 games over 14 seasons at Windy Hill. 

McVeigh had a slow start to his career, playing 10 games in first two seasons but he did win the reserves best and fairest award in 2000. 

From 2001 onwards McVeigh started to settle into the senior side, playing in defence and the midfield and featuring in the majority of the club’s matches, including the 2001 grand final loss to Brisbane.

The talented left footer became a fan favourite with his competitiveness and goal sense hallmarks of his game.

McVeigh’s best season was 2008, when he picked up 13 Brownlow medal votes from his 14 games, with injury restricting his output in what was shaping as an outstanding season for him.

While not reaching the heights of his 2008 season, McVeigh continued to be a regular starter for the Bombers until the 2012 season, when he began to struggle with injury and form, playing only three games in 2012 before announcing his retirement at the end of the season.

McVeigh returned to NSW, his home state working with the NSWAFL before taking on the role of head coach at Greater Western Sydney academy in October 2013. 

 

 

McVITTY, Henry

Years Played: 1905, 1907
Born: 25/12/1881
Died: 6/09/1961
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Debut order: 122

Number(s):

Games: 9
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon Juniors

Henry McVitty played three games in 1905, then returned in 1907 to play the last six games of that season.

He died on 6th September, 1961.

 

 

MEADOWS, John

Years Played: 1903
Born: 25/07/1880
Died: 5/04/1974
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 88

Number(s):

Games: 4
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Violet Town

John Meadows' only games for Essendon were in Rounds 1, 2, 10 and 12 in 1903.

He played in three losses and one draw.

He died on 5th April, 1974.

 

 

MEGSON, Jack V.

Years Played: 1905
Born: 20/04/1883
Died: 14/07/1964
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 117

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Collingwood Juniors

 

Year

Games

Goals

1905

1

0

 

Jack Megson was a wingman who came from Collingwood Juniors.

His only game for Essendon was in Round 1, 1905, in an eight point loss to Carlton.

Megson then joined Richmond (VFA) later in the 1905 season and played in their 1905 premiership side. He played 20 League games with that club in 1908 and 1909.

He died on 14th July, 1964.

 

MERCURI, Mark

Years Played: 1992-2004
Born: 21/02/1974
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Debut order: 971

Number(s): 45 , 2

Games: 207
Goals: 242

Previous Clubs: Keilor Park

 

Year

Games

Goals

1992

3

1

1993

20

25

1994

13

16

1995

22

36

1996

21

37

1997

11

12

1998

20

24

1999

21

32

2000

20

32

2001

20

10

2002

11

7

2003

16

7

2004

9

3

 

Mark Mercuri, one of the "Baby Bombers" from 1992, was one of the players that helped Essendon win the 1993 premiership. Coming from the Essendon area, he was one of the great finds for Essendon. He made a name for himself as a goal-sneak, with the ability to score goals at critical moments, but he was also one of Essendon's most polished and skilful players.

"Mercs" as he was known, had two very successful years in 1995 and 1996, performing well in various media competitions. He was among Essendon's highest possession winners and finished second to James Hird in the 1996 Crichton Medal.

He played only 11 games in 1997, but had a much better season in 1998, when he played 20 games and came 4th in the Crichton Medal with 209 votes.

Mercuri enjoyed his best year in 1999. He won the Crichton Medal, polling votes in 19 of the 23 matches he played, and ran second in the Brownlow medal with 22 votes. His silky smooth style saw him play off half-back, through the middle and in the forward line utilising his poise and balance.

He won the Michael Tuck Medal as best on ground in the 2000 Ansett Cup Grand Final in Essendon's win. He was a member of the 2000 premiership team, playing mainly as a midfielder and half-forward flanker.

Mercuri missed several games during the 2001 season due to injury but still managed 20 games for the year. After returning to footy during the year he took a little time to find his feet again but a brilliant display in Round 20 against Collingwood showed he wasn't far away. He played a key role in Essendon's Qualifying Final win over Richmond, but injured his ankle against Hawthorn in the Preliminary Final and struggled to be fully fit for the Grand Final against the Brisbane Lions the following week.

He looked to be back to his best by mid-season but badly injured his groin in Round 13 and missed the rest of the season.

Following a disappointing 2002, Mercuri managed 16 games in 2003. His final season, 2004, was curtailed due to a knee injury and he managed just nine senior games to bring his career tally to 207.

He retired at the end of 2004 along with Joe Misiti and Sean Wellman.

Mark Mercuri was named at number 41 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

 

 

MERRETT, Roger J.

Years Played: 1978-87
Born: 19/04/1960
Height: 197 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Debut order: 854

Number(s): 25

Games: 149
Goals: 148

Previous Clubs: Kaniva

 

Year

Games

Goals

1978

2

0

1979

4

1

1980

12

2

1981

10

4

1982

13

4

1983

21

32

1984

24

20

1985

23

46

1986

22

28

1987

18

11

 

Roger Merrett was a tough, fearless and mobile key position player and ruckman, who arrived at Windy Hill from his farm in Kaniva as an 17 year old.

He made his senior debut in Round 1, 1978 but didn't play again until Round 22. In 1979 he was the Reserves Best and Fairest (an award he won again in 1981), and played four senior games for the year. He won the Gardiner Medal as the VFL Reserves Best and Fairest in 1982, and the following year Kevin Sheedy gave him an extended run at centre-half-forward. It wasn't long before Merrett stamped his authority and became an Essendon regular. He was voted the most improved Essendon player that year.

Merrett admitted he had a lack of real commitment in the early years, but after coach Kevin Sheedy promised him a big future if he would dedicate himself, a new and dedicated Merrett was born. Later in 1983 the aggressive Merrett was sensationally named in a newspaper as an alleged 'hit man', which only served to give him added impetus.

His career hit the heights in 1984 and he was probably the most valuable player in Australia. He was full-forward in the 1984 premiership team and starred at centre half-forward, kicking five goals, in the 1985 premiership win.

Merrett was also in the ruck and forward pocket in the 1981 night premiership team and full-forward in the 1984 night premiership side.

He built his game on commitment and aggression, hard work and strong marking, he relished competition and team-mates said they walked taller knowing that "Roger the Dodger" was around.

Merrett was selected in the Victorian team in 1984, 1985 and 1986 and captained the State team against South Australia in 1986. He was also selected in the All-Australian team in 1984 and 1985. He was selected in the ruck in 'The Sun' newspaper all star team in 1985.

Merrett was Essendon's third Best and Fairest and the best team man in 1985. He was also Essendon's second top Brownlow medal vote scorer in 1984 and the equal second top goalkicker in 1985.

In 1986 and 1987, because of nagging injuries, he struggled to recapture his great earlier form and his slump was a key factor in Essendon' lack of success.

Merrett left Essendon for Brisbane at the end of 1987, a move that coach Kevin Sheedy later said was one that he regretted. Rather than be a bit player in a struggling team, Merrett threw himself into his new club, playing 164 games over nine seasons, six as captain, and became a club favourite and role model to the younger players.

He later became assistant coach and senior coach for a short time at Brisbane.

Roger Merrett was named at number 29 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

 

 

MERRYWEATHER, Andrew

Years Played: 1988
Born: 18/01/1961
Height: 192 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Debut order: 939

Number(s): 34

Games: 5
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Doncaster/Fitzroy

 

Year

Games

Goals

1988

5

0

 

Andrew Merryweather came to Essendon from Fitzroy where he had played one game in 1982.

He played the first five games of 1988 for Essendon.

  

MICHAEL, Mal

Years Played: 2007-2008
Born: 24/06/1977
Height: 190 cm
Weight: 100 kg

Debut order: 1066

Number(s): 22

Games: 37
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Collingwood/Brisbane Lions

 

Year

Games

Goals

2007

22

2

2008

15

3

 

Mal Michael had retired from league football after 201 games with Collingwood and Brisbane when an approach by Essendon assistant coach Gary O'Donnell was the catalyst for him joining Essendon in 2007.

Michael had reluctantly left Brisbane after a fabulous career when the club declined to give him time off to pursue his business and charity work in his native Papua New Guinea.

He arrived at Essendon after six seasons with Brisbane and having been a key part of the Brisbane defence that was among the most feared in the League. He played in four consecutive Grand Finals at Brisbane for three premierships: 2001-2003.

He was recruited to Essendon to play full-back and give Dustin Fletcher the freedom to play a more attacking role out of defence. He played every game in 2007 and showed the good judgement, mobility and attack from defence that had characterised his time at Brisbane.

He then played 15 games in 2008 for a total of 37 in an Essendon jumper.

On retirement Michael thanked the club for the opportunity to continue his career in League football and commented that the role he had once played was now better suited for lighter and quicker players.

Draft History : 2007 NAB AFL Pre-season Draft 1st round selection (Essendon) No. 14 overall
Player Honours: International Rules Series 2004
AFL Rising Star nominee 1997
Premierships: Brisbane 2001, 2002, 2003
Career Brownlow medal votes: 3

 

MIDDLETON, Graham S.

Years Played: 1973
Born: 22/12/1950
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Debut order: 806

Number(s): 53

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon High School

 

Year

Games

Goals

1973

1

0

 

Graham Middleton (unrelated to fellow Bomber Lloyd Middleton) was a wingman who came from Essendon High School to the Seconds in 1970. His only senior game was in Round 6, 1973, in a win over St Kilda.

He then played with Bacchus Marsh in 1974.

 

 

MIDDLETON, Lloyd

Years Played: 1951
Born: 13/02/1928
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 637

Number(s): 5

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: University Blacks

 

Year

Games

Goals

1951

2

0

 

Lloyd Middleton was a wingman and rover from University Blacks.

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

Middleton's only two senior games for Essendon were in Rounds 2 and 3, 1951, for a win over Hawthorn and a loss to South Melbourne.

He is no relation to Graham Middleton.

 

 

MIHOCEK, Jack

Years Played: 1976-78
Born: 21/08/1957
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 95 kg

Debut order: 838

Number(s): 56 , 8

Games: 13
Goals: 8

Previous Clubs: East Keilor

 

Year

Games

Goals

1976

2

3

1977

3

1

1978

8

4

 

Jack Mihocek was a stocky red headed half-forward and rover who came from East Keilor to play for Essendon's U19s in 1974.

He debuted against Collingwood in the second last game of 1976 kicking two goals. He played only three senior games in 1977 and found it difficult to hold down a regular senior spot.

Mihocek was not fast, but he had plenty of aggression and could take a good mark.

He played another eight games in 1978 then left Essendon to join Scottsdale in Tasmania in 1979. He returned to Victoria and played with Frankston in 1980 and 1981. He then returned to Tasmania to play with Cooee from 1982 to 1984.

Mihocek played with Hampton Park in 1985 and then Deer Park in 1987.

 

MILBURN, Charles P.

Years Played: 1929
Born: 10/03/1899
Died: 14/11/1953
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Debut order: 412

Number(s): 18

Games: 9
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Preston/Collingwood/Stawell

Charles Milburn was a speedy wingman who came to Essendon from Stawell. Prior to that he was with Collingwood where he played 60 games from 1923 to 1927. He was a member of the Magpies 1927 premiership team. He had earlier played with Preston from 1918 to 1922.

Milburn was in the twilight of his career when he joined Essendon and he only played nine games in 1929.

He then played with East St Kilda in 1930 and 1931.

His son, Pat, played six games for Collingwood in 1953.

Charles Milburn died on 14th November, 1953.

 

 

MILNE, Walter

Years Played: 1933-35
Born: 13/12/1910
Died: 31/07/1990
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 462

Number(s): 14 , 23

Games: 22
Goals: 11

Previous Clubs: Woodlands

Walter Milne was a follower and defender from Woodlands in the Essendon District League. He lacked pace but he was tough and fearless.

He played 22 games between late 1933 and 1935.

Milne died on 31st July, 1990.

 

MINTO, Les C.

Years Played: 1908-09
Born: 11/07/1886
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 62 kg

Debut order: 173

Number(s):

Games: 25
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Collingwood Juniors/Melbourne/West Melbourne

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1908

19

5

1909

6

2

 

Les Minto was an experienced player who came to Essendon from West Melbourne where he played from 1905 to 1907. He was a member of their 1906 premiership team. Prior to that he had played one game with Melbourne in 1905 after coming from Collingwood Juniors.

He was a clever wingman who settled straight into the side. He only missed one game in 1908 and was on the wing in the losing Grand Final side in 1908.

Minto played with Northcote from 1910 to 1912.

 

MISITI, Joe

Years Played: 1992-2004
Born: 9/11/1974
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 90 kg

Debut order: 975

Number(s): 52 , 24

Games: 236
Goals: 94

Previous Clubs: Keilor Park

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1992

2

0

1993

23

12

1994

16

6

1995

22

9

1996

22

9

1997

18

4

1998

19

6

1999

18

8

2000

25

14

2001

16

8

2002

15

6

2003

21

6

2004

19

6

 

Misiti came to Essendon from Keilor Park. He won the U19s Best and Fairest in 1990, and the Reserves Best and Fairest in 1992.

"Smokin'" Joe played the last two games of 1992, and his 27 disposals on debut against North Melbourne, is an all-time record at Essendon. He played every game in 1993 except the Qualifying Final which he missed through injury. His prolific possession winning abilities saw him emerge as one of the best centremen in the League in the 1993 premiership year.

His form dropped off in 1994 but he fought his way back, and by 1996 he was consistently the leading possession getter at Essendon. He played mainly in the midfield, and although not endowed with much pace, he had great endurance and fought hard at the bottom of packs to feed the ball out to his teammates.

Misiti was also a consistent performer in the Crichton Medal, finishing second in 1997 and 1999, 4th in 2000 (after missing a third of the season with a broken wrist), and 7th in 1998. He won the award for Best Finals performance in 2000 and was a member of the 2000 premiership team.

He started the 2001 season in sensational style with 2 best on ground performances against Kangaroos and Port Adelaide but the a knee injury in Round 3 forced him to have an arthroscope which placing him onto the long term injury list. He rediscovered his form mid-season and was a key performer in the first two finals. He was a member of the 2001 losing Grand Final team.

He retired at the end of 2004.

Joe Misiti was named at number 42 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

 

MITCHELL, Hugh

Years Played: 1953-67
Born: 22/11/1934
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Debut order: 660

Number(s): 31

Games: 224
Goals: 306

Previous Clubs: Dandenong Juniors/Moonee Imperials

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1953

2

1

1954

18

19

1955

19

51

1956

18

16

1957

20

15

1958

13

19

1959

21

38

1960

8

11

1961

17

33

1962

20

29

1963

9

6

1964

19

32

1965

21

20

1966

17

11

1967

2

0

 

Hughie Mitchell was was a superb forward and later ruck rover who came to Essendon from the Moonee Imperials. He started with the Third 18 in 1953 but played so well that he was promoted to the Seniors that year.

He was a clever position player, able to slip his opponents and create opportunities. He was the first great Essendon ruck rover of the modern era.

Mitchell won the Best and Fairest award in 1959 and was runner-up in 1961. He was also Essendon vice-captain in 1963.

Mitchell headed Essendon goalkickers in 1955 with 51 goals, in 1961 with 33 goals and in 1964 with 32 goals. He was second in 1959 and third in 1958 and 1962. He booted nine goals in a game in 1955 and six goals twice in the same year from full-forward.

Between 1954 and 1958 Mitchell played in 77 consecutive games but he later succumbed to serious leg injuries that led to him missing games in 1960 and 1963.

He was a star as ruck rover in both the 1962 and 1965 premiership victories.

Mitchell finished equal third in the Brownlow medal in 1959 with 14 votes. He was also selected in the State side in every year between 1959 and 1962 and booted 13 interstate goals.

Mitchell won the most unselfish player award in 1954 and 1956, the best utility player award in 1957 and 1964, the best clubman award in 1960 and 1963, the outstanding services award in 1961 and the most consistent player award in 1965.

His career at Essendon ended after he was sensationally dropped in early 1967.

He played with Dandenong in 1967 and 1968 and was a member of their premiership team in 1967.

He also represented the VFA in 1968. He then coached Eltham to the premiership in 1969 before returning to Dandenong as coach between 1970 and 1972 winning the premiership in 1971.

After this, he returned to Essendon as a junior coach in 1974 and 1975. In 1976 and 1977 he coached Carlton Reserves.

He later became well known as a football commentator on 3KZ and then a television commentator on the ABC.

Hugh Mitchell was named at number 47 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

 

MOLLOY, Dick

Years Played: 1941
Born: 15/10/1920
Died: 29/01/1995
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 557

Number(s): 23

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Sandhurst

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1941

2

0

 

Dick Molloy was a rover and forward from Sandhurst.

His only games for Essendon were in Rounds 10 and 11, 1941, for a win against Melbourne and a loss to Footscray. He was a reserve in both games. His career was interrupted by his army service during the World War II.

Molloy later played 19 games with North Melbourne in 1946 and 1947.

He died on 29th January, 1995.

 

MOLONEY, George H.

Years Played: 1958-61
Born: 29/09/1939
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Debut order: 700

Number(s):

Games: 27
Goals: 21

Previous Clubs: West Coburg

George Moloney was a half-forward who joined the U19s from West Coburg in 1957.

He could not hold down a regular senior spot and was mostly used as a fill in. He played 27 games between 1958 and 1961.

Moloney retired after injuring his knee in the Seconds in 1962 and became a League Reserves umpire for a time before coaching North CBC Old Boys from 1974 to 1978. He then coached Old Xaverians in 1979 and Therry in 1982 and 1983.

 

MOLONEY, Laurie C.

Years Played: 1971-76
Born: 28/04/1949
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 798

Number(s):

Games: 80
Goals: 8

Previous Clubs: Stony Creek/Leongatha

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1971

2

2

1972

14

2

1973

21

2

1974

21

1

1975

15

0

1976

7

1

 

Lauire Moloney was a skilful player and a good kick who came from Leongatha in 1971. Prior to that he had been with Stony Creek.

He started on the wing before moving to the back pocket where he showed his best form.

Moloney was cleared to Oakleigh in mid-1976 and then in 1977 he became captain-coach of Mayne in Queensland. He played with Belconnen in the ACT from 1978 to 1980 and was captain-coach there in 1981 and 1982. He later became their Chairman of Selectors.

 

MOLONEY, Leo

Years Played: 1957
Born: 28/04/1937
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Debut order: 686

Number(s): 10 , 34

Games: 7
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Lincoln Stars

Leo Moloney was a blond ruckman from Lincoln Stars.

He played seven games in 1957 and was a reserve in the losing 1957 Grand Final side in that year.

Moloney went on to play with Williamstown from 1959 to 1964 and played in their premiership team in 1959.

 

MONFRIES, Angus 

Years Played: 2005-12
Born: 
19/01/1987
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Debut Order: 1049

Number(s): 6 

Games: 150
Goals: 165
 

Previous Clubs: Sturt 

 

Year

 

Games

 

Goals

 

2005

 

12

 

11

 

2006

 

21

 

22

 

2007

 

20

 

16

 

2008

 

19

 

18

 

2009

 

21

 

25

 

2010

 

17

 

24

 

2011

 

22

 

31

 

2012

 

18

 

18 

Angus Monfries made his Essendon debut in round 1, 2005 in a loss to Melbourne at the MCG, in the process becoming the 200th player to play under coach Kevin Sheedy.

Monfries was born and raised in South Australia and drafted to Essendon with selection 14 in the 2004 national draft at the age of 17 while he was playing for Sturt in the SANFL. 

He was an instant hit with the Bomber faithful finishing the season with 12 games and impressing with his immense courage and keen goal sense that became hallmarks of his game. His youthful, ’boy-next-door’ looks made him a particular favourite with the club’s young female supporters. 

Playing as a marking half-forward, Monfries was a consistent fixture in the senior team throughout his career. After his debut season he played no fewer than 17 games in every season from 2006 to 2012.

In round 2, 2006 Monfries kicked five goals, a career high, in a loss to Brisbane Lions at the Gabba.

In 2010, Monfries was the club’s leading goal-kicker with 24 goals for the season. It was the lowest tally by an Essendon leading goalkicker since Dave Walsh kicked only 15 goals in 1919.

At the end of the 2012 season, Monfries requested a trade to Port Adelaide in order to secure a longer contract and return to his home state.  In what was the first year of free agency, Monfries was able to leave without a trade, however, a trade was negotiated with Essendon receiving pick 48 in the national draft in exchange for him. 

 

 

MONKS, Ian

Years Played: 1953-55
Born: 6/08/1931
Died: 7/01/2009
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 67 kg

Debut order: 656

Number(s): 29

Games: 16
Goals: 19

Previous Clubs: Essendon High School Old Boys

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1953

12

17

1955

4

2

 

Ian Monks was a rover and wingman who came from Essendon High School Old Boys. He won the award for Best and Fairest in the Essendon District League in 1950.

Monks started at Essendon in the Seconds in 1951, and had difficulty getting a regular Senior game. He played 12 games in 1953, did not play at all in 1954 and played a further four games in 1955. He was a reserve in the Seconds premiership team in 1952 and played in the forward pocket in the team which lost the 1953 semi-final to Footscray. He was, however, third top goalkicker in 1953.

He played 14 games with South Melbourne in 1956 and 1957 and then went to Port Melbourne from 1958 to 1963. In 1964 he captained Caulfield and played there until 1969.

Monks was also a fine cricketer who was close to Victorian shield selection and he captained Essendon to its first district pennant.

He died on 7 January 2009.

 

MONTEITH, Richard . V.

Years Played: 1910-12
Born: 20/07/1887
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 203

Number(s): , 19 , 24

Games: 20
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Northcote

Richard Monteith was a half-back flanker and back pocket who came from Northcote and made a fine impression.

He played on the half-back flank in the 1911 premiership side, but his career at Essendon was short lived and he was cleared to Brighton in mid 1912.

 

MOORCROFT, Gary

Years Played: 1995-2002
Born: 16/04/1976
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Debut order: 994

Number(s): 46 , 46 , 29

Games: 95
Goals: 102

Previous Clubs: Northern Knights U18s

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1995

1

0

1997

11

7

1998

17

14

1999

17

30

2000

18

23

2001

16

15

2002

15

13

 

Gary Moorcroft was a small but tough and nuggety player who came to Essendon from the Northern Knights. He won the Morrish Medal as the best player in the TAC U18s in 1994.

He debuted against St Kilda at Optus Oval in 1995 but struggled to maintain a place in the senior side and was placed on the rookie list. He was elevated to the senior list in 1997 when David Grenvold retired. Coincidentally his second game for Essendon was also against St Kilda.

Moorcroft was a consistent performer from 1997 to 2000. His high-marking, despite his lack of height, was one of his main attributes and made him a difficult man to match up. He finished 10th in Essendon's Best and Fairest in 1999 and played in the 2000 premiership team.

His form became more inconsistent in 2001 and he was often used off the bench. He was a member of the 2001 losing Grand Final team.

Moorcroft might be best remembered for taking one of the most spectacular marks of all time. His soaring leap in the goal square against the Western Bulldogs won him the Mark of the Year in 2001. His five first-half goals in that game helped to seal Essendon's victory.

His form fell away and he was delisted at the end of the 2002 season. Moorcroft was drafted by Melbourne in 2003 but only managed to play three games. It was later discovered that he had cracked his hip when he landed after taking his famous mark, effecting his ability to play.

 

MOORE, Flurence

Years Played: 1915
Born: 17/11/1890
Died: 13/12/1953
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 275

Number(s): 23

Games: 7
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Boulder City (WA)

Flurence "Frosty" Moore played seven games for Essendon in the second half of the 1915 season.

He died on 13th December, 1953.

 

 

MOORE, Brendan

Years Played: 1987-9O
Born: 9/08/1969
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Debut order: 935

Number(s): 56 , 38

Games: 7
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: The Pines

Brendan Moore was a promising left-foot rover from The Pines.

He debuted in Round 22, 1987, in a five point loss to Collingwood. He played four games in 1988, none in 1989, and two in 1990. His last game was as a reserve in Round 13 in a win over Brisbane.

He worked for a carpet company and lived at Frankston.

 

MOORE, Charles

Years Played: 1897-99
Born: 24/09/1875
Died: 12/05/1901
Height: 169 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Debut order: 32

Number(s):

Games: 27
Goals: 34

Previous Clubs: Albert Park

Charles Moore was a fine forward who came from Albert Park.

He was a splendid mark and place kick, and headed Essendon's goalkickers in 1898 with 20 goals even though he missed five games late in the year. His four goals in a huge win over St Kilda in Round 4 was the most by an Essendon player that year. Moore was full-forward in the side that lost the 1898 Grand Final to Fitzroy.

Moore was involved in a controversial incident in a game against Geelong in 1899 when he marked the ball but was knocked down by a Geelong player. As he got up from the ground Moore was struck behind the ear by Geelong player McShane. Moore swung around to hit his attacker but in doing so struck the umpire on the mouth. He escaped any penalty for this indiscretion.

Moore left Essendon at the end of the 1899 season to serve with the Colonial Military Forces in the Boer War in South Africa. He died of wounds received at Quaggashoek. He was the first VFL footballer to be killed in action. Ironically, the only other footballer to die in the Boer War was Stanley Reid, who played for Fitzroy against Essendon in the 1898 Grand Final.

Charles Moore died on 12th May, 1901.

 

MOORE, Jim H.

Years Played: 1913
Born: 3/06/1891
Died: 25/01/1987
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 234

Number(s): 21

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: CBC/Melbourne

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1913

1

0

 

Jim Moore came to Essendon from Melbourne where he played one game in 1911.

His only game for Essendon was in Round 2, 1913, in a win over Richmond.

Jim Moore died on 25th January, 1987.

 

MORE, Ivan W.

Years Played: 1919
Born: 10/03/1897
Died: 7/10/1988
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 310

Number(s): 13

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: North Melbourne (VFA)

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1919

2

0

 

Ivan More was a forward who came from North Melbourne (VFA) where he played in 1918 and early 1919.

His two games for Essendon were in Round 6, for a win over Geelong, and in Round 9, a five point loss to Richmond.

More died on 7th October, 1988.

 

MORGAN, Danny

Years Played: 1995-1997
Born: 20/08/1974
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Debut order: 995

Number(s): 43 , 36

Games: 16
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Boolara/Carlton Reserves

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1995

8

2

1996

3

0

1997

5

0

 

Danny Morgan came to Essendon from the Carlton Reserves. His first game for Essendon was against Sydney at the MCG in 1995.

Morgan was a tough player with great perseverance. He played as an on-baller but could also play as a forward.

Morgan was a hard trainer and an excellent club man, but found it hard to cement a place in the senior side. He played 92 Reserves games and won the reserve Best and Fairest in 1994 and 1996.

He was the great-grandson of Fitzroy champion, Gerald Brosnan (1900-1909). Brosnan had played for Essendon in 1895 but couldn't get a regular game with either Essendon or Geelong and ended up at Fitzroy where he played 131 games.

 

MORGAN, Gavin R.

Years Played: 1932-33
Born: 17/11/1911
Died: 29/12/1991
Height: 166 cm
Weight: 65 kg

Debut order: 446

Number(s): 9

Games: 6
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Woodlands (VMFL)

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1932

3

0

1933

3

0

 

Gavin Morgan was a speedy wingman from Dick Reynolds' junior club, Woodlands.

He played three games in late 1932 and a further three in mid-1933.

Gavin Morgan died on 29th December, 1991.

 

MORIARTY, Jack V. G.

Years Played: 1922
Born: 30/04/1901
Died: 5/09/1980
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 62 kg

Debut order: 345

Number(s): 23

Games: 13
Goals: 36

Previous Clubs: Essendon 'A'

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1922

13

36

 

Jack Moriarty came to Essendon from Essendon 'A' where he had played in 1921.

He was short for a full-forward at only 178 cm, so played more as a goal sneak rather than as a high-marking, leading forward.

Moriarty had kicked 36 goals in only 13 games in 1922, but was surprisingly dropped for the preliminary final to make way for Greg Stockdale who went on to kick five goals in the loss to Fitzroy.

Stockdale continued to play so well in that position that Moriarty could not regain his place in the team in 1923 and he languished in the Seconds. Discouraged, he transferred to Fitzroy where he became one of the great full-forwards of all time. Moriarty kicked seven goals in his first three games for Fitzroy and topped the league with 82 goals, the highest tally by any player to that time.

In all Moriarty played 157 games at Fitzroy, kicking 626 goals and was their leading goalkicker in nine of the 10 seasons he played there.

In a bizarre incident, he became ill while playing for Fitzroy against Carlton after he accepted a piece of chewing gum from a supporter - the gum had been poisoned.

Moriarty rates as one of Essendon's worst selection mistakes. His father, Geoff, played 106 games for Fitzroy, and his uncle, Dan, played 74 games for Fitzroy and Melbourne.

He died on 5th September, 1980.

 

MORLEY, Charles H.

Years Played: 1906
Born: 2/03/1883
Died: 13/04/1919
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Debut order: 134

Number(s):

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Paddington (NSW)

Charles Morley was a half-back flanker who came to Essendon from Paddington, NSW.

His only games for Essendon were in rounds 1, 3 and 11, 1906, for wins over Melbourne and St Kilda and a loss to South Melbourne.

He returned to play with Paddington in 1911.

He enlisted in the AIF and died of pneumonia while on active service in World war I on 13th April, 1919.

 

MORRIS, Hugh J.

Years Played: 1952-54
Born: 22/01/1932
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Debut order: 645

Number(s): 6

Games: 22
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Essendon All Blacks

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1952

8

2

1953

8

0

1954

5

0

 

Hugh Morris came to Essendon from the Essendon All Blacks in the Essendon District League.

He was a half-forward flanker and played 21 games between 1952 and 1954 but had difficulty in holding a regular senior spot. He was a member of the Seconds premiership team in 1952.

Morris joined Warracknabeal in 1955 and then played four games with St Kilda in 1956. He later went to Port Melbourne in 1957.

He was a member of the Police Force but left to start his own security consultancy.

 

MORRIS, Mick

Years Played: 1901
Born: 4/06/1882
Died: 3/08/1959
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 71

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Footscray Juniors

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1901

1

0

 

Mick Morris came to Essendon from Footscray Juniors.

His only game for Essendon was in Round 4, 1901, in a four point away loss to Geelong.

Mick Morris died on 3rd August, 1959.

 

MORRISH, Paul

Years Played: 1991
Born: 12/05/1968
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Debut order: 963

Number(s): 47

Games: 7
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Ouyen Rovers/Richmond

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1991

7

0

 

Paul Morrish was recruited from Richmond where he played four games during 1986 and 1989.

He was a half-back flanker with good pace and was drafted by Essendon in the 1990 Mid Season Draft. He played seven games before moving on to Fitzroy where he played 20 games.

 

MORRISON, Ian

Years Played: 1981
Born: 29/01/1954
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Debut order: 886

Number(s): 12

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: St Patrick's College (Sale)/Footscray

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1981

3

0

 

Ian Morrison was a half-forward and utility player who came to Essendon from Footscray where he played 110 games between 1973 and 1980.

After missing the first half of the season he played three games in late 1981, two as interchange player.

Morrison then went to Sandringham from 1982 to 1986. He headed the VFA goalkickers in 1985 and was also a member of Sandringham's premiership team in that year.

 

MOSS, Graham

Years Played: 1973-76
Born: 14/05/1950
Height: 196 cm
Weight: 98 kg

Debut order: 803

Number(s): 25

Games: 84
Goals: 67

Previous Clubs: Claremont (WA)

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1973

23

17

1974

20

11

1975

21

20

1976

20

19

 

Graham Moss was one of Essendon's greatest players. In four seasons at Windy Hill he was three times the Club's best player and finished in the top three players in the League on three occasions as well.

Moss was a champion player for Claremont and had played for Western Australia in the 1969 Carnival. His services were highly sought by both Essendon and St Kilda and he eventually came to Essendon as part of a swap for Essendon's Geoff Blethyn.

Moss was an excellent high-mark, was rarely beaten for knock outs and used his body superbly. He was also a fine long kick and kicked many goals when resting in the forward pocket. But it was as a ruckman that he excelled by winning the ball and bringing team-mates into the game.

Moss was magnificently consistent in his time at Essendon. In his first season, aged 23, he played in every game, won Essendon's best first year player award and was runner-up in the Brownlow medal with 25 votes, only two votes behind the winner.

Moss then went on to win the Club's Best and Fairest award for the the next three consecutive seasons, as well as the Brownlow medal in his final season, 1976. He had also gone close to winning the Brownlow medal in 1975 when he finished third in the count with 18 votes.

He captained the Club in 1976 and at times appeared to be carryng the side by himself.

Moss represented Victoria in 1974, 1975 and 1976 and kicked a total of 16 goals. He was chosen in "The Sun" All Star team in 1975 and won the "Sunday Observer" best player award. In 1976, he again made "The Sun" All Star team this time as vice-captain and won the "Truth" Gold Cazaly award as the best League player.

Moss was also named in the "Inside Football" Team of the Year in 1974, 1975 and 1976. Unfortunately for Essendon, whilestill at the peak of his career, Moss sought a clearance back to Claremont as captain-coach in 1977 and Essendon had no choice but to clear him under the terms of his contract.

He won Claremont's Best and Fairest award every year from 1977 to 1980, giving him the remarkable record of winning seven consecutive Best and Fairest awards. He was captain-coach at Claremont until the end of 1983 and then became non-playing coach.

Moss was named at number 17 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

 

MUIR, Russell A.

Years Played: 1977-81
Born: 12/07/1954
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Debut order: 843

Number(s): 42

Games: 67
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Strathmore/North Melbourne

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1977

15

0

1978

14

0

1979

16

1

1980

14

0

1981

8

2

 

Russell Muir was a quiet, unobtrusive back pocket player. He came to Essendon from North Melbourne where he played 40 games from 1972 to 1975. Prior to that he had played with Strathmore.

Muir did the job asked of him and was not afraid to back his judgement. He also read the game well.

Muir was in the back pocket in the side which lost the 1979 elimination final to Fitzroy and then played on the half-back flank in Essendon's 1981 night premiership win.

He was captain-coach of East Keilor in 1982 and then of West Coburg in early 1983. He then returned to play with Strathmore until 1984. He was a player and assistant coach of Northern United in Bendigo in 1987.

 

MUNRO, Douglas

Years Played: 1937
Born: 7/02/1917
Died: 18/09/1989
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Debut order: 523

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Ascot Vale

Douglas Munro came to Essendon from Ascot Vale. His only game for Essendon was a three point loss to South Melbourne in Round 18, 1937.

He died on 18th September, 1989.

 

MURDOCH, Alby H.

Years Played: 1957-62
Born: 18/01/1935
Died: 15/12/2010
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Debut order: 687

Number(s): 15

Games: 65
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Lincoln Stars/Essendon High School Old Boys

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

1957

6

0

1958

17

0

1959

17

0

1960

14

2

1961

10

5

1962

1

0

 

Alby Murdoch came to Essendon from Essendon High School Old Boys as a lightly-built wingman. He had been Best and Fairest in the Essendon District League in 1956.

Though small, he was quick, courageous and committeed, and could climb surprisingly high for marks although he didn't always hold them.

Murdoch was originally bound to North Melbourne so he delayed his League entry for three years in order to qualify residentially for Essendon. He won the most tenacious player award in 1959. He was a member of the team which lost the 1959 Grand Final to Melbourne.

He joined Stanhope in 1963 and then went to Brunswick in 1964. In 1965, he then commenced an eight year coaching stint with Strathmore U17s that was only broken when he coached Doutta Stars for a season.

 

MURPHY, Justin

Years Played: 2004-
Born: 24/04/1976
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Debut order: 1043

Number(s): 28

Games: 40
Goals: 28

Previous Clubs: De La Salle/Central U18s/Richmond/Carlton/Geelong

 

 

Year

Games

Goals

2004

23

24

2005

17

4

 

Essendon traded Cory McGrath for Justin Murphy in the 2003 National draft.

Murphy made his debut for the club in Round 1, 2004, and went on to play 23 games kicking 24 goals, racking up 416 disposals for the season in arguably the most consistent season of his career.

His debut season was outstanding, and he finished seventh in the Club's Best and Fairest with 202 votes. His ability to find space on a wing was a very valuable asset to Essendon, as was his goal scoring ability especially from long range.

He did not find the same form in 2005 and was delisted at the end of 2005.