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NANKERVIS, Victor A. P.

Years Played: 1915-18
Born: 4/01/1893
Died: 4/01/1973
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 279

Number(s): 26

Games: 6
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Balmain Juniors (VMFL)

Vic Nankervis was a half-forward from Balmain Juniors. He played five games in late 1915 but when Essendon stood out of the League in 1916 and 1917 he had to wait until 1918 to play another game.

He left in late 1918 and went to Fitzroy where he played two games.

Victor Nankervis was the uncle of Ian and Bruce Nankervis who played many games for Geelong.

He died on 4th January, 1973, his 80th birthday.

 

 

NASH, Frank S.

Years Played: 1926-35
Born: 17/03/1907
Died: 2/12/1992
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Debut order: 380

Number(s): 22

Games: 80
Goals: 28

Previous Clubs: Flemington Methodists

 

Year

Games

Goals

1926

1

0

1927

9

0

1928

3

3

1929

5

4

1930

8

5

1931

14

3

1932

14

3

1933

11

6

1934

7

2

1935

8

2

Frank Nash was a tall, lean centre half-forward and follower who took a good mark and kicked well. He played many fine games for Essendon after coming from Flemington Methodists.

He scored equal most Brownlow medal votes for Essendon in 1928. He also played in the State League side against the Association in 1932.

The Club talked him out of retiring in 1934 and he played two more seasons until finally retiring from football at the end of 1935. He missed being made a life member through an oversight and was not granted that honour until 1992.

Nash worked as company secretary with Buchanan and Brook, ship repairers, until he retired.

He died on 2nd December, 1992, shortly after being granted his life membership.

 

 

NASH, Jay

Years Played: 2005-2009
Born: 21/12/1985
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Debut order: 1056

Number(s): 38 , 17

Games: 43
Goals: 10

Previous Clubs: Central Districts (SA)

 

Year

Games

Goals

2005

2

1

2006

7

1

2007

11

3

2008

21

5

2009

2

0

Jay Nash started slowly before establishing himself as a senior team regular in 2008.

He made his debut in Round 16 against Collingwood as a late replacement for Andrew Welsh. He had a baptism of fire when in his first quarter his opponent was none other than Collingwood captain Nathan Buckley. He finished the match with 11 possessions in a respectable performance.

Nash progressed slowly playing in seven games in 2006, was restricted to 11 games in 2007 owing to a foot injury. 2008 was his best season when he played 21 out of 22 games.

Nash had restricted opportunities in 2009 playing only two senior games and at the end of the season was traded to Port Adelaide with pick 16, in a four-club deal that saw Essendon obtain Hawthorn premiership forward Mark Williams plus pick 24 and 33.

Draft History: 2003 NAB AFL Draft, 2nd round selection (Essendon) No. 28 overall

Career Brownlow medal votes: 2

 

 

NEAGLE, Jay

Years Played: 2007-2010
Born: 17/01/1988
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 100 kg

Debut order: 1072

Number(s): 34 , 1

Games: 28
Goals: 41

Previous Clubs:

 

Year

Games

Goals

2007

1

1

2008

7

10

2009

13

19

2010

8

10

Jay Neagle was recruited in 2005 under the father-son rule, his father Merv was a premiership player at Essendon in 1984.

Neagle was a big strong player who marked well and could kick goals. While it was hoped he might be a successor to full-forward Matthew Lloyd he suffered early ankle problems and other injuries throughout much of his time at Windy Hill.

Neagle made his debut in the final round of 2007 in a heart-stopping 8-point loss to West Coast Eagles in Perth where a win would have secured the Bombers a finals berth. It was also the last game for two Bomber legends coach Kevin Sheedy and player now Essendon coach James Hird.

He played seven games in 2008 and was usually among the goals, his best return was three goals against West Coast in rd 12. He played 12 games in 2008 kicking 19 goals four times kicking three goals in games.

Neagle was delisted at the end of 2010 when he failed to meet the club’s fitness targets but was given a reprieve and was redrafted onto the club’s rookie list.

He didn’t add to his 28 games tally in 2011 and was delisted at the end of the season.

Draft history: 2005 NAB AFL Draft 3rd round father-son selection (Essendon) No. 39 overall; 2011 Rookie Draft selection (Essendon) No. 29.

 

 

NEAGLE, Merv

Years Played: 1977-85
Born: 7/03/1958
Died: 23/08/2012
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Debut order: 842

Number(s): 34 , 1

Games: 147
Goals: 52

Previous Clubs: Dimboola

 

Year

Games

Goals

1977

7

2

1978

14

4

1979

10

5

1980

22

11

1981

22

10

1982

17

1

1983

23

4

1984

18

8

1985

14

7

Merv Neagle came to Essendon's U19s from Dimboola as a centreman although he later also starred on the wing.

Neagle made his senior Essendon debut in rd 3 1977 against Collingwood, picking up 14 disposals and kicking two goals. He played seven games in his debut season.After some inauspicious games leading up to 1980, he became one of the League's most exciting players and a real match winner on his day. He was also a Bomber crowd favourite.

Neagle was aggressive, had dash and creativity, a distinctive loping run and long raking drop punt kicks. He was also prone at times to giving away unnecessary free kicks.

Neagle was runner-up in Essendon's best and fairest award in 1980 and equal runner-up in 1981. He also finished runner-up in the Brownlow medal in 1980, with 20 votes (three behind winner Kelvin Templeton) and was equal fourth in the Brownlow in 1981 with 15 votes.

Merv Neagle played on the wing in the 1984 premiership team and was among the club’s leading possession getters with 21 disposals and a goal late in the final quarter. He missed the 1985 grand final at the last minute through injury. He had earlier been Essendon's best player in the 1983 finals series and played in the centre in Essendon’s 1981 night premiership team and on the wing in the 1984 night premiership side.

Neagle was selected in the State side in 1980, 1981 and 1985. He was also named in the centre in "The Sun" All Star team in both 1981 and 1983 and in the "Inside Football" Team of the Year in 1981. He won Essendon's most improved player award in 1980.

After seven season and 147 games for the Bombers Neagle was granted a clearance to the Sydney Swans where he played 56 games between 1986 and 1990.

His son Jay played 28 games for Essendon between 2007 and 2010.

Merv Neagle was tragically killed when his truck ran off the road in country NSW on 23 August 2012. He was 54.

 

 

NEATE, Herbert W.

Years Played: 1914-15
Born: 26/04/1894
Died: 28/07/1956
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 254

Number(s): 20

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Xavier College/St Patrick's (Ballarat)

"Harry" Neate came to Essendon from Xavier College and then St Patrick's (Ballarat). A full-back, he played three games in 1914 and early 1915.

He died on 28th July, 1956.

 

 

NEHILL, Basil J.

Years Played: 1914
Born: 10/06/1891
Died: 5/03/1942
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 258

Number(s): 6

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: St Kilda/South Ballarat

 

Year

Games

Goals

1914

2

0

Basil Nehill was a rover who came to Essendon from South Ballarat. He had previously played 13 games with St Kilda in 1912.

He then played two games for Essendon in early 1914 before being cleared to Geelong later in the year. He didn't play a senior game with Geelong.

Nehill died on 5th March, 1942.

 

NEISH, Bruce L.

Years Played: 1970-71
Born: 23/08/1950
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Debut order: 779

Number(s): 8

Games: 21
Goals: 13

Previous Clubs: Doutta Stars

 

Year

Games

Goals

1970

14

8

1971

7

5

Bruce Neish was a defender and ruck rover, who joined the U19s from Doutta Stars in 1966.

Neish started promisingly with the Seniors in 1970 when he kicked four goals on debut against Melbourne in Round 6 and played every game for the remainder of the season (except for a three week suspension between Rounds 15-17), winning the best first year player award in 1970. Neish played a further seven games in 1971 before leaving the Club.

Neish joined Footscray where he played one game in 1972 before joining Sunshine in late 1972 and remaining there in 1974. He then was a “fly-in player” to Tasmania playing for East Devonport in 1974 followed by North Launceston in 1975 which included four State representative games for Tasmania.

In 1977, he joined North Sydney and he finished his career captaining Lancefield in the Riddell District League in 1978 and 1979.

Neish later became chairman of the Riddell League Tribunal, then a member of the EDFL Tribunal and served three years as a committee member of the EFCPP&O Association later returning to Essendon FC in 2007 being employed as Procurement and Facilities Manager.

 

NEWTON, Ken W.

Years Played: 1947-50
Born: 17/04/1924
Died: 3/11/2006
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Debut order: 610

Number(s): 29 , 17

Games: 24
Goals: 19

Previous Clubs: Wesley College/Duntroon Military College/Essendon District League

 

Year

Games

Goals

1947

5

1

1948

8

14

1949

8

4

1950

3

0

Ken Newton was a half-forward and follower who came to Essendon from Wesley College and then Duntroon Military College in Canberra. He won Essendon Seconds Best and Fairest award in 1947 and was runner-up in the Gardiner Medal for Best and Fairest in the League Seconds in 1948.

Newton played 24 games between 1947 and 1950 but couldn't find a regular spot. He was a reserve in the losing 1947 Grand Final team.

Newton obtained a clearance to Hawthorn in late 1950 and he played nine games there between 1950-51.

His father, Bill, was Essendon Treasurer from 1928 to 1936.

Newton died on 3rd November, 2006.

 

NEWTON, Robert J.

Years Played: 1973-78
Born: 17/04/1953
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Debut order: 809

Number(s): 48 , 2

Games: 59
Goals: 22

Previous Clubs: East Ringwood

 

Year

Games

Goals

1973

1

2

1974

8

6

1975

21

14

1976

15

0

1977

10

0

1978

4

0

Robert Newton was a handy left-foot half-forward and utility player who came to Essendon from East Ringwood.

He played only one game in 1973 then played eight out of the first 14 games of 1974 before missing the rest of the season with glandular fever. He had two consistent seasons in 1975 and 1976, and struggled for a regular game in 1977 and 1978.

Newton stood out of football in 1979, then returned to East Ringwood in 1980 and 1981. He played with Doutta Stars in 1982 and 1983, and represented the Essendon District League in 1983. He then returned to East Ringwood in 1984 and 1985 and was leading goalkicker in the Eastern District League in 1984.

 

NICOLSON, Don

Years Played: 1959
Born: 5/11/1939
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Debut order: 702

Number(s): 14

Games: 5
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Colac

 

Year

Games

Goals

1959

5

2

Don Nicolson was a blond rover from Colac where he had played from 1954.

He played five games for Essendon in early 1959 on permits before returning home because of business commitments.

Nicolson then continued with Colac until 1963 and won the award for Best and Fairest in the Hampden League in 1963. He also represented that League in the same year.

He became captain-coach of South Colac from 1964 to 1966. He later coached Colac's U18s and was president of the club from 1977 to 1979.

 

NIXON, Max J.

Years Played: 1956
Born: 24/12/1931
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Debut order: 678

Number(s): 17

Games: 6
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Orbost

 

Year

Games

Goals

1956

6

1

Max Nixon was a talented half-forward who came to Essendon from Orbost where he had played from 1949 to 1955. He won the award for Best and Fairest in the Gippsland League in 1953.

He played six games on permit in early 1956, then returned home to his farm because he couldn't find the time to train and play. He played with Orbost for the remainder of 1956 then retired.

 

NOONAN, Alan J.

Years Played: 1966-76
Born: 13/10/1947
Died: 13/04/2011
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 92 kg

Debut order: 746

Number(s): 10

Games: 182
Goals: 420

Previous Clubs: Warragul

 

Year

Games

Goals

1966

12

14

1967

17

40

1968

18

51

1969

18

43

1970

2

7

1971

18

31

1972

21

37

1973

20

63

1974

21

77

1975

22

48

1976

13

9

Alan "Lurch" Noonan came to Essendon from Warragul with a big reputation as a top young centre half-forward and full-forward. He fulfilled that early promise by being the recruit of the year in 1966. He won Essendon's Best 1st or 2nd year player award in 1967.

He was a fine high-mark and an excellent and accurate kick as well as being a fast lead to the ball.

Noonan held the record for leading Essendon's goalkicking in most seasons until passed by Matthew Lloyd in 2004. He was Essendon's leading goalkicker seven times: in 1967 with 40 goals, in 1968 with 51 goals, in 1969 with 43 goals, in 1971 with 31 goals, in 1973 with 63 goals, in 1974 with 77 goals, and in 1975 with 48 goals. He was second top in 1972.

The only years that he didn't feature in the goalkicking were 1970 where he missed most of the year with a shoulder injury and also performed National Service, and 1976 when, in the twilight of his career, he spent some time in defence.

Noonan booted eight goals in a game in 1969 and held the record at Essendon for the equal most goals kicked in Round 13 with seven goals in 1973. He also kicked seven goals in 1973, in 1967 and twice in 1974.

He was vice-captain at Essendon in 1974 and 1975, and was selected in the State side in 1967, 1968, 1972 and 1973.

Noonan was also equal second top poller at Essendon in the Brownlow medal in 1974.

He was centre half-forward in the losing 1968 Grand Final side and won the best team man award in 1972.

In 1976, he was tried out at full-back in the twilight of his career with limited success and he was cleared to Richmond in 1977 where he played 11 games. He then joined Coburg in 1978 and finished his career playing with Keilor in 1979 and 1980.

Noonan was a primary school teacher. He died on the 13th April 2011, aged 63, after a long battle with cancer.

Alan Noonan was named at number 60 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

 

NUMA, Bert

Years Played: 1906
Born: 14/07/1883
Died: 4/06/1958
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 138

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon 'A'

 

Year

Games

Goals

1906

1

0

Bert Numa came from Essendon 'A' where he played from 1901 to 1904.

His only game for Essendon was in Round 2, in a 38 point win over Geelong.

Bert Numa died on 4th June, 1958.