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PAGE, George E.

Years Played: 1926
Born: 13/06/1905
Died: 4/09/1974
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 377

Number(s): 23

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Elsternwick

Year

Games

Goals

1926

1

0

Geoge Page only played one game for Essendon, a 12 point loss to South Melbourne in Round 9, 1926.

He died on 4th September, 1974.


 

PAINE, Brian

Years Played: 1952
Born: 26/02/1932
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 651

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Flemington CYMS

Year

Games

Goals

1952

1

0

Brian Paine was a half-back from Flemington CYMS. His only game for Essendon was as a reserve in the team that lost to Footscray in Round 13, 1952.

Paine then went to Yarraville.

 

 

PAPP, Vic J.

Years Played: 1968
Born: 31/05/1946
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 67 kg

Debut order: 765

Number(s): 46

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Riverside Stars

Year

Games

Goals

1968

1

0

Vic Papp was a wingman and rover who came from Riverside Stars to the Seconds in 1967. His only game was an away win over Footscray in Round 20, 1968. He was on the bench in the Reserves team which won its first premiership for 16 years that season.

After leaving Essendon, he returned to Riverside Stars in 1971. He then became captain-coach of Gladstone Park in 1972 and played there in 1973 and 1974. He later played with Essendon High School Old Boys.

 

 

PARK, P. T.

Years Played: 1897
Born: 25/02/1875
Died: 14/06/1919
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 28

Number(s):

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Union Jack/Carlton (VFA)

"Jim" Park had great pace and played in Rounds 8, 9 and 14 in the inaugural League season in 1897.

He later played 11 games with St Kilda in 1899.

Park died on 14th June, 1919.

 

 

PARK, Tom W. G.

Years Played: 1974
Born: 4/09/1954
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 822

Number(s): 54

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Keilor

Year

Games

Goals

1974

3

0

Tom Park was a wingman who came to the U19s from Keilor in 1972. His only games for Essendon were in Rounds 15, 16 and 17 in 1974.

Tom played with Brunswick in 1976 and 1977.

 

PARKER, Geoff R.

Years Played: 1987-89
Born: 31/03/1968
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Debut order: 933

Number(s): 11 , 25

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Ringwood

Year

Games

Goals

1987

1

0

1989

2

0

Geoff Parker was a skillful half-forward and centreman from Ringwood. He had been a member of the Victorian Teal Cup side in 1985.

He struggled to get into the senior side in 1987 and his only game was in a win over the West Coast Eagles in Round 15. However he did win the award for Best and Fairest in the Reserves that year.

Parker was also a talented cricketer and had played state cricket for Victoria. He transferred to South Australia in 1988 to concentrate on a promising cricket career.

Geoff returned to Victoria in 1989 and played two more games for Essendon in Rounds 12 and 13.

 

PARKES, Gary D.

Years Played: 1970-76
Born: 2/07/1951
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Debut order: 784

Number(s): 48 , 5

Games: 96
Goals: 39

Previous Clubs: Pascoe Vale

Year

Games

Goals

1970

1

0

1971

8

1

1972

11

5

1973

19

13

1974

14

0

1975

21

11

1976

22

9

Gary Parkes was a dashing left-footed wingman. He had played with Pascoe Vale until 1967 spent two years in amatuer running before joing Essendon.

Parkes was a strong mark and was a long and accurate kick. He made his debut in an away loss to Geelong mid season but and didn't play another senior game until Round 6 the following year.

He gradually put some games together in 1972 and 1973 and his best seasons were 1975 and 1976 where he only missed one game over two years. He was Essendon's equal third Best and Fairest player in 1976, a year in which he was one of only three players to play in all 22 rounds.

Parkes then had a pay dispute with Essendon and stood out of football in 1977. He finally won a clearance to Richmond and played seven games there in 1978 and 1979.

In 1977 and 1980 Gary concentrated on a successful professional athletics career and he was a semi finalist in the Stawell Gift. He then played with Werribee from 1981 to 1984 and represented the VFA in 1981.

 


PARKINSON, G. J. Fred

Years Played: 1907-10
Born: 27/01/1884
Died: 22/10/1913
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Debut order: 158

Number(s):

Games: 53
Goals: 27

Previous Clubs: South Bendigo/North Melbourne (VFA)

Fred Parkinson was a talented follower and forward, and a fine high-mark who came to Essendon from North Melbourne (VFA) and prior to that, South Bendigo.

He only missed three games in 1907 and 1908 and kicked seven goals in one game in 1908, the equal highest by an Essendon player that year.

Parkinson was cleared to Collingwood in 1912 where he played five games.

He was a railways worker, and died on 22nd October, 1913, aged only 29.

 

PARKINSON, George R.

Years Played: 1913-14
Born:
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Debut order: 240

Number(s): 21

Games: 9
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Elsternwick

George Parkinson was a defender from Elsternwick. He played nine games for Essendon in 1913 and 1914.

He later played with Hawthorn (VFA) in 1920 and 1921.

 

 

PARKS, Kevin R.

Years Played: 1958-59
Born: 9/07/1935
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 694

Number(s): 24

Games: 10
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Kilmore/Broadford

Year

Games

Goals

1958

8

0

1959

2

0

Kevin Parks was a half-back who arrived at Windy Hill from Broadford and before that had played at Kilmore.

He was on the Essendon list in 1957 and made his senior debut in Round 1,1958 in a home win over Geelong. He finished with eight games for the season and played a further two in 1959, showing promise.

Parks then returned to the country in 1960 where he played with Kyneton until 1966, his last two seasons there as captain-coach. The club won the 1966 premiership under him.

He won the Best and Fairest award in the Bendigo League in 1960 and was vice-captain of the Bendigo League side that won the Country Championship in 1962.

Parks maintained an active involvement in the Essendon FC through his role as president of the Past Players and Officials Association.

 

 

 

PARRIS, Keith

Years Played: 1928-29
Born: 31/07/1905
Died: 20/08/1991
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 403

Number(s): 21

Games: 16
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Camberwell/Fitzroy Seconds

Year

Games

Goals

1928

8

0

1929

8

0

Keith Parris was a courageous back pocket who went in hard for the ball. He came from Fitzroy Seconds where he played in early 1928 because he was residentially bound there and, before that, Camberwell in 1926 and 1927.

He played 16 games for Essendon in late 1928 and 1929 before joining Prahran in 1930.

Parris played with Sandringham in 1931, and then was captain-coach of Wangaratta in 1932 and of Narrandera in 1933 where the club had the premiership taken away for playing an ineligible player.

Keith retired in 1970 after forty years as an insurance representative.

He died on 20th August, 1991.

 

 

PASCOE, Mal

Years Played: 1953-58
Born: 31/03/1933
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Debut order: 658

Number(s): 34

Games: 94
Goals: 41

Previous Clubs: Essendon Bombers

Year

Games

Goals

1953

9

0

1954

17

0

1955

14

6

1956

17

13

1957

19

4

1958

18

18

Mal Pascoe was a rugged half-back and ruck rover who played locally with Essendon Bombers and started with the Essendon U19s in 1949.

He was one of the best drop kicks in the League, a good mark and never gave his opponent a break.

Pascoe played in the Club's Seconds premiership team in 1952 and made his senior debut in mid 1953 against Hawthorn. After that he began stringing games together missing only one game in his last three seasons. He was also ruck rover in the losng 1957 Grand Final team.

Pascoe then headed to Hobart FC in 1959 where he had immediate success. In his first season he won the Tasmanian Football League's Best and Fairest award, (the William Leitch Medal), was the League's top goalkicker, and a member of Hobart's 1959 premiership team. He was also vice-captain for Tasmania that year winning the Weller Arnold Medal for being the TFL's Intratstate Best and Fairest player.

Pascoe's Tasmanian success continued in 1960, when he was again the TFL's top goalkicker, a premiership player and Tasmanian representative. He represented Tasmania again in 1962.

In 1971, Pascoe went close to winning the Essendon coaching appointment before it was offered to former team-mate John Birt.

Pascoe then returned to Hobart as coach in 1978 and 1979.

 

 

PATERSON, Peter

Years Played: 1938-39, 1945
Born: 27/07/1916
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Debut order: 532

Number(s): 18 , 32

Games: 9
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Rochester

Year

Games

Goals

1938

2

0

1939

2

1

1945

5

4

Peter Paterson was a follower and forward from Rochester who unfortunately never lived up to the fine reputation that he came with.

He played nine games before joining Coburg in 1946.

Peter Paterson died in 1968.

 

 

PATTINSON, George

Years Played: 1934-37, 1939-42
Born: 6/05/1914
Died: 5/11/2003
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Debut order: 479

Number(s): 24 , 25

Games: 67
Goals: 17

Previous Clubs: Narrandera (NSW)

Year

Games

Goals

1934

6

4

1935

13

1

1936

14

4

1937

11

4

1939

14

2

1940

6

0

1942

3

2

George Pattinson was a good half-forward and later half-back and finally ruckman who came originally from Narrandera. He had the ability to do the occasional freakish things.

He missed the 1938 season with an injured arm and played with Williamstown in early 1939 before returning to Essendon.

Pattinson's career was interrupted by service in the RAAF during World War II and he later returned to play with Essendon Seconds in 1946 and 1947.

Pattinson retired in 1979 as the paymaster with the Department of Stores and Transport.

His father, Artie, played four games for St Kilda in 1909.

Pattinson died on 5th November, 2003.

 

 

PAYNE, Walter Roy

Years Played: 1929, 1931
Born: 7/10/1909
Died: 22/08/1969
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 84 kg

Debut order: 411

Number(s): 16 , 31

Games: 19
Goals: 15

Previous Clubs: Hamilton

Walter Payne was a follower and defender from Hamilton. He was a splendid mark and a beautiful drop kick.

He played 19 games in 1929 and 1931. He later played with Hawthorn Seconds.

Walter Payne died on 22nd August, 1969.

 

PAYNE, Charlie J.

Years Played: 1962-72
Born: 13/11/1944
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Debut order: 725

Number(s): 7 , 8 , 7

Games: 184
Goals: 128

Previous Clubs: Terang

Year

Games

Goals

1962

19

39

1963

18

36

1964

18

13

1965

18

0

1966

18

0

1967

18

0

1968

19

14

1969

9

5

1970

16

11

1971

17

9

1972

14

1

Charlie Payne was a fine team player who was an accomplished full-forward before moving into the ruck where he again excelled.

Payne was only 16 years old when he came from Terang to the U19s in 1961.

He made his senior debut in Round 2 1962, aged 17 and played every game that season thereafter. He finished his first year of senior football as leading goalkicker with 39 goals, won the best first year player award, and played in a premiership team. He is still the youngest Essendon premiership player and the fourth youngest to debut in League history.

The following year Payne continued where he had left off, playing in every game, and leading the Club goalkicking with 36 goals. His seven goals in Round 6 were the most by an Essendon player that year.

In 1964 Payne moved into the ruck and he played there and in back pocket in the 1965 premierships team. He was in the ruck in the losing 1968 Grand Final side.

The versatile Payne won the Best Utility Player in 1966 and Best Clubman award in 1965, 1970 and 1971.

After leaving Essendon, Payne played with North Adelaide from 1973 to 1977 and he then became captain-coach of Keilor in 1978 and 1979. After this he returned to Essendon as skills coach in 1981 and 1982 before coaching Doutta Stars from 1983 to 1985.

He returned to Essendon as a committeeman in 1987.

Charlie Payne's brother, Ian, also played for Essendon.

 

 

PAYNE, Fred R.

Years Played: 1949-53
Born: 4/02/1927
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Debut order: 623

Number(s): 35

Games: 42
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Ardmona

Year

Games

Goals

1949

3

2

1950

10

1

1951

16

4

1952

11

0

1953

2

0

Fred Payne was a follower and half-forward who came from Ardmona in 1948. He struggled to get a regular senior game, but he was a courageous battler who gave it all he had.

Payne was the original twentieth man in the losing 1951 Grand Final side, but became a late inclusion in the eighteen when John Gill dropped out through injury. His promotion and Essendon's injuries woes meant that coach, Dick Reynolds, had to come out of retirement and become the replacement twentieth man.

Payne was also a member of the Seconds premiership side in 1950, and won Essendon's best utility player award in 1951.

After leaving Essendon, he played for Hawthorn Seconds in early 1954 before finishing the year at Kyneton. He returned to Essendon Seconds in 1955 and 1956.

Payne played for Sunbury in 1957 and 1958, followed by Murchison from 1959 to 1962 then with Shepparton from 1963 to 1965. He finished his career back at Ardmona.

He retired in 1986 as a Senior Sergeant after thirty three years with Victoria Police.

 

 

 

PAYNE, Ian G.

Years Played: 1965-67, 1969-71
Born: 22/03/1947
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Debut order: 744

Number(s): 3

Games: 45
Goals: 11

Previous Clubs: Terang

Year

Games

Goals

1965

1

0

1966

12

5

1967

8

1

1969

1

0

1970

11

3

1971

12

2

Ian Payne was a centreman and half-forward. Known as Porky, he came from Terang like his brother, Charlie, who played 184 games for Essendon.

Payne won the Reserves Best and Fairest award in 1965 and was also an emergency in the Senior premiership team in that year.

His career was interrupted when he was conscripted into the Army and sent to Vietnam in 1968, but he returned to Essendon the following year.

Payne won the most improved player award in 1967 and 1970. He was hospitalised in 1970 after suffering a ruptured kidney and broken ribs against Carlton in the first game of the season. He missed eight weeks but returned in Round 10 and played another 10 games that season.

Payne went to Sunshine in 1972 for two seasons before joining Keilor where he played from 1974 to 1976.


PEARS, Tayte 

Years Played: 2008-2013, 2015
Born: 24/03/1990
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 92 kg
Debut order: 1073

Number(s): 16
Games: 70
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: East Perth (WA)

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

2008

5

2

2009

23

1

2010

10

0

2011

9

0

2012

10

0

2013

11

0

2014

0

0

2015

2

0

 

Tayte Pears was recruited from East Perth at pick 23 in the 2007 National Draft.

He made his debut in Round 4, 2008 in a loss to the Bulldogs at Dockland and finished with four games in his debut season.

Pears played every game in 2009, gaining a Rising Star nomination for his Rd 13 game against Carlton, and was looking to have a long career ahead of him. As a key-position defender Pears often took on the best opposition key forwards and was an effective link-up player who could set up plays from the back line. But a foot injury requiring surgery, then calf and heel injuries kept him of the field for long periods and Pears’ could played only manage 42 senior games over the next five seasons.

After two senior games in 2015 and 14 in the VFL Pears was one of 34 past and present Essendon players suspended owing to the so-called ‘’supplements saga’’ and was banned for the 2016 season.

In September that year Pears announced his retirement and intention to join the fire brigade 

PEARSON, Bill

Years Played: 1945-47
Born: 11/06/1922
Died: 6/12/2010
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Debut order: 591

Number(s): 20

Games: 51
Goals: 24

Previous Clubs: La Mascotte (EDFL)

Bill Pearson had all the attributes of a champion; he was a strong mark, a beautiful drop kick with either foot and had the knack of extricating himself from seemingly impossible situations.

He came to Essendon after serving in the Pacific with the Army during World War II, but only after the League ruled that he was an Essendon player when Footscray also claimed his services.
Prior to this he had played with La Mascotte in the Essendon District League where he kicked 28 goals in a game in 1939. This is still an EDFL record.
Pearson was acclaimed by many critics as one of Essendon best centremen of all time but his career was cut short when he succumbed to a serious knee injury in 1947. He underwent five operations in an effort to return to playing, but they were unsuccessful. He ultimately endured 23 operations in total.
Pearson was one of Essendon best players in the 1946 premiership win, playing in the centre. He also won Essendon's best first year player award in 1945 and scored most Brownlow medal votes at Essendon in 1946 with 13 votes.
After leaving Essendon, his only football involvement was as coach of St Mary's U18s in a Sunday competition in 1949.
Pearson was a leading greyhounds authority and wrote for 'The Age' for many years. He was awarded The Australian Sports Medal in 2000 from Prime Minister John Howard for his service to the racing industry.

 

 

PEPPARD, Michael C.

Years Played: 1900-03
Born: 28/04/1877
Died: 30/01/1939
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Debut order: 57

Number(s):

Games: 42
Goals: 10

Previous Clubs: Fitzroy Juniors/Melbourne Juniors/Fitzroy

Peppard was a talented half-back and follower who came to Essendon from Fitzroy. He had previously played with Melbourne Juniors and Fitzroy Juniors.

He unluckily missed playing in the 1901 premiership team when he suffered an injury in the preceding week.

Peppard died on 30th January, 1939.

 

 

PERRY, Greg F.

Years Played: 1970-76
Born: 29/01/1949
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Debut order: 777

Number(s): 14 , 36 , 16 , 8

Games: 63
Goals: 38

Previous Clubs: Stawell

Year

Games

Goals

1970

5

5

1972

18

15

1973

22

18

1974

15

0

1976

3

0

Greg Perry was a reliable second string ruckman from Stawell. He had represented the Wimmera League before joining Essendon.

He could take a good mark and did his best work on the forward line.

Perry's first season in 1970 was cut short when he was drafted into the Army. He spent the 1971 season in Vietnam, but returned to play with Stawell later that year.

He rejoined Essendon in 1972 and played until 1974. In 1975, he returned to Stawell as captain-coach and then came back to Essendon where he played the first three games of 1976.

He joined Coburg in mid 1976, playing there until 1977. He was captain-coach of South Warrnambool from 1978 to 1980. In this period he was vice-captain of the Hampden League side.

In 1981, he was captain-coach of Heywood before joining Shepparton United in 1982. He was appointed coach of that club in 1983. He coached Lucknow in 1984 aand 1986 before becoming a junior development officer for Gippsland in 1986.

Perry was president and chairman of selectors at Ararat in 1987.

 

 

PETERSON, Reginald L.

Years Played: 1931-32
Born: 16/08/1907
Died: 23/05/1961
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Debut order: 433

Number(s): 30

Games: 20
Goals: 8

Previous Clubs: Brighton

Reg Peterson was a fullback who came to Essendon from Brighton. He was an excellent kick.

He played 20 games in 1931 and 1932.

Peterson transferred to St Kilda in 1933, where he played one game.

He died on 23rd May, 1961.

 

 

PEUCKER, Ken

Years Played: 1954-55, 1958-61
Born: 2/02/1935
Died: 15/02/2005
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Debut order: 664

Number(s): 27 , 29

Games: 60
Goals: 68

Previous Clubs: Lincoln Stars

Year

Games

Goals

1954

10

3

1955

17

27

1958

7

3

1959

8

12

1960

17

23

1961

1

0

Ken Peucker was a rover and half-forward from Lincoln Stars. He played with the U19s in 1952 before working up to the Seniors. He had won the award for Best and Fairest in the Essendon District League under age competition in 1951.

His career started tentatively but later he went for the ball with dash and decision. He had the knack of finding the goals with snapshots and he was also quick.

Peucker was Essendon's third top goalkicker in 1955 before going to South Adelaide in 1956 and 1957 when a permit dispute with North Melbourne blew up.

He returned to the Club in 1958 and was runner-up in the League Reserves Gardiner Medal in 1959 despite playing in the Seniors late in the season. He also won Essendon Reserves Best and Fairest award in that year.

Peucker was on the half-forward flank in the losing 1959 Grand Final team.

When he left Essendon, he joined Kyneton in late 1961 and played in the Bendigo League team. He later moved to Queensland and played with Mt Gravatt in 1973.

Peucker died on 15th February, 2005, while living on the Gold Coast.

 

 

PEVERILL, Damien

Years Played: 2001-2008
Born: 12/07/1979
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Debut order: 1023

Number(s): 45 , 11

Games: 144
Goals: 21

Previous Clubs: Keilor Park/Calder U18/Coburg/Essendon VFL

Year

Games

Goals

2001

9

4

2002

21

5

2003

23

3

2004

24

5

2005

21

4

2006

17

4

2007

19

6

2008

10

1

Damien Peverill was an Essendon favourite. His no-nonsense approach to football, along with his consistency and ability to win plenty of the ball, were the hallmarks of his game. He was elevated to the senior list from the Rookie list after Round 3, 2001, when Joe Misiti was placed on the long term injury list. He finished his first season with nine games.

He commenced his 2002 season in fine form, polling votes in two of the first four games before a wrist injury in Round 5 against Collingwood put him our our for three weeks. When he returned he was one of the Club's most conistent performers. He played 21 games for the year and finishing 5th in the Club's Best and Fairest award.

Peverill carried this form into 2003, playing in 23 games and again finishing strongly in the Best and Fairest (6th). He was the Club's leader in handballs and often took on the tagginng assignments on some of the opposition's best players.

2004 was a successful year for Peverill, he played in all of the Club's 24 matches, kicking 5 goals for the season and finishing 5th in the Club's Best and Fairest with 243 votes. He also led the Club in tackles and handballs for the season.

He only missed one game of the 2005 season and played an important part in the midfield where he was a hard-working and effective contributor.

Peverill played 17 games in 2006 and 19 games in 2007 but his 2008 season was stop-start and he was told by new coach Matthew Knights that opportunities would be few. Plenty of fans thought he was unlucky not to to be retained.

He was delisted at the end of 2008 and he elected to enter the Draft.

Draft History: 2001 rookie elevation ( Essendon)
Player Honours:: Best Clubman 2002
Best 1st year player 2001
VFL 2nd Best and Fairest 2000
Career Brownlow medal votes: 25

 

 

PHILLIPS, Brenton

Years Played: 1986
Born: 5/11/1962
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Debut order: 916

Number(s): 19

Games: 10
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: North Adelaide (SA)

Year

Games

Goals

1986

10

3

Brenton Phillips was a lightly built wingman who came to Essendon from North Adelaide. He was a hard worker who never stopped running and was extremely fit, but he couldn't secure a regular senior berth in the strong Essendon side of the time. Of his 10 games, six were on the interchange bench.

Phillips joined the newly-formed Brisbane Bears and played in their first game in 1987. He went on to play 61 games for Brisbane, kicking 30 goals.

 

PHILLIPS, Len V.

Years Played: 1918
Born: 4/04/1890
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 67 kg

Debut order: 291

Number(s): 30

Games: 4
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Melbourne City/St Kilda

Len Phillips was a skilful rover who came to Essendon in 1918 after playing three seasons with West Perth.

His only games for Essendon were in Rounds 4, 5, 7 and 14, and all were losses.

Phillips played for Footscray (VFA) and Hawthorn (VFA) after leaving Essendon, giving him the unusual distinction of playing for ten different clubs in eleven years.

 

PHIPPS, James J.

Years Played: 1904-06
Born:
Died: 17/09/1977
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 113

Number(s):

Games: 22
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Brighton

James Phipps was a half-back flanker from Brighton. He debuted in Round 9, 1904, and played every game for the rest of the season, including a three point loss to Carlton in the semi-final.

Phipps missed the first game of 1905 then played five successive games before missing the next seven games. He returned in Round 14 and played the remaining five games, including a 43 point loss to Fitzroy in the 1905 semi-final.

He only played two more games in 1906, and his last game for Essendon was in a win over Collingwood in Round 6, 1906.

James Phipps died on 17th September, 1977.

 


PIKE, John

Years Played: 1913
Born: 22/01/1923
Died: 17/07/1968
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Debut order: 245

Number(s): 26

Games: 4
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: East Geelong

Year

Games

Goals

1913

4

0

John Pike played in Rounds 11, 13, 14 and 15 in 1913, for three losses and a two point win over University.

He died on 17th July, 1968.

 

 

PIROUET, Bryan K.

Years Played: 1970-71
Born: 12/07/1949
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Debut order: 778

Number(s): 9

Games: 14
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Horsham Homers/Horsham

Year

Games

Goals

1970

11

0

1971

3

0

Bryan Pirouet was a half-back flanker who came to the Reserves from Horsham in 1969. He had been at that club in 1967 and 1968 and prior to that played with the Horsham Homers.

He lacked pace and had difficulty getting a regular senior game. He played 11 games in 1970, but coould only manage a further three games in 1971.

Pirouet went on to play with Prahran from 1972 to 1974 and was in their premiership side in 1973.

He was then captain-coach of Horsham Imperials until 1976 and assistant-coach and a player at Wonthaggi from 1977 to 1980. In 1981 and 1982 he was captain-coach at Dalyston.

 

 

PIRRIE, Stephen

Years Played: 1985
Born: 23/03/1961
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 92 kg

Debut order: 914

Number(s): 29

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Old Xavier/Hawthorn Reserves/Richmond/St Kilda

Year

Games

Goals

1985

1

0

Stephen Pirrie was a defender who came from St Kilda where he played six games in 1984. Prior to that he played with Old Xaverians and then 12 games with Richmond in 1982 and 1983.

His only game for Essendon was a Round 17 loss to Carlton in 1985.

In 1987, he resumed his career at Port Melbourne.

Pirrie came from a strong footballing family. His father, Kevin, played 10 games for Hawthorn (1941, 1946), and his uncle, Richard, played three games for Hawthorn (1940-1941) (he was the first Australian killed in the D-Day landings at Normandy in 1944). His grandfather, Richard, played 24 games for Melbourne (1989-1900).

 

PLAIN, Bradley

Years Played: 1988-93
Born: 25/09/1969
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Debut order: 946

Number(s): 14

Games: 46
Goals: 89

Previous Clubs: Clarence (Tas)

Year

Games

Goals

1988

1

1

1989

19

27

1990

4

6

1991

11

28

1992

4

4

1993

7

23

Bradley Plain was recruited from Clarence in 1988. He was a talented half-forward with an uncanny goal sense.

He showed plenty of ability and only missed playing in the 1991 finals series because of an ankle injury. However he often frustrated supporters by his up and down form. He represented both Victoria and Tasmania but was unable to maintain consistently high form.

Plain transferred to Collingwood in 1994 where he played nine games, then went to North Melbourne in 1996 but could only manage one more game.

 

 

 

PLEASS, George V.

Years Played: 1904
Born: 12/11/1874
Died: 1/10/1914
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 112

Number(s):

Games: 4
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Albert Park/South Melbourne

George "Mick" Pleass was a top ruckman who played 109 games with South Melbourne from 1897 to early 1904, but was dropped when he sought a clearance to Western Australia. Known as Mick, he eventually joined Essendon in the twilight of his career in 1904 and played four games.

He became a field umpire for a few games in 1902, but soon returned to playing. He represented Victoria three times.

George Pleass died on 1st October, 1914, aged only 39.

 

PLUMMER, Elton A.

Years Played: 1936-44
Born: 31/07/1914
Died: 30/05/1988
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 62 kg

Debut order: 481

Number(s): 8 , 27 , 8

Games: 140
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Preston

Year

Games

Goals

1934

1

0

1936

12

0

1937

15

0

1938

11

1

1939

6

0

1940

20

0

1941

21

0

1942

18

0

1943

17

0

1944

20

0

"Duffy" Plummer came to Essendon from Preston where he played in 1932 and 1933. He started as a centreman although he didn't become a star until he went into defence.

Plummer became an excellent back pocket for Essendon, with superb judgment and plenty of courage. He was rugged and fit and a good mark and kick. He weighed only 62 kg and had thin legs.

In his first game in 1934, Plummer played on the wing and incredibly went through the whole game without touching the ball. Then, in 1935 he was vice-captain of the Seconds and didn't get a Senior game.

He was the Seconds Best and Fairest in that year.

Plummer became vice-captain in 1944 and, in fact, he acted as captain-coach for seven weeks while Dick Reynolds was sidelined with appendicitis.

He was in the back pocket in the 1942 premiership team.

Plummer played 98 consecutive games between 1939 and 1944 and only four Essendon players have bettered this. He also won the best utility player award in 1940, the quaint Most Attentive to Training Award in 1941, the Best Clubman award in 1943 and the Most Unselfish Player award in 1944.

After leaving Essendon, Plummer became captain-coach of Brunswick in 1945 and 1946 and then Coburg in 1947 before becoming coach of East Brunswick.

His brother, Henry, played three games for Essendon in 1934.

Plummer retired in 1977 as a Station Officer after thirty-nine years in the Metropolitan Fire Brigade.

Duffy Plummer died on 30th May, 1988.

 

 

PLUMMER, Henry G.

Years Played: 1934
Born: 22/04/1912
Died: 30/06/1993
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Debut order: 478

Number(s): 36

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon Church of Christ

Henry Plummer played three games for three losses in Rounds 11, 13 and 14 in 1934.

His brother, Elton "Duffy" Plummer played 140 games for Essendon.

Henry Plummer died on 30th June, 1993.

 

POLLARD, Thomas C.

Years Played: 1915
Born: 7/07/1894
Died: 10/05/1941
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 72 kg

Debut order: 266

Number(s): 6

Games: 8
Goals: 5

Previous Clubs: Melbourne City/Collingwood

Thomas Pollard was a full-forward who came from Collingwood where he played six games in 1914. Prior to that he played with Melbourne City.

He played eight games with Essendon in 1915.

 

POWELL, Les

Years Played: 1937-38
Born: 29/07/1912
Died: 12/12/1967
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 84 kg

Debut order: 513

Number(s): 15

Games: 20
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Oakleigh

Les Powell was a back pocket who came from Oakleigh and started well, winning Essendon's best first year player award in 1937. He played 20 games, mostly in his first season.

In 1939, he went on to play one game with South Melbourne.

Les Powell died on 12th December, 1967.

 

 

POWELL, Ray

Years Played: 1942-47
Born: 7/08/1923
Died: 7/07/1993
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Debut order: 566

Number(s): 17

Games: 49
Goals: 68

Previous Clubs: Essendon Stars

Year

Games

Goals

1942

3

1

1943

8

8

1944

16

43

1945

14

12

1946

4

4

1947

4

1

Ray Powell was a half-forward and utility player from Essendon Stars.

He was dangerous around the goals and was Essendon's leading goalkicker in 1944 with 42 goals, including a caeer-high seven goals against South Melbourne in Round 18. He also won the Club's valuable services award in 1944 and the most serviceable player award in 1945.

Powell joined Brunswick in 1947 where he played until 1949. He then coached Ascot Vale.

He retired in 1983 from his job as an Engineer with Australian Controls where he had worked for twenty eight years.

Powell died on 7th July, 1993.


 

PREST, Warren J.

Years Played: 1955-56
Born: 9/12/1932
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Debut order: 669

Number(s): 28

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Aberfeldie

Year

Games

Goals

1955

2

0

1956

1

0

Warren Prest was a follower who came from Aberfeldie and played three games as a reserve in 1955 and 1956.

After leaving Essendon, Prest played with Preston in 1957 and 1958 and then with Epping from 1959 to 1962.

Prest became captain-coach of Mernda in 1963 and 1964.

 

 

PRIDHAM, Leslie B.

Years Played: 1957
Born: 30/12/1937
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Debut order: 691

Number(s): 6

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: East Sandringham Boys Club

Les Pridham was a small rover who came to Essendon Thirds from East Sandringham Boys Club in 1955.

He made senior his debut in a Round 10 loss to Richmond in 1957, and it was the only senior action he saw at Essendon. However his form in the Reserves was outstanding and he won the Gardiner Medal for Best and Fairest player in the VFL Seconds.

In mid-1958, Pridham was cleared to Rochester and then later he played half a season with Blackburn in 1962.

 

 

PRIMMER, Wayne F.

Years Played: 1977-79
Born: 9/01/1959
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 65 kg

Debut order: 848

Number(s): 15

Games: 40
Goals: 74

Previous Clubs: Woomelang

Year

Games

Goals

1977

10

11

1978

20

47

1979

10

16

Wayne Primmer was a talented fair haired rover from Woomelang in the Wimmera where he played from 1974 to 1976.

He was highly skilled and relied on lightning reflexes and speed to compensate for his lack of size. He was particularly dangerous around the goals and was Essendon's leading goalkicker in 1978 with 47 goals. By Round 6 that year had kicked seven goals in three different games.

After leaving Essendon, Primmer joined West Torrens in South Australia in 1980 and then was captain-coach of Lalbert in 1981. He played with that club in 1982.

Primmer was captain-coach of Hamilton in 1983 before moving to Benalla where he was captain-coach in 1984, 1985 and 1987 and he played there in 1986.

 

 

PRIOR, Michael

Years Played: 1994- 2000
Born: 6/09/1973
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Debut order: 989

Number(s): 15

Games: 81
Goals: 19

Previous Clubs: East Perth (WA)

Year

Games

Goals

1994

4

2

1995

4

0

1996

17

3

1997

22

10

1998

8

2

1999

15

2

2000

11

0

Michael Prior came to Essendon from East Perth in WA. He was the 3rd selection in the 1992 National Draft.

He was a tough and reliable defender whose best years were in 1996 and 1997. His first game was against Collingwood in 1994 at the MCG. A knee injury ruined his 1998 season, but he returned in 1999 to play a further 15 games.

Prior played two State of Origin games for Western Australia.

He found it difficult to establish a permanent place in the strong Essendon side of 2000, and although he was selected in 11 games, he spent a lot of time on the interchange bench.

Prior was traded to the West Coast Eagles at the end of the 2000 season but only played seven games before seriously injuring his knee. He only managed two more games and retired at the end of the 2002 season.

 


PRISMALL, Brent 

Years Played:  2009-12
Born: 14/07/1986
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 88 kg

Debut Order: 1085 

Number(s): 9

Games: 36
Goals: 10

Previous Clubs: Western Jets, Geelong

Seasons Played

 

Year

 

 

Games

 

Goals

 

2009

 

 

13

 

5

 

2010

 

 

15

 

4

 

2011

 

 

8

 

1

 

2012

 

 

0

 

0

Brent Prismall was recruited from Geelong in exchange for selection 39.

 The midfielder played 25 games for the Cats before injuring his left knee in the club’s qualifying final against St Kilda in 2008, the injury requiring a knee reconstruction and finished his season.

Prismall requested a trade in an effort to get more opportunities and was picked up by Essendon for season 2009. Ten months to the day from when he injured his knee Prismall made his debut for the Bombers in round 11 against Adelaide and played every remaining game that season.

He went on to play 15 games in 2010 but his form could be patchy and he missed selection a number of times throughout the season before his form improved towards the end of the season.

After the reconstruction on his right knee in 2008, Prismall suffered another serious injury, this time to his right knee, in round 19, 2011 against Collingwood. It was to be Prismall’s last game in the AFL.

He missed all of 2012 owing to injury and was delisted at the end of the season.

Prismall continued his involvement in football playing in the Bulldog’s VFL affiliate side Williamstown and later working as player wellbeing coordinator with the new stand alone side Footscray Bulldogs.

 


PRISMALL, George H.

Years Played: 1935
Born: 10/03/1915
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Debut order: 489

Number(s): 10

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Fitzroy Seconds/Brunswick

Year

Games

Goals

1935

1

0

George Prismall was a rough, tough defender who came from Fitzroy Seconds and Brunswick.

He only played one game and that was on Fitzroy's champion Haydn Bunton in Round 8, 1935. His antics on that day are reported to have upset his Fitzroy opponent and frightened everyone else and Essendon chose not to select him again.

Prismall then returned to Brunswick and later served overseas with the Merchant Navy during World War II.

 

PROUT, John H.

Years Played: 1908-10
Born: 27/04/1887
Died: 13/01/1956
Height: 165 cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 186

Number(s):

Games: 29
Goals: 35

Previous Clubs: Wesley College

John 'Harry' Prout was a fine half-forward who came from Wesley College.

Though short, he was exceedingly fast and a fine kick.

Prout made his debut for Essendon when he was surprisingly selected in the losing Grand Final team in 1908.

In 1909, he was Essendon's second top goalkicker and he booted five goals in one game and four in another in that year.

After leaving Essendon, Prout went to Sydney where he played with the YMCS in 1912.

Prout's brother, James, played cricket for Queensland.

He died on 13th January, 1956.

 

 

PRYOR, Geoff G.

Years Played: 1965-70, 1973-74
Born: 21/11/1945
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 96 kg

Debut order: 742

Number(s): 35 , 21 , 35 , 31

Games: 137
Goals: 8

Previous Clubs: Strathmore Methodists/Wesley College

Year

Games

Goals

1965

16

0

1966

20

1

1967

3

0

1968

23

0

1969

20

3

1970

14

4

1973

19

0

1974

22

0

Geoff Pryor was a top defender, good in the air and quick on the ground. He came from Wesley College and had captained the Associated Public Schools side in 1964. He also played with Strathmore Methodists.

He was an awkward kick, but played with tremendous keenness and was close checking with the ability to close an opponent out of the game. He was not spectacular but was very capable and, after originally starring as a half-back and centre half-back, he played with distinction at full-back.

Pryor was one of Essendon's best players in the 1965 premiership side and won the Club's best first year player award. He was runner-up in Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1968, 1969 and 1974. He was also Essendon's best player in the 1968 finals series.

He missed most of 1967 when he broke his leg, and in 1970, he was one of the five senior Essendon players who resigned after a dispute over pay and conditions.

Pryor was Essendon's second top Brownlow medal vote scorer in 1974 and won the best team player award in 1965, the outstanding services award in 1968, the most courageous player award in 1969 and the best clubman award in 1973.

He went overseas on business in 1971 but made a successful return in 1973. He was the only bearded footballer in the League in 1973. In 1974, he was the prime mover in the formation of the first players union and he was the first president of that body. He also had the distinction of being the first player to wear a mouthguard.

Pryor left Essendon at the end of 1974 when he was transferred to Canberra in his employment.