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SALKELD, Albert E.

Years Played: 1897
Born: 24/05/1876
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 17

Number(s):

Games: 5
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Melbourne (VFA)

Albert Salkeld, known as "Baron", was a follower from Melbourne (VFA). He played in Essendon's VFA team in 1896 and was a member of Essendon's first VFL side in 1897. He played a further four games that year.

He then went away to fight in the South African war with his team-mate, George Cochrane.

Salkeld later went to university in Scotland to complete his medical studies and is reported to have introduced the game there.

He died in 1917.

 


SALMON, Paul A.

Years Played: 1983-95,2002
Born: 20/01/1965
Height: 206 cm
Weight: 112 kg

Debut order: 897

Number(s): 3 , 4

Games: 224
Goals: 520

Previous Clubs: Ringwood North

Year

Games

Goals

1983

9

14

1984

13

63

1985

4

15

1986

21

46

1987

22

43

1988

19

37

1989

16

39

1990

21

43

1991

18

30

1992

19

59

1993

20

65

1994

14

16

1995

13

39

2002

15

11

Paul Salmon, known as "Fish", was a brilliant, high flying full-forward and ruckman who came from North Ringwood to the U19s. He was a champion junior player who had been an All-Australian Teal Cup representative on three occasions.

At 206 cm he was one of the tallest men to play League football and with his strong hands and long reach he seemed almost impossible to outmark.

Salmon played nine games in his first season then had an remarkable start to 1984 by kicking seven, seven and then eight goals in the first three Rounds. He had 63 goals by Round 13 and looked certain to be heading for 100 plus, when he injured his knee against Collingwood and missed the remainder of the season. His 63 goals were still enough for him to lead Essendon's goalkicking that year.

Salmon made a successful return in mid-1985, kicking seven goals in a semi-final against Sydney in only his second game for the year and kicked another six in the premiership win against Hawthorn.

He was Essendon's top goalkicker in 1987 with 43 goals and was second top in 1986. He booted eleven goals in a game in 1986 and again in 1987 and also kicked nine in 1987. He kicked eight goals twice in 1984 and in 1986 and seven goals four times in 1984, 1985 and 1986. He holds the Essendon record for the most goals in Round 6 with eight, Round 6 with eight, Round 15 with Round 16 with nine, Round 19 wiith 11 and Round 22 with seven. He also holds the record with 11 goals for the most goals kicked against Richmond.

Salmon was a member of the Reserves 1983 premiership side. He represented Victoria in 1984, 1986 and 1987 and was chosen in the All-Australian team in 1987. He was Essendon's second top Brownlow medal vote scorer in 1987 and equal third top in 1984 and won the most improved player award of the year. He was a member of the 1993 premiership side playing ruck and full-forward.

He became dissatisfied with his role as full-forward and wanted to spend more time in the ruck, but found it difficult to cement that role agains the likes of team-mates Simon Madden, and later, Steve Alessio and Peter Somerville. He transferred to Hawthorn in 1996 where he was finally able to fulfil this ambition. The complex deal which enabled him to go to Hawthorn brought Paul Barnard and Sean Wellman to Essendon and saw Darren Jarman return to Adelaide.

Salmon retired in 2001 after 100 games and two best and fairest awards with Hawthorn, but made a surprising comeback with Essendon in 2002. He made his first appearance for the season in Round 7 against Carlton at the MCG and played a further 14 games before retiring for good at the end of the year.

In all he played 324 games for two clubs.

Salmon was selected at number 28 in the 60 Champions of Essendon (2002).

 

 

SAMPSON, Brian E.

Years Played: 1959-66
Born: 15/02/1941
Height: 194 cm
Weight: 95 kg

Debut order: 703

Number(s): 34

Games: 100
Goals: 45

Previous Clubs: East Sandringham

Year

Games

Goals

1959

18

2

1960

2

0

1961

11

0

1962

6

1

1963

18

11

1964

16

12

1965

21

13

1966

8

6

Brian Sampson, known as "Sambo", was a top-class ruckman, who got in front for hit outs and marks and used his height and reach to great advantage.

He joined Essendon from East Sandringham Juniors in 1958 and had a fine but interrupted 100-game career with Essendon.

His early days at Windy Hill were blighted by injury, first to his knee in 1958 which delayed his senior debut until Round 1, 1959. He played all but three games that season and was playing well in the Grand Final against Melbourne when he fell awkwardly and injured his back, forcing him from the field. Essendon lost the game by 37 points.

Sampson's next season was ruined by a knee injury and he could only manage two games early in the year. He played 11 games in 1961 until injury struck again and he missed the last five rounds that year. After returning for the first two rounds of 1962, he then missed the next 13 games.

He returned late that year in time for the finals and ready to play in the Grand Final if team-mate Geoff Leek was declared unfit. Leek decided to play with pain-killing injections so Sampson was selected as a reserve and spent most of the game on the bench. Essendon had a comfortable 32 point win over Carlton.

His luck finally changed and he was back to his best next season playing every game in 1963 and all but two in 1964.

1965 was Brian Sampson's year. He played every game, won the Club's Best Team Player award and played in his second premiership team, starring in the forward pocket and ruck in the win over St Kilda.

He played eight more games for Essendon in 1966 for a career tally of 100 before joining West Perth. He played at West Perth from 1967 to 1969, playing in their 1969 premiership team.

He also represented Western Australia in 1968.

Sampson's brother, Ray, played one game for Melbourne in 1969.

 

 

 

SARSFIELD, Vernon

Years Played: 1929
Born: 10/12/1905
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 413

Number(s): 24

Games: 2
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Essendon CYMS

Vernon Sarsfield was an accurate left-footed forward who played two games in 1929 in Rounds 13 and 18, for a win over Footscray and a loss to Fitzroy. He kicked his solitary goal in his last game.

He later played for Ballarat Imperials.

Sarsfield died in 1984.

 

 

SARTORI, Raymond

Years Played: 1906-07
Born:
Died: 14/07/1961
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 144

Number(s):

Games: 7
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Daylesford

Ray Sartori was a wingman from Daylesford who played seven games for Essendon in 1906 and 1907, including the 1906 semi-final loss to Fitzroy.

He was cleared to Prahran in 1908 and then to Collingwood Wednesday FC.

Sartori died on 14th July, 1961.

 

SAWYER, Harry J.

Years Played: 1918
Born: 22/10/1893
Died: 11/03/1981
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Debut order: 288

Number(s): 28

Games: 4
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Footscray Juniors

Year

Games

Goals

1918

4

0

Harry Sawyer, known as "Leggo", was a back pocket player from Footscray Juniors. His name was originally Sauer, but was changed to the more English-sounding 'Sawyer' due to anti-German sentiment of the time (World War I).

He played only four games for Essendon in Rounds 2 to 5 in 1918.

Sawyer died on 11th March, 1981.

 

SCANLON, Denis

Years Played: 1976-81
Born: 5/04/1954
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Debut order: 837

Number(s): 36

Games: 66
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: North Hobart (Tas)

Year

Games

Goals

1976

9

0

1977

22

5

1978

12

0

1979

17

2

1980

4

0

1981

2

0

Denis Scanlon was an attacking defender who was a fine mark and an excellent kick. He was rarely brilliant but totally dependable.

He came to Essendon from North Hobart with a great reputation, having been in the Tasmanian Carnival side in 1975. He was cleared to Essendon for $50,000 which was believed to be the highest fee ever asked for a transfer up to that time. Although he was good, he never quite lived up to his reputation.

Scanlon won Essendon's best clubman award in 1977. He represented Tasmania in the State of Origin series in 1980.

He completed a doctorate and worked in medical research after leaving football.

 

SCHULTZ, Graeme W.

Years Played: 1971-74, 1981-83
Born: 17/05/1953
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 69 kg

Debut order: 787

Number(s): 12 , 14

Games: 77
Goals: 115

Previous Clubs: Warracknabeal

Year

Games

Goals

1971

16

29

1972

16

23

1973

10

16

1974

16

12

1981

13

30

1982

5

5

1983

1

0

Graeme Schultz was a clever rover, wingman and forward from Warracknabeal. His goalkicking ability was a major asset and he was Essendon's third top goalkicker in 1971.

He finished third in Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1974 and also won the most improved player award that year.

Schultz went to Western Australia in 1975 to further his university studies and played with Subiaco from 1975 to 1980. He then returned to Essendon in 1981 to bolster the roving division and he was again the third top goalkicker in 1981.

He played in the forward pocket in the 1981 night premiership team and was a member of the Reserves' premiership team in 1983.

Schultz joined Footscray in 1984 but then transferred to Camberwell during the season.

He was coach of Maryborough in 1985 and 1986.

 

SCOTT, Bill E.

Years Played: 1915
Born: 19/02/1890
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Debut order: 279

Number(s): 29

Games: 4
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Fitzroy Juniors/Fitzroy

Bill Scott was a centre half-back who came to Essendon after playing three games with Fitzroy in 1912. His original club was Fitzroy Juniors.

He played four games in Rounds 11 to 14 in 1915.

Bill Scott died in 1968.

 

 

SCOTT, Fred C.

Years Played: 1899-1901
Born: 11/04/1874
Died: 8/07/1969
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 50

Number(s):

Games: 32
Goals: 25

Previous Clubs: Essendon District/Parkville

Fred Scott was a splendid high-marking half-forward and full-forward from the Essendon District.

He was a good kick and was Essendon's second top goalkicker in 1900. He was also selected in the League team that played against Ballarat in that year.

He kicked four goals against Fitzroy in Round 10, 1901.

Scott was controversially cleared to Carlton where he played 17 games between 1902 and 1904. He then played with Brunswick from 1904 to 1906.

Fred Scott died aged 95 on 8th July, 1969.

 

SEVIOR, Charles R.

Years Played: 1930
Born: 11/05/1908
Died: 28/05/1988
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 72 kg

Debut order: 417

Number(s): 35

Games: 5
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Ouyen/Prestige Hosiery FC

Charlie Sevior was a rover who came to Essendon from the quaintly-named Prestige Hosiery Footbal Club. He was originally from Ouyen.

He played five senior games in 1930 and then continued to play in the Reserves.

Sevior joined Brunswick in 1934 and later played with Fairfield in 1935.

He worked as a safety co-ordinator and died on 28th May, 1988.

 

SEVIOR, Tom

Years Played: 1908
Born: 26/10/1887
Died: 22/07/1935
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Debut order: 176

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Footscray (VFA)

Year

Games

Goals

1908

1

0

Tom Sevior was a follower and defender from Footscray (VFA) where he played in 1900 and again in late 1908 and in 1909.

His only game for Essendon was in Round 3, 1908, in a loss against Carlton. He returned to Footscray during the season and played in their VFA premiership team later that year.

After leaving Footscray, Sevior played one game with St Kilda in 1910 and then joined Essendon 'A' in the VFA where he played from 1911 to 1915 and in 1919. He was a member of the Essendon 'A' premiership teams in 1911 and 1912.

Tom Sevior was only 47 when he died on 22nd July, 1935.

 

SEWART, Bill T.

Years Played: 1905-15
Born: 12/11/1881
Died: 13/12/1928
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Debut order: 120

Number(s): 15 , 17

Games: 171
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Castlemaine

Year

Games

Goals

1905

17

0

1906

15

0

1907

16

3

1908

17

1

1909

18

0

1910

13

0

1911

14

0

1912

20

2

1913

16

0

1914

14

0

1915

11

1

Bill Sewart, known as "Pimp", was one of Essendon's best-ever centremen. He was quick, clever and as game as they come.

He came from Castlemaine and was Essendon's vice-captain in 1914 and 1915. He also captained the side in two games in 1913.

Sewart was instrumental in the 1911 premiership win and was again amongst the best in the 1912 premiership victory.

He was selected in the State side in 1906, 1907 and 1912.

During World War I, Sewart served overseas and represented the Third Division in an exhibition game in London in 1916. On his return, he became a Club patron and then, in 1919, he was appointed coach of Footscray (VFA).

A champion all-round sportsman, he also played first-class cricket for Victoria and Queensland and was coach of the Queensland team in 1908.

Bill Sewart died on 13th December, 1928.

 

SEWELL, Greg G.

Years Played: 1952-61
Born: 30/06/1933
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Debut order: 652

Number(s): 9

Games: 171
Goals: 34

Previous Clubs: Monash Rovers (EDFL)

Year

Games

Goals

1952

7

0

1953

19

0

1954

17

1

1955

19

12

1956

18

2

1957

18

1

1958

18

8

1959

18

10

1960

19

0

1961

18

0

Greg Sewell was a strong, game and versatile player who came from Monash Rovers in the Essendon District League to the U19s in 1950. He was a good team player, a good mark and was pacy and skilful on the wing. He later switched to the half-forward flank and then to the back pocket.

As a wingman he formed a formidable centreline with Jack Clarke and Reg Burgess and he was selected in the State side in 1957.

Sewell was on the wing in the losing 1957 Grand Final team and on the half-forward flank in the 1959 Grand Final team (which also lost). He was also a member of the Reserves premiership team in 1952.

Sewell scored second top Brownlow medal votes at Essendon in 1960 and also won the most improved player award in 1953, the best utility player award in 1955 and 1958 and the most consistent player award in 1957.

When he left Essendon, he became captain-coach of Kyneton from 1962 to 1964 and captained the Bendigo League team that won the Country Championship in 1962.

Sewell returned to Essendon in 1965 and served the Club in many capacities. He was assistant coach of the seniors and coach of the reserves until 1968 coaching the reserves to a premiership in 1968.

He then served on the committee from 1969 until 1976 and was elected president in 1981, a position he held until 1987.

Sewell’s outstanding contribution to football recognised by Life Membership of the AFL in 2001.

In 2009 Greg Sewell was inducted into the Essendon Hall of Fame as the 18th Essendon Legend.

 

 

SHAPTER, Ron

Years Played: 1936
Born: 1/07/1905
Died: 3/11/1977
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Debut order: 498

Number(s): 29

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Queenscliff/South Melbourne/Fitzroy/Port Melbourne

Year

Games

Goals

1936

2

0

Ron Shapter was a left-footed ruckman and forward who came to Essendon late in his career. He played two games in early 1936.

He began his football career at Queenscliff and then played 26 games with South Melbourne in 1930 and 1931. He then joined Fitzroy where he played 18 games from 1932 to 1934. After this, he was captain-coach of Port Melbourne in 1935.

He returned to Queenscliff as captain-coach in 1937.

Ron Shapter died on 3rd November, 1977.

 


SHARPE, Lewis A.

Years Played: 1934
Born: 14/07/1906
Died: 19/03/2001
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Debut order: 470

Number(s): 22

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Loch/Wonthaggi/Blackwood/Dayleston/St Kilda/Footscray/Fitzroy

Lewis Sharpe was a football journeyman who played with many clubs throughout his career. He finished with a total of 34 games with four League clubs.

He started his football career with Kernot in 1924 and then played with Loch in 1925 and early 1926. In late 1926 and early 1927 he was with St Kilda, before spending the rest of 1927 with Wonthaggi. He then joined Footscray and played 30 games there in 1929 and 1930 before becoming captain-coach of Blackwood in 1931. He played six games with Fitzroy in 1932. He won a premiership with Dalyston in 1933 as captain-coach.

Sharpe played one game as a ruckman for Essendon in Round 3, 1934, in a loss to South Melbourne.

He returned to play with Loch in 1935 and became captain-coach of Archer's Creek in 1936.

Sharpe was a farmer at Woodleigh Vale before moving to Warragul.

He died on 19th March, 2001.

 

 

SHAW, Alan

Years Played: 1944-45
Born: 17/11/1923
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 704

Number(s): 32 , 12

Games: 5
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Coburg District

Year

Games

Goals

1944

4

0

1945

1

0

Alan Shaw was a rover from Coburg District who played five games for Essendon in 1944 and 1945.

He later played with Brunswick in 1946.

 

 

 

SHAW, David H.

Years Played: 1959-68
Born: 29/10/1938
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Debut order: 704

Number(s): 5

Games: 177
Goals: 55

Previous Clubs: Ballarat/University Blues

Year

Games

Goals

1959

19

8

1960

16

2

1961

15

1

1962

20

0

1963

18

0

1964

13

0

1965

21

17

1966

20

18

1967

15

4

1968

20

5

David Shaw came to Essendon from University Blues where he played in the Victorian Amateur side, and prior to that, from Ballarat where he played in 1956.

He was a strong, dashing and determined all-rounder, with the distinction of being chosen to play in virtually every position on the ground for Essendon throughout his career.

Shaw excelled as a ruck rover and wingman, but became an accomplished back pocket because he could outreach the rovers while matching their pace and agility.

He was injured for six rounds in 1964 and these were the only games he missed between 1962 and 1966.

Shaw was one of Essendon's best players in the 1962 premiership win, playing in the back pocket. In 1965, he was in the forward pocket in the premiership team but went off early in the game with a leg injury.

His best goalkicking effort was six goals in a game in 1965. He won the best utility player award in 1959 and 1965, the best clubman award in 1961 and the best team player award in 1966.

Shaw coached Ormond College at Melbourne University from 1971 to 1973.

David Shaw became a committeeman from 1971 to 1974 and again from 1984. He served as Essendon's President from 1993 to 1996.

 

 

 

SHAW, Robert B.

Years Played: 1974-81
Born: 6/01/1955
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Debut order: 815

Number(s): 26

Games: 51
Goals: 8

Previous Clubs: Sandy Bay (Tas)

Year

Games

Goals

1974

5

1

1975

7

1

1976

4

1

1977

5

0

1978

2

0

1979

16

0

1980

5

5

1981

7

0

Robert Shaw came to Essendon's U19s from Sandy Bay in Tasmania in 1973. He was a long left-foot kick with pace enough to keep up with the fastest forwards. He was also a fierce competitor with a tough, rugged style.

Unfortunately his career was hampered by injury problems, the worst being serious knee injuries in both 1974 and 1977.

Shaw won the best clubman award in 1978 and was full-back in the 1981 night premiership team. He also represented Tasmania in State of Origin games in 1979 and 1980.

He became a career coach after chronic injuries forced his retirement. He began as skills coach at Essendon in 1983, then became captain-coach of Clarence in Tasmania in 1984 and 1985. He coached the Tasmanian State side in 1988.

He returned to Essendon to become assistant coach and coach of the Reserves in 1986, after which he moved on to coach Fitzroy from 1991 to 1994, and then Adelaide from 1995 to 1996. After another stint at Essendon as assistant coach to Kevin Sheedy, he served as Fremantle's General Manager-Football Operations until the end of 2008.

Robert Shaw's cousins, Tony and Ray Shaw, both had successful careers at Collingwood.

 

SHEA, Mark F.

Years Played: 1905-09

Born: 24/05/1883
Died: 28/03/1939
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 71 kg

Debut order: 123

Number(s):

Games: 71
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: CBC Parade/Fitzroy

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Seasons Played

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Year

Games

Goals

1905

15

0

1906

18

0

1907

17

0

1908

17

0

1909

4

0

Mark Shea, known as "Hummer", was a star wingman who came from Fitzroy where he played 24 games from 1902 to 1904.

He played 53 games in a row from 1905 to 1908 and was in the League side against Ballarat in 1905 and 1907.

Shea played on the half-back flank in the losing Grand Final side of 1908, and was vice-captain of the Club from 1906 to 1908.

He joined the Club committee in 1907 while still playing, and became vice president in 1913. He served in that role until 1918.

As well as being a star footballer, Shea was also a top athlete and rowed in the Victorian crew that won the Australian title.

His younger brother, Pat, was also a champion Essendon player.

Mark Shea died on 28th March, 1939.

 

 

 

 

SHEA, Patrick A.

Years Played: 1908-18

Born: 17/03/1886
Died: 29/05/1954
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 175

Number(s): 14 , 18

Games: 141
Goals: 155

Previous Clubs: CBC Parade (East Melb)/Fitzroy/Boulder City (WA)

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Pat Shea was recruited from CBC Parade by Fitzroy, where he played 13 games in 1904. He then left for Boulder City (WA) where, over the next two years, he built a reputation as the best player on the goldfields.

He was regarded by many as the best half-forward of his era. He was a cool-headed and intelligent player, an excellent drop kick and was said to have had no equal in passing the ball. He was also reputed to be a master of what is now referred to as the banana kick.

Shea was a prolific goal scorer in an era of low scoring games. He was Essendon's leading goalkicker in 1909, kicking four goals in a game four times, and failing to kick a goal only once that year. He finished either second or third in the League's goalkicking from 1908 to 1911, and was second in 1915 and third in 1918. In 1911 he became only the second Essendon player to reach 100 goals.

He was a star on the half-forward flank in both the 1911 and 1912 premiership victories and was selected in the State side in 1908, 1909 and 1913.

Shea was vice-captain in 1910, as his brother Mark had been two years earlier.

Essendon did not participate in the League in 1916 and 1917, but Shea played again in 1918.

He became coach of the Essendon Association team in 1919 and then coached North Sydney in 1920 and 1921.

As well as being a champion footballer, he also played three games of cricket for Victoria.

Pat Shea died on 29th May, 1954.

 

 

SHEARER, Bob N.

Years Played: 1915

Born: 29/10/1892
Died: 15/12/1957
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 71 kg

Debut order: 269

Number(s): 12

Games: 3
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Yarraville Juniors

Year

Games

Goals

1915

3

1

Bob Shearer came to Essendon from Yarraville Juniors. His only games for the Club were in Rounds 3, 4 and 5 in 1915. He kicked his only goal in his last game.

He died on 15th December, 1957.


 

SHEARMAN, Bob N.

Years Played: 1956-60

Born: 14/09/1939
Died: 27/06/1999
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Debut order: 680

Number(s): 35

Games: 64
Goals: 8

Previous Clubs: Aberfeldie (EDFL)

Bob Shearman was one of the youngest players to ever play League football when he debuted at the age of 16.

He joined the U19s in 1956 from Aberfeldie where he had played from the age of twelve. He won the Best and Fairest award in the Essendon District Football League U17s in 1955.

Shearman was a fine half-forward and then proved to be even better in defence where he became a strong half-back flanker. He could fly high for marks, was quick on the ground and was a magnificent long drop kick. There have been few better exponents of this kick.

Shearman played on the half-back flank in the losing 1957 Grand Final and in the back pocket in the losing 1959 Grand Final.

He won the most improved player award in 1957, the most consistent player award in 1958, and the best player under 21 award in 1959.

Shearman stood out of football for the first 10 games in 1960 trying to negotiate a clearance to South Australia, but then saw out the rest of the year before getting his way. He left Essendon when he was still only 21 years old, with the potential to be a champion.

He transferred to West Torrens in South Australia and played there from 1961 to 1964, the last three seasons as captain. He moved to Sturt in 1966 and played there until 1972. He was captain of that club from 1969 to 1972 and played in five consecutive premierships with Sturt from 1966 to 1970.

Shearman was a South Australian Carnival representative in 1961 and won an All-Australian blazer in that year. He represented the State from 1961 to 1964 and was South Australian captain from 1962 to 1964. He also won the Simpson Medal in 1964.

He later had stints as assistant coach at Sturt in 1979, Woodville in 1980 and 1981 and South Adelaide in 1986.

Bob Shearman died while on holiday in Corsica, on 27th June, 1999, aged 59 years.

 

 

SHELDON, Michael

Years Played: 1978-80

Born: 4/11/1960
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Debut order: 855

Number(s): 12

Games: 11
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Horsham

Year

Games

Goals

1978

6

3

1979

3

0

1980

2

0

Michael Sheldon was a strong, fast and versatile player from Horsham. He played 11 games between 1978 and 1980 and six of these were as a reserve, including the Elimination Final in 1979 which Essendon lost to Fitzroy.

He then joined Subiaco in Western Australia, and played there from 1981 to 1983.

 

 

SHELTON, Ian

Years Played: 1959-63, 1965

Born: 24/02/1940
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Debut order: 707

Number(s): 10

Games: 91
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Avenel-Longwood/Avenel

Year

Games

Goals

1959

10

0

1960

18

0

1961

15

1

1962

19

0

1963

15

0

1965

14

1

Ian "Bluey" Shelton was one of the toughest players of his time, and a top ranking centre half-back. He came to Essendon from Avenel where he had played in 1958, prior to that he was at Avenel-Longwood.

He had to overcome early permit and injury problems in his first year in 1959, but his tough and ruthless play soon made him an idol of the Essendon fans. This was reinforced by his best-on-ground performance in the first semi-final loss to Collingwood that year. The Club acknowledged his achievements by voting him Essendon's best first year player for 1959.

Shelton quickly established himself in the team, playing all but one game in 1960. He was third in the Club's Best and Fairest award in 1961 and runner-up in 1962. He was also second top Brownlow medal vote scorer at Essendon in 1962 and third top in 1961, and he won the outstanding services award in 1962. He also represented Victoria twice in 1962.

Shelton played at centre half-back in the Club's 1962 premiership team and again in the 1965 premiership team, when he was vice-captain to Ken Fraser, even though he had very nearly missed the game with a shoulder injury.

He missed all of the 1964 season after suffering a serious eye injury on the family farm, which led to fears he would lose his sight. Shelton recovered but never quite captured his previous form and suffered more frustrating injuries. Despite this he never gave less than 100%.

Shelton left Essendon after the 1965 season to become captain-coach of Seymour from 1966 to 1969 and then returned to Avenel from 1970 to 1972 and again in 1974.

He returned to Essendon as official runner for a year in 1975.

He was named at number 48 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Ian Shelton is one of 15 Essendon players depicted in the gymnasium's 40m mural, "Spirit To Win", completed in 2002. Above Shelton's image it reads simply: "Strength".

 

 

SHIPPEN, Joseph T.

Years Played: 1903

Born: 6/01/1867
Died: 10/05/1952
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 104

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Richmond Juniors

Joe Shippen came to Essendon from Richmond Juniors. His only game was Round 16, 1903, which Essendon lost to Geelong by 71 points.

He died on 10th May, 1952.


 

SHORTEN, George W.

Years Played: 1923-26

Born: 19/03/1901
Died: 26/06/1973
Height: 163 cm
Weight: 51 kg

Debut order: 356

Number(s): 30

Games: 53
Goals: 26

Previous Clubs: Essendon Juniors

Year

Games

Goals

1923

14

8

1924

18

12

1925

16

6

1926

4

0

George "Titch" Shorten was a brilliant wingman, half-forward and rover who came from Essendon Juniors.

Although he was among the shortest and lightest players in League history, he made up for it with speed and cleverness, and was equal runner-up in the inaugural Brownlow medal in 1924.

His electrifying dashes were a real asset and his practice of throwing the ball out in front of him to earn a free kick forced a rule change.

Shorten was a key member of Essendon's famous 'Mosquito Fleet' and was best on the ground in the 1923 premiership victory. He again starred on the wing in the 1924 premiership win. He was also a member of the team that controversially lost to the VFA premiers, Footscray, in the match between the two premier teams in 1924.

He had earlier been a member of the Seconds' premiership team in 1921.

Shorten played three games for Victoria in 1925. He missed eight weeks of the 1926 season through suspension.

He joined St Patrick's, Albury in 1927. His cousin, Teddy Shorten, played five games for Essendon in 1926.

George Shorten died on 26th June, 1973.

 

 

 

SHORTEN, Teddy

Years Played: 1926

Born: 28/04/1898
Died: 9/07/1949
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 60 kg

Debut order: 382

Number(s): 16

Games: 4
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: North Melbourne (VFA)

Year

Games

Goals

1926

5

4

Teddy "Diddy" Shorten was a wingman and half-forward from North Melbourne where he played six games from 1925 to 1926.

He played five games with Essendon in late 1926, including the Grand Final which Essendon lost to Melbourne by three points.

He was a cousin of George "Titch" Shorten, a brilliant Essendon wingman and rover of the 1920s.

Teddy Shorten died on 9th July, 1949.


 

SILK, Sidney E.

Years Played: 1941-44

Born: 17/04/1921
Died: 26/06/2004
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Debut order: 561

Number(s): 23 , 28 , 36

Games: 15
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon United

Sid Silk came to the Essendon Seconds from Essendon United in 1939, and started on the wing before graduating to the back line. He was often used as a tagger.

He played 15 games between 1941 and 1944 and was reserve in the 1942 premiership team. He was also a member of the Seconds' premiership team in 1941.

After leaving Essendon, he went to Brunswick from late 1945 to 1948. He then became an Association umpire in 1950 and 1951, before spending a season playing with Pascoe Vale in 1952.

He retired a number of years ago as general manager of a small arms factory at Lithgow in New South Wales.

Sid Silk died on 26th June, 2004.

 

 

SIMPSON, Jack

Years Played: 1949, 1951

Born: 2/08/1929
Height: 192 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Debut order: 622

Number(s): 21

Games: 6
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Doutta Stars (EDFL)

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Year

Games

Goals

1949

4

0

1951

2

0

Jack Simpson came from Doutta Stars and played six games for Essendon in 1949 and 1951. He was a member of the Seconds' premiership team in 1950.

A ruckman and forward, Simpson couldn't get a regular Senior game and he was cleared to Williamstown where he played in 1952 and 1953. He then returned to Doutta Stars in 1954 before playing with Brunswick in 1955 and 1956.

Jack Simpson joined the Victorian Parliament as the inaugural Member for Niddrie in 1976. He had a distinguished career in Parliament, including a period as a Minister in the first Cain government. He had previously played an important role in exposing the Victorian land scandals that dogged the Hamer government in the late 1970s.


 

SIMPSON, Norman

Years Played: 1925-32

Born: 20/05/1905
Died: 23/07/1990
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 65 kg

Debut order: 366

Number(s): 19

Games: 77
Goals: 29

Previous Clubs: North Melbourne Juniors (VMFL)

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Norman Simpson was a clever, left-footed, high-marking wingman with plenty of skill and speed. He came from North Melbourne Juniors.

He was one of Essendon's best players in the semi-final loss to Collingwood in 1925.

The following season Simpson was runner-up in Essendon's Best and Fairest award. He managed only six games in 1928 owing to injuries, kicking goals in all but one game. He played in 14 games in 1929 and was selected in the League side against Bendigo that year.

Simpson joined Yarraville in 1933, but returned to Essendon in 1934 as coach of the Reserves team.

He died on 23rd July, 1990.

 

 

SINCLAIR, Colin J.

Years Played: 1915, 1918

Born: 14/07/1896
Died: 19/02/1959
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 267

Number(s): 13

Games: 11
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: South Melbourne Juniors (VMFL)

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Colin Sinclair was a centre half-forward and occasional defender. He played five games in 1915 and the first six games of 1918. (Essendon had withdrawn from the League in 1916 and 1917).

He died on 19th February, 1959.

 

 

SINCLAIR, John

Years Played: 1969

Born: 29/06/1948
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Debut order: 768

Number(s): 14

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Ballarat

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Year

Games

Goals

1969

2

0

John Sinclair was a half-back flanker from Ballarat.

He was a member of the Reserves premiership side in 1968 but could only manage two senior games in 1969; an away loss to Richmond in Round 1 and an away win over South Melbourne in Round 10.

 

 

SKIPWORTH, Hayden

Years Played: 2009-2009

Born: 25/02/1983
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Debut order: 1082

Number(s): 21

Games: 11
Goals: 11

Previous Clubs: Woodville West Torrens, Adelaide and Bendigo Bombers

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Year

Games

Goals

2009

11

11

Adelaide Crows surprised many when they delisted Hayden Skipworth at the end of 2006 after six seasons and 44 games. He found his way to Bendigo Bombers and impressed then Bendigo coach Matthew Knights.

Essendon drafted Skipworth at the beginning of 2009 and he made his debut in rd 1 against Port Adelaide finishing the game with a career high of 30 disposals and finishing the season with 11 games. He played his 50th game against his old club, Adelaide, in rd 11.

In October 2009 Skipworth announced his retirement from League football citing the inability of his body to continue to endure the rigours of the game at this level.

Skipworth was a hard working player who could play forward or back. He was an All-Australian junior player. 

 


SLATER, Arthur C.

Years Played: 1910

Born: 17/08/1890
Died: 19/11/1972
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Debut order: 209

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Hawthorn Juniors

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Arthur Slater's only game for Essendon was the Round 17 loss to Geelong in 1910.

He died on 19th November, 1972.

 


SLATER, Arthur J.

Years Played: 1935-39

Born: 16/12/1914
Died: 8/03/1994
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Debut order: 485

Number(s): 9 , 16

Games: 33
Goals: 14

Previous Clubs: Gisborne

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"Syd" Slater came from Gisborne and started as a half-forward and full-forward before moving to defence.

He kicked four goals on debut in Round 1, 1935 in a big win over Melbourne. It was his best goalkicking effort of his Essendon career. He played in 25 games in his first two seasons but made fewer appearances as time went on.

Slater used his weight fearlessly but fairly, and he won Essendon Seconds' Best and Fairest award in 1938.

After leaving Essendon, he played 39 games with North Melbourne between 1940 and 1945 and then joined Brunswick in 1946.

Slater rose to the rank of Superintendent in the Victoria Police Force and was awarded the Queens Police Medal.

He died on 8th March, 1994.



SLATTERY, Henry 

Years Played: 2005-12

Born: 16/12/1914
Died: 8/03/1994
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 86 kg 

Debut Order: 1054

Number(s): 34, 20

Games: 96
Goals: 12

Previous Clubs: West Adelaide

 

Year

 

Games

 

Goals

 

2005

 

4

 

2

 

2006

 

8

 

0

 

2007

 

20

 

4

 

2008

 

20

 

3

 

2009

 

21

 

2

 

2010

 

13

 

1

 

2011

 

8

 

0

 

2012

 

2

 

0

Henry Slattery was drafted from West Adelaide Football Club with selection 46 in the 2004 national draft. Slattery was a workman-like player, specialising in playing lock-down roles on opposition small forwards.

After playing a total of 12 games in his first two seasons, Slattery enjoyed his best years from 2007 to 2009, playing 20 games or more in all three seasons.

From 2010 through to 2012, Slattery began to find opportunities in the senior side limited and he played a total of only 10 games in his last two seasons, 2011 and 2012. Slattery left Essendon at the end of 2012 to return to his hometown of Adelaide in search of more playing opportunities.

Slattery played for Port Adelaide Magpies in 2013, assumed a player welfare role with at the club and continued to play with the Magpies in 2014.

Outside of football, Slattery completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science while at Essendon.

 

 

SLATTERY, Tyson

Years Played: 2010-2010

Born: 3/12/1990
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Debut order: 1090

Number(s): 36 , 0 , 0 , 0

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: West Adelaide U18s

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Year

Games

Goals

2009

0

0

2010

1

1

Tyson Slattery was drafted by Essendon in 2008 and made his debut in the 80-point lost to Adelaide in rd 14 loss 2010.

He showed signs as a key defender but was delisted at the end of 2010 and then redrafted by the club in 2011.

Slattery played consistent football with the Bendigo Bombers and was described by coach Shannon Grant in 2010 as one of the side’s better players, but his senior opportunities were limited.

Draft history: 2008 NAB AFL Draft selection No. 67. Redrafted 2011 selection number 46. 

 

 

SLOSS, Bruce M.

Years Played: 1907-08

Born: 21/01/1889
Died: 4/01/1917
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Debut order: 159

Number(s):

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon District

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Year

Games

Goals

1907

2

0

1908

1

0

Bruce Sloss was a fine follower from the Essendon District, although he was only slightly built and not powerful.

He played in three games with Essendon in 1907 and 1908 before joining Brighton in 1909 and 1910. He then requested a clearance to South Melbourne, which Essendon refused. In mid-1910 he successfully appealed to the League which granted his clearance to South Melbourne where he became a champion. He played 81 games there between 1910 and 1914, was named as Champion of the Colony in 1911 and was a member of the 1914 Victorian Carnival team.

He joined the Army at the outbreak of World War I and became a Lieutenant in the 10th Company Australian Machine Gun Corps. He captained the Third Division in a famous exhibition match in London in 1916.

Sloss was killed in action in France on the 4th January 1917, aged 28 years, and is buried in the Bonjean Military Cemetery in Armentieres.

 

 

SMAIL, Lindsay G.

Years Played: 1930

Born: 15/09/1910
Died: 3/03/1988
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 68 kg

Debut order: 423

Number(s): 9

Games: 1
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Ascot Vale Presbyterians

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Year

Games

Goals

1930

1

1

Lindsay Smail was a small, slightly built rover and back pocket who came from Ascot Vale Presbyterians to the Essendon Seconds in 1927.

His only game was the Round 13 loss to Geelong.

Smail left Essendon in mid 1933 and joined Sandringham where he played until 1935. He was then captain-coach of Ascot Vale in 1936 and 1937 winning two flags, before returning to Williamstown from 1938 to 1940.

He died on 3rd March, 1988.

 

 

SMITH, Dave B. M.

Years Played: 1903-11, 1913

Born: 14/09/1884
Died: 27/07/1963
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Debut order: 89

Number(s): 13 , 26

Games: 142
Goals: 112

Previous Clubs: Sherwoods

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Year

Games

Goals

1903

17

9

1904

14

8

1905

17

21

1906

11

9

1907

6

9

1908

18

26

1909

19

4

1910

19

16

1911

20

12

1913

1

0

Dave Smith, known as "Soaker", was a champion centre half-forward and utility player and a great Essendon captain. He was extremely fast, a superb mark and a talented ball handler. He had the rare distinction of playing in every position on the field from full-back to rover. He was a pioneer in the art of ruck-roving as it is now known.

He captained the 1911 premiership team from full-forward but stepped down in 1912 when he was selected to tour England with the Australian Cricket Team. This cost him a place in the premiership side in that year but he did play two Tests for his country.

Smith was the Club vice-captain in 1906-1907 and again in 1909, and was the Club's first real coach in 1908 and 1909.

He played 71 consecutive games between 1908 and 1911 and this was only broken by his cricket commitments. He also became the first Essendon player to kick 100 goals. This milestone came when he kicked a single goal in Essendon's one point win over Richmond in the last game of 1910.

Smith was Essendon's leading goalkicker in 1908 with 26 goals and was runner-up in 1903 and 1905. He kicked six goals in a game in 1911 and five goals in a game in 1908.

He was selected in the League team that played Ballarat in 1904 and was a member of the Victorian Carnival team in 1911.

Smith originally came from Sherwoods, a Richmond junior team, and after leaving Essendon he played one game with Richmond in 1914 before retiring.

In 1910, he had the honour of being chosen by 'The Argus' to be photographed kicking so that the photos could be sent to overseas schools and universities.

His father, George, was a Carlton star in the 1880s.

Dave Smith died on 27th July 1963.

  

 

SMITH, Louis

Years Played: 1908

Born: 10/06/1886
Died: 8/01/1959
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 177

Number(s):

Games: 7
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Preston District

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Louis Smith, known as "Lon", made his debut in Round 4 and played a total of seven games that year.

His last game was in the 1908 Grand Final which Essendon lost to Carlton.

Smith died on 8th January, 1959.


 

SMITH, Max

Years Played: 1940

Born: 21/12/1917
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Debut order: 545

Number(s): 23

Games: 7
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Werribee

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Year

Games

Goals

1940

7

0

Max Smith was a wingman from Werribee who played seven games in 1940. His last game was in the first semi-final when Essendon beat Geelong.

His brothers also played League football: Ron, 11 games for Essendon (1939-1941), and Clive, two games for North Melbourne (1944).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMITH, Noel

Years Played: 1938, 1943-45

Born: 27/11/1918
Died: 4/09/2008
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Debut order: 524

Number(s): 30 , 24

Games: 38
Goals: 50

Previous Clubs: Moreland Amateurs

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Year

Games

Goals

1938

3

0

1943

7

0

1944

20

40

1945

8

10

Noel Smith came from West Moreland Amateurs and started at full-back before moving to full-forward and then into the ruck and forward pocket.

He struggled to get a regular Senior game despite winning the Gardiner Medal for Best and Fairest in the League's Second Eighteen in 1939. He was also runner-up in this award in 1945. However, he didn't carry his Seconds form into the Seniors and he spent a year with Brunswick in 1941 before returning to Essendon in 1943.

Smith's best year was 1944 when he played all 20 games and was Essendon's second leading goalkicker with 40 goals. His best return was his six goal haul against St Kilda in Round 17. This good form saw him win Essendon's most improved player award.

After leaving Essendon, he returned to Brunswick where he played from 1946 to 1949. He later played with Sandgate in Queensland and then Carrum, before going on to coach Seymour.

Smith retired in 1973 from the AMP Society where he had worked for twenty three years.

Noel Smith died on 4th September, 2008.

 

 

 

 

SMITH, Raymond K.

Years Played: 1971-75

Born: 23/09/1948
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Debut order: 792

Number(s): 35

Games: 77
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Western Suburbs (Qld)

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Ray Smith was an unobtrusive half-back flanker who came to Essendon after playing Rugby League with Fortitude Valley in Queensland. Prior to that he had played Australian Rules with Western Districts in 1968 and 1969 and had represented Queensland. The versatile Smith also played Rugby Union at school.

Smith was solidly-built and a fair kick, and despite wearing contact lenses, he became a top defender for Essendon. He played 66 consecutive games from mid-1972 to mid-1975.

He was cleared to Melbourne in 1975 and played 27 games there. He then became captain-coach of Camberwell in 1977 and 1978 and played with Brunswick from 1979 to 1981. He was a member of their premiership side in 1980.

Smith later worked as a psychologist at Collingwood in 1986.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMITH, Ron H.

Years Played: 1939-41

Born: 4/09/1916
Died: 21/01/1979
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 69 kg

Debut order: 536

Number(s): 30 , 2

Games: 11
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Werribee

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Ron Smith was a snowy-haired wingman from Werribee. He played 11 games between 1939 and 1941.

He was a member of the Seconds' team which won a sensational Grand Final against Fitzroy in 1941. Just as the game ended (in a 17 point win to Essendon), the skirmishes that had started after an Essendon player was felled turned into a major brawl. The Essendon players finally left the ground with Percy Bushby carrying the captain-coach, Harry Collier, shoulder high; they felt they had won both the game and the fight. Both teams were reported for unseemly conduct.

After leaving Essendon, Smith played 32 games with North Melbourne between 1942 and 1944.

His brothers also played League football: Max, seven games for Essendon in 1940, and Clive, two games for North Melbourne in 1944.

Ron Smith died on 21st January 1979.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMITH, Thomas

Years Played: 1936

Born: 23/03/1914
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Debut order: 499

Number(s): 13

Games: 10
Goals: 8

Previous Clubs: St Albans (VMFL)

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Tom Smith was a forward who came from St Albans to Essendon's Seconds.

His career started conspicuously when he kicked five goals in his first game, a big win over North Melbourne in Round 1, 1936. He kicked another three goals in his next two games, but only played seven more games after that, some of them at full-back.

Smith went on to play two games with Footscray in 1937.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SNELL, Arthur S.

Years Played: 1908

Born: 30/07/1877
Died: 18/07/1949
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 179

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Williamstown/Carlton

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Arthur "Archie" Snell was a forward and follower from Williamstown. He became a talented rover who played particularly well in greasy conditions. He came to Essendon after playing 92 games with Carlton between 1902 and 1907.

His only game for Essendon was in the four point win over Fitzroy in Round 6.

"Archie" Snell died on 18th July, 1949.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SNELL, Bill R.

Years Played: 1950-52

Born: 23/03/1928
Died: 19/03/2009
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 84 kg

Debut order: 625

Number(s): 22

Games: 36
Goals: 16

Previous Clubs: Mirboo North

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Year

Games

Goals

1950

20

7

1951

8

5

1952

8

4

Bill Snell came from Mirboo North and had the attributes to be a champion, including ball-handling skill and delivery with either foot. He was also a fine mark.

He was an exciting centre half-forward who would rank as one of the most accurate passes Essendon ever had.

Unfortunately Snell's career was cut short by a serious head injury sustained in early 1951 which required two operations. He was out for most of the season and he never really reached his previous heights.

He played at centre half-forward in the great Hutchison-to-Snell-to-Coleman-to-goal plan in 1950 which was instrumental in the premiership win that year.

Snell won Essendon's best first year player award in 1950 and was in the Seconds' premiership team in 1952.

He played with Stawell in 1953, then returned to play with Mirboo North.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOLOMON, Dean

Years Played: 1998-2006

Born: 9/01/1980
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 99 kg

Debut order: 1012

Number(s): 7

Games: 158
Goals: 56

Previous Clubs: North Broken Hill (NSW)/Bendigo U18s

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Year

Games

Goals

1998

7

2

1999

19

4

2000

25

8

2001

24

8

2003

24

11

2004

23

15

2005

16

4

2006

20

4

Dean Solomon was drafted from the Bendigo Pioneers by Essendon at pick 20 in the 1997 Draft. He had previously won All-Australian selection playing for the NSW/ACT Rams in the AFL National U18 Championships.

His size and pace saw him quickly establish himself on the Essendon back half line with occasional forays into the forward line. He was a tough, fearless player, not afraid to put his body on the line, and was named Essendon's Most Courageous player in 1999. He was also named as a Norwich Rising Star nominee in 1998.

Solomon continued his good form into 2000 and showed his high skill level and fitness, contributing to Essendon's solid defence, and was a member of the 2000 Grand Final team.

He had a very quiet first half of 2001 but finished in fine style, starring in the first two finals and playing in the losing Grand Final team. He won the Club's Most Courageous award for the second time.

Solomon sustained a serious knee injury in a practice game a week before the 2002 season which kept him out of action for the entire year.

He returned in 2003 to play all 24 games but announced at the end of the season that he would be seeking a clearance to Richmond. However negotiations broke down and he remained at Essendon. He struck career-best form in 2004, finishing third in the Club's Best and Fairest and being selected to represent Australia in the International Rules series against Ireland at the end of the season.

Solomon's form was affected by injuries in 2005 and, although he played every game in 2006, he couldn't regain top form and he was traded to Fremantle at the end of the year.

Draft History: 1997 National AFL Draft - 2nd Round Selection No. 20
Junior History: Commonwealth Bank U18 Representative - NSW v ACT 1997
Australian Representative - 1997
Player Honours: Most Courageous Player - 1999, 2001
AFL Rising Award - 1999
Ansett Cup premiership player - 2000
AFL premiership player - 2000
3rd Best and Fairest - 2004
International Rules Series Player - 2004
State Honours: Allies v Victoria - 1998
Career Brownlow votes: 14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOMERVILLE, John

Years Played: 1960-67

Born: 8/12/1939
Died: 12/11/1984
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Debut order: 713

Number(s): 19

Games: 106
Goals: 95

Previous Clubs: Moe

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Year

Games

Goals

1960

11

8

1961

10

8

1962

14

17

1963

15

16

1964

18

19

1965

10

5

1966

19

19

1967

9

4

John Somerville was a fine half-forward from Moe. He had height, was deceptively fast, and was one of the longest kicks in the game. Some of his best games were at centre half-forward when Ken Fraser was out. He won the best team man award in 1963.

Somerville played on the half-forward flank in the 1962 premiership team but missed the 1965 victory through sensational circumstances. During the Preliminary Final against Collingwood, he was found lying unconscious on the half-forward flank when the play was well down the field. Some suggested he must have fainted as he was a quiet, unassuming player who never indulged in rough play, but most Essendon supporters at the game thought otherwise and roundly booed Collingwood's Duncan Wright for the rest of the game. No charges were ever laid over the incident. Collingwood dropped Wright from its list at the end of 1965.

Somerville was appointed captain-coach of Numurkah in 1968 and 1969 before retiring to concentrate on his farm. He returned to football in 1982 and 1983 when he coached Newborough.

His son, Peter, played 160 games for Essendon as a ruckman (1988-1999).

John Somerville died on 12th November, 1984.

 

 

SOMERVILLE, Peter

Years Played: 1988-1999

Born: 7/08/1968
Height: 195 cm
Weight: 98 kg

Debut order: 943

Number(s): 42 , 19

Games: 160
Goals: 89

Previous Clubs: Moe

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Year

Games

Goals

1988

4

2

1989

3

2

1990

4

5

1991

17

14

1992

20

21

1993

18

13

1994

10

6

1995

24

18

1996

21

5

1997

13

1

1998

12

0

1999

14

2

Peter Somerville came to Essendon from Moe in 1988. His father, John, had been a classy player with Essendon in the 1960s.

He struggled to maintain a regular place in the side in his early years against Essendon's champion ruckmen, Simon Madden and Paul Salmon, however Madden's retirement and Salmon's continuing injury problems saw him eventually become Essendon's number one ruckman.

Somerville was a confidence player and, as a result, his form was often inconsistent. He represented Victoria in 1991 and was a valuable contributor to the 1993 premiership win. He finally emerged as a top ruckman in 1995 and enjoyed his best season with the Club. His confidence grew enormously, to the point where he was taking big marks in packs and kicking goals in most matches. His rucking style also improved and he provided good drive out of the centre.

His form dropped away again in 1997 but, despite giving away many free kicks, his contribution in the ruck released Steve Alessio to the forward line, thus providing greater team balance.

Somerville was delisted at the end of the 1999 season and in 2000 was appointed Playing Assistant Coach of the North Ballarat Football Club.

Peter moved to Queeensland in 2003 and was appointed part time coach of Apsley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPEAKMAN, Bill

Years Played: 1927-29

Born: 16/11/1904
Died: 2/05/1960
Height: 157 cm
Weight: 62 kg

Debut order: 390

Number(s): 30

Games: 16
Goals: 8

Previous Clubs: Coburg (VFA)

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Games

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1927

11

8

1928

1

0

1929

4

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Bill Speakman came from Coburg, where he played in their 1926 premiership team.

He was a pacy rover and one of Essendon's shortest-ever players at only 157 cm. He played 16 games with Essendon before breaking his leg in early 1929, which effectively ended his VFL career.

Speakman went to Albury later in 1929 before returning to Coburg in 1930.

He was a cousin of noted athletics coach and Essendon stalwart, Fergie Speakman.

Bill Speakman died on 2nd May, 1960.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPENCER, Trevor

Years Played: 1985-89

Born: 28/06/1965
Height: 190 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Debut order: 915

Number(s): 40 , 23

Games: 31
Goals: 28

Previous Clubs: Jindalee (Qld)

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Games

Goals

1985

3

3

1986

12

17

1987

8

2

1988

2

3

1989

6

3

Trevor Spencer was a ruckman and forward from Jindalee in Queensland.

He only played three games in his first season and struggled to maintain a regular place in the team.

Spencer was a courageous player and the Club expected him to make his mark, but a serious hamstring injury caused him to miss the first half of the 1987 season and he was unable to win regular selection.

He transferred to Melbourne in 1990 where he played three games in 1990 and 1991. He then moved to Geelong where he played a further 10 games in 1991.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPERO, George

Years Played: 1960

Born: 29/11/1941
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Debut order: 712

Number(s): 21

Games: 5
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Keilor

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1960

5

0

George Spero was a half-forward who came from Keilor to the U19s in late 1959.

He played five games in early 1960 before a serious knee injury ended his VFL career.

Spero returned to Keilor from 1961 to 1966, then played with Tooberac in 1967.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPORN, Kieran

Years Played: 1989-93

Born: 28/06/1966
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Debut order: 949

Number(s): 17

Games: 72
Goals: 65

Previous Clubs: West Adelaide

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Games

Goals

1989

20

24

1990

14

11

1991

14

8

1992

19

18

1993

5

4

Kieran Sporn was drafted from West Adelaide at number 22 at the 1986 National Draft.

He was quick and lightly-built and played mainly as a wingman, but he could play in either defence or attack. He played consistently from 1989 and had an excellent season in 1992, but could only manage five games in 1993 and was delisted at the end of that year.

Sporn was involved in the infamous 1990 Grand Final brawl and was later suspended for two matches.

He went to Fitzroy where he played 12 games in 1994 before returning to West Adelaide. He retired as a player in 1996 and then became assistant coach at West Adelaide.

His sister, Rachel Sporn, was a member of the Opals (the Australian women's basketball team) for many years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPRAGUE, Eric

Years Played: 1918

Born: 18/09/1894
Died: 13/09/1947
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 297

Number(s):

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Illawarras (VMFL)

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1918

3

0

Eric Sprague played only three games for Essendon, all losses, in Rounds 9, 11 and 14, 1918.

He died on 13th September, 1947.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPROULE, Paul

Years Played: 1968-71

Born: 16/12/1944
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Debut order: 755

Number(s): 26

Games: 60
Goals: 60

Previous Clubs: Hobart (Tas)

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Games

Goals

1968

9

11

1969

17

21

1970

21

18

1971

13

10

Paul Sproule was a fine half-forward, rover and centreman who came from Hobart in 1967 but didn't play a senior game in that year because of a broken leg.

He finally debuted in Round 1 1968 against Hawthorn, kicking five goals in Essendon's 73 point win. He finished that year with nine games and 11 goals and was in the forward pocket and rover in the team that lost the Grand Final to Carlton.

Sproule played 17 games in 1969 and 21 games in 1970, finishing runner-up in Essendon's Best and Fairest award that year. He was also equal top Brownlow medal vote scorer at Essendon with 7 votes, and equal third top goalkicker in that year.

Although he had been one of the key players in Essendon's player payment crisis of 1971, it was still a surprise that he was cleared to Richmond in 1972. He became a star there and played 86 games between 1972 and 1975, including in the the 1973 and 1974 premiership sides.

Sproule then went to Sandy Bay in Tasmania from 1976 to 1978 as captain-coach, winning three premierships, followed by Hobart in 1979 and 1980, winning another flag in 1980. He returned to Sandy Bay as coach in 1983 and 1984.

He coached Richmond for a season in 1985.

 

 

 

 

STAEHR, Howard R.

Years Played: 1974-76

Born: 30/03/1955
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Debut order: 818

Number(s): 32

Games: 5
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Horsham

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1974

2

0

1976

3

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Howard Staehr was a follower who came from Horsham to the U19s in 1973. He played five games in 1974 and 1976 and two of these were as a reserve. He did not play a senior game in 1975 because of a broken leg.

After leaving Essendon, he played with Brunswick in mid 1977 and 1978 and with Hawthorn Reserves in 1979.

Staehr was also a fine professional runner and he won the back markers' race at Stawell in 1980.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STAMP, Albert R.

Years Played: 1897, 1899

Born: 26/12/1879
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 33

Number(s):

Games: 3
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Boroondara

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Albert Stamp was a wingman from Boroondara who made his League debut as a 17 year old.

He played in Rounds 12 and 14 in 1897, and in Round 13 in 1899, when he kicked his two goals.

 

STANDFIELD, Robert Bertram

Years Played: 1938-40

Born: 30/09/1915
Died: 1/10/1993
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Debut order: 529

Number(s): 6

Games: 26
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Leongatha

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Robert Standfield was a rugged ruckman and defender who came from Leongatha where he played in 1936 and 1937. Prior to that he had played with Fish Creek 1934 and 1935.

He played 26 games with Essendon before his career was cut short by World War II.

He joined the Army in early 1940 and then played with Brunswick in 1941 before playing one game with Carlton in 1942 while on leave. He later transferred to the RAAF.

He later returned to Brunswick in 1945 and then was captain-coach of Murtoa in 1946.

His brother, Paul, played 42 games with Footscray from 1936 to 1940.

Bob Standfield was a manager of a bulk petrochemical terminal and he retired in 1981.

He died on 1st October, 1993,

 

STARBUCK, David

Years Played: 1970-71

Born: 6/12/1950
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 71 kg

Debut order: 780

Number(s): 39

Games: 13
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Pascoe Vale

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Games

Goals

1970

7

0

1971

6

2

David Starbuck was a wingman who came from Pascoe Vale to the U19s in 1968. He played 13 games in 1970 and 1971.

He was a member of the Reserves premiership side in 1968 and was also runner-up in the Morrish Medal for Best and Fairest in the U19s in that year.

Starbuck played with Coburg in 1972 and 1973 and then with Romsey in 1974.

He then returned to play with Pascoe Vale from 1975 to 1979 and then joined Reservoir-Lakeside from 1980 to 1982 and Woodend in 1983 and 1984.

 

STEINBERG, Ariel

Years Played: 2014-2015
Born: 26/08/1992
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Debut order: 1118
Number: 25
Games: 10
Goals: 0 

Previous Club: Bendigo Pioneers

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Year

Games

Goals

2014

3

0

2015

7

0

 

Ariel Steinberg was raised in Mildura then played Gridiron in Canada while living in Alberta as an exchange student and also played Australian rules with an Edmonton’s team while there.

On his return Steinberg was selected by Essendon with pick 31 in the 2010 AFL Draft and began with the Bendigo Bombers in the VFL where he showed good form and the ability to kick goals.

Steinberg made his senior debut in Round 21, 2014 against West Coast. Tall and strong he was able to play as a third tall at either end of the ground and was a strong mark.

Steinberg was a fine athlete winning a 2015 pre-season intraclub mini triathlon ahead of favourites Dyson Heppell and Patrick Ambrose.

Senior games were hard to come by and Steinberg was delisted at the end of 2015. 

STEEL, Kelvin J.

Years Played: 1979

Born: 7/06/1955
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Debut order: 867

Number(s): 20

Games: 6
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Surrey Hills/Hawthorn

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Games

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1979

6

0

Kelvin Steel, known as "Stainless", was a defender who came from Hawthorn where he played 19 games from 1974 to 1977. He had gone from Surrey Hills to the Hawks U19s in 1972. He stood out from football in 1978 to further his studies.

Steel played six games with Essendon in late 1979 and was captain of the Reserves in 1980. He retired from playing in 1981 but stayed on to assist the Reserves in a semi-official capacity.

 

 

STENHOUSE, Jack

Years Played: 1935

Born: 20/11/1911
Died: 31/10/1987
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 486

Number(s): 14

Games: 4
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Burnley/Richmond

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1935

4

0

Jack Stenhouse was a half-back flanker from Richmond where he played 19 games in 1933 and 1934.

He played four games with Essendon in early 1935 before transferring to Hawthorn where he played one game in 1936.

Stenhouse died on 31st October, 1987.

 

STEPHENSON, John B.

Years Played: 1907

Born: 23/02/1886
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 161

Number(s):

Games: 10
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Balmain (NSW)

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1907

10

0

John Stephenson was a wingman from Balmain in New South Wales.

He played in 10 games in 1907 before being cleared to Yarraville in 1908.

 

 

 

STEVENSON, Ian R.

Years Played: 1969-70

Born: 23/09/1944
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 97 kg

Debut order: 771

Number(s): 25

Games: 10
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: East Devonport (Tas)

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Games

Goals

1969

4

0

1970

6

2

Ian Stevenson was a tall fill-in ruckman from East Devonport in Tasmania where he played from 1966 to 1968. Prior to that he had been with Essendon's Reserves and U19s as well as spending late 1963 with North Ballarat. He represented Tasmania in 1967 and 1968.

He played 10 games for Essendon in 1969 and 1970.

Stevenson he went back to North Ballarat in mid 1970 before returning to East Devonport in 1971. He later played a game with Kingsville in 1972 and then returned to play another game with East Devonport in 1981.

 

 


STEVENSON, Robert

Years Played: 1994-1997

Born: 14/06/1976
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Debut order: 982

Number(s): 17

Games: 11
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Western Jets

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1994

6

0

1997

5

0

Robert Stevenson was selected by Essendon from the Western Jets in the 1993 National Draft at selection number 19. He represented Victoria at under 17 level in 1993.

His first game was against the West Coast Eagles at the MCG in 1994. He was also a member of the 1994 Foster's Cup premiership side.

Stevenson was drafted as a key defender but he did not live up to his early promise and he was delisted by Essendon at the end of 1997. He was drafted by Footscray but could only manage 11 games between 1998 and 1999.

 

STEWART, Horrie

Years Played: 1898-1898

Born: 29/05/1871
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 44

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Launceston (Tas)

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1898

1

0

Horrie Stewart came to Essendon from Launceston.

His only game was in 1898.

 

 

 

STILLMAN, Les

Years Played: 1968-70

Born: 15/10/1949
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Debut order: 764

Number(s): 43 , 23

Games: 24
Goals: 32

Previous Clubs: Alexandra

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Les Stillman was a talented half-forward who struggled to get a regular senior game after coming from Alexandra to the U19s in 1966.

He was Essendon's third top goalkicker in 1970 and kicked six goals in one game in that year. He was also a member of the Reserves premiership side in 1968.

Stillman went to Footscray in 1971 where he played 3 games, before becoming captain of Williamstown from 1971 to 1975. He was runner-up in the Association's Liston Trophy in 1974.

He then played with Coburg from mid 1975 to 1977 before going to Hope Valley in South Australia in 1978 and then McLaren Flat in that State from 1979 to 1984.

Stillman was also a fine cricketer who played Sheffield Shield cricket for both Victoria and South Australia. He also coached cricket at state level.

 

STOCKDALE, Greg

Years Played: 1920-28

Born: 30/07/1899
Died: 14/05/1949
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Debut order: 322

Number(s): 34 , 18 , 12 , 25

Games: 106
Goals: 189

Previous Clubs: Kilmore/Rushworth

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Year

Games

Goals

1920

2

0

1921

1

0

1922

4

5

1923

18

68

1924

16

24

1925

18

2

1926

19

36

1927

18

15

1928

10

39

Greg Stockdale joined Essendon from Rushworth where he played in 1919. Prior to that he played with Kilmore in 1917 and 1918. He had trained with Melbourne but failed to gain a place on their list.

Stockdale was a superbly versatile player who started as a half-back before moving to full-forward in the 1922 preliminary final where he was an instant success, kicking five of the team's six goals in a loss to Fitzroy. Stockdale's success effectively ended Jack Moriarty's career at full-forward for Essendon, and he transferred to Fitzroy where he went on to became one of the great full-forwards of the game.

He was not tall for a full-forward at 178cm, but the left-footer developed into a champion, regularly kicking bags of goals in a time of relatively low scores. He headed the League goalkicking list in 1923 with a record 68 goals, after kicking 10 goals in Round 1, nine goals from nine shots in Round 12, and eight goals in Round 8. He was kept goalless only once that year.

Stockdale was Essendon's leading goalkicker again in 1926 with 36 goals and in 1928 with 39 goals, despite missing 8 weeks through suspension on a striking charge. He was third top in 1924.

He was Essendon's Best and Fairest winner in 1925 and was runner-up in 1927. He also scored the most Brownlow medal votes in 1927 and equal second most votes in 1925. He also won Essendon's most consistent player award in 1927.

Stockdale was selected in the State side in 1923, 1925, 1927 and 1928.

After leaving Essendon, he went to Northcote from 1929 to 1931 and was a member of their 1929 premiership side and he later became captain-coach of Coburg in 1932 and 1933. He then went to Fairfield in 1934.

Greg Stockdale died on 14th May, 1949.

STOKES, Mathew 

Year Played: 2016
Born: 22/11/1984
Height: 176 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Debut Order: 1136
Number: 48
Games: 11
Goals: 6

Previous Club: Geelong

Seasons Played

 

Year

Games

Goals

2016

11

6

 

Mathew Stokes was a classy small forward who had played 189 games at Geelong between 2006 and 2015 before accepting the opportunity to extend his career at Essendon in 2016 as one of the ten “top-up” players who joined Essendon to fill-in for those suspended owing to the ASADA ban.

Stokes had had a fine career at Geelong playing finals in all but his first and last seasons there and winning three premiership medals: in 2007, 2009 and 2011.

Stokes’ time at Essendon was interrupted by injuries and he missed 5 consecutive games with a hamstring tear and later four consecutive games with a groin strain. Stokes managed 11 games for the Bombers in 2016 and provided strong leadership and guidance to his younger teammates.

Mathew Stokes retired at the end of the 2016 season.

 

STONEHAM, Alan V.

Years Played: 1980-83

Born: 20/08/1955
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Debut order: 870

Number(s): 11

Games: 72
Goals: 20

Previous Clubs: Sunshine/Footscray

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Alan Stoneham, known as "Rocky", was a fine half-back flanker. He came from Footscray where he played 129 games from 1972 to 1979 after making his debut at only 16 years of age. He had also represented Victoria in 1977 and 1978 while at Footscray.

He didn't miss a game in his first season at Windy Hill and missed only five his his next two seasons. But he played only 10 games in his last season, his last in Round 16. Although he was a fine contributor at Essendon, he never quite lived up to what many expected of him.

He captained Essendon Reserves to their 1983 premiership win.

Stoneham became a skills coach at Essendon in 1984. He coached Old Melbournians in the Amateurs in 1987 while still a member of Essendon's coaching panel.

 

STOREY, H. Mervyn

Years Played: 1934

Born: 20/11/1913
Died: 13/07/1977
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Debut order: 480

Number(s): 34

Games: 2
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Mt Lawley (WA)/Victor Socials

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Mervyn Storey was a forward from Victor Socials in the Footscray District League. He was a fine drop kick and good mark.

He played two games in late 1934 then played with Yarraville from 1935 to 1938. He was in their premiership team in 1935.

Storey was a policeman and well known for his youth work in Williamstown.

He died on 13th July, 1977 at the age of 63.

 

 

STOTT, Wilfred C.

Years Played: 1913

Born: 18/03/1889
Died: 10/12/1973
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Debut order: 246

Number(s): 13

Games: 2
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Prahran/Richmond (VFA)

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1913

2

1

Wilfred Stott played with Richmond's VFA team before making his debut with Essendon where he played two games in late 1913.

He was then cleared back to Richmond (VFA) in 1914 and later played eight League games with Richmond in 1919 and 1920.

Stott died on 10th December, 1973.

 

STUBBS, Justin

Years Played: 1988, 1990

Born: 25/09/1969
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Debut order: 942

Number(s): 45

Games: 3
Goals: 5

Previous Clubs: Devonport (Tas)

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Goals

1988

2

3

1990

1

2

Justin Stubbs was recruited from Tasmania at the age of 16, where he had been All-Australian Schoolboy Representative. He played in the 1986 Teal Cup for Victoria, again gaining All-Australian selection.

He was a wingman with great pace but could only manage two senior games in Rounds 12 and 13 in 1988 with a third in Round 17, 1990 before being forced to retire at an early age due to injury.

 


 

STUCKEY, George M.

Years Played: 1897-1902

Born: 6/07/1871
Died: 15/03/1932
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 18

Number(s):

Games: 71
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: North Park

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Goals

1897

15

0

1898

16

0

1899

15

0

1900

14

2

1901

9

0

1902

2

2

George Stuckey was a great Essendon captain, leading the Club from 1896 until 1900. He was a splendid leader who lifted the team whenever he was in command.

He was a half-back and wingman and it was written of him that 'no-one but himself could be his parallel'.

Stuckey had been a member of the Essendon Association premiership sides between 1892 and 1894 and he brilliantly led the new League side to the 1897 premiership, thus having the honour of being the captain of the Club's first VFL premiership side. He was also in the forward pocket in the 1901 premiership team.

Stuckey nearly retired at the start of 1899 and he is reported to have gone to the first game as a selector. When Essendon was hard hit by injury, he decided to play and did so well he continued to play for another four years.

He represented Victoria in State games in both 1899 and 1900. In 1900, in the divisional final, he ran into the open goal and mistakenly kicked a point which cost Essendon the game and possibly the flag.

Stuckey was a fine all-round sportsman. As well as being a champion footballer, he also played cricket for Victoria from 1894/95 to 1902/03. His versatility was further demonstrated when he won the 1897 Stawell Gift just a few weeks before the start of the football season. He was the first of three Essendon players to win this blue ribbon event.

He remained with Essendon as a member of the committee until 1913 when he retired through ill health.

He was ranked No. 57 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Bill Stuckey, George's brother, played one game for Essendon in 1893 then transferred to Carlton where he played until 1900, captaining the side in 1899.

George Stuckey died on 15th March, 1932.

 

 

 

SULLIVAN, David

Years Played: 1987-88

Born: 15/05/1966
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Debut order: 932

Number(s): 19

Games: 10
Goals: 14

Previous Clubs: St Kevin's/Hawthorn

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1987

5

8

1988

5

6

David Sullivan was a strong half-forward from Hawthorn where he played one game in 1986. He had earlier captained the Hawks' U19s team. Prior to that he was at St Kevin's College.

He showed early promise but was unable to consolidate a place in the team.

 

 

SULLIVAN, Jack A.

Years Played: 1903, 1907

Born:
Died: 30/08/1957
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 98

Number(s):

Games: 2
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Nagambie/Coburg Juniors

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Jack Sullivan played his first game in Round 9, 1903, when Essendon beat St Kilda. His last game was a win against Melbourne in Round 9, 1907.

He was cleared to Coburg in 1908.

Sullivan died on 30th August, 1957.

 

SULLIVAN, James A.

Years Played: 1918-25

Born: 8/04/1896
Died: 1/05/1983
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 58 kg

Debut order: 285

Number(s): 8

Games: 90
Goals: 20

Previous Clubs: Maryborough/Flemington CYMS/Williamstown Juniors

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James Sullivan was born in Maryborough but came to Essendon through the Williamstown Juniors and before that Flemington CYMS.

He was a fine, speedy, wingman and half-forward who was a real football character with his brushed back hair. Although he was small and light, he thrilled supporters with his accurate kicking from the wing.

Sullivan was Essendon's vice-captain in 1923 but was not selected in the winning Grand Final team that year. However he made amends in 1924 when he was part of the great 'mosquito fleet' centreline with Jack Garden and Charlie May. He played on the wing in the 1924 premiership win. He also played in the State side in 1920 and 1923.

He played the first game of 1925 then transferred to Melbourne where he played six games later that same season.

Jim Sullivan died on the 1st May, 1983.

 

SUTER, Bob

Years Played: 1956-58

Born: 6/09/1928
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 676

Number(s): 5

Games: 22
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Broadford

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Seasons Played

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Year

Games

Goals

1956

2

0

1957

19

0

1958

1

0

Bob Suter was a nuggety back pocket from Broadford. He was actually 27 years old when he first joined Essendon, but he had put his age back five years to get to the Club.

He played in all but the first game in 1957 and won Essendon's most unselfish player award. He also played in the back pocket in Essendon's losing 1957 Grand Final side.

Suter retired in 1958 after winning the Tattersalls lottery. He played with Kyneton in 1959 and then returned to Broadford in 1961.

 

SUTHERLAND, Donald Syd

Years Played: 1919

Born: 20/04/1890
Died: 17/11/1957
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 304

Number(s): 10

Games: 13
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Yarraville

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Syd Sutherland came to Essendon from Yarraville. He was 29 years old when he made his debut as a follower against Carlton in Round 2, 1919.

He then joined Hawthorn (VFA) in 1920 and later North Launceston in Tasmania.

Sutherland died on 17th November, 1957.


 

 

SWIFT, Alfred

Years Played: 1904

Born: 24/01/1882
Died: 8/05/1953
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 111

Number(s):

Games: 7
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: South Adelaide (SA)

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Alf Swift played only seven games for Essendon, all in 1904. His last game was in Round 12 against Fitzroy.

He played on the wing in the Victorian team which played Ballarat in 1904.

Swift died on 8th May, 1953.

 

 

SYKES, Albie

Years Played: 1907

Born: 17/02/1883
Died: 19/07/1954
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 156

Number(s):

Games: 4
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: North Melbourne Juniors

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Albie Sykes was a follower and forward who played in four games between Rounds 1 and 7, in 1907. His lone goal came in the Round 7 loss to Carlton.

He died on 19th July, 1954.

 

 

 

SYKES, Archie J.

Years Played: 1897

Born: 24/09/1866
Died: 26/08/1957
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 26

Number(s):

Games: 11
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Geelong West/Geelong (VFA)

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Year

Games

Goals

1897

11

1

Archie Sykes joined Essendon from Geelong in 1889, when both clubs played in the VFA.

He played mainly as a half-forward and follower.

Sykes remained at Essendon until 1897, playing all seasons except 1891. He left after playing his part in the 1897 premiership, the first-ever in the new Victorian Football League.

When Essendon joined the League in 1897, Sykes was in the twilight of a great career. He had captained the Club in both 1895 and 1896 and had been one of the Club's stars in the VFA premiership wins of 1892, 1893 and 1894. He also represented Victoria in 1893.

Sykes died on the 26th August, 1957.

 

 

SYME, Bob J.

Years Played: 1944-45, 1947-53

Born: 30/11/1925
Died: 19/12/1993
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Debut order: 580

Number(s): 34 , 26

Games: 116
Goals: 59

Previous Clubs: Moonee Ponds YCW

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Seasons Played

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Year

Games

Goals

1944

8

0

1945

10

4

1947

3

0

1948

11

12

1949

17

12

1950

13

9

1951

21

13

1952

17

2

1953

16

7

Bob "Swampy" Syme was a fine ruckman who was extremely fast and vigorous. He had a good leap and was a long kick, but not always accurate in front of goal.

Syme came from Moonee Ponds YCW and took a while to get a regular game. He did not play in the Seniors at all in 1946 when Essendon's stars were returning from the War and did not consolidate his position until the second half of 1948.

Syme played well in the ruck in the 1949 premiership team and was also amongst the best in the 1950 premiership win. He also won the best utility player award in 1952.

When Syme left Essendon, he became captain-coach of Horsham from 1954 to 1958 and then captain-coach of North West. He was then captain-coach of Templestowe from 1964 to 1970.

In 1971, he returned to Essendon as assistant coach and coach of the Reserves until 1973 and then he went on to coach Preston in 1974.

In 1981, he became an Essendon committeeman until 1986 and was elected a life member.

Syme twice went close to coaching the Club - first in 1968 when Jack Clarke got the job, and then in 1971 when Des Tuddenham was appointed.

Bob Syme died on 19th December, 1993.

 

 

SYMONS, Jack G.

Years Played: 1944

Born: 19/07/1924
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Debut order: 579

Number(s): 13

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon Stars

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Jack Symons was a half-back flanker from the Essendon Stars. He played with the Seconds in 1943 before playing two senior games in Rounds 3 and 4 in 1944.

He went on to play with Preston in 1945 before returning to the Essendon Seconds. He played with Ascot Vale in 1948 before captain-coaching Boronia for two seasons.

 

 

SYMONS, Michael

Years Played: 1992-1999

Born: 16/09/1971
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Debut order: 969

Number(s): 12

Games: 109
Goals: 80

Previous Clubs: Subiaco (WA)

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Seasons Played

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Year

Games

Goals

1992

3

1

1993

19

23

1994

18

28

1995

19

12

1996

18

11

1997

15

2

1998

3

0

1999

14

3

Michael Symons was recruited from Subiaco and was Essendon's number 1 pick in the 1991 National Draft at selection 8.

He only played three games in 1992 but consolidated his place in the team in 1993 and was unfortunate to miss the preliminary final and premiership wins in 1993 after playing 19 consecutive games that year.

Symons was renowned for his leap and took many spectacular marks, but he could be a poor kick for goal. He became more settled when moved to the half-back flank where he created many opportunities for the Essendon forwards with his courage and explosive speed.

He was limited by injuries to only three games in 1998 but played 14 in 1999 and was again unlucky to miss selection for the finals. However he was a member of the 1999 Reserves winning Grand Final team.

Symons was delisted at the end of the 1999 season.