TelstraAFL Live Pass
Main content
Essendon Header Branding

TAIT, Hugh A.

Years Played: 1913
 Born: 20/04/1892
Died: 30/07/1983
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Debut order: 235

Number(s): 8

Games: 8
Goals: 5

Previous Clubs: University

Hugh Tait was a half-forward flanker from University where he played one game in 1911.

He played eight games with Essendon in late 1913.

Tait died on 30th July 1983.

  

 

TALBOT, Alexander M.

Years Played: 1970-73
Born: 30/07/1949
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Debut order: 785

Number(s): 51 , 27

Games: 33
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Bacchus Marsh

Alexander Talbot, known as "Sandy", was a promising, fair-haired full-back from Bacchus Marsh. He played with the Reserves in 1967, then with East Ballarat in late 1969 before returning to Essendon.

He was unlucky to break his leg in 1971 and found it hard to get back into the Seniors after that.

Talbot joined Preston in 1974 and then became captain-coach of Daylesford in 1976 and 1977. He returned to play with Bacchus Marsh in 1978 and 1979.

 

 

TASSELL, Doug

Years Played: 1969-70
Born: 28/12/1945
Died: 26/06/1970
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Debut order: 770

Number(s): 53 , 33

Games: 20
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Ararat

Year

Games

Goals

1969

9

0

1970

11

0

Doug Tassell was a solid half-back flanker from Ararat. He played nine games in 1969 and then consolidated his place in the side in 1970, playing the first 11 games that season.

However the Club and supporters were shocked when Tassell was killed in a car accident on 26th June, 1970. A moving minute's silence was held for him at the next home game.

 

 

TATE, Greg H.

Years Played: 1947-51
Born: 21/10/1925
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 67 kg

Debut order: 613

Number(s): 16

Games: 70
Goals: 95

Previous Clubs: North Essendon Methodists

Year

Games

Goals

1947

6

5

1948

11

4

1949

16

19

1950

19

34

1951

18

33

Greg Tate, known as "Spudda", was a forward pocket and rover from the North Essendon Methodists where he had played after returning from the War.

He was speedy and elusive and liked to work in short bursts at top speed. He was part of Essendon's 'mosquito fleet' of the 1940s. He possessed one of the most penetrating stab kicks in football, and had good balance and surprising kicking power for his size.

Tate had an unlucky record in Grand Finals. He was unfortunate enough to miss playing in the 1949 and 1950 premiership teams through injury, but played in the losing Grand Final teams of 1947 and 1951.

He was Essendon's third top goalkicker in 1950 and 1951 and he kicked seven goals in a game in 1951. He also won the most improved player award in 1949 and 1950.

Tate became captain-coach of Rutherglen from 1952 to 1955, winning the flag in 1954, and then of Chiltern from 1956 to 1960 winning premierships in 1957 and 1958. After this, he coached the Kerang Thirds from 1967 to 1971 and Yackandandah from 1972 to 1974.

 

 

TAUBERT, Steven

Years Played: 1977-81
Born: 6/10/1953
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Debut order: 845

Number(s): 16

Games: 64
Goals: 30

Previous Clubs: Melbourne High School Old Boys/Richmond

Year

Games

Goals

1977

15

9

1978

11

5

1979

14

14

1980

10

0

1981

14

2

Steve Taubert was a ruckman and back pocket from Richmond where he played 15 games from 1974 to 1976. Prior to that he played with Melbourne High School Old Boys.

He was an excellent mark and a hard worker but, lacking the pace and skill to become a star player he struggled to become a permanent member of the team. He proved himself, however, a more than capable defender, usually given the task of minding the tall resting ruckman.

Taubert left Essendon to play 44 games with the Sydney Swans from 1982 to 1984, where he finished fourth in the Brownlow medal in 1984. He then became a skills coach with the Swans in 1986.

In 1987 he coached St George in New South Wales. 

 

 

TAYLOR, James

Years Played: 1918
Born: 27/10/1893
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 289

Number(s): 22

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: North Melbourne Juniors

Jim Taylor played his only game for Essendon in a Round 2 win against St Kilda.

 

 

TAYLOR, Rob W.

Years Played: 1954-56
Born: 11/05/1931
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 663

Number(s): 15

Games: 34
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: North Essendon Methodists

Rob Taylor was a half-back flanker from the North Essendon Methodists. He won the award for Best and Fairest in the Essendon District League Under-age Competition in 1948.

He had difficulty gaining a permanent spot in the Seniors and he played many games in the Seconds. He was a member of the Seconds' premiership side in 1952.

 

 

TEATHER, Charles E.

Years Played: 1906-07, 1910
Born: 24/01/1889
Died: 26/07/1948
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 135

Number(s):

Games: 20
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Essendon Juniors

Charlie Teather was a wingman and defender from the Essendon Juniors.

He played all but one of his 20 games in 1906 and 1907. He returned to the Club for a single game against South Melbourne in Round 3, 1910.

Charlie Teather died on the 26th July, 1948.

 

 

TEN BRINK, Conrad C.

Years Played: 1898
Born: 31/01/1875
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 41

Number(s):

Games: 12
Goals: 10

Previous Clubs: Albury

Year

Games

Goals

1898

12

10

Conrad Ten Brink only played a single season with Essendon. His final game was in the1898 Grand Final against Fitzroy which Essendon lost by 15 points.

He died in 1938.

 

 

THAW, Alan C.

Years Played: 1949-50, 1952-54
Born: 17/01/1926
Died: 22/02/2007
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 624

Number(s): 36 , 8

Games: 41
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: North Essendon Methodists

Year

Games

Goals

1949

6

0

1950

9

0

1952

9

0

1953

14

0

1954

3

0

Alan "Basher" Thaw was a solid, hard-bumping back pocket. He came from the North Essendon Methodists and worked his way up from the Seconds where he won the Best and Fairest award in 1948. He was in the Seconds premiership team in both 1950 and 1952.

He was also in the back pocket in the Senior 1949 premiership team and won the most consistent player award in 1953.

Thaw became captain-coach of the Second 18 between 1955 and 1958 and was non-playing coach in 1959. His 170 Seconds games is the most by any Essendon player and he played in 16 Seconds finals games.

He then went on to coach the Under 19s between 1960 and 1976. He was named as coach of the Under19 State team in 1964 but turned the offer down.

Thaw retired from Telecom in 1986 after thirty nine years with the company.

He died on 22nd February, 2007.

  

 

THOMAS, Ray

Years Played: 1945
Born: 3/04/1926
Died: 3/10/1989
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Debut order: 592

Number(s): 29

Games: 4
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Flemington CYMS

Ray Thomas was a solidly-built and rugged back pocket player who came from Flemington CYMS through the Seconds to play four games in early 1945.

He debuted in Round 1 that year in a 71 point thrashing of Hawthorn at Windy Hill. He played the next two rounds, a draw with Fitzroy and a 100 point win over Carlton in Round 3. His last game was a narrow loss to Richmond in Round 6 and his senior career was over.

In his four games he experienced two wins, a loss and a draw.

Thomas then joined Warrnambool in 1946 before playing two games with South Melbourne in late 1946 and 1947.

 

 

THOMAS, Enos J.

Years Played: 1922
 Born: 28/04/1892
Died: 27/03/1974
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 90 kg

Debut order: 352

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Ringwood/Melbourne

Year

Games

Goals

1922

1

0

Enos Thomas was a half-forward flanker from Melbourne where he played two games in 1921. Before that, he was with Ringwood.

His only game for Essendon was against South Melbourne in Round 22.

Enos Thomas died on 27th March 1974.

 

 

THOMAS, Paul

Years Played: 2005
Born: 6/05/1982
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Debut order: 1053

Number(s): 17

Games: 8
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Central Districts (SA)/Adelaide (Rookie list)

Year

Games

Goals

2005

8

1

Paul Thomas came to Essendon from Central Districts as a strong midfielder and half-back flanker. Although he had won the SANFL's Magarey Medal in 2004, he struggled to win a permanent place in the Essendon side.

He played his first senior match in Round 4 against Geelong and kicked his only goal in Round 21 when Essendon enjoyed a 99 point win over Carlton.

He was delisted at the end of 2005 and returned to South Australia.

Draft History: Recruited from Adelaide Rookie List

 

 

THOMAS, Richard J. H.

Years Played: 1941
Born: 3/07/1915
Died: 30/07/1988
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Debut order: 559

Number(s): 10

Games: 4
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: East Perth (WA)

Richard Thomas was a robust half-back with plenty of ability and a big leap. He came to Essendon from East Perth, where he had played from 1935 to 1941. He had been Best and Fairest there in 1939 and 1940.

He was the subject of a clearance wrangle with Carlton when he joined Essendon while doing an Army course. He played only four games for Essendon before spending the War years representing the Army in the Services competition.

Thomas returned to East Perth in 1945 and played there until 1948. He represented Western Australia on four occasions.

He remained on as physical training instructor with East Perth until 1962.

Richard Thomas died on 30th July 1988.

 

 

THOMPSON, Bill R.

Years Played: 1967-69
Born: 4/02/1949
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Debut order: 749

Number(s): 12

Games: 17
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Alexandra

Bill "Sherry" Thompson was a half-back flanker from Alexandra.

He played 17 games between 1967 and 1969 after showing early promise. He was also a member of the Reserves premiership side in 1968.

Thompson was drafted into the Army in 1970 and served in Vietnam.

On his return, he joined Williamstown from 1972 to 1975 and captained that club in 1975. He then went to Dandenong from 1976 to 1979 and won the Liston Trophy for Best and Fairest in the Association in 1977. He was vice-captain of the VFA state side in 1978 and 1979.

Thompson then became captain-coach of Frankston Peninsula from 1980 to 1982, and continued to play with that club until 1986.

He became Chairman of Selectors at St Kilda Football Club in 1989.

Thompson moved to Wodonga in 1993 and was Chairman of Selector of the Wodonga Raiders in 1994 and 1995. He settled in Wodonga after his retirement from football.

 

 

THOMPSON, Bob W.

Years Played: 1968, 1970-71
Born: 19/06/1947
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Debut order: 762

Number(s): 47 , 43

Games: 8
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Castlemaine

Bob Thompson was a back pocket and rover who came to the U19s from Castlemaine in 1966.

His career was hampered by chronic cramp and he only played eight games over four seasons. However, he was a member of the Reserves premiership side in 1968.

Thompson played with Subiaco in Western Australia in 1972. He joined VFA club Preston in 1973 then returned to play with Castlemaine in 1974.

He returned to Essendon in 1975 as assistant coach of the U19s.

Thompson became assistant coach of Keilor in 1985 and then coach of Essendon Grammar Old Boys in 1986 and 1987.

 

 

THOMPSON, Mark A.

Years Played: 1983-96
Born: 19/11/1963
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Debut order: 898

Number(s): 26

Games: 202
Goals: 50

Previous Clubs: Airport West

Year

Games

Goals

1983

2

1

1984

20

4

1985

23

5

1986

22

2

1987

18

16

1989

10

0

1990

24

7

1991

9

6

1992

21

5

1993

21

2

1994

13

1

1995

11

0

1996

8

1

Mark Thompson, known as "Bomber", joined Essendon from Airport West through the local zoning system. A talented junior, he won the F. H. Woods Medal as the EDFL's Best and Fairest and captained a Combined Under 16 side.

His first game was against Sydney at the SCG in 1983 and he was a member of the Reserves premiership side in 1983. He secured his spot in the senior team in 1984 where he remained for the rest of his career.

Thompson was a courageous and talented defender, renowned for his close-checking ability. He was able to shut down an opponent while providing attack from defence. He was a fine kick and an excellent mark, especially for his height.

He was on the interchange bench in the winning 1984 Grand Final team, but was a vital part of the 1985 and 1993 premiership teams. He also played in the Foster's Cup premiership teams of 1984, 1990 and 1993.

Thompson won Essendon's most determined player in 1984 and 1986, the most improved player award and the best clubman award in 1985. He also represented Victoria in State of Origin football in 1986. He won his first Best and Fairest award in 1987.

He suffered a bad knee injury in 1988, but returned in mid-1989 as strong and reliable as ever. He won his second Best and Fairest award in 1990 and was a member of the AFL Team of the Year in 1990. He captained the side from 1992 until 1995, when he passed the captaincy to Gary O'Donnell.

Thompson was a fine asset to the Essendon Football Club where he played many great games. His determination and desire to win took him a long way in football and made him one of the best backmen to play at Essendon.

After his retirement in 1996, he joined the Essendon coaching staff and was coach of the Reserves team and the assistant coach for the seniors.

In 1999, Thompson joined the North Melbourne Football Club coaching team as Reserves coach in what became a premiership year for the Kangaroos.

He began his AFL senior coaching career in 2000, when he was appointed coach of the Geelong Football Club. He was a key part of the club's resurgance and he led them to the 2007 AFL premiership, their first since 1963. He won a second flag in 2009.

Thompson left Geelong at the end of the 2010 season and was welcomed back to Windy Hill as a senior assistant to new coach, James Hird.

Mark Thompson was named at number 20 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

 

 

THOMSON, Michael

Years Played: 1981-83, 1985-86
Born: 26/11/1961
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Debut order: 884

Number(s): 34

Games: 46
Goals: 31

Previous Clubs: Aberfeldie

Year

Games

Goals

1981

10

8

1982

3

5

1983

13

9

1985

6

5

1986

14

4

Michael Thomson was recruited from local team, Aberfeldie. He was strong and a handy utility player who could play in a number of positions, from wing to back pocket.

He had trouble getting a regular senior game and his career was affected by a serious shoulder injury in 1985. He was a member of the Reserves premiership side in 1983.

Thomson was cleared to Richmond in 1987 where he played 42 games until his retirement in 1990.

 

 

THURGOOD, Albert J.

Years Played: 1899-1902, 1906
Born: 11/01/1874
Died: 8/05/1927
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 53

Number(s):

Games: 46
Goals: 89

Previous Clubs: Brighton Grammar

Year

Games

Goals

1899

1

1

1900

11

25

1901

10

21

1902

16

32

1906

8

10

Many believe Albert Thurgood was the greatest footballer of all time; at the very least he was certainly the greatest player of his generation. Despite having seen players of the calibre of Hadyn Bunton, Bob Pratt, Laurie Nash, Dick Reynolds, John Coleman and Ted Whitten, famous football historian, Cec Mullen, still rated Thurgood as the best.

Although Victoria was in the grip of a severe economic depression, crowds flocked to Essendon games just to see him play; some, according to the Age newspaper in 1893, come from as far away as Ballarat and Bendigo.

Thurgood came to Essendon in 1892 from Brighton Grammar as a schoolboy champion. He had been sought by most other clubs and in fact St Kilda actually selected him in 1891, but he refused to play with them.

He quickly established his class and his all round play was undoubtedly the most prominent factor in Essendon's Association premiership successes from 1892 to 1894.

Thurgood was the most spectacular high-mark of his time and was an artist in ball control and balance. Being a brilliant runner made him fast in ground play, he could get rid of the ball with either foot and was a magnificent kick. In a game against South Australia in Adelaide in 1894, he kicked four goals with his right foot and four with his left.

His kicking feats became legendary and he achieved extraordinary distances with drop, place and punt kicks. He is reported to have drop kicked 90 yards (82.3 m) at practice. On at least one occasion he punt kicked the ball over 80 yards (73.2 m).

Thurgood was also a renowned goalkicker and headed the Association goalkicking from 1892 to 1894, and the League's list in 1900 and 1902. These achievements are even more remarkable because he headed these lists while playing at centre-half-forward, one of the few players to do so. He was Essendon's leading goalkicker in each of his eight full seasons.

He was the first player to ever kick over 50 goals and he consistently kicked most of the team's score. In one game in 1893 he kicked 12 out of the side's 14 goals - a record - and then the next week kicked 9 out of 10. Overall, he played 209 games and kicked a mammoth 714 goals in an era when scores were generally low.

Thurgood was named Champion of the Colony in 1893, 1894 and 1901. He was an inter-colonial representative in 1891, 1893 and 1894.

"Albert The Great" stunned the football world in 1895 by moving to Fremantle, Western Australia. He was the leading Western Australian goalkicker in 1895, 1896 and 1897. Meanwhile Essendon was unable to fill the massive gap he left and fell to sixth place in 1895, a disappointing result after their four successive premierships from 1891 to 1894.

Thurgood returned to Melbourne in 1898 but residential rules prevented him re-joining Essendon until 1899. It took him a while to regain his former greatness, but he is credited with bringing the premiership to Essendon in 1901. In the semi final he kicked five of the side's six goals from centre half-forward to win the game. His game was described as one of the finest ever in a League final. Then he kicked half of his team's six goals in the Grand Final to be one of the stars of the game.

In 1902, he became the first Essendon player to be suspended when he was outed for three matches for striking. During the games he missed, a mystery player called 'Goodthur' appeared on Essendon's team lists, although football historians, Michael Maplestone and Stephen Rogers, believe 'Goodthur' to have been Fred Mann, not Thurgood.

Thurgood played an uncharacteristically bad game in the 1902 losing Grand Final, leading some officials to wonder if he had been bribed to "play dead". He was cleared in the subsequent inquiry but retired at the end of the season.

He made a third return to football in 1905,and sought a clearance to Collingwood where he thought he could help the younger club with his experience. It was refused and in late 1906, when Essendon was severely depleted by injuries, he came back for eight more games. His career had an anticlimactic end when he injured his ankle in the losing semi-final against Fitzroy.

His cousin, Jimmy Thurgood, played three games for Essendon in 1897.

After retiring from football, Thurgood became well known in business and racing circles. He was also an Essendon patron from 1919 until 1926.

Thurgood was ranked number 9 in the Champions of Essendon, and he was one of the inaugural inductees into the Club's Hall of Fame.

"Albert The Great" was killed in a car accident on 8th May, 1927, aged only 53. His tragic death was mourned by the entire football community.

 

 

THURGOOD, Jimmy

Years Played: 1897
Born: 21/06/1876
Died: 31/07/1946
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 72 kg

Debut order: 29

Number(s):

Games: 2
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Essendon District League/Melbourne Grammar School

Year

Games

Goals

1897

3

2

Jimmy "Sonny" Thurgood was a half-forward who played two games in 1897. He was a cousin of the great Albert Thurgood, and, like his cousin, Jimmy was an excellent kick.

He made his debut in Round 4 against Fitzroy in a home win and kicked two goals. He played his second and last game in Round 10 in an away win over Carlton.

Jimmy Thurgood died on 31st July, 1946.

 

 

TIMMS, Ken G.

Years Played: 1957-65
Born: 27/03/1938
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Debut order: 685

Number(s): 25

Games: 134
Goals: 111

Previous Clubs: North Essendon Methodists

Year

Games

Goals

1957

4

2

1958

18

21

1959

8

1

1960

19

0

1961

18

3

1962

20

26

1963

17

31

1964

15

9

1965

15

19

Ken Timms was a versatile player who was recruited from North Essendon Methodists to the Essendon Under19s and won the best and fairest in that team in 1955.

Timms was versatile enough to play as a ruck-rover before becoming full-back and then a ruckman and forward. He could lead well and was a fairly accurate kick.

Timms made his senior debut in round 1, 1957 but ain his fourth game he injured his leg and missed the rest of the season. He returned in round 1, 1958, and played every game that year. He missed games in 1959 and may have allowed his concentration to wander, but he played every game between 1960 and 1962 and missed only five thereafter, four through suspension.
Timms was in the forward pocket and ruck in the 1962 premiership team, played for Victoria in 1962 and 1963 and was an emergency in the 1965 premiership side.

He was Essendon's second top goalkicker in 1963 and won the most consistent player award in 1960, the best clubman award in 1962, and the best utility player award in 1963.

Timms became captain-coach of Colac in 1966 and he then joined South Warrnambool from 1967 to 1972. He was captain-coach of that club in 1971. He also represented the Hampden League when it won the Country Championship in both 1967 and 1969.

 

 

TONKES, Herbert F.

Years Played: 1944, 1946-47
Born: 4/04/1922
Died: 10/09/1991
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Debut order: 577

Number(s): 18 , 1

Games: 37
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Preston Juniors/Essendon United

"Tinker" Tonkes was a dashing wingman and defender who came from Essendon United to the Seconds in 1941.

He missed part of 1944 and all of 1945 due to his military service in the Pacific during World War II. On his return, he played on the half-back flank in the 1946 premiership team. He also won Essendon's most improved player award in that year.

Tonkes joined Brunswick in 1948.

He retired in 1981 as production controller with Sidney Cook.

Tonkes died in Queensland on 10th September, 1991, aged 70 years.

 

 

TORNEY, Hugh J.

Years Played: 1933-43
Born: 14/11/1909
Died: 10/02/2000
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 92 kg

Debut order: 452

Number(s): 20

Games: 173
Goals: 81

Previous Clubs: Dering/Patchewollock

Year

Games

Goals

1933

13

17

1934

15

11

1935

16

3

1936

14

16

1937

15

5

1938

16

2

1939

15

1

1940

18

1

1941

18

4

1942

16

7

1943

17

14

Hugh Torney was one of Essendon's greatest-ever ruckmen. He joined Essendon from Patchewallock, and prior to that had played with Dering.

He had complete mastery in the ruck and would skilfully palm the ball out, providing good supply to his rovers. He was left handed and left-footed and his marking was feature of his game.

Torney was vice-captain between 1940 and 1943. He was also Essendon's Best and Fairest in 1940 and runner-up in the award in 1939 and 1941. He was amongst Essendon's best players in the 1942 premiership team. He won Essendon's most improved player award in 1935, the best all round player award in 1938 and the best clubman award in 1942.

Torney was runner-up in the Brownlow medal in 1940 with 24 votes, the most votes for a runner-up to that time. He was also second top vote scorer in the medal count at Essendon in 1937, 1938 and 1939 and equal second in 1941. He was Essendon's third top goalkicker in 1933.

Torney played for Victoria in 1937, 1939 and 1941.

He later played with Williamstown in 1945.

Like many other Essendon players of the time, Torney was a fireman, and he spent thirty five years in the Metropolitan Fire Brigade.

He was selected as one of Essendon's Top 60 players in 1994 and was named at number 26 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Hugh Torney died on 10th February, 2000, aged 90. In his honour the Essendon team played in black armbands during their successful Ansett Cup night series.

 

 

TOWNER, John W.

Years Played: 1953-59
Born: 19/11/1933
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Debut order: 655

Number(s): 33

Games: 87
Goals: 36

Previous Clubs: Ascot Vale Youth Centre

Year

Games

Goals

1953

11

12

1954

16

23

1955

1

0

1956

10

1

1957

16

0

1958

16

0

1959

17

0

John Towner began playing with Essendon as a half-forward and then full-forward, before moving to full-back.

He came from Ascot Youth Centre and was initially hailed as a likely successor to John Coleman but he lacked the necessary strength to win kicks under pressure. He played his best football after his move to defence.

Towner had speed and could fly but his kicking was not always reliable. He played on the half-back flank in the 1957 losing Grand Final side and at full-back in the 1959 losing Grand Final team.

He won Essendon's best clubman award in 1957 and 1959.

Towner was transferred to Western Australia in his employment in 1960 and he played with West Perth from 1960 to 1962. He became captain-coach of Surfers Paradise in 1965.

 

 

TREHEY, Jack G.

Years Played: 1903
Born: 28/05/1882
Died: 5/12/1943
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 96

Number(s):

Games: 6
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Northcote Juniors/Fitzroy

Year

Games

Goals

1903

6

1

Jack Trehey was a defender who came from Fitzroy where he played one game in 1902.

He played six games with Essendon in 1903, kicking his only goal in his last game, which was, coincidentally, against his previous club, Fitzroy.

Jack Trehey died on 5th December, 1943. 

 

 

TUDDENHAM, Des

Years Played: 1972-75
Born: 29/01/1943
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 84 kg

Debut order: 799

Number(s): 8

Games: 69
Goals: 66

Previous Clubs: Ballarat YCW/Collingwood

Year

Games

Goals

1972

21

22

1973

18

15

1974

21

18

1975

9

11

Des Tuddenham came to Essendon as captain-coach in 1972 after playing 170 games with Collingwood from 1962 to 1971. Prior to that he played with Ballarat YCW. He had won Collingwood's Best and Fairest award in 1963 and captained the Magpies from 1966 to 1969. He was also the first non club captain to captain Victoria in 1971. He was selected as captain-coach of the Victorian team to play Tasmania in 1973 but had to withdraw with a broken finger.

He was the first non-Essendon player to coach Essendon since Jack Baggott (1936-1939) and he immediately transformed the poorly performing team. At the time, it was said that having a playing coach was outdated, but he led the side into the five and instilled a feeling of pride in his players.

Tuddenham was a half-forward flanker who was renowned for his tremendous courage and toughness. He had finely-tuned fitness and a fanatical desire to win. His controversial methods brought a new level of fitness and determination to Essendon.

By 1974, "Tuddy" euphoria was wearing off and there was considerable discontent within the Club, particularly over his emphasis on physical strength and vigour rather than skill. He broke his leg in 1975 and missed the last half of the season, but by then the Club was in turmoil over his coaching. The crisis came to a head at the end of the season and he was sacked on the 6th October, 1975.

He returned to Collingwood as captain in 1976 and played 12 more games in that year and in 1977. He spent a season as coach of South Melbourne in 1978 before again leaving in controversial circumstances.

Tuddenham was appointed coach of Werribee in 1988.

 

 

TURNER, Bill L.

Years Played: 1934-36
Born: 11/11/1912
Died: 22/09/1981
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Debut order: 475

Number(s): 18

Games: 28
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: City FC Launceston (Tas)

Bill Turner kicked a goal in his first game of VFL football (Round 5 against Richmond), then played another 11 games that year. He would have played every game in 1935, but was suspended for six games in the middle of the season. He only played four games in his final year, the last two as a reserve.

He died on 22nd September, 1981. 

 

 

TURNER, J.C.

Years Played: 1930
Born: 3/03/1909
Died: 7/03/1935
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 420

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Maribyrnong Presbyterians

"Jock" Turner's only game was in Round 4, 1930, against Hawthorn in which he kicked two goals in a comfortable win.

He later played with Coburg in 1932.

Turner died on 7th March, 1935, aged only 26.

 

 

TWITE, Reginald W.

Years Played: 1933
Born: 29/04/1911
Died: 21/09/1995
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 449

Number(s): 30

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Bena

Reg Twite joined Essendon from Bena where he played from 1926 to 1928 and then 1931 to 1932. In between, he had played with Korumburra in 1929 and 1930.

He played his first game in Round 1, 1933, against Footscray and was chosen as a reserve in Round 18 against Hawthorn, but was not required to take the field.

Twite transferred to Daylston in 1934, then rejoined Bena in 1935 before playing with Leongatha from later in 1935 until 1939.

He died on 21st September, 1995.

  

 

TYLER, Trevor W.

Years Played: 1973-76
Born: 29/09/1952
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 84 kg

Debut order: 810

Number(s): 43 , 17

Games: 12
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Rupanyup

Year

Games

Goals

1973

1

0

1974

1

0

1975

6

0

1976

4

0

Trevor Tyler was a defender and ruck rover who came from Rupanyup to the Reserves in 1972. He had represented the Wimmera League in 1970 and 1971.

He played 12 games with Essendon between 1973 and 1976, then later played with Bayswater in 1979 and 1980 and finally Boronia in 1981.

 

 

TYMMS, Athol S. M.

Years Played: 1905
Born: 21/02/1886
Died: 21/11/1949
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 125

Number(s):

Games: 3
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Melbourne Grammar School

Year

Games

Goals

1905

3

1

Athol Tymms was a full-forward and wingman from Melbourne Grammar. He played three games in 1905 and kicked his only goal in his last game, Round 17 against Fitzroy.

He then played 60 games with University between 1908 and 1911 and in 1913, before retiring from football to concentrate on his medical career.

Tymms died on 21st November, 1949.