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WADE, Thomas H.

Years Played: 1914-15, 1919
Born: 2/03/1894
Died: 27/11/1939
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Debut order: 259

Number(s): 8 , 7

Games: 23
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Collegians/ Hawthorn Juniors

Tom Wade was a centreman from the Hawthorn Juniors.

He made his debut in mid-1914 and played six games in his first season. He played 11 games in 1915 appearing in two of the Club's three wins that season.

Wade's career at Essendon was interrupted by World War I and he served overseas, but he returned to play six games in 1919 and kick three of his career four goals.

He remained a Club patron for many years.

Tom Wade died on 27th November, 1939.

 

 

WAITE, Bruce E.

Years Played: 1965-69
Born: 22/05/1946
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 92 kg

Debut order: 743

Number(s): 9 , 27 , 9

Games: 48
Goals: 29

Previous Clubs: Albury

Year

Games

Goals

1965

8

5

1966

14

1

1967

10

2

1968

13

16

1969

3

5

Bruce Waite was a big, strong fill-in ruckman from Albury. He was a good mover, took a fine mark, had power in his kicking and was dangerous in the forward pocket.

He played eight games in his first season, mostly as a reserve, including the finals series and the winning 1965 Grand Final team. He was just short of the pace and sureness in general play to command a regular ruck place until 1968.

Waite went to Myrtleford after leaving Essendon, where he played from 1970 to 1973. He was Best and Fairest in the Ovens and Murray League in 1972. He returned to Albury in 1974 and played there until 1977.

Player honours: Premiership player 1965

 

 

WALKER, John

Years Played: 1932-34
Born: 14/11/1908
Died: 2/02/1980
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Debut order: 444

Number(s): 8

Games: 27
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Stawell

John Walker was a half-forward flanker from Stawell. He was a good mark and kick, and could play at half-forward or half-back.

His first game was against Footscray in Round 12, 1932. He played every game for the rest of that season and only missed one game in 1933. This consistency saw him win Essendon's most improved player award in 1933.

He played three games in early 1934 before leaving Essendon and joining Camberwell in late 1934.

Walker died on 2nd February, 1980.

Player honours: Most improved player 1933

 

 

WALKER, Robert

Years Played: 1913-15. 1919-20
Born: 4/07/1891
Died: 23/08/1965
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Debut order: 243

Number(s): 20 , 25 , 14 , 24

Games: 49
Goals: 17

Previous Clubs: Hawthorn (MJFA)/ Footscray (VFA)

Robert Walker was a handy ruckman from the VFA club, Footscray. He also played with Hawthorn in the MJFA.

Walker played consistently through the War years, although he and team-mate, Jim Collins, were suspended by the Club in 1920 for "bad conduct". However they were both reinstated after they apologised.

Robert Walker died on 23rd August, 1965.

 

 

WALKER, William A.

Years Played: 1911-15
Born: 29/08/1886
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 210

Number(s): 16 , 20 , 14 , 25

Games: 66
Goals: 53

Previous Clubs: Collingwood Juniors

"Johnnie" Walker was a top ruckman and forward who joined Essendon from Collingwood Juniors.

He was one of Essendon's best players in the forward pocket and ruck in the 1911 premiership win and was also in the same role in the 1912 premiership victory.

Walker was Essendon's leading goalkicker in 1915 with 14 goals and was equal second in 1912.

He was also selected in the League side against a country team in 1912.

Walker had an interrupted season in 1914 when he sought a clearance to Fitzroy, but he was back in 1915 and played in all but the first game for that year.

Player honours: Premiership player 1911, 1912
Victorian representative 1912

 

 

WALLACE, Len

Years Played: 1934-38
Born: 9/01/1909
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 64 kg

Debut order: 467

Number(s): 17

Games: 61
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Camberwell

Year

Games

Goals

1934

14

0

1935

16

2

1936

16

4

1937

12

1

1938

3

0

Len Wallace was a well-built utility player from Camberwell. He was a real personality and there are numerous stories about his love of a drink.

He won Essendon's best first year player award in 1934.

Wallace died in 1973.

Player honours: Best first year player 1934

  

 

WALLIS, Dean

Years Played: 1987-2001
Born: 27/08/1969
Height: 190 cm
Weight: 91 kg

Debut order: 929

Number(s): 21

Games: 127
Goals: 42

Previous Clubs: Nhill

Year

Games

Goals

1987

11

2

1988

13

9

1989

9

2

1991

7

1

1992

12

6

1993

8

2

1994

1

1

1995

2

0

1996

12

6

1997

11

0

1998

1

0

1999

23

10

2000

16

3

2001

1

0

Dean Wallis was recruited from Nhill through Essendon's Wimmera country zone. His first game was against Collingwood in 1987 at Waverley Park.

Wallis took some years to develop and was troubled by persistent hamstring injuries, but was respected by his team-mates for his strength and vigour and his commitment to the cause. His vigour led him to receive a number of suspensions.

He was a member of the 1993 Foster's Cup premiership and later in the year he was a controversially selected in the winning 1993 Grand Final team at the expense of Derek Kickett who had played every game during the season. The following year Wallis was named best team man.

Wallis's form fell away in the late 1990s, but he fought his way back and played 23 games at either end of the field in 1999.

At one point he met with coach Kevin Sheedy to explain he had decided to retire, citing frustrating injuries and loss of confidence. Sheedy would have none of it, and talked him round in no uncertain terms.

Wallis was single-minded in his approach to football and was a popular team man because of it. A solid season of 16 games saw "Wally" rewarded with the Best Clubman award and a Grand Final medal in 2000. After briefly flirting with the idea of retirement at the end of the season he signed on again for 2001 but only played one game and decided to retire at the end of the 2001 season.

Wallis took up an assistant coaching position at St Kilda and remained there for 2002 and 2003 before returning to his spiritual home at Windy Hill as an assistant coach in late 2003.

He left Essendon at the end of 2007 for an assistant coaching role at Fremantle with former team-mate, Mark Harvey, and former Essendon assistant coach, Robert Shaw.

Wallis returned to Essendon as development coach in late 2010.

Player honours: Premiership player 1993, 2000
Best clubman 2000
Best teamman 1994

 

 

WALSH, Brian T.

Years Played: 1975-78
Born: 24/04/1951
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Debut order: 829

Number(s): 12 , 1

Games: 51
Goals: 100

Previous Clubs: Sandhurst/Carlton

Walsh was a fine rover and forward pocket who came to Essendon from Carlton where he played 64 games from 1970 to 1975. He had been Carlton's leading goalkicker in 1973. He had previously played with Sandhurst and had won the Bendigo League's Best and Fairest award in 1970.

He was extremely dangerous around the goals and was Essendon's second top goalkicker in 1976 and third top in 1977. He kicked 7 goals in Round 22 in 1975 which equalled the record at Essendon for that round. He also kicked 7 goals in 1977 and 6 goals in 1975.

Walsh was third in Essendon's Best and Fairest award in both 1975 and 1977.

He became captain-coach of West Coburg in 1979 and 1980 and then of Werribee in 1981. He then became assistant-coach at Fitzroy from 1982 to 1984. After this, he was coach of Sandhurst in 1985 and 1986 and then coach of Golden Square in 1987.

 

 

WALSH, Darren

Years Played: 2003-2004
Born: 27/12/1984
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Debut order: 1037

Number(s): 17

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Dingley/ Sandringham U18s

Darren Walsh captained the Sandringham Dragons in 2002 and was a member of the Vic Metro Under 18 team.

He made his debut for Essendon in Round 4 ,2003, against the Western Bulldogs at Telstra Dome, finishing the season with two games for the year.

Walsh was delisted by Essendon at the end of the 2004 season.

Draft History: 2002 National AFL Draft 2nd Round selection, No. 27 overall

 

 

WALSH, J. David

Years Played: 1918-20
Born: 29/09/1898
Died: 4/08/1975
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Debut order: 286

Number(s): 17

Games: 25
Goals: 18

Previous Clubs: Essendon District Football League

David Walsh was a talented full-forward with Essendon. He headed Essendon's goalkicking in 1919 with 15 goals, which included five goals out of the team's total of eight in Round 6 against Geelong.

Walsh played only one game in 1920, in Round 2 against Melbourne, then joined Essendon 'A' in the Association.

He then developed into a fine full-back and joined North Melbourne playing there from 1922 to 1927 playing 47 games for them in the VFL (North Melbourne joined the VFL in 1925). He represented Victoria in 1925, 1926 and 1927, and became one of the best full-backs to ever represent North Melbourne.

His football career was ended by a serious knee injury in 1927.

Walsh worked as an accountant with the Commonwealth Government until he retired in 1963.

He died on 4th August,1975, at the age of 76.

 

 

WALSH, Kevin F.

Years Played: 1981-91
Born: 9/02/1962
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Debut order: 885

Number(s): 41 , 30

Games: 162
Goals: 20

Previous Clubs: North Ringwood

Year

Games

Goals

1981

1

0

1982

20

2

1983

12

3

1984

18

3

1985

20

5

1986

23

0

1987

17

5

1988

17

0

1989

25

2

1990

8

0

1991

1

0

Kevin Walsh was a tall and deceptively quick defender from North Ringwood.

He was gangly rather than athletic, which made any mistakes he made look worse, and he was often the supporters' scapegoat for the team's bad play. However, Kevin Sheedy persisted with him and Walsh repaid his faith by becoming an important member of the 1984 and 1985 premiership teams.

Walsh played for Victoria in 1985, 1986 and 1987, and won the EJ Whitten Medal as best afield against South Australia in 1986. He also earned All-Australian honours in 1986. He also won the EDFL's Under 17 Best and Fairest award, the John Coleman Memorial medal, in 1979. He also won the Reserve Grade best 1st year player in 1981.

He will be remembered as a solid, reliable defender who was rarely beaten by his forward opponents. He received his life membership in 1992.

Player honours: Premiership player 1984, 1985
E. J. Whitten medal winner 1986
All-Australian selection 1986
Victorian representative 1985, 1986, 1987

 

 

WALSH, Nicholas

Years Played: 1986-88
Born: 1/07/1965
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Debut order: 923

Number(s): 45 , 29

Games: 11
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: St Peter's (Geelong)

Nick Walsh was a half-forward flanker who came to Essendon from St Peters, Geelong. He debuted in Round 20 in an away win over St Kilda. It was the only game he played that year. In 1987 he played a further eight games for the year and a further two in 1988.

Walsh made a name for himself when he kicked 8 goals in a night game in 1987, although he found goals hard to come by in home and away rounds.

  

 

WALSH, Paddy Y.

Years Played: 1927-36
Born: 21/08/1906
Died: 3/08/1988
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 92 kg

Debut order: 388

Number(s): 28

Games: 115
Goals: 20

Previous Clubs: Ledgerwood (Tas)/City FC Launceston (Tas)

Year

Games

Goals

1927

9

2

1928

17

1

1929

13

6

1930

16

3

1931

14

1

1932

13

2

1933

16

5

1934

5

0

1935

8

0

1936

4

0

Walsh was an excellent ruckman with great natural ability. He came to Essendon from Ledgerwood in Northern Tasmania and he had also played a couple of games with City FC in Launceston in 1926.

He was a new breed of more mobile, fast moving, rugged big men that Essendon had. He was big and powerful with plenty of dash and was good on the ground. A left-footer, he played the game vigorously and was a reliable mark and could be devastating on his day.

Walsh won the Club's Best and Fairest award in 1933. He also won the most improved player award in 1927. He scored equal most Brownlow medal votes at Essendon in 1929.

He was selected in the State side in 1927,1928, 1929,1930,1932 and 1933 although he missed 1930 because of his work. Only five Essendon players have played more interstate years and only four have played more than his 12 interstate games.

Walsh's career was affected by a knee injury that put him out for most of 1934 and he retired at the end of 1937.

He had been a fireman in the Metropolitan Fire Brigade for twenty five years before he retired in 1968. His daughter, Elaine Alford, played cricket for Victoria.

He was named at number 54 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Paddy Walsh died on 3rd August, 1988.

Player honours: Most improved player 1927
Crichton Medal 1933
Victorian representative 1927,1928, 1929,1930,1932, 1933

 

 

WANGANEEN, Gavin

Years Played: 1991-1996
Born: 18/06/1973
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Debut order: 960

Number(s): 4

Games: 127
Goals: 64

Previous Clubs: Port Adelaide (SANFL)

Year

Games

Goals

1991

18

12

1992

21

11

1993

22

5

1994

22

12

1995

23

10

1996

21

14

Gavin Wanganeen was drafted by Essendon as their number 12 pick in the 1989 National draft. He had represented South Australia at under 17 level in 1989 and 1990 and gained All-Australian honours in 1992, 1993 and 1995. He was a member of Port Adelaide's 1990 premiership side in the SANFL.

His first match for Essendon was against Richmond at the MCG in 1991. He was named Essendon's best first year player in 1991 and most improved player in 1992. He was a member of the 1993 and 1994 Foster's Cup premiership sides, winning the Michael Tuck medal in 1993.

Wanganeen's greatest individual achievement was winning the Brownlow medal in 1993 which topped off a magnificent year for him. His other achievements include state honours for South Australia in 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995 against Victoria. He received All-Australian honours in 1992, 1993 and 1995. He was named young Aboriginal Sports Star of the Year in 1993.

At the end of 1996, he returned to Adelaide to become the first captain of Port Power in its first season in the AFL. Essendon was unfortunate to lose such a good player and to receive no monetary or draft compensations for him.

Wanganeen was just as successful at Port Adelaide and was a key player in their first AFL premiership win in 2004.

He played in the opening round of 2006 but was soon sidelined by injuries and retired late in the year.

Gavin Wanganeen was named at number 19 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Player honours: All-Australian 1992, 1993, 1995
South Australian representative 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995
Premiership player 1993
Brownlow medal winner 1993
Champions of Essendon no. 19

 

 

WARD, George H.

Years Played: 1901
Born: 22/04/1877
Died: 2/08/1921
Height: 166 cm
Weight: 64 kg

Debut order: 68

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Richmond City Juniors

George Ward's only game for Essendon was in a loss to Collingwood in Round 1, 1901.

He died on 2nd August, 1921.

 

 

WARD, John

Years Played: 1948
Born: 23/01/1928
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Debut order: 618

Number(s): 25

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: North Essendon Methodists

Year

Games

Goals

1948

1

0

"Mick" Ward came on as a reserve in his only game for Essendon in Round 15, 1948, in a win against South Melbourne.

 

 

WARDLEY, Gilbert

Years Played: 1922
Born:
Died: 19/02/1971
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 346

Number(s): 4

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Walla Walla

Year

Games

Goals

1922

1

0

Gilbert Wardley was a half-back flanker from Walla Walla in New South Wales.

His only game for Essendon was in Round 3, 1922, in a win against South Melbourne.

Wardley died on 19th February, 1971.

 

 

WARDLEY, Tom

Years Played: 1921
Born:
Died: 13/02/1967
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 67 kg

Debut order: 332

Number(s): 4

Games: 14
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon Diggers

Year

Games

Goals

1921

14

0

Tom Wardley was a half-back flanker from the Essendon Diggers.

He made his debut in Round 3 against South Melbourne and then played the next 13 consecutive games.

His last game for the year and for the Club was also the last game Essendon played at the East Melbourne Cricket Ground before moving to the Essendon Recreation Reserve (Windy Hill) at the beginning of 1922.

Wardley died on 13th February, 1967.

 

 

WATERSON, Chris P.

Years Played: 1982-86

Born: 26/03/1961
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 892

Number(s): 47 , 35

Games: 31
Goals: 11

Previous Clubs: Nullawil

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Chris Waterson was a lightly-built but determined utility player from Nullawil.

He struggled to get a regular senior game in the strong Essendon teams of the 1980s and was mainly used as a fill-in. He was a member of the Reserves premiership side in 1983.

Waterson was cleared to the Brisbane Bears in 1987 and played 35 games before retiring at the end of the 1988 season.

 

 

WATSON, Carl E.

Years Played: 1932
Born: 11/11/1904
Died: 26/02/1960
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 437

Number(s): 21

Games: 11
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: LaTrobe (Tas)/Richmond

Year

Games

Goals

1932

11

1

Carl Watson was a wingman from Latrobe in Tasmania.

He played 11 games for Essendon in 1932 after coming from Richmond where he played in the losing 1928 and 1929 Grand Final teams.

Watson died on 26th February, 1960.

 

 

WATSON, Ernest H.

Years Played: 1929-30
Born: 7/09/1908
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 408

Number(s): 8

Games: 23
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon Juniors

Ern Watson was a half-back flanker who played 23 games in 1929 and 1930.

He made his debut in Round 2, 1929, and played 13 consecutive games, finishing with 15 for the year. He played only eight games in 1930, his last was in Round 15 against North Melbourne.

Watson joined Oakleigh later in 1930 and was a member of their 1930 premiership side.

Like a number of other Essendon players of the time, Watson was a fireman with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade.

He died in 1982.

 

 

WATSON, Larry J.

Years Played: 1975-78
Born: 23/09/1957
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Debut order: 830

Number(s): 47 , 22

Games: 31
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Dimboola

Year

Games

Goals

1975

6

1

1976

11

0

1977

8

1

1978

6

0

Waston was a strongly-built utility player from Dimboola. He had to struggle to win a regular senior spot because of injury and indifferent form. Although he didn't have the class of his champion brother, Tim, he achieved equal third Best and Fairest at Essendon in 1976 and also won the most improved player award in that year.

After leaving Essendon, he played four games with Fitzroy in 1979 and 1980. He then joined West Adelaide from 1981 to 1985 and was a member of their premiership team in 1983.

Larry's brother, Tim, was an Essendon champion. His nephew, Jobe, began playing with Essendon in 2003.

Player honours: 3rd (equal) Crichton Medal 1976
Most improved player 1976

 

 

WATSON, Matthew

Years Played: 1997
Born: 2/12/1976
Height: 199 cm
Weight: 98 kg

Debut order: 1009

Number(s): 44

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Warragul/ Gippsland U18s

Year

Games

Goals

1997

1

0

Matthew Watson came to Essendon from Warragul/Gippsland Power. He was a tall ruckman who spent two full seasons in the Reserves before playing his only senior game in Round 21 against Brisbane in 1997.

Draft History: 1996 National AFL Draft Selection No. 6.
Essendon Supplementary List for 1995,1996

 

 

WATSON, Percy

Years Played: 1920
Born: 25/06/1898
Died: 10/05/1965
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 323

Number(s): 36

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Mirboo North

Year

Games

Goals

1920

1

0

Percy Watson played only one game for Essendon, in a 63 point loss to Richmond in Round 16, 1920.

 

 

WATSON, Tim

Years Played: 1977-91, 1993-94
Born: 13/07/1961
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 96 kg

Debut order: 849

Number(s): 32

Games: 307
Goals: 335

Previous Clubs: Dimboola

Year

Games

Goals

1977

16

16

1978

19

11

1979

23

34

1980

22

42

1981

17

15

1982

22

24

1983

26

27

1984

22

25

1985

24

27

1986

3

0

1987

7

5

1988

19

24

1989

24

23

1990

21

19

1991

17

15

1993

16

26

1994

9

2

Tim Watson was a brilliant, creative half-forward and later ruck-rover. He made his debut in rd 7 1977 in a drawn game against Richmond at the age of 15 years and 305 days making him Essendon’s youngest ever player and the fourth youngest in League history.

By 1980 Watson's superb ball skills, pace and balance combined to make him one of the League's most dynamic players. He was a strong, aggressive, explosive player who was a great favourite of the fans.

Watson was Essendon's vice-captain from 1982, acting as captain for part of that season. He captained the Club from 1989 to 1991. He won Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1980, was runner-up in 1982 (equal) and 1983, and won it again in 1985, 1988 and 1989.

He was favourite to win the Brownlow medal in 1980 but finished fifth behind team-mate Merv Neagle who finished second.

Watson was Essendon's second highest goalkicker in 1980 (42 goals) and third top in 1979 (34 goals). He kicked seven goals in a game in 1979.

Watson had the ability to change a game in midstream and was at his best when the stakes were highest. He starred as a ruck-rover in both the 1984 and 1985 premiership wins, after being knocked unconscious early in the 1983 Grand Final. He was also best on the ground in the 1981 night premiership win and starred on the half-forward flank in the 1984 night premiership win. Fans still talk about his superb single-handed swerving, pack-hurdling match-winning goal in the 1981 night Grand Final.

Watson represented Victoria in 1980 at the age of 19, the second youngest State player ever in League history. He also represented the State in 1983 and in 1985 when he was vice-captain.

He was named as ruck-rover in "The Sun" All Star team in 1985 and in the "Inside Football" Team of the Year in 1980. He also won Essendon's most determined player award in 1985. Disaster struck when Watson badly injured his knee in the third round in 1986 and he also missed most of 1987 with the injury. He made a successful comeback in 1987, but shocked the football world by announcing his retirement at the end of 1991, saying his body could no longer cope with the stresses of League football.

Kevin Sheedy felt that Watson still had a lot to offer as a player, and in 1993 convinced Watson to return as a player and to nurture the development of the young squad. It was a wise move and Watson became part of the famous Baby Bombers premiership team that defeated Carlton in 1993. Part way through the 1994 season Watson retired from league football for the second and final time with three premiership medals and 307 games, the third highest at the club to that time.

In 1999, Watson became the coach of St Kilda, but midway through the 2000 season, he announced that he would stand down at the end of the year. Watson then returned to working in the media.

Tim Watson was named at number 6 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Watson's brother Larry played 31 games for Essendon from 1975 to 1978. He is also the father of Essendon champion Jobe Watson.

Player honours: Club captain 1989-1991
Crichton Medal winner 1980, 1985, 1988, 1989
Crichton Medal runner-up 1982 (equal), 1983
Premiership player 1984, 1985, 1993
Victorian representative 1980, 1983, 1985
Most determined player award 1985
EFC Team of the Century member
Champions of Essendon no. 6
Hall of Fame inductee

 

WATSON, William "Pos"

Years Played: 1898
Born: 25/08/1868
Died: 17/08/1950
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 42

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Warrnambool

"Pos" Watson played his only League game for Essendon in Round 13, 1898, a win over Carlton.

Before the formation of the VFL in 1897, Watson played for Warrnambool on Thursdays, then travelled to Melbourne to play for Essendon on Saturdays. Both clubs won their respective competitions from 1891 to 1894, so Watson has the unique distinction of playing in eight premiership teams in four years.

He left Essendon when he was only 24 to become captain of South Fremantle. He was described by Grif John, the founder of the South Fremantle club, as second only to Albert Thurgood as the greatest player ever seen in Western Australia.

Watson died on 17th August, 1950.

 

 

WATT, Rod

Years Played: 1925-27
Born: 2/01/1895
Died: 29/05/1967
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 68 kg

Debut order: 369

Number(s): 8

Games: 22
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Rochester/South Bendigo

Year

Games

Goals

1925

3

0

1926

7

0

1927

11

1

Rod Watt was a wingman and half-back, and came from Rochester like his more famous brother, Rowley.

He played 22 games for Essendon between 1925 and 1927 and then joined Coburg in 1928 and was a member of their premiership side in that year.'

His brother, Rowley, played 140 games for Essendon (1922-1931).

Rod Watt died on 29th May, 1967.

 

 

WATT, Rowley H.

Years Played: 1922-31
Born: 17/07/1898
Died: 27/07/1970
Height: 163 cm
Weight: 62 kg

Debut order: 347

Number(s): 10

Games: 140
Goals: 41

Previous Clubs: Rochester

Year

Games

Goals

1922

14

5

1923

16

6

1924

16

2

1925

14

6

1926

18

6

1927

14

3

1928

8

0

1929

14

3

1930

10

3

1931

17

7

Rowley Watt was a superb small man and the last of the famed 'mosquito fleet' to retire. He was only163 cm tall and weighed only 62 kg, but he was a dashing half-forward, wingman and rover. He had a great leap for his size and was a beautiful kick.

He starred on the wing in the 1923 premiership team and was on the half-forward flank in the 1924 premiership win.

Watt scored Essendon's equal second most Brownlow medal votes in 1925 and was selected in the League side against Bendigo in 1922. He was the players' representative on the Committee in 1928 and 1930.

He came to Essendon from Rochester where he played from 1919 to 1921, and, when he left Essendon, he returned to that club.

He owned his own shoe store which he was still running when he died on 27th July, 1970.

His brother, Rod, played with Essendon at the same time.

Player honours: Premiership player 1923, 1924
Victorian representative 1922

 

 

WATTS, Ray

Years Played: 1937-41
Born: 13/08/1917
Died: 17/01/2008
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Debut order: 521

Number(s): 34 , 28

Games: 59
Goals: 149

Previous Clubs: Churinga (Tas)

Year

Games

Goals

1937

7

13

1938

17

60

1939

16

38

1940

17

31

1941

2

7

Ray Watts was a fine188 cm centre half-forward and full-forward, from Churinga in the Northern Tasmania Football League where he had won that League's Best and Fairest award in 1935. He was a gentle giant and an excellent mark and kick.

He was Essendon's second top goalkicker in 1938 and third in 1939 and 1940. He kicked seven goals in a game in 1938, 1939 and 1940 and six goals also in each of those years.

He won the best clubman award in 1938 and the most unselfish player award in 1939. He was also a member of the Seconds premiership team in 1941.

Watts joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1941. As a Warrant Officer he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross when he and Pilot Officer Arthur Simpson safely brought their Lancaster bomber back after a collision with a German night fighter over Hanover in October, 1943. The fighter tore a hole in the bomber's nose and it dropped 3000 ft but the pilot still managed to successfully bomb the target. The crew made the unusual claim that "the enemy fighter was destroyed in collision".

He was shot down over Germany in 1944 and lived in a pine forest with the Belgian underground for six weeks before being captured and spending over a year in a German prisoner-of-war camp.

Watts returned to Essendon in late 1945 and kicked 16 goals in the last game with the Seconds in that year.

In 1946, he transferred to Preston because of leg problems but only lasted for a short time. He then played with the Repatriation Department until 1953.

Watts worked in the Defence Department until 1966 and transferred his commission to the Army Reserve where he retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Ray Watts died on 17th January, 2008.

Player honours: Best clubman 1938
Most unselfish player 1939
Reserves premiership player 1941

 

 

WAUGH, Norman

Years Played: 1897-98
Born: 10/05/1874
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 19

Number(s):

Games: 24
Goals: 30

Previous Clubs: Collegian Amateurs

Waugh joined Essendon from Collegian Amateurs.

He was a star goalsneak who was the champion Association goalkicker in 1896 with 29 goals and runner-up in the League goalkicking list in 1897 with 23 goals.

He played in Essendon's first League game in 1897, and later in the year was a key member of the premiership team.

A short player, with an excellent long drop kick, he went to South Africa to live in 1899. He later returned home in 1906, suggesting that there was a future for the game in South Africa.

 

 

WAY, Jack F.

Years Played: 1928
Born: 17/08/1902
Died: 19/06/1970
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 404

Number(s): 16

Games: 5
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Carlton

Year

Games

Goals

1928

5

2

Jack Way played only five games for Essendon, three of them as a reserve. He came to Essendon from Carlton, where he played a total of four games in 1925 and 1927.

He died on 19th June, 1970.

 

 

WEBB, William

Years Played: 1902

Born: 6/06/1883
Died: 11/05/1947
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 80

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Melbourne Grammar

Bill Webb played only one game for Essendon, in a Round 7 win against St Kilda in which he kicked one goal.

He died on 11th May, 1947.

 

 

WEBSTER, Eric P.

Years Played: 1957-58
Born: 27/04/1936
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Debut order: 688

Number(s): 12

Games: 11
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Korumburra

Year

Games

Goals

1957

8

0

1958

3

0

Eric Webster was a follower who came from Korumburra to the Seconds in 1956. He played 11 games in 1957 and 1958, and 8 of these were as a reserve.

After leaving Essendon, he joined Port Melbourne in 1959 and then Trafalgar from 1960 to 1966.

Eric is a nephew of former Essendon star, Len Webster.

 

 

WEBSTER, Horrie

Years Played: 1914-15
Born: 15/08/1888
Died: 22/02/1949
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Debut order: 256

Number(s): 3

Games: 23
Goals: 13

Previous Clubs: Launceston (Tas)/South Melbourne

Year

Games

Goals

1914

16

10

1915

7

3

Webster played as a centre half-forward for Essendon, although he had been a defender and ruckman with his first club, City FC in Launceston. He was a Tasmanian Carnival representative in 1908 and 1911. He came to Essendon from South Melbourne where he played 17 games in 1913.

Webster played 23 games with Essendon in 1914 and early 1915 before the first World War cut short his career.

He died on 22nd February, 1949.

 

 

WEBSTER, Len M.

Years Played: 1927-38
Born: 26/12/1906
Died: 7/10/1985
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 100 kg

Debut order: 393

Number(s): 32

Games: 145
Goals: 100

Previous Clubs: Blackwood Forest/Loch

Year

Games

Goals

1927

4

0

1928

18

7

1929

14

19

1930

2

1

1931

15

8

1932

6

4

1933

4

2

1934

18

17

1935

13

13

1936

16

9

1937

18

9

1938

17

11

Len Webster was a top ruckman and fine clubman at Essendon after coming from Loch and prior to that Blackwood Forest.

Webster was tough and strong as well as fast, although not tall for a ruckman at only 180cm. He did plenty of bullocking work for his smaller teammates and he had a peculiar drop kick that covered long distances. He was a fitness enthusiast all his life.

Webster injured his knee in Round 2, 1930, playing against Footscray and missed the remainder of the season. He had the cartilage removed and resumed his career, seemingly uneffected by the injury.

He was Essendon's third top goalkicker in 1929 and 1934, and also the Club's third top Brownlow medal vote winner in 1937. He was appointed vice-captain in 1935 and 1937 and captain in 1938.

Webster was also was selected in the Victorian State side in 1929 and 1936.

Webster's awards were numerous. He won the Club's most improved player award in 1928 and 1934, best clubman award in 1934, most useful player award in 1936, most unselfish player award in 1937, and most serviceable player award in 1938. He served on the committee in 1935 and was awarded life membership in 1938.

Like many Essendon players of the time, he was a fireman.

Essendon nearly lost him at one stage late in his career when he was appointed captain-coach of Hawthorn but he was refused a clearance.

When Webster finally retired from League football he became captain-coach of Brunswick in 1939. In the early 1950s he moved to the Pakenham Tooradin area and became coach of local club Rythdale Cardinia for two seasons in the now defunct South West Gippsland Football League. He even pulled on the boots and played again.

His nephew, Eric, played 11 games for Essendon from 1957 to 1958.

Len Webster died on 7th October, 1985.

Player honours: Victorian selection 1929, 1936
Most improved player 1928, 1934
Best clubman 1934
Most useful player 1936
Most unselfish player 1937
Most serviceable player 1938

 

 

WELCH, Dick

Years Played: 1936-38
Born: 30/01/1913
Died: 17/10/2002
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Debut order: 502

Number(s): 15

Games: 20
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Nagambie

Year

Games

Goals

1936

9

0

1937

10

4

1938

1

0

C. W. "Dick" Welch was a defender from Nagambie. He played 11 games for Essendon between 1936 and 1938. He then joined Coburg in 1939.

He was a leading rower as well as being a good footballer.

Welch died on 17th October, 2002.

 

 

WELLINGTON, Pat J.

Years Played: 1972-76
Born: 29/07/1953
Died: 12/07/1987
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Debut order: 802

Number(s): 56 , 39

Games: 58
Goals: 42

Previous Clubs: Hopetoun

Year

Games

Goals

1972

2

0

1973

14

21

1974

17

13

1975

15

7

1976

10

1

A high flying forward, Wellington came from Hopetoun and played many good games without being able to retain a regular senior spot. He was a consistent goalkicker, his best being 5 goals against Footscray in 1973.

He won Essendon best clubman award in 1974.

After leaving Essendon, he went to Yarraville in 1977 before transferring to Pennant Hills in Sydney and then to Southport in Queensland. He then became captain-coach of Kedron and later played with Beenleigh in that state.

He died of cancer on 12th July, 1987, aged only 33.

Player honours: Best clubman 1974

 

 

WELLMAN, Sean

Years Played: 1996-2004
Born: 20/09/1974
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 90 kg

Debut order: 998

Number(s): 6

Games: 178
Goals: 25

Previous Clubs: Adelaide Crows

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Seasons Played

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Year

Games

Goals

1996

9

0

1997

22

2

1998

23

2

1999

22

1

2000

25

5

2001

23

10

2002

22

3

2003

20

2

2004

12

0

Sean Wellman came to Essendon at the end of 1995, in a deal that saw Paul Salmon transfer to Hawthorn. He was the best first year player at the Adelaide Crows in 1994 and represented his state in 1991 at under 17 level.Wellman played 34 games, and kicked 9 goals for Adelaide before coming to Essendon. He was a solid defender who usually played centre-half-back, but could also play up forward when needed.

Wellman was awarded Best Clubman in 1997 and also came 4th in the Crichton Medal with 185 votes.

Wellman matched the best forwards in the game in 1998 and his great play was rewarded with All-Australian selection and a tour of Ireland, he was also runner-up to Damien Harwick in Essendon's Crichton Medal.

1999 saw another rock solid performance from Wellman, playing in 22 matches for the year at centre-half-back.

He was used in a variety of roles throughout 2000 and was a valuable member of the winning 2000 Grand Final team.

Wellman continued to be a reliable and solid defender playing 23 games at Essendon in 2002 and 20 games in 2003.

He played 12 games in an injury effected season in 2004 and despite the Club's best efforts to keep him playing in 2005, Wellman retired at the end of the year saying he'd had enough.

Wellman spent several years as an assistant coach, first at the Western Bulldogs and then at Melbourne, before returning to Windy Hill as an assistant to James Hird in late 2010.


Sean Wellman was named at number 59 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Player honours: Best clubman 1997
4th Crichton Medal 1997
2nd Crichton Medal 1998
All-Australian selection 1998
Premiership player 2000

 

 

WELSH, Andrew

Years Played: 2002-2012
Born: 11/02/1983
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Debut order: 1031

Number(s): 41 , 12

Games: 162
Goals: 32

Previous Clubs: Previous Clubs: Westmeadows/Calder Cannons U18s

Year

Games

Goals

2002

15

1

2003

22

4

2004

22

1

2005

21

2

2006

20

1

2007

17

9

2008

17

9

2009

11

2

2010

11

1

Andrew Welsh was selected in the 2000 Vic. Metro Under 16s squad and was vice-captain of the Vic Metro side in 2001. He captained the Calder Cannons in the TAC Cup competition and was recruited from there in the 2001 National Draft as a third round pick at number 47 overall.

Welsh came to Essendon as a hard-nosed defender who was rarely beaten in one-on-one contests. He was mature and very strong at the ball and able to match up on both big and small forwards.

Welsh debuted in round 7, 2002 at the MCG against Carlton, and made an excellent impression in his first year with his strong attack on the ball. He finished the year with 15 senior games and played in both finals games that year. He played 22 games in 2003 and developed into an aggressive back pocket player with plenty of drive.

Welsh had a solid year in 2004 despite breaking his hand in the opening round, and finished tenth in the club's best and fairest, accumulating a total of 359 possessions in 22 senior games. He played mainly in the backline where he was rarely beaten.

Welsh was a reliable and solid support for Dustin Fletcher in the backline not only containing his opponent but winning many possessions himself. This on-field leadership was acknowledged by his team-mates at the end of 2004 when he was elevated into the Essendon leadership group.

He missed only a hand full of games over the next few seasons and consistently provided rebound from defence, winning one-on-one duels, running hard, and using the ball creatively.

In a pre-season intra-club game in February 2009 Welsh suffered a horrific injury breaking his leg and dislocating his ankle. Following five months of rehabilitation Welsh returned to senior football in round 12 that year. Even more surprising was his next game when he put in a superb performance on Carlton champion Chris Judd. Welsh and won three Brownlow votes for the match.

Welsh played his 150th game for Essendon in the 2010 Anzac Day clash with Collingwood, but was injured the following week and missed the next four games. He returned to play another five games his last against Melbourne in rd 15 then missed the rest of the season with a groin complaint which required surgery. Welsh was due to return to senior football in rd 6 game 2011 against the new Gold Coast team but was again delayed with a strained a calf muscle. He took the field in round 12, a full 11 months from his previous game and played six games for the season.

After 10 seasons and 162 games Andrew Welsh announced his retirement on 7 October 2011 citing a recurring ankle problem for his decision. He was an immensely popular figure among the Bombers faithful for his work ethic and commitment.

 

 

WELSH, John R.

Years Played: 1961-63
Born: 1/05/1938
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Debut order: 723

Number(s): 29 , 41

Games: 9
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Old St Kevin's Collegians

John Welsh was a handy utility player from Old St Kevin's Collegians. He played nine games from 1961 to 1963.

He then joined Coburg where he played from 1964 to 1969, captaining the side from 1966 to 1968.

Welsh was later captain-coach of Public Works in the Public Service Association in 1972 and 1973 and coach in 1974 and 1975. He then coached East Keilor in 1978 and 1979 and later St Oliver's in the Essendon District League from 1984 to 1986.

 

 

WERNER, Michael

Years Played: 1989-92
Born: 10/06/1969
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 88 kg

Debut order: 951

Number(s): 24

Games: 40
Goals: 58

Previous Clubs: West Torrens (SA)

Year

Games

Goals

1989

12

16

1990

14

27

1991

6

8

1992

8

9

Michael Werner was drafted from West Torrens at number 9 in the 1988 in the National Draft. He was originally from the ACT where he played school football and Teal Cup.

He was a versatile key position player and most of his 40 games for Essendon were in attack, particularly at full-forward. He kicked a total of 58 goals.

Werner was traded to Sydney in 1992 where he played 20 games and kicked 20 goals. He later went on to coach in Queensland.

Draft History: National AFL Draft - 1988 - Selection No. 9
Player Honours: Represented ACT Teal Cup

 

 

WEST, Tony C.

Years Played: 1982-84
Born: 11/09/1956
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 890

Number(s): 29

Games: 8
Goals: 8

Previous Clubs: Brunswick

Year

Games

Goals

1982

2

0

1983

5

8

1984

1

0

Tony West was a speedy rover from Brunswick where he had played in the 1980 premiership team and had been runner-up in the VFA Liston Trophy in 1981. He had earlier played with the Carlton Reserves in 1974 and 1975.

He struggled to find a regular senior spot with Essendon and played only eight games between 1982 and 1984. His chances weren't helped when he broke his leg in his first season and missed most of the year.

He won Essendon Reserves Best and Fairest award in 1984.

West returned to Brunswick in 1985 and finally won the Liston Trophy in 1986. He was also a member of Brunswick's 1985 premiership team.

Player Honours: Essendon Reserves Best and Fairest - 1984
VFA Liston Trophy Winner - 1981

 

 

WESTON, Paul

Years Played: 1983-85
Born: 9/04/1957
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Debut order: 899

Number(s): 28

Games: 60
Goals: 13

Previous Clubs: Glenelg (SA)

Year

Games

Goals

1983

25

4

1984

11

2

1985

24

6

Paul Weston was a fine, close checking full-back. He came to Essendon from Glenelg in South Australia where he played 196 games from 1973 to 1982. Essendon had to fight off other clubs to get him as he had been a star in South Australia, captaining Glenelg from 1979 and the State team in 1981 and 1982. He first represented his State in 1978.

He didn't possess the spectacular ability of others but was very cool under pressure and highly effective. He was versatile and could also play in attack. His move from backline to cemtre half-forward line during the 1984 Grand Final was instrumental in Essendon's win.

He was full-back in 1985 premiership team. He also won Essendon's most consistent player award in 1983.

Weston left Essendon in 1986 to return to South Australia to become captain-coach of West Torrens.

Player Honours: Most Consistent Player - 1983
Premiership player - 1984, 1985

 

 

WHELPTON, Fred

Years Played: 1909-10
Born: 11/03/1885
Died: 28/01/1965
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 64 kg

Debut order: 193

Number(s):

Games: 10
Goals: 5

Previous Clubs: South Yarra/St Kilda

Year

Games

Goals

1909

9

5

1910

1

0

Fred Whelpton was a wingman recruited from St Kilda where he played four games in 1904. He was originally from South Yarra.

He played nine of his 10 games in 1909, adding only one more, the first game of the 1910 season.

He was cleared to Melbourne in early 1910 and he played a total of six games in that year and 1911.

Fred Whelpton died 28th January, 1965.

 

 

WHITE, Les J.

Years Played: 1910-1915
Born: 9/09/1890
Died: 27/04/1927
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 61 kg

Debut order: 205

Number(s): 17 , 19

Games: 75
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Hawthorn Rovers

Les White came to Essendon from Hawthorn Rovers. Les White was a fast, clever player and a good mark. Although only lightly-built, he was dashing in the centre or at half- back and by 1912 he was regarded as one of the Leagues's best defenders. Although he was only 171 cm and weighed only 61 kg it didn’t inhibit his play.

White made his debut in a Round 5 win over St Kilda and played seven games in his first season. His sole goal for the Club was in his third game in a win over Fitzroy.

White was cool and clever with plenty of pace. Although only slightly built, White was a dashing player in the centre or at half back.

He was forced out of the 1911 premiership team with a leg injury but he made up for it in 1912 when he was on the half-back flank in the premiership victory and was one of Essendon's best.

White had a run-in with Essendon in 1913 when he stopped training and sought a clearance to St Kilda.

Eventually, after returning from active service abroad during World War I, he joined the Saints and played three games there in 1920 and 1924.

White died shortly after retiring from football, on 27th April, 1927.

Player Honours: Premiership player - 1912

 

 

WHITE, Artie W.

Years Played: 1901
Born: 11/06/1879
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 69

Number(s):

Games: 6
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Preston

Year

Games

Goals

1901

6

3

Artie White came to Essendon from Preston. He played six games in his only season, and kicked three goals.

He died in 1960.

 

 

WHITE, Jim

Years Played: 1897
Born: 27/01/1878
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 30

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: Preston

Jim White came from Preston and his only game was in Round 5 in Essendon's inaugural League season. He kicked one goal in the win over St Kilda.

He died in 1958.

 

 

WHITFIELD, Les W.

Years Played: 1932
Born: 8/11/1907
Died: 6/11/1987
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 66 kg

Debut order: 438

Number(s): 3

Games: 1
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: East Albury (NSW)

Year

Games

Goals

1932

1

1

Les Whitfield came from East Albury and played in Round 3 against Collingwood for a nine point loss. He later played with Fitzroy Seconds.

He died on 6th November, 1987.

 

 

WILKIE, David

Years Played: 1934
Born: 8/09/1913
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Debut order: 471

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 3

Previous Clubs: Castlemaine

Year

Games

Goals

1934

1

3

David Wilkie played only one game for Essendon, in which he kicked 3 goals against South Melbourne in Round 3, 1934.

 

 

WILKINSON, Arthur

Years Played: 1913
Born: 15/08/1888
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Debut order: 239

Number(s): 24

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Kilmore/Collingwood

Arthur Wilkinson came to Essendon from Collingwood where he had played 11 games. He only played two games for Essendon: a Round 6 loss against Geelong and a Round 9 win against Melbourne.

 

 

WILLEY, Graham J.

Years Played: 1955-56
Born: 19/07/1933
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Debut order: 672

Number(s): 37 , 16

Games: 17
Goals: 35

Previous Clubs: Scotch College/Redan

Year

Games

Goals

1955

1

2

1956

16

33

Graham Willey was a promising forward from Redan who played one game on permit in 1955 before joining the Club in 1956. He had represented the Ballarat League in 1954 and 1955 and won the award for Best and Fairest in that League in 1954. Earlier, while a student at Scotch College, he had captained the APS team in 1952.

He showed great potential, winning Essendon's best first year player award in 1956. He also headed the Club's goal-kicking that year with 33 goals, including six in a game against St Kilda.

Willey's career was cut short at the end of 1956 when he was transferred to Broken Hill in his employment as a metallurgist. He played with North Broken Hill from 1957 to 1960 and in 1959 was runner-up in the award for Best and Fairest in the Broken Hill League and broke the League's goal-kicking record.

He coached the Broken Hill League combined team in 1961 before becoming coach of South Broken Hill in 1962 and 1963, winning the flag in 1962.

Player Honours: Best 1st Year Player - 1956
Essendon's Leading goalkicker - 1956

 

 

WILLIAMS, Darren P.

Years Played: 1979. 1983-89
Born: 13/10/1960
Height: 176 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 865

Number(s): 45 , 42 , 13

Games: 109
Goals: 94

Previous Clubs: Vermont

Year

Games

Goals

1979

1

0

1983

10

6

1984

19

27

1985

20

21

1986

4

5

1987

20

12

1988

15

18

1989

20

5

Darren "Daisy" Williams was a talented rover with fierce determination. He came to Essendon from Vermont and rose up through the U19s. He won the Morrish Medal for the Best and Fairest in the U19s in 1977. He initially struggled to get a senior game and only played one game as a reserve in 1979. He then played with East Fremantle in Western Australia before returning to Vermont.

He returned to Essendon in 1983 and forced his way into the senior side in Round 17 and played in every subsequent game, including the losing Grand Final. He became Essendon's number one rover and had great skills and disposal. He played in the 1984 and 1985 premierships, as well as the 1984 night premiership. He also represented Victoria in 1984 and 1985.

Unfortunately, Williams broke his leg and badly injured his ankle early in 1986 which put him out for the rest of the year. He made a successful comeback in 1987, playing 20 games, finishing third in the Best and Fairest award and winning the most determined player award.

He retired just before the 1990 season because of consistent knocks to the head, and although he was re-drafted by Essendon in 1991, further injuries prevented him from playing any more senior games.

Darren Williams was named at number 50 in the Champions of Essendon (2002).

Player Honours: Won Morrish Medal for Best and Fairest in U19 - 1977
Played in Losing Grand Final - 1983
Played in Night premiership Team - 1984
Played in premiership Teams - 1984, 1985
Won Most Determined Award - 1987
In Top EFC Best and Fairest finishes1986-1989
Career Brownlow votes: 22

 

 

WILLIAMS, John

Years Played: 2008-2010
Born: 8/10/1988
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Debut order: 1080

Number(s): 24

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Morningside

Year

Games

Goals

2008

1

0

2009

0

0

John Williams was an athletic, medium-sized midfielder from Queensland with good pace and excellent skills, especially overhead.

He played one game for Essendon in the final round of the season against St Kilda. His 2009 season was interrupted half way through due to a shoulder injury and he was unable to add to his one game tally.

Williams was removed from the senior list and re-drafted as a rookie at the end of 2009, but was unable to break through for another game and was delisted at the end of 2010.

Draft History: 2008 NAB AFL Pre-Season Draft 1st round selection (Essendon) No. 5 overall.

  

 

WILLIAMS, John B.

Years Played: 1965-73
Born: 17/07/1947
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 88 kg

Debut order: 739

Number(s): 22

Games: 161
Goals: 14

Previous Clubs: Rochester

Year

Games

Goals

1965

3

2

1966

14

9

1967

15

0

1968

22

0

1969

20

0

1970

21

1

1971

22

1

1972

21

0

1973

23

1

John Williams was solid rather than spectacular and gave opponents few kicks while often not getting many himself. He was regarded as a reliable and sturdy defender and was a respected clubman.

He debuted in Round 1, 1965, against Fitzroy, and finished with three games for the year.

He kicked two goals in a narrow loss to St Kilda in his third game, rd 8 1966, and that seemed to be something of a turning point and he played every remaining game for the year. He played 15 out of 18 games the following year and won the best clubman award for 1967, an award he won again in 1969.

In 1968 he played all but one game and was a member of the garnd final side that lost to Carlton and also won the best team man award. He won this award a second time in 1973.

Williams was selected in the State side in 1970 and 1972 and won an All-Australian blazer in 1972. He was also named at centre half-back in 'The Sun' all star team in 1970.

He was runner-up in Essendon's Best and Fairest award in 1971 and finished third in 1970 and 1972. Williams was also equal third in the Brownlow medal award in 1972 with 18 votes, and was Essendon's second top vote scorer in 1971.

His hard work was recognised when he was appointed vice-captain in 1971 and again in 1973. He was also appointed captain for a game in 1970 when five senior players resigned in a dispute over money and conditions.

After being dogged by a leg injury in the twilight of his career, Williams transferred to Collingwood from 1974 to 1976 where he played 36 games.

He then played with Brunswick in 1977.

Player Honours: Best Clubman - 1967, 1969
Best Team Man - 1968, 1973
Selected in "The Sun" All Star Team - 1970
Captain for one Game - 1970
Essendon vice-captain - 1971, 1973
Runner-Up Best and Fairest - 1971
3rd in Best and Fairest Award - 1970, 1972
Victorian Selection - 1970, 1972
Australian Selection - 1972
Essendon Top Scorer in Brownlow medal Count - 1971
Equal 3rd in Brownlow medal Award - 1972 - 18 Votes

 

 

WILLIAMS, Mark

Years Played: 2010-2010
Born: 13/04/1983
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Debut order: 1087

Number(s): 33

Games: 4
Goals: 5

Previous Clubs: Hawthorn, South Fremantle

Year

Games

Goals

2010

4

5

Mark Williams was recruited from Hawthorn where he’d played 111 games and was part of their 2008 premiership side. Williams had explosive pace, was a strong mark for his size and had a keen eye for goal. He topped the Hawks’ goal kicking list in both 2005 and 2006 with 63 goals and 60 goals respectively.

Williams could look casual at time and even disinterested but he had football smarts, was deceptively quick and was accurate around goal.

It was hoped Williams’ arrival at Essendon would boost the club’s goal kicking stocks after the departure of both Matthew Lloyd and Scott Lucas at the end of 2009, however a heel injury and later an ankle injury restricted him to just the first four games of 2010. In July that year Williams underwent an operation to repair his injured ankle with the hope he’d be fit for 2011.

A degenerative knee condition restricted him in 2011 and in July that year Williams announced his retirement from League football without adding to his tally of games in 2010.

Draft History: 2000 National AFL Draft 3rd round selection (Hawthorn) No. 43 overall; 2009 NAB AFL Draft traded to Essendon for No. 16 (Jasper Pittard).

 

 

WILLIAMS, Russell

Years Played: 1994
Born: 20/01/1974
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Debut order: 984

Number(s): 34

Games: 3
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: South Fremantle (WA)

Year

Games

Goals

1994

3

1

Russell Williams was a lightning fast and skilful rover who had trouble settling in Melbourne.

His three games in 1994 were in Rounds 5, 8 and 15.

 

 

WILLIAMS, Tom

Years Played: 1899, 1903
Born: 30/04/1880
Died: 1/07/1950
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 90

Number(s):

Games: 3
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: West Perth (WA)

Year

Games

Goals

1903

2

0

Tom Williams played only three games for Essendon: Round 7, 1899 against Collingwood (loss), and Rounds 1 and 2, 1903, against Fitzroy (loss) and St Kilda (draw).

He died on 1st July, 1950.

 

 

WILLIAMSON, Albert

Years Played: 1929, 1931-33
Born: 20/05/1907
Died: 14/08/1965
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 406

Number(s): 25

Games: 60
Goals: 6

Previous Clubs: Woori Yallock/Carlton

"Jack" Williamson was a big, fast, defender who came from Carlton where he had played one game in 1926. He was a fine high-mark and an excellent long drop-kick.

He played every game in his first year and won Essendon's best first year player award.

Williamson played only seven games in 1931, but then played every game in 1932, winning the Club's most improved player award.

He went to Camberwell in 1934.

Williamson died on 14th August, 1965.

Player Honours: Best 1st Year Player Award - 1929
Most Improved Player - 1932

 

 

WILSON, Andy J.

Years Played: 1971-77
Born: 25/09/1951
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Debut order: 793

Number(s): 33

Games: 112
Goals: 129

Previous Clubs: Warracknabeal

Year

Games

Goals

1971

3

1

1972

16

13

1973

23

40

1974

21

25

1975

14

21

1976

18

18

1977

17

11

Andy Wilson was a fine rover who had all the skill, courage and determination of the best rovers in the League. He also had great pace and kicked well with either foot.

He came from Warracknabeal to play pennant tennis but was recruited by Essendon to play football instead. By 1973 he was the most improved player in League football. He also won Essendon's Best and Fairest award in that year, was the Club's second highest goalkicker, and was also selected in the Victorian B team. He was the Club's second top goalkicker the following season as well.

Wilson won the most consistent player award in 1973 but found consistency harder to maintain thereafter and his form became patchy. He missed the early part of 1975 when he was involved in a pay dispute with the Club.

He left the game in 1977 and later moved to the United States of America as a tennis coach and importer of sporting goods. He returned to Australia in 1992 and worked in the sporting goods industry. He joined the Rebound Ace Sports Surfacing Company in 2001.

Player Honours: Best and Fairest Player - 1973
Club's 2nd Highest goalkicker - 1973
Selected in Victorian B Team - 1973
Club's 2nd Top goalkicker - 1974

 

 

WILSON, Billy Y.

Years Played: 1932-33, 1935
Born: 13/12/1909
Died: 30/09/1976
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 439

Number(s): 24 , 33

Games: 30
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Ascot Vale Presbyterians

Known as "Weary", Billy Wilson was a rugged, battling ruckman who came from the Ascot Vale Presbyterians. He had great stamina and loved it tough, but had difficulty holding down a regular senior spot.

He went to Sandringham in 1934 and early 1935 before returning to Essendon later that year.

Wilson was also an excellent cricketer. He played Shield Cricket for Victoria and was captain of the Essendon Cricket Team in the 1940s.

He worked for the Melbourne Harbour Trust, and died on 30th Sept., 1976.

 

 

WILSON, Herbert N.

Years Played: 1913. 1919
Born: 26/12/1893
Height: 169 cm
Weight: 66 kg

Debut order: 241

Number(s):

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Hawthorn (VJFA)

Year

Games

Goals

1913

1

0

Herbert Wilson's two games for Essendon were separated by five years. His first game was in Round 9, 1913, for a win over Melbourne, and his second - again in Round 9 - was a five point loss to Richmond in 1919.

Wilson died in 1956.

 

 

WILSON, James

Years Played: 1906
Born:
Died: 1/07/1934
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 68 kg

Debut order: 136

Number(s):

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Essendon District

Year

Games

Goals

1906

1

0

James Wilson played only one game for Essendon: a Round 1 loss to South Melbourne.

He died on 1st July, 1934. 

 

 

WILSON, Robert M.

Years Played: 1966
Born: 4/10/1945
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 747

Number(s): 26

Games: 4
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Brunswick

Rob Wilson came from Brunswick to the Essendon U19s.

He played four games in late 1966 and three of these were as a reserve.

Wilson returned to Brunswick after leaving Essendon, playing there in 1967 and 1968. He then became captain-coach of Scottsdale in Tasmania from 1969 to 1976. He played an additional year with that club before becoming captain-coach of Ringarooma in the Northern Tasmania League. He later coached Latrobe, also in Tasmania.

Player Honours: Reserves Best and Fairest - 1966

 

 

WILSON, Stan H. B.

Years Played: 1936-41
Born: 12/10/1912
Died: 13/11/2004
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Debut order: 501

Number(s): 14

Games: 75
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Northcote/East Brunswick

Stan "Snowy" Wilson was a courageous and dashing half-back and utility player.

He came from East Brunswick where he played from 1930 to 1932 and again in 1935. He also played with Northcote in 1933 and 1934, and was a member of their 1933 premiership side.

Wilson won Essendon's most improved player award in 1937, the most unselfish player award in 1938, and the best utility player award in 1939. He was member of the Seconds premiership side in 1941.

He left Essendon in 1941 when he enlisted in the Army. He served in the Pacific region before returning to play with East Brunswick in 1946 and 1947.

Wilson retired in 1977 after working for more than twenty years with Myer Northland.

His brother-in-law, Murray Exelby, played 115 games for Essendon (1935-1944).

Stan Wilson died on 13th November, 2004.

Club awards: Most improved Player - 1937
Most Unselfish Player - 1938
Best Utility Player - 1939
Seconds premiership player - 1941

WINDERLICH, Jason 

Years Played: 2003-2015
Born: 10/10/1984
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Debut order: 1038

Number(s): 8
Games: 129
Goals: 83

Previous Clubs: Gippsland Power

Seasons Played

Year

Games

Goals

2003

3

2

2004

6

1

2005

12

4

2006

9

3

2007

17

6

2008

9

5

2009

19

17

2010

19

2

2011

4

6

2012

2

5

2013

12

17

2014

16

15

2015

1

0

 

Jason Winderlich was recruited from Gippsland Power and made his senior debut in Round 7, 2003 against Richmond at the MCG.

He was a skillful and sometimes brilliant forward/midfielder and his lightning pace, good defensive pressure and hardness at the ball were hallmarks of his game. Winderlich’s speed coupled with his accuracy around goals saw him carve out a successful career in the forward line.

He was a regular member of the senior leadership group and over the latter part of his career he became a strong leader and mentor for the club’s younger players. But Windelich’s  career was not without its obstacles and injuries played an inordinate role in his time at the club. In seven of his 13 seasons Winderlich played fewer than 10 games and he played 129 games of a possible 251 in that time, just more than half.

Winderlich suffered a prolapsed disk in 2008 requiring surgery. He was back to his best in 2009 playing 19 games for the year and kicking a career-high 4 goals in his 100th game against Carlton. He also polled 10 Brownlow votes, the equal best of any Essendon player that season. Winderlich followed that with a solid 2010 and another 19 games and it seemed his promising career was back on track. A knee injury in Rd 4 2011 finished his year and it wasn’t until Round 18 2012 he made his AFL return. He played 12 and 16 games in 2013 and 2014 and there was talk of him joining Richmond. But he was persuaded to play one more season but a troublesome back injury and shin injury bookended his solitary game that season.

Winderlich called time on his career at the end of 2015. 

 

WINTON, Brian J.

Years Played: 1984-88
Born: 28/07/1963
Height: 192 cm
Weight: 95 kg

Debut order: 911

Number(s): 24

Games: 32
Goals: 4

Previous Clubs: Wentworth/Richmond

Year

Games

Goals

1984

2

1

1985

1

1

1986

3

0

1987

20

1

1988

6

1

Brian Winton was a strong robust defender who came from Richmond where he played 10 games in 1983. He topped the U19 goalkicking list in 1982 while with the Tigers.

He played some fine games at full-back in 1987, and his pace enabled him to often dash downfield to clear the ball. However, he sometimes lacked steadiness and was unable to win a permanent place in the team.

Winton transferred to St Kilda in 1989, where he played five games and kicked four goals.

 

 

WOLLACOTT, Bert E.

Years Played: 1918-21
Born: 5/04/1890
Died: 4/09/1945
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 299

Number(s): 26

Games: 11
Goals: 7

Previous Clubs: Pakenham/Richmond

Bert Wollacott was a forward pocket who took four seasons to reach his 11 games.

He debuted with a goal in a Round 12 win over Fitzroy in 1918 and played one more game that year. He played six games in the first half of 1919 and two games in 1920 and one in 1921.

He then held the treasurer's position at the Club from 1922 to 1927.

Wollacott died on 4th September, 1945. 

 

 

WOLLERMAN, Walter A.

Years Played: 1933
Born: 21/06/1908
Died: 31/08/1988
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 102 kg

Debut order: 460

Number(s): 29

Games: 9
Goals: 2

Previous Clubs: Horsham

Walter Wollerman was a giant ruckman who was nicknamed "King Kong" after the popular movie of the time.

He lacked a bit of speed and mobility.

Wollerman played nine games in 1933 before returning to Horsham. He was captain-coach of Kalkee from 1946 to 1948, leading that club to three successive premierships.

He died on 31st August, 1988.

 

 

WOOD, Bryan

Years Played: 1983-86
Born: 3/04/1954
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Debut order: 903

Number(s): 2

Games: 44
Goals: 12

Previous Clubs: Blackburn/Richmond

Year

Games

Goals

1983

6

3

1984

14

2

1985

15

4

1986

9

3

Bryan Wood was a tough, strong wingman who came from Richmond where he played 209 games from 1972 to 1982. A noted big game player, he was Richmond's captain in 1981 and a member of their 1973, 1974 and 1980 premiership teams. He played with Blackburn before joining Richmond.

He had great speed and could kick long and powerfully. His baulking skills, spring and strength made him a formidable opponent.

Wood was released by Richmond who felt that injuries would limit his future career. Kevin Sheedy, his ex-Richmond teammate and then Essendon coach, recruited him to Essendon, where he became a valuable player in the emerging powerful side.

His experience was a key factor in the young Essendon's side breakthrough win in the 1983 elimination final against Carlton. (It was the first time in six attempts that Essendon had won an elimination final.)

Wood was an emergency in Essendon's drought-breaking 1984 premiership side, then played on the wing in Essendon's 1985 premiership team. He was also in the back pocket in the 1984 night premiership team.

Herepresented Victoria on two occasions.

Wood later served as Essendon's official runner for many years.

 

 

WOOD, Jack A.

Years Played: 1910
Born: 2/01/1889
Died: 20/10/1914
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 207

Number(s):

Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Preston
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Year

Games

Goals

1910

2

0

Jack Wood played two games in 1910 in Rounds 9 and 10, for wins against Richmond and Fitzroy.

He died as a result of a road accident in East Melbourne on 20th October, 1914, aged only 25.

 

 

WOODFIELD, Clarrie H.

Years Played: 1921
Born: 19/04/1901
Died: 14/04/1968
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Debut order: 335

Number(s): 29

Games: 1
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Bendigo

Year

Games

Goals

1921

1

0

Clarrie Woodfield came from Bendigo and played in one game, a loss to Richmond in Round 6, 1921.

After leaving Essendon, he played one game with South Melbourne in 1922 and then joined Williamstown.

His brother, Les, also played with Essendon (1921-1922).

Clarrie Woodfield died on 14th April, 1968.

 

 

WOODFIELD, Les R.

Years Played: 1921-22
Born: 27/08/2008
Died: 1/04/1974
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Debut order: 333

Number(s): 17

Games: 15
Goals: 15

Previous Clubs: Williamstown

Year

Games

Goals

1921

11

8

1922

4

7

Les Woodfield was a rugged player who could play as a defender or a forward. He had a good burst of speed and was an excellent kick.

He came to Essendon from Williamstown where he played in 1920 and 1922.

Woodfield was selected at centre half-forward in the League team which played Ballarat in 1921. In all, he represented Victoria eight times.

He then transferred to South Melbourne in 1923 and played 76 games from 1923 to 1927.

Woodfield's brother, Clarrie, played one game with Essendon in 1921.

Les Woodfield died on 1st April, 1974.

 

 

WOOLLEY, Jack

Years Played: 1913-14
Born: 15/01/1886
Died: 21/11/1957
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Debut order: 242

Number(s): 25 , 31

Games: 9
Goals: 5

Previous Clubs: South Yarra/Preston/Northcote

Year

Games

Goals

1913

8

5

1914

1

0

Jack Woolley was a follower who joined Essendon from Northcote where he played in 1912. He had previously played with Preston in 1910 and 1911. He was 27 years old when he debuted for Essendon.

He was something of a football nomad and after leaving Essendon early in the 1914 season he played two games with Melbourne that same year. He then joined Hawthorn (VFA) in 1915 and later played 12 games with Carlton in 1918 and 1919.

Woolley died on 29th November, 1957.

 

 

WORLE, Len V.

Years Played: 1912
Born: 26/05/1889
Died: 10/10/1948
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 225

Number(s): 8

Games: 4
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Brunswick

Year

Games

Goals

1912

4

0

Len Worle played four games in 1912.

He debuted in a Round 3 win over Carlton and his last game was a Round 14 loss to Geelong.

Worle served in both World Wars. He served as bombardier with the 2nd Field Artillery Brigade in both Gallipoli and France during World War I. He was 53 years old when he enlisted in 1942 and served with the Volunteer Defence Corps 2nd Battalion.

His brother, Tommy, played three games with Collingwood in 1907. He was killed in action in France in 1917 while serving with the 8th Brigade, Australian Field Artillery.

Len Worle died on 10th October, 1948.

 

 

WRIGHT, Herbert L.

Years Played: 1897-1903
Born: 13/04/1870
Died: 9/03/1950
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 20

Number(s):

Games: 89
Goals: 6

Previous Clubs: Ballarat Imperials

Herbert “Harry”' Wright was cool and reliable and the first of Essendon's champion centremen.

He came to Essendon from Ballarat Imperials and played in the 1894 Association premiership side.

Wright played in Essendon's first League game in 1897 and was a star in the premiership team in that year. He also starred in the centre in the 1901 premiership victory.

He was selected in the League team that played Ballarat in 1899 and 1901.

Wright also played cricket for Victoria.

He died on 9th March, 1950.

 

 

WRIGHT, Ross D.

Years Played: 1973-74
Born: 28/09/1952
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Debut order: 805

Number(s): 55 , 20

Games: 11
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: East Ringwood

Year

Games

Goals

1973

9

0

1974

2

0

Ross Wright was a defender who came from East Ringwood to the U19s in 1971. He won the U19s Best and Fairest award in that year.

He then played 11 senior games for Essendon in 1973 and 1974.

He was cleared to Hobart and played there for three years. He was runner-up in the award for Best and Fairest in the Tasmanian Football League in 1976 and represented Tasmania the same year.

Wright then played with Camberwell from 1978 to 1982 and was a member of their premiership side in 1979 and 1981. He represented the VFA from 1979 to 1981.

He ended his football career back at East Ringwood in 1983.

 

 

WYLIE, William

Years Played: 1915-18
Born: 7/12/1891
Died: 7/07/1974
Height: cm
Weight: kg

Debut order: 265

Number(s): 9

Games: 9
Goals: 1

Previous Clubs: North Melbourne District

William Wylie was a defender who played two games in 1915 and seven games in 1918 (Essendon stood out of the League in 1916 and 1917). Only twice did he play in a winning team.

He died on 7th July, 1974.