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1942 Premiership

October 11, 2017 12:58 PM

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Back: Syd Carman (treas.), Gordon Abbott, Ted Leehane, George Pattinson, Perc Bushby, Norm Betson, Jack Cassin, Allan Hird, Wally Buttsworth, Harry Lee (sec.) Middle: Tom Reynolds, ‘Duffy’ Plummer, Ern Coward, Dick Reynolds (captain-coach) Wally Crichton (pres), Hugh Torney, Laurie Dearle, Sid Silk, Bob Flanigan Front: Murray Exelby, Bill Hutchison, Ray Powell, Jack Caesar, Cec Ruddell

Essendon endured a 17-year premiership drought before finally winning its 11th flag.

The MCG had been taken over by the US Air Force to billet their personnel and so every finals game that year was played at Princes Park.

It was the first of four premierships for Dick Reynolds as captain-coach.

His brother Tom was leading goalkicker for the club that year with 61 goals.

Essendon 2.6  8.14  14.16  19.18 (132)

Richmond 2.4  4.4  5.10  11.13 (79)

Best: D. Reynolds, Dearle, Abbott, Coward, Buttsworth, Flanagan

Goals: Lane 6, D. Reynolds 4, Cassin 3, Exelby 2, Dearle 2, Abbott, T. Reynolds

Team

B: E. Plummer, C. Ruddell, P. Bushby

HB: B. Flanagan, W. Buttsworth, A. Hird

C: E. Coward, L. Dearle, J. Caesar

HF: G. Abbott, G. Lane, B. Hutchison

F: T. Reynolds, T. Leehane, M. Exelby

R: H. Torney, J. Cassin, D. Reynolds

Reserve: S. Silk

Captain/Coach: Dick Reynolds

Average age: 25

Average games: 68

Honours

Best and Fairest: Dick Reynolds

Leading goalkicker: Tom Reynolds (61)