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1965 Premiership

October 6, 2017 2:55 PM


Back: Jack Clarke, Graeme Johnston, Barry Davis, John Somerville, Don McKenzie, Geoff Pryor, Brian Sampson, Bruce Waite, Charlie Payne, Ted Fordham, Greg Brown, Russell Blew, Geoff Gosper Front: John Birt, Kevin Egan, David Shaw, Ian ‘Bluey’ Shelton, Greg Sewell (asst coach), John Coleman (coach) Ken Fraser (capt) Alec Epis, Daryl Gerlach, Hugh Mitchell

Essendon won from fourth beating Geelong, then Collingwood in a spiteful game, and finally St Kilda in the Grand Final.

It was the first time any club had won the flag from fourth since Essendon did it in 1949.

Leading goal kicker Ted Fordham kicked 14 goals in the finals, and his seven in the grand final was a season high for him and equal to the seven that ‘Whoppa’ Lane kicked in the 1946 premiership win.

Essendon 2.7  5.10  10.18  14.21 (105)

St Kilda 1.6  4.8  5.11  9.16 (70)

Best: Sampson, Fordham, Fraser, Gosper, Davis, Birt

Goals: Fordham 7, Sampson 2, Gosper 2, Fraser, Birt, Mitchell


B: D. Gerlach, G. Brown, C. Payne

HB: B. Davis, I. Shelton, G. Pryor

C: A. Epis, J. Clarke. R. Blew

HF: G. Johnston, K. Fraser, G. Gosper

F: B. Sampson, T. Fordham, D. Shaw

R: D. McKenzie, H. Mitchell, J. Birt

I: B. Waite, K. Egan

Coach: John Coleman

Captain: Ken Fraser

Average age: 24

Average games: 91


Best and Fairest: John Birt

Leading goalkicker: Ted Fordham (54)