The 1984 win was sweet revenge for the record Grand Final loss Essendon suffered against Hawthorn the year before.
This time, Essendon trailed Hawthorn until the last quarter when a nine-goal final term gave the Bombers a famous 24-point win.
It was coach Kevin Sheedy’s first premiership in charge, breaking a 19-year premiership drought.
Billy Duckworth won the Norm Smith Medal - the first Essendon player to do so in history.
Essendon 2.4 3.11 5.15 14.21 (105)
Hawthorn 6.1 8.6 10.8 12.9 (81)
Best: Duckworth, Watson, Harvey, Hawker, Heard, Baker
Goals: Baker 4, Duckworth 2, Watson 2, T. Daniher, Bradbury, Thompson, Merrett, Weston, Neagle
Norm Smith Medal: Billy Duckworth
B: Garry Foulds, Billy Duckworth, Paul Weston
HB: Peter Bradbury, Kevin Walsh, Glenn Hawker
C: Merv Neagle, Leon Baker, Shane Heard
HF: Tim Watson, Terry Daniher, Paul Vander Haar
F: Alan Ezard, Simon Madden, Frank Dunell
R: Roger Merrett, Neil Clarke, Darren Williams
I: Mark Harvey, Mark Thompson
Coach: Kevin Sheedy
Captain: Terry Daniher
Average age: 25
Average games: 90
Best and fairest: Simon Madden
Leading goalkicker: Paul Salmon (63)
Team of the year: Terry Daniher (captain), Simon Madden, Kevin Sheedy (coach)