The Bombers are hitting the road across Victoria in April, with four very prestigious items on board.
Over the course of four special days, commencing on Thursday, April 28, the Essendon Country Tour will connect with regional Victoria, with the 1984, 1985, 1993 and 2000 premiership cups led by none other than the indelible Kevin Sheedy.
To coincide with celebrations for the club’s 150th anniversary, Sheedy will join the tour with Essendon icons including Mark Harvey, Dyson Heppell, Sean Wellman, Dustin Fletcher and a number of other past champions who will attend various events in regional towns across Victoria to reminisce on their times in the red and black.
Essendon supporters, and football fans alike, will have the opportunity to have photos with the club legends and premiership cups, participate in clinics, receive free giveaways and hear stories from different eras of Essendon’s history while enjoying a Carlton Draught along the way.
As a thank-you from the club to fans across the state, all events will be free for supporters to attend.
The tour, powered by Powercor, will depart the NEC Hangar on April 28 and head to Heppell’s hometown of Leongatha, where a junior clinic will be held at the Leongatha Football Club before continuing to Traralgon for the first nightly event at the Grand Junction Hotel.
For day two, the bus will make its way to Mansfield before heading on to Echuca, where CEO Xavier Campbell will join a number of special guests at The Border Inn Hotel, brought to you by Treasury Wine Estates.
Across day three, the tour continues to Horsham and then on to Ballarat with a visit to The Sporting Globe Ballarat to finish the day.
To wrap up the journey, the four premiership cups will travel to Warrnambool and then to Marvel Stadium in time for the Bombers’ round seven clash with the Western Bulldogs.
Kevin Sheedy said he was excited to tour regional Victoria and visit Bombers fans around the state.
"This tour is going to be a lot of fun. To be able to share stories from Essendon’s history while also celebrating our 150th year is something very special,” Sheedy said.
“I look forward to celebrating with fans across the state and recognising how important our regional fans are.”
Campbell said the club can't wait to visit fans across regional Victoria after COVID-19 prevented these types of opportunities over the past two years.
"Over the past two years, COVID has restricted our abilities to get out within the community and interact with our fans around Victoria so we are very excited to be able to take the cups to the people,” Campbell said.
“Fans are the heart and soul of the Essendon Football Club and this tour is just one way we can reconnect and acknowledge how important they are to the club.”
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ESSENDON COUNTRY TOUR ITINERARY
Day 1 - Thursday, April 28
Depart NEC Hangar for Leongatha and then to Traralgon
Day 2 - Friday, April 29
Depart to Mansfield and then to Echuca
Day 3 - Saturday, April 30
Depart to Horsham and then to Ballarat
Day 4 – Sunday, May 1
Depart to Warrnambool and return to Marvel Stadium