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ABBOTT, Gordon

Years Played: 1941-47

Born: 26/9/1914

Died: 19/4/1986

Height: 185cm

Weight: 90.5kg

Debut order: 556

Number(s): 25


Games: 82

Goals: 43

Gordon Abbott was something of a nomad who’d plied his football skills all over before arriving at Windy Hill in 1941. He was a fine follower and ruckman who had a superb build, could kick with either foot and was a great team man.

Abbott had started his football career with Geelong Amateurs before moving to Lefroy in Tasmania and then Geelong where played 50 games with the Cats between 1936 and 1938 and was part of the Cats’ 1937 premiership team.

Abbott then moved to South Australia playing with Glenelg in 1939 and then returned to Tasmania with New Town FC (now called Glenorchy) where he was captain-coach in 1940.

Abbott made his Essendon debut in round 4, 1941, against Richmond and played in every remaining game that season. In round 13 that year he kicked a career-high six goals against North Melbourne at Arden Street and was part of the Bombers’ losing grand final against Melbourne. He was voted Essendon’s best first year player.

Abbot was in the ruck in the Dons’ 1942 premiership side and in 1946, was also one of Essendon’s best players, again in the ruck, in the 1946 premiership win. This was his best year with Essendon and he won the most consistent player award that year.

Abbott was also a leading rower who rowed in Tasmania's King's Cup crew.

Gordon Abbott left Essendon and joined Wilby in 1947.



Years Played: 1903

Born: 1/1/1984

Died: 22/5/1964

Height: 177cm

Weight: 73kg

Debut order: 102


Games: 2

Goals: 0

Percy Abercrombie was a rover who played in the first two games of the 1903 season before being dropped from the senior list at the start of 1904.

He then joined South Melbourne where he played 12 games in 1905.

Abercrombie later played with South Fremantle in Western Australia in 1907 and 1908 and then had a season with Brighton in 1909.



Years Played: 1922-25

Born: 11/8/1900

Died: 23/7/1968

Height: 182 cm

Weight: 76 kg

Debut order: 342

Number(s): 26

Games: 31

Goals: 0

Ken Adam, nicknamed 'Torchy' was a dashing half back flanker but leg injuries prevented him getting a regular spot in the strong Essendon defence of the time.

Adam played for the Essendon Association club (which played in the VFA from 1900 to 1921 and played  home games at Windy Hill) which disbanded at the end of 1921 when the League Essendon arrived and took over the ground.

He was part of the Essendon team that played the very first game at Windy Hill against Carlton on 6 May 1922.

Adam went on to play 31 games between 1922 and 1925. 

Adam then joined Coburg in 1926.



Years Played: 1992-2003

Born: 8/11/1971


Height: 203cm

Weight: 106

Debut order: 971

Number(s): 44 and 27

Games: 184

Goals: 193

Steven Alessio’s first sporting interest was basketball when he arrived at Windy Hill with a mate. He was hoping to get fit for his local footy club St Oliver’s and before long showed the potential that led to him being picked up by Essendon.

By the time he retired a decade later Alessio had played 184 games and won a premiership medal as part of Essendon’s great 2000 side. 

Alessio played only five games in his debut season and 12 the following year but in 1994, his third season, he began to show some real promise. With his height and agility Alessio was effective in the ruck as well as at centre half-forward.  

Over the summer of 1994-95 Alessio worked solidly in the weights room, adding muscle to his tall frame and providing the foundation for a fine 1995 season.

Wearing Simon Madden's number, 27, he looked set to have a fine career. A lacerated kidney meant that Alessio issed almost two months in the middle of 1995, including the State of Origin game, for which he was a certainty to play for Victoria. Injury again in 1996 led him to missing seven games early in the year but he showed good form on his return.

Alessio was an outstanding in 1999 where his presence in the ruck and in the forward line created real problems for the opposition.

In 2000 Alessio played all but one game for the year and was part of the Essendon’s great premiership team.

A knee injury curtailed his output in 2001 but he went onto win the club’s Player of the Finals award after playing in the 2001 Grand Final. 

He retired at the end of 2003.



Years Played: 1918-19

Born: 15/3/1899

Died: 2/12/1972

Height: 166cm

Weight: ?

Debut order: 300

Number(s): 14

Games: 5

Goals: 1 

Jim Alexander came from Ascot Vale Blues. He made his debut in a rd 14 loss to Collingwood his only game in his debut season. He later played four games in 1919 for a win and three losses.  


ALLAN, Johnny

Years Played: 1913

Born: 2/8/1888

Died: 4/9/1937

Height: 170cm

Weight: 71kg

Debut order: 237

Number(s): 23

Games: 10

Goals: 2

Johnny Allan was a half forward who played the first 10 games of 1913. He arrived the Essendon from Hawthorn in the Metropolitan Junior Football Association. 

His two goals came in a 41-point win over Melbourne at the East Melbourne Cricket Ground in round 9.


ALLAN Matthew

Years Played: 2004-05

Born: 26/2/1975


Height: 198cm

Weight: 104kg

Debut order: 1041

Number(s): 27

Games: 21

Goals: 1

Matthew Allan was an experienced ruck man who’d played 140 games with Carlton between 1994 and 2003 when he arrived at Essendon in 2004.

At Carlton Allan had been understudy to Justin Madden, himself a former Essendon player, and shared the role with the more experienced Madden.

He came late to football and experience along apprenticeship under Madden which stood him in good stead and he developed into a skilful and clever player. His best season at Princes park was 1999 when he won Carlton’ best and fairest, ran third in the Brownlow medal and won All-Australian selection.

Injuries curtailed Allan’s output in the following seasons and on top of that was also involved in Carlton’s ‘under the table’ payments saga. He was deregistered in 2003 and sought a new start elsewhere.

Allan was traded to the Bombers for pick 57 in the 2003 draft and he made his Essendon debut in round 1, 2004 playing 20 games for the season and appearing in the elimination final win over Melbourne then the semi-final loss to Geelong.

He played in round 1 2005 before finally succumbing to ongoing knee soreness and retired at the end of the season.



Years Played: 1947-51

Born: 25/12/1925


Height: 179cm

Weight: 75.5kg

Debut order: 608

Number(s): 33

Games: 57

Goals: 1

Noel Allanson was a solid defender or centre player who lacked only a little extra speed and sureness to be a top player.

He was on the half back flank in the losing 1947 grand final team and then a reserve in Essendon’s 950 premiership side.

Noel Allanson came to Essendon from North Essendon Methodists and then after leaving the Dons he played with Williamstown in late 1951 and 1952.

He later returned to the club as a vice president between1976 to 77 and as club treasurer from 1978 to 1990. 

As well as playing football Allanson also played cricket for Victoria.



Years Played: 1938

Born: 15/3/1919

Died: 22/3/1946

Height: 173cm

Weight: 77kg

Debut order: 530

Number(s): 6

Games: 1

Goals: 1

Jack Allister was a half forward flanker who played one game for Essendon, an away loss to Fitzroy in round 6, 1938.

He then played for Sandringham between 1939 and 1941 before transferring to North Melbourne where he played 58 games between 1941 and 1945.

Allister won North's best and fairest award in 1942. 

He died of pneumonia at the age of only 27 in 1946.



Years Played: 2004-05

Born: 10/6/1980


Height: 176cm

Weight: 77kg

Debut order: 1046

Number(s): 15

Games: 14

Goals: 3

Mark Alvey was a highly skilled midfielder who came to Essendon via the Western Bulldogs where he’s played 45 games between 1998 and 2003.

Alvey had trouble getting regular game time at Western Oval and later admitted that his attitude in his early years was not always what it should have been and he may have been a fraction slow for the elite level.

Alvey injured his knee in a game against Essendon in 2003 but later that year was drafted by the Bombers where he played 14 games over the following two seasons.


AMOS, Robert J.

Years Played: 1973-76, 1978-79

Born: 11/7/1955


Height: 180cm

Weight: 73.5kg

Debut order: 807

Number(s): 11

Games: 54

Goals: 15

Robert Amos came to Essendon as a wingman from Horsham and started with the U19s in 1972. He had tons of pace, good football brain and knew how to deliver the ball.

Amos was a good mark for his height but suffered a bad knee injury in 1976 that saw him miss the entire 1977 season and most of 1978. He returned in round 20 1978, his only game for the year, and played only two more in mid-1979.

Amos then joined Footscray in 1980 but again suffered a knee injury and only played one night game and then played with their Reserves in early 1981.

In 1982, Amos returned to play with Horsham before moving to Queensland where he became assistant coach of Windsor-Zillmere in 1983. He went on to coached the Queensland schoolboys team in 1984 and 1985 and became fitness coach for the Brisbane Bears in 1987.



Years Played: 1931-37

Born: 20/2/1907

Died: 3/8/1965

Height: 180cm

Weight: 83kg

Debut order: 427

Number(s):  16

Games: 97

Goals: 1

Bruce Anderson was a tough and reliable half-back and centre half-back who came to Windy Hill from Ascot Vale.

Anderson came to League football relatively late and made his Essendon debut at the age of 24. But the years as Ascot Vale did him no harm as he was Essendon’s best first year player in 1931, the club’s most serviceable player in 1933 and 1934 and the best clubman in 1937.

He was vice captain of the club in 1934 and was selected in the State side in 1933, 1934 and 1935.

Anderson was Essendon's second top Brownlow vote-winner in 1936 and third in 1931, 1934 and 1935.  

Anderson left Essendon to become captain-coach of Yarraville in 1938 and 1939.



Years Played: 1908

Born: 16/3/1886

Died: 7/6/1953

Height: 168cm

Weight: 75kg

Debut order: 182

Number(s): n.a.

Games: 1

Goals: 0 

Fred Anderson played one game for Essendon in the round 10 win over University at the East Melbourne Cricket Ground.

He was then cleared to Queenstown Mechanics in Tasmania.



Years Played: 1988-92

Born: 14/5/1966


Height: 189cm

Weight: 89kg

Debut order: 182

Number(s): 11

Games: 103

Goals: 61

Greg Anderson was a dashing wingman with plenty of skill, could take a strong mark and had a penetrating left foot kick. He gave fine service for the Bombers in the five seasons he was at Windy Hill playing 103 games and kicking 61 goals.

Anderson came to Essendon in 1988 from Port Adelaide. He’d won the 1986 Magarey Medal as the best player in the South Australian Football League playing with Port Adelaide and won All-Australian selection in 1987 while at Port (he won selection for a second time in 1993 while playing for Adelaide).

Anderson made his debut in round 1, 1988, and played 20 games in his debut season. 

Anderson came fourth in Essendon's best and fairest vote in 1989 and third in 1990. He was named best clubman in 1991.He also won the club’s most improved player award in 1989.

Anderson was best on ground, kicking two goals, in the club’s night Premiership triumph over North Melbourne in 1990. He was also part of Essendon’s losing grand final side in 1990. 

Anderson left Essendon in 1992 and returned to Adelaide where he continued his career with the Adelaide Crows, retiring in 1996.



Years Played: 1967-68, 1971

Born: 14/10/1948


Height: 191cm 

Weight: 85.5kg

Debut order: 752

Number(s): 25

Games: 27

Goals: 49

Ian Anderson was a ruckman and forward who came from Miga Lake to the U19s in 1965 and played 27 senior games in three seasons.

Anderson kicked a career-high seven goals in the 1968 season opener against Hawthorn leading the Bombers to a 73-point win. His career was interrupted when he was drafted into National Service and served with the infantry in Vietnam, missing the 1969 and 1970 seasons. He returned in 1971 to play six more games.

Anderson had been a member of the Reserves premiership team in 1968.

Anderson then went to West Perth from 1972 to mid 1974 and represented Western Australia in the 1972 Carnival. He spent the rest of 1974 with Port Hedland Rovers.

Anderson then returned to Miga Lake as captain-coach in 1976 and then played with Casterton in 1977 and 1978.



Years Played: 1897-1905, 1907

Born: 17/11/1869

Died: 13/9/1947

Height: 179cm

Weight: ?

Debut order: 1

Number(s): n.a.

Games: 136

Goals: 13

Jim Anderson arrived at the club in 1892, and like many Essendon players of the time, he had come from Scotch College.

Anderson arrived at the right time for Essendon had just started its run of four consecutive VFA premierships between 1891 and 1894, and he played in three premiership teams in his first three seasons.

Anderson also became part of Essendon history appearing in the club’s first League game, against Geelong, in round 1, 1897. He was already a veteran of five VFA seasons for Essendon by then and had become one of the club’s finest defenders in the early years.

He was part of Essendon’s 1897 and 1901 premiership teams as a fullback,  was vice captain in 1899 and captain in 1903 and 1904 before resigning late in that year.

In all, Anderson played in 10 League finals games. He also played for Victoria in interstate games in 1903 and 1905.

In 1903, Anderson became only the second Essendon player and the eighth in VFL to reach 100 games.



Years Played: 1907

Born: 31/5/1888



Weight: ?

Debut order: 150

Number(s): n/a

Games: 28


John Anderson played three games for Essendon in 1907. He made his debut in a round 1 win over Geelong and then played round 5 and round 10 losses against Collingwood and St Kilda respectively.


ANDERSON, Ramsay, D.

Years Played: 1910-11

Born: 2/5/1888

Died: 17/5/1962

Height: 169cm

Weight: ?

Debut order: 195

Number(s): n/a

Games: 28

Goals: 0

Ramsay Anderson was born in Edinburgh and came to Essendon from South Yarra. Although on the small side he showed great dash as a rover and was described as a 'game bit of stuff' but he had difficulty holding a regular senior spot.

Anderson played 17 games in 1910 playing in eight of the club’s nine consecutive  wins between round 2 and round 10, the club’s longest winning streak to that time. He played 11 games in 1911 but missed the 1911 finals.

Anderson then joined VFL club University, playing in three games in 1912, all losses.



Years Played: 1919

Born: 22/7/1893

Died: 15/8/1953

Height: 178cm

Weight: 77kg

Debut order: 305

Number(s): ?

Games: 1

Goals: 0 

Stan Anderson came from Williamstown and played one game in a round 3 loss to Fitzroy at Brunswick Street Oval in 1919.

He then returned to his old club later in 1919 and continued there until 1921.



Years Played: 1973-83

Born: 13/5/1955


Height: 191cm 

Weight: 98.5kg

Debut order: 808

Number(s): 4

Games: 151

Goals: 32 

‘Rugged Ronnie’ Andrews was a great Essendon favourite. He was big, strong and brought plenty of commitment to the cause and the fans loved him for it.

Andrews came from Redan and developed into one of the most feared players of his time. He was a fine mark and decent kick and developed a reputation for his aggressiveness although this was somewhat tempered as he got older. His rugged play intimidated many opponents and he made up for his lack of pace with sheer endeavour. He was one of the last of the really tough men in League football and missed a total of 24 games through his career because if suspensions.

In 1974, Andrews was a key figure in the sensational game against Richmond at Windy Hill when players and officials staged an all in brawl at half time. He was one of a number of players on both sides who were suspended, Andrews for six weeks for striking.

Surprisingly for someone with such a rough and tough image, Andrews polled well in the Brownlow Medal with 63 career votes, He was the Bombers’ second top vote getter in 1975, 1976, 1978 (equal) and 1982 and was third top in 1977 and 1981.

'Rugged Ronnie' was vice captain in 1977, 1978 and 1981, and he then captained Essendon in 1982 when Neale Daniher missed the season through injury. He was also runner up in the Dons’ best and fairest award in 1976.

He represented Victoria in 1977 and 1978. 

Andrews played 20 games in the 1983 season but was dropped for the grand final and left the club after that. He joined Collingwood and played six games there in 1984, in his final season of league football. His last was in a 133-point loss to his old Essendon teammates.



Years Played: 1945

Born: 10/7/1919

Died: 3/2/2003

Height: 173cm       

Weight: 67kg

Debut order: 589

Number(s): 8

Games: 6

Goals: 7

Bob Annesley was a small, lightly built rover who came from Western Australia on a war time services permit.

He had played with Swan Districts between 1939 and 1941 and then during the war was captain-coach of the Midland Workshops from 1942 to 1944.

Annesley joined the Dons when he was posted to Melbourne in 1945 and played six games between rounds 1 and 12 that season but his career at Essendon was affected by a hamstring injury.

He then returned to Swan Districts in 1946 and 1947 before playing one game with West Perth in 1948.

Annesley was later captain-coach of Scarborough in Western Australia from 1953 to 1959 leading the club to six consecutive premierships. 

He returned to that club in 1967 and 1968 coaching then to another flag in 1968.



Years Played: 1987-90

Born: 8/4/1962


Height: 174cm

Weight: 72kg

Debut order: 926

Number(s): 2, 13

Games: 22

Goals: 26

Tony Antrobus was a fiery rover who arrived at Windy Hill from North Adelaide in the SANFL with a big reputation.

He had won the Magarey Medal as the South Australia in League’s best and fairest player in 1983 and has also played in the South Australian State side.

Antrobus showed his ability with a best on ground performance in a night game but played only one game in 1987 owing to injury.

He played 13 games in 1989 including all three finals games and a further eight games in 1990. He then joined St Kilda in 1991 where he played six games



Years Played: 1910-12, 1914

Born: 26/2/1900

Died: 15/8/1969

Height: 175cm

Weight: 72kg

Debut order: 196

Number(s): 3, 26

Games: 44

Goals: 55

Bert Armstrong was a more than competent full forward who came to Essendon in 1910 from the VFA club North Melbourne. He was the brother of Essendon player Lou who had joined Essendon in 1908.

Armstrong seemed to be at his best in bad conditions and could struggle in fine conditions. Nevertheless he was often amongst the goals and he topped Essendon's goal kicking in 1910 his debut season, with 30 goals. He was also runner-up in 1911with 25 goals behind his own brother Lou with 35.

Armstrong’s best goal kicking performance was six goals in a game, a feat he managed in both 1910 against Melbourne and 1911 against Collingwood.  His career was affected by sciatica problems that reduced him to only six games in 1912 and forced him out in 1913. Sadly he missed Essendon’s two premiership wins in 1911 and 1912,

In late 1914 Armstrong joined the Essendon Association team.



Years Played: 1965-66

Born: 3/11/1943


Height: 183cm

Weight: 82.5kg

Debut order: 741

Number(s): 33

Games: 7

Goals: 0

Bruce Armstrong was a follower and defender who came to Essendon from Scottsdale in Tasmania to play with the seconds in1963.

He couldn't break into the senior side regularly and all but one of his seven games were as a reserve.

In 1967 Armstrong became captain-coach of Warrnambool and he then went to Launceston in Tasmania from 1970 to 1972 and then Longford in 1973.

He represented Tasmania in 1973. 



Years Played: 1908-14

Born: 8/2/1885

Died: 30/8/ 1926

Height: 170cm

Weight: 70kg

Debut order: 171

Number(s): 1,2

Games: 102

Goals: 109

Lou Armstrong was a versatile player who played as a rover, full-forward and centre half-forward.

Armstrong came from West Melbourne where he had played in their 1906 premiership team and was described as more serviceable than showy.

Although not a tall player he was a leading member of the 1911 premiership team at centre half forward and the 1912 team at full forward and was vice captain both years.

Armstrong was a prolific goal kicker and headed Essendon's goalkicking list in 1911 with 35 goals and was third in 1910.

He kicked eight goals in a game in 1911 which remained the most goals kicked by an Essendon player in a game until 1923.

In 1912 he represented the League in a provincial game against a country League.

In mid-1914 he was cleared to Essendon Association where he joined his brother  Bert who had also played for Essendon.



Years Played: 1928, 1930

Born: 12/11/1905

Died: 9/8/1979

Height: 183cm

Weight: 76kg

Debut order: 399

Number(s): 13

Games: 30

Goals: 54


Alan Arthur was a half forward and full forward who played two seasons at Essendon after joining from Sandhurst. He played in 1928 and 1930 and returned home to the country in 1929.


Arthur was a safe mark and dangerous around the goals and was Essendon's second top goal kicker in 1928 and third in 1930.


His best goal kicking tallies were six goals against St Kilda in 1928 and five against Hawthorn in round 18 that same year.


After his brief stint at Essendon, Arthur returned again to Sandhurst and played there from 1931 to 1935. He then became the first captain-coach of Golden Square in 1936 before becoming captain-coach of Dimboola in 1937.


In 1938 and 1939, he coached Norwood in South Australia. Arthur was regarded as a student of the game, and his son Graham later became a Hawthorn star.



ASLING, L. Frank

Years Played: 1935

Born: 7.3.1912

Died: 16.8.1990

Height: 183cm

Weight: 85kg

Debut order: 488

Number(s): 29

Games: 7

Goals: 0


Frank Asling was a follower who came to Essendon from Collingwood where he played five games in 1934. Prior to that he had played with outer eastern suburban club Belgrave.


Asling played in seven games for Essendon in 1935 before joining Hawthorn in 1936 where he played two games before retiring.


Playing League football was awkward for Asling as he had to ride his horse from the family farm to catch a train to attend games.










Years Played: 2008-10

Born: 21/2/1985


Height: 192cm

Weight: 88kg

Debut order:

Number(s): 38

Games: 17

Goals: 5


Jarrod Atkinson was a 23 year-old mature-age draftee when he was picked up by Essendon in the 2007 rookie draft. He had impressed as a defender with the Bendigo Bombers in the VFL that year.

Atkinson was promoted to the senior list in April 2008 after Scott Lucas was placed on the long-term injury list. He made his debut with team mates Darcy Daniher and David Myers, in round 7 against Port Adelaide at Docklands and finished his debut season with five senior games.

Atkinson had shown great potential in the pre-season cup where his size and speed suggested he could succeed at the elite level and his speed saw him set a new club sprint record of 2.73 seconds over 20m

He played a further five games in 2009 and seven in 2010.

He was delisted by the club before the 2011 season.


Years Played: 2014
Born: 2/04/1992
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 77 kg
Debut order: 1116

Number(s): 43
Games: 2
Goals: 0

Previous Clubs: Greater Western Sydney

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Kurt Aylett was a strong-bodied and hardworking half back who was traded to Essendon, along with his Greater Western Sydney teammate Shaun Edwards, for pick 48 in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft. He had played one game with the Giants 2012 but didn’t add to his tall in 2013. 

After a handful of games in the VFL Aylett’s made his Essendon debut in Round 8, 2014 against Brisbane Lions and played the following week against Sydney before returning to the VFL side.

He was delisted at the end of 2014 and moved to the rookie list for 2015 before being delisted at the end of 2015.