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Beginnings: Essendon Football Club, nicknamed The Bombers, are an Australian rules football club which plays in the AFL (Australian Football League). Formed in 1871 as a junior club and as a senior club in 1873, it is headquartered at the Essendon Recreation Reserve, Windy Hill in the Melbourne suburb of Essendon.

Records:
  • * Record attendance: MCG - 94,825 in round 4, 25 April 1995: Essendon 16.15 (111) drew with Collingwood 17.9 (111)
  • * Most games: 378 by Simon Madden 1974-1992
  • * Biggest finals crowd: 116,828 for 1968 grand final.
Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
18 Essendon 22 3 19 0 1437 2356 61.0 12

Heffernan to stand down from Board

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Chris Heffernan to stand down from Board

Essendon Director Chris Heffernan will stand down from his position on the Board at next month’s Annual General Meeting. 

Heffernan, who played 123 games for the Club and is a member of the Bombers 2000 premiership team, has served on the Board for the past six years. 

Essendon Chairman Lindsay Tanner thanked Heffernan for his time as a Director.

“Chris has made an important contribution to the Club during his tenure on the Board,” Tanner said

“He joined as a Director at the end of 2011 and has played a pivotal role as Football Director and as a member of List Management."

“He was heavily involved, with CEO Xavier Campbell, in a number of key football department decisions, including the football department review and senior coach selection process at the end of 2015.”

“On behalf of the Board and everyone at Essendon, I would like to thank...


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Heffernan to stand down from Board

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Chris Heffernan to stand down from Board

Essendon Director Chris Heffernan will stand down from his position on the Board at next month’s Annual General Meeting. 

Heffernan, who played 123 games for the Club and is a member of the Bombers 2000 premiership team, has served on the Board for the past six years. 

Essendon Chairman Lindsay Tanner thanked Heffernan for his time as a Director.

“Chris has made an important contribution to the Club during his tenure on the Board,” Tanner said

“He joined as a Director at the end of 2011 and has played a pivotal role as Football Director and as a member of List Management."

“He was heavily involved, with CEO Xavier Campbell, in a number of key football department decisions, including the football department review and senior coach selection process at the end of 2015.”

“On behalf of the Board and everyone at Essendon, I would like to thank...


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MRP shake-up

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Changes will be made to the MRP for the 2018 season.

The Match Review Panel is set to undergo an off-season review, with football operations manager Steve Hocking declaring the system needed to change.

After confirming the centre bounce would stay on Tuesday, Hocking said reviewing the MRP would be his next major project before the final Commission meeting of the year in December.

The football operations department has already begun work on how the MRP could evolve next year, with Hocking indicating the League wanted to get quicker decisions from the Panel.

Options could include having the MRP sit on a Friday morning after Thursday night games, or on Saturdays after Friday night games, rather than just on Monday afternoons to assess all matches.

Geelong forward Tom Hawkins faced a weekend of uncertainty after a jumper punch in round 11 that ultimately saw him suspended for one...


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MRP shake-up

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Changes will be made to the MRP for the 2018 season.

The Match Review Panel is set to undergo an off-season review, with football operations manager Steve Hocking declaring the system needed to change.

After confirming the centre bounce would stay on Tuesday, Hocking said reviewing the MRP would be his next major project before the final Commission meeting of the year in December.

The football operations department has already begun work on how the MRP could evolve next year, with Hocking indicating the League wanted to get quicker decisions from the Panel.

Options could include having the MRP sit on a Friday morning after Thursday night games, or on Saturdays after Friday night games, rather than just on Monday afternoons to assess all matches.

Geelong forward Tom Hawkins faced a weekend of uncertainty after a jumper punch in round 11 that ultimately saw him suspended for one...


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Lethlean in the frame

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Essendon search for new GM of Football.

Essendon Football Club CEO, Xavier Campbell, said the Club would consider Simon Lethlean to fill the vacant General Manager of Football Operations position.  

Rob Kerr finished up at the Bombers in that role last week, as he takes a break from football to pursue business interests and complete a Harvard business course. 

Essendon chief executive Xavier Campbell said the Bombers hoped to make an appointment by Christmas, and would speak to Lethlean in the coming weeks. 

"He's someone that will be on the radar for sure," Campbell told SEN on Wednesday.

"We'd be open to chatting to Simon. He's a pretty talented football person. He's got pretty significant football experience. We're literally only starting the formal piece of the process now, and that will ramp up leading into Christmas."

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Lethlean in the frame

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Essendon search for new GM of Football.

Essendon Football Club CEO, Xavier Campbell, said the Club would consider Simon Lethlean to fill the vacant General Manager of Football Operations position.  

Rob Kerr finished up at the Bombers in that role last week, as he takes a break from football to pursue business interests and complete a Harvard business course. 

Essendon chief executive Xavier Campbell said the Bombers hoped to make an appointment by Christmas, and would speak to Lethlean in the coming weeks. 

"He's someone that will be on the radar for sure," Campbell told SEN on Wednesday.

"We'd be open to chatting to Simon. He's a pretty talented football person. He's got pretty significant football experience. We're literally only starting the formal piece of the process now, and that will ramp up leading into Christmas."

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2017 Financial result

BTV: 2017 Financial Results Essendon CEO Xavier Campbell speaks about the 2017 Financial Results.

Essendon Football Club is pleased to announce a net operating profit of $5.1 million for the 2017 financial year.

The Club’s operating cash surplus was $8.5 million, before amortisation and depreciation.

Total revenue generated by the Club was $65.2 million, an increase of $11.7 million year-on-year.

The financial comeback was due to a number of factors including record membership, increased match returns and stadium revenues, and enhanced commercial partnerships and corporate sponsorships.

CEO, Xavier Campbell, said the result is another important step forward for the Club.

“To record a profit of $5.1 million dollars this financial year is significant for everyone involved in our Club,” Campbell said.

“This has been a year of progress from both a football and financial perspective,...


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Bomber Max turns 100

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Max Beaumont celebrates his 100th birthday

Essendon’s second oldest member, Max Beaumont, celebrated his 100th birthday today with a visit from Club legend, Kevin Sheedy.

The four time premiership coach surprised the lifelong Bombers supporter at his home with a special red and black cake and a 2018 membership pack.

Beaumont said his love of the Club dated back to the early 1920s when Essendon moved from East Melbourne to Windy Hill.

“I supported the Club from the time Essendon came to Windy Hill, before then I was too young and it was a horse and cart to East Melbourne,” Beaumont said

“Jack Clarke was my favourite player. I like the way he played, he was a good and fair player. I enjoyed his style of play, he was a very clever footballer.”

“My earliest memory of Essendon is going across the bridge at Ascot Vale station and we saw all of the crowd coming back from the MCG...


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Bomber Max turns 100

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Max Beaumont celebrates his 100th birthday

Essendon’s second oldest member, Max Beaumont, celebrated his 100th birthday today with a visit from Club legend, Kevin Sheedy.

The four time premiership coach surprised the lifelong Bombers supporter at his home with a special red and black cake and a 2018 membership pack.

Beaumont said his love of the Club dated back to the early 1920s when Essendon moved from East Melbourne to Windy Hill.

“I supported the Club from the time Essendon came to Windy Hill, before then I was too young and it was a horse and cart to East Melbourne,” Beaumont said

“Jack Clarke was my favourite player. I like the way he played, he was a good and fair player. I enjoyed his style of play, he was a very clever footballer.”

“My earliest memory of Essendon is going across the bridge at Ascot Vale station and we saw all of the crowd coming back from the MCG...


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Essendon partners with Bartercard

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Essendon partners with Bartercard

Essendon Football Club is proud to announce a new partnership with Bartercard for the 2018 season.

Bartercard is a flexible way of trading products and services without cash or credit cards – turning spare capacity, empty seats and excess stock into a valuable asset. 

Essendon CEO Xavier Campbell said the partnership offers a number of opportunities.

“We are excited for this new partnership with Bartercard,” Campbell said.

“Bartercard provides a unique platform to engage with new suppliers and enhance the Club’s financial management across a number of areas.

“We look forward to fostering new relationships through this partnership as part of our long term growth strategy of the Essendon Football Club.”

Founded in 1991, Bartercard works with thousands of SMEs in countries where members trade $600 million worth of products and services every...


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Essendon partners with Bartercard

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Essendon partners with Bartercard

Essendon Football Club is proud to announce a new partnership with Bartercard for the 2018 season.

Bartercard is a flexible way of trading products and services without cash or credit cards – turning spare capacity, empty seats and excess stock into a valuable asset. 

Essendon CEO Xavier Campbell said the partnership offers a number of opportunities.

“We are excited for this new partnership with Bartercard,” Campbell said.

“Bartercard provides a unique platform to engage with new suppliers and enhance the Club’s financial management across a number of areas.

“We look forward to fostering new relationships through this partnership as part of our long term growth strategy of the Essendon Football Club.”

Founded in 1991, Bartercard works with thousands of SMEs in countries where members trade $600 million worth of products and services every...


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Mid-year trade could happen soon

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Adrian Dodoro speaks with the media during the NAB Trade Period.

A mid-season trade period is on the cards, with AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan saying he believes the radical move will be introduced in coming years. 

The League boss says there should be more player movement among clubs, and again raised the concept of establishing the extra trade period.

Previously clubs have been largely against the idea of the chance to reshape their list mid-year, citing intellectual property concerns if a player leaves one club for another. 

However, McLachlan told AFL.com.au's Road to the Draft podcast that a mid-season trade period remains strongly in play despite their misgivings. 

"You don't have to do the trade if you don't want to. The reason some people don't like it is there's an emotive side to the trade, but there's no difference to [it happening] at the end of the year," he...


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Mid-year trade could happen soon

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Adrian Dodoro speaks with the media during the NAB Trade Period.

A mid-season trade period is on the cards, with AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan saying he believes the radical move will be introduced in coming years. 

The League boss says there should be more player movement among clubs, and again raised the concept of establishing the extra trade period.

Previously clubs have been largely against the idea of the chance to reshape their list mid-year, citing intellectual property concerns if a player leaves one club for another. 

However, McLachlan told AFL.com.au's Road to the Draft podcast that a mid-season trade period remains strongly in play despite their misgivings. 

"You don't have to do the trade if you don't want to. The reason some people don't like it is there's an emotive side to the trade, but there's no difference to [it happening] at the end of the year," he...


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The bounce stays

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"It's great that the bounce will kick off AFL football games."

The AFL has confirmed it will stick with tradition and that umpires will continue to bounce the ball at the start of quarters and to restart play after goals.

The bounce has been a long-standing part of League football, but its place in the game has been increasingly questioned in recent years, with some umpires concerned by the physical and mental toll the practice takes on them.

AFL Chairman Richard Goyder and football operations manager Steve Hocking announced on Tuesday afternoon the bounce would live on for the forseeable future. 

Goyder said the bounce was a "unique" and "iconic" part of AFL games and believed most fans would welcome its retention. 

"It's great that the bounce will kick off AFL football games. There's nothing like the roar of the crowd and the expectation that the bounce will start our great game,"...


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'Good to be back'

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First to fourth year players visit Tiwi Islands.

It might have been a long time between visits for Jake Long but his sense of belonging, family and connection to the Tiwi Islands will always be a special part of his story.

In Tiwi as part of the Bombers Rite of Passage Camp, Long said he was proud to share his indigenous culture with his young teammates this week. 

 “I haven’t been here in two years so it feels good to be back and good to be with the people,” Long said.

“It’s really good for the club, with the next generation academy, that we have the ongoing relationship, as well as getting the boys out and seeing where their teammates are from – myself and Walla,” Long said.

 “It’s definitely eye-opening for the players, it gives them an understanding of our culture, our people, and they are doing really well.

“Footy is used as transport here, it’s like a bus that carries everyone...


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'Good to be back'

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First to fourth year players visit Tiwi Islands.

It might have been a long time between visits for Jake Long but his sense of belonging, family and connection to the Tiwi Islands will always be a special part of his story.

In Tiwi as part of the Bombers Rite of Passage Camp, Long said he was proud to share his indigenous culture with his young teammates this week. 

 “I haven’t been here in two years so it feels good to be back and good to be with the people,” Long said.

“It’s really good for the club, with the next generation academy, that we have the ongoing relationship, as well as getting the boys out and seeing where their teammates are from – myself and Walla,” Long said.

 “It’s definitely eye-opening for the players, it gives them an understanding of our culture, our people, and they are doing really well.

“Footy is used as transport here, it’s like a bus that carries everyone...


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'Good to be back'

20171119_LOng_H.jpg

First to fourth year players visit Tiwi Islands.

It might have been a long time between visits for Jake Long but his sense of belonging, family and connection to the Tiwi Islands will always be a special part of his story.

In Tiwi as part of the Bombers Rite of Passage Camp, Long said he was proud to share his indigenous culture with his young teammates this week. 

 “I haven’t been here in two years so it feels good to be back and good to be with the people,” Long said.

“It’s really good for the club, with the next generation academy, that we have the ongoing relationship, as well as getting the boys out and seeing where their teammates are from – myself and Walla,” Long said.

 “It’s definitely eye-opening for the players, it gives them an understanding of our culture, our people, and they are doing really well.

“Footy is used as transport here, it’s like a bus that carries everyone...


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Adam Saad eyes September football

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"It would be a dream come true"

Essendon recruit Adam Saad is aiming to be part of September football for the first time in his career after launching pre-season training with the Bombers this week.

After making his way back to his home state in last month's NAB AFL Trade Period for family and cultural reasons, the former Gold Coast defender has hit the ground running with his new club.

The 23-year-old said he was excited by the prospect of playing finals football after Essendon returned to the September stage in 2017 for the first time in three years.  

"Seeing Essendon make a final this year, if we can have a really good pre-season and play finals next year it’s where I want to go," Saad told News Corp.

"To be able to play in a game like that with a big crowd would be so exciting. 

"Every player on an AFL list wants to win a premiership and at Essendon we are striving to do...


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'That fire will burn across pre-season'

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Joe Daniher soars during the Second Elimination Final match

Joe Daniher believes the Bombers are in a strong position to improve again in 2018.

The 2017 Crichton Medallist said the Club was about to enter an exciting period with a talented list in the right age demographic.

“We’ve been building over the last 12 to 24 months to get this squad together and we have played some reasonable football together,” Daniher said

“Now we are in the position where we have players entering the peak of their careers, it’s a really exciting time after a few tough years so to be playing for the football club at this point in time is really exciting.”

Daniher said the players would use the disappointment from the finals loss in Sydney as further motivation.

“We haven’t spoken about it in a formal sense but just between the players,” Daniher said

“We were really unhappy with the way that the end of the...


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Katherine Gorge Challenge

BTV: NT | Rite of Passage Trip Update Justin Crow gives us an update on the Rite of Passage trip for Essendon's young guns.

Essendon’s first to fourth year players have conquered a two day hike, swim and canoe through Katherine Gorge in the Northern Territory this week.

High Performance Manager, Justin Crow, said leadership development was a big part of the Katherine Gorge visit.

“The idea of the Katherine Gorge experience was to be as far away from society as possible,” Crow said

“We turned off the phones, hiked out to the sixth Gorge, camped out and spent some really quality time together under the stars,” Crow said.

“We then had quite a challenging experience on the way back where we canoe, swim and run our way back to civilisation.

“There are some really good leaders amongst this group and to be honest I’m just impressed with the whole lot of them. Our players returned in...


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