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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

Goddard to Don the gloves

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Brendon Goddard will don the goalkeeper's gloves.

Essendon veteran Brendon Goddard has confirmed he will don the goalkeeper's gloves for Sunday's first Test of the International Rules Series against Ireland. 

The 32-year-old had been widely tipped to take on the responsibility, but the late addition to the squad of North Melbourne defender Robbie Tarrant made the decision more difficult for Australian coach Chris Scott. 

Goddard will take the goalkeeping reins from Bombers champion Dustin Fletcher, who had the role for more than a decade before hanging up the boots at the end of 2015.

"I've got the gloves in the bag," Goddard said.

"It's something a little bit foreign to me, with Fletch being the number one goalie for a couple of years. I don't quite have the Gadget-like reach that Fletcher's had in the past.

"He texted me the other day asking me if I had the tee that we are allowed...


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Best International Rules side

Seven Brownlow medallists, a swag of Norm Smith medallists and two 400-game legends feature in a best-ever Australian International Rules Series team.

On the eve of the 2017 Virgin Australia International Rules Series between Australia and Ireland, the AFL's national and international talent manager Kevin Sheehan has picked his all-time best 23, identifying six as "outstanding representatives" based on their mastery of the unique skills needed for the round-ball game.

Sheehan's elite six are Dustin Fletcher, Andrew McLeod, Shane Crawford, Nathan Buckley, Nathan Brown and the late Jimmy Stynes, who also represented his native Ireland. 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first trip to Ireland by an Australian team.

"I've looked back at all the history of the concept and taken into account a range of factors before settling on those who both embraced the concept and excelled at...


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Best International Rules side

Seven Brownlow medallists, a swag of Norm Smith medallists and two 400-game legends feature in a best-ever Australian International Rules Series team.

On the eve of the 2017 Virgin Australia International Rules Series between Australia and Ireland, the AFL's national and international talent manager Kevin Sheehan has picked his all-time best 23, identifying six as "outstanding representatives" based on their mastery of the unique skills needed for the round-ball game.

Sheehan's elite six are Dustin Fletcher, Andrew McLeod, Shane Crawford, Nathan Buckley, Nathan Brown and the late Jimmy Stynes, who also represented his native Ireland. 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first trip to Ireland by an Australian team.

"I've looked back at all the history of the concept and taken into account a range of factors before settling on those who both embraced the concept and excelled at...


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Essendon VFLW could play in the NT

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NT thunders into VFL Women's competition

A Northern Territory team will be part of the new-look VFL Women's competition next year.

AFL Victoria competitions manager John Hook announced last week that Diamond Creek, Eastern Devils and St Kilda Sharks would not remain in the league after a shake-up designed with AFLW in mind.

NT Thunder, Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Richmond and Williamstown are the new VFLW clubs, while three other clubs will have different names.

Seaford transferred its licence to St Kilda to form the Southern Saints, while Cranbourne did the same with Melbourne and will compete as the Casey Demons from the 2018 season.

The VU Western Spurs will also now be known as the Western Bulldogs.

They join existing clubs Box Hill Hawks, Geelong, Darebin and Melbourne Uni in a 13-team competition, up from the 10 clubs that contested this year's second season.

Thunder will...


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VFLW Coach appointed

BTV: VFLW | Brendan Major Interview - Nov 8 Brendan Major has been appointed as the Essendon VFLW coach.

Essendon Football Club is pleased to announce Brendan Major has been appointed the Club’s inaugural VFLW Coach for the 2018 season.

Major has an impressive resume with extensive coaching experience in women’s football and elite sport. He was Assistant Coach for Collingwood’s AFLW side in 2017, Head Coach of the Eastern Devils VFLW side from 2014 to 2017, and Strength and Conditioning Coach with the VFLW Academy from 2015 to 2016.

Major said his passion for women’s football closely aligned with the Club’s vision.

“I have been an Essendon supporter since I was very young, so that was one of the first things that attracted me to the position,” Major said.

“I went and interviewed at Essendon and found out they were really organised and had a clear vision of what they wanted to get...


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VFLW Coach appointed

BTV: VFLW | Brendan Major Interview - Nov 8 Brendan Major has been appointed as the Essendon VFLW coach.

Essendon Football Club is pleased to announce Brendan Major has been appointed the Club’s inaugural VFLW Coach for the 2018 season.

Major has an impressive resume with extensive coaching experience in women’s football and elite sport. He was Assistant Coach for Collingwood’s AFLW side in 2017, Head Coach of the Eastern Devils VFLW side from 2014 to 2017, and Strength and Conditioning Coach with the VFLW Academy from 2015 to 2016.

Major said his passion for women’s football closely aligned with the Club’s vision.

“I have been an Essendon supporter since I was very young, so that was one of the first things that attracted me to the position,” Major said.

“I went and interviewed at Essendon and found out they were really organised and had a clear vision of what they wanted to get...


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VFLW Coach appointed

BTV: VFLW | Brendan Major Interview - Nov 8 Brendan Major has been appointed as the Essendon VFLW coach.

Essendon Football Club is pleased to announce Brendan Major has been appointed the Club’s inaugural VFLW Coach for the 2018 season.

Major has an impressive resume with extensive coaching experience in women’s football and elite sport. He was Assistant Coach for Collingwood’s AFLW side in 2017, Head Coach of the Eastern Devils VFLW side from 2014 to 2017, and Strength and Conditioning Coach with the VFLW Academy from 2015 to 2016.

Major said his passion for women’s football closely aligned with the Club’s vision.

“I have been an Essendon supporter since I was very young, so that was one of the first things that attracted me to the position,” Major said.

“I went and interviewed at Essendon and found out they were really organised and had a clear vision of what they wanted to get...


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Late gems: Mature Age Players

West Australian midfielder Tim Kelly shapes as the first mature-age player to be picked at this year's NAB AFL Draft after an impressive season at WAFL level.

The 23-year-old had a brilliant year for South Fremantle and finished second in the competition's Sandover Medal to win an invitation to the NAB AFL Draft Combine.

A knee injury ruled him out of testing at the Combine at Etihad Stadium, but he remains in the mix as a top-30 pick on November 24.

West Coast has a bevy of second-round selections (No.21, 26, 32, 37) and has been linked to the local product, while Geelong is another club who could look at the 183cm prospect who kicked 26 goals from the midfield this season. The Cats hold three second-round picks (No.22, 24, 35).

Kelly first nominated for the draft in 2012 but enjoyed the best season of his career this year to place himself with a genuine shot at being listed by an...


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Late gems: Mature Age Players

West Australian midfielder Tim Kelly shapes as the first mature-age player to be picked at this year's NAB AFL Draft after an impressive season at WAFL level.

The 23-year-old had a brilliant year for South Fremantle and finished second in the competition's Sandover Medal to win an invitation to the NAB AFL Draft Combine.

A knee injury ruled him out of testing at the Combine at Etihad Stadium, but he remains in the mix as a top-30 pick on November 24.

West Coast has a bevy of second-round selections (No.21, 26, 32, 37) and has been linked to the local product, while Geelong is another club who could look at the 183cm prospect who kicked 26 goals from the midfield this season. The Cats hold three second-round picks (No.22, 24, 35).

Kelly first nominated for the draft in 2012 but enjoyed the best season of his career this year to place himself with a genuine shot at being listed by an...


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Late gems: Mature Age Players

West Australian midfielder Tim Kelly shapes as the first mature-age player to be picked at this year's NAB AFL Draft after an impressive season at WAFL level.

The 23-year-old had a brilliant year for South Fremantle and finished second in the competition's Sandover Medal to win an invitation to the NAB AFL Draft Combine.

A knee injury ruled him out of testing at the Combine at Etihad Stadium, but he remains in the mix as a top-30 pick on November 24.

West Coast has a bevy of second-round selections (No.21, 26, 32, 37) and has been linked to the local product, while Geelong is another club who could look at the 183cm prospect who kicked 26 goals from the midfield this season. The Cats hold three second-round picks (No.22, 24, 35).

Kelly first nominated for the draft in 2012 but enjoyed the best season of his career this year to place himself with a genuine shot at being listed by an...


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2017 NAB AFL Draft Order

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John Worsfold at the 2016 NAB AFL Draft

Below is the indicative order of selection for the 2017 NAB AFL Draft following the trade period.

The draft will be held in Sydney on Friday, November 24. 

Rookie list promotions are included among the compulsory minimum of three selections that each club must have at the draft, but the names of these players will not be formally read out at the draft.

Each pick is given a points value as part of the AFL's bidding system for father-son and academy prospects.

Note: Port Adelaide will not receive any compensation for the loss of Jackson Trengove, after later taking in Tom Rockliff and Steven Motlop as a free agents.

Indicative draft order

ROUND TWO
RICH 20. Richmond (received from Brisbane Lions via pick swap)
WCE 21. West Coast (received from Gold Coast via pick swap)
GEEL 22. Geelong (received from Carlton in 2016)
NMFC 23. North Melbourne

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AFL football operations manager Steve Hocking's agenda

Bringing forward Match Review Panel decisions for Thursday and Friday night matches is one of many items on new AFL football operations manager Steve Hocking's agenda. 

The 52-year-old former Geelong footballer and football manager repeated his previous comments that he would take a "consultative and inclusive" approach to decision-making. 

Reviewing the MRP process appears Hocking's top priority since officially starting his new role in mid-October. 

"We're still working through that, so we're fairly keen to talk to stakeholders – umpires and also clubs and a number of other key people as well," Hocking said. 

"There's a range of different thinking out there and obviously my role is to make sense of all of that and at the appropriate time communicate that to the broader football community. 

"I do (have my own opinion), but I want to remain open on those thoughts as well. I don't...


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2018 Fixture update

BTV: Xavier Campbell on 2018 Fixture CEO Xavier Campbell shares his thoughts on the 2018 AFL Fixture.

Please note: The AFL has confirmed a time change for round two of the 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership Season, Essendon v Fremantle.
The game will now be played on Saturday 31 March, from 5:10pm (WST) at Perth Stadium.

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Round one 
Essendon v Adelaide 
Friday 23 March
Etihad 7:50pm

Round 2 
Fremantle v Essendon 

Saturday 31 March
Perth Stadium 5:10pm

Round 3
Western Bulldogs v Essendon

Sunday 8 April
Etihad Stadium 3:20pm

Round 4
Essendon v Port Adelaide

Sunday 15 April
Etihad Stadium 1:10pm

Round 5
Collingwood v Essendon

Wednesday 25 April
MCG 3:20pm

Round 6
Essendon v Melbourne

Sunday 29 April
Etihad 1:10pm

Round 7
Essendon v Hawthorn

Saturday 5 May
MCG 2:10pm

Round 8
Carlton v Essendon

Saturday 12 May
MCG 2:10pm

Round 9
Essendon v Geelong

Saturday 19 May
MCG 4:35pm

Round 10
GWS v...


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2018 Fixture update

BTV: Xavier Campbell on 2018 Fixture CEO Xavier Campbell shares his thoughts on the 2018 AFL Fixture.

Please note: The AFL has confirmed a time change for round two of the 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership Season, Essendon v Fremantle.
The game will now be played on Saturday 31 March, from 5:10pm (WST) at Perth Stadium.

Download your 2018 fixture here

Round one 
Essendon v Adelaide 
Friday 23 March
Etihad 7:50pm

Round 2 
Fremantle v Essendon 

Saturday 31 March
Perth Stadium 5:10pm

Round 3
Western Bulldogs v Essendon

Sunday 8 April
Etihad Stadium 3:20pm

Round 4
Essendon v Port Adelaide

Sunday 15 April
Etihad Stadium 1:10pm

Round 5
Collingwood v Essendon

Wednesday 25 April
MCG 3:20pm

Round 6
Essendon v Melbourne

Sunday 29 April
Etihad 1:10pm

Round 7
Essendon v Hawthorn

Saturday 5 May
MCG 2:10pm

Round 8
Carlton v Essendon

Saturday 12 May
MCG 2:10pm

Round 9
Essendon v Geelong

Saturday 19 May
MCG 4:35pm

Round 10
GWS v...


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Available numbers

BTV: Watson, Kelly and Stanton Q&A Jobe Watson, James Kelly and Brent Stanton speak at the 2017 Best & Fairest.

Numbers available: 4, 5, 24, 25, 35, 39, 40, 47

The retirements of Jobe Watson and Brent Stanton open up two of Essendon's most famous jumper numbers.

The No.4 vacated by Watson was worn by Leon Baker in the 1984-85 premierships and by 1993 Brownlow medallist and premiership star Gavin Wanganeen

Norm McDonald, one of the club's heroes of its dominant era in the 1940s, also donned No.4.

Stanton took on the No.5 after champion James Hird retired at the end of 2007.

Hird captained the 2000 flag in the number, like Terry Daniher did in the Bombers' back-to-back 1980s triumphs.

A couple of the Bombers' new recruits seem most likely to take over the numbers.

No.25 also has a rich history at Essendon, having been worn by premiership players Scott Lucas and Roger Merrett, and...


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Available numbers

BTV: Watson, Kelly and Stanton Q&A Jobe Watson, James Kelly and Brent Stanton speak at the 2017 Best & Fairest.

Numbers available: 4, 5, 24, 25, 35, 39, 40, 47

The retirements of Jobe Watson and Brent Stanton open up two of Essendon's most famous jumper numbers.

The No.4 vacated by Watson was worn by Leon Baker in the 1984-85 premierships and by 1993 Brownlow medallist and premiership star Gavin Wanganeen

Norm McDonald, one of the club's heroes of its dominant era in the 1940s, also donned No.4.

Stanton took on the No.5 after champion James Hird retired at the end of 2007.

Hird captained the 2000 flag in the number, like Terry Daniher did in the Bombers' back-to-back 1980s triumphs.

A couple of the Bombers' new recruits seem most likely to take over the numbers.

No.25 also has a rich history at Essendon, having been worn by premiership players Scott Lucas and Roger Merrett, and...


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The final verdict on the 2018 fixture

PROS: This year's minor premier and eventual runner-up will be buoyed by playing six games at their Adelaide Oval fortress in the opening nine rounds, including four consecutive fixtures there from round six to nine. This includes the Grand Final rematch against reigning premier Richmond in round two. The Crows have a chance to build on their strong record under lights, given they've been allocated 14 night games and five twilight games. They were also granted their wish of being given a home match against North Melbourne to mark the 20th anniversary of their 1998 Grand Final win over the Kangaroos.

CONS: Perhaps their most challenging time will be when they have consecutive six-days breaks leading into big round 16 and 17 clashes with Richmond (MCG) and Geelong (Adelaide Oval) respectively. Their round five clash with Sydney at the SCG will also be the Crows' first minor-round game...


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The final verdict on the 2018 fixture

PROS: This year's minor premier and eventual runner-up will be buoyed by playing six games at their Adelaide Oval fortress in the opening nine rounds, including four consecutive fixtures there from round six to nine. This includes the Grand Final rematch against reigning premier Richmond in round two. The Crows have a chance to build on their strong record under lights, given they've been allocated 14 night games and five twilight games. They were also granted their wish of being given a home match against North Melbourne to mark the 20th anniversary of their 1998 Grand Final win over the Kangaroos.

CONS: Perhaps their most challenging time will be when they have consecutive six-days breaks leading into big round 16 and 17 clashes with Richmond (MCG) and Geelong (Adelaide Oval) respectively. Their round five clash with Sydney at the SCG will also be the Crows' first minor-round game...


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