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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

Chairman Issues Challenge

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Bombers have never been more united.

Essendon Chairman, Lindsay Tanner, believes the Club has never been more united to rise to the challenges which await in 2018. 

While buoyed by a positive increase in membership, match receipts, and a finals appearance, Tanner said the Club must raise the bar again next season.

Tanner said there was much to be learned from the past two premiers.

“We took a number of positive steps forward on and off the field, and we now have a solid foundation to build from next year and into the future,” Tanner said.

“The Western Bulldogs and Richmond are proof that anything is possible if you are prepared to do the work, lift your standards, forge strong alignment and drive even greater accountability across our entire Club.”

Tanner also declared the Club must work hard to find efficiencies on and off the field if it hopes to improve to content come...


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Chairman Issues Challenge

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Bombers have never been more united.

Essendon Chairman, Lindsay Tanner, believes the Club has never been more united to rise to the challenges which await in 2018. 

While buoyed by a positive increase in membership, match receipts, and a finals appearance, Tanner said the Club must raise the bar again next season.

Tanner said there was much to be learned from the past two premiers.

“We took a number of positive steps forward on and off the field, and we now have a solid foundation to build from next year and into the future,” Tanner said.

“The Western Bulldogs and Richmond are proof that anything is possible if you are prepared to do the work, lift your standards, forge strong alignment and drive even greater accountability across our entire Club.”

Tanner also declared the Club must work hard to find efficiencies on and off the field if it hopes to improve to content come...


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Door open for Hird

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The door is open for James Hird at any stage

The door is open for James Hird to return to Essendon at any stage, according to Bombers chief executive Xavier Campbell.

Having largely stayed out of the football spotlight since his departure from Essendon at the end of 2015, Hird was welcomed back into the fold when he presented this year's Norm Smith Medal to Richmond superstar Dustin Martin.

Hird, who won the Norm Smith Medal in Essendon's 2000 triumph, was due to present it as the AFL enlists previous winners to present the honour in chronological order.

However, the Brownlow medallist and club great is yet to have had any official involvement at the club since he left as senior coach after a disastrous 2015 season, which was the end of three years in the headlines, including a 12-month ban for his role in the supplements saga.

On Tuesday, Campbell reiterated the club's view that...


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Door open for Hird

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The door is open for James Hird at any stage

The door is open for James Hird to return to Essendon at any stage, according to Bombers chief executive Xavier Campbell.

Having largely stayed out of the football spotlight since his departure from Essendon at the end of 2015, Hird was welcomed back into the fold when he presented this year's Norm Smith Medal to Richmond superstar Dustin Martin.

Hird, who won the Norm Smith Medal in Essendon's 2000 triumph, was due to present it as the AFL enlists previous winners to present the honour in chronological order.

However, the Brownlow medallist and club great is yet to have had any official involvement at the club since he left as senior coach after a disastrous 2015 season, which was the end of three years in the headlines, including a 12-month ban for his role in the supplements saga.

On Tuesday, Campbell reiterated the club's view that...


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Dons Christmas wish

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The Club is calling on supporters to join as members by Christmas.

At the annual Member Forum on Tuesday evening, the Club announced the ambition to set a new membership record of 50,000 members by Christmas.

Previously in 2016, the Club set a record by achieving 46,000 members by Christmas and we are calling on supporters to increase this effort and Don the Sash for 2018 now.

Members are the lifeblood of the club and are crucial to both the on-field and off-field success.

With a record membership of 67,791 in 2017 (as quoted by the AFL) and a top 8 finish, the Bombers are poised for bigger and better things in 2018.  

Membership of the club entitles fans to exclusive inner sanctum access, value for money packages and the flexibility to choose whether they want to stream games live from the comfort of their couch, reserve a seat or choose when and where you want to sit.

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Dons Christmas wish

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The Club is calling on supporters to join as members by Christmas.

At the annual Member Forum on Tuesday evening, the Club announced the ambition to set a new membership record of 50,000 members by Christmas.

Previously in 2016, the Club set a record by achieving 46,000 members by Christmas and we are calling on supporters to increase this effort and Don the Sash for 2018 now.

Members are the lifeblood of the club and are crucial to both the on-field and off-field success.

With a record membership of 67,791 in 2017 (as quoted by the AFL) and a top 8 finish, the Bombers are poised for bigger and better things in 2018.  

Membership of the club entitles fans to exclusive inner sanctum access, value for money packages and the flexibility to choose whether they want to stream games live from the comfort of their couch, reserve a seat or choose when and where you want to sit.

The time has...


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Worsfold contract talks

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"I'm more than comfortable where everything sits"

Essendon coach John Worsfold is unconcerned if he hasn't extended his contract by the start of next season as he enters the third and final year of his deal with the club.

The West Coast premiership coach steered the Bombers back into the finals last season having finished on the bottom of the ladder in his first season in charge – when the club was rocked by a group of its senior players missing the year through anti-doping suspensions.

Worsfold signed on with the Bombers at the end of 2015 following the departure of club great James Hird, but said he would not be worried by entering 2018 without any surety on his future beyond the end of that season. 

"It's not a priority for me. I'm more than comfortable where everything sits. There's no timeline on it, other than we will see how things are tracking early in the new year, maybe...


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Worsfold contract talks

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"I'm more than comfortable where everything sits"

Essendon coach John Worsfold is unconcerned if he hasn't extended his contract by the start of next season as he enters the third and final year of his deal with the club.

The West Coast premiership coach steered the Bombers back into the finals last season having finished on the bottom of the ladder in his first season in charge – when the club was rocked by a group of its senior players missing the year through anti-doping suspensions.

Worsfold signed on with the Bombers at the end of 2015 following the departure of club great James Hird, but said he would not be worried by entering 2018 without any surety on his future beyond the end of that season. 

"It's not a priority for me. I'm more than comfortable where everything sits. There's no timeline on it, other than we will see how things are tracking early in the new year, maybe...


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Saad to Don 42

BTV: Saad to Don number 42 Adam Saad will Don the number 42 in 2018 and beyond.

After joining Essendon in the 2017 Trade Period, Adam Saad will wear the number 42 Guernsey for season 2018 and beyond.

Whilst the list of players to have previously donned the number 42 is only four, Bombers fans will have fond memories of Nathan Lovett-Murray.

Lovett-Murray played 145 games between 2004 and 2013, admired by many for his strength and courage in the contest.

Saad said he would be proud to represent the number 42 for his strong personal connection and the connection to the heritage of the Club.

“I was 42 in my TAC Cup days and had the opportunity to wear that at Gold Coast, I want to make this number my own. I’m very honoured to be able to wear it for Essendon,” Saad said.

“Nathan Lovett-Murray was a great player for this club, and when I pull the number 42 on next year, I will wear it...


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New player jumpers 2018

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Essendon has unveiled the Club’s new jumper numbers for the 2018 season.

Essendon has unveiled the Club’s new jumper numbers for the 2018 season.

Headlining the changes, Kyle Langford, will don the famous number 4 following the retirement of Jobe Watson, and new recruits Devon Smith, Jake Stringer and Adam Saad will don numbers 5, 25 and 42 respectively next season.

Langford said he feels privileged to be handed such a prestigious guernsey.

“I’m pretty humbled to be offered the opportunity to wear the guernsey by Woosha and Jobe,” Langford said.  

“Leon Baker, Gavin Wanganeen and obviously Jobe are famous and successful players for the Club. And to have been able to play and train alongside Jobe, and then to be able to wear the jumper after him, it’s a massive honour.”

“Jobe said ‘do it for yourself, don’t do it for anyone else, and you’ve worked hard and earned the honour’ of...


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New player jumpers 2018

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Essendon has unveiled the Club’s new jumper numbers for the 2018 season.

Essendon has unveiled the Club’s new jumper numbers for the 2018 season.

Headlining the changes, Kyle Langford, will don the famous number 4 following the retirement of Jobe Watson, and new recruits Devon Smith, Jake Stringer and Adam Saad will don numbers 5, 25 and 42 respectively next season.

Langford said he feels privileged to be handed such a prestigious guernsey.

“I’m pretty humbled to be offered the opportunity to wear the guernsey by Woosha and Jobe,” Langford said.  

“Leon Baker, Gavin Wanganeen and obviously Jobe are famous and successful players for the Club. And to have been able to play and train alongside Jobe, and then to be able to wear the jumper after him, it’s a massive honour.”

“Jobe said ‘do it for yourself, don’t do it for anyone else, and you’ve worked hard and earned the honour’ of...


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Stringer to Don 25

BTV: Stringer to Don number 25 Jake Stringer will wear the number 25 in 2018 and beyond.

After joining Essendon in the 2017 Trade Period, Jake Stringer will wear the number 25 for season 2018 and beyond.

The number comes with great memories for Essendon fans with Premiership Players Roger Merrett and Scott Lucas donning the 25 for a combined 419 games and 619 goals.

Merrett donned the number 25 from 1978 until 1987, including the 1984 and 1985 Premierships, for a total of 149 games.

Lucas more recently wore 25 for his fourteen year career between 1996 till 2009, including the 2000 Premiership.

Lucas played a total of 270 games in 25 and kicked 471 goals as well as being crowned the Crichton Medallist in 2003 and 2006.

Stringer said he was honoured to wear the number 25 for the Bombers.

“Woosha rang me and let me know that I was going to wear 25, and I was pretty excited,” Stringer...


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Stringer to Don 25

BTV: Stringer to Don number 25 Jake Stringer will wear the number 25 in 2018 and beyond.

After joining Essendon in the 2017 Trade Period, Jake Stringer will wear the number 25 for season 2018 and beyond.

The number comes with great memories for Essendon fans with Premiership Players Roger Merrett and Scott Lucas donning the 25 for a combined 419 games and 619 goals.

Merrett donned the number 25 from 1978 until 1987, including the 1984 and 1985 Premierships, for a total of 149 games.

Lucas more recently wore 25 for his fourteen year career between 1996 till 2009, including the 2000 Premiership.

Lucas played a total of 270 games in 25 and kicked 471 goals as well as being crowned the Crichton Medallist in 2003 and 2006.

Stringer said he was honoured to wear the number 25 for the Bombers.

“Woosha rang me and let me know that I was going to wear 25, and I was pretty excited,” Stringer...


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Smith to Don five

BTV: Smith to Don number 5 Devon Smith will Don the number 5 in 2018 and beyond.

New recruit, Devon Smith, will Don the number five jumper for the Essendon Football Club in 2018.

The jumper represents an enormous amount of history for the Club, with players such as James Hird, Terry Daniher and Brent Stanton wearing the number during their careers.

Terry Daniher also wore the number five for the red and black. He played for Essendon in the VFL and AFL, playing 294 games.

He played in the 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1990 Grand Finals, two of which he won.

Daniher is a member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame and the Wagga Wagga Sporting Hall of Fame.

Daniher presented Smith with the jumper, wishing him all the best for his playing career with the Bombers.

“Firstly (I’d like to) congratulate him and think it is wonderful that he has gotten another change,” Daniher said.

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Smith to Don five

BTV: Smith to Don number 5 Devon Smith will Don the number 5 in 2018 and beyond.

New recruit, Devon Smith, will Don the number five jumper for the Essendon Football Club in 2018.

The jumper represents an enormous amount of history for the Club, with players such as James Hird, Terry Daniher and Brent Stanton wearing the number during their careers.

Terry Daniher also wore the number five for the red and black. He played for Essendon in the VFL and AFL, playing 294 games.

He played in the 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1990 Grand Finals, two of which he won.

Daniher is a member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame and the Wagga Wagga Sporting Hall of Fame.

Daniher presented Smith with the jumper, wishing him all the best for his playing career with the Bombers.

“Firstly (I’d like to) congratulate him and think it is wonderful that he has gotten another change,” Daniher said.

“He is super...


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Langford to Don four

BTV: Langford to Don number 4 Kyle Langford will Don the number 4 in 2018 and beyond.

Kyle Langford has received the number four jumper from former-teammate Jobe Watson.

The jumper comes with a wealth of history, with players such as Leon Baker, Gavin Wanganeen and Watson wearing them during their lengthy careers.

Most recently, Watson, wore the number four for 220 games, between 2003 until 2017.

Langford said he feels privileged to take on the number four following such great players.

“I’m pretty humbled to be offered the opportunity to wear the guernsey by Woosha and Jobe,” Langford said.  

“Leon Baker, Gavin Wanganeen and obviously Jobe are famous and successful players for the Club. And to have been able to play and train alongside Jobe, and then to be able to wear the jumper after him, it’s a massive honour.”

“Jobe said ‘do it for yourself, don’t do it for anyone else, and...


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An interesting Draft for John Worsfold

BTV: Draft | Woosha on new recruits We caught up with EFC Senior Coach, John Worsfold, after the 2017 Draft.

Essendon didn't even need to be in the room for the opening moves of the 2017 NAB AFL National Draft.

Thanks to their frantic trade period during which they secured three walk-up starts for their best 22 next season – Devon Smith, Adam Saad and Jake Stringer – the Bombers were the latest starters of all at the draft and their first selection wasn't until No.49 when they secured Jordan Houlahan.

Which made it an interesting night for coach John Worsfold. 

"We were looking to trade this year and we probably initially didn't think it would be three players," he said.

"But to bring in three and not trade any out you give up some things.

"You look at what we brought in and the age levels of the talent, that was the critical part for us.”

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10 rookie chances to watch

BTV: Draft | Wrap up with Adrian Dodoro We caught up with the EFC List & Recruiting Manager after the 2017 Draft.

Almost 80 players found their way to AFL clubs at Friday night's NAB AFL Draft but those who missed out get another shot at the Rookie Draft on Monday.

Here are 10 prospects who could be in with a chance as rookie selections when the draft starts at about 5pm AEDT on Monday afternoon.

Angus Styles

Midfielder
185cm/76kg
Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro
3/5/99

Hard-working midfielder/defender who played some good footy for the Sandringham Dragons and Vic Metro across the year. Styles is an excellent endurance athlete and can do some exciting things when in possession. Is still lightly built, so will take some time, but has a couple of weapons that should appeal to clubs as a rookie.

Trent Mynott

Midfielder
185cm/73kg
Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro
4/10/99

It was a slight surprise...


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Eyes on the 2018 draft

BTV: Draft | Wrap up with Adrian Dodoro We caught up with the EFC List & Recruiting Manager after the 2017 Draft.

THE SHOW rolls on for clubs and recruiters, who will quickly turn their attention to the 2018 pool of draft prospects.

We're going to do the same. If you're already looking forward to studying the under-18 landscape next year, here are 10 prospects worth following.

Jack Lukosius
Key forward
194cm/82kg
Woodville-West Torrens/South Australia
9/8/2000

Lukosius showed why many consider him the early favourite to be next year's No.1 pick when he kicked four goals in his SANFL debut for Woodville-West Torrens in a preliminary final earlier this year. It was a performance that showed why so many are excited about him: he's tall, athletic, smart on the lead and a beautiful, long kick. He also had a standout game for South Australia against the Allies during the under-18...


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2017 NAB AFL Draft

BTV: Draft | Adrian Dodoro's preview We caught up with Adrian Dodoro a few hours out from the 2017 Draft in Sydney.

Ahead of the 2017 NAB AFL Draft tonight, here is everything you need to know.

When: Friday, November 24, 7.00pm AEDT
Where: Sydney Olympic Park
TV: Fox Footy (Channel 504), 6:30pm AEDT
Streaming: AFL Live Official App
Radio: SEN 6:45pm, 3AW 7pm
Online: AFL.com.au Draft Tracker

After a bumper trade period acquiring Jake Stringer, Devon Smith and Adam Saad, Essendon will take the following picks into the draft tonight:

Round three

Pick 48

Round four

Pick 67

Round five

Pick 81

Keep up-to-date with the latest Essendon Draft news tonight through the following social media channels:

Essendon FC Facebook

Essendon FC Twitter

Essendon FC Instagram

You can also download the Official Essendon FC App below:

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