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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

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

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Pick 49: Welcome Jordan Houlahan

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Jordan Houlahan joins Essendon

Essendon Football Club is pleased to announce Jordan Houlahan will join the Bombers, selected with pick number 49 in the NAB AFL Draft. 

Jordan is an exhilarating 186cm forward, with the ability to take the big pack mark, as well as getting free and out the back for the easy one. For both South Australia and Sturt in the SANFL Reserves and Under 18s, Houlahan played up forward and was able to consistently find the goals and quite often with a spectacular moment or two thrown in.

His key strengths are his aerial ability, slick kicking skills and natural vertical leap which makes him a human highlight reel at either end. 

Birthdate: 19 February 1999

Height: 185.7cm

Weight: 76kg

Recruited from: Sturt (SANFL)

Combine overview:

95cm running vertical leap

21.1 in the yo-yo test was also strong to demonstrate the repeat sprint leads needed up forward

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Jumping Jordan Houlahan

BTV: Draft | Jordan Houlahan Highlights Highlights of Pick 49 of the 2017 NAB AFL Draft, Jordan Houlahan.

The Club has used its first pick in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft, pick 49, to select young forward, Jordan Houlahan. 

Houlahan had a strong finish to the season for Sturt Football Club in the South Australia Football League, and continued to showcase his talent with an impressive display at the NAB AFL Draft Combine.

Senior Coach, John Worsfold, said Houlahan will add some x-factor to the forward line.

"He is very talented, and despite being mid sized, is a high marking half forward," Worsfold said. 

"He has a lot of upside and x-factor, and has the ability to create opportunities in the forward line.

"We are wrapt to give a young South Australian talent an opportunity to play at the elite level." 

The young forward impressed the recruiters after recording the equal highest possible...


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Versatile Guelfi joins Dons

BTV: Draft | Matt Guelfi Highlights Highlights of Pick 76 of the 2017 NAB AFL Draft, Matt Guelfi.

New recruit, Matt Guelfi, has the potential to play a number of roles for the Essendon Football Club, according to Senior Coach, John Worsfold.

Guelfi was selected by the Bombers with pick 76 at the 2017 NAB AFL Draft.

“Matt is a couple of years older than the other boys and a really versatile player,” Worsfold said.

“He can play through the midfield, come forward and have an impact as well, he works hard and will bring a lot of versatility to our side.

“We can really put him in a number of positions.”

The three players selected by Essendon at the Draft are all currently living interstate and will begin the move to Melbourne in the coming days.

“The boys will get a lot of information from the Club over the next day or so, as they get ready to come over. They have three weeks leading...


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Pizza Delivery to Tullamarine

BTV: Draft | Brandon Zerk-Thatcher Highlights Highlights of Pick 66 of the 2017 NAB AFL Draft, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher.

The Club has used its second pick in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft, pick 66, to select young defender, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher.

After a positional change late in 2016, Zerk-Thatcher began to make a name for himself as a defender in Sturt's under-age side in the South Australia.

Following the impressive finish to 2016, Zerk-Thatcher carried that momentum into the 2017 season for Sturt, developing himself into an integral component of their backline.

Senior Coach, John Worsfold, said Zerk-Thatcher filled a missing gap of a young key defender to develop.

"Brandon is a developing key defender, something we really felt we needed on our list to slowly come through the system and be ready to step up when he is ready to go," Worsfold said.

"Again a South Australian and teammate of...


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Dons after key position player

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

Essendon Football Club will enter the 2017 NAB AFL Draft with the hopes of selecting a draftee that can develop into a key position player over the next few years, according to List and Recruiting Manager, Adrian Dodoro.

The Bombers go into tonight’s Draft with picks 48, 67 and 81.

“We will be looking for the best player available,” Dodoro said.

“We feel that there will be some depth. There are guys late in the Draft that are underdeveloped but have got very high potential.

“It will be determined by what is left after 48 selections, and our second pick is 67 so if we can improve our key position stocks that would be great, if we find a couple of midfielders – that would be fantastic also.

“You’re always looking to strengthen your list, bringing in the three boys...


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Dons after key position player

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

Essendon Football Club will enter the 2017 NAB AFL Draft with the hopes of selecting a draftee that can develop into a key position player over the next few years, according to List and Recruiting Manager, Adrian Dodoro.

The Bombers go into tonight’s Draft with picks 48, 67 and 81.

“We will be looking for the best player available,” Dodoro said.

“We feel that there will be some depth. There are guys late in the Draft that are underdeveloped but have got very high potential.

“It will be determined by what is left after 48 selections, and our second pick is 67 so if we can improve our key position stocks that would be great, if we find a couple of midfielders – that would be fantastic also.

“You’re always looking to strengthen your list, bringing in the three boys...


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Dons after key position player

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

Essendon Football Club will enter the 2017 NAB AFL Draft with the hopes of selecting a draftee that can develop into a key position player over the next few years, according to List and Recruiting Manager, Adrian Dodoro.

The Bombers go into tonight’s Draft with picks 48, 67 and 81.

“We will be looking for the best player available,” Dodoro said.

“We feel that there will be some depth. There are guys late in the Draft that are underdeveloped but have got very high potential.

“It will be determined by what is left after 48 selections, and our second pick is 67 so if we can improve our key position stocks that would be great, if we find a couple of midfielders – that would be fantastic also.

“You’re always looking to strengthen your list, bringing in the three boys...


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Dons after key position player

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

Essendon Football Club will enter the 2017 NAB AFL Draft with the hopes of selecting a draftee that can develop into a key position player over the next few years, according to List and Recruiting Manager, Adrian Dodoro.

The Bombers go into tonight’s Draft with picks 48, 67 and 81.

“We will be looking for the best player available,” Dodoro said.

“We feel that there will be some depth. There are guys late in the Draft that are underdeveloped but have got very high potential.

“It will be determined by what is left after 48 selections, and our second pick is 67 so if we can improve our key position stocks that would be great, if we find a couple of midfielders – that would be fantastic also.

“You’re always looking to strengthen your list, bringing in the three boys...


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Who will we target in the draft?

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James Worpel of the Geelong Falcons celebrates after kicking a goal during the 2017 TAC CUP Grand Final.

A number of players have been linked to clubs after the first 30 selections. AFL.com.au has found some of the possible options available for picks after the early stages of the draft.

They have listed every draft choice assigned by the AFL, and also predicted how many each club is expected to use with a total of approximately 77 selections.

Draft picks: 48, 67, 81 (likely to use three selections)

After a stellar trade period that saw them net Jake Stringer, Devon Smith and Adam Saad without losing any of their own players, the Bombers won't have a big say on the draft for the first time in a couple of years. But they still have a couple of priorities they could address at the draft, including adding an inside midfielder and a ruckman. James Worpel is a chance to still be...


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Who will we target in the draft?

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James Worpel of the Geelong Falcons celebrates after kicking a goal during the 2017 TAC CUP Grand Final.

A number of players have been linked to clubs after the first 30 selections. AFL.com.au has found some of the possible options available for picks after the early stages of the draft.

They have listed every draft choice assigned by the AFL, and also predicted how many each club is expected to use with a total of approximately 77 selections.

Draft picks: 48, 67, 81 (likely to use three selections)

After a stellar trade period that saw them net Jake Stringer, Devon Smith and Adam Saad without losing any of their own players, the Bombers won't have a big say on the draft for the first time in a couple of years. But they still have a couple of priorities they could address at the draft, including adding an inside midfielder and a ruckman. James Worpel is a chance to still be...


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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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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."

All 18 club chief executives will meet in Sydney for a...


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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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