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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

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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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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Goddard revolutionising the goalkeeper position

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Brendon Goddard celebrating the win after the first International Rules match.

Revolutionising the goalkeeper position has given Australia an advantage in the Virgin Australia International Rules Series against Ireland, Brendon Goddard says.

The Essendon veteran starred in an uncustomary role for the hosts in the first Test in Adelaide, coming off the goal line to attack the Irish forwards instead of the traditional method of defending from the square. 

Goddard, who saved several Irish shots on goal, says the tactic was a big factor in the 10-point win over the visitors. 

"There are only two real advantages: you're allowed to pick the ball up in the smaller box and you're not allowed to be tackled," Goddard told radio station SEN. 

"I think that caught them a bit off-guard because I think they're so used to staying back in goal like you saw their goalie.

"They thought I would be on...


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Goddard revolutionising the goalkeeper position

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Brendon Goddard celebrating the win after the first International Rules match.

Revolutionising the goalkeeper position has given Australia an advantage in the Virgin Australia International Rules Series against Ireland, Brendon Goddard says.

The Essendon veteran starred in an uncustomary role for the hosts in the first Test in Adelaide, coming off the goal line to attack the Irish forwards instead of the traditional method of defending from the square. 

Goddard, who saved several Irish shots on goal, says the tactic was a big factor in the 10-point win over the visitors. 

"There are only two real advantages: you're allowed to pick the ball up in the smaller box and you're not allowed to be tackled," Goddard told radio station SEN. 

"I think that caught them a bit off-guard because I think they're so used to staying back in goal like you saw their goalie.

"They thought I would be on...


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AFLX Fixture Revealed

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Essendon will face the Demons, North Melbourne, St Kilda, Carlton and Hawthorn

AFLX, the League's high-octane version of the sport, will debut on February 15 next year with the AFL including traditional soccer and rugby venues among the venues for three separate round-robin tournaments.

The modified game will be played in three cities across three nights, with six AFL clubs represented in each competition. 

AFL.com.au can exclusively reveal that Adelaide will host the first round-robin at Hindmarsh Stadium on a Thursday night, the week before the JLT Community Series begins. 

The Crows and Port Adelaide will be joined by Collingwood, West Coast, Fremantle and Geelong in the first ever AFLX tournament.

The fast-paced game will then head to Melbourne's Etihad Stadium on February 16, where the Demons, North Melbourne, St Kilda, Carlton, Hawthorn and Essendon will compete under Friday...


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AFLX Fixture Revealed

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Essendon will face the Demons, North Melbourne, St Kilda, Carlton and Hawthorn

AFLX, the League's high-octane version of the sport, will debut on February 15 next year with the AFL including traditional soccer and rugby venues among the venues for three separate round-robin tournaments.

The modified game will be played in three cities across three nights, with six AFL clubs represented in each competition. 

AFL.com.au can exclusively reveal that Adelaide will host the first round-robin at Hindmarsh Stadium on a Thursday night, the week before the JLT Community Series begins. 

The Crows and Port Adelaide will be joined by Collingwood, West Coast, Fremantle and Geelong in the first ever AFLX tournament.

The fast-paced game will then head to Melbourne's Etihad Stadium on February 16, where the Demons, North Melbourne, St Kilda, Carlton, Hawthorn and Essendon will compete under Friday...


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Walla's Maningrida experience

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“The players will take a lot away from the whole experience”

Giving back to the community is important to Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti

Visiting the remote indigenous community of Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, as part of the Club’s ‘Right of Passage’ camp with first to fourth year players this week, McDonald-Tipungwuti said the group would benefit greatly from the experience.

“The players will take a lot away from the whole experience,” Mcdonald-Tipungwuti said

“For our young players to meet the kids, come out to the community, most of them haven’t been to a remote community before so it’s a good experience for them to see how it is and get out of their comfort zone and share their stories,” McDonald-Tipungwuti said. 

“We had handball, kicking, bouncing and marking activities – skills that we do playing AFL so we wanted to teach the kids and encourage them to work on their...


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Archie Roach Foundation dinner

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Essendon players and staff attended the Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy Dinner in Darwin this week

Essendon players and staff attended the Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy Dinner in Darwin this week.

As part of the program, students from the Academy travelled to Darwin for a week-long camp.

The program was formed to help kids from around Australia to create education and leadership pathways, network with full-time workers, elite athletes and build goals for the future.

The children, aged from high school students to University students, enjoyed dinner with the Essendon players which included a Q&A from Pam Pedersen, Ian Goolagong and Raymond Vigar.

The Essendon players shared their stories and pathways to success, and the importance of education and health no matter what your dream might be.

“One of the key aspects of our program is to share experiences in a relaxed setting...


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'I think what I was, was really honest with myself'

The now-retired 32-year-old captained Essendon between 2010 and 2015, but coach John Worsfold handed the role to Dyson Heppell this season after Brendon Goddard had stepped in for the 2016 campaign.

He told Exclusive Insight that he held it together to remain as captain and provide support for teammates because it was "the right thing to do". 

"I really knew I didn't want to be the captain anymore, because I just didn’t want to have to handle all those responsibilities," Watson said.

"When I was going through it, it was really tough, but I thought, 'I've just got to keep going'.

"It's really important the person they look to, in a sense of leadership, doesn't just give up and still keeps guiding and keeps helping and is their person they can rely on." 

Watson, who remained in the Bombers' leadership group in what was the final season of his 220-game career, said the inner drive to be...


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'I think what I was, was really honest with myself'

The now-retired 32-year-old captained Essendon between 2010 and 2015, but coach John Worsfold handed the role to Dyson Heppell this season after Brendon Goddard had stepped in for the 2016 campaign.

He told Exclusive Insight that he held it together to remain as captain and provide support for teammates because it was "the right thing to do". 

"I really knew I didn't want to be the captain anymore, because I just didn’t want to have to handle all those responsibilities," Watson said.

"When I was going through it, it was really tough, but I thought, 'I've just got to keep going'.

"It's really important the person they look to, in a sense of leadership, doesn't just give up and still keeps guiding and keeps helping and is their person they can rely on." 

Watson, who remained in the Bombers' leadership group in what was the final season of his 220-game career, said the inner drive to be...


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