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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

Baton passed in Long dynasty

BTV: Two Pathways, One Dream The football stories of Michaela Long & Georgia Patrikios.

Essendon will push to have a women's team when the competition expands in 2019, with the daughter of Bombers legend Michael Long set to be the face of the club's bid.

The AFL has ruled out growing the AFL Women's league next year despite a successful inaugural season in 2017, but a minimum of two teams will be added in 2019. 

Essendon confirmed on Friday it would put forward a submission to the AFL to join the competition in its third season. 

The Bombers also announced they intend to expand their Tullamarine base to cater for an AFLW team as well as invest into the club's Next Generation Academy program.

Essendon has proposed a $18 million facility upgrade to their already outstanding headquarters, which features two AFL-sized grounds and an indoor training base. 

The Bombers expect a decision...


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Shaw's preview: Dons v Power

The stage is set

5. Port Adelaide: 6 wins, 4 losses, 24 points, 148.6%

12. Essendon: 5 wins, 6 losses, 20 points, 96.4%

Selection considerations

The Bombers have had a look at three tall forwards for a few weeks now and are sticking with that strategy. With Essendon facing the dominant Patrick Ryder they would have also discussed using Tom Bellchambers and Matthew Leuenberger in tandem, particularly out of the elements and under the roof. That appears top-heavy I hear you say … well, West Coast only had 39 entries and beat Port through forward line efficiency. This has been a strong part of Essendon’s game this year and being able to use Joe Daniher as a permanent forward with no ruck responsibilities will cause a lot of damage. The longer Daniher can play permanent forward the greater Essendon’s winning chances improve. He and Hooker as permanent forwards will worry Port. James...


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Our Comeback Hero: Matthew Lloyd pt 2

BTV: Comeback Hero; Matthew Lloyd - Pt 2 Our Comeback Hero for Round 12 is 3 time Coleman medal winner, Matthew Lloyd.

At each home game this season, Essendon will celebrate a Comeback Hero – a former champion who overcame adversity to deliver many happy moments for the Essendon faithful. In round 12 Our Comeback Hero is Matthew Lloyd.

To view part one click here.

Essendon was at the top of the football world after the premiership triumph in 2000.

But such is the fragility of the game; the view from the summit can often be fleeting.

And so it was for Matthew Lloyd and his Essendon teammates.

There was a lost Grand Final, a steady slide down the ladder and premiership teammates told to find a new home.

“It was probably the most frustrating period of my time because we lost Blumfield, Heffernan and Caracella all in one hit,” Lloyd said. 

“We lost a lot of our soul in a sense and also...


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Rd 8: VFL match report v Footscray

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Essendon VFL has had its fifth loss of the season, going down to Footscray by four points. Photo by Ben Johnstone

Essendon VFL has suffered its fifth loss of the season, going down in a thriller against Footscray at VU Whitten Oval on Friday night.

The match came down to the wire with the margin was no more than four points for the final eight minutes. It was the Dogs who came out on top beating the Bombers by four points at the final siren.

Jordan Ridley was a standout in defence, taking 12 marks in his second game back after a back problem had sidelined him for three months.

Shaun McKernan was dominant in front of goals, kicking four for the Dons. He has kicked 15 goals in the VFL this season.

Heath Hocking was again a major ball winner, finishing with 29 disposals, four marks and six tackles.

Essendon started slowly, giving the Dogs a 20 point lead at quarter time. They fought...


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Our Comeback Hero: Matthew Lloyd pt 1

At each home game this season, Essendon will celebrate a Comeback Hero – a former champion who overcame adversity to deliver many happy moments for the Essendon faithful. In round 12 Our Comeback Hero is Matthew Lloyd.

In less than a decade he’d become Essendon’s greatest goal kicker of all time, but that seemed like an impossible dream as Matthew Lloyd sat slumped in the Bombers change rooms after a reserves game in 1995.

Lloyd had just had eight goals kicked on him in the curtain raiser. Senior Coach Kevin Sheedy had insisted the 17 year old develop his game in the backline. Sheedy liked players who play at each end of the ground.

But others thought it was doing more harm than good.

“I remember being just slumped after the game and close to tears,” Lloyd said.

“I’ll never forget overhearing Noel Judkins, the man who recruited me, saying [to Kevin Sheedy] ‘you’re killing the kid’s...


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Rd 8: VFL Preview v Footscray

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Essendon VFL will go head-to-head with Footscray on Friday night in the round eight clash.

Essendon VFL Performance Coach Mark Corrigan says tomorrow night’s game against reigning premiers Footscray is crucial in setting up the Dons season heading into the bye.

The two sides are placed sixth (Footscray) and seventh (Essendon) on the ladder.

Both teams have four wins to their name.

“It’s really important for us to keep our nose in front of that 50/50 ledger,” Corrigan said.

“When you’re sitting around the same mark as the teams you’re playing then obviously it’s almost like an eight point game.

“It’s super important to set up our season going into the bye.”

The Bulldogs are coming off the back of a bye after beating Sandringham by 99 points in round six.

“They are going to be pretty formidable to be honest,” Corrigan said.

“It looked like a pretty good win against Sandringham and we...


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Rd 8: VFL Team v Footscray

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Essendon VFL will face Footscray on Friday night at VU Whitten Oval.

Essendon VFL has named an extended squad for its round eight clash against Footscray on Friday night at VU Whitten Oval.

Wilson Berry is set to debut as the 23rd man, the 19 year old will play half back and wing roles for the Dons.

Key forward Alex Boyse will return after being rested last week. He will be a handy inclusion in front of goals, currently placed fourth in the running for the Frosty Miller Medal with 16 goals.

Essendon vs Footscray

Friday June 9

VU Whitten Oval

7.00pm 

B    49. M Dea   14. J Ridley   20. J Merrett

HB  39. H Hocking   50. J Ferry   41. B McNiece

C    19. K Mutch   30. k Langford   34. J Long

HF  16. J Begley   10. A Francis   27. M Redman

F    51. A Boyse   44. S McKernan  38. S Draper

R    22. M Leuenberger   37. D Clarke   5. B Stanton

Int  62. M Luxford   54. N O'Brien   70. A Carr

 ...


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Rd 12: Team v Power

BTV: RD 12 | Team Selection Senior Coach John Worsfold takes us through the team to face the Power this Saturday.

Essendon has made one change to the side for the match against Port Adelaide.

James Kelly returns to the line up after missing last week with groin soreness.

Brent Stanton has been left out. 

The game will celebrate the career of Our Comeback Hero, Matthew Lloyd.

Throughout his 270 game career, the Essendon champion booted 926 goals.

The James Hird Academy - the development program guiding the next crop of father-son prospects - will form a guard of honour when the team enters the field.

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Essendon v Port Adelaide

Saturday June 10

Etihad Stadium

7:25pm

In: James Kelly

Out: Brent Stanton

B: Martin Gleeson, Michael Hurley, Mark Baguley

HB: Brendon Goddard, Michael Hartley, Andrew McGrath

C: Conor McKenna, Zach Merrett, Travis...


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Kelly back for Dons

BTV: RD 12 | Team Selection Senior Coach John Worsfold takes us through the team to face the Power this Saturday.

James Kelly is back in the Essendon side for the match against Port Adelaide on Saturday night.

The 300 game player missed last week because of groin soreness but he has now recovered and has been called into the side at the expense of Brent Stanton.

“He has great experience but he is just in really good form,” Essendon Coach John Worsfold said.

“He understands the way we want to play and his leadership has been great out there as well.”

The Bombers will be looking to rebound after narrow losses to top four contenders, GWS and Richmond, in the last fortnight.

Worsfold said the side could take confidence from the way they have performed against the leading teams.

“We lost (to GWS) but it was a really tight, tough contest against a very good team,” he said.

“We learnt a...


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WBW: Docklands opening night

BTV: WBW | Longy Makes History We look back at the first ever game at Docklands Stadium in Round 1 of 2000.

Essendon was about to embark on its most dominant year when it ran on to the field for the first match of the 2000 season.

The round one game against Port Adelaide was the first event held at what was then known as Colonial Stadium.

Construction had begun three years earlier and a crowd of 43,012 were on hand for the historic occasion.

“It was a huge thrill for all of us, I’ll never forget the build up to it, it was huge,” Essendon forward Matthew Lloyd said. 

“I remember running out onto the ground and the roar of the Essendon crowd – we knew we were part of something pretty special.”

Lloyd had a chance to kick the first goal at the new venue but his shot was off target.

Instead the honour went to Michael Long.

“John Barnes keeps reminding me that he was the one that gave...


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Green's premiership dream

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Josh Green has booted 12 goals for the Bombers from his nine games this season.

At the end of last season, Josh Green feared his time in the game was done.

He'd played 81 games for Brisbane and even picked up a couple of leading goal kicker awards along the way.

But he knew his time at the Club was over and so began weeks of uncertainty.

“It was really hard, it wasn’t a great time,” Green told Bomber Radio.

“I wanted a fresh start and Brisbane was great with that – they said ‘we’ll put you up for trade’.

“But nothing eventuated so I thought this might be it, I might be done.”

When all seemed lost, Essendon threw Green a lifeline.

“I had a look through the Club and I was just thoroughly impressed with the whole set up,” he said.

“I just knew then I wanted to be here.

“I just said to the manager ‘let’s get something done, it doesn’t matter about money, I just want to come here.”

While...


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JHA Guard of Honour game

Essendon will celebrate its James Hird Academy in the lead up to Saturday night’s game against Port Adelaide.

The junior development program aims to identify, attract and nurture young players from father-son draft avenues, non-traditional AFL regions and international zones.

The JHA assists the development of all players regardless of where their football journey may eventually take them and it plays a crucial role in ensuring the Club’s past remains connected with its future.

Joe Daniher and Jake Long, both currently on the Essendon list, were part of the James Hird Academy in their junior years.

Members of the current intake of the JHA will form a guard of honour as the team runs onto the field to take on the Power on Saturday night.

Famous Essendon names including Barnard, Ramanauskas, Bewick, Daniher, Johnson, Peverill, Lloyd and Dempsey will be among those in...


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June draft order

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Essendon selected Andrew McGrath with its first ever number one pick last year.

AFL.com.au has compiled this year's draft order based on the ladder after 11 rounds, including future selections that were traded last year. 

St Kilda is set to benefit from Hawthorn's fall this year, having swapped their pick at last year's draft for the Hawks' first-round selection in 2017 as part of a complex deal. Under present ladder positions, the Saints hold pick No.4 (Hawthorn's on-traded pick) and pick No.8 (their own selection). 

Free agency compensation picks could be added later in the year, but at this stage the first round of the draft will have 17 selections after Greater Western Sydney's 1000-point penalty for the Lachie Whitfield affair last year. 

The Giants hold pick 18 (worth 985 points), but the points penalty will see their pick become worthless and shifted to the end of the draft....


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Mid-season All Australian team

AT THE half-way point of season 2017, AFL.com.au has named its mid-season Virgin Australia AFL All Australian team.

Hard nut onballer Joel Selwood is named captain after again playing a central role in Geelong's remarkable run near the top of the AFL ladder.

Adelaide star and 2017 Brownlow contender Rory Sloane is his deputy.

Superstar Swan Lance Franklin and two-time Coleman Medallist Josh Kennedy are the in a forward line. Among their able assistants are the brilliant Eddie Betts and Sloane's Brownlow rival Dustin Martin

Melbourne young gun Clayton Oliver was the youngest player picked at 20, in the midst of just his second season.

Who was unlucky?

Essendon's Joe Daniher can consider himself stiff to miss out on a spot in the forward line. However, fellow tall options Jeremy Cameron, Josh Kennedy and Lance Franklin are on the dais for the Coleman medal and were rewarded...


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All Australian contenders

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After missing out on the squad of 40 last year, Zach Merrett is surely on track to figure in All Australian discussions in 2017.

Joe Daniher: Daniher has spearheaded Essendon's forward line and is on track for a career-best tally of goals this year with 30 to his name so far. He has produced match-winning performances on several occasions and is rising into being a genuine star.

Orazio Fantasia: Few would have predicted Fantasia to be in the frame for All Australian contention at the start of the season, but he has already kicked 25 goals (only Toby Greene and Eddie Betts have booted more as small forwards). Fantasia gets plenty of opportunities and makes the most of them.

Michael Hurley: Hurley started the season slowly but his past six weeks have been excellent as he has regained top form. His commanding presence in defence and ability to cut off forward forays and start an...


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Veteran set for return

BTV: John Worsfold Media Conference - June 7 Woosha spoke to the media.

Essendon is set to welcome back veteran defender James Kelly for Saturday night's clash against Port Adelaide at Etihad Stadium, coach John Worsfold says.

Kelly, 33, missed the game against Greater Western Sydney due to groin soreness, but trained strongly at the True Value Solar Centre on Wednesday to put his hand up for selection.

"He's every chance," Worsfold said in his press conference prior to training.

"We'll see how he's feeling today but at this stage he's feeling good."

Youngster Kyle Langford is also in consideration after a standout display at VFL level against North Ballarat, in which he gathered 32 disposals, took six marks and nailed two goals.

In his past four games at the level, the 20-year-old has averaged 26 disposals, six marks and five tackles and, in his favour, is his ability to play up...


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'He's just a Legend'

BTV: 50 Years of Sheeds - Anthony Daniher Anthony Daniher shares some thoughts on Kevin Sheedy and his legacy in football.

The four Daniher brothers made history when they ran on to the field together in the final home and away match of the 1990 season.

It turned out to be Neale Daniher’s last ever game.

He’d battled injury for the best part of a decade.

Daniher may not have been at his physical peak for that game (he still kicked three goals) but Coach Kevin Sheedy knew the lasting memory of the match would not be the result, but instead the amazing journey of a family from country New South Wales.

Anthony Daniher said Sheedy just understood people.

“He’s just a Legend – what he’s done for footy, what he’s done for our family, what he continues to do for footy,” Daniher said.

“He’s just got a massive appetite for people, he’s a people person.

“What he’s done for Indigenous footy...


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Rd 11: Team of the week

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ZACH TUOHY (Geelong): Played on Eddie Betts in the absence of Jed Bews and kept the superstar Crow to just one goal, while also picking up 27 possessions, five rebounds and eight marks. 

MICHAEL HURLEY (Essendon): Had 21 touches and took nine marks while playing on Jeremy Cameron, who kicked 1.3 with his only goal coming in the last quarter.

JEREMY HOWE (Collingwood): Had seven intercept possessions and was important at times in the last quarter. Also kicked the game's last goal late in the fourth quarter and gained 214m; the second-highest distance of any Pie.

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HAMISH HARTLETT (Port Adelaide): Gave the Power plenty of run out of defence with 24 disposals at 95 per cent efficiency. Had nine intercept possessions and took eight marks. 

PHIL DAVIS (Greater Western Sydney): Ventured up the ground for most of his 11 touches, but also took six marks and stood tall against Essendon's...


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Injury update - June 6

BTV: SKINS Injury Update - June 6 With High Performance Manager, Justin Crow.

Patrick Ambrose will miss another six weeks after aggravating a quad injury.

The defender was expected to return against GWS last week but he felt some discomfort in the lead-up to the game.

“We were in our last training session before he was due to return to play,” High Performance Manager Justin Crow said.

“He was punching a ball and felt his quad again.

“There is really no option now but to take our medicine and take another six weeks to get that right.

“It’s disappointing news for Paddy – there is a bit of a fresh bleed in the quad, so we’ll re-load him and build him back up from here."

Darcy Parish will miss this Saturday’s match against Port Adelaide, but he’s expected to return against Sydney after the bye.

The midfielder hurt his calf in the lead up to the game against the Giants.

“Darcy’s calf...


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Rd 7: Pushing for a call-up

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Kyle Langford was impressive against North Ballarat with 32 disposals, six marks and two goals. Photo by Ben Johnstone.

John Worsfold has shown he’s prepared to reward VFL form with Tom Bellchambers and Martin Gleeson making the most of their call-ups in recent weeks.

Here are some of the best performers from Essendon VFL’s win on the weekend.

Heath Hocking

Hocking was again dominant through the midfield finishing with 25 disposals and slotting two goals.

It was the fourth time Hocking has been named in the best from seven games in the VFL side.

He has also kicked 12 goals this season.

Kyle Langford

Langford was a major ball winner on Saturday against North Ballarat. He had 32 disposals, took six marks and booted two goals.

The 20 year old was used on the ball but also pushed forward where he caused some headaches for the opposition.

In his last four games he has averaged 26...


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