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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 enters eSports

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Essendon Football Club has secured the licence of top tier eSports team Abyss.

Essendon Football Club has acquired a professional eSports team and will compete in the League of Legends, Oceanic Pro League and Oceanic Challenger League next year.

In partnership with Executive Sports and Entertainment (ESE), the Club has secured the licence of top tier eSports team, Abyss, and will relocate the team to Melbourne.

The operations and management of the team will be fully integrated as a division of the Essendon Football Club, with a new name, brand and logo to be established.  

The Club is committed to creating a professional culture and high performance environment for the team, providing the best facilities, programs and resources to deliver success in tournaments locally and globally.  

Essendon Chief Marketing Officer, Justin Rodski, said the Club was delighted to be the first...


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Essendon enters eSports

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Essendon Football Club has secured the licence of top tier eSports team Abyss.

Essendon Football Club has acquired a professional eSports team and will compete in the League of Legends, Oceanic Pro League and Oceanic Challenger League next year.

In partnership with Executive Sports and Entertainment (ESE), the Club has secured the licence of top tier eSports team, Abyss, and will relocate the team to Melbourne.

The operations and management of the team will be fully integrated as a division of the Essendon Football Club, with a new name, brand and logo to be established.  

The Club is committed to creating a professional culture and high performance environment for the team, providing the best facilities, programs and resources to deliver success in tournaments locally and globally.  

Essendon Chief Marketing Officer, Justin Rodski, said the Club was delighted to be the first...


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Read more: Essendon enters eSports

Essendon enters eSports

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Essendon Football Club has secured the licence of top tier eSports team Abyss.

Essendon Football Club has acquired a professional eSports team and will compete in the League of Legends, Oceanic Pro League and Oceanic Challenger League next year.

In partnership with Executive Sports and Entertainment (ESE), the Club has secured the licence of top tier eSports team, Abyss, and will relocate the team to Melbourne.

The operations and management of the team will be fully integrated as a division of the Essendon Football Club, with a new name, brand and logo to be established.  

The Club is committed to creating a professional culture and high performance environment for the team, providing the best facilities, programs and resources to deliver success in tournaments locally and globally.  

Essendon Chief Marketing Officer, Justin Rodski, said the Club was delighted to be the first...


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Dons close in on target

Essendon Football Club is rapidly closing in on its ambition to set a new record of 50,000 members by Christmas, with 48,117 devoted fans already committed for 2018.

The club has easily surpassed the 46,000-member record by Christmas set in 2016 after showing sharp improvement to reach the finals and playing an exciting brand of football this season.

With the team set to show further improvement after an active trade period and impressive draft selections, there has never been a better time to sign up with the club.

An outstanding Family Fun Pack is also available for fans alongside Family Memberships, worth $174 value at no extra cost.

The Fun Pack includes a family membership with Museums Victoria, two tickets to the Legoland Discovery Centre and two junior double up memberships with the Melbourne Renegades. For more information, click HERE.

There are plenty of different...


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Dons close in on target

Essendon Football Club is rapidly closing in on its ambition to set a new record of 50,000 members by Christmas, with 48,117 devoted fans already committed for 2018.

The club has easily surpassed the 46,000-member record by Christmas set in 2016 after showing sharp improvement to reach the finals and playing an exciting brand of football this season.

With the team set to show further improvement after an active trade period and impressive draft selections, there has never been a better time to sign up with the club.

An outstanding Family Fun Pack is also available for fans alongside Family Memberships, worth $174 value at no extra cost.

The Fun Pack includes a family membership with Museums Victoria, two tickets to the Legoland Discovery Centre and two junior double up memberships with the Melbourne Renegades. For more information, click HERE.

There are plenty of different...


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Dons close in on target

Essendon Football Club is rapidly closing in on its ambition to set a new record of 50,000 members by Christmas, with 48,117 devoted fans already committed for 2018.

The club has easily surpassed the 46,000-member record by Christmas set in 2016 after showing sharp improvement to reach the finals and playing an exciting brand of football this season.

With the team set to show further improvement after an active trade period and impressive draft selections, there has never been a better time to sign up with the club.

An outstanding Family Fun Pack is also available for fans alongside Family Memberships, worth $174 value at no extra cost.

The Fun Pack includes a family membership with Museums Victoria, two tickets to the Legoland Discovery Centre and two junior double up memberships with the Melbourne Renegades. For more information, click HERE.

There are plenty of different...


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Bombers can mix it with the best

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BTV: VFLW | First Training Session A look at Essendon VFLW's very first training run at Tullamarine.

Essendon Football Club VFLW coach Brendan Major says his side has the ability to be competitive with the league’s best teams in its first season next year. 

Major knows what it takes to be a successful team given his extensive history in coaching women’s football.

“I think there’s always scope to be competitive, 100%,” Major said.

“Attitude and work rate get you a really long way in women’s football.”

“It’s still emerging as a sport, so (if) we get the fundamentals right, which we can do over the pre-season, then we can be really competitive,” he said.

Major coached the Eastern Devils in the VFLW from 2014 to 2017 and has brought some Devils along with him to the Bombers.

After also spending time as the strength and conditioning coach at the VFLW Academy, he said he is very...


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A Hird and Long back

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BTV: VFLW | Ash Brown Interview - Dec 5 We spoke to VFL Operations Manager Ashley Brown about our VFLW side's inaugural training session.

The father-son rule has been kind to Essendon with iconic names such as Watson and Daniher re-emerging in recent times to dominate the AFL.

After such success it was only a matter of time before the father-daughter structure made its own mark, and on Tuesday afternoon a Long and a Hird once again hit the track in red and black. 

When the inaugural Essendon Football Club VFLW squad walked into the club, Michaela Long and Stephanie Hird were the talk of the town.

Michaela’s father Michael and Stephanie’s father James were both dual-Premiership players for the Bombers and are considered legends of the club.

Essendon VFLW coach Brendan Major grew up as an Essendon supporter, and said it was a “huge” moment for the club.

“The father-son structure in...


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From Netball to VFLW

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BTV: VFLW | Simone Nalder Interview We spoke to VFLW squad member, Simone Nalder.

Simone Nalder has spent a lifetime playing netball, but just a year into her budding football career she landed at the Essendon Football Club on Tuesday. 

Nalder was one of over 50 women to take part in the inaugural Essendon VFLW squad’s first training session in the club’s journey into women’s football.

“Tonight was really exciting, there was a massive buzz when I entered the building with the other girls,” Nalder said.

“It’s been a really good night, really exciting for everyone and we’re all really enthusiastic and pumped up for the season and the long pre-season ahead.”

Nalder said it was “really overwhelming” to be addressed by CEO Xavier Campbell and senior men’s coach John Worsfold as the players were welcomed to the club.

“I didn’t expect it to be that kind of welcoming, I thought we’d come...


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Day one for VFLW

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BTV: VFLW | Brendan Major Interview - Dec 5 VFLW Coach Brendan Major spoke to us after our VFLW side's first training session.

Over 50 of the country’s most talented female footballers were welcomed to the Essendon Football Club for the Bombers’ inaugural VFLW training session in an historic afternoon on Tuesday. 

CEO Xavier Campbell and senior men’s coach John Worsfold were on hand to address the players, highlighting the importance of the club’s entry into the world of female football.

Campbell said the significance of the occasion was not lost on the club.

“Welcome to the Essendon Football Club, this is one of the most significant days in our history and I say that really sincerely,” Campbell said.

“From this moment forward we’re not the Essendon Football Club men’s team, we’re the Essendon Football Club and that means a lot to us.”

Worsfold also acknowledged that the squad...


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Fujitsu General Australia partner with VFLW

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Fujitsu General Australia has partnered with Essendon VFLW.

Essendon Football Club is pleased to announce Fujitsu General Australia has signed on as the co-major partner of the Bomber’s inaugural VFLW side.

The new three year partnership will see Fujitsu General Australia partner with the Bombers VFLW side until the end of season 2020.

The announcement coincides with the VFLW squad’s first official training session at the Club’s Tullamarine headquarters this evening.

General Manager - Commercial Operations, Brenton Humphreys, said the partnership was a significant vote of confidence in the Club’s women’s football program.

“We are extremely proud to have Fujitsu General Australia sign on as an official co-major partner for our VFL Women’s team for the next three seasons,” Humphreys said.

“The partnership further strengthens our ties with Fujitsu General Australia, and will help us in...


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Buddha to enlighten VFL

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BTV: VFL | Heath Hocking commits for 2018 We caught up with Heath Hocking to talk about his decision to play for Essendon's VFL team in 2018.

Veteran Bomber, Heath Hocking, says he is excited to play a mentoring role with the VFL side this season.

Hocking said his focus on returning to the senior side during 2017, meant his passion for educating young players took a back seat.

“I feel I probably didn’t give 100%, so that’s the exciting part, that I can actually give more and hopefully see more results, and I see that as being a real excitement for me going into pre-season and starting games.”

Hocking was delisted at the end of the 2017 season after 126 games at Essendon, but has returned to the club to play in the VFL, a decision he admitted took some time after receiving other offers.

“I looked at a few other teams and it just wouldn’t have been the same,” Hocking said.

“I’ve...


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Eyes on the European Combine

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Mark Keane impressed during match simulation. Picture: Bryan Keane

AFL recruiters have been impressed by several tall prospects on show at the European Combine in Dublin.

Twenty-three of Ireland's best underage Gaelic footballers converged on University College to be put through their paces by former Collingwood defender and AFL Europe specialist coach Marty Clarke and AFL international talent manager Kevin Sheehan. 

Former Brisbane Lions and St Kilda defender Colm Begley was casting his eye over the talent as a scout for Geelong, while Essendon also had a recruiter in attendance.

Clarke, who played 73 games for the Magpies, said he was impressed with how his young countrymen adapted to a foreign game over two days off testing.

"Every year the standard seems to be getting higher and higher," Clarke told AFL.com.au.

"The testing was first class and some of the ball use in that match...


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Eyes on the European Combine

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Mark Keane impressed during match simulation. Picture: Bryan Keane

AFL recruiters have been impressed by several tall prospects on show at the European Combine in Dublin.

Twenty-three of Ireland's best underage Gaelic footballers converged on University College to be put through their paces by former Collingwood defender and AFL Europe specialist coach Marty Clarke and AFL international talent manager Kevin Sheehan. 

Former Brisbane Lions and St Kilda defender Colm Begley was casting his eye over the talent as a scout for Geelong, while Essendon also had a recruiter in attendance.

Clarke, who played 73 games for the Magpies, said he was impressed with how his young countrymen adapted to a foreign game over two days off testing.

"Every year the standard seems to be getting higher and higher," Clarke told AFL.com.au.

"The testing was first class and some of the ball use in that match...


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Stringer to play multiple roles

Essendon hopes star recruit Jake Stringer can spend half of his game time in the midfield next year to offer the Bombers a big-bodied presence around the ball.

The Western Bulldogs premiership forward crossed to the Bombers during October's NAB AFL Trade Period after a difficult season that saw him kick just 24 goals from 16 games and also deal with personal issues in the public. 

He has already begun his time at Essendon in good fashion, however, cutting short an overseas trip to return to training and has also trimmed down for his first pre-season at the club.

Stringer kicked 56 goals in 2015 when he was named an All Australian, and then booted 42 majors in the Dogs' premiership season the following year.

But Essendon coach John Worsfold is keen to utilise the match-winner up the ground as well.

"Stringer will go through there and we believe he'll play good midfield football...


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Stringer to play multiple roles

Essendon hopes star recruit Jake Stringer can spend half of his game time in the midfield next year to offer the Bombers a big-bodied presence around the ball.

The Western Bulldogs premiership forward crossed to the Bombers during October's NAB AFL Trade Period after a difficult season that saw him kick just 24 goals from 16 games and also deal with personal issues in the public. 

He has already begun his time at Essendon in good fashion, however, cutting short an overseas trip to return to training and has also trimmed down for his first pre-season at the club.

Stringer kicked 56 goals in 2015 when he was named an All Australian, and then booted 42 majors in the Dogs' premiership season the following year.

But Essendon coach John Worsfold is keen to utilise the match-winner up the ground as well.

"Stringer will go through there and we believe he'll play good midfield football...


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Mynott hits the track

BTV: Trent Mynott Interview We caught up with new recruit, Trent Mynott.

Essendon Football Club’s latest recruit, Trent Mynott, was put to the test on Friday with a 2km time trial in his first week with the Bombers.

The midfielder endured his first fitness test of the season with fellow teammates at Tullamarine.

Mynott said he enjoyed the challenge of the trial.

“I went okay, didn’t run too well but it was a really good experience,” Mynott said.

“I will work on my fitness and hopefully bring that 2km time down and then work on my contested ball work, improve on that. It is one of my stronger points but the better I can be, that will really help my game.”

The 18 year old is one of four draftees the Bombers picked up this year, with Jordan Houlahan, Matt Guelfi and Brandon Zerk-Thatcher completing the pack.

“We have formed a really good bond between the new draftees, it’s been...


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Late gem Guelfi

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BTV: Matt Guelfi Interview We caught up with new recruit, Matt Guelfi.

Whilst it was a shock to be picked up late in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft, one of Essendon's newest recruits, Matt Guelfi, enjoyed the moment at home.

Guelfi was drafted by the Bombers with pick number 76 after spending the year in the WAFL developing his game.

"I was just at home with mum. It was a bit of a surprise going late it in the draft, it was a bit emotional but it was good." Guelfi said.

Guelfi has been taken under the wing of fellow young players and house mates, Kobe Mutch and Jordan Ridley.

"It's been good, the boys have been all good and I'm living with a couple of younger boys so that's been an exciting couple of days and now finally getting into training," Guelfi said.

"Mutchy and Jordan Ridley have been showing me around and helping me out, they have been good."

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BTV: Matt Guelfi Interview We caught up with new recruit, Matt Guelfi.

Whilst it was a shock to be picked up late in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft, one of Essendon's newest recruits, Matt Guelfi, enjoyed the moment at home.

Guelfi was drafted by the Bombers with pick number 76 after spending the year in the WAFL developing his game.

"I was just at home with mum. It was a bit of a surprise going late it in the draft, it was a bit emotional but it was good." Guelfi said.

Guelfi has been taken under the wing of fellow young players and house mates, Kobe Mutch and Jordan Ridley.

"It's been good, the boys have been all good and I'm living with a couple of younger boys so that's been an exciting couple of days and now finally getting into training," Guelfi said.

"Mutchy and Jordan Ridley have been showing me around and helping me out, they have been good."

The thing that has stood out most to...


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Late gem Guelfi

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BTV: Matt Guelfi Interview We caught up with new recruit, Matt Guelfi.

Whilst it was a shock to be picked up late in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft, one of Essendon's newest recruits, Matt Guelfi, enjoyed the moment at home.

Guelfi was drafted by the Bombers with pick number 76 after spending the year in the WAFL developing his game.

"I was just at home with mum. It was a bit of a surprise going late it in the draft, it was a bit emotional but it was good." Guelfi said.

Guelfi has been taken under the wing of fellow young players and house mates, Kobe Mutch and Jordan Ridley.

"It's been good, the boys have been all good and I'm living with a couple of younger boys so that's been an exciting couple of days and now finally getting into training," Guelfi said.

"Mutchy and Jordan Ridley have been showing me around and helping me out, they have been good."

The thing that has stood out most to...


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Best 22: Is this our 2018 team?

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The addition of Jake Stringer adds another match-winner to the Bombers list.

With the 2017 drafts done and dusted, club lists have been finalised for next season.

AFL.com.au reporters have come up with their best 22s for each club, choosing on the basis of every player on the list being fit and well.

It's the best first-choice side that your team can muster, so it may include players with injuries that will keep them out for some or all of 2018.

B: Mark Baguley, Michael Hurley, Adam Saad
HB: Conor McKenna, Michael Hartley, Andrew McGrath
C: David Zaharakis, Dyson Heppell, Brendon Goddard
HF: Devon Smith, Joe Daniher, Jake Stringer
F: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Cale Hooker, Orazio Fantasia
Foll: Tom Bellchambers, Zach Merrett, Darcy Parish
I/C: James Stewart, Patrick Ambrose, Jayden Laverde, Martin Gleeson

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General defenders: Matt Dea, Jordan Ridley, Ben McNiece
Key defenders: Mitch...


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The addition of Jake Stringer adds another match-winner to the Bombers list.

With the 2017 drafts done and dusted, club lists have been finalised for next season.

AFL.com.au reporters have come up with their best 22s for each club, choosing on the basis of every player on the list being fit and well.

It's the best first-choice side that your team can muster, so it may include players with injuries that will keep them out for some or all of 2018.

B: Mark Baguley, Michael Hurley, Adam Saad
HB: Conor McKenna, Michael Hartley, Andrew McGrath
C: David Zaharakis, Dyson Heppell, Brendon Goddard
HF: Devon Smith, Joe Daniher, Jake Stringer
F: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Cale Hooker, Orazio Fantasia
Foll: Tom Bellchambers, Zach Merrett, Darcy Parish
I/C: James Stewart, Patrick Ambrose, Jayden Laverde, Martin Gleeson

DEPTH

General defenders: Matt Dea, Jordan Ridley, Ben McNiece
Key defenders: Mitch...


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Best22_WebHero.jpg

The addition of Jake Stringer adds another match-winner to the Bombers list.

With the 2017 drafts done and dusted, club lists have been finalised for next season.

AFL.com.au reporters have come up with their best 22s for each club, choosing on the basis of every player on the list being fit and well.

It's the best first-choice side that your team can muster, so it may include players with injuries that will keep them out for some or all of 2018.

B: Mark Baguley, Michael Hurley, Adam Saad
HB: Conor McKenna, Michael Hartley, Andrew McGrath
C: David Zaharakis, Dyson Heppell, Brendon Goddard
HF: Devon Smith, Joe Daniher, Jake Stringer
F: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Cale Hooker, Orazio Fantasia
Foll: Tom Bellchambers, Zach Merrett, Darcy Parish
I/C: James Stewart, Patrick Ambrose, Jayden Laverde, Martin Gleeson

DEPTH

General defenders: Matt Dea, Jordan Ridley, Ben McNiece
Key defenders: Mitch...


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