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KEY FACTS

Official name
Essendon Football Club

Known as
Essendon

Nickname
Bombers

Formed
1873

Colours
Black and red

Associated clubs
Essendon Reserves; Essendon WFC (VFLW); Essendon WFC

Affiliation (Current)
Australian Football League (AFL) 1897–2022

Affiliation (Historical)
Victorian Football Association (VFA) 1878–1896

AFL Premierships
1993, 2000 (2 total)

VFL Premierships
1897, 1901, 1911-12, 1923-4, 1942, 1946, 1949-50, 1962, 1965, 1984-5 (14 total)

VFA Premierships
1891-2-3-4 (4 total)

Senior Premierships
Championship of Australia: 1893 (1 total); VFL/AFL Night Series: 1981, 1984, 1990, 1993-4, 2000 (6 total); McClelland Trophy: 1951, 1953, 1957, 1968, 1989, 1993, 1999, 2000-1 (9 total)

Most Games
400 - Dustin Fletcher (1993-2015)

Most Goals
926 - Matthew Lloyd (1995-2009)

League Top Goalkickers
A.Thurgood (25) 1900; F.Hiskins (34) 1901; G.Stockdale (68) 1923; W.Brittingham (66) 1946; J.Coleman (100) 1949, (120) 1950, (103) 1951 & (97) 1952; R.Evans (78) 1959 & (67) 1960; E.Fordham (76) 1966; M.Lloyd (109) 2000, (105) 2001 & (93) 2003 (8 winners/14 wins)

Brownlow Medalists
Dick Reynolds 1934, 1937 & 1938; Bill Hutchison 1952 & 1953; Graham Moss 1976; Gavin Wanganeen 1993; James Hird 1996 (5 medallists/8 medals)

Headquarters
275 Melrose Drive, Melbourne Airport, VIC 3045

Postal Address
PO Box 17, Essendon, VIC, 3040

Phone: (03) 8340 2000 

Email
generalenquiries@essendonfc.com.au

Website
essendonfc.com.au

Essendon



"Essendon's performances in season 2000 were among the most noteworthy in football history. After waltzing unbeaten to the Ansett Cup, the Bombers won all bar one of 25 home-and-away and finals matches culminating in an apparently effortless 10-goal grand final demolition of Melbourne. Such bare statistics cannot convey the full extent of Essendon's supremacy, however. At times the Bombers seemed to be performing on a different plane than every other team ... "

In looking at their grand history, John Devaney sees the Bombers fly up, up to a record-equalling 16 V/AFL premierships

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1978 Season (V/AFL) Fixture | Player Stats

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Essendon's 1978 Fixture

Rnd H&A Club Q1Q2Q3Q4 S R Opponent Q1Q2Q3Q4 S Mgn Grd Date SC
1 H Essendon 5.37.513.719.9 123 WON South Melbourne 2.56.98.1514.18 102 21 WIN Apr 1 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
2 A Essendon 4.65.811.1512.16 88 LOST Collingwood 6.613.1217.1522.23 155 -67 VIC Apr 8 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
3 H Essendon 6.58.710.1115.15 105 WON Fitzroy 3.47.1010.1314.17 101 4 WIN Apr 15 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
4 A Essendon 3.36.812.1219.17 131 WON Carlton 5.79.712.816.8 104 27 VFL Apr 22 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
5 A Essendon 5.311.512.1313.15 93 LOST Footscray 1.56.89.1415.20 110 -17 WES Apr 29 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
6 H Essendon 6.211.613.1222.18 150 WON Richmond 8.412.718.1119.15 129 21 WIN May 6 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
7 A Essendon 4.28.611.916.11 107 LOST St. Kilda 5.27.514.817.11 113 -6 MOO May 13 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
8 H Essendon 3.07.29.411.10 76 WON Geelong 3.54.106.177.18 60 16 WIN May 20 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
9 A Essendon 3.07.311.915.12 102 WON Melbourne 3.34.55.58.12 60 42 VFL May 27 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
10 A Essendon 2.15.67.712.10 82 LOST North Melbourne 7.48.513.613.7 85 -3 ARD Jun 3 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
11 H Essendon 3.210.414.616.8 104 LOST Hawthorn 7.211.515.1219.19 133 -29 WIN Jun 17 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
12 A Essendon 1.310.911.1217.18 120 WON South Melbourne 1.72.910.1513.19 97 23 LAK Jun 24 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
13 H Essendon 1.62.127.1612.26 98 LOST Collingwood 3.29.811.1414.21 105 -7 WIN Jul 1 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
14 H Essendon 2.46.116.1613.24 102 WON Carlton 5.67.811.814.11 95 7 WIN Jul 8 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
15 A Essendon 2.55.79.1411.17 83 LOST Fitzroy 4.313.613.715.11 101 -18 JUN Jul 15 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
16 H Essendon 2.25.39.513.8 86 LOST Footscray 3.65.1210.1315.17 107 -21 VFL Jul 22 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
17 A Essendon 4.59.812.1013.18 96 LOST Richmond 7.411.916.920.16 136 -40 MCG Jul 29 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
18 H Essendon 3.35.88.1111.16 82 LOST St. Kilda 8.512.616.818.13 121 -39 WIN Aug 5 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
19 A Essendon 4.18.311.713.7 85 LOST Geelong 6.38.411.514.8 92 -7 KAR Aug 12 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
20 H Essendon 6.311.1013.1419.16 130 LOST Melbourne 7.210.315.721.10 136 -6 WIN Aug 19 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
21 H Essendon 1.11.42.57.9 51 LOST North Melbourne 4.69.711.911.11 77 -26 VFL Aug 26 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
22 A Essendon 3.410.914.1216.13 109 LOST Hawthorn 8.312.515.1017.16 118 -9 PRI Sep 2 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
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1978 Player Stats

# Player GP K Avg H Avg D Avg M Avg HO Avg T Avg FF FA G Avg B TS
11 Amos, Robert 1 11 11.0 0 0.0 11 11.0 1 1.0 0 0.0     4 0 0 0.0 0 0
4 Andrews, Ron 9 111 12.3 59 6.6 170 18.9 40 4.4 1 0.1     21 24 1 0.1 0 6
28 Bell, Greg 1 10 10.0 3 3.0 13 13.0 1 1.0 0 0.0     1 2 1 1.0 0 6
38 Bennett, Peter 14 188 13.4 73 5.2 261 18.6 44 3.1 0 0.0     32 33 4 0.3 5 29
30 Besanko, Neil 14 110 7.9 75 5.4 185 13.2 35 2.5 1 0.1     26 31 0 0.0 1 1
17 Boyd, Colin 11 106 9.6 47 4.3 153 13.9 23 2.1 0 0.0     23 16 0 0.0 2 2
7 Burdett, Geoff 20 199 10.0 80 4.0 279 14.0 68 3.4 0 0.0     38 51 37 1.9 27 249
20 Cahill, Terry 15 216 14.4 65 4.3 281 18.7 44 2.9 1 0.1     60 17 10 0.7 11 71
39 Clarke, Neil 4 33 8.3 16 4.0 49 12.3 6 1.5 0 0.0     8 4 0 0.0 4 4
19 Close, Robin 4 22 5.5 3 0.8 25 6.3 10 2.5 0 0.0     4 4 6 1.5 5 41
31 Crow, Max 21 269 12.8 80 3.8 349 16.6 163 7.8 47 2.2     45 47 14 0.7 20 104
5 Daniher, Terry 20 236 11.8 68 3.4 304 15.2 124 6.2 14 0.7     50 65 46 2.3 31 307
29 Davis, Allan 18 246 13.7 72 4.0 318 17.7 77 4.3 1 0.1     55 48 15 0.8 13 103
21 Fletcher, Ken 21 350 16.7 87 4.1 437 20.8 69 3.3 0 0.0     62 49 1 0.0 0 6
10 Foulds, Garry 22 342 15.5 55 2.5 397 18.0 83 3.8 0 0.0     59 32 0 0.0 1 1
33 Hawker, Glenn 3 17 5.7 10 3.3 27 9.0 6 2.0 0 0.0     3 2 0 0.0 0 0
9 Heard, Shane 16 204 12.8 91 5.7 295 18.4 50 3.1 0 0.0     33 34 1 0.1 5 11
14 Jones, Bernie 13 86 6.6 48 3.7 134 10.3 36 2.8 119 9.2     31 13 11 0.8 2 68
27 Madden, Simon 22 199 9.0 72 3.3 271 12.3 138 6.3 301 13.7     42 59 40 1.8 25 265
13 Mansfield, Ken 7 46 6.6 38 5.4 84 12.0 13 1.9 0 0.0     8 12 4 0.6 2 26
37 Marsh, Ian 18 259 14.4 101 5.6 360 20.0 74 4.1 0 0.0     42 50 1 0.1 6 12
43 McDonald, Paul 4 34 8.5 9 2.3 43 10.8 16 4.0 0 0.0     9 3 2 0.5 0 12
25 Merrett, Roger 2 6 3.0 7 3.5 13 6.5 6 3.0 0 0.0     3 1 0 0.0 0 0
8 Mihocek, Jack 8 53 6.6 11 1.4 64 8.0 17 2.1 0 0.0     10 16 4 0.5 10 34
42 Muir, Russell 14 111 7.9 45 3.2 156 11.1 29 2.1 0 0.0     25 20 0 0.0 1 1
34 Neagle, Merv 14 114 8.1 60 4.3 174 12.4 36 2.6 0 0.0     21 35 4 0.3 6 30
2 Newton, Rob 4 31 7.8 10 2.5 41 10.3 12 3.0 0 0.0     8 2 0 0.0 2 2
15 Primmer, Wayne 20 243 12.2 56 2.8 299 15.0 61 3.1 0 0.0     52 22 47 2.4 27 309
3 Redenbach, Michael 3 24 8.0 4 1.3 28 9.3 3 1.0 0 0.0     4 4 0 0.0 3 3
24 Robins, Stephen 18 322 17.9 44 2.4 366 20.3 77 4.3 1 0.1     66 32 12 0.7 13 85
36 Scanlon, Denis 12 105 8.8 37 3.1 142 11.8 57 4.8 0 0.0     25 17 0 0.0 2 2
26 Shaw, Robert 2 20 10.0 2 1.0 22 11.0 2 1.0 0 0.0     6 2 0 0.0 0 0
12 Sheldon, Michael 6 44 7.3 20 3.3 64 10.7 11 1.8 0 0.0     7 7 3 0.5 2 20
16 Taubert, Steven 11 69 6.3 19 1.7 88 8.0 35 3.2 35 3.2     18 19 5 0.5 6 36
18 Vander Haar, Paul 17 194 11.4 70 4.1 264 15.5 101 5.9 33 1.9     43 32 33 1.9 21 219
1 Walsh, Brian 6 66 11.0 14 2.3 80 13.3 20 3.3 0 0.0     9 9 2 0.3 4 16
32 Watson, Tim 19 162 8.5 94 4.9 256 13.5 40 2.1 0 0.0     28 32 11 0.6 8 74
22 Watson, Larry 6 57 9.5 20 3.3 77 12.8 9 1.5 0 0.0     15 19 0 0.0 2 2
Totals 440 4915 11.2 1665 3.8 6580 15.0 1637 3.7 554 1.3     996 865 315 0.7 267 2157
 

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.