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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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1981 Season (V/AFL) Fixture | Player Stats

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Essendon's 1981 Fixture

Rnd H&A Club Q1Q2Q3Q4 S R Opponent Q1Q2Q3Q4 S Mgn Grd Date SC
1 A Essendon 3.24.59.810.11 71 LOST Geelong 3.46.98.1410.17 77 -6 KAR Mar 28 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
2 H Essendon 1.46.810.1216.15 111 WON North Melbourne 5.18.211.515.9 99 12 WIN Apr 4 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
3 A Essendon 5.410.814.1316.18 114 LOST Richmond 3.57.710.1117.16 118 -4 MCG Apr 11 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
4 H Essendon 2.14.38.511.13 79 LOST Hawthorn 3.48.1011.1213.16 94 -15 WIN Apr 20 (Mon, 2:10) Scores
5 H Essendon 2.69.810.1315.14 104 LOST Fitzroy 6.110.314.619.11 125 -21 VFL Apr 25 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
6 A Essendon 2.44.58.912.11 83 LOST Footscray 1.54.96.1113.13 91 -8 WES May 2 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
7 H Essendon 3.86.1011.1314.17 101 WON St. Kilda 4.07.59.711.10 76 25 WIN May 9 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
8 A Essendon 6.311.915.1421.18 144 WON Collingwood 2.27.313.314.3 87 57 VFL May 16 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
9 A Essendon 2.44.98.1814.20 104 WON Melbourne 4.26.79.710.10 70 34 MCG May 23 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
10 H Essendon 3.44.57.711.13 79 WON Carlton 2.25.35.66.8 44 35 WIN May 30 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
11 A Essendon 3.64.810.1415.18 108 WON South Melbourne 3.16.38.612.8 80 28 LAK Jun 8 (Mon, 2:10) Scores
12 A Essendon 4.47.1310.2018.29 137 WON North Melbourne 7.57.812.1013.12 90 47 ARD Jun 13 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
13 H Essendon 4.45.77.1412.22 94 WON Richmond 2.49.812.1013.12 90 4 WIN Jun 20 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
14 A Essendon 5.214.818.1222.19 151 WON Hawthorn 4.410.717.1020.13 133 18 GAB Jun 28 (Sun, 2:10) Scores
15 A Essendon 2.47.59.911.14 80 WON Fitzroy 1.23.45.88.13 61 19 JUN Jul 4 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
16 H Essendon 5.110.1015.1522.21 153 WON Footscray 3.84.96.128.12 60 93 WIN Jul 18 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
17 A Essendon 4.48.98.1712.21 93 WON St. Kilda 1.16.29.212.4 76 17 MOO Jul 25 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
18 H Essendon 4.26.39.912.16 88 WON Collingwood 3.57.89.119.15 69 19 MCG Aug 2 (Sun, 2:10) Scores
19 H Essendon 1.95.129.1914.20 104 WON Melbourne 0.23.43.59.6 60 44 WIN Aug 8 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
20 A Essendon 3.35.78.1014.15 99 WON Carlton 3.16.211.615.8 98 1 PRI Aug 15 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
21 H Essendon 5.715.1021.1926.23 179 WON South Melbourne 3.06.47.510.8 68 111 WIN Aug 22 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
22 H Essendon 1.32.45.66.11 47 LOST Geelong 2.33.75.127.13 55 -8 VFL Aug 29 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
EF H Essendon 0.54.811.1113.16 94 LOST Fitzroy 3.47.712.1116.13 109 -15 VFL Sep 5 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
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1981 Player Stats

# Player GP K Avg H Avg D Avg M Avg HO Avg T Avg FF FA G Avg B TS
4 Andrews, Ron 20 192 9.6 91 4.6 283 14.2 79 4.0 4 0.2     54 52 12 0.6 7 79
38 Bennett, Peter 12 136 11.3 57 4.8 193 16.1 22 1.8 4 0.3     17 26 4 0.3 3 27
30 Besanko, Neil 5 26 5.2 13 2.6 39 7.8 3 0.6 0 0.0     3 10 0 0.0 0 0
20 Buhagiar, Tony 22 352 16.0 198 9.0 550 25.0 83 3.8 0 0.0     72 62 42 1.9 46 298
15 Burdett, Geoff 6 38 6.3 17 2.8 55 9.2 13 2.2 0 0.0     7 13 7 1.2 8 50
17 Carey, Stephen 17 138 8.1 70 4.1 208 12.2 15 0.9 0 0.0     27 27 2 0.1 1 13
8 Carman, Phil 6 36 6.0 9 1.5 45 7.5 13 2.2 4 0.7     11 18 5 0.8 6 36
39 Clarke, Neil 20 190 9.5 75 3.8 265 13.3 35 1.8 0 0.0     38 25 0 0.0 1 1
31 Crow, Max 22 189 8.6 83 3.8 272 12.4 125 5.7 90 4.1     28 43 19 0.9 23 137
6 Daniher, Neale 21 287 13.7 93 4.4 380 18.1 86 4.1 1 0.0     43 34 11 0.5 10 76
5 Daniher, Terry 21 238 11.3 103 4.9 341 16.2 99 4.7 10 0.5     38 46 20 1.0 20 140
7 Dunell, Frank 1 7 7.0 4 4.0 11 11.0 5 5.0 0 0.0     1 1 0 0.0 0 0
47 Eustice, Mark 9 67 7.4 37 4.1 104 11.6 18 2.0 0 0.0     9 6 5 0.6 8 38
28 Fields, Neville 2 23 11.5 5 2.5 28 14.0 4 2.0 0 0.0     1 0 2 1.0 3 15
22 Foreman, Wayne 8 83 10.4 32 4.0 115 14.4 21 2.6 0 0.0     13 14 5 0.6 10 40
10 Foulds, Garry 22 372 16.9 60 2.7 432 19.6 57 2.6 0 0.0     51 39 22 1.0 21 153
23 Fowler, Grant 22 238 10.8 96 4.4 334 15.2 33 1.5 0 0.0     45 46 18 0.8 11 119
33 Hawker, Glenn 23 312 13.6 119 5.2 431 18.7 59 2.6 1 0.0     36 59 17 0.7 17 119
9 Heard, Shane 7 57 8.1 35 5.0 92 13.1 15 2.1 0 0.0     11 14 5 0.7 7 37
27 Madden, Simon 19 135 7.1 69 3.6 204 10.7 89 4.7 236 12.4     34 39 36 1.9 34 250
44 Madden, Justin 17 93 5.5 44 2.6 137 8.1 34 2.0 436 25.6     51 44 2 0.1 6 18
25 Merrett, Roger 10 37 3.7 33 3.3 70 7.0 25 2.5 43 4.3     11 20 4 0.4 1 25
12 Morrison, Ian 3 12 4.0 2 0.7 14 4.7 4 1.3 1 0.3     2 1 0 0.0 0 0
42 Muir, Russell 8 44 5.5 25 3.1 69 8.6 13 1.6 0 0.0     6 7 2 0.3 2 14
1 Neagle, Merv 22 336 15.3 170 7.7 506 23.0 71 3.2 4 0.2     39 64 10 0.5 14 74
2 Reid, Alan 18 230 12.8 79 4.4 309 17.2 59 3.3 1 0.1     40 44 9 0.5 11 65
36 Scanlon, Denis 2 12 6.0 3 1.5 15 7.5 5 2.5 0 0.0     0 0 0 0.0 0 0
14 Schultz, Graeme 13 127 9.8 44 3.4 171 13.2 23 1.8 0 0.0     11 15 30 2.3 20 200
26 Shaw, Robert 7 32 4.6 14 2.0 46 6.6 14 2.0 0 0.0     13 5 0 0.0 1 1
11 Stoneham, Alan 20 248 12.4 109 5.5 357 17.9 51 2.6 0 0.0     37 27 4 0.2 6 30
16 Taubert, Stephen 14 80 5.7 21 1.5 101 7.2 27 1.9 52 3.7     27 16 2 0.1 3 15
34 Thomson, Michael 10 47 4.7 28 2.8 75 7.5 13 1.3 0 0.0     6 9 8 0.8 5 53
18 Vander Haar, Paul 13 146 11.2 41 3.2 187 14.4 67 5.2 27 2.1     26 30 19 1.5 14 128
41 Walsh, Kevin 1 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0     0 0 0 0.0 0 0
32 Watson, Tim 17 246 14.5 111 6.5 357 21.0 52 3.1 1 0.1     23 26 15 0.9 21 111
Totals 460 4806 10.4 1990 4.3 6796 14.8 1332 2.9 915 2.0     831 882 337 0.7 340 2362
 

Footnotes

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