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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) –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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1997 Season (AFL) Fixture | Player Stats

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Essendon's 1997 Fixture

Rnd H&A Club Q1Q2Q3Q4 S R Opponent Q1Q2Q3Q4 S Mgn Grd Date SC
1 H Essendon 5.27.613.816.10 106 WON Carlton 2.27.610.815.9 99 7 MCG Mar 31 (Mon, 2:10) Scores
2 A Essendon 1.45.610.714.9 93 WON Port Adelaide 3.83.94.118.12 60 33 FBP Apr 6 (Sun, 3:10) Scores
3 H Essendon 3.69.811.1318.14 122 WON North Melbourne 2.35.56.812.8 80 42 MCG Apr 13 (Sun, 2:10) Scores
4 A Essendon 4.45.810.1011.12 78 LOST Geelong 2.42.118.1711.19 85 -7 MCG Apr 20 (Sun, 2:10) Scores
5 H Essendon 1.22.56.710.10 70 LOST Collingwood 3.96.128.1414.15 99 -29 MCG Apr 25 (Fri, 2:10) Scores
6 H Essendon 1.55.811.915.12 102 WON Brisbane 2.54.116.149.17 71 31 MCG May 3 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
7 A Essendon 3.26.410.611.7 73 LOST Adelaide 4.88.129.1318.18 126 -53 FBP May 11 (Sun, 3:10) Scores
8 H Essendon 2.49.1112.1414.16 100 LOST St. Kilda 6.87.911.1318.16 124 -24 MCG May 18 (Sun, 2:10) Scores
9 A Essendon 3.05.18.413.7 85 LOST West Coast 2.47.911.1216.14 110 -25 SUB May 25 (Sun, 2:20) Scores
10 H Essendon 3.37.712.917.12 114 LOST Western Bulldogs 8.413.815.1120.16 136 -22 MCG Jun 1 (Sun, 2:10) Scores
11 H Essendon 3.07.48.1013.13 91 LOST Hawthorn 3.75.1412.1617.22 124 -33 MCG Jun 7 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
12 A Essendon 2.12.54.59.6 60 LOST Fremantle 5.611.818.1024.13 157 -97 SUB Jun 15 (Sun, 2:10) Scores
13 A Essendon 3.57.814.1219.13 127 WON Richmond 0.01.12.54.10 34 93 MCG Jun 28 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
14 H Essendon 4.58.713.1118.12 120 WON Melbourne 2.35.57.58.9 57 63 MCG Jul 6 (Sun, 2:10) Scores
15 A Essendon 2.35.49.811.12 78 LOST Sydney 2.45.76.1211.13 79 -1 SCG Jul 13 (Sun, 2:45) Scores
16 A Essendon 5.28.49.613.9 87 LOST Carlton 7.311.917.1425.15 165 -78 MCG Jul 19 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
17 H Essendon 2.44.76.1110.12 72 LOST Port Adelaide 5.38.614.918.14 122 -50 MCG Jul 25 (Fri, 7:40) Scores
18 A Essendon 4.25.57.108.16 64 LOST North Melbourne 5.78.1010.1211.17 83 -19 MCG Aug 1 (Fri, 7:40) Scores
19 H Essendon 0.15.29.411.7 73 WON Geelong 3.44.97.129.14 68 5 MCG Aug 10 (Sun, 2:10) Scores
20 A Essendon 1.44.47.612.9 81 LOST Collingwood 2.29.613.1013.13 91 -10 MCG Aug 16 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
21 A Essendon 2.37.58.616.10 106 WON Brisbane 2.48.711.1115.12 102 4 GAB Aug 23 (Sat, 7:40) Scores
22 H Essendon 4.04.211.416.6 102 WON Adelaide 6.48.910.1114.14 98 4 PRI Aug 31 (Sun, 2:10) Scores
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1997 Player Stats

# Player GP K Avg H Avg D Avg M Avg HO Avg T Avg FF FA G Avg B TS
27 Alessio, Steven 9 61 6.8 43 4.8 104 11.6 37 4.1 75 8.3 8 0.9 3 8 11 1.2 5 71
48 Banks, Matthew 2 5 2.5 6 3.0 11 5.5 7 3.5 1 0.5 3 1.5 0 3 1 0.5 0 6
16 Barnard, Paul 5 34 6.8 14 2.8 48 9.6 13 2.6 0 0.0 3 0.6 6 7 0 0.0 1 1
20 Berbakov, Peter 11 74 6.7 41 3.7 115 10.5 25 2.3 2 0.2 12 1.1 9 7 10 0.9 2 62
8 Bewick, Darren 5 48 9.6 22 4.4 70 14.0 13 2.6 0 0.0 3 0.6 2 7 2 0.4 4 16
32 Blumfield, Justin 15 104 6.9 86 5.7 190 12.7 54 3.6 3 0.2 15 1.0 8 4 5 0.3 6 36
28 Bomford, Andrew 3 21 7.0 8 2.7 29 9.7 6 2.0 0 0.0 5 1.7 4 1 2 0.7 2 14
14 Calthorpe, David 8 69 8.6 55 6.9 124 15.5 27 3.4 0 0.0 6 0.8 4 4 4 0.5 3 27
33 Caracella, Blake 17 187 11.0 103 6.1 290 17.1 84 4.9 2 0.1 15 0.9 6 11 25 1.5 18 168
9 Cockatoo-Collins, Che 17 146 8.6 74 4.4 220 12.9 52 3.1 0 0.0 30 1.8 17 12 17 1.0 11 113
23 Cransberg, Peter 14 111 7.9 38 2.7 149 10.6 49 3.5 5 0.4 12 0.9 12 6 14 1.0 10 94
7 Daniher, Chris 17 137 8.1 103 6.1 240 14.1 62 3.6 3 0.2 34 2.0 6 12 4 0.2 4 28
38 Denham, Sean 22 242 11.0 208 9.5 450 20.5 54 2.5 1 0.0 35 1.6 20 21 8 0.4 5 53
22 Doolan, Ben 11 113 10.3 90 8.2 203 18.5 41 3.7 0 0.0 16 1.5 9 6 1 0.1 2 8
31 Fletcher, Dustin 16 175 10.9 62 3.9 237 14.8 76 4.8 10 0.6 14 0.9 12 12 9 0.6 2 56
30 Fraser, Mark 11 66 6.0 40 3.6 106 9.6 22 2.0 0 0.0 17 1.5 4 5 5 0.5 0 30
39 Hardwick, Damien 15 177 11.8 87 5.8 264 17.6 55 3.7 0 0.0 26 1.7 20 6 3 0.2 2 20
1 Harvey, Mark 6 55 9.2 25 4.2 80 13.3 27 4.5 0 0.0 2 0.3 4 3 1 0.2 2 8
26 Heffernan, Chris 3 11 3.7 9 3.0 20 6.7 4 1.3 0 0.0 5 1.7 0 1 0 0.0 0 0
5 Hird, James 7 75 10.7 47 6.7 122 17.4 31 4.4 3 0.4 11 1.6 3 5 18 2.6 9 117
42 Johnson, Jason 3 17 5.7 13 4.3 30 10.0 1 0.3 0 0.0 3 1.0 3 2 0 0.0 2 2
18 Lloyd, Matthew 20 212 10.6 60 3.0 272 13.6 125 6.3 3 0.2 17 0.9 16 17 63 3.2 33 411
13 Long, Michael 5 37 7.4 39 7.8 76 15.2 19 3.8 0 0.0 3 0.6 3 4 4 0.8 6 30
25 Lucas, Scott 22 241 11.0 85 3.9 326 14.8 123 5.6 5 0.2 24 1.1 15 23 23 1.0 11 149
4 McAlister, Daniel 2 8 4.0 15 7.5 23 11.5 4 2.0 1 0.5 4 2.0 2 4 0 0.0 0 0
2 Mercuri, Mark 11 136 12.4 66 6.0 202 18.4 47 4.3 2 0.2 15 1.4 10 6 12 1.1 10 82
24 Misiti, Joe 18 238 13.2 203 11.3 441 24.5 69 3.8 4 0.2 25 1.4 13 9 4 0.2 4 28
46 Moorcroft, Gary 11 102 9.3 53 4.8 155 14.1 36 3.3 2 0.2 27 2.5 11 10 7 0.6 5 47
36 Morgan, Danny 5 43 8.6 38 7.6 81 16.2 12 2.4 0 0.0 13 2.6 3 1 0 0.0 1 1
3 O'Connor, Ryan 16 74 4.6 84 5.3 158 9.9 40 2.5 81 5.1 26 1.6 17 27 12 0.8 13 85
10 O'Donnell, Gary 20 211 10.6 116 5.8 327 16.4 44 2.2 3 0.2 27 1.4 18 9 8 0.4 3 51
47 Olarenshaw, Ricky 15 141 9.4 117 7.8 258 17.2 52 3.5 1 0.1 23 1.5 20 12 2 0.1 2 14
15 Prior, Michael 22 264 12.0 86 3.9 350 15.9 105 4.8 1 0.0 18 0.8 18 18 10 0.5 5 65
19 Somerville, Peter 13 76 5.8 46 3.5 122 9.4 52 4.0 137 10.5 5 0.4 8 27 1 0.1 0 6
17 Stevenson, Robert 5 17 3.4 7 1.4 24 4.8 6 1.2 0 0.0 4 0.8 2 2 0 0.0 0 0
12 Symons, Michael 15 134 8.9 88 5.9 222 14.8 74 4.9 3 0.2 22 1.5 11 10 2 0.1 3 15
37 Ukovic, Andrew 5 30 6.0 9 1.8 39 7.8 14 2.8 0 0.0 0 0.0 1 2 2 0.4 2 14
21 Wallis, Dean 11 63 5.7 26 2.4 89 8.1 27 2.5 3 0.3 7 0.6 5 13 0 0.0 1 1
44 Watson, Matthew 1 3 3.0 5 5.0 8 8.0 3 3.0 0 0.0 1 1.0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0
6 Wellman, Sean 22 208 9.5 81 3.7 289 13.1 100 4.5 1 0.0 17 0.8 26 19 2 0.1 2 14
35 Young, Barry 6 36 6.0 27 4.5 63 10.5 19 3.2 1 0.2 10 1.7 3 2 3 0.5 3 21
Totals 462 4202 9.1 2425 5.2 6627 14.3 1711 3.7 353 0.8 563 1.2 354 359 295 0.6 194 1964
 

Footnotes

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