Essendon Football Club

Essendon was the first AFL club to announce it would play home games at the venue now known as Etihad Stadium. The anchor tenant, coached by Kevin Sheedy, won the first AFL Premiership match at the stadium on March 9, 2000, beating Port Adelaide by 94 points. Its champion mid fielder, Michael Long, kicked the first goal at the stadium. Led on the field by James Hird, the club lost just one match for the season and went on to win the 2000 Premiership in a record breaking season. Essendon, alongside Carlton, is the game’s most successful club with 16 Premierships to its name.

Coach: James Hird 

Captain: Jobe Watson

Premierships: (16) 1897, 1901, 1911, 1912, 1923, 1924, 1942, 1946, 1949, 1950, 1962, 1965, 1984, 1985, 1993, 2000

Brownlow Medallists: Dick Reynolds 1934, 37-38, Bill Hutchison 1952 (tied), 1953, Graham Moss 1976, Gavin Wanganeen 1993, James Hird 1996 (tied), Jobe Watson 2012.

300 game players: Simon Madden 378, Dick Reynolds 320, Tim Watson 307, Garry Foulds 300, Dustin Fletcher.

Norm Smith Medallists: Bill Duckworth 1984, Simon Madden 1985, Michael Long 1993, James Hird 2000

AFL Hall of Fame Legends: John Coleman, Bill Hutchison, Dick Reynolds

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