This was changed after 2011 when the AFL deemed that the wider sash did not provide sufficient contrast. In order for the club to remain competitive, the AFL granted Essendon the ability to upgrade all five of their rookie listed players and to sign an additional ten players to cover the loss of the suspended players for the season. The nearest miss came in 1957 when the Bombers (as they were popularly known by this time) earned premiership favouritism after a superb 16-point second semi final defeat of Melbourne, only to lose by over 10 goals against the same side a fortnight later. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, amendment documentation, including submissions, will only be displayed online. From 2000 until 2002, the club's reserves team competed in the new Victorian Football League competition. 77 McCracken Street last sold this year, for $2.985m. As a result, all 34 players, 12 of which were still at the club, were given two-year suspensions. Songwriter Mike Brady, of "Up There Cazaly" fame, penned an updated version of the song in 1999 complete with a new verse arrangement, but it was not well received. The club remained competitive; however, they could progress no further than the second week of the finals each year for the years of 2002, 2003, and 2004. This move generated large increases in game attendance, membership and revenue for the club. In order to amend the planning scheme, Council must seek approval from the Minister for Planning.. All planning scheme amendments are consulted on with the community. The club's first preference was to move to North Melbourne[27] – a move which the North Melbourne Football Club (then in the VFA) saw as an opportunity to get into the VFL. [28][29] However, the VFA, desperate for its own strategic reasons not to lose its use of the North Melbourne Cricket Ground, successfully appealed to the State Government to block Essendon's move to North Melbourne. Essendon also has a fierce rivalry with Hawthorn stemming from the 1980s. Sheedy signed a new three-year contract at the end of 2004. Lindsay Tanner has served as chairman of the board since late 2015. Alex's cousin, Collier McCracken, who had already played with Melbourne, was the team's first captain.[7]. Expectations were high for the 2018 season, with the club having an outstanding offseason. Powered by Please check your email for further instructions. EOI Closing Tuesday, 19th May at 12pm @christianlonzi_jelliscraig @jelliscraig_essendonkensington Essendon's first recorded jumpers were navy blue (The Footballers, edited by Thomas Power, 1875) although the club wore 'red and black caps and hose'. We've been working on a heritage study called the Moonee Valley 2017 Heritage Study. However, it was to take another three years, and a change of coach, before the team's obvious potential was translated into tangible success. In 2013 the club moved its training and administrative base to the True Value Solar Centre, a new facility in the suburb of Melbourne Airport which it had developed in conjunction with the Australian Paralympic Committee. Terms of Service   |   Privacy Policy   |   Sitemap   |   Copyright 2019 Moonee Valley City Council. On 28 September 2010, former captain James Hird was named as Essendon's new coach from 2011 on a four-year deal. The defeat to the Bulldogs was the only defeat for Essendon throughout the entire calendar year (Essendon also won the 2000 pre-season competition).[42]. This then led to an all in brawl between both sides. Add the digital brochure to your phone and take it everywhere. Lucrative contracts to a number of premiership players had caused serious pressure on the club's salary cap, forcing the club to trade several key players. Given that blue and navy blue were the most popular colours at the time it is thought that Essendon adopted a red sash in 1877 to distinguish its players from others in similar coloured jumpers. Essendon is one of Australia's best-known football clubs. The team became universally known as "the Dons" (from EssenDON); it was not until much later, during the War years of the early 1940s, that they became known as "The Bombers" – due to Windy Hill's proximity to the Essendon Aerodrome.[32]. [22] The nickname first appeared in print in the local North Melbourne Advertiser in 1889,[23] and ended up gaining wide use, often as the diminutive "Same Olds".