The Essendon Football Club, or Essendon Bombers, is an Australian rules football club located in the Melbourne suburb of Essendon. They’re one of the oldest AFL teams still in existence and share the title of most Premierships won with the Carlton Blues.
Essendon Bombers Information
Home Ground(s): Etihad Stadium, MCG, Windy Hill
Colours: Red and Black
Mascot: Mos ‘Skeeta’ Reynolds
Number of Premierships Won: 16 (1897, 1901, 1911, 1912, 1923, 1924, 1942, 1946, 1949, 1950, 1962, 1965, 1984, 1985, 1993, 2000)
Number of Minor Premierships Won: 17 (1898, 1911, 1923, 1924, 1942, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1962, 1968, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2001)
The Essendon Bombers were established as a junior club in 1871 and graduated to a senior club in 1873. It was one of the first seven clubs that would form the VFL (direct predecessor of the current AFL). For the most part, the team was successful in its early competitions; though in 1881 the club was moved to East Melbourne. This is where they stayed from 1882 to 1922, winning four Premiership titles before being moved back to their original home in Essendon.
It seemed that the move was just what the team needed as they finished the 1923 season in the Top 4 and went on to capture their first Premiership title in more than a decade thanks to the talent of the ‘Mosquito Fleet’. 1924 saw the Bombers take the Premiership again via a round robin style tournament between the Top 4 teams.
After 1924, the team fell on hard times that would last until 1933 and the arrival of Dick Reynolds. It marked the beginning of a revival for the team, which would last until 1960 and see them taking four more Premierships. The team continually dominated the VFL with the help of Reynolds, Haydn Bunton Sr, Bob Skilton, and Ian Stewart. Though Reynolds left in 1960, John Coleman entered as the new coach of the Essendon Bombers. He managed to continue the team’s success, leading them through winning home and away seasons through the decade. Unfortunately, after Coleman retired in 1968, the team began a downward spiral that they would not fully recover from until the 1980s.
Since 2000, the club has done fairly well; however, they have been unable to grab a Premiership title within the last decade.
Emblem, Colours & Guernseys
The Essendon Bombers’ emblem is a shield of sorts with the team’s moniker across the top of a triangle holding a sleek fighter jet. The team’s colours are black and red.
The home guernseys are mostly black with a thick red sash running diagonally across the front of the shirt. The shorts are black. The clash (away) guernseys are very similar to those worn at home matches, though the shirt features a much thicker red sash and is worn with red or white shorts.
Though the home grounds of the Essendon Bombers have been changed quite a few times over the course of the team’s history, they play all of their home fixtures at Etihad Stadium (55,000 capacity) or the Melbourne Cricket Ground (100,000 capacity). The Bombers hold open training sessions at Windy Hill.
Over 40,000 Essendon Bombers fans have registered as members in support of this favourite AFL team. You too can become a member, which gives you access to such extras as a personalised membership card, members only merchandise, an annual subscription to Bombers magazine, weekly newsletters, and exclusive invitations to Essendon Bombers events. They offer several different membership packages for all pocket sizes, including both non-match and match access options.
Skeeta Reynolds is the mascot for the Essendon Bombers. He’s a rough and tough mosquito that dons the team’s colours. He used to be a bomber pilot, but upon landing his jet at Windy Hill he decided to never leave.
Best Bet to Make
The Bombers haven’t had a very successful season thus far. They’re currently sitting in the number 13 spot – three spots ahead of the bottom rung. This makes them a team to consider for such overall bets as the Wooden Spoon. If you want to back the Essendon Bombers in their next fixture, make sure its on the home ground as they’re not faring too well on the road.
You might also want to try out some of the exotic bets such as 1st scoring play per quarter or highest scoring quarter. These can add more excitement to the game and give you more options when it comes to AFL betting. Sign up at Ladbrokes.com.au (if you haven’t already) to bet on AFL matches as it affords more convenience and better odds than the local TAB.