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HISTORY OF THE ASSOCIATION
The Association was formed in 1953.
The Senior Office Bearers of the Association (since the formation of the Association in 1953 have been):
|Harry Hunter||1953-1957||Pop (H) Lee||1953-1962||Duffy (E) Plummer||1953-1954|
|Frank Maher||1958-1968||Alby Jacobson||1963-1980||Wally Collis||1955-1977|
|Les Griggs||1969-1970||Bill Gnaden||1981-1995||Keith Waters||1978-1995|
|Bob Drummond||1971-1990||Darren Rickey||1996-2000||Darren Rickey||1996-1999|
|Jack Hickey||1991-1997||Barry Capuano||2000-2010||Jerry Backhouse||2000-2003|
|Ted Leehane||1998-1999||David Collins||2011-||Don Gross||2004-|
Relationship with Essendon Football Club
The EFCPP&OA has always had a great relationship with the Essendon Football Club and on many occasions have worked together to achieve specific outcomes. For instance, from the time that the EFCPP&OA was formed, the EFC supplied 60 seats for past players at home games at Essendon and this arrangement still applies at the MCG and Etihad Stadiums.
Some other major joint programs include:
EFC Past Players Foundation Trust
In 2004 the EFCPP&OA approached the EFC with a proposal to jointly develop a past players foundation trust to assist past players who were suffering financial hardship and were not able to maintain their normal living standards. The EFC agreed to this proposal and the EFC Past Players Foundation Trust was formed, with each group donating $25,000 to initiate the fund. The topping up of this fund, on a year by year basis, is provided by profits generated by the Dick Reynolds Club functions. Since the start of the EFC Past Players Foundation Trust a number of past players and their immediate families have been assisted.
The EFCPP&OA are extremely grateful to the EFC and Committee of the Dick Reynolds Club for their great ongoing support of the EFCPP&OA.
The current Trustees of the EFC Past Players Foundation Trust are Ray Horsburgh, Greg Brown and Barry Capuano.
Debut Jumper Presentation Program
The EFC initiated the presentation of Debut Jumpers for all living past players of the Club in 2003.
The Debut Jumper represents an historical and performance record of each individual. The reference to Debut actually refers to the number that the player was registered with the VFL/AFL, and as only 1104 players (to the end of 2012 have represented the EFC since the formation of the VFL in 1897, it is easy to understand why the recipients so highly regard these presentations, particularly as this is unique within the AFL industry.
Other information on the jumper includes: Years played, games played, playing number and any milestones, e.g, playing in a premiership team, best & fairest etc.
Interesting statistics on past players of our club, as at October 2015 :
· Until the end of the 2015, 1,126 players have represented the club at senior level since 1897.
· Of the above number 37 are still playing, therefore 1,089 are past players.
· The 1,089 players played 45,117 games at an average of 41.4 games per player.
· The average length of a player’s career is 3.64 years.
· 381 (35 %) played for one season only.
· The first player to reach 100 games was Edward Kinnear in 1903, finishing with 105 games.
· 148 players (13.6%) have played 100 or more games.
· The first player to reach 200 games was Dick Reynolds in 1945 and he was also the first player to reach 300 in 1950, finishing with 320. Dick also played for 19 years.
· 22 players (2.02%) have played 200 or more games.
· 72.9% have played less than 50 games.
The following table shows stats on all games played by past players:
|Games Played||Number of players||% of Total|
|Less than 10 (Incl 1 game players)||445||40.9|
In 2008 the EFCPP&OA became directly involved with organising Debut Jumper presentations, and as part of this program is actively attempting to locate every living past player to ensure that their jumper is presented as soon as practical.
The intent of the Debut Jumper program was to present the jumpers to players at least three (3) years after their retirement from AFL football.
Life Members of the Association
The following are current Life Members of the Association:
|Ian Browning||Appointed 2007||Alby Wilson||Appointed 2007|
|Barry Capuano||Appointed 2010||Graeme Schultz||Appointed 2007|
|Emil Eugene||Appointed 2011||Alan McGillivray||Appointed 2009|
|Gary Grainger||Appointed 2009||Kevin Parks||Appointed 1996|
|Jack Feian||Appointed 2012||Bruce Reid||Appointed 2010|
|Peter Harrington||Appointed 2007||Ian Reynolds||Appointed 2010|
|Colin Hooper||Appointed 2011||Don Gross||Appointed 2014|
|Darryl Gerlach||Appointed 2016||Charlie Payne||Appointed 2016|
|Harold Lambert||Appointed 2016|