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):

Presidents   Secretaries   Treasurers  
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-
Kevin Parks 2000-2005        
Graeme Schultz 2006-2010        
Barry Capuano 2011-        

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.

Greg Sewell and Barry Capuano presenting Max Nixon with his Debut Jumper at his home at Orbost.

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.

Of the 1,104 players who have represented the EFC to the end of 2012 (of which 33 are still playing):

116(10.8%), played only one game.

786(73.3%), played less than 50 games

The average length of a players career is 3.6 years.

In 2008 the EFCPP&OA became directly involved with organizing 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 Ted Leehane Appointed 2001
Barry Capuano Appointed 2010 Hugh Morris Appointed 1991
Emil Eugene Appointed 2011 Alan McGillivray Appointed 2009
Gary Grainger Appointed 2009 Kevin Parks Appointed 1996
Ron Hare Appointed 2009 Bruce Reid Appointed 2010
Peter Harrington Appointed 2007 Ian Reynolds Appointed 2010
Bruce Heymanson Appointed 2009 Graeme Schultz Appointed 2007
Colin Hooper Appointed 2011 Alby Wilson Appointed 2007

Jack Feain                             Appointed 2012

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