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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.
Of the 1,109 players who have represented the EFC at senior level to the end of January 2014 (of which 32 are still playing):
1,077 are past players
118 (10.8%), played only one game.
439 (40.8%), inc. 1 game, played less than 10 games.
171 (15.9%), played 11 to 20 games.
185 (17.2%), played 21 to 50 games.
153 (14.2%), played 51 to 100 games.
70 (6.5%), played 101 to 150 games.
40 (3.7%), played 151 to 200 games.
8 (0.7%), played 201 to 250 games.
8 (0.7%), played 251 to 300 games.
3 (0.3%), played more than 300 games.
44,042 - Total games played by past players.
40.9 - Average games per player.
3.6 years - Average length of a players career.
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||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||
|Jack Feian||Appointed 2012||Ron Kirwan||Appointed 2014|
|Don Gross||Appointed 2014|