Essendon Football Club (VFL)
|Founded||1871 (2013 in VFL)|
|Competition||Victorian Football League|
|Captain(s)||Matthew Bate and Ben Duscher|
|Premierships||8 (Pre-VFL era)
0 (VFL era)
|Ground(s)||Windy Hill (capacity: 15,000)|
|Official website||Essendonfc VFL|
Essendon Football Club VFL team, nicknamed the Bombers and often referred to as the Essendon Reserves, is an Australian rules football team that plays in the Victorian Football League. The team is a reserves team operated by the Essendon Football Club, which fields its senior team in the Australian Football League.
Essendon was formed in 1871 as a junior club and as a senior club in 1873, joining the newly formed Victorian Football Association in 1878. In 1897, Essendon was one of the eight breakaway clubs to form the Victorian Football League (which later became the modern day AFL in 1990), and has fielded its senior team in that competition every year since.
The VFL/AFL operated a reserves competition from 1919–1991, and a de facto AFL reserves competition known as the Victorian State Football League operated from 1992–1999. The Essendon Football Club fielded a reserves team in both of these competitions, allowing players who were not selected for the senior team to play for Essendon in the lower grade.
In 2000, the VSFL merged with the modern day Victorian Football League. From 2000 to 2002, the Essendon reserves team competed in the merged VFL. In 2003, the Essendon reserves team was dissolved, and Essendon entered an affiliation with the Bendigo Football Club in 2003, allowing Essendon reserves players to play in Bendigo's senior team. The team was known as the Bendigo Bombers, and the affiliation lasted from 2003 until 2012.
Since 2013, has Essendon once again fielded a stand-alone reserves team in the VFL. The Essendon VFL team is composed of both reserves players from the club's primary and rookie AFL lists, and a separately maintained list of players eligible only for VFL matches.
a Essendon refused to play the Grand Final in Geelong and were defaulted in the process.
VFL results overview
|Season||Ladder||Win-Loss||Finals||Coach||Captain(s)||Club Best & Fairest|
|2013||8th||9-9||Elimination Final||Hayden Skipworth||Matthew Bate & Ben Duscher||Ben Duscher|
|2014||10th||7-10 (1 draw)||DNQ||Hayden Skipworth||TBA||TBA|