2013 Essendon Football Club season

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Essendon Football Club
2013 season
President David Evans
Paul Little
Coach James Hird
(3rd season)
Captain(s) Jobe Watson
(4th season)
Home ground Etihad Stadium
AFL season 9th[b]
Best and Fairest Brendon Goddard
Leading goalkicker Stewart Crameri (30)
Highest home attendance 93,373 vs. Collingwood (Round 5)
Lowest home attendance 30,143 vs. Greater Western Sydney (Round 6)
Average home attendance 46,412
Club membership 56,314
(Increase 8,606 / +6.54%)

The 2013 Essendon Football Club season is the club's 115th season in the Australian Football League (AFL).

This season also represents the first time since 2002 that the club will independently compete with a reserves team in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Supplements controversy[edit]

On February 5 the Essendon Football Club asked Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) to investigate the concerns over the clubs possible use of un-approved supplements during the 2012 season.[1]
An Independent review conducted by Dr. Ziggy Switkowski regarding the Essendon Football Club governance processes was released to the public on May 6.[2]
CEO Ian Robson hands in his resignation on May 23.[3] He is replaced by former Tatts Group CEO and Essendon board member Ray Gunston as the interim CEO.[4]
Chairman David Evans resigns citing health issues on July 27.[5] Former Toll Holdings Managing Director and Essendon board member Paul Little is elected to replace him as the new Essendon Chairman.[6]
On August 27, the AFL charged the Essendon Football Club with breaking "Rule 1.6 - engaging in conduct that is unbecoming or likely to prejudice the interests or reputation of the Australian Football League or to bring the game of football into disrepute". There have been no player sanctions from ASADA, whose investigation is still ongoing.[7]

The following charges were handed down against club and personnel:

  • $2,000,000 fine[7]
  • Club forfeits place in finals and deemed to have finished 9th[7]
  • Loss of First and Second Round draft selections in 2013 and 2014 draft[7]
  • Club receives end of First Round selection in 2014 draft[7]
  • James Hird, Head Coach - 12-month suspension (backdated to August 25, 2013)[7]
  • Danny Corcoran, Football Manager - 6-month suspension (two months of which is suspended for a period of two years)[7]
  • Mark Thompson, Senior Assistant - $30,000 fine[7]
  • Dr. Bruce Reid, Club Doctor - charges dropped[7]


Essendon Football Club
Senior list Rookie List Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain
  • Cruz Roja.svg Long-term injury list
  • Arrow-up.png Upgraded rookie(s)
  • (vet) Veterans list

Updated: 31 October 2013
Source(s): Playing list, Coaching staff


Main article: 2012 AFL Trades


Main article: 2012 AFL Draft


Seasons[s] Player
14 Mark McVeigh
9 Ricky Dyson
8 Henry Slattery
7 Sam Lonergan
6 Kyle Reimers
4 Brent Prismall
2 Michael Ross
2 Anthony Long
2 Ariel Steinberg
1 Brendan Lee
= Retired


Pre-season (NAB Cup)[edit]

Round 1[edit]

The three teams in each pool play each other in games of two 20 minute halves, with all three games being played over a three-hour period at the one venue.