Not for this old Bomber.


Essendon Drugs Scandal

This bloody Drugs Scandal has made this Aged Don Tragic very angry. I am angry that the coaching staff were obviously duped into thinking that the missing secret ingredient the Essendon Football Club needed to win a premiership was a miracle drug.

I am angry that naive young men were injected with these drugs with unknown future ramifications for their health.

And now I’m angrier than ever to learn that the CEO of the Essendon Football Club and the suspended Coach, intends to fight these issues through the courts for as long as they can. Perhaps they think if they keep it in the courts for the next few years the players involved will be past their playing age.

And who is “footing the bill” for these costly challenges? Will funds be taken from the excellent Indigenous programs run by the club? Will funds be taken from the multicultural programs? What about the Community programmes and the worthwhile charities the footy club supports? If they think they can raise money from the supporters, count me out!

Maybe I’m naïve, but I reckon it would have been far more sensible for the club to own up to this dreadful situation at the start of the 2013 season, admit they made a catastrophic blunder and cop the consequences. OK, we may have been an “easy-beat” for a while, but true supporters like me would have stuck with them. As it is, I will not be rejoining Essendon next year while this legal fiasco drags on.

Rod Oaten



  1. I would nominate you for Club President, Rod. But men of principle are not suited to the duplicity of politics. Hang in there. Don’t let the bastards steal your club.
    What about a Peter Costello and Bill Kelty double bill ticket? You don’t have to like them to respect them.

  2. Peter Fuller says

    PB, there has been a suggestion that Lindsay Tanner is the prospective next President. I understand that he has joined the Board in recent months.

  3. I’m so happy to finally hear some sense from an Essendon member. Any chance you can get rid of the rabble ellement that thinks the sun from James verily shines?

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