1981 Revisited – Finals Week 1: ‘To Cut a Long Story Short’

It’s finals time in Stainless’ look back at the 1981 season. In the first week, there are multiple upsets that disrupt the course of the finals series.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 22 – West Coast v Essendon: A final memory

It was a watershed day out west in 2007 when Nathan Hollier watched the Eagles finish their home and away campaign. The story wasn’t on them, as the great Kevin Sheedy and James Hird both farewelled adoring fans.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 21 – Essendon v Richmond: Legends struggle to say bye

Round 21, 2007. James Hird and Kevin Sheedy’s final games in Melbourne. Over 85,000 flocked to the ‘G – Paul Daffey has the report on a final home contest for two Essendon heroes.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 20 – Essendon v Carlton: Fev, Ratten and Makybe

Christopher Riordan participated in the Saturday ritual with an Auskick to MCG day in 2007. Watching traditional rivals Carlton and Essendon clash led to questions about draft picks, full-forwards and coaches.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 19 – Fremantle v Essendon: The Dockers’ redemption run

It was hard to know what to expect from an underperforming Fremantle in 2007. Les Everett nervously watched as the Dockers faced off against Kevin Sheedy and his Bombers.

Round 9 – Essendon v Brisbane: Smacking the hated enemy

Phil Hill is no fan of the Essendon Football Club, making Brisbane’s smacking of the Bombers a wonderful night to marvel at the Lions’ depth. Adding insult to Essendon’s injuries was a helpful bonus.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 18 – Hawthorn v Essendon: Rubbing shoulders with the brown and gold elite

A 2007 Sunday afternoon gave Mark Hawthorne the perfect chance to join the corporates at the ‘G. With the Hawks wrapping up another victory en route to September, Mark got to watch from the best seats in the house.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 17 – Essendon v Adelaide: A win for Sheeds

The Dons may have gotten up in this 2007 clash with the Crows, but Christian Mooney left the old Telstra Dome gutted by the sacking of Kevin Sheedy.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 16 – Collingwood v Essendon: A magical day of black and white spells

A 2007 Collingwood-Essendon clash coincided with the release of the final Harry Potter book. Matt O’Connor had a hard time handling both priorities, but he managed to get to the ‘G to watch some magic unfold.

1981 Revisited – The Escort Cup: ‘The Night Owls’

In his journey through the 1981 season, Stainless Steele revisits the halcyon days of the Escort Cup when Essendon downed Carlton in the Grand Final at VFL Park.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 15 – Essendon v Western Bulldogs: Two faulty defences

Essendon and the Bulldogs were both hunting for a finals spot midway through the 2007 season. A high-scoring affair left John Weldon scratching his head at the poor back lines of both teams.

Round 5 – Collingwood v Essendon: A shocker in the rain (Floreat Pica Society)

Going into Friday’s clash expecting a classy win, Richard Moody was shocked with what his Pies dished up. His FPS report details the varying emotions he experienced as Collingwood rallied to make a late comeback.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 14 – Essendon v Geelong: A rich night of Geelong domination

John Harms watched his Cats from Perth. His Geelong ladder-leaders were rich in skill as they waltzed over Essendon in a 2007 Friday night match-up. [This is the ‘Chaaaaapppyyy!’ game- Ed]

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 13 – Essendon v Melbourne: No fairytale for Neale

Rob Clarkson sat down in his place atop the Phoenix to watch Neale Daniher’s last game as Melbourne coach in 2007. A winding story about Melbourne pub life and the fate of footy ensued.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 12 – Port Adelaide v Essendon: Aggression beats Hird’s final Football Park hurrah

Port Adelaide rectified their form in season 2007 with a nervy win over Essendon. John Kingsmill watched the game from the stands, and objected to the way the Power faithful treated James Hird.

Round 2 – Sydney v Essendon: The Golden Ticket

An entertaining debut from Scott Gallen, who was one of a select group who gained entry to the SCG on Sunday to watch the Swans battle the Bombers.

Round 2 – Sydney v Essendon: That is how you break a drought… narrowly!

After a nervy first-up win ten weeks ago, Essendon made the trip up to Sydney to renew their rivalry with the Swans. Caspar McLeod was kept on the edge of his seat as the game tightened up in the final minutes.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 11 – Essendon v West Coast: Hird wills the Bombers over the line

Off the back of James Hird, Essendon launched a Friday night attack on the reigning Premiers. Watching on from a pub, John Harms describes the thrilling finish.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 10 – Sydney v Essendon: Lamenting umpires, curse the Dons

After this controversial 2007 match, Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy commented on the growing knowledge and passion of the Sydney crowd. Rod Gillett gives his take on the tight finish, highlighting the horrible umpiring decisions that proved costly for his Swans.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 9 – Richmond v Essendon: Another Richo tragedy

Paul Daffey ventured to the MCG for the third instalment of Dreamtime at the ‘G. In a dramatic finish, a fatal kick at goal by Richmond’s beloved full-forward decided the 2007 encounter.