James Hird: Releases the lid right off!


Poor Jim - can’t take a trick. Handled it all impeccably as usual. How nice to read an article the doesn’t include “former Essendon coach during saga… blah blah.”


One of the few tfg that hasn’t had to include shady past details.


He may have plenty of broken bones, yet not a single dishonourable bone in his body. Great man.


Another one from Ralphy


Thought that was John Ralph for a sec then realised he’s a ■■■■


Now, is that any way to talk about someone that EFC saw fit to give a #1 club guernsey to? At the height of that farkwit and the rest of the MSM bagging the club, too.


Some things this club has done that should never be forgiven, and that is one of them.


Happy Birthday, Hirdy.

Farking legend.

2x premierships
1x Brownlow medal
1x Norm Smith medal
5x All-Australian
5x best & fairest
3x Anzac Day medals


What a player he was.

I still think he was underrated against his peers.


James Hird, what a player. The most courageous player I have seen.
Happy Birthday James!


Can’t love/agree with this anymore. Happy Birthday to the great man.


Crawf & Hirdy season 2? Any news?


Maybe when Crawf gets back from South Africa.


Early 2000s at the G, game on the line… Essendon v Collingwood. Collingwood supporters Gaga over Bucks… Scorch has a few too many. Stands on the seat and wills the Southern Stand to celebrate two champs going head to head in a battle for top honours. Hird just wills himself from contest to contest and drifts across the packs to mark at will…A chorus of we’re not worthy, Bucks is not worthy echoes…As we celebrate a legend, a genius, a maestro… Implored Collingwood supporters to applaud. To their credit some did… Hird wins the game. The best player I’ve ever seen. There are many more memories but boy what a player. The Federer of the AFL.


Bloddy Irish dancers.


Jimmy is an advisor to a company making a concussive impact measuring mouthguard which will be trialled at 3 or 4 clubs this season.

The media are calling it the Hird backed Mouthguard. In fact it is made by Hit IQ. Maybe Hirdy has put some money into it? Or maybe the name Hird gets lots of clicks.


If his advice is positive then they are correct.
They’re not talking about who makes it, just saying an AFL great backs it.
You are supplying both the storm and the tea cup.
Chill a little my friend.


No need to chill, nothing to see, except I expected this news to have been posted in the Hird thread for discussion, so I did.

One of the more interesting things maybe not known as yet, is " he remains in contact with key Essendon people and has been mentoring young midfielder Kyle Langford"

Essendon and Carlton head a group of clubs set to trial a James Hird-backed mouthguard that is designed to measure the impact of head knocks.

The Western Bulldogs are also strongly considering using the high-tech mouthguard during training and games, as part of a research project to investigate the force of head knocks and improve player safety.

The mouthguard is implanted with an "accelerometer’’, the same device that sporting teams use in GPS vests that measure how quickly players move and the distance covered.

The AFL has approved the use of the mouthguard for 2019, which is said to be able to measure the force of blows to the head.

Hird, the former Essendon coach and champion, is a consultant and adviser to Hit IQ, the Australian company that developed the mouthguard.

Collingwood also has been in discussions with the mouthguard company, but is less likely to use the device than the Dons, Blues and Bulldogs. The company is hoping that there will be four clubs in the trial.

While the AFL has deemed the mouthguard safe for use by players, the league has limited it to research purposes. Club doctors cannot use the device to make clinical judgments about whether a player is concussed, or the extent of a concussion.

The expectation is that it will be used during the premiership season. Its use will not be compulsory.

Hird has not been involved in discussions with the AFL about the mouthguard, but Hit IQ - which hopes to establish the device in the United States, where concussion is a massive issue in American football - has indicated to the AFL that the former Bomber is assisting the company with the mouthguard.

The Nexus A9 mouthguard.

The Nexus A9 mouthguard.

The mouthguard has been backed by the AFL Players’ Association, which is keen to gain as much knowledge as possible about head-high collisions and hopes that the device can be a tool for improving player safety.

Clubs have previously experimented with sensors that were taped behind the ears of players to perform a similar function to the mouthguard.

The proponents of the mouthguard hope that, because it is fitted in the mouth, it will give a more accurate measure of the impact of collisions to the skull.

If the mouthguard is found to be effective as a tool for measuring the impact of head blows, it could become a diagnostic tool for club medicos, who are increasingly conscious of the risks of concussions - an issue that become more visible, as past players such as ex-Bomber and Cat John Barnes and ex-Demon and Kangaroo Shaun Smith say that they are afflicted with health problems that arose from concussions in their playing days.

Hird is not believed to be an investor, at this stage, in Hit IQ, whose chief executive has led the discussions with the clubs, the AFL and the AFLPA. Hird has taken a low profile since the Essendon drugs saga ceased in 2016, although he remains in contact with key Essendon people and has been mentoring young midfielder Kyle Langford.


That’s really, really nice to see/hear/read.

(and not one mention of the saga, only mentioning it as the article is in ‘that’ paper)