Prior to the seventies players transferring between clubs was a fairly uncommon event, especially for well known footballers. Nowadays it is not uncommon for players to transfer between clubs. In my days of watching football I have seen quite a number of players come into the Essendon Football Club after
starting their careers elsewhere. I have listed all of the players I know of who played at least one game for Essendon after starting their careers elsewhere.
Using these criteria means that players like Andrew Bomford are not listed as he didn't play a game for Sydney before he was recruited and Kerry Good, John Fidge and Doc Wheildon are not listed as they did not play senior football at Essendon. Neville Fields and John Barnes aren't listed either because they started at EFC before they left and then returned.
Players are listed in order of games played for EFC from Terry Daniher at 294 games down to Don Mattson, Robert Hyde, Mark Hannebery, Stephen Pirrie and Michael O'Sullivan with one game. A side point to that is Don Mattson didn't even get onto the ground and spent the entire day, and therefore his EFC career, on the bench after being injured in the warm up at VFL Park in 1977. This allowed 15 year old Tim Watson to start on the ground in his first game instead of the bench where he was named.
Terry Daniher, Sean Wellman, Sean Denham, Adam McPhee, Paul Barnard, Anthony Daniher, Ben Doolan, Barry Young, Derek Kickett, Alan Stoneham, Des Tuddenham, Russell Muir, Peter Bennett, Tony Elshaug, Mark Fraser, Steven Taubert, Grant Fowler, Brian Walsh, Bryan Wood, Damian Cupido, Justin Murphy, Mal Michael, Brent Prismall, Neil Besanko, Allan Davis, Brian Winton, Peter Keenan, Colin Boyd, Wayne Foreman, Andrew Manning, Ian McMullin, Graeme Jenkin, Brendon Goddard, Matthew Allan, Rene Kink, Jack Baggott, Peter Francis, Scott Camporeale, Cameron Clayton, Simon Eastaugh, Michael Richardson, Geoff Raines, Tim Darcy, Mark Alvey, Bernie Jones, Hayden Skipworth, Phil Carman, David Sullivan, Ty Zantuck, Dale Kickett, Jonathon Robran, Daryl Cunningham, Paul Morrish, Richard Cole, Kelvin Steel, Andrew Merryweather, Mark Williams, Ian Morrison, Roy Ramsay, Doug Cox, Paul O'Brien, David Robertson, Brendan Bower, Brian Brown, Ilija Grgic, Don Mattson, Robert Hyde, Mark Hannebery, Stephen Pirrie and Michael O'Sullivan.
I may have missed some from the early days as the only one I have listed is Jack Baggott who came across from Richmond to Captain Coach the club in the thirties.
This should allow people to have a think of who has been the highest profile recruit and who has been the best value.