Your first final

1981 Elimination Final v Fitzroy.  We were on such a role that year until we lost a close 1 to Geelong in the last round.  A win would have seen us play Collingwood who we'd beaten a few weeks earlier & then Carlton who went on to beat the Pies for the flag.  We beat Carlton at their own toilet in round 20.  Alas, we played Fitzroy & they were just better on the day.  Lack of experience on & off the field probably cost us but I guess ultimately it was all part of making the great 84/85 side. 

 

 

First game ever was the 79 Elimination Final. 3 weeks before my 5th birthday.

Mum drove to VFL Park in the week before the game to buy tickets, and I was allowed out on the ground. I ran all the way out to the centre circle and stood on the plate they bounced the ball on in the centre of the ground. Was wearing my hand knitted bomber jumper.

Unfortunately the Bombers were belted by Fitzroy.

Took an hour to get out of the car park a nightmare of a day created by david mcmahon and bernie quinlan.

Td and simon madden  played with broken hands.

Another nightmare occured 10 years later against geelong at vfl park in the prelim called gary ablett.

 

that 89 prelim was a shocker, after we'd smashed them 2 weeks earlier, then got beaten up by Hawthorn in a brutal 2nd semi.  Once we got injuries in the prelim (was it Daisy Williams who broke a leg?) it was never going to be pretty...

 

Two shocking finals in a row, the prelim just an inevitable disaster. Daisy got taken out by Hocking in the first few minutes and was concussed, again. Never came back on. The Dons went in without Salmon and Vander and Harvey I think. They were decimated by injury and Watson and a few others were only half fit. Sheedy brought in the likes of Werner and Plain and they had Sporn at full forward which was a brilliant move for the first two minutes. Never seen a player get more exposed than Hamilton when he lined up on G Ablett.

95 semi

 

still to this day my worst footballing memory

 

i've hated that pathetic excuse for a football club with a passion ever since

1978 GF (i was young)

hawks beat nth melb and Baker (#4 for NM) took a speccy in the centre of the ground. Knights took one as well but i was too high up and at the wrong angle to see it properly (probs in northern stand)

Mine would have been the 81 final against Fitzroy.

1949 Grand Final, sat between the boundary line and the fence, half forward flank at the Jolimont end.

93 Prelim.

 

Was taken to the game by my grandad. My favourite 2nd favourite game to watch on DVD. First is 93 Grand Final, learned the Channel 7 commentary from a very early age and could still recite it today.

79 EF V Fitzroy. I convinced my dad (Collingwood man) to take me. I think he took a slight delight is seeing us totally smashed. It took ages to get out of the car park. I have managed to completely erase all memory of the game.

93 Prelim.

 

Was taken to the game by my grandad. My favourite 2nd favourite game to watch on DVD. First is 93 Grand Final, learned the Channel 7 commentary from a very early age and could still recite it today.

Some of my faves:
As if it were on a wire...
Michael Long, look at this boy go...
Take me on, take me on, take me on he says...
Is this man the best man on the ground, I ask you...

 

And of course, Mer-cur-ee

My first was the 1968 Second Semi v Carlton. We got beaten by about six goals after beating them twice during the season

 

Ken Fraser was captain and Jack Clarke was in his first year as coach after Coleman resigned after coaching the Bombers to two flags in 62 and 65.

 

The main reason I remember it so vividly was that there three generations of my family there, all mad Bombers supporters. My Grandfather, Dad and we children. I was 8  yhears at the time.

 

I am a little older now but I have added a fourth generation of Essendon supporters to the fold.

Although not my first final that I remember going to (that was the 1966 GF - lol!), this was my first Essendon Final too.

 

I remember sitting in the MCC "ladies" section of the then "still new" (but now demolished!) Ponsford stand as an 11 year old with my Dad. Back in those days, ladies and children under 18 were not allowed in the Members Pavilion - with no exceptions. Not even for the Prime Minister of the day (John Gorton) and his wife who were sitting behind me. My Dad said, "You should ask this bloke behind you nicely for an autograph". I did just that. Didn't have a clue who he was, but turns out he barracked for Essendon!

 

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93 Prelim.

 

Was taken to the game by my grandad. My favourite 2nd favourite game to watch on DVD. First is 93 Grand Final, learned the Channel 7 commentary from a very early age and could still recite it today.

Greatest game ever!!!

 

Maybe I should put this in the secret shame thread but I don't care, I have watched the 93 prelim more than the 93 GF by a ratio of 50:1

 

My first was the 1968 Second Semi v Carlton. We got beaten by about six goals after beating them twice during the season

 

Ken Fraser was captain and Jack Clarke was in his first year as coach after Coleman resigned after coaching the Bombers to two flags in 62 and 65.

 

The main reason I remember it so vividly was that there three generations of my family there, all mad Bombers supporters. My Grandfather, Dad and we children. I was 8  yhears at the time.

 

I am a little older now but I have added a fourth generation of Essendon supporters to the fold.

Although not my first final that I remember going to (that was the 1966 GF - lol!), this was my first Essendon Final too.

 

I remember sitting in the MCC "ladies" section of the then "still new" (but now demolished!) Ponsford stand as an 11 year old with my Dad. Back in those days, ladies and children under 18 were not allowed in the Members Pavilion - with no exceptions. Not even for the Prime Minister of the day (John Gorton) and his wife who were sitting behind me. My Dad said, "You should ask this bloke behind you nicely for an autograph". I did just that. Didn't have a clue who he was, but turns out he barracked for Essendon!

 

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I had all the finals Footy Records from 1968 until 1974. Dropped off then due to playing and the fact that Essendon did not make the finals. I still fondly remember the cover of that Record and if I recall correctly, on Page 5 was a photo of the great Bob Skilton receiving his third Brownlow with shiners under both eyes.

 

I think 1968 was the first year of the A4 colour Records. Those were the days.

 

And not a bad autograph.

'96 Semi against West Coast. The one we got to play at the 'G because of AFL's contract to play at least one final a week on the ground.

 

Hirdy, just epic. One of his top-5 games in my opinion. 

 

We absolutely belted them. And then the scarves started waving. Tears.

 

Tears of a different kind the following week unfortunately. To this day I haven't seen Lockett kick that behind. I got up and left the telly the moment he marked it.