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THE KEY MO­MENTS THAT HAVE MADE THE ESSEN DON FOOT­BALL CLUB BY DAN EDDY, S LAT­TER Y ME­DIA ,†ˆŠ.Š²

With a fi­nals ap­pear­ance this sea­son, the sup­port­ers of Essendon can just about put the club’s un­happy re­cent pe­riod in the past. But they shouldn’t ig­nore his­tory al­to­gether – the Bombers can point to a proud her­itage, and some of it even pre­dates Kevin Sheedy as coach (that might seem like a long time ago, but it’s true). Dan Eddy, an In­side Sport con­trib­u­tor, foot­ball his­to­rian and dyed-in-the-wool red-and-black devo­tee, reaches back to Essendon’s ori­gins, from Dick Reynolds to John Cole­man, var­i­ous Dani­hers and Wat­sons, to James Hird and the baby Bombers. Worth­while for some of the images alone – there’s a gem of Si­mon Mad­den cel­e­brat­ing post-match, with a Coke, a cig­a­rette and an arm around Lib­eral leader Andrew Pea­cock.

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