2013 Essendon Football Club season

The 2013 Essendon Football Club season is the club's 115th season in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Essendon Football Club
2013 season
PresidentDavid Evans
Paul Little
CoachJames Hird
(3rd season)
Captain(s)Jobe Watson
(4th season)
Home groundEtihad Stadium
AFL season9th
Finals SeriesDisqualified[b]
Best and FairestBrendon Goddard
Leading goalkickerStewart Crameri (30)
Highest home attendance93,373 vs. Collingwood (Round 5)
Lowest home attendance30,143 vs. Greater Western Sydney (Round 6)
Average home attendance46,412
Club membership56,314
( 8,606 / +6.54%)

This season also represents the first time since 2002 that the club will independently compete with a reserves team in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Supplements controversy

On 5 February the Essendon Football Club asked Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) to investigate the concerns over the clubs possible use of un-approved supplements during the 2012 season.[1]
An Independent review conducted by Dr. Ziggy Switkowski regarding the Essendon Football Club governance processes was released to the public on 6 May.[2]
CEO Ian Robson hands in his resignation on 23 May.[3] He is replaced by former Tatts Group CEO and Essendon board member Ray Gunston as the interim CEO.[4]
Chairman David Evans resigns citing health issues on 27 July.[5] Former Toll Holdings Managing Director and Essendon board member Paul Little is elected to replace him as the new Essendon Chairman.[6]
On 27 August, the AFL charged the Essendon Football Club with breaking "Rule 1.6 - engaging in conduct that is unbecoming or likely to prejudice the interests or reputation of the Australian Football League or to bring the game of football into disrepute". There have been no player sanctions from ASADA, whose investigation is still ongoing.[7]

The following charges were handed down against club and personnel:

  • $2,000,000 fine[7]
  • Club forfeits place in finals and deemed to have finished 9th[7]
  • Loss of First and Second Round draft selections in 2013 and 2014 draft[7]
  • Club receives end of First Round selection in 2014 draft[7]
  • James Hird, Head Coach - 12-month suspension (backdated to 25 August 2013)[7]
  • Danny Corcoran, Football Manager - 6-month suspension (two months of which is suspended for a period of two years)[7]
  • Mark Thompson, Senior Assistant - $30,000 fine[7]
  • Dr. Bruce Reid, Club Doctor - charges dropped[7]


Essendon Football Club
Senior list Rookie List Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)
  • Long-term injury list
  • Upgraded rookie(s)
  • (vet) Veterans list

Updated: 31 October 2013
Source(s): Playing list, Coaching staff




Seasons[s] Player
14Mark McVeigh
9Ricky Dyson
8Henry Slattery
7Sam Lonergan
6Kyle Reimers
4Brent Prismall
2Michael Ross
2Anthony Long
2Ariel Steinberg
1Brendan Lee
= Retired


Pre-season (NAB Cup)

Round 1

The three teams in each pool play each other in games of two 20 minute halves, with all three games being played over a three-hour period at the one venue.
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