Formed in 1872, the club played its first recorded game on 7 June 1873 against Carlton, winning 1 goal to nil. The club was one of the inaugural members of the VFA in 1877, and began competing as a senior club from the 1878 season.




The Bombers

They have won 16 premierships which is the most of any club in the competition, equal to Carlton.

A founding member of both the VFA in 1877 and the VFL in 1896, Essendon is one of Australia's best-known football clubs.

Since 2013, the club has been headquartered at The Hangar, Melbourne Airport.


Club Song

See the Bombers fly up, up!
To win the premiership flag!
Our boys will play this grand old game,
And are always striving for glory and fame!
See the Bombers fly up, up!
The other teams they don't fear!
They all try their best but they can't get near,
As the Bombers fly up!

Based on the 1929 song "Keep Your Sunny Side Up" at an increased tempo.

Throughout most of its history the club's home ground and headquarters was Windy Hill, Essendon, where it played from 1922 until 1991.

Windy Hill

1970 – 1999

Windy Hill remained its training and administration base until the end of 2013.

Docklands Stadium

2000 – 2019

The club plays its home games at either Docklands Stadium or the MCG .


1897 – 2019

The club played its first recorded match against the Carlton second twenty on 7 June 1873, with Essendon winning by one goal. Essendon played 13 matches in its first season, winning seven, with four draws and losing two.
During its early years Essendon played its home matches at Flemington Hill, but moved to the East Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1881.

Essendon's first VFL game was in 1897 was against Geelong at Corio Oval in Geelong. Essendon won its first VFL premiership by winning the 1897 VFL finals series. Essendon again won the premiership in 1901, defeating Collingwood in the Grand Final. The club won successive premierships in 1911 and 1912 over Collingwood and South Melbourne respectively.

years in competition & premierships

Essendon Football Club years in competition premierships runner-up
1897 – 1915 + 1918 – 2019
16 14