The Essendon Football Club
is a professional Australian rules football
club which plays in the Australian Football League
(AFL), the sport's premier competition. Thought to have formed in 1872, the club played its first recorded game on 7 June 1873 against a Carlton Second 20, winning 1 goal to nil. The club played a senior club in the Victorian Football Association in 1878, one year after the VFA formed. It is historically associated with Essendon
, a suburb in the north-west of Melbourne
. Since 2013, the club has been headquartered at The Hangar, Melbourne Airport
, and plays its home games at either Docklands Stadium
or the Melbourne Cricket Ground
; throughout most of its history the club's home ground and headquarters was Windy Hill
, Essendon, where it played from 1922 until 1991. While it stopped playing games at the ground thereafter, Windy Hill remained its training and administration base until the end of 2013. Dyson Heppell
is the current team captain.
A founding member club of both the Victorian Football Association, in 1877, and the Victorian Football League (renamed the AFL in 1990), in 1896, Essendon is one of Australia's best-known football clubs. Essendon has won 16 VFL/AFL premierships, which, along with Carlton
, is the most of any club in the competition. The club also won four consecutive VFA premierships between 1891 and 1894, a feat unmatched in VFA
history and equalled only once in the VFL
, technically giving them the most amount of premierships in AFL
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