Our Eleventh Flag

The Essendon team was not highly regarded as Premiership potential in 1962, however the team performed together extremely well under Coach John Coleman, who was appointed in 1961, losing only two games during the home and away season.

Ken Fraser finished second in the Brownlow Medal, Alistair Lord of Geelong winning the medal.

Essendon went into the finals as hot contenders for the flag, and defeated Geelong in the Second Semi Final 14.21.105 to 7.17.59.

The following week, Carlton and Geelong drew and had to play again the next week, which left Essendon in the difficult position of having a two week break before the Grand Final. It was a very nerve racking experience for the players to watch the draw, however John Coleman made arrangements with the Melbourne FC to play on the Saturday morning of the replay of the Preliminary Final, which turned out to be of great benefit to the team.

Carlton defeated Geelong in the replay and fronted up to Essendon for the Grand Final, however the hard run the had had to get to the Grand Final showed on the day and Essendon ran away easy winners, 13.12.90 to 8.10.58.

Best players for Essendon in the Grand Final were: Jack Clarke, Hugh Mitchell, John Birt, Geoff Leek, Graeme Beissel, Barry Davis, David Shaw and Barry Capuano

The Premiership team was:

  • B.
  • H.B.
  • C.
  • H.F.
  • F.
  • Foll:
  • Rov.
  • Res:
  • David Shaw
  • Alec Epis
  • Barry Capuano
  • John Sommerville
  • John Birt
  • Geoff Leek
  • Jack Clarke
  • Brian Sampson
  • Paul Doran
  • Ian Shelton
  • Graeme Beissel
  • Ken Fraser
  • Charlie Payne
  • Hugh Mitchell
  • Geoff Gosper
  • Don McKenzie
  • Barry Davis
  • Russell Blew
  • Graeme Johnston
  • Ken Timms