Essendon Bombers

Why Little's reign of error must end

Caroline Wilson 9:31 PM   Paul Little's failed presidency of the Essendon Football Club can be traced back to its earliest days – to the last dire days of David Evans' rule, in fact.

Baguley beats ban at tribunal

Saints players wrestle with Mark Baguley of the Bombers after the incident with Jack Lonie on Sunday.

8:50 PM   Essendon's Mark Baguley accused St Kilda youngster Jack Lonie of staging during an AFL tribunal hearing that ended with the Bombers' defender escaping with a fine.

Injured Watson out for rest of 2015 season

Jobe Watson

Jon Pierik 6:22 PM   Essendon captain Jobe Watson has been ruled out for the rest of the season because of a serious shoulder injury.

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Tim Watson says son Jobe battling drugs saga toll and injury

At a low ebb: Jobe Watson leaves the field on Sunday after the 110-point thrashing by St Kilda.

Matt Murnane   Essendon great Tim Watson says his son, Bombers captain Jobe Watson, is battling both the toll of the long-running drugs saga and injury in his attempts to emerge from a worrying form slump.

'I'm confused', says Gibbs after match review panel clears Schulz

Ivan Maric can accept one week.

Jesse Hogan   Bryce Gibbs confused after Jay Schulz cleared for tackle on Ted Richards.

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Sacking Hird a simplistic solution

James Hird is not the only problem at Essendon.

Rohan Connolly   Calls for the sacking of Essendon coach James Hird are simplistic solutions to Essendon's complex problems.

Time to make a call on Hird, says former club boss

James Hird.

Jon Pierik   As pressure builds on James Hird, former Essendon chairman Ray Horsburgh has urged the club to soon make a call on whether to retain their coach for 2016 or begin to look elsewhere.

AFL review of supplements saga on hold

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Jon Pierik   The AFL's internal review into how it handled the Essendon supplements saga is unlikely to be released until the end of the year.

Suburban footballers face ASADA scrutiny

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Jon Pierik   The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has warned suburban footballers they could face as much scrutiny as their elite AFL counterparts.

Watson backs Hird in crisis

Behind Hird: Jobe Watson is standing by his coach.

Essendon captain Jobe Watson has again backed coach James Hird as the AFL club deals with the fallout from a dreadful loss against St Kilda.

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James Hird can't fix Essendon's problems

Bleak future: James Hird descends from the coaching box after the game.

Michael Gleeson   This is a broken team. This is a team that appears incapable of being fixed by the man in charge, the man who was in charge when they were broken.

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Saints surge to stunning win over Bombers

Tim Membrey celebrates a goal.

Michael Gleeson   St Kilda have embarrassed Essendon and intensified pressure on James Hird's coaching future with a stunning 110-point win at Etihad Stadium.

Hird maintains he's the man for job

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Daniel Cherny and Michael Gleeson   Despite conceding that the pressure upon him is mounting, a defiant James Hird still believes he is the right man to coach Essendon.

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Saints' win needs 'context' due to Dons' woes

Perspective: Alan Richardson is taking his side's thumping win with a grain of salt.

Daniel Cherny   St Kilda 's stunning of Essendon on Sunday needs to be put in context given how the Bombers played, according to Saints coach Alan Richardson.

Live: Bombers v Saints

Jobe Watson under pressure from Maverick Weller.

Daniel Cherny   Follow the action live from Etihad Stadium as the Dons look to end their losing streak in Jobe Watson's 200th game.

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Saints out to extend Bombers losing streak

A victory for Alan Richardson's men would see the young side sit alongside last year's preliminary finalists Port Adelaide on the table.

St Kilda can take a giant leap in their rejuvenation against Essendon on Sunday.

Watson thinking of quitting captaincy

Jobe Watson says he has given thought to replicating Chris Judd's decision to cede the captaincy and play out his final years concentrating more on his own game.

Jon Pierik   Jobe Watson has revealed he has considered relinquishing the Essendon captaincy, questioning whether he would enjoy the sport more without the added pressure.

Watson and that magic 200

Jobe Watson talks to Matthew Lloyd.

Matthew Lloyd   Jobe Watson's career has not been a straight-forward on. From uncertain beginnings, despite his family bloodline, Watson has matured into an exceptional leader and Brownlow Medal winner.

Watson not really enjoying footy

Essendon captain Jobe Watson.

Liam Mannix   On the eve of his 200th game, Essendon captain Jobe Watson is struggling to enjoy his football, and is seriously contemplating the end of his career.

Mid-season trade, loans or draft: a discussion worth having

Underplayed: Tom Campbell of the Bulldogs.

Michael Gleeson   James Hird was fed up with his out-of-form ruckman Tom Bellchambers. The next ruck he had in the seconds, Jonathan Giles, was either so hopeless, so hopelessly out of form or so hopelessly out of favour that Hird didn't pick him as a replacement. So Hird went into the game against West Coast without a true ruck.