The biggest EFC related defections in last 50 years.

Read an interesting article from 3aw yesterday and thought it would be in an interesting debate/topic.

http://www.3aw.com.au/news/the-ten-biggest-club-defections-in-the-last-50-years-of-aflvfl-history-20150216-13g6jr.html
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It's 50 years to the day since Ron Barassi famously jumped ship from Melbourne to be appointed captain-coach of Carlton in a deal that rocked the football world.
In what remains arguably the game's most infamous defection, 3AW decided to run through the game's most controversial moves since Barassi left the Demons.

Chris Judd (West Coast to Carlton)
A premiership captain and Brownlow medallist at just 24, Judd requested a trade to Carlton in 2007 after being courted by a handful of Melbourne-based clubs.

Gary Ablett Jnr (Geelong to Gold Coast)
Speculation was rife all throughout the 2010 season the game's best player was going to join the expansion club. And he did.

Ross Lyon (St Kilda to Fremantle)
In stunning circumstances, the St Kilda coach quit during the 2011 finals series to join the Dockers in a shock move that saw Mark Harvey axed as Fremantle coach.

Lance Franklin (Hawthorn to Sydney)
Many expected the superstar forward to head to the harbour city at the end of the 2013 season. It's just that it was supposed to be to sign with GWS, not Sydney. The Swans snatched Franklin from their rivals just a year after luring Kurt Tippett from Adelaide in another blockbuster deal.

Leigh Colbert (Geelong to North Melbourne)
Appointed Geelong Captain for the 1999 season but failed to play a game due to injury. Colbert requested a trade to North Melbourne at the end of the season. He never captained Geelong in a match.

Ryan Griffen (Western Bulldogs to GWS)
The shock of the 2014 trade period. Griffen requested a change of scenery seemingly out of nowhere, forcing the Bulldogs into a corner. They declared they wouldn't trade him, but ended up doing a deal that saw them land young forward Tom Boyd.

Kelvin Templeton (Footscray to Melbourne)
He was captain of the Bulldogs and had kicked 494 goals, won the 1980 Brownlow, two best-and-fairests and two Coleman medals when he was poached by the Demons as part of a million dollar deal that also yielded Collingwood skipper Peter Moore.

Ian Stewart (St Kilda to Richmond)
A dual Brownlow medallist at the time of his move, Stewart crossed to Richmond in a swap with Bill Barrett at the beginning of the 1971 season. Stewart went onto win his third Brownlow in his first season with the Tigers.

Nathan Buckley (Brisbane to Collingwood)
Signed by the Bears as a zone selection, Buckley initially resisted playing for the league's new franchise. A deal was eventually struck with Collingwood that saw the talented youngster play the 1993 season with Brisbane before heading south to join the game's biggest club.

Tom Scully (Melbourne to GWS)
Going into the 2011 season, the No.1 draft pick declared his loyalty to Melbourne. But after a season of intense speculation, the 20-year-old flew to Sydney to inspect the Giants' training base, and while there announced he had decided to accept a six-year contract that made him the highest-paid player in AFL history.

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Read an interesting article from 3aw yesterday and thought it would be in an interesting debate/topic.

I'm not sure whether i'd agree with all of the above because the more history between the two clubs as rivals, the bigger the defection IMO. As a result, I didn't really care about Tom Scully or Ryan Griffen.

Of all those above Lance was the biggest of more recent times. I'm not sure how Greg Williams to Carlton didn't make the list.


So it got me thinking what do people think are the 10 biggest defections relating to our club over the last 50 years?

I've only been following the game closely for the last 30 so here is my quick attempt in no particular order which I'm sure will be improved upon.

Gavin Wangeneen to Port Adelaide
Patrick Ryder to Port Adelaide
Roger Merrett to Brisbane
Paul Salmon to Hawthorn
Brendan Goddard to Essendon
Derek Kickett to Sydney
Mark Thompson to Essendon (as coach)
Blake Caracella to Brisbane

I know there were a few others that may have been big like Raines or Carmen to Essendon, but was too young too remember. I remember being disappointed that Blumfield and Hardwick left but i'm not sure they would qualify as big defections so I'll leave the list at that.







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  • riley13riley13 Younger and not as fat as you
    Carracella wasn't so much a defection was he? More in the same boat as Blumfield and Hardwick I'd have thought.

    McPhee to Freo.


  • wannabewannabe Angrily Optimistic
    There hasn't really been that many for us. Just because a player moves on to another club isn't really that big of an issue, it's whether there's any controversy around it. Obviously successful teams can have difficulty holding on to players as they are highly sought after and there are salary cap limitations, and also older players find themselves on the outer and can get more money helping lesser clubs.

    Paddy leaving was huge, since he was under contract, and the reasons he sighted for breaking it.

    Wanganeen was massive, because of his stature and popularity at the club. This was made even huger by the fact he continued to play so well for them and become a premiership captain (didn't he?). (If Paddy is just a plodder at Port then history will say "who cares").

    Getting Goddard was great for us, but I think he was just getting tired at the Saints.

    Surprised they didn't mention Carey to Adelaide??

  • astro bomberastro bomber Prime Minister
    Biggest of all time: Kepler to Freo
  • All due respect to Tom Scully...but a defection? Lol
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    riley13 said:

    Carracella wasn't so much a defection was he? More in the same boat as Blumfield and Hardwick I'd have thought.

    McPhee to Freo.


    Well if we had paid him more money would he have stayed? I don't think we were moving him on... surely he was in our best 21 (or 22)
  • For me personally, only 3 matter, and in this order:

    Wangeneen
    Daylight
    More Daylight
    Ryder / Greg Anderson

    The rest I either didn't care about, or their reasons for leaving were fair enough, which includes Salmon.

  • RebootReboot If you don't pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.
    The op has a very loose definition of defection.
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    benny said:

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    riley13 said:

    Carracella wasn't so much a defection was he? More in the same boat as Blumfield and Hardwick I'd have thought.

    McPhee to Freo.


    Well if we had paid him more money would he have stayed? I don't think we were moving him on... surely he was in our best 21 (or 22)

    He could have stayed.... if he wanted to earn about 15K a year.
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    Paul Peos said:

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    benny said:

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    riley13 said:

    Carracella wasn't so much a defection was he? More in the same boat as Blumfield and Hardwick I'd have thought.

    McPhee to Freo.


    Well if we had paid him more money would he have stayed? I don't think we were moving him on... surely he was in our best 21 (or 22)

    He could have stayed.... if he wanted to earn about 15K a year.
    wow.. it was that bad? No wonder Lloydy and Hirdy love Essendon so much.
  • DeckhamDeckham Going down swinging
    Ones that hurt - Wanganeen, Salmon, Ryder.
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    benny said:

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    Paul Peos said:

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    benny said:

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    riley13 said:

    Carracella wasn't so much a defection was he? More in the same boat as Blumfield and Hardwick I'd have thought.

    McPhee to Freo.


    Well if we had paid him more money would he have stayed? I don't think we were moving him on... surely he was in our best 21 (or 22)

    He could have stayed.... if he wanted to earn about 15K a year.
    wow.. it was that bad? No wonder Lloydy and Hirdy love Essendon so much.
    I don't think it was that bad... but it was bad.

  • YossarianYossarian Follow AFL? No, I follow Essendon
    Glenn Hawker to Carlton?
  • RebootReboot If you don't pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.
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    Yossarian said:

    Glenn Hawker to Carlton?

    Not a defection that one.
  • YossarianYossarian Follow AFL? No, I follow Essendon
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    Reboot said:

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    Yossarian said:

    Glenn Hawker to Carlton?

    Not a defection that one.
    Yeah I wasn't sure on that one, bit young to remember
  • rossonerirossoneri #standbynickyd
    Wanganeen

    Ryder can get ****, he is a traitor.

    Salmon was sad but that was our own fault. Some of our fans should have been ashamed of themselves.
  • Merv going to the Swans at the end of 1985. He was in our top 5 players for the previous 6 seasons, & was a real heart & soul player.

    One of the best stories I heard about Merv, was when he first got picked to play for Victoria in State of Origin, Teddy Whitten came up to him & said when you put the 'Big V' on you feel like you are invincible & 10 feet tall. Well the game came around & Merv put the jumper on & said that he didn't feel any different. But he reckons that every time he put on the 'Red & Black', he felt invincible & 10 feet tall.

    I was shattered for days after he left & the idea of club loyalty was never the same.

    Then daylight
    Wanganeen, etc
  • Ryder

    I was still pretty young when wanganeen left, so it didn't have the same impact.

    Ryder for me. The way he left, his attitude when leaving, distracting us in the lead up to our final. The interview he gave in the paper. All the work we put into him throughout his career. Demanding to go to port and costing us a low pick from GWS

    Fk him. He can do his knee for all i care.

  • pazzapazza Champion
    What about us being on the end of defections.

    Not sure we really needed to get Geoff Raines and Michael Richardson from Collingwood losing Peter Bradbury and Stephen Carey at the same time. Wrecked the culture in the club for a while.
  • ZimmerZimmer Put the pointy pencil in the pepper-po.
    Didn't think Merrett was a defection.
  • DonsForEverDonsForEver Life-long Bomber Supporter
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    benny said:

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    Don't shoot me, but who is the bald bloke? Glenn Hawker?
  • Paul Sproule to Richmond
  • Wanganeen


    To this day it still hurts.


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    benny said:

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    Don't shoot me, but who is the bald bloke? Glenn Hawker?
    Yes. Hasn't changed a bit hey :)

  • stukastuka I could be wrong, but...
    Yeah, Paul Sproule to Richmond was a bitter blow.
  • Captain JackCaptain Jack Long - Range Bomber
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    pazza said:

    What about us being on the end of defections.

    Not sure we really needed to get Geoff Raines and Michael Richardson from Collingwood losing Peter Bradbury and Stephen Carey at the same time. Wrecked the culture in the club for a while.

    Agree, especially since Raines came to Essendon to get away from Richardson. We did get the other Richardson twin, Stephen, as well, who played okay in the resizes and probably deserved a senior call up or few. We would have been much better served by holding on to Bradbury and Carey. Great servants of the club who bled the proverbial, unlike the mercenary Raines.
  • DiggersDiggers Tank fly boss walk jam nitty-gritty
    I was upset when P Weston went back to SA.

    Still had plenty left to give Essendon.

    Three years, 3x GF's with 2x flags.

    His leaving + injuries made 1986 an 'annus horribilis'.

  • DiggersDiggers Tank fly boss walk jam nitty-gritty
    Screw 1986.
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    Diggers said:

    Screw 1986.

    And Mick Conlan!

    My earliest footy related "distraught" moment.

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    Zimmer said:

    Didn't think Merrett was a defection.

    Does anyone know the circumstances around Roger leaving? Did he defect for money or family reasons or other? Falling out? Sheeds loved him and surely didn't want him to leave.

    Was spoken of as the most influential player in the game during the mid 80s. I can't think of a player in today's game that would compare to be honest with his direct attack of the footy and incredibly sure hands and great kick.
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