This week on the Real Footy podcast, Essendon great Matthew Lloyd joins Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson to talk about the historic 2000 season for the Bombers, including what made it so special and how they turned things around after the heartbreak of 1999.
When did he know they were premiership certainties? And why does season 1999 bother him more than the grand final loss in 2001? We hear about what made Kevin Sheedy such a great coach, and why James Hird was a fantastic game-day captain.
We also find out why Lloyd thinks Essendon have struggled in finals in recent years, having not had a win in the post-season since 2004. Why have standards dropped? Who does he think has been Essendon’s most important recent recruit? And is he optimistic about the Bombers’ short-term future?
Plus, we get the latest on the AFL shutdown: how certain the “quarantine hubs” idea is to go ahead, whether those hubs will be allowed in Victoria or NSW, and why late July to early August is tipped as a likely restart time for the AFL.