Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson played 202 games for Essendon Football Club from 1983 to 1996 under legendary coach Kevin Sheedy. He captained the side for four seasons, and played in three premierships – in 1984, 1985 and 1993. In 2000, Thompson became the senior coach of the Geelong Football Club, where he coached the team to the club’s drought-breaking premiership in 2007, then took them to another flag in 2009.
In November 2010 he left Geelong, returning to Essendon as senior assistant coach to James Hird in 2011. He was appointed senior coach for the 2014 season when Hird was suspended. He is now a Fox Footy panellist and works with emerging coaches.