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KEY FACTS

Official name
Melbourne Football Club

Known as
Melbourne

Nickname
Demons (formerly Red Legs, Fuchsias)

Formed
1858

Colours
Navy blue and red

Associated clubs
Casey; Melbourne WFC; Melbourne Reserves; Casey WFC

Affiliation (Current)
Australian Football League (AFL) 1897–2022

Affiliations (Historical)
Challenge Cup (CUP) 1865–1876; Victorian Football Association (VFA) 1877–1896

Home Ground
M.C.G.

AFL Premierships
2021 (1 total)

VFL Premierships
1900, 1926, 1939-40-41, 1948, 1955-56-57, 1959-60, 1964 (12 total)

Senior Premierships
VFL Night Series: 1971, 1987, 1989 (3 total); McClelland Trophy 1955-6, 1958, 1990, 2021 (5 total)

Most Games
306 - David Neitz (1993-2008)

Most Goals
631 - David Neitz (1993-2008)

League Top Goalkickers
V.Coutie (39) 1904; H.Brereton (56) 1912; N.Smith (89) 1941; F.Fanning (67) 1944, (67) 1945 & (97) 1947; D.Neitz (82) 2002 (5 winners/7 wins)

Brownlow Medalists
Ivor Warne-Smith 1926 & 1928; Don Cordner 1946; Brian Wilson 1982; Peter Moore 1984; Jim Stynes 1991; Shane Woewodin 2000 (6 medallists/7 medals)

Headquarters
Great Southern Stand (MCG), East Melbourne, VIC 3002

Postal Address
PO Box 254, East Melbourne, VIC 8002

Phone: (03) 9652 1111 

Email
info@melbournefc.com.au

Website
melbournefc.com.au

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"The seeds of the Melbourne Football Club's greatest ever era began to be sown the following season, in 1952, when favourite son Norm Smith returned from Fitzroy to take over from Alan La Fontaine as senior coach ... and the 1953 season saw the debuts of several players who would go on to play significant roles in the club's impending period of greatness, notably Ron Barassi, Brian Dixon, Ian Ridley, Laurie Mithen and Colin Wilson ..."

Despite their recent lack of success, John Devaney writes that, as the foundation club, their place in the game's history is assured

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1953 Season (V/AFL) Fixture | Player Stats

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Melbourne's 1953 Fixture

Rnd H&A Club Q1Q2Q3Q4 S R Opponent Q1Q2Q3Q4 S Mgn Grd Date SC
1 A Melbourne 1.33.85.89.13 67 LOST Richmond 3.24.49.611.7 73 -6 PUN Apr 18 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
2 H Melbourne 2.43.45.78.11 59 LOST Carlton 2.28.411.913.12 90 -31 MCG May 2 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
3 A Melbourne 2.37.69.1111.17 83 LOST North Melbourne 2.46.69.812.12 84 -1 ARD May 9 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
4 H Melbourne 0.10.31.44.6 30 LOST Footscray 2.56.158.179.21 75 -45 MCG May 16 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
5 A Melbourne 2.25.26.39.3 57 WON Essendon 2.34.55.76.10 46 11 WIN May 23 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
6 H Melbourne 2.53.66.1010.11 71 LOST Fitzroy 3.17.410.612.9 81 -10 MCG May 30 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
7 H Melbourne 3.26.47.68.10 58 LOST Geelong 5.37.69.1211.16 82 -24 MCG Jun 6 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
8 A Melbourne 1.52.84.159.17 71 LOST South Melbourne 1.35.67.811.11 77 -6 LAK Jun 13 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
9 H Melbourne 0.03.03.47.6 48 LOST Collingwood 3.24.38.59.9 63 -15 MCG Jun 20 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
10 H Melbourne 1.05.58.810.14 74 LOST Hawthorn 8.210.312.616.6 102 -28 MCG Jun 27 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
11 A Melbourne 2.24.105.148.21 69 LOST St. Kilda 6.27.49.611.7 73 -4 JUN Jul 4 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
12 H Melbourne 6.37.68.811.9 75 DRAW Richmond 1.16.38.911.9 75 0 MCG Jul 11 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
13 A Melbourne 4.45.68.710.10 70 LOST Carlton 0.54.138.1712.24 96 -26 PRI Jul 25 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
14 H Melbourne 2.46.66.79.13 67 WON North Melbourne 2.63.96.168.16 64 3 MCG Aug 1 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
15 A Melbourne 4.14.35.79.7 61 LOST Footscray 3.27.312.614.14 98 -37 WES Aug 8 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
16 H Melbourne 0.43.67.88.9 57 LOST Essendon 4.65.79.912.10 82 -25 MCG Aug 15 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
17 A Melbourne 3.35.86.89.10 64 WON Fitzroy 2.42.76.106.13 49 15 BWS Aug 22 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
18 A Melbourne 1.34.45.68.8 56 LOST Geelong 4.46.811.1116.14 110 -54 KAR Aug 29 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
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1953 Player Stats

# Player GP K Avg H Avg D Avg M Avg HO Avg T Avg FF FA G Avg B TS
41 Adams, Frank 4                             5 1.3    
6 Albiston, Ken 17                             11 0.6    
32 Anderson, Dale 6                             14 2.3    
10 Arnold, Lance 17                             0 0.0    
21 Baker, Noel 2                             0 0.0    
31 Barassi Jnr, Ron 6                             0 0.0    
30 Beckwith, John 16                             0 0.0    
29 Bull, Tony 4                             1 0.3    
8 Cameron, Don 2                             1 0.5    
19 Carroll, Keith 6                             0 0.0    
7 Case, Geoff 12                             0 0.0    
4 Christie, Ken 18                             2 0.1    
26 Clarke, Noel 15                             6 0.4    
40 Constable, Bob 3                             1 0.3    
1 Cordner, Denis 18                             15 0.8    
22 Ferguson, John 3                             0 0.0    
28 Gleeson, Terry 2                             0 0.0    
23 Gloury, Leigh 9                             1 0.1    
13 Krause, Alan 3                             1 0.3    
34 Lane, Ralph 13                             2 0.2    
3 Marquis, Peter 17                             1 0.1    
17 McGivern, Geoff 18                             13 0.7    
2 McKenzie, Bob 17                             38 2.2    
43 McKenzie, Ron 1                             0 0.0    
5 McLean, Ian 9                             0 0.0    
35 McMahen, Noel 17                             0 0.0    
38 Melville, Ken 17                             0 0.0    
24 Morrow, Bill 6                             4 0.7    
9 Orr, Max 2                             0 0.0    
18 Paynter, Nevin 7                             0 0.0    
39 Reeves, Maurie 10                             4 0.4    
11 Schofield, Peter 6                             14 2.3    
12 Spencer, Stuart 16                             10 0.6    
33 Thomson, Jack 15                             7 0.5    
27 Whitaker, Neil 1                             0 0.0    
25 Williams, Don 16                             0 0.0    
11 Wilson, Jim 2                             2 1.0    
37 Woods, Mike 7                             4 0.6    
Totals 360                             157 0.4    
 

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.