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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

Melbourne



"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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1931 Season (V/AFL) Fixture | Player Stats

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Melbourne's 1931 Fixture

Rnd H&A Club Q1Q2Q3Q4 S R Opponent Q1Q2Q3Q4 S Mgn Grd Date SC
1 H Melbourne 3.47.612.915.16 106 WON Fitzroy 2.15.510.814.10 94 12 MCG May 2 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
2 A Melbourne 2.54.78.1110.13 73 LOST Essendon 2.25.48.412.5 77 -4 WIN May 9 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
3 H Melbourne 3.35.59.1112.15 87 WON Geelong 3.27.89.1211.17 83 4 MCG May 16 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
4 A Melbourne 2.19.510.616.13 109 WON Hawthorn 4.76.1012.1613.16 94 15 GLE May 23 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
5 H Melbourne 3.18.211.413.9 87 WON Footscray 2.46.58.810.11 71 16 MCG May 30 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
6 A Melbourne 6.210.411.515.8 98 WON North Melbourne 3.23.57.137.17 59 39 ARD Jun 8 (Mon, 2:45) Scores
7 H Melbourne 3.24.64.87.12 54 LOST Collingwood 2.74.85.1010.11 71 -17 MCG Jun 13 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
8 A Melbourne 5.15.18.49.4 58 LOST Carlton 2.18.1012.1118.14 122 -64 PRI Jun 20 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
9 H Melbourne 0.11.62.114.12 36 LOST St. Kilda 2.34.77.89.9 63 -27 MCG Jul 4 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
10 A Melbourne 3.23.54.97.11 53 LOST Richmond 1.24.95.148.18 66 -13 PUN Jul 11 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
11 H Melbourne 1.22.42.44.7 31 LOST South Melbourne 4.36.59.812.10 82 -51 MCG Jul 18 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
12 A Melbourne 2.63.89.99.12 66 LOST Fitzroy 1.15.77.1011.11 77 -11 BWS Jul 25 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
13 H Melbourne 1.26.38.611.6 72 WON Essendon 2.14.35.810.11 71 1 MCG Aug 1 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
14 A Melbourne 1.04.26.26.9 45 LOST Geelong 5.39.410.1011.11 77 -32 COR Aug 8 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
15 H Melbourne 1.26.810.1213.15 93 WON Hawthorn 1.11.22.42.6 18 75 MCG Aug 22 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
16 A Melbourne 0.42.65.75.8 38 LOST Footscray 2.24.68.810.12 72 -34 WES Aug 29 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
17 H Melbourne 5.49.612.1118.15 123 WON North Melbourne 1.88.911.1211.13 79 44 MCG Sep 5 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
18 A Melbourne 4.26.27.88.9 57 LOST Collingwood 1.49.1113.1218.19 127 -70 VIC Sep 12 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
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1931 Player Stats

# Player GP K Avg H Avg D Avg M Avg HO Avg T Avg FF FA G Avg B TS
4 Abernethy, Jim 18 38 12.7         8 4.0         5 6 0 0.0 0 0
8 Adams, Bill 'Bull' 1                             1 1.0    
7 Avery, Bert 18 43 14.3         7 3.5         3 8 0 0.0 0 0
24 Beames, Percy 11 26 26.0         10 10.0         4 5 2 0.2 1 13
37 Cassidy, George 3 12 12.0         4 4.0         0 4 2 0.7 0 12
25 Collins, Billy 2                             0 0.0    
10 Collins, Jack 8 14 14.0         4 4.0         2 3 1 0.1 0 6
22 Conole, Reg 14 18 6.0         3 1.5         2 4 2 0.1 0 12
15 Crapper, Harry 5 0 0.0         0 0.0         0 0 0 0.0 0 0
18 Cutler, Bill 7 14 14.0         3 3.0         2 3 0 0.0 0 0
5 Davidson, Hec 6 38 19.0         5 5.0         3 4 0 0.0 0 0
29 Davidson, Jimmy 18 54 18.0         4 2.0         6 5 8 0.4 1 49
6 Esposito, Ted 17 37 18.5         7 7.0         2 4 4 0.2 2 26
31 Gough, Lew 4 12 12.0         4 4.0         3 1 0 0.0 0 0
5 Green, Ossie 1                             0 0.0    
28 Jackson, Webber 12 38 19.0         5 5.0         1 1 5 0.4 1 31
16 Johnson Snr, Bob 15 42 21.0         12 12.0         7 2 44 2.9 0 264
13 Lindsay, Gordon 1                             0 0.0    
20 Long, Harry 18 52 17.3         13 6.5         3 4 7 0.4 1 43
17 MacDonald, Bill 3                             0 0.0    
3 Margitich, George 17 46 15.3         15 7.5         2 9 66 3.9 6 402
2 Murray, Wyn 7 2 2.0                         1 0.1    
32 Ogden, Gordon 13 29 14.5         4 4.0         5 4 0 0.0 0 0
19 Pemberton, Edwin 5 14 14.0         3 3.0         5 2 0 0.0 0 0
12 Power, Jack 12 27 13.5         11 5.5         0 3 1 0.1 0 6
11 Smith, Frank 12 26 13.0         2 2.0         0 2 0 0.0 0 0
30 Steel, Howard 3 8 8.0                         1 0.3    
35 Taylor, Dick 15 46 15.3         7 3.5         2 6 12 0.8 1 73
26 Tymms, Bill 11 23 11.5         2 2.0         5 2 0 0.0 0 0
34 Usher, Ray 15 39 19.5         5 5.0         5 2 1 0.1 0 6
21 Vanthoff, Bill 14 43 14.3         11 5.5         3 7 12 0.9 0 72
23 Vine, Frank 'Pop' 14 53 17.7         10 5.0         6 6 2 0.1 0 12
14 Warne-Smith, Ivor 16 40 20.0         9 4.5         5 6 9 0.6 1 55
1 Wittman, Stan 6 11 11.0         2 2.0         2 4 1 0.2 0 6
Totals 342                             182 0.5    
 

Footnotes

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