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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) 1897–2023

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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1947 Season (V/AFL) Fixture | Player Stats

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Melbourne's 1947 Fixture

Rnd H&A Club Q1Q2Q3Q4 S R Opponent Q1Q2Q3Q4 S Mgn Grd Date SC
1 A Melbourne 3.46.810.816.13 109 LOST Carlton 5.58.1113.1417.20 122 -13 PRI Apr 19 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
2 H Melbourne 0.74.138.1914.25 109 WON Geelong 4.36.39.411.7 73 36 MCG Apr 26 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
3 A Melbourne 3.39.811.812.11 83 LOST Fitzroy 2.67.710.1412.20 92 -9 BWS May 3 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
4 A Melbourne 6.48.615.1018.12 120 WON Richmond 2.24.66.1010.12 72 48 PUN May 10 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
5 H Melbourne 5.07.212.315.5 95 WON Collingwood 4.66.97.109.16 70 25 MCG May 17 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
6 A Melbourne 1.44.69.812.9 81 WON Hawthorn 3.24.48.99.12 66 15 GLE May 24 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
7 H Melbourne 4.17.111.317.3 105 WON Footscray 1.16.513.615.8 98 7 MCG May 31 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
8 H Melbourne 4.59.613.1015.15 105 WON St. Kilda 1.31.53.75.13 43 62 MCG Jun 7 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
9 A Melbourne 4.55.98.1411.15 81 WON North Melbourne 3.17.59.59.6 60 21 ARD Jun 14 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
10 H Melbourne 4.35.46.88.11 59 LOST South Melbourne 1.44.96.139.15 69 -10 MCG Jun 21 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
11 A Melbourne 4.36.69.1010.15 75 LOST Essendon 3.25.78.812.13 85 -10 WIN Jun 28 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
12 H Melbourne 2.45.66.79.10 64 LOST Carlton 4.15.48.910.9 69 -5 MCG Jul 5 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
13 A Melbourne 1.41.52.125.16 46 LOST Geelong 1.16.710.716.11 107 -61 KAR Jul 12 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
14 H Melbourne 2.43.66.87.10 52 LOST Fitzroy 2.36.48.611.8 74 -22 MCG Jul 19 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
15 H Melbourne 4.17.67.1010.12 72 LOST Richmond 3.44.94.1311.15 81 -9 MCG Jul 26 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
16 A Melbourne 2.33.125.177.19 61 WON Collingwood 4.44.106.137.14 56 5 VIC Aug 9 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
17 H Melbourne 3.55.1310.1713.21 99 WON Hawthorn 4.18.38.514.9 93 6 MCG Aug 16 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
18 A Melbourne 5.18.615.624.11 155 WON Footscray 2.56.88.1111.14 80 75 WES Aug 23 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
19 A Melbourne 5.216.421.727.9 171 WON St. Kilda 3.74.107.1510.18 78 93 JUN Aug 30 (Sat, 2:45) Scores
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1947 Player Stats

# Player GP K Avg H Avg D Avg M Avg HO Avg T Avg FF FA G Avg B TS
10 Arnold, Lance 19                             13 0.7    
33 Bell, Des 1                             1 1.0    
16 Bickford, George 12                             2 0.2    
11 Bowman, Gordon 12                             2 0.2    
21 Cordner, Don 19                             1 0.1    
9 Craddock, Eddie 1                             1 1.0    
5 Deans, Billy 19                             1 0.1    
32 Dockett, Len 17                             7 0.4    
28 Dullard, Adrian 19                             21 1.1    
5 Fanning, Fred 16                             97 6.1 1 583
14 Furniss, Jack 2                             0 0.0    
14 Hall, Ron 4                             0 0.0    
24 Hanna, Frank 11                             0 0.0    
Hardie, Dave 2                             0 0.0    
3 Irwin, Ron 3                             0 0.0    
7 Jackson, Eddie 15                             0 0.0    
17 Kennedy, Frank 5                             0 0.0    
18 Lock, Wally 18                             0 0.0    
22 McGrath, Shane 17                             0 0.0    
25 McLean, Col 18                             0 0.0    
35 McMahen, Noel 19                             6 0.3    
37 Mitchell, Jim 17                             8 0.5    
12 Mueller, Jack 17                             18 1.1    
2 Newman, Dave 4                             1 0.3    
15 O'Connor, Frank 17                             22 1.3    
27 O'Rourke, Ernie 3                             1 0.3    
20 Robinson, Russ 1                             0 0.0    
30 Rodda, Alby 18                             23 1.3    
33 Rowarth, Ernie 2                             1 0.5    
31 Rule, Stan 4                             0 0.0    
19 Scanlan, Bill 13                             1 0.1    
34 Scanlan, Frank 14                             8 0.6    
4 Smith, Norm 9                             15 1.7    
13 Spittle, Max 6                             0 0.0    
8 Stabb, Roy 6                             0 0.0    
Totals 380                             250 0.7    
 

Footnotes

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