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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

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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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1948 Season (V/AFL) Fixture | Player Stats

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Melbourne's 1948 Fixture

Rnd H&A Club Q1Q2Q3Q4 S R Opponent Q1Q2Q3Q4 S Mgn Grd Date SC
1 H Melbourne 5.26.29.412.5 77 LOST Essendon 4.18.58.1113.18 96 -19 MCG Apr 17 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
2 A Melbourne 1.32.85.1011.13 79 WON St. Kilda 1.12.26.37.6 48 31 JUN Apr 24 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
3 H Melbourne 1.44.64.76.12 48 LOST Fitzroy 1.25.88.1112.14 86 -38 MCG May 1 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
4 A Melbourne 3.36.68.813.11 89 WON Richmond 6.48.810.1112.12 84 5 PUN May 8 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
5 H Melbourne 3.37.67.814.11 95 WON North Melbourne 4.54.66.126.14 50 45 MCG May 15 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
6 A Melbourne 1.65.109.1515.15 105 WON South Melbourne 4.27.57.59.5 59 46 LAK May 22 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
7 H Melbourne 3.33.69.815.12 102 WON Carlton 1.26.67.97.9 51 51 MCG May 29 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
8 A Melbourne 2.27.49.511.10 76 LOST Collingwood 4.45.79.1311.17 83 -7 VIC Jun 5 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
9 A Melbourne 2.33.86.139.14 68 LOST Footscray 2.13.74.811.9 75 -7 WES Jun 14 (Mon, 2:30) Scores
10 H Melbourne 3.18.611.818.12 120 WON Hawthorn 1.32.68.911.13 79 41 MCG Jun 19 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
11 H Melbourne 3.45.97.139.17 71 WON Geelong 3.35.46.78.9 57 14 MCG Jul 3 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
12 A Melbourne 0.32.95.119.11 65 LOST Essendon 3.46.79.913.13 91 -26 WIN Jul 10 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
13 H Melbourne 7.513.719.1524.19 163 WON St. Kilda 3.36.46.88.10 58 105 MCG Jul 17 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
14 A Melbourne 2.411.414.917.11 113 WON Fitzroy 3.35.79.711.11 77 36 BWS Jul 24 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
15 H Melbourne 1.33.45.66.8 44 LOST Richmond 3.55.88.1015.16 106 -62 MCG Aug 7 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
16 A Melbourne 2.103.109.1310.14 74 WON North Melbourne 0.00.41.55.12 42 32 ARD Aug 14 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
17 H Melbourne 3.47.610.1115.13 103 WON South Melbourne 1.32.52.97.12 54 49 MCG Aug 21 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
18 A Melbourne 3.37.49.915.11 101 WON Carlton 4.28.710.1113.14 92 9 PRI Aug 28 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
19 H Melbourne 3.75.1010.1113.11 89 WON Collingwood 2.15.55.68.11 59 30 MCG Sep 4 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
2SF A Melbourne 3.24.38.88.10 58 LOST Essendon 3.28.912.1213.16 94 -36 MCG Sep 18 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
PF H Melbourne 4.611.1319.1525.16 166 WON Collingwood 6.28.511.815.11 101 65 MCG Sep 25 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
GF H Melbourne 3.04.56.810.9 69 DRAW Essendon 0.62.156.217.27 69 0 MCG Oct 2 (Sat, 2:50) Scores
GFR A Melbourne 6.29.311.613.11 89 WON Essendon 0.35.56.67.8 50 39 MCG Oct 9 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
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1948 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 22                             41 1.9    
33 Bell, Des 1                             1 1.0    
16 Bickford, George 23                             2 0.1    
11 Bowman, Gordon 11                             1 0.1    
3 Collins, Geoff 7                             3 0.4    
21 Cordner, Don 23                             0 0.0    
1 Cordner, Denis 2                             0 0.0    
26 Cox, Colin 2                             2 1.0    
6 Craddock, Eddie 11                             18 1.6    
9 Crawley, Les 4                             0 0.0    
5 Deans, Billy 23                             0 0.0    
32 Dockett, Len 22                             8 0.4    
28 Dullard, Adrian 23                             31 1.3    
24 Hanna, Frank 14                             3 0.2    
23 Hardie, Dave 5                             3 0.6    
8 Heywood, Doug 2                             0 0.0    
7 Jackson, Eddie 13                             3 0.2    
18 Lock, Wally 18                             0 0.0    
17 Lourey, Greg 5                             1 0.2    
33 McGowan, Allan 4                             1 0.3    
22 McGrath, Shane 22                             1 0.0    
2 McKenzie, Bob 19                             39 2.1    
25 McLean, Col 22                             0 0.0    
35 McMahen, Noel 17                             15 0.9    
1 Mitchell, Jim 12                             7 0.6    
12 Mueller, Jack 5                             28 5.6    
15 O'Connor, Frank 7                             7 1.0    
27 O'Rourke, Ernie 10                             5 0.5    
20 Robinson, Russ 6                             1 0.2    
30 Rodda, Alby 21                             23 1.1    
14 Roscoe, Eric 12                             11 0.9    
31 Rule, Stan 19                             1 0.1    
19 Scanlan, Bill 6                             1 0.2    
34 Scanlan, Frank 12                             5 0.4    
4 Smith, Norm 13                             35 2.7    
13 Spittle, Max 22                             1 0.0    
Totals 460                             298 0.6    
 

Footnotes

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