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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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1956 Season (V/AFL) Fixture | Player Stats

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Melbourne's 1956 Fixture

Rnd H&A Club Q1Q2Q3Q4 S R Opponent Q1Q2Q3Q4 S Mgn Grd Date SC
1 A Melbourne 4.66.810.1412.16 88 WON Richmond 2.14.45.48.7 55 33 PUN Apr 14 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
2 A Melbourne 5.58.910.1512.18 90 WON Carlton 1.01.51.76.11 47 43 PRI Apr 21 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
3 A Melbourne 1.23.45.69.13 67 WON Footscray 2.62.85.105.11 41 26 WES Apr 28 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
4 H Melbourne 3.85.106.1610.19 79 WON Fitzroy 1.14.34.49.6 60 19 PUN May 5 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
5 H Melbourne 2.73.135.186.20 56 WON Geelong 2.25.55.76.12 48 8 MCG May 12 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
6 A Melbourne 1.23.66.911.18 84 WON North Melbourne 4.25.35.66.6 42 42 ARD May 19 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
7 H Melbourne 1.15.87.1011.13 79 WON Collingwood 4.56.59.69.7 61 18 MCG May 26 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
8 A Melbourne 1.25.37.59.7 61 WON St. Kilda 1.71.94.116.11 47 14 JUN Jun 2 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
9 H Melbourne 2.39.1013.1415.17 107 WON Essendon 0.40.71.114.15 39 68 MCG Jun 9 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
10 H Melbourne 5.18.411.712.10 82 WON South Melbourne 2.13.76.108.11 59 23 MCG Jun 23 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
11 A Melbourne 1.16.78.711.14 80 WON Hawthorn 3.43.75.105.12 42 38 GLE Jun 30 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
12 H Melbourne 1.64.98.1211.13 79 WON Richmond 2.03.15.17.3 45 34 MCG Jul 7 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
13 H Melbourne 5.78.812.1014.10 94 WON Carlton 4.16.49.712.7 79 15 MCG Jul 14 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
14 H Melbourne 0.53.106.147.17 59 LOST Footscray 1.44.67.810.12 72 -13 MCG Jul 21 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
15 A Melbourne 1.43.78.1211.15 81 WON Fitzroy 2.24.65.97.11 53 28 BWS Jul 28 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
16 A Melbourne 2.33.53.88.8 56 LOST Geelong 0.53.95.98.10 58 -2 KAR Aug 4 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
17 H Melbourne 5.310.612.1016.18 114 WON North Melbourne 3.28.311.411.5 71 43 MCG Aug 11 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
18 A Melbourne 1.16.57.1010.13 73 WON Collingwood 4.16.17.29.6 60 13 VIC Aug 18 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
2SF H Melbourne 1.43.68.911.14 80 WON Collingwood 1.43.78.108.16 64 16 MCG Sep 1 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
GF H Melbourne 2.46.1110.1617.19 121 WON Collingwood 3.34.35.66.12 48 73 MCG Sep 15 (Sat, 2:50) Scores
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1956 Player Stats

# Player GP K Avg H Avg D Avg M Avg HO Avg T Avg FF FA G Avg B TS
6 Adams, Frank 7 33 16.5         6 3.0 0 0.0     4 5 3 0.4 0 18
31 Barassi Jnr, Ron 19 38 19.0         11 5.5 6 3.0     2 6 27 1.4 6 168
30 Beckwith, John 20 28 14.0         7 3.5 0 0.0     2 1 0 0.0 0 0
29 Bull, Tony 7                             1 0.1    
19 Carroll, Keith 20 11 5.5         2 1.0 0 0.0     1 2 0 0.0 0 0
7 Case, Geoff 4                             0 0.0    
21 Cook, Peter 7                             3 0.4    
1 Cordner, Denis 20 19 9.5         6 3.0 37 18.5     4 0 2 0.1 0 12
9 Dixon, Brian 17 38 19.0         11 5.5 0 0.0     4 4 5 0.3 2 32
28 Gleeson, Terry 10 2 1.0         1 0.5 1 0.5     0 0 2 0.2 0 12
14 Johnson, Trevor 20 12 6.0         2 1.0 6 3.0     4 3 1 0.1 0 6
18 Johnson Jnr, Bob 19 20 10.0         12 6.0 33 16.5     7 4 43 2.3 6 264
27 Jones, Dennis 2                             1 0.5    
16 Laidlaw, Clyde 18 28 14.0         3 1.5 0 0.0     2 6 5 0.3 0 30
34 Lane, Ralph 18 5 5.0         1 1.0 0 0.0     1 0 2 0.1 0 12
3 Marquis, Peter 15 10 5.0         5 2.5 0 0.0     2 4 4 0.3 0 24
17 McGivern, Geoff 13 5 5.0         3 3.0 0 0.0     1 1 0 0.0 0 0
5 McLean, Ian 14                             1 0.1    
35 McMahen, Noel 19 18 9.0         3 1.5 0 0.0     1 9 2 0.1 0 12
38 Melville, Ken 19 23 11.5         2 1.0 1 0.5     4 0 1 0.1 0 6
11 Mithen, Laurie 18 27 13.5         11 5.5 0 0.0     6 4 8 0.4 1 49
24 Ridley, Ian 20 34 17.0         3 1.5 0 0.0     1 8 40 2.0 5 245
8 Sandral, Jim 15 19 9.5         2 1.0 0 0.0     4 3 2 0.1 2 14
12 Spencer, Stuart 19 45 22.5         9 4.5 0 0.0     1 3 42 2.2 6 258
15 Webb, Athol 20 22 11.0         8 4.0 0 0.0     0 1 28 1.4 2 170
25 Williams, Don 18 17 8.5         4 2.0 1 0.5     3 2 0 0.0 0 0
33 Wilson, Colin 2                             0 0.0    
Totals 400                 85 0.2         223 0.6    
 

Footnotes

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