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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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1959 Season (V/AFL) Fixture | Player Stats

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Melbourne's 1959 Fixture

Rnd H&A Club Q1Q2Q3Q4 S R Opponent Q1Q2Q3Q4 S Mgn Grd Date SC
1 A Melbourne 3.28.810.1116.21 117 WON Richmond 2.43.510.910.10 70 47 PUN Apr 18 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
2 H Melbourne 3.47.711.1013.14 92 WON Collingwood 3.15.18.412.7 79 13 MCG May 2 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
3 A Melbourne 1.22.34.611.8 74 LOST Fitzroy 2.59.612.813.9 87 -13 BWS May 9 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
4 H Melbourne 6.511.914.1119.17 131 WON Footscray 1.14.56.99.12 66 65 MCG May 16 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
5 A Melbourne 4.17.29.49.7 61 LOST Carlton 3.36.77.910.13 73 -12 PRI May 23 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
6 A Melbourne 6.49.714.1319.15 129 WON Geelong 4.18.610.711.10 76 53 KAR May 30 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
7 H Melbourne 2.65.129.1414.17 101 WON South Melbourne 3.14.57.88.8 56 45 MCG Jun 6 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
8 H Melbourne 3.18.711.1219.15 129 WON Essendon 3.35.46.68.8 56 73 MCG Jun 15 (Mon, 2:15) Scores
9 A Melbourne 3.35.47.1111.11 77 WON Hawthorn 0.35.65.116.16 52 25 GLE Jun 27 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
10 A Melbourne 2.105.149.209.23 77 WON St. Kilda 1.05.28.311.10 76 1 JUN Jul 4 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
11 H Melbourne 7.112.117.420.8 128 WON North Melbourne 2.64.74.106.10 46 82 MCG Jul 11 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
12 H Melbourne 3.46.510.713.10 88 WON Richmond 2.14.36.37.9 51 37 MCG Jul 18 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
13 A Melbourne 6.29.412.614.7 91 LOST Collingwood 2.37.410.614.10 94 -3 VIC Jul 25 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
14 H Melbourne 2.46.79.911.11 77 DRAW Fitzroy 3.45.88.1111.11 77 0 MCG Aug 1 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
15 A Melbourne 3.37.48.910.11 71 LOST Footscray 2.38.311.512.8 80 -9 WES Aug 8 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
16 H Melbourne 4.37.78.1113.14 92 WON Carlton 1.23.46.57.5 47 45 MCG Aug 15 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
17 H Melbourne 2.48.813.1317.18 120 WON Geelong 2.35.45.99.12 66 54 MCG Aug 22 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
18 A Melbourne 1.63.115.1510.16 76 WON South Melbourne 2.24.75.108.13 61 15 LAK Aug 29 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
2SF H Melbourne 2.66.89.1211.15 81 WON Carlton 0.01.42.94.13 37 44 MCG Sep 12 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
GF H Melbourne 1.48.511.1017.13 115 WON Essendon 3.57.810.1011.12 78 37 MCG Sep 26 (Sat, 2:50) Scores
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1959 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 17 33 16.5         4 2.0         4 0 25 1.5    
31 Barassi Jnr, Ron 18 40 20.0         11 5.5         0 2 46 2.6    
30 Beckwith, John 19 28 14.0         9 4.5         1 2 0 0.0    
38 Brenchley, Peter 11 1 1.0         1 1.0         0 0 5 0.5    
7 Case, Geoff 20 25 12.5         5 2.5         1 3 0 0.0    
12 Crompton, Neil 11 0 0.0         0 0.0         0 0 11 1.0    
9 Dixon, Brian 20 34 17.0         13 6.5         3 4 2 0.1    
1 Fenton-Smith, Dick 13 18 9.0         5 2.5         1 2 3 0.2    
28 Gleeson, Terry 8                             3 0.4    
14 Johnson, Trevor 15                             1 0.1    
8 Johnson, Bob 'Tassie' 20 14 7.0         5 2.5         1 1 0 0.0    
16 Johnson Jnr, Bob 19 28 14.0         9 4.5         4 3 38 2.0    
27 Jones, Dennis 20 26 13.0         14 7.0         1 4 3 0.2    
22 Kenneally, Bryan 2                             0 0.0    
35 Laidlaw, Clyde 19 20 10.0         6 3.0         4 5 8 0.4    
4 Lord Jnr, John 8 17 8.5         8 4.0         1 5 0 0.0    
29 Mann, Harold 'Hassa' 17 25 12.5         3 1.5         4 2 21 1.2    
5 McLean, Ian 20 32 16.0         7 3.5         4 2 4 0.2    
11 Mithen, Laurie 19 31 15.5         6 3.0         3 8 7 0.4    
20 Pinfold, Graeme 1                             3 3.0    
24 Ridley, Ian 18 26 13.0         3 1.5         3 2 25 1.4    
2 Rowarth, Alan 17 11 5.5         4 2.0         1 3 42 2.5    
26 Thorogood, Ian 17 12 6.0         1 0.5         3 1 0 0.0    
23 Tunbridge, Geoff 20 22 11.0         3 1.5         0 1 23 1.2    
15 Webb, Athol 5                             4 0.8    
25 Williams, Don 17 5 2.5         3 1.5         0 1 2 0.1    
33 Wilson, Colin 9                             0 0.0    
Totals 400                             276 0.7    
 

Footnotes

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