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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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1961 Season (V/AFL) Fixture | Player Stats

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Melbourne's 1961 Fixture

Rnd H&A Club Q1Q2Q3Q4 S R Opponent Q1Q2Q3Q4 S Mgn Grd Date SC
1 A Melbourne 4.65.810.1410.15 75 WON Fitzroy 1.15.55.66.10 46 29 BWS Apr 15 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
2 H Melbourne 2.53.104.135.14 44 LOST Hawthorn 3.14.58.811.10 76 -32 MCG Apr 22 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
3 A Melbourne 3.45.68.1111.16 82 WON Essendon 3.15.55.78.9 57 25 WIN Apr 25 (Tue, 2:20) Scores
4 H Melbourne 2.24.38.712.9 81 LOST St. Kilda 2.24.810.812.12 84 -3 MCG May 6 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
5 A Melbourne 1.41.710.1217.18 120 WON Geelong 0.21.94.107.13 55 65 KAR May 13 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
6 A Melbourne 6.26.610.813.9 87 WON Footscray 1.24.55.69.8 62 25 WES May 27 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
7 H Melbourne 3.28.712.915.14 104 WON Carlton 2.26.810.1111.13 79 25 MCG Jun 3 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
8 H Melbourne 4.88.1314.1417.19 121 WON Collingwood 0.13.63.107.10 52 69 MCG Jun 12 (Mon, 2:15) Scores
9 A Melbourne 3.35.58.1314.14 98 WON South Melbourne 1.25.96.98.14 62 36 LAK Jun 17 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
10 A Melbourne 4.29.511.614.9 93 WON North Melbourne 1.32.83.105.14 44 49 ARD Jun 24 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
11 H Melbourne 5.58.914.1617.18 120 WON Richmond 2.52.94.117.12 54 66 MCG Jul 1 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
12 H Melbourne 1.02.34.76.8 44 DRAW Fitzroy 0.12.33.66.8 44 0 MCG Jul 8 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
13 A Melbourne 0.12.33.85.10 40 LOST Hawthorn 3.25.57.68.10 58 -18 GLE Jul 15 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
14 H Melbourne 4.36.88.1410.18 78 LOST Essendon 6.19.512.813.9 87 -9 MCG Jul 29 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
15 A Melbourne 1.43.115.127.13 55 LOST St. Kilda 4.35.58.99.12 66 -11 JUN Aug 5 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
16 H Melbourne 2.45.89.1412.17 89 WON Geelong 2.47.79.1212.15 87 2 MCG Aug 12 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
17 H Melbourne 2.25.98.1511.22 88 WON Footscray 2.24.35.57.6 48 40 MCG Aug 19 (Sat, 2:15) Scores
18 A Melbourne 2.48.89.913.13 91 WON Carlton 4.17.412.1113.12 90 1 PRI Aug 26 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
2SF A Melbourne 5.27.49.511.7 73 LOST Hawthorn 2.16.49.812.8 80 -7 MCG Sep 9 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
PF A Melbourne 0.22.54.68.10 58 LOST Footscray 4.35.411.613.7 85 -27 MCG Sep 16 (Sat, 2:30) Scores
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1961 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 13 16 16.0         1 1.0         2 0 23 1.8    
31 Barassi Jnr, Ron 19 31 15.5         8 4.0         6 5 19 1.0    
19 Carroll, Bob 6 1 1.0         1 1.0         0 0 0 0.0    
7 Case, Geoff 2                             0 0.0    
11 Collins, Mike 2 8 8.0         1 1.0         1 0 1 0.5    
17 Dawson, Ray 12 5 5.0         2 2.0         1 2 5 0.4    
9 Dixon, Brian 16 22 22.0         7 7.0         0 1 2 0.1    
28 Gleeson, Terry 13 10 10.0         4 4.0         5 3 1 0.1    
8 Johnson, Bob 'Tassie' 20 13 6.5         2 1.0         0 1 0 0.0    
16 Johnson Jnr, Bob 19 14 7.0         5 2.5         3 2 36 1.9    
14 Johnson, Trevor 14 23 11.5         6 3.0         3 3 0 0.0    
22 Kenneally, Bryan 20 35 17.5         11 5.5         3 0 1 0.1    
35 Laidlaw, Clyde 20 23 11.5         5 2.5         6 5 11 0.6    
30 Leahy, John 2                             0 0.0    
21 Leahy, Brian 17                             0 0.0    
1 Leslie, Bruce 6 8 8.0         4 4.0         0 3 1 0.2    
4 Lord Jnr, John 19 18 9.0         6 3.0         8 7 4 0.2    
34 Mann, Len 10                             2 0.2    
29 Mann, Harold 'Hassa' 20 29 14.5         6 3.0         2 4 26 1.3    
37 Massey, Bernie 8                             0 0.0    
39 Matthews Jnr, Herbie 3                             2 0.7    
33 Miller, Robert 14 6 6.0         0 0.0         1 0 0 0.0    
32 Milner, George 10                             0 0.0    
11 Mithen, Laurie 17 34 17.0         12 6.0         8 7 23 1.4    
38 Nilsson, Ray 14 14 7.0         4 2.0         1 4 13 0.9    
20 Pinfold, Graeme 3                             0 0.0    
24 Ridley, Ian 14 14 7.0         2 1.0         1 1 21 1.5    
18 Roet, Brian 13 27 13.5         5 2.5         3 2 0 0.0    
2 Rowarth, Alan 12 12 6.0         3 1.5         3 1 11 0.9    
26 Thorogood, Ian 14 10 5.0         3 1.5         2 3 0 0.0    
23 Tunbridge, Geoff 20 19 9.5         3 1.5         2 1 26 1.3    
10 Turner, Bob 8 6 3.0         1 0.5         1 1 0 0.0    
Totals 400                             228 0.6    
 

Footnotes

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