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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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1978 Season (V/AFL) Fixture | Player Stats

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Melbourne's 1978 Fixture

Rnd H&A Club Q1Q2Q3Q4 S R Opponent Q1Q2Q3Q4 S Mgn Grd Date SC
1 A Melbourne 2.44.56.109.14 68 LOST Hawthorn 3.67.1114.1122.15 147 -79 PRI Apr 1 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
2 H Melbourne 4.714.1520.2024.23 167 WON Fitzroy 5.38.716.1323.19 157 10 MCG Apr 8 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
3 A Melbourne 2.85.117.1511.19 85 LOST Carlton 2.37.1010.1313.20 98 -13 PRI Apr 15 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
4 H Melbourne 5.411.714.1218.19 127 WON Footscray 4.55.911.1118.12 120 7 MCG Apr 22 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
5 A Melbourne 5.26.86.108.11 59 LOST Richmond 3.37.414.919.16 130 -71 MCG Apr 25 (Tue, 2:10) Scores
6 H Melbourne 6.28.515.821.15 141 LOST St. Kilda 8.719.1223.1331.18 204 -63 MCG May 6 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
7 A Melbourne 8.713.917.1221.13 139 WON Geelong 3.26.89.1318.18 126 13 VFL May 13 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
8 H Melbourne 1.25.87.98.13 61 LOST North Melbourne 3.45.813.1220.17 137 -76 MCG May 20 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
9 H Melbourne 3.34.55.58.12 60 LOST Essendon 3.07.311.915.12 102 -42 VFL May 27 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
10 A Melbourne 6.111.212.614.8 92 LOST South Melbourne 5.510.813.1324.18 162 -70 LAK Jun 5 (Mon, 2:10) Scores
11 A Melbourne 1.24.59.710.7 67 LOST Collingwood 4.69.1213.1817.25 127 -60 VIC Jun 17 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
12 H Melbourne 4.48.1011.1415.18 108 LOST Hawthorn 7.410.915.1218.20 128 -20 MCG Jun 24 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
13 A Melbourne 2.36.77.108.13 61 LOST Fitzroy 5.47.916.1719.27 141 -80 VFL Jul 1 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
14 A Melbourne 2.46.56.78.11 59 LOST Footscray 6.210.517.620.7 127 -68 WES Jul 8 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
15 H Melbourne 0.61.72.112.14 26 LOST Carlton 2.47.911.1217.13 115 -89 VFL Jul 15 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
16 H Melbourne 6.18.210.614.9 93 LOST Richmond 2.64.1213.1417.19 121 -28 MCG Jul 22 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
17 A Melbourne 7.68.79.1013.11 89 LOST St. Kilda 3.07.1014.1620.21 141 -52 MOO Jul 29 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
18 H Melbourne 2.66.1011.1413.17 95 LOST Geelong 5.47.1210.1414.17 101 -6 MCG Aug 5 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
19 A Melbourne 2.37.57.88.13 61 LOST North Melbourne 8.615.820.1326.18 174 -113 ARD Aug 12 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
20 A Melbourne 7.210.315.721.10 136 WON Essendon 6.311.1013.1419.16 130 6 WIN Aug 19 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
21 H Melbourne 3.56.109.1315.16 106 WON South Melbourne 4.56.99.1411.19 85 21 MCG Aug 26 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
22 H Melbourne 4.59.913.1019.11 125 LOST Collingwood 8.313.620.724.12 156 -31 MCG Sep 2 (Sat, 2:10) Scores
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1978 Player Stats

# Player GP K Avg H Avg D Avg M Avg HO Avg T Avg FF FA G Avg B TS
1 Baker, Garry 22 254 11.5 107 4.9 361 16.4 179 8.1 253 12.0     60 62 12 0.5 5 77
19 Biffin, Ray 12 97 8.1 36 3.0 133 11.1 55 4.6 5 0.4     14 26 25 2.1 28 178
6 Brewer, Ross 13 127 9.8 59 4.5 186 14.3 61 4.7 1 0.1     12 22 21 1.6 17 143
14 Byrne, Michael 8 40 5.0 13 1.6 53 6.6 16 2.0 37 5.3     14 8 4 0.5 5 29
44 Code, David 6 49 8.2 16 2.7 65 10.8 9 1.5 0 0.0     4 10 1 0.2 3 9
13 Coles, Henry 21 338 16.1 130 6.2 468 22.3 69 3.3 0 0.0     65 66 33 1.6 19 217
36 Cooke, Gary 7 85 12.1 23 3.3 108 15.4 22 3.1 0 0.0     20 18 3 0.4 5 23
7 Denny, Barry 13 105 8.1 27 2.1 132 10.2 28 2.2 0 0.0     13 14 3 0.2 4 22
28 Dullard, Anthony 19 179 9.4 61 3.2 240 12.6 110 5.8 6 0.3     28 33 6 0.3 7 43
23 Fitzsimmons, Shane 17 205 12.1 88 5.2 293 17.2 48 2.8 0 0.0     37 36 4 0.2 3 27
2 Flower, Robert 22 304 13.8 113 5.1 417 19.0 114 5.2 0 0.0     42 48 18 0.8 23 131
34 Flower, Tom 9 112 12.4 37 4.1 149 16.6 19 2.1 0 0.0     17 20 9 1.0 4 58
9 Fowler, Laurie 15 199 13.3 29 1.9 228 15.2 44 2.9 0 0.0     46 24 1 0.1 1 7
31 Garratt, Peter 1 1 1.0 1 1.0 2 2.0 1 1.0             0 0.0 0 0
20 Gaunt, Graham 12 161 13.4 55 4.6 216 18.0 33 2.8 1 0.1     24 26 0 0.0 1 1
27 Graham, Colin 5 43 8.6 10 2.0 53 10.6 18 3.6 0 0.0     4 11 3 0.6 5 23
17 Grambeau, Shane 17 146 8.6 23 1.4 169 9.9 47 2.8 2 0.1     32 15 0 0.0 0 0
30 Hamilton, Peter 9 69 7.7 16 1.8 85 9.4 24 2.7 0 0.0     19 14 1 0.1 2 8
5 Hunnibell, Graham 4 24 6.0 14 3.5 38 9.5 10 2.5 16 4.0     4 8 1 0.3 0 6
43 Hutchison, Greg 21 225 10.7 70 3.3 295 14.0 45 2.1 8 0.4     35 31 6 0.3 14 50
8 Johnston, Peter 19 134 7.1 35 1.8 169 8.9 70 3.7 3 0.2     19 35 31 1.6 12 198
33 May, Tony 2 16 8.0 5 2.5 21 10.5 2 1.0 0 0.0     1 2 1 0.5 1 7
10 McKellar, Craig 2 4 2.0 4 2.0 8 4.0 0 0.0 19 9.5     2 1 0 0.0 0 0
26 McKeon, Mark 6 41 6.8 13 2.2 54 9.0 9 1.5 0 0.0     11 8 0 0.0 0 0
29 Moir, Andrew 18 146 8.1 39 2.2 185 10.3 53 2.9 0 0.0     25 23 13 0.7 11 89
12 Norsworthy, Barry 13 110 8.5 68 5.2 178 13.7 22 1.7 0 0.0     21 31 12 0.9 9 81
27 O'Dwyer, Des 1 5 5.0 2 2.0 7 7.0 2 2.0 0 0.0     0 1 1 1.0 0 6
49 Rea, Mick 3 11 3.7 7 2.3 18 6.0 5 1.7 9 3.0     4 1 1 0.3 1 7
24 Richards, Kelvin 3 20 6.7 3 1.0 23 7.7 4 1.3 0 0.0     9 3 0 0.0 0 0
10 Roberts, Ken 11 109 9.9 40 3.6 149 13.5 41 3.7 0 0.0     28 35 16 1.5 15 111
15 Seaton, Phil 9 78 8.7 28 3.1 106 11.8 15 1.7 0 0.0     10 11 3 0.3 5 23
35 Smith, Steven 22 215 9.8 65 3.0 280 12.7 92 4.2 83 4.0     36 33 17 0.8 9 111
4 Sullivan, Tony 11 103 9.4 39 3.5 142 12.9 25 2.3 0 0.0     26 22 0 0.0 0 0
47 Thompson, Paul 6 34 5.7 10 1.7 44 7.3 7 1.2 0 0.0     9 6 0 0.0 0 0
40 Thorne, Peter 8 59 7.4 11 1.4 70 8.8 3 0.4 0 0.0     9 8 9 1.1 3 57
3 Tippett, Barry 6 50 8.3 17 2.8 67 11.2 16 2.7 0 0.0     10 12 1 0.2 0 6
16 Walters, Robert 3 12 4.0 2 0.7 14 4.7 9 3.0 0 0.0     3 3 5 1.7 3 33
11 Wells, Greg 20 374 18.7 120 6.0 494 24.7 121 6.1 4 0.2     50 34 17 0.9 28 130
22 Whitfort, Ken 3 14 4.7 6 2.0 20 6.7 3 1.0 0 0.0     1 3 3 1.0 0 18
18 Wingate, Maurice 13 131 10.1 49 3.8 180 13.8 39 3.0 0 0.0     26 15 3 0.2 4 22
41 Woodman, Chris 8 48 6.0 12 1.5 60 7.5 21 2.6 12 1.5     12 13 4 0.5 5 29
Totals 440 4477 10.2 1503 3.4 5980 13.6 1511 3.4 459 1.0     802 792 288 0.7 252 1980
 

Footnotes

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