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Key Facts

Full name
Mel Morris

Known as
Mel Morris

Born
8 June 1895

Died
3 May 1956 (aged 60)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 25y 340d
Last game: 31y 74d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; Brunswick

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 11

Recruited from
Richmond (1927)

Mel Morris

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
RichmondV/AFL1921-1926891481.6655%0
BrunswickVFA1927-1928
Total1921-1928891481.66

AFL: 2,621st player to appear, 2,653rd most games played, 651st most goals kickedRichmond: 208th player to appear, 174th most games played, 43rd most goals kicked

Mel Morris was a fine player for Richmond in various positions during 89 VFL games between 1921 and 1926, kicking 148 goals. He was in the centre when the Tigers beat Carlton by four points in the 1921 Grand Final. He headed Richmond's goal kicking ladder in 1924 with 44 goals and in 1925 with 25. Quick, skilful and an extremely smooth ball handler, Morris played interstate football for the VFL on three occasions.

In 1926, Morris captain-coached the Tigers to nine wins and nine losses for seventh place on the ladder. He was appointed captain-coach of Brunswick in 1928, but retired after sustaining an injury in the team's first match of the year. Mel Morris hailed from amateur club Elsternwick, where his equally talented brother Les played with distinction for well over a decade.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

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