Melbourne (VFL)

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1950 Argus Badges
1950 Argus Badges

Melbourne Football Club was formed in 1859 and is the oldest Australian Rules Football club in Australia. It has a close relationship with the MCG Cricket/football ground and a proud history.

Melbourne was a foundation member of the VFA and then again was a founding member of the VFL when it was formed in1897.

Melbourne had not won a VFL/AFL premiership since 1964, meaning that club success is out of the living memory of most supporters but those that look at the clubs history will see periods of greatness.

Melbourne won premierships in 1900 and 1926. Ivor Warne-Smith, winner of two Brownlow medals(1926,28) being an early champion.

Leading into the Second World War, Melbourne won a string of three premierships in a row (1939, 1940 and 1941) under coach Frank ‘Checker’ Hughes and captain Allan La Fontaine.
A sixth premiership in 1948 was won after a draw against Essendon and then a victory at the Grand Final replay a week later. Players such as Norm Smith, Denis Cordner, Don Cordner and Jack Mueller were part of the forties line-up.

The 10 years from 1955 to 1954 were a period of great dominance for the club, finalists every year and with six premierships (1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960 and 1964). With Norm Smith coaching and Ron Barassi a star player, the club found a succession a great players and on-field success.

Recent history has been less kind to Melbourne, with a lack of success, but when in the time that Charles Boyles was taking photos, Melbourne had a successful side.

Team Name and Jumpers

Cgwil003 016 Melbourne - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Cgwil003 016 Melbourne - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards

Changes 1926-86 Only - See http://www.footyjumpers.com/ for other changes

1926-1929 Dark Blue with red Band in middle (No red V)
1930-1934 Dark Blue with red Collar (No Band, No V)
1935-1974 Dark Blue with red V Yoke
1975-1986 Royal Blue with red V Yoke

Team Photos

Photos by Charles Boyles

Photos by Unknown/Other Photographers

Melbourne Team Photos

Player Photos


1933 Giant League and Association Colours
Reference_ Melbourne Captains
Reference_ Melbourne Coaches
Reference_ Melbourne Best and Fairest
Reference_ Melbourne Leading Goal Kicker
Reference_ Melbourne Team of the Century
Reference_1926 VFL Grand Final
Reference_ 1942 R02 Melbourne v Richmond - Truscott's Return

Results during Charles Boyles Work Period 1925-63

For more extensive results (and source data for this table), see

Home Grounds

Melbourne Cricket Ground, East Melbourne

Interesting News Stories

1926 Grand Final
Another "Football Flashback" THE FIRST COMEBACK BY THE DEMONS. (1950, August 19). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 10 Supplement: The Argus Week-End Magazine. Retrieved October 8, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22908976
Wikipedia - Melbourne Football Club
Melbourne FC - Official Site

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