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~ VFL Premiers 1928 to 1957 ~


Sport Trivia
Fact Sheets

VFL Premiers
1898 to 1927

VFL Premiers
1928 to 1957

VFL Premiers
1958 to 1989

AFL Premiers
1990 to 2016

VFL/AFL Games
1898 to 2016

Targa Tasmania

Australian Sports
Crowd Records

 

Year
Premiers
Runners-up
Venue
Attendance
VFL - Victorian Football League
1928
Collingwood
13.18 (96)
Richmond
9.9 (63)
MCG
50,026
1929
Collingwood
11.13 (79)
Richmond
7.8 (50)
MCG
63,336
1930
Collingwood
14.16 (100)
Geelong
9.16 (70)
MCG
45,022
1931
Geelong
9.14 (68)
Richmond
7.6 (48)
MCG
60,712
1932
Richmond
13.14 (92)
Carlton
12.11 (83)
MCG
69,724
1933
Sth. Melbourne
9.17 (71)
Richmond
4.5 (29)
MCG
75,754
1934
Richmond
19.14 (128)
Sth. Melbourne
12.17 (89)
MCG
65,335
1935
Collingwood
11.12 (78)
Sth. Melbourne
7.16 (58)
MCG
54,154
1936
Collingwood
11.23 (89)
Sth. Melbourne
10.18 (78)
MCG
74,091
1937
Geelong
18.14 (122)
Collingwood
12.18 (90)
MCG
88,540
1938
Carlton
15.10 (100)
Collingwood
13.7 (85)
MCG
96,486
1939
Melbourne
21.22 (148)
Collingwood
14.11 (95)
MCG
78,110
1940
Melbourne
15.17 (107)
Richmond
10.8 (68)
MCG
70,330
1941
Melbourne
19.13 (127)
Essendon
13.20 (98)
MCG
79,687
1942
Essendon
19.18 (132)
Richmond
11.13 (79)
* Princes Park
49,000
1943
Richmond
12.14 (86)
Essendon
11.15 (81)
* Princes Park
42,100
1944
Fitzroy
9.12 (66)
Richmond
7.9 (51)
* Junction Oval
43,000
1945
Carlton
15.13 (103)
Sth. Melbourne
10.15 (75)
* Princes Park
62,986
1946
Essendon
22.18 (150)
Melbourne
13.9 (87)
MCG
73,743
1947
Carlton
13.8 (86)
Essendon
11.19 (85)
MCG
85,815
1948
Melbourne 10.9 (69) - Essendon 7.27 (69)
DRAW
MCG
85,658
Melbourne
13.11 (89)
Essendon
7.8 (50)
MCG
52,226
1949
Essendon
18.17 (125)
Carlton
6.16 (52)
MCG
90,453
1950
Essendon
13.14 (92)
Nth. Melbourne
7.12 (54)
MCG
87,601
1951
Geelong
11.15 (81)
Essendon
10.10 (70)
MCG
84,109
1952
Geelong
13.8 (86)
Collingwood
5.10 (40)
MCG
81,304
1953
Collingwood
11.11 (77)
Geelong
8.17 (65)
MCG
89,060
1954
Footscray
15.12 (102)
Melbourne
7.9 (51)
MCG
80,897
1955
Melbourne
8.16 (64)
Collingwood
5.6 (36)
MCG
88,053
1956
Melbourne
17.19 (121)
Collingwood
6.12 (48)
MCG
115,803
1957
Melbourne
17.14 (116)
Essendon
7.13 (55)
MCG
100,324

 

* World War II had many effects on the organisation of football in Australia


Geelong was unable to compete in the competition because of wartime travel restrictions. Temporary transfers to other clubs were available to Geelong players (limit of three per club).

Melbourne and Collingwood struggled to field a team, and at one stage considered amalgamating into a joint team, however they were both ultimately able to compete.

Hawthorn and Collingwood withdrew their teams from the reserves competition.

Available servicemen were often called upon to make up the numbers - this accounts for the drop in form of the Melbourne team, having previously won three premierships in a row.

The VFA went into recess, and any eligible players were given temporary league permits.

The Brownlow Medal was suspended until 1946.

Many ground changes were also forced upon teams, as their usual home grounds were used in the war effort. The new grounds used were Yarraville Oval (Footscray), Toorak Park (St Kilda), Punt Road Oval (Melbourne) and Princes Park (South Melbourne).

Government regulations meant the traditional matches on the King’s Birthday public holiday could not be played until 1946.

 


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