Secretary: William Freeman
Captains - William Freeman, Henry Harrison
Leading goalkicker: Donald Campbell 2

The first scratch match of the season was played on Saturday 11 May between sides pictured by Harrison and Freeman. The later would elected secretary at the team's annual meeting that afternoon. A further game was played the following Saturday but numbers were reduced due to heavy rain the two previous days having an impact on turnout. Further scratch matches were played on 29 June and 13 July.

Freeman captained the side in the early games of the season, with Henry Harrison also captaining the side later.

The Challenge Cup which had been played for over the previous two seasons was not a part of the season as South Yarra refused to put it on the line in any of their matches after having earned the right to hold it after defending it three times during 1866.

In their worst season yet, Melbourne didn't score a goal in their first four matches of the season, or win a game until early August.

A match against Civil Service on 17 August was not played. It was originally announced as being postponed, with a scratch match played to replace it, but the fixture was never fulfilled. A game against soldiers was originally scheduled for Saturday June but postponed until the next week.

The season ended on 21 September with a match between combinations of Melbourne/Carlton (north) and South Yarra/South Melbourne (south). The northern team won courtesy of goals by Carlton players C Hillsden and F Hillsden who had both guested with Melbourne during the year.

24 May Geelong LOSS0-2
25 May Carlton DRAW0-0
8 June South Yarra DRAW 0-0
22 June Carlton LOSS 0-2
1 July Geelong LOSS 0-2
6 July HM 14th Regiment LOSS 1-2
20 July South Melbourne DRAW 1-1
27 July University DRAW0-0
3 August HM 14th Regiment WIN2-0
10 August South Yarra DRAW 1-1
24 August Carlton DRAW 0-0
31 August South Melbourne DRAW0-1
7 September South Yarra DRAW0-1
14 September HM 14th Regiment LOSS2-2


Bald, Wilton Barfoot, Larry Bell, John Bennie, Frederick Bruford, James Byrne, David Campbell, Donald Campbell, John Colville, Copeland, George Dana, Daniel Ferguson, William Finlay, Andrew Fleming, Charles Forrester, John Forrester, William Freeman, William Gaggin, George Gair, James Green, Harry Guy, Henry Harrison, Horace Harrison, Tom Hepburn, Hetherington, Charlie Hillsden, Frank Hillsden, E. Hinton, J. Holland, James Horan, William Hurst, de Courcey Ireland, James Ireland, Richard Ireland, Tom Ireland, J. James, George Kennedy, Locke, Mack, T. McLaughlin, Joseph Moody, T. Moody, Stephen Morell, Newman, Orlando O'Brien, J. Oswald, Ryan, Eugene Stephens, James Stodart, P. Sullivan, Walter Thomas, Richard Wardill, George Waugh, Robert Waugh, Thomas Whyte, Henry Woolley, James Wright


Donald Campbell 2, L. Bell 1, William Freeman 1, J. Green 1, Ryan 1

Argus - 11/05/1867
Argus - 13/05/1867
Age - 26/06/1867
Leader - 29/06/1867
Leader - 17/08/1867
Leader - 17/08/1867
Age - 16/09/1867
Argus - 23/09/1867
Australasian - 28/09/1867
"Origins of Australian Football: Volume 1" by Mark Pennings

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