For a side who had been on the verge of going out of business a few short seasons earlier, their relationship with the MCC had seen the Reds take a shortcut to the league's group of top teams. Bailed out by the cricket club five years earlier, they were suddenly described as having practically unlimited influence, financial as well as social with 35 players in their training squad.
After seven games Melbourne were unbeaten, having kicked 60 goals to 28. They won one more game before being defeated, and were third at the end of the year. In the press they were accused of taking games against poor sides easily and not being up to the big matches.
|May 4||South Melbourne||WIN|
|June 15||North Melbourne||WIN|
|July 20||Port Melbourne||WIN|
|August 3||St. Kilda||WIN|
|August 24||North Melbourne||WIN|
|August 31||South Melbourne||WIN|
Bill Ahern, A. Bedford, J. Bedford, David Christy, W. Cornish, Eddie Fox, Herbert Fry, Frank Girdlestone, Alf Healing, J. Hogan, Harry Hughes, Austin Lewis, Lew Massey, McCaffrey, Jim McCarthy, Bill McCulloch, Fred McGinis, Alex McKenzie, W. Milne, Henry Mitchell, George Moodie, R. Moore, George Moysey, O'Connor, Patrick O'Dea, G. O'Dwyer, J. O'Halloran, Patrick O'Loughlin, Mick Roche, A. Salkeld, William Sharp, Fred Sheahan, Eddie Sholl, W. Smith, Ned Sutton, A. Swannie, Eddie Toms, Dick Wardill, C. Watson, Joe Wilson
McGinis 16, Roche 16, Girdlestone 13, McCarthy 13, Moysey 7, Christy 6, Moodie 6, Wilson 4, Wardill 3, Hogan 2, McCulloch 2, McKenzie 2, Sholl 2, Smith 2, Bedford 1, Fry 1, Lewis 1, McCaffrey 1, Milne 1, O'Halloran 1, Sutton 1, Swannie 1
A match may have been played against Brunswick at the Warehouseman's Ground in late April.
The Age - 20/05/1895
Sydney Mail - 25/05/1895
The Australasian - 25/05/1895
The Age - 27/05/1895
The Age - 17/06/1895
The Argus - 17/06/1895
Football - The Age 24/06/1895
The West Australian 13/07/1895
The West Australian 29/07/1895
The Age - 05/08/1895
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