Despite a disappointing 1903 campaign, Melbourne managed to do better than most other league clubs at keeping their side together going into 1904 and were rewarded with improved performances. The season began slowly, but four and three game winning streaks accounted for seven of their eight victories for the year.
In Round 4 Melbourne played their first ever interstate VFL premiership match, beating Essendon at the SCG. The image above is of the team from that day.
Captain Bill McClelland retired at the end of the season.
It was the first year that boundary umpires were permanently introduced to the competition. In order to stop players from standing out one season to change clubs the league amended the permit regulations so that players were only free to move after three years out of the game.
On Saturday 30 April, a match was played between 'new players' and 'old players'. The old players won 61-43.
|Northern District League||WIN|
Most Consistent - Charlie Young
Back Row: Ted Leach, Horrie Drane, Jack Strong, George Moodie, Amos Norcott, Ernie Tout, Ernie Vollugi, Syd Dalrymple, Billy Bremner
Middle Row: Paddy Mills, Jack Gardiner, Syd Anderson, Frank Langley, Bill McClelland, Harry Parkin, Joe Pearce, Charlie Young
Front Row: Vin Coutie, Jim Conquest, Arthur Sowden, Henri Jeanneret
An end of season match may have been played in Warrnambool