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1907

Coach: Alex Hall
Captain: Vin Coutie
Finishing Position: 7th
Best and Fairest: n/a
Leading Goalkicker: Jack Leith (21)
Best First Year Player: n/a

Matches Ladder Playing List


In the wake of their worst season ever, where they only won a single game, the club again grappled with the idea of amateurism vs professionalism and suggestions that Melbourne join other clubs in paying players under the table became stronger. In the end it was said that only two of their 18 most prominent players received any payment.

Before the season began Melbourne attempted to sign former MCC cricketer Billy Monagle as a coach. He had played in Perth and the Victorian country before twice been refused a clearance to South Melbourne. His application to go to Melbourne was denied on the grounds that in 1904 and 1905 it had been alleged that he was a professional and was therefore denied a permit. Two years later this led to the league preventing him from being a player or a coach on any league ground despite being employed as a groundkeeper at the MCG. Alex Hall was eventually appointed to the top job, and Monagle returned to Northcote.

Before the season started there was also a change of secretary, with Amos Norcott voted out after seven seasons and replaced by George Beachcroft.

Eventually Melbourne crawled off the bottom of the ladder, rising one spot but winning six games more than in their disastrous 1906 campaign.

AA Aitken replaced the late RW McLeod as one of Melbourne's VFL delegates in July.

Practice Match

OppositionResultScore
Port Melbourne Rovers ? Unknown
Collegians WIN Unknown
Leopold ? Unknown

Premiership Season

RoundOppositionResultScore
1 South MelbourneWIN60-41
2 EssendonLOSS41-48
3 CarltonLOSS47-86
4 CollingwoodWIN46-34
5 GeelongLOSS51-59
6 St. KildaLOSS51-108
7 FitzroyWIN55-47
8 South MelbourneWIN52-40
9 EssendonLOSS28-43
10 CarltonLOSS54-70
11 CollingwoodLOSS22-101
12 GeelongWIN49-34
13 St. KildaWIN47-30
14 FitzroyWIN55-39
15 EssendonLOSS56-71
16 South MelbourneLOSS50-74
17 CarltonLOSS36-62

Ladder

WDL%P
Carlton1304155.752
South Melbourne1106118.444
St. Kilda908117.536
Collingwood908110.436
Fitzroy701085.528
Geelong701085.328
Melbourne701081.128
Essendon501274.020

Exhibition Matches

OppositionResultScore
Deloraine District WIN84-44
North-West Coast WIN159-22
Southern Tasmania WIN98-30
Huon Association WIN 8 goals to 4

Playing List

PlayerGamesGoals
Sid Anderson 10
Jack Baquie 103
Joe Canavan 94
Jim Conquest 73
Harry Cope 70
Vin Coutie 1314
Harry Cox 22
Jim Fitzpatrick 85
Jack Gardiner 1412
Mark Gardner 10
Bert Gregory 21
Jack Hammond 22
Frank Harris 110
Herbert Hill 80
Bill Homan 153
Phil Hunt 80
Charlie Johnson 86
Jack Johnson 153
Jack Leith 1121
Paddy Mills 130
Bobby Monk 160
Victor Nielson 81
Bernie Nolan 131
Basil Onyons 1411
Bert Parke 150
George Peacock 85
Joe Pearce 160
Hugh Purse 130
Harry Rigby 110
Jack Smith 86
Jack Strong 50
Wally Sykes 61
Herb Symonds 43
Wal Warren 10
Jack West 30

Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Round 11 Harry Cope Striking 6 matches
Round 15 Phil Hunt Striking 7 matches

Notes
A practice match may have been played against Hastings on Easter Monday.

Media
Leader - 09/03/1907
Daily News - 22/03/1907
Argus - 26/04/1907
North West Post - 23/05/1907
Herald - 12/07/1907

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