For the first time Melbourne paid its players, but for the second year in a row only the moribund University club kept the Fuschias off the bottom of the VFL ladder. Two wins over the Students were the only victories all year, one less than they had in 1913. Their cause wasn't helped by champion rover Hedley Tomkins moving to Western Australia to join East Perth.
The club's training staff was strengthened, with Jem Mitchell adding former University trainer McCormicks to his team, along with Moody, Fry, Lewis, Over and Tout.
Melbourne's delegates to the league were once again Andrew Manzie and Bill McClelland. A proposal for a district football scheme which would introduce recruiting zones was defeated when the required 3/4 majority was not available, Melbourne was one of four clubs against the idea.
The Students went into recess at the end of the year, but ironically it was University who helped catapult Melbourne back into the top four in 1915 after the the Reds signed many of the failed club's players. The two clubs officially amalgamated, but University got nothing other than seats on the committee.
At the club's AGM in February 1915 the committee reported the cause of their poor season was highly rated junior players not living up to their promise.
|Round 8||Jack Evans||Charging||Not Guilty|
|Round 13||Alf Williamson||Rough Conduct||3 matches|
|Round 17||Alf Williamson||Elbowing and General Roughness||15 matches|
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