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1920

Coach: Gerald Brosnan
Captain: George Haines
Finishing Position: 8th
Best and Fairest: n/a
Leading Goalkicker: Harry Harker (23)
Best First Year Player: n/a

Premiership Season Ladder Playing List


After having not won a game in all of 1919, George Haines stepped down as captain/coach and replaced by former Fitzroy stalwart Gerald Brosnan. Melbourne had been in talks with Collingwood champion Percy Wilson but could not convince him to leave the Magpies. He would eventually join as captain/coach the next year.

Brosnan tasted success in his first game, and must have been in heaven when his side racked up four wins from the first six games. From there on, though, the Fuschias were more of the 1919 vintage - winning just one more game for the season and finishing second last.

Along the way they had some notable matches, including the largest ever VFL home and away attendance to that point against Richmond in Round 7 and two matches in a row where a team kicked three goals in the first quarter and nil over the next three - first they restricted St Kilda in Round 14 before Carlton gave them a taste of their own medicine the next week.

Five players appeared in their one and only game for the club during the year, a figure that has never been matched again. Four out of the five went on to play matches for other league clubs.

Bill McClelland and Andrew Manzie were Melbourne's delegates to the VFL.

Premiership Season

Round
Opposition
Result
1 South MelbourneWIN
2 EssendonWIN
3 CollingwoodLOSS
4 St. KildaWIN
5 BYE
6 CarltonWIN
7 RichmondLOSS
8 FitzroyLOSS
9 GeelongLOSS
10 South MelbourneLOSS
11 EssendonLOSS
12 CollingwoodLOSS
13 BYE
14 St. KildaWIN
15 CarltonLOSS
16 RichmondLOSS
17 FitzroyLOSS
18 GeelongLOSS

Ladder

WDL%P
Richmond1402146.456
Fitzroy1402143.256
Carlton1006128.740
Collingwood1006112.340
South Melbourne709108.628
Essendon501187.820
Geelong501184.420
Melbourne501174.220
St. Kilda201457.28

Playing List

NumberPlayerGamesGoals
1 Bill Allen 155
2 Eric Tonkin 65
3 Leo Little 63
4 Alec Farrow 153
5 Harry Harker 923
6 Herb Matthews 154
7 Mick Anthony 111
8 Charlie Lilley 150
9 Charlie Streeter 149
10 Jack Brake 30
11 Jack Baquie 30
12 Bob Corbett 160
13 Bill Shelton 115
14 Alec Gray 150
15 George Haines 1418
16 Hughie Odgers 150
17 Bert Chadwick 168
18 Bob Bodington 10
19 Jack Huntington 1315
20 Joe O'Carroll 32
21 Jack House 126
22 Syd Hutcheson 110
23 Les Boyd 84
24 Bill Fawcett 10
25 Claude Bryan 30
26 Vern Rowe 77
27 Harry Tampling 10
28 George Walker 110
29 George Garlick 54
30 Bruce Campbell 54
31 Reg Ellis 10
32 Norm Henderson 22
34 Leo Dobrigh 10
35 Aubrey Neal 10

Seconds

1920 Seconds season

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Saturday 17 February 2018 23:14:01 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 10)

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