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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.