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After a winless 1919 George Haines stepped down as playing coach, 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. Wilson would join as captain/coach the next year, for now Haines retained the captaincy.
Brosnan's side won four of the first five games, before collapsing to just one more victory for the season and a second last place finish. 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.
An intra-club game was played against the Melbourne Juniors on Saturday 17 April.