Before the season New South Wales had proposed an alteration to football's scoring system, with the introduction of a crossbar between the goals. The full six points would only be scored if the ball went over the crossbar and one point if below it. It was supported by some VFL clubs but not adopted.
One of the stands in the outer at the MCG was rebuilt before the season.
As had been the pattern in most years since the war, the Redlegs started the season well before falling in a crumpled heap. After winning three of their first four matches they failed to capture another victory for the season and finished the year dead last on the ladder.
Ironically two of the victories came against teams who finished inside the four but as the season went on and their injury crisis became more and more dire they sank to the bottom and couldn't recover. It was their fourth league wooden spoon, and their last until 1951.
The season was such a disaster that even a trip to Sydney to play against the local league ended in defeat.
The Melbourne Cricket Club funded the side to the tune of 2000p during the season, and increase of nearly 900p over three years. Secretary Manzie was forced to defend the club at the MCC's annual meeting, pointing out that they lacked a local following due to being a "cosmopolitan" club. A member suggested that the football club should be separated from the MCC.
|New South Wales||LOSS|
|Round 4||Ted Thomas||Attempted Kicking||8 matches|
|Round 7||Joe Flanagan||Striking and Tripping||4 matches|
|Round 13||Vern Moore||Kicking||5 matches|
Sporting Globe - 27/09/1922
The Argus - 13/09/1923