Before the season started a group of fans made a proposal to seek an alteration to MCC rules that would make the football club governed by its own president, vice-presidents and committee instead of just a committee of five elected at the annual meeting. The proposal was put to a meeting of the MCC but not adopted when the movers couldn't raise the required three-fourths majority of members present.
The league was forced to abolish the boundary throw in, handing a free kick to the opposition of the side to last touch the ball before it went out of play. The decision was made by the Australasian Football Council which set the rules for the national game. Another rule change mandated that only one man could stand on the mark at any time.
After Melbourne's Round 12 victory over St Kilda the Seasiders put in a protest that they should have been awarded the points as Gerry Donnelly wasn't eligible to play for the Redlegs. The VFL dismissed the protest but made Donnelly move to North Melbourne who he was residentially tied to.
In gratitude for the team making the finals the MCC paid each player a five pound bonus. Melbourne won their first final, but were crippled by the loss of a number of players to injury and were defeated in the Preliminary Final.
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