Captain - Coach: Ivor Warne-Smith
Finishing Position: 5th
Best and Fairest: n/a
Leading Goalkicker: George Margitich (73)
Best First Year Player: n/a
Members: 1971

Matches Ladder Playing List Reserves

The league moved into new headquarters in Spring Street and their new building Harrison House was named after Henry Harrison, one of the founding fathers of the Melbourne club.

After years of pressure the VFL finally introduced a '19th man' reserve player but also introduced the 'Coulter Law' which capped player payments at 3p a week and banned lump sum payments to new players. The result was a mass raid on VFL players by VFA clubs, but most of the 90 plus ex-league players signed by the Association were veterans or discards. An unpopular amendment to the holding the ball rule was dropped before Round 12. The rules were changed back to allow players to drop the ball when tackled and not be penalised.

They weren't allowed to play or train on the MCG until just before the season began as it was being used for district cricket finals. After a fifth placed finish in 1929 the club's committee decided that too much was being left to too few and set out on a recruiting drive. They landed South Australian forward George Margitich, as well as four ruckmen, two rovers, two other forwards and a centre. Margitich kicked 73 goals but the side finished fifth again.

Coasting into the finals the Fuschias lost their last three matches and missed out. Even a win against even 10th placed Hawthorn on the last day would have snuck them into third with a game break on Geelong and Fitzroy losing but they were behind all day and despite a last quarter comeback lost and were out of the finals race. It was the second year in a row that they'd thrown away what seemed like a confirmed top four position in the last few weeks of the season.

Baseball matches were played as curtain raisers to VFL games throughout the year.

The Seconds played an exhibition match against the Peninsula Football League on 27 September as part of their end of season trip.

In December 1929 the committee instructed its delegates to vote against any proposal to increase the amount of clubs in the league or to extend the season to 22 games.

Premiership Season

1 South MelbourneWIN95-70
2 GeelongWIN100-63
3 FitzroyWIN104-99
4 North MelbourneWIN123-102
5 FootscrayWIN120-62
6 St. KildaLOSS67-76
7 CollingwoodLOSS79-97
8 CarltonWIN72-70
9 EssendonWIN114-88
10 RichmondLOSS52-104
11 HawthornWIN82-41
12 FootscrayWIN61-58
13 St. KildaWIN82-65
14 CollingwoodLOSS57-104
15 CarltonWIN83-77
16 EssendonLOSS79-89
17 RichmondLOSS62-86
18 HawthornLOSS77-90


South Melbourne909100.036
St. Kilda8010101.332
North Melbourne101751.84

Playing List

1 Stan Wittman 15 13
2 Wyn Murray 180
3 George Margitich 1773
4 Jimmy Abernethy 124
5 Hec Davidson 125
6 Ted Esposito 86
7 Norman Driver 20
10 Jack Collins 160
12 Jack Power 10
14 Ivor Warne-Smith 1723
15 Harry Crapper 77
16 Robert C Johnson 1627
17 Bill MacDonald 140
18 Bill Cutler 156
19 Edwin Pemberton 163
20 Harry Long 147
21 Bill Vanthoff 1212
22 Reg Conole 82
23 Francis Vine 93
24 Colin Jackson 20
26 Bill Tymms 130
28 Webber Jackson 90
29 Jimmy Davidson 186
30 Howard Steel 41
31 Col Deane 40
32 Gordon Ogden 130
33 Geoff Frood 12
34 Ray Usher 161
35 Richard Taylor 1811
37 George Cassidy 50
38 Jim Moodie 90
39 Lew Gough 10


1930 Seconds season


Essendon 120648
Richmond 120648
St Kilda91838
South Melbourne801032
North Melbourne10174


Round 6 Wyn Murray Elbowing Not Guilty
Round 15 Bill Cutler Striking 8 matches
Round 15 Bill Cutler Attempted Striking 4 matches
Round 15 Bill Cutler Attempted Striking Not Guilty
Round 17 Jack Collins Time Wasting 1 match

Vince Driver is listed as N. Driver in the R3 Football Record. He may be the Norman Driver won the Gardiner Medal that year.

Francis Vine is shown wearing #22 in the R3 Football Record

Bill Tymms is shown wearing #27 in the R3 and R18 Football Record

Howard Steel is shown wearing #9 in the R18 Football Record

Argus - 18/12/1929
Argus - 30/01/1930
Sporting Globe - 02/04/1930

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