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.
|16||Robert C Johnson||16||27|
|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|
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