After 20 years of service, Andrew Manzie retired as club secretary. He was replaced by Charlie Streeter, who only spent one season in the role. Ivor Warne-Smith was reappointed as coach, beating applications from seven playing and five non-playing coaches. In an attempt to climb back up the ladder, Melbourne set a fixed rate of payment for players of three pounds per game, the maximum allowed by the league. It didn't help, and they finished ninth again. The Seconds offered some hope for the future again, winning their second consecutive premiership.
With the fertiliser used during resurfacing works at the MCG posing a hazard to players, Melbourne was unable to use their home ground until Round 6. They did pre-season training at a number of venues around the city, then played home games at the nearby Motordrome.
In June, a combined team of Melbourne players, jockeys and cricketers played a charity match at Flinders Naval Base.
At the end of the season, one of the reasons given for another poor year was that 39 of 40 players on the senior list had been injured during the year. Warne-Smith resigned as coach.
Chairman Joe Blair said we have had some of the best small men in the league, but no small men can stand up to the heavy bumping they receive now without heavy men to stand up for them. He suggested the club would try and recruit more big men.
G. Sleight became one of Melbourne's VFL delegates, alongside Harry Parkin, but he only remained in the role for one year.
|16||Robert C Johnson||7||14|
|Round 17||Bert Avery||Violently Pushing||Guilty|
1932 Seconds season
Many sources show Warne-Smith as captain-coach, but he was a playing coach with Vine as captain.
Argus - 11/02/1932
Herald - 16/02/1932
Age - 08/03/1932
Herald - 29/04/1932
Herald - 23/05/1932
Herald - 24/06/1932
Argus - 05/09/1932
[https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/243036065|Herald] - 09/09/1932
Sporting Globe - 10/09/1932
Argus - 20/12/1932
Referee - 28/12/1932