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1933

Coach: Frank Hughes
Captain: Francis Vine
Finishing Position: 10th
Best and Fairest: n/a
Leading Goalkicker: Robert C Johnson (62)
Best First Year Player: Les Jones

Matches Ladder Playing List Seconds Thirds


After the resignation of Ivor Warne-Smith, Melbourne narrowed their choice of a new coach down to the three - former South Melbourne captain/coach Paddy Scanlan, ex-Melbourne player and current Seconds coach Col Deane and Richmond's Checker Hughes.

When former Richmond secretary Percy Page joined the Fuschias he ensured Hughes, a premiership with the Tigers, was lured to the MCG. Hughes instantly set about making his mark on the struggling club, sacking 13 players. He also inadvertently gave the Redlegs their modern nickname, when during a fiery three-quarter time speech he implored his side to "lift your heads and play like demons!"

Before the season Page suggested that a lack of a partisan fanbase was one of the major disadvantages to the future success of the club. He suggested that the club would be able to grow their support in the Prahran area and the club opened a number of membership ticket outlets around that council area.

Despite a disappointing win total, and the absence of Francis Vine for most of the year due to injury, the newly crowned Demons somehow managed to only finish third last on the VFL ladder. At the end of the year a lack of height and weight was blamed, and the committee promised to rectify the situation by recruiting larger players.

The Seconds were a shining light in an otherwise disappointing year, won their third consecutive premiership until Bill Adams. The club was presented the Hartley Shield for their achievement.

Melbourne's recruiting zone consisted of the Lonsdale, Latrobe, Gipps and Albert Wards of the City of Melbourne, as well as the City of Prahran excepting the portion bounded by Punt Road, High Street, Kooyong Road, Dandenong Road and Wellington Street.

Joe Blair and Harry Parkin were the club's delegates to the VFL.

The club lost 1998p for the season.

At the end of the season the club cut veterans and experienced players Barnett, Conole, Ryan, Usher, Avery, Tyson, Robinson and Streeter.

Premiership Season

RoundOppositionResult
1 RichmondLOSS
2 GeelongLOSS
3 EssendonWIN
4 FitzroyLOSS
5 FootscrayLOSS
6 CarltonLOSS
7 CollingwoodLOSS
8 North MelbourneLOSS
9 St. KildaLOSS
10 South MelbourneLOSS
11 HawthornWIN
12 RichmondLOSS
13 GeelongLOSS
14 EssendonWIN
15 FitzroyLOSS
16 FootscrayLOSS
17 CarltonLOSS
18 CollingwoodLOSS

Ladder

WDL%P
Richmond1503141.160
South Melbourne1305127.552
Carlton1305114.452
Geelong1206130.448
Fitzroy1116105.646
Collingwood1107112.944
Footscray110797.744
North Melbourne711085.230
St. Kilda601280.924
Melbourne301582.012
Hawthorn301573.312
Essendon201677.18

Exhibition Match

OppositionResult
Riverina League WIN
Leeton WIN

Playing List

NumberPlayerGamesGoals
1 Noel Barnett 112
2 Wyn Murray 122
3 George Margitich 1452
4 Jack Sambell 153
5 Bill Deague 125
6 Archie Roberts 20
7 Bert Avery 61
8 Rowley Fischer 1512
9 Charlie Longhurst 110
10 Colin Niven 187
11 Robert C Johnson 1562
12 Alan Ryan 40
13 Les Jones 144
14 Ray Usher 100
15 Joe Kinnear 130
16 Eric Glass 138
17 Geoff McInnes 10
18 Don Hooper 1513
19 Edwin Pemberton 20
20 Harry Long 180
21 Bill Vanthoff 175
22 Billy Libbis 147
23 Francis Vine 92
24 Percy Beames 1214
25 Percy Streeter 20
26 Lou Riley 99
27 Bill Tymms 50
28 Bill Robinson 31
29 Reg Conole 120
30 Cliff Tyson 21
31 Jack Power 153
32 Gordon Ogden 140
34 Jack Bennett 60
Jack Harrison 10


Awards
Most Serviceable - Harry Long
Most Consistent - Francis Vine
Special Trophy - Clubman - Bert Avery
Training Trophy - Billy Libbis, George Margitich, Colin Niven

Reserves

Captain - Bill Adams
Best and Fairest - T. Jones
Finals trophies - Bill Adams, Pat McNamara

WDLP
Melbourne141358
Geelong 140456
Collingwood 140456
St Kilda 120648
Hawthorn120648
Carlton90936
Footscray81934
South Melbourne611126
Essendon501320
Fitzroy501320
Richmond411318
North Melbourne301512


Finals

RoundOppositionResult
SF Geelong WIN
GF St Kilda WIN


Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Round 9 Les Jones Striking Not Guilty


Media
"Melbourne coach" - The Argus 20/12/1932
Table Talk - 27/04/1933
Football Record R4 1933
The Age - 06/12/1933
"Melbourne club" - The Argus 14/12/1933
Football Record R1 1934

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