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1939

Coach: Frank Hughes
Captain: Ivor Warne-Smith
Finishing Position: 1st
Best and Fairest: Jack Mueller
Leading Goalkicker: Norm Smith (54)
Best First Year Player: n/a
Members: 1919

Matches Ladder Playing List Best and Fairest Seconds

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Image Entering the 13th season since their last premiership victory, Melbourne fans were starting to get restless and missing out on the finals in 1938 hadn't helped them.

The league introduced new rules, as forced on them by the Australian National Football Council, with a holding the ball rule and a return to Victoria's favoured method of handling out of bounds - reintroducing the boundary throw-in instead of giving away free kicks. The new holding the ball rule proved controversial in the first few weeks of the season.

Having finished fifth a season earlier the thoughts of some turned to more immediate 'revenge' against an 'auld enemy'. A Mr J Smith penned his own ode to Melbourne's longtime rivals before the start of the season.

"Owed" To Collingwood by J.O Smith
They're sanguine - very,
That the flag of this year's fight
Will float o'er the banks of Merri,
Crossed with bars of black and white.
We have got a strong impression
That the boys in red and blue
Have learnt a useful lesson
And they've learnt it most from you.
There's a little score to settle
That has long been overdue;
You have got us on our mettle,
And we'll square accounts with you.''

In one of the most unpredictable VFL seasons to date the ode proved prophetic as the two sides met in the Grand Final but not without a struggle. Melbourne's up and down form saw them shatter records by racking up the fifteen scores of 100+ points (including nine in a row at one stage) but also barely falling over the line against struggling teams like Hawthorn and South Melbourne late in the season.

To add to the confusion the season finished a week later due a round of postponements on Saturday 26 August due to the terrible condition of most league grounds. A long spell of rain had put the brakes on what had been the highest scoring season in history, aided by the return of the boundary thrown in which had been abolished in 1925.

The Seconds also won the premiership.

Melbourne's delegates to the VFL were Joe Blair and Bruce Hogg.

Home and Away

RoundOppositionResult
1 RichmondLOSS
2 EssendonWIN
3 St. KildaWIN
4 North MelbourneWIN
5 GeelongWIN
6 South MelbourneWIN
7 FitzroyWIN
8 FootscrayWIN
9 CarltonLOSS
10 CollingwoodWIN
11 HawthornWIN
12 RichmondWIN
13 EssendonLOSS
14 St. KildaWIN
15 North MelbourneWIN
16 GeelongWIN
17 South MelbourneWIN
18 FitzroyWIN
SF CollingwoodWIN
GF Collingwood WIN

Exhibition Matches

OppositionResult
Essendon LOSS

Ladder

WDL%P
Melbourne1503128.460
Collingwood15013122.060
Richmond1305118.052
St. Kilda1305116.552
Carlton1206123.148
Essendon801097.032
Geelong701192.428
Fitzroy611189.226
North Melbourne601291.324
Hawthorn511286.122
Footscray401482.616
South Melbourne301570.812

Playing List

NumberNameGamesGoals
1 Gordon Jones 120
2 Roy Dowsing 21
3 Bill Baxter 30
4 Norm Smith 2054
5 Keith Truscott 1710
5 Lou Reiffel 12
6 Ian Giles 60
7 Hugh Murnane 76
8 Rowley Fischer 144
9 Richie Emselle 170
10 Maurie Gibb 65
11 Harold Ball 2030
12 Jack Mueller 1625
13 Les Jones 2023
14 Jack Maher 92
15 Ron Baggott 1834
16 Gerry Daly 20
17 Allan La Fontaine 185
18 Wally Lock 140
19 Frank Roberts 130
20 Frank Williams 10
21 Ron Kimberley 113
22 Harry Harley 143
23 Ray Wartman 187
24 Percy Beames 1337
26 Jack Furniss 121
27 Les Gibbs 10
29 Jack O'Keefe 137
30 Alby Rodda 914
31 Ron Barassi 1328
32 Dick Hingston 190
33 Ted Buckley 90
35 Derek Symonds 10
36 Sid Anderson 118

Best and Fairest

Player
1st Jack Mueller


Other Awards
Most consistent - Richie Emselle
Most determined - Frank Roberts
Most accomplished - Allan La Fontaine
Special trophy (clubman) - Gordon Jones
Most improved - Keith Truscott
Most unselfish - Norm Smith
Special trophy - Beames, Fischer, Furniss, Hingston, Jones, Dowsing, Wartman

Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Round 4 Rowley Fischer Attempted Striking 2 matches
Round 11 Ron Barassi Striking 4 matches
Round 13 Jack Mueller Elbowing 4 matches
Round 14 Keith Truscott Elbowing Not Guilty
GF Wally Lock Jostling, pushing and tripping 4 matches

Seconds

1939 Seconds season
Leading goalkicker - Fred Fanning - 111
Best first year player - Sid Anderson

WDL%P
Richmond 140414056
Melbourne 130514452
Geelong130513652
Footscray130513452
Essendon120712548
Collingwood111611744
Fitzroy8199732
Carlton80109032
St Kilda50128320
North Melbourne40145416
Hawthorn30156712
South Melbourne2015678


Finals

RoundOppositionResult
SF Richmond WIN
GF Richmond WIN


Notes
Official sources show Les Gibbs wearing number 28 in 1939, but Football Record shows number 27.

Match also played in Ballarat in early August.

Links
Football Record R1 1939
Football Record 1939 Finals
Herald - 07/02/1940
Age - 08/02/1940

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