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1940

Coach: Frank Hughes
Captain: Ivor Warne-Smith
Finishing Position: 1st (Premiers)
Best and Fairest: Ron Baggott
Leading Goalkicker: Norm Smith (86)
Best First Year Player: Col McLean

Matches Ladder Playing List Best and Fairest Seconds

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By the time the Second World War had ended Melbourne would be one of the most hard hit clubs by army service and fatalities, but with the war just two years old they were sufficiently insulated from the conflict to take home their second consecutive premiership - their first ever defence of the title - and their fourth flag in club history.

The league altered rules which allowed players to be reported for throwing a ball away after a free kick/mark or interfering with a player in similar circumstances. Players were now not allowed to kick the ball in after a behind until the goal umpire signalled the point. The ring in the centre of the ground was enlarged but otherwise there were no serious alterations to the laws of the game. Despite the additional reporting options on offer not a single Melbourne player found himself at the league Tribunal that year.

After a pre-season fitness campaign overseen by Danish expert Drace Nissen, the premiership victory came off the back of a dynamic forward combination of Norm Smith, Jack Mueller and Ron Baggott who contibuted 171 goals between them. Melbourne scored a full 300 points more than the next best team in the league, but their defence also conceded a large amount of points.

Smith's 86 goal haul would remain the largest in club history until Fred Fanning kicked 97 in 1947, and is still the third highest ever behind Fanning and Darren Bennett in 1990.

A shock loss to Richmond in the Semi Final left the Demons on the verge of a shock straight sets exit but they regained their composure and won through the Preliminary Final to earn another shot at the Tigers. There, with police boxing champion Jack O'Keefe playing protector against the deadly Jack Dyer the Demons won the premiership.

Despite the success the club still lost money, with receipts of 3201p and expenditure of 4054p.

Melbourne kicked over 100 points in 76.91% of matches (16 of 21), which remains the highest proportion in their history.

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

Premiership Season

RoundOppositionResultScore
1 EssendonLOSS108-125
2 RichmondWIN122-99
3 FootscrayWIN141-102
4 CarltonWIN116-90
5 CollingwoodWIN114-98
6 HawthornLOSS81-87
7 North MelbourneWIN106-49
8 FitzroyWIN87-85
9 St. KildaWIN123-112
10 GeelongLOSS151-154
11 South MelbourneWIN130-78
12 EssendonWIN122-54
13 RichmondWIN94-87
14 FootscrayWIN110-91
15 CarltonLOSS96-133
16 CollingwoodWIN104-90
17 HawthornWIN176-62
18 North MelbourneWIN129-81
SF RichmondLOSS101-107
PF EssendonWIN90-85
GF RichmondWIN107-68

Ladder

W
D
L
%
P
Melbourne1404125.856
Richmond1206120.048
Essendon1206108.248
Geelong1107102.944
Carlton1008111.340
Footscray909108.936
Fitzroy90992.336
Collingwood8010100.632
Hawthorn701188.028
South Melbourne701187.328
St. Kilda501386.820
North Melbourne401475.116

Lightning Premiership

RoundOppositionResultScore
1 Richmond LOSS1-35

Exhibition Match

OppositionResultScore
Combined Bookmakers-Ascot Vale Hotel LOSS63-92

Playing List

NumberPlayerGamesGoals
1 Gordon Jones 10 0
2 Roy Dowsing 1115
3 Bill Baxter 140
4 Norm Smith 2186
5 Keith Truscott 99
6 Fred Fanning 55
7 Hugh Murnane 1111
8 Rowley Fischer 161
9 Richie Emselle 211
10 Maurie Gibb 2125
11 Harold Ball 133
12 Jack Mueller 2138
13 Les Jones 43
14 Jack Maher 61
15 Ron Baggott 2147
16 Jack Atkins 41
17 Allan La Fontaine 196
18 Wally Lock 150
19 Frank Roberts 160
21 Ron Kimberley 11
22 Shane McGrath 50
23 Ray Wartman 217
24 Percy Beames 1530
25 Col McLean 110
26 Jack Furniss 50
27 Gerry Daly 20
29 Jack O'Keefe 139
30 Alby Rodda 1622
31 Ron Barassi 1414
32 Dick Hingston 120
33 Bernie Neenan 21
34 Adrian Dullard 21
35 Noel Ellis 10
36 Sid Anderson 213

Best and Fairest

PlayerVotes
1st Ron Baggott

Other Awards
Most Consistent - Richie Emselle
Most Improved Senior Player - Sid Anderson
Best Clubman - Gerry Daly

Seconds

1940 Seconds season

Points
Essendon 56
Collingwood 52
Carlton 52
Fitzroy 52
Melbourne 48
Richmond 44
Geelong 36
Footscray28
St Kilda24
Hawthorn20
South Melbourne8
North Melbourne8


Notes
Gerry Daly is shown as wearing #25 in the R9 and R10 Football Records and #27 in R13

Lists
Season Records

Media
Argus - 13/03/1940
[http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/11300602|Argus - 05/11/1940
Age - 04/02/1940
Argus - 05/02/1941

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