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1955

Image Coach: Norm Smith
Captain: Noel McMahen
Finishing Position: 1st (Premiers)
Best and Fairest: Stuart Spencer
Leading Goalkicker: Stuart Spencer (34)
Best First Year Player: Trevor Johnson

Matches Ladder Playing List Best and Fairest Seconds Thirds

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After coming so close to a premiership in 1954, the Demons completed their rebuild in style with their seventh VFL premiership despite suffering a terrible injury plague in the first half of the season.

Before the year started Bert Chadwick, the captain-coach of the 1926 side, had remarked how flexible the Melbourne side was, and of their blend of youth, experience and all-round athleticism - and 10 weeks into the season the side were everything that Chadwick had described without having suffered defeat.

The Demons 10 wins in a row were a club record, beating the previous mark set in 1937, and after a brief drop off in the middle of the year, the team straightened out and finished the season as minor premiers. They could have done it even more comfortably had they not been shockingly inaccurate during the year, kicking 214.275 for the season.

Pitted against Collingwood, the side they had suffered their first loss of the season to, for a chance to go straight to the Grand Final the Demons duly delivered in front of more than 88,000 fans.

The Pies won through to the decider via the preliminary final and the two sides clashed again. Frank Adams and Des Healey came together heavily in one of the most famous grand final clashes, but the Demons would go on to win by 28 points.

Before the 1956 season started Norm Smith publicly answered critics who had accused his side of playing in a dirty fashion, but saying that the club had "never tolerated a player who plays unfairly."

In August the Runner was first introduced to VFL football, with each club having one designated trainer who could pass messages to players. A 15 metre penalty was introduced before the start of the year to penalise players who held others after a mark, encroached over the mark or refused to return the ball when required. Boundary umpires were first provided whistles to signal when the ball went out of bounds.

Denis Cordner was vice-captain of Victoria's team which played Western Australia in June and South Australia in July.

Bert Chadwick and Richard Taylor were Melbourne's delegates to the VFL.

Recruiting districts were altered and Melbourne's zone added the Centre Ward of the City of Moorabbin.

In the off-season Melbourne played in a basketball competition for professional footballers.

Premiership Season

Round
Opposition
Result
1 St. KildaWIN
2 GeelongWIN
3 FootscrayWIN
4 North MelbourneWIN
5 EssendonWIN
6 HawthornWIN
7 South MelbourneWIN
8 CarltonWIN
9 RichmondWIN
10 FitzroyWIN
11 CollingwoodLOSS
12 St. KildaWIN
13 GeelongLOSS
14 FootscrayLOSS
15 North MelbourneWIN
16 EssendonWIN
17 HawthornWIN
18 South MelbourneWIN
SF CollingwoodWIN
GF CollingwoodWIN

Ladder

W
D
L
%
P
Melbourne1503150.560
Collingwood1404127.556
Geelong1404122.856
Essendon1206130.648
Footscray1206130.048
Richmond909106.136
Carlton90998.636
Hawthorn801094.032
Fitzroy601288.524
South Melbourne501387.820
North Melbourne301576.312
St. Kilda101745.44

Playing List

NumberNameGamesGoals
1 Denis Cordner 190
2 Robert McKenzie 79
3 Peter Marquis 200
4 Ken Christie 70
5 Ian McLean 183
6 Frank Adams 169
7 Geoff Case 147
8 Kevin Clarke 10
9 Brian Dixon 167
11 Laurie Mithen 1722
12 Stuart Spencer 1934
14 Trevor Johnson 130
15 Athol Webb 814
16 Clyde Laidlaw 1810
17 Geoff McGivern 90
18 Bob Johnson 1827
19 Keith Carroll 60
21 Noel Baker 60
22 Ivan Baumgartner 50
24 Ian Ridley 1531
25 Don Williams 200
26 Noel Clarke 1024
28 Terry Gleeson 105
29 Tony Bull 136
30 John Beckwith 170
31 Ron Barassi 1918
32 Fred Webster 32
33 Colin Wilson 100
34 Ralph Lane 91
35 Noel McMahen 191
36 Dick Atkinson 30
38 Ken Melville 150

Exhibition Match

Opposition
Result
Port Adelaide WIN

Seconds

1955 Seconds season

W
D
L
%
P
Richmond 1503171.560
Melbourne 1206119.048
Collingwood 1107120.444
Footscray 1107117.044
Essendon 1107107.644
South Melbourne1008117.340
Fitzroy90990.336
Geelong8010100.332
Hawthorn701191.928
North Melbourne601272.224
Carlton501383.420
St Kilda301554.512


Finals

Round
Opposition
Result
SF Richmond LOSS
PF Footscray LOSS

Thirds

W
D
L
%
P
Footscray 1213131.750
South Melbourne 1204149.048
Essendon 1105125.644
Fitzroy 1006139.340
Collingwood1006124.340
Carlton1006110.340
Melbourne808105.632
Richmond80891.132
Geelong511087.922
Hawthorn401276.616
St Kilda301364.812
North Melbourne201458.08

Best and Fairest

Player
1st Stuart Spencer
2nd John Beckwith

Other Awards
Best Clubman - Terry Gleeson
Outstanding Service - Noel McMahen, Laurie Mithen

Notes
Some sources say Denis COrdner was runner-up in the Best and Fairest.

Media
"League training lists" - The Age 11/04/1955
"Demons collect more injuries" - The Age 31/05/1955
Football Record R11 1955
"Stuart Spencer Demons' Best" - The Age 23/09/1955
"Demon coach says no dirt" - The Age 18/02/1956

Links
Football Record 1955

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