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The Demons last premiership was their sixth in a decade, and it seemed like the golden era might stretch on forever. It might not have happened, though, if Neil Crompton hadn't been 100m out of position and kicked the goal that won the Grand Final.
The Under 19's also won their premiership, but unlike the seniors they would continue to feature in the finals over the next twenty years.
After the season finished Ron Barassi shocked the football world by announcing that he had accepted an offer to become the captain-coach of Carlton. It was the end of an era in more ways than one. Nobody knew it yet, but it would be 23 more years until the Demons saw another finals series.
It was the first season where VFL goal and behind posts were padded to prevent injuries to players. Other rule changes involved Runners only being able to pass messages to Captains or Vice-Captains rather than any player. Additionally a break was added between the first and second quarters for the first time for coaches to address their players.