|Matches||Ladder||Playing List||Night Series||Best and Fairest||Reserves||Under 19's|
As the Demons finished their fifth straight season outside the finals and began a new decade departures were Tassie Johnson (retired), Bryan Kenneally, Ken Emselle, Barrie Vagg who joined Prahran in the VFA and David Hone, who went to Cambridge University to undertake an advanced teaching course.
Before the season the VFL brought in a rule that allowed clubs to legally pay anything they liked for interstate recruits, but restricted every club to two a year instead of up to 20 as in the past. A move to restrict all interstate recruiting for three years was defeated on a 6-6 vote of the clubs. The league also cleared clubs to play practice matches in Melbourne, previously they had been banned from matches against sides within 60 miles of the city.
Another change was the introduction of a kicking in danger rule, which the VFL proposed to the Australian National Football Council and which was accepted unanimously. It didn't prove popular with players or coaches, who had not been consulted before it was adopted.
The Reserves won their premiership, and despite a disappointing Home and Away season the Demons managed to make the final of the night series.
Beckwith's resignation as coach at the end of the year led to speculation that Ron Barassi was to return to lead the Demons. When the former #31 reaffirmed his commitment to the Blues, whom he had just led to the flag, two time reserves premiership winning coach Ian Ridley was unanimously appointed.
|Round 3||Peter Keenan||Striking||2 matches|
|Round 11||Graham Molloy||Striking||2 matches|