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The VFL extended metropolitan recruiting zones in the southern suburbs, adding the Carrum, Chelsea, Keysborough, Edithvale-Aspendale and Bonbeach clubs to Melbourne's area. This deprived the clubs of a $1000 payment to country sides when their players appeared in league games.
In March the club was embroiled in a controversy with the VFL about finals matches being played at Waverley. It was suggested that Melbourne, Richmond and Collingwood were ready to launch a breakaway competition.
The Demons had every opportunity to flex their muscles in the middle of the season. Four wins out of five had put them on the verge of the top five, but even with a run home that featured matches against the three bottom sides in the last five weeks of the season they won just one more game for the year and finished with eight straight losses.
Ian Ridley was sacked at the end of the season, leading to a player revolt where several senior players had to be lured back to the club after threatening to quit over the decision. Peter Keenan, Ray Biffin, Barry Bourke and Greg Wells all announced they would follow Ridley out of the club before cooler heads prevailed. Bourke was the only one never to play league football again. Ditterich was forced to deny that he was after the senior coaching role.
The club made a profit of $4382.
Sir Henry Bolte was again club patron while Lord Mayor Alan Walley was #2 Ticket Holder. Arthur King was Melbourne's VFL delegate.
|Round 8||Stephen Kerley||Striking||2 weeks|
|Round 8||Peter Keenan||Striking||4 weeks|