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1986

Coach: John Northey
Captain: Robert Flower
Finishing Position: 11th
Best and Fairest: Greg Healy
Leading Goalkicker: Greg Healy (35)
Best First Year Player: Garry Lyon
Major Sponsor: Drake
Members: 4511

Matches Ladder Playing List Best and Fairest Reserves Under 19's

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With Ron Barassi having announced his coaching retirement at the end of 1985, the search was on for a coach to try and do what he, Beckwith, Ridley, Skilton, Jones and Ditterich couldn't do - get Melbourne into the finals.

Interviewees for the vacant coaching role included David Parkin, Kevin Bartlett, Carl Ditterich, John Northey, Tom Hafey, Stan Alves and Greg Wells but it was Northey - formerly of Sydney who got the nod. The former Richmond player had spent a year north of the border, but had been sacked when his pragmatic style didn't fit into the flashy, marketing friendly vision of Swans owner Geoffrey Edelsten.

The club created a new structure for payment of players. The top 20 players on the list were given guaranteed contracts ranging from $10k to $30k a year. Robbie Flower was the only player given the maximum amount. Players ranked from 21 to 50 received a payment based on the games they played in.

1-9 games - $300 per game
10-16 games - $400 per game
17+ games - $500 per game

Senior listed players who did play seniors earned $200 per reserves win and $100 per reserves loss. The five best players in each game earned $2k, $1.5k, $1.2k, $800 and $500 respectively.

The top five in the Best and Fairest were given bonus of $8k, $6k, $3k, $2k and $1k.

Northey used 46 players for the year, the equal most of any Melbourne season ever.

In June it was revealed that Melbourne and Fitzroy had engaged in merger talks. President Stuart Spencer said "There is no point in Melbourne merging with anyone unless it becomes an immediate finals side. That would be the only reason we would consider a merger".

The club made a profit of $106,324, plus $666,667 in their share of the Brisbane and West Coast licence fees. It was a far cry from the $728,925 loss in 1985.

Practice Matches

OppositionResult
Carlton LOSS
Geelong LOSS

Fosters Cup

RoundOppositionResult
1 North Adelaide LOSS

Premiership Season

RoundOppositionResult
1 Richmond WIN
2 St. KildaWIN
3 FitzroyLOSS
4 EssendonLOSS
5 SydneyLOSS
6 CollingwoodLOSS
7 GeelongLOSS
8 FootscrayWIN
9 North MelbourneLOSS
10 CarltonLOSS
11 HawthornLOSS
12 RichmondLOSS
13 St. KildaLOSS
14 FitzroyWIN
15 EssendonLOSS
16 HawthornLOSS
17 SydneyLOSS
18 CollingwoodWIN
19 GeelongWIN
20 FootscrayLOSS
21 North MelbourneWIN
22 CarltonLOSS

Ladder

WDL%P
Hawthorn1804141.672
Sydney1606118.464
Carlton1507141.860
Fitzroy1309100.252
Essendon12010120.348
Collingwood12010109.248
North Melbourne1201098.648
Footscray1101197.744
Geelong701582.128
Richmond701578.428
Melbourne701574.928
St. Kilda202071.98

Playing List

NumberPlayerGamesGoals
2 Robert Flower 16 15
3 Garry Lyon 2026
4 Peter Giles 11
5 Robin White 91
6 Michael O'Sullivan 50
7 Brian Wilson 125
8 Graeme Yeats 50
9 Alan Johnson 109
10 Danny Hughes 156
12 David Williams 514
14 Rod Grinter 119
15 Mark Withers 123
16 Adrian Battiston 1916
17 Frank Rugolo 24
18 Steven Stretch 184
19 Rodney Wright 20
19 Paul Payne 150
20 Russell Richards 2013
21 Michael Reynolds 69
22 Chris Connolly 125
23 Daryl Bourke 90
24 Bret Bailey 102
25 Simon Eishold 53
26 Joe Rugolo 40
27 Sean Wight 60
28 David Cordner 93
29 Dale Dickson 94
30 Peter Moore 1615
32 Shane Zantuck 93
33 Greg Healy 1735
34 Stephen Newport 1813
35 Darryl Cox 21
36 Ted Fidge 815
37 David Allday 113
38 Nigel Kol 179
39 Jeremy Nichols 42
40 Tony Campbell 125
41 Steve Turner 177
43 Len Gandini 51
44 John Fidge 412
45 Ricky Jackson 20
46 Darren Louttit 21
47 Alan Jarrott 1811
50 Brett Lovett 80
57 Greg Sizer 11
59 Andrew Dale 20

Best and Fairest

PlayerVotes
1st Greg Healy 237
2nd Garry Lyon 172
3rd Alan Jarrott 141
4th Stephen Newport 114
4th Chris Connolly 114
6th Adrian Battiston 113
7th Danny Hughes 110
7th Nigel Kol 110
9th Paul Payne 96
10th Alan Johnson 80
11th Steven Stretch 66
12th Steve Turner 65
13th David Allday 62
14th Bret Bailey 59
15th Brett Lovett 44
15th Graeme Yeats 44
17th Dale Dickson 42
18th Robert Flower 40
19th Robin White 34
20th Sean Wight 33
21st David Williams 31
22nd Rod Grinter 29
23rd Daryl Bourke 23
23rd Ted Fidge 23
25th Tony Campbell 21
26th Brian Wilson 15
27th David Cordner 13
27th Peter Moore 13
29th Frank Rugolo 11
30th Andrew Dale 5
30th Len Gandini 5
30th Michael Reynolds 5
30th Shane Zantuck 5

Other Awards
Redlegs Trophy - Steven Stretch

Reserves

1986 Reserves Season
Best and Fairest - Mark Withers
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Finals

RoundOppositionResult
EF North Melbourne WIN
SF Hawthorn LOSS

Under 19's

1986 Under 19's Season
Captain - Glen Kiley
Best and Fairest - Tony Hannant
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Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Practice Match Russell Richards Time wasting Cleared
Practice Match Steve Turner Striking Fined
Round 3 Michael Reynolds Striking Guilty
Round 11 Steve Turner Striking 2 matches
Round 15 Graeme Yeats Striking 2 matches
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