Grand Final 1939

Grand Final, 1939
Melbourne vs Collingwood
Saturday 30 September
Venue: MCG
Attendance: 78,110

Match Statistics

Melbourne win by 53 points

Goalkickers: Percy Beames 4, Alby Rodda 4, Les Jones 3, Harold Ball 2, Jack Mueller 2, Keith Truscott 2, Ron Baggott 1, Allan La Fontaine 1, Norm Smith 1, Ray Wartman 1


Statistical categories led:
Highest score in Grand Final

Melbourne had thumped the Pies by 92 points earlier in the season and qualified for the Grand Final by beating them in the Semi Final, so when Collingwood beat St. Kilda to qualify for the Grand Final Melbourne went in as red hot favourites. Ron Todd had booted 11 for the Pies in the preliminary final, and more than 100 for the season, and loomed as the main danger on the day for the Redlegs.

The two sides had vastly different preparations, Collingwood occupied Melbourne's usual dressing rooms after winning a coin toss, and were quietly deliberating while in their adopted rooms the Demons were singing songs and playing the piano.

Collingwood jumped out early with a six goal first quarter and were looking the goods in the second when field umpire Coward fractured his elbow in a collision with players and had to be replaced by the emergency. Despite having been robbed out of a goal as the umpire's injury meant he was deemed to not be in control of the game, the break gave Melbourne time to regroup and they booted three goals in four minutes at the end of the quarter to take a four point lead into the long break.

Late in the quarter there was a fracas after a clumsy attempt at marking by Gordon Jones was answered by a Collingwood player deliberately landing on him while he was prone on the ground. Trainers and umpires stopped the trouble before it developed into a melee.

The second half was a procession. Five goals to three in the third quarter - including the first three in a row - gave Melbourne the advantage, but it was the seven to one avalanche in the last that made the game completely one sided. The Pies were reduced to 16 men in the final term, slowed to a walk, and allowed the Demons to rack up the record Grand Final score to the time.

Best for Melbourne were Beames, Roberts and Anderson. Smith kicked 1.6 and Alby Rodda 4.5. O'Keefe replaced Wartman (injured) during the last quarter.


B: Richie Emselle, Jack Mueller, Rowley Fischer
HB: Dick Hingston, Gordon Jones, Frank Roberts
C: Ray Wartman, Allan La Fontaine (c), Sid Anderson
HF: Les Jones, Ron Baggott, Keith Truscott
F: Harold Ball, Norm Smith, Alby Rodda
Foll: Ron Kimberley, Jack Furniss , Percy Beames
19th: Jack O'Keefe
COACH - Frank "Checker" Hughes


Herald - 26/09/1939
Herald - 29/09/1939
Herald - 29/09/1939
Sporting Globe - 30/09/1939
Sporting Globe - 30/09/1939
Sporting Globe - 04/10/1939
Australasian - 07/10/1939
Weekly Times - 07/10/1939

1939 Premiership
Boyles Football Photos

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