Grand Final 1956

Grand Final, 1956
Melbourne vs Collingwood
Saturday 15 September
Venue: MCG
Attendance: 115,902

Match Statistics

Melbourne win by 73 points

Goalkickers: Stuart Spencer 5, Athol Webb 5, Ron Barassi 3, Robert B Johnson 3, Ian Ridley 1

Last Game
Denis Cordner
Ralph Lane
Noel McMahen
Ken Melville
Stuart Spencer


Image After having already met in the last round of the home and away season, and in the first week of the finals the Demons had two wins over their old rivals and started the Grand Final as favourites.

The two time premiers out-matched the Pies in skill and ability, and eventually won their third straight flag comfortably - sealing their status as one of the greatest teams in VFL history. Noel McMahen, Denis Cordner and Stuart Spencer were all playing their last matches.

The Pies kicked the first goal and held a slender lead at quarter time, but from then on it was one way traffic. Every Collingwood player was beaten in his position and Melbourne dominated from then on. Denis Cordner dominated the ruck, and Laurie Mithen was brilliant at ground level. The match was over at three-quarter time, but Athol Webb helped himself to three goals in the last term to make the match a rout.

Peter Marquis had such an easy day at full back that he didn't take his first mark until late in the third quarter.

The Magpies won the free kick count 32-24, but were smashed on the scoreboard.

Image Stuart Spencer was best on ground with his "powerful" roving. He also added five goals. Ron Barassi and Ken Melville were also amongst the best. Athol Webb also had one of his best games.

Keith Carroll suffered a broken nose and concussion after being struck with an elbow in the second quarter. He was already being operated on by the time the game ended.

Unsurprisingly for such a large crowd the match grossed an all-time VFL record crowd and gate receipts to match - raising 19,718 pounds.

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B: John Beckwith, Peter Marquis, Trevor Johnson
HB: Don Williams, Noel McMahen (c), Keith Carroll
C: Frank Adams, Ken Melville, Brian Dixon
HF: Jim Sandral, Clyde Laidlaw, Laurie Mithen
F: Bob Johnson, Athol Webb, Ian Ridley
R: Denis Cordner, Ron Barassi, Stuart Spencer
S: Terry Gleeson, Ralph Lane
Coach: Norm Smith

The Age - 17/09/1956
The Argus - 17/09/1956
Football Record - 1956 Finals

1956 Premiership
Badge image courtesy of grandoldflag.net

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