Footscray win by 120 points
Ron Barassi suffered the low moment of his tenure at the Demons, and probably of his entire coaching career, as the Bulldogs ran away to a thumping victory with Simon Beasley contributing 12 goals.
He was dealing with an injury list featuring 17 players, but nothing excused the horrific display that his side put out at the Western Oval. The margin had been worrying but not humilating at three quarter time before the Dogs booted 9.1 to 0.3. Another eight goals to two in the last quarter would push the margin over twenty goals. It was, not surprisingly, their biggest ever win against Melbourne.
The drums had started to beat for Barassi, and newspaper reports suggested that unless he chose to step down at the end of the year he would be sacked. Questioned about his future he said that giving away coaching was his last thought. "You don't chuck in the towel" he said, "we have a weeks rest and we will regroup". However later that week he announced he would retire at the end of the season.
Best were O'Sullivan, Wilson and Hughes but to compound Barassi's misery Hughes was reported for striking Andrew Purser but was cleared.
It was Melbourne's biggest ever loss at the ground.
Footscray 12.16.88 d. Melbourne 12.14.86
Goals - Armstrong 4, Grinter 3, Dann 1, Hutchison 1, McCarty 1, Withers 1
Best - Brunnen, McCarty, Wight
Footscray 15.16 d. Melbourne 9.12
Goals - Sparks 2, Lyon 1, Hannant 1, G. Marra 1, Murphy 1, Roe 1, Stynes 1
Best - Brody, Normington, Marra
"For the record, Dogs are really firing" - The Age 08/07/1985
Football Record R16 1985