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Under 19s

Before the official VFL Under 19's competition was started in 1947 clubs adopted smaller sub-district teams as their thirds side. From 1936 through at least 1939 Melbourne was aligned with Prahran Districts/Prahran City, and a club called Como Rovers until 1946.

From 1947 to 1959 the official competition was known as the "Thirds" before being renamed to the Under 19's. The competition was abolished in 1992 and replaced by the statewide Under 18's competition now known as the TAC Cup.

Honours

Premiers (6)
1947, 1953, 1964, 1971, 1981, 1983

Runners Up
1975

Minor Premiers
6 times

League leading goalkickers
Jeff Crouch 1953 (42)
Barry Bourke 1962 (67)
David Cordner 1981 (111)

Morrish Medal
The medal was awarded as the reserves equivalent of the Brownlow Medal. It was named in honour of Tom Morrish who had been a long-serving treasurer of the VFL Reserve Grade. Since 1992 the award has been presented to the best player in the TAC Cup competition.

MFC players to win the award were,

NameYearVotes
Ray Harvey 1948
Terry Johnston 1961
Paul Callery 1968
Phillip Friedman 1974 (joint winner)
Adrian Battiston 198137
Les Bamblett 1982
Greg Healy 1983

Full list of winners

Vin Catoggio won the award with Carlton in 1972 and later played for Melbourne. Future MFC players Gary Moorcroft (1994), (Matthew Bate)) (2004) and Clayton Oliver (2015) have won the award in the TAC Cup. 1992 winner Brad Smith was on Melbourne's list the next year but not play seniors.

Coaches

PlayerYears
Unknown 1947-1949
Roy McKay 1950-1956 1963
Ray Hutchins 1957
Unknown 1958-1962
Unknown 1964
Frank Adams 1965-66
Trevor Johnson 1968
Tony Bull 1969
Brian Gray 1970-1974
Neil Crompton 1975-1977
Frank Davis 1978
Ian Thorogood 1979-1980
Ray Jordon 1981-1985
Hassa Mann 1986-1987
Alan Jarrott 1988
Mark Cross 1989-1991

Best and Fairest

YearPlayer
1947-1951 Unknown
1952 Don Williams
1953 Frank Adams
1954 Unknown
1955 Unknown
1956 Trevor Clay
1957 Neil Campbell
1958 Neil Campbell
1959 Robert Miller
1960 John Leahy
1961 George Hill
1962 Barry Bourke
1963 Frank Davis
1964 Bob Russell
1965 Robert Stewart
1966 John Callery
1967 J. Calleja
1968 Paul Callery
1969 Bruce Brown
1970 Warren Tassell
1971 Peter Dilnot
1972 Frank Giampaolo
1973 Robert Meades
1974 James Ahern
1975 Mark Davidson
1976 Peter Geddes
1977 Geoff Hayes
1978 Phillip Mehrten
1979 Phillip Greene
1980 Paul O'Brien
1981 Adrian Battiston
1982 Chris Connolly
1983 Mark McDonald
1984 Stephen Newport
1985 Steve O'Dwyer
1986 Tony Hannant
1987 Andrew Peck
1988 Denis Knight
1989 Darren Cuthbertson
1990 Paul Foot
1991 Scott Nelson

Leading Goalkicker

YearPlayerGoals
1953 Jeff Crouch 42
1954 Peter Brenchley ?
1955 Peter Brenchley 25
1962 Barry Bourke 67
1981 David Cordner 111
1991 Danny McCarthy 36

Records

(Records are being progressively added. The figures from below only take into account the 1965-1968, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989 and 1991 seasons. Goalkickers are from 1981 onwards only)

Biggest Win

MarginMatchOpposition
146 Round 12, 1986 Richmond
131 Round 24 1991 Footscray
126 Round 17, 1981 Carlton
119 Round 22, 1991 St Kilda
115 Round 21, 1991 Carlton
113 1981 Qualifying Final Hawthorn
92 Round 22, 1986 Carlton
88 Round 17, 1984 Carlton
87 Round 18, 1968 Hawthorn
83 Round 8, 1989 Collingwood


Biggest Loss

MarginMatchOpposition
137 Round 21, 1986 North Melbourne
133 Round 10, 1984 Richmond
129 Round 6, 1989 North Melbourne
97 Round 4, 1989 Footscray
97 Round 16, 1991 Hawthorn
92 Round 11, 1989 Geelong
90 Round 20, 1989 Essendon
89 Round 14, 1984 Essendon
85 Round 12, 1991 Footscray


Highest Score

ScoreMatchOpposition
35.20.230 Round 12, 1986 Richmond
30.23.203 1981 Qualifying Final Hawthorn
29.16.190 Round 24, 1991 Footscray
26.20.176 Round 17, 1981 Carlton
27.13.175 Round 1, 1986 Richmond
26.15.171 Round 3, 1991 Geelong
23.22.168 Round 4, 1981 St Kilda
25.11.161 Round 22, 1986 Carlton
23.18.156 Round 18, 1984 Fitzroy
22.21.153 Round 1, 1984 Collingwood
23.15.153 Round 8, 1989 Collingwood
22.13.149 Round 14, 1984 Essendon


Lowest Score

ScoreMatchOpposition
1.3.9 Round 16, 1967 Footscray
4.3.27 Round 6, 1989 North Melbourne
3.11.29 Round 12, 1989 Richmond
4.7.31 Round 17, 1967 Fitzroy
4.8.32 Round 14, 1991 Geelong
5.2.32 Round 18, 1967 Essendon
3.15.33 Round 9, 1967 South Melbourne
4.10.34 Round 17, 1968 Footscray
4.12.36 Round 4, 1966 South Melbourne
6.3.39 Round 6, 1965 Collingwood (win)
5.12.42 Round 15, 1991 North Melbourne
6.7.43 Round 12, 1966 St Kilda


7+ goals in a game

PlayerMatchOpposition
12 - David Cordner 1981 Qualifying Final Hawthorn
10 - David Cordner Round 16, 1981 Geelong
10 - Wayne Lamb Round 24 1991 Footscray
9 - Tim Stoney Round 12, 1986 Richmond
8 - David Cordner Round 2, 1981 Fitzroy
8 - David Cordner Round 17, 1981 Carlton
8 - Tim Stoney Round 3, 1986 Fitzroy
8 - Phil Partington Round 1, 1989 Richmond
7 - David Cordner Round 18, 1981 South Melbourne
7 - Chris Farrell Round 8, 1989 Collingwood
7 - Danny McCarthy Round 20, 1991 Sydney


Notes
Prahran City is said to have disbanded before the 1938 season, but other sources show them continuing until at least 1939. They may have rebranded as Como Rovers.

Media
Football Record R1 1936
The Argus 1939
Sporting Globe - 16/03/1946

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