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University

Years - 1908 - 1914
Home grounds - East Melbourne, MCG

First game: Round 6, 1908 at East Melbourne
Last game: Round 16, 1914 at MCG

Wins
Draws
Losses
%
110378.57


Representatives from Melbourne University had requested that the VFL assist in the formation of a club in 1898, but they had to wait another 10 years to enter the competition.

Unanimously voted in to the VFL in 1908 as the first ever addition to the league, the "Students" were followed by Richmond two weeks later. An earlier University club had played in the VFA until folding shortly before the 1889 season began.

Originally sharing the East Melbourne Cricket Ground with Essendon they moved to the MCG in their final years. They never fielded any professional players, and each player had to have been university students or hold a degree. Any player who had matriculated could join the club without first having to seek a clearance from their original side.

In 1914 a rule change proposed that any graduates or students at Melbourne University or affiliated colleges could join the club without a permit.

In total the club lost 97 of 126 games in its time in the league, including the last 51 from 1911 to 1914. In their last season the VFL altered regulations to allow "any scholar of two years' standing of a secondary school to play for the club".

The club began to struggle when examinations were moved to August, then went into recess at the beginning of World War I when a high number of players enrolled in the army. Subsequently the club suffered the highest casualty rate of any VFL side and did not return to the league when the war ended.

A union between the two sides was first suggested before the 1914 season, but University struggled through winless before eventually giving in. Though it is often suggested that University merged with Melbourne this is not the case, the Redlegs simply took the cream of their players. Roy Park, Jack Brake, Claude Bryan, Jack Doubleday and Percy Rodriguez joined the Redlegs.

The club split into two after the war, later known as the Blues and the Blacks, and continue to play in the amateurs competition to this day.

Biggest Win

MarginRoundVenue
1 62 Round 17, 1911 MCG
2 55 Round 11, 1912 MCG
3 47 Round 7, 1914 MCG
4 28 Round 8, 1911 MCG
5 27 Round 2, 1913 MCG
5 27 Round 16, 1914 MCG
7 19 Round 6, 1909 East Melbourne
8 11 Round 18, 1910 MCG
9 9 Round 11, 1913 MCG
10 8 Round 2, 1912 MCG

Highest Score

ScoreRoundVenue
1 14.15.99 Round 2, 1913 MCG
2 14.9.93 Round 7, 1914 MCG
3 13.14.92 Round 11, 1912 MCG
4 13.13.91 Round 17, 1911 MCG
5 11.9.75 Round 16, 1914 MCG
6 10.8.68 Round 2, 1912 MCG
7 9.13.67 Round 8, 1911 MCG
8 9.11.65 Round 6, 1909 MCG
9 7.20.62 Round 11, 1913 MCG
10 9.6.60 Round 18, 1910 MCG

Biggest Loss

MarginRoundVenue
1 60 Round 6, 1908 East Melbourne
2 14 Round 9, 1910 MCG
3 4 Round 15, 1908 East Melbourne

Lowest Score

MarginRoundVenue
1 1.13.19 Round 6, 1908 East Melbourne
2 4.4.28 Round 15, 1909 MCG
3 4.11.35 Round 9, 1910 East Melbourne
4 7.12.54 Round 15, 1908 MCG

Shared Players

1900's

Frank Boynton
Ted Cordner
Mark Gardner
Willie Marshall
Alick Ogilvie
Lance Sleeman
Jack West

1910's

Jack Brake
Claude Bryan
Jack Doubleday
Leo Little
Jack Nicholson
Roy Park
Percy Rodriguez
Cyril Steele

Media
The Australasian - 20/04/1889
The Argus - 27/08/1898
The Australasian - 25/04/1908
The Argus - 01/05/1913
The Argus - 08/01/1914
The Age - 20/02/1914
The Winner - 07/10/1914
Leader - 23/05/1941

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Saturday 25 July 2015 22:18:38 AEST by Supermercado. (Version 34)

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