President - Dr. FT West Ford
Vice Presidents - Henry Harrison, James Byrne, James Bennie, Charles Forrester
Secretary - James McDonald
Second 20 Secretary - Charles Jenvey
Captain - Bob Sillett
Vice Captain - James McDonald
Leading goalkicker: Charles Baker - 14

The VFA was formed on May 7 at Oliver's Cafe in Melbourne. Inaugural teams were Melbourne, Carlton, Essendon, Geelong, Albert Park, North Melbourne, St Kilda and East Melbourne. The clubs adapted a new rules, including a prohibition on slinging players by the neck as an attempt to cut down on rough play. Melbourne unsuccessfully attempted to have the 'little mark' banned, and refused to use it for much of the season.

With a growing number of members, Charles Jenvey was appointed the first secretary of the Second 20 secretary.

The first scratch match of the year was played on Saturday 28 April.

The club played a total of 25 games, for 19 wins, three draws and three losses. Melbourne scored 40 goals and conceded 19. A poor start to the season cost them their premiership, but they were unbeaten between July and September and won the last game of the season against eventual premiers Carlton.

During the season the club toured Adelaide with a party consisting of Aitken, Anthony, Baker, Bennie, Byrne, Cook, Cumming, Downes, Goldsmith, Houston, Jenvey, Lamrock, Longden, Lush, McKie, Moffatt, Munro, Reeve, Sandilands, Seward and Suhard.

Having suffered problems blocking the football ground off, as it was public land, the MCC constructed an ingenious grandstand which could be moved to face the cricket or football grounds as required. The price of admission to the grandstand was a much needed source of income for the club despite the MCC's attempt to take their piece of the pie.

The new innovation emboldened vice-president Henry Harrison to ask the MCG for access to the cricket ground and the request was granted in time for the June match against traditional rivals Carlton.

On the 16th of August, while most of the senior side were in Adelaide, a practice match was played between past and present MFC players.

The 14 goals by Charles Baker were the most of any player in the competition by five.

James Byrne also captained the side later in the year.

Teams were listed as having seven 'lines' during the year - Goalkeeper, Back, Half-Back, Centre, Centre Forward, Centre Forward on Goal, Goal Sneak. Rules were changed so that players could no longer sling a player by the neck to the ground, but they were still able to pushing or chest a running player to the ground.

At the end of the year The Australasian named their best players - with E. Longden (followers), J. McKie, S. Lamrock (backs), R. Sillett (half-backs), F. Baker (half-forwards), W. Moffatt and JM McDonald (wings) and C. Baker (forwards) all qualifying.

VFA matches

24 May Geelong WIN3-1
2 June Hotham DRAW1-1
9 June Carlton LOSS1-2
30 June St. Kilda WIN4-0
14 July Carlton LOSS0-4
21 July Hotham LOSS 0-6
25 August Carlton DRAW2-2
8 September Hotham WIN2-0
15 September Albert Park WIN1-0
22 September St. Kilda WIN6-0
29 September Carlton WIN2-3

Other matches

19 May West Melbourne WIN1-0
26 May North Fitzroy WIN1-0
16 June Hawthorn WIN2-0
23 June Barwon DRAW 1-1
2 July Ballarat WIN3-0
7 July Inglewood/Serpentine/Wedderburn WIN2-0
28 July Williamstown DRAW1-1
4 August Essendon WIN2-0
11 August Victorians WIN1-0
13 August Combined South Australians WIN5-0
18 August West Melbourne WIN3-0
1 September Combined Schools WIN2-1


Dave Aitken, T. Anthony, Charles Baker, Fred Baker, Ted Barrass, James Bennie, John Booth, J. Byrne, Charles Carr, Harry Carr, Chapman, Walter Coldham, Ted Cooke, J. Cooper, Cooper, G. Cullen, Angus Cumming, Harry Downes, Charles Forrester, Fraser, N. Fullarton, Gardiner, W. Gilchrist, P. Goldsmith, W. Hopkins, George Houston, HW Jenvey, J. Johnson, Kelly, S. Lamrock, E. Longden, Lush, James McDonald, John Macdonald, T. McGuigan, Jim McKie, W. Moffatt, A. Munro, Utar Nicholas, F. Page, Percival, T. Petrie, Power, W. Reeve, Hugh Ross, Will Sandilands, Percy Serjeant, S. Seward, C. Sherard, Bob Sillett, Fred Stephen, Louis Suhard, George Watson, F. Webb, H. Webb, W. Williams.


Charles Baker - 14, James McDonald 7, Fred Baker 6, John Booth 4, Harry Downes 3, E. Longden 2, P. Goldsmith 2, T. Anthony 2, James Bennie 1, John Macdonald 1, W. Moffatt 1, A. Munro 1, Utar Nicholas 1, Bob Sillett 1, Louis Suhard 1


Second 20 Matches

24 May Clifton LOSS0-2
26 May Carlton LOSS0-2
2 JuneHotham ? UNKNOWN
16 June WarwickLOSS0-1
23 JuneNorthcoteDRAW1-1
30 JuneAlbert ParkLOSS0-1
7 JulyAbbotsfordWIN6-1
21 JulyEssendonWIN1-0
28 JulyRichmond StandardLOSS0-2
4 August St Kilda EsplanadeWIN1-0
11 August Albert ParkWIN1-0
18 AugustEssendonWIN1-0
1 SeptemberCarltonWIN3-0
15 SeptemberGeelongWIN4-3
22 SeptemberNorthcote?Unknown

Weekly Times - 28/04/1877
Leader - 28/04/1877
Australasian - 12/05/1877
Argus - 04/06/1877
Adelaide Observer - 11/08/1877
Argus - 08/10/1877
Australasian - 13/10/1877
Argus - 19/08/1878
"Origins of Australian Football: Volume 2" by Mark Pennings

Blueseum 1877 page
VFA results and ladders 1877 page
YarraYarraBand.com - Second 20

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