President - Frank Grey Smith
Vice-Presidents - Henry Harrison, B. Goldsmith, J. McDonald, M. McKenzie
Secretary - Harry Carr
Treasurer - Hunt
Captain - George Aitken / F. Franks
Vice-Captain - H Rush / F. Franks
Second 20 Secretary - McGregor
Committee - Rush, Morris, C. Rannard, Tuckfield
Turfed off the MCG by the Cricket Club who preferred Carlton as a tenant, Melbourne then lost the Football Ground outside when the council decided to plant trees in what is now Yarra Park.
After talks to use the Richmond Cricket Ground collapsed the club organised to move to the Friendly Societies Ground on Swan Street (now the Olympic Park precinct), the former site of the first Melbourne Zoo. They signed a five year lease but after making their debut in the venue late in the season it was soon deemed inappropriate and the club were on the way back to the MCG. They had taken out a 500p overdraft to develop the ground but had no grandstands and couldn't charge admission to games.
In addition to the office bearers other members of the club's committee were H. Rush, A. Morris, D. Rannard and HT Champion. Selection committee was M. Plant, Rush, H. Morrison, McDonald, Champion and Hunt. Club delegates to the VFA were D. Rannard and HD Carr. Mr McGregor was secretary of the Second 20.
The present day Richmond side and University were admitted to the VFA for the first time. The association sought to standardise ground sizes, and goal umpires were paid for the first time.
Melbourne had a difficult year, the senior side winning seven games, drawing three and losing 14. The second twenty won eight, lost four and drew five.
Billy Carroll was voted the best player at the end of the year. Players who were named amongst The Australasian newspaper's best players were Carroll, D. Willis (followers), J. Kelly and George Aitken (backs), C. Spooner and George Strachan (centres), Howard Morrison and E. Griffith (wings)).
Receipts for the year were 207p, 3s and 10d but expenditure was 408p, 11s, 1d and the club's debts had blown out to 523p, 11s, 9d.
|11 July||South Melbourne||LOSS|
|22 August||South Melbourne||LOSS|
|25 April||Public Schools||WIN|
|23 May||Ballarat Imperial||LOSS|
|25 May||Port Adelaide||WIN|
J. Affleck, George Aitken, WR Bailey, S. Baird, E. Brayshay, R. Brown, J. Carroll, Billy Carroll, C. Carter, H. Champion, A. Collie, Albert Coulson, Charles Coulson, J. Doran, A. Edwards, Foote, F. Franks, C. Garton, E. Griffith, W. Harry, Hubbard, A. Hunt, Hyland, H. Johnson, James Kelly, Kerr, Kerrigan, E. Lynar, W. McAlister, A. McCrindle, Murdoch McKenzie, Mitchell, Howard Morrison, Moss, W. Nuttall, Fred Plant, Propsting, Reade, Dick Robinson, W. Ross, H. Rush, C. Spooner, George Strachan, P. Stubbs, H. Taylor, H. Tuckfield, D. Willis
Billy Carroll 7, C. Coulson 5, S. Baird 4, A. McCrindle 3, E. Lynar 3, A. Collie 2, J. Doran 2, Hubbard 2, F. Plant 2, J. Carroll 1, E. Griffith 1, W. Ross 1, H. Taylor 1, Unknown 1
|9 May||Fitzroy||WIN||6.9 - 1.7||Stub 3, Nuttall 2, Parsons 1|
|16 May||Essendon||DRAW||2.11 - 2.6||Harvey 1, Champion 1|
|30 May||Southern Cross||LOSS||2.5 - 4.7|
|27 June||Carlton||WIN||1.7 - 0.4||Marshall|
|11 July||South Melbourne||UNKNOWN||?|
|18 July||Essendon||DRAW||1.9 - 1.5|
|25 July||Fitzroy||5.13 - 2.8||Finlay, Harvey, Whitford, Costelloe, Macgregor|
|8 August||Southern Cross||UNKNOWN||?|
|22 August||South Melbourne||UNKNOWN||?|
|19 September||Essendon||WIN||1.7 - 0.3|
- It is not clear if Melbourne Juniors were an affiliated team or another name for the Second 20. They won 1-0 against Young Australians on 2 May when the opposition captain withdrew his team after a dispute with the umpire.
- The 18 July game is described as being won by Melbourne Second 20 despite the goals being tied. Games in this era were generally described as drawn if the goal scores were equal.
- The senior results above differ from both the ladder and the report from the next year's AGM.
- 1886 newspapers suggest a game against South Ballarat was played in May. This may be the same club as Ballarat Imperial.
- Some sources say the Friendly Societies' Ground was on the site of Melbourne Park
Argus - 28/03/1885
Age - 28/03/1885
Tasmanian - 04/04/1885
Australasian - 04/04/1885
Australasian - 10/04/1886
Sydney Mail - 30/05/1885
Otago Witness - 13/06/1885
Sportsman - 15/07/1885
Sydney Morning Herald - 20/07/1885
Argus - 07/04/1886
Blueseum 1885 page
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