President - Frank Grey Smith
Vice Presidents - Henry Harrison, James Byrne, Charles Forrester, G. Aitken
Treasurer - A. Hunt
Secretary - James Morris
Selection Committee - JJ Kelly, W. Burns, H. Tuckfield, GS Murdoch, J Farquhar, A Hunt, F Franks
Committee - HH Morrison, S Baird, J Farquhar, GS Murdoch, H Griffith
Secretary of Seconds - W Lynar
Captain - James Kelly
For the first time teams were awarded four points for a win and two for a draw. Umpires bounced the ball to start each quarter instead of throwing it in the air, except at the start of the game when a kick-off was still used. Timekeepers were employed to ring the bell at the end of each quarter.
Alterations to the VFA's procedures included the season being mandated as commencing on 1 May and ending 30 September, and that weekday matches other than those for the Queen's Birthday would ont be recognised. Games were set as 50 minutes per half in June/July, and 60 minutes in other months of the season.
The Intercolonial Football Conference passed rules stating that goals should be indicated by two flags and behinds by one flag and that goal umpires should be the sole judge of the legality of goals. The phrase 'free kick' was temporarily removed from the rules, with the words 'kick' and 'mark' replacing it.
The club's Annual General Meeting was held on March 29 at the Victoria Coffee Palace. Henry Harrison chaired in the absence of President Frank Grey Smith. The club took a trip to Tasmania during August, and after a 'lively' dinner at the end of the series the Tasmanian association wrote to the VFA informing them that they would not put on any more dinners for touring teams in the future.
Matches scheduled for Saturday 2 July were cancelled due to heavy grounds caused by rain. A game scheduled against Port Melbourne the previous Saturday had already been cancelled due to the Friendly Societies' Ground being wet and swampy from heavy rain.
In September J. Morris resigned as a delegate to the VFA and was replaced by C. Jenvey.
The first 20 won 10, lost 13 and drew three. 103 goals were scored and 109 conceded. Receipts were 368p, 10s, 11d and an expenditure of 432p 13s 2d.
|28 May||South Williamstown||WIN|
|9 July||South Melbourne||DRAW|
|6 August||South Melbourne||LOSS|
|27 August||St Kilda||WIN|
|30 April||Combined Schools||WIN|
|13 August||Southern Tasmania||LOSS|
George Aitken, WR Bailey, S. Baird, J. Brooks, R. Brown, T. Burke, A. Burkin, W. Burns, A. Carnegie. T. Dodds, A. Edwards, Eggleston, F. Everitt, Bob Ewing, Eddie Fox, F. Franks, W. Franks, Froude, J. Garton, Ed Griffith, George Hallett, N. Harper, J. Johnson, James Kelly, A. King, Howard King, E. Lynar, A. McCrindle, M. McDonnell, M. McKenzie, P. Millard, M. Morris, Howard Morrison, P. Murphy, Fred Plant, Dick Robinson, H. Smith, C. Spooner, Stewart, Billy Stiffe, G. Strachan, Strong, T. Thompson, H. Tuckfield, J. Wiseman
W. Burns 13, T. Dodds 12, A. McCrindle 5, Ed Griffith 4, M. McDonnell 4, J. Wiseman 3, S. Baird 2, R. Brown 2, A. Carnegie 2, Bob Ewing 2, P. Millard 2, Morris 2, G. Strachan 2, WR Bailey 1, F. Everitt 1, Franks 1, J. Garton 1, James Kelly 1, E. Lynar 1, P. Murphy 1, Dick Robinson 1, T. Thompson 1
|28 May||St Kilda||WIN||7.13 - 0.3|
|11 June||Fitzroy||DRAW||2.6 - 2.12|
|18 June||Essendon||WIN||3.8 - 1.3|
|25 June||Port Melbourne||DRAW||3.7 - 3.3||Match abandoned when the ball burst|
|9 July||South Melbourne||UNKNOWN||?|
|16 July||Fitzroy||LOSS||0.6 - 1.5|
|6 August||South Melbourne||UNKNOWN||?|
|20 August||Essendon||LOSS||2.5 - 3.9|
"Proposed alterations of the rules" - The Australasian 06/11/1886
The Argus - 01/04/1887
The Australasian - 02/04/1887
Sydney Mail 07/05/1887
"Postponement of today's matches" - The Australasian 02/07/1887
"Melbourne vs Port Melbourne" - The Australasian 02/07/1887
Otago Witness - 08/07/1887
Sydney Mail - 13/08/1887
The Argus - 10/09/1887
Sydney Mail - 15/10/1887
The Australasian - 14/04/1888
The Age - 16/04/1888
Origins of Australian Football volume 3 by Mark Pennings