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1906

Coach: n/a
Captain: Arthur Sowden
Finishing Position: 8th (last)
Best and Fairest: n/a
Leading Goalkicker: Basil Onyons (16)
Best First Year Player: n/a

Matches Ladder Playing List


One of the reasons for Melbourne's poor season was their status as the most amateur of all clubs, with six players playing for no payment. Earlier in the season the club had announced that at some point in the near future they would openly pay their men instead of doing it under the table, but they crashed to their worst VFL season yet and one of their worst ever since being formed.

At the end of the season a newspaper article described them as "without doubt one of the worst sides that have yet appeared in league football." At the MCC's annual meeting strong criticism was levelled against the management of the team. The committee claimed that their poor performance was as a result of their staunch commitment to amateurism.

Later in the year it was suggested that they had dropped their opposition and were prepared to play players and a coach.

Practice Matches

Opposition
Result
Richmond ?
Essendon Association WIN
West Melbourne WIN

Premiership Season

Round
Opposition
Result
1 CarltonLOSS
2 FitzroyLOSS
3 EssendonLOSS
4 South MelbourneWIN
5 GeelongLOSS
6 St. KildaLOSS
7 CollingwoodLOSS
8 CarltonLOSS
9 FitzroyLOSS
10 EssendonLOSS
11 South MelbourneLOSS
12 GeelongLOSS
13 St. KildaLOSS
14 CollingwoodLOSS
15 FitzroyLOSS
16 St. KildaLOSS
17 CollingwoodLOSS

Ladder

W
D
L
%
P
Carlton1403153.556
Fitzroy1304153.352
Collingwood1106140.344
Essendon1007115.140
South Melbourne80999.932
St. Kilda601188.124
Geelong501264.320
Melbourne101648.74

Exhibition Match

Opposition
Result
Warrnambool WIN
Adelaide WIN
Colac WIN

Playing List

NameGamesGoals
Lindsay Anderson 60
Syd Anderson 165
Bill Bowe 120
Frank Boynton 10
Frank Brown 40
Jim Conquest 70
Vin Coutie 1213
Horrie Drane 81
Jack Gardiner 155
Spencer Hayman 60
Harry Henderson 130
Percy Hordern 51
Fred Howard 80
Frank Hurrey 20
Frank Langley 31
Jack Leith 127
Charlie MacKay 33
Frank McCooey 40
Alec McDonald 10
Jack McIntosh 41
Paddy Mills 80
Lyle Morgan 20
Bernie Nolan 163
Basil Onyons 1716
Harry Parkin 10
George Peacock 142
Joe Pearce 102
Hugh Purse 138
Jack Purse 76
George Richards 20
Willie Rogers 80
Fred Sleeman 144
Lance Sleeman 10
Henry Smith 10
Arthur Sowden 133
Harold Stanley 11
Clyde Stanway 131
Norm Stephenson 10
Jack Strong 106
Charles Suhr 10
Charlie Taylor 31
Hedley Tomkins 53
Jack West 10
Reg Woodhouse 20


Notes
Some sources suggest that in one of the games against South Melbourne the field umpire bounced the ball in the centre after a Melbourne point because he believed the goal umpire had made an incorrect call.

Media
Referee - 19/09/1906
Referee - 03/10/1906
The Daily News - 22/03/1907

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