|Matches||Ladder||Playing List||Best and Fairest||Reserves||Under 19s||Tribunal|
The post-season player drain which had affected the team for so many years continued with Don Williams (24), Athol Webb (24) and Dick Fenton-Smith (27) all taking up other roles or retiring. Barassi replaced John Beckwith as captain after Beckwith had raised the prospect of retirement, but the former skipper remained his deputy.
After three losses in the last three weeks of the regular season, Fitzroy entered the first final as the form team. Melbourne won straight through to the Grand Final where they earned another premiership.
Despite the success the portents of something stirring between Norm Smith and the committee were there for all to see when he said in his premiership address "This has not been my happiest year at Melbourne. Many people in this room have to put away their shotguns for another year. These critics are within the football club itself. There are too many people in the club who claim to know a great deal about football - more than anyone else - but they do nothing about it except criticise. Today I have given my answer". Smith concluded his speech by saying "Put those shotguns away. Hang them up on the wall".
Tassie Johnson, John Lord, Bryan Kenneally and Clyde Laidlaw were the Melbourne representatives in a long kicking competition held at that year's Royal Melbourne Show. Kenneally was the competition winner.
Lord Mayor Bernard Evans was the club's patron.
Despite the triumphant season the players didn't go on an end of season trip, attempting to conserve money for a proposed trip to New Zealand at the end of 1961.
Most Improved - Bryan Kenneally
Outstanding Service - Ron Barassi, Tassie Johnson, Terry Gleeson, Laurie Mithen, John Lord, Geoff Tunbridge
Best Clubman - Alan Rowarth
Most Improved Player - Bryan Kenneally
|Practice Match||Terry Gleeson||Obscene language||2 matches|
|Round 12||Ron Barassi||Obscene Language||1 match|
|Round 16||Robert B Johnson||Obscene Language||2 matches|