Grand Final 1960

Grand Final, 1960
Melbourne vs Collingwood
Saturday 24 September
Venue: MCG
Attendance: 97,457

Match Statistics

Melbourne win by 48 points

Goalkickers: Frank Adams 2, Ron Barassi 2, Hassa Mann 2, Alan Rowarth 1, Geoff Tunbridge 1

Last Game
John Beckwith


Once more the Demons finished top, this time in front of the Fitzroy side coached by Norm Smith's brother. The brothers faced off in the Semi Final but Len received no favours with his side thumped by 62 points. The Lions then lost the preliminary final by five points and it was Melbourne vs Collingwood again.

The Demons went into the match as overwhelming favourites, especially after the Pies had been forced to play their preliminary final in terrible conditions the week before. Grand Final day was no better, heavy rain had lashed Melbourne for two days and the ground was in atrocious state.

Bryan Kenneally had made the side despite issues with an infected heel which had troubled him during the week, and selectors stuck with the same side who had delivered them the 10 goal victory a fortnight earlier. Injury victims Ian Ridley (strained ankle), Tassie Johnson (bruised thighs) and Alan Rowarth (bruised groin) were all passed fit.

Some thought the conditions might be a leveller, but right from the start Melbourne gave the Pies no chance. They dominated with perfect wet weather football and had what would probably be a match winning lead in the conditions at quarter time.

Determined not to be sucked into fights like they were in the 1958 Grand Final the Demons kept their cool. Even when Ron Barassi was punched in the face at a boundary throw-in they didn't retaliate. In 2003 Barassi revealed that he still suffered pain from the blow more than 40 years later because of nerve damage.

The Pies got their first goal early in the second term, but even that was lucky - Tassie Johnson dropped an easy mark which allowed Ray Gabelich to convert. Their other goal came from a shot that barely made the distance from 45 yards - and even that was disputed by the Demons who believed it had been touched on the line. They had just six shots on goal for the entire day. Constant pressure destroyed the old enemy. It was the lowest Grand Final score since Richmond kicked one goal in 1927.

After Norm Smith passed away in 1973 a story was told that he was abusing field umpire Jack Irving, and when Irving gave him the thumbs up Smith said: "I want him reported to the league. Umpires shouldn't do that".

Best were Mithen, Lord and Mann.


B: John Beckwith, Tassie Johnson, Trevor Johnson
HB: Geoff Case, John Lord, Ian Thorogood
C: Brian Dixon, Laurie Mithen, Bryan Kenneally
HF: Geoff Tunbridge, Clyde Laidlaw, Hassa Mann
F: Bob Johnson, Alan Rowarth, Frank Adams
R: Len Mann, Ron Barassi (c), Ian Ridley
S: Brian Leahy, Ray Nilsson
EM: Milner, Pinfold, Jones
Coach: Norm Smith


Scoreless first quarters

Age - 21/09/1960
Age - 23/09/1960
Age - 26/09/1960
http://news.google.com.au/newspapers?id=IIVVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GbADAAAAIBAJ&pg=5108%2C4697523 -Age 26/09/1960
Age - 31/07/1973
Herald Sun - 19/05/2003

1960 Premiership
Ticket image courtesy of grandoldflag.net

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