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Honours Seasons Coaches Best and Fairest Leading Goalkickers Records


Clubs had long been aligned with minor sides who provided them players. In 1901 Melbourne were in partnership with the Leopold team.

The "Junior Football League" competition was established in 1919 to tie 'junior' teams to VFL sides. After their preferred partner Caulfield failed to gain admission, Melbourne were initially allied with the two University sides which played in the competition. The next year one University side dropped out and were replaced by Melbourne Juniors. In 1925 the competition took on its familiar shape with only sides of the VFL teams competing after Coburg joined the VFA seniors, and in 1928 the grade was renamed the Seconds.

The competition was known as the 'Seconds' until 1960 when the name was changed to Reserves. The competition ran until 1999 after which the VFL became a second level competition featuring AFL clubs aligning with VFL sides and having their 'reserves' play in the competition.

Before the establishment of the VFL a Second 20 side played between 1873 and 1890 after which it was disbanded for financial reasons. In 1904 it was reported that Melbourne had an alliance with the Leopold club, based in the South Melbourne area, to provide players where necessary.

Honours

Premierships (12)
1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1939, 1949, 1956, 1969, 1970, 1984, 1993

Minor Premiers
Eight times

League leading goalkickers
Kelvin Clarke 1970 (50)
Ray Carr 1971 (75)
Kim Smith 1975 (61)
Robert Walters 1976 (65)

Gardiner Medal
The medal was awarded as the reserves equivalent of the Brownlow Medal. It was named in honour of Frank Gardiner, who had served as president of the seconds competition. MFC players to win the award were:

NameYear
Norman Driver 1928
Joe Kinnear 1935
Ernie Hart 1943
Graham Kerr 1956
Phil Rhoden 1968
Ken Emselle 1969
Paul Callery 1970
Bruce Brown 1971
Neil Chamberlain 1975
Rod Keogh 1990 and 1993

Full list of winners

Seasons (incomplete)

1955
1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999

Coaches

NameYears
Alex Hall ?1922-1924?
Jimmy Sullivan ?1926-1928?
Charlie Streeter 1929-1931
Col Deane 1932
Bill Adams 1933-1944
Roy McKay 1945
Unknown 1946-1947
Jack Mueller 1948-1954?
Roy McKay ?1956-1962, 1964-1967
Gordon Ogden 1963
Ian Ridley 1968-1970
Bernie Massey 1971-1973
Roy Simmonds 1974-1976
Frank Davis 1977
Colin Wilson 1978
Ray Biffin 1979
Adrian Gallagher 1980
Ray Jordon 1981-1985
Greg Wells 1986-1988
Mark Cross 1989-1992
Peter Russo 1993-1996
Greg Hutchison 1997
Matt Rendell 1997
Chris Fagan 1998-1999

Notes
Alternative sources say Charlie Streeter was coach from 1930 to 1931, Charlie Streeter was coach in 1930-31, Roy McKay was coach in 1963, Terry Ogden in 1965 and Stan Alves in 1982.

Best and Fairest

Sam Brownbill Memorial Trophy

YearPlayer
1925-1932 and 1934-1955 Unknown
1933 T. Jones
1956 Graham Kerr
1957 Robert Hayes
1958 Neil Crompton
1959 George Milner
1960 Len Mann
1961 Bruce Leslie
1962 Geoff Case
1963 Herbie Matthews
1964 Jim Leitch
1965 Frank Vearing
1966 Frank Vearing
1967 Derek Feldmann
1968 Darryl Schwarz
1969 Ken Emselle
1970 Paul Callery
1971 Peter Dilnot
1972 Denis Clark
1973 Noel Leary
1974 Peter Williamson
1975 Neil Chamberlain
1976 Ted Carroll
1977 Peter Keays
1978 Chris Woodman
1979 Chris Woodman
1980 Graham Hunnibell
1981 Peter Maynard
1982 Scott Sutcliffe
1983 Trevor Castles
1984 Adrian Battiston
1985 Brett Hutchinson
1986 Mark Withers
1987 Jim Stynes
1988 Doug Koop
1989 Luke Beveridge
1990 Jay Viney
1991 Haydn Robins
1992 Rod Grinter
1993 Rod Keogh
1994 John Carroll
1995 Peter Rohde
1996 Anthony McDonald
1997 Heath Goodale
1998 Damien Gaspar
1999 Nick Carter

Leading Goalkickers

YearPlayerGoals
1950 Unknown
1952 Jack Mueller 52
1954 Ian Ridley 44*
1955 Kevan Hamilton 35
1956 Ben Crameri 48
1957 Graeme Wilkinson 49
1964 Bob Carroll 31
1965 Maurie Bartlett 23
1966 Ken Jungwirth 29
1967 Rob Dowsing 31
1968 Tony Fahey 26
1969 Barrie Vagg 30
1970 Kelvin Clarke 56
1971 Ray Carr 75
1972 Geoff Harrold 37
1973 Greg MacDonald 26
1974 Graham Scott 23
1975 Kim Smith 62
1976 Robert Walters 65
1977 Michael Baldwin 38
1978 Robert Walters 44
1979 Stewart Gull 26
1980 Chris Woodman 28
1981 Dave McGlashan 34
1982 Peter Tossol 35*
1983 David Cordner 35
1984 Adrian Battiston 33
1985 Dale Dickson 34
1986 Frank Rugolo 35
1987 Simon Eishold 37
1988 Ted Fidge 35
1989 Peter Rennie 19
1990 Darren Cuthbertson 35*
1991 George Gorozidis 63
1992 Grant Williams 71*
1993 Darren Bennett 52*
1994 Ashley Reade 28
1995 Daniel Clarke 33
1996 Damien Yze 31*
1997 Russell Robertson 24
1998 Brent Williams 40
1999 Russell Robertson 28

Records

(Records are being progressively added. 1964-1999 + 1950)

Biggest Win

MarginMatchOpposition
1 132 Round 7, 1992 Sydney
2 129 Round 22, 1985 Richmond
3 127 Round 17, 1991 Fitzroy
4 122 Round 10, 1985 Sydney
5 118 Round 22, 1984 Richmond
6 114 Round 1, 1996 Geelong
7 112 Round 22, 1991 Brisbane
8 106 Round 11, 1984 St Kilda
8 106 Round 3, 1986 Fitzroy
10 98 Round 19 1993 Fitzroy


Highest Score

ScoreMatchOpposition
1 36.18.234 Round 22, 1984 Richmond
2 32.25.217 Round 7, 1992 Sydney
3 31.16.202 Round 11, 1984 St Kilda
4 30.14.194 Round 3, 1981 Footscray
5 29.17.191 Round 22, 1985 Richmond
6 28.21.189 Round 22, 1991 Brisbane
6 29.15.189 Round 10, 1985 Sydney
8 27.24.186 Round 15, 1991 Sydney
8 29.12.186 Round 13, 1971 Footscray
10 28.16.184 Round 1, 1987 Fitzroy
10 29.10.184 Round 21, 1992 Brisbane


100 point losses

MarginMatchOpposition
184 Round 22, 1983 North Melbourne
184 Round 13, 1994 Geelong
166 Round 22, 1976 Collingwood
150 Round 16, 1980 Geelong
148 Round 20, 1980 Richmond
136 Round 7, 1978 Geelong
130 Round 18, 1996 Sydney
128 Round 19, 1978 North Melbourne
128 Round 16, 1989 Geelong
126 Round 21, 1988 Essendon
126 Round 6, 1966 Collingwood
123 Round 14, 1978 Footscray
123 Round 20, 1983 Essendon
111 Round 9, 1980 Richmond
110 Round 22, 1994 North Melbourne
108 Round 18, 1981 South Melbourne
107 Round 21, 1981 Richmond
105 Round 7, 1975 Richmond
103 Round 5, 1974 North Melbourne
103 Round 18, 1978 Geelong
102 Round 22, 1978 Collingwood
102 Round 1, 1983 Collingwood
100 Round 14, 1980 Footscray
100 Round 4, 1983 Carlton


Lowest Score

ScoreMatchOpposition
1 3.4.22 Round 18, 1996 Sydney
2 3.5.23 Round 17, 1965 Collingwood
2 2.11.23 Round 9, 1966 North Melbourne
4 3.6.24 Round 12, 1966 St Kilda
5 4.3.27 Round 22, 1983 North Melbourne
6 4.5.29 Round 16, 1996 Geelong
7 4.7.31 Round 6, 1968 Footscray
7 4.7.31 Round 6, 1997 St Kilda
9 4.8.32 Round 16, 1985 Carlton
10 4.10.34 Round 13, 1965 North Melbourne
10 4.10.34 Round 15, 1965 South Melbourne
10 4.10.34 Round 15, 1973 Carlton
10 4.10.34 Round 14, 1998 Richmond
10 5.4.34 Round 14, 1978 Footscray
10 4.10.34 Round 8, 1950 Collingwood


7+ goals in a game
The following is taken only from the seasons with top goalkickers listed above

MatchOpposition
13 - Darren Cuthbertson Qualifying Final 1993 Richmond
12 - Fred Fanning Grand Final 1939 Richmond
12 - Ray Carr Round 20, 1971 St Kilda
12 - Grant Williams Round 4, 1992 Richmond
11 - Ray Carr Round 6, 1971 Collingwood
11 - Ross Dillon Round 13, 1971 Footscray
11 - Tony Campbell Round 11, 1988 Richmond
11 - Darren Bennett Round 21, 1992 Brisbane
10 - Brian Wilson Semi Final 1984 Carlton
10 - David Williams Round 12, 1987 Sydney
10 - Allen Jakovich Round 6, 1991 Collingwood
9 - Russell Colcott Round 15, 1970 Fitzroy
9 - Dave McGlashan Round 3, 1981 Footscray
9 - David Cordner Round 17, 1983 Sydney
9 - David Cordner Round 5, 1984 North Melbourne
9 - John Fidge Round 10, 1986 Carlton
9 - David Cordner Round 1, 1987 Fitzroy
9 - Darren Cuthbertson Preliminary Final 1990 Footscray
9 - Phil Egan Round 10, 1991 Sydney
9 - Allen Jakovich Round 12, 1991 Richmond
9 - Darren Bennett Round 2, 1993 Footscray
9 - Mathew Mackay Round 4, 1993 North Melbourne
8 - Kim Smith Round 16, 1975 Hawthorn
8 - John Sparks Round 17, 1975 South Melbourne
8 - Robert Walters Round 8, 1976 Richmond
8 - Robert Walters Round 4, 1978 Footscray
8 - Robert Walters Round 21, 1978 South Melbourne
8 - Dale Dickson Round 22, 1985 Richmond
8 - David Williams Round 3, 1988 Geelong
8 - Allen Jakovich Round 8, 1991 Footscray
8 - Grant Williams Round 1, 1992 Footscray
8 - Sean Charles Round 7, 1992 Sydney
8 - Grant Williams Round 24, 1992 Hawthorn
8 - Allen Jakovich Round 6, 1993 St Kilda
7 - Rob Dowsing Round 5, 1967 Footscray
7 - Ross Dillon Round 6, 1967 Fitzroy
7 - Ross Dillon Round 14, 1968 South Melbourne
7 - Chris Aitken Round 13, 1969 North Melbourne
7 - Ray Biffin Round 4, 1970 Fitzroy
7 - Ray Carr Round 13, 1970 Hawthorn
7 - Geoff Harrold Round 21, 1972 North Melbourne
7 - Louis Tesoriero Round 1, 1973 St Kilda
7 - Kim Smith Round 6, 1975 South Melbourne
7 - Kim Smith Round 18, 1975 Richmond
7 - Peter Thorne Round 20, 1977 St Kilda
7 - Robert Walters Round 9, 1978 Essendon
7 - Chris Woodman Round 5, 1980 Carlton
7 - Peter Tossol Round 2, 1984 Sydney
7 - Michael Reynolds Round 11, 1984 St Kilda
7 - Richard Armstrong Round 7, 1985 Geelong
7 - Kelvin Templeton Round 10, 1985 Sydney
7 - David Cordner Round 4, 1987 St Kilda
7 - Ted Fidge Round 1, 1988 Richmond
7 - Ted Fidge Round 9, 1988 St Kilda
7 - Allen Jakovich Round 3, 1991 St Kilda
7 - Allen Jakovich Round 13, 1991 Geelong
7 - Brent Heaver Round 15, 1991 Sydney
7 - George Gorozidis Round 23, 1991 Footscray
7 - Chris Sullivan Round 1, 1992 Footscray
7 - Darren Cuthbertson Round 24, 1992 Hawthorn
7 - Allen Jakovich Round 8, 1993 North Melbourne
7 - Allen Jakovich Round 19 1993 Fitzroy
7 - Damien Yze Round 4, 1996 Carlton
7 - Brent Williams Round 8, 1998 Collingwood
7 - Nathan Brown Round 20, 1998 Geelong


Notes
In 1903 Melbourne Juniors played in the Victorian Junior Association. It's not clear if this was an affiliated team. [http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/206725321|The Age] - 17/09/1937|South Yarra] may also have served as a second team.

Sporting Globe 1924 suggests Melbourne entered the competition in 1919 as a standalone team.

In ECH Taylor's 1958 history of the club he suggests that the Armadale Presbyterians Club were incorporated into the club as the "Melbourne Juniors", and later the reserve grade team. In 1926 Melbourne Juniors played against Melbourne Seconds.

Media
The Australasian - 03/08/1901
The Australasian - 07/05/1904
"Melbourne seconds praised" - The Argus - 19/11/1935

Links
"Class and Warfare: The MAFA and the VFL Seconds" - Boyles Football Photos

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