Collingwood joined the competition for the first time and opened their VFA account with a wooden spoon. On the other hand Melbourne improved compared to 1891, with some of the success attributed to a new type of boot they began wearing with leather over the ankle to prevent injury. Another factor was a weak draw, which set them up for continuing success.
At the VFA AGM, association head Theophilis Marshall made a snide comment about the well-known practise of players being given jobs maintining MCC controlled grounds. He suggested they didn't do anything expect "sparrow shooting", but when challenged by MFC delegate Hunt was forced to withdraw and confirm the club had not broken any rules. The term stuck, and fans soon began referring to the club as the "sparrow shooters".
The mid-season tour of Adelaide ended in legal trouble when players Ernest Howes and Robert Gibson were arrested and charged with breaching the peace. A detective staying in the same hotel claimed to have discovered 15 players under the influence who had caused damage to the hotel. They were fined 4p 7s each, claiming they had accidentally broken a mirror and a washstand in a darkened room. An enquiry held by the club found that their players had no charge to answer.
Harry Graham finished third in the league goalkicking with 42.
The club spent 530p 12s 6d while only making 171p 11s, 6d. The chief expenditure was the infamous trip to Adelaide.
|May 14||North Melbourne||WIN|
|July 16||Port Melbourne||WIN|
|July 23||South Melbourne||LOSS|
|August 27||St Kilda||WIN|
|September 3||Port Melbourne||LOSS|
|September 17||North Melbourne||WIN|
|September 24||St Kilda||WIN|
|28 May||South Adelaide||LOSS|
|15 June||Port Adelaide||WIN|
|18 June||South Adelaide||WIN|
|25 June||South Ballarat||WIN|
|13 July||Victorian Railways||?|
William Aitken, David Christy, James Dobson, Eddie Fox, Herbert Fry, Clive Gaunt, Harry Graham, Jack Graham, George Hallett, Alf Healing, Ernest Howes, Richard Kelly, John Lempriere, Austin Lewis, Jack Lorraine, Lynar, Lew Massey, AH McKenzie, Alex McKenzie, Newstead, Jim McRaile, Bob Moore, Patrick O'Dea, P. O'Loughlin, Pierce, Robert Ramsay, W. Sharp, Fred Sheahan, George Slattery, Strong, Joe Wilson, John Wiseman
H. Graham 42, J. Wilson 12, R. Kelly 11, E. Howes 9, D. Christy 6, C. Gaunt 4, J. Graham 4, J. Wiseman 4, A. McKenzie 3, H. Fry 2, Lynar 2, P. O'Dea 2, W Aitken 1, W. Sharp 1
Lynar may have been Eyre Lynar
Adelaide Observer - 21/05/1892
Evening News - 17/06/1892
South Australian Chronicle - 18/06/1892
Sydney Mail - 18/06/1892
South Australian Register - 30/06/1892
Adelaide Observer - 02/07/1892
Sydney Mail - 30/07/1892
Sydney Mail - 13/08/1892
Australasian - 01/04/1893
VFA Results and Tables