The season was described as the worst yet in the history of the VFL, thanks to corruption allegations, violent play and lax enforcement of the rules. The league was forced to investigate rumours that South Melbourne players had offered Melbourne players money to 'play dead' in the Round 16 match against South Melbourne, but South were found innocent.
In August, at the insistence of the MFC delegates to the league, all umpires, including goal and boundary, were given the power to report players for violent conduct. It was also the first year where the league formalised that residence should be the main qualification for players, and a committee drafted new rules for player permits.
At Melbourne there was controversy in the pre-season when the committee of the MCC took it upon themselves to alter the rules of elections so they would choose the football committee and the secretary rather than the members. There was also tension amongst players early in the season, and the club blamed a combination of that tension and the loss of several senior players for the poor finish. The committee had also decided that no player who lived more than 25 miles from the city would be invited to play, depriving them of Paddy Mills.
A dispute amongst players early in the saw saw Flintoft, Nolan and Strong out of the side.
An intra-club game was played at the MCG on Saturday 16 April.
Round 2 matches were played a week later than originally scheduled due to the death of King George V. The season was put back on schedule with the merging of a split round in June.
At the conclusion of the season an MFC representative side (pictured above) toured Tasmania.
|Northern Tasmanian League||WIN||68-63|
Some sources suggest that allowing all umpires to report was only a proposal by the VFL to the other states.
Argus - 25/01/1910
Herald - 08/04/1910
Herald - 16/04/1910
Herald - 13/05/1910
Australasian - 21/05/1910
North Western Advocate and Emu Bay Times - 01/08/1910
Argus - 27/08/1910
Age - 30/09/1910
Evening News - 03/10/1910
Observer - 08/10/1910
Argus - 03/03/1911