Coach: Alex Hall
Captain: Alf George
Finishing Position: 9th
Best and Fairest: n/a
Leading Goalkicker: Mick Maguire (13)
Best First Year Player: n/a

Matches Ladder Playing List


In an effort to build on their encouraging performances in 1912 where a number of close losses cost them a finals berth, the Reds tried 42 players in all but found themselves going backwards. Eight made their MFC debut, including six VFL gamers, in the opening round of the season but Melbourne were defeated by Collingwood and their season didn't get much better from there.

After Alf George was elected captain, the ballot for vice-captain between Bill McKenzie and Jim Fitzpatrick was tied. It was resolved to take another vote after 25 players were selected for the final senior list.

Len Incigneri was finally allowed to play for Melbourne from the middle of the year after sitting out of the Richmond side for a year waiting for a clearance. His brother Matt had already joined the club a few weeks before.

The round 4 match against Fitzroy nearly didn't take place. In Round 3 a Melbourne player had been charged by the police for striking in the match against Carlton. The club committee failed to defend the charge as they believed the player should accept the consequences of his actions and he was fined 5p. Before the Fitzroy match the players met and decided to strike. Chairman Bill McClelland was forced to threaten that they'd never play football again and the strike action broke down. Two weeks later Vin Coutie and Bernie Nolan resigned from the selection committee, reportedly because they thought a smaller group would operate better.

Maguire's 13 goal performance still rates as the lowest total for an MFC leading goalkicker in history, and is unlikely to ever be beaten. Seven of his goals came in the first two rounds of the season.

The state of Melbourne's season was shown when not one player managed to make any of the three VFL representative teams who played matches against South Australia, Bendigo and Ballarat in the middle of the year. Even the winless University managed to have two players selected. Hedley Tomkins was called into the Victorian side for the return fixture later in the season.

While the interstate matches were taking place Melbourne toured Tasmania in the week between their Round 12 and Round 13 matches. For the second year in a row they returned from their trip to a thumping defeat.

Bill McClelland and Andrew Manzie were the club's VFL delegates.

Practice Match

Collingwood District ??
Hawthorn District WIN110-41

Premiership Season

1 CollingwoodLOSS
2 UniversityWIN
3 CarltonLOSS
4 FitzroyLOSS
5 St. KildaLOSS
6 South MelbourneLOSS
7 GeelongLOSS
8 RichmondLOSS
9 EssendonLOSS
10 CollingwoodLOSS
11 UniversityWIN
12 CarltonWIN
13 FitzroyLOSS
14 St. KildaLOSS
15 South MelbourneLOSS
16 GeelongLOSS
17 RichmondWIN
18 EssendonLOSS

Exhibition Match

Tasmanian League WIN


South Melbourne1413128.658
St. Kilda1107106.344

Playing List

1 Doug Chapman 107
2 Algy Millhouse 104
3 Jack Robertson 103
4 Bill McKenzie 122
5 Bobby Monk 140
6 Charlie Lilley 183
7 Norm McDougall 101
8 Jack Evans 160
9 Bill Allen 176
10 Jack Watt 157
11 Bill Hendrie 1611
12 Jim Fitzpatrick 62
13 Fen McDonald 10
14 Bill Angwin 30
14 Alf George 124
15 Ted Politz 45
17 Hedley Tomkins 177
18 Jim Mackie 50
18 Jack Bristow 30
19 Joe Pearce 170
20 Harry Cope 73
20 Phil Hosking 10
21 Charlie Armstrong 161
22 Carlyle Kenley 63
22 Laurie Brady 10
23 Campbell Brady 912
24 Norm Jordan 10
25 Matt Incigneri 10
26 Charlie Edwards 32
27 Tom Wellington 50
28 Len Incigneri 50
28 Percy Ellingsen 21
29 Herb Joolen 73
30 Mick Maguire 713
31 Frank Ellis 60
32 Frank Lugton 181
34 Johnny Hassett 45
36 Eric Dimsey 20
? Bill Daly 2 1
? George Knight 31
? Jack Nicholson 10
? Arthur Maskell 10


Round 2 Mick Maguire Striking 4 matches
Round 17 Alf George Elbowing 1 match

Herald - 18/04/1913
Punch - 29/05/1913

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