Coach: Norm Smith
Captain: Hassa Mann
Finishing Position: 11th
Best and Fairest: Terry Leahy
Leading Goalkicker: Barrie Vagg (20)
Best First Year Player: Terry Leahy
|Matches||Ladder||Playing List||Night Series||Best and Fairest||Reserves||Under 19s||Tribunal|
The year began with a contested election, with former player and Seconds coach Bill Adams running for election. He was unsuccessful and the existing directors retained their position.
Speaking before the season, Norm Smith said: "Our morale fell to an all-time low last year, but there is no use crying over spilt milk. Discipline must be maintained. This year I am going to be hard on the players, but fair. I want respect above all". He said, "there has been a lot of criticism about my coaching methods. My only desire is to get the best out of the players - firstly for the club, then the player, and if anything is left over for myself". Chairman Donald Duffy said Smith's sacking was "a thing of the past", and at the same meeting Brian Dixon refuted claims he'd been disloyal to Smith.
A motion that MCC representation on the club's board be reduced from eight to six and MFC members be given four seasons instead of two was carried, but the club still needed to ratify the decision with the MCC.
A novel recruiting plan to have 1000 young players at an open trial in March was derailed when hot weather meant only 101 showed up. 60 of those had to be rejected because they were residentially tied to other clubs. None of the three players unearthed from the sessions played senior football.
The lack of available players due to injury was highlighted as a problem as early as the pre-season. Many players were suffering issues from the previous season, and as soon as one player returned another one dropped out. The injury plague affected almost every line of the team, making impossible for Norm Smith to field a stable lineup in any of his side's intra-club practice matches.
Additionally the Demons, like all VFL sides, were handicapped in their practice matches - banned from playing each other, VFA clubs or any other country club within a 60 mile radius of Melbourne - hence their match against East Ringwood.
The rules of the game were altered at the behest of the Australian National Football Council to ban open handed 'flick' passes. Players were now required to hit the ball with a clenched fist.
Having won just two matches since they started the 1965 season 8-0, the Demons crashed to defeat in their first six matches of the new season. Three times they kicked four goals or less and Smith was forced to use five different full-forwards in the first five games of the year. After kicking three goals against Carlton in Round 5 Smith was forced to issue an ultimatum to his players that they had to meet his demands or leave the club.
During July the club also adopted a revolutionary four night a week training program in a desperate attempt to right their sinking ship. Despite these novel measures the Demons were still forced to use 46 players for the year, including 22 rookies - the most since the 1919 season and were only saved from the wooden spoon by the one win Fitzroy side. It was the equal most players used in any Melbourne season.
The players went on an end of season trip to Surfers Paradise.
Melbourne's VFL delegates were Arthur King and Tom Trumble.
Best and Fairest
Outstanding Service - Ray Groom and Barry Bourke
|Round 7||Tassie Johnson||Striking||Not Guilty|
|Round 8 Reserves||Bob Langford||Throwing opponent to ground after mark||Unknown|
|Round 8 Reserves||Bob Langford||Striking||Unknown|
Round 14 | Neville Stone | Striking |Not Guilty||
1966 Reserves Season
Captain - Peter McLean
Best and Fairest - Frank Vearing
Second Best and Fairest - Rick Feldmann
Outstanding service - Tony Hirst, Brent Jones, Gary Wynd
Richmond lost three wins for fielding an unregistered player
1966 Under 19's Season
Best and Fairest - John Callery
Second Best and Fairest - Greg Smith
Best Clubman - P. Kingston
Outstanding Service - Rod Orr, Neville Stone
Richmond lost seven wins and were replaced in the finals by South Melbourne for fielding an unregistered player.
Best and Fairest - K. Williams
Second Best and Fairest - S. Goodwin
Outstanding service - Robert McKenzie, R. Mervcich, G. Fraser
Age - 28/01/1966
Age - 18/02/1966
Age - 09/03/1966
Age - 24/03/1966
Age - 28/07/1966
Football Record R1 1966