Captain - Coach: George Haines
Finishing Position: 9th (Last)
Best and Fairest: n/a
Leading Goalkicker: George Haines (15)
Best First Year Player: n/a

Matches Ladder Playing List

Melbourne returned to the competition for the first time since 1915. They had gone into recess in early 1916 when all medically fit men had enlisted to fight World War I, and a motion to return to the competition along with Essendon and St Kilda in 1918 was voted down by the MCC committee. After making finals for the first time in over a decade in their final season, the Fuschias returned with a weak team that failed to win a game. After benefiting from the best University players when that side left the competition at the end of 1914, Melbourne lost the university from its recruiting zone. They gained Prahran, an area with an established VFA side that made it hard to generate local support. Prahran was one of the sides that responded to the VFL's call for applications to join the competition in 1920, along with the Ballarat League, Brunswick, Footscray, Hawthorn, North Melbourne, and Port Melbourne, but none were accepted.

A falling out between the VFL and VFA, who refused to adopt a district scheme, meant League clubs could take players from the Association without a clearance. It wasn't enough to help bolster Melbourne's paper-thin playing stocks. With few of the 1915 side returning, and finals coach Jack McKenzie now in charge of VFA side Hawthorn, the squad lacked experience. New Captain - Coach George Haines arrived with years of league experience, but he was the only one of eight Round 1 debutantes that had previously played league football. At times they fielded up to 10 returned serviceman, and the closest they came to a win was a 10 point loss in Round 10. By the end of the season they were running on fumes, beaten twice by over 100 points. Three players went out drinking before the last game, and after one broke a cab window on the way to the ground they were locked inside until the driver was compensated.

A "Second XVIII" Reserves competition was run for the first time, with Melbourne aligned to two University sides.

Melbourne's VFL delegates were Bill McClelland and WF Knight.

Premiership season

1 St. Kilda LOSS58-86
2 South Melbourne LOSS28-79
3 Richmond LOSS49-80
5 CarltonLOSS34-123
6 CollingwoodLOSS55-116
7 FitzroyLOSS42-78
8 GeelongLOSS52-72
9 EssendonLOSS44-113
10 St. KildaLOSS37-47
11 South MelbourneLOSS27-94
12 RichmondLOSS48-72
13 BYE
14 CarltonLOSS36-96
15 Collingwood LOSS36-145
16 FitzroyLOSS17-142
17 GeelongLOSS51-96
18 EssendonLOSS33-67


South Melbourne1204158.748
St. Kilda70970.628

Exhibition Match

Army ?

Playing List

1 Bill Allen 94
2 Eric Tonkin 1414
3 Percy Love 116
4 Bill McKenzie 132
5 Bob Love 81
6 Herb Matthews 146
7 Bill Hore 20
7 Reg Gibb 30
8 Charlie Lilley 141
9 John McMahon 30
10 Gordon Coulter 82
11 Jack Baquie 141
13 Les Nichols 10
14 Alec Gray 130
15 George Haines 1415
16 George Walker 100
17 Con Kenney 95
18 Bob Bodington 40
18 Stan Huntington 33
19 Eric Chisholm 52
19 Allan McLean 50
19 Jack Huntington 126
20 Art McWhinney 90
20 Teddy Johnston 11
21 Jack House 151
22 Bill Brunier 40
23 Alex Salvado 52
24 Lou Salvana 63
25 Alec Farrow 42
25 Howard Richardson 10
26 Cyril Hall 90
27 Jack Connole 52
28 Matt Connors 30
28 Jack Evans 10
29 Charlie Armstrong 30
29 Frank Cummins 10
30 Bill Shelton 81
31 Leo Little 61
32 Archie Grigg 31
33 Ivor Warne-Smith 82
34 Harry Selover 32
35 Dave Elliman 30
? Gordon Landy 1 1

Allan McLean shown as #12 in R1 Football Record and and all subsequent records.

Leo Little is shown as wearing #27 in the R14 record and R17

Bob Bodington is shown as wearing #28 in the R14 record.

A player called 'Warrington' is referred to in reports of the Round 17 match against Geelong. This is likely a misprint of Boddington.

Argus - 16/05/1919
Argus - 28/07/1919

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