President - Dr FTW Ford
Vice-Presidents - Henry Harrison, James Byrne, Hill, Charles Forrester
Secretary - William Freeman
Treasurer - James Bennie
Secretary (Second 20) - Munro
Captain - Bob Sillett
Vice captains - George Down / Fred Baker
Leading goalkicker - Utar Nicholas - 9
For the first time Melbourne received permission to enclose their ground outside the MCG to try and keep supporters off the field.
The opening scratch match of the season was played on Saturday 20 May.
The 22 July match scheduled against East Melbourne was cancelled because the Melbourne and Albert Park seconds had reserved the Melbourne Ground. On 9 September a match was scheduled against Carlton Imperial but became an intra-club scratch match due to rain.
Melbourne won the Challenge Cup over Carlton. The game which decided the premiership was controversial when the Blues claimed a draw due to an umpiring irregularity.
Melbourne played 17 games against senior clubs, but in total they had 18 wins, five draws and two losses.
A letter to The Argus at the end of the season listed the occupations of the some of the players as five government servants, five bank clerks, four university students, three public school teachers and one solicitor.
The club had 45 pounds of income for the year, against 44p, 0s, 4d of expenses - including 12 pounds of carryover debt. Leaving 19s, 6d cash on hand.
|27 May||Albert Park||LOSS|
|3 June||Carlton Imperial||WIN|
|24 June||West Melbourne||DRAW|
|15 July||St Kilda||WIN|
|29 July||Carlton Imperial||WIN|
|5 August||Victorian Railways||WIN|
|30 August||Western District||WIN|
|2 September||East Melbourne||DRAW|
|16 September||St Kilda||WIN|
|3 June||St Kilda||WIN||2-0|
|17 June||East Melbourne||DRAW||1-1|
|22 July||Albert Park||LOSS||0-2|
|5 August||Carlton Imperial||LOSS||0-2|
|12 August||St Kilda||WIN||6-0|
|26 August||East Melbourne||LOSS||Unknown|
|16 September||Albert Park||DRAW||0-0|
|7 October||Carlton Imperial||LOSS||0-1|
T. Anthony, Charles Baker, Fred Baker, James Bennie, John Bennie, Blair, John Booth, Boyd, J. Bride, Charles Carr, W. Coldham, G. Cullen, Raleigh Davidson, Dillon, George Down, H. Downes, Charles Forrester, William Freeman, Gellatly, P. Goldsmith, H. Hammill, W. Hopkins, G. Houston, J. Johnson, Billy Kneen, E. Longden, James McDonald, John Macdonald, J. McKie, W. Moffatt, Utar Nicholas, F. Page, William Reeve, H. Ross, E. Scott, Percy Serjeant, Bob Sillett, W. Williams, S.Wilson
Herald - 08/05/1876
Argus - 13/05/1876
Australasian - 20/05/1876
Daily Southern Cross - 17/06/1876
Argus - 05/10/1876
Australasian - 07/10/1876
Leader - 28/04/1877
"Origins of Australian Football: Volume 1" by Mark Pennings