President - Frank Grey Smith
Vice-Presidents - Murdoch, G. Aitken, JJ Morris, A. Hunt
Secretary - W. Lynar
Treasurer - H. Morrison
Committee - W. Bailey, Arthur Hunt, G. Hallett, H. Tuckfield, JJ Morris
Captain - Howard King
Vice-Captain - George Strachan

For the second time Melbourne moved to a new home ground at the Friendly Societies' Ground (near the present day AAMI Park) but welcomed their new home with their worst season ever to that point. The ground was the first time that a field had been specially prepared for an Australian Rules team.

Prahran merged with St. Kilda and Hotham changed their name to North Melbourne. Rules were changes to allow the umpire to face the players as he threw the ball into play, making it easier to spot infringements.

A match against Carlton scheduled for Saturday 31 March as a tribute for an ill-cricketer was cancelled when Melbourne were unable to field a team. A game against Brittannia on 21 July was called off when only 14 Brittannia players turned up.

The June tour of Queensland took an understrength team. The touring party was Brooks, A. King, Howard King, Burn, Franks, Burns, McCrindle, Kelly, Huggins, Harper, Rivers, Wiseman, Lording, Fox, Lynar, Murphy, Burton, Griffith, Carah, McKenzie, and emergencies Plant, Parsons, Bourke, with P. Beaumont as team manager.

The match against New Zealand Natives may have been at Rugby. In August the football club played rugby against a visiting Maori side and the Maoris won 3 tries to nil. In July the club was reportedly in dispute with the promoters of a tour of English footballers who had pulled out of a match on the MCG on Saturday 21 July. The promoters pulled out when the MCC tried to charge an admission price for the match. The visitors played in Ballarat instead.

Newspaper reports at the end of the year suggest the club played 19 games, won 4, drew 1 and lost 14 with 52 goals for and 119 against.

VFA Matches

10 March Geelong LOSS
22 April Williamstown WIN
5 May Port Melbourne LOSS
12 May North Melbourne WIN
19 May Ballarat LOSS
24 May Carlton LOSS
2 June University WIN
9 June Richmond LOSS
30 June Geelong LOSS
7 July Essendon WIN
14 July Fitzroy LOSS
28 July South Melbourne LOSS
4 August Fitzroy DRAW
11 August University WIN
18 August St Kilda LOSS
25 August North Melbourne LOSS
1 September South Melbourne LOSS
8 September Port Melbourne LOSS
15 September Carlton LOSS
22 September Essendon LOSS
29 September Geelong LOSS

Other Matches

28 April Clifton WIN
26 May Public Schools WIN
16 June Queensland WIN
18 June Ipswich WIN
20 June Queensland WIN
23 June New South Wales WIN
15 August New Zealand Natives DRAW
6 September Sydney WIN


George Aitken, A. Agg, H. Barker, G. Benson, E. Brooks, R. Brown, Kenny Burn, W. Burns, F. Burton, T. Carah, Comber, Bob Ewing, Ferguson, Eddie Fox, F. Franks, W. Franks, J. Garton, F. Gillett, Greenhill, Ed Griffith, F. Hallett, George Hallett, H. Harper, Howard, D. Huggins, James Kelly, R. Kelly, Keogh, A. King, Howard King, E. Lording, E. Lynar, Madden, A. McCrindle, J. McGowan, A. McKenzie, McLaren, McNamara, Howard Morrison, P. Murphy, Parry, P. Parsons, Fred Plant, E. Reynolds, F. Rivers, A. Rusden, W. Smith, C. Spooner, G. Strachan, Walker, WP Wallace, J. Wiseman.


A. King 6, Ferguson 5, J. McGowan 5, J. Garton 4, Ed Griffith 4, R. Kelly 4, A. McKenzie 4, A. Rusden 4, E. Brooks 3, A. McCrindle 3, Kenny Burn 2, G. Benson 1, Comber 1, F. Franks 1, Greenhill 1, H. King 1, G. Strachan 1, Wiseman 1, Unknown 1


1st South Melbourne 1522
2nd Geelong 1234
3rdWilliamstown 1361
4th Carlton 1153
5th Richmond 1182
6th Port Melbourne 1291
7th North Melbourne 875
8th Ballarat 952
9th St. Kilda 8103
10th Essendon 7111
11th Fitzroy 6102
12th South Ballarat 643
13th Footscray 5100
14th Melbourne 4141
15th Ballarat Imperial 2111
16th University 0141

Second 20

19 May St Kilda WIN 2.8 - 0.6
26 May Fitzroy LOSS 2.4 - 3.4
23 June Kilmore 5-1
7 July Essendon LOSS 1.9 - 6.8
17 September Geelong UNKNOWN ?

Leader 13/04/1889 gives the season goalkickers as A. King 6, A. MacKenzie 5, W. McGowan 4, C. Garton 4, A. Rusden 4, R. Kelly 4, Curah 3, McCrindle 3, Ferguson 3, Brown 3 Brooke 3

Melbourne Punch - 29/03/1888
Sydney Mail - 28/04/1888
Brisbane Courier - 15/06/1888
Sydney Mail - 16/06/1888
Sydney Mail - 30/06/1888
Sydney Mail - 05/07/1888
The Age - 11/07/1888
Geelong Advertiser - 13/07/1888
Sydney Mail - 21/07/1888
Herald - 21/07/1888
Sydney Mail - 11/08/1888
Sydney Mail - 17/08/1888
Sydney Mail - 18/08/1888
Sydney Mail - 08/09/1888
Sydney Mail - 15/09/1888
The Australasian - 13/04/1889
Origins of Australian Football: Volume 3 by Mark Pennings

Blueseum 1888 page
footytimeline.com 1888
VFA Tables

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