Captain - William Aitken (until August), Eddie Fox (from August)
Vice-Captain - George Hallett
Secretary - Alfred Smith
Committee (included) - Arthur Hunt
Leading goalscorer - Harry Graham (42)

Collingwood joined the competition for the first time and opened their VFA account with a wooden spoon. On the other hand Melbourne improved compared to 1891, with some of the success attributed to a new type of boot they began wearing with leather over the ankle to prevent injury. Another factor was a weak draw, which set them up for continuing success.

At the VFA AGM, association head Theophilis Marshall made a snide comment about players being given jobs maintining MCC controlled grounds. He suggested they didn't do anything expect "sparrow shooting", but when challenged by the MFC delegate, Hunt was forced to withdraw and confirm the club had not broken any rules. The term stuck, and fans soon began referring to the club as the "sparrow shooters".

The mid-season tour of Adelaide ended in legal trouble when players Ernest Howes and Robert Gibson were arrested and charged with breaching the peace. A detective staying in the same hotel claimed to have discovered 15 players under the influence who had caused damage to the hotel. They were fined £4 7s each, claiming they had accidentally broken a mirror and a washstand in a darkened room. An enquiry held by the club found that their players had no charge to answer, putting the incident down to a practical joke. Newspaper reports claimed that the magistrate investigating the matter urged the landlord of the hotel to press charges against the whole team, promising to fine them.

Aitken was captain until leaving for America. He was replaced by Eddie Fox before the August match against Fitzroy.

Harry Graham finished third in the league goalkicking with 42.

The club spent £530 12s 6d while only making £171 11s, 6d. The chief expenditure was the infamous trip to Adelaide.

VFA matches

May 14 North Melbourne WIN
May 21 Williamstown DRAW
May 24 Richmond WIN
June 4 Essendon DRAW
June 11 Geelong LOSS
July 2 Richmond WIN
July 9 Footscray WIN
July 16 Port Melbourne WIN
July 23 South Melbourne LOSS
July 30 Essendon LOSS
August 6 Fitzroy WIN
August 13 Williamstown WIN
August 20 Carlton LOSS
August 27 St Kilda WIN
September 3 Port Melbourne LOSS
September 10 Collingwood DRAW
September 17 North Melbourne WIN
September 24 St Kilda WIN

Other Matches

19 April Ballarat LOSS
7 May Ballarat WIN
28 May South Adelaide LOSS
15 June Port Adelaide WIN
18 June South Adelaide WIN
June Nhill WIN
25 June South Ballarat WIN
13 July Victorian Railways ?


1st Essendon 1531
2nd Fitzroy 1524
3rd Geelong 1224
4th Melbourne 1035
5th Carlton 1217
6th South Melbourne 948
7th Port Melbourne 9110
8th Richmond 8110
9th St. Kilda 729
10th Footscray 6113
11th North Melbourne 4214
12th Williamstown 3114
13th Collingwood 3 114


William Aitken, David Christy, James Dobson, Eddie Fox, Herbert Fry, Clive Gaunt, Harry Graham, Jack Graham, George Hallett, Alf Healing, Ernest Howes, Richard Kelly, John Lempriere, Austin Lewis, Jack Lorraine, Lynar, Lew Massey, AH McKenzie, Alex McKenzie, Newstead, Jim McRaile, Bob Moore, Patrick O'Dea, P. O'Loughlin, Pierce, Robert Ramsay, W. Sharp, Fred Sheahan, George Slattery, Strong, Joe Wilson, John Wiseman


H. Graham 42, J. Wilson 12, R. Kelly 11, E. Howes 9, D. Christy 6, C. Gaunt 4, J. Graham 4, J. Wiseman 4, A. McKenzie 3, H. Fry 2, Lynar 2, P. O'Dea 2, W Aitken 1, W. Sharp 1

Lynar may have been Eyre Lynar

Adelaide Observer - 21/05/1892
Evening News - 17/06/1892
South Australian Chronicle - 18/06/1892
Yarrawonga Mercury - 23/06/1892
Courier Mail - 29/06/1892
South Australian Register - 30/06/1892
Adelaide Observer - 18/06/1892, 02/07/1892
Sydney Mail - 30/07/1892, 13/08/1892
Australasian - 01/04/1893
Age - 01/04/1893

VFA Results and Tables

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