Coach: Alex Hall
Captain: Alf George
Finishing Position: 9th
Best and Fairest: n/a
Leading Goalkicker: Mick Maguire (13)
Best First Year Player: n/a

Matches Ladder Playing List


In 1912 a number of close losses cost Melbourne a finals berth, and they chased further improvement with a large turnover of players. Eight players made their club debut in Round 1, with six playing their first VFL games. They lost and things didn't get any better, with 42 players used during the year. Two of Melbourne's four wins came against the hapless University, the only team to finish below them.

After Alf George was elected captain, the ballot for vice-captain between Bill McKenzie and Jim Fitzpatrick was tied. It was resolved to take another vote after 25 players were selected for the final senior list.

The Round 4 match against Fitzroy nearly didn't take place. In Round 3 a Melbourne player was charged by the police for striking. The club committee failed to defend the charge as they believed the player should accept the consequences of his actions and he was fined 5p. Before the next match, players decided to strike. Chairman Bill McClelland threatened that they'd never play again and the strike action broke down. Two weeks later Vin Coutie and Bernie Nolan resigned from the selection committee, reportedly because they thought a smaller group would operate better.

The state of Melbourne's season was shown when not one player managed to make any of the three VFL representative teams who played matches against South Australia, Bendigo and Ballarat in the middle of the year. Even the winless University managed to have two players selected. Hedley Tomkins was called into the Victorian side for the return fixture later in the season.

The 13 goal performance of Mick Maguire still rates as the lowest total for an MFC leading goalkicker. Seven of his goals came in the first two rounds of the season.

While the interstate matches were taking place Melbourne toured Tasmania in the week between their Round 12 and Round 13 matches. For the second year in a row they returned from their trip to a thumping defeat.

Former Richmond player Len Incigneri had sat out a year waiting for a clearance and didn't play his first game until Round 13. His brother Matt debuted three weeks earlier.

Bill McClelland and Andrew Manzie were the club's VFL delegates.

Practice match

Collingwood District ??
Hawthorn District WIN110-41

Premiership Season

1 CollingwoodLOSS37-60
2 UniversityWIN99-72
3 CarltonLOSS53-79
4 FitzroyLOSS31-53
5 St. KildaLOSS56-61
6 South MelbourneLOSS28-52
7 GeelongLOSS52-84
8 RichmondLOSS40-52
9 EssendonLOSS30-71
10 CollingwoodLOSS47-95
11 UniversityWIN62-53
12 CarltonWIN67-54
13 FitzroyLOSS28-86
14 St. KildaLOSS35-71
15 South MelbourneLOSS19-48
16 GeelongLOSS26-47
17 RichmondWIN64-53
18 EssendonLOSS42-52

Exhibition match

Tasmanian League WIN72-34


South Melbourne1413128.658
St. Kilda1107106.344

Playing List

1 Doug Chapman 107
2 Algy Millhouse 104
3 Jack Robertson 103
4 Bill McKenzie 122
5 Bobby Monk 140
6 Charlie Lilley 183
7 Norm McDougall 101
8 Jack Evans 160
9 Bill Allen 176
10 Jack Watt 157
11 Bill Hendrie 1611
12 Jim Fitzpatrick 62
13 Fen McDonald 10
14 Bill Angwin 30
14 Alf George 124
15 Ted Politz 45
17 Hedley Tomkins 177
18 Jim Mackie 50
18 Jack Bristow 30
19 Joe Pearce 170
20 Harry Cope 73
20 Phil Hosking 10
21 Charlie Armstrong 161
22 Carlyle Kenley 63
22 Laurie Brady 10
23 Campbell Brady 912
24 Norm Jordan 10
25 Matt Incigneri 10
26 Charlie Edwards 32
27 Tom Wellington 50
28 Len Incigneri 50
28 Percy Ellingsen 21
29 Herb Joolen 73
30 Mick Maguire 713
31 Frank Ellis 60
32 Frank Lugton 181
34 Johnny Hassett 45
36 Eric Dimsey 20
? Bill Daly 2 1
? George Knight 31
? Jack Nicholson 10
? Arthur Maskell 10


Round 2 Mick Maguire Striking 4 matches
Round 17 Alf George Elbowing 1 match

Herald - 18/04/1913
Punch - 29/05/1913

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