Coach: Frank Hughes
Captain: Ivor Warne-Smith
Finishing Position: 1st
Best and Fairest: Jack Mueller
Leading Goalkicker: Norm Smith (54)
Best First Year Player: n/a
|Matches||Ladder||Playing List||Best and Fairest||Seconds|
Entering the 13th season since their last premiership victory, Melbourne fans were starting to get restless and missing out on the finals in 1938 hadn't helped them.
The league introduced new rules, as forced on them by the Australian National Football Council, with a holding the ball rule and a return to Victoria's favoured method of handling out of bounds - reintroducing the boundary throw-in instead of giving away free kicks. The new holding the ball rule proved controversial in the first few weeks of the season.
Having finished fifth a season earlier the thoughts of some turned to more immediate 'revenge' against an 'auld enemy'. A Mr J Smith penned his own ode to Melbourne's longtime rivals before the start of the season.
"Owed" To Collingwood by J.O Smith
They're sanguine - very,
That the flag of this year's fight
Will float o'er the banks of Merri,
Crossed with bars of black and white.
We have got a strong impression
That the boys in red and blue
Have learnt a useful lesson
And they've learnt it most from you.
There's a little score to settle
That has long been overdue;
You have got us on our mettle,
And we'll square accounts with you.''
In one of the most unpredictable VFL seasons to date the ode proved prophetic as the two sides met in the Grand Final but not without a struggle. Melbourne's up and down form saw them shatter records by racking up the fifteen scores of 100+ points (including nine in a row at one stage) but also barely falling over the line against struggling teams like Hawthorn and South Melbourne late in the season.
To add to the confusion the season finished a week later due a round of postponements on Saturday 26 August due to the terrible condition of most league grounds. A long spell of rain had put the brakes on what had been the highest scoring season in history, aided by the return of the boundary thrown in which had been abolished in 1925.
The Seconds also won the premiership.
Melbourne's delegates to the VFL were Joe Blair and Bruce Hogg.
Home and Away
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Best and Fairest
Most consistent - Richie Emselle
Most determined - Frank Roberts
Most accomplished - Allan La Fontaine
Special trophy (clubman) - Gordon Jones
Most improved - Keith Truscott
Most unselfish - Norm Smith
Special trophy - Beames, Fischer, Furniss, Hingston, Jones, Dowsing, Wartman
|Round 4||Rowley Fischer||Attempted Striking||2 matches|
|Round 11||Ron Barassi||Striking||4 matches|
|Round 13||Jack Mueller||Elbowing||4 matches|
|Round 14||Keith Truscott||Elbowing||Not Guilty|
|GF||Wally Lock||Jostling, pushing and tripping||4 matches|
1939 Seconds season
Leading goalkicker - Fred Fanning - 111
Best first year player - Sid Anderson
Official sources show Les Gibbs wearing number 28 in 1939, but Football Record shows number 27.
Match also played in Ballarat in early August.
Football Record R1 1939
Football Record 1939 Finals
Herald - 07/02/1940
Age - 08/02/1940