Image Coach: Norm Smith
Captain: Ron Barassi
Finishing Position: 1st (Premiers)
Best and Fairest: Ron Barassi
Leading Goalkicker: John Townsend (35)
Best First Year Player: Graeme Jacobs

Matches Ladder Playing List Best and Fairest Reserves Under 19s

The club’s annual report talked up how the club had weathered what many outsiders felt was going to be a difficult period across 1962 and 1963 with the loss of numerous veterans. The retirements of Geoff Case, Terry Gleeson, Denis Jones, Clyde Laidlaw, Laurie Mithen, Ian Thorogood and Geoff Tunbridge left them vulnerable but the club came through intact. The annual report said, “the challenge of the years 1962 and 1963 has been answered most stirringly by the coach, officials and the team.”

Norm Smith said, “the prospects or 1964 look rosy. The young players are bound to improve and we have recruited well.” He also praised the leadership of captain Barassi and vice-captain Dixon who he said would come in handy with a new rule that only allowed runners, or messengers as they were known, to talk to a side’s on-field leaders. Dixon was then replaced as vice-captain by Hassa Mann, being groomed as Barassi's successor, and Bryan Kenneally became deputy vice-captain in place of Frank Adams.

The Demons last premiership was their sixth in a decade, and it seemed like the golden era might stretch on forever. It might not have happened, though, if Neil Crompton hadn't been 100m out of position and kicked the goal that won the Grand Final.

The Under 19s also won their premiership, but unlike the seniors they would continue to feature in the finals over the next twenty years.

After the season finished Ron Barassi shocked the football world by announcing that he had accepted an offer to become the captain-coach of Carlton. It was the end of an era in more ways than one. Nobody knew it yet, but it would be 23 more years until the Demons saw another finals series.

It was the first season where VFL goal and behind posts were padded to prevent injuries to players. Other rule changes involved Runners only being able to pass messages to Captains or Vice-Captains rather than any player - the rule proved controversial and was rescinded in early June. Additionally, the break between the first and second quarter was extended from three to four minutes to allow coaches to address players.

The father/son rule extended from just players with 50 games experience to cover president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, assistant secretary, coach or a member of the committee with 10 years service.

Melbourne's VFL delegates were Arthur King and Tom Trumble. Despite the premiership the club was not as not as financially successful as in previous years. They had receipts of £39,708 against expenditure of £43,474 for a total loss of £3766. The club would have made a profit if it wasn't for a £7080 levy payable to the VFL, including £2551 for the construction of Waverley.

Practice Match

There were negotiations to play games against a Northwest Tasmanian team and a replay against Collingwood in Sydney but neither happened.

Hampden League WIN

Premiership Season

1 Geelong LOSS
2 North MelbourneWIN
3 CarltonWIN
4 St. KildaLOSS
5 EssendonWIN
6 HawthornWIN
7 FootscrayWIN
8 Fitzroy WIN
9 Collingwood WIN
10 RichmondWIN
11 South MelbourneWIN
12 GeelongWIN
13 North MelbourneWIN
14 CarltonWIN
15 St. KildaWIN
16 EssendonLOSS
17 HawthornWIN
18 FootscrayLOSS
SF CollingwoodWIN
GF CollingwoodWIN


St. Kilda1008118.440
North Melbourne801087.232
South Melbourne201668.08

Exhibition Match

South Adelaide WIN

Playing List

1 Rob Foster 21
3 Maurie Bartlett 31
4 John Lord 814
5 Neil Crompton 191
6 Frank Adams 151
7 Owen Zinko 23
8 Tassie Johnson 192
9 Brian Dixon 171
10 Ken Emselle 2024
11 Tony Anderson 160
14 Barry Bourke 2028
15 Ray Groom 129
16 John Townsend 2035
17 Graeme Watson 132
18 Brian Roet 150
19 Bob Carroll 10
20 Graeme Jacobs 1633
21 Brian Leahy 141
22 Bryan Kenneally 2015
23 Graham Wise 191
28 David Robbie 64
29 Hassa Mann 1915
31 Ron Barassi 1825
32 Barrie Vagg 2022
33 Robert Miller 50
34 Len Mann 40
35 Don Williams 171
36 Peter McLean 101
37 Bernie Massey 180
38 Jim Leitch 20
39 Herbie Matthews 40
40 Frank Davis 61

Best and Fairest

1st Ron Barassi
2nd Hassa Mann
3rd Brian Dixon
4th Bryan Kenneally
5th John Townsend

Other Awards
Outstanding Service - Bryan Kenneally, John Townsend and Ray Groom
Most Improved - Graham Wise


Round 9 Reserves Maurie Bartlett Striking 2 weeks


1964 Reserves season

Best and Fairest - Jim Leitch
Second Best and Fairest - Frank Davis
Outstanding Service - Bob Lynch, John Lord, Peter McLean

Collingwood 1602152.564
Geelong 1512146.262
Hawthorn 1017126.442
Melbourne 1008113.840
North Melbourne828100.136
St Kilda601280.024
South Melbourne301562.912

Under 19s

1964 Under 19s season

Captain - Neville Stone
Vice-Captain - Rick Feldmann
Best and Fairest - Bob Russell
Second Best and Fairest - John Millard
Best Clubman - Rod McNab
Best First Year Player - George Griffiths
Most Improved - W. Adams
Most Consistent - A. Schultz
Leading goalkicker - Rod McNab (52 goals)

Melbourne 1602136.764
Collingwood 1503150.560
Richmond 1503137.860
North Melbourne 1107130.144
St Kilda601289.624
South Melbourne401466.116


SF Collingwood LOSS
PF Richmond WIN
GF Collingwood WIN


Best and Fairest - John Sinclair
Second Best and Fairest - J. Little
Best Clubman - Greg Smith
Most Consistent - C. Kinnear
Outstanding service - Rob Dowsing, K. D'Arcy

A practice match may have been played against Old Scotch on Saturday 11/04 (Age 11/04)

Age - 30/01/1964
Age - 20/02/1964
Age - 22/02/1964
Age - 04/04/1964
Age - 04/06/1964
Age - 21/09/1964
Football Record R1 1964
Football Record R2 1964
Football Record R3 1964

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