Coach: Norm Smith
Captain: Hassa Mann
Finishing Position: 11th
Best and Fairest: Terry Leahy
Leading Goalkicker: Barrie Vagg (20)
Best First Year Player: Terry Leahy

Matches Ladder Playing list Night Series Best and Fairest Reserves Under 19s Tribunal

The year began with a contested election, with former player and Seconds coach Bill Adams running for election. He was unsuccessful and the existing directors retained their position. A motion that MCC representation on the club's board be reduced from eight to six and MFC members be given four seasons instead of two was carried, but the club still needed to ratify the decision with the MCC.

Speaking before the season, Norm Smith said: "Our morale fell to an all-time low last year, but there is no use crying over spilt milk. Discipline must be maintained. This year I am going to be hard on the players, but fair. I want respect above all". He said, "There has been a lot of criticism about my coaching methods. My only desire is to get the best out of the players - firstly for the club, then the player, and if anything is left over for myself". Chairman Donald Duffy said Smith's sacking was "a thing of the past", and at the same meeting Brian Dixon refuted claims he'd been disloyal to Smith.

A novel recruiting plan to have 1000 young players at an open trial in March was derailed when hot weather meant only 101 showed up. 60 of those had to be rejected because they were residentially tied to other clubs. None of the three players unearthed from the sessions played senior football. The club desperately needed players, with many suffering carry-over injury issues from 1965, and ongoing absences from the start of the year. With every line of the team affected, Norm Smith couldn't field stable lineups in any of the intra-club practice matches. VFL clubs weren't allowed to play each other, VFA clubs, or any country side within 60 miles of Melbourne, leading to the game against East Ringwood.

The rules of the game were altered by the Australian National Football Council to ban open-handed 'flick' passes. Players were now required to hit the ball with a clenched fist.

Having won just two matches since they started the 1965 season 8-0, the Demons crashed to defeat in their first six matches of the new season. Three times they kicked four goals or less and Smith was forced to use five different full-forwards in the first five games. After the side kicked three goals against Carlton in Round 5 Smith was forced to issue an ultimatum to his players that they had to meet his demands or leave the club. In July, Melbourne went to a four-night-a-week training program to try and improve their position but only avoided the wooden spoon due to Fitzroy winning a single game. They used 46 players for the year, the most since 1919, and fielded 22 rookies. It was the equal most players used in any Melbourne season.

The players went on an end of season trip to Surfers Paradise.

Melbourne's VFL delegates were Arthur King and Tom Trumble.

Practice Matches

East Ringwood Unknown Unknown

Premiership Season

1 St. Kilda LOSS33-109
2 HawthornLOSS29-56
3 RichmondLOSS80-123
4 South MelbourneLOSS89-119
5 CarltonLOSS32-79
6 CollingwoodLOSS57-90
7 EssendonWIN94-60
8 FootscrayLOSS50-71
9 North MelbourneLOSS36-65
10 FitzroyWIN83-25
11 GeelongLOSS75-93
12 St. KildaLOSS42-85
13 HawthornWIN151-59
14 RichmondLOSS72-97
15 South MelbourneLOSS109-125
16 CarltonLOSS70-99
17 CollingwoodLOSS84-141
18 EssendonLOSS49-84


St. Kilda1404142.856
North Melbourne711093.730
South Melbourne701198.728

Playing List

1 Rob Foster 30
2 Robert Stewart 70
3 Sid Catlin 31
3 Maurie Bartlett 46
4 Peter Smith 85
5 Neil Crompton 20
6 Frank Davis 130
7 Graham Osborne 711
8 Tassie Johnson 182
9 Brian Dixon 110
10 Ken Emselle 1418
11 Tony Anderson 50
14 Barry Bourke 1514
15 Stan Alves 182
16 John Townsend 10
17 Jeff Chapman 22
18 Neville Stone 1613
19 Terry Leahy 186
20 Graeme Jacobs 11
21 Ed Burston 813
22 Bryan Kenneally 183
23 Graham Wise 10
24 Ross Dillon 63
25 Kerry Rattray 72
26 Frank Vearing 64
29 Hassa Mann 1419
30 Ken Rowe 90
31 Ray Groom 167
32 Barrie Vagg 1620
34 Bob Russell 20
35 Don Williams 180
36 Kerry Ryan 11
37 Bernie Massey 160
38 Rob Dowsing 12
39 Rick Feldmann 60
40 Gary Wynd 21
42 John Hamilton 20
44 Les Harrison 31
45 John Quirk 32
46 Adrian Bowden 140
49 John Murnane 50
50 Ken Jungwirth 45
51 Ken Osborne 20
52 Bob Langford 21
53 Tony Hirst 21
53/34 Brent Jones 104

Night Series

1 Richmond WIN73-70
SF Hawthorn LOSS60-88

Best and Fairest

1st Terry Leahy
2nd Tassie Johnson
3rd Hassa Mann
4th Ray Groom
5th Barry Bourke

Other Awards
Outstanding Service - Ray Groom and Barry Bourke


Round 7 Tassie Johnson Striking Not Guilty
Round 8 Reserves Bob Langford Throwing opponent to ground after mark Unknown
Round 8 Reserves Bob Langford Striking Unknown

Round 14 | Neville Stone | Striking |Not Guilty||


1966 Reserves Season
Captain - Peter McLean
Best and Fairest - Frank Vearing
Second Best and Fairest - Rick Feldmann
Outstanding service - Tony Hirst, Brent Jones, Gary Wynd

Richmond lost three wins for fielding an unregistered player

Under 19s

1966 Under 19s Season
Best and Fairest - John Callery
Second Best and Fairest - Greg Smith
Best Clubman - P. Kingston
Outstanding Service - Rod Orr, Neville Stone


Richmond lost seven wins and were replaced in the finals by South Melbourne for fielding an unregistered player.


Best and Fairest - K. Williams
Second Best and Fairest - S. Goodwin
Outstanding service - Robert McKenzie, R. Mervcich, G. Fraser

Age - [https://news.google.com.au/newspapers?id=BSVVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3ZQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7000%2C4199994|28/01/1966, 18/02/1966,
09/03/1966, 24/03/1966, 28/07/1966
Football Record R1 1966

AFL Tables page
Wikipedia page

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