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1977

Coach: Bob Skilton
Captain: Greg Wells
Finishing Position: 11th
Best and Fairest: Robert Flower
Leading Goalkicker: Ross Brewer (26)
Best First Year Player: Tom Flower
Major Sponsor: Mayne Nickless

Matches Ladder Playing List Best and Fairest Best and Fairest Under 19s
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Image There were high hopes for the 1977 Demons who had missed the 1976 finals only because Footscray and Carlton somehow contrived to draw their last game at Princes Park. For the first time they adopted an official logo (left), which would be used until the end of 1988.

Before the year the club participated in a Footy Olympics carnival, finishing seventh of the 12 teams. Competitors included Peter Keays (4x 100m ball relay), Robert Flower (steeplechase) and Ted Carroll (1500 metres)

The season started badly when the club were forced off the MCG before the season until the conclusion of the centennary cricket test on March 17. They instead trained at Waverley. It didn't get much better from there. In May Stan Alves won his clearance to North Melbourne, and the Kangaroos didn't have to pay Melbourne a cent - a far cry from the $40,000 they were asking.

Image The side which had to consider itself one of the unluckiest ever to miss the finals the season before was expected to challenge again but didn't win a game until Round 8 and narrowly avoided the wooden spoon thanks to a St. Kilda side who drew two games during the year. Despite conjecture at the end of the season about the possibility of Alex Jesaulenko crossing to Melbourne to replace Skilton as coach this didn't eventuate. The coach made his decision to resign midway through the year, revealing it to his players in mid-July and criticising a lack of dedication and effort for the side's drop in form.

That year's VFL Grand Final featured a number of past or future Demons. The Ron Barassi coached North Melbourne lined up with Peter Keenan, Stan Alves, Bill Nettlefold, Brent Crosswell and Xavier Tanner while Collingwood had Peter Moore and Wayne Gordon. None of the six players ever played in a final during their time at Melbourne.

Club patrons were Sir Henry Bolte and Lord Mayor D. Osborne. Reg Geary was Melbourne's VFL delegate.

Practice Matches

OppositionResult
Hawthorn LOSS109-112
Richmond LOSS107-141

HSV-7/AMCO Cup Night Series

RoundOppositionResult
1 Essendon WIN71-39
QF Carlton LOSS81-103

Premiership Season

RoundOppositionResultScore
1 South Melbourne LOSS72-141
2 Footscray LOSS95-116
3 North Melbourne LOSS102-105
4 Essendon LOSS120-124
5 Richmond LOSS102-131
6 Geelong LOSS93-143
7 Carlton LOSS96-116
8 Fitzroy WIN140-92
9 St. KildaWIN132-127
10 HawthornLOSS115-127
11 CollingwoodLOSS86-119
12 South MelbourneLOSS64-70
13 FootscrayLOSS51-102
14 Essendon WIN70-59
15 North MelbourneLOSS76-127
16 RichmondWIN90-71
17 GeelongLOSS108-134
18 CarltonLOSS46-113
19 FitzroyLOSS84-146
20 St. KildaWIN175-104
21 HawthornLOSS99-110
22 Collingwood LOSS101-115

Ladder

WDL%P
Collingwood1804130.772
Hawthorn1705133.668
North Melbourne1507117.860
Richmond1417113.758
South Melbourne1318110.654
Carlton1309111.952
Footscray10111101.442
Geelong801482.732
Essendon711482.830
Fitzroy601683.824
Melbourne501785.020
St. Kilda321773.516

Playing List

NumberPlayerGamesGoals
1 Gary Baker 1718
2 Robert Flower 2023
3 Barry Tippett 76
4 Tony Sullivan 180
5 Chris Aitken 30
5 Des Campbell 84
6 Ross Brewer 1926
7 Barry Denny 40
8 Peter Johnston 51
9 Laurie Fowler 1712
10 Craig McKellar 187
11 Greg Wells 2123
12 Marty Lyons 44
12 Barry Norsworthy 65
13 Henry Coles 1422
14 Michael Byrne 34
15 Daryl Cumming 107
16 Peter Keays 100
17 Shane Grambeau 190
18 Maurice Wingate 50
19 Ray Biffin 1220
20 Brian Cook 4 0
20 Paul Hurst 21
21 Allan Davis 2010
22 Frank Giampaolo 122
23 Shane Fitzsimmons 85
24 Graham Osborne 136
26 John Sparks 54
27 Colin Graham 2020
28 Anthony Dullard 1824
29 Andrew Moir 52
30 Peter Hamilton 110
32 Robert Walters 11
33 Gary Hardeman 2110
34 Tom Flower 118
35 Steven Smith 1110
37 Ted Carroll 103
38 Peter O'Keefe 20
39 Mark Alves 41
41 Chris Woodman 66
43 Greg Hutchison 121
48 Brett Marchant 40

Best and Fairest

PlayerVotes
1st Robert Flower 104
2nd Shane Grambeau 92
3rd Greg Wells 76
4th Gary Hardeman 76
5th Laurie Fowler 72
6th Colin Graham 52

Other Awards
Redlegs Trophy - Robert Flower
Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Round 5 Henry Coles Striking 2 weeks
Round 15 Under 19s Peter Thorne ChargingUnknown
Round 19 Henry Coles Striking 2 weeks

Reserves

1977 Reserves Season
Captain - Des Campbell
Vice-Captain - Frank Giampaolo
Best and Fairest - Peter Keays
Second Best and Fairest - Frank Giampaolo
Special Awards - Brian Cook, Brett Marchant, Des Campbell
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Finals

RoundOppositionResultScore
EF FootscrayLOSS70-122

Under 19s

Best and Fairest - Geoff Hayes
Second Best and Fairest - Phillip Mehrten
Special Awards - Kelvin Richards, Damien Caddaye, Paul Thompson
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Under 17s

Best and Fairest - Tony Elshaug
Second Best and Fairest - Clinton Love
Special Awards - Robert MacKay, Wayne Mobbs, Con Galileos

Media
Age - 21/02/1977
Age - 14/05/1977
Age - 13/07/1977

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