Coach: John Northey
Captain: Garry Lyon
Finishing Position: 4th
Best and Fairest: Jim Stynes
Leading Goalkicker: Allen Jakovich (71)
Best First Year Player: Allen Jakovich
Major Sponsor: Drake
Financial result: -$351,800
|Matches||Ladder||Playing List||Best and Fairest||Reserves||Under 19s|
The first team to start pre-season training for the year, a week before their rivals, Melbourne travelled to Tasmania for a camp before their first pre-season game. They won that match, but were knocked out of the competition at the second stage.
Melbourne started their season by kicking just two goals in a thumping Round 1 loss to West Coast. It was an unusual start for a year where they ended up setting three of their five all-time largest scores, yet somehow still almost missed the finals. In a year when at various times Darren Bennett, Darren Cuthbertson and Allen Jakovich were putting opposition defenders to the sword, the first round score was the club's lowest of the modern era. Pride was regained the the next week with a thumping win over Fitzroy.
Cuthbertson was the toast of the town for three weeks in late April and early May when he snagged 7, 7 and 5 goals in his fourth, fifth, and sixth senior matches. His star shone brightly but briefly, he battled for just six more goals from ten appearances across the rest of the year. Meanwhile, in the Reserves something big was brewing. After an inauspicious debut in the Round 1 debacle and a single game in Round 10, Allen Jakovich returned to the side in Round 14 and kicked 71 goals for the season - winning both the senior and Reserves goalkicking. His second half of the home and away season included hauls of 11, eight twice, and six twice.
Despite the heroics of Jakovich, the Demons were outside the eight as late as Round 22. A tough win over Footscray the following week ensured that though they had a bye in the last round they would play finals no matter what else happened. Jakovich's run continued in the finals where he snared 8 against Essendon. He backed up with another four in a losing effort against West Coast a week later.
The ((Reserves) lost their second consecutive grand final.
The club made a loss of $351,826 for the year. They were fined $2000 for not completing their trade paperwork before the deadline. Early in the season St Kilda made an offer for Melbourne to share Moorabbin as a training venue, the offer was not accepted.
At the end of the year there was a contested board election, with 13 candidates vying for five positions. The factions were said to be split between loyalty to President Stuart Spencer and Chief Executive Tony King. Spencer was voted off the board at the election. Successful candidates representing the MCG were Keith Cheong, Bill Guest and Steven Smith - with Spencer and Kevin Jones unsuccessful. Football club members voted for Graham Coningsby and Andre Lebowski, unsuccessful candidates were John Monahan, Philip Earle, Bill Balcam and Julian Council.
|Fosters Cup Round 1||Steven Clark||Striking||Not Guilty|
|Round 2||Steve O'Dwyer||Striking||Not Guilty|
|Round 7 1991 Under 19s||Troy Shannon||Unknown||Unknown|
|Round 7 1991 Under 19s||Troy Shannon||Misconduct||Unknown|
|Round 10||Steven Clark||Striking||Not Guilty|
|Round 11 Reserves||Jay Viney||Striking||Unknown|
|Round 12||Garry Lyon||Striking||1 match|
|Round 14 Reserves||Wayne Lamb||Striking||Unknown|
|Round 19||Garry Lyon||Striking||Withdrawn|
|Round 20||Allen Jakovich||Abusive Language||$750 fine|
|Round 22||Steven Clark||Striking||3 matches|
|Round 23||Steve O'Dwyer||Charging||1 match|
|EF||Sean Wight||Charging||1 match|
Age - 17/11/1991
Age - 24/11/1991
Age - 06/12/1991