Captain - Coach: Bert Chadwick
Finishing Position: 3rd (Premiers)
Best and Fairest: n/a
Leading Goalkicker: Harry Moyes (55)
Best First Year Player: n/a
Members: 1822

Matches Ladder Playing List Seconds

Having been through lean times since the formation of the VFL, Melbourne had gone 26 years without a premiership by the time the 1926 season rolled around. At the end of the previous year the football club had demanded greater autonomy from the MCC, and finally managed to win two representatives on the MCC committee and a committee of eight chosen by MCC members to run the football club. The only caveat to the independence was that everyone who was on the committee still had to be an MCC member.

Three of the 1925 committee - S. Church, W. Sykes and HD Westley, were defeated at election before the season. Successfully elected were H. Parkin (346 votes), G. Coulter (309), JO Smith (306), Henty Wilson (270), A. Sowden (253), F. Ince (247) and GH Watson (229). G. Haines (94) and CA Taylor (84) won the vote to be member representatives, defeating S. Hutton (46).

Despite having finished third and made a Preliminary Final the year before the Redlegs were only considered a chance for the top four rather than a genuine premiership contender but when Moyes (55), Johnson (51) and Davie (50) became the first three players from the same team to kick more than fifty goals in a season, the Demons rode their attacking power into the finals where they beat Collingwood before facing them again in the decider.

Henry Harrison, one of the founding fathers of the club, proudly watched from the stands as Melbourne captured their first premiership in more than a quarter of a century. The players celebrated by driving around the streets of Melbourne in open topped cars singing "It's A Grand Old Flag" before repairing to the Bentleigh milkbar of Hugh Dunbar to continue the celebrations.

Former Redleg Bill McClelland became President of the VFL before the season began. He held the position until 1956. Andrew Manzie and Harry Parkin were the club's league delegates.

A verse by committeeman JO Smith called "Will to Win" celebrated the Reds making the Grand Final

''There's a wonderful old player
In the Melbourne side this year
His name's not in the "Record"
But you can bet he's there

He's know as Mr. Will-to-Win
And he dominates the play
At Centre, Back or Forward
You'll find him in the fray

He's great on tear-through tactics,
And loves a willing crush.
And many a game he's won for us
With a great last-quarter rush

Sometimes this year he's been away
And sometimes he's been sick:
He's back and feeling fit and well
And says he's going to stick.

He's not to fond of birds and beasts
And when we have to play
In Tigers' lairs and Magpies' nests
He sometimes stays away

And wires to our committee
That he's got a nasty pain,
But he's made a faithful promise
That it won't occur again.

And when the finals come he says -
That he'll be at his best:
He'll give the Blues the blues again
And paralyse the rest.''

Premiership Season

1 St. KildaWIN92-63
2 CarltonLOSS58-69
3 North MelbourneWIN119-89
4 CollingwoodLOSS79-84
5 RichmondWIN122-89
6 FootscrayWIN105-46
7 South MelbourneWIN88-65
8 EssendonWIN75-69
9 HawthornWIN154-13
10 GeelongLOSS53-67
11 FitzroyWIN99-60
12 St. KildaWIN118-29
13 CarltonWIN90-58
14 North MelbourneWIN70-67
15 CollingwoodLOSS43-93
16 RichmondWIN94-68
17 FootscrayWIN140-68
18 HawthornWIN121-79
SF CollingwoodWIN95-84
PF EssendonWIN42-39
GF CollingwoodWIN119-62


South Melbourne1206118.948
St. Kilda601275.824
North Melbourne011773.72

Playing List

1 Stan Wittman 1620
3 Ted Thomas 181
4 Jim Abernethy 196
5 Ossie Green 201
6 Jim Veal 31
7 Frank Jorgensen 20
8 Herbert White 217
9 Charlie Streeter 210
10 Jack Collins 182
11 Bruce Pie 10
11 Derek Mollison 31
11 Carlyle Jones 22
12 Bob Corbett 200
14 Ivor Warne-Smith 2017
16 Bob Johnson 2050
17 Bert Chadwick 131
18 Percy Tulloh 24
19 Harry Coy 171
21 Tom O'Brien 40
22 Harry Moyes 1955
23 Francis Vine 11
24 Harry Davie 1550
25 Jack Cannan 11
26 Bill Tymms 134
28 Hugh Dunbar 171
29 Jimmy Davidson 134
30 Bert Lawrence 30
31 Col Deane 1816
32 Eric Andersen 22
33 Fred Dick 41
34 Dave Duff 1126
35 Richard Taylor 216


Captain/coach: Jimmy Sullivan
1926 Seconds season

A match was played against 'Tasmania' in late July

Herald - 04/03/1926
Argus - 03/02/1927
Football Record R13 1936

1926 team photo courtesy of grandoldflag.net

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