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From the files of Demonwiki - The Last Hurrah looks at the story of the Melbourne Football Club’s last winning Grand Final, and the fall from grace that has left the club without a premiership since.
From the mid 1950s, Melbourne, led by the legendary Norm Smith, dominated the Victorian Football League like no other club before or since. From 1954 to 1964, the Demons competed in 11 finals series, played in eight Grand Finals, winning six. Year after year the club was able to recruit new stars, as other left or retired.
The 1964 Grand Final victory, achieved after a last-minute goal by back-pocket player Neil Crompton, turned out to be not only the end of this dominant era, but also the beginning of a black hole of success for the club. In the 56 years since, Melbourne has made just two Grand Finals, both thrashings.
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