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1926 VFL season

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Highest attendance  50,662
Premier  Melbourne Football Club
Matches played  112
Start date  1926
Teams  12
1926 VFL season
Premiers  Melbourne (2nd premiership)
Minor premiers  Collingwood (8th minor premiership)
Leading Goalkicker Medallist  Gordon Coventry (Collingwood)
Brownlow Medallist  Ivor Warne-Smith (Melbourne)
Similar  1929 VFL season, 1934 VFL season, 1931 VFL season, 1947 VFL season, 1923 VFL season

The 1926 Victorian Football League season was the 30th season of the elite Australian rules football competition.


Premiership season

In 1926, the VFL competition consisted of twelve teams of 18 on-the-field players each, with no "reserves", although any of the 18 players who had left the playing field for any reason could later resume their place on the field at any time during the match.

Teams played each other in a home-and-away season of 18 rounds; matches 12 to 17 were the "home-and-way reverse" of matches 1 to 6, and match 18 the "home-and-away reverse" of match 9.

Once the 18 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1926 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the amended "Argus system".


All of the 1926 finals were played at the MCG so the home team in the Semi Finals and Preliminary Final is purely the higher ranked team from the ladder but in the Grand Final the home team was the team that won the Preliminary Final.

Grand final

Melbourne defeated Collingwood 17.17 (119) to 9.8 (62), in front of a crowd of 59,362 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).


  • The 1926 VFL Premiership team was Melbourne.
  • The VFL's leading goalkicker was Gordon Coventry of Collingwood with 83 goals; a VFL record.
  • The winner of the 1926 Brownlow Medal was Ivor Warne-Smith of Melbourne with 9 votes.
  • North Melbourne took the "wooden spoon" in 1926.
  • The seconds premiership was won by Carlton. Carlton 14.11 (95) defeated Geelong 5.13 (43) in the challenge Grand Final, played as a curtain raiser to the firsts Grand Final on 9 October at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
  • Notable events

  • In order to ensure that each team had nine home games in every season, the 17 game home-and-away season of 1925 was extended to 18 matches in 1926.
  • Following the retirement due to ill-health of Sir Baldwin Spencer, former Melbourne footballer, club doctor, and VFL delegate Dr. William C. McClelland becomes President of the VFL. He serves from 1926 to 1956.
  • Half way through the 1924 season, Carlton's champion Horrie Clover retired as a player due to a serious illness. He was subsequently appointed Secretary of the Carlton Club and, as well, he was made a member of the VFL's Umpire and permit Committee. By the start of 1926, Clover's health had improved to the extent that he resumed his career with Carlton, playing another 78 senior games from 1926 to 1931. Due to the perceived conflict of interest, he was made to resign from the VFL Committee.
  • As the players were walking off the field for their half-time break in the Preliminary Final, the Melbourne centreman Bob Corbett was viciously king-hit from behind, suffering a broken jaw; Essendon's Charlie May was subsequently suspended for all of 1927 for the incident. With no replacements allowed, Melbourne were forced to continue with 17 men and were gamely defending against the Essendon onslaught in the last quarter when, with only minutes to go in the match, a barely conscious Corbett staggered out onto the field with his head swathed in bandages, and took up his position in the centre, freeing up Ivor Warne-Smith to lead the Melbourne attack. In a mark of respect for Corbett's great courage, Essendon tough-man and rugged full-back Harry Hunter, who was racing up the ground towards the Essendon goals, saw a battered Corbett standing in his way. Under normal circumstances, Hunter, who was known to take no prisoners, would have run straight through Corbett; however, in what was described as an act of great chivalry by a sportsman and a gentleman, Hunter sidestepped Corbett, and delivered the ball down the ground through another avenue. Melbourne won 6.6 (42) to Essendon's 5.9 (39). The king-hit led to strong calls for substitute replacement players.
  • References

    1926 VFL season Wikipedia

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