The 1947 Victorian Football League season was the 51st season of the elite Australian rules football competition.
In 1947, the VFL competition consisted of twelve teams of 18 on-the-field players each, plus two substitute players, known as the 19th man and the 20th man. A player could be substituted for any reason; however, once substituted, a player could not return to the field of play under any circumstances.
Teams played each other in a home-and-away season of 19 rounds; matches 12 to 19 were the "home-and-way reverse" of matches 1 to 8.
Once the 19 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1947 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the Page-McIntyre System.
Carlton defeated Essendon 13.8 (86) to 11.19 (85) in front of a crowd of 85,793 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).The 1947 VFL Premiership team was Carlton.
The VFL‘s leading goalkicker was Fred Fanning of Melbourne with 97 goals.
The winner of the 1947 Brownlow Medal was Bert Deacon of Carlton with 20 votes.
St Kilda took the “wooden spoon” in 1947.
The seconds premiership was won by North Melbourne. North Melbourne 16.13 (109) defeated Richmond 14.10 (94) in the Grand Final, played as a curtain-raiser to the senior Grand Final on Saturday 27 September at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
In Round 2, South Melbourne returned to the Lake Oval for the first time since 1941 after it was vacated by the military and had its grandstand rebuilt; this was the final home ground change related to World War II.
At the first bounce, at the very start of the round 5 match between Hawthorn and Richmond, Richmond ruckman Laurie Taylor punched the ball an amazing 40 yards and dislocated his shoulder.
Richmond champion Jack Titus, having retired early in the 1946 VFA season, having scored 1159 goals in his senior career of 294 games with Richmond (1926–1943), 23 games with Coburg (1945–1946), and 14 games for Victoria (1929–1934, 1936), played one match for the Richmond Second Eighteen when it was short of players at the age of 39 and scored 12 goals against North Melbourne.
In round 6, with North Melbourne trailing Essendon by 44 points at three quarter time, North Melbourne captain Les Foote moved into the ruck and almost single-handedly led a come-back which ended with an eight-point victory to North Melbourne: North Melbourne 15.12 (102) to Essendon 14.10 (94).
Western Australia defeated Victoria 16.10 (106) to 14.17 (101) at the Tenth ANFC Carnival in Tasmania. Also, in a challenge match, a combined South Australian and Western Australian team defeated the Victorian team 21.14 (140) to 19.15 (129).
In the final round and his last league match before accepting a coaching job in the Western District, Melbourne’s Fred Fanning kicked 18 goals 1 behind. This broke Gordon Coventry’s Round 12, 1930 record for the most goals by one player in a VFL match, and still stands today.
Carlton won the Grand Final by a point after Fred Stafford kicked a goal just before the final bell.