The Melbourne Cricket Ground

THE MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND

Although the Melbourne Cricket Club members were instrumental in founding Australian Football, there were understandable concerns in the early days about the damage that might be done to the playing surface if football was allowed to be played at the ground; therefore football games were often played in the adjacent parklands.
The first documented game, played between Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College over three Saturdays beginning 7 August 1858, was played in this area.

In 1879 the first night game was played here, between Collingwood Rifles and East Melbourne Artillery.

In 1889 the Melbourne Cricket Club assumed total control of the Melbourne Football Club, moving its games from the separate ground to the MCG.

The first VFL game to be played here was on 15 May 1897, with Melbourne beating Geelong 64 to 19.

In 1902, the first VFL grand final was played here, with Collingwood defeating Essendon 60 to 27.

Opened in 1853, has a current official capacity of 100,024, making it the tenth largest stadium in the world

Despite being called the Melbourne Cricket Ground the stadium has been used much more often for Australian rules football.

Spectator numbers for football are larger than for any other sport in Australia, and it makes more money for the MCG than any of the other sports played there.

 The AFL came to an agreement that ensures at least 45 games are played at the MCG each year.

In April 2018 it was announced that ‘ The G ’ would continue to host the Grand Final until at least 2057.

The Grand Final has been played at the MCG every season since 1902, except in 1924 when no Grand Final was held because of the season's round-robin finals format; during World War II when the ground was used by the military; and in 1991, as the construction of the Great Southern Stand had temporarily reduced the ground's capacity below that of Waverley Park.
All three Grand Final Replays have been played at the MCG, in 1948, 1977, and 2010.

Before the ground was fully seated, the Grand Final could draw attendances above 110,000 (they are now typically between 95,000 and 100,000). The record for the highest attendance in the history of the sport was set in the 1970 VFL Grand Final, with 121,696 in attendance.

In the modern era, most finals games held in Melbourne have been played at the MCG. Under the current contract, ten finals (excluding the Grand Final) must be played at the MCG over a five-year period. Under previous contracts, the MCG was entitled to host at least one match in each week of the finals, which on several occasions required non-Victorian clubs to play "home" finals in Victoria.

AFL CLUBS @ ‘ THE G ’

Occupancy of the MCG is shared equally between football (April to September) and cricket (October to March), although by mutual agreement the sports’ controlling bodies may vary arrangements slightly from time to time.

The MCC has a long-term agreement with the AFL to schedule a minimum of 45 home‑and‑away matches annually, plus a minimum number of finals matches – including the grand final.

 

Essendon were briefly based at the MCG after shiting from Windy Hill in 1991, although administration and training were kept at Windy hill until 2013.

 

Richmond first proposed a move to the MCG in 1955 from Punt Road Oval when a remapping of the cities roads caused a big cut into the Punt Road Outer, and as a result it was thought the ground was unlikely to be able to host a decent crowd. The move was completed in 1960.

 

North Melbourne moved to the MCG in 1985 from Arden Street, while retaining training and administration at its traditional home. Its present status is somewhat nebulous, it has no contract at Docklands or the MCG, but plays all its Melbourne home games at Docklands.

 

Collingwood began to move to the MCG in 1994. By 1997, they were playing 9 games a year here, and by 1999, they were playing all their home games at the ground. They are presently a home team at the MCG, with the current contract requiring they play 14 games a season at the ground to make up for a loss of finals.

 

Hawthorn moved to the MCG in 2000 with the closure of Waverly Park. Other than games sold to Tasmania, Hawthorn remains a tenant at the MCG.

 

Carlton began playing blockbuster matches against the likes of Collingwood and Essendon at the MCG in the 80s and 90s, and while officially a tenant at Docklands, is contracted to play 5 games a year at the MCG.

STATISTICS

most games played
200 Kevin Bartlett
193 Scott Pendlebury
186 Dustin Fletcher
169 David Neitz
165 Nathan Jones
164 Wayne Campbell
163 Dane Swan
160 Travis Cloke
155 Sam Mitchell
155 Jordan Lewis
153 Matthew Knights
152 Adem Yze
152 Matthew Richardson
152 Luke Hodge
152 Jack Riewoldt
151 Steele Sidebottom
most goals scored
464 Matthew Richardson
461 Matthew Lloyd
386 David Neitz
380 Wayne Carey
379 Kevin Bartlett
342 Jack Riewoldt
334 Lance Franklin
329 Saverio Rocca
303 Travis Cloke
291 Gary Ablett Sr
289 John Longmire
269 Jarryd Roughead
265 Michael Roach
258 Garry Lyon
242 Russell Robertson
242 Norm Smith

At the end of the home-and-away season 2019, Matthew Richardson (Richmond) holds the records for having scored the most goals on the MCG, and Kevin Bartlett (Richmond) holds the record for playing the most matches at the ground.

most goals in a game
14 1989 Gary Ablett Sr Geelong v Richmond
14 1990 John Longmire North Melb v Melbourne
14 1993 Gary Ablett Sr Geelong v Essendon
13 1999 Matthew Lloyd Essendon v Sydney
12 1992 Jason Dunstall Hawthorn v Richmond
12 1992 Jason Dunstall Hawthorn v Essendon
12 1990 John Longmire North Melb v Richmond
12 1990 Gary Ablett Sr Geelong v Richmond
12 1987 Tony Lockett St Kilda v Melbourne
12 1941 Norm Smith Melbourne v Footscray
12 1935 Ted Freyer Essendon v Melbourne
12 1933 Bob Johnson Melbourne v Hawthorn
12 1931 George Margitich Melbourne v North Melb
most disposals in a game (1965-2019)
54 2018 Tom Mitchell Hawthorn v Collingwood
53 2012 Gary Ablett Jr Gold Coast v Collingwood
51 2019 Lachie Neale Brisbane Lions v Richmond
50 2017 Tom Mitchell Hawthorn v Collingwood
49 2012 Dane Swan Collingwood v Hawthorn
48 2009 Dane Swan Collingwood v Port Adelaide
48 1981 Peter Featherby Geelong v Melbourne
48 1980 Greg Wells Melbourne v Fitzroy
46 1980 Robert Wiley Richmond v Carlton
45 2011 Dane Swan Collingwood v Essendon
45 2008 Matt Priddis West Coast v Hawthorn
45 2008 Peter Burgoyne Port Adelaide v North Melb
45 2006 Scott West Western Bulldogs v Adelaide

Two players have scored 14 goals in one match at the MCG: Gary Ablett Sr (Geelong) in 1989 and 1993, and John Longmire (North Melbourne) in 1990, who kicked a North Melbourne record of twelve goals against Richmond, which he broke twelve weeks later when he kicked fourteen goals in round 14 against Melbourne.

games at the melbourne cricket ground (1897-2019)
Team Played Won Drawn Lost
eee Essendon  475 269 9 197
hhh Hawthorn  364 209 1 154
rrr Richmond  729 402 8 319
ggg Geelong  335 180 1 154
ccc Collingwood  636 336 8 292
mmm Melbourne  1218 625 9 584
nnn North Melbourne  350 175 5 170
ccc Carlton  432 201 5 226
fff Fitzroy  165 72 2 91
ppp Port Adelaide  47 20 1 26
sss Sydney  229 94 2 133
www West Coast  85 35 0 50
www Western Bulldogs  210 85 1 124
aaa Adelaide  73 29 1 43
sss St Kilda  226 84 4 138
fff Fremantle  53 18 0 35
bbb Brisbane  52 15 1 36
ggg Gold Coast  14 3 0 11
ggg Greater Western Sydney  18 3 0 15
bbb Brisbane Bears  26 3 0 23
grand final venues (1897-2019)
year grand final venue
1897 No grand final
1898, 1899 Junction Oval
1900 East Melbourne Cricket Ground
1901 Lake Oval, Albert Park
1902 to 1923 MCG
1924 No grand final
1925 to 1941 MCG
1942, 1943 Princes Park
1944 Junction Oval
1945 Princes Park
1946 to 1990 MCG
1991 Waverley Park
1992 to the present MCG

THE NORM SMITH MEDAL

 Named in honour of Norm Smith, a former six-time premiership coach for Melbourne, is an award presented annually to the player adjudged the best on ground in the Grand Final.

It was first presented in the 1979 VFL Grand Final, and was won by Wayne Harmes, playing in Carlton's premiership victory against Collingwood.

norm smith medal winners (1979-2019)
Year Recipient Club
1979 Wayne Harmes
1980 Kevin Bartlett
1981 Bruce Doull
1982 Maurice Rioli
1983 Colin Robertson
1984 Billy Duckworth
1985 Simon Madden
1986 Gary Ayres
1987 David Rhys‑Jones
1988 Gary Ayres
1989 Gary Ablett Sr
1990 Tony Shaw
1991 Paul Dear
1992 Peter Matera
1993 Michael Long
1994 Dean Kemp
1995 Greg Williams
1996 Glenn Archer
1997 Andrew McLeod
1998 Andrew McLeod
1999 Shannon Grant
2000 James Hird
2001 Shaun Hart
2002 Nathan Buckley
2003 Simon Black
2004 Byron Pickett
2005 Chris Judd
2006 Andrew Embley
2007 Steve Johnson
2008 Luke Hodge
2009 Paul Chapman
2010 Lenny Hayes
2010 Scott Pendlebury
2011 Jimmy Bartel
2012 Ryan O'Keefe
2013 Brian Lake
2014 Luke Hodge
2015 Cyril Rioli
2016 Jason Johannisen
2017 Dustin Martin
2018 Luke Shuey
2019 Dustin Martin

the award

The award is usually won by a player on the winning team in the Grand Final; only four players have received the award as members of the losing teams: Maurice Rioli in 1982, Gary Ablett Sr. in 1989, Nathan Buckley in 2002 and Chris Judd in 2005.

Four players, Gary Ayres (1986 and 1988), Andrew McLeod (1997 and 1998), Luke Hodge (2008 and 2014), and Dustin Martin (2017 and 2019) have each won the award twice.

The club with the most Norm Smith Medal wins is Hawthorn, with eight awards won by players representing the team.

voting

The winner is voted on by a five-member panel consisting of former players, journalists and media personalities, with one member designated as the chair.

Each panellist independently awards 3 votes, 2 votes and 1 vote to the players they regard as the best, second best and third best in the match respectively. These votes are tallied, and the highest number of combined votes wins the medal.

There is no chance of a tie for the medal; if two players are tied for votes, the following countbacks will apply in order:

  1. the player with the higher number of three-votes
  2. the player with the higher number of two-votes
  3. the player deemed best by the panel chair

In some years judges were required to lodge their decisions prior to the completion of the match, to ensure votes were compiled in time for the ceremony.

This was changed following the 2002 AFL Grand Final, after Michael Voss had five crucial possessions in the last five minutes of the close game which could have swayed the voting, but eventually placed fourth behind Nathan Buckley.

After the match, three of the five judges suggested they would have voted differently if they had lodged their votes after the final siren.

presentation

The medal is presented in a post-match ceremony held immediately after the conclusion of the match. Since 2004, former Norm Smith medallists have presented the award, in the order of the year in which they won; as of 2017, Gary Ablett Sr. is the only former winner to decline presenting the award.

LEGENDS

The Hall of Fame has a special category of inductees known as Legends.
Individuals are selected for Legend status if they have had a particularly significant positive impact on the game of Australian Football.

Darrel Baldock (St Kilda)
29/9/1938
Inducted: 1996 Elevated to Legend: 2006
His skill with the football was unmatched. Could play at centre half-forward despite his small stature. Captained St Kilda to its only flag in 1966.
Playing career: 1962-1968
Games: 119 Goals: 237
Player honors: Equal 2nd Brownlow Medal (equal) 1963, Equal 3rd Brownlow Medal 1965; club best and fairest 1962, 1963, 1965; club leading goalkicker 1962- 1965; club captain; 1963-1968; premiership 1966; All-Australian 1961, 1966; St K Team of the Century (captain); Victoria (10 games, 23 goals).
Coaching record: St K 1987-89 (62 games, 18 wins, 44 losses).

Ron Barassi (Melbourne/Carlton)
DOB: 27/2/1936.
Inducted: 1996. Elevated to Legend: 1996
One of the most determined players ever to play the game, Barassi did not know how to accept defeat. His attack on the football and inspired leadership made him a football great. He took that passion for the contest into his coaching, willing his players to perform at their best.
Playing career: 1953-1969 (Melb 1953-1964, Carl 1965-1969)
Games: 254 (Melb 204, Carl 50) Goals: 330 (Melb 295 Carl 35)
Player honors: Melb best and fairest 1961, 1964; Melb leading goalkicker 1958 (equal), 1959; captain Melb 1960-1964; Melb premierships 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964; All-Australian 1956, 1958, 1961.
Coaching record: Carlton 1965-1971 (147 games, 99 wins, 47 losses, 1 draw), premierships 1968, 1970. North Melbourne 1973-1980 (198 games, 129 wins, 66 losses, 3 draws), premierships 1975, 1977. Melbourne 1981-1985 (110 games, 33 wins, 77 losses); Sydney 1993-1995 (59 games 59, 13 wins, 46 losses).

Kevin Bartlett (Richmond)
6/3/1947
Inducted: 1996. Elevated to Legend: 2000
Brilliant rover and goalkicker who was known as ‘Hungry’ because of his unwillingness to handball. Evasive and with great stamina, he could win a game off his own boot.
Playing career: 1965-1983
Games: 403 Goals: 778
Player honors: 2nd in Brownlow Medal 1977, 3rd in Brownlow Medal 1974; club best and fairest 1967, 1968, 1973, 1974, 1977; club leading goalkicker 1974, 1975, 1977, 1983; captain 1979, premierships 1967, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1980; Norm Smith Medal 1980.
Coaching record: Richmond 1988-1991 (88 games, 27 wins, 61 losses).

Haydn Bunton senior (Fitzroy/Subiaco/Port Adelaide Magpies)
5/7/1911-5/9/1955
Inducted: 1996 Elevated to Legend: 1996
Champion rover through the Depression years. A brilliant runner and ball-winner.
Playing career: 1931-1942; 1945 (Fitzroy 1931-1937, 1942, Subiaco 1938-1941, PA 1945)
Games: 208 (Fitz 119, Sub 72, PA 17) Goals: 427 (Fitz 207, Sub 190, PA 30)
Player honors: Brownlow Medal 1931, 1932, 1935, 2nd in Brownlow Medal 1934; Sandover Medal 1938, 1939, 1941; Fitz best and fairest 1934, 1935; Fitz leading goalkicker 1936, 1937; Fitz captain 1932, 1936, 1937.
Coaching record: Fitzroy 1936 (18 games, 2 wins, 16 losses)

Roy Cazaly (St Kilda/South Melbourne)
13/1/1893-10/10/1963
Inducted: 1996 Elevated to Legend: 1996
Legendary ruckman whose name was invoked as a catchcry on the battlefields in World War II. His spectacular leaping and strong ruckwork made him an awesome player.
Playing career: 1911-1927 (St K 1911-1915, 1918-1920, SM 1921-1924, 1926-1927).
Games: 198 (St K 99, SM 99) Goals: 167 (St K 39, SM 128)
Player honors: St K best and fairest 1918; SM best and fairest 1923; SM leading goalkicker 1921, 1922.
Coaching record: South Melbourne 1937-1938 (36 games, 8 wins, 27 losses, 1 draw); Hawthorn 1942-1943 (30 games, 10 wins, 20 losses).

John Coleman (Essendon)
28/11/1928-5/4/1973
Inducted: 1996 Elevated to Legend: 1996
Champion full-forward who was a high-flying goalkicking genius. His strength one-on-one was brilliant and he was not intimidated by any opponent. His playing career was tragically cut short by a knee injury.
Playing career: 1949-1954
Games: 98 Goals: 537
Player honors: club best and fairest 1949; club leading goalkicker 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954; VFL leading goalkicker 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953; premierships 1949, 1950; All-Australian 1953.
Coaching record: Essendon 1961-1967 (134 games, 91 wins, 40 losses, 3 draws), premierships 1962, 1965.

Gordon Coventry (Collingwood)
25/9/1901-7/11/1968
Inducted: 1996 Elevated to Legend: 1998
Greatest goalkicker in the game’s history until Sydney player Tony Lockett broke his record in 1999. A hero during Collingwood’s most successful era, he accumulated goals at an incredible rate. His strength was his major asset in turning opportunities into goals.
Playing career: 1920-1937
Games: 306 Goals: 1299
Player honors: club best and fairest 1933; club leading goalkicker 1922-1937; VFL leading goalkicker 1926-1930, 1937; premierships 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935.

Jack Dyer (Richmond)
15/11/1913-23/8/2003
Inducted: 1996 Elevated to Legend: 1996
In football folklore is one of the toughest players to have played the game. His name is synonymous with Richmond where his fighting spirit and fierce determination is legendary. A great ruckman and inspirational leader.
Playing career: 1931-1949
Games: 312 Goals: 443
Player honors: club best and fairest 1932, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1946; club leading goalkicker 1947, 1948; premierships 1934, 1943.
Coaching record: Richmond 1941-1952 (225 games, 134 wins, 89 losses, 2 draws), premiership 1943.

Graham Farmer (Geelong/East Perth/West Perth)
10/3/1935
Inducted: 1996 Elevated to Legend: 1996
Became a rucking giant after crossing from Western Australia. His tap-outs were attacking and his handball revolutionised the game in Victoria. Also capable of playing for much of his career with injury. A great leader.
Playing career: 1953-1971 (East Perth 1953-1961, Geelong 1962-1967, West Perth 1968-1971).
Games: 356 (East Perth 176, Geel 101, West Perth 79) Goals: (East Perth NA, Geel 65, West Perth 55)
Player honors: Sandover Medal 1956, 1957, 1960; 2nd in Brownlow Medal 1963 (equal); Geel best and fairest 1963, 1964; Geel premiership 1963; EP best and fairest 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961; EP premierships 1956, 1958, 1959; WP best and fairest 1969; WP premierships 1969, 1971 (captain-coach); All-Australian 1956, 1958, 1961.
Coaching record: Geelong 1973-1975 (66 games, 24 wins, 42 losses).

Peter Hudson (Hawthorn)
19/2/1946
Inducted: 1996 Elevated to Legend: 1999
A freakish full-forward who just kept accumulating goals. Made brilliant use of the body, was deadly accurate and had an amazing ability to read the play. Holds the best goals per game average (5.59) in VFL/AFL history and in 1971 matched Bob Pratt’s record for most goals in a season with 150.
Playing career: 1967-1974, 1977
Games: 129 Goals: 727
Player honors: 2nd in Brownlow Medal 1971 (equal); club best and fairest 1968, 1970; club leading goalkicker 1967-1971, 1977; VFL leading goalkicker 1968, 1970, 1971, 1977; premiership 1971; All-Australian 1966, 1969.

Bill Hutchison (Essendon)
28/4/1923-18/6/1982
Inducted: 1996  Elevated to Legend: 2003
Fit and fearless and creative rover who was a key figure in Essendon’s golden era. Possessed explosive pace, great indurance and exceptional kicking skills.
Playing career: 1942-1957
Games: 290. Goals: 496
Player honors: 30 games for Victoria & 67 goals; premiership 1942, 1946, 1949, 1950; All Australian 1953, 1956; Brownlow Medal 1952, 1953; 2nd in Brownlow Medal 1955, 3rd in Brownlow Medal 1948, 1951; club best & fairest 1946, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956. Club leading goalkicker 1948; club team of the century; club captain 1951-1957; Victorian captain 1953, 1956

Alex Jesaulenko (Carlton/St Kilda)
2/8/1945
Inducted: 1996  Elevated to Legend: 2008
Freakish skills made him one of the most exciting footballers of all time. A spectacular mark, remarkably he did not play Australian football until the age of 14.
Playing career: 1967-1981 (Carl 1967-1979, St K 1980-1981)
Games: 279 (Carl 256, St K 23) Goals: 444 (Carl 424, St K 20)
Player honors: 3rd in Brownlow Medal 1967, 1970, 1975 (equal); Carlton Best & Fairest 1975; Carlton leading goalkicker 1969, 1970, 1971; captain Carlton 1975-1976, 1978-1979; premierships Carl 1968, 1970, 1972, 1979 (captain-coach); AFL Team of the Century; Carlton Team of the Century; All-Australian 1969, 1972; Victoria (15 games, 37 goals).
Coaching record: Carlton 1978-1979, 1989-1990 (76 games, 53 wins, 22 losses, 1 draw); premiership 1979; St Kilda 1980-1982 (64 games, 13 wins, 49 losses, 2 draws).

James 'Jock' McHale
12/12/1882 - 4/10/1953
Inducted: 1996 Elevated to Legend: 2005
His record-and longevity-suggests he is the greatest football coach of all time. Played in the 1910 premiership side then coached the Magpies to eight premierships, including an unprecedented four in succession between 1927 and 1930.
Playing career: Coll 1903-1918; 1920 (261 games, 18 goals).
Player honors: Collingwood premierships 1910, 1917.
Coaching record: Collingwood captain-coach 1912-1913, playing coach 1914-1917, coach 1918-1949 (714 games, 467 wins, 237 losses, 10 draws), premierships 1917, 1919, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1936; Collingwood Team of the Century (coach).

Leigh Matthews (Hawthorn)
1/3/1952
Inducted: 1996 Elevated to Legend: 1996
The toughest player of his era, he could turn a game in a flash. Few players were as capable of lifting another gear so regularly and destroying opponents.
Playing career: 1969-1985
Games: 332 Goals: 915
Player honors: 3rd in Brownlow Medal 1973, 1982; club best and fairest 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982; club leading goalkicker 1973, 1975, 1981-1984; VFL leading goalkicker 1975; club captain 1981-1985; premierships 1971, 1976, 1978, 1983 (captain); All-Australian 1972, 1982, 1983.
Coaching record: Collingwood 1986-1995 (224 games, 125 wins, 94 losses, 5 draws); premiership 1990. Brisbane Lions 1999-2008 (237 games, 142 wins, 92 losses, 3 draws); premierships 2001-2003.

John Nicholls (Carlton)
13/8/1939
Inducted: 1996 Elevated to Legend: 1996
Inspirational leader with intimidating presence who dominated games from the ruck. A huge man, he would feed the ball to his smaller teammates who would lift because of his stature.
Playing career: 1957-1974
Games: 328 Goals: 307
Player honors: 2nd in Brownlow Medal 1966; club best and fairest 1959, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967; captain 1963, 1968-1974; premierships 1968, 1970, 1972 (capt-coach); All-Australian 1966, 1969.
Coaching record: Carlton 1972-1975 (97 games, 63 wins, 31 losses, 3 draws), premiership 1972.

Bob Pratt (South Melbourne)
31/8/1912-6/1/2001
Inducted: 1996 Elevated to Legend: 1996
High-leaping full-forward who kicked a record 150 goals in 1934. Brilliant mark and kick who exuded confidence and spearheaded South Melbourne during a successful era for the club.
Playing career: 1930-1939, 1946
Games: 158 Goals: 681
Player honors: club leading goalkicker 1932-1936, 1939; VFL leading goalkicker 1933-1935; premiership 1933.

Dick Reynolds (Essendon)
20/6/1915-2/9/2002
Inducted: 1996 Elevated to Legend: 1996
The ‘King’ in a dominant Essendon era. His roving skill, leadership and class in using the football was unparalleled. One of four triple Brownlow Medallists.
Playing career: 1933-1951
Games: 320 Goals: 442
Player honors: Brownlow Medal 1934, 1937, 1938, 3rd in Brownlow Medal 1939; club best and fairest 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1942, 1943; club leading goalkicker 1943; captain 1939-1950; premierships 1942, 1946, 1949, 1950.
Coaching record: Essendon 1939-1960 (420 games, 277 wins, 137 losses, 6 draws), premierships 1942, 1946, 1949, 1950.

Barrie Robran (North Adelaide)
25/9/1947
Inducted: 1996 Elevated to Legend: 2001
Regarded as the best player never to play at AFL level, Robran was a star in South Australia.
Playing career: 1967-1976, 1978-1980
Games: 201 Goals: 194
Player honors: Magarey Medal 1968, 1970, 1973; club best and fairest 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973; premierships 1971, 1972.

Bob Skilton (South Melbourne)
8/11/1938
Inducted: 1996 Elevated to Legend: 1996
His skills were the best in the game and his ability to find and use the footy was unmatched. A fair ball player, he embodied many of the game’s finest traditions.
Playing career: 1956-1968, 1970-1971
Games: 237 Goals: 412
Player honors: Brownlow Medal 1959, 1963, 1968, 3rd in Brownlow Medal 1958; club best and fairest 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968; club leading goalkicker 1959, 1962, 1963; captain 1961-1971.
Coaching record: Melbourne 1974-1976 (66 games, 23 wins, 43 losses).

Norm Smith(Melbourne/Fitzroy)
21/11/1915-29/07/1973
Inducted: 1996 Elevated to Legend: 2007
Melbourne's graetest coach and arguably one of the finest the game has seen. Led Melbourne through it's most successful era in the 1950's and 1960's before being sacked in controversial circumstances in 1965.
Playing career: Melbourne 1935-48 (210 games, 546 goals); Fitzroy 1949-50 (17 games, 26 goals).
Player honors: Melb Best & Fairest 1939, 1944; Melb premierships 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948; Melb leading goalkicker 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941; League leading goalkicker 1941 (following finals); Victoria (2 games, 2 goals).
Coaching record: Fitzroy 1949-1951 (55 games, 30 wins, 23 losses, 2 draws); Melbourne 1952-1967 (310 games, 198 wins, 107 losses, 5 draws), premierships 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964; Melb Team of the Century (coach); South Melbourne 1969-1972 (87 games, 26 wins, 61 losses).

Ian Stewart (St Kilda/Richmond)
14/7/1944
Inducted: 1996 Elevated to Legend: 1997
A football genius. Out of the centre, his precision passing, evasive skills and pace made him unstoppable. One of four triple Brownlow Medallists.
Playing career: 1963-1975 (St K 1963-1970, Rich 1971-1975) Games: 205 (St K 127, Rich 78) Goals: 80 (St K 25, Rich 55)
Player honors: Brownlow Medals St K 1965, 1966, Rich 1971; St K best and fairest 1964, 1966; Rich best and fairest 1971; St K captain 1969; St K premiership 1966; Rich premiership 1973; All-Australian 1966.
Coaching record: South Melbourne 1976-1977, 1979-1981 (111 games, 49 wins, 60 losses, 2 draws), Carlton 1978 (3 games, 1 win, 2 losses).

Ted Whitten (Footscray)
27/7/33-17/8/1995
Inducted: 1996 Elevated to Legend: 1996
Known simply as ‘Mr Football’ or ‘EJ’, the champion Footscray player could play in any position on the ground. A favorite with football supporters whose legend continued to grow after he retired.
Playing career: 1951-1970 Games: 321 Goals: 360
Player honors: 3rd in Brownlow Medal 1959 (equal); club best and fairest 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961; club leading goalkicker 1961, 1962, 1964 (equal) 1968; captain 1957-1966, 1969-1971; All-Australian 1956, 1958, 1961.
Coaching record: Footscray 1957-1966, 1969- 1971 (228 games, 91 wins, 137 losses).

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