1899 VFL season

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1899 VFL Premiership season
Teams 8
Premiers Fitzroy
(2nd premiership)
Minor premiers Fitzroy
(1st minor premiership)
Matches played 69
Highest attendance 4,823
Leading Goalkicker Medallist Eddy James (Geelong)
1898
1900

Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1899.

Premiership season[edit]

In 1899, the VFL competition consisted of eight 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).

Each team played each other twice in a home-and-away season of 14 rounds.

Once the 14 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1899 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the 1898 VFL Premiership System.

Round 1[edit]

Round 1
Saturday, 13 May (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 10.13 (73) def. Carlton 2.6 (18) Lake Oval
Saturday, 13 May (3:00 pm) Geelong 8.6 (54) def. Collingwood 3.9 (27) Corio Oval
Saturday, 13 May (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 6.11 (47) def. Essendon 0.9 (9) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 13 May (3:00 pm) Melbourne 16.20 (116) def. St Kilda 3.5 (23) Melbourne Cricket Ground


Round 2[edit]

Round 2
Saturday, 20 May (3:00 pm) Carlton 1.5 (11) def. by Geelong 5.6 (36) Princes Park
Saturday, 20 May (3:00 pm) Collingwood 4.3 (27) def. by Melbourne 7.12 (54) Victoria Park
Saturday, 20 May (3:00 pm) St Kilda 3.2 (20) def. by Essendon 8.18 (66) Junction Oval
Saturday, 20 May (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 5.8 (38) def. by Fitzroy 6.6 (42) Lake Oval


Round 3[edit]

Round 3
Wednesday, 24 May (11:00 am) Collingwood 13.9 (87) def. St Kilda 2.6 (18) Victoria Park
Wednesday, 24 May (3:00 pm) Carlton 3.1 (19) def. by Melbourne 6.9 (45) Princes Park
Wednesday, 24 May (3:00 pm) Essendon 1.9 (15) def. South Melbourne 0.9 (9) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Wednesday, 24 May (3:00 pm) Geelong 0.8 (8) def. by Fitzroy 4.8 (32) Corio Oval


Round 4[edit]

Round 4
Saturday, 27 May (3:00 pm) Essendon 6.12 (48) def. Carlton 1.3 (9) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 27 May (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 3.4 (22) def. by Collingwood 3.11 (29) Lake Oval
Saturday, 27 May (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 7.14 (56) def. St Kilda 5.3 (33) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 27 May (3:00 pm) Melbourne 4.8 (32) def. Geelong 4.3 (27) Melbourne Cricket Ground


Round 5[edit]

Round 5
Saturday, 3 June (3:00 pm) Carlton 3.3 (21) def. by Collingwood 7.10 (52) Princes Park
Saturday, 3 June (3:00 pm) Geelong 3.10 (28) def. Essendon 3.6 (24) Corio Oval
Saturday, 3 June (3:00 pm) Melbourne 4.11 (35) def. Fitzroy 3.6 (24) Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 3 June (3:00 pm) St Kilda 4.9 (33) def. by South Melbourne 10.10 (70) Junction Oval


Round 6[edit]

Round 6
Saturday, 10 June (3:00 pm) St Kilda 4.5 (29) def. by Carlton 4.7 (31) Junction Oval
Saturday, 10 June (3:00 pm) Collingwood 1.7 (13) def. by Fitzroy 5.5 (35) Victoria Park
Saturday, 10 June (3:00 pm) Essendon 4.6 (30) def. Melbourne 1.10 (16) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 10 June (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 5.5 (35) def. Geelong 3.1 (19) Lake Oval


Round 7[edit]

Round 7
Saturday, 17 June (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 5.15 (45) def. Carlton 1.7 (13) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 17 June (3:00 pm) Collingwood 6.12 (48) def. Essendon 4.4 (28) Victoria Park
Saturday, 17 June (3:00 pm) St Kilda 3.13 (31) def. by Geelong 12.6 (78) Junction Oval
Saturday, 17 June (3:00 pm) Melbourne 7.8 (50) def. South Melbourne 6.7 (43) Melbourne Cricket Ground


Round 8[edit]

Round 8
Saturday, 24 June (3:00 pm) Carlton 3.6 (24) def. South Melbourne 0.5 (5) Princes Park
Saturday, 24 June (3:00 pm) Collingwood 2.8 (20) def. by Geelong 9.7 (61) Victoria Park
Saturday, 24 June (3:00 pm) Essendon 6.15 (51) def. by Fitzroy 10.3 (63) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 24 June (3:00 pm) St Kilda 2.8 (20) def. by Melbourne 5.7 (37) Junction Oval


Round 9[edit]

Round 9
Saturday, 8 July (3:00 pm) Geelong 9.9 (63) def. Carlton 5.3 (33) Corio Oval
Saturday, 8 July (3:00 pm) Melbourne 1.7 (13) def. by Collingwood 3.3 (21) Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 8 July (3:00 pm) Essendon 11.19 (85) def. St Kilda 1.0 (6) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 8 July (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 9.8 (62) def. South Melbourne 4.5 (29) Brunswick Street Oval


Round 10[edit]

Round 10
Saturday, 15 July (3:00 pm) Melbourne 7.12 (54) def. Carlton 3.4 (22) Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 15 July (3:00 pm) St Kilda 1.5 (11) def. by Collingwood 13.16 (94) Junction Oval
Saturday, 15 July (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 5.5 (35) def. by Essendon 7.9 (51) Lake Oval
Saturday, 15 July (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 3.5 (23) def. by Geelong 8.10 (58) Brunswick Street Oval


Round 11[edit]

Round 11
Saturday, 22 July (3:00 pm) Carlton 3.8 (26) def. by Essendon 8.9 (57) Princes Park
Saturday, 22 July (3:00 pm) Collingwood 5.9 (39) def. South Melbourne 5.6 (36) Victoria Park
Saturday, 22 July (3:00 pm) St Kilda 4.6 (30) def. by Fitzroy 12.12 (84) Junction Oval
Saturday, 22 July (3:00 pm) Geelong 5.6 (36) def. Melbourne 2.10 (22) Corio Oval


Round 12[edit]

Round 12
Saturday, 29 July (3:00 pm) Collingwood 5.13 (43) def. Carlton 4.3 (27) Victoria Park
Saturday, 29 July (3:00 pm) Essendon 10.7 (67) def. Geelong 6.7 (43) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 29 July (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 6.5 (41) def. Melbourne 4.9 (33) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 29 July (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 8.9 (57) def. St Kilda 3.6 (24) Lake Oval


Round 13[edit]

Round 13
Saturday, 5 August (3:00 pm) Carlton 6.11 (47) def. St Kilda 1.2 (8) Princes Park
Saturday, 5 August (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 3.7 (25) def. by Collingwood 5.7 (37) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 5 August (3:00 pm) Melbourne 3.7 (25) def. by Essendon 5.8 (38) Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 5 August (3:00 pm) Geelong 7.12 (54) def. by South Melbourne 3.9 (27) Corio Oval


Round 14[edit]

Round 14
Saturday, 12 August (3:00 pm) Carlton 2.4 (16) def. by Fitzroy 5.9 (39) Princes Park
Saturday, 12 August (3:00 pm) Essendon 4.7 (31) def. by Collingwood 8.5 (53) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 12 August (3:00 pm) Geelong 16.23 (119) def. St Kilda 0.2 (2) Corio Oval
Saturday, 12 August (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 6.13 (49) def. Melbourne 6.6 (42) Lake Oval


Win/Loss table[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Ladder
Carlton SM
55
Geel
25
Melb
26
Ess
39
Coll
31
StK
2
Fit
32
SM
19
Geel
30
Melb
32
Ess
31
Coll
16
StK
39
Fit
23
7
Collingwood Geel
27
Melb
27
StK
69
SM
7
Carl
31
Fit
22
Ess
20
Geel
41
Melb
8
StK
83
SM
3
Carl
16
Fit
12
Ess
22
3
Essendon Fit
38
StK
46
SM
6
Carl
39
Geel
4
Melb
14
Coll
20
Fit
12
StK
79
SM
16
Carl
31
Geel
24
Melb
13
Coll
22
4
Fitzroy Ess
38
SM
4
Geel
24
StK
23
Melb
11
Coll
22
Carl
32
Ess
12
SM
33
Geel
35
StK
54
Melb
8
Coll
12
Carl
23
1
Geelong Coll
27
Carl
25
Fit
24
Melb
5
Ess
4
SM
16
StK
47
Coll
41
Carl
30
Fit
35
Melb
14
Ess
24
SM
27
StK
117
2
Melbourne StK
93
Coll
27
Carl
26
Geel
5
Fit
11
Ess
14
SM
7
StK
17
Coll
8
Carl
32
Geel
14
Fit
8
Ess
13
SM
7
5
South Melbourne Carl
55
Fit
4
Ess
6
Coll
7
StK
37
Geel
16
Melb
7
Carl
19
Fit
33
Ess
16
Coll
3
StK
33
Gee
27
Melb
7
6
St Kilda Melb
93
Ess
46
Coll
69
Fit
23
SM
37
Carl
2
Geel
47
Melb
17
Ess
79
Coll
83
Fit
54
SM
33
Carl
39
Geel
117
8
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Ladder
Colour Result
Green Win
Red Loss
Blue Draw

Bold – Home game
Opponent for round listed above margin

Ladder[edit]

1899 VFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Fitzroy (P) 14 11 3 0 618 403 153.35 44
2 Geelong 14 10 4 0 684 386 177.20 40
3 Collingwood 14 10 4 0 590 436 135.32 40
4 Essendon 14 9 5 0 600 428 140.19 36
5 Melbourne 14 8 6 0 574 420 136.67 32
6 South Melbourne 14 5 9 0 528 502 105.18 20
7 Carlton 14 3 11 0 317 597 53.10 12
8 St Kilda 14 0 14 0 288 1027 28.04 0
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points for, PA = Points against

Ladder progression[edit]

  • No Ladder for Finals in 1899.

Finals[edit]

Sectional Round 1[edit]

Sectional Round 1
Saturday, 26 August (2:30 pm) Fitzroy 5.11 (41) def. Carlton 6.4 (40) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 26 August (2:30 pm) Melbourne 3.7 (25) def. by Collingwood 6.9 (45) Lake Oval
Saturday, 26 August (2:30 pm) Essendon 16.24 (120) def. St Kilda 3.4 (22) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 26 August (2:30 pm) Geelong 5.8 (38) def. by South Melbourne 6.5 (37) Corio Oval


Sectional Round 2[edit]

Sectional Round 2
Saturday, 2 September (2:30 pm) Collingwood 5.8 (38) def. Carlton 2.5 (17) Victoria Park
Saturday, 2 September (2:30 pm) Essendon 4.15 (39) def. by Geelong 6.11 (47) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 2 September (2:30 pm) Fitzroy 5.10 (40) def. Melbourne 0.2 (2) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 2 September (2:30 pm) St Kilda 1.6 (12) def. by South Melbourne 12.10 (82) Junction Oval


Sectional Round 3[edit]

Sectional Round 3
Saturday, 9 September (2:30 pm) Carlton 6.5 (41) def. Melbourne 2.4 (16) Princes Park
Saturday, 9 September (2:30 pm) Collingwood 4.7 (31) def. by Fitzroy 6.9 (45) Victoria Park
Saturday, 9 September (2:30 pm) South Melbourne 3.10 (28) def. Essendon 2.1 (13) Lake Oval
Saturday, 9 September (2:30 pm) Geelong 23.24 (162) def. St Kilda 0.1 (1) Corio Oval


Section A Ladder[edit]

Section A Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Fitzroy 3 3 0 0 126 73 172.60 12
2 Collingwood 3 2 1 0 114 87 131.03 8
3 Carlton 3 1 2 0 98 95 103.16 4
4 Melbourne 3 0 3 0 43 126 34.13 0
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against

Section B Ladder[edit]

Section B Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 South Melbourne 3 3 0 0 151 63 239.68 12
2 Geelong 3 2 1 0 247 81 304.94 8
3 Essendon 3 1 2 0 172 97 177.32 4
4 St Kilda 3 0 3 0 35 364 9.62 0
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against

Grand final[edit]

Main article: 1899 VFL Grand Final


Grand Final
16 September (2:50 pm) Fitzroy def. South Melbourne Junction Oval (Crowd: 4,823)
0.1 (1)
2.4 (16)
2.6 (18)
3.9 (27)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
2.3 (15)
2.3 (15)
3.7 (25)
3.8 (26)
Fontaine 1, Grace 1, McSpeerin 1 Goals Lampe 2, Colgan 1
Nil Reports Nil


Awards[edit]

Notable events[edit]

  • The VFL reduced the size of its teams to 18 on-the-field players, with no "reserves".
  • The third round, Queen's Birthday holiday match, between Collingwood and St Kilda at Victoria Park was held in the morning of Wednesday 24 May 1899.
  • Norman "Hackenschmidt" Clark, a footballer with the North Adelaide Football Club in the South Australian Football Association, wins the 1899, 130-yard Stawell Gift in eleven and four-fifths seconds, off a handicap of 14 and a half yards. Clark would later play 125 senior games for Carlton (1905–1912), captain-coach VFA team Brighton (1913), and coach Carlton (1914–1918; 1920–1922), Richmond (1919), North Melbourne (1924 and 1931) and St Kilda (1925–1926).
  • In the third sectional round, Geelong set records for the highest score in a game, scoring 23.24 (162), and the highest winning margin of 161 points, against St Kilda. These records would both stand for twelve years and twenty years respectively.
  • St Kilda's score of 0.1 (1) in the same match set the record for the lowest score in a VFL/AFL game, which has neither been matched nor broken since. Notably, the solitary behind was actually the first score of the match.
  • Geelong's Jim McShane kicked 11 goals in the same match against St Kilda, a VFL record that was not equalled until Collingwood's Dick Lee's 11 goals in 1914 and not broken until 1922; this is more impressive considering that McShane was usually a ruckman.
  • Warwick Armstrong (6'3", 190 cm), later captain of the Australian Test Cricket team, played in the ruck for the South Melbourne team that lost the 1899 "Grand Final".

References[edit]

  • Rogers, S. & Brown, A., Every Game Ever Played: VFL/AFL Results 1897–1997 (Sixth Edition), Viking Books, (Ringwood), 1998. ISBN 0-670-90809-6
  • Ross, J. (ed), 100 Years of Australian Football 1897–1996: The Complete Story of the AFL, All the Big Stories, All the Great Pictures, All the Champions, Every AFL Season Reported, Viking, (Ringwood), 1996. ISBN 0-670-86814-0

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