The match was scheduled to take place a week earlier but was postponed as the ground had been flooded after heavy rain. As a result this Grand Final coincided with the Caulfield Cup.
Fitzroy were the reigning premiers while Essendon hadn't won a premiership since 1912. Essendon were known at this time as the "Mosquito Fleet", due to their large number of small and pacy players such as Charlie Hardy and George Shorten.
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