1954 VFL Grand Final

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The 1954 VFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Footscray Football Club and Melbourne Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 25 September 1954. It was the 58th annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1954 VFL season. The match, attended by 80,897 spectators, was won by Footscray by 51 points, marking that club's first (and to date, only) premiership victory.

Footscray led by 29 points at quarter-time and were comfortably in front for the rest of the game. Jack Collins kicked 7 goals for the match and John Kerr had 32 disposals.


B: Wally Donald Herb Henderson Dave Bryden
HB: Alan Martin Ted Whitten Jim Gallagher
C: Ron McCarthy Don Ross Doug Reynolds
HF: Roger Duffy Peter Box Ron Stockman
F: Brian Gilmore Jack Collins Charlie Sutton (c)
Foll: Harvey Stevens Arthur Edwards John Kerr
Reserve(s): Jack Nuttall Angus Abbey
Coach: Charlie Sutton
B: John Beckwith Lance Arnold Ken Christie
HB: Geoff Collins (c) Noel McMahen Don Williams
C: Ralph Lance Ken Melville Ian McLean
HF: Laurie Mithen Geoff McGivern Geoff Case
F: Bob Johnson Noel Clarke Ken Albiston
Foll: Denis Cordner Ron Barassi Stuart Spencer
Reserve(s): Frank Adams Brian Dixon
Coach: Norm Smith

Umpire - Jack McMurray, Jr.



Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Footscray 6.3 8.5 12.9 15.12 15.12 (102)
Melbourne 1.4 4.6 6.7 7.9 7.9 (51)

Goal kickers[edit]


  • Collins 7
  • Sutton 3
  • Duffy 1
  • Kerr 1
  • Reynolds 1
  • Stevens 1
  • Stockman 1


  • Albiston 1
  • Barassi 1
  • Clarke 1
  • Johnson 1
  • McLean 1
  • Mithen 1
  • Spencer 1

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