1956 VFL Grand Final

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Team 1 2 3 Final
Melbourne 2.4 6.11 10.16 17.19 (121)
Collingwood 3.3 4.3 5.6 6.12 (48)

The 1956 VFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Melbourne Football Club and Collingwood Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 15 September 1956. It was the 60th annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1956 VFL season. The match was won by Melbourne by 73 points, marking that club's eighth premiership victory.

It was the second successive year in which the two teams met in a premiership decider, with Melbourne having won the 1955 VFL Grand Final.

This Grand Final was attended by 115,803 spectators, easily the largest crowd to have witnessed a premiership decider in VFL Grand Final history, breaking the record of 96,486 spectators who witnessed the 1938 VFL Grand Final. The record stood for 12 years until it was eventually broken by the crowd attendance at the 1968 VFL Grand Final.

A scene from the game is captured in Jamie Cooper's painting The Game That Made Australia, commissioned by the AFL in 2008 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the sport:[1] Collingwood's Neil Mann and Melbourne's Ian Ridley fighting amongst the spectators who were sitting on the arena (but behind the boundary line).


B: John Beckwith Peter Marquis Trevor Johnson
HB: Don Williams Noel McMahen (c) Keith Carroll
C: Frank 'Bluey' Adams Ken Melville Brian Dixon
HF: Jim Sandral Clyde Laidlaw Laurie Mithen
F: Bob Johnson Athol Webb Ian Ridley
Foll: Denis Cordner Ron Barassi Stuart Spencer
Reserve(s): Terry Gleeson Ralph Lane
Coach: Norm Smith
B: Lerrel Sharp Harry Sullivan Neville Waller
HB: Peter Lucas Frank Tuck Ron Kingston
C: Ken Hedt Bill Twomey, Jr. Thorold Merrett
HF: Ken Turner Murray Weideman Bill Serong
F: Neil Mann (c) Ken Smale Robert Greve
Foll: Ray Gabelich Laurie Rymer Bill Jones
Reserve(s): Jack Hamilton Robert Kupsch
Coach: Phonse Kyne
  • Umpire: Allan Nash




  • S. Spencer 5
  • A. Webb 5
  • R. Barassi 3
  • B. Johnson 3
  • I. Ridley 1


  • B. Greve 1
  • W. Jones 1
  • B. Serong 1
  • K. Smale 1
  • K. Turner 1
  • B. Twomey 1


  1. ^ Australian Football League, The Game That Made Australia, Retrieved 19 September 2010
  • AFL Tables: 1956 Grand Final
  • The Official statistical history of the AFL 2004
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