This was Melbourne's fifth successive Grand Final appearance. The Demons had won the previous three premierships and were looking to equal Collingwood's 1927–1930 Premiership record. Collingwood's victory would deny the Demons that record and keep it in black-and-white hands, a record which still stands today.
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