West Melbourne Football Club

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West Melbourne Football Club was an Australian rules football club which played in the Victorian Football Association (VFA).

History[edit]

The club was formed in 1879 and played in the VFA until the end of the 1880 season. They returned however in 1899 and had a much longer stint in the league, winning their first and only premiership in 1906 by defeating Footscray in the Grand Final 7.8 (50) to 5.9 (39).

As juniors, the club played at the West Melbourne Recreation reserve, but it was not up to Association standards; so, upon rejoining the VFA in 1899, the club became based at the North Melbourne Cricket Ground, sharing it with the North Melbourne Football Club.[1] In 1907, the club moved to the East Melbourne Cricket Ground, sharing it with the VFL's Essendon Football Club.[2]

In 1908 they merged with the North Melbourne Football Club in the hope of joining the VFL. North Melbourne wore a red sash on their guernsey during their first season as a merged club in the VFA, but dropped it in subsequent seasons.

VFA premierships[edit]

  • 1906

Notable players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Half-Forward (15 April 1899). Independent (Footscray, VIC). p. 3. 
  2. ^ "Football – Victorian League – Question of Grounds". The Argus (Melbourne, VIC). 28 March 1907. p. 4. 

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