1890 VFA season
|1890 premiership season|
South Melbourne, Premiers
The premiership was won by the South Melbourne Football Club. It was the fifth premiership in the club's history, and the third out of a sequence of three consecutive premierships won from 1888 to 1890.
1890 VFA Ladder
Teams did not play a uniform number of premiership matches during the season. As such, in the final standings, each team's premiership points were adjusted upwards proportionally to represent a 20-match season – e.g., South Melbourne played 19 matches, so its tally of premiership points was increased by a factor of 20/19. After this adjustment, there was no formal process for breaking a tie.
|1||South Melbourne (P)||19||16||2||1||104||41||66||69.5|
|Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, (P) = Premiers, PTS = Premiership points, Adj PTS = Premiership points adjusted for a 20-game season||Source:|
- On 9 August, Fitzroy 4.13 defeated Port Melbourne 3.7 at the Port Melbourne Cricket Ground. Port Melbourne raised a protest, on the grounds that the mark from which Jack Worrall scored Fitzroy's first goal was taken after the half time bell was rung, although neither the field umpire nor the goal umpire had heard the bell; the Association upheld the appeal, and amended the result to a 3.13 vs 3.7 draw. This decision resulted in Fitzroy dropping from third to fourth place on the premiership list, with Essendon rising to third place. "Follower", the influential football writer in the Leader and the Age newspapers, refused to recognise the Association's decision, describing it as ultra vires, and published a premiership list with the win standing and with Fitzroy in third place; his newspapers maintained this position in subsequent years. Later publications, including the Football Record, have listed Fitzroy as the third-placed club in 1890, but whether or not the Association ever formally endorsed this is unclear. The premiership list given above recognises the match in question as a draw, consistent with the official position of the Association at the time the season was closed.
- Victorian Football Association/Victorian Football League History (1877-2008)
- List of VFA/VFL Premiers (1877-2007)
- History of Australian rules football in Victoria (1853-1900)
- "Close of the football season". The Argus. Melbourne, VIC. 29 September 1890. p. 10. Note that this final ladder is given exactly as presented in the source, which must contain at least one error, as the total goals for does not equal total goals against.
- "Fitzroy v. Port Melbourne". The Argus. Melbourne, VIC. 11 August 1890. p. 10.
- "Football". Daily Telegraph. Launceston, TAS. 2 October 1890. p. 3.
- Follower (29 September 1890). "The close of the football season". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 7.
- "The Premiership Matches". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. 26 September 1892. p. 7.
- Caroline Wilson (20 June 2014). "History of the AFL could be turned on its head". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. Retrieved 18 October 2014.