1923 VFL Grand Final

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1923 VFL Grand Final
Fitzroyfc 1908.png
8.15 (63) 6.10 (46)
1 2 3 4
ESS 3.2 (20) 4.10 (34) 6.13 (49) 8.15 (63)
FIT 3.3 (21) 5.5 (35) 5.9 (39) 6.10 (46)
Date20 October 1923
StadiumMelbourne Cricket Ground
UmpiresAlec Mutch
← 1922 VFL Grand Final 1925 →

The 1923 VFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Essendon Football Club and Fitzroy Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 20 October 1923. It was the 27th annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1923 VFL season. The match, attended by 46,566 spectators, was won by Essendon by a margin of 17 points, marking that club's fifth premiership victory.

The match was scheduled to take place a week earlier but was postponed as the ground had been flooded after heavy rain. As a result, this Grand Final coincided with the Caulfield Cup.

Fitzroy were the reigning premiers while Essendon had not won a premiership since 1912. Essendon were known at this time as the "Mosquito Fleet", due to their large number of small and pacy players such as Charlie Hardy and George Shorten.

George Rawle made his VFL debut in the Grand Final.


Team 1 2 3 Final
Essendon 3.2 4.10 6.13 8.15 (63)
Fitzroy 3.3 5.5 5.9 6.10 (46)


B: Vince Irwin Fred Baring Clyde Donaldson
HB: Joe Harrison Tom Fitzmaurice Roy Laing
C: Jack Garden Charlie May Rowley Watt
HF: Tommy Jenkins Justin McCarthy George Shorten
F: Syd Barker (c) Greg Stockdale Charlie Hardy
Foll: Norm Beckton George Rawle Frank Maher
Coach: Syd Barker
B: Jim Atkinson Horrie Jenkin Len Wigraft
HB: Jim Tarbotton Stan Molan Ern Elliot
C: Arch Dickens Tommy Corrigan Clarrie Sherry
HF: Percy Parratt Norm Cockram Gordon Rattray (c)
F: Les Bryant Jimmy Freake Harold Carter
Foll: Gordon McCracken Goldie Collins Clive Fergie
Coach: Vic Belcher


Essendon FC, Premier team



  • Maher 2
  • McCarthy 2
  • Stockdale 2
  • Jenkins 1
  • Shorten 1


  • Freake 4
  • Carter 1
  • Rattray 1


  • MCG crowd – 46,566


  • 1923 VFL Grand Final statistics
  • The Official statistical history of the AFL 2004
  • Ross, J. (ed), 100 Years of Australian Football 1897–1996: The Complete Story of the AFL, All the Big Stories, All the Great Pictures, All the Champions, Every AFL Season Reported, Viking, (Ringwood), 1996. ISBN 0-670-86814-0

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