1947 VFL Grand Final

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1947 VFL Grand Final
13.8 (86) 11.19 (85)
Date 27 September 1947
Stadium Melbourne Cricket Ground
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Fred Stafford kicking the winning goal

The 1947 VFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Carlton Football Club and Essendon Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 27 September 1947. It was the 51st annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1947 VFL season. The match, attended by 85,793 spectators, was won by Carlton by a margin of 1 point, marking that club's eighth premiership victory.

Essendon were attempting to become back-to-back premiers and had the lead in the final minute before Ken Baxter won the ball from a boundary throw in and gave the ball to Carlton half forward flanker Fred Stafford who snapped the winning goal off his left boot with just 40 seconds remaining.

It was the first grand final to be decided by a single point since Fitzroy defeated South Melbourne in the 1899 VFL Grand Final.


B: Ritchie Green Ollie Grieve George Bailey
HB: Vin Brown Bert Deacon Jim Clark
C: Fred Fitzgibbon Ern Henfry (c) Doug Williams
HF: Fred Stafford Ken Hands Ray Garby
F: Fred Davies Jim Baird Herb Turner
Foll: Jack Howell Jack Bennett Jack Conley
Reserve(s): Ken Baxter Allan Greenshields
Coach: Percy Bentley
B: Les Gardiner Cec Ruddell Bob McClure
HB: Noel Allanson Wally Buttsworth Norm McDonald
C: Bob Bradley Harold Lambert George Hassell
HF: Dick Reynolds (c) Jack Jones Albert Harper
F: Ivan Goodingham Bill Brittingham Keith Rawle
Foll: Perc Bushby Jack Cassin Bill Hutchison
Reserve(s): Ken Newton Greg Tate
Coach: Dick Reynolds



Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Carlton 4.0 8.0 10.4 13.8 13.8 (86)
Essendon 3.7 8.11 10.15 11.19 11.19 (85)

Goal kickers[edit]


  • Davies 4
  • Baird 3
  • Turner 2
  • Garby 1
  • Henfry 1
  • Howell 1
  • Stafford 1


  • Hutchison 4
  • Brittingham 2
  • Reynolds 2
  • Cassin 1
  • Goodingham 1
  • Rawle 1

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