1949 VFL Grand Final

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1949 VFL Grand Final
6.16 (52) 18.17 (125)
Date 24 September 1949
Stadium Melbourne Cricket Ground
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The 1949 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 24 September 1949. It was the 53rd annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1949 VFL season. The match, attended by 88,718 spectators, was won by Essendon by 73 points, marking that club's seventh premiership victory.

It was Essendon's fourth successive Grand Final appearance, having won the 1946 VFL Grand Final but finishing runners-up the previous two years. Star Bombers Full-Forward John Coleman, in his first season of VFL Football, kicked six goals for the game, the last of which brought up his 100th goal for the year.


Backs Ritchie Green Ollie Grieve Fred Davies
H/Backs Jim Clark Bert Deacon Jim Baird
Centre Line Doug Williams Ern Henfry (c) Arthur Hodgson
H/Forwards Jack Conley Jack Howell Ray Garby
Forwards Geoff Brokenshire Ken Baxter Herb Turner
Rucks/Rover Ken Hands Frank Bateman Jim Mooring
Reserves Bernie Baxter Fred Stafford
Carlton Coach: Percy Bentley
Backs Alan Thaw Bill Brittingham Wally May
H/Backs Norm McDonald Roy McConnell Les Gardiner
Centre Line Vic Fisher Harold Lambert Bob Bradley
H/Forwards Jack Jones Ted Leehane Ron McEwin
Forwards Dick Reynolds(c) John Coleman Keith Rawle
Rucks/Rover Bob Syme Bob McClure Bill Hutchison
Reserves Gordon Lane George Hassell
Essendon Captain-Coach: Dick Reynolds

Umpire - Jack McMurray



Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Carlton 2.4 2.10 3.12 6.16 (52)
Essendon 3.3 7.7 12.15 18.17 (125)



  • B Baxter 1
  • K Baxter 1
  • Garby 1
  • Hands 1
  • Howell 1
  • Turner 1


  • Coleman 6
  • Rawle 3
  • Jones 2
  • Syme 2
  • Hutchison 2
  • Leehane 1
  • Reynolds 1
  • McEwin 1

See also[edit]


  • 1949 Grand Final stats page on AFL Tables
  • 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