1955 VFL Grand Final

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1955 VFL Grand Final
AFL Melbourne Icon.jpg
Melbourne
AFL Collingwood Icon.jpg
Collingwood
8.16 (64) 5.6 (36)
1 2 3 4
MEL 2.3 (15) 3.10 (28) 4.13 (37) 8.16 (64)
COL 2.2 (14) 2.5 (17) 4.6 (30) 5.6 (36)
Date 17 September 1955
Stadium Melbourne Cricket Ground
Attendance 88,053
← 1954 VFL Grand Final 1956 →

The 1955 VFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Melbourne Football Club and Collingwood Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 17 September 1955. It was the 59th annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1955 VFL season. The match, attended by 88,053 spectators, was won by Melbourne by 28 points, marking that club's seventh premiership victory.

A scene from the game is captured in Jamie Cooper's painting The Game That Made Australia, commissioned by the AFL in 2008 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the sport.[1]

Teams[edit]

Melbourne
B: John Beckwith Peter Marquis Trevor Johnson
HB: Don Williams Geoff McGivern Noel McMahen (c)
C: Ian McLean Ken Melville Geoff Case
HF: Laurie Mithen Clyde Laidlaw Bob McKenzie
F: Bob Johnson Noel Clarke Ian Ridley
Foll: Denis Cordner Ron Barassi Stuart Spencer
Reserve(s): Terry Gleeson Frank 'Bluey' Adams
Coach: Norm Smith
Collingwood
B: Lerrel Sharp Jack Hamilton Neville Waller
HB: Peter Lucas Frank Tuck Ron Kingston
C: Des Healey Jack Parker Thorold Merrett
HF: Bill Jones Ken Smale Murray Weideman
F: Mick Twomey Keith Batchelor Bob Rose
Foll: Neil Mann (c) Arthur Gooch Ron Richards
Reserve(s): Jack Hickey Bob Kupsch
Coach: Phonse Kyne

Statistics[edit]

Goalkickers[edit]

Melbourne:

  • N. Clarke 3
  • I. Ridley 3
  • C. Laidlaw 1
  • R. McKenzie 1

Collingwood:

  • M. Weideman 2
  • W. Jones 1
  • B. Rose 1
  • K. Smale 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Football League, The Game That Made Australia, Retrieved 19 September 2010
  • AFL Tables: 1955 Grand Final
  • 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