1960 VFL Grand Final

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1960 VFL Grand Final
AFL Melbourne Icon.jpg
Melbourne
AFL Collingwood Icon.jpg
Collingwood
8.14 (62) 2.2 (14)
1 2 3 4
MEL 4.3 (27) 5.5 (35) 7.12 (54) 8.14 (62)
COL 0.0 (0) 1.0 (6) 2.0 (12) 2.2 (14)
Date 24 September 1960
Stadium Melbourne Cricket Ground
Attendance 97,457
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The 1960 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 in Melbourne on 24 September 1960 in extremely wet conditions due to persistent rain during the previous week. It was the 64th annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1960 VFL season. The match, attended despite the conditions by 97,457 spectators, was won by Melbourne by a margin of 48 points, marking that club's 11th premiership victory.

Collingwood’s score stands as the lowest it has kicked since the sixth round of 1900,[1] and its sixth-lowest ever. Their four scoring shots is the second-lowest by any team since the tenth round of 1908, with only Fitzroy against Footscray in 1953 having fewer. Even the two goals the Magpies did score were regarded as very lucky. One was from a long kick that just made the distance, and the other was after an easy mark by Melbourne full back Tassie Johnson was dropped in the goal square.[2]

This was Melbourne's seventh premiership appearance in successive seasons, having won all these contests except the 1954 VFL Grand Final and 1958 VFL Grand Final.

Teams[edit]

Melbourne
B: 30 John Beckwith 8 Tassie Johnson 14 Trevor Johnson
HB: 7 Geoff Case 4 John Lord 26 Ian Thorogood
C: 9 Brian Dixon 11 Laurie Mithen 22 Bryan Kenneally
HF: 23 Geoff Tunbridge 35 Clyde Laidlaw 29 Hassa Mann
F: 16 Bob Johnson 2 Alan Rowarth 6 Frank 'Bluey' Adams
Foll: 34 Len Mann 31 Ron Barassi (c) 24 Ian Ridley
Reserve(s): 21 Brian Leahy 38 Ray Nilsson
Coach: Norm Smith
Collingwood
B: 16 Ron Reeves 27 Peter Rosenbrock 25 Mick Twomey
HB: 29 Kevin Rose 21 Bill Thripp 5 Mike Delanty
C: 4 Brian Gray 10 John Henderson 12 Errol Hutchesson
HF: 11 Ken Turner 1 Murray Weideman (c) 20 Brian Beers
F: 28 Graeme Fellowes 8 Ray Willett 19 Keith Burns
Foll: 13 Ray Gabelich 32 Barry Harrison 30 Ron O'Dwyer
Reserve(s): 6 Ian Brewer 37 Bert Chapman
Coach: Phonse Kyne
  • Umpire: Jack Irving

Scoreboard[edit]

Team 1 2 3 Final
Melbourne 4.3 5.5 7.12 8.14 (62)
Collingwood 0.0 1.0 2.0 2.2 (14)

Statistics[edit]

Goalkickers[edit]

Melbourne:

  • F Adams 2
  • B Johnson 2
  • H Mann 2
  • A Rowarth 1
  • G Tunbridge 1

Collingwood:

  • R Gabelich 1
  • J Henderson 1

References[edit]

  • AFL Tables: 1960 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
  1. ^ Lowest Scores
  2. ^ “Melbourne Proves It Greatness”, in The Age, 27 September 1960, p. 24

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