1966 VFL Grand Final
|1966 VFL Grand Final|
|Date||24 September 1966|
|Stadium||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia|
|Broadcast in Australia|
|Commentators||Butch Gale, Ted Whitten, Mike Williamson.|
The 1966 VFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Collingwood Football Club and St Kilda Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 24 September 1966. It was the 70th annual grand final of the Victorian Football League (VFL), staged to determine the premiers for the 1966 VFL season. The match, attended by 102,055 spectators, was won by St Kilda by a margin of one point, marking that club's first and only premiership victory to date.
Twenty-five minutes into the final quarter and with scores level, Collingwood's Wayne Richardson had a shot at goal on the run but kicked it out of bounds on the full. St Kilda then began to work the ball out of defence after winning the boundary throw-in. A kick from Ian Cooper saw the ball make its way to centre half forward. Collingwood defender Ted Potter failed to mark the ball low down and with the players scrummaging for the ball a bounce was called. Brian Mynott won the tap for the Saints but it was intercepted by Potter who was quickly tackled. Potter however managed to get out a hand pass but it found its way to St Kilda's Barry Breen who snapped at goal and kicked a behind to put his side in front. With about a minute left on the clock, Collingwood were able to work the ball towards their forward line. Bob Murray, however, was able to take a mark at centre half back and the siren sounded after he kicked the ball towards the wing.
One of the timekeepers was an avid St Kilda fan and blew the final siren for more than ten seconds.
|B:||1 Rodger Head||6 Bob Murray||13 Brian Sierakowski|
|HB:||16 Verdun Howell||9 Ian Synman||24 John Bingley|
|C:||36 Jeff Moran||5 Ian Stewart||21 Jim Read|
|HF:||15 Ian Cooper||4 Darrel Baldock (c)||27 Barry Breen|
|F:||8 Alan Morrow||18 Kevin Neale||19 Allan Davis|
|Foll:||2 Brian Mynott||25 Daryl Griffiths||3 Ross Smith|
|Reserve(s):||31 Travis Payze||22 Kevin Billing|
|B:||35 Ian Montgomery||8 Peter Boyne||5 Terry Waters|
|HB:||13 Laurie Hill||15 Ted Potter||33 Lee Adamson|
|C:||17 Peter Patterson||9 Colin Tully||12 Errol Hutchesson|
|HF:||1 Des Tuddenham (c)||16 Doug Searl||21 Max Pitt|
|F:||3 Ray Gabelich||7 Ian Graham||36 Gary Wallis|
|Foll:||28 Len Thompson||29 Kevin Rose||18 Wayne Richardson|
|Reserve(s):||2 Trevor Steer||4 John Henderson|
Umpire – Jeff Crouch
|1966 VFL Grand Final|
|Saturday, 24 September 2:50pm||Collingwood||def. by||St Kilda||MCG (crowd: 102,055)|
Television broadcast: Seven Network
Gabelich, Richardson 2
Graham, Pitt, Wallis 1
1 Cooper, Griffiths, Moran
|Waters, Richardson, Thompson, Patterson, Pitt, Tuddenham||Best||Cooper, Stewart, Sierakowski, Griffiths, Breen, Morrow, Neale|
- Jim Main, Aussie Rules for dummies (2nd edition, 2008) p 20.