Richmond had only qualified for the finals on percentage and were underdogs coming into the game, with Carlton being the reigning premiers.
The game's attendance of 119,165 represented the most spectators to have witnessed a premiership decider in VFL Grand Final history, breaking the record of 116,828 spectators who witnessed the 1968 VFL Grand Final. The record was subsequently broken again in the 1970 VFL Grand Final.
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