1980 VFL Grand Final

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1980 VFL Grand Final
AFL Richmond Icon.jpg
AFL Collingwood Icon.jpg
23.21 (159) 9.24 (78)
Date 27 September 1980
Stadium Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
Broadcast in Australia
Network Seven Network
← 1979 VFL Grand Final 1981 →

The 1980 VFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Richmond Football Club and Collingwood Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 27 September 1980. It was the 84th annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1980 VFL season. The match, attended by 113,461 spectators, was won by Richmond by a margin of 81 points, marking that club's 10th premiership victory.


Main article: 1980 VFL season

It was Richmond's first appearance in a premiership decider since winning the 1974 VFL Grand Final, while Collingwood had competed in and lost two of the previous three Grand Finals, in 1977 and 1979. The Magpies had not won a flag since the 1958 VFL Grand Final.

Richmond, under coach Tony Jewell, made the decision in the 1980 home and away season to move rover Kevin Bartlett to the half-forward flank, leading to him kicking 84 goals. At the conclusion of the season, Richmond had finished third on the VFL ladder (behind Geelong and Carlton) with 16 wins, 5 losses and a draw. Collingwood had finished fifth with 14 wins, 7 losses and a draw. Collingwood was coached by Tom Hafey who at one time had coached Jewell at Richmond.

In the finals series leading up to the Grand Final, Collingwood defeated North Melbourne in the Elimination Final by 8 points before comfortably beating Carlton by 50 points to progress to the Preliminary Final. There they defeated Geelong by just 4 points to advance to the Grand Final. The Magpies became the first team to reach the Grand Final via the Elimination Final. Meanwhile, Richmond defeated Carlton by 42 points in the Qualifying Final and then Geelong by 24 points in the Second Semi-Final to progress to the Grand Final.

Match summary[edit]

Richmond completely outplayed the Magpies in the Grand Final, with the game being effectively over at half time when the Tigers led by 43 points. Their midfield of Geoff Raines, Bryan Wood, Robert Wiley, Mervyn Keane and Dale Weightman dominated the clearances, feeding forwards Kevin Bartlett, Michael Roach and David Cloke.

Team 1 2 3 Final
Richmond 6.5 11.11 15.17 23.21 (159)
Collingwood 2.6 4.10 5.18 9.24 (78)

Bartlett was awarded the Norm Smith Medal for being judged the best player afield, kicking seven goals, which equaled the then-record. His goal tally for the 1980 VFL finals was 21 which saw him become just the fourth player in history to kick 20 or more goals in a finals series. Cloke contributed 6 goals and Wiley 3 to the team's winning score.

The 81 point winning margin broke the record for the greatest margin in Grand Final history, and stood for three years until Hawthorn surpassed it in the 1983 VFL Grand Final. Richmond have not won a premiership since, with their only subsequent Grand Final appearance being in the 1982 VFL Grand Final, which it lost to Carlton.

This was Collingwood's seventh Grand Final loss since 1958, in the era dubbed "the Colliwobbles".


B: 7 Mick Malthouse 5 Emmett Dunne 19 Greg Strachan
HB: 46 Terry Smith 20 Jim Jess 31 Peter Welsh
C: 6 Stephen Mount 4 Geoff Raines 16 Bryan Wood
HF: 18 Mervyn Keane 33 David Cloke (vc) 29 Kevin Bartlett
F: 30 Francis Bourke 8 Michael Roach 2 Robert Wiley
Foll: 1 Mark Lee 22 Barry Rowlings 3 Dale Weightman
Int: 11 Bruce Monteath (c) 44 Daryl Freame
Coach: Tony Jewell

B: 3 Stan Magro 6 Peter McCormack 24 Andrew Ireland
HB: 14 Kevin Morris (vc) 25 Billy Picken (dvc) 26 Ray Byrne
C: 1 Ricky Barham 35 Peter Daicos 29 Leigh Carlson
HF: 36 Rene Kink 9 Craig Stewart 16 Ian Low
F: 18 David Young 19 Craig Davis 23 Ray Shaw (c)
Foll: 30 Peter Moore 34 Russell Ohlsen 5 Ronald Wearmouth
Int: 22 Tony Shaw 33 Michael Woolnough
Coach: Tom Hafey

Goal kickers[edit]


  • Bartlett 7
  • Cloke 6
  • Wiley 3
  • Keane 2
  • Roach 2
  • Jess 1
  • Rowlings 1
  • Weightman 1


  • Picken 3
  • Davis 2
  • Ohlsen 1
  • R.Shaw 1
  • Moore 1
  • Wearmouth 1

See also[edit]


  • The Official statistical history of the AFL 2004