List of Australian Football League premiers

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This page is a complete chronological listing of Australian Football League premiers. The Australian Football League (AFL), known as the Victorian Football League (VFL) until 1990, is now the elite national competition in Australian rules football.

Each year, the premiership is awarded to the club which wins the AFL Grand Final. The Grand Final has been an annual tradition in its current format since 1931, and some form of Grand Final has been played in each season except for 1897 and 1924.

Since the introduction by the League of equalisation policies of a salary cap and draft in the late 1980s,[1] every AFL club (except for the most recent expansion clubs, Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney) has played in a preliminary final. This has had a significant impact on the spread of premierships: eleven different clubs won premierships in the eighteen seasons from 1990–2007, compared with only five clubs in the twenty-three seasons from 1967–1989.[2]

List of premiers[edit]

The following is a list of the premiers, and the Grand Final results and circumstances. Most conventional Grand Finals are a single match at the end of a finals series, the winner of which wins the premiership. Under early VFL finals systems in place prior to 1930, the circumstances of the Grand Final were often different; in many of those years, the minor premiers had the right to challenge the winner of the finals series for the premiership, so the Grand Finals of this era are a mixture of challenge matches, non-challenge matches which would have been followed by challenge matches had the minor premier been defeated, and some seasons where there was no right to challenge. Regardless of the circumstances of the time, all of these games are now recognised as Grand Finals.

  Premiership decided by a conventional Grand Final, in which neither team had any right to challenge
  Premiership decided by a Grand Final Replay, after the scheduled Grand Final was drawn
  Premiership decided by a Challenge Final under the Argus system or similar
  Premiership decided without the need for a Challenge Final under the Argus system or similar; in these cases, had the other team won the match, a rematch would have been played the following weekend
  Premiership decided without any form of Grand Final

VFL/AFL Premiers[edit]

Season Premiers Runners-up Score Venue Attendance Date
1897 Essendon Geelong N/A N/A N/A N/A
1898 Fitzroy Essendon 5.8 (38) d. 3.5 (23) Junction Oval 16,538 24 September 1898
1899 Fitzroy (2) South Melbourne 3.9 (27) d. 3.8 (26) Junction Oval 4,823 16 September 1899
1900 Melbourne Fitzroy 4.10 (34) d. 3.12 (30) East Melbourne Cricket Ground 20,181 22 September 1900
1901 Essendon (2) Collingwood 6.7 (43) d. 2.4 (16) Lake Oval 30,031 7 September 1901
1902 Collingwood Essendon (2) 9.6 (60) d. 3.9 (27) Melbourne Cricket Ground 35,202 20 September 1902
1903 Collingwood (2) Fitzroy (2) 4.7 (31) d. 3.11 (29) Melbourne Cricket Ground 32,263 12 September 1903
1904 Fitzroy (3) Carlton 9.7 (61) d. 5.7 (37) Melbourne Cricket Ground 32,688 17 September 1904
1905 Fitzroy (4) Collingwood (2) 4.6 (30) d. 2.5 (17) Melbourne Cricket Ground 30,000 30 September 1905
1906 Carlton Fitzroy (3) 15.4 (94) d. 6.9 (45) Melbourne Cricket Ground 44,437 22 September 1906
1907 Carlton (2) South Melbourne (2) 6.14 (50) d. 6.9 (45) Melbourne Cricket Ground 45,477 21 September 1907
1908 Carlton (3) Essendon (3) 5.5 (35) d. 3.8 (26) Melbourne Cricket Ground 50,261 26 September 1908
1909 South Melbourne Carlton (2) 4.14 (38) d. 4.12 (36) Melbourne Cricket Ground 37,759 2 October 1909
1910 Collingwood (3) Carlton (3) 9.7 (61) d. 6.11 (47) Melbourne Cricket Ground 42,790 1 October 1910
1911 Essendon (3) Collingwood (3) 5.11 (41) d. 4.11 (35) Melbourne Cricket Ground 43,905 23 September 1911
1912 Essendon (4) South Melbourne (3) 5.17 (47) d. 4.9 (33) Melbourne Cricket Ground 54,434 28 September 1912
1913 Fitzroy (5) St Kilda 7.14 (56) d. 5.13 (43) Melbourne Cricket Ground 59,556 27 September 1913
1914 Carlton (4) South Melbourne (4) 6.9 (45) d. 4.15 (39) Melbourne Cricket Ground 30,495 26 September 1914
1915 Carlton (5) Collingwood (4) 11.12 (78) d. 6.9 (45) Melbourne Cricket Ground 39,343 18 September 1915
1916 Fitzroy (6) Carlton (4) 12.13 (85) d. 8.8 (56) Melbourne Cricket Ground 21,130 2 September 1916
1917 Collingwood (4) Fitzroy (4) 9.20 (74) d. 5.9 (39) Melbourne Cricket Ground 25,512 22 September 1917
1918 South Melbourne (2) Collingwood (5) 9.8 (62) d. 7.15 (57) Melbourne Cricket Ground 39,262 7 September 1918
1919 Collingwood (5) Richmond 11.12 (78) d. 7.11 (53) Melbourne Cricket Ground 45,413 11 October 1919
1920 Richmond Collingwood (6) 7.10 (52) d. 5.5 (35) Melbourne Cricket Ground 53,908 2 October 1920
1921 Richmond (2) Carlton (5) 5.6 (36) d. 4.8 (32) Melbourne Cricket Ground 43,122 15 October 1921
1922 Fitzroy (7) Collingwood (7) 11.13 (79) d. 9.14 (68) Melbourne Cricket Ground 50,054 14 October 1922
1923 Essendon (5) Fitzroy (5) 8.15 (63) d. 6.10 (46) Melbourne Cricket Ground 46,566 20 October 1923
1924 Essendon (6) Richmond (2) N/A N/A N/A N/A
1925 Geelong Collingwood (8) 10.19 (79) d. 9.15 (69) Melbourne Cricket Ground 64,288 10 October 1925
1926 Melbourne (2) Collingwood (9) 17.17 (119) d. 9.8 (62) Melbourne Cricket Ground 59,632 9 October 1926
1927 Collingwood (6) Richmond (3) 2.13 (25) d. 1.7 (13) Melbourne Cricket Ground 34,551 1 October 1927
1928 Collingwood (7) Richmond (4) 13.18 (96) d. 9.9 (63) Melbourne Cricket Ground 50,026 29 September 1928
1929 Collingwood (8) Richmond (5) 11.13 (79) d. 7.8 (50) Melbourne Cricket Ground 63,336 28 September 1929
1930 Collingwood (9) Geelong (2) 14.16 (100) d. 9.16 (70) Melbourne Cricket Ground 45,022 11 October 1930
1931 Geelong (2) Richmond (6) 9.14 (68) d. 7.6 (48) Melbourne Cricket Ground 60,712 10 October 1931
1932 Richmond (3) Carlton (6) 13.14 (92) d. 12.11 (83) Melbourne Cricket Ground 69,724 1 October 1932
1933 South Melbourne (3) Richmond (7) 9.17 (71) d. 4.5 (29) Melbourne Cricket Ground 75,754 30 September 1933
1934 Richmond (4) South Melbourne (5) 19.14 (128) d. 12.17 (89) Melbourne Cricket Ground 65,335 13 October 1934
1935 Collingwood (10) South Melbourne (6) 11.12 (78) d. 7.16 (58) Melbourne Cricket Ground 54,154 5 October 1935
1936 Collingwood (11) South Melbourne (7) 11.23 (89) d. 10.18 (78) Melbourne Cricket Ground 74,091 3 October 1936
1937 Geelong (3) Collingwood (10) 18.14 (122) d. 12.18 (90) Melbourne Cricket Ground 88,540 25 September 1937
1938 Carlton (6) Collingwood (11) 15.10 (100) d. 13.7 (85) Melbourne Cricket Ground 96,486 24 September 1938
1939 Melbourne (3) Collingwood (12) 21.22 (148) d. 14.11 (95) Melbourne Cricket Ground 78,110 30 September 1939
1940 Melbourne (4) Richmond (8) 15.17 (107) d. 10.8 (68) Melbourne Cricket Ground 70,330 28 September 1940
1941 Melbourne (5) Essendon (4) 19.13 (127) d. 13.20 (98) Melbourne Cricket Ground 79,687 27 September 1941
1942 Essendon (7) Richmond (9) 19.18 (132) d. 11.13 (79) Princes Park 49,000 19 September 1942
1943 Richmond (5) Essendon (5) 12.14 (86) d. 11.15 (81) Princes Park 42,100 25 September 1943
1944 Fitzroy (8) Richmond (10) 9.12 (66) d. 7.9 (51) Junction Oval 43,000 30 September 1944
1945 Carlton (7) South Melbourne (8) 15.13 (103) d. 10.15 (75) Princes Park 62,986 29 September 1945
1946 Essendon (8) Melbourne 22.18 (150) d. 13.9 (87) Melbourne Cricket Ground 73,743 5 October 1946
1947 Carlton (8) Essendon (6) 13.8 (86) d. 11.19 (85) Melbourne Cricket Ground 85,815 27 September 1947
1948 Melbourne Essendon 10.9 (69) drew 7.27 (69) Melbourne Cricket Ground 85,658 2 October 1948
Melbourne (6) Essendon (7) 13.11 (89) d. 7.8 (50) Melbourne Cricket Ground 52,226 9 October 1948
1949 Essendon (9) Carlton (7) 18.17 (125) d. 6.16 (52) Melbourne Cricket Ground 90,453 24 September 1949
1950 Essendon (10) North Melbourne 13.14 (92) d. 7.12 (54) Melbourne Cricket Ground 87,601 23 September 1950
1951 Geelong (4) Essendon (8) 11.15 (81) d. 10.10 (70) Melbourne Cricket Ground 84,109 29 September 1951
1952 Geelong (5) Collingwood (13) 13.8 (86) d. 5.10 (40) Melbourne Cricket Ground 81,304 27 September 1952
1953 Collingwood (12) Geelong (3) 11.11 (77) d. 8.17 (65) Melbourne Cricket Ground 89,060 26 September 1953
1954 Footscray Melbourne (2) 15.12 (102) d. 7.9 (51) Melbourne Cricket Ground 80,897 25 September 1954
1955 Melbourne (7) Collingwood (14) 8.16 (64) d. 5.6 (36) Melbourne Cricket Ground 88,053 17 September 1955
1956 Melbourne (8) Collingwood (15) 17.19 (121) d. 6.12 (48) Melbourne Cricket Ground 115,803 15 September 1956
1957 Melbourne (9) Essendon (9) 17.14 (116) d. 7.13 (55) Melbourne Cricket Ground 100,324 21 September 1957
1958 Collingwood (13) Melbourne (3) 12.10 (82) d. 9.10 (64) Melbourne Cricket Ground 97,956 20 September 1958
1959 Melbourne (10) Essendon (10) 17.13 (115) d. 11.12 (78) Melbourne Cricket Ground 103,506 26 September 1959
1960 Melbourne (11) Collingwood (16) 8.14 (62) d. 2.2 (14) Melbourne Cricket Ground 97,457 24 September 1960
1961 Hawthorn Footscray 13.16 (94) d. 7.9 (51) Melbourne Cricket Ground 107,935 23 September 1961
1962 Essendon (11) Carlton (8) 13.12 (90) d. 8.10 (58) Melbourne Cricket Ground 98,385 29 September 1962
1963 Geelong (6) Hawthorn 15.19 (109) d. 8.12 (60) Melbourne Cricket Ground 101,452 5 October 1963
1964 Melbourne (12) Collingwood (17) 8.16 (64) d. 8.12 (60) Melbourne Cricket Ground 102,469 19 September 1964
1965 Essendon (12) St Kilda (2) 14.21 (105) d. 9.16 (70) Melbourne Cricket Ground 104,846 25 September 1965
1966 St Kilda Collingwood (18) 10.14 (74) d. 10.13 (73) Melbourne Cricket Ground 101,655 24 September 1966
1967 Richmond (6) Geelong (4) 16.18 (114) d. 15.15 (105) Melbourne Cricket Ground 109,396 23 September 1967
1968 Carlton (9) Essendon (11) 7.14 (56) d. 8.5 (53) Melbourne Cricket Ground 116,828 28 September 1968
1969 Richmond (7) Carlton (9) 12.13 (85) d. 8.12 (60) Melbourne Cricket Ground 119,165 27 September 1969
1970 Carlton (10) Collingwood (19) 17.9 (111) d. 14.17 (101) Melbourne Cricket Ground 121,696 26 September 1970
1971 Hawthorn (2) St Kilda (3) 12.10 (82) d. 11.9 (75) Melbourne Cricket Ground 118,192 25 September 1971
1972 Carlton (11) Richmond (11) 28.9 (177) d. 22.18 (150) Melbourne Cricket Ground 112,393 7 October 1972
1973 Richmond (8) Carlton (10) 16.20 (116) d. 12.14 (86) Melbourne Cricket Ground 116,956 29 September 1973
1974 Richmond (9) North Melbourne (2) 18.20 (128) d. 13.9 (87) Melbourne Cricket Ground 113,839 28 September 1974
1975 North Melbourne Hawthorn (2) 19.8 (122) d. 9.13 (67) Melbourne Cricket Ground 110,551 27 September 1975
1976 Hawthorn (3) North Melbourne (3) 13.22 (100) d. 10.10 (70) Melbourne Cricket Ground 110,143 25 September 1976
1977 North Melbourne Collingwood 9.22 (76) drew 10.16 (76) Melbourne Cricket Ground 108,224 24 September 1977
North Melbourne (2) Collingwood (20) 21.25 (151) d. 19.10 (124) Melbourne Cricket Ground 98,366 1 October 1977
1978 Hawthorn (4) North Melbourne (4) 18.13 (121) d. 15.13 (103) Melbourne Cricket Ground 101,704 30 September 1978
1979 Carlton (12) Collingwood (21) 11.16 (82) d. 11.11 (77) Melbourne Cricket Ground 113,545 29 September 1979
1980 Richmond (10) Collingwood (22) 23.21 (159) d. 9.24 (78) Melbourne Cricket Ground 113,461 27 September 1980
1981 Carlton (13) Collingwood (23) 12.20 (92) d. 10.12 (72) Melbourne Cricket Ground 112,964 26 September 1981
1982 Carlton (14) Richmond (12) 14.19 (103) d. 12.13 (85) Melbourne Cricket Ground 107,537 25 September 1982
1983 Hawthorn (5) Essendon (12) 20.20 (140) d. 8.9 (57) Melbourne Cricket Ground 110,332 24 September 1983
1984 Essendon (13) Hawthorn (3) 14.21 (105) d. 12.9 (81) Melbourne Cricket Ground 92,685 29 September 1984
1985 Essendon (14) Hawthorn (4) 26.14 (170) d. 14.8 (92) Melbourne Cricket Ground 100,042 28 September 1985
1986 Hawthorn (6) Carlton (11) 16.14 (110) d. 9.14 (68) Melbourne Cricket Ground 101,861 27 September 1986
1987 Carlton (15) Hawthorn (5) 15.14 (104) d. 9.17 (71) Melbourne Cricket Ground 92,754 26 September 1987
1988 Hawthorn (7) Melbourne (4) 22.20 (152) d. 6.20 (56) Melbourne Cricket Ground 93,754 24 September 1988
1989 Hawthorn (8) Geelong (5) 21.18 (144) d. 21.12 (138) Melbourne Cricket Ground 94,796 30 September 1989
Australian Football League name adopted
1990 Collingwood (14) Essendon (13) 13.11 (89) d. 5.11 (41) Melbourne Cricket Ground 98,944 6 October 1990
1991 Hawthorn (9) West Coast 20.19 (139) d. 13.8 (86) VFL Park 75,230 28 September 1991
1992 West Coast Geelong (6) 16.17 (113) d. 12.13 (85) Melbourne Cricket Ground 95,007 26 September 1992
1993 Essendon (15) Carlton (12) 20.13 (133) d. 13.11 (89) Melbourne Cricket Ground 96,862 25 September 1993
1994 West Coast (2) Geelong (7) 20.23 (143) d. 8.15 (63) Melbourne Cricket Ground 93,860 1 October 1994
1995 Carlton (16) Geelong (8) 21.15 (141) d. 11.14 (80) Melbourne Cricket Ground 93,670 30 September 1995
1996 North Melbourne (3) Sydney (9) 19.17 (131) d. 13.10 (88) Melbourne Cricket Ground 93,102 28 September 1996
1997 Adelaide St Kilda (4) 19.11 (125) d. 13.16 (94) Melbourne Cricket Ground 99,645 27 September 1997
1998 Adelaide (2) North Melbourne (5) 15.15 (105) d. 8.22 (70) Melbourne Cricket Ground 94,431 26 September 1998
1999 North Melbourne (4) Carlton (13) 19.10 (124) d. 12.17 (89) Melbourne Cricket Ground 94,228 25 September 1999
2000 Essendon (16) Melbourne (5) 19.21 (135) d. 11.9 (75) Melbourne Cricket Ground 96,249 2 September 2000
2001 Brisbane Lions Essendon (14) 15.18 (108) d. 12.10 (82) Melbourne Cricket Ground 91,482 28 September 2001
2002 Brisbane Lions (2) Collingwood (24) 10.15 (75) d. 9.12 (66) Melbourne Cricket Ground 91,817 28 September 2002
2003 Brisbane Lions (3) Collingwood (25) 20.14 (134) d. 12.12 (84) Melbourne Cricket Ground 79,451 27 September 2003
2004 Port Adelaide Brisbane Lions 17.11 (113) d. 10.13 (73) Melbourne Cricket Ground 77,671 25 September 2004
2005 Sydney (4) West Coast (2) 8.10 (58) d. 7.12 (54) Melbourne Cricket Ground 91,828 24 September 2005
2006 West Coast (3) Sydney (10) 12.13 (85) d. 12.12 (84) Melbourne Cricket Ground 97,431 30 September 2006
2007 Geelong (7) Port Adelaide 24.19 (163) d. 6.8 (44) Melbourne Cricket Ground 97,302 29 September 2007
2008 Hawthorn (10) Geelong (9) 18.7 (115) d. 11.23 (89) Melbourne Cricket Ground 100,012 27 September 2008
2009 Geelong (8) St Kilda (5) 12.8 (80) d. 9.14 (68) Melbourne Cricket Ground 99,251 26 September 2009
2010 Collingwood St Kilda 9.14 (68) drew 10.8 (68) Melbourne Cricket Ground 100,016 25 September 2010
Collingwood (15) St Kilda (6) 16.12 (108) d. 7.10 (52) Melbourne Cricket Ground 93,853 2 October 2010
2011 Geelong (9) Collingwood (26) 18.11 (119) d. 12.9 (81) Melbourne Cricket Ground 99,537 1 October 2011
2012 Sydney (5) Hawthorn (6) 14.7 (91) d. 11.15 (81) Melbourne Cricket Ground 99,683 29 September 2012
2013 Hawthorn (11) Fremantle 11.11 (77) d. 8.14 (62) Melbourne Cricket Ground 100,007 28 September 2013
2014 Hawthorn (12) Sydney (11) 21.11 (137) d. 11.8 (74) Melbourne Cricket Ground 99,454 27 September 2014

Premierships by team[edit]

This table summarises all senior premierships won by each team. The "Grand Final Matches" column includes all Grand Finals and Grand Final Replays listed in the previous section, and because of this, the column will not necessarily equal the sum of the premierships and runners-up columns.

Club Premierships Runners-up Grand Final matches Premiership years Runner-up years Years since last Premiership
Essendon 16 14 29 1897, 1901, 1911, 1912, 1923, 1924, 1942, 1946, 1949, 1950, 1962, 1965, 1984, 1985, 1993, 2000 1898, 1902, 1908, 1941, 1943, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1957, 1959, 1968, 1983, 1990, 2001 14
Carlton 16 13 29 1906, 1907, 1908, 1914, 1915, 1938, 1945, 1947, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1995 1904, 1909, 1910, 1916, 1921, 1932, 1949, 1962, 1969, 1973, 1986, 1993, 1999 19
Collingwood 15 26 43 1902, 1903, 1910, 1917, 1919, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1936, 1953, 1958, 1990, 2010 1901, 1905, 1911, 1915, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1925, 1926, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1952, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1966, 1970, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 2002, 2003, 2011 4
Hawthorn 12 6 18 1961, 1971, 1976, 1978, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2008, 2013, 2014 1963, 1975, 1984, 1985, 1987, 2012 0
Melbourne 12 5 18 1900, 1926, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964 1946, 1954, 1958, 1988, 2000 50
Richmond 10 12 21 1920, 1921, 1932, 1934, 1943, 1967, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1980 1919, 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1972, 1982 34
Geelong 9 9 17 1925, 1931, 1937, 1951, 1952, 1963, 2007, 2009, 2011 1897, 1930, 1953, 1967, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2008 3
Fitzroy (1897–1996) 8 5 13 1898, 1899, 1904, 1905, 1913, 1916, 1922, 1944 1900, 1903, 1906, 1917, 1923
Sydney / South Melbourne (1897-1981) 5 11 16 1909, 1918, 1933, 2005, 2012 1899, 1907, 1912, 1914, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1945, 1996, 2006, 2014 2
North Melbourne 4 5 10 1975, 1977, 1996, 1999 1950, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1998 15
West Coast 3 2 5 1992, 1994, 2006 1991, 2005 8
Brisbane Lions 3 1 4 2001, 2002, 2003 2004 11
Adelaide 2 0 2 1997, 1998 16
St Kilda 1 6 8 1966 1913, 1965, 1971, 1997, 2009, 2010 48
Port Adelaide 1 1 2 2004 2007 10
Western Bulldogs / Footscray (1925-1996) 1 1 2 1954 1961 60
Fremantle 0 1 1 2013
University (1908–1914) 0 0 0
Brisbane Bears (1987–1996) 0 0 0
Gold Coast 0 0 0
Greater Western Sydney 0 0 0

Table correct to the end of the 2014 season

Premierships at all levels[edit]

This table summarises the premierships won by teams in all grades of the VFL/AFL. This incorporates four competitions:

  • VFL/AFL Seniors (1897–present)
  • VFL/AFL Reserves (1919–1999) (VFL Seconds prior to 1959)
  • VFL/AFL Under-19s (1946–1991) (VFL Thirds prior to 1959)
  • Night Series / Pre-Season (1956–1971, 1977–2013)
Club Seniors Reserves Under 19s Night Total
Essendon 16 8 5 6 35
Carlton 16 8 6 4 34
Melbourne 12 12 6 3 33
Richmond 10 9 11 1 31
Collingwood 15 7 4 2 28
Hawthorn 12 4 1 9 26
Geelong 9 13 1 2 25
North Melbourne / Kangaroos (1999–2006) 4 7 7 5 23
Fitzroy 8 3 2 2 15
Western Bulldogs / Footscray (1925–1996) 1 6 1 4 12
Sydney / South Melbourne (1897–1981) 5 0 1 4 10
St Kilda 1 3 1 4 9
Adelaide 2 2 4
Brisbane Lions 3 1 4
West Coast 3 0 3
Port Adelaide 1 2 3
Brisbane Bears 0 1 0 1
University 0 0
Fremantle 0 0 0
Gold Coast 0 0 0
Greater Western Sydney 0 0 0

Table correct to the end of the 2014 season.

Premiership frequency[edit]

Club Years in competition Seasons Premierships Runners-up Average years per premiership Average years per Grand Final
Brisbane Lions 1997–2014 18 3 1 6.00 4.50
Essendon 1897–1915, 1918–2014 116 16 14 7.25 3.87
Carlton 1897–2014 118 16 13 7.38 4.07
Hawthorn 1925–2014 90 12 6 7.50 5.00
Collingwood 1897–2014 118 15 26 7.88 2.88
West Coast 1987–2014 28 3 2 9.33 5.60
Melbourne 1897–1915, 1919–2014 115 12 5 9.58 6.76
Richmond 1908–2014 107 10 12 10.70 4.86
Adelaide 1991–2014 24 2 0 12.00 12.00
Fitzroy 1897–1996 100 8 5 12.50 7.69
Geelong 1897–1915, 1917–1941, 1944–2014 115 9 9 12.78 6.38
Port Adelaide 1997–2014 18 1 1 18.00 9.00
North Melbourne 1925–2014 90 4 5 22.50 10.00
Sydney
South Melbourne (1897–1981) 
1897–1915, 1917–2014 117 5 11 23.40 7.31
Western Bulldogs
Footscray (1925–1996)
1925–2014 90 1 1 90.00 45.00
St Kilda 1897–1915, 1918–2014 116 1 6 116.00 16.57
Fremantle 1995–2014 20 0 1 20.00
Greater Western Sydney 2012–2014 3 0 0
Gold Coast 2011–2014 4 0 0
University 1908–1914 7 0 0
Brisbane Bears 1987–1996 10 0 0

Longest premiership droughts[edit]

+ Drought began upon club's entry to league
Drought ended upon club's exit from league
— Current drought
Club Seasons* Start End Grand Final appearances during drought
Sydney / South Melbourne (1897–1981) 72 1933 2005 1934, 1935, 1936, 1945, 1996
St Kilda 68a 1897+ 1966 1913, 1965
Western Bulldogs / Footscray (1925–1996) 60 1954 1961
Fitzroy 52 1944 1996
North Melbourne 51 1925+ 1975 1950, 1974
Melbourne 50 1964 1988, 2000
St Kilda 48 1966 1971, 1997, 2009, 2010, 2010 replay
Geelong 44 1963 2007 1967, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1995
Hawthorn 37 1925+ 1961
Richmond 34 1980 1982
Collingwood 32 1958 1990 1960, 1964, 1966, 1970, 1977, 1977 replay, 1979, 1980, 1981
  • *The duration of the drought is given as the number of full seasons contested between premierships; the season in which the drought is broken is considered to be part of the drought.
  • a St Kilda did not contest the 1916 or 1917 seasons; the duration of this drought was either 68 contested seasons, or 70 calendar years.

Table correct to the end of the 2014 season

Consecutive premierships[edit]

The most VFL/AFL premierships won consecutively is four, achieved only once, by Collingwood (1927–1930). Teams have won three premierships in a row on a further four occasions, and back-to-back premierships have been won on a further seventeen occasions.

# Club Years
4 Collingwood 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930
3 Carlton 1906, 1907, 1908
Melbourne 1939, 1940, 1941
Melbourne 1955, 1956, 1957
Brisbane Lions 2001, 2002, 2003
2 Fitzroy 1898, 1899
Collingwood 1902, 1903
Fitzroy 1904, 1905
Essendon 1911, 1912
Carlton 1914, 1915
Richmond 1920, 1921
Essendon 1923, 1924
Collingwood 1935, 1936
Essendon 1949, 1950
Geelong 1951, 1952
Melbourne 1959, 1960
Richmond 1973, 1974
Carlton 1981, 1982
Essendon 1984, 1985
Hawthorn 1988, 1989
Adelaide 1997, 1998
Hawthorn 2013, 2014

Table correct to the end of the 2014 season

See also[edit]

References[edit]