List of VFL/AFL minor premiers

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

The team that finishes the home-and-away season on top of the premiership ladder is known as the "minor premier". Since 1991, the McClelland Trophy has been awarded to the minor premier.[1] Finishing on top of the ladder provides only minor benefits during the AFL finals series, and the main league award is the AFL premiership, which is awarded to the winner of the AFL Grand Final.[2][3][4]

As of 2019, 64 minor premiers have won the VFL/AFL premiership, 43 have finished as runners-up, and 16 have finished third, failing to qualify for the grand final. Since 1995, only six minor premiers have gone on to win the premiership, and 1980 and 2019 are the only seasons where neither of the top two teams during the home-and-away season qualified for the grand final.

List of minor premiers[edit]

The following is a list of minor premiers, ladder details and results.

Season Minor premier Premiership
points
Percentage Second place Margin Finish Premiers
1897 Geelong 44 184.3 Essendon 25.3% Runners-up Essendon
1898 Essendon 44 202.1 Collingwood 4 points Runners-up Fitzroy
1899 Fitzroy 44 153.3 Geelong 4 points Premiers
1900 Fitzroy 44 168.0 Geelong 8 points Runners-up Melbourne
1901 Geelong 56 142.9 Essendon 8 points Third Essendon
1902 Collingwood 60 199.5 Essendon 8 points Premiers
1903 Collingwood 60 159.4 Fitzroy 4 points Premiers
1904 Fitzroy 48 128.2 Carlton 6 points Premiers
1905 Collingwood 60 175.0 Fitzroy 10 points Runners-up Fitzroy
1906 Carlton 56 153.5 Fitzroy 4 points Premiers
1907 Carlton 52 155.7 South Melbourne 8 points Premiers
1908 Carlton 68 169.4 Essendon 12 points Premiers
1909 South Melbourne 56 168.9 Carlton 22.1% Premiers
1910 Carlton 60 160.1 Collingwood 8 points Runners-up Collingwood
1911 Essendon 62 178.3 South Melbourne 8 points Premiers
1912 South Melbourne 56 157.0 Carlton 25.8% Runners-up Essendon
1913 Fitzroy 64 144.3 South Melbourne 6 points Premiers
1914 Carlton 56 129.7 South Melbourne 6 points Premiers
1915 Collingwood 56 166.1 Carlton 2 points Runners-up Carlton
1916 Carlton 40 137.2 Collingwood 14 points Runners-up Fitzroy
1917 Collingwood 42 133.4 Carlton 4 points Premiers
1918 South Melbourne 52 143.1 Collingwood 12 points Premiers
1919 Collingwood 52 162.3 South Melbourne 4 points Premiers
1920 Richmond 56 146.4 Fitzroy 3.2% Premiers
1921 Carlton 56 142.0 Richmond 8 points Runners-up Richmond
1922 Collingwood 48 127.8 Essendon 6 points Runners-up Fitzroy
1923 Essendon 52 135.8 Fitzroy 8 points Premiers
1924 Essendon 46 131.6 South Melbourne 2 points Premiers
1925 Geelong 60 152.7 Essendon 8 points Premiers
1926 Collingwood 60 149.3 Geelong 4.1% Runners-up Melbourne
1927 Collingwood 60 150.6 Richmond 4 points Premiers
1928 Collingwood 60 134.6 Richmond 4 points Premiers
1929 Collingwood 72 171.7 Carlton 12 points Premiers
1930 Collingwood 60 144.3 Carlton 2.7% Premiers
1931 Geelong 60 151.4 Richmond 10.3% Premiers
1932 Carlton 60 137.8 Richmond 2 points Runners-up Richmond
1933 Richmond 60 141.1 South Melbourne 8 points Runners-up South Melbourne
1934 Richmond 60 121.3 Geelong 2 points Premiers
1935 South Melbourne 64 137.6 Collingwood 4 points Runners-up Collingwood
1936 South Melbourne 64 118.5 Collingwood 4 points Runners-up Collingwood
1937 Geelong 60 135.3 Melbourne 4.1% Premiers
1938 Carlton 56 116.1 Geelong 4 points Premiers
1939 Melbourne 60 128.4 Collingwood 6.4% Premiers
1940 Melbourne 56 125.8 Richmond 8 points Premiers
1941 Carlton 56 120.3 Melbourne 3.1% Third Melbourne
1942 Essendon 52 127.1 Richmond 4 points Premiers
1943 Richmond 44 123.1 Essendon 7.9% Premiers
1944 Richmond 54 131.1 Fitzroy 0.1% Runners-up Fitzroy
1945 South Melbourne 64 131.8 Collingwood 4 points Runners-up Carlton
1946 Essendon 60 140.7 Collingwood 8 points Premiers
1947 Carlton 60 134.0 Essendon 4 points Premiers
1948 Essendon 66 137.2 Melbourne 14 points Runners-up Melbourne
1949 North Melbourne 56 119.1 Carlton 4 points Third Essendon
1950 Essendon 68 162.2 North Melbourne 16 points Premiers
1951 Geelong 56 135.4 Collingwood 9.8% Premiers
1952 Geelong 66 134.7 Collingwood 10 points Premiers
1953 Geelong 60 143.3 Collingwood 4 points Runners-up Collingwood
1954 Geelong 52 133.1 Footscray 6 points Third Footscray
1955 Melbourne 60 150.5 Collingwood 4 points Premiers
1956 Melbourne 64 146.0 Collingwood 12 points Premiers
1957 Melbourne 50 138.8 Essendon 6 points Premiers
1958 Melbourne 60 123.7 Collingwood 12 points Runners-up Collingwood
1959 Melbourne 54 142.7 Carlton 2 points Premiers
1960 Melbourne 56 143.1 Fitzroy 30.6% Premiers
1961 Hawthorn 56 125.1 Melbourne 6 points Premiers
1962 Essendon 64 130.4 Geelong 8 points Premiers
1963 Hawthorn 54 130.6 Geelong 2.4% Runners-up Geelong
1964 Melbourne 56 138.1 Collingwood 2 points Premiers
1965 St Kilda 56 136.3 Collingwood 4 points Runners-up Essendon
1966 Collingwood 60 157.2 St Kilda 4 points Runners-up St Kilda
1967 Richmond 60 145.9 Carlton 2 points Premiers
1968 Essendon 66 130.3 Carlton 6 points Runners-up Carlton
1969 Collingwood 60 129.0 Carlton 8.5% Third Richmond
1970 Collingwood 72 136.5 Carlton 8 points Runners-up Carlton
1971 Hawthorn 76 153.7 St Kilda 12 points Premiers
1972 Carlton 74 134.3 Richmond 2 points Premiers
1973 Collingwood 76 125.5 Richmond 8 points Third Richmond
1974 Richmond 68 129.3 North Melbourne 4 points Premiers
1975 Hawthorn 68 137.3 Carlton 4 points Runners-up North Melbourne
1976 Carlton 66 132.8 Hawthorn 2 points Third Hawthorn
1977 Collingwood 72 130.7 Hawthorn 4 points Runners-up North Melbourne
1978 North Melbourne 64 120.9 Hawthorn 3.2% Runners-up Hawthorn
1979 Carlton 76 139.6 North Melbourne 8 points Premiers
1980 Geelong 68 125.1 Carlton 4.0% Third Richmond
1981 Carlton 68 130.3 Collingwood 7.7% Premiers
1982 Richmond 72 126.2 Hawthorn 4 points Runners-up Carlton
1983 North Melbourne 64 127.8 Hawthorn 4 points Third Hawthorn
1984 Essendon 72 128.2 Hawthorn 4 points Premiers
1985 Essendon 76 138.4 Footscray 12 points Premiers
1986 Hawthorn 72 141.6 Sydney 8 points Premiers
1987 Carlton 72 138.0 Hawthorn 4 points Premiers
1988 Hawthorn 76 142.3 Collingwood 14 points Premiers
1989 Hawthorn 76 153.2 Essendon 8 points Premiers
1990 Essendon 68 139.2 Collingwood 4 points Runners-up Collingwood
1991 West Coast 76 162.2 Hawthorn 12 points Runners-up Hawthorn
1992 Geelong 64 145.6 Footscray 15.8% Runners-up West Coast
1993 Essendon 54 119.1 Carlton 1.5% Premiers
1994 West Coast 64 132.2 Carlton 4 points Premiers
1995 Carlton 80 137.8 Geelong 16 points Premiers
1996 Sydney 66 123.9 North Melbourne 2 points Runners-up North Melbourne
1997 St Kilda 60 119.6 Geelong 1.7% Runners-up Adelaide
1998 North Melbourne 64 117.4 Western Bulldogs 4 points Runners-up Adelaide
1999 Essendon 72 126.0 Kangaroos 4 points Third Kangaroos
2000 Essendon 84 159.1 Carlton 20 points Premiers
2001 Essendon 68 134.5 Brisbane Lions 6.9% Runners-up Brisbane Lions
2002 Port Adelaide 72 132.4 Brisbane Lions 4 points Third Brisbane Lions
2003 Port Adelaide 72 127.2 Collingwood 12 points Third Brisbane Lions
2004 Port Adelaide 68 132.4 Brisbane Lions 4 points Premiers
2005 Adelaide 68 136.5 West Coast 12.5% Third Sydney
2006 West Coast 68 120.4 Adelaide 4 points Premiers
2007 Geelong 72 152.8 Port Adelaide 12 points Premiers
2008 Geelong 84 161.8 Hawthorn 16 points Runners-up Hawthorn
2009 St Kilda 80 155.7 Geelong 8 points Runners-up Geelong
2010 Collingwood 70 141.7 Geelong 2 points Premiers
2011 Collingwood 80 167.7 Geelong 4 points Runners-up Geelong
2012 Hawthorn 68 154.6 Adelaide 22.1% Runners-up Sydney
2013 Hawthorn 76 135.7 Geelong 4 points Premiers
2014 Sydney 68 142.9 Hawthorn 2.1% Runners-up Hawthorn
2015 Fremantle 68 118.7 West Coast 2 points Third Hawthorn
2016 Sydney 68 158.8 Geelong 7.4% Runners-up Western Bulldogs
2017 Adelaide 62 136.0 Geelong 18.6% Runners-up Richmond
2018 Richmond 72 136.1 West Coast 8 points Third West Coast
2019 Geelong 64 135.7 Brisbane Lions 17.4% Third Richmond

Minor premiership wins[edit]

Club Years in
competition
Minor
premierships
Minor premiers and
premiers in same year
Most recent
minor premiership
Collingwood 1897–present 19 9 2011
Carlton 1897–present 17 11 1995
Essendon 1897–present 17 11 2001
Geelong 1897–present 14 6 2019
Melbourne 1897–present 9 8 1964
Hawthorn 1925–present 9 6 2013
Richmond 1908–present 9 5 2018
South Melbourne / Sydney 1897–present 9 2 2016
Fitzroy 1897–1996 4 3 1913
North Melbourne 1925–present 4 0 1998
West Coast 1987–present 3 2 2006
Port Adelaide 1997–present 3 1 2004
St Kilda 1897–present 3 0 2009
Adelaide 1991–present 2 0 2017
Fremantle 1995–present 1 0 2015
Footscray / Western Bulldogs 1925–present 0
Brisbane Lions 1997–present 0
Gold Coast 2011–present 0
Greater Western Sydney 2012–present 0
University 1908–1914 0
Brisbane Bears 1987–1996 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Football Record 30/31 March 1 April 1991 page 3, McClelland Trophy - A New Look -
  2. ^ Stevens, Mark (18 July 2007). "Cats should be rewarded". Herald Sun. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
  3. ^ Wilson, Caroline (13 November 2009). "Saints struggle for profit despite successful season". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
  4. ^ Wilson, Caroline (24 August 2003). "Only one trophy good enough for Port". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 15 November 2009.

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