VFL/AFL premiership and grand final statistics

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This page is a collection of VFL/AFL premiership and grand final statistics. 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. Each year, the premiership is awarded to the club that wins the AFL Grand Final. The grand final has been played in all VFL/AFL seasons except for 1897 and 1924 (where the premiership was awarded without a grand final being played), and has been an annual tradition in its current format since 1931.

Since the introduction by the League of equalisation policies of a salary cap and draft in 1987,[1] every team currently competing in the Australian Football League (except for Gold Coast, which has not yet qualified for a finals series) has qualified for a grand final. This has had a significant impact on the spread of premierships: since 1990, thirteen clubs have won a premiership, compared with only five clubs between 1967 and 1989.[2] Essendon and Carlton have won the most VFL/AFL premierships, with a total of 16 each. Of the teams currently competing in the Australian Football League, only Fremantle, Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney (three of the competition's four newest clubs) are yet to win a premiership.

Premierships by team[edit]

Club Years in
competition
Premierships Runners-up
Total Years Total Years
Essendon 1897–present 16 1897, 1901, 1911, 1912, 1923, 1924, 1942, 1946, 1949, 1950, 1962, 1965, 1984, 1985, 1993, 2000 14 1898, 1902, 1908, 1941, 1943, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1957, 1959, 1968, 1983, 1990, 2001
Carlton 1897–present 16 1906, 1907, 1908, 1914, 1915, 1938, 1945, 1947, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1995 13 1904, 1909, 1910, 1916, 1921, 1932, 1949, 1962, 1969, 1973, 1986, 1993, 1999
Collingwood 1897–present 15 1902, 1903, 1910, 1917, 1919, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1936, 1953, 1958, 1990, 2010 27 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, 2018
Hawthorn 1925–present 13 1961, 1971, 1976, 1978, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015 6 1963, 1975, 1984, 1985, 1987, 2012
Richmond 1908–present 12 1920, 1921, 1932, 1934, 1943, 1967, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1980, 2017, 2019 12 1919, 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1972, 1982
Melbourne 1897–present 12 1900, 1926, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964 5 1946, 1954, 1958, 1988, 2000
Geelong 1897–present 9 1925, 1931, 1937, 1951, 1952, 1963, 2007, 2009, 2011 9 1897, 1930, 1953, 1967, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2008
Fitzroy 1897–1996 8 1898, 1899, 1904, 1905, 1913, 1916, 1922, 1944 5 1900, 1903, 1906, 1917, 1923
South Melbourne / Sydney 1897–present 5 1909, 1918, 1933, 2005, 2012 12 1899, 1907, 1912, 1914, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1945, 1996, 2006, 2014, 2016
North Melbourne 1925–present 4 1975, 1977, 1996, 1999 5 1950, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1998
West Coast 1987–present 4 1992, 1994, 2006, 2018 3 1991, 2005, 2015
Brisbane Lions 1997–present 3 2001, 2002, 2003 1 2004
Adelaide 1991–present 2 1997, 1998 1 2017
Footscray / Western Bulldogs 1925–present 2 1954, 2016 1 1961
St Kilda 1897–present 1 1966 6 1913, 1965, 1971, 1997, 2009, 2010
Port Adelaide 1997–present 1 2004 1 2007
Fremantle 1995–present 0 1 2013
Greater Western Sydney 2012–present 0 1 2019
University 1908–1914 0 0
Brisbane Bears 1987–1996 0 0
Gold Coast 2011–present 0 0

Table correct to the end of the 2019 season.

Premiership frequency[edit]

Club Years in competition Seasons Premierships Runners-up Strike rate (based on
seasons in competition)
Average years per
Premiership Grand final
Hawthorn 1925–present 95 13 6 13.68% 7.31 5.00
Essendon 1897–1915, 1918–present 121 16 14 13.22% 7.56 4.03
Brisbane Lions 1997–present 23 3 1 13.04% 7.67 5.75
Carlton 1897–present 123 16 13 13.01% 7.69 4.24
Collingwood 1897–present 123 15 27 12.20% 8.20 2.92
West Coast 1987–present 33 4 3 12.12% 8.25 4.71
Richmond 1908–present 112 12 12 10.71% 9.33 4.67
Melbourne 1897–1915, 1919–present 120 12 5 10.00% 10.00 7.00
Fitzroy 1897–1996 100 8 5 8.00% 12.50 7.69
Geelong 1897–1915, 1917–1941, 1944–present 120 9 9 7.50% 13.33 6.67
Adelaide 1991–present 29 2 1 6.90% 14.50 9.67
Port Adelaide 1997–present 23 1 1 4.35% 23.00 11.50
North Melbourne 1925–present 95 4 5 4.21% 23.75 10.56
South Melbourne / Sydney 1897–1915, 1917–present 122 5 12 4.10% 24.40 7.18
Footscray / Western Bulldogs 1925–present 95 2 1 2.11% 47.50 31.67
St Kilda 1897–1915, 1918–present 121 1 6 0.83% 121.00 17.29
Greater Western Sydney 2012–present 8 0 1 8.00
Fremantle 1995–present 25 0 1 25.00
Brisbane Bears 1987–1996 10 0 0
University 1908–1914 7 0 0
Gold Coast 2011–present 9 0 0

Table correct to the end of the 2019 season.

Premiership droughts[edit]

The following tables summarise the different premiership droughts for each club. The first table is limited to droughts lasting 50 or more seasons, while the other three are specific to each club (two of which span the entire competition, including all 21 teams). 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, and if the drought began from a club's entry to the league, the club's inaugural season is also considered to be part of the drought. Grand final replays are not included in grand final appearances.

+ Drought began upon club's entry to league
Drought ended upon club's exit from league
* Also the longest club premiership drought

Longest premiership droughts[edit]

Club Seasons Start End Grand final appearances
during drought
South Melbourne / Sydney 72 1933 2005 1934, 1935, 1936, 1945, 1996
St Kilda 68a 1897+ 1966 1913, 1965
Footscray / Western Bulldogs 62 1954 2016 1961
Melbourne 55 1964 1988, 2000
St Kilda 53 1966 1971, 1997, 2009, 2010
Fitzroy 52 1944 1996
North Melbourne 51 1925+ 1975 1950, 1974

Table correct to the end of the 2019 season.

Longest club premiership droughts[edit]

Club Seasons Start End Grand final appearances during drought
Adelaide 20 1998 2017
Brisbane Bears 10 1987+ 1996
Brisbane Lions 15 2003 2004
Carlton 24 1995 1999
Collingwood 32 1958 1990 1960, 1964, 1966, 1970, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981
Essendon 19 1965 1984 1968, 1983
2000 2001
Fitzroy 52 1944 1996
Footscray / Western Bulldogs 62 1954 2016 1961
Fremantle 24 1995+ 2013
Geelong 44 1963 2007 1967, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1995
Gold Coast 9 2011+
Greater Western Sydney 8 2012+ 2019
Hawthorn 37 1925+ 1961
Melbourne 55 1964 1988, 2000
North Melbourne 51 1925+ 1975 1950, 1974
Port Adelaide 15 2004 2007
Richmond 37 1980 2017 1982
St Kilda 68a 1897+ 1966 1913, 1965
South Melbourne / Sydney 72 1933 2005 1934, 1935, 1936, 1945, 1996
University 7 1908+ 1914
West Coast 12 1994 2006 2005
2006 2018 2015

Table correct to the end of the 2019 season.

Current club premiership droughts[edit]

Club Seasons Start Grand final appearances
during drought
Adelaide 21* 1998 2017
Brisbane Lions 16 2003 2004
Carlton 24* 1995 1999
Collingwood 9 2010 2011, 2018
Essendon 19* 2000 2001
Fremantle 25* 1995+ 2013
Geelong 8 2011
Gold Coast 9* 2011+
Greater Western Sydney 8* 2012+ 2019
Hawthorn 4 2015
Melbourne 55* 1964 1988, 2000
North Melbourne 20 1999
Port Adelaide 15* 2004 2007
Richmond 0 2019
St Kilda 53 1966 1971, 1997, 2009, 2010
Sydney 7 2012 2014, 2016
West Coast 1 2018
Western Bulldogs 3 2016

Table correct to the end of the 2019 season.

Time taken to win first premiership[edit]

° Club has not yet won a premiership
× Club exited the league without winning a premiership
Club Seasons Entry to
league
First
premiership
Grand final appearances
during drought
Adelaide 7 1991 1997
Brisbane Bears 10× 1987
Brisbane Lions 5 1997 2001
Carlton 10 1897 1906 1904
Collingwood 6 1897 1902 1901
Essendon 1 1897 1897
Fitzroy 2 1897 1898
Footscray / Western Bulldogs 30 1925 1954
Fremantle 24° 1995 2013
Geelong 29 1897 1925 1897
Gold Coast 2011
Greater Western Sydney 2012 2019
Hawthorn 37 1925 1961
Melbourne 4 1897 1900
North Melbourne 51* 1925 1975 1950, 1974
Port Adelaide 8 1997 2004
Richmond 13 1908 1920 1919
St Kilda 68*a 1897 1966 1913, 1965
South Melbourne / Sydney 13 1897 1909 1899, 1907
University 7× 1908
West Coast 6 1987 1992 1991

Table correct to the end of the 2019 season.

a As St Kilda did not contest the 1916 and 1917 seasons, the duration of this drought was 68 contested seasons (across 70 calendar years).

Consecutive appearances[edit]

Consecutive premierships[edit]

# 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
Hawthorn 2013, 2014, 2015
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

Table correct to the end of the 2019 season.

Consecutive grand finals[edit]

# Club Years Win/loss
7 Melbourne 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960 L, W, W, W, L, W, W
Hawthorn 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 W, L, L, W, L, W, W
6 Collingwood 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930 L, L, W, W, W, W
Essendon 1946, 1947, 19481, 1949, 1950, 1951 W, L, L, W, W, L
5 Carlton 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910 W, W, W, L, L
Collingwood 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939 W, W, L, L, L
North Melbourne 1974, 1975, 1976, 19772, 1978 L, W, L, W, L
4 Fitzroy 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906 L, W, W, L
Collingwood 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920 W, L, W, L
Richmond 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934 L, W, L, W
South Melbourne 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936 W, L, L, L
Brisbane Lions 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 W, W, W, L
Hawthorn 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 L, W, W, W
3 Fitzroy 1898, 1899, 1900 W, W, L
Collingwood 1901, 1902, 1903 L, W, W
Carlton 1914, 1915, 1916 W, W, L
Richmond 1919, 1920, 1921 L, W, W
Richmond 1927, 1928, 1929 L, L, L
Melbourne 1939, 1940, 1941 W, W, W
Essendon 1941, 1942, 1943 L, W, L
Richmond 1942, 1943, 1944 L, W, L
Geelong 1951, 1952, 1953 W, W, L
Carlton 1968, 1969, 1970 W, L, W
Richmond 1972, 1973, 1974 L, W, W
Collingwood 1979, 1980, 1981 L, L, L
Essendon 1983, 1984, 1985 L, W, W
Geelong 2007, 2008, 2009 W, L, W

1 Essendon drew the 1948 VFL Grand Final, and was defeated by Melbourne in the replay.
2 North Melbourne drew the 1977 VFL Grand Final, and defeated Collingwood in the replay.

Table correct to the end of the 2019 season.

Most common match-ups[edit]

The following table summarises the most common grand final match-ups (not including grand final replays).

# Match-up Grand final appearances
7 Collingwood vs Melbourne 1926, 1939, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1964
6 Carlton vs Collingwood 1910, 1915, 1938, 1970, 1979, 1981
Carlton vs Essendon 1908, 1947, 1949, 1962, 1968, 1993
Carlton vs Richmond 1921, 1932, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1982
Collingwood vs Geelong 1925, 1930, 1937, 1952, 1953, 2011
Collingwood vs Richmond 1919, 1920, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1980
Essendon vs Melbourne 1941, 1946, 1948, 1957, 1959, 2000
4 Carlton vs South Melbourne 1907, 1909, 1914, 1945
Collingwood vs Essendon 1901, 1902, 1911, 1990
Collingwood vs Fitzroy 1903, 1905, 1917, 1922

Table correct to the end of the 2019 season.

Premierships at all levels[edit]

Club Seniors Reserves Under-19s Women's Night Total
Essendon 16 8 5 6 35
Carlton 16 8 6 0 4 34
Richmond 12 10 11 1 34
Melbourne 12 12 6 0 3 33
Collingwood 15 7 4 0 2 28
Hawthorn 13 4 1 9 27
Geelong 9 13 1 0 3 26
North Melbourne 4 7 7 0 5 23
Fitzroy 8 3 2 2 15
Footscray / Western Bulldogs 2 6 1 1 4 14
South Melbourne / Sydney 5 0 1 4 10
St Kilda 1 3 1 4 9
Adelaide 2 2 2 6
West Coast 4 0 4
Brisbane Lions 3 0 1 4
Port Adelaide 1 2 3
Brisbane Bears 0 1 0 1
University 0 0 0
Fremantle 0 0 0 0
Gold Coast 0 0 0
Greater Western Sydney 0 0 0 0

Table correct to the end of the 2019 season.

Premierships across multiple grades in a season[edit]

A club has won premierships in three grades in a single year on only two occasions – Essendon in 1950, and Richmond in 1973. During the years that it was achievable, no club ever won a senior, reserves, under-19s and night premiership in a single year.

Season Club Seniors Reserves Under-19s Women's Night Total
1950 Essendon Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A 3/3
1951 Carlton No Yes Yes N/A N/A 2/3
1952 Essendon No Yes Yes N/A N/A 2/3
1956 South Melbourne No No Yes N/A Yes
[note 1]
2/4
1965 Collingwood No Yes Yes N/A N/A
[note 2]
2/3
1971 Melbourne No No Yes N/A Yes
[note 3]
2/4
1972 Hawthorn No Yes Yes N/A N/A 2/3
1973 Richmond Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A 3/3
1977 Richmond No Yes Yes N/A No 2/4
1984 Essendon Yes No No N/A Yes 2/4
1985 Hawthorn No Yes No N/A Yes 2/4
1986 Hawthorn Yes No No N/A Yes 2/4
1988 Hawthorn Yes No No N/A Yes 2/4
1991 Hawthorn Yes No No N/A Yes 2/4
1993 Essendon Yes No N/A N/A Yes 2/3
1995 North Melbourne No Yes N/A N/A Yes 2/3
2000 Essendon Yes N/A N/A N/A Yes 2/2
2009 Geelong Yes N/A N/A N/A Yes 2/2
2019 Richmond Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A 2/2

Table correct to the end of the 2019 season.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The 1956 VFL Night Series Competition was only for the teams who missed the finals (5th to 12th on ladder).
  2. ^ The 1965 VFL Night Series Competition was only for the teams who missed the finals (5th to 12th on ladder).
  3. ^ The 1971 VFL Night Series Competition was only for the teams who missed the finals (5th to 12th on ladder).

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