Victorian Football Association

Season 1877

 

Season Notes

 

Victorian Football Association formed

The Victorian Football Association was formed in May 1877.

 

Senior clubs

Senior metropolitan clubs providing delegates to the Association in 1877 were:

 

Provincial clubs

Senior provincial clubs providing delegates to the Association in 1877 were:

 

In addition, the following clubs provided delegates to the VFA in 1877

 

During the period 1877 to 1879, of these four clubs, only Castlemaine played other affiliated senior clubs without odds. However as Castlemaine only played one game per season, these games are not listed as counting towards the premiership.

 

Junior clubs

In 1877 there were three leading junior clubs which subsequently were elevated to Senior status in the following years:

 

East Melbourne was a Senior club in 1875 and 1876, but did not appear in 1877 or 1878. A new East Melbourne club was formed in 1879 and played one season as a Junior club before being elevated to Senior status in 1880.

 

It should be noted being a ‘Junior’ club was not a reflection of the age of the club’s players, but rather the status of the club.

Junior clubs would usually be given odds when playing against Senior clubs (most commonly 23 or 25 players against 20).

 

The Victorian Football Association managed football matters for Junior clubs (including arbitration of disputes) until the formation of the VJFA (Victorian Junior Football Association) in April 1880.

 

Games included

Only games not played at odds between the affiliated senior Metropolitan clubs and Provincial clubs are listed here.

These are the games that effectively decided the Premiership and are the ones used in calculations of the Final Ladder.

It should be noted the VFA did not officially endorse a system of ranking the clubs until the 1888 season.

 

Rules governing the game in 1877

New rules proposed by the VFA were published in the Argus following a meeting of club secretaries on 7 May 1877.

 

Games were played in two halves. Four quarters were introduced commencing with the 1886 season.

Behinds were infrequently reported in match reports during 1877, so often only goal totals are listed in results below.

Behinds did not count towards the final score or in determining the result of matches until 1897.

 

 

Results

 

 

Round 1

 

24 May 1877

Geelong

1

1

Venue: Argyle Square Ground, Geelong; Attendance: 1500-2000

 

Melbourne

1

3

Result: Melbourne won by 2 goals

 

 

 

 

 

24 May 1877

Ballarat

0

0

Venue: Wynne's Paddock, Ballarat

 

Carlton

0

0

Result: DRAW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 2

 

2 June 1877

Melbourne

1

1

Venue: Melbourne Football Ground; Attendance: 3000-4000

 

Hotham

0

1

Result: DRAW

Scheduled to start 2:30pm but actually started at 3:20pm. Age: “the newly formed Hotham club was known to be exceptionally strong, as it had been constituted from a combination of the old North Melbourne and Carlton Imperial clubs.” Encroachment of spectators was a problem.

2 June 1877

St Kilda

1

1

Venue: St Kilda

 

Albert Park

1

1

Result: DRAW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 3

 

9 June 1877

Melbourne

1

1

Venue: MCG; Attendance: 10000

 

Carlton

1

2

Result: Carlton won by 1 goal

First football game played on the MCG in many years.

 

 

 

9 June 1877

Geelong

1

1

Venue: Argyle Square Ground, Geelong; Attendance: 1500

 

Ballarat

0

0

Result: Geelong won by 1 goal

Drizzling rain made the ground very greasy.

 

 

 

 

 

Round 4

 

16 June 1877

Albert Park

0

0

Venue: Albert Park; Attendance: 1500

 

Carlton

1

3

Result: Carlton won by 3 goals

Encroachment of spectators 'not excessive'

 

 

 

 

 

Round 5

 

23 June 1877

Melbourne

0

1

Venue: Melbourne Football Ground; Attendance: 2000

 

Barwon

1

1

Result: DRAW

Grandstand reversed to face away from the cricket ground. Game started 30 minutes late. Barwon goal umpire denied a Melbourne goal. Longden of Melbourne chased a spectator who blocked his kick at goal up Wellington Parade followed by 500 to 600 spectators.

 

 

Round 6

 

30 June 1877

St Kilda

0

0

Venue: St Kilda; Attendance: 700

 

Melbourne

0

4

Result: Melbourne won by 4 goals

St Kilda kicked a goal in the first half which was subsequently lost when it was discovered on half time they were playing with 22 men (although probably not at the time of the goal)

 

 

Round 7

 

2 July 1877

Melbourne

2-

3-

Venue: Melbourne Football Ground; Attendance: 1000-1500

 

Ballarat

0-2

0-2

Result: Melbourne won by 3 goals

First time a temporary fence was used.

 

 

 

 

 

Round 8

 

7 July 1877

Carlton

2

5

Venue: Madeline Street Ground; Attendance: 3000-5000

 

Hotham

0

0

Result: Carlton won by 5 goals

 

 

 

 

 

7 July 1877

Barwon

0

1

Venue: Commun na Feine ground, Geelong

 

Albert Park

1

1

Result: DRAW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 9

 

14 July 1877

Carlton

1

4

Venue: Madeline Street Ground; Attendance: 6000

 

Melbourne

0

0

Result: Carlton won by 4 goals

 

 

 

 

 

14 July 1877

Geelong

2

2

Venue: Argyle Square Ground, Geelong; Attendance: 1500

 

St Kilda

0

0

Result: Geelong won by 2 goals

St Kilda only had 18 men, “but were allowed two excellent substitutes by Geelong

 

 

Round 10

 

21 July 1877

St Kilda

-

0

Venue: St Kilda

 

Carlton

-

7

Result: Carlton won by 7 goals

 

 

 

 

 

21 July 1877

Hotham

1-4

5-4

Venue: Madeline Street Ground; Attendance: 2000-3000

 

Melbourne

0-12

0-13

Result: Hotham won by 5 goals

The Argus reported: “The ground was very wet in places, and almost unfit to play upon.” Melbourne played with 19 men.

 

 

Round 11

 

28 July 1877

Carlton

0-1

2

Venue: Madeline Street Ground; Attendance: 2000-4000

 

Geelong

0-7

0

Result: Carlton won by 2 goals

 

 

 

 

 

28 July 1877

Albert Park

0-0

0-

Venue: Albert Park

 

Hotham

0-

2-

Result: Hotham won by 2 goals

Albert Park “guilty of the unsportmanlike tactics of kicking the ball out of bounds to waste time.”

 

 

Round 12

 

4 August 1877

Carlton

0

1

Venue: Madeline Street Ground; Attendance: 1500

 

Albert Park

0

0

Result: Carlton won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 13

 

11 August 1877

Barwon

2-9

2-12

Venue: Geelong Agricultural Showgrounds; Attendance: 600-700

 

Hotham

0-0

1-9

Result: Barwon won by 1 goal

Crowd very partial, cheering the local players and hissing the visitors. Ground extremely unsuitable, a strong wind blowing downhill to one of the goals.

 

 

Round 14

 

18 August 1877

Carlton

0-2

3-12

Venue: Madeline Street Ground; Attendance: 4000

 

Hotham

1-1

1-1

Result: Carlton won by 2 goals

 

18 August 1877

Ballarat

0

0

Venue: Wynne's Paddock, Ballarat

 

Barwon

0

0

Result: DRAW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 15

 

25 August 1877

Melbourne

0-1

2-2

Venue: Melbourne Football Ground; Attendance: 5000-7000

 

Carlton

2-5

2-7

Result: DRAW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 16

 

1 September 1877

Hotham

0-4

0-8

Venue: Royal Park

 

Albert Park

0-2

0-3

Result: Hotham won on forfeit

Albert Park withdrew their team before the end to protest at the umpiring, after two seemingly valid goals were denied by the Hotham goal umpire. The Footballer 1877 lists this result for Albert Park as: “Lost, left the ground”

 

 

Round 17

 

8 September 1877

Carlton

3-

3-12

Venue: Madeline Street Ground

 

St Kilda

0-

0-

Result: Carlton won by 3 goals

St Kilda started with 16 men but eventually had 19 playing.

 

 

 

8 September 1877

Melbourne

2-2

2-4

Venue: Melbourne Football Ground; Attendance: 5000-7000

 

Hotham

0-3

0-5

Result: Melbourne won by 2 goals

Play commenced 3:30pm due to late appearance by Melbourne.

 

 

Round 18

 

15 September 1877

Melbourne

0-5

1-8

Venue: Melbourne Football Ground; Attendance: 3000-4000

 

Albert Park

0-0

0-0

Result: Melbourne won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 19

 

22 September 1877

Barwon

1-4

1

Venue: Geelong Agricultural Showgrounds; Attendance: 3000-4000

 

Carlton

0-0

0

Result: Barwon won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

 

22 September 1877

Melbourne

2-0

6-20

Venue: Melbourne Football Ground; Attendance: 2000-3000

 

St Kilda

0-2

0-2

Result: Melbourne won by 6 goals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 20

 

29 September 1877

Carlton

2-4

2-9

Venue: Madeline Street Ground; Attendance: 7000-10000

 

Melbourne

2-3

3-10

Result: Melbourne won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladder

 

 

Team

P

W

L

D

F

A

Points

Proportional Points

%

1

Carlton

13

9

2

2

34

8

40

40.00

425.00

2

Melbourne

13

7

3

3

27

18

34

34.00

150.00

3

Hotham

8

3

4

1

10

13

14

22.75

76.92

4

Albert Park

7

0

5

2

2

9

4

7.43

22.22

5

St Kilda

6

0

5

1

1

23

2

4.33

4.35

6

Barwon

5

2

0

3

5

3

14

36.40

166.67

7

Geelong

4

2

2

0

4

5

8

26.00

80.00

8

Ballarat

4

0

2

2

0

4

4

13.00

0.00

 

Total

60

23

23

14

83

83

120

 

 

 

 

Notes:

 

Proportional Points system (officially used only from the 1888 VFA season onwards) has been used to rank teams.

- Proportional Points system correlates with the contemporary rankings.

- Games played at odds, or against Junior clubs, and inter-colonial matches not included in the above ladder.

- Barwon, Geelong and Ballarat played too few games to attain a ranking.

      - In addition, until 1878, the provincial clubs were usually ranked separately from the metropolitan clubs.

- Rule requiring a minimum of 18 games to qualify for the Premiership not in force until 1888

- Behinds were only occasionally recorded during this season. Behinds did not count towards the final score or in determining the result of matches.

- The percentage column of goals for divided by goals against is included as an indication only.

 

 

1877 premiers: Carlton

 

 

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