Victorian Football Association

Aggregate Ladders

 

 

Aggregate Ladder – 1877 to 1896

 

The table below lists the records of all clubs during this period.

 

The 13 clubs competing in 1892-1896 played the most games and have been sorted according to the percentage of success achieved.

Other clubs have been sorted according to number of matches played.

 

Rank

Team

Seasons

Played

Won

Lost

Drawn

For

Against

%

Points

% Success

1

South Melbourne

18

320

206

68

46

1515

880

172.16

916

71.56

2

Geelong

20

321

209

71

41

1609

995

161.71

918

71.50

3

Essendon

19

320

177

95

48

1434

994

144.27

804

62.81

4

Fitzroy

13

254

140

84

30

1097

787

139.39

620

61.02

5

Carlton

20

347

179

133

35

1348

1124

119.93

786

56.63

6

Collingwood

5

92

45

40

7

356

370

96.22

194

52.72

7

Port Melbourne

11

218

96

94

28

862

824

104.61

440

50.46

8

Melbourne

20

361

153

160

48

1213

1332

91.07

708

49.03

9

North Melbourne

20

330

112

156

62

994

1199

82.90

572

43.33

10

Williamstown

13

243

81

134

28

781

1048

74.52

380

39.09

11

St Kilda

14

221

68

131

22

781

1088

71.78

316

35.75

12

Footscray

11

194

55

120

19

588

865

67.98

258

33.25

13

Richmond

12

229

61

146

22

774

1288

60.09

288

31.44

14

University

4

70

5

60

5

114

332

34.34

30

10.71

15

Ballarat

8

57

17

30

10

161

203

79.31

88

38.60

16

South Ballarat

6

43

15

19

9

170

149

114.09

78

45.35

17

Prahran

2

35

9

21

5

84

157

53.50

46

32.86

18

Ballarat Imperial

4

34

9

21

4

113

157

71.97

44

32.35

19

South Williamstown

2

33

9

17

7

88

117

75.21

50

37.88

20

West Melbourne

3

31

7

17

7

28

68

41.18

42

33.87

21

East Melbourne

3

29

0

25

4

11

123

8.94

8

6.90

22

Albert Park

3

28

4

14

10

19

35

54.29

36

32.14

23

Barwon

2

10

2

3

5

7

12

58.33

18

45.00

 

Total

233

3820

1659

1659

502

14147

14147

 

7640

 

 

Notes:

1. % Success = Percentage of points achieved from possible points.

2. The 1896 Premiership Play-Off Match between Collingwood and South Melbourne is included.

3. For and Against columns tally goals only.

4. North Melbourne includes Hotham. South Ballarat includes Albion Imperial.

 

 

Aggregate Ladder – 1892 to 1896

 

Below is a comparison of the records of the thirteen clubs over the five seasons leading up to the formation of the Victorian Football League (VFL).

 

This period commences with Collingwood’s admission to the VFA and includes most of Essendon’s golden period of four consecutive premierships in 1891-1894.

The final two seasons of this period saw emerging powers Fitzroy (1895) and Collingwood (1896) win their first premierships.

 

It is interesting to note that if performance over the previous five seasons had been the sole criteria for judging admission to new body
then Port Melbourne and Footscray would have been admitted instead of
Carlton and St Kilda.

 

Rank

Team

Seasons

Played

Won

Lost

Drawn

For

Against

%

Points

% Success

1

Essendon

5

93

71

14

8

639

332

192.47

300

80.65

2

Melbourne

5

93

64

24

5

539

357

150.98

266

71.51

3

Fitzroy

5

96

60

25

11

487

313

155.59

262

68.23

4

South Melbourne

5

96

56

27

13

499

386

129.27

250

65.10

5

Geelong

5

92

52

31

9

533

390

136.67

226

61.41

6

Collingwood

5

91

44

40

7

350

365

95.89

190

52.20

7

Port Melbourne

5

94

38

45

11

363

389

93.32

174

46.28

8

Footscray

5

94

35

50

9

357

435

82.07

158

42.02

9

North Melbourne

5

94

30

54

10

330

452

73.01

140

37.23

10

St Kilda

5

92

28

57

7

360

485

74.23

126

34.24

11

Williamstown

5

92

25

56

11

340

483

70.39

122

33.15

12

Carlton

5

94

25

63

6

310

481

64.45

112

29.79

13

Richmond

5

93

21

63

9

379

618

61.33

102

27.42

 

Total

65

1214

549

549

116

5486

5486

 

2428

 

 

Notes:

1. % Success = Percentage of points achieved from possible points.

2. The 1896 Premiership Play-Off Match between Collingwood and South Melbourne is not included.

3. For and Against columns tally goals only.

 

 

Aggregate Ladder – 1897 to 1907

 

The table below compares the records of clubs over the eleven seasons from the formation of the VFL up to Richmond leaving the VFA to join the VFA in 1908.

The five clubs remaining with the VFA after 1896 remained closely competitive for the next decade.

 

Port Melbourne won flags in 1897 and 1901, either side of a hat-trick by Footscray (1898-1900). Richmond (1902 and 1905) and North Melbourne (1903 and 1904) shared the next four premierships. Williamstown enjoyed their first premiership success in 1907.

 

West Melbourne was the only other club to enjoy success during this period winning the 1906 premiership, but then amalgamated with North Melbourne (who unsuccessfully attempted to join the VFL) at the end of the 1907 season after losing the Grand Final to Williamstown.

 

Rank

Club

Seasons

Played

Won

Lost

Drawn

For

Against

%

Points

% Success

1

Footscray

11

196

131

63

2

6886

10358

66.5

528

67.35

2

North Melbourne

11

196

129

64

3

4681

6995

66.9

522

66.58

3

Richmond

11

196

128

66

2

8998

6318

142.4

516

65.82

4

Port Melbourne

11

196

122

74

0

8988

7071

127.1

488

62.24

5

Williamstown

11

194

115

76

3

8573

7337

116.8

466

60.05

6

West Melbourne

9

159

72

86

1

6108

8152

74.9

290

45.60

7

Prahran

9

159

50

109

0

2905

5586

52.0

200

31.45

8

Brunswick

11

194

56

138

0

9776

7124

137.2

224

28.87

9

Essendon Tn./Assoc.

8

138

37

100

1

6627

6419

103.2

154

27.90

10

Preston

5

90

13

77

0

8424

6606

127.5

52

14.44

 

Total

97

1718

853

853

12

71966

71966

 

3440

 

 

Notes:

1. % Success = Percentage of points achieved from possible points.

2. Finals matches not included.

 

 

Aggregate Ladder – 1908 to 1915

 

The table below compares the teams during the eight seasons prior to the break for the First World War.

Ten teams competed in each season, and nine of these teams played in all eight seasons.

 

The top four teams in the rankings won premierships during this period:

Footscray (1908, 1913), Brunswick (1909), North Melbourne (1910, 1914, 1915), and Essendon Association (1911, 1912).

 

Rank

Club

Seasons

Played

Won

Lost

Drawn

For

Against

%

Points

% Success

1

Essendon Association

8

139

98

39

2

9399

6415

146.5

396

71.22

2

Footscray

8

139

94

44

1

8959

6339

141.3

378

67.99

3

North Melbourne

8

139

93

44

2

8780

7071

124.2

376

67.63

4

Brunswick

8

139

91

46

2

9094

7002

129.9

368

66.19

5

Prahran

8

139

82

53

4

8797

7225

121.8

336

60.43

6

Williamstown

8

139

75

64

0

7828

6940

112.8

300

53.96

7

Port Melbourne

8

139

59

79

1

7344

8218

89.4

238

42.81

8

Brighton

8

139

52

86

1

7257

8385

86.5

210

37.77

9

Northcote

8

139

28

108

3

6445

10188

63.3

118

21.22

10

Preston

4

72

10

61

1

2879

6062

47.5

42

14.58

11

Hawthorn

2

31

4

26

1

1824

2785

65.5

18

14.52

12

Melbourne City

2

36

0

36

0

1442

3418

42.2

0

0.00

 

Total

80

1390

686

686

18

80048

80048

 

2780

 

 

Notes:

1. % Success = Percentage of points achieved from possible points.

2. Finals matches not included.

 

 

Aggregate Ladder – 1918 to 1924

 

The ladder below covers the period from the recommencement in 1918 until the final season of Footscray, North Melbourne and Hawthorn before they joined the VFL.

 

Footscray was far and away the outstanding team of this period winning four premierships and finishing runners-up twice. They also finished top of the ladder five seasons consecutively from 1920 to 1924.

Prior to this, North Melbourne had their own outstanding period, winning three consecutive premierships from (1914, 1915, 1918) with a 49 match unbeaten run that only ended when they lost the Second Semi-Final to Footscray in 1919.

 

While Prahran was Hawthorn’s main contestant for the third VFL place, it was actually Brunswick who statistically had the third best win record over the previous seven VFA seasons.

However Brunswick did not win a premiership during 1918-1924 (although they did in 1925), while Williamstown (1921) and Port Melbourne (1922) both won flags.

 

Rank

Club

Seasons

Played

Won

Lost

Drawn

For

Against

%

Points

% Success

1

Footscray

7

114

96

20

2

8970

5831

153.8

388

85.09

2

North Melbourne

7

106

77

30

1

7425

5475

135.6

310

73.11

3

Brunswick

7

112

74

41

3

8106

6655

121.8

302

67.41

4

Port Melbourne

7

116

75

42

1

8354

6921

120.7

302

65.09

5

Williamstown

6

106

63

44

1

6747

5894

114.5

254

59.91

6

Hawthorn

6

106

53

54

1

6990

7121

98.2

214

50.47

7

Northcote

7

114

55

61

2

7411

7477

99.1

224

49.12

8

Prahran

7

114

28

88

2

6020

9567

62.9

116

25.44

9

Essendon Association

3

54

13

41

0

2789

3627

76.9

52

24.07

10

Brighton

6

106

21

86

1

5839

8258

70.7

86

20.28

11

Geelong Association

3

54

8

46

0

2720

4545

59.8

32

14.81

 

Total

66

1102

563

553

14

71371

71371

 

2280

 

 

Notes:

1. % Success = Percentage of points achieved from possible points.

2. Finals matches not included.

3. Games Won column includes 10 games forfeited by North Melbourne to other teams after resigning mid-season in 1921.

     The corresponding forfeit losses have not been tallied against North Melbourne as they had left the Association from this time, until rejoining for the 1922 season.

 

 

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First created:
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Last updated: 19 September 2015

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