1901 VFL season

1901 VFL season

Infobox Victorian Football League season
year = 1901

imagesize = 150px
caption = Albert Thurgood
clubs = 8
home-and-away season = 14 rounds
premiership team = Essendon
count = 2nd
minor premiers = Geelong
mpcount = 2nd
champion of the season = Albert Thurgood
cclub = Essendon
top goal kicker = Fred Hiskins (34)

Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1901.

Premiership season

In 1901, the VFL competition was comprised of eight teams of 18 on-the-field players each, with no "reserves", although any of the 18 players who had left the playing field for any reason could later resume their place on the field at any time during the match.

Each team played each other twice in a home-and-away season of 14 rounds.

Once the 14 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1901 VFL "Premiers" were determined by the specific format and conventions of the original "Argus" system.

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Round 6

Round 7

Round 8

Round 9

Round 10

Round 11

Round 12

Round 13

Round 14

Grand Final

"See List of Australian Football League premiers for a complete list."

Essendon defeated Collingwood 6.7 (43) to 2.4 (16). (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).


* The 1901 VFL Premiership team was Essendon.
* The VFL's leading goalkicker was Fred Hiskins of Essendon with 34 goals.
* "The Argus" newspaper's "Player of the Year", Essendon's Albert Thurgood, was declared 1901 Champion of the Colony.
* St Kilda took the "wooden spoon" in 1901.

Notable Events

* In the last home-and-away match between South Melbourne and Geelong, field umpire Henry "Ivo" Crapp experiments with clearly calling out his decisions.
* In Essendon's "Grand Final" victory against Collingwood, Albert Thurgood kicks three of Essendon's six goals. One of his goals was scored with an 86-yard (79 m.) drop-kick, and another (measured immediately after the match) was scored with a 93-yard (85 m.) place-kick into a strong head wind.
* VFL institutes the original "Argus" system to determine the season's premiers.


* Maplestone, M., "Flying Higher: History of the Essendon Football Club 1872-1996", Essendon Football Club, (Melbourne), 1996. ISBN 0-959-17402-8
* Rogers, S. & Brown, A., "Every Game Ever Played: VFL/AFL Results 1897-1997 (Sixth Edition)", Viking Books, (Ringwood), 1998. ISBN 0-670-90809-6
* Ross, J. (ed), "100 Years of Australian Football 1897-1996: The Complete Story of the AFL, All the Big Stories, All the Great Pictures, All the Champions, Every AFL Season Reported", Viking, (Ringwood), 1996. ISBN 0-670-86814-0

External links

* [http://stats.rleague.com/afl/seas/1901.html 1901 Season - AFL Tables]

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