1974 VFL season

1974 VFL season

Infobox VFL Premiership Season
year = 1974

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teams = 12
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top goal scorer = Doug Wade (AFL Nor)
brownlow medalist = Keith Greig (AFL Nor)
Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1974.

Premiership season

In 1974, the VFL competition consisted of twelve teams of 18 on-the-field players each, plus two substitute players, known as the 19th man and the 20th man. A player could be substituted for any reason; however, once substituted, a player could not return to the field of play under any circumstances.

Teams played each other in a home-and-away season of 22 rounds; matches 12 to 22 were the "home-and-way reverse" of matches 1 to 11.

Once the 22 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1974 VFL "Premiers" were determined by the specific format and conventions of the "McIntyre Final Five 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

Round 15

Round 16

Round 17

Round 18

Round 19

Round 20

Round 21

Round 22


Umpire - Ian Robinson


* The 1974 VFL Premiership team was Richmond.
* The VFL's leading goalkicker was Doug Wade of North Melbourne who kicked 103 goals (including 12 goals in the finals).
* The winner of the 1974 Brownlow Medal was Keith Greig of North Melbourne with 27 votes.
**Many were even more surprised at Greig winning his second Brownlow than they had been at him winning his first (in 1973). In 1973 Barry Davis had won North Melbourne's best and fairest award, and in 1974 John Rantall won North Melbourne's best and fairest award. Greig had not even been the "runner-up" in North Melbourne's best and fairest in either 1973 or 1974.
* Melbourne took the "wooden spoon" in 1952.

Notable Events

* Hawthorn play their home games at Princes Park.
* A dis-satisfied Sam Kekovich commences negotiations with West Adelaide Football Club, only to be told that North Melbourne will not clear him. Kekovich returns to North Melbourne.
* Just before half-time in the round 7 (18 May) match between Essendon and Richmond at Windy Hill, Richmond's Mal Brown clashed with Essendon's badly out of form Graeme Jenkin (Jenkin had moved to Essendon from Collingwood in an exchange with John Williams). As the teams moved towards the players' races at the half-time siren, the Essendon runner (Laurie Ashley) went out of his way to confront Brown and started abusing him. Brown took objection to this, and struck Ashley. Within seconds, one of the biggest brawls ever to take place in VFL football ensued, involving players, officials, trainers, spectators, and police. When the brawl was finally stopped, Richmond's Brian Roberts had a broken nose, and an Essendon trainer and a spectator were both unconscious.
* The VFL immediately appointed an investigating officer to determine what had taken place; and, having received the officer's report, charged four players, one Richmond official, one Essendon runner, and one Essendon staff member with "conduct unbecoming or prejudicial to the interests of the League".
* The VFL tribunal met on Monday 3 June; and, at the request of both football clubs it heard the charges behind closed doors. It took four and a half hours for the tribunal to hear all of the relevant evidence and submissions; and there was a further delay of another thirty-five minutes before its chairman John Winneke announced its findings.
** Laurie Ashley (Essendon runner): held to be responsible for the entire brawl, suspended for 6 matches.
** Mal Brown (Richmond footballer): suspended for one match for striking Ashley.
** Jim Bradley (Essendon fitness adviser): suspended for 6 weeks, for rushing into the mob and striking Brown.
** Seventeen year-old Steve Parsons (Richmond footballer): suspended for 4 weeks, for knocking Bradley unconscious.
** Ron Andrews (Essendon footballer): suspended for 6 weeks for the "unjustified" king-hit that broke Roberts' nose.
** John Cassin (Essendon footballer): exonerated (the tribunal found that he was only trying to separate players).
** Graeme Richmond (Richmond team manager): identified as a very active participant in the brawl. The tribunal referred his case to the VFL Board of Directors
***The VFL Board of Directors disqualified Graeme Richmond until 31 December 1974, and fined him $2,000.
* As a result of a police investigation, assault charges were laid against Steve Parsons and Graeme Richmond. Both Parsons and Richmond were cleared of the police charges on 11 September.
* On 18 September, the VFL demands that Graeme Richmond must pay his $2,000 fine or face indefinite suspension. On 25 September (the day before the Grand Final) Graeme Richmond takes out a Supreme Court writ seeking to prevent the VFL implementing its penalties. On December 17, the VFL announces that it had dropped the $2,000 fine altogether.
* North Melbourne full-forward Doug Wade kicked 1,000th career goal in the Qualifying Final against Hawthorn at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 7 September. He also kicked his 100th goal of the 1974 season in the Grand Final.
* Richmond play North Melbourne in round 8, round 19, the Second Semi-Final, and the Grand Final, and defeat them four times by margins of 25, 25, 21, and 41 points respectively.


* Hogan, P., "The Tigers Of Old", The Richmond Football Club, (Richmond), 1996. ISBN 0-646-18748-1
* 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/1974.html 1974 Season - AFL Tables]
* [http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/09/15/1031608345061.html "Memories are made of this: 27. The Windy Hill Brawl, 1974" ("Sunday Age", 15 September 2002)]

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