- 1976 VFL season
Infobox VFL Premiership Season
year = 1976
teams = 12
premiers = AFL Haw
minor premiers = AFL Car
top goal scorer =
Larry Donohue(AFL Gee)
brownlow medalist =
Graham Moss(AFL Ess)Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1976.
In 1976, 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 (except that rounds 14 and 15 were the reverse of 4 and 3 respectively).
Once the 22 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1976 VFL "Premiers" were determined by the specific format and conventions of the "McIntyre Final Five system".
Umpire - Bill Deller, K. Smith
* The 1976 VFL Premiership team was Hawthorn.
* The VFL's leading goalkicker was
Larry Donohueof Geelong who kicked 105 goals (including 6 goals in the finals).
* The winner of the 1976
Brownlow Medalwas Graham Mossof Richmond with 48 votes.
* Collingwood took the "wooden spoon" in 1976.
* The VFL introduces two field umpires per match.
* John Nicholls resigns as coach of Carlton three days before the VFL season commences. Assistant coach
Ian Thorogoodis promoted to coach.
* The round 9 clash between
North Melbourne Football Cluband Essendon Football Clubproved to be confusing with two umpires. First, an umpire picks out a free kick then decides a ball-up. Ross Henshawwas off the ground injured while the reserves were in action. The umpires finally decided that North had to play with just 17 men. North won by 4 points, easily chipping it around and creating loose men around the wing.
* 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
* [http://stats.rleague.com/afl/seas/1976.html 1976 Season - AFL Tables]
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