1884 VFA season

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1884 VFA premiership season
Teams 8
Premiers Geelong
(6th premiership)
1883
1885

The 1884 Victorian Football Association season was the eighth season of the Australian rules football competition. The premiership was won by the Geelong Football Club. It was the club's sixth VFA premiership in just seven seasons, and was the third in a sequence of three consecutive premierships won from 1882 to 1884.

Association membership[edit]

Poster showing star players of the 1884 season. Two players from each club surround the central portrait of Carlton's George Coulthard, the former champion who had died in 1883.

The senior metropolitan membership of the Association (including Geelong) increased from six to eight clubs in 1884. The two new clubs were the Williamstown Football Club, which was elevated from junior status; and the newly established Fitzroy Football Club.

At this time, three other provincial senior clubs were full Association members represented on the Board of Management: Ballarat, South Ballarat (formerly known as Albion Imperial) and Horsham Unions.[1] Due to distance, these clubs played too few matches against the rest of the VFA to be considered relevant in the premiership.

1884 VFA premiership[edit]

The 1884 premiership was won by the Geelong Football Club, which won twenty-two and drew one of its twenty-five matches. Essendon finished second with sixteen wins and two draws from twenty-four matches; Hotham finished third.

Club senior records[edit]

The below table details the playing records of the eight clubs in all matches during the 1884 season. Two sets of results are given:

  • Senior results: based only upon games played against other VFA senior clubs
  • Total results: including senior games, and games against intercolonial, up-country and junior clubs.

The clubs are listed in the order in which they were ranked in the Sportsman newspaper. The VFA had no formal process by which the clubs were ranked, so the below order should be considered indicative only, particularly since the fixturing of matches was not standardised; however, the top three placings were later acknowledged in publications including the Football Record and are considered official.[2]

1884 VFA Results
Senior Results Total Results
TEAM P W L D GF GA P W L D GF GA
1 Geelong (P) 14 12 1 1 67 27 25 22 2 1 141 52
2 Essendon 17 10 5 2 57 44 24 16 6 2 99 59
3 Hotham 18 8 7 3 47 47 22 12 7 3 65 48
Fitzroy 16 7 8 1 27 29 22 9 10 3 34 42
South Melbourne 19 6 8 5 42 42 23 9 9 5 54 48
Carlton 17 6 9 2 39 53 24 11 9 4 64 67
Melbourne 18 6 11 1 38 54 26 10 13 3 64 74
Williamstown 13 2 8 3 20 41 21 8 8 5 41 46
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, (P) = Premiers Source:[3]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Victorian Football Association". The Argus. Melbourne, VIC. 26 April 1884. p. 5. 
  2. ^ Caroline Wilson (20 June 2014). "History of the AFL could be turned on its head". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Goal Post (1 October 1884). "Football". The Sportsman (Supplement). Melbourne, VIC.