1899 VFL Grand Final

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1899 VFL Grand Final
Fitzroy South Melbourne
3.9 (27) 3.8 (26)
1 2 3 4
FIT 0.1 (1) 2.4 (16) 2.6 (18) 3.9 (27)
SM 2.3 (15) 2.3 (15) 3.7 (25) 3.8 (26)
Date 16 September 1899
Stadium Junction Oval
Attendance 4,823
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The 1899 VFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Fitzroy Football Club and South Melbourne Football Club, held at the St Kilda Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 16 September 1899. It was the 2nd annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1899 VFL season. The match, attended by 4,823 spectators, was won by Fitzroy by a margin of 1 point, becoming the first club to claim back-to-back VFL premierships.


Fitzroy had won the minor premiership in the 1899 season, while South Melbourne had finished sixth after the home-and-away season. In the sectional rounds, Fitzroy and South Melbourne each finished with records of 3–0 to qualify for the final.

Had South Melbourne won the match, it would not have immediately won the premiership; Fitzroy, as the minor premiers, would have had the right to challenge South to a rematch for the premiership on the following Saturday.[1]


Due to an expanded finals system, South Melbourne had made their inaugural Grand Final despite finishing the home and away season in sixth position. Rain the wind favoured South Melbourne in the opening quarter and Harry Lampe slotted the first two goals of the match. Fitzroy then had the advantage the following quarter and goals to Mick Grace and Fred Fontaine had them ahead at half time. Charlie Colgan gave South Melbourne the lead with the only goal of the third term but Fitzroy finished strongly and Bill McSpeerin's goal 15 minutes into the final quarter gave Fitzroy the win.


B: Hugh McEwen Geoff Moriarty Ern Jenkins
HB: Jack Deas Pat Hickey Alec Sloan (c)
C: Eddie Drohan Harry Clarke Kelly Robinson
HF: Pat Descrimes Fred Fontaine Bill Dalton
F: Alf McDougall Jim Grace Bill Cleary
Foll: Mick Grace Bill Potter Bill McSpeerin
South Melbourne
B: Frank O'Hara Dave Adamson (c) Warwick Armstrong
HB: Albert Trim Charlie Goding George Davidson
C: Jim O'Hara Bill Windley Herb Howson
HF: Charlie James Harry Lampe Henri Jeanneret
F: Bill Fraser Charlie Colgan Artie Henley
Foll: Mick Pleass Joe Garbutt Bob Bryce




  • Fontaine 1
  • M.Grace 1
  • McSpeerin 1

South Melbourne:

  • Lampe 2
  • Colgan 1


  • Junction Oval crowd - 4823


  1. ^ Rodgers, Stephen (1992), Every Game Ever Played: VFL/AFL Results, 1897–1991 (3rd ed.), Ringwood, VIC: Viking O'Neil 
  • 1899 VFL Grand Final statistics
  • Full Points Footy review of the Grand Final
  • The Official statistical history of the AFL 2004
  • 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

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