1938 VFL season

1938 VFL season

Infobox VFL Premiership Season
year = 1938

imagesize =
caption =
teams = 12
premiers = AFL Car
count = 6th
minor premiers = AFL Car
mpcount = 9th
matches =
top goal scorer = Ron Todd (AFL Col)
brownlow medalist = Dick Reynolds (AFL Ess)

Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1938.

Premiership season

In 1938, the VFL competition consisted of twelve teams of 18 on-the-field players each, plus one substitute player, known as the 19th 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 18 rounds; matches 12 to 18 were the "home-and-way reverse" of matches 1 to 7.

Once the 18 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1938 VFL "Premiers" were determined by the specific format and conventions of the "Page-McIntyre 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

Grand Final

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

Carlton defeated Collingwood 15.10 (100) to 13.7 (85), in front of a crowd of 96,834 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).



* The 1938 VFL Premiership team was Carlton.
* The VFL's leading goalkicker was Ron Todd of Collingwood with 102 goals (120 after finals).
* "The Argus" newspaper's "Player of the Year", was shared between Norm Ware of Footscray and Marcus Boyall of Collingwood.
* The winner of the 1938 Brownlow Medal was Dick Reynolds of Essendon with 18 votes.
* South Melbourne took the "wooden spoon" in 1938.

Notable Events

* Geelong half-back flanker Jack Grant wins the 1938, 130-yard Stawell Gift in eleven and eleven-sixteenths seconds, off a handicap of 11½ yards.
* The VFl investigates an allegation from the Carlton Football Club that Collingwood's rover Harry Collier had assaulted Carlton wingman Jack Carney, one of the smallest ever VFL players at 160cm, after the final bell of the round 5 match. The VFL investigate and Collier is suspended for the rest of the 1938 season.
* Jack Titus reveals that he had been offered ₤50 by a betting syndicate to play "dead" in Richmond's round 8 match against South Melbourne. Richmond thrashed South Melbourne 20.15 (135) to 8.14 (62).
* In round 13, four of the matches were decided by a single point.


* 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/1938.html 1938 Season - AFL Tables]

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