- 1939 VFL season
Infobox VFL Premiership Season
year = 1939
teams = 12
premiers = AFL Mel
count = 3rd
minor premiers = AFL Mel
mpcount = 1st
top goal scorer =
Ron Todd(AFL Col)
brownlow medalist =
Marcus Whelan(AFL Col)
Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1939.
In 1939, 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 1939 VFL "Premiers" were determined by the specific format and conventions of the "Page-McIntyre system".
List of Australian Football League premiersfor a complete list."
* The 1939 VFL Premiership team was Melbourne.
* The VFL's leading goalkicker was Ron Todd of Collingwood with 98 goals (121 after finals).
* "The Argus" newspaper's "Player of the Year", was shared between
Jack Dyerof Richmond and Dick Reynoldsof Essendon.
* The winner of the 1939
Brownlow Medalwas Marcus Whelanof Collingwood with 23 votes.
* South Melbourne took the "wooden spoon" in 1939.
* In the round 10 match between Essendon and Hawthorn there is 28 minutes and 11 seconds of time on.
* All round 18 matches are postponed for a week because all grounds are under water from constant rain.
* In a broadcast from the Cabinet Room in Melbourne on Sunday 3 September 1939, the day after the last home-and-away match of the 1939 season, avid Carlton fan and
Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menziesannounces to the nation:::"It is my melancholy duty to inform you officially that, in consequence of a persistence by Germany in her invasion of Poland, Great Britain has declared war upon her, and that, as a result, Australia is also at war."
* 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
* [http://stats.rleague.com/afl/seas/1939.html 1939 Season - AFL Tables]
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