1969 VFL season

1969 VFL season

Infobox VFL Premiership Season
year = 1969

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teams = 12
premiers = AFL Ric
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minor premiers = AFL Col
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top goal scorer = Doug Wade (AFL Gee)
brownlow medalist = Keith Murray (AFL Fit)
Results and statistics for the VFL/AFL season of 1969.

Premiership season

In 1969, 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 20 rounds; matches 12 to 20 were the "home-and-way reverse" of matches 1 to 9.

Once the 20 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1969 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

Round 19

Round 20


Preliminary Final

Umpire - Jeff Crouch


* The 1969 VFL Premiership team was Richmond.
* The VFL's leading goalkicker was Doug Wade of Geelong who kicked 127 goals (including 5 goals in the final series).
* The winner of the 1969 Brownlow Medal was Kevin Murray of Fitzroy with 19 votes.
* Melbourne took the "wooden spoon" in 1969.

Notable Events

* The VFl introduce a "kicking out of bounds on the full" rule; and, as a consequence, three full-forwards stood out during the season: Doug Wade of Geelong with 127 goals, Peter Hudson of Hawthorn with 120 goals, and Peter McKenna of Collingwood with 98 goals.
** In round 5, Peter Hudson kicked 16 goals straight before his first miss; he kicked 16.1 for the match.
** In round 19, Peter McKenna kicked 16 of Collingwood's 19 goals; he kicked 16.4 for the match (most of his four behinds were easy shots and could well have been goals).
* In Round 2, Carlton set the record for highest score in a game, scoring 30.30 (210) against Hawthorn. This beat Richmond's 38 year old record, set in the 1931 VFL season, by eleven points. This Carlton record stood for another 9 years, remained unbeaten until the 1978 VFL season.
* Carlton, with Ron Barassi now retired as a player, lost its round 4 match against Collingwood at Princes Park, by 64 points, despite being 5 points ahead at half-time. Collingwood had scored 71 points to Carlton's 2 in the third quarter. It was a tough, spiteful, and vicious match with many brawls. "Percy" Jones of Carlton, was reported for deliberately striking both Terry Waters and "Jerker" Jenkin of Collingwood during the first quarter. Carlton's Ricky McLean was reported for deliberately striking Collingwood's Len Thompson during the first quarter. Ted Potter was reported for deliberately striking Carlton's John Nicholls during the last quarter (Nicholls had to leave the field with an eye injury). Ricky McLean was reported for deliberately striking Collingwood's Brian McKenzie during the last quarter.Len Thompson was reported for deliberately striking Carlton's Vin Waite (Carlton's 19th man, who substituted for the injured Nicholls) during the last quarter. Whilst the field umpire (Ray Sleeth) was writing out the match reports he had an extended, heated clash with the Carlton delegate. The reason for this extended clash was later evident when all of the charges against all of the players were dismissed on a technicality: the umpires had taken too long to inform the club officials of the charges after the final siren had sounded.
* On 27 July 1969, Ted Whitten turns 36. The round 16 (26 July) Footscray team of twenty contains 10 players who had not even been born when Whitten played his first game for Footscray in 1951.
* In the First Semi-Final Richmond thrashes Geelong by a VFL semi-final record margin, 25.17 (167) to 7.7 (49) in front of a record crowd of 101,233 spectators.
* In the 1969 Grand Final, Ian Owen's Richmond guernsey carried the number 52. There is no record of any Grand Final player carrying a larger number. (Owen played the entire match with a depressed fracture of the cheekbone that he had sustained in the Preliminary Final against Collingwood a week earlier.)


* Hogan, P., "The Tigers Of Old", The Richmond Football Club, (Richmond), 1996. ISBN 0-646-18748-1
* 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

External links

* [http://stats.rleague.com/afl/seas/1969.html 1969 Season - AFL Tables]
* [http://www.blueseum.org/tiki-index.php?page=Round%204%2C%201969 Blueseum: Match Report: Round 4, 1969]

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