West Melbourne Football Club History

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Affiliated: VFA 1879-80 and 1899-1907

Home Ground: North Melbourne Cricket Ground

Formed: 1879

Colours: Red and white

Premierships:1906 (1 total)

West Melbourne were members of the VFA twice, with their second stint yielding ultimate success in 1906 with a 7.8 (50) to 5.9 (39) grand final defeat of Footscray. West also contested the premiership deciding match the following year, losing to Williamstown. Among the most noteworthy players to don the club’s red and white striped playing jumpers were ruckman Art Gregory, wingmen Harry Laxton and Les Minto, and rover Lou Armstrong, the last named of whom kicked the significant tally, for the time, of 16 goals in two games during the team’s premiership year. In 1908 the club effectively disappeared after amalgamating with North Melbourne in an attempt to reinforce that club’s ultimately unsuccessful bid to join the VFL. North ostensibly recognised its newly merged status in 1908 by adding a red sash to their blue and white playing jerseys but few people were under any real illusions over what had actually happened: it was actually a take-over, a la Brisbane Bears and Fitzroy of ninety years later, and from 1909 the sash was dropped.

All told, West Melbourne enjoyed a 46% success rate during its second VFA stint and, given that the side’s status was on a very definite upward spiral, one cannot help but speculate as to what its future might have been had its administration resisted the advances of their counterparts at North.

5 thoughts on “West Melbourne Football Club History”

  1. My grandfather, Thomas “Botzer” McDowall played for West Melbourne Football Club in its 1929 winning grand final over North Carlton in the Association Sub-District A Section. I have the gold medal that he was presented as Rover for the team.

    I would like to know more about the WMFC and whether or not a photo exists of the 1929 premiership team.

  2. My grandfather{George Read} also played in a premership side for West Melbourne and have a team photograph from the year 1926.

    1. My grandfather Martin Egan played for West Melbourne in the 1920s and wonder if he is in your photo. Is it possible to get a copy?

  3. I have a West Melbourne premiership medal from the VFA dated 1906 that belonged to my Great Grandfather, Edward McDonald. I am very light on with information about the club and i
    Hoping that there might be a team photo out there somewhere

  4. According to link to blueseum.org (Carlton Football Club) my grt grandfather, John Hooper, previously was a wingman for West Melbourne. I’m trying to find out more details.

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