1899 VFL Premiership season
Fitzroy fc 1899.jpg
Fitzroy FC team, premiers
Teams8
PremiersFitzroy
(2nd premiership)
Minor premiersFitzroy
(1st minor premiership)
Matches played69
Highest attendance4,823
Leading Goalkicker MedallistEddy James (Geelong)
← 1898
1900 →

The 1899 VFL season was the third season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured eight clubs, ran from 13 May until 16 September, and comprised a 14-game home-and-away season followed by a finals series featuring all eight clubs.

The premiership was won by the Fitzroy Football Club for the second time and second time consecutively, after it defeated South Melbourne by one point in the 1899 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1899, the VFL competition consisted of eight teams of 18 on-the-field players each, with no "reserves" (although any of the 18 players who had left the playing field for any reason could later resume their place on the field at any time during the match).

Each team played each other twice in a home-and-away season of 14 rounds.

Once the 14 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1899 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the 1898 VFL Premiership System.

Round 1

Round 1
Saturday, 13 May (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 10.13 (73) def. Carlton 2.6 (18) Lake Oval
Saturday, 13 May (3:00 pm) Geelong 8.6 (54) def. Collingwood 3.9 (27) Corio Oval
Saturday, 13 May (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 6.11 (47) def. Essendon 0.9 (9) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 13 May (3:00 pm) Melbourne 16.20 (116) def. St Kilda 3.5 (23) Melbourne Cricket Ground

Round 2

Round 2
Saturday, 20 May (3:00 pm) Carlton 1.5 (11) def. by Geelong 5.6 (36) Princes Park
Saturday, 20 May (3:00 pm) Collingwood 4.3 (27) def. by Melbourne 7.12 (54) Victoria Park
Saturday, 20 May (3:00 pm) St Kilda 3.2 (20) def. by Essendon 8.18 (66) Junction Oval
Saturday, 20 May (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 5.8 (38) def. by Fitzroy 6.6 (42) Lake Oval

Round 3

Round 3
Wednesday, 24 May (11:00 am) Collingwood 13.9 (87) def. St Kilda 2.6 (18) Victoria Park
Wednesday, 24 May (3:00 pm) Carlton 3.1 (19) def. by Melbourne 6.9 (45) Princes Park
Wednesday, 24 May (3:00 pm) Essendon 1.9 (15) def. South Melbourne 0.9 (9) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Wednesday, 24 May (3:00 pm) Geelong 0.8 (8) def. by Fitzroy 4.8 (32) Corio Oval

Round 4

Round 4
Saturday, 27 May (3:00 pm) Essendon 6.12 (48) def. Carlton 1.3 (9) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 27 May (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 3.4 (22) def. by Collingwood 3.11 (29) Lake Oval
Saturday, 27 May (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 7.14 (56) def. St Kilda 5.3 (33) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 27 May (3:00 pm) Melbourne 4.8 (32) def. Geelong 4.3 (27) Melbourne Cricket Ground

Round 5

Round 5
Saturday, 3 June (3:00 pm) Carlton 3.3 (21) def. by Collingwood 7.10 (52) Princes Park
Saturday, 3 June (3:00 pm) Geelong 3.10 (28) def. Essendon 3.6 (24) Corio Oval
Saturday, 3 June (3:00 pm) Melbourne 4.11 (35) def. Fitzroy 3.6 (24) Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 3 June (3:00 pm) St Kilda 4.9 (33) def. by South Melbourne 10.10 (70) Junction Oval

Round 6

Round 6
Saturday, 10 June (3:00 pm) St Kilda 4.5 (29) def. by Carlton 4.7 (31) Junction Oval
Saturday, 10 June (3:00 pm) Collingwood 1.7 (13) def. by Fitzroy 5.5 (35) Victoria Park
Saturday, 10 June (3:00 pm) Essendon 4.6 (30) def. Melbourne 1.10 (16) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 10 June (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 5.5 (35) def. Geelong 3.1 (19) Lake Oval

Round 7

Round 7
Saturday, 17 June (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 5.15 (45) def. Carlton 1.7 (13) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 17 June (3:00 pm) Collingwood 6.12 (48) def. Essendon 4.4 (28) Victoria Park
Saturday, 17 June (3:00 pm) St Kilda 3.13 (31) def. by Geelong 12.6 (78) Junction Oval
Saturday, 17 June (3:00 pm) Melbourne 7.8 (50) def. South Melbourne 6.7 (43) Melbourne Cricket Ground

Round 8

Round 8
Saturday, 24 June (3:00 pm) Carlton 3.6 (24) def. South Melbourne 0.5 (5) Princes Park
Saturday, 24 June (3:00 pm) Collingwood 2.8 (20) def. by Geelong 9.7 (61) Victoria Park
Saturday, 24 June (3:00 pm) Essendon 6.15 (51) def. by Fitzroy 10.3 (63) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 24 June (3:00 pm) St Kilda 2.8 (20) def. by Melbourne 5.7 (37) Junction Oval

Round 9

Round 9
Saturday, 8 July (3:00 pm) Geelong 9.9 (63) def. Carlton 5.3 (33) Corio Oval
Saturday, 8 July (3:00 pm) Melbourne 1.7 (13) def. by Collingwood 3.3 (21) Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 8 July (3:00 pm) Essendon 11.19 (85) def. St Kilda 1.0 (6) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 8 July (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 9.8 (62) def. South Melbourne 4.5 (29) Brunswick Street Oval

Round 10

Round 10
Saturday, 15 July (3:00 pm) Melbourne 7.12 (54) def. Carlton 3.4 (22) Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 15 July (3:00 pm) St Kilda 1.5 (11) def. by Collingwood 13.16 (94) Junction Oval
Saturday, 15 July (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 5.5 (35) def. by Essendon 7.9 (51) Lake Oval
Saturday, 15 July (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 3.5 (23) def. by Geelong 8.10 (58) Brunswick Street Oval

Round 11

Round 11
Saturday, 22 July (3:00 pm) Carlton 3.8 (26) def. by Essendon 8.9 (57) Princes Park
Saturday, 22 July (3:00 pm) Collingwood 5.9 (39) def. South Melbourne 5.6 (36) Victoria Park
Saturday, 22 July (3:00 pm) St Kilda 4.6 (30) def. by Fitzroy 12.12 (84) Junction Oval
Saturday, 22 July (3:00 pm) Geelong 5.6 (36) def. Melbourne 2.10 (22) Corio Oval

Round 12

Round 12
Saturday, 29 July (3:00 pm) Collingwood 5.13 (43) def. Carlton 4.3 (27) Victoria Park
Saturday, 29 July (3:00 pm) Essendon 10.7 (67) def. Geelong 6.7 (43) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 29 July (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 6.5 (41) def. Melbourne 4.9 (33) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 29 July (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 8.9 (57) def. St Kilda 3.6 (24) Lake Oval

Round 13

Round 13
Saturday, 5 August (3:00 pm) Carlton 6.11 (47) def. St Kilda 1.2 (8) Princes Park
Saturday, 5 August (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 3.7 (25) def. by Collingwood 5.7 (37) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 5 August (3:00 pm) Melbourne 3.7 (25) def. by Essendon 5.8 (38) Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 5 August (3:00 pm) Geelong 7.12 (54) def. South Melbourne 3.9 (27) Corio Oval

Round 14

Round 14
Saturday, 12 August (3:00 pm) Carlton 2.4 (16) def. by Fitzroy 5.9 (39) Princes Park
Saturday, 12 August (3:00 pm) Essendon 4.7 (31) def. by Collingwood 8.5 (53) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 12 August (3:00 pm) Geelong 16.23 (119) def. St Kilda 0.2 (2) Corio Oval
Saturday, 12 August (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 6.13 (49) def. Melbourne 6.6 (42) Lake Oval

Win/Loss table

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 SR1 SR2 SR3 GF Ladder
Carlton SM
-55
Geel
-25
Melb
-26
Ess
-39
Coll
-31
StK
+2
Fit
-32
SM
+19
Geel
-30
Melb
-32
Ess
-31
Coll
-16
StK
+39
Fit
-23
Fit
-1
Coll
-21
Melb
+25
X
7
Collingwood Geel
-27
Melb
-27
StK
+69
SM
+7
Carl
+31
Fit
-22
Ess
+20
Geel
-41
Melb
+8
StK
+83
SM
+3
Carl
+16
Fit
+12
Ess
+22
Melb
+20
Carl
+21
Fit
-14
X
4
Essendon Fit
-38
StK
+46
SM
+6
Carl
+39
Geel
-4
Melb
+14
Coll
-20
Fit
-12
StK
+79
SM
+16
Carl
+31
Geel
+24
Melb
+13
Coll
-22
StK
+98
Geel
-8
SM
-15
X
5
Fitzroy Ess
+38
SM
+4
Geel
+24
StK
+23
Melb
-11
Coll
+22
Carl
+32
Ess
+12
SM
+33
Geel
-35
StK
+54
Melb
+8
Coll
-12
Carl
+23
Carl
+1
Melb
+38
Coll
+14
SM
+1
1
Geelong Coll
+27
Carl
+25
Fit
-24
Melb
-5
Ess
+4
SM
-16
StK
+47
Coll
+41
Carl
+30
Fit
+35
Melb
+14
Ess
-24
SM
+27
StK
+117
SM
-3
Ess
+8
StK
+161
X
3
Melbourne StK
+93
Coll
+27
Carl
+26
Geel
+5
Fit
+11
Ess
-14
SM
+7
StK
+17
Coll
-8
Carl
+32
Geel
-14
Fit
-8
Ess
-13
SM
-7
Coll
-20
Fit
-38
Carl
-25
X
6
South Melbourne Carl
+55
Fit
-4
Ess
-6
Coll
-7
StK
+37
Geel
+16
Melb
-7
Carl
-19
Fit
-33
Ess
-16
Coll
-3
StK
+33
Gee
-27
Melb
+7
Geel
+3
StK
+70
Ess
+15
Fit
-1
2
St Kilda Melb
-93
Ess
-46
Coll
-69
Fit
-23
SM
-37
Carl
-2
Geel
-47
Melb
-17
Ess
-79
Coll
-83
Fit
-54
SM
-33
Carl
-39
Geel
-117
Ess
-98
SM
-70
Geel
-161
X
8
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 SR1 SR2 SR3 GF Ladder
Colour Symbol Result
Green + Win
Red - Loss
Blue N/A Draw

Bold – Home game
X – Bye
Opponent for round listed above margin

Ladder

1899 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Fitzroy (P) 14 11 3 0 618 403 153.3 44
2 Geelong 14 10 4 0 684 386 177.2 40
3 Collingwood 14 10 4 0 590 436 135.3 40
4 Essendon 14 9 5 0 600 428 140.2 36
5 Melbourne 14 8 6 0 574 420 136.7 32
6 South Melbourne 14 5 9 0 528 502 105.2 20
7 Carlton 14 3 11 0 317 597 53.1 12
8 St Kilda 14 0 14 0 288 1027 28.0 0
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Ladder progression

Points by round
Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314
Fitzroy48121616202428323236404044
Geelong488812121620242832323640
Collingwood004812121616202428323640
Essendon0481212161616202428323636
Melbourne48121620202428283232323232
South Melbourne44448121212121212161620
Carlton0000044888881212
St Kilda00000000000000
Source:[citation needed]

Finals

Sectional Round 1

Sectional Round 1
Saturday, 26 August (2:30 pm) Fitzroy 5.11 (41) def. Carlton 6.4 (40) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 26 August (2:30 pm) Melbourne 3.7 (25) def. by Collingwood 6.9 (45) Lake Oval
Saturday, 26 August (2:30 pm) Essendon 16.24 (120) def. St Kilda 3.4 (22) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 26 August (2:30 pm) Geelong 5.8 (38) def. by South Melbourne 6.5 (41) Corio Oval

Sectional Round 2

Sectional Round 2
Saturday, 2 September (2:30 pm) Collingwood 5.8 (38) def. Carlton 2.5 (17) Victoria Park
Saturday, 2 September (2:30 pm) Essendon 4.15 (39) def. by Geelong 6.11 (47) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 2 September (2:30 pm) Fitzroy 5.10 (40) def. Melbourne 0.2 (2) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 2 September (2:30 pm) St Kilda 1.6 (12) def. by South Melbourne 12.10 (82) Junction Oval

Sectional Round 3

Sectional Round 3
Saturday, 9 September (2:30 pm) Carlton 6.5 (41) def. Melbourne 2.4 (16) Princes Park
Saturday, 9 September (2:30 pm) Collingwood 4.7 (31) def. by Fitzroy 6.9 (45) Victoria Park
Saturday, 9 September (2:30 pm) South Melbourne 3.10 (28) def. Essendon 2.1 (13) Lake Oval
Saturday, 9 September (2:30 pm) Geelong 23.24 (162) def. St Kilda 0.1 (1) Corio Oval
  • St Kilda's 1 point was the lowest score by a team in a game in AFL/VFL history.


Section A Ladder

Section A Ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Fitzroy 3 3 0 0 126 73 172.6 12
2 Collingwood 3 2 1 0 114 87 131.0 8
3 Carlton 3 1 2 0 98 95 103.2 4
4 Melbourne 3 0 3 0 43 126 34.1 0
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.

Section B Ladder

Section B Ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 South Melbourne 3 3 0 0 151 63 239.7 12
2 Geelong 3 2 1 0 247 81 304.9 8
3 Essendon 3 1 2 0 172 97 177.3 4
4 St Kilda 3 0 3 0 35 364 9.6 0
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.

Grand final

Main article: 1899 VFL Grand Final


Grand Final
16 September (2:50 pm) Fitzroy def. South Melbourne Junction Oval (crowd: 4,823)
0.1 (1)
2.4 (16)
2.6 (18)
 3.9 (27)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
2.3 (15)
2.3 (15)
3.7 (25)
 3.8 (26)
Fontaine 1, Grace 1, McSpeerin 1 Goals Lampe 2, Colgan 1
Nil Reports Nil

Awards

Notable events

References

  1. ^ "Football Reform – seventeen a-side". The Argus. Melbourne. 18 April 1908. p. 12.