1920 VFL Premiership season
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Richmond FC, premiers
Teams9
PremiersRichmond
(1st premiership)
Minor premiersRichmond
(1st minor premiership)
Matches played76
Highest attendance62,220
Leading Goalkicker MedallistGeorge Bayliss (Richmond)
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The 1920 VFL season was the 24th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured nine clubs, ran from 1 May until 2 October, and comprised a 16-game home-and-away season followed by a finals series featuring the top four clubs.

The premiership was won by the Richmond Football Club for the first time, after it defeated Collingwood by 17 points in the 1920 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1920, the VFL competition consisted of nine 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 18 rounds (i.e., 16 matches and 2 byes).

Once the 18 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1920 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the amended "Argus system".

Round 1

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 9.13 (67) South Melbourne 8.7 (55) MCG 1 May 1920 Fitzroy 8.11 (59) Richmond 11.13 (79) Brunswick Street Oval 1 May 1920 Collingwood 5.6 (36) Essendon 7.12 (54) Victoria Park 1 May 1920 Carlton 10.10 (70) St Kilda 5.11 (41) Princes Park 1 May 1920

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Essendon 9.11 (65) Melbourne 12.8 (80) EMCG 8 May 1920 South Melbourne 6.13 (49) Fitzroy 12.7 (79) Lake Oval 8 May 1920 Geelong 7.8 (50) Collingwood 7.13 (55) Corio Oval 8 May 1920 Richmond 14.13 (97) Carlton 9.14 (68) Punt Road Oval 8 May 1920

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Essendon 7.13 (55) South Melbourne 9.9 (63) EMCG 15 May 1920 Collingwood 4.20 (44) Melbourne 3.5 (23) Victoria Park 15 May 1920 Carlton 3.11 (29) Fitzroy 5.8 (38) Princes Park 15 May 1920 St Kilda 11.12 (78) Geelong 8.8 (56) Junction Oval 15 May 1920

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 11.15 (81) St Kilda 5.11 (41) MCG 22 May 1920 Geelong 10.4 (64) Richmond 9.19 (73) Corio Oval 22 May 1920 Fitzroy 9.7 (61) Collingwood 7.11 (53) Brunswick Street Oval 22 May 1920 Essendon 7.13 (55) Carlton 14.17 (101) EMCG 22 May 1920

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 13.18 (96) Geelong 8.8 (56) Brunswick Street Oval 26 May 1920 St Kilda 8.6 (54) Essendon 8.15 (63) Junction Oval 26 May 1920 Richmond 11.12 (78) Collingwood 10.11 (71) Punt Road Oval 26 May 1920 South Melbourne 8.10 (58) Carlton 4.15 (39) Lake Oval 26 May 1920

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Richmond 9.7 (61) South Melbourne 5.4 (34) Punt Road Oval 5 June 1920 Carlton 7.24 (66) Melbourne 13.6 (84) Princes Park 5 June 1920 Essendon 13.26 (104) Geelong 12.13 (85) EMCG 7 June 1920 Collingwood 12.11 (83) St Kilda 7.10 (52) Victoria Park 7 June 1920

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 7.11 (53) South Melbourne 13.10 (88) Junction Oval 12 June 1920 Melbourne 10.8 (68) Richmond 12.16 (88) MCG 12 June 1920 Fitzroy 6.7 (43) Essendon 14.9 (93) Brunswick Street Oval 12 June 1920 Geelong 9.16 (70) Carlton 11.13 (79) Corio Oval 12 June 1920

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Richmond 19.15 (129) St Kilda 8.6 (54) Punt Road Oval 19 June 1920 South Melbourne 16.23 (119) Geelong 5.16 (46) Lake Oval 19 June 1920 Melbourne 6.10 (46) Fitzroy 16.12 (108) MCG 19 June 1920 Collingwood 12.13 (85) Carlton 10.6 (66) Victoria Park 19 June 1920

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 16.17 (113) Melbourne 6.12 (48) Corio Oval 26 June 1920 St Kilda 4.4 (28) Fitzroy 14.18 (102) Junction Oval 26 June 1920 Richmond 13.17 (95) Essendon 11.9 (75) Punt Road Oval 26 June 1920 South Melbourne 9.9 (63) Collingwood 10.7 (67) Lake Oval 26 June 1920

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date South Melbourne 12.13 (85) Melbourne 5.11 (41) Lake Oval 3 July 1920 Richmond 8.12 (60) Fitzroy 12.6 (78) Punt Road Oval 3 July 1920 Essendon 8.7 (55) Collingwood 9.8 (62) EMCG 3 July 1920 St Kilda 8.9 (57) Carlton 11.15 (81) Junction Oval 3 July 1920

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 9.13 (67) South Melbourne 8.14 (62) Brunswick Street Oval 10 July 1920 Collingwood 11.17 (83) Geelong 5.11 (41) Victoria Park 10 July 1920 Carlton 8.11 (59) Richmond 3.8 (26) Princes Park 10 July 1920 Melbourne 5.13 (43) Essendon 7.18 (60) MCG 10 July 1920

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 16.17 (113) St Kilda 9.8 (62) Corio Oval 17 July 1920 South Melbourne 8.14 (62) Essendon 7.7 (49) Lake Oval 17 July 1920 Melbourne 8.11 (59) Collingwood 10.15 (75) MCG 17 July 1920 Fitzroy 11.9 (75) Carlton 8.14 (62) Brunswick Street Oval 17 July 1920

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Essendon 7.9 (51) St Kilda 10.10 (70) EMCG 31 July 1920 Collingwood 5.6 (36) Richmond 5.8 (38) Victoria Park 31 July 1920 Carlton 11.14 (80) South Melbourne 7.11 (53) Princes Park 31 July 1920 Geelong 4.9 (33) Fitzroy 7.13 (55) Corio Oval 31 July 1920

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Collingwood 7.15 (57) Fitzroy 10.11 (71) Victoria Park 7 August 1920 Carlton 13.11 (89) Essendon 8.14 (62) Princes Park 7 August 1920 St Kilda 3.3 (21) Melbourne 11.17 (83) Junction Oval 7 August 1920 Richmond 16.16 (112) Geelong 5.14 (44) Punt Road Oval 7 August 1920

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date South Melbourne 9.7 (61) Richmond 14.8 (92) Lake Oval 14 August 1920 Geelong 14.10 (94) Essendon 10.13 (73) Corio Oval 14 August 1920 St Kilda 8.7 (55) Collingwood 17.11 (113) Junction Oval 14 August 1920 Melbourne 3.7 (25) Carlton 12.15 (87) MCG 14 August 1920

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Essendon 10.7 (67) Fitzroy 12.11 (83) EMCG 21 August 1920 Carlton 15.14 (104) Geelong 6.5 (41) Princes Park 21 August 1920 South Melbourne 11.17 (83) St Kilda 3.14 (32) Lake Oval 21 August 1920 Richmond 20.14 (134) Melbourne 8.12 (60) Punt Road Oval 21 August 1920

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 11.10 (76) South Melbourne 8.25 (73) Corio Oval 28 August 1920 Fitzroy 16.12 (108) Melbourne 6.9 (45) Brunswick Street Oval 28 August 1920 Carlton 16.13 (109) Collingwood 7.15 (57) Princes Park 28 August 1920 St Kilda 7.10 (52) Richmond 12.15 (87) Junction Oval 28 August 1920

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 22.17 (149) St Kilda 11.3 (69) Brunswick Street Oval 4 September 1920 Essendon 6.5 (41) Richmond 15.14 (104) EMCG 4 September 1920 Collingwood 16.12 (108) South Melbourne 13.13 (91) Victoria Park 4 September 1920 Melbourne 12.15 (87) Geelong 17.14 (116) MCG 4 September 1920

Ladder

1920 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Richmond (P) 16 14 2 0 1353 924 146.4 56 Finals
2 Fitzroy 16 14 2 0 1272 888 143.2 56
3 Carlton 16 10 6 0 1189 924 128.7 40
4 Collingwood 16 10 6 0 1085 966 112.3 40
5 South Melbourne 16 7 9 0 1099 1012 108.6 28
6 Essendon 16 5 11 0 1022 1164 87.8 20
7 Geelong 16 5 11 0 1098 1301 84.4 20
8 Melbourne 16 5 11 0 940 1266 74.2 20
9 St Kilda 16 2 14 0 819 1432 57.2 8
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers


Finals

All of the 1920 finals were played at the MCG so the home team in the Semi Finals and Preliminary Final is purely the higher ranked team from the ladder but in the Grand Final the home team was the team that won the Preliminary Final.

Semi finals

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Date Collingwood 4.17 (41) Fitzroy 3.5 (23) MCG 11 September Carlton 7.11 (53) Richmond 4.6 (30) MCG 18 September

Preliminary Final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Date Collingwood 12.11 (83) Carlton 8.11 (59) MCG 25 September

Grand final

Main article: 1920 VFL Grand Final

Richmond defeated Collingwood 7.10 (52) to 5.5 (35), in front of a crowd of 53,908 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Awards

Notable events

Footnotes

  1. ^ "Junior League Final". The Argus. Melbourne. 27 September 1920. p. 11.
  2. ^ Fine, Mark (2011). The Book of Footy Lists. Australia: Slattery Media Group. p. 300. ISBN 9781921778308.

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