1936 VFL premiership season
Collingwood Football Club, premier team
Teams12
PremiersCollingwood
11th premiership
Minor premiersSouth Melbourne
5th minor premiership
Brownlow MedallistDenis Ryan (Fitzroy)
Leading Goalkicker MedallistBill Mohr (St Kilda)
Matches played112
Highest74,091
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The 1936 VFL season was the 40th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured twelve clubs, ran from 2 May until 3 October, and comprised an 18-game home-and-away season followed by a finals series featuring the top four clubs.

The premiership was won by the Collingwood Football Club for the eleventh time and second time consecutively, after it defeated South Melbourne by eleven points in the 1936 VFL Grand Final.

Background

In 1936, 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 1936 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the Page–McIntyre system.

Home-and-away season

Round 1

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 15.17 (107) St Kilda 17.4 (106) Punt Road Oval 27,000 2 May 1936 Essendon 17.15 (117) North Melbourne 11.4 (70) Windy Hill 15,000 2 May 1936 South Melbourne 14.24 (108) Melbourne 13.9 (87) Lake Oval 22,000 2 May 1936 Geelong 20.24 (144) Footscray 10.9 (69) Corio Oval 12,000 2 May 1936 Hawthorn 12.11 (83) Collingwood 15.14 (104) Glenferrie Oval 14,000 2 May 1936 Fitzroy 13.9 (87) Carlton 24.19 (163) Brunswick Street Oval 32,000 2 May 1936

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date St Kilda 10.11 (71) South Melbourne 12.17 (89) Junction Oval 30,000 9 May 1936 Footscray 8.20 (68) Hawthorn 11.7 (73) Western Oval 10,000 9 May 1936 Collingwood 16.12 (108) Richmond 10.12 (72) Victoria Park 26,500 9 May 1936 Carlton 21.19 (145) Essendon 5.13 (43) Princes Park 25,000 9 May 1936 North Melbourne 9.14 (68) Geelong 11.8 (74) Arden Street Oval 9,000 9 May 1936 Melbourne 15.17 (107) Fitzroy 8.11 (59) MCG 16,245 9 May 1936

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 14.18 (102) Melbourne 4.8 (32) Corio Oval 12,000 16 May 1936 Essendon 16.19 (115) St Kilda 18.11 (119) Windy Hill 18,000 16 May 1936 Richmond 13.14 (92) North Melbourne 6.17 (53) Punt Road Oval 14,000 16 May 1936 South Melbourne 15.17 (107) Footscray 9.13 (67) Lake Oval 18,000 16 May 1936 Fitzroy 12.12 (84) Collingwood 25.14 (164) Brunswick Street Oval 20,000 16 May 1936 Hawthorn 14.13 (97) Carlton 16.11 (107) Glenferrie Oval 18,000 16 May 1936

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 7.18 (60) South Melbourne 18.21 (129) Arden Street Oval 14,000 23 May 1936 Collingwood 20.17 (137) Essendon 13.10 (88) Victoria Park 11,000 23 May 1936 Carlton 16.19 (115) Richmond 18.17 (125) Princes Park 43,000 23 May 1936 Melbourne 16.20 (116) Hawthorn 11.11 (77) MCG 10,152 23 May 1936 St Kilda 19.11 (125) Geelong 12.10 (82) Junction Oval 22,500 23 May 1936 Footscray 13.11 (89) Fitzroy 10.14 (74) Western Oval 18,000 23 May 1936

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 17.19 (121) Geelong 17.13 (115) Brunswick Street Oval 10,000 30 May 1936 Collingwood 16.17 (113) St Kilda 9.14 (68) Victoria Park 28,000 30 May 1936 North Melbourne 11.9 (75) Melbourne 17.20 (122) Arden Street Oval 8,000 30 May 1936 Richmond 16.21 (117) Hawthorn 10.12 (72) Punt Road Oval 9,000 30 May 1936 South Melbourne 15.21 (111) Essendon 11.13 (79) Lake Oval 15,000 30 May 1936 Footscray 7.17 (59) Carlton 13.16 (94) Western Oval 15,000 30 May 1936

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 9.11 (65) South Melbourne 18.20 (128) Glenferrie Oval 12,000 6 June 1936 Geelong 6.14 (50) Richmond 13.12 (90) Corio Oval 9,000 6 June 1936 Essendon 18.19 (127) Fitzroy 12.14 (86) Windy Hill 14,000 6 June 1936 Carlton 11.16 (82) Collingwood 12.16 (88) Princes Park 46,000 6 June 1936 St Kilda 22.15 (147) North Melbourne 14.24 (108) Junction Oval 10,000 6 June 1936 Melbourne 13.18 (96) Footscray 11.14 (80) MCG 10,595 6 June 1936

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 14.5 (89) Melbourne 9.13 (67) Victoria Park 11,250 13 June 1936 Carlton 19.14 (128) St Kilda 11.9 (75) Princes Park 22,000 13 June 1936 Hawthorn 12.19 (91) Geelong 7.6 (48) Glenferrie Oval 6,000 13 June 1936 North Melbourne 12.19 (91) Footscray 13.7 (85) Arden Street Oval 10,000 13 June 1936 South Melbourne 13.15 (93) Fitzroy 7.11 (53) Lake Oval 14,000 13 June 1936 Richmond 10.18 (78) Essendon 10.11 (71) Punt Road Oval 12,000 13 June 1936

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 20.11 (131) St Kilda 15.11 (101) MCG 21,230 20 June 1936 Fitzroy 12.16 (88) Richmond 20.12 (132) Brunswick Street Oval 12,000 20 June 1936 Essendon 12.19 (91) Hawthorn 8.18 (66) Windy Hill 11,000 20 June 1936 South Melbourne 16.21 (117) Geelong 15.14 (104) Lake Oval 12,000 20 June 1936 Footscray 11.13 (79) Collingwood 16.10 (106) Western Oval 11,500 20 June 1936 North Melbourne 13.8 (86) Carlton 9.13 (67) Arden Street Oval 15,000 20 June 1936

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 14.14 (98) South Melbourne 11.11 (77) Punt Road Oval 29,500 27 June 1936 Collingwood 17.19 (121) North Melbourne 8.7 (55) Victoria Park 11,500 27 June 1936 Carlton 9.14 (68) Melbourne 11.17 (83) Princes Park 18,000 27 June 1936 St Kilda 20.17 (137) Footscray 16.13 (109) Junction Oval 10,000 27 June 1936 Hawthorn 11.9 (75) Fitzroy 9.9 (63) Glenferrie Oval 8,000 27 June 1936 Geelong 26.18 (174) Essendon 14.13 (97) Corio Oval 8,000 27 June 1936

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 10.8 (68) Richmond 15.13 (103) Western Oval 10,500 11 July 1936 Collingwood 12.19 (91) South Melbourne 14.18 (102) Victoria Park 25,800 11 July 1936 Carlton 14.21 (105) Geelong 12.17 (89) Princes Park 18,000 11 July 1936 St Kilda 16.9 (105) Hawthorn 12.16 (88) Junction Oval 9,000 11 July 1936 North Melbourne 9.11 (65) Fitzroy 3.12 (30) Arden Street Oval 9,000 11 July 1936 Melbourne 16.15 (111) Essendon 9.13 (67) MCG 12,357 11 July 1936

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 8.19 (67) North Melbourne 7.11 (53) Glenferrie Oval 6,000 18 July 1936 Fitzroy 16.9 (105) St Kilda 19.15 (129) Brunswick Street Oval 7,000 18 July 1936 Essendon 12.15 (87) Footscray 16.18 (114) Windy Hill 10,000 18 July 1936 Richmond 15.13 (103) Melbourne 17.10 (112) Punt Road Oval 18,500 18 July 1936 Geelong 13.15 (93) Collingwood 11.9 (75) Corio Oval 10,000 18 July 1936 South Melbourne 16.11 (107) Carlton 14.16 (100) Lake Oval 26,000 18 July 1936

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 22.16 (148) South Melbourne 14.12 (96) MCG 26,510 25 July 1936 Footscray 14.9 (93) Geelong 10.22 (82) Western Oval 6,000 25 July 1936 Collingwood 14.18 (102) Hawthorn 6.12 (48) Victoria Park 7,000 25 July 1936 Carlton 18.15 (123) Fitzroy 14.11 (95) Princes Park 9,000 25 July 1936 St Kilda 14.12 (96) Richmond 18.6 (114) Junction Oval 12,000 25 July 1936 North Melbourne 6.14 (50) Essendon 10.10 (70) Arden Street Oval 7,000 25 July 1936

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 17.20 (122) North Melbourne 12.8 (80) Corio Oval 8,000 1 August 1936 Fitzroy 13.13 (91) Melbourne 12.13 (85) Brunswick Street Oval 11,000 1 August 1936 South Melbourne 14.19 (103) St Kilda 13.11 (89) Lake Oval 16,000 1 August 1936 Hawthorn 13.13 (91) Footscray 8.21 (69) Glenferrie Oval 10,000 1 August 1936 Richmond 11.14 (80) Collingwood 14.12 (96) Punt Road Oval 26,000 1 August 1936 Essendon 8.11 (59) Carlton 17.16 (118) Windy Hill 13,000 1 August 1936

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 11.7 (73) Richmond 9.11 (65) Arden Street Oval 7,000 8 August 1936 Footscray 11.15 (81) South Melbourne 12.21 (93) Western Oval 12,000 8 August 1936 Collingwood 13.12 (90) Fitzroy 11.8 (74) Victoria Park 16,400 8 August 1936 Carlton 11.17 (83) Hawthorn 8.16 (64) Princes Park 9,000 8 August 1936 Melbourne 14.16 (100) Geelong 15.15 (105) MCG 12,229 8 August 1936 St Kilda 16.23 (119) Essendon 14.14 (98) Junction Oval 7,500 8 August 1936

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 9.8 (62) Melbourne 17.10 (112) Glenferrie Oval 10,000 15 August 1936 Geelong 18.22 (130) St Kilda 10.7 (67) Corio Oval 8,000 15 August 1936 Fitzroy 9.10 (64) Footscray 12.17 (89) Brunswick Street Oval 10,000 15 August 1936 South Melbourne 8.16 (64) North Melbourne 9.9 (63) Lake Oval 11,000 15 August 1936 Essendon 8.10 (58) Collingwood 14.16 (100) Windy Hill 9,000 15 August 1936 Richmond 9.12 (66) Carlton 14.6 (90) Punt Road Oval 25,000 15 August 1936

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 14.23 (107) North Melbourne 5.15 (45) MCG 16,103 22 August 1936 Hawthorn 15.12 (102) Richmond 14.16 (100) Glenferrie Oval 9,000 22 August 1936 Essendon 12.16 (88) South Melbourne 11.30 (96) Windy Hill 9,000 22 August 1936 Carlton 12.22 (94) Footscray 12.14 (86) Princes Park 15,000 22 August 1936 Geelong 20.21 (141) Fitzroy 6.8 (44) Corio Oval 7,000 22 August 1936 St Kilda 11.11 (77) Collingwood 14.13 (97) Junction Oval 14,300 22 August 1936

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 15.7 (97) St Kilda 15.18 (108) Arden Street Oval 8,000 29 August 1936 Footscray 8.17 (65) Melbourne 9.18 (72) Western Oval 13,000 29 August 1936 South Melbourne 16.10 (106) Hawthorn 15.11 (101) Lake Oval 12,000 29 August 1936 Richmond 8.7 (55) Geelong 12.9 (81) Punt Road Oval 14,000 29 August 1936 Fitzroy 9.16 (70) Essendon 17.16 (118) Brunswick Street Oval 9,000 29 August 1936 Collingwood 13.11 (89) Carlton 13.12 (90) Victoria Park 30,100 29 August 1936

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 21.22 (148) Hawthorn 9.15 (69) Corio Oval 6,000 5 September 1936 Footscray 14.8 (92) North Melbourne 12.10 (82) Western Oval 11,000 5 September 1936 Fitzroy 11.13 (79) South Melbourne 11.14 (80) Brunswick Street Oval 11,000 5 September 1936 Essendon 14.8 (92) Richmond 11.10 (76) Windy Hill 8,000 5 September 1936 Melbourne 9.13 (67) Collingwood 11.18 (84) MCG 21,648 5 September 1936 St Kilda 16.10 (106) Carlton 15.15 (105) Junction Oval 18,000 5 September 1936

Ladder

(P) Premiers
Qualified for finals
# Team P W L D PF PA % Pts
1 South Melbourne 18 16 2 0 1806 1524 118.5 64
2 Collingwood (P) 18 15 3 0 1854 1367 135.6 60
3 Carlton 18 12 6 0 1877 1504 124.8 48
4 Melbourne 18 12 6 0 1755 1477 118.8 48
5 Geelong 18 11 7 0 1884 1498 125.8 44
6 Richmond 18 10 8 0 1673 1550 107.9 40
7 St Kilda 18 9 9 0 1845 1919 96.1 36
8 Essendon 18 6 12 0 1565 1840 85.1 24
9 Hawthorn 18 6 12 0 1391 1720 80.9 24
10 Footscray 18 5 13 0 1462 1690 86.5 20
11 North Melbourne 18 4 14 0 1274 1679 75.9 16
12 Fitzroy 18 2 16 0 1367 1985 68.9 8

Rules for classification: 1. premiership points; 2. percentage; 3. points for
Average score: 91.4
Source: AFL Tables

Finals series

Semi-finals

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Crowd Date Carlton 11.22 (88) Melbourne 14.13 (97) MCG 55,094 12 September South Melbourne 10.17 (77) Collingwood 12.18 (90) MCG 55,573 19 September

Preliminary final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Crowd Date South Melbourne 13.11 (89) Melbourne 8.15 (63) MCG 50,738 26 September

Grand final

Main article: 1936 VFL Grand Final

Season notes

Awards

References

  1. ^ "Richmond to remain – Football League decides". The Argus. Melbourne. 24 February 1936. p. 7.
  2. ^ "Seconds final – Footscray brilliant". The Argus. Melbourne. 5 October 1936. p. 14.

Sources