1941 VFL Grand Final


19.13 (127) 13.20 (98)
1 2 3 4
MEL 6.6 (42) 11.9 (75) 14.11 (95) 19.13 (127)
ESS 1.1 (7) 2.6 (18) 6.12 (48) 13.20 (98)
Date27 September 1941
StadiumMelbourne Cricket Ground
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The 1941 VFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Melbourne Football Club and Essendon Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 27 September 1941. It was the 43rd annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1940 VFL season. The match, attended by 79,687 spectators, was won by Melbourne by a margin of 29 points, marking that club's fifth premiership victory.

By claiming their third successive premiership, Melbourne joined Carlton and Collingwood as the only clubs to achieve the feat.

Melbourne's team was understrength as they had been depleted by the war. Syd Anderson, Harold Ball, Ron Barassi and Keith Truscott, who were members of the previous season's premiership, missed the Grand Final as they were serving their country and all died in World War II.

There were sets of brothers on each team, with the Cordner brothers of Melbourne taking on the Reynolds brothers of Essendon.


B: Richie Emselle Shane McGrath Don Cordner
HB: Col McLean Ted Cordner Wally Lock
C: Syd Anderson Allan La Fontaine (c) Stan Heal
HF: Maurie Gibb Ron Baggott Ray Wartman
F: Jack O'Keefe Norm Smith Gerry Daly
Foll: Jack Mueller Adrian Dullard Percy Beames
Res: Warren Lewis
Coach: Frank 'Checker' Hughes
B: Elton Plummer Cec Ruddell Fred Green
HB: Bob Flanigan Wally Buttsworth Allan Hird
C: Ernie Coward Harold Lambert Jack Caesar
HF: Gordon Lane Les Griggs Murray Exelby
F: Jack Cassin Tom Reynolds Ted Bryce
Foll: Hugh Torney Gordon Abbott Dick Reynolds (c)
Res: Ted Regan
Coach: Dick Reynolds



Don Cordner


  • Beames 6
  • Mueller 3
  • Smith 3
  • Wartman 2
  • Anderson 1
  • Daly 1
  • Dullard 1
  • Gibb 1
  • O'Keefe 1


  • T.Reynolds 3
  • Bryce 2
  • D.Reynolds 2
  • Abbott 1
  • Cassin 1
  • Exelby 1
  • Lane 1
  • Regan 1
  • Torney 1


See also