1944 VFL Grand Final


9.12 (66) 7.9 (51)
1 2 3 4
FIT 1.2 (8) 4.8 (32) 6.10 (46) 9.12 (66)
RIC 2.2 (14) 3.2 (20) 5.5 (35) 7.9 (51)
Date30 September 1944
StadiumJunction Oval
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The 1944 VFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Fitzroy Football Club and Richmond Football Club, held at the Junction Oval in Melbourne on 30 September 1944. It was the 46th annual grand final of the Victorian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1944 VFL season. The match was won by Fitzroy by a margin of 15 points, marking that club's first premiership since 1922, and its eighth (and final) premiership and final grand final appearance. The match attracted 41,000 spectators, down on expectations owing in part to a one-day tram strike.[1]

This was the last grand final to have two captain-coaches playing against each other.[citation needed]. The 1944 Grand Final was Fitzroy's last premiership before they merged with the Brisbane Bears in 1997 to become the Brisbane Lions, who won the premiership in 2001.


B: Clen Denning Fred Hughson (c) Alan Fields
HB: Laurie Bickerton Norm Hillard Arthur O'Bryan
C: Bruce Calverley George Hoskins Noel Jarvis
HF: Stan Dawson Stan Wright Noel Price
F: Maurie Hearn Ken Sier Keith Stackpole
Foll: Bert Clay Jack Symons Allan Ruthven
Res: Dan Murray
Coach: Fred Hughson
B: Max Oppy George Smeaton Charlie Priestley
HB: Bernie Waldron Leo Maguire Bill Perkins
C: Leo Merrett Fred Cook Bert Edwards
HF: Arthur Mooney Brian Randall Les Jones
F: Bob Bawden Jack Scott Fred Burge
Foll: Jack Dyer (c) Bill Morris Bill Wilson
Res: Keith Cook
Coach: Jack Dyer



Fitzroy FC team, premiers


  • K Sier 3
  • K Stackpole 2
  • B Calverley 1
  • A Ruthven 1
  • J Symons 1
  • S Wright 1


  • B Wilson 3
  • B Randall 2
  • F Burge 1
  • J Dyer 1

See also


  1. ^ P. J. Millard (25 May 1945). "League to decide grounds for finals". The Herald. Melbourne, VIC. p. 10.