1950 VFL Grand Final


North Melbourne
13.14 (92) 7.12 (54)
1 2 3 4
ESS 7.3 (45) 7.6 (48) 10.11 (71) 13.14 (92)
NM 4.0 (24) 5.5 (35) 7.9 (51) 7.12 (54)
Date23 September 1950
StadiumMelbourne Cricket Ground
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The 1950 VFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Essendon Football Club and North Melbourne Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 23 September 1950. It was the 53rd annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1950 VFL season. The match, attended by 85,869 spectators[note 1] , was won by Essendon by 38 points, marking that club's tenth premiership victory.


Main article: 1950 VFL season

Further information: 1950 VFL finals series

This was North Melbourne's first-ever VFL Grand Final, while Essendon were competing in their fifth successive premiership decider. They were the reigning premiers, having defeated Carlton in the 1949 VFL Grand Final. Essendon's victory sent the retiring Dick Reynolds out in style, although he would come out of retirement for one final game in 1951.


N. Melbourne
B: Les Gardiner Bill Brittingham Wally May
HB: Harold Lambert Roy McConnell Norm McDonald
C: Chris Lambert Alan Dale Jack Collins
HF: Jack Jones Bill Snell Albert Harper
F: Dick Reynolds (c) John Coleman Ron McEwin
Foll: Bob McClure Bob Syme Bill Hutchison
Res: Ted Leehane Noel Allanson
Coach: Dick Reynolds
North Melbourne
B: Pat Kelly Jock McCorkell John Reeves
HB: Ted Jarrard Reg Ryan Les Reeves
C: Keith McKenzie Kevin Dynon Les Mogg
HF: Gerald Marchesi Frank Jeeves Don Condon
F: Bob Brooker Jock Spencer Tim Robb
Foll: Col Thornton Les Foote (c) Jim Malone
Res: Vic Lawrence Jack Hedley
Coach: Wally Carter



Essendon team photo, 1950. BACK (L–R): Jones, May, Bigelow, McClure, McConnell, Snell, Coleman, Brittingham. CENTRE (L–R): Allanson, C. Lambert, McDonald, McEwin, Reynolds (capt/coach), Hutchison, Gardiner, Hassell. FRONT (L–R): Leehane, Bradley, H. Lambert, Tate.


  • Coleman 4
  • Reynolds 2
  • Syme 2
  • Dale 1
  • Harper 1
  • Hutchison 1
  • McEwin 1
  • Snell 1

North Melbourne

  • Spencer 3
  • Robb 2
  • Brooker 1
  • Dynon 1


  1. ^ This is the official attendance. Some other sources provide an attendance number of 87,601 [1]


  1. ^ Atkinson & Atkinson (2009), p. 204


See also