1953 VFL Premiership season
Teams12
PremiersCollingwood
(12th premiership)
Minor premiersGeelong
(8th minor premiership)
Matches played112
Highest attendance89,149
Leading Goalkicker MedallistJohn Coleman (Essendon)
Brownlow MedallistBill Hutchison (Essendon)
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The 1953 VFL season was the 57th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured twelve clubs, ran from 18 April until 26 September, 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 twelfth time, after it defeated Geelong by twelve points in the 1953 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1953, the VFL competition consisted of twelve teams of 18 on-the-field players each, plus two substitute players, known as the 19th man and the 20th 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 1953 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the Page–McIntyre system.

Round 1

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 12.15 (87) Hawthorn 5.8 (38) Kardinia Park 19,877 18 April 1953 Essendon 17.9 (111) Fitzroy 12.16 (88) Windy Hill 23,100 18 April 1953 Collingwood 17.16 (118) South Melbourne 11.11 (77) Victoria Park 29,678 18 April 1953 Carlton 7.18 (60) Footscray 9.11 (65) Princes Park 27,198 18 April 1953 St Kilda 8.9 (57) North Melbourne 14.21 (105) Junction Oval 14,000 18 April 1953 Richmond 11.7 (73) Melbourne 9.13 (67) Punt Road Oval 18,000 18 April 1953

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 8.9 (57) St Kilda 13.14 (92) Glenferrie Oval 12,000 2 May 1953 Footscray 8.13 (61) Geelong 15.12 (102) Western Oval 28,500 2 May 1953 Fitzroy 12.9 (81) Richmond 11.14 (80) Brunswick Street Oval 21,000 2 May 1953 South Melbourne 13.21 (99) Essendon 13.11 (89) Lake Oval 29,231 2 May 1953 North Melbourne 18.10 (118) Collingwood 11.9 (75) Arden Street Oval 21,377 2 May 1953 Melbourne 8.11 (59) Carlton 13.12 (90) MCG 29,204 2 May 1953

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 16.15 (111) Hawthorn 6.6 (42) Western Oval 15,000 9 May 1953 Essendon 17.20 (122) St Kilda 7.16 (58) Windy Hill 18,000 9 May 1953 Collingwood 9.19 (73) Geelong 14.14 (98) Victoria Park 33,000 9 May 1953 North Melbourne 12.12 (84) Melbourne 11.17 (83) Arden Street Oval 12,000 9 May 1953 South Melbourne 10.15 (75) Fitzroy 12.14 (86) Lake Oval 24,000 9 May 1953 Richmond 15.8 (98) Carlton 16.8 (104) Punt Road Oval 31,000 9 May 1953

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 7.11 (53) South Melbourne 9.9 (63) Glenferrie Oval 12,000 16 May 1953 Fitzroy 12.14 (86) North Melbourne 10.15 (75) Brunswick Street Oval 20,500 16 May 1953 Carlton 14.11 (95) Collingwood 14.19 (103) Princes Park 37,500 16 May 1953 St Kilda 11.17 (83) Richmond 8.17 (65) Junction Oval 16,500 16 May 1953 Melbourne 4.6 (30) Footscray 9.21 (75) MCG 23,727 16 May 1953 Geelong 12.7 (79) Essendon 9.11 (65) Kardinia Park 35,000 16 May 1953

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 6.10 (46) Melbourne 9.3 (57) Windy Hill 9,500 23 May 1953 Collingwood 13.18 (96) Hawthorn 3.8 (26) Victoria Park 9,627 23 May 1953 Carlton 7.10 (52) St Kilda 6.7 (43) Princes Park 9,150 23 May 1953 South Melbourne 8.10 (58) North Melbourne 9.8 (62) Lake Oval 11,000 23 May 1953 Richmond 6.16 (52) Geelong 15.16 (106) Punt Road Oval 10,000 23 May 1953 Footscray 10.6 (66) Fitzroy 1.0 (6) Western Oval 14,087 23 May 1953

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 14.16 (100) South Melbourne 7.5 (47) Kardinia Park 24,832 30 May 1953 Collingwood 9.8 (62) Richmond 5.9 (39) Victoria Park 23,036 30 May 1953 St Kilda 10.9 (69) Footscray 14.9 (93) Junction Oval 19,000 30 May 1953 Melbourne 10.11 (71) Fitzroy 12.9 (81) MCG 21,205 30 May 1953 North Melbourne 7.9 (51) Essendon 9.14 (68) Arden Street Oval 25,000 30 May 1953 Hawthorn 10.7 (67) Carlton 6.11 (47) Glenferrie Oval 12,000 30 May 1953

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date St Kilda 7.11 (53) South Melbourne 18.16 (124) Junction Oval 21,000 6 June 1953 Fitzroy 8.12 (60) Hawthorn 5.14 (44) Brunswick Street Oval 9,500 6 June 1953 Essendon 11.18 (84) Richmond 7.6 (48) Windy Hill 21,000 6 June 1953 Carlton 14.16 (100) North Melbourne 7.6 (48) Princes Park 22,219 6 June 1953 Melbourne 8.10 (58) Geelong 11.16 (82) MCG 26,254 6 June 1953 Footscray 7.9 (51) Collingwood 7.10 (52) Western Oval 32,114 6 June 1953

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 8.14 (62) North Melbourne 12.8 (80) Glenferrie Oval 7,000 13 June 1953 Collingwood 19.17 (131) St Kilda 8.8 (56) Victoria Park 16,200 13 June 1953 South Melbourne 11.11 (77) Melbourne 9.17 (71) Lake Oval 22,565 13 June 1953 Richmond 8.11 (59) Footscray 9.14 (68) Punt Road Oval 16,000 13 June 1953 Geelong 21.10 (136) Fitzroy 7.8 (50) Kardinia Park 21,489 13 June 1953 Essendon 14.14 (98) Carlton 7.11 (53) Windy Hill 30,300 13 June 1953

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 6.9 (45) Richmond 5.12 (42) Arden Street Oval 9,000 20 June 1953 Footscray 5.13 (43) South Melbourne 11.6 (72) Western Oval 21,105 20 June 1953 St Kilda 6.8 (44) Geelong 9.6 (60) Junction Oval 9,500 20 June 1953 Hawthorn 9.10 (64) Essendon 12.15 (87) Glenferrie Oval 8,000 20 June 1953 Melbourne 7.6 (48) Collingwood 9.9 (63) MCG 27,175 20 June 1953 Fitzroy 7.12 (54) Carlton 7.18 (60) Brunswick Street Oval 15,000 20 June 1953

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 11.9 (75) St Kilda 7.10 (52) Brunswick Street Oval 9,500 27 June 1953 Carlton 8.15 (63) Geelong 10.14 (74) Princes Park 32,526 27 June 1953 South Melbourne 12.7 (79) Richmond 6.14 (50) Lake Oval 17,000 27 June 1953 Melbourne 10.14 (74) Hawthorn 16.6 (102) MCG 11,993 27 June 1953 North Melbourne 3.7 (25) Footscray 5.12 (42) Arden Street Oval 15,000 27 June 1953 Essendon 11.14 (80) Collingwood 6.16 (52) Windy Hill 31,900 27 June 1953

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 12.14 (86) North Melbourne 13.7 (85) Kardinia Park 21,130 4 July 1953 Collingwood 7.19 (61) Fitzroy 9.8 (62) Victoria Park 25,078 4 July 1953 Carlton 14.13 (97) South Melbourne 10.13 (73) Princes Park 29,688 4 July 1953 St Kilda 11.7 (73) Melbourne 8.21 (69) Junction Oval 12,000 4 July 1953 Richmond 12.10 (82) Hawthorn 7.6 (48) Punt Road Oval 11,000 4 July 1953 Footscray 9.15 (69) Essendon 7.11 (53) Western Oval 34,884 4 July 1953

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 11.9 (75) Richmond 11.9 (75) MCG 19,402 11 July 1953 Hawthorn 9.8 (62) Geelong 12.14 (86) Glenferrie Oval 14,000 11 July 1953 Footscray 13.12 (90) Carlton 8.18 (66) Western Oval 31,668 11 July 1953 North Melbourne 20.11 (131) St Kilda 5.16 (46) Arden Street Oval 10,500 18 July 1953 Fitzroy 7.20 (62) Essendon 14.13 (97) Brunswick Street Oval 25,500 18 July 1953 South Melbourne 12.9 (81) Collingwood 17.17 (119) Lake Oval 30,000 18 July 1953

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 12.11 (83) South Melbourne 8.14 (62) Windy Hill 23,000 25 July 1953 Collingwood 13.16 (94) North Melbourne 8.17 (65) Victoria Park 23,868 25 July 1953 Carlton 12.24 (96) Melbourne 10.10 (70) Princes Park 16,367 25 July 1953 St Kilda 9.13 (67) Hawthorn 4.14 (38) Junction Oval 7,500 25 July 1953 Geelong 11.12 (78) Footscray 8.10 (58) Kardinia Park 32,093 25 July 1953 Richmond 13.7 (85) Fitzroy 13.12 (90) Punt Road Oval 15,000 25 July 1953

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 9.13 (67) North Melbourne 8.16 (64) MCG 13,768 1 August 1953 Fitzroy 12.18 (90) South Melbourne 7.19 (61) Brunswick Street Oval 16,000 1 August 1953 Carlton 15.16 (106) Richmond 10.19 (79) Princes Park 21,508 1 August 1953 Hawthorn 3.10 (28) Footscray 11.10 (76) Glenferrie Oval 10,000 1 August 1953 St Kilda 9.10 (64) Essendon 14.15 (99) Junction Oval 19,500 1 August 1953 Geelong 7.13 (55) Collingwood 10.15 (75) Kardinia Park 31,635 1 August 1953

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 13.16 (94) St Kilda 11.14 (80) Punt Road Oval 9,500 8 August 1953 Footscray 14.14 (98) Melbourne 9.7 (61) Western Oval 18,075 8 August 1953 Essendon 8.13 (61) Geelong 7.8 (50) Windy Hill 41,000 8 August 1953 South Melbourne 7.12 (54) Hawthorn 9.8 (62) Lake Oval 8,500 8 August 1953 North Melbourne 17.19 (121) Fitzroy 7.9 (51) Arden Street Oval 12,000 8 August 1953 Collingwood 12.15 (87) Carlton 9.16 (70) Victoria Park 31,277 8 August 1953

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 8.8 (56) South Melbourne 11.21 (87) Arden Street Oval 8,000 15 August 1953 Geelong 14.18 (102) Richmond 4.9 (33) Kardinia Park 10,000 15 August 1953 Fitzroy 7.11 (53) Footscray 14.14 (98) Brunswick Street Oval 17,500 15 August 1953 Melbourne 8.9 (57) Essendon 12.10 (82) MCG 25,543 15 August 1953 Hawthorn 11.6 (72) Collingwood 12.16 (88) Glenferrie Oval 7,000 15 August 1953 St Kilda 8.15 (63) Carlton 7.16 (58) Junction Oval 9,700 15 August 1953

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 12.18 (90) St Kilda 4.5 (29) Western Oval 15,158 22 August 1953 Fitzroy 6.13 (49) Melbourne 9.10 (64) Brunswick Street Oval 7,500 22 August 1953 Essendon 12.6 (78) North Melbourne 12.7 (79) Windy Hill 18,000 22 August 1953 Carlton 12.15 (87) Hawthorn 6.9 (45) Princes Park 8,500 22 August 1953 South Melbourne 14.14 (98) Geelong 8.7 (55) Lake Oval 21,000 22 August 1953 Richmond 12.9 (81) Collingwood 13.17 (95) Punt Road Oval 18,000 22 August 1953

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 16.14 (110) Melbourne 8.8 (56) Kardinia Park 18,124 29 August 1953 Collingwood 10.14 (74) Footscray 8.7 (55) Victoria Park 33,867 29 August 1953 South Melbourne 13.20 (98) St Kilda 4.12 (36) Lake Oval 13,000 29 August 1953 Hawthorn 9.10 (64) Fitzroy 13.6 (84) Glenferrie Oval 5,000 29 August 1953 Richmond 13.7 (85) Essendon 19.12 (126) Punt Road Oval 19,000 29 August 1953 North Melbourne 14.10 (94) Carlton 15.15 (105) Arden Street Oval 14,000 29 August 1953

Ladder

1953 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Geelong 18 15 3 0 1546 1079 143.3 60 Finals
2 Collingwood (P) 18 14 4 0 1518 1229 123.5 56
3 Footscray 18 13 5 0 1309 959 136.5 52
4 Essendon 18 13 5 0 1529 1177 129.9 52
5 Carlton 18 10 8 0 1409 1310 107.6 40
6 Fitzroy 18 10 8 0 1208 1421 85.0 40
7 North Melbourne 18 9 9 0 1388 1287 107.8 36
8 South Melbourne 18 9 9 0 1385 1323 104.7 36
9 St Kilda 18 5 13 0 1065 1561 68.2 20
10 Richmond 18 3 14 1 1220 1501 81.3 14
11 Melbourne 18 3 14 1 1137 1420 80.1 14
12 Hawthorn 18 3 15 0 974 1421 68.5 12
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Finals

First Semi-Final

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Footscray 3.7 3.8 4.11 6.13 (49)
Essendon 1.0 3.7 4.7 5.11(41)
Attendance: 68,533

Second Semi-Final

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Geelong 3.1 6.4 7.12 8.12 (60)
Collingwood 2.3 5.7 7.8 13.12 (90)
Attendance: 70,292

Preliminary Final

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Geelong 0.6 2.7 6.10 8.15 (63)
Footscray 2.1 3.4 4.5 5.7 (37)
Attendance: 58,615

Grand final

Main article: 1953 VFL Grand Final

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Collingwood 2.4 5.6 10.10 11.11 (77)
Geelong 2.2 3.9 5.11 8.17 (65)
Attendance: 89,149

Awards

Notable events

References

  1. ^ Hugh Buggy (25 April 1953). "Magpies rout Maroons in third quarter". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 30.
  2. ^ Hugh Buggy (25 May 1953). "One goal debacle nears record". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 12.