1964 VFL premiership season
Teams12
PremiersMelbourne
(12th premiership)
Minor premiersMelbourne
(9th minor premiership)
Consolation seriesFootscray
(2nd Consolation series win)
Matches played112
Highest attendance102,471
Brownlow MedallistGordon Collis (Carlton)
Coleman MedallistJohn Peck (Hawthorn)
← 1963
1965 →

The 1964 VFL season was the 68th 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 19 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 Melbourne Football Club for the twelfth time, after it defeated Collingwood by four points in the 1964 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1964, 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 1964 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 Footscray 8.16 (64) Richmond 5.4 (34) Western Oval 23,965 18 April 1964 Essendon 12.13 (85) St Kilda 11.13 (79) Windy Hill 29,500 18 April 1964 Collingwood 14.15 (99) Fitzroy 10.11 (71) Victoria Park 29,255 18 April 1964 Carlton 10.16 (76) North Melbourne 10.8 (68) Princes Park 23,053 18 April 1964 South Melbourne 10.13 (73) Hawthorn 14.13 (97) Lake Oval 20,260 18 April 1964 Melbourne 14.13 (97) Geelong 17.8 (110) MCG 66,250 18 April 1964

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 13.17 (95) South Melbourne 18.10 (118) Brunswick Street Oval 17,603 25 April 1964 North Melbourne 8.13 (61) Melbourne 11.11 (77) Arden Street Oval 15,914 25 April 1964 St Kilda 13.18 (96) Footscray 6.7 (43) Junction Oval 33,600 25 April 1964 Richmond 11.9 (75) Essendon 15.21 (111) Punt Road Oval 27,300 25 April 1964 Geelong 14.11 (95) Collingwood 6.7 (43) Kardinia Park 40,290 25 April 1964 Hawthorn 9.20 (74) Carlton 8.5 (53) Glenferrie Oval 28,000 25 April 1964

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 12.15 (87) St Kilda 9.11 (65) Glenferrie Oval 25,000 2 May 1964 Fitzroy 6.12 (48) Geelong 11.24 (90) Brunswick Street Oval 15,723 2 May 1964 Essendon 16.11 (107) North Melbourne 19.7 (121) Windy Hill 21,000 2 May 1964 South Melbourne 8.7 (55) Richmond 8.15 (63) Lake Oval 18,920 2 May 1964 Footscray 8.12 (60) Collingwood 11.13 (79) Western Oval 23,983 2 May 1964 Melbourne 11.13 (79) Carlton 4.9 (33) MCG 45,494 2 May 1964

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 12.13 (85) South Melbourne 8.9 (57) Victoria Park 29,237 9 May 1964 Carlton 12.8 (80) Footscray 16.15 (111) Princes Park 21,663 9 May 1964 St Kilda 13.15 (93) Melbourne 9.13 (67) Junction Oval 35,300 9 May 1964 North Melbourne 14.15 (99) Hawthorn 9.14 (68) Arden Street Oval 17,431 9 May 1964 Richmond 14.20 (104) Fitzroy 5.10 (40) Punt Road Oval 17,200 9 May 1964 Geelong 8.21 (69) Essendon 14.7 (91) Kardinia Park 34,083 9 May 1964

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 10.14 (74) St Kilda 8.19 (67) Punt Road Oval 27,270 16 May 1964 Essendon 7.11 (53) Melbourne 10.25 (85) Windy Hill 27,000 16 May 1964 South Melbourne 8.11 (59) Geelong 11.10 (76) Lake Oval 24,580 16 May 1964 North Melbourne 15.13 (103) Footscray 7.14 (56) Arden Street Oval 20,862 16 May 1964 Hawthorn 16.18 (114) Fitzroy 8.19 (67) Glenferrie Oval 13,100 16 May 1964 Collingwood 12.13 (85) Carlton 9.12 (66) Victoria Park 32,868 16 May 1964

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 11.6 (72) Richmond 8.11 (59) Kardinia Park 25,264 23 May 1964 Footscray 10.22 (82) South Melbourne 10.9 (69) Western Oval 16,437 23 May 1964 Fitzroy 10.18 (78) North Melbourne 13.17 (95) Brunswick Street Oval 15,043 23 May 1964 Melbourne 10.13 (73) Hawthorn 10.8 (68) MCG 53,795 23 May 1964 Essendon 9.19 (73) Collingwood 11.3 (69) Windy Hill 30,300 23 May 1964 St Kilda 13.19 (97) Carlton 6.13 (49) Junction Oval 25,300 23 May 1964

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 13.11 (89) Richmond 7.16 (58) Glenferrie Oval 22,000 30 May 1964 Geelong 11.23 (89) St Kilda 13.8 (86) Kardinia Park 28,000 30 May 1964 Collingwood 22.18 (150) North Melbourne 6.6 (42) Victoria Park 34,222 30 May 1964 Carlton 8.12 (60) Fitzroy 8.11 (59) Princes Park 18,945 30 May 1964 Melbourne 12.14 (86) Footscray 6.8 (44) MCG 33,129 30 May 1964 South Melbourne 11.18 (84) Essendon 14.12 (96) Lake Oval 20,470 30 May 1964

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 10.9 (69) St Kilda 11.17 (83) Arden Street Oval 19,620 6 June 1964 Footscray 5.5 (35) Geelong 6.12 (48) Western Oval 20,000 6 June 1964 Fitzroy 7.9 (51) Melbourne 17.16 (118) Brunswick Street Oval 12,727 6 June 1964 Hawthorn 9.8 (62) Essendon 6.12 (48) Glenferrie Oval 26,000 6 June 1964 Richmond 3.12 (30) Collingwood 7.13 (55) Punt Road Oval 34,600 6 June 1964 South Melbourne 8.13 (61) Carlton 12.14 (86) Lake Oval 18,700 6 June 1964

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 13.10 (88) Footscray 10.13 (73) Windy Hill 22,000 13 June 1964 Carlton 11.15 (81) Richmond 11.12 (78) Princes Park 24,930 13 June 1964 St Kilda 13.18 (96) Fitzroy 6.12 (48) Junction Oval 20,900 13 June 1964 North Melbourne 10.15 (75) South Melbourne 7.9 (51) Arden Street Oval 11,763 15 June 1964 Geelong 10.15 (75) Hawthorn 3.8 (26) Kardinia Park 39,911 15 June 1964 Melbourne 10.13 (73) Collingwood 8.15 (63) MCG 86,664 15 June 1964

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date St Kilda 18.15 (123) South Melbourne 10.8 (68) Junction Oval 20,300 27 June 1964 Melbourne 23.18 (156) Richmond 6.7 (43) MCG 27,614 27 June 1964 Geelong 11.8 (74) North Melbourne 10.12 (72) Kardinia Park 20,579 27 June 1964 Collingwood 13.11 (89) Hawthorn 15.8 (98) Victoria Park 31,133 27 June 1964 Footscray 14.9 (93) Fitzroy 13.7 (85) Western Oval 13,119 27 June 1964 Essendon 10.9 (69) Carlton 8.15 (63) Windy Hill 22,000 27 June 1964

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 12.11 (83) St Kilda 10.9 (69) Victoria Park 27,588 4 July 1964 Carlton 7.19 (61) Geelong 13.7 (85) Princes Park 22,293 4 July 1964 Richmond 6.12 (48) North Melbourne 10.5 (65) Punt Road Oval 10,170 4 July 1964 South Melbourne 12.11 (83) Melbourne 18.21 (129) Lake Oval 10,490 4 July 1964 Hawthorn 12.9 (81) Footscray 3.3 (21) Glenferrie Oval 13,000 4 July 1964 Fitzroy 7.8 (50) Essendon 10.9 (69) Brunswick Street Oval 11,254 4 July 1964

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 15.13 (103) South Melbourne 6.15 (51) Glenferrie Oval 11,000 11 July 1964 Geelong 7.12 (54) Melbourne 10.15 (75) Kardinia Park 33,761 11 July 1964 Richmond 12.11 (83) Footscray 9.7 (61) Punt Road Oval 12,000 11 July 1964 St Kilda 5.13 (43) Essendon 11.10 (76) Junction Oval 30,100 11 July 1964 Fitzroy 5.8 (38) Collingwood 13.10 (88) Brunswick Street Oval 17,093 11 July 1964 North Melbourne 6.12 (48) Carlton 7.5 (47) Arden Street Oval 16,020 11 July 1964

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 18.15 (123) North Melbourne 6.15 (51) MCG 29,631 18 July 1964 Footscray 11.9 (75) St Kilda 10.10 (70) Western Oval 12,935 18 July 1964 Essendon 13.28 (106) Richmond 6.8 (44) Windy Hill 16,100 18 July 1964 Collingwood 8.11 (59) Geelong 7.7 (49) Victoria Park 38,218 18 July 1964 Carlton 5.12 (42) Hawthorn 8.10 (58) Princes Park 18,423 18 July 1964 South Melbourne 17.15 (117) Fitzroy 5.14 (44) Lake Oval 10,350 18 July 1964

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 13.21 (99) South Melbourne 5.4 (34) Punt Road Oval 12,500 25 July 1964 Collingwood 14.15 (99) Footscray 5.5 (35) Victoria Park 22,233 25 July 1964 Carlton 9.14 (68) Melbourne 12.8 (80) Princes Park 17,831 25 July 1964 St Kilda 11.15 (81) Hawthorn 7.9 (51) Junction Oval 18,600 25 July 1964 Geelong 10.22 (82) Fitzroy 4.3 (27) Kardinia Park 13,854 25 July 1964 North Melbourne 7.14 (56) Essendon 12.13 (85) Arden Street Oval 15,878 25 July 1964

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 8.7 (55) St Kilda 5.7 (37) MCG 33,212 1 August 1964 Hawthorn 7.7 (49) North Melbourne 5.8 (38) Glenferrie Oval 9,100 1 August 1964 Fitzroy 2.9 (21) Richmond 10.16 (76) Brunswick Street Oval 7,167 1 August 1964 Essendon 5.13 (43) Geelong 6.7 (43) Windy Hill 27,000 1 August 1964 South Melbourne 5.13 (43) Collingwood 12.13 (85) Lake Oval 12,600 1 August 1964 Footscray 11.6 (72) Carlton 10.7 (67) Western Oval 11,038 1 August 1964

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 8.9 (57) South Melbourne 1.9 (15) Kardinia Park 16,436 8 August 1964 Footscray 10.8 (68) North Melbourne 4.3 (27) Western Oval 13,366 8 August 1964 Fitzroy 9.10 (64) Hawthorn 10.13 (73) Brunswick Street Oval 7,322 8 August 1964 Carlton 11.13 (79) Collingwood 12.7 (79) Princes Park 25,875 8 August 1964 St Kilda 10.12 (72) Richmond 6.11 (47) Junction Oval 16,700 8 August 1964 Melbourne 7.6 (48) Essendon 6.14 (50) MCG 70,385 8 August 1964

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 10.9 (69) Melbourne 10.13 (73) Glenferrie Oval 20,000 15 August 1964 Collingwood 9.14 (68) Essendon 9.11 (65) Victoria Park 45,907 15 August 1964 Carlton 6.9 (45) St Kilda 8.13 (61) Princes Park 17,178 15 August 1964 Richmond 7.14 (56) Geelong 12.10 (82) Punt Road Oval 18,000 15 August 1964 South Melbourne 10.8 (68) Footscray 10.15 (75) Lake Oval 11,060 15 August 1964 North Melbourne 11.14 (80) Fitzroy 12.7 (79) Arden Street Oval 17,178 15 August 1964

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 12.6 (78) Melbourne 4.14 (38) Western Oval 20,555 22 August 1964 Essendon 28.16 (184) South Melbourne 2.7 (19) Windy Hill 16,800 22 August 1964 Richmond 9.18 (72) Hawthorn 16.19 (115) Punt Road Oval 15,500 22 August 1964 St Kilda 12.18 (90) Geelong 11.12 (78) Junction Oval 27,100 22 August 1964 North Melbourne 8.13 (61) Collingwood 14.8 (92) Arden Street Oval 21,895 22 August 1964 Fitzroy 7.12 (54) Carlton 19.20 (134) Brunswick Street Oval 14,151 22 August 1964

Ladder

1964 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Melbourne (P) 18 14 4 0 1532 1109 138.1 56 Finals
2 Collingwood 18 13 4 1 1470 1104 133.2 54
3 Essendon 18 13 4 1 1499 1151 130.2 54
4 Geelong 18 13 4 1 1328 1042 127.4 54
5 Hawthorn 18 13 5 0 1382 1142 121.0 52
6 St Kilda 18 10 8 0 1408 1189 118.4 40
7 Footscray 18 9 9 0 1146 1301 88.1 36
8 North Melbourne 18 8 10 0 1231 1411 87.2 32
9 Richmond 18 6 12 0 1143 1346 84.9 24
10 Carlton 18 5 12 1 1190 1318 90.3 22
11 South Melbourne 18 2 16 0 1125 1654 68.0 8
12 Fitzroy 18 0 18 0 1019 1706 59.7 0
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Consolation Night Series Competition

The night series were held under the floodlights at Lake Oval, South Melbourne, for the teams (5th to 12th on ladder) out of the finals at the end of the season.

Final: Footscray 11.12 (78) defeated St Kilda 11.7 (73).

Premiership Finals

First Semi-Final

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Essendon 4.0 5.3 7.5 10.5 (65)
Geelong 1.5 6.6 9.7 12.12 (84)
Attendance: 92,231

Second Semi-Final

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Melbourne 2.3 8.7 14.13 19.20 (134)
Collingwood 2.2 3.6 5.8 6.9 (45)
Attendance: 93,010

Preliminary Final

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Collingwood 2.1 4.2 6.6 7.6 (48)
Geelong 2.4 4.8 4.10 5.14 (44)
Attendance: 87,091

Grand final

Main article: 1964 VFL Grand Final

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Melbourne 2.6 5.7 7.10 8.16 (64)
Collingwood 2.5 5.9 5.11 8.12 (60)
Attendance: 102,471

Awards

Notable events

See also

References

  1. ^ Rex Pullen (21 September 1964). "Cats got this one". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 26.
  2. ^ Jack Dunn (25 March 1964). "Saints will move to Moorabbin in '65". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 52.
  3. ^ Jack Dunn (25 May 1964). "Surprise vote for Saints". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 60.
  4. ^ Jack Dunn (19 May 1964). "Norm Smith is state fancy". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 47.
  5. ^ Peter Stone (4 April 1964). "V.F.A. suspends Moorabbin for season". The Age. Melbourne. p. 20.

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