1974 VFL Premiership season
Teams12
PremiersRichmond
(9th premiership)
Minor premiersRichmond
(7th minor premiership)
Matches played138
Attendance3,243,600 (23,504 per match)
Highest attendance113,839
Coleman MedallistDoug Wade (North Melbourne)
Brownlow MedallistKeith Greig (North Melbourne)
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The 1974 VFL season was the 78th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured twelve clubs, ran from 6 April until 28 September, and comprised a 22-game home-and-away season followed by a finals series featuring the top five clubs.

The premiership was won by the Richmond Football Club for the ninth time and second time consecutively, after it defeated North Melbourne by 41 points in the 1974 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1974, 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 22 rounds; matches 12 to 22 were the "home-and-way reverse" of matches 1 to 11.

Once the 22 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1974 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the "McIntyre Final Five system".

Round 1

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 16.14 (110) Geelong 9.11 (65) Western Oval 15,204 6 April 1974 Collingwood 17.15 (117) Essendon 15.10 (100) Victoria Park 30,493 6 April 1974 Carlton 14.13 (97) Melbourne 6.12 (48) Princes Park 16,562 6 April 1974 South Melbourne 15.10 (100) North Melbourne 11.14 (80) Lake Oval 10,744 6 April 1974 Richmond 12.16 (88) Hawthorn 15.14 (104) MCG 38,735 6 April 1974 St Kilda 11.17 (83) Fitzroy 6.7 (43) Moorabbin Oval 17,286 6 April 1974

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 9.13 (67) Richmond 15.26 (116) Junction Oval 17,040 13 April 1974 Hawthorn 6.12 (48) Collingwood 10.11 (71) Princes Park 28,689 13 April 1974 Geelong 15.7 (97) Carlton 12.16 (88) Kardinia Park 21,043 13 April 1974 Melbourne 11.20 (86) St Kilda 14.16 (100) MCG 36,708 15 April 1974 Essendon 21.24 (150) South Melbourne 10.18 (78) Windy Hill 25,348 15 April 1974 North Melbourne 20.12 (132) Footscray 11.9 (75) Arden Street Oval 21,358 15 April 1974

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 16.16 (112) Footscray 14.15 (99) Victoria Park 23,233 20 April 1974 Carlton 11.15 (81) Richmond 18.11 (119) Princes Park 33,050 20 April 1974 South Melbourne 8.18 (66) Hawthorn 20.15 (135) Lake Oval 12,157 20 April 1974 Melbourne 16.10 (106) Geelong 16.14 (110) MCG 21,041 20 April 1974 North Melbourne 17.18 (120) Fitzroy 7.11 (53) Arden Street Oval 21,358 20 April 1974 Essendon 16.14 (110) St Kilda 15.15 (105) VFL Park 35,064 20 April 1974

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 18.12 (120) Collingwood 17.9 (111) Junction Oval 28,471 25 April 1974 North Melbourne 19.9 (123) Carlton 6.15 (51) VFL Park 54,086 25 April 1974 Geelong 6.9 (45) St Kilda 8.13 (61) Kardinia Park 18,550 27 April 1974 Footscray 15.6 (96) South Melbourne 7.9 (51) Western Oval 12,491 27 April 1974 Richmond 13.16 (94) Melbourne 9.15 (69) MCG 28,080 27 April 1974 Hawthorn 9.15 (69) Essendon 5.13 (43) Princes Park 17,590 27 April 1974

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 13.11 (89) North Melbourne 19.15 (129) MCG 23,616 4 May 1974 Essendon 12.26 (98) Geelong 10.14 (74) Windy Hill 19,123 4 May 1974 St Kilda 13.12 (90) Richmond 15.20 (110) Moorabbin Oval 30,673 4 May 1974 South Melbourne 14.16 (100) Fitzroy 15.10 (100) Lake Oval 10,316 4 May 1974 Collingwood 13.14 (92) Carlton 10.14 (74) Victoria Park 33,452 4 May 1974 Hawthorn 8.14 (62) Footscray 11.19 (85) VFL Park 20,281 4 May 1974

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 22.20 (152) St Kilda 9.5 (59) Arden Street Oval 17,545 11 May 1974 Fitzroy 18.16 (124) Hawthorn 13.16 (94) Junction Oval 10,583 11 May 1974 Carlton 19.21 (135) South Melbourne 12.9 (81) Princes Park 19,902 11 May 1974 Richmond 17.11 (113) Geelong 18.15 (123) MCG 31,483 11 May 1974 Footscray 17.12 (114) Essendon 8.16 (64) Western Oval 26,309 11 May 1974 Collingwood 13.11 (89) Melbourne 12.7 (79) VFL Park 25,161 11 May 1974

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 9.5 (59) North Melbourne 13.12 (90) Kardinia Park 24,685 18 May 1974 Essendon 15.15 (105) Richmond 16.19 (115) Windy Hill 24,376 18 May 1974 South Melbourne 13.16 (94) Melbourne 11.10 (76) Lake Oval 10,239 18 May 1974 St Kilda 12.10 (82) Collingwood 11.22 (88) Moorabbin Oval 27,876 18 May 1974 Hawthorn 13.22 (100) Carlton 8.12 (60) Princes Park 21,202 18 May 1974 Footscray 12.15 (87) Fitzroy 8.12 (60) VFL Park 19,450 18 May 1974

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 9.16 (70) Richmond 13.17 (95) Arden Street Oval 22,841 25 May 1974 Collingwood 11.14 (80) Geelong 18.13 (121) Victoria Park 22,858 25 May 1974 Carlton 9.12 (66) Footscray 9.12 (66) Princes Park 20,830 25 May 1974 Melbourne 6.15 (51) Hawthorn 13.21 (99) MCG 18,029 25 May 1974 Fitzroy 16.11 (107) Essendon 14.15 (99) Junction Oval 15,516 25 May 1974 South Melbourne 8.9 (57) St Kilda 10.10 (70) VFL Park 16,516 25 May 1974

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 18.15 (123) St Kilda 10.16 (76) Princes Park 12,630 1 June 1974 Geelong 16.12 (108) South Melbourne 17.7 (109) Kardinia Park 15,664 1 June 1974 Footscray 13.16 (94) Melbourne 8.8 (56) Western Oval 15,415 1 June 1974 North Melbourne 11.15 (81) Essendon 16.15 (111) Arden Street Oval 20,027 1 June 1974 Richmond 9.20 (74) Collingwood 21.17 (143) MCG 66,829 1 June 1974 Fitzroy 7.10 (52) Carlton 16.15 (111) VFL Park 19,906 1 June 1974

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 12.10 (82) North Melbourne 8.15 (63) Victoria Park 25,892 8 June 1974 South Melbourne 9.13 (67) Richmond 23.9 (147) Lake Oval 12,054 8 June 1974 St Kilda 9.9 (63) Footscray 11.10 (76) Moorabbin Oval 17,667 8 June 1974 Melbourne 19.10 (124) Fitzroy 13.15 (93) MCG 12,414 8 June 1974 Essendon 9.14 (68) Carlton 16.7 (103) Windy Hill 24,436 8 June 1974 Hawthorn 14.13 (97) Geelong 10.6 (66) VFL Park 18,562 8 June 1974

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Carlton 20.13 (133) St Kilda 13.10 (88) Princes Park 26,030 15 June 1974 South Melbourne 10.13 (73) Collingwood 15.14 (104) Lake Oval 16,908 15 June 1974 Melbourne 10.10 (70) Essendon 15.15 (105) VFL Park 21,396 15 June 1974 North Melbourne 14.11 (95) Hawthorn 9.21 (75) Arden Street Oval 17,368 17 June 1974 Richmond 19.19 (133) Footscray 15.11 (101) MCG 68,446 17 June 1974 Geelong 10.15 (75) Fitzroy 10.13 (73) Kardinia Park 18,396 17 June 1974

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 28.17 (185) South Melbourne 12.7 (79) Arden Street Oval 9,016 22 June 1974 Hawthorn 19.17 (131) Richmond 15.18 (108) Princes Park 15,710 22 June 1974 Fitzroy 13.14 (92) St Kilda 12.15 (87) Junction Oval 12,519 22 June 1974 Essendon 13.12 (90) Collingwood 19.9 (123) Windy Hill 25,867 22 June 1974 Melbourne 11.13 (79) Carlton 15.18 (108) MCG 23,336 22 June 1974 Geelong 13.14 (92) Footscray 8.10 (58) VFL Park 16,320 22 June 1974

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 11.14 (80) North Melbourne 19.10 (124) Western Oval 20,937 29 June 1974 Collingwood 13.18 (96) Hawthorn 13.12 (90) Victoria Park 26,028 29 June 1974 Carlton 20.19 (139) Geelong 10.6 (66) Princes Park 23,490 29 June 1974 St Kilda 11.13 (79) Melbourne 13.10 (88) Moorabbin Oval 13,804 29 June 1974 South Melbourne 11.16 (82) Essendon 14.12 (96) Lake Oval 10,494 29 June 1974 Richmond 29.21 (195) Fitzroy 9.12 (66) VFL Park 16,455 29 June 1974

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 11.24 (90) Richmond 23.15 (153) MCG 21,146 6 July 1974 Essendon 11.9 (75) Hawthorn 23.17 (155) Windy Hill 16,493 6 July 1974 Collingwood 24.14 (158) Fitzroy 19.13 (127) Victoria Park 17,913 6 July 1974 Carlton 10.12 (72) North Melbourne 18.13 (121) Princes Park 27,600 6 July 1974 South Melbourne 19.27 (141) Footscray 12.19 (91) Lake Oval 9,739 6 July 1974 St Kilda 12.20 (92) Geelong 11.12 (78) VFL Park 13,926 6 July 1974

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 16.14 (110) South Melbourne 4.7 (31) Princes Park 7,075 13 July 1974 Geelong 12.11 (83) Melbourne 9.9 (63) Kardinia Park 10,873 13 July 1974 St Kilda 16.13 (109) Essendon 10.8 (68) Moorabbin Oval 14,244 13 July 1974 Footscray 6.10 (46) Collingwood 7.12 (54) Western Oval 18,515 13 July 1974 Richmond 15.15 (105) Carlton 11.9 (75) MCG 36,417 13 July 1974 Fitzroy 8.7 (55) North Melbourne 10.8 (68) VFL Park 7,615 13 July 1974

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 15.24 (114) St Kilda 11.13 (79) MCG 28,045 20 July 1974 Footscray 8.12 (60) Hawthorn 12.9 (81) Western Oval 15,299 20 July 1974 Fitzroy 10.13 (73) South Melbourne 19.19 (133) Junction Oval 8,110 20 July 1974 North Melbourne 19.14 (128) Melbourne 9.10 (64) Arden Street Oval 9,094 20 July 1974 Geelong 11.11 (77) Essendon 14.9 (93) Kardinia Park 15,897 20 July 1974 Carlton 18.10 (118) Collingwood 13.4 (82) VFL Park 47,558 20 July 1974

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 9.10 (64) Footscray 13.15 (93) Windy Hill 16,250 27 July 1974 St Kilda 10.13 (73) North Melbourne 11.16 (82) Moorabbin Oval 15,954 27 July 1974 Hawthorn 13.28 (106) Fitzroy 8.10 (58) Princes Park 6,198 27 July 1974 Melbourne 15.21 (111) Collingwood 17.13 (115) MCG 22,893 27 July 1974 South Melbourne 14.17 (101) Carlton 11.14 (80) Lake Oval 14,114 27 July 1974 Geelong 8.9 (57) Richmond 13.15 (93) VFL Park 15,578 27 July 1974

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 9.16 (70) Footscray 14.9 (93) Junction Oval 9,552 3 August 1974 Collingwood 13.10 (88) St Kilda 13.16 (94) Victoria Park 21,433 3 August 1974 Carlton 14.12 (96) Hawthorn 18.12 (120) Princes Park 23,180 3 August 1974 North Melbourne 15.9 (99) Geelong 15.15 (105) Arden Street Oval 10,638 3 August 1974 Richmond 20.15 (135) Essendon 12.16 (88) MCG 34,011 3 August 1974 Melbourne 11.17 (83) South Melbourne 14.13 (97) VFL Park 13,188 3 August 1974

Round 19

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date St Kilda 9.13 (67) South Melbourne 13.15 (93) Moorabbin Oval 17,833 10 August 1974 Hawthorn 17.20 (122) Melbourne 14.13 (97) Princes Park 8,476 10 August 1974 Essendon 24.15 (159) Fitzroy 8.13 (61) Windy Hill 10,753 10 August 1974 Geelong 8.8 (56) Collingwood 10.19 (79) Kardinia Park 22,826 10 August 1974 Footscray 10.8 (68) Carlton 4.20 (44) Western Oval 28,151 10 August 1974 Richmond 15.12 (102) North Melbourne 11.11 (77) VFL Park 40,399 10 August 1974

Round 20

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 14.14 (98) North Melbourne 16.12 (108) Windy Hill 19,229 17 August 1974 Collingwood 10.20 (80) Richmond 16.11 (107) Victoria Park 36,729 17 August 1974 Carlton 17.14 (116) Fitzroy 10.15 (75) Princes Park 13,400 17 August 1974 South Melbourne 13.7 (85) Geelong 12.14 (86) Lake Oval 12,176 17 August 1974 Melbourne 10.15 (75) Footscray 23.21 (159) MCG 17,951 17 August 1974 St Kilda 11.9 (75) Hawthorn 16.12 (108) VFL Park 21,561 17 August 1974

Round 21

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 23.24 (162) South Melbourne 17.27 (129) MCG 32,651 24 August 1974 Geelong 15.12 (102) Hawthorn 9.8 (62) Kardinia Park 17,844 24 August 1974 Footscray 7.19 (61) St Kilda 7.15 (57) Western Oval 17,675 24 August 1974 Fitzroy 14.16 (100) Melbourne 20.13 (133) Junction Oval 7,803 24 August 1974 North Melbourne 25.15 (165) Collingwood 10.14 (74) Arden Street Oval 25,757 24 August 1974 Carlton 12.11 (83) Essendon 12.17 (89) VFL Park 27,321 24 August 1974

Round 22

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 10.17 (77) North Melbourne 16.10 (106) Princes Park 28,110 31 August 1974 Footscray 13.9 (87) Richmond 11.14 (80) Western Oval 25,190 31 August 1974 Fitzroy 15.11 (101) Geelong 17.11 (113) Junction Oval 8,812 31 August 1974 Essendon 20.17 (137) Melbourne 15.13 (103) Windy Hill 13,561 31 August 1974 St Kilda 15.11 (101) Carlton 19.9 (123) Moorabbin Oval 16,458 31 August 1974 Collingwood 13.15 (93) South Melbourne 15.10 (100) VFL Park 33,786 31 August 1974

Ladder

1974 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Richmond (P) 22 17 5 0 2558 1979 129.3 68 Finals
2 North Melbourne 22 16 6 0 2398 1728 138.8 64
3 Hawthorn 22 15 7 0 2168 1729 125.4 60
4 Collingwood 22 15 7 0 2131 2037 104.6 60
5 Footscray 22 13 8 1 1899 1746 108.8 54
6 Geelong 22 11 11 0 1858 1989 93.4 44
7 Carlton 22 10 11 1 2053 1941 105.8 42
8 Essendon 22 10 12 0 2110 2162 97.6 40
9 South Melbourne 22 9 12 1 1947 2327 83.7 38
10 St Kilda 22 7 15 0 1790 2018 88.7 28
11 Fitzroy 22 4 17 1 1770 2481 71.3 18
12 Melbourne 22 3 19 0 1840 2385 77.1 12
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Finals

Elimination Final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 19.10 (124) Footscray 6.19 (55) VFL Park 57,912 7 September

Qualifying Final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 8.17 (65) North Melbourne 15.13 (103) MCG 77,519 7 September

Semi Finals

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 21.12 (138) Collingwood 13.10 (88) MCG 84,846 14 September Richmond 10.13 (73) North Melbourne 6.16 (52) VFL Park 57,569 14 September

Preliminary Final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 7.9 (51) North Melbourne 8.8 (56) MCG 88,262 21 September

Grand final

Main article: 1974 VFL Grand Final

Richmond defeated North Melbourne 18.20 (128) to 13.9 (87), in front of a crowd of 113,839 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Awards

Notable events

References

  1. ^ "Fitzroy did coach proud". The Age. Melbourne. 30 September 1974. p. 22.

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