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1952 VFL season

Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1952.

Premiership season

In 1952, 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 19 rounds.

There was an extra round (round 8), in addition to 1951's 18 rounds, promoted as a "National Day Round", and held on the Saturday (14 June) of the Queen's Birthday weekend while the Victorian State side played against the West Australian State side at Melbourne Cricket Ground (also on 14 June).

The season was constructed as follows: in matches 1 to 7 and 9 to 12 the teams played each other. Round 8, the "National Day Round", was the reverse of round 11 (and the designated round 8 "home team" was the reverse of that in round 11). Rounds 13 to 19 were the "home-and-way reverse" of matches 1 to 7.

Once the 19 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1952 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
Fitzroy 5.15 (45) Richmond 7.12 (54) Brunswick Street Oval 20,500 19 April 1952
South Melbourne 11.16 (82) St Kilda 8.26 (74) Lake Oval 18,000 19 April 1952
Melbourne 14.13 (97) Geelong 15.13 (103) MCG 25,000 19 April 1952
Footscray 6.10 (46) Essendon 6.5 (41) Western Oval 24,000 19 April 1952
Hawthorn 2.8 (20) Collingwood 15.16 (106) Glenferrie Oval 14,000 19 April 1952
North Melbourne 8.19 (67) Carlton 13.12 (90) Arden Street Oval 22,000 19 April 1952

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Essendon 14.12 (96) North Melbourne 13.11 (89) Windy Hill 21,000 26 April 1952
Collingwood 13.17 (95) Fitzroy 8.14 (62) Victoria Park 26,000 26 April 1952
Carlton 12.12 (84) South Melbourne 13.11 (89) Princes Park 31,500 26 April 1952
St Kilda 13.11 (89) Melbourne 12.19 (91) Junction Oval 19,000 26 April 1952
Richmond 12.10 (82) Hawthorn 8.14 (62) Punt Road Oval 13,000 26 April 1952
Geelong 10.4 (64) Footscray 7.15 (57) Kardinia Park 30,000 26 April 1952

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Geelong 14.15 (99) St Kilda 5.4 (34) Kardinia Park 20,500 3 May 1952
Collingwood 9.21 (75) Essendon 7.9 (51) Victoria Park 34,000 3 May 1952
Carlton 10.12 (72) Fitzroy 13.14 (92) Princes Park 25,500 3 May 1952
South Melbourne 14.17 (101) Richmond 12.9 (81) Lake Oval 28,500 3 May 1952
Melbourne 8.12 (60) Hawthorn 10.14 (74) MCG 13,500 3 May 1952
North Melbourne 11.11 (77) Footscray 10.6 (66) Arden Street Oval 20,000 3 May 1952

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 11.3 (69) South Melbourne 8.12 (60) Glenferrie Oval 15,000 10 May 1952
Footscray 6.16 (52) Melbourne 10.16 (76) Western Oval 20,000 10 May 1952
Fitzroy 6.15 (51) Geelong 14.16 (100) Brunswick Street Oval 19,500 10 May 1952
Richmond 18.13 (121) North Melbourne 16.15 (111) Punt Road Oval 24,000 10 May 1952
St Kilda 8.16 (64) Collingwood 12.12 (84) Junction Oval 19,500 10 May 1952
Essendon 13.9 (87) Carlton 13.16 (94) Windy Hill 28,000 10 May 1952

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 8.9 (57) South Melbourne 10.11 (71) MCG 27,000 17 May 1952
Geelong 11.16 (82) North Melbourne 6.10 (46) Kardinia Park 20,000 17 May 1952
Footscray 9.6 (60) Richmond 5.6 (36) Western Oval 22,500 17 May 1952
Fitzroy 6.6 (42) Hawthorn 5.11 (41) Brunswick Street Oval 9,500 17 May 1952
St Kilda 11.10 (76) Essendon 18.8 (116) Junction Oval 17,500 17 May 1952
Collingwood 15.16 (106) Carlton 7.14 (56) Victoria Park 36,000 17 May 1952

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Collingwood 12.19 (91) Footscray 4.5 (29) Victoria Park 20,500 31 May 1952
Carlton 14.10 (94) St Kilda 10.13 (73) Princes Park 12,500 31 May 1952
North Melbourne 6.13 (49) Melbourne 9.9 (63) Arden Street Oval 11,000 31 May 1952
Richmond 8.7 (55) Geelong 11.13 (79) Punt Road Oval 25,000 31 May 1952
South Melbourne 14.12 (96) Fitzroy 9.11 (65) Lake Oval 15,000 31 May 1952
Hawthorn 5.14 (44) Essendon 15.8 (98) Glenferrie Oval 14,000 31 May 1952

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Fitzroy 8.15 (63) St Kilda 3.6 (24) Brunswick Street Oval 10,300 7 June 1952
North Melbourne 12.8 (80) Hawthorn 7.8 (50) Arden Street Oval 11,000 7 June 1952
Melbourne 12.10 (82) Collingwood 6.14 (50) MCG 58,543 7 June 1952
Essendon 7.18 (60) Richmond 10.9 (69) Windy Hill 29,000 9 June 1952
Carlton 18.12 (120) Geelong 13.15 (93) Princes Park 37,500 9 June 1952
South Melbourne 16.14 (110) Footscray 11.13 (79) Lake Oval 26,000 9 June 1952

Round 8 (National Day Round)

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Richmond 5.6 (36) Collingwood 10.12 (72) SCG 24,174 14 June 1952
Fitzroy 13.12 (90) Melbourne 10.10 (70) North Hobart Oval 18,387 14 June 1952
South Melbourne 18.10 (118) North Melbourne 14.12 (96) Albury Sports Ground 15,000 14 June 1952
Footscray 5.4 (34) St Kilda 7.7 (49) Yallourn Oval 3,500 14 June 1952
Carlton 17.15 (117) Hawthorn 11.14 (80) Euroa Oval 7,500 14 June 1952
Geelong 12.14 (86) Essendon 23.17 (155) Brisbane Exhibition Ground 28,000 16 June 1952

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Geelong 7.13 (55) South Melbourne 4.11 (35) Kardinia Park 21,513 21 June 1952
Essendon 11.8 (74) Melbourne 10.15 (75) Windy Hill 16,000 21 June 1952
Collingwood 6.8 (44) North Melbourne 8.12 (60) Victoria Park 15,500 21 June 1952
St Kilda 5.11 (41) Hawthorn 7.6 (48) Junction Oval 7,500 21 June 1952
Footscray 6.9 (45) Fitzroy 7.8 (50) Western Oval 14,085 21 June 1952
Richmond 5.3 (33) Carlton 5.9 (39) Punt Road Oval 21,000 21 June 1952

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 9.10 (64) St Kilda 5.9 (39) Arden Street Oval 7,000 28 June 1952
Melbourne 12.11 (83) Richmond 6.10 (46) MCG 23,557 28 June 1952
Carlton 15.22 (112) Footscray 8.9 (57) Princes Park 12,617 28 June 1952
Hawthorn 6.8 (44) Geelong 10.10 (70) Glenferrie Oval 7,500 28 June 1952
Fitzroy 13.12 (90) Essendon 5.8 (38) Brunswick Street Oval 12,500 28 June 1952
South Melbourne 9.10 (64) Collingwood 12.13 (85) Lake Oval 21,000 28 June 1952

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 7.4 (46) South Melbourne 10.17 (77) Arden Street Oval 15,000 5 July 1952
Essendon 10.16 (76) Geelong 11.10 (76) Windy Hill 21,000 5 July 1952
Collingwood 10.19 (79) Richmond 8.8 (56) Victoria Park 21,911 5 July 1952
St Kilda 11.13 (79) Footscray 12.13 (85) Junction Oval 7,800 5 July 1952
Melbourne 11.7 (73) Fitzroy 11.17 (83) MCG 25,089 5 July 1952
Hawthorn 5.11 (41) Carlton 9.24 (78) Glenferrie Oval 11,000 5 July 1952

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Richmond 10.17 (77) St Kilda 6.8 (44) Punt Road Oval 9,000 12 July 1952
Footscray 4.11 (35) Hawthorn 9.4 (58) Western Oval 12,218 12 July 1952
Fitzroy 13.11 (89) North Melbourne 10.11 (71) Brunswick Street Oval 10,500 12 July 1952
Carlton 6.14 (50) Melbourne 6.14 (50) Princes Park 24,839 12 July 1952
South Melbourne 8.12 (60) Essendon 9.15 (69) Lake Oval 27,000 12 July 1952
Geelong 9.8 (62) Collingwood 4.9 (33) Kardinia Park 36,145 12 July 1952

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
St Kilda 5.8 (38) South Melbourne 6.8 (44) Junction Oval 15,000 19 July 1952
Geelong 14.26 (110) Melbourne 8.6 (54) Kardinia Park 21,744 19 July 1952
Essendon 5.12 (42) Footscray 7.15 (57) Windy Hill 17,000 19 July 1952
Collingwood 12.15 (87) Hawthorn 4.4 (28) Victoria Park 12,643 19 July 1952
Carlton 5.23 (53) North Melbourne 5.8 (38) Princes Park 21,055 19 July 1952
Richmond 5.17 (47) Fitzroy 11.10 (76) Punt Road Oval 18,000 19 July 1952

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 11.12 (78) St Kilda 8.10 (58) MCG 14,045 26 July 1952
Hawthorn 8.14 (62) Richmond 14.7 (91) Glenferrie Oval 11,000 26 July 1952
Footscray 8.9 (57) Geelong 9.12 (66) Western Oval 22,759 26 July 1952
North Melbourne 7.11 (53) Essendon 7.8 (50) Arden Street Oval 15,000 26 July 1952
Fitzroy 5.6 (36) Collingwood 4.11 (35) Brunswick Street Oval 26,000 26 July 1952
South Melbourne 10.16 (76) Carlton 10.16 (76) Lake Oval 32,000 26 July 1952

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Richmond 10.14 (74) South Melbourne 12.14 (86) Punt Road Oval 19,000 2 August 1952
Hawthorn 9.3 (57) Melbourne 12.13 (85) Glenferrie Oval 9,000 2 August 1952
Footscray 7.6 (48) North Melbourne 8.9 (57) Western Oval 14,760 2 August 1952
St Kilda 7.13 (55) Geelong 9.16 (70) Junction Oval 12,000 2 August 1952
Essendon 13.10 (88) Collingwood 12.17 (89) Windy Hill 21,000 2 August 1952
Fitzroy 5.15 (45) Carlton 5.14 (44) Brunswick Street Oval 29,000 2 August 1952

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 14.10 (94) Richmond 9.12 (66) Arden Street Oval 12,000 9 August 1952
Collingwood 20.19 (139) St Kilda 8.7 (55) Victoria Park 14,100 9 August 1952
Carlton 11.16 (82) Essendon 12.11 (83) Princes Park 34,000 9 August 1952
South Melbourne 6.14 (50) Hawthorn 9.14 (68) Lake Oval 12,000 9 August 1952
Melbourne 15.17 (107) Footscray 8.12 (60) MCG 17,421 9 August 1952
Geelong 12.16 (88) Fitzroy 5.10 (40) Kardinia Park 31,314 9 August 1952

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Essendon 22.15 (147) St Kilda 7.9 (51) Windy Hill 12,000 16 August 1952
Carlton 12.16 (88) Collingwood 9.13 (67) Princes Park 42,662 16 August 1952
South Melbourne 10.14 (74) Melbourne 8.18 (66) Lake Oval 24,000 16 August 1952
North Melbourne 11.9 (75) Geelong 15.13 (103) Arden Street Oval 15,000 16 August 1952
Richmond 13.11 (89) Footscray 5.14 (44) Punt Road Oval 11,000 16 August 1952
Hawthorn 7.6 (48) Fitzroy 12.12 (84) Glenferrie Oval 12,000 16 August 1952

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 11.16 (82) North Melbourne 15.7 (97) MCG 16,402 23 August 1952
Geelong 17.9 (111) Richmond 10.7 (67) Kardinia Park 21,318 23 August 1952
Fitzroy 9.10 (64) South Melbourne 7.15 (57) Brunswick Street Oval 29,000 23 August 1952
Essendon 20.12 (132) Hawthorn 11.11 (77) Windy Hill 12,000 23 August 1952
Footscray 6.14 (50) Collingwood 14.15 (99) Western Oval 20,584 23 August 1952
St Kilda 8.8 (56) Carlton 13.14 (92) Junction Oval 18,000 23 August 1952

Round 19

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 8.11 (59) North Melbourne 12.10 (82) Glenferrie Oval 6,000 30 August 1952
Footscray 13.13 (91) South Melbourne 8.13 (61) Western Oval 20,723 30 August 1952
Collingwood 13.14 (92) Melbourne 10.11 (71) Victoria Park 18,753 30 August 1952
St Kilda 10.12 (72) Fitzroy 8.18 (66) Junction Oval 9,000 30 August 1952
Richmond 15.11 (101) Essendon 11.10 (76) Punt Road Oval 28,000 30 August 1952
Geelong 10.17 (77) Carlton 3.14 (32) Kardinia Park 49,107 30 August 1952

Ladder

Finals

First Semi-Final

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Fitzroy 2.1 6.3 8.5 10.9 (69)
Carlton 0.5 3.10 7.15 8.20(68)
Attendance: 59,970

Second Semi-Final

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Geelong 2.6 5.9 12.10 14.16 (100)
Collingwood 1.4 3.5 5.6 6.10 (46)
Attendance: 77,417

Preliminary Final

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Collingwood 4.4 9.9 10.12 11.15 (81)
Fitzroy 4.2 4.3 9.5 9.8 (62)
Attendance: 54,046

Grand final

Main article: 1952 VFL Grand Final
Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Geelong 4.2 5.3 11.6 13.8 (86)
Collingwood 1.1 3.3 5.3 5.10 (40)
Attendance: 82,890

Awards

Notable events

  • Essendon winger Lance Mann wins the 1952, 130-yard Stawell Gift in eleven and fourteen-sixteenths seconds, off a handicap of 7¼yards; his team-mate, half-back flanker Norm McDonald, running off a handicap of 5 yards, comes second.
  • Bowing to pressure from its players and supporters, Fitzroy abandons "The Gorillas" as its emblem. Originally intended to signify strength, tenacity, aggression, power, etc. the symbol had become somewhat devalued when opposition supporters started referring to the team as "The Apes". "The Lions" was not introduced until 1957; in the interim they were known as either "The Maroons" or "The Roys".
  • In May 1952, as part of its promotion of the Burt Lancaster movie Ten Tall Men, the management of the Melbourne cinema The State Theatre on the corner of Flinders Street and Russell Street (now known as the Forum Theatre) measured the height of the ten tallest VFL players.
  • There was an extra round of premiership matches — so that Melbourne and Geelong people would still have their (by now standard) 9 home and 9 away matches in the 1952 season — promoted as a "National Day Round", during the Queen's Birthday weekend.
    • At the same time as the Victorian Interstate team were playing the West Australian State team at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (Saturday 14 June 1952), an entire round of six premiership matches were played outside the Melbourne-Geelong area for the first time since 1904. The advertising in each area stressed the fact that they were not "exhibition matches", but were real competition matches that counted towards the premiership.
    • The premiership matches were played at the Brisbane Exhibition Ground in Brisbane, the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, the North Hobart Oval in Hobart, the Albury Sports Ground in Albury, New South Wales, the Euroa Oval in Euroa, Victoria and the Yallourn Oval Yallourn.
    • Heavy rain meant that the Brisbane match had to be postponed until Monday (16 June); it was held on Monday evening, under lights, in front of a crowd of 28,000 spectators.
  • In the First Semi-Final, Carlton's high marking centreman Keith Warburton received a heavy knock to his abdomen early in the match, but thought little of it. Later that evening he collapsed at the Carlton Club dance. He was rushed to hospital where it was discovered that he was suffering from a severed artery leading to his bowel. He hovered near death for some days, requiring almost continuous transfusions of blood. It was said that his physical fitness was the only reason he survived that time.
  • In round 10, in a match played in atrocious conditions at the Brunswick Street Oval, Fitzroy's champion full-back, Vic Chanter, holds Essendon champion full-forward John Coleman goal-less for the only time in his 98 game career.
  • Overall, the season was the wettest season for more than 20 years. Many matches were played in deep sticky mud on grounds that were covered in sheets of water. Mud was ankle deep at the Brunswick Street Oval in round 11. White balls were introduced in July to help players see the ball in all of the mud.
    • The overall bad weather and the atrocious condition of the grounds throughout the season, and the effect that had on the condition of the ball, especially in relation to hand-passing, marking and kicking, as well as the physical problems of leading and being unable to spring from muddy ground, highlights the significance of John Coleman's 103 goals in 18 matches (he missed the first round serving the last week of his 1951 suspension).

References

  • Maplestone, M., Flying Higher: History of the Essendon Football Club 1872-1996, Essendon Football Club, (Melbourne), 1996. ISBN 0-9591740-2-8
  • Rogers, S. & Brown, A., Every Game Ever Played: VFL/AFL Results 1897-1997 (Sixth Edition), Viking Books, (Ringwood), 1998. ISBN 0-670-90809-6
  • Ross, J. (ed), 100 Years of Australian Football 1897-1996: The Complete Story of the AFL, All the Big Stories, All the Great Pictures, All the Champions, Every AFL Season Reported, Viking, (Ringwood), 1996. ISBN 0-670-86814-0

External links

  • 1952 Season - AFL Tables
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