1. St Kilda have eight Jack’s on their list.
2. Western Bulldogs forward Tory Dickson is second all time for goal kicking accuracy. Dickson has kicked 169 goals at 74.45%, which is second behind former North Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane Bears player Michael Murphy, who kicked 63 goals in his career at 76.83%.
3. When the game first started in 1858, no time limits existed for matches. The first team to score two goals was declared the winner.
4. The University Football Club may long be forgotten at the elite level, yet it is still alive and well in amateur football. The Uni Blues and Uni Blacks amateur descendants of University that play in the Victorian Amateur Association.
5. Only six venues have held VFL/AFL Grand Finals. The Junction Oval, East Melbourne Cricket Ground and Lakeside Oval held the first four Grand Finals, before the spectacle was switched to the MCG in 1902 where it resided until 1941. The outbreak of war led the Grand Final to switch to Princes Park for the 1942 and 1943 seasons, as well as the 1945 ‘Bloodbath’ Grand Final. Junction Oval again played host in 1944, but from 1946 to 1990 the Grand Final returned to the MCG. With the construction of the ‘Great Southern Stand’ reducing the capacity of the ground by 50,000, the 1991 Grand Final was played at Waverley Park. In 1992 the Grand Final returned to the MCG where is has remained until today.
6. Hawthorn was originally called the Mayblooms.
7. In 1916, Fitzroy managed to win the wooden spoon and the Premiership in the same year. Only four clubs competed in 1916, due to World War I, with Fitzroy finishing fourth, or last, and then winning the three finals, to claim the premiership.
8. In 1925 a free kick was awarded against a player who kicked or forced the ball out of bounds. The rule, also known as ‘last touch’ lasted until the end of the 1938 season.
9. The longest ever suspension is 99 weeks. In 1910, Doug Fraser and Alex Lang were found guilty of bribery and suspended for 99 weeks.
10. Richmond forfeited the 1904 VFA Grand Final because of the appointment of an umpire. Richmond informed Association that it would not play the final if Mr Allen was appointed as the umpire. Richmond protested after Allen’s poor adjudication of the semi-final against North. The Association refused to appoint an alternative umpire, so Richmond refused to play; accordingly, the match was scratched and North Melbourne was awarded the premiership.