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1905 Premiership

Fitzroy consolidated its claim to being the most successful club in the VFL, with a membership, including financial members, office bearers and donors, of 2650.

Extensions and improvements to the Brunswick Street Oval ground gave the club the best facilities in the League.

Fitzroy were second at the end of the home-and-away season with a 12-1-4 record, two and a half games behind Collingwood.

They beat Essendon and Carlton in the lead-up finals and faced the Magpies in the grand final in front of 30,000 people despite intermittent rain.

It was 1-3 apiece at halftime before Fitzroy skipped 14 points clear in the third quarter and bottled the game up in the last in a forerunner to the modern day ‘flood’.

Fitzroy wingman Barclay Bailes was judged best afield.


FITZROY 0.3 1.3 4.6 4.6 (30)
COLLINGWOOD 0.1 1.3 2.4 2.5 (17)

GOALS - L Barker, Brosnan, Trotter, Millis.
BEST - Bailes, Beacham, Jenkins, Moriarty, Sheehan, Naismith, Milne, Walker, Millis.
CROWD - About 30,000 at the MCG


B Wally Naismith Geoff Moriarty Lou Barker
HB Ern Jenkins Jim Sharp Percy Sheehan
C Gill Barker Tammy Beachamp Barclay Bailes
HF Gerald Brosnan (c) Fred Fontaine Joe Johnson
F Alf Wilkinson Jack McDonough Percy Trotter
FOLL Herbert Milne Bill Walker Les Millis
COACH Gerald Brosnan