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1922 Premiership

Fitzroy appointed former South Melbourne captain Vic Belcher as non-playing coach and, with new-found discipline in the playing ranks, they finished third after the home-and-away season with a 10-1-5 record.

They beat minor premiers Collingwood by four points in the semi-final and Essendon by 23 points in the preliminary final to qualify for a grand final re-match against the Pies.

Fitzroy trailed by five points at half-time but finished the stronger and took the flag by 11 points. Captain Chris Lethebridge retired after the game, in which Bert Taylor was judged best afield.

So, Fitzroy had seven premierships to their credit – two more than Collingwood and Carlton as the most successful team in the League.


FITZROY 2.5 3.6 9.10 11.13 (79)
COLLINGWOOD 2.3 4.5 7.7 9.14 (68)

GOALS - Freake 4, Parratt 3, Fergie, McCracken, Wigraft, Williams.
BEST - Taylor, Fergie, Atkinson, Molan, Jenkin, Wigraft, McCracken, Parratt.
CROWD - 50,064 at the MCG


B Jim Atkinson Horrie Jenkin Bert Taylor
HB Chris Lethbridge (c) Stan Molan Ern Elliott
C Clarrie Sherry Tom Corrigan Fred Williams
HF Percy Parratt Steve Donnellan Gordan Rattray
F Len Wigraft Jimmy Freake Len Gale
FOLL Gordon McCracken Goldie Collins Clive Fergie
COACH Vic Belcher