Explore the History of australian football

SAFL competition resumes. TFL competition resumes but comes to premature halt owing to influenza epidemic. NTFA and NWFU both similarly affected. WA State Premiership contested once more, with East Perth 9.17 (71) defeating Kalgoorlie Railways 6.10 (46).  VFL competition comprises 9 clubs. VFL Reserves competition established. South Melbourne amass VFL record score of 29.15 (189) against St Kilda.  VFA reverts to 18 players a side. Grand final results - VFL: Collingwood 11.12 (78) d. Richmond 7.11 (53); SAFL: Sturt 5.9 (39) tied North Adelaide 5.9 (39) Replay - Sturt 3.5 (23) d. North Adelaide 2.6 (18); WAFL: East Perth 10.8 (68) d. East Fremantle 7.4 (46); VFA: Footscray 8.17 (65) d. North Melbourne 6.7 (43); NSWAFL: Paddington11.10 (76) d. East Sydney 8.8 (56); NTFL: Wanderers 9.9 (63) d. Waratahs 3.5 (23).

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Syd Barker, North premiership captain in 1915 and 1918

​1919 Snippets

Between 25th July 1914 and 6th September 1919 NORTH MELBOURNE won 49 consecutive VFA matches, which is easily a record. They also won premierships in 1914. 1915 and 1918, which technically constituted three flags in succession as the VFA was in recess in 1916 and 1917.  In both 1913 and 1919 North finished in second place.


As North Melbourne's star was fading Footscray's was in the ascendant. The Tricolours won the flag in both 1919 and 1920, were runners-up in 1921 and 1922, and then won another brace of flags in 1923 and 1923. Their run of success might well have lasted even longer but in 1925 Footscray were admitted to the VFL.