List of VFL/AFL minor premiers

This page is a complete chronological listing of VFL/AFL minor premiers. The Australian Football League (AFL), known as the Victorian Football League (VFL) until 1990, is the elite national competition in men's Australian rules football.

The team that finishes the home-and-away season on top of the premiership ladder is known as the "minor premier". Since 1991, the McClelland Trophy has been awarded to the minor premier.[1] Finishing on top of the ladder provides only minor benefits during the AFL finals series, and the main league award is the AFL premiership, which is awarded to the winner of the AFL Grand Final.[2][3][4]

As of 2019, 64 minor premiers have won the VFL/AFL premiership, 43 have finished as runners-up, and 16 have finished third, failing to qualify for the grand final. Since 1995, only six minor premiers have gone on to win the premiership, and 1980 and 2019 are the only seasons where neither of the top two teams during the home-and-away season qualified for the grand final.

List of minor premiersEdit

The following is a list of minor premiers, ladder details and results.

Season Minor premier Premiership points Percentage Second place Margin Finish Premiers
1897 Geelong 44 184.3 Essendon 25.3% Runners-up Essendon
1898 Essendon 44 202.1 Collingwood 4 points Runners-up Fitzroy
1899 Fitzroy 44 153.3 Geelong 4 points Premiers
1900 Fitzroy (2) 44 168.0 Geelong 8 points Runners-up Melbourne
1901 Geelong (2) 56 142.9 Essendon 8 points Third Essendon
1902 Collingwood 60 199.5 Essendon 8 points Premiers
1903 Collingwood (2) 60 159.4 Fitzroy 4 points Premiers
1904 Fitzroy (3) 48 128.2 Carlton 6 points Premiers
1905 Collingwood (3) 60 175.0 Fitzroy 10 points Runners-up Fitzroy
1906 Carlton 56 153.5 Fitzroy 4 points Premiers
1907 Carlton (2) 52 155.7 South Melbourne 8 points Premiers
1908 Carlton (3) 68 169.4 Essendon 12 points Premiers
1909 South Melbourne 56 168.9 Carlton 22.1% Premiers
1910 Carlton (4) 60 160.1 Collingwood 8 points Runners-up Collingwood
1911 Essendon (2) 62 178.3 South Melbourne 8 points Premiers
1912 South Melbourne (2) 56 157.0 Carlton 25.8% Runners-up Essendon
1913 Fitzroy (4) 64 144.3 South Melbourne 6 points Premiers
1914 Carlton (5) 56 129.7 South Melbourne 6 points Premiers
1915 Collingwood (4) 56 166.1 Carlton 2 points Runners-up Carlton
1916 Carlton (6) 40 137.2 Collingwood 14 points Runners-up Fitzroy
1917 Collingwood (5) 42 133.4 Carlton 4 points Premiers
1918 South Melbourne (3) 52 143.1 Collingwood 12 points Premiers
1919 Collingwood (6) 52 162.3 South Melbourne 4 points Premiers
1920 Richmond 56 146.4 Fitzroy 3.2% Premiers
1921 Carlton (7) 56 142.0 Richmond 8 points Runners-up Richmond
1922 Collingwood (7) 48 127.8 Essendon 6 points Runners-up Fitzroy
1923 Essendon (3) 52 135.8 Fitzroy 8 points Premiers
1924 Essendon (4) 46 131.6 South Melbourne 2 points Premiers
1925 Geelong (3) 60 152.7 Essendon 8 points Premiers
1926 Collingwood (8) 60 149.3 Geelong 4.1% Runners-up Melbourne
1927 Collingwood (9) 60 150.6 Richmond 4 points Premiers
1928 Collingwood (10) 60 134.6 Richmond 4 points Premiers
1929 Collingwood (11) 72 171.7 Carlton 12 points Premiers
1930 Collingwood (12) 60 144.3 Carlton 2.7% Premiers
1931 Geelong (4) 60 151.4 Richmond 10.3% Premiers
1932 Carlton (8) 60 137.8 Richmond 2 points Runners-up Richmond
1933 Richmond (2) 60 141.1 South Melbourne 8 points Runners-up South Melbourne
1934 Richmond (3) 60 121.3 Geelong 2 points Premiers
1935 South Melbourne (4) 64 137.6 Collingwood 4 points Runners-up Collingwood
1936 South Melbourne (5) 64 118.5 Collingwood 4 points Runners-up Collingwood
1937 Geelong (5) 60 135.3 Melbourne 4.1% Premiers
1938 Carlton (9) 56 116.1 Geelong 4 points Premiers
1939 Melbourne 60 128.4 Collingwood 6.4% Premiers
1940 Melbourne (2) 56 125.8 Richmond 8 points Premiers
1941 Carlton (10) 56 120.3 Melbourne 3.1% Third Melbourne
1942 Essendon (5) 52 127.1 Richmond 4 points Premiers
1943 Richmond (4) 44 123.1 Essendon 7.9% Premiers
1944 Richmond (5) 54 131.1 Fitzroy 0.1% Runners-up Fitzroy
1945 South Melbourne (6) 64 131.8 Collingwood 4 points Runners-up Carlton
1946 Essendon (6) 60 140.7 Collingwood 8 points Premiers
1947 Carlton (11) 60 134.0 Essendon 4 points Premiers
1948 Essendon (7) 66 137.2 Melbourne 14 points Runners-up Melbourne
1949 North Melbourne 56 119.1 Carlton 4 points Third Essendon
1950 Essendon (8) 68 162.2 North Melbourne 16 points Premiers
1951 Geelong (6) 56 135.4 Collingwood 9.8% Premiers
1952 Geelong (7) 66 134.7 Collingwood 10 points Premiers
1953 Geelong (8) 60 143.3 Collingwood 4 points Runners-up Collingwood
1954 Geelong (9) 52 133.1 Footscray 6 points Third Footscray
1955 Melbourne (3) 60 150.5 Collingwood 4 points Premiers
1956 Melbourne (4) 64 146.0 Collingwood 12 points Premiers
1957 Melbourne (5) 50 138.8 Essendon 6 points Premiers
1958 Melbourne (6) 60 123.7 Collingwood 12 points Runners-up Collingwood
1959 Melbourne (7) 54 142.7 Carlton 2 points Premiers
1960 Melbourne (8) 56 143.1 Fitzroy 30.6% Premiers
1961 Hawthorn 56 125.1 Melbourne 6 points Premiers
1962 Essendon (9) 64 130.4 Geelong 8 points Premiers
1963 Hawthorn (2) 54 130.6 Geelong 2.4% Runners-up Geelong
1964 Melbourne (9) 56 138.1 Collingwood 2 points Premiers
1965 St Kilda 56 136.3 Collingwood 4 points Runners-up Essendon
1966 Collingwood (13) 60 157.2 St Kilda 4 points Runners-up St Kilda
1967 Richmond (6) 60 145.9 Carlton 2 points Premiers
1968 Essendon (10) 66 130.3 Carlton 6 points Runners-up Carlton
1969 Collingwood (14) 60 129.0 Carlton 8.5% Third Richmond
1970 Collingwood (15) 72 136.5 Carlton 8 points Runners-up Carlton
1971 Hawthorn (3) 76 153.7 St Kilda 12 points Premiers
1972 Carlton (12) 74 134.3 Richmond 2 points Premiers
1973 Collingwood (16) 76 125.5 Richmond 8 points Third Richmond
1974 Richmond (7) 68 129.3 North Melbourne 4 points Premiers
1975 Hawthorn (4) 68 137.3 Carlton 4 points Runners-up North Melbourne
1976 Carlton (13) 66 132.8 Hawthorn 2 points Third Hawthorn
1977 Collingwood (17) 72 130.7 Hawthorn 4 points Runners-up North Melbourne
1978 North Melbourne (2) 64 120.9 Hawthorn 3.2% Runners-up Hawthorn
1979 Carlton (14) 76 139.6 North Melbourne 8 points Premiers
1980 Geelong (10) 68 125.1 Carlton 4.0% Third Richmond
1981 Carlton (15) 68 130.3 Collingwood 7.7% Premiers
1982 Richmond (8) 72 126.2 Hawthorn 4 points Runners-up Carlton
1983 North Melbourne (3) 64 127.8 Hawthorn 4 points Third Hawthorn
1984 Essendon (11) 72 128.2 Hawthorn 4 points Premiers
1985 Essendon (12) 76 138.4 Footscray 12 points Premiers
1986 Hawthorn (5) 72 141.6 Sydney 8 points Premiers
1987 Carlton (16) 72 138.0 Hawthorn 4 points Premiers
1988 Hawthorn (6) 76 142.3 Collingwood 14 points Premiers
1989 Hawthorn (7) 76 153.2 Essendon 8 points Premiers
1990 Essendon (13) 68 139.2 Collingwood 4 points Runners-up Collingwood
1991 West Coast 76 162.2 Hawthorn 12 points Runners-up Hawthorn
1992 Geelong (11) 64 145.6 Footscray 15.8% Runners-up West Coast
1993 Essendon (14) 54 119.1 Carlton 1.5% Premiers
1994 West Coast (2) 64 132.2 Carlton 4 points Premiers
1995 Carlton (17) 80 137.8 Geelong 16 points Premiers
1996 Sydney (7) 66 123.9 North Melbourne 2 points Runners-up North Melbourne
1997 St Kilda (2) 60 119.6 Geelong 1.7% Runners-up Adelaide
1998 North Melbourne (4) 64 117.4 Western Bulldogs 4 points Runners-up Adelaide
1999 Essendon (15) 72 126.0 Kangaroos 4 points Third Kangaroos
2000 Essendon (16) 84 159.1 Carlton 20 points Premiers
2001 Essendon (17) 68 134.5 Brisbane Lions 6.9% Runners-up Brisbane Lions
2002 Port Adelaide 72 132.4 Brisbane Lions 4 points Third Brisbane Lions
2003 Port Adelaide (2) 72 127.2 Collingwood 12 points Third Brisbane Lions
2004 Port Adelaide (3) 68 132.4 Brisbane Lions 4 points Premiers
2005 Adelaide 68 136.5 West Coast 12.5% Third Sydney
2006 West Coast (3) 68 120.4 Adelaide 4 points Premiers
2007 Geelong (12) 72 152.8 Port Adelaide 12 points Premiers
2008 Geelong (13) 84 161.8 Hawthorn 16 points Runners-up Hawthorn
2009 St Kilda (3) 80 155.7 Geelong 8 points Runners-up Geelong
2010 Collingwood (18) 70 141.7 Geelong 2 points Premiers
2011 Collingwood (19) 80 167.7 Geelong 4 points Runners-up Geelong
2012 Hawthorn (8) 68 154.6 Adelaide 22.1% Runners-up Sydney
2013 Hawthorn (9) 76 135.7 Geelong 4 points Premiers
2014 Sydney (8) 68 142.9 Hawthorn 2.1% Runners-up Hawthorn
2015 Fremantle 68 118.7 West Coast 2 points Third Hawthorn
2016 Sydney (9) 68 158.8 Geelong 7.4% Runners-up Western Bulldogs
2017 Adelaide (2) 62 136.0 Geelong 18.6% Runners-up Richmond
2018 Richmond (9) 72 136.1 West Coast 8 points Third West Coast
2019 Geelong (14) 64 135.7 Brisbane Lions 17.4% Third Richmond

Minor premiership winsEdit

Club Years in
competition
Minor
premierships
Minor premiers and
premiers in same year
Most recent
minor premiership
Collingwood 1897–present 19 9 2011
Carlton 1897–present 17 11 1995
Essendon 1897–present 17 11 2001
Geelong 1897–present 14 6 2019
Melbourne 1897–present 9 8 1964
Hawthorn 1925–present 9 6 2013
Richmond 1908–present 9 5 2018
South Melbourne / Sydney 1897–present 9 2 2016
Fitzroy 1897–1996 4 3 1913
North Melbourne 1925–present 4 0 1998
West Coast 1987–present 3 2 2006
Port Adelaide 1997–present 3 1 2004
St Kilda 1897–present 3 0 2009
Adelaide 1991–present 2 0 2017
Fremantle 1995–present 1 0 2015
Footscray / Western Bulldogs 1925–present 0
Brisbane Lions 1997–present 0
Gold Coast 2011–present 0
Greater Western Sydney 2012–present 0
University 1908–1914 0
Brisbane Bears 1987–1996 0

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Football Record 30/31 March 1 April 1991 page 3, McClelland Trophy - A New Look -
  2. ^ Stevens, Mark (18 July 2007). "Cats should be rewarded". Herald Sun. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
  3. ^ Wilson, Caroline (13 November 2009). "Saints struggle for profit despite successful season". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
  4. ^ Wilson, Caroline (24 August 2003). "Only one trophy good enough for Port". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 15 November 2009.

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