That was the mantra of labor leader Samuel Gompers. He was a diehard capitalist and saw no need for a radical restructuring of America.
The six clubs invited two more VFA clubs — Carlton and St Kilda — to join the league for its inaugural season in Among the notable initiatives established in the new league was an annual finals tournament, rather than awarding the premiership directly to the team with the best record in the season; and, the formal establishment of the modern scoring system, in which six points are scored for a goal, and one point is scored for a behind.
Although the Victorian Football League and the Victorian Football Association continued to compete for spectator interest for many years, the VFL quickly established itself as the premier competition in Victoria.
In the early years, Fitzroy and Collingwood were the dominant teams. Following the arrival of Jack Worrall as coach inCarlton began a dominating period, during which they won three successive flags from to ; although Worrall was the club secretary, he took on a player management and direction role which is today recognised as the first official coaching job in the league.
Essendon won flags in andalso under Jack Worrall's coaching. University, after three promising seasons, finished last each year from untilincluding losing 51 matches in a row; this was in part caused by its players focus on their studies rather than football, particularly during examinations, and it was partly because the club operated on an amateur basis at a time when player payments were becoming common — and as a result, the club withdrew from the VFL at the end of University teams now compete in the Victorian Amateur Football Association.
In the VFL inaugurated the Brownlow Medal for the player who received the most votes from the umpires for the fairest and best player. Richmond won its first Premierships in and but Essendon — battlers since their flag — took over as the dominant team between and North Melbourne did not win more than eight games in a season until and Hawthorn only once won more than seven until Between them, Hawthorn and North Melbourne finished in last place fifteen of the twenty-nine years from their admittance until Footscray adapted to the VFL with the most ease of the three clubs, and by were well off the bottom of the ladder.
Between the years of andCollingwood became the first and so far, the only, team to win four successive Premierships. The club also finished the home-and-away season without losing a game, a feat yet to be repeated. This team became known as "the Machine" because of the organised and consistent way it played.
With Premiership victories in andthe Collingwood Football Club had already won 11 Premierships, four more than the next most successful club, Fitzroy 7. In the s, Richmond and South Melbourne rivaled Collingwood as the best team. Melbourne, which had won the Premiership in but fallen off sharply, developed a powerful attacking side that swept all before it between and to win three successive flags.
Essendon, after a lean decade in the s, enjoyed a dominant period with nine grand final appearances between and For more information on how world wars affected the VFL see: Inthe McClelland Trophy was established as a prize for the best performing team across all three grades.
VFL Park was planned to holdspectators, to make it making it one of the largest stadiums in the world — although it would ultimately be built with a capacity of 78, Land for the stadium was purchased at Mulgrave, in those days just farmland, but one day predicted to be near demographic centre oerMelbourne's population.
Geelong was the stand out team at the beginning of the s, winning the Premiership in then setting an enduring record of 23 consecutive wins starting in Round 12, and ending in Round 13, This streak included the Premiership.
Footscray became the first of the expansion teams to win the premiership in Melbourne became a powerhouse during the s and early s under coach Norm Smith and star player Ron Barassi.
The club contested seven consecutive grand finals from towinning five Premierships, including three in a row between and Television coverage began inwith direct telecasts of the final quarter permitted.
At first, several channels competed through broadcasting different games. However, when the VFL found that television was reducing crowds, it decided that no coverage was to be allowed for Inreplays in Melbourne were introduced although direct telecasts were rarely permitted in Melbourne other States and Territories, however, enjoyed live telecasts every Saturday afternoon.
The VFL Premiership Trophy was first awarded in addition to a pennant flag in ; essentially the same trophy design has been in use since. Spectators hurried home from games to watch replays and many former players took up positions as commentators on pre-game preview programs and post-game review programs.
There were also several attempts at variety programs featuring VFL players, who generally succeeded in demonstrating that their skills were limited to the football ground.The history of the Geelong Cats. Vale Russell Renfrey. Geelong lost one of its greats over the weekend. Dual premiership player Russell Renfrey passed away watching his beloved Geelong Cats on Saturday.
In , the Fremantle Football Club was formed in Western Australia, and joined in the AFL in , becoming the fifth interstate club. In , the VFL/AFL celebrated its centenary; the Australian Football Hall of Fame was established and the VFL/AFL Team of the Century was named.
However, several Victorian clubs were in severe financial difficulties, most notably Fitzroy and Hawthorn. The AFL-CIO is an expression of the hopes and aspirations of the working people of America. We resolve to fulfill the yearning of the human spirit for liberty, justice and community; to advance individual and associational freedom; to vanquish oppression, privation and cruelty in all their forms; and to join with all persons, of whatever nationality or faith, who cherish the cause of democracy.
History of AFL/VFL Jumpers: Welcome to the History of AFL/VFL Jumpers website. This website lets you browse through each club's jumper throughout their history - Home, Away/Clash, Heritage, One-off Promotional and Pre-Season Jumpers!
NFL Films produced Full Color Football for Showtime in , to acknowledge what would have been the fiftieth season of play for the American Football League. Unfortunately, they did not produce a DVD set for sale at the time, but said that a set would be available 'in '.
In , Tom Wills, one of the founders of Australian Football, returned to Australia after schooling in England where he was football captain of Rugby School and a brilliant cricketer.