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List of VFL/AFL Premiers

A group of young men posing for a team photograph
Essendon won the inaugural VFL premiership in 1897
A medal inscribed with "Carlton Football Club, V.F.L. Premiers 1907"
An example of a premiership medal, awarded to Norm Clark in 1907
A group of players walk holding a silver trophy
Geelong players doing a lap of honour with the premiership cup after their grand final win in 2009

This page is a complete chronological listing of VFL/AFL 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.[1]

The inaugural premiership was awarded as a result of a round-robin finals system;[2] this format was replaced after the first season, and a grand final has been held every season since 1898 to determine the premiers,[3] with the exception of 1924 when a modified round-robin system was used.[4][5] The formation of a national competition, beginning in 1987,[6] has resulted in the league attempting to develop "an even and stable competition"[7] through a range of equalisation policies, such as a salary cap and draft (introduced in 1985 and 1986 respectively).[7][8] This has had a significant impact on the spread of premierships: since 1990, thirteen clubs have won a premiership,[9] compared with only five clubs between 1967 and 1989.[10]

Two clubs, Carlton and Essendon, have won the most VFL/AFL premierships with sixteen each.[11] Every team currently competing in the Australian Football League, with the exception of Gold Coast, has made a grand final; only Fremantle, Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney - three of the competition's four newest teams - are yet to win a premiership.[12]

List of premiers

NF Premiership decided without a grand final being required
CF Premiership decided by a challenge final under the Argus finals system or similar
F Premiership decided without a challenge final being required under the Argus finals system or similar (in these cases, had the other team won the match, a rematch would have been played the following weekend)
GF Premiership decided by a conventional grand final, in which neither team had any right to challenge
GF Premiership decided by a grand final replay, after the scheduled grand final was drawn
GFR
Season Premiers Runners-up Score Type Venue Attendance Date
1897 Essendon Geelong NF
1898 Fitzroy Essendon CF Junction Oval 16,538 24 September 1898
1899 Fitzroy (2) South Melbourne F Junction Oval 4,823 16 September 1899
1900 Melbourne Fitzroy CF East Melbourne Cricket Ground 20,181 22 September 1900
1901 Essendon (2) Collingwood GF Lake Oval 30,031 7 September 1901
1902 Collingwood Essendon CF Melbourne Cricket Ground 35,202 20 September 1902
1903 Collingwood (2) Fitzroy GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 32,263 12 September 1903
1904 Fitzroy (3) Carlton F Melbourne Cricket Ground 32,688 17 September 1904
1905 Fitzroy (4) Collingwood CF Melbourne Cricket Ground 30,000 30 September 1905
1906 Carlton Fitzroy GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 44,437 22 September 1906
1907 Carlton (2) South Melbourne F Melbourne Cricket Ground 45,477 21 September 1907
1908 Carlton (3) Essendon F Melbourne Cricket Ground 50,261 26 September 1908
1909 South Melbourne Carlton CF Melbourne Cricket Ground 37,759 2 October 1909
1910 Collingwood (3) Carlton CF Melbourne Cricket Ground 42,790 1 October 1910
1911 Essendon (3) Collingwood F Melbourne Cricket Ground 43,905 23 September 1911
1912 Essendon (4) South Melbourne CF Melbourne Cricket Ground 54,434 28 September 1912
1913 Fitzroy (5) St Kilda CF Melbourne Cricket Ground 59,556 27 September 1913
1914 Carlton (4) South Melbourne CF Melbourne Cricket Ground 30,495 26 September 1914
1915 Carlton (5) Collingwood CF Melbourne Cricket Ground 39,343 18 September 1915
1916 Fitzroy (6) Carlton CF Melbourne Cricket Ground 21,130 2 September 1916
1917 Collingwood (4) Fitzroy CF Melbourne Cricket Ground 25,512 22 September 1917
1918 South Melbourne (2) Collingwood F Melbourne Cricket Ground 39,262 7 September 1918
1919 Collingwood (5) Richmond CF Melbourne Cricket Ground 45,413 11 October 1919
1920 Richmond Collingwood CF Melbourne Cricket Ground 53,908 2 October 1920
1921 Richmond (2) Carlton CF Melbourne Cricket Ground 43,122 15 October 1921
1922 Fitzroy (7) Collingwood CF Melbourne Cricket Ground 50,054 14 October 1922
1923 Essendon (5) Fitzroy CF Melbourne Cricket Ground 46,566 20 October 1923
1924 Essendon (6) Richmond NF
1925 Geelong Collingwood CF Melbourne Cricket Ground 64,288 10 October 1925
1926 Melbourne (2) Collingwood CF Melbourne Cricket Ground 59,632 9 October 1926
1927 Collingwood (6) Richmond F Melbourne Cricket Ground 34,551 1 October 1927
1928 Collingwood (7) Richmond F Melbourne Cricket Ground 50,026 29 September 1928
1929 Collingwood (8) Richmond CF Melbourne Cricket Ground 63,336 28 September 1929
1930 Collingwood (9) Geelong CF Melbourne Cricket Ground 45,022 11 October 1930
1931 Geelong (2) Richmond GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 60,712 10 October 1931
1932 Richmond (3) Carlton GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 69,724 1 October 1932
1933 South Melbourne (3) Richmond GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 75,754 30 September 1933
1934 Richmond (4) South Melbourne GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 65,335 13 October 1934
1935 Collingwood (10) South Melbourne GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 54,154 5 October 1935
1936 Collingwood (11) South Melbourne GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 74,091 3 October 1936
1937 Geelong (3) Collingwood GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 88,540 25 September 1937
1938 Carlton (6) Collingwood GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 96,486 24 September 1938
1939 Melbourne (3) Collingwood GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 78,110 30 September 1939
1940 Melbourne (4) Richmond GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 70,330 28 September 1940
1941 Melbourne (5) Essendon GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 79,687 27 September 1941
1942 Essendon (7) Richmond GF Princes Park 49,000 19 September 1942
1943 Richmond (5) Essendon GF Princes Park 42,100 25 September 1943
1944 Fitzroy (8) Richmond GF Junction Oval 43,000 30 September 1944
1945 Carlton (7) South Melbourne GF Princes Park 62,986 29 September 1945
1946 Essendon (8) Melbourne GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 73,743 5 October 1946
1947 Carlton (8) Essendon GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 85,815 27 September 1947
1948 Melbourne (6) Essendon GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 85,658 2 October 1948
GFR Melbourne Cricket Ground 52,226 9 October 1948
1949 Essendon (9) Carlton GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 90,453 24 September 1949
1950 Essendon (10) North Melbourne GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 87,601 23 September 1950
1951 Geelong (4) Essendon GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 84,109 29 September 1951
1952 Geelong (5) Collingwood GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 81,304 27 September 1952
1953 Collingwood (12) Geelong GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 89,060 26 September 1953
1954 Footscray Melbourne GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 80,897 25 September 1954
1955 Melbourne (7) Collingwood GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 88,053 17 September 1955
1956 Melbourne (8) Collingwood GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 115,803 15 September 1956
1957 Melbourne (9) Essendon GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 100,324 21 September 1957
1958 Collingwood (13) Melbourne GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 97,956 20 September 1958
1959 Melbourne (10) Essendon GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 103,506 26 September 1959
1960 Melbourne (11) Collingwood GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 97,457 24 September 1960
1961 Hawthorn Footscray GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 107,935 23 September 1961
1962 Essendon (11) Carlton GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 98,385 29 September 1962
1963 Geelong (6) Hawthorn GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 101,452 5 October 1963
1964 Melbourne (12) Collingwood GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 102,469 19 September 1964
1965 Essendon (12) St Kilda GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 104,846 25 September 1965
1966 St Kilda Collingwood GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 101,655 24 September 1966
1967 Richmond (6) Geelong GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 109,396 23 September 1967
1968 Carlton (9) Essendon GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 116,828 28 September 1968
1969 Richmond (7) Carlton GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 119,165 27 September 1969
1970 Carlton (10) Collingwood GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 121,696 26 September 1970
1971 Hawthorn (2) St Kilda GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 118,192 25 September 1971
1972 Carlton (11) Richmond GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 112,393 7 October 1972
1973 Richmond (8) Carlton GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 116,956 29 September 1973
1974 Richmond (9) North Melbourne GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 113,839 28 September 1974
1975 North Melbourne Hawthorn GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 110,551 27 September 1975
1976 Hawthorn (3) North Melbourne 13.22 (100) d. 10.10 (70) GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 110,143 25 September 1976
1977 North Melbourne (2) Collingwood GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 108,224 24 September 1977
GFR Melbourne Cricket Ground 98,366 1 October 1977
1978 Hawthorn (4) North Melbourne GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 101,704 30 September 1978
1979 Carlton (12) Collingwood GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 113,545 29 September 1979
1980 Richmond (10) Collingwood GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 113,461 27 September 1980
1981 Carlton (13) Collingwood GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 112,964 26 September 1981
1982 Carlton (14) Richmond GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 107,537 25 September 1982
1983 Hawthorn (5) Essendon GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 110,332 24 September 1983
1984 Essendon (13) Hawthorn GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 92,685 29 September 1984
1985 Essendon (14) Hawthorn GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 100,042 28 September 1985
1986 Hawthorn (6) Carlton GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 101,861 27 September 1986
1987 Carlton (15) Hawthorn GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 92,754 26 September 1987
1988 Hawthorn (7) Melbourne GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 93,754 24 September 1988
1989 Hawthorn (8) Geelong GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 94,796 30 September 1989
Australian Football League name adopted
1990 Collingwood (14) Essendon GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 98,944 6 October 1990
1991 Hawthorn (9) West Coast GF VFL Park 75,230 28 September 1991
1992 West Coast Geelong GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 95,007 26 September 1992
1993 Essendon (15) Carlton GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 96,862 25 September 1993
1994 West Coast (2) Geelong GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 93,860 1 October 1994
1995 Carlton (16) Geelong GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 93,670 30 September 1995
1996 North Melbourne (3) Sydney GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 93,102 28 September 1996
1997 Adelaide St Kilda GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 99,645 27 September 1997
1998 Adelaide (2) North Melbourne GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 94,431 26 September 1998
1999 North Melbourne (4) Carlton GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 94,228 25 September 1999
2000 Essendon (16) Melbourne GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 96,249 2 September 2000
2001 Brisbane Lions Essendon GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 91,482 29 September 2001
2002 Brisbane Lions (2) Collingwood GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 91,817 28 September 2002
2003 Brisbane Lions (3) Collingwood GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 79,451 27 September 2003
2004 Port Adelaide Brisbane Lions GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 77,671 25 September 2004
2005 Sydney (4) West Coast GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 91,828 24 September 2005
2006 West Coast (3) Sydney GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 97,431 30 September 2006
2007 Geelong (7) Port Adelaide GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 97,302 29 September 2007
2008 Hawthorn (10) Geelong GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 100,012 27 September 2008
2009 Geelong (8) St Kilda GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 99,251 26 September 2009
2010 Collingwood (15) St Kilda GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 100,016 25 September 2010
GFR Melbourne Cricket Ground 93,853 2 October 2010
2011 Geelong (9) Collingwood GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 99,537 1 October 2011
2012 Sydney (5) Hawthorn GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 99,683 29 September 2012
2013 Hawthorn (11) Fremantle GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 100,007 28 September 2013
2014 Hawthorn (12) Sydney GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 99,454 27 September 2014
2015 Hawthorn (13) West Coast GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 98,633 3 October 2015
2016 Western Bulldogs (2) Sydney GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 99,981 1 October 2016
2017 Richmond (11) Adelaide GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 100,021 30 September 2017
2018 West Coast (4) Collingwood GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 100,022 29 September 2018
2019 Richmond (12) Greater Western Sydney GF Melbourne Cricket Ground 100,014 28 September 2019
2020 Richmond (13) Geelong GF The Gabba 29,707 24 October 2020

Premierships by club

A group of young men with arms folded posing for a team photograph.
Fitzroy won the inaugural grand final in 1898.
A group of men pose for a team photograph.
Carlton has won the equal-most premierships with sixteen, with their first coming in the 1906 season.
A group of men wearing sleeveless guernseys with black-and-white vertical stripes.
Collingwood's premiership win in 1930 was the club's fourth successive premiership, a record for the league.
Table of VFL/AFL premierships by club, with appearance details
Club Years Premierships
Total Season(s) Total Season(s)
Essendon 1897-present 16 1897, 1901, 1911, 1912,
1923, 1924, 1942, 1946,
1949, 1950, 1962, 1965,
1984, 1985, 1993, 2000
14 1898, 1902, 1908, 1941,
1943, 1947, 1948, 1951,
1957, 1959, 1968, 1983,
1990, 2001
Carlton 1897-present 16 1906, 1907, 1908, 1914,
1915, 1938, 1945, 1947,
1968, 1970, 1972, 1979,
1981, 1982, 1987, 1995
13 1904, 1909, 1910, 1916,
1921, 1932, 1949, 1962,
1969, 1973, 1986, 1993,
1999
Collingwood 1897-present 15 1902, 1903, 1910, 1917,
1919, 1927, 1928, 1929,
1930, 1935, 1936, 1953,
1958, 1990, 2010
27 1901, 1905, 1911, 1915,
1918, 1920, 1922, 1925,
1926, 1937, 1938, 1939,
1952, 1955, 1956, 1960,
1964, 1966, 1970, 1977,
1979, 1980, 1981, 2002,
2003, 2011, 2018
Richmond 1908-present 13 1920, 1921, 1932, 1934,
1943, 1967, 1969, 1973,
1974, 1980, 2017, 2019,
2020
12 1919, 1924, 1927, 1928,
1929, 1931, 1933, 1940,
1942, 1944, 1972, 1982
Hawthorn 1925-present 13 1961, 1971, 1976, 1978,
1983, 1986, 1988, 1989,
1991, 2008, 2013, 2014,
2015
6 1963, 1975, 1984, 1985,
1987, 2012
Melbourne 1897-present 12 1900, 1926, 1939, 1940,
1941, 1948, 1955, 1956,
1957, 1959, 1960, 1964
5 1946, 1954, 1958, 1988,
2000
Geelong 1897-present 9 1925, 1931, 1937, 1951,
1952, 1963, 2007, 2009,
2011
10 1897, 1930, 1953, 1967,
1989, 1992, 1994, 1995,
2008, 2020
Fitzroy 1897-1996 8 1898, 1899, 1904, 1905,
1913, 1916, 1922, 1944
5 1900, 1903, 1906, 1917,
1923
South Melbourne/Sydney[c] 1897-present 5 1909, 1918, 1933, 2005,
2012
12 1899, 1907, 1912, 1914,
1934, 1935, 1936, 1945,
1996, 2006, 2014, 2016
North Melbourne/Kangaroos[d] 1925-present 4 1975, 1977, 1996, 1999 5 1950, 1974, 1976, 1978,
1998
West Coast 1987-present 4 1992, 1994, 2006, 2018 3 1991, 2005, 2015
Brisbane Lions 1997-present 3 2001, 2002, 2003 1 2004
Adelaide 1991-present 2 1997, 1998 1 2017
Footscray/Western Bulldogs[e] 1925-present 2 1954, 2016 1 1961
St Kilda 1897-present 1 1966 6 1913, 1965, 1971, 1997,
2009, 2010
Port Adelaide 1997-present 1 2004 1 2007
Fremantle 1995-present 0 N/A 1 2013
Greater Western Sydney 2012-present 0 N/A 1 2019
University+ 1908-1914 0 N/A 0 N/A
Brisbane Bears+ 1987-1996 0 N/A 0 N/A
Gold Coast 2011-present 0 N/A 0 N/A

Minor grade premierships

In addition to the seniors, VFL/AFL clubs have competed in premierships in three minor grades:

  • VFL/AFL Seconds/Reserves premierships: 1919-1999
  • VFL/AFL Thirds/Under-19s premierships: 1946-1991
  • VFL/AFL Night premierships: 1956-1971, 1977-2013

VFL/AFL Seconds/Reserves premierships

The reserve grade premiership was held in various formats between 1919 and 1999. It was known as the Victorian Junior Football League from 1919 until 1923, the Seconds from 1924 until 1959, the VFL Reserves from 1960 until 1989, and as the AFL reserves from 1990 until 1999.[13] Until 1991, the competition was run by the VFL/AFL, and from 1992 until 1999 it was administered by the Victorian State Football League.

VFL/AFL Thirds/Under-19s premierships

The VFL/AFL's Under-19s competition was held between 1946 and 1991. It was known as the VFL Thirds until 1959, and as the Under-19s from 1960 until 1991.[13]

VFL/AFL Night premierships

The pre-season and night premiership covers three competitions which are considered historically equivalent in status:

For a list of premiers in these competitions, see list of VFL/AFL pre-season and night series premiers.

See also

Notes

References

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