The 1907 VFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Carlton Football Club and South Melbourne Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 21 September 1907.[1] It was the 10th annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1907 VFL season. The match, attended by 45,477 spectators, was won by reigning premiers Carlton by a margin of 5 points, marking that club's second premiership victory and second in succession.[2][3]

Right to challenge

This season was played under the amended Argus system. Carlton was the minor premier, and South Melbourne had finished second. The teams both qualified for this match by winning their semi-finals matches.[1]

If South Melbourne had won this match, Carlton would have had the right to challenge South to a rematch for the premiership on the following weekend, because Carlton was the minor premier. The winner of that match would then have won the premiership.[4]


S. Melbourne
B: Norm Clark Doug Gillespie Les Beck
HB: Martin Gotz Jim Flynn (c) Billy Payne
C: George Bruce Alby Ingleman Ted Kennedy
HF: Fred Jinks Harvey Kelly Frank Caine
F: Mick Grace George Topping Dick Harris
Foll: George Johnson Charlie Hammond Alex Lang
Coach: Jack Worrall
South Melbourne
B: Harry Lampe Bill Dolphin (c) Harry Wilson
HB: Phonse Wood Bert Atkins George Anderson
C: Billy Moxham Ted Wade Horrie Drane
HF: Dick Casey Bill Strang Bill Kerr
F: Hughie Callan Len Mortimer Alex Kerr
Foll: Vic Belcher Jim Cameron Charlie Ricketts


Scene of the match



  • G Topping 3
  • F Jinks 1
  • H Kelly 1
  • A Lang 1

South Melbourne:

  • B Strang 3
  • L Mortimer 2
  • D Casey 1

See also


  1. ^ a b "Football: The League Final". The Argus. Melbourne. 21 September 1907. p. 17. Retrieved 14 March 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "CARLTON PREMIERS. EXCITING MATCH". The Argus. Melbourne. 23 September 1907. p. 4. Retrieved 14 March 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ Ashley Browne, ed. (August 2011). The Grand Finals: 1897-1938. Slattery Media Group. pp. 110–119. ISBN 978-1-921778-32-2.
  4. ^ Rodgers, Stephen (1992), Every Game Ever Played: VFL/AFL Results, 1897–1991 (3rd ed.), Ringwood, VIC: Viking O'Neil