Melbourne Football Club

The Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed the Demons, is a professional Australian rules football club that competes in the Australian Football League (AFL), the sport's elite competition. It is based in Melbourne, Victoria, and plays its home games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Melbourne are the reigning premiers of the AFL.

Melbourne Football Club
Full nameMelbourne Football Club Limited[1]
Nickname(s)Demons, Dees
Former nickname(s)Redlegs, Fuchsias (prior to 1933)
2021 season
After finalsPremiers
Home-and-away season1st
Leading goalkickerBayley Fritsch (59 goals)
Club details
Founded1858; 164 years ago (1858)[2][3][4][5]
Colours  Red   Navy Blue
CompetitionAFL: Men
AFLW: Women
VFL: Men
VFLW: Women
PresidentKate Roffey
CEOGary Pert
CoachAFL: Simon Goodwin
AFLW: Mick Stinear
VFL: Mark Corrigan
VFLW: Peter Mercoulia
Captain(s)AFL: Max Gawn
AFLW: Daisy Pearce
VFL: Mitchell White
VFLW: Samantha Johnston
PremiershipsVFL/AFL (13) Reserves (12) Victorian (3)
Ground(s)AFL: Melbourne Cricket Ground (100,024)
AFLW/VFL/VFLW: Casey Fields (12,000)
Training ground(s)AFL/AFLW: AAMI Park, Gosch's Paddock
VFL/VFLW: Casey Fields
Other information

Melbourne is the world's oldest professional club of any football code. Its origins can be traced to an 1858 letter in which Tom Wills, captain of the Victoria cricket team, calls for the formation of a "foot-ball club" with its own "code of laws". An informal Melbourne team played that winter and officially formed in May 1859, when Wills and three other members codified "The Rules of the Melbourne Football Club"—the basis of Australian rules football. The club was a dominant force in the early years of the game and a foundation member of the Victorian Football Association (VFA) in 1877 and the Victorian Football League (VFL) in 1896, now the national AFL. Melbourne has won 13 VFL/AFL premierships, the latest in 2021. The club was a foundation team of the AFL Women's league.

The football club has been a sporting section of the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) since 2009, having previously been associated with the MCC between 1889 and 1980.[6]

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