About the Site
Australian Football as played by the Australian Football League (AFL)
(formerly named, the Victorian Football League - VFL - until
1990) has a
remarkable continuity of competition and constituent clubs over a
span of 120 seasons from 1897 to 2016. Although styles of play and tactics
have changed dramatically over the decades, the method of scoring
and the tallying of points scored has not changed.
At the end of 2016, there will have been 14,993 matches played and
recorded. Coupled with high scoring, 2 scores being counted (6 point goals
and 1 point behinds) and the tallying of scores over four
quarters, there is much scope for statistical analysis and
After 4 points (0.4) the lowest score not to have occurred in an
AFL match is 202. All winning margins up to and including 135
points have occurred. Up to the end of 2015, the most common
score has been 79 points (recorded 421 times) and the most common
margins have been 1 point (321 occurrences) and 5 points (320
What is attempted on these pages is the presentation of
interesting and sometimes amusing facts that may not be commonly
known, drawn from my data base of the scores and results of all
AFL Premiership matches. (Individual player statistics
are not dealt with - see links
- for sites where they are.)
I see this site as a complement (and compliment) to the other
excellent sites dealing with AFL statistics and
Although there are themes this is not a complete
analysis of any of the topics, however if something is claimed to
be unique or a superlative, I am confident that it is so.
Also included is what will be a growing list of tables providing
some analysis along with facts and figures presented in forms, to
my knowledge not available elsewhere. (Select Contents from
All pages should be considered as works in progress.
Acknowledgement goes to Stephen Rodgers whose 1987
publication, The Complete Book of VFL Records and
especially the sections Assorted Records and Items of
Interest and Some Scoring Similarities, Anomalies,
etc. were the inspiration and to the team at Footystats
for their encouragement.
For historical continuity and
clarity, throughout these
pages Sydney is referred to as Sydney/SM
to reflect their South Melbourne FC heritage 1897-1981 before
the club relocated to Sydney. The Western
Bulldogs are referred to as WB/Footscray to
acknowledge the majority of their history in the AFL 1925-1996
when they were known as Footscray.
North Melbourne from 1999 to 2006 played as The
Kangaroos. Since then the name North Melbourne FC has
been reinstated to their logo. They are referred to as North
(Nth) Melbourne throughout this website for continuity. The 'corporatese'
mouthful, The Greater Western Sydney Giants is at least for
the time being rendered here as GWS Giants. Also
in accordance with AFL historical records policy no distinction is
made made between "VFL" records 1897-1989 and
"AFL" records 1990 onwards.
In accordance with official AFL policy on team records and
statistics, Brisbane Bears 1987-1996 and Brisbane Lions 1997- are
referred to as one continuous club entity of Brisbane.
records conclude in 1996.)
The round 6, 1909 match forfeited by St Kilda to Geelong
for playing a disqualified player is counted (as does the AFL) as a Geelong
win and a St Kilda loss. Other sites add this match to St
Kilda's tally of wins and to Geelong's tally of losses
apparently because the score, St Kilda 6.13-49 v Geelong
Fitzroy are counted as the
1916 'wooden-spooners' not Richmond as some recent sources
have taken to doing.
Venues/grounds are referred to by their traditional/original and common names
(eg. Kardinia Park) - not
that of the current purchaser of naming rights.