The Melbourne Demons, officially called the Melbourne Football Club, are an Australian rules football club based in Victoria, Melbourne. They were one of the first footy clubs in Victoria and were thus a founding member of the VFA, VFL, and the current AFL.
Melbourne Demons Information
Home Ground(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground
Colours: Navy Blue and Red
Mascot: Ronald Deeman
Number of Premierships Won: 12 (1900, 1926, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964)
Number of Minor Premierships Won: 9 (1939, 1940, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1969, 1964)
This footy club was established in 1859 and were the first club to establish a set of rules for Australian rules football. By 1866, several other footy teams adopted these rules and the beginnings of an organize league were established. In 1877, the Melbourne Demons – then known as the ‘fuchsias’ – were one of the first teams to join the newly formed VFL, and though they were one of the strongest teams in the league, they were never able to secure a Premiership title.
In 1933, the team changed its nickname to the ‘Demons’ and entered into their ‘Age of Greatness’. For the next 30 years, the team would consistently dominate the league, winning six flags and appearing in nearly every single Grand Final from 1954-1960. Unfortunately, the 1970s saw the team fall on hard times thanks to poor recruiting opportunities.
By 1996, the club was on its last legs. Facing unsurmountable financial troubles, the Melbourne Demons were considering a merger with the Hawthorn Hawks. Anti-merger groups went into high gear trying recruit suitable new players while gaining support from fans in order to put a stop to the merger. Eventually their efforts succeeded and the merger was shut down, but the club was still in need of a major reinvention. 2000 saw the team undertake some strategies to improve, and while they went up and down over the next few years, the Demons showed some improvement in the latter part of the decade.
Emblem, Colours & Guernseys
The Melbourne Demons’ emblem is a simple design: a square with the team’s colours of red and navy blue. ‘Melbourne FC’ appears at the bottom in white stylised text.
The team’s home guernseys have a red triangle that goes around the shoulders and points down toward the chest. They’re navy blue from the middle of the chest down. The shorts are navy blue. The away guernseys are mostly red with a traditional navy blue demon on the front.
This football club plays all of their home games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (100,000 capacity).
The Melbourne Demons have strong fan support throughout Australia with many fans showing their loyalty by becoming members. As of 2010, the Demons had over 30,000 registered members. It’s no wonder so many people have signed up as the Demons offer a number of different membership packages, each one offering such bonuses as exclusive merchandise, weekly updates, and tickets to all of the home fixtures. Prices vary depending on which member benefits best suit the fan.
Rotten Ronald Deeman is the mascot for the Melbourne Demons. He’s a devilishly competitive character complete with a spiked trident, devil horns, and a pointed devil tail.
Best Bet to Make
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