In 1858, the cricketers of Melbourne were looking for a sport to keep them fit during winter. A letter written by the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) Secretary and prominent local sportsman, Tom Wills, to the sporting weekly, Bell’s Life In Victoria, sparked the competition, and the Melbourne Football Club was born. Before the Australian Footabll League (AFL) started, there was the Victorian Football League (VFL). The VFL was formed in 1896 but they didn’t start playing football until 1897. Melbourne was one of the first clubs in the competition.
Melbourne won premierships in 1900, 1926, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960 and 1964 which meant they were one of the most successful clubs in the competition. They made the finals in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including the 1988 Grand Final