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Although the league was still called the VFL until the start of the 1990 season, the 1988 season was the unofficial second AFL season as the league expanded from 12 clubs to 14 clubs in 1987. The new clubs were West Coast Eagles and Brisbane Bears.

Club ChangesEdit

John Todd replaced the one-season coach Ron Alexander at West Coast Eagles. Richmond brought in one of the favorite players, Kevin Bartlett as their coach. Due to ill-health, Allan Jeans was replaced by Alan Joyce as Hawthorn coach for the season.

Collingwood had the biggest improvement for the season, climbing 10 places to finish second. Whilst North Melbourne fell 7 places to 11th and out of the finals series.


After being losing finalist in 1987, Hawthorn went one better by winning the minor premiers and the premiership. They played Melbourne in the Grand Final who finished 5th in the ladder and had to win 3 finals matches to reach the final. Whilst St Kilda won the wooden spoon.


The Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer was awarded to Jason Dunstall of Hawthorn. Gerard Healy of Sydney won the Brownlow Medal.


# 1987 Team Home Ground Coach Captain
1 ▲ 1   2010 Logo Hawthorn Hawthorn   Princes Park   Alan Joyce   Michael Tuck
2   ▲ 10   2010 Logo Collingwood Collingwood   Victoria Park   Leigh Matthews   Tony Shaw
3 ▼ 2   2010 Logo Carlton-Football Carlton   Princes Park   Robert Walls   Stephen Kernahan
4 ▲ 4   2010 Logo West Coast West Coast Eagles   WACA/Subiaco Oval   John Todd   Ross Glendinning
5   Melbourne logo 2014 Melbourne   MCG   John Northey   Greg Healy
6 ▲ 3   2010 Logo Essendon Essendon   Windy Hill   Kevin Sheedy   Terry Daniher
7 ▼ 4   2010 Logo Sydney Sydney Swans   SCG   Tom Hafey   Dennis Carroll
8 ▼ 1   2010 Logo Western Bulldogs Footscray   Western Oval   Mick Malthouse   Rick Kennedy
9 ▼ 3   2010 Logo Geelong Geelong   Kardinia Park   John Devine   Damian Bourke
10 ▲ 4   2010 Logo Richmond Richmond   MCG   Kevin Bartlett   Dale Weightman
11 ▼ 7   2010 Logo North Melbourne North Melbourne   MCG   John Kennedy   Wayne Schimmelbusch
  John Law
12 ▼ 1        Fitzroy   Princes Park   David Parkin   Paul Roos
13        Brisbane Bears   Carrara Stadium   Peter Knights   Mark Mickan
14 ▼ 4   2010 Logo St Kilda St Kilda   Moorabbin Oval   Darrel Baldock   Danny Frawley

Finals SeriesEdit

  Qualifying Semi Final  
  1  Hawthorn  
       Carlton         Grand Final  
  Qualifying Final           Preliminary Final        Melbourne
  2  Collingwood          Carlton  
  3  Carlton     Eliminating Semi Final        Melbourne
  Elimination Final        Melbourne
  4  West Coast Eagles  
  5  Melbourne
Key:       Losing team progressing       Winning team progressing

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