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The 1990 AFL Season was 94th edition of elite Australian rules football and the fourth season under the leagues interstate expansion, but the first to be offically named the Australian Football League (AFL) The season commenced on the 31st of March and concluded on the 6th of October.
This was the first season to be rebranded as the AFL. Having been previously named the VFL. Essendon defeated North Melbourne in the renamed pre-season tournament, Foster's cup (formerly Night Series). Originally Fitzroy and Footscray were set to merge and be renamed as the Fitzroy Bulldogs, although following a successful campaign by Footscray supporters the decision was overturned. Port Adelaide made a bid to join the league from the SANFL but it was dismissed.
There were a number of coaching changes throughout and following the conclusion of the season. Mick Malthouse left Footscray to become the coach at West Coast Eagles. Terry Wheeler replaced him as coach at Footscray. North Melbourne appointed one of their favorite players, Wayne Schimmelbusch as their coach. Ken Sheldon replaced Darrel Baldock as coach at St Kilda. Norm Dare was appointed coach at Brisbane Bears.
In his 1st season at West Coast Eagles, Mick Malthouse took the club up 8 places into the finals series. Whilst Geelong fell 7 places to 10th.
|2||Collingwood Magpies (Premiers)||22||16||6||0||130.2||64|
|3||West Coast Eagles||22||16||6||0||118.4||64|
|6||North Melbourne Kangaroos||22||12||10||0||114.0||48|
|9||St Kilda Saints||22||9||13||0||100.6||36|
|Qualifying Semi Final|
|Qualifying Final||Preliminary Final||Essendon|
|3||West Coast Eagles||Eliminating Semi Final||West Coast Eagles|
|West Coast Eagles|