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Although the league was still called the VFL until the start of the 1990 season, the 1991 season was the unofficial 5th AFL season as the league expanded from 12 clubs to 14 clubs in 1987. The new clubs were West Coast Eagles and Brisbane Bears.

Port Adelaide, who are a successful club in the SANFL, was to be the 14th club. But their bid was squashed by SANFL. South Australia finally got a AFL club when Adelaide Crows entered this season. With the league increased to 15 clubs, from this season 6 clubs participated in the finals series.

Club ChangesEdit

  • Allan Jeans retired and Alan Joyce returned as Hawthorn coach after taking them to the 1988 Premiership.
  • David Parkin returned as Carlton coach after coaching them during the VFL years.
  • Robert Shaw is appointed the Fitzroy coach.
  • Former Carlton and Fitzroy player, Robert Walls is appointed as Brisbane Bears coach.

Geelong climbed 7 places which took them into the Preliminary Final. Whilst last season's premiers, Collingwood fell 5 places to 7th and out of the finals series.


Hawthorn won the premiership which is 3 AFL premierships in 4 years. After qualifying for last season's finals series, West Coast Eagles took the next step by winning the minor premiers. Whilst Brisbane Bears won back-to-back wooden spoons.


The Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer was awarded to Tony Lockett of St Kilda. Jim Stynes of Melbourne won the Brownlow Medal.


# 1990 Team Home Ground Coach Captain
1 ▲ 2   2010 Logo West Coast West Coast Eagles   WACA/Subiaco Oval   Mick Malthouse   John Worsfold
2 ▲ 3   2010 Logo Hawthorn Hawthorn   Princes Park   Alan Joyce   Michael Tuck
3 ▲ 7   2010 Logo Geelong Geelong   Kardinia Park   Malcolm Blight   Andrew Bews
4 ▲ 5   2010 Logo St Kilda St Kilda   Moorabbin Oval   Ken Sheldon   Danny Frawley
5 ▼ 1   Melbourne logo 2014 Melbourne   MCG   John Northey   Garry Lyon
6 ▼ 5   2010 Logo Essendon Essendon   Windy Hill   Kevin Sheedy   Tim Watson
7 ▼ 5   2010 Logo Collingwood Collingwood   Victoria Park   Leigh Matthews   Tony Shaw
8 ▼ 2   2010 Logo North Melbourne North Melbourne   MCG   Wayne Schimmelbusch   Matthew Larkin
9 n/a   2010 Logo Adelaide Adelaide   Football Park   Graham Cornes   Chris McDermott
10 ▼ 3   2010 Logo Western Bulldogs Footscray   Western Oval   Terry Wheeler   Doug Hawkins
11 ▼ 3   2010 Logo Carlton-Football Carlton   Princes Park   David Parkin   Stephen Kernahan
12 ▲ 1   2010 Logo Sydney Sydney Swans   SCG   Col Kinnear   Dennis Carroll
13 ▼ 2   2010 Logo Richmond Richmond   MCG   Kevin Bartlett   Dale Weightman
14 ▼ 2        Fitzroy   Princes Park   Robert Shaw   Richard Osborne
15 ▼ 1        Brisbane Bears   Carrara Stadium   Robert Walls   Roger Merrett

Finals SeriesEdit

  Elimination Final
4  St Kilda
3  Geelong   Qualifying Semi Final
   Hawthorn Grand Final
Qualifying Final    Geelong Preliminary Final  Hawthorn
2  Hawthorn  Geelong  West Coast Eagles
1  West Coast Eagles Eliminating Semi Final  West Coast Eagles
 West Coast Eagles
Elimination Final  Melbourne
5  Melbourne
6  Essendon
Key:       Losing team progressing       Winning team progressing

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