Last Time When: The Dees Started the Season 5-0

Melbourne’s 50 point win over Hawthorn at the MCG on Sunday has seen the Dees continue their best start to a season in 27-years.

Even the most jaded of the Demon faithful are starting to believe that perhaps their team might just actually be, well…good.

This Saturday night’s ANZAC eve game against reigning premier and fellow MCG co-tenant Richmond is set to be the biggest edition of this now annual fixture yet.

If the Dees are able to make it a 6-0 start with a win over Richmond then everyone in the world of AFL will be keeping their eye on the red and blue…if they haven’t yet already.

We’ve jumped in the DeLorean, charged up the flux capacitor and set the date to Round 6, 1994 – the last time the Dees were 5-0 to start the season.

The AFL was a 15-team competition, with Melbourne having a bye in Round 3.

It would actually take until Round 6 of that season for Melbourne to make it a 5-0 start.

Melbourne made it 5-0 with a five-point win over the Pies at Waverley.

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However, a controversial non-goal paid against Magpie Gavin Brown on the half-time siren remains a touchy subject amongst Pies fans.  

Round 6 of 1994 saw only four games scheduled for the Saturday afternoon. Be sure to check the Footy Record to see what letter your team is for live score updates.

(Melbourne was B)

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Seven teams had the bye that weekend to coincide with the upcoming South Australia v Victoria State of Origin clash the following Tuesday night.

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Other highlights of the Round included the highly anticipated North Melbourne v West Coast (Carey v Jakovich match up) at the MCG.

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Speaking of Jakovich, Glenn’s brother Allen had a dedicated World 4 Kids pull-out poster in the Footy Record.

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AROUND THE GROUNDS – Tony Modra took this screamer on top of Brisbane’s Richard Champion during the Bears v Crows game at the Gabba.

Along with Allen Jakovich, the likes of Lyon, Schwarz, Stynes, Todd Viney, Neitz, Lovett, Sean Charles, and the Febey twins were a big part of the Dees in the mid- 1990s.

In fact, Matthew Febey was named the Schweppes Sports Plus MAN OF THE WEEK!

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Nathan Jones was 5 years old, Max Gawn was age 3, Jack Viney was just three weeks old and Christian Petracca was two years away from being born.

Jack Viney has always been seriously impressive

Dees coach Simon Goodwin was 18 years old and still three years away from making his senior AFL playing debut for Adelaide

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Fitzroy was sixth on the ladder heading into Round 6 – it was the first year of the final eight!

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Some other things…

Melbourne’s major sponsor was Tooheys Blue…and they opted for a more laid-back look in the team photo

Ansett was the official airline of the AFL

Every AFL Club still had a shield logo…the GOAT of club emblems

West Coast Eagles, Adelaide Crows, Brisbane Bears and Sydney Swans were the only “interstate clubs” in the League.

Quality programs such as Full Frontal, Blue Heelers, Hey Hey it’s Saturday, Front Line and Man ‘O Man ruled our TV screens.

The Footy Show had only just started.

Jeff Kennett was Premier of Victoria and was in the process of stealing the Grand Prix from Adelaide.

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Paul Keating was Prime Minister and would have been filthy that his beloved Collingwood (of which he was number 1 ticket holder) was robbed*

*After spending his Saturday afternoon antiquing/buying a new Italian suit.

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The Sign by Ace of Base had a four-week stint on top of the ARIA charts.

Melbourne’s unbeaten run for that season would come to an end at the hands of a five-goal loss to fellow ladder-leader at the time North Melbourne the following week.

North skipper Wayne Carey was cited on trial by video charges for (allegedly) eye gouging Demon Sean Wright.

He was cleared.

David King got two matches for striking Seven Feby (it wasn’t his brand, part of his DNA, or what he stood for) and Demon Andrew Obst received one week for slapping Dean Laidley in face.

The Demons finished 7th at the end of the 1994 season, defeated 2nd placed Carlton in the first week, Footscray in the Semi, and was soundly defeated by eventual premier West Coast by 65 points in the Prelim.

All of the highlights of the Demons 1994 season can be viewed in the classic Australian Football Video – “The Demon Attack