The first VFL matches played on the 25 April occurred in 1914 exactly 12 months prior to The First Division storming ashore at Gallipoli:

  • Geelong drew with Essendon
  • Fitzroy defeated Melbourne
  • Collingwood drew with Carlton
  • South Melbourne defeated University
  • St.Kilda defeated Richmond

From 1915-1960 Victorian legislation prohibited the playing of sport on ANZAC day. Only in 1953 and 1959 did 25 April fall on a Saturday within the football season thus requiring a gap in the fixture. By a change in the legislation in 1960 new terms permitted the playing of sport on ANZAC day after 2.00PM. The first matches played were:

  • Fitzroy (19.17) defeated Carlton (19.10) at Brunswick Street
  • St.Kilda (5.18) were defeated by Melbourne (10.12) at Junction Oval.

These matches had been part of 1960 Round 2, which was scheduled to be played on April 23 but had to be postponed because of heavy rain the previous two days.

Between 1960 and 2017 there have been 130 Anzac day matches for premiership points.

Since 1995 Essendon and Collingwood have played an annual match whose focus is commemorating Australian serviceman and ANZAC Day. The fixture has become a highlight of the season and a prestige appointment for umpires

See ANZAC Day clash in Wikipedia for more information.

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ANZAC Day umpire appointments 1960-2017

Field umpireMatchesColl / Ess
Scott McLaren82
Rowan Sawers81
Peter Cameron7
John Harvey63
Brett Allen64
Darren Goldspink65
Ian Robinson5
Brett Rosebury53
Bill Deller5
Shaun Ryan54
Matthew Nicholls52
Kevin Smith5
Mathew James53
Chris Mitchell4
Neville Nash4
Scott Jeffery42
Hayden Kennedy41
Matt Stevic43
John Sutcliffe4
Peter Howe4
Peter Carey4
Ray Chamberlain42
Grant Vernon41
Michael Vozzo44
Jeff Dalgleish4
Simon Meredith42
Shane McInerney 43
Dean Margetts31
Andrew Coates32
Denis Rich31
John Russo3
Chris Kamolins31
Justin Schmitt31
Bryan Sheehan3
Sam Hay31
Steve McBurney32
John Morgan3
Jacob Mollison31
Tony Bryant3
Stuart Wenn31
Michael Avon31
Mark McKenzie31
Ray Sleeth2
Matt Norden21
Stan Fisher2
Luke Farmer21
Shane McDonald2
Gavin Dore2
Nick Foot2
Chris Donlon21
Jeff Crouch2
Troy Pannell21
David Howlett2
Glenn James2
Derek Woodcock21
Ron Brophy2
Ian Clayton2
Harold Hodgson2
Shane Carbines2
Jim Chapman2
Matthew head2
Edward McSherry1
David Ackland1
Graham Huggins1
Derek Humphery-Smith1
Jack Irving1
Brendan Hosking1
Brian Hood1
Alex Kamm1
Mike Henry1
Craig Hendrie1
Bill Hedger1
Charles lane1
Steve Luckman1
Andrew Malcolm1
Shane Harris1
David Harris1
Stefan Grun1
Roly Grant1
Colin Mance 1
Barry Gaudion1
Trevor Garrett1
Gary Foister1
Peter Matheson1
Anton McKernan1
Rob Findlay11
Graeme Fellowes1
Brian Woodhead1
Martin Ellis 1
Jack Elder1
Mike Dye1
Geoff Morrow1
Mark Nash1
Arthur Norden1
Bob Nunn1
Rob O'Gorman11
Ian Coates1
Tim Pfieffer11
Geoff Polites1
Ken Quinn1
Corin Rowe11
Colin Rowston1
Ben Ryan1
Vince Sercia11
Michael Sneddon1
Andrew Stephens1
Jim Brewer1
Eric Brewer1
Don Blew1
Murray Bird1
Richard Williams1
Ian Artso1
Don Jolley1

Boundary UMatchesColl/Ess
Shane Jansen65
Ian Burrows63
Nathan Doig6
John Morris64
Phil Sutton5
Des Fitzgerald5
Gary Grant5
Cliff Green5
Rob Haala55
Mal Owen51
Chris Roberts43
Paul Budge4
Murray Williams4
Ray Prosser4
Jack Geggie4
Jamie Giles4
Leigh Paterson4
Chris Gordon42
Chris Sporton4
Greg Smith4
Brett Dalgleish4
Adrian Ryan4
Alan Zanich4
Mark Foster44
Michael Bell33
Justin Bennison33
Dan Gooch3
Mark Thomson3
Stephen Cato3
Mike Donsen3
Bill Sutton3
Bob Gulliver3
Shane Jones31
George Pampacos3
Ron Fitzgerald3
Paul Nicholls3
John Hicks3
Graeme Hunichen3
Geoff Willcox3
Adam Coote31
Kevin Mitchell3
Ross Barr3
Peter McDonald31
Richard Kidd3
Chris Macdonald33
Bernie Lowden3
Mitch Le Fevre32
Chris Esler21
Sam Leslie22
Andrew Kovess2
Michael Marantelli22
Harold March2
Dean Maxwell21
Herb Kent2
Bruce McLellan2
Matthew Jenkinson21
Scott Hutton21
Tim Morrison21
Basil Harris2
John O'Leary2
Greg Harding21
Alan Hammond2
Tim Gooch2
Ray Frost2
Geoff Lee2
Justin Delaney2
Peter Saultry2
Glenn Sinclair22
Damien Cusack21
Allan Cook22
Jace Collingridge2
Amin Chehade2
Shane Thiele21
Gerald Carland2
Pat Tongue21
Matthew Vitiritti22
Callum Brown2
John Bigelow2
Darren Wilson2
Bryan Wood2
Ross Wright2
Matthew Konetschka11
Drew Kowalski11
Gerard Large11
Jonathan Creasey1
Graham Carbery1
Richard Leslie11
Ray Gibb1
Robert Gibson1
Fred Dainty1
Henry Goding1
Graham Bergroth1
Hadin Martin1
Bill Davies1
Adam McDonald11
Aaron Deckys1
Barry Carmichael1
Troy McNamara11
John McNiff1
Gordon McQueen1
Adam Bastick1
Ken Mitchell1
Paul Monaghan1
Ian Green11
Steve Donohue1
Chris Morrison11
Gordon Muir11
Adrian Murphy1
William Naismith1
Bob Barker1
Shane Doran1
Darryl Hammond1
Michael Hane1
Herbert Elliott1
William Payne1
Matthew Payton11
Andrew Pearson1
Doug Perry1
Laurie Pope1
Ryan England1
Walter Harvey1
David Hebblethwaite1
Ashley Sandison1
Richard Heptinstall1
Michael Saunders1
Graeme Scherger1
Randall Sheppard1
Matthew Bellizia11
Mark Hill1
Jason Smith1
Stephen Smith11
Dan Field-Read1
Matt Starr1
Bruce Stewart1
Gerard Sullivan1
Arthur Cook1
Ken Innes1
Rod Tanner1
Robert Taylor1
Graham Taylor1
Ross Fitzgerald1
Neville Thomas1
Chris Bull1
Matthew Tomkins11
Nathan Jessup1
Bill Treloar1
Sydney Johnston1
Cam Ward1
Andrew Wheeler1
Ian Wheeler1
James Fleming11
John Kennedy1
Gordon Andrews1
John Wilson11
Frank Wiinston1
Neil Foster1
Graham Baker1
Howard Fox1
James Scully11
Tim Lougoon11
Jason Moore11

Goal UmpireMatchesColl/Ess
Brian Pratt7
Craig Clark63
Graham Danne6
David Dixon64
David Flegg63
Ted Johnson6
Leigh Keen5
Dick Sankey4
Les Barratt4
Graeme Williams4
Dale Edwick4
Luke Walker 44
Keith Traplin4
Chris Appleton42
Kevin Barker4
Adam Wojcik43
Brett Rogers31
Colin Hood33
Bob Gilham3
Jim Mahoney3
Laurie Page32
Barry Farrow3
Doug Purss3
Frank Raiti31
Chelsea Roffey32
Alan Grant3
Keith Cree3
Ray Schwensen3
Mike Spear3
Steve Stirling32
Mark Canning33
Joe Bell3
Jim Barwick3
Steve Williams31
Noel McLennan2
Peter Nastasi21
Barry Page2
Kevin Andrews2
Dan Parsons2
Reg Pawley2
Mark Powell22
Harold Forsythe2
Bill Pryde2
Gerald Gaffney2
Alan Cole2
Michael Roache2
Les Robinson2
Peter Gonis21
Bob Barker2
Tom Rossiter2
Mark Harrison22
Gary Best2
Roger Selwood2
Paul Smith2
Graham Hunt2
Steve Stevens2
Alex Stewart2
Anthony Black22
Roly Caird2
Bill Ludlow2
Eric Armstrong2
Roy Ferguson2
Dan Wilson22
Greg Macdonald2
Walter Lindsey1
Terry Antoniou1
Bernie Lowden1
Fred Lucas1
Ron Buisman1
Luke Edwards1
Steve Butler1
John Marrapodi1
Cos Martino1
Ray Fargie1
Michael Minahan1
David Mitchell1
Steve Murphy1
Mark Bywater1
Mike Nicolai1
Matthew Norton1
Jim Orr1
Dick Auhl1
Steve Axon1
Charles Foletta1
Keith Pawley1
Graeme Billing1
Ante Perkovic1
Fred Franks1
Michael Palm11
Alf Galea11
Mark Pulham1
Dale Puren1
Alf Collis1
Leo Corrieri1
Doug Gourlay1
Michael Craig11
Bryan Grant1
Michael Hammond1
Eric Brewer1
Mostyn Rutter1
Rob Hendrie1
Wayne Hendrie1
Peter Honeyman1
David Shawcross1
Fred Sigmont1
Jack Simmonds1
Andrew Sinclair1
Terry Suitryk1
James Smith1
Andrew Curtis1
Don Dalgleish1
Peter Jeffers1
Con Buckley1
Brian Jones1
Peter Stokes1
Bob Taggart1
Peter Taylor1
Percy Devine1
Jason Venkataya11
Sergio Villagra1
Peter Kelly1
Phil Watson1
Alf White1
David Whitling1
Brodie Kenny-Bell1
Doug Langham1
Jack Lee1
Frank Leverett1
Les Wright1
Max Lingwood-Smith1