1954. Led by Hands on the field for the third year, the Blues won half of their 18 games played and had a percentage just under 100, showing that they were a good solid team.
The Blues would improve again in 1956, before playing finals football for the first time in 4 years in 1957. The club was inconsistent during the year, losing seven games in a row between rounds and 11, before improving towards the end of the season, winning four games in a row between rounds 12 and 15, and six of its last seven games.
At the bottom of the ladder stood the woeful St Kilda with a percentage sub 50.
Coach: Percy Bentley (retires at seasons end after 15 years as senior coach)
Leading Goal-kicker: Noel O'Brien - 73 goals
Best & Fairest: John James
Barry Beitzel, Barry Archbold, Leon Berner, Colin Holt, Kevin Bergin, John Paice, Jack Ellis, Graham Donaldson, Jack Sullivan, Dave Browning, Bob Bosustow, Peter Aitken, John Cheffers