The MCC logo will adorn the back of the Melbourne FC player jumper in 2014, signifying the strong historical relationship between the two clubs.
“The MFC and the MCC have had long established traditions that go back into the late 1800s,” said MCC CEO Stephen Gough.
“And it’s entirely appropriate that the MCC branding should be on the MFC guernsey, as we go into season 2014.”
The MCC is branded on the back of the Melbourne playing jumper, which is fitting given the relationship between the MCC and the Melbourne Football Club is as old as the game of Australian rules itself.
Both clubs share heritage and heroes, yet it was sparked by Tom Wills in 1858, who sought a means of keeping his Melbourne cricketers fit during the winter months. From there, a game was born and so was the Melbourne Football Club.
In the 1800s, the relationship between the MCC and MFC developed into the football club becoming an MCC sporting section in 1890.
The two clubs worked together to evolve the MCG into one of the world’s greatest sporting stadiums.
The relationship continued until 1980, when the two clubs decided to separate.
On April 1, 2009, the MFC rejoined the MCC as a sporting section. Then presidents, the late Jim Stynes (MFC) and David Meiklejohn (MCC) signed a document symbolising the reunited connection between the two entities.
Melbourne is one of many sporting bodies affiliated with the MCC, including cricket, baseball, bowls, croquet, golf, hockey, lacrosse, netball, real tennis, target shooting, squash and tennis.
Today, more than 20,000 MCC members support Melbourne, making it the most popular team among the MCC membership.