So, here is Fitzroy's 1978 season (with the close ones highlighted)...
@aflfootymaths @richmond_fc @essendon_fc Interesting post ... Fitzroy in '78 lost 7 of their first 11 games by 10 points or less btw!
— Rohan Connolly (@rohan_connolly) August 8, 2012
What a cruel game football can be. That string of 7 close losses in the first 11 games dropped Fitzroy to last spot on the table (12th), and in a position that few teams could recover from.
They finished out the season in 9th, with an 8-14 record.
If all of this narrow losses would have been converted to wins, then the 'Roys, under then coach Graham Campbell would have been 15-7, and ensconced in the final 5.
Thankfully for Fitzroy fans, 1979 brought a new coach, Bill Stephen who did exactly what the 1978 team couldn't, and rack up a 15-7 record to make the finals.
That finals series they destroyed Essendon, then came unstuck in the Semi Final, being defeated by Collingwood, the eventual runners-up.
Fitzroy though, were not alone in running up so many close losses by 10 points or less.
The Fremantle side of 2008 had 8 such occasions of just missing the mark, and are the undisputed king of this category.
That said, Fitzroy have had two seasons of losing 7 matches (1978 and 1946), so we will leave it to you to determine just which team really takes this unwanted crown.
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