When the AFL revealed it was investigating the Essendon Football Club for a suspected illegal drug-taking program, it was the beginning of a saga that gripped Melbourne for most of the year.

As revelations of what happened at the Bombers became clearer, Melbourne and St Kilda also created their own headlines for all the wrong reasons.

But it wasn't just football that dominated the year in news. From the turmoil on Spring Street that saw the resignation of former premier Ted Baillieu and the will-he or won’t-he resign saga of Geoff Shaw, to Ford and Holden closing its local manufacturing, to the escalating tension among bikie gangs, here’s a collection of videos of what made news in the city and state this year:

Bombers to be investigated over supplements

Essendon revealed it would be investigated by the AFL and Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority over the supply of unspecified supplements to its players last season.

Coach James Hird said the purpose of the investigation was to clear Essendon of any wrongdoing: "The supplements our players were given, in my opinion and my knowledge, were all approved and within the regulations we all play the game by," he said.

Geoff Shaw quits the Liberal Party

In March, Frankston MP Geoff Shaw quit the Liberal Party because he no longer had confidence in Premier Ted Baillieu.

"Labor left Victoria in a mess and Victorian's elected a Coalition Government to fix the problems and build for the future. While the government has made significant progress in that direction, I believe my actions reflect the general loss of confidence Victorians are feeling in the leadership of the government," he said.

Ken Lay's message to police over corruption

Chief Commissioner Ken Lay says police were distracted by the gangland war more than a decade ago when outlaw bikie gangs started infiltrating the force.

Mr Lay, speaking at a press conference after Fairfax Media revealed links between bikies and police, said officers had been corrupted through "criminality, naivety and stupidity".

Bayley gets life for Jill Meagher's murder

Adrian Bayley is sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape and murder of Jill Meagher.

Sentencing Adrian Ernest Bayley to life imprisonment with a minimum of 35 years, Supreme Court judge Geoffrey Nettle said Bayley was a sexual deviant who had intended to murder Ms Meagher, 29, either because she was threatening to call the police after being savagely raped or because he had taken a perverse pleasure in taking her life. 

Wall collapse claims three lives

A wall collapse at Grocon's Swanston Street CUB site killed three people including a brother and sister.

The wall fell onto Bridget Jones and her brother Alexander, and Monash University academic Dr Marie-Faith Fiawoo.

Ford closure deals heavy blow

Ford Australia confirmed it would close its Broadmeadows and Geelong production facilities in October 2016 and retire the Falcon nameplate in a move that will cost at least 1200 jobs.

In an ominous announcement for rival Holden, company president and CEO Bob Graziano declared manufacturing ''no longer viable for Ford in Australia in the long-term", citing a $600 million loss for Ford Australia over the last five years.

Milne charged with four counts of rape

Former AFL player Stephen Milne will face trial on rape charges over an alleged incident in 2004.

The 33-year-old was charged with raping a woman in the Melbourne home of former St Kilda teammate Leigh Montagna.

Dwarf 'set on fire' at Mad Monday party

Blake Johnston, an entertainer from company Dwarf My Party, was set on fire during St Kilda's Mad Monday celebrations.

St Kilda's Clinton Jones apologised for the incident that resulted in Johnston's clothes being set on fire at the end-of-year celebration that went badly wrong.

Daniel Andrews chucked from chamber

Victorian Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews is ejected from Parliament and suspended for three days during a fiery question time.

In chaotic scenes, Liberal Speaker Ken Smith was forced in a rare occurrence to use his vote to break a 40-40 deadlock to suspend Mr Andrews. 

Hawks sink determined Dockers

Hawthorn, too strong for Fremantle, win the 2013 AFL grand final by 15 points despite a spirited late fightback from the Dockers.

The Hawks were the team of the year and the bitterness of a missed opportunity against Sydney last year was all but erased for the brown and gold.

Buddy 'excited' by Sydney move

It wasn't all great news for the Hawks who were soon to lose their superstar forward - but not in the circumstances the club and most pundits expected.

Lance Franklin announced he was moving to the Sydney Swans on a 10-year deal, maintaining that he didn't make the decision to go until after the grand final.

Wild winds tear through Victoria

At the start of October, thousands of homes across Melbourne were left without power after the strongest winds since 1985 ripped through the city, uprooting trees, tearing down powerlines and causing widespread damage.

Some workers in city office buildings were sent home just after 11am following prolonged blackouts.

'Witty, intelligent, but potentially very dangerous'

In October, Notorious Melbourne crime figure turned author Mark Brandon died after a long battle with liver cancer. He was 58.

Read spent much of his adult life in prison for committing multiple violent crimes, and gained infamy in his younger days for sometimes using a blowtorch or bolt cutters to remove the toes of his targets. He also had a fellow Pentridge Prison inmate slice off both of his ears while in jail. 

Holden CEO announces the end

Sixty-five years after it first began producing cars in Australia, Holden confirmed it would cease local manufacturing in 2017.

Holden CEO Mike Devereux announces the closure of company's Australia manufacturing plants which will see the loss of about 1300 jobs from Victoria.