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{{Infobox australian football club
 | clubname  = Carlton Football Club
 | image     = 
 | fullname  = Carlton Football Club
 | motto     = Mens Sana in Corpore Sano (A Sound Mind in a Sound Body)
 | season    = 2009
 | position  = Seventh
 | topgoalkicker  = Brendan Fevola (86 Goals)
 | bestandfairest = Chris Judd
 | founded   = 1864
 | colours   ={{colour box|navy}{Text|Navy Blue|White}}|
 | league    = Australian Football League
 | premierships = 16 (1906-08  1914-15  1938  1945  1947  1968  1970  1972  1979  1981-82  1987  1995)
 | chairman  = Stephen Kernahan
 | coach     = Brett Ratten
 | captain   = Chris Judd
 | ground    = Etihad Stadiummarker
 | ground2   = Melbourne Cricket Groundmarker
 | ground3   = Visy Parkmarker (Training only)
 | capacity  = 56,349
 | capacity2 = 100,000
 | capacity3 = 28,000
 | url       =
 | jumper     = 
}}Carlton Football Club, nicknamed The Blues, is the third oldest club in the Australian Football League and one of the oldest Australian rules football clubs. They were the first premiers of the Victorian Football Association in 1877, and share the most premierships of any VFL/AFL club. The club originally represented the inner city Melbournemarker area of Carltonmarker and its nickname comes from the navy blue colour of its uniform. Also on its uniform is the club's insignia which consists of three alphabetical letters – CFC superimposed on each other.

Club history

Early history

The Carlton Football Club was formed in July, 1864.

In the early days, Carlton became particularly strong and having grown a large supporter base became a fierce rival to the Melbourne Football Club in early competition including the Caledonian Challenge Cup which it dominated in the 1870s.

In 1877, Carlton became one of the foundation clubs of the Victorian Football Association.

It was invited to join the breakaway Victorian Football League in 1897. The competition was renamed to the Australian Football League in 1990 and is where the club currently resides. Because of the football club's navy blue and white hooped socks, which resembled the outfit of a butcher, the club was informally referred to as the Butchers. It was also for a time referred to be some as the Brewers, due to the suburb's most famous product.

Carlton Football Club hoist the 1906 VFL premiership flag at the Carlton Oval in 1907
Carlton made its first VFL grand final in the year of 1904 to be defeated by Fitzroy. Two years later in 1906, it was to enter the first of five consecutive grand finals. The first three were all premierships and Carlton became the first team in the history of the VFL/AFL to win three-in-a-row. The fourth grand final in 1909 made Carlton the closest team to attempt to win four-in-a-row, as it was narrowly beaten by just 2 points to South Melbourne (now Sydney Swans). Had it not been for the political trouble that plagued the club early in the season, the result could well have been different. However, this remarkable feat was subsequently surpassed during the Great Depression by the club's greatest rival - Collingwood (which became famous as 'The Machine') in 1927-30. In Carlton's fifth grand final in 1910, they were defeated by Collingwood and this was the beginning of a strong rivalry between the two clubs that would endure for more than a century. Collingwood's working-class supporter base, close geographic proximity, and many historic on-field (and occasional off-field) tussles mark the rivalry as one of the strongest in the AFL. 1910 had been a controversial year for the club, two players including Alex Lang were banned for 99 games (approximately 6 years) after being found guilty of accepting bribes to play poorly.

Carlton has traditionally been in the top 2 most powerful on-field clubs, boasting a winning record over 11 of the 15 other clubs currently in the competition, including all the VFL teams such as notable rivals Collingwood, Essendon and Richmond. Many memorable battles have been contested against them, most notably in a thriller in the 1947 Grand Final when Carlton beat Essendon by one point, and again in the 1968 Grand Final when Carlton beat Essendon to win by 3 points. In the Grand Final of 1972, Carlton defeated Richmond in a goal kicking spree that saw fifty goals kicked - the highest number of goals ever kicked in a Grand Final.

Recent history

Former Carlton Logo
development of the game becoming a national league has impacted on Victorian-based clubs and the consequential success of interstate clubs have had an impact on Carlton's current success record.

Changes within the rules of the national competition meant that Carlton and other Victorian teams cannot, as easily, recruit the best players from across Australia because many non-Victorian players can now be recruited by home-town clubs. The recruiting mechanism of all such players is now part of the draft pick process. In addition all teams are confronted by the rules of the salary cap which is designed to limit the funds spent of players in any given season, in an attempt to create a level playing field. Prior to the salary cap, rich Victorian clubs such as Carlton were able to attract prospective players to the club by offering more money than the less successful clubs.

In the year of its last premiership in 1995, Carlton set a new AFL/VFL record by losing only two games for the entire season having been beaten by the Sydney Swans and St. Kilda. This record stood until 2000 when rivals Essendon went through the entire season losing only one game against the Western Bulldogs. Carlton went on to defeat Geelong comfortably in the 1995 Grand Final, with Stephen Kernahan kicking 5 goals. Carlton's last finals appearance was in the 2009 second elimination final against Brisbane, which the Lions won by 7 Points.

In 2002 the club was in great turmoil. Off-field the club had mounting financial losses and accounting irregularities which ultimately caused the club president John Elliott to resign from office and the subsequent removal of his name from the John Elliott Grandstand. He was succeeded by Ian Collins as president in 2003. On-field the team went through the entire season without winning a single game on its home ground, which culminated in the club claiming the wooden spoon for finishing last on the AFL ladder for the first time in its history. Carlton was the last club of the original AFL/VFL teams to 'win' its first wooden spoon.

Under the new Collins administration, it was discovered that the club's previous administration had been making extra, secret payments to certain players. This violation of the AFL salary cap resulted in the club receiving a record total fine of $980,000 and being banned from first and second round picks in the annual player draft for two years, hampering attempts to rebuild the club's player group. Brendan Goddard and Daniel Wells, who respectively went to St. Kilda and North Melbourne at picks 1 and 2, were two players who possibly would have been selected by Carlton.

Its coach Wayne Brittain, who had taken over the coaching duties in 2001, had his contract terminated and was replaced by Denis Pagan for the 2003 season. Brittain's arrival couldn't have come at a worse time since he took over a club on the verge of collapse which severely damaged his AFL coaching career prospects and he remains a potential coach who was never given a proper coaching opportunity at this level.

The appointment of Denis Pagan as senior coach in 2003 was an attempt to turn the club around. However, Carlton's predicament was clearly underestimated as even Pagan, with a reputation of being one of the best coaches in VFL/AFL history with his impressive long run of premierships with several clubs at several levels, was unable to reverse Carlton's football plight in the short term. It had become apparent that the Carlton team had to be replaced with a more youthful lineup and this has developed over the past 3 years as the club's policy. Recruitment has centred on Carlton attempting to recruit players under 24 years old who are likely to have the capability to play at least 100 games.


Carlton players during pre-game warmup
the beginning of 2005, the attempt at turning around the club's fortune seemed to have realised some goals with the success in the pre-season Wizard Cup. However that success was short-lived as the club failed to maintain its form for the home-and-away season and it again finished on the bottom of the ladder for just the second time in its history. It became the second club to win the pre-season/night series competition and the wooden spoon in the same year, with Footscray (now the Western Bulldogs) having done so in 1967.

In 2005 the club also became the last of the former VFL clubs to move away from its original home ground when it played its last match at Optus Oval against Melbourne in Round 9 of the 2005 season. Carlton had played at Princes Park for 108 years. Carlton now play half of their home games at Etihad Stadium and the other half at the MCG. (The games at the MCG are generally against traditional rivals Collingwood, Richmond, Essendon and Melbourne.


The 2006 season saw Carlton win back-to-back wooden spoons for the first time in its history. At season's end, this led to widespread unrest within the club whose board had initially voted to terminate Denis Pagan's contract, but subsequently overturned the vote on a second ballot. A group of out-spoken and disgruntled former players who were part of the clean-out a few years earlier, lead by Fraser Brown and Barry Mitchell, wanted to have Pagan replaced by Mitchell as coach for the 2007 season. Brett Ratten was mooted as a replacement coach as well. The board decided to allow Pagan to coach for the next two seasons through to season 2008.


2007 began on several bright notes for Carlton. The appointments of Richard Pratt as President, Steven Icke as Football Manager and Greg Swann as CEO have calmed the off-field controversy. These events have also been reflected in growing membership numbers, with the club almost reaching a previously hopeful target of 30,000 members before the start of the season. Carlton made a good on-field start to the year, defeating Essendon, Hawthorn and the Kangaroos in the knock-out NAB Cup competition to reach the Pre-Season Grand Final. On 17 March 2007 Carlton defeated the Brisbane Lions to win the NAB Cup by 25 points in front of over 46,000 fans at the Etihad Stadium.

On 24 July 2007, following a loss to the Brisbane Lions by 117 points, Denis Pagan was sacked as coach and replaced on an interim basis by Brett Ratten. On 20 August 2007, the club announced that Ratten would become full time coach for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

On 11 October 2007 during the AFL trade week, Chris Judd was officially traded to Carlton along with a third round selection in the 2007 AFL Draft (#46 overall) for Carlton's first and second round selections (#3 and #20) and Josh Kennedy.

On 15 October 2007, Carlton announced it had delisted its captain, Lance Whitnall, after receiving medical reports that his knee injury would affect his ability to train in 2008.


Carlton began its pre-season with an exhibition match in South Africa against the Fremantle Football Club. Carlton won its first round NAB Cup match against Port Adelaide before losing to Hawthorn the next week.

Carlton showed noticeable improvement during the 2008 Home & Away season, boasting an 10-11 win-loss record after Round 21. Notable wins came against arch-rival Collingwood in round 4 to snap a 14 match losing streak that dated back to mid 2007. There was also a memorable come from behind victory over 2007 runners-up Port Adelaide at AAMI stadium in round 11. The Blues trailed by 30 points at three quarter time and had registered just three goals before piling on seven goals to none in the last quarter to snatch victory. Carlton backed up their early season victory over Collingwood with another come from behind win over the Magpies in Round 12. The Blues spent a week inside the eight after the match. The first time since 2001 that this has occurred in the second half of the season.

The Blues finished their 2008 season with 10 wins and 12 losses to equal their 2004 season. Two losses to arch rival Essendon soured a positive season of rebuilding.


Carlton started the 2009 Season strongly, defeating Richmond in the highly anticipated "Judd vs. Cousins" game in Round 1 by 83 points in front of a bumper crowd of over 86,000, followed by defeating the Brisbane Lions by 19 points, putting Carlton First on the AFL Premiership Ladder for the first time since 1996. However the Blues' positive start was halted by Essendon, who won a classic match in front of over 70,000 spectators by 4 points, and a loss to Sydney. A win over 2008 finalists the Western Bulldogs was followed by losses to 2008 premier Hawthorn (again by 4 points in a thrilling match played in front of a large crowd at the MCG) and Fremantle, leaving the Blues in 7th position on the AFL Ladder one third of the way through the home-and-away season.

Round eight saw a much improved Carlton take on traditional rivals Collingwood, in front of over 82,000 spectators at the MCG. The Blues jumped the 'Pies early, kicking five goals to nil in the first quarter. Carlton were never threatened for the rest of the game, running out winners by 51 points.

The team came crashing back to Earth the following week, with a dismal first half performance in their round 10 clash with Adelaide at AAMI stadium. Half time saw the home team up by 49 points, with Carlton yet to kick a goal. Whilst Carlton improved in the second half, kicking eight goals to seven, the damage had been done and Adelaide ran out winners by 44 points. The very next week however the team bounced back again with a 41 point win over West Coast. The next round Carlton enjoyed a magnificent 6 point win over the Brisbane Lions at the GABBA, The Blues held on just as they let buy 30 points in the last term.Round 15 was a special game as it was a Rite of Passage game. Carlton played Richmond and Brenden Fevola kicked 9.1 (his career best) to help the Blues to a 20 point win.Round 16 saw a clash between Carlton and Sydney. at quarter time, Carlton was in the lead by three points (22-19) but things changed when it came to halftime. at halftime the scores were 30-39 with Sydney in the lead. but that never let the team give up. at the end of the game, Carlton ran out winners by 61 points.Round 17 in front of 84,938, against their old foes in Collingwood, the Blues were only able to manage 4 goals.The Club is playing Finals for the first time in eight years. In the elimination final, the Blues lost against Brisbane by 7 points after leading by 30 points early in the final quarter.On Friday the 9th of October 2009 Carlton traded Brendan Fevola to the Brisbane Lions along with draft pick number 24 in exchange for Lachlan Henderson and draft pick 12.

Princes Parkmarker

The club is based at Princes Park (officially known now as Visy Park in a sponsorship deal) in northern Carlton. The suburb combines the academic air of the nearby University of Melbournemarker with a large quotient of immigrants from Southern Europe, and both groups still leave their mark on the Carlton supporter base. In 2004, then Carlton President Ian Collins began the process with Vice-President Graham Smorgon of reviewing Carlton's continued presence at the ground. It was decided that six home games be played at Etihad Stadiummarker (Docklands Stadiummarker) and five at the Melbourne Cricket Groundmarker. A "farewell" game was played at Princes Parkmarker on Saturday 21 May in 2005.Despite an overwhelming majority of members voting for the home ground move, it was not altogether popular with all club supporters. Training and social club facilities at Princes Park remain. Carlton became the final suburban club to move away from its original suburban home ground. It also ended the only unbroken playing venue link throughout the entire 108 year history of the VFL/AFL.

Works are currently underway to redevelop the ground to make it into an elite training facility for the players. The project will see the currently dilapidated facilities to be replaced with a high-tech gym, indoor swimming pool and medical centre that will rival the facilities of Collingwood's Lexus Centre. The Blues currently have an arrangement that allows the Melbourne Storm NRL club to train, and base its administration offices, at Princes Park. The Storm, 2007 NRL Premiers, hosted a well-attended fan day there after their premiership win. Many Carlton Blues players and officials attended this day, and there is a close relationship between the Blues and Storm administrations and playing staff.

Current playing list

Playing Squad as of October 20, 2009:

Squad changes for 2009



International Scholarship Player



Senior Coach - Brett Ratten

Assistant Coaches - Matthew Lappin, Mark Riley, Brett Montgomery, Robert Harvey

VFL Affaliate - Northern Bullants and Development Coach - David Teague

Development Coach -

Part-time Coaches - Craig Bradley (Midfield Coach), Steve McKee (Ruck Coach)

High Performance Manager - Justin Cordy

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach - Noel McCarthy

Club jumper

The current jumper design consists of a navy blue backing, CFC monogram and AFL logo on front, and bold white numbers on back. The club's current major sponsors are Tourism Malaysia and Hyundai, with Nikemarker as the club's apparel sponsor. For home games, the Hyundai logo is displayed on the front, while 'Malaysia: Truly Asia' is written beneath the player numbers on the back. The sponsors change positions when the club is playing away.

In April 2006, the club announced a "clash" jumper in accordance to the AFL's request that each club have an alternative jumper to be worn against other clubs in similar design. The jumper consists of inverted colours from the regular home season outfit, complemented by blue stripes on the sides. This white jumper was first worn on Friday, 4 May 2007 in the club's 43 point loss to St Kilda at Etihad Stadiummarker.

In 1997, the club played one game in pale blue guernseys to promote the introduction of blue M&M's to Australia. The commercialisation of their famous guernsey was met with some derision

in 2009, the Carlton Blues wore a yellow guernsey with the blue c,f,c, on it against Fremantle at Subiaco. The Club did this to help promote Lance Armstrong's Livestrong campaign to raise cancer awearness..

Club song

We are the Navy Blues is the official club song of the Carlton Football Club. It is sung to the tune of "Lily of Laguna" by Leslie Stuart.


We are the Navy Blues
We are the old dark navy Blues
We're the team that never lets you down
We're the only team old Carlton knows

With all the champions
They like to send us
We'll keep our end up
And they will know that they've been playing
Against the famous old dark Blues!

Club Song

Club mascot

Captain Carlton

VFL/AFL Honour Board

Year Finishing position President Coach Captain Best and Fairest Leading Goalkicker (Total)
1897 7th A.H. Shaw - Jimmy Aitken - Wally O'Cock (13)
1898 7th A.H. Shaw - Ernie Walton - Tommy O'Dea (8)
1899 7th A.H. Shaw - Ernie Walton - Harry Thompson (8)
1900 7th A.H. Shaw - Will Stuckey - Joe Sullivan (18)
1901 7th Robert Heatley - Will Stuckey - Joe Sullivan (14)
1902 6th Robert Heatley Jack Worrall Joe McShane - Fred Webber (11)
1903 3rd Robert Heatley Jack Worrall Joe McShane - Joe Sullivan (27)
1904 Grand Finalist Henry Bourne Higgins Jack Worrall Joe McShane - Mick Grace (26)
1905 3rd W.F. Evans Jack Worrall Jim Flynn - Frank Caine (25)
1906 Premiers W.F. Evans Jack Worrall Jim Flynn - Mick Grace (50)
1907 Premiers J. Urquhart Jack Worrall Jim Flynn - Frank Caine (32)
1908 Premiers J. Urquhart Jack Worrall Fred Elliott - Vin Gardiner (34)
1909 Grand Finalist J. Urquhart Jack Worrall Fred Elliott - George Topping (36)
1910 Grand Finalist J. McInerney Fred Elliott Fred Elliott - Vin Gardiner (42)
1911 4th J. McInerney Fred Elliott Fred Elliott - Vin Gardiner (47)
1912 3rd D. Bell Norman Clark Jack Wells - Vin Gardiner (47)
1913 6th D. Bell Jack Wells Jack Wells - Vin Gardiner (27)
1914 Premiers Jack Gardiner Norman Clark Billy Dick - Bill Cook (27)
1915 Premiers Jack Gardiner Norman Clark Billy Dick - Herb Burleigh (46)
1916 Grand Finalist Jack Gardiner Norman Clark Billy Dick - Vin Gardiner (44)
1917 3rd Jack Gardiner Norman Clark Billy Dick - Billy Dick (22)
1918 3rd Jack Gardiner Norman Clark Rod McGregor - Ern Cowley (35)
1919 4th Jack Gardiner Viv Valentine Charlie Fisher - Charlie Fisher (36)
1920 3rd Jack Gardiner Norman Clark Paddy O'Brien - Horrie Clover
1921 Grand Finalist Jack Gardiner Norman Clark Gordon Green - Horrie Clover (58)
1922 4th Jack Gardiner Norman Clark Horrie Clover - Horrie Clover (56)
1923 7th Jack Gardiner Horrie Clover Horrie Clover - Horrie Clover (28)
1924 7th Jack Gardiner Percy Parratt Paddy O'Brien - Alex Duncan (27)
1925 9th D. Young Paddy O'Brien Jim Caldwell - Harvey Dunn (35)
1926 6th D. Young Ray Brew Ray Brew - Horrie Clover (38)
1927 3rd D. Young Horrie Clover Horrie Clover - Harold Carter (33)
1928 4th D. Young Ray Brew Ray Brew - Horrie Clover (41)
1929 3rd Dave Crone Dan Minogue Ray Brew - Harry "Soapy" Vallence (64)
1930 3rd Dave Crone Dan Minogue Ray Brew - Les Allen (56)
1931 3rd Dave Crone Dan Minogue Ray Brew - Harry Vallence (86)
1932 Grand Finalist Dave Crone Dan Minogue Colin Martyn - Harry Vallence (97)
1933 4th Dave Crone Dan Minogue Frank Gill - Harry Vallence (84)
1934 5th Dave Crone Dan Minogue Maurie Johnson Creswell Crisp Creswell 'Mickey' Crisp (44)
1935 4th Dave Crone Frank Maher Charlie Davey Jim Francis Harry Vallence (66)
1936 4th Dave Crone Frank Maher Jim Francis Ansell Clarke Harry Vallence (86)
1937 5th Dave Crone Percy Rowe Ansell Clarke Don McIntyre Harry Vallence (39)
1938 Premiers Sir Kenneth G.Luke Brighton Diggins Brighton Diggins Creswell Crisp Harry Vallence (81)
1939 5th Sir Kenneth G. Luke Brighton Diggins Brighton Diggins Frank Gill Ken Baxter (65)
1940 5th Sir Kenneth G. Luke Brighton Diggins Brighton Diggins Jim Francis Paul Schmidt (55)
1941 3rd Sir Kenneth G. Luke Percy Bentley Jim Francis Bob Chitty Paul Schmidt (77)
1942 5th Sir Kenneth G. Luke Percy Bentley Jim Francis Jim Mooring Paul Schmidt (47)
1943 4th Sir Kenneth G. Luke Percy Bentley Jim Francis George Gneil Jack Wrout (33)
1944 5th Sir Kenneth G. Luke Percy Bentley Jim Francis,
Bob Atkinson
Bob Chitty Jim Mooring (42)
1945 Premiers Sir Kenneth G. Luke Percy Bentley Bob Chitty Ron Savage Lance Collins (49)
1946 6th Sir Kenneth G. Luke Percy Bentley Bob Chitty Jack Howell Ken Baxter (46)
1947 Premiers Sir Kenneth G. Luke Percy Bentley Ern Henfry Bert Deacon,
Ern Henfry
Ken Baxter (42)
1948 6th Sir Kenneth G. Luke Percy Bentley Ern Henfry Jack Howell Ken Baxter, Ray Garby (39)
1949 Grand Finalist Sir Kenneth G. Luke Percy Bentley Ern Henfry Ern Henfry Ken Baxter (46)
1950 8th Sir Kenneth G. Luke Percy Bentley Ern Henfry Arthur Hodgson Ken Baxter (43)
1951 7th Sir Kenneth G. Luke Percy Bentley Ern Henfry Jim Clark Keith Warburton (48)
1952 4th Sir Kenneth G. Luke Percy Bentley Ern Henfry,
Ken Hands
Ollie Grieve Jack Howell (42)
1953 5th Sir Kenneth G. Luke Percy Bentley Ken Hands Ken Hands Jack Spencer (32)
1954 8th Sir Kenneth G. Luke Percy Bentley Ken Hands Bill Milroy Noel O'Brien (45)
1955 7th Sir Kenneth G. Luke Percy Bentley Ken Hands John James Noel O'Brien (73)
1956 5th Horrie Clover Jim Francis Ken Hands Doug Beasy Kevan Hamilton (22)
1957 4th Horrie Clover Jim Francis Ken Hands Bruce Comben Gerald Burke (34)
1958 7th Lew Holmes Jim Francis Bruce Comben Bruce Comben John Heathcote (19)
1959 3rd Lew Holmes Ken Hands Bruce Comben John Nicholls Sergio Silvagni (40)
1960 7th Lew Holmes Ken Hands Bruce Comben John James Leo Brereton (44)
1961 8th Lew Holmes Ken Hands Graham Donaldson John James Tom Carroll (54)
1962 Grand Finalist Lew Holmes Ken Hands Graham Donaldson Sergio Silvagni Tom Carroll (62)
1963 6th Lew Holmes Ken Hands John Nicholls John Nicholls Tom Carroll (27)
1964 10th Lew Holmes Ken Hands Sergio Silvagni Gordon Collis Ian Nankervis (18)
1965 6th George Harris Ron Barassi Ron Barassi John Nicholls Bryan Quirk (29)
1966 6th George Harris Ron Barassi Ron Barassi John Nicholls Adrian Gallagher (24)
1967 3rd George Harris Ron Barassi Ron Barassi John Nicholls Brian Kekovich (38)
1968 Premiers George Harris Ron Barassi Ron Barassi,
John Nicholls
Sergio Silvagni Brian Kekovich (59)
1969 Grand Finalist George Harris Ron Barassi John Nicholls Garry Crane Alex Jesaulenko (66)
1970 Premiers George Harris Ron Barassi John Nicholls Adrian Gallagher Alex Jesaulenko (115)
1971 5th George Harris Ron Barassi John Nicholls Geoff Southby Alex Jesaulenko (56)
1972 Premiers George Harris John Nicholls John Nicholls Geoff Southby Greg Kennedy (76)
1973 Grand Finalist George Harris John Nicholls John Nicholls Peter Jones Brian Walsh (60)
1974 7th George Harris John Nicholls,
Robert Walls
John Nicholls,
Alex Jesaulenko
Bruce Doull Craig Davis (45)
1975 4th Ivan Rohrt John Nicholls Alex Jesaulenko Alex Jesaulenko Robert Walls (59)
1976 3rd Ivan Rohrt Ian Thorogood Alex Jesaulenko Trevor Keogh Robert Walls (55)
1977 6th Ivan Rohrt Ian Thorogood Robert Walls Bruce Doull Mark Maclure (39)
1978 4th George Harris Ian Stewart,
Alex Jesaulenko
Robert Walls,
Alex Jesaulenko
Trevor Keogh Rod Galt (49)
1979 Premiers George Harris Alex Jesaulenko Alex Jesaulenko Mike Fitzpatrick Ken Sheldon (53)
1980 4th Ian Rice Peter Jones Mike Fitzpatrick Bruce Doull Wayne Johnston (51)
1981 Premiers Ian Rice David Parkin Mike Fitzpatrick Ken Hunter Peter Bosustow (59)
1982 Premiers Ian Rice David Parkin Mike Fitzpatrick James Buckley Ross Ditchburn (61)
1983 5th John Elliott David Parkin Mike Fitzpatrick Wayne Johnston Ken Hunter (43)
1984 4th John Elliott David Parkin Wayne Johnston Bruce Doull Warren Ralph (55)
1985 5th John Elliott David Parkin Wayne Johnston Justin Madden Mark Maclure (48)
1986 Grand Finalist John Elliot Robert Walls Mark Maclure Wayne Johnston,
Craig Bradley
Stephen Kernahan (62)
1987 Premiers John Elliot Robert Walls Stephen Kernahan Stephen Kernahan Stephen Kernahan (73)
1988 3rd John Elliot Robert Walls Stephen Kernahan Craig Bradley Stephen Kernahan (54)
1989 8th John Elliot Robert Walls,
Alex Jesaulenko
Stephen Kernahan Stephen Kernahan Stephen Kernahan (59)
1990 8th John Elliot Alex Jesaulenko Stephen Kernahan Stephen Silvagni Stephen Kernahan (69)
1991 11th John Elliot David Parkin Stephen Kernahan Justin Madden Stephen Kernahan (46)
1992 7th John Elliot David Parkin Stephen Kernahan Stephen Kernahan Stephen Kernahan (83)
1993 Grand Finalist John Elliot David Parkin Stephen Kernahan Craig Bradley Stephen Kernahan (68)
1994 5th John Elliot David Parkin Stephen Kernahan Greg Williams Stephen Kernahan (82)
1995 Premiers John Elliot David Parkin Stephen Kernahan Brett Ratten Stephen Kernahan (63)
1996 6th John Elliot David Parkin Stephen Kernahan Stephen Silvagni Stephen Kernahan (56)
1997 11th John Elliot David Parkin Stephen Kernahan Brett Ratten Anthony Koutoufides (28)
1998 11th John Elliot David Parkin Craig Bradley Fraser Brown Lance Whitnall (46)
1999 Grand Finalist John Elliot David Parkin Craig Bradley Matthew Allan Lance Whitnall (55)
2000 3rd John Elliot David Parkin Craig Bradley Brett Ratten,
Scott Camporeale
Lance Whitnall (70)
2001 6th John Elliot Wayne Brittain Craig Bradley Anthony Koutoufides Matthew Lappin (49)
2002 16th John Elliot Wayne Brittain Brett Ratten Corey McKernan Corey McKernan (40)
2003 15th Ian Collins Denis Pagan Brett Ratten,
Andrew McKay
Andrew McKay Brendan Fevola (63)
2004 11th Ian Collins Denis Pagan Anthony Koutoufides David Teague Brendan Fevola (66)
2005 16th Ian Collins Denis Pagan Anthony Koutoufides Anthony Koutoufides Brendan Fevola (49)
2006 16th Ian Collins,
Graham Smorgon
Denis Pagan Anthony Koutoufides Lance Whitnall Brendan Fevola (84)
2007 15th Graham Smorgon,
Stephen Kernahan,
Richard Pratt

Denis Pagan,
Brett Ratten
Lance Whitnall Andrew Carrazzo Brendan Fevola (59)
2008 11th Richard Pratt,
Stephen Kernahan
Brett Ratten Chris Judd Chris Judd Brendan Fevola (99)
2009 7th Stephen Kernahan Brett Ratten Chris Judd Chris Judd Brendan Fevola (89)


Membership base

As of 21 May 2008, the club has 40,000 members, breaking the previous record set in 2007. The club finished season 2008 with a total of 40,764 members.

Year Members Ladder after Round 22 Final Position
1998 25,402 11th 11th
1999 25,719 6th 2nd
2000 27,571 2nd 3rd
2001 27,735 5th 5th
2002 26,385 16th 16th
2003 33,525 15th 15th
2004 32,445 11th 11th
2005 33,534 16th 16th
2006 28,756 16th 16th
2007 35,431 15th 15th
2008 40,764 11th 11th
2009 43,294 7th 7th

Chief Executive Officers

CEOs since 1980.
Incumbent Term
Jim Allison 1980-1981
Ian Collins 1981-1993
Stephen Gough 1994-1999
John Gurrieri 2000
Don Hanly 2001-2002
Michael Malouf 2003-2007
Greg Swann 2007-

Carlton's Team of the Century

Four Emergencies were also named: (1) Laurie Kerr, (2) Bob Chitty, (3) Horrie Clover and (4) Rod McGregor. The five players with an asterisk(*) are also members of the AFL Team of the Century, the largest number of any AFL Club, with Richmond close behind with 4 players.

Individual records

Most career goals

Player Career Years Goals
Stephen Kernahan 1986-1997 738
Harry "Soapy" Vallence 1926-1938 722
Brendan Fevola 1999-2009 575
Alex Jesaulenko 1967-1979 424
Horrie Clover 1920-1924,

Most career games

Player Career Years Games
Craig Bradley 1986-2002 375
Bruce Doull 1969-1986 356
John Nicholls 1957-1974 331
Stephen Silvagni 1985-2001 312
Justin Madden 1982-1997 287

Individual awards

Best and Fairest Award - John Nicholls Medalists

See John Nicholls Medal

Brownlow Medallists

Player Year Won
Bert Deacon 1947
John James 1961
Gordon Collis 1964
Greg Williams 1994

Norm Smith Medallists

Player Year Won
Wayne Harmes 1979
Bruce Doull 1981
David Rhys-Jones 1987
Greg Williams 1995

Coleman Medallists

Player Year Won
Tom Carroll 1961
Brendan Fevola 2006, 2009

Mark of the Year winners

Player Year Won
Alex Jesaulenko 1970
Peter Bosustow 1981
Ken Hunter 1983
Stephen Silvagni 1988
Matthew Lappin 1999

Allen Aylett Medallists

Player Year Won
Brendan Fevola 2008

Goal of the Year winners

Player Year Won
Peter Bosustow 1981
Eddie Betts 2006

Michael Tuck Medalists

Player Year Won
Craig Bradley 1997
Brendan Fevola 2005
Nick Stevens 2007

Leigh Matthews Trophy winners

Player Year Won
Greg Williams 1994
Anthony Koutoufides 2000

National team representatives (since 2005)

Player Year Won
Matthew Lappin 2005 & 2006
Jarrad Waite 2005
Brendan Fevola 2006
Kade Simpson 2006 & 2008
Marc Murphy 2008

Grand Final Sprint

Player Year Won
Brendan Fevola 2006

Club records


See Carlton Football Club premierships
Premiership Record
Competition Level Wins Year Won

Seniors 2 1877, 1887
VFL/AFL Seniors 16 1906, 1907, 1908, 1914, 1915, 1938, 1945, 1947, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1995
VFL/AFL Reserves 8 1926, 1927, 1928, 1951, 1953, 1986, 1987, 1990
VFL/AFL Under 19s 6 1948, 1949, 1951, 1963, 1978, 1979
VFL/AFL Night/Pre-Season Premierships 4 1983, 1997, 2005, 2007
VFL/AFL McClelland Trophy 5 1969, 1979, 1985 (tied), 1987, 1995
VFL/AFL Minor Premiers 17 1906, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1914, 1916, 1921, 1932, 1938, 1941, 1947, 1972, 1976, 1979, 1981,1987, 1995
VFL/AFL Wooden Spoons 3 2002, 2005, 2006

Finishing positions (1897-2009)

Ladder Position Year (Finals in Bold) Tally
1st 1906, 1907, 1908, 1914, 1915, 1938, 1945, 1947, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1995 16
2nd 1904, 1909, 1910, 1916, 1921, 1932, 1949, 1962, 1969, 1973, 1986, 1993, 1999 13
3rd 1903, 1905, 1912, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1941, 1959, 1967, 1976, 1988, 2000 16
4th 1911, 1919, 1922, 1927, 1928, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1943, 1952, 1957, 1975, 1978, 1980, 1984 15
5th 1934, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1953, 1956, 1971, 1983, 1985, 1994 12
6th 1902, 1913, 1946, 1948, 1926, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1977,1996, 2001 11
7th 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1923, 1924, 1951, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1974, 1992, 2009 14
8th 1950, 1954, 1961, 1989, 1990 5
9th 1925 1
10th 1964 1
11th 1991, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2008 5
12th nil 0
13th nil 0
14th nil 0
15th 2003, 2007 2
16th 2002, 2005, 2006 3

See also


  1. Official Website of the Carlton Football Club History of the Blues Retrieved on 2007-04-15.
  2. AFL Tables Finishing Summary 1897-2006 Carlton and Essendon listed with most premierships at 16 each. Retrieved on 2007-04-15.
  3. AFL Tables Team Win-Loss Records Carlton Win Percentage - 61.19%, second to Collingwood. Retrieved on 2007-04-15.
  4. AFL Tables Carlton Win-Loss Records Retrieved on 2007-04-15.
  5. MCG Football Footy Highlights, Lowlights and Memorable Moments "The 1972 Grand Final resulted in one of the highest aggregate scores in League history. Carlton 28.9.177 beat Richmond 22.18.150." Retrieved on 2007-04-20.
  6. Official Website of the AFL NAB AFL Draft Retrieved on 2007-04-15.
  7. AFL Tables 1995 Season Scores Retrieved on 2007-04-15.
  8. AFL Tables 2000 Season Scores Retrieved on 2007-04-15.
  9. Enough Rope with Andrew Denton John Elliot Interview - 7 April 2003 John Elliott: Let's get it right. Wooden spoon, I resigned. Salary cap breach came after that because some people thought they might not get paid by the new regime
  10. ABC News ABC Radio Transcript "The Australian Football League today charged Carlton with two salary cap breaches in the season 2000" Retrieved on 2007-04-15.
  11. Ethical Sports Business Practices "...a deliberate, sophisticated and elaborate scheme implemented by some former directors of the Carlton Football Club to breach the total players payments provisions of the AFL's Rules'... This cost the club a fine of $930,000 plus an additional fine of $50,000 recently incurred for another salary cap breach and Carlton were also stripped of their draft choices."
  12. Profile of Denis Pagan "Pagan coached the team to the finals for a record 8 consecutive years (including the AFL record of 7 consecutive preliminary finals.)" Retrieved on 2007-04-15.
  13. Full Points Footy Night Series Grand Finals Retrieved on 2007-04-15.
  14. Official Website of the Carlton Football Club 1864-2005 "In round 9 Carlton plays its final game at Optus Oval, an 18-point loss to Melbourne." Retrieved on 2007-04-15.
  15. The Australian Losers all round as Carlton stumbles into spring "Initially Pagan was to be sacked... The board met again on Wednesday and by 7pm announced that Pagan would retain his position." Retrieved on 2007-04-15.
  16. King Richard of Carlton "Richard Pratt has been appointed the new president of the beleaguered Carlton Football Club" Retrieved on 2007-04-15.
  17. Official Website of the Carlton Football Club Steven Icke joins Carlton "Mr Steven Icke has been appointed the General Manager Football Operations with the Carlton Football Club." Retrieved on 2007-04-15.
  18. Official Website of the Carlton Football Club Greg Swann Joins Carlton "The Board of the Carlton Football Club today announced that it has appointed Mr Greg Swann as CEO." Retrieved on 2007-04-15.
  19. "Out of the Shadows", AFL Official Website, 24 July, 2007 Retrieved on 24 July 2007
  20. Australian Stadiums Princes Park Retrieved on 2007-04-20.
  21. Optus Carlton and Optus Take Sponsorship into 2005 "Carlton's final home game at Optus Oval on 21 May 2005 when Carlton play Melbourne in round nine of the AFL season." Retrieved on 2007-04-20.
  23. Official Website of the Carlton Football Club The Carlton Honour Board Retrieved on 2007-04-19.
  24. Blueseum Leading Goalkickers Retrieved on 2007-04-19.
  25. Official Website of the Carlton Football Club 40,000th Member commits to Carlton Retrieved on 2008-05-21.
  26. Official Website of the Carlton Football Club Membership "The Carlton Football Club thanks its 40,764 Members that signed with the Club in 2008."
  27. Official Website of the Carlton Football Club Scored 100 or more goals (1897-2005) Retrieved on 2007-04-14.
  28. Official Website of the Carlton Football Club Played 100 games or more Retrieved on 2007-04-14.
  29. Official Website of the AFL List of Brownlow Medal winners Retrieved on 2007-04-14.
  30. Official Website of the AFL Norm Smith Medalists Retrieved on 2007-04-14.
  31. Official Website of the AFL [ - The Coleman Medal." Retrieved on 2008-06-29.
  32. Brendan Fevola with the Allen Aylett medal

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