Carlton Football Club
Infobox australian football club
clubname = Carlton Football Club
fullname = Carlton Football Club
motto = Mens Sana In Corpore Sano
season = 2008
position = 11th
founded = 1864
colours = Navy Bluecolor box|DarkBlue
Australian Football League
capacity = 56,000
capacity2 = 28,000
capacity3 = 100,000
url = [http://www.carltonfc.com.au www.carltonfc.com.au]
Carlton Football Club, nicknamed The Blues, is the third oldest club in the
Australian Football Leagueand one of the oldest Australian rules footballclubs. They were the first premiers of any Australian rules competition in 1877, [http://www.carltonfc.com.au Official Website of the Carlton Football Club] [http://www.carltonfc.com.au/carltonfc/Season2007/News/NewsArticle/tabid/4311/Default.aspx?newsId=2467 History of the Blues] Retrieved on 2007-04-15.] and share the most premierships of any VFL/AFLclub. [http://stats.rleague.com AFL Tables] [http://stats.rleague.com/afl/teams/allteams/seasons.html Finishing Summary 1897-2006] Carlton and Essendon listed with most premierships at 16 each. Retrieved on 2007-04-15.] The club originally represented the inner city Melbournearea of Carlton 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.
Formed in 1864, it originally played in the
Victorian Football Associationcompetition. It was invited to join the breakaway Victorian Football Leaguein 1897. The competition was renamed to the Australian Football Leaguein 1990 and is where the club currently resides.
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 Depressionby 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 Langwere 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, [http://stats.rleague.com AFL Tables] [http://stats.rleague.com/afl/teams/allteams/overall_wl.html Team Win-Loss Records] Carlton Win Percentage - 61.19%, second to Collingwood. Retrieved on 2007-04-15.] 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. [http://stats.rleague.com AFL Tables] [http://stats.rleague.com/afl/teams/carlton/overall_wl.html Carlton Win-Loss Records] Retrieved on 2007-04-15.] 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. [ [http://www.mcg.org.au MCG Football] [http://www.mcg.org.au/default.asp?pg=footballdisplay&articleid=38 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.]
The 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 pickprocess. [ [http://www.afl.com.au Official Website of the AFL] [http://afl.com.au/Season2007/News/NewsArticle/tabid/208/Default.aspx?newsId=33841 NAB AFL Draft] Retrieved on 2007-04-15.] In addition all teams are confronted by the rules of the salary capwhich 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. Perhaps the sorest point in the club's history was when long time great Jamie McCarney defected to the Hawthorn Football Club.
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 Swansand St. Kilda. [ [http://stats.rleague.com AFL Tables] [http://stats.rleague.com/afl/seas/1995.html 1995 Season Scores] Retrieved on 2007-04-15.] This record stood until 2000 when rivals Essendon went through the entire season losing only one game against the Western Bulldogs. [ [http://stats.rleague.com AFL Tables] [http://stats.rleague.com/afl/seas/2000.html 2000 Season Scores] Retrieved on 2007-04-15.] Carlton went on to defeat Geelong comfortably in the 1995 Grand Final, with Stephen Kernahan kicking 5 goals.
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. [http://www.abc.net.au/tv/enoughrope/ Enough Rope with Andrew Denton] [http://www.abc.net.au/tv/enoughrope/transcripts/s827222.htm 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] He was succeeded by
Ian Collinsas 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 spoonfor finishing last on the AFL ladder for the first time in its history. Carlton was the last club of the original AFL/VFLteams 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. [ABC News [http://www.abc.net.au/pm/stories/s724244.htm ABC Radio Transcript] "The Australian Football League today charged Carlton with two salary cap breaches in the season 2000" Retrieved on 2007-04-15.] This violattion of the AFL
salary capresulted 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 Goddardand 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. [Aussport.com.au [http://www.ausport.gov.au/fulltext/2003/ascpub/osf/osfdaly2.asp 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."]
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 Paganas 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, [ [http://www.users.on.net/~pwong/profile_pagan.htm 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.] 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.
) 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. [ [http://www.carltonfc.com.au Official Website of the Carlton Football Club] [http://carltonfc.com.au/carltonfc/Season2007/News/NewsArticle/tabid/4311/Default.aspx?newsId=2491 1864-2005] "In round 9 Carlton plays its final game at Optus Oval, an 18-point loss to Melbourne." Retrieved on 2007-04-15.] Carlton had played at Princes Park for 108 years. Carlton now play half of their home games at the Telstra Dome 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. [http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au The Australian] [http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,20371959-12270,00.html 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.] A group of out-spoken and disgruntled former players who were part of the clean-out a few years earlier, lead by
Fraser Brownand Barry Mitchell, wanted to have Pagan replaced by Mitchell as coach for the 2007 season. Brett Rattenwas 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, [ [http://www.ajn.com.au AJN.com.au] [http://www.ajn.com.au/news/news.asp?pgID=2573 King Richard of Carlton] "Richard Pratt has been appointed the new president of the beleaguered Carlton Football Club" Retrieved on 2007-04-15.]
Steven Ickeas Football Manager [ [http://www.carltonfc.com.au Official Website of the Carlton Football Club] [http://carltonfc.com.au/Season2007/News/NewsArticle/tabid/4311/Default.aspx?newsId=39119 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.] and Greg Swannas CEO [ [http://www.carltonfc.com.au Official Website of the Carlton Football Club] [http://carltonfc.com.au/Season2007/News/NewsArticle/tabid/4311/Default.aspx?newsId=39967 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.] 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 Cupcompetition 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 Telstra Dome.
On 24 July 2007, following a loss to the
Brisbane Lionsby 117 points, Denis Pagan was sacked as coach and replaced on an interim basis by Brett Ratten. [ [http://www.afl.com.au/Default.aspx?tabid=208&newsId=47886 "Out of the Shadows", AFL Official Website, 24 July, 2007] "Retrieved on 24 July 2007"] 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 Juddwas 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 Dockers. Carlton won its first round NAB Cupmatch 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.
The club is based at Princes Park oval (officially known now as Visy Park in a sponsorship deal) in northern Carlton. [ [http://www.austadiums.com Australian Stadiums] [http://www.austadiums.com/stadiums/stadiums.php?id=84 Princes Park] Retrieved on 2007-04-20.] The suburb combines the academic air of the nearby
University of Melbournewith 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 Collinsbegan the process with Vice-President Graham Smorgonof reviewing Carlton's continued presence at the ground. It was decided that six home games be played at Telstra Dome( Docklands Stadium) and five at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. A "farewell" game was played at Princes Parkon Saturday 21 May in 2005. [ [http://www.optus.com.au Optus] [http://mobile.optus.com.au/portal/site/aboutoptus/menuitem.813c6f701cee5a14f0419f108c8ac7a0/?vgnextoid=4f3f8336054f4010VgnVCM1000009fa87c0aRCRD&vgnextchannel=aafbfaf924954010VgnVCM10000029a67c0aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default 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.] 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.
There are proposals to redevelop the ground to make it into an elite training facility for the players. The project would see the currently dilapidated facilities to be replaced with a high-tech gym, indoor swimming pool and medical centre that would rival the facilities of Collingwood's Lexus Centre. The project will commence when it receives
Melbourne City Councilapproval which is estimated to be early to mid 2008. 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
Senior Coach -
Assistant Coaches -
Gavin Crosisca, Mark Riley, Brett Montgomery, Robert Harvey VFLAffaliate - Northern Bullantsand 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
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
Optus, Hyundai and Nike. For home games, the Hyundai sponsoring is displayed on the front, while Yes Optussponsoring is 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
"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!
[http://www.blueseum.org/cfc/cfcsongfable.m3u Club Song]
The club mascot is known as 'Captain Carlton' and appears as a superhero dressed in blue.The same person behind the mask has been Captain Carlton for many years. He used to stand on top of 'Optus Oval' and watch the match.
Club Honour Board
Carlton's Team of the Century
Aussie rules team | title = Carlton's Team of the Century:
halfbackflank1 = John James
halfforwardflank1 = Wayne Johnston
ruck = John Nicholls*
interchange2 = Mike Fitzpatrick
interchange5 = Four Emergencies: (1)
Laurie Kerr, (2) Bob Chitty,
interchange6 = (3)
Horrie Cloverand (4) Rod McGregor
David Parkin.The 5 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.
Most career goals
Norm Smith Medallists Allen AylettMedallists Leigh Matthews Trophywinners
Carlton Football Club premierships
Finishing positions (1897-2008)
(*as of 23 September 2008)
List of Carlton Football Club coaches
* [http://www.carltonfc.com.au/ Official Website of the Carlton Football Club]
* [http://www.aroundthegrounds.bellestorie.com/princes/princes.html "Around the Grounds" - Web Documentary - Princes Park]
* [http://www.blueseum.org/ Blueseum - History of the Carlton Football Club]
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