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On This Day: 11th September

A huge day today in front of a massive crowd at the MCG. Carlton playing the old enemy Essendon in a final. We have played Essendon once before on this day, way back in 1909. It was a win, lets hope that is a good omen.

Semi Final, 1909

Carlton 4.1 25 7.4 46 12.7 79 14.8 92
Essendon 3.1 19 5.1 31 6.2 38 9.2 56
Venue: MCG Date: 11 September 1909
Result: Win by 36 points Umpire: J Elder Crowd: 39,584
Goalkickers: F.Caine 3, F.Elliott 2, H.Kelly 2, G.Topping 2, G.Bruce 1, M.Gotz 1, F.Jinks 1, J.Marchbank 1, G.Johnson 1.
Best: A.Lang, G.Johnson, M.Gotz, C.Hammond, J.Baquie, A.Ford, G.Bruce.
Reports: Injuries: Jinks



Game Review

Carlton was by far the stronger side in this contest, winning all over the ground. Fred Jinks sustained an early injury which immobilised him, but despite this the Blues were never challenged. Billy Payne took the field for Carlton with great bravery, he had received medical advice warning him that a knock to his infected eyes could result in the loss of his sight. He went on to be one of the Blues best.



Preliminary Final, 1915

Carlton 3.3 21 3.8 26 5.12 42 6.18 54
Fitzroy 1.2 8 4.5 29 4.6 30 5.8 38
Venue: MCG Date: September 11, 1915
Result: Win by 16 points Umpire: Elder Crowd: 30,678
Goalkickers: V.Gardiner 2, G.Green 2, A.Sharp 1, C.Fisher 1.
Best: B.Robinson, P.O'Brien, A.McDonald, G.Challis, V.Gardiner.
Reports: Injuries:


Game Review

This game was a hard fought struggle for both teams, with Fitzroy taking it up to Carlton. Fitzroy actually held a half-time lead, and while the Blues had the better of the third quarter, the Lions came at us early in the last quarter. Our lead would be reduced to 4 points late in the last term, but a late goal would seal the victory for Carlton.

Poor kicking throughout the game by the Blues had enabled Fitzroy to stay in touch, and the win should have been more comfortable. Carlton would advance to its second consecutive Grand Final with a chance to defend the premiership it had won the previous year.



Semi Final, 1993

Carlton 1.3 9 4.7 31 8.7 55 13.8 86
Adelaide 2.4 16 2.9 21 5.16 46 8.20 68
Venue: Waverley Date: September 11, 1993
Result: Win by 18 points Umpires: P.Carey & H.Kennedy Crowd: 59,233
Goalkickers: C.Bradley 5, S.Kernahan 3, B.Heaver 2, A.McKay 1, J.Madden 1, A.Gleeson 1.
Best: C.Bradley, A.McKay, S.Silvagni, G.Williams, J.Madden, A.Christou, M.Hogg. Reports: Nil Injuries: Nil


Game Review

This was a tight, tense game. The Blues would play defensive football to shut down the dangerous Crow forward line, keeping Modra to 2, and always try to bring the ball to ground. 10 rushed behinds for the Crows underlines our defence’s ability to get it through the sticks from hard effort – 8.20 is a little misleading.

Adelaide would play smart with ruckman David Pittman taking Stephen Kernahan and limit his influence to 3 goals. With the Captain held, our goals had to come from other avenues, and up stood Craig Bradley with 5 for the day, 3 of them all on the run in the third quarter which effectively kept Carlton in the game.

The Crows would keep coming but Carlton would tighten up and toughen it out to move into the 1993 Grand Final.

But everyone’s favourite memory would be Harry’s run. Ruckman Justin Madden would take the handball, bounce, baulk his own shadow and roost a goal from 50 to bring the house down!



Semi Final, 1999

Carlton 7.5 47 10.7 67 13.12 90 18.16 124
West Coast 2.4 16 5.6 36 8.8 56 10.10 70
Venue: MCG
Date: 11 September, 1999 Result: Win by 54 Points
Umpires: McKenzie, McLaren, Kennedy Crowd: 55,682
Goalkickers: Hickmott 3, Whitnall 3, Beaumont 2, Hamill 2, Lappin 2, Ratten 2, McKay 1, Rice 1, Sexton 1, Silvagni 1.
Best: L.Whitnall, B.Ratten, A.Hickmott, C.Bradley, F.Brown, M.Allan, M.Lappin, A.McKay. Reports: Nil Injuries: Nil


Game Review

The Blues would win their way into a Preliminary Final showdown against Essendon with a 9 goal victory over the Eagles. Carlton were helped by the idiosyncrasies of the finals system, which dictated that the MCG must host at least 1 final each week – by rights, the final should have been played in WA. Michael Sexton scored the first goal for Carlton to trigger a powerful performance.

West Coast's Ashley McIntosh had been in career best form this year & was widely tipped to be the All-Australian full back yet was soundly beaten by Aaron Hamill in Carlton's win over the Eagles in Perth earlier in the year. The same was to take place this day as again Hamill was instrumental in setting up an early lead & led McIntosh "a merry dance".

This match was notable as being the last match Michael Malthouse coached for West Coast – he would move on to Collingwood in 2000, being replaced by Ken Judge.

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On This Day: 13th August

Round 15, 1910

Carlton 2.1 13 6.7 43 8.8 56 11.12 78
University 1.6 12 1.8 14 3.11 29 6.14 50
Venue: Princes Park Date: August 13, 1910
Result: Won by 28 points Umpire: Elder. Crowd:
Goalkickers: V.Gardiner 5, J.Baquie 2, M.Gotz 1, E.Jamieson 1, J.Marchbank 1, A.McDonald 1.
Reports: Injuries:


Game Review

Carlton recorded another strong win in this match over University. However, perhaps, the game might be more famous for something else! As uncovered by historian Craig Mackie in his article 'Doug Fraser and the Bribery Scandal of 1910' for the Blueseum:

The following is what surely must be one of the first recorded instances of an Australian Rules Footballer utilising what is known today as "The Big Don't Argue":

"It was on the whole a good clean game, though strenuous beyond question. There was very little to complain of in the individual play on either side, the most marked exception being when Fraser, of Carlton, jammed his hand in the face of Elliott, of University. It was certainly not fair and manly play, and Carlton supporters were relieved when, after the game was over, the delegates reported that the field umpire (Elder) had announced that he had no charge against any of the players. There was evidently a fear that Fraser's momentary violence might have got him in trouble, and perhaps it would be well for him to remember that the fear was certainly not foundationless..." (The Age: 15th August 1910)

Round 20, 1983

Carlton 4.1 25 5.3 33 15.6 96 20.9 129
Hawthorn 6.5 41 9.11 65 11.15 81 15.22 112
Venue: Princes Park Date: August 13, 1983
Result: Win by 17 points Umpires: A.Bryant & I.Robinson Crowd: 28,504 Receipts; $83,468
Goalkickers: W.Johnston 4, R.Ashman 4, A.Marcou 3, P.Bosustow 2, K.Hunter 2, F.Marchesani 2, S.Koukoumelis 2, M.Maclure 1.
Best; W.Johnston, A.Marcou, G.Southby, S.Kourkoumelis, W.Harmes, K. Hunter, D.Glascott, F.Marchesani, D.English, M.Bortolotto.
Reports: Jim Buckley (Carlton) by field umpire A.Bryant for allegedy striking Peter Schwab (Hawthorn) with left clenched fist to the head during the second quarter - 2 Week suspension  
Injuries: V.Perovic (ribs), B.Doull (back), R.Ashman (leg)


Game Review

A great victory in what would prove to be our last "Championship quarter" against the hapless Hawks. Bruce Doull like the cat he was, dodged a Leigh Matthews elbow during the last quarter celebration of this victory. For such a great player, Matthews was unnecessarily violent.

Spiro Kourkoumelis played probably his best game for the Blues, starring in the midfield during the 2nd half comeback.

This game is remembered fondly by Carlton fans, and is considered one of our best wins in the Home & Away rounds of the 1980's. For more games like this, please click here. In fact, we would love to hear from anyone who can count down the 10 third quarter goals we scored to take this game...

Wayne Johnston's performance in the centre during the third quarter against Hawthorn on Saturday had to be seen to be appreciated. Johnston not only picked up 12 kicks in that quarter but was the driving force behind the Blues getting back into the match. He was here, there, everywhere in an effort to lift his side. Hawthorn centreman, Terry Wallace, certainly knows how to pick up possessions but, being creative is just as important as winning the ball. Johnston, of course, is a great finals player and, when he sets his mind on something in football, he can be devastating. He could have a big say in this year's finals - if the Blues can hold off the Collingwood challenge over the next fortnight. - Jim Main Inside Football 

''Dynamo Johnno sparks Blues!
It's no wonder they call Wayne Johnston "The Dominator". He dragged Carlton from the depths of despair to beat Hawthorn by 17 points at Princes Park on Saturday. Johnston was well held by Peter Schwab in the first half, but took over when he was shifted to the centre. Yes, he absolutely dominated the position. Carlton players who had been on the missing list suddenly appeared - no doubt by his brilliance. The poor old hawks didn't have a feather to fly with after a magnificent third quarter during which Carlton kicked 10 goals to Hawthorn's two. But it wasn't just the Johnston move that turned the tide for the Blues. Switching Ken Hunter to the forward line and Wayne Harmes into defence also worked wonders. Well-tagged in the first half, there was no holding them in the second. Carlton has become famous for many facets of the game, but it has a great reputation for third quarter bursts. I believe Carlton fans lie in wait expecting their heroes to show up at that stage. They certainly didn't let them down on Saturday. The Blues played the sort of football I defy any team to counter. When they got their run-on game going, little men like Alex Marcou, Wayne Johnston, David Glascott and Rod Ashman seem to have twins on the ground. There's no doubt that the way Carlton is playing at the moment, winning the flag from fifth place could be a piece of cake. I bet the rest of the five hopes Collingwood takes its place in the next two weeks. The difference would be like strawberry jam compared to bread and dripping. I've come to the conclusion the only way to stop the Blues is to leg rope them. If any side is to have a chance, it has to be a 100 per cent concentration job, man on man, not giving an inch for the entire game. The Hawks did that for half the game on Saturday, then sat back and relaxed because they were 32 points points in front. They became over-confident, started backing their judgement and chasing kicks and trying to do all those weird wonderful things that make a team look pretty. Unfortunately, that doesn't win games against the Blues. - Lou Richards with Michael Horan The Sun Newspaper.''

Round 20, 1988

Carlton 5.7 37 9.13 67 15.17 107 20.21 141
North Melbourne 3.3 21 8.11 59 14.14 98 20.17 137
Venue: Princes Park Date: 13 August, 1988
Result: 4 point win Umpires: P.Cameron & H.Kennedy Crowd: 16,723 Gate: $30,670
Goalkickers: S.Kernahan 5, J.Dorotich 4, F.Murphy 4, A.Gleeson 2, M.Naley 2, W.Johnston 1, P.Sartori 1, I.Herman 1.
Best: C.Bradley, A.Gleeson, F.Murphy, J.Dorotich, J.Madden, P.Meldrum, D.Glascott and S.Kernahan.
Reports: Nil
Injuries: W.Blackwell (twisted ankle) & T.Alvin (thigh).

Game Review

Carlton scraped home against North Melbourne, who had nothing to lose, in a high scoring match at Princes Park. Led by Kernahan with five goals - and fellow forward Dorotich with four, Carlton held off North who kicked six goals in the last quarter.

Some may remember this game for the time clock going 36 minutes in the final term - just enough time for Adrian Gleeson to snap a goal off the pack in the last seconds. Fans from the day recall that the feed-out to Gleeson came from none other than Luke O'Sullivan on debut.

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On This Day 6th August: Doull’s 300th Game

Round 15, 1938

Carlton 4.5 29 9.9 63 14.9 93 19.12 126
Fitzroy 2.3 15 5.5 35 9.9 63 11.10 76
Venue: Brunswick St Date: August 6, 1938
Result: Win by 50 points Umpire: Crowd: 17,000
Goalkickers: H.Vallence 11, M.Price 3, R.Cooper 2, H.Hollingshead 2, F.Anderson 1.
Reports: Injuries:


Game Review

Yet again, champion spearhead Harry Vallence dominated this match at Brunswick St. In his 199th senior game for Carlton - at the age of 33 years and 63 days - 'Soapy' kicked 11 goals as the Blues comfortably accounted for Fitzroy.

Meanwhile, at Corio Oval, Geelong knocked over Footscray in a thriller, and gave Carlton an 8-point buffer on top of the ladder.

Round 19, 1983

Carlton 6.6 42 9.11 65 18.13 121 25.18 168
St Kilda 3.2 20 5.6 36 7.10 52 8.13 61
Venue: Princes Park Date: August 6, 1983
Result: Win by 107 points Umpires: D.Smart & M.Westgarth Crowd: 19,203 Receipts: $33,875
Goalkickers: R.Ashman 3, S.Kourkoumelis 3, M.Fitzpatrick 2, P.Bosustow 2, J.Buckley 2, R.Burke 2, F.Marchesani 2, M.Maclure 2, M.Williams 2, J.Madden 2, M.Buckley 1, D.Glascott 1, A.Marcou 1.
Best: S.Kourkoumelis, B.Doull, D.Glascott, R.Ashman, J.Madden, A.Marcou, J.Buckley.
Reports: Injuries:


Game Review

St Kilda were hammered by the Blues for a third time in eight years when the two teams met once more at Princes Park. Adding to a joyous celebration of champion defender Bruce Doull’s 300th game, Carlton unleashed a trademark third-quarter blitz of nine goals to snuff out the Saints’ hopes, and the final margin was a new record 107 points.
In a very even team performance, ruck-rover Spiro Kourkoumelis stood out. Gathering possessions at will, he kicked three goals, while nine other Blues scored two or more, in a heavily one-sided contest.

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On This Day: 29th July

Round 15, 1921

Carlton 4.4 28 6.13 49 11.17 83 18.21 129
St Kilda 1.0 6 1.1 7 2.3 15 2.3 15
Venue: Princes Park Date: July 29, 1911
Result: Won by 114 points Umpire: Crowd:
Goalkickers: V.Gardiner 10, M.Gotz 2, G.Green 2, T.Clancy 1, T.Hughes 1, F.McDonald 1, R.McGregor 1.
Reports: Injuries:




A St Kilda side weakened by the absence of several players on strike were put to the sword and resulted in Carlton's first triple figure winning margin.

Vin Gardiner set a new Carlton record with 10 goals. It could have been many more as he also finished with 12 behinds.

Gardiner blooms as Carlton goalkicker
Carlton full-forward Vin Gardiner kicked a freakish ten goals 11 behinds in the Blues romp over strike-depleted St Kilda at Princes Park. This was the first double digit score by a Blue, beating 'Silver' Caine's eight in 1907. Carlton beat the hapless Saints by 114 points. Younger brother of Jack Gardiner, Vin moved the opposite way to him, and crossed from Melbourne to Carlton in 1907, and played in the 1908 premiership. - 100 Years of Australian Rules Football.

Round 14, 1961

Carlton 1.1 7 3.2 20 5.7 37 7.9 51
Footscray 5.2 32 7.4 46 11.7 73 12.11 83
Venue: Western Oval Date: July 29, 1961
Result: Loss by 32 points Umpire: Crowd: 21,639
Goalkickers: T.Carroll 4, I.Collins 1, M.Cross 1, B.Williams 1.
Reports: Injuries: Pavlou (knee)



This wretched loss at the Western Oval didn't just signal the conclusion of Carlton great Bruce Comben's career, it also saw the end of promising youngster Chris Pavlou's all too brief foray into the VFL.

In the middle of his best year of football, Pavlou wrenched his knee in an incident on the boundary line, and was forced into premature retirement at the age of only 22. For more on Pavlou and this game, click here.

Round 17, 1972

Carlton 3.4 22 7.8 50 13.11 89 17.17 119
Geelong 1.2 8 5.7 37 7.9 51 9.13 67
Venue: Kardinia Park Date: July 29, 1972
Result: Win by 52 points Umpire: P.Sheales Crowd: 24,797
Goalkickers: G.Kennedy 4, R.Walls 4, S.Jackson 2, P.Jones 2, J.Nicholls 2, B.Armstrong 1, D.Dickson 1, A.Gallagher 1.
Best: T.Keogh, R.Walls, A.Jesaulenko, G.Southby, D.Dickson, B.Armstrong.
Reports: Injuries:



Carlton's effort in crushing an enthusiastic Geelong at Kardinia Park came as expected. The obvious reason for the tremendous effort was the indifferent performance the Blues produced against Essendon last week. Big John Nicholls had plenty of ammunition to stir up the Carlton players and they did not let him down. In fact, Carlton's players were so enthusiastic and desperate that a couple of them couldn't tell the difference between the colours and fought amongst themselves. There is no doubt Carlton is packed with talent and when nearly half the team can each gain more than 20 kicks it means the Blues are not relying on any individual to fire them. With fellows like Alex Jesaulenko, Syd Jackson and Adrian Gallagher all pin-pointing the ball right to the player's chest it makes it hard for the opposition to get its fair share of the ball. - Polly Farmer; The Australian.

Round 17, 1989

Carlton 6.5 41 8.8 56 11.13 79 15.16 106
Melbourne 0.6 6 3.10 28 5.18 48 10.19 79
Venue: Princes Park Date: July 29, 1989
Result: Win by 27 points Umpires: I.Clayton & P.Carey Crowd: 20,277 Gate: $53,134
Goalkickers: S.Kernahan 4, J.Dorotich 4, M.Naley 2, C.Bradley 2, R.Dennis 1, A.Gleeson 1, S.Verbeek 1.
Best: S.Kernahan, P.Dean, S.Da Rui, J.Dorotich, J.Madden, G.Hawker.
Reports: Nil.
Injuries: Nil.



Stephen Kernahan produced another wonderful display up forward, with 17 kicks, 10 marks and four goals, as the Blues beat top five-placed Melbourne in one of the club's best displays of the season. Kernahan got solid support in attack from Jon Dorotich who also booted four goals.

Carlton's rugged, solidly built defender Steve Da Rui started his own wrecking machine against the opposition captains this round. Starting with Melbourne skipper, Greg Healy, Da Rui would crunch and stretcher over the next three weeks the opposing team's captain. Whether it was by accident or design, only Da Rui could tell. But to be hit by him, you stayed hit, all these "hits" were legitimate hip and shoulders.

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On This Day: 23rd July

Today marks the 90th anniversary of a remarkable individual record for the Carlton Football Club. On this day in 1921 against St Kilda, Carlton centre half forward Horrie Clover kicked 13 goals in what is still to this day the single best individual goalkicking acheivement from a Carlton player in the history of the club.

The fact that it happened in 1921, a time when goals were much more scarce than today makes it even more incredible.

Horrie Clover was a champion of our club who played 147 game and kicked an amazing 397 goals mainly as a centre half forward. Sadly he never tasted premiership success playing in our team from 1920 to 1931.

This from the Blueseum:

From Maryborough in central Victoria, Horrie enlisted in the 1st AIF in September 1915. After basic training, he embarked for France with reinforcements for the 7th Battalion in January of 1916. Soon pitched into the horrors of trench warfare, he fought and survived until September of that year, when he was transferred to a machine gun company and promoted to the rank of Corporal.

On Christmas day, 1916, Horrie was struck down with acute appendicitis. He was evacuated to a field hospital for emergency surgery, where the doctors discovered that his appendix was gangrenous and that his life was in danger. He was immediately transferred to London for specialist treatment, and months of recuperation. Pronounced unfit for further front-line service, he was repatriated back to Australia in August 1917, and honourably discharged in May of the following year – six months before the Armistice.

Having recovered, and keen to have a crack at senior football, Clover trained with Richmond and Melbourne before Carlton gave him an opportunity at VFL level. And how he delivered! In his first match in 1920 – ironically, against Richmond - he kicked four goals from centre half-forward, and hit the post three times! By the end of his first season at Princes Park, Clover was one of Carlton’s drawcards. Former Australian Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies was just one of the many Carlton fans who were captivated; “he was the most artistic of high marks, unforgettable at half-forward,” said Menzies.

Horrie could kick a football, too. A balanced, deceptively quick mover, he was a glorious running drop-kick for goal. Playing against Richmond again at Princes Park in July, 1921, he let fly with a monster kick that was later measured at 86.26 metres – that’s 94 yards, 2 feet in imperial terms! And there are numerous other instances where he roosted the ball more than 70 metres. In round 12 of 1921, he slotted 13 goals in a game against St Kilda; a club record which still stands today.


To gain further insight into the man read the wonderful article 'A Letter From Horrie' which outlines a heartfelt letter Horrie wrote to a fan in a time of pain.

An extract:

Prior to our trip to Sydney I was not very hopeful of our team winning the Premiership simply because I did not think that our team was good enough, but later in the season I was of the opinion that our team was on the improve whilst others were losing form and thinking this years premiership might be easily won. I was very hopeful of our team succeeding, although I always had my doubts regarding a few positions in our side when the pinch came in the second round. 

Personally I played the last three games under great disabilities, but I struggled on, in the hope of recovering from my injuries whilst I continue to play.

At Hawthorn I had a nerve in the hip shattered and this prevented me training to any great extent, in act, I couldn’t run on training afternoons. I couldn’t sleep at night and certainly was not fit to play in any of our matches following our Hawthorn engagement.

I didn’t have a good nights rest for three weeks owing to the aching hip and leg similar to nemalgia and ‘the spot’ on my hip was so sore to the touch that I would hop if it was touched by a finger.

In each of the three matches I played with the hip trouble, I had it knocked and consequently it did not have a chance to mend up and in the semi final I received two hard knocks on that sore and sensitive spot before the game had been in progress five minutes and in the last quarter I fell very heavily on my ‘lame’ hip which caused me agonizing pain.

Horrie was a veteran of WWI, and served his country with distinction reaching the rank of Corporal. After fighting in the trenches in France, Horrie was struck down with acute appendicitis which became gangrenous and resulted in months in hospital and finally a discharge. Horrie was no stranger to pain.

In these circumstances you can imagine my feelings after the match. 

Carlton lost the semi-final to Richmond by just one goal. Amazingly, despite his injuries, Horrie managed to kick three goals in the game. If it were not for the injury he might have tasted that premiership success he so dearly wanted but sadly never experienced.

I was broken down physically and dejected and disappointed mentally, so much so that I couldn’t rest for days, my brain was in a whirl and my leg ached and ached.

My good wife brought me your letter on the Tuesday morning I think – which I read before rising from my bed. I think I read it two or three times. It comforted me.

Numerous eulogistic references have been made in newspapers, letters and speeches to my ability as a footballer, many of them I think, undeserved, but I value your letter more than any of them, and I will keep and treasure it as my best and most appreciative football “souvenir”.

It is enticing to speculate that the letter Horrie refers to is still a Clover family keepsake. Perhaps another mystery for the Blueseum to explore.

I have received hundreds of letters from good friends many of whom –like yourself – I have never met, and I sincerely appreciate them all and am delighted to know that my play and conduct on the field has appealed to so many football enthusiasts, but the circumstance connected with your letter together with the evident sincerity, hearty good will, and human understanding of the wise and also the many appreciative references to my ability and conduct elevate it to the highest point in my estimation.

I must apologise for wearying you so with these details but I trust that you will understand my feelings in the matter and be assured that your letter brought a ray of sunshine to a sad and disheartened footballer.

Thanking you again most sincerely.

I remain yours faithfully.

H.R. Clover.

This letter reveals an intelligent, modest and empathetic man who was obviously shattered at getting so close to the ultimate success and his body not allowing him to get there. It would be another 11 years before the Blues would once again taste the ultimate success. Not through any fault of fine men such as Horrie Clover.

This record has managed to stand proud for 90 years it may stand for many more. It is something that should be acknowledged and appreciated.

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