History of Carlton Football Club
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History of Carlton Football Club

In this article I have discussed the history of the Carlton Football club. They are based in Victoria a state of Australia. Throughout the years of history names of players and years they played in will be a focus of interest as well as the times as in years of service. If they remained with the club and what part they played in the history. The brand is Aussie rules as opposed to rugby

In Australia, there are several types of football played. In this article aussie rules band football will be discussed. Before federation, which was in 1901, football was played and later as the states were formed presenting borders each state was represented. The Victorian Football league is where Carlton is based where the home ground is Princes Park. There has been great history attached to the club having won the prized premiership cup on sixteen occasions. This is a shared feat with Essendon Football Club.

.Throughout the sixties and seventies all clubs of which there were twelve at that time, had their own recruitment zones. This was a strict format and seemed to work well for most of the clubs. They could also recruit players from interstate if the price was right. This was a great advantage to clubs with good access to cash and credit. Carlton was one that recruited well both local and interstate. This was a reason for the fresh influx of playing groups as well as staff to run the club much like an organization

It was an exciting time for football where the crowds would benefit getting value for money and members were always assured of finals tickets to see the team challenge other finalists for the ultimate day being the last day in September.

One of the most memorable times in the history of the club, was the 1945 grand final.

This was a night game and was of course only covered by radio stations. It was what was remembered to be a blood bath in that it was a very violent match. Carlton eventually won that match. Some years later players to arrive at the club became legends and house hold names. Ron Barassi came from the Melbourne football club.

He would play for a couple of years from 1965 -1968. He became a payer and coach until he retired and continued coaching only. The club’s most memorable of the modern time was the 1970 premiership where Carlton battled Collingwood an archrival. Carlton was the under dog and not favoured to win. At half time Collingwood was 44 points in front and the fans were very confident, some cracking open bottles of champagne celebrating early. In the third quarter Carlton came out all fired up and ready to take on the foe. Carlton seemed to be fresher as they would use hand passing as opposed to kicking to hit targets. We had a fresh exchange of players but would use them later in last quarter.

Carlton had caught up to the deficit by the end of that quarter. The teams would break up for a short interval for a review with their coaches. Return to the match was just as torrid as the previous quarter where they would tackle and bump opposition players and send the football forward to the scoring zone. Carlton introduced Ted Hopkins in that last quarter. He was fresh on the scene and a fast runner who kicked four goals in that last quarter. Carlton won a great match and Hopkins disappeared as mysteriously as he appeared saying he was going back to surfing.

Other legends in Carlton’s history are Alex Jesaulenko who was involved in the 1970 grand final win. In fact, he took the high mark of the year and is still remembered to this day in the archives of the club. There was Wes Lofts who played the full back position, he stayed with the club after retirement and was chairperson of selectors. In the back pocket was Vin Waite a great and dependable player. His son is a current player with the club under the Father and Son recruitment rule. Gary crane was a fine wing player. When he retired, he became chief of a major sports arena. Carlton in those times were considered a wealthy club and would recruit with an open chequebook as well as pay a performance base to players separately. Peter Busustow and Ken Hunter were both recruited from Western Australia and were promising finds.

In fact, Peter Busustow was a freaky type of player mush like Alex Jesaulenko was.

They were both cat like as if they knew where the ball was or where it would go before it got there. They would land on their feet and pounce on any situation.

In Carlton’s recruitment drive, South Australia would be visited. An early player brought to Carlton was Philip Maylin. He was recruited from club Norwood and was a promising player who was dangerous on the forward line. Stephen Kernahan was another who later captained the side to a 1995 Premiership win. Along with Kernahan

There was Stephen Montgomery and Craig Motley who unfortunately was involved in a hit and run car accident as he returned from training. The culprit was never found and Motleys’ playing career ended. The support from the club was overwhelming as the family felt pleased to have gained a team of sons.

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Comments (5)

Interesting history. Thank you Peter. I am always in your friendly support.

Very intersting history! Sometimes they show Australian football here in the states and it looks like a tough game.

Thanks Paul and Joe,yes it is a tough and speedy typeof game, gladyou see it in the states

I learned a lot from your well written article. Thank you.

What a coincidence that we both have a place called Victoria in our local areas. This is new information for me, thanks Peter