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Carlton Football Club Carlton North, Victoria

The Carlton Football Club, founded in 1864, is the third oldest of the Victorian-based league clubs and in 1897 became a foundation member of the VFL (now AFL). It has been victorious in more Grand Finals than any other club in League history.

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PO Box 83 Carlton North Victoria 3054
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+61 9389 6200; (03) 9387 1400

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Ikon Park 400 Royal Parade Carlton North Victoria

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Poster - Blues Carlton Football Club 1987

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Colour photographic poster

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Team photograph with list of games for 1987 season. From Roger Skien Collection. Back Row (L to R) Jimmy Buckley,Peter Motley, Peter Rohde, Paul Meldrum, Darren Ogier, Ken Hunter, Richard Dennis, Richard Foster, Milham Hanna, David Rhys-Jones, Ian Herman. 2nd Back Row (L to R) Mark Williams, Warren McKenzie, Rhett Baynes, Michael Gallagher, Peter Sartori, Jamie Dunlop, Jon Dorotich, Stephen Silvagni, Ian Aitken, Shane Robertson, Andrew Phillips. Setaed (L to R) Adrian Gleeson, Dean Strauch, Tom Alvin, Brad Shine, Michael Kennedy, Stephen Kernahan (Captain), Justin Madden (Vice-captain), David Glascott, Bernie Evans, Craig Bradley, Wayne Blackwell. Front Row (L to R) Wayne Johnston, Fraser Murphy, Spiro Kourkoumelis, Steven Da Rui, Paul Starbuck, Mark Naley. Insets Des English, Peter Dean, Wayne Harmes.

Scrap Book - 1952 Carlton FC Scrap Book

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Blue Exercise Book

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Collection of Newspaper Articles & Pictures for 1952 Season

Significance

Although not a great season 1952 a great collection of newspaper articles collected by a passionate Carlton Dorothy MacKenzie

Inscriptions & Markings

Picture of Ern Henfry on front Cover

Grand Final 1995 Ticket mounted in plastic - Grand Final 1995

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

A plastic stand with 1995 Grand Final Ticket embedded.

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Ticket for 1995 Grand Final Carlton v Geelong

Significance

Ticket to Carlton's winning 1995 GF, Carlton's 16th Premiership and to date latest (2019).

Leather Football - With Compliments of Carlton FC

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Leather Football

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Souvenir Football 1950s players

Significance

The football is a souvenir football depicting Carlton Office Bearers & Players C1950s

Inscriptions & Markings

Carlton Office Bearers, Players for the season & Carlton FC early 1950s.

Framed photograph - Greg Williams Half of Fame inductee framed commemoration

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Image behind glass frame, no scratches and a gold wooden frame.

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Framed image of Greg Williams kicking a football. The image was to commemorate his induction to the Carlton Football Club Hall of Fame in 1999.

Inscriptions & Markings

Greg Williams 1992-1997 Played 109 Games Kicked 89 Goals Played in Premiership Teams 1995 Best & Fairest 1994 Brownlow Medal 1994 Norm Smith Medal 1995

Membership Ticket - 1939 Carlton FC Membership Ticket

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Small Card Board Ticket

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1939 Carlton FC Membership Ticket

Significance

Carlton FC Membership Ticket 1939 Season depicts VFL fixture Carlton Board for 1939 & members name & address Mrs C Clover 14 Blair Pl Coburg. Membership No. 766. The member maybe related Vice President of the club H R Clover.

Small Paper Booklet - 128th Annual Report & Balance Sheet (1992)

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

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Report Booklet published for use to be presented to members at the AGM 7/12/1992 at Carlton Social Club

Significance

Documents Clubs Financial Position

Colour photograph - Bert Deacon Squad 1990

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Colour photograph mounted on cardboard

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Team photograph. From Roger Skien Collection. Records scores of game - final Scores: Carlton 17-16-118 defeated Richmond 3-5-23. Back Row: Mark Leitch (Trainer), John Bekiaris, Paul Scerri, Matt Shotton, Gavin Green, Andrew Petridis, Danny Waters, Peter Ward, Keith Leitch (head Trainer) Centre Row: Kinnear Beatson (Development Officer), Adam McConnell, Wayne Charlton, Paul Malcolm, Mathew Carmichael, Michael Robertson, Bradley Smith, Tony Jones, Glenn Indian, Danny Corsetti, Patrick Hall, Russell Roberts (Trainer). Front Row: Roger Skien (Team Manager), Paul Mullarvey, Paul Rastevski, Chris Doyle, Darren Sharp (Captain), Trevor Keogh (Coach), Aaron Roche (Vice Captain), Peter Diciero, David Watson, Karson Stimson, Antony Clarkson (Assistant Manager).

Colour Magazine - Footy Record - Round 1 1996 - Carlton vs Collingwood

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Colour magazine

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Footy Record for Round 1 Match - Carlton vs Collingwood Carlton 5.3 9.6 14.11 16.13 109 Sun 31-Mar-1996 2:10 PM Att: 70,152 Venue: M.C.G. Collingwood 2.2 6.7 9.13 12.15 87 Carlton won by 22 pts

Colour photograph - Under 16 Bert Deacon Squad 17 July1991

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Colour photograph mounted on cardboard

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Under 16 Bert Deacon Squad. From Roger Skien Collection. Final Scores Carlton 11-12-78 defeated Richmond 10-6-66. 17 July 1991. Back Row: Damian Lievesley, Travis Keogh, Enzo Tomasiello, Renei Pilapil, Brad Lloyd, Brendan McCarthy, Michael Mobilia, Simon Ockwell. Centre Row: Gerard Murphy (Fitness Adviser and Runner), Nathan Bodey, Shane Thompson, Travis Martin, Dale Richter, Andrei Petersen, Mathew Wallis, Andrew Bishop, Roger Skien (Team Manager) Front Row: Justin Carusi, Malcolm Mackwell, Glen Wallace, Daniel Hargraves (Captain), Trevor Keogh (Coach), Daniel Richards, Jamie Hawking, Shane Crosbie, Toby Evans, Adam Gatherum. Absent: Steve Samie, Ian Morelli

Framed Colour Team Photo - CARLTON FOOTBALL CLUB Phillip U15 Team Schoolboys Carnival 1988

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Framed Team Photo

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Carlton FC U15 Squad for 1988 Carnival

Significance

Colour Photo of players & officials that represented Carlton in U15 Schoolboy Carnival Notable individual Anthony (Kouta) koutoufides Career: 1992 - 2007 Debut : Round 13, 1992 vs Adelaide, aged 19 years, 147 days Carlton Player No. 985 Games : 278 Goals : 226 Last Game : Round 17, 2007 vs St Kilda, aged 34 years, 191 days Guernsey No. 43 Height : 190 cm (6 ft. 2 in.) Weight : 95 kg (15 stone, 0 lbs.) DOB : 18 January, 1973 Premiership Player: 1995 Leigh Matthews Trophy (AFLPA MVP) : 2000 Best and Fairest: 2001, 2005 All Australian: 1995, 2000 Leading Goalkicker : 1997 Club Captain: 2004 - 2006 AFL Hall of Fame Location of Photo the now demolished Robert Heatley Stand change rooms.

Pewter Mug - Carlton Fottball Club 1981

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Pint Pewter Mug

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Carlton Premiership Year 1981

Significance

Souvenir Pewter Mug 1981 Premiership Year Def Collingwood

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1980s Carlton Emblem List of Carlton Players who participated in the game

Match Practice Football

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Leather Football

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Signatures of many Carlton Players mainly 1960s

Significance

Signatures of Players especially 1960s including many Premiership Players. Notable signatures are John Nicholls Captain Coach 1972, Ron Barassi Premiership Coach 1968 & 1970, AlexJesaulenko, Gordon Collis 1964 Brownlow Medalist, John Lloyd Father of to date 2019 Carlton Football Manager.

Inscriptions & Markings

Many Signatures of Carlton players from 60s & early 70s

Hardcover Book - Football Record - First Round - 1967 - Carlton

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Hardcover book, navy blue

Historical information

Hardcover book made in 1967 made to keep original copies of “The Football Record”. This book contains all Football Records relating to Carlton games for the home and away season of 1967. Captain & Coach: Ron Barassi Leading Goal-kicker: Brian Kekovich - 36 goals Best & Fairest: John Nicholls

Football - Optus Farewell Game May 21 2005

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Navy Blue & White Leather Football

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Souvenir Football Optus Oval Farewell Game May 21 2005

Significance

The Football was issued to commemorate Carlton Football Club's last game at Optus Oval/Princes Park in 2005. Farewell Princes Park Damn football! It’s just a game and it’s just an oval; dirt, grass and a few bumbling stands. Oh and there is the ghost of dad standing under the clock, smiling, dancing his jig, God love him, he loved his Bluebaggers. Oh and Pop's over there too, his scissors in his hand; he's rushed across from Lygon Street again to see the boys play. Both, like the ground now, gone for good - never to be seen again though their memories shine still. And then there's me as a lad, surrounded by men, the cans wobbling beneath my feet, my neck stretched up; I can see, I can see Ragsy!!!!!! and brave Gary Crane and Quirky on the wing and…. and it’s just a ground, just dirt and grass and the distant sound of trams. And there I am as a young man standing with my brothers, all of us singing wildly this GF evening as another flag is brought home! And there I am with Keith standing, always beer in hand, and watching Kouta and SOS and dear beloved Motley flying. But it’s only a ground just dirt and grass and late afternoon sun. There I am now, older, sitting beside me is my son, he holds the record and marks the goals, though these come far fewer nowadays. But it is only a ground and dirt and grass and memories that linger and the taste of shared drinks and the voices cheering in the outer. But it is only a ground, a ground whose moment has passed, who’s time in the sun is now time in shadow and no more balls to be bounced on that dirt nor football boots running across that grass, for there will be no more games played at Princes Park. Never again the tram down Royal Parade, never again a beer at The Rising Sun or the sound of the fans cheering madly in front of the Heatley Stand. But it is only a ground only dirt and grass and the memories, the sum total of all of us. I feel like a friend has passed...... Farewell Princes Park, time makes memories out all of us. Contributed by Dannyboy

Inscriptions & Markings

Optus Farewell Game May 21 2005, Carlton Emblem,

Team photograph - Under 19 squad 1985

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Colour photograph mounted on cardboard backing.

Historical information

Under 19 squad 1985, players and officials. Back Row: K. Newman (committee), H. Sternfield (Physiotherapist), G. Zaharakis, B. Comben, A. MacDougall, A. Basset, G. Warry (Development Officer), A. MacKinnon, S. Potter, D. Castledine (Committee). Centre Row: J. Clifton (Trainer), P. Merson, M. Hailes, J. Smith, P. Albon, P. Starbuck, S. McMahon, B. Carter, H. Hetherton, W. Gilbert (Property Steward). Front Row. L. Jones (Head Trainer), R. Skein (Team Manager), J. Vincent (Committee), J. Hullin, B. Whitmore, D. Forbes, W. Burke, C. Thomson, D. Bolzonello (Doctor), J. Baker (Phys. Ed.), A. Espie (Committee), T. McLeod (Trainer), I. Aitken, M. Edwards, J. Dunlop, G. Southby (Coach), M. Hanna (Captain), D. McKay (Assistant Coach), P. Higgins, K. Rainsford, R. Lowrey, R. Walllis (Trainer). Sitting: G. Buck, W. Pepper, J D'Angelo, D. O'Farrell, J. Coburn, J. Cook, K. Lamont. Absent: L. Brunier, A. Dodds, S. Driscoll, D. Fitzgerald, M. Gallagher, G. Hatvani, P. Poursanidis, P. Ricci, A. Scott, D. Zerna, P. Wilkinson, S. Ralph, S. Willox. Note, much of club's correspondence records name as Roger Skien, not Skein as listed above.

Significance

Includes a number of players who went on to play senior football

Colour Magazine - April Edition of the Inside Carlton Magazine 1998

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Colour magazine 32 pages

Historical information

Monthly edition of the CFC 'Inside Carlton' Magazine. Issued on April 5th, 1998.

Book - The Carlton Story

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Hardback Decent condition book

Historical information

The Carlton Story is a hardback book written by Hugh Buggy and Harry Bell. It's talks about the proud history of the Carlton Football Club, as well as outlines some significant moments from the early Carlton days, such as some team photos before games in the late 1800's, as well as images of the 1906, '07 and '08 premiership teams.

Colour Magazine - Inside Carlton August 1997 magazine

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Colour magazine 32 pages

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CFC magazine, August 1997 Edition. Featuring Alex Jesaulenko's mark over Graeme Jenkin on the front cover.

Black & White Photo - The Blue Birds

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Black & White Photo

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Carlton's Cheerleaders sponsored by Dr Geoff Edelsten

Significance

A short lived but significant episode in Carlton FC history, they formed a guard of honour for the players and performed a dance routine. It was Carlton's contribution to bring glitz & glam to the game experience.

Black & White Photos x 2 - John O'Connell

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

2 x Black & White Photos

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Two Pictures of 1972 Premiership Player John O'Connell

Significance

Career : 1970 - 1976 Debut : Round 3, 1970 vs Richmond, aged 18 years, 361 days Carlton Player No. 818 Games : 111 Goals : 0 Guernsey Nos. 50 (1970-71) and No. 19 (1972-76) Last Game : Preliminary Final, 1976 vs North Melbourne, aged 25 years, 149 days Height : 183 cm (6 ft. 0 in.) Weight : 82 kg (12 stone, 13 lbs.) DOB : April 22, 1951 Premiership Player 1972 After starting his career at Carlton as a centreman or ruck-rover at Under-19 and Reserves level, John Michael “Jack” O’Connell found his niche in defence for the Blues and was a creative back pocket in Carlton’s record-breaking 1972 Grand Final victory over Richmond. A dasher who loved to take off on bouncing runs, Jack spent much of his career alongside champion full-back Geoff Southby, with either Vin Waite or David McKay in the opposite pocket. Together, they created a full-back line regarded as among the best in club history. O’Connell’s journey to Premiership glory began during his school days at St Mark’s in Melbourne’s outer north, then at Glenroy YCW and Fawkner. In 1967, aged 17, he joined Carlton’s Under-19s, and by midway through 1969 he was playing Reserves football in guernsey number 50. Early in the following year, a couple of strong showings saw him banging on the door of senior selection, and he was duly rewarded by being named on the bench for his senior debut against Richmond at the MCG in round 3, 1970. For the Blues and their supporters, the game was a forgettable one, because Carlton surrendered a big half-time lead to be beaten by 13 points, and O’Connell wasn’t called on until the dying minutes. Sent back to the Reserves after that one brief taste if the big time, Jack honed his skills and bided his time - for more than a year – while Carlton went on to win the 1970 Premiership. Eventually, he earned a recall midway through 1971, but with a bevy of stars standing in his way, he was a regular reserve until late in the year, when coach John Nicholls – aware that incumbent Ian Collins intended to retire – offered O’Connell a chance in the back pocket. Jack grasped his opportunity with both hands. At 183 cm and 82 kg he was bigger than the average specialist back-pocket of that era, but he gave nothing away in agility. An excellent mark and an accurate kick off either foot, he had settled in beside Southby by the end of that season, playing the last ten games straight. As season 1972 dawned and Collins retired, O'Connell inherited the Blues’ number 19 guernsey and began marking his mark in the Carlton defence. Inspired by Southby’s creativity and Waite’s aggression, Jack was soon a headache for every opposition club. An ankle injury sustained in round 5, 1972 against Collingwood cost him five matches, but he was back to top form by finals time, when Carlton finished the regular season on top of the ladder. In their first final together – the Second Semi Final - O’Connell, Southby and Waite were resolute in a thrilling draw. Richmond won the replay, then Carlton conquered St Kilda in the Preliminary Final to earn another crack at the Tigers in the Grand Final. Opting for a strategy of all-out attack in the flag decider, the Blues blasted off the blocks to kick 8 goals in the first quarter, 10 in the second and 7 in the third to put the game right out of Richmond’s grasp with a full quarter remaining. After coasting to the final siren, the Blues collected their eleventh VFL Premiership by 27 points. Waite was missing from the match, having been injured in the Preliminary Final, but David McKay was a more than adequate replacement, and all three defenders on the last line completed an excellent final series. On the way to another consistent season in 1973, O’Connell strained a thigh in Carlton’s surprise loss to Fitzroy at the Junction Oval in round 16, and wasn’t recalled to the senior side until the Grand Final, when Carlton and Richmond met once more in the 48th match of Jack’s career. A few days beforehand, Barry Armstrong had been ruled out when he was hit by appendicitis, so O’Connell took over Armstrong’s assigned role of negating the Tigers’ star centreman Ian Stewart. Jack stuck to his task all match, but neither he nor his team could hold back a ferocious Richmond side that crashed and bashed its way to victory. O’Connell went on to play in two more finals campaigns in 1975 and ’76 but was denied the joy of another September victory. He brought up game number 100 at Princes Park in June 1976, when Carlton ended a five-game losing sequence to beat Essendon, before calling time on his VFL career after the Blues suffered a heart-breaking 1-point loss to North Melbourne in that season’s Preliminary Final. In 1977 O'Connell was cleared to WAFL club Subiaco. Later he came back to Victoria and coached Diamond Creek to a Premiership in the Diamond Valley League. Then in 1987, the football world was rocked by the news that Jack had been diagnosed with a virulent form of cancer. He fought hard for 18 months, but tragically passed away on the 5th November, 1989 aged just 38. Career Highlights 1971 - 3rd Reserves Best & Fairest 1971 - Reserves Most Improved Player 1972 - Premiership Player Milestones 50 Games : Round 2, 1974 vs Geelong 100 Games :Round 13, 1976 vs Essendon Footnotes Off the field, O’Connell was a quiet, reserved character who, by 1973 had struck a warm friendship with another man of few words in his champion team-mate Bruce Doull. The pair could often be seen together sharing a beer after Sunday morning recovery sessions, and club folklore has it that the only regular conversation to be heard between them was, “it’s your shout.” In 1997, John's son Luke O'Connell joined Carlton, playing eight Reserves games and kicking three goals.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Sun Articles pasted on back of each photo

Colour Magazine - CFC 1991 Annual Report and Balance Sheet

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Historical information

CFC 1991 ANNUAL REPORT & BALANCE SHEET. Documents club staff, players for 1991 season. Includes records of results and award winners etc

Significance

Foreword by President John Elliot

Hardcover Book - Football Record 1992

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Hardcover book, blue

Historical information

Hardcover book made in 1992 made to keep original copies of “The Football Record”. This book contains all Football Records relating to Carlton games for the home and away season of 1992. Coach: David Parkin Captain: Stephen Kernahan Best & Fairest: Stephen Kernahan Leading Goal-kicker: Stephen Kernahan - 83 goals

Framed Colour Team Photo - Phillip Squad - Victorian Schoolboys Under 15 Carnival 1989

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Framed glass, paper and timber team photo

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Carlton FC's Under 15 Carnival Squad

Significance

1989 Carlton's squad for U15 Schoolboy Carnival photo taken on Carlton Ground in front of the now demolished CARLTON SOCIAL CLUB George H. Harris Stand built in 1966

Hardcover Book - Football Record H. & A. 1987

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Hardcover book, blue

Historical information

Hardcover book made in 1987 made to keep original copies of “The Football Record”. This book contains all Football Records relating to Carlton games for the home and away season of 1987. Carlton would win their 15th VFL/AFL premiership, defeating by 33 points in the 1987 Grand Final. Carlton 3.5 6.8 10.11 15.14 104 Sat 26-Sep-1987 2:50 PM Att: 92,754 Venue: M.C.G. Hawthorn 4.2 4.9 7.13 9.17 71 Carlton won by 33 pts Captain: Stephen Kernahan Coach: Robert Walls Leading Goal-kicker: Stephen Kernahan - 73 goals Best & Fairest: Stephen Kernahan

Pewter Mug - TOM ALVIN PERPETUAL TROPHY Presented Latrobe Valley Hyundai

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Pewter Mug

Historical information

Yarra Valley Hyundai presentation to Carlton B&F winner 1997

Significance

A perpetual Trophy presented by a major sponsor Hyundai in the guise of "TOM ALVIN PERPETUAL TROPHY". In 1997 it was presented to Craig Bradley Carlton Best & Fairest winner 1997. Career : 1986 - 2002 Debut : Round 1, 1986 vs Hawthorn, aged 22 years, 159 days Carlton Player No. 931 Games : 375 Goals : 247 Last Game : Round 19, 2002 vs Port Adelaide, aged 38 years, 291 days Guernsey No. 21 Height : 182 cm (5 ft. 11 in.) Weight : 81 kg (12 stone, 11 lbs.) DOB : 23 October, 1963 Premiership Player 1987, 1995 Carlton Legend Carlton Hall of Fame (1995) Best and Fairest 1986, 1988, 1993 All Australian 1986, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 Captain 1998-2002 Team of the Century: Wing International Rules Series vs Ireland : 2000, 2001 (captain), 2002 Off the field, Craig Bradley was a somewhat quiet, unassuming character who never hungered for the spotlight. But when the umpire’s whistle blew for a game of Australian football, he became a consummate professional whose outstanding ball-winning ability, accurate disposal, punishing non-stop running and longevity in the game made him one of the all-time greats. “Braddles” captained the Blues for three years, won two AFL Premierships, and picked up almost every possible honour in a stellar career that spanned 17 seasons and a record 375 games for the Carlton Football Club. He began his football journey at Pooraka in outer-suburban Adelaide, where his father was coach of the Under-19 team. Craig was a stand-out junior footballer, and in 1981 he was recruited by SANFL club Port Adelaide. At the same time, Essendon also made a big pitch for his signature. The Bombers were very intent on getting him to Windy Hill, but Bradley wasn’t then ready to make the big move interstate. Essendon redoubled their efforts after Bradley’s sensational debut year for Port Adelaide, which culminated in the Magpies’ 51-point demolition of Glenelg in the Grand Final. Playing on a wing, but roaming the length of the ground, 17 year-old Bradley was one of his team’s best. He followed up by winning Port’s Best and Fairest in 1982, before departing for England later that year, as a member of the Australian Under-19 cricket team. Cricket was Braddles’ other great sporting passion, and he would eventually play two Sheffield Shield games each for South Australia and Victoria, before giving the game away to further his football ambitions. Because of his cricketing commitments, Bradley missed most of the 1983 pre-season with Port, but it made little difference, because he had another dominant season for the Magpies and was named All Australian for the first time. Two more Port Adelaide Best and Fairests followed in 1984 and '85 – with the latter complemented by All Australian honours again. In that year of 1985, four South Australians were named as All Australians; Bradley, Stephen Kernahan, Peter Motley and John Platten – and to the chagrin and envy of every other VFL club (especially Essendon) the first three all signed to play with Carlton. In the following year that trio of stars took to VFL football like they were born to it, and a time of bubbling confidence began for the Old Dark Navy Blues. Braddles wasted little time in announcing his arrival into the upper echelons of our national game by playing in the 1986 Grand Final in his debut season at Princes Park; the same year he won his first Carlton Best and Fairest award in a tie with Wayne Johnston. The Blues lost heavily to Hawthorn on Grand Final day, but twelve months later bounced back to snatch the 1987 flag from the Hawks in Bradley’s 47th senior match. By then, he was already a budding champion whose amazing stamina was too much for almost every opponent. He simply ran his taggers into the ground, and he was as effective in the last minutes of a game as he was at the start. He won two more Carlton Best and Fairest awards in 1988 and 1993, and by the end of his superb career had been an All Australian six times. Aged 32, he picked up his second Premiership winner’s medallion in 1995 when the unstoppable Kernahan-led Blues demolished Geelong in a one-sided Grand Final, but those who thought he might retire after that triumph were right off the mark. He still had his zip, his footy smarts and his brilliant foot skills, and he had transformed himself from a purely attacking weapon into an equally-effective sweeper across half-back. And to cap off a memorable season, he became one of only a handful of players to be inducted into the Carlton Hall of Fame while still playing out their career. In 1997, at the age of 34, Bradley won the Sunday Age Footballer of the Year award. ”It’s not the end of the world when you reach 30,” he said in a blunt response to those who kept asking how long he intended going on – to his considerable annoyance. After being named All Australian yet again that year, he answered all those sorts of questions when he was appointed captain of his beloved Blues in 1998 – after the retirement of his great mate ‘Sticks’ Kernahan. Braddles led the Blues into another Grand Final in 1999, but the Wayne Carey-inspired Kangaroos proved just too good. Further indication of Craig Bradley’s enduring ability was his record in the often controversial and passionately-contested International Rules Series against Ireland. He first played for his country in 1984, and was recalled again in 2000. He was appointed captain of Australia in 2001, and played a fourth round of matches in 2002 at the age of 38 – a truly amazing achievement. In the millennium year of 2000, the honours kept rolling in for Braddles when he was included in both Carlton and Port Adelaide’s Team of the Century. In turn this raised the usual debate over why he had never won the game’s most prestigious individual award, the Brownlow Medal. The answer was apparently found when former field umpire Peter Cameron was interviewed, and he revealed that during most games, Bradley regularly back-chatted the men with the whistle. “He’s in the umpire’s ear all the time,’ said Cameron. By circumstance, Braddles wore his iconic number 21 guernsey for the last time against Port Adelaide at Princes Park in round 19, 2002. Carlton lost the match by 9 points, and Bradley suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung in a heavy collision. Even so, he was an almost unanimous choice as Best on Ground and was given three Brownlow Medal votes by the umpires. A few weeks later, Bradley’s farewell was typical of his nature. There was no big press conference, no stage-managed extravaganza. Instead, he issued a written statement through the AFL that caught everyone – including the Carlton Football Club by complete surprise. It read (in part); I have many people to thank and will do so in the coming weeks. I would however like to thank the Carlton Football Club and the Port Adelaide Football Club for many wonderful times and for their influence in helping to shape my life. To leave the game with a bit left in the tank and in good personal form makes me feel good. Since the foundation of the VFL in 1897, only three men (Michael Tuck, Kevin Bartlett and Simon Madden) have played more senior games than Craig Edwin Bradley of Carlton. A true Blue champion, he is one of only ten official Carlton Legends, and in 2006 was Carlton’s 17th inductee into the AFL Hall of Fame. In October 2006, it was announced that Bradley would return to the club for season 2007 as an assistant to senior coach Brett Ratten – a role he filled with the same intensity as he showed on the field. Bradley holds the club record for most career disposals, kicks, handballs, & Brownlow votes with totals of 8776, 5876, 2900 & 144 respectively.

Inscriptions & Markings

TOM ALVIN PERPETUAL TROPHY Presented Latrobe Valley Hyundai Best & Donated 1997 Craig Bradley

Black & White Photos - Player's Revue Brunswick Town Hall 1947

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Two Black & White photos with an accompanying letter of origin

Historical information

Photos of Carlton's 1947 players performing a revue at the Brunswick Town Hall.

Significance

The photos depict Carlton players in season performing a ballet at a Carlton social function at the Brunswick Town Hall. Most of the players would represent Carlton in the winning 1947 Grand Final. The players were trained by a professional ballet teacher Mrs Clausen. Compared with current (2019) club social events the revue would be frowned upon due to the risk of injury. The accompanying letter is to Stephen probably Stephen Williamson, Carlton Statistician.

Colour Magazine - Football Record - Grand Final Special Souvenir 1986 - First Edition

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Colour Magazine

Historical information

Football Record - Grand Final Special Souvenir 1986 - First Edition Hawthorn 5.6 8.8 15.9 16.14 110 Sat 27-Sep-1986 2:50 PM Att: 101,861 Venue: M.C.G. Carlton 1.5 4.11 6.13 9.14 68 Hawthorn won by 42 pts

Colour Magazine - The Blues Yearbook 1972

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Colour Magazine

Historical information

Record of 1972 Premiership Year

Significance

Yearbook of 1972 Premiership Season. The foreword is by the Carlton President George Harris

Inscriptions & Markings

Front Cover many player autographs from 1972 playing list including premiership players. 1972 Summary Carlton would win their 11th Premiership by defeating Richmond by 27 points at the MCG. This win would be our 3rd Premiership in 5 years, and from 4 Grand Finals (1968, 1969, 1970 and 1972) in one of the more successful streaks in our Club's proud history. In a high scoring game, Carlton scored 28.9.177 to Richmond, 22.18.150. 1972 marked the introduction of the final 5 for the first time in VFL history, one year too late for the club, which had finished fifth in the previous year. Carlton and Richmond were by far the best two clubs during the home and away season, with the Blues finishing 1st with an 18 win, 1 draw and 3 loss record, 2 points ahead of the Tigers in second place. The club played consistent footy all year, never losing two games in a row. Winning streaks included 5 in a row (rounds 5 to 9) and 8 in a row to finish the last eight home and away games. With the introduction of the Elimination Final for the first time, Carlton was the only club to have a bye in the first week of finals. In the second week, we would meet Richmond after they had comfortably accounted for Collingwood in the Qualifying Final. The Semi Final would be a great game, with the Blues opening a 13 point lead by three quarter time. Richmond would kick 4 goals in the last term to level the match by the final siren, 8.13 (61) being scored by each side. In the Semi Final Replay the Tigers would kick away from the Blues in the second quarter, winning comfortably and advancing directly to the Grand Final. St Kilda were slightly better than Carlton in the first half of the Preliminary Final, holding an 11 point half time lead. The Blues would show why they were currently a competition power in the second half, kicking 9 goals to 5 to beat the Saints by 16 points, and advance to the clubs fourth Grand Final in five years. Carlton would smash Richmond in the Grand Final, kicking 8 goals in the first quarter, 10 goals in the second, and 7 goals in the third to lead by 54 points at three quarter time. The Tigers would kick 7 goals to 3 in the final term to add some respectability to the final score, but the result was never in doubt. Ladder Pos Team Wins Draws Losses Points For Against % 1 Carlton 18 1 3 74 327.275.2237 228.298.1666 134.3 2 Richmond 18 0 4 72 358.321.2469 293.340.2098 117.7 3 Collingwood 14 1 7 58 343.280.2338 246.271.1747 133.8 4 St Kilda 14 0 8 56 283.291.1989 241.275.1721 115.6 5 Essendon 14 0 8 56 333.319.2317 307.298.2140 108.3 6 Hawthorn 13 0 9 52 324.333.2277 295.280.2050 111.1 7 Footscray 11 0 11 44 273.292.1930 289.304.2038 94.7 8 Melbourne 10 0 12 40 290.303.2043 276.273.1929 105.9 9 Fitzroy 9 0 13 36 282.305.1997 296.286.2062 96.8 10 Geelong 7 0 15 28 285.284.1994 344.305.2369 84.2 11 Sth Melbourne 2 0 20 8 206.277.1513 340.283.2323 65.1 12 Nth Melbourne 1 0 21 4 226.272.1628 375.339.2589 62.9 People of 1972 Captain: John Nicholls Coach: John Nicholls Leading Goal-kicker: Greg Kennedy - 76 Best & Fairest: Geoff Southby Leading Brownlow votes: Alex Jesaulenko, Trevor Keogh - 11 Milestones Debuts: Rod Austin, Eric Pascoe, David Dickson, Greg Kennedy Lower Levels Reserves: The Blues also competed in the Reserves Preliminary Final. The team can be viewed here.

Hardcover Book - Football Record H. & A. 1979

Carlton Football Club, Carlton North

Hardcover book, navy blue

Historical information

Hardcover book made in 1979 made to keep original copies of “The Football Record”. This book contains all Football Records relating to Carlton games for the home and away season of 1979. Carlton would win their 12th VFL/AFL premiership defeating Collingwood by 5 points in the 1979 Grand Final. Carlton 0.4 5.7 10.12 11.16 82 Sat 29-Sep-1979 2:50 PM Att: 113,545 Venue: M.C.G. Collingwood 2.2 5.6 7.9 11.11 77 Carlton won by 5 pts Captain & Coach: Alex Jesaulenko Leading Goal-kicker: Ken Sheldon - 53 goals Best & Fairest: Mike Fitzpatrick