The Carlton Football Club was founded in 1897 and with a record equalling 16 VFL Premierships (along with Essendon Football Club), their first premiership victory was in 1906, are one of the leading sporting clubs in Australia and the world.
Nicknamed the ' Blues’, they played the majority of games at Princes Park (aka Optus Oval), but now play their home games at Etihad Stadium (formerly Telstra Dome) and the MCG. Club colours are navy blue and white with a distinctive CFC on the front of the jumper.
Carlton supporters come not only from all over Australia, but from around the world, and they have long been one of the most powerful clubs in the league. In recent times the club has not tasted much success, but with champion player Chris Judd leading the way at Carlton, the future looks very bright for the Blues.
Carlton in 2012
After smashing Collingwood early in the season it looked like being a belter of a year for the Blues, but injuries to key players such as Marc Murphy, Kade Simpson and Jarrad Waite throughout the year, plus the loss of Chris Judd to suspension for 4 weeks hurt them badly and they only won 11 games.
The latter season form of Brock McLean was a bonus for Carlton and under new coach Mick Malthouse they will be expected to finish much higher up the ladder in the 2013 season.
Carlton 2012 Best and Fairest winner: Heath Scotland
Consistent defender Heath Scotland won the best and fairest with 362 votes, defeating Eddie Betts on 353 votes. Outgoing Captain Chris Judd finished third on 334 votes.