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 Mick Malthouse at the helm the future looks bright for the Blues.
Carlton in 2013
The Blues again had 11 wins and 11 losses, technically finishing ninth on the ladder, but AFL sanctions to Essendon which relegated them outside the Top 8, allowed Carlton to gain eighth spot in a finals berth. The Blues defeated the Tigers in an Elimination Final before losing to Sydney in a Semi Final and finished the season off fairly well after an inconsistent year in general.
Club champion Chris Judd had less impact than previous years and new skipper Marc Murphy was also down on his best form due to injury. The inclusions of Dale Thomas and Andrejs Everitt should make the Blues a better side, especially if Thomas can find his best form. A Top 8 finish will be expected at Carlton this season and they will more than likely be thereabouts.
Carlton 2013 Best and Fairest winner: Kade Simpson
The consistent Kade Simpson scored his first John Nicholls medal with 92 votes, defeating runner-up Andrew Walker on 77 votes, with Lachie Henderson finishing third with 71 votes.