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 2014
Carlton had a season to forget winning only seven games and finishing 13th on the ladder. Bryce Gibbs had a breakout season winning the best & fairest and Kane Simpson was reliable all year, while exiting Jarrod Waite was leading goalkicker with 29 goals.
The Blues were dismal early in the season and after making the finals by default the previous season, much was expected of them this season. Superstar Chris Judd returned to some great form later in the year and will play on another season.
It is best to put a line through Carlton's 2014 season for Carlton as one suspects they can only improve in the new season on what they dished up this year.
Carlton 2014 Best and Fairest winner: Bryce Gibbs
Bryce Gibbs won the John Nicholls Medal with 108 votes, defeating runner-up Marc Murphy on 80 votes, with last year's winner Kade Simpson finishing third with 76 votes.