1911 SummaryOne of the most significant aspects of the 1911 season was the decision to allow clubs to pay players. The competition had been for amateur up until this point, but allegations existed that most clubs were paying players and hiding the fact. Now all teams had the ability to openly pay the players.
On the field it was an amazingly close start to the season for the Blues with a draw in both Round 1 and 2, and then a 2 point loss to Fitzroy in Round 3.
Despite winning 12 games for the season, and finishing third on the ladder, the Blues never seemed to hit top gear in 1911, dropping the odd games and scraping home in others. The exception to this was the 114 point flogging of St Kilda in Round 15.
Carlton faced Essendon in the Semi Final, but despite leading at every change, Essendon kicked away in the final quarter to finish our season and then went on to win the premiership a week later.
Teams officially wore numbers on their guernseys for the first time in the League during the 1911 final series. This was actually the second time for the Blues - the other was a game against a South Australian side in 1889.
People of 1911Captain and Coach: Fred Elliott
Vice Captain: Billy Payne
Leading Goal scorer: Vin Gardiner - 46 goals
MilestonesDebuts: John Gunter, Fen McDonald, Fred Marriott, Tommy Hughes, Bert Cowley, Billy Dick, Henry Jane, Gordon Green, Herbert Cock, Les Rowe, Viv Valentine, Ned Bowen, Bruce Campbell, Tom Hanson, Harry Matheson and Charlie Taylor
Professionalism In FootballCarlton president, Jack T. McInerney proposed that the League adopt open professionalism. He compared the English system, and recommended the League and Association be combined and two divisions be formed.
To read his article click here> http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article45127078
Blues vs Blue & Whites at Princes ParkApril 22
V. G. Valentine (Devonport) and Leslie Rowe a Carlton junior, both rovers, clashed heads and both received cuts and bruises.
Blue team new men; Bamford, Carroll, Collins, Hanson, Hoare, Johnson, Marriot, Shaw, Taylor, Valentine, Wright
B & W new men; Campbell, Cock, Cooper, Hughes, Jose, Kirkpatrick, Mathieson, Millsom, Millsom, Page, Rowe
vs Fortress Juniors at Princes ParkApril 24 Monday
USA - Field BallMay 26
"The following from 'The Referee's' American commisioner will be read with interest: -
The news that the boys from the Young Australia League, of Perth, Western Australia, are coming to this country has stirred up the school boys who are playing 'field-ball'. The Victorian style of football has been given the distinctive name to avoid confusion with the many other types of football played hereabouts, which includes American, Rugby, Association and Gaelic. Practice has started at all the schools which last year took up the game under the direction of Eric Cullen-Ward, the Sydney youngster, who came here to introduce the game. Ward was helped by Columbia Park Boy's Club members, many of whom picked up a good knowledge of 'field-ball' while on their tour of 1909." (Herald p2)
Further information on Australian Football in the USA can be found here, http://www.academia.edu/12937020/Australian_Football_in_the_United_States_1908-1913
The First Word War would soon put an end these first steps at internationalising the game. One part of Australian football does live on in American Football and that is their use of dividing the game into "quarters."
FootnoteCarlton were third this season on the list for football dividends. The Blues' share was £271.14s. ($543.40)
Collingwood headed the list with £289.16s.6d and Fitzroy were last with £245.17s.3d.