1927 SummaryAfter a 1 point loss in the first round to South Melbourne, Carlton won 7 of their next 8 games leaving the Blues in fifth place, 1 win from top spot on the ladder and only percentage off of second place. In the second half of the season the club was still competitive, winning 6 of 9 games to finish the home and away season in fourth place.
Carlton played Richmond in the first Semi Final, and lost by 6 points (12.10 82 to 11.10 76) in a close, see-sawing game in front of 63,620 at the MCG. This displayed the drawing power of these two clubs, with the highest other final drawing a crowd of only 40,595. Carlton was officially classified 3rd for the season.
Alex Duncan was named as the club's outstanding player for the season, finishing second in the Brownlow Medal. A full list of Carlton's votes in the prestigious medal can be found here.
People of 1927Captain: Horrie Clover
Coach: Horrie Clover
Leading Goal-kicker: Harold Carter - 33 goals
S.C.G. Attendance; 21,229 Takings; 1,184 Pounds
Backs; N. Blackmore, F. Donoghue, F. Irwin
Half Backs; F. Gilby. M. Beasy, D. Kelleher
Centre; J. Kelly, J. Watson, V. Arthur
Half Forwards; E. Brewis, H. Clover (Capt.), N. Collins
Forwards; G. Styles, L. Johnson, C. Davey
Followers; F. Connell, C. McSwain
Rover; T. Downs
Carl. 3.3 6.5 7.6 11.10.76
Geel. 2.1 4.6 6.6 9.6.60
Goals; Davey 4, Clover 3, Johnson, McSwain, Styles, Downs.
Best; Gilby, Downs, Kelleher, Beasy, Clover, Davey, Styles, McSwain.
Carlton played New South Wales team at the Erskinville Oval
Umpire; B. Coleman
Backs; Brewis, Blackmore, Irwin
Half backs; Gilby, Kelleher, Beasy
Centres; Kelly, Watson, Arthur
Half forwards; Fitzgerald, Clover, Brew
Forwards: Johnson, Davey, Styles
Followers; Connell, McSwain
Carl; 4.1 5.3 10.10 16.11.107
NSW; 1.1 5.3 7.5 7.8.50
Goals; Downs 4, Davey 4, Styles 3, Connell, McSwain.
Best; Downs, Davey, Clover, Kelleher, Beasy, Styles, Blackmore, McSwain.
MilestonesDebuts: Allan Skehan, Charlie Davey, Frank Mount, Bill Downie, Vin Arthur, Tommy Downs, George Gough, Maurie Johnson, Denis Kelleher, Jim Shanahan, Frank Seymour, Bill Donald, George Hawking, Les Johnson, Tom Kennedy
Gate Receipts & MembershipCarlton's share of gate receipts for the 1927 season, rounds 1 - 18 was £2,417
This was second behind Geelong's £4,439
Membership subscriptions amounted to £2,750
Player PaymentsCarlton players received a flat rate of £3/10s ($7.00) per match, in addition a bonus of £2/10s ($5.00) for every match played, emergencies 25s ($2.50), players not selected £1 ($2.00) for training expenses.
Carlton paid £2,892 to it's players.
This was the highest in the League ahead of Richmond with £2,845.
Lowest of the 11 clubs was Hawthorn with £1,007 (Melbourne's total was not available)
All players on the list received a trip to Sydney in August which cost the club £620
Lower LevelsReserves: Carlton won the Reserves premiership in 1927, our second in succession.