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For his dollar he thus obtains about a guinea's worth - a splendid investment. Of course, everyone realises this puesdo membership affects the gate, but the raison d'etre is that, almost without exception, the clubs are "stony" at the beginning of each season, and this inrush of members of the "almighty dollar" is thankfully accepted to restore a healthy shape to the depleted money-bags."

(Referee May 27 1908, p9)

Total Members


YearNumberCostOther Information
1864---
186540--
1866---
1867---
1868---
186950 (in excess of)--
187050 (in excess of)--
187168--
187293--
1873---
1874200---
18751905/- shillings (50 cents)-
1876---
1877215--
1878291--
1879320--
1880300--
1881---
1882---
1883---
1884-5 shillings-
1885---
1886450--
1887---
1888653--
1889---
18901,186--
1891--Severe economic depression 1891 - 1894
1892---
1893967--
1894604--
1895---
18962985/- shillings (50 cents)-
1897---
1898---
1899---
1900473--
1901---
1902---
1903---
19041,870--
19051,870--
19062,074--
19072,811--
19084,247--
19094,679-Largest m/ship next, South Melbourne 3,767
19103,853--
1911---
19125,000--
19135,098--
19144,977-Revenue: £2,600 Largest membership in the League by 500 Total m/ship 28,363
19153,735-Ticket sales £933 World War 1
1916-- VFL Membership Total 3,469# Revenue: £864 Due to WW1
1917850-Carlton largest membership in VFL by 200. WW1
1918-5/- shillings (50 cents)WW1
1919-5/6 (55 cents)-
19205,6245/6 (55 cents)-
19217,1565/- (50 cents)-
19225,6237/6 (75 cents)-
19236,0307/6 (75 cents)35,540** VFL members. Carlton second highest.
19246,5987/6 (75 cents)37,835** VFL members. Carlton second highest.
1925-7/6 (75 cents)-
19265,4827/6 (75 cents)-
19277,2007/6 (75 cents)-
19287,4007/6 (75 cents)New club record. Largest in the League
19296,470-Great Depression. Aust. economy suffers badly during the 1930's
19305,8448/- (80 cents)-
19314,1008/- (80 cents)-
19325,3828/- (80 cents)Largest m/ship in VFL Australia's unemployment rate 32%
19336,1148/4 (85 cents)Largest in the League
19345,957--
19355,9968/4 (85 cents) child 5/- (50 cents)G. Hooper 50 years a member & E. A. Powell for 57 years
19366,285--
19376,142--
19386,1438/4 (85 cents)-
19397,753-New club record. Largest in the League
19405,937-Australia's unemployment 11% World War 2
19415,834-Second largest. Players paid £3 per match. WW2
19421,971-WW2
19433,7058/6 (85 cents)WW2
19444,747-WW2
19459,61710/6 ($1.05) child 5/- (50 cents)WW2
194610,36510/6 ($1.05) child 5/- (50 cents)New club record. 8,822 adults 1,543 students
194711,213-New club record
19489,821--
19499,94713/6 ($1.35) child 5/- (50 cents)-
195010,05213/6 ($1.35)-
19518,60618/6 ($1.85)-
19529,49122/6 ($2.25)-
19539,37122/6 ($2.25) child 7/6 (75 cents)-
19548,65925/- ($2.50) child 7/6 (75 cents)-
19559,872--
19568,25930/- ($3.00) child 10/- ($1.00)-
19579,474--
19588,718--
19599,42035/- ($3.50) child 10/- ($1.00)-
19608,743--
19618,989--
19628,86640/- ($4.00) child 10/- ($1.00)-
196310,58245/- ($4.50) child 10/- ($1.00)-
196410,18345/- ($4.50) child 10/- ($1.00)-
19658,19160/- ($6.00) child 10/- ($1.00)-
19667,041$6.00 child $1.00-
19677,626$6.00 child $1.00Last year of entry of membership tickets to both home and away games
19685,724$5.00 child $1.00Lowest total since 1944 Entry to home matches only
19699,668$5.00 child $1.50-
19708,678--
197110,019--
197210,065-$6.00 child $1.50
197312,477-New club record
197411,618$9.00 child $1.50-
197511,712$10.00 child $1.50-
19769,548$15.00 pensioner/student $5.00 child $1.50-
197710,145$15.00 pensioner/student $5.00 child $1.50-
197810,003$16.00 student $10.00 pensioner $5.00 child $2.00 -
197912,131$17.50 student $10.00 pensioner $5.00 child $2.00-
198012,029$20.00 student $12.00 pensioner $5.00 child $2.50-
198112,614$25.00 student $15.00 pensioner $4.00 child $3.00-
198213,458 $30.00 student $17.00 pensioner $5.00 child $4.00-
198313,071$40.00 student $22.00 pensioner $7.00 child $5.00-
198412,723$40.00 student $22.00 pensioner $7.00 child $5.00-
198513,571$40.00 student $22.00 pensioner $7.00 child $5.00-
198615,279$40.00 student $22.00 pensioner $7.00 child $5.00New club record
198711,118$48.00 concession $ 22.00 -
198810,877$50.00-
198910,343$54.00-
199010,457$58.00-
199112,736--
199212,354--
199314,856--
199415,113--
199518,581-New club record
199623,278-New club record
199724,984-New club record
199825,402-New club record
199925,719-New club record
200027,571-New club record
200127,725-New club record
200226,503--
200333,253-New club record
200432,445--
200533,534-New club record
200628,756--
200735,341-New club record
200839,360-New club record
200943,294-New club record
201040,296--
201143,771-New club record
201245,800-New club record
201350,561-New club record
201447,485--
2015 47,305--
201650,202--
201750,557--


    • Excludes Melbourne
  1. Referee August 18 1917 (p1)







1864: not available
1865:40
1866:
1867:
1868:
1869: 50 (in excess of)
1870: 50 (in excess of)
1871: 68
1872: 93
1873:
1874:
1875: 200; membership cost 5/- (5 shillings = 50 cents)
1876: 190
1877: 215
1878: 291
1879: 320
1880: 300
1881:
1882:
1883:
1884:
1885:
1886: 450
1887:
1888: 653
1889:
1890: 1,186
1891:
1892:
1893: 967
1894: 604
1895:
1896:
1897:
1898:
1899:
1900:
1904: 1,870
1905: 2,074
1907: 2,811
1908: 3,523
"But the term member is somewhat of a misnomer. There is no form of election, but the member elect planks down five shillings for a piece of cardboard, which franks him into the reserve on the local ground, and into the popular portion of the opposing ground.
For his dollar he thus obtains about a guinea's worth - a splendid investment. Of course, everyone realises this puesdo membership affects the gate, but the raison d'etre is that, almost without exception, the clubs are "stony" at the beginning of each season, and this inrush of members of the "almighty dollar" is thankfully accepted to restore a healthy shape to the depleted money-bags."
(Referee May 27 1908, p9)
1909: 4,000
1910: 3,853
1913: 4,660
1914: 4,977 Revenue: £2,600 Carlton had the League's largest membership by more than 500.
1915: 5,000
1916: **** Revenue: £864
1917: 850 Carlton had the League's largest membership by more than 200.
1918: cost 5/-
1919: cost 5/6 (55 cents)
1920: 5,624 cost 5/6
1921: 7,156 cost 5/-
1922: 5,623 cost 7/6
1923: 6,030 cost 7/6
1924: 6,598 - see season 1924 for a list of all League club's memberships.
1925:
1926: In April said they will easily have more than last year. Gate receipts £2460 VFL record.
1927: 7,200 cost 7/6
1928: 7,400 (club record). Gate receipts £2436 (Most membership in the VFL)
1930: 5,844 cost 8/-
1931: 4,100
1932: 5,382
1933: 6,114 cost 8/4 (Most membership in the VFL)
1934: 5,957
junior tickets introduced during the 1935 season
1935: 5,996 cost 8/4 Adults (children 5/-)
1936: 6,285
1937: 6,142
1938: 6,143 Cost 8/4 (84c)
1939: 7,752 club and V.F.L. record.
1940: 5,937
1941: 5,834 £2187 cost 8/6 Adults (children 5/-) Essendon topped the list with 6,415 Carlton second. (another report said 4,553) Players were paid £3 per match.
1942: 1,971
1943: 3,705 8/6 (85 cents)
1944: 4,747 Gate Receipts: exceeded £2,500
1945: 9,617 cost 10/6 Adults (children 5/-) Players paid £7/12/6 per match (League record) £3 per match, £2 into Provident Fund, & share of £500 supporter donation.
1946: 10,365 (record) 8,822 adults & 1,543 students
1947: 11,213
1948: 9,821
1949: 9,947 cost 13/6 Adults (children 5/-)
1950: 10,052
1951: 8,806 cost 18/6
1952: 9,491
1953: 9,371 cost 22/6 Adults (children 7/6)
1954: 8,659 cost Adults 25/- (children 7/6)
1955: 9,872
1956: 8,259 cost 30/- Adults (children 10/-)
1957: 9,474
1958: 8,718
1959: 9,420 cost 35/- Adults (children 10/-)
1960: 8,743
1961: 8,989
1962: 8,866 cost 40/- Adults (children 10/-)
1963: 10,582 cost 45/- (children 10/-)
1964: 10,183
1965: 8,191 cost 60/- (£3) Adults (children 10/-)
1966: 7,041 cost $6-Adults (children $1)
1967: 7,626
1967 was the last season that membership tickets admitted to both home and away matches
1968: 5,724 cost $5 Adults (children $1)
1969: 9,668 cost $5 Adults (children $1.50)
1970: 8,678
1971: 10,019
1972: 10,065 cost $6 Adults (children $1.50)
1973: 12,477
1974: 11,618 cost $9 Adults (children $1.50)
1975: 11,712 cost $10 Adults (children $1.50)
1976: 9,548 cost $15 Adults (children $1.50)
In 1976 a new type of membership was introducted pensioners/students $5
1977: 10,145
1978: 10,003 cost $16 Adults
1979: 12,131 cost $17.50 Adults
1980: 12,029 cost $20 Adults
1981: 12,614 cost $25 Adults
1982: 13,458 cost $30 Adults
1983: 13,071 cost $40 Adults
1984: 12,723
1985: 13,571
1986: 15,279 (New Club Record)
1987: 11,118 cost $48 Adults
1988: 10,877 cost $50 Adults
1989: 10,343 cost $54 Adults
1990: 10,457 cost $58 Adults
1991: 12,736
1992: 12,354
1993: 14,856
1994: 15,113
1995: 18,581 (New Club Record)
1996: 23,278 (New Club Record)
1997: 24,984 (New Club Record)
1998: 25,402 (New Club Record)
1999: 25,719 (New Club Record)
2000: 27,571 (New Club Record)
2001: 27,725 (New Club Record)
2002: 26,503
2003: 33,252 (New Club Record)
2004: 32,445
2005: 33,534 (New Club Record)
2006: 28,756
2007: 35,431 (New Club Record)
2008: 39,360 (New Club Record)
2009: 43,294 (New Club Record)
2010: 40,296
2011: 43,771 (New Club Record)
2012: 45,800 (New Club Record)
2013: 50,561 (New Club Record)
2014: 47,485
2015: 47,305
2016: 50,202
2017: 50,557

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