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Pre VFL Players         Menu Page: Players of the Carlton Football Club in the Pre-VFL era

Pre VFL Players

The names below are players who have been named in Carlton teams, Carlton team squads, or Second Twenty/Reserves, in practice, pre-season, exhibition and club matches, or reported to have been recruited by Carlton, up until the end of season 1896.

As the newspaper reports of the day mostly only mentioned the player's surname, and there are many same named players playing around the same era, some player's game entries may be incorrect.
Without the first name being available has required some calculated guess work.


Due to work commitments, (most people worked on Saturday), and the transport difficulties of the time, sometimes players named in the teams were unable to play and the emergencies, or, in the early years, even substitutes from the crowd had to be used.

Many first names and other details are not known.
If you can help with the missing names, dates of birth and or death, other information or images, if you have a relation, or you know of someone who played for the Blues and their name is not here, please contact Blueseum. www.blueseum.org/tiki-contact.php
Many missing Carlton players' details have now been sourced from "Origins of Australian Football" Volumes 1 - 5.

Below are the names of 1,028* players who are known to be listed for the Blues from 1864 to the end of 1896. (Some Senior and many Second Twenty or Reserve teams are missing so this number in incomplete.)
The club was lax at sending the Second Twenty match lists to the newspapers. Most other teams' squads regularly appear, not so the Blues.

At the top left hand corner of the bio pages Senior Games and Goals are mostly shown, but some entries include games against Junior teams as well. Junior teams had nothing to do about the age of its players. They were teams that were not Senior clubs such as Carlton, Melbourne, South Melbourne etc. For example, Essendon was a junior team for the first five years of its existence before gaining Senior status in 1878. Their inaugral match was against the Carlton Second Twenty (or Reserves) in 1873. When the Senior clubs played a junior club they played against odds. The junior club was allowed to have three or four extra players on the field.

Some players on their bio page have been named in the Reserves and/or Second Twenty teams, there is no difference, it is the same competition.
In addition, listed separately at the bottom of this page are the 29 players who are known to have made the transition from the VFA to the VFL in 1897

In his final Volume (5) of "Origins of Australian Football" Mark Pennings has named 601 of these 1,057* players to have played Senior football, or named in Senior squads, for the Blues up to the end of season 1896.
The 29 players who transitioned from the VFA to the VFL are included in the 601.
In the following 122 seasons of VFL/AFL 1897 - 2018 another 1,170 players have played Senior football. So in the 154 years of the Carlton Football Club at least 1,771 men have played senior football for the Blues.

.*This tally has not been finalised.
Image Symbol: (I or i) following a player's name indicates that there is an image of that player on his bio page. (to be completed)


Jack Conway, the man who made Carlton what it is, though they never properly acknowledged it.”

"Old 'Un" - The Footballer, 1876 p16


"Carlton, with its old-time memories and latter day deeds, occupies an enviable position in the world of football."

"Observer" - The Argus, June 21 1909


"Melbourne clubs have histories, but no members are prouder of their club's past than the Carltonians."

"Rambler" - The Referee, Sydney, March 03 1915


"CARLTON has many fine traditions one dating back to the days of George Robertson, George Coulthard, Paddy Gunn, and then on through Jack Baker, Sam Bloomfield, 'Gib' Currie, Tom Blake, Jim Flynn, and his great team, is characteristic - it is the spirit of never being beaten. No matter what the odds, Carlton may always be relied on to give it's best on the biggest occasions.''

''Old Boy" - The Argus, August 31 1924



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ABBOTTABSOLOMADAMS, JADAMSON, Dave (I)
ADAMSON, HADAMSON, RAGG, RAGIS
AITKENAITKEN, Robert (I)AITKEN, TALLAN, James (I)
ALLEN, TommyALSOP, Fred (I)ALYWIN, HarryAMESS, Alex
AMESS, JAMESS, RANDERSON, TANNISTER
ARAM, Tom (I)ARCHERARDENARMSTRONG, F
ARMYTAGE, JARNOLD, JARNOTTASHBURNER, P
ASHTON, FASHTON, E (Ernie (I)ATKINSON, GeorgeAUGUSTINE
AZZOPARDI, Angelo J. (I)

B

BACKHOUSE, Charles (I)BAILEY, Jack (I)Bailey, William 'Billy'BAKER, Fred (I)
BAKER, Jack (I)BALHARRY, Harold (I)BALLANTYNE, JimBANNER
BANNISTER, Harry (I)BANNONBARFOOT, WiltonBARNETT, B
BARRASSBARRASS, CharlesBARRASS, Edward 'Ted' (I)BARROW
BARRYBARRY, HBARRY, JBASIL
BATESBATTERS, 'Dolly' Walter (I)BEARY, Tom F.BEATTIE
BEDFORDBEDGGOOD, DanBEERE, BobBEGGS, William (I)
BellBELL, GBELL, George (I)BENNETT, S
BENNETT-BERNSTEIN, Fairleigh (I)BERRY, Alfred "Dolph" (I)BEVERIDGE, Alexander (I)
BEVERIDGE, W (I)BILLIARDBILLYEALEBIRCH, Joe
BISHOP, EBISMIRE, FBLACK, JBLACKHAM, John (I)
BLACKHAM, FBLAKE, James J (I)BLAKE, Michael P. (i)BLANCHARD, John (i)
BLANSHARD, CharlieBLEASDALE, TBLOOMFIELD, Sam (i)BONITCHA
BONNERBOSTONBOSWORTHBOULTER
BOURKE, DBOWEN, JBOWEN, George F. (I)BOWES, J
BOX, John T.BOXHALLBOYDBOYD-
BOYD, WBOYLE, Harry F. (I)BRACKEN, Loch J.BRACKEN, 'Billy' .W (i)
BRADSHAWBRAGGE, George (I)BRASHERBRAY
BRAZIL, WBREARLEYBREENBREMNER
BRENDEL, EdwardBREWERBRIANBRISBANE, T
BROACHBRODIE, RBROMLEY, HarryBROOKES, Eddy M. (I)
BROOKS, WBROWNBROWN, -BROWN, +
BROWNE, JamesBROWNING, GeorgeBROWNING, WBRUCE
BRUCHEBRUFORD, Fred H.BUCHANBUCHANAN
BUDDBURKE, DBURKE, PBURNS, J. H.
BURNS, Peter (i)BURNS, TBURROWS, EBURROWS, G
BURROWS, HBURSTONBURTONBURWOOD, Edwin
BUSHAWBUSHBYBUSHELL, TomBUTCHER
BUTLER, ABUTLER, DBUZOLICHBYRNE
BYRNE, James (i)

C

CADERCAFFERYCAIRNCALDER
CAMERON, James 'Ducky'CAMERON, JohnCAMERON, RCAMERON, Tom 'Little Ducky'
CAMPBELLCAMPBELL, WCANNONCARCUR
CAREWCARLYLE, HCARR, JCARROLL, Jack (i)
CARSONS, RCARTER, Charles (i)CARTER-CASSELLS
CATERERCAVANAGH, Chas.CAVINCHADWICK, Harry
CHADWICK, William J. (i)CHARLESCHARLES-CHAUTEUR
CHESSELL, Charles L.CHESTERCHRYSTALCLANCY, T
CLARKCLARKE, JCLARKE, Jim E.CLARKE, William
CLAYCLINTONCLYDESDALE, DavidCOADE, J
COFFEY, Frank (i)COLESCOLLINS, BCOLLINSON
COLSON, WilliamCONNARTHYCONNAUGHTON, AndrewCONWAY, A
CONWAY, Frank (i) CONWAY, HenryCONWAY, Jack (i)COOK, George
COOK, John G.COOLEYCOOMBE, George (i)COOPER, A
COOPER, Bob CORFIELDCOULSON, Albert (i)COULSON, Charles (i)
COULTHARD, George (i)COULTHARD, WilliamCOVENTRY, Alick (i)COVENTRY, Edward (i)
COXCRANECRAPP, Henry 'Ivo' (i)CRAPP, William H. (i)
CRAWFORD, ACRAWFORD, H. F (I)CREEVY, JCROCKET
CROHANCROMPTONCROOKCROSBIE
CROUCHCROWLEY, JosephCULLEN, GCULMSEE, William E.
CUMMINGSCUNNINGHAMCURRIECURRIE, 'Gib' (i)
CURTISCURTIS, ArthurCUTTLE, George

D

DAFFDALEYDALGLEISHDALTON, Jack
DALTON, BillD'ARCYDAVEYDAVIE, J
DAVIESDAVIS, George A.DAVIS, WDAWSON, Joe
DEANDEANEDEDMAN, Billy (I)DEELY
DEELEYDELEGANNADENNINGTONDERAVIN
DIBBINDICKENSDICKENSON, SamuelDILLON
DISHER, DDISMORR, Francis A.DISMORR, James S. (I)DISMORE, A
DOBSON, E. (I)D'OLIVERADOLPHINDONALDSON, Billy (I)
DONALDSON, CDONALDSON, GDONALDSON, RobertDONNING
DONNOLLYDONOHOO, Sydney J.DONOVAN, Charlie (I)DONOVAN, Jack (I)
DORAN, JDOWLINGDOWLING, JDOWNES
DOWNINGDRAKE, GDREW, H (I)DUCKETT
DUNCAN, GDUNCAN, Dr. Jim C.DUNSMORE, JDUNN
DUNN, JDUNNSDWYER

E

EADIE, JohnEAGEREBSWORTHECK
EDWARDSEGANEKINS, SELLIOTT, A
ELLIOT, EELLIOTT, Jack (I)ELLISELLIS, James (I)
EMERYEMMETTENGLISHENNIS, Tom

F

FAIRLYFAIRNIEFARQUAR, JohnFAVINIE
FELSTEADFERGUSON, DFINLAY, WilliamFINN, Edmund jnr (I)
FINNFISHERFISHER, DFITZGERALD
FITZGERALD, EdgarFITZGERALD, HFITZGERALD, JFLANNERY
FLEMINGFLEMING, RFLETCHERFLOWERS
FLOYDFLYNNFOGARTYFOOTE
FORBES, AFORD, AlexanderFOREMAN, PeterFORRESTER, Charles (I)
FORSTERFOX, ThomasFRANKS, FrederickFRAYNE, Alex
FRAYNE, Dick (I)FREEMAN, BillyFREETH, AlbertFREW
FUHRHOP, Harry (i)FULLARTON, Robert 'Jack'FURNEAUX, H

G

GAGGIN, William W.(I)GALLAGHERGARDINER, James (I)GARDINER, Jim
GARDINER, John (I)GEDDES, Jack (I)GELLATLEY, A. 'Dick' (I) GIBBINS
GILBERT, IanGILCHRIST, NGILESGILL
GILLMAN, 'Frank'GILMOURGLASSCOCK, WilliamGLEESON, Patrick
GLENNON, JamesGODDARD, AGODING, Abraham GOER, H
GOER, WilliamGOODALL, FrankGOODDY, AlfredGORDON
GORDON-GORDON, W. H.GORMAN, AGORMAN, H. W
GORMAN, Tom (i)GORMAN, W. 'Bill'GOUGHGOURLAY, Robert
GRACEGRAHAM, J GRAHAM, WGRANT, Edward
GREEN, EGREEN, HGREEN, WGREENSMITH
GREENWOOD, DGREGORYGREIG, RGREY, R
GREY, WGREY, SammyGRIFFITHS, AlbertGROVES
GUESTGULLAN, JamesGULLAN, Robert "Bob"GUNN, Fred W. 'Paddy'
GUNN, PaddyGUY, Harry

H

HADFIELD, AHADLEYHALESHALIBURTON
HALKERSTONE, WilliamHALKINSHALLHALL-
HAMBLYHAMILTONHANNAH, WilliamHANNAYSEE, William 'Billy'
HANSFORDHARPERHARRIS, FHARRIS, J. G
HARRIS, WHARRISONHARTHART, E. T
HARTLEYHASSETT, WHASTINGSHASTINGS, Henry
HATCH, W. H.HAWKINSHAYERHEALEY
HEALY, JHEATLEY, RobertHEATLEY, WHEDRICK
HEGARTYHELLWIG, Herman (i)HEMS, HarryHENDERSON, R. C.
HENRY, AHENRY, Joe H.HENRY, W. CHENSLEY, Bill
HEWITTHICKFORDHIDDLESTONEHILLSDEN, Charlie
HILLSDEN, FrankHILTONHINGESHIPE, Billy
HODGKINSONHOGGAN, JimHOLDENHOLT
HOOKE, JHOOPERHOPE, TomHORAN, Thomas
HORAN, JamesHOUSTONHOUSTON, -HOY
HUGHESHUGHES, AHUGHES, PHUNTER
HUTCHINSON, THUTCHISON, DanHYLANDHYNELAND

I

ICKEILMANINGRAM, JamesIRWIN

J

JACKSON, CJACOBSJACOMB, John NewtonJAMES
JAMES, BenJEKJEPSONJOHNSON
JOHNSTON, FrankJOHNSTONE, HJOHNSON, WJONES, W
JONESJONES-JONES, AJONES, D
JONES, EJONES, JasperJONES, Richard 'Dick'JONES, W
JONSONJOYCE, Jack (I)JOYCE, Thomas (I)

K

KEANE, JackKEEFEKEENAN, TKELLY, J
KELLY, John P.KELLY, TomKELLY, WalterKEMP, J
KENDALLKENDALL, JackKENDALL, TomKENNEDY, Adam
KENNEDY, George D.KENNEDY, JackKENNEDY, KirkKENNEDY, S
KENNEDY, ThomasKERRKIDD, RKIDNEY, J
KILLIGREWKIMPTONKINGKINNANE
KINSELLAKIRK, RKNEEN, BillyKNEEN, W
KNOTTKNOWLES, AlfKNOWLES, RKNOWLES, T
KNOX

L

LACEY, BillyLACEY, PeterLACEY, TLAMBERT, James
LAMOND, WLAMPARDLANELANGLEY, L
LANGRIDGELANNANLANYON, FrancisLATIMER
LAUNDERS, TLAURIE, RLAWLEACH
LEACH, JLECKIE, Jack (I)LEITH, Jack (I)LEMON, M
LENNON, JLEONARD, William H.LETCHER, Charlie (i)LEWELLYN, J
LEWISLEWIS, ALEWIS, Jimmy LEYDEN
LEYDIN, TommyLINDSAY, EdwardLITTLELOCKE
LOCKSTONLOEL, HerbertLONGLONG, P
LONGSTAFFLORDING, AlfredLORRAINE, JackLOVE
LOVELLLOWE, JLUCASLUMSLEY, E
LUSIESLUXONLYLELYNCH
LYNDSAYLYONS, F

M

MacGIBBON, JohnMACKIE, GMADDENMAIR, Alex
MALONEY, JMALONEY, TimMANCHESTERMANLY
MANUELS, FMAPLESTONEMARIE, HMARKHAM
MARKSMarshallMARSHALL, Theophilis S.MARSHALL, Walter C.
MARTIN, JMATHIESON, J. CMATHIESON, T 'Baby'MATTHEWS, S
MAYNARDMcAINSH, JMcARTHUR, SMcCAFFERY
McCALLUMMcCARTHYMcCARTHY, JMcCARTHY, M
McCARTHY, TomMcCARTHY, WMcCARTIEMcCLAVERTY
McCLUMPHA, EdgarMcCLURE, W. H.McCORMACKMcCORMICK
McCRACKENMcCRACKEN, ThomasMcCULLAGHMcDONALD, Frank
McDONALD, JMcDONNELL, MartinMcDOWELL, AlexMcELHEMY, J
McENTEE, JMcEWANMcFARLAND, CurtisMcFARLAND, Robert
McFARLANEMcGILL, GeorgeMcGRATHMcHARG, Andy
McHARG, JackMcINERNEY, JackMcINERNEY, Mick McINERNEY, Thomas
McINERNEY, TimMcINTEE, JMcINTOSHMcINTOSH, Fred
McINTOSH, JMcINTYRE, JackMcIVORMcKAY, Henry J. "Bonner" (I)
McKECHNIE, Wally (I)McKENZIE, Alex "Dookie" (I)McKENZIEMcKEOWN
McKINLEYMcLAURIEMcLAWRINMcLEAN
McLEAN-McLEODMcMICHAEL, AlfMcMICHAEL, Sam
McMILLAN, TMcNAMARAMcNAMARA, MMcNAUGHTON, N
McNEIL, JMcOWAN, IslayMcPHEE, JMcPHERSON
McRAEMcRAILEMcSHANE, JMcSHANE, Phil (I)
McSHANE, Tom (I)McSWEENEY, WMcWILLIAMS, JMEANEY
MEARS, WMEEKSMELLING, EdwardMELVILLE, Charles
MELVILLE, John 'Jack' (I)MEMMOTTMENZIESMERRIFIELD
MERRYMANMERTONMETHERALLMILES
MILLERMILLWOODMINNISMINNOTTI
MINOGUEMINOGUE, MichaelMITCHELLMITCHELL, J
MITCHELL, HenryMOLONEY, BillMONAGHANMONIE, Billy
MONIE, CMONK, FrederickMONTGOMERYMOODY
MOODY C. J.MOONEYMOORMOOR, W
MOOREMOORHOUSE, Arthur 'Arty'MOORHOUSE, James 'Jigger' (I)MORDERN, John T.
MORGANMORGAN, RMORIARTY, Geoff (I)MORRIS
MORRIS -MUIRMUIR, JMUIR, N
MUIR, SMUIR, WMUIRHEADMULDRICK
MUNRO, JMURPHY, Barney (I)MURPHY, Edward 'Ned'MURRAY, D
MURRAY, DonMURRIEMYERS, Charles H.

N

NAIRN, JNASH, MichaelNASH, Thomas M.NATHAN S.
NEWING, JohnNEWING, W. 'Bill'NEWTON, CharlieNICHOLAS
NICHOLSONNIGHTINGALENOALLNOBLE, A
NOONANNORRIS, JohnNORWOODNOSWORTHY, Tom
NUDD, CharlesNUDD, Henry 'Harry'NUTTALL, Mark C.

O

O'BERN, HarryO'BRIEN, ThomasO'BRIEN, Orlando 'Lanty' O'CONNELL
O'CONNORO'CONNOR, T. 'Dodger'O'DAYO'DONNELL, H
O'DWYERO'GORMANO'GRADY, WO'HEARE
O'LOUGHLENO'NEILL, GO'ROURKE, Fred W.O'SHANNESY
OLIVER, WilliamOPIEORFORDORMSBY
ORWIN, G 'Harry'OWEN, MOXBOROUGH

P

PAGE, Thomas Alfred "Alf"PAGE, WiltonPALMERPARISH, Harry
PARK, WilliamPARNHAM, DPASHLEY, J. JPATERSON
PATTISON, CharlesPEARCEPERCY, CPETERS, Thomas 'Dutchy'
PETHERICK, Julius E.PHELANPHILLIPS, HPHILLIPS, William
PICKPIERCE, H PITCHERPLUMMER, J
PLUNKETTPOLLYKETT, HenryPOWELLPOWER, Tom (I)
POWER, FPOWRIE, EPRENDERGASTPREVOT, Edward 'Ted'
PRICE, ThomasPRUNTY, EPULLAR, James

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QUILTY

R

RADCLIFFERAFFERTYRAMSAYRANDALL
RANDALL, R. C.RANKINRANKIN, Robert M.RAPPIPORT, Bert
RAWLINGSREAD, WREILLY, JRENNIE
RERDANRICHARDS, JamesRICHARDSON, Alfred H.RICHARDSON, Robert
RICKARDSRICKARDS, JamesRICKARDS, JoeRICKARDS, John
RICKARDS, TRILEYRISEHEADRIX, Henry F
ROBERTS, -ROBERTSROBERTSON, H-ROBERTSON, C
ROBERTSON, GROBERTSON, GeorgeROBERTSON, JamesROBERTSON, Robert
ROBERTSON, Robert G.ROBERTSON, VALROBERTSON, WallyROBIN, P
ROBINSONROBINSON, BROFFEYROGERS
ROGERS, JROJOROLFE, FredROSE
ROSS, JROSSER, HROUSSEVELLERUSS, Jim
RUSSELLRYANRYAN, "Tommy" JeremiahRYAN, +
RYAN, -RYLAH

S

SADLERSALT, DickSALTON, AlexanderSAMUELS, N
SAUNDERSSAXON, PSCHOBERSCOTT
SCOTT, DaveSEBIRE, DanSHANAHANSHAND
SHARP, 'Curly' W.SHARPE, JSHAWSHAW-
SHAW, GSHEARERSHEARNESHEARWOOD, 'Abe' (I)
SHORTSIDLEY, RSIGMONT, FSIMPSON, H
SLATTERY, MSMARTSMITH, George SMITH, Geo.
SMITH, HarrySNODGRASSSNOWBALLSOLOMAN
SOUTER, JohnSOUTER, Thomas SOUTHYSPARROW, Wheeler
SPEAR, FrankSPEAR, JackSPEDDING, AlfSPEDDING, H (I)
SPENCER, JSPINKSSQUIRESTEEL, A
STEVENSONSTEWARTSTITTSTONE
STORYSTRAWSTREBORSTRICKLAND, William (I)
STRICKLAND, ThomasSTRONG, R. H. "Bob"STEWART, Richard 'Dick'SUGDEN
SULLIVANSUTHERLAND, James (I)SUTTON, NedSWAIN
SWALLOW, -SWALLOW, JohnSYLE, Chris (i)

T

TANKARD, 'Joey' JosephTAYLORTAYLOR, -TEMPLETON, Thomas W.
TERRY, J. KTHOMPSON, -THOMPSON, ATHOMPSON, Barney
THOMPSON, RTHORNHILL, JTHURGOODTICKLE
TIMMSTODD, HTODD, TTOLL
TOOHEY, JamesTOOHEY, PTOUMEYTRAVIS, Jim
TRILLYTUBB, ETULLYTULLEY
TULLOCKTURNBULL, John A.TURNER, William 'Herbie'TURPENNY, Richard
TYRELL, JackTYRELL

U

ULMERURQUHART, Alexander (I)

V

VALE, EVARAHVINEVOKE, H

W

WALDRON, A. E. 'Topsy'WALDRON, ArthurWALDRON, HerbertWALES, S
WALKER, JosephWALKER, Mel WALL, -WALL
WALLACE, Sam A.WALSH, TWALSHE, TWALTERS
WALTERS, E WALTON, BillWALTON, TedWARNE, A
WARREN, AWARREN, WalterWARDROPWARWICK, W
WATERSWATSON, James F.WATT, JamesWATTS
WATTLING, WalterWAUGHWAUGH, GeorgeWAY
WEATHERLEYWEBB, MickWEBSTER, GWELSHMAN, W
WEST, Alf (I)WESTWOOD, WilliamWHEAT, JWHEELER
WHELAN, MickWHITEWHITE, George C. WHITEHEAD, G
WHYTEWICKSWILLIAMSWILLIAMS, Bill
WILLIAMS, FWILLIAMS, GeorgeWILLIAMS, HWILLIAMS, Jim
WILLIAMS, JoeWILLIAMS, PeterWILLIAMSON, Edward W.WILLS, F
WILMOTTWILSONWILSON, AWILSON, Harry
WILSON, JimmyWILSON, LWILMOTTWILTON
WISHART, AlfredWOLFE, JohnWOLSTENHOLME, GWOODBURN, W
WOODHOUSE, JWOOD, Alf.WOODS, JamesWOODS, Michael
WOODS, W WRIGHT, RWORRALL

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Players at both VFA and VFL level

AITKEN, Jimmy
ARMSTRONG, Bob
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BALHARRY, Jim
BLAKE, Tom
BREESE, Chic
BUCK, Otto
CAMERON, Bob
CASEY, Bill
CURTIS, Charlie
DUNNE, Henry
FROST, Jack      
GYLES, Harry      

HANNAH, Brook
HEARNDEN, Alf
HEFFERNAN, Ted
HOWARD, Harry
O'COCK, Wally
PATON, John "Joe"
PATTERSON, Alby
PATTERSON, Bill
REEKIE, Jack
ROBERTS, Jack
STEWART, Dick
THOMPSON, Arthur
WALSH, Bobby
WALTON, Ernie
WEIR, Bill
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WOODHOUSE, Bill



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