Don't let the media trick you in to thinking that the only innovator in AFL history is the crazy ex-Coach of the Essendon Football Club, who was ultimately sacked for recruiting too many ex-Carlton players. The Carlton Football Club has always been at the forefront of innovation in football, some good - some bad, and we at the Blueseum have decided to highlight some of the innovations that the Blues have added to the game.
1. Some Very Important Firsts
2. The First Coach
3. Master Coach and Offsider
4. How to Break the Flood
5. Alternative Guernseys to make some cash
6. Coaching at Elevation
7...And some odd Pointers
1. Some Important 'Firsts'....
...The First to 16 Flags...
...The first Norm Smith Medallist...
Carlton's Wayne Harmes
became the first Norm Smith Medallist in a stirring performance in the 1979 Grand Final.
...The first goal in a numbered guernsey
Over 100 years ago, and after almost 15 years of VFL competition, Carlton and Essendon became the first two teams to wear guernsey numbers at AFL Level.
Essendon Champion and Captain Dave Smith had the honour of being the first player to wear the guernsey on the field, but it was our own Vin Gardiner
who would kick the first goal in a guernsey number. That number? Guernsey 13