1926 SummaryCarlton improved significantly in 1926, winning 11 games out of the expanded 18 round competition, perhaps due to the return of Horrie Clover from injury and the debut of Harry Vallence, forming a potent forward combination.
The Blues had a great start to the season, winning 9 of the first 12 games. Even more impressively, the losses against Geelong, Fitzroy and Richmond were narrow losses (by 4, 10 and 5 points respectively). At the end of round 12 the Blues were in fourth place on the ladder, only 1 game away from top spot.
The team couldn't maintain the high levels of consistency that they had displayed over the first 12 rounds, and could manage only 2 wins from the final 6 home and away rounds. Carlton would finish with a 11 wins and 8 losses for the season, finishing in sixth place on the ladder. This was a vast improvement on the 5 win, 12 loss record of 1925 when the Blues finished in ninth.
The improvement shown this year was to be continued in 1927, when Carlton would play finals football since the first time since 1922. Carlton would finish 6th for the year.
People of 1926Captain: Ray Brew
Coach: Ray Brew
Leading Goal-kicker: Horrie Clover - 38 goals
MilestonesDebuts: Fred Gilby, Albert 'Jack' Williamson, Les Witto, Bill Manger, George Styles, Tom Mullens, Norm Collins, Joe Kelly, Fred Mutch, Harry Vallence
Gate ReceiptsCarlton's share of gate receipts for the 1926 season, rounds 1 - 18 was £2,540.
This was third behind Geelong (£4,020) and Collingwood (£2,829).
Aggregate ReceiptsThis differs to the above report. Carlton tops this list with £5,703
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Memberships5,482 members at 7/6 (75c) realised £2,055.15
Player PaymentsCarlton paid a total of £2,509 to it's players.
This was the highest in the League, ahead of Collingwood's £2,185.
Lowest ot the 11 clubs was North Melbourne with £1,363 (Melbourne's total was not available)
Newton (Tas) v Carlton, October 16Fot the first time in more than 20 years Carlton ventured to Tasmania.
34 Carlton members made the trip including 19 Carlton players.
On Wednesday the party visited the I.X.L. Jam Factory and then were shown through Hobart's Parliament House. In the afternoon they visited Mt. Nelson and enjoyed the panoramic vistas.
Thursday morning they watched the Tattersalls Lottery draw and then practised on the North Hobart Oval in the afternoon.
(19) R. Brew (Capt), J. Watson (Vice Capt), H. Bell, H. Blackmore, H. R. Clover, A. Duncan, H. Dunn, V. Davis, F. Gilby, F. Irwin, J. Kelly, W. Koop, G. McSwain, F. Mutch, J. Morrissey, P. Outram, J. Robertson, H. Vallence, J. Williams.
R. J. Plaice (trainer)
J. Williams was the emergency.
Umpire; E. Corbett
Carl; 5.1 10.3 15.6 16.10.106
NTn; 2.3 5.3 7.5 12.8.80
Goals: Dunn 4, Blackmore 3, Davis 3, Outram 2, Clover 2, Vallence 2.
Best; Clover, Duncan, Davis, Gilby, Mutch, Koop, Dunn, Blackmore
One report said Horrie Clover was best on the ground, however, Fred Mutch and Fred Gilby were awarded trophies for their good play.
Lower LevelsReserves: Carlton won the Reserves Premiership in 1926, the club's first-ever.