1926 and managing to reach a Preliminary Final in 1929, the club was one of the two most dominant clubs along with Collingwood.
The Blues started the season in fine form, winning their first seven games, including a 69 point spanking of Richmond in round 2, the club that had knocked Carlton out of the past three years finals races. The club also won six consecutive games between rounds 9 and 14, and if it hadn't been for a 2 point round 8 loss to Melbourne the Blues would of won their first 14 games. The last of those games, in round 14 was a 128 point win against North Melbourne, which was a club record winning margin.
The last four games would prove instrumental in the Blues fortunes. In the final analysis, both Collingwood and Carlton would win 15 games for the season, with Collingwood sitting on top of the ladder by less than 3%. During these four games, the Blues would suffer a narrow 6 point loss against Melbourne at the MCG and a 23 point loss against Collingwood. These two losses would allow the Pies to gain top spot and put the Blues into a 1930 against Geelong. Poor kicking by the Blues and a seven goal third quarter by the Cats would eject us from the finals race, despite having 5 more scoring shots (13.11 89 to 8.21 69).
Crowd: 12,000 Takings: £622
Richmond outscored Carlton by 8 goals to 1 in the second term to lead the Blues by 37 points at half time. (75-38) In the third term the Blues were magnificent with their long kicking game and drew within 5 points at the last break (76-71) The final quarter was a fierce struggle, "Every man on the field rose to the occasion, and the excitement of the crowd when Clover placed Carlton in the lead with a magnificent place kick was as memorable a scene as any witnessed during some of the classic games played by other codes here." (Age) The Blues went 10 points up when Vallence goaled then Richmond replied with a goal, then they attacked incessently and added 4 behinds to draw the match.
Backs; Martin, Huxtable, Brew
Half backs; Vallence, Parsons, Gilby
Centres; Kelly, Arthur, Williams
Half forwards; Green, Duncan, Gill
Forwards; Allen, Clover, Crowe
Followers; Doyle, Kelleher
Umpire; J. McMurray
Carl 4.3 5.8 10.11 12.14.86
Rich 3.3 11.9 11.10 12.14.86
Goals; Clover 4, Vallence 3, Duncan 2, Arthur, Green, Gill
Crowd: 16,650 Takings: £871 (another report said 20,000)
The Evening News said an estimated 20,000 and the largest crowd seen on the S.C.G. this season.
A sub-standard game with the only highlight being when Richmond outscored the Blues in the third term. Carlton got with 13 points of the Tigers late in the final term when Allen goaled.
Horrie Clover did not play
Green was injured and was replaced by Stephenson during the second quarter.
C. Parsons copped a heavy knock in the third term that left him incapacitated for 10 minutes.
Carlton team; (24 named)
From; C. McSwain, A. Martyn, F. Gilby, J. Kelly, E. Huxtable, D. Kelleher, W. Flynn, R. Job, J. Green, M. Johnson, A. Doyle, L. Allen, F. Gill, H. Vallence, J. Crowe, W. Stephenson, R. Brew (Capt), C. Parsons, F. Williams, V. Arthur, A. Clarke, A. Duncan, L. Crone, H. R. Clover (Vice capt.)
Backs; McSwain, Huxtable, Brew (capt)
Half backs; Crone, Carsons, Gilby
Centres; Johnson, A. Martyn, Arthur
Half forwards; Clark, Duncan, Gill
Forwards; Allen, Green, Flynn
Followers; Douglas, Kelleher
Umpire; J. McMurray
Carl. 1.7 2.9 2.12 6.14.50
Rich. 1.1 2.4 7.7 9.11.65
Goals; Green 2, Duncan 2, Gill, Allen, Stephenson. (The Argus had 7 goal kickers)
Players mentioned; Huxtable, Duncan, Green, Gill, Allen, Gilby, Johnson, Brew, Arthur, Stephenson.
Coach: Dan Minogue
Leading Goal-kicker: Les Allen - 56 goals
Bruce Scharp, Ted Pollock, Henry Thomson, Bill Flynn, Eric Huxtable, Les Allen
The Blues had the highest takings of the 12 clubs.
Second was Geelong with £2,328, followed by Collingwood £2,006, Melbourne £1,982, Richmond £1,873, St.Kilda £1,846, South Melbourne £1,621, Fitzroy £1,488, Essendon £1,441, Footscray £1,183, Hawthorn £959, North Melbourne £677
Total receipts £20,134 (Age July 8 1931)
This year the Carlton Football Club had reduced it's player bonus to 10/ per match, as compared with £2/5 per match last season.
Players received £3 per match and with the 10/ ($1) bonus total payment was £3/5 ($6.50)
The club was expecting £300 from the V.F.L. but this would be absorbed by levies on gate takings and payments to second eighteen umpires and other payments.