In a huge upset, Carlton lost to Melbourne by 24 points at the MCG.

Round 7, 1903

Carlton 0.1 1 0.1 1 1.2 8 1.2 8
Melbourne 1.6 12 1.7 13 3.7 25 4.8 32
Venue: MCG Date: Monday June 8, 1903
Result: Lost by 24 points Umpire: Crowd:
Goalkicker: A.Ford 1.
Reports: Nil Injuries: Nil

Game Review

This match between Melbourne and Carlton at the MCG resulted in the biggest upset for years, when the bottom of the ladder Redlegs – winless after six rounds – kept the second-placed Blues to a miserable 1.2 (8) after four quarters of football, and won by 24 points.

There could scarcely have been a greater contrast between the teams as they lined up for the opening bounce. Carlton were undefeated and coming off a stirring victory over a powerful Fitzroy, while Melbourne had been soundly beaten in all of their six previous games, and were languishing at the foot of the table.

Perhaps the only viable explanation is that the game was played on the King’s Birthday Holiday Monday, only two days after the Blues had beaten Fitzroy in a tense and physical clash at Princes Park. Yet Melbourne had also played that day, going down by five goals to their closest rival, St Kilda.

More than a century later, Carlton’s paltry score of 8 points remains the club’s lowest-ever total at the MCG. The Blues’ only goal for the match was kicked by centreman Arthur “Shooter’ Ford, in the third quarter.

Despite the loss, Carlton remained firmly ensconced in second place on the ladder behind Fitzroy, with a healthy percentage of 162.93. Collingwood and Geelong made up the top four, with Essendon fifth, but six points adrift.


B: Bob Jacobson Charlie Tough Albert Trim
HB: Alex Barlow Ernie Walton (vc) Gordon Ross
C: George Bruce Arthur Ford Charlie Roland
HF: Bill McNamara Mick Grace Fred Webber
F: Billy Leeds Frank Hince Joe Sullivan
Ruck: Joe McShane (c) Fred Elliott Archie Snell
Coach: Jack Worrall


In : B.McNamara, A.Barlow, F.Hince, C.Tough
Out : H.McShane, J.Flynn, J.Opie, G.Topping


Debut : Frank Hince
100 Games : Ernie Walton became the first Carlton player to play 100 League games for the club, in Carlton's 105th League game.
Score Records : This remains Carlton's lowest-ever score against Melbourne and our lowest score at the MCG.

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