1935 and 1936, the club would miss the finals, despite winning 11 from 18 games. Carlton was always going to struggle to make the finals in 1937 after a poor start to the season, winning only 3 of their first 8 games. This left the team in seventh, two games out of the eight, and with twelve teams vying for only 4 finals positions, playing catch up in this era was difficult.
The Blues would be much better in their final 10 games, winning 3 on the trot between round 9 and 11, losing the next two, and then had an impressive final run home of 5 wins from Round 14, 1937 to Round 18, 1937. Winning eight of their last ten games was almost good enough to haul the team into the finals, finishing fifth barely 2 points behind Richmond in fourth position. Unfortunately the Blues had just missed out on playing finals for the third successive year.
Coach: Percy Rowe
Leading Goal-kicker: Harry Vallence - 39 goals
Best & Fairest: Don McIntyre
Best Team Man, Dr. McCumisky Trophy: Jim Francis
Most Improved, Percy Odgen Medal: Rod McLean
Monty Brown, Pat Farrelly, Kevin Fox, Bob Chitty, Arch Shields, Paul Schmidt, Fred Ayers
The Australian leg of the test took place at half time on the M.C.G. during the 1937 Grand Final between Geelong and Collingwood.
H. Vallance punt kick 69 yards (Aust. ball) - 69 yards (US ball)
K. Shea drop kick 64 yards (Aust. ball) - 64 yards (US ball)
F. Gill drop kick 63 yards (Aust ball) - 63 yards (US ball)
E. Huxtable drop kick 67 yards (Aust. ball) - 65 yards (US ball)
The US trial will take place in October and distances compared by cable.
Carlton won the kicking competition, although one of the Americans threw the ball 61 yards.
Jim Francis was the only player to have played in every game.
A total of 1,501,650 (av 13,904) attended V.F.L. home and away matches this season.
This is down on season 1936 by 36,350.
Backs; McIntyre, Park, McLean
Half backs; Huxtable, Mackie, Francis
Centres; Carney, Anderson, Green
Half forwards; Shea, Wrout, Crisp
Forwards; Bulter, Vallence, Davey
Followers; Dunn, Cooper
Carlton won by 54 points
Carl; 5.6 11.11 16.13 18.19.127
Cob; 2.3 5.4 9.8 10.13.73
Goals; Vallence 7, Davey 4, Dunn 2, Clarke, Butler, Wrout, Shea, Green.
Best; Mackie, Vallence, Butler, Wrout, Dunn, Shea
Coburg fielded 3 former Carlton men, Rosewarne (back), Dale (half forward), Garrick (wing)
Both teams fielded more players than named in the sides. Coburg tried out 25 and Carlton a few more.