1942 SummaryIn this season held at the height of World War II, Geelong could not field a team and the competition was limited to only 16 rounds. At this time, as many as 34 current or former Carlton players were on active service, including nine members of the 1938 Premiership team. Bert Deacon, Carlton's first Brownlow Medallist in 1947, would make his debut.
After the great consistency of the 1941 season, Carlton struggled at the start of 1942, with only two wins from our first 6 games after a first round bye. The Blues eventually rediscovered their best form, coming with a rush of 8 consecutive wins from Rounds 8 to 16 (with a bye in round 12).
Having not been in the top 4 all year, the team eventually drew level on points with Footscray in 4th place after a round 15 victory against Fitzroy. However, Carlton's percentage was inferior to the Dogs. When we beat Richmond by 53 points in round 16, it gave us a real chance of finals action, but Footscray also had a comfortable win and edged us out of contention.
With a 10 win, 4 loss record, the club was unfortunate not to play finals football, especially considering the fact that we had two byes, and hence played only 14 games. Richmond and South Melbourne finished one game ahead of the Blues in second and third, having had the opportunity to play one more game. True, their percentages were better, but a reversal in fortune as to the team with the extra bye might just have seen Carlton into the finals.
People of 1942Captain: Jim Francis
Coach: Percy Bentley
Leading Goal-kicker: Paul Schmidt - 47 goals
Best & Fairest: Jim Mooring
Most Consistent: George Bailey
Most Improved: Vin Brown
Best First year Player: Fred Fitzgibbon
Best Team Man: Jim Knight
Best Club Man: Jack Wrout
Special Trophies For Improved Play: Jim Baird & Jack Bennett
MilestonesDebuts: Reg Morgan, Ivor Brown, Bert Deacon, Ollie Grieve, Bob Standfield, Fred Fitzgibbon, Lance Collins, Bob Atkinson, Wilf Atkinson, George Gniel, Jack Howell, Jim Knight, Arthur Sleith
Retirements: Frank Gill (205 games) & Creswell "Mickey" Crisp (183 games)