|Venue: Princes Park||Date: Saturday September 5, 1931|
|Result: Lost by 4 points||Umpire: Batt||Crowd: 39,000 (approx.)|
|Goalkickers: H.Vallence 3, M.Crisp 2, A.Egan 1.|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: F.O'Rourke replaced B.O'Brien (broken rib) during the third quarter.|
Despite a dominant last quarter by the Blues, fifth-placed Footscray held on to win this match by four points. Boom forward Les Allen (who had kicked 87 goals in only 29 games) was held goalless by the Bulldogs, and released to play for North Melbourne a few days later.
At the end of this round Carlton were in 3rd spot on the ladder with a percentage of 124.7.
|B:||23 Jim Crowe||21 Frank Gill (vc)||8 George Morrissey|
|HB:||9 Eric Huxtable||14 Jack Green||6 Fred Gilby|
|C:||25 Bernie O'Brien||2 Colin Martyn (c)||30 Vin Arthur|
|HF:||12 Creswell 'Mickey' Crisp||27 Alf Egan||15 Maurie Johnson|
|F:||20 Les Allen||22 Harry Vallence||29 Fred Williams|
|Ruck:||17 Charlie Davey||10 Denis Kelleher||31 Ansell Clarke|
|19th Man:||32 Frank O'Rourke|
Sporting Globe September 05
Last Game (Carlton): Bernie O'Brien
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