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Memberships

For his dollar he thus obtains about a guinea's worth - a splendid investment. Of course, everyone realises this puesdo membership affects the gate, but the raison d'etre is that, almost without exception, the clubs are "stony" at the beginning of each season, and this inrush of members of the "almighty dollar" is thankfully accepted to restore a healthy shape to the depleted money-bags."

(Referee May 27 1908, p9)

Total Members


YearNumberCostOther Information
1864---
186540--
1866---
1867---
1868---
186950 (in excess of)--
187050 (in excess of)--
187168--
187293--
1873---
1874200---
18751905/- shillings (50 cents)-
1876---
1877215-Largest in the VFA. Albert Park 130
1878291-Largest in the VFA. Melbourne 200
1879320-Largest in the VFA. Melbourne 200
1880300--
1881---
1882---
1883---
1884-5 shillings-
1885---
1886450--
1887---
1888653--
1889--Melbourne's property prices begin to collapse.
18901,186--
1891--Severe economic depression 1891 - 1894
1892---
1893967--
1894604--
1895---
18962985/- shillings (50 cents)-
1897---
1898---
1899---
1900473--
1901---
1902---
1903473--
19041,870--
19051,870--
19062,074--
19072,811--
19084,247--
19094,679-Largest in the VFL. South Melbourne 3,767
19103780--
1911---
19125,000--
19135,098--
19144,977-Revenue: £2,600 Largest membership in the League by 500 Total m/ship 28,363
19153,735-Ticket sales £933 World War 1
1916-- VFL Membership Total 3,469# Revenue: £864 Due to WW1
1917850-Carlton largest membership in VFL by 200. WW1
1918-5/- shillings (50 cents)WW1
1919-5/6 (55 cents)-
19205,6245/6 (55 cents)-
19217,1565/- (50 cents)-
19225,6237/6 (75 cents)-
19236,0307/6 (75 cents)
19246,5987/6 (75 cents)
19254,5787/6 (75 cents)4th largest in the VFL. Geelong 6,405
19265,4827/6 (75 cents)3rd largest in the VFL. Geelong 8,114
19277,2007/6 (75 cents)New club record Largest in the VFL. Gate receipts £2335 Membership tickets £2750
19287,4007/6 (75 cents)New club record. Largest in the VFL.
19296,470-Largest in the VFL.Great Depression. Aust. economy suffers badly during the 1930's
19305,8448/- (80 cents)Largest in the VFL.
19314,1008/- (80 cents)-
19325,3828/- (80 cents) 18 matches & 6 prac. matchesLargest m/ship in VFL Australia's unemployment rate 32%
19336,1148/4 (85 cents)Largest in the VFL
19345,957--
19355,9968/4 (85 cents) child 5/- (50 cents)G. Hooper 50 years a member & E. A. Powell for 57 years
19366,285--
19376,142--
19386,1438/4 (85 cents)-
19397,753-New club record. Largest in the VFL
19405,937-Australia's unemployment 11% World War 2
19415,834-Second largest. Players paid £3 per match. WW2
19421,9718/6WW2
19433,7058/6 (85 cents)WW2
19444,747-WW2
19459,61710/6 ($1.05) child 5/- (50 cents)WW2
194610,36510/6 ($1.05) child 5/- (50 cents)VFL record New club record. 10,365. 8,822 adults 1,543 students
194711,21310/6New club record. VFL record
19489,82113/6-
19499,94713/6 ($1.35) child 5/- (50 cents)-
195010,05213/6 ($1.35)-
19518,60618/6 ($1.85)-
19529,49122/6 ($2.25)-
19539,37122/6 ($2.25) child 7/6 (75 cents)-
19548,65925/- ($2.50) child 7/6 (75 cents)-
19559,872--
19568,25930/- ($3.00) child 10/- ($1.00)-
19579,474--
19588,718--
19599,42035/- ($3.50) child 10/- ($1.00)-
19608,743--
19618,989--
19628,86640/- ($4.00) child 10/- ($1.00)-
196310,58245/- ($4.50) child 10/- ($1.00)-
196410,18345/- ($4.50) child 10/- ($1.00)-
19658,19160/- ($6.00) child 10/- ($1.00)-
19667,041$6.00 child $1.00-
19677,626$6.00 child $1.00Last year of entry of membership tickets to both home and away games
19685,724$5.00 child $1.00Lowest total since 1944 Entry to home matches only
19699,668$5.00 child $1.50-
19708,678--
197110,019--
197210,065-$6.00 child $1.50
197312,477-New club record
197411,618$9.00 child $1.50-
197511,712$10.00 child $1.50-
19769,548$15.00 pensioner/student $5.00 child $1.50-
197710,145$15.00 pensioner/student $5.00 child $1.50-
197810,003$16.00 student $10.00 pensioner $5.00 child $2.00 -
197912,131$17.50 student $10.00 pensioner $5.00 child $2.00-
198012,029$20.00 student $12.00 pensioner $5.00 child $2.50-
198112,614$25.00 student $15.00 pensioner $4.00 child $3.00-
198213,458 $30.00 student $17.00 pensioner $5.00 child $4.00-
198313,071$40.00 student $22.00 pensioner $7.00 child $5.00-
198412,723$40.00 student $22.00 pensioner $7.00 child $5.00-
198513,571$40.00 student $22.00 pensioner $7.00 child $5.00-
198615,279$40.00 student $22.00 pensioner $7.00 child $5.00New club record
198711,118$48.00 concession $ 22.00 -
198810,877$50.00-
198910,343$54.00-
199010,457$58.00-
199112,736--
199212,354--
199314,856--
199415,113--
199518,581-New club record
199623,278-New club record
199724,984-New club record
199825,402-New club record
199925,719-New club record
200027,571-New club record
200127,725-New club record
200226,503--
200333,253-New club record
200432,445--
200533,534-New club record
200628,756--
200735,341-New club record
200839,360-New club record
200943,294-New club record
201040,296--
201143,771-New club record
201245,800-New club record
201350,561-New club record
201447,485--
2015 47,305--
201650,202--
201750,557--
201856,005-New club record
2019-$215 home games (general admission*)-
2020---
2021---
2022---
.* Various packages available.
    • Excludes Melbourne
  1. Referee August 18 1917 (p1)
Image Trove; Age April 24 1931 (p13) Despite winning the flag in 1927,1928, 1929, 1930 Collingwood's membership languished behind many clubs. Carlton topped the membership ladder in those years
1864: not available 1865:40 1866: 1867: 1868: 1869: 50 (in excess of) 1870: 50 (in excess of) 1871: 68 1872: 93 1873: 1874: 1875: 200; membership cost 5/- (5 shillings = 50 cents) 1876: 190 1877: 215 1878: 291 1879: 320 1880: 300 1881: 1882: 1883: 1884: 1885: 1886: 450 1887: 1888: 653 1889: 1890: 1,186 1891: 1892: 1893: 967 1894: 604 1895: 1896: 1897: 1898: 1899: 1900: 1904: 1,870 1905: 2,074 1907: 2,811 1908: 3,523 "But the term member is somewhat of a misnomer. There is no form of election, but the member elect planks down five shillings for a piece of cardboard, which franks him into the reserve on the local ground, and into the popular portion of the opposing ground. For his dollar he thus obtains about a guinea's worth - a splendid investment. Of course, everyone realises this puesdo membership affects the gate, but the raison d'etre is that, almost without exception, the clubs are "stony" at the beginning of each season, and this inrush of members of the "almighty dollar" is thankfully accepted to restore a healthy shape to the depleted money-bags." (Referee May 27 1908, p9) 1909: 4,000 1910: 3,853 1913: 4,660 1914: 4,977 Revenue: £2,600 Carlton had the League's largest membership by more than 500. 1915: 5,000 1916: **** Revenue: £864 1917: 850 Carlton had the League's largest membership by more than 200. 1918: cost 5/- 1919: cost 5/6 (55 cents) 1920: 5,624 cost 5/6 1921: 7,156 cost 5/- 1922: 5,623 cost 7/6 1923: 6,030 cost 7/6 1924: 6,598 - see season 1924 for a list of all League club's memberships. 1925: 1926: In April said they will easily have more than last year. Gate receipts £2460 VFL record. 1927: 7,200 cost 7/6 (club record) Gate receipts £2335 Membership tickets £2750 1928: 7,400 (club record). Gate receipts £2436 (Most membership in the VFL) 1930: 5,844 cost 8/- 1931: 4,100 1932: 5,382 1933: 6,114 cost 8/4 (Most membership in the VFL) 1934: 5,957 junior tickets introduced during the 1935 season 1935: 5,996 cost 8/4 Adults (children 5/-) 1936: 6,285 1937: 6,142 1938: 6,143 Cost 8/4 (84c) 1939: 7,752 club and V.F.L. record. 1940: 5,937 1941: 5,834 £2187 cost 8/6 Adults (children 5/-) Essendon topped the list with 6,415 Carlton second. (another report said 4,553) Players were paid £3 per match. 1942: 1,971 1943: 3,705 8/6 (85 cents) 1944: 4,747 Gate Receipts: exceeded £2,500 1945: 9,617 cost 10/6 Adults (children 5/-) Players paid £7/12/6 per match (League record) £3 per match, £2 into Provident Fund, & share of £500 supporter donation. 1946: 10,365 (record) 8,822 adults & 1,543 students 1947: 11,213 1948: 9,821 1949: 9,947 cost 13/6 Adults (children 5/-) 1950: 10,052 1951: 8,806 cost 18/6 1952: 9,491 1953: 9,371 cost 22/6 Adults (children 7/6) 1954: 8,659 cost Adults 25/- (children 7/6) 1955: 9,872 1956: 8,259 cost 30/- Adults (children 10/-) 1957: 9,474 1958: 8,718 1959: 9,420 cost 35/- Adults (children 10/-) 1960: 8,743 1961: 8,989 1962: 8,866 cost 40/- Adults (children 10/-) 1963: 10,582 cost 45/- (children 10/-) 1964: 10,183 1965: 8,191 cost 60/- (£3) Adults (children 10/-) 1966: 7,041 cost $6-Adults (children $1) 1967: 7,626 1967 was the last season that membership tickets admitted to both home and away matches 1968: 5,724 cost $5 Adults (children $1) 1969: 9,668 cost $5 Adults (children $1.50) 1970: 8,678 1971: 10,019 1972: 10,065 cost $6 Adults (children $1.50) 1973: 12,477 1974: 11,618 cost $9 Adults (children $1.50) 1975: 11,712 cost $10 Adults (children $1.50) 1976: 9,548 cost $15 Adults (children $1.50) In 1976 a new type of membership was introducted pensioners/students $5 1977: 10,145 1978: 10,003 cost $16 Adults 1979: 12,131 cost $17.50 Adults 1980: 12,029 cost $20 Adults 1981: 12,614 cost $25 Adults 1982: 13,458 cost $30 Adults 1983: 13,071 cost $40 Adults 1984: 12,723 1985: 13,571 1986: 15,279 (New Club Record) 1987: 11,118 cost $48 Adults 1988: 10,877 cost $50 Adults 1989: 10,343 cost $54 Adults 1990: 10,457 cost $58 Adults 1991: 12,736 1992: 12,354 1993: 14,856 1994: 15,113 1995: 18,581 (New Club Record) 1996: 23,278 (New Club Record) 1997: 24,984 (New Club Record) 1998: 25,402 (New Club Record) 1999: 25,719 (New Club Record) 2000: 27,571 (New Club Record) 2001: 27,725 (New Club Record) 2002: 26,503 2003: 33,252 (New Club Record) 2004: 32,445 2005: 33,534 (New Club Record) 2006: 28,756 2007: 35,431 (New Club Record) 2008: 39,360 (New Club Record) 2009: 43,294 (New Club Record) 2010: 40,296 2011: 43,771 (New Club Record) 2012: 45,800 (New Club Record) 2013: 50,561 (New Club Record) 2014: 47,485 2015: 47,305 2016: 50,202 2017: 50,557 Over the years, increasingly Carlton began to create membership campaigns in support of each annual membership drive. Supporters | Membership Campaigns