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Menu Page: Players of the Carlton Football Club in the Pre-VFL era

Pre VFL Players

The names below are players who have been named in Carlton teams, Carlton team squads, or Second Twenty/Reserves, in practice, pre-season, exhibition and club matches, or reported to have been recruited by Carlton, up until the end of season 1896.

As the newspaper reports of the day mostly only mentioned the player's surname, and there are many same named players playing around the same era, some player's game entries may be incorrect.
Without the first name being available has required some calculated guess work.

Due to work commitments, (most people worked on Saturday), and the transport difficulties of the time, sometimes players named in the teams were unable to play and the emergencies, or, in the early years, even substitutes from the crowd had to be used.

Many first names and other details are not known.
If you can help with the missing names, dates of birth and or death, other information or images, if you have a relation, or you know of someone who played for the Blues and their name is not here, please contact Blueseum. www.blueseum.org/tiki-contact.php
Many missing Carlton players' details have now been sourced from "Origins of Australian Football" Volumes 1 - 5.

Below are the names of 980* players who are known to be listed for the Blues from 1864 to the end of 1896. (Some Senior and many Second Twenty or Reserve teams are missing so this number in incomplete.)
At the top left hand corner of the bio pages Senior Games and Goals are mostly shown, but some entries include games against Junior teams as well.
Some players on their bio page have been named in the Reserves and/or Second Twenty teams, there is no difference, it is the same competition.
In addition, listed separately at the bottom of this page are the 29 players who are known to have made the transition from the VFA to the VFL in 1897

In his final Volume (5) of "Origins of Australian Football" Mark Pennings has named 601 of these 1009* players to have played Senior football, or named in Senior squads, for the Blues up to the end of season 1896.
The 29 players who transitioned from the VFA to the VFL are included in the 601.
In the following 121 seasons of VFL/AFL 1897-2017 another 1,160 players have played Senior football. So in the 153 years of the Carlton Football Club at least 1,770 men have played senior football for the Blues.

.*This tally has not been finalised.


“Jack Conway, the man who made Carlton what it is, though they never properly acknowledged it.”

"Old 'Un" - The Footballer, 1876 p16


"Carlton, with its old-time memories and latter day deeds, occupies an enviable position in the world of football."

"Observer" - The Argus, June 21 1909


"Melbourne clubs have histories, but no members are prouder of their club's past than the Carltonians."

"Rambler" - The Referee, Sydney, March 03 1915


"CARLTON has many fine traditions one dating back to the days of George Robertson, George Coulthard, Paddy Gunn, and then on through Jack Baker, Sam Bloomfield, 'Gib' Currie, Tom Blake, Jim Flynn, and his great team, is characteristic - it is the spirit of never being beaten. No matter what the odds, Carlton may always be relied on to give it's best on the biggest occasions.''

''Old Boy" - The Argus, August 31 1924




ABBOTT
ABSOLOM
ADAMS, J
ADAMSON, Dave
ADAMSON, H
ADAMSON, R
AGG, R
AGIS

AITKEN
AITKEN, Robert
AITKEN, T
ALLAN, James
ALLEN, Tommy
ALSOP, Fred
ALYWIN, Harry
AMESS, Alex
AMESS, J
AMESS, R

ANDERSON, T
ANNISTER
ARAM, Tom
ARCHER
ARDEN
ARMSTRONG, F
ARMYTAGE, J

ARNOLD, J
ARNOTT
ASHBURNER, P
ASHTON, F
ASHTON, E (Ernie)
ATKINSON, George
AUGUSTINE
AZZOPARDI, Angelo J.
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BACKHOUSE, Charles
BAILEY, Jack
Bailey, William 'Billy'
BAKER, F
BAKER, Jack
BALHARRY, Harold
BALLANTYNE
BANNER
BANNISTER, Harry
BANNON
BARFOOT, Wilton
BARNETT, B
BARRASS, Charles
BARRASS, Edward 'Ted'
BARROW
BARRY
BARRY, H
BARRY, J
BASIL
BATES
BATTERS, 'Dolly' Walter
BEARY, Tom F.
BEATTIE
BEDGGOOD, Dan
BEERE, Bob
BEGGS, William
Bell
BELL, G
BELL, GEORGE

BENNETT, S
BENNETT-
BERNSTEIN, Fairleigh
BERRY, Alfred "Dolph"
BEVERIDGE, Alexander
BEVERIDGE, W
BILLIARD
BIRCH, Joe
BISHOP, E
BISMIRE, F
BLACK, J
BLACKHAM, John
BLACKHAM, F
BLAKE, James J.
BLAKE, Michael P.
BLANCHARD, J
BLANSHARD, Jack
BLEASDALE, T
BLOOMFIELD, Sam
BONITCHA
BONNER
BOSTON
BOSWORTH
BOULTER
BOURKE, D

BOWEN, J
BOWEN, George F.
BOWES, J
BOX, John T.
BOXHALL
BOYD
BOYD-
BOYD, W
BOYLE, Harry F.
BRACKEN, Loch J.
BRACKEN, 'Billy' .W
BRADSHAW
BRAGGE, George
BRASHER
BRAY
BRAZIL, W
BREARLEY
BREEN
BREMNER
BRENDEL, Edward
BREWER
BRIAN
BRISBANE, T
BROACH
BRODIE, R
BROMLEY, Harry
BROOKES, Eddy M.
BROOKS, W
BROWN

BROWN, -
BROWN, +
BROWNE, James
BROWNING, George
BROWNING, W
BRUCE
BRUCHE
BRUFORD, Fred H.
BUCHAN
BUCHANAN
BUDD
BURKE, D
BURKE, P
BURNS, J. H.
BURNS, Peter
BURNS, T
BURROWS, E
BURROWS, G
BURROWS, H
BURSTON
BURTON
BURWOOD, Edwin
BUSHAW
BUSHBY
BUSHELL, Tom
BUTLER, A
BUTLER, D
BUZOLICH
BYRNE
BYRNE, James

CADER
CAFFERY
CAIRN
CALDER
CAMERON, James 'Ducky'
CAMERON, John
CAMERON, R
CAMERON, Tom 'Little Ducky'
CAMPBELL
CAMPBELL, W
CANNON
CARCUR
CAREW
CARLYLE, H
CARR, J
CARROLL, Jack
CARSONS, R
CARTER, Charles
CARTER-
CASSELLS
CAVANAGH, Chas.
CAVIN

CHADWICK, Harry
CHADWICK, William J.
CHARLES
CHAUTEUR
CHESSELL, Charles L.
CHESTER
CHRYSTAL
CLANCY, T
CLARK
CLARKE, J
CLARKE, Jim E.
CLARKE, William
CLAY
CLINTON
CLYDESDALE, David
COADE, J
COFFEY, Frank
COLES
COLLINS, B

COLSON, William
CONNARTHY
CONNAUGHTON, Andrew
CONWAY, Frank
CONWAY, Henry
CONWAY, Jack
COOK, George
COOK, John G.
COOLEY
COOMBE, George
COOPER, A
CORFIELD
COULSON, Albert
COULSON, Charles
COULTHARD, George
COVENTRY, Alick
COVENTRY, Edward
COX
CRAPP, Henry 'Ivo'
CRAPP, William H.

CRAWFORD, H. F
CREEVY, J
CROCKET
CROHAN
CROMPTON
CROOK
CROSBIE
CROWLEY, Joseph
CULLEN, G
CULMSEE, William E.
CUMMINGS
CUNNINGHAM
CURRIE
CURRIE, 'Gib'
CURTIS
CURTIS, Arthur
CUTTLE, George

DAFF
DALGLEISH
DALTON, Jack
DALTON, Bill
D'ARCY
DAVEY
DAVIE, J
DAVIES
DAVIS, George A.
DAVIS, W
DAWSON, Joe
DEAN
DEANE
DEDMAN, Billy
DEELY

DELEGANNA
DIBBIN
DICKENS
DICKENSON, Samuel
DILLON
DISHER, D
DISMORR, Francis A.
DISMORR, James S.
DISMORE, A
DOBSON, J
D'OLIVERA
DOLPHIN

DONALDSON, Billy
DONALDSON, C
DONALDSON, G
DONALDSON, Robert
DONNING
DONNOLLY
DONOHOO, Sydney J.
DONOVAN, Charlie
DONOVAN, Jack
DORAN, J
DOWLING
DOWLING, J

DOWNES
DOWNING
DRAKE, G
DREW, H
DUCKETT
DUNCAN, G
DUNCAN, Dr. Jim C.
DUNSMORE, J
DUNN
DUNN, J
DUNNS
DWYER

EADIE, John
EAGER
ECK
EDWARDS

EGAN
EKINS, S
ELLIOTT, A
ELLIOT, E

ELLIOTT, Jack
ELLIS
ELLIS, James

EMERY
EMMETT
ENGLISH
ENNIS, Tom
FAIRLY
FAIRNIE
FARQUAR, John
FAVINIE
FELSTEAD
FERGUSON, D
FINLAY, William
FINN Edmund (jnr)
FINN
FISHER, D

FITZGERALD
FITZGERALD, Edgar
FITZGERALD, H
FITZGERALD, J
FLEMING
FLEMING, R
FLETCHER
FLOWERS
FLOYD

FLYNN
FOGARTY
FOOTE
FORBES, A
FORD, Alexander
FOREMAN, Peter
FORRESTER, Charles
FORSTER
FOX, Thomas

FRANKS, Frederick
FRAYNE, Alex
FRAYNE, Dick
FREEMAN, Billy
FREETH, Albert
FREW
FUHRHOP, Harry
FULLARTON, Robert 'Jack'
FURNEAUX, H

GAGGIN, William W.
GARDINER, James
GARDINER, Jim
GARDINER, John
GEDDES, Jack
GELLATLEY, A. 'Dick'
GIBBINS
GILBERT, Ian
GILCHRIST, N
GILES
GILL
GILLMAN, 'Frank'
GILMOUR

GLASSCOCK, William
GLEESON, Patrick
GLENNON, James
GODDARD, A
GODING, Abraham
GOER, H
GOER, William
GOODALL, Frank
GOODDY, Alfred
GORDON, W. H.
GORMAN, A
GORMAN, H. W
GORMAN, Tom

GORMAN, W. 'Bill'
GOUGH
GOURLAY, Robert
GRACE
GRAHAM, J
GRAHAM, W
GRANT, Edward
GREEN, E
GREEN, H
GREEN, W
GREENWOOD, D
GREGORY
GREIG, R

GREY, R
GREY, W
GREY, Sammy
GRIFFITHS, Albert
GROVES
GUEST
GULLAN, James
GULLAN, Robert "Bob"
GUNN, Fred W. 'Paddy'
GUNN, Paddy
GUY, Harry

HADFIELD, A
HADLEY
HALES
HALIBURTON
HALKERSTONE, William
HALKINS
HALL
HALL-
HAMBLY
HAMILTON
HANNAH, William
HANNAYSEE, William 'Billy'
HANSFORD
HARPER
HARRIS, F
HARRIS, J. G
HARRIS, W
HARRISON
HART
HART, E. T

HARTLEY
HASSETT, W
HASTINGS, Henry
HATCH, W. H.
HAWKINS
HAYER
HEALEY
HEALY, J
HEATLEY, Robert
HEATLEY, W
HEDRICK
HEGARTY
HELLWIG, Herman
HEMS, Harry
HENDERSON, R. C.
HENRY, A
HENRY, Joe H.
HENRY, W. C

HENSLEY, Bill
HEWITT
HICKFORD
HIDDLESTONE
HILLSDEN, Charlie
HILLSDEN, Frank
HILTON
HINGES
HIPE, Billy
HODGKINSON
HOGGAN, Jim
HOLT
HOOKE, J
HOOPER
HOPE, Tom

HORAN, Thomas
HORAN, James
HOUSTON
HOUSTON, -
HOY
HUGHES
HUGHES, A
HUGHES, P
HUNTER
HUTCHISON, Dan
HYLAND
HYNELAND

ICKE

ILMAN

INGRAM, J

IRWIN

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JACKSON, C
JACOBS
JACOMB, John Newton
JAMES
JAMES, Ben
JEK

JOHNSON
JOHNSTON, Frank
JOHNSTONE, H
JOHNSON, W
JONES, W

JONES
JONES-
JONES, A
JONES, D
JONES, E
JONES, Jasper

JONES, R
JONES, W
JONSON
JOYCE, Jack
JOYCE, Thomas

KEANE, Jack
KEEFE
KEENAN, T
KELLY, J
KELLY, John P.
KELLY, Tom
KELLY, Walter
KEMP, J
KENDALL

KENDALL, Jack
KENDALL, Tom
KENNEDY, Adam
KENNEDY, George D.
KENNEDY, Jack
KENNEDY, Kirk
KENNEDY, Thomas

KENNEDY, Tom
KERR
KIDD, R
KIDNEY, J
KILLIGREW
KING
KINNANE
KINSELLA
KIRK, R

KNEEN, T
KNEEN, W
KNOTT
KNOWLES, R
KNOWLES, T
KNOX

LACEY, Billy
LACEY, Peter
LACEY, T
LAMBERT, James
LAMOND, W
LAMPARD
LANE
LANGLEY
LANGRIDGE
LANNAN
LANYON, Francis
LATIMER
LAUNDERS, T

LAURIE, R
LEACH
LEACH, J
LECKIE, Jack
LEITH, Jack
LEMON, M
LENNON, J
LEONARD, William H.
LETCHER, Charlie
LEWELLYN, J
LEWIS
LEWIS, A
LEWIS, Jimmy

LEYDEN
LEYDIN, Tommy
LINDSAY, Edward
LITTLE
LOCKE
LOCKSTON
LOEL, Herbert
LONG
LONG, P
LONGSTAFF
LORDING, Alfred
LORRAINE, Jack
LOVE
LOVELL

LOWE, J
LUCAS
LUMSLEY, E
LUSIES
LUXON
LYLE
LYNCH
LYNDSAY
LYONS

MacGIBBON, John
MACKIE, G
MADDEN
MAIR, Alex
MALONEY, J
MALONEY, Tim
MANCHESTER
MANUELS, F
MAPLESTONE
MARIE, H
MARKHAM
MARKS
MARSHALL, Theophilis S.
MARSHALL, Walter C.
MARTIN, J
MATHIESON, J. C
MATHIESON, T 'Baby'
MATTHEWS, S
MAYNARD
McAINSH, J
McARTHUR, S
McCAFFERY
McCALLUM
McCARTHY
McCARTHY, J
McCARTHY, M
McCARTHY, Tom
McCARTHY, W
McCARTIE
McCLAVERTY
McCLUMPHA, Edgar
McCLURE, W. H.
McCORMACK
McCORMICK
McCRACKEN
McCRACKEN, Thomas

McDONALD, Frank
McDONALD, J
McDONNELL, Martin
McELHEMY, J
McENTEE, J
McEWAN
McFARLAND, Curtis
McFARLAND, Robert
McGILL, George
McGRATH
McHARG, Andy
McHARG, Jack
McINERNEY, Jack
McINERNEY, Mick
McINERNEY, Thomas
McINERNEY, Tim
McINTEE, J
McINTOSH
McINTOSH, Fred
McINTYRE, Jack
McIVOR
McKAY, Henry J. "Bonner"
McKECHNIE, Wally
McKENZIE, Alex "Dookie"
McKENZIE
McKEOWN
McKINLEY
McLAURIE
McLAWRIN
McLEAN
McLEAN-
McLEOD
McMICHAEL, Alf
McMICHAEL, Sam
McMILLAN, T
McNAMARA
McNAMARA, M

McNAUGHTON, N
McNEIL, J
McOWAN, Islay
McPHEE, J
McPHERSON
McRAE
McRAILE
McSHANE, J
McSHANE, Phil
McSHANE, Tom
McSWEENEY, W
McWILLIAMS, J
MEANEY
MEARS, W
MEEKS
MELLING, Edward
MELVILLE, Charles
MELVILLE, John 'Jack'
MEMMOTT
MENZIES
MERRIFIELD
MERRYMAN
MERTON
METHERALL
MILES
MILLER
MILLWOOD
MINNIS
MINNOTTI
MINOGUE
MINOGUE, M
MITCHELL
MITCHELL, J
MITCHELL, Henry
MOLONEY, Bill
MONAGHAN
MONIE, Billy
MONIE, C
MONK, Frederick

MONTGOMERY
MOODY
MOODY C. J.
MOONEY
MOOR
MOOR, W
MOORE
MOORHOUSE, Arthur 'Arty'
MOORHOUSE, James 'Jigger'
MORDERN, John T.
MORGAN
MORGAN, R
MORIARTY, Geoff
MORRIS
MORRIS -
MUIR
MUIR, J
MUIR, N
MUIR, S
MUIR, W
MUIRHEAD
MULDRICK
MUNRO, J
MURPHY, Barney
MURPHY, Edward 'Ned'
MURRAY, D
MURRAY, Don
MURRIE
MYERS, Charles H.

NAIRN, J
NASH, Michael
NASH, Thomas M.
NATHAN S.
NEWING, John
NEWING, W. 'Bill'

NEWTON, Charlie
NICHOLAS
NICHOLSON
NIGHTINGALE
NOALL
NOBLE, A

NOONAN
NORRIS, John
NORWOOD
NOSWORTHY, Tom

NUDD, Charles
NUDD, Henry 'Harry'
NUTTALL, Mark C.
O'BERN, Harry
O'BRIEN, Thomas
O'BRIEN, Orlando 'Lanty'
O'CONNELL
O'CONNOR, T. 'Dodger'
O'DAY

O'DONNELL, H
O'DWYER
O'GORMAN
O'GRADY, W
O'HEARE
O'LOUGHLEN

O'NEILL, G
O'ROURKE, Fred W.
O'SHANNESY
OLIVER, William
OPIE
ORFORD

ORMSBY
ORWIN, G 'Harry'
OWEN, M
OXBOROUGH

PAGE, Alf.
PAGE, Wilton
PALMER
PARISH, Harry
PARK, William
PARNHAM, D
PASHLEY, J. J
PATERSON
PATTISON, Charles

PEARCE
PERCY, C
PETERS, Thomas 'Dutchy'
PETHERICK, Julius E.
PHELAN
PHILLIPS, H
PHILLIPS, William
PICK
PIERCE, H
PITCHER
PLUMMER, J

PLUNKETT
POLLYKETT, Henry
POWELL
POWER, Tom
POWER, F
POWRIE, E

PRENDERGAST
PREVOT, Edward 'Ted'
PRICE, Thomas
PRUNTY, E
PULLAR, James

QUILTY

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RADCLIFFE
RAFFERTY
RAMSAY
RANDALL
RANDALL, R. C.
RANKIN
RANKIN, R. M.
RAPPIPORT, Bert
RAWLINGS
READ, W
REILLY, J
RENNIE
RERDAN
RICHARDS, James
RICHARDSON, Alfred H.
RICHARDSON, Robert

RICKARDS
RICKARDS, James
RICKARDS, Joe
RICKARDS, John
RICKARDS, T
RILEY
RISEHEAD
RIX, Henry F
ROBERTS, -
ROBERTSON, H-
ROBERTSON, C
ROBERTSON, G
ROBERTSON, George
ROBERTSON, James
ROBERTSON, Robert
ROBERTSON, Robert G.

ROBERTSON, VAL
ROBERTSON, Wally
ROBIN, P
ROBINSON
ROBINSON, B
ROFFEY
ROGERS
ROGERS, J
ROJO
ROLFE, Fred
ROSE
ROSS, J

ROSSER, H
ROUSSEVELLE
RUSS, Jim
RUSSELL
RYAN
RYAN, "Tommy" Jeremiah
RYAN, +
RYAN, -
RYLAH

SADLER
SALT, Dick
SALTON, Alexander
SAMUELS, N
SAUNDERS
SAXON, P
SCHOBER
SCOTT
SCOTT, Dave
SEBIRE, Dan
SHANAHAN
SHAND
SHARP, 'Curly' W.
SHARPE, J
SHAW
SHAW-
SHEARER
SHEARNE
SHEARWOOD, 'Abe'

SHORT
SIDLEY, R
SIGMONT, F
SIMPSON, H
SLATTERY, M
SMART
SMITH, George
SMITH, Geo.
SMITH, Harry
SNODGRASS
SNOWBALL
SOLOMAN
SOUTER, John
SOUTER, Thomas
SOUTHY

SPARROW, Wheeler
SPEAR, Frank
SPEAR, Jack
SPEDDING, Alf
SPEDDING, H
SPENCER, J
SPINKS
SQUIRE
STEEL, A
STEVENSON
STEWART
STITT

STONE
STORY
STRAW
STREBOR
STRICKLAND, William
STRICKLAND, Thomas
STRONG, R. H. "Bob"
STEWART, Richard 'Dick'
SUGDEN
SULLIVAN
SUTHERLAND, James
SUTTON, Ned
SWAIN
SWALLOW, -
SWALLOW, John
SYLE, Chris

TANKARD, 'Joey' Joseph
TAYLOR
TAYLOR, -
TEMPLETON, T. W.
TERRY, J. K
THOMPSON, -
THOMPSON, A
THOMPSON, Barney
THOMPSON, R

THORNHILL, J
THURGOOD
TIMMS
TODD, H
TODD, T
TOLL

TOOHEY, James
TOOHEY, P
TRAVIS, Jim
TRILLY
TUBB, E
TULLY
TULLEY
TULLOCK

TURNBULL, John A.
TURNER, William 'Herbie'
TURPENNY, Richard
TYRELL, Jack
TYRELL
ULMER

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VALE, E
VARAH

VINE

VOKE, H

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WALDRON, A. E. 'Topsy'
WALDRON, Arthur
WALDRON, Herbert
WALES, S
WALKER, Joseph
WALKER, Mel
WALL, -
WALL
WALLACE, Sam A.
WALSH, T
WALSHE, T
WALTERS
WALTERS, E
WALTON, Bill
WARNE, A
WARREN, Walter
WARWICK, W
WATERS

WATSON, James F.
WATT, James
WATTS
WATTLING, Walter
WAUGH
WAUGH, George
WAY
WEATHERLEY
WEBB, Mick
WEBSTER, G
WELSHMAN, W
WEST
WESTWOOD, William
WHEAT, J
WHEELER
WHELAN, Mick

WHITE
WHITE, George C.
WHITEHEAD, G
WHYTE
WICKS
WILLIAMS
WILLIAMS, Bill
WILLIAMS, F
WILLIAMS, George
WILLIAMS, H
WILLIAMS, Jim
WILLIAMS, Joe
WILLIAMS, Peter|
WILLIAMSON, Edward W.
WILLS, F

WILSON
WILSON, A
WILSON, Harry
WILSON, Jimmy
WILSON, L
WILMOTT
WILTON
WISHART, Alfred
WOLFE, John
WOODBURN, W
WOODHOUSE, J
WOOD, Alf.
WOODS, James
WOODS, Michael
WOODS, W
WRIGHT, R
WORRALL

YOUNG
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Players at both VFA and VFL level

AITKEN, Jimmy
ARMSTRONG, Bob
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BALHARRY, Jim
BLAKE, Tom
BREESE, Chic
BUCK, Otto
CAMERON, Bob
CASEY, Bill
CURTIS, Charlie
DUNNE, Henry
FROST, Jack      
GYLES, Harry      

HANNAH, Brook
HEARNDEN, Alf
HEFFERNAN, Ted
HOWARD, Harry
O'COCK, Wally
PATON, John "Joe"
PATTERSON, Alby
PATTERSON, Bill
REEKIE, Jack
ROBERTS, Jack
STEWART, Dick
THOMPSON, Arthur
WALSH, Bobby
WALTON, Ernie
WEIR, Bill
WILLIAMS, Peter
WOODHOUSE, Bill



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