1940 SummaryThe 1940 season was almost a carbon copy of 1939: the club had a solid start, fell away in mid season, and finished well. Carlton wound up in the same place on the ladder; fifth, although the superior 1939 record of 12 wins and 8 losses would have seen the club finish second this season.
After winning four of our first six games, the Blues sat third place on the ladder - then a loss of form undid all that good early season work. In seven games between rounds 7 and 13, the club won just once - against Richmond in round 11. We were competitive in all these games, with the losses coming by margins of 10, 23, 4, 7, 1 and 15 points (an average of 10 points over six matches). But in the final analysis, the club's inability to pinch one of these close results was costly, dropping the Blues to eighth on the ladder in a season in which they missed out on the finals by one win.
Thankfully, this was a temporary situation, because Carlton would bounce back into flag contention in 1941.
Melbourne would win the 1940 Premiership.
People of 1940Captain & Coach: Brighton Diggins
Leading Goal-kicker: Paul Schmidt - 55 goals
Best & Fairest: Jim Francis
MilestonesDebuts: Clinton 'Dick' Chandler, Bert McTaggart, Gordon Cameron, Bernie Bignell, Jack Bavin, Jack Bennett, Jim Mooring
Patriotic Carnival August 03All League teams took part in the Patriotic Carnival which was part of the War effort, held on the M.C.G.
Matches were of 20 minutes duration.
Round 1: Carlton defeated Geelong 1.3 - 0.4
Round 2: Carlton defeated Fitzroy 3.3 - 1.2
Round 3: St. Kilda defeated Carlton 4.4 - 1.2
(St. Kilda defeated Richmond in the Grand Final)
Dietician"That Carlton officials have been perturbed regarding what or when their players should eat prior to embarking for Geelong. So worried have they been, folks, that they sought the advice of a lady dietician, who decided in favor of grills. There's no doubt about this march of time. In the old days a feed of good old corned beef and carrots, with a noggin or two to wash same down, and the rolling of the train acted as a digester.
Carlton Football Club are sure putting on the side in 1940."
(Williamstown Chronicle, April 27 1940, p8)