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Most Proficient Bench Warmer

In 1930 The League introduced the 19th man to the competition. This 19th man was able to replace a player during the course of the match and the replaced player could not re-enter the field, before this if a player was injured and left the field he couldn’t be replaced and the side played ‘one short’. Carlton’s first 19th man was Jim Crowe in their Round 1, 1930 win against Essendon at Windy Hill. Back then Carlton like most League clubs didn’t pay match payments to the 19th man if he didn’t play and that game didn’t count toward their senior record, (but has since fallen in line with the current League records that includes these games, when the player didn’t enter the playing field during the game). Soon players found ways to be injured in the last moments of the game to enable their mate to replace them and thus be paid. Carlton’s last ‘solo’ 19th man was Charlie McInnes in the Grand Final, 1945 victory against South Melbourne in the “Blood Bath” premiership at Princes Park.

In 1946 the League introduced the 20th man and the next change occurred in 1978 when the 19th and 20th men became interchange players, with the replace players being able to re-enter to field of play, as long as they went thru the interchange ‘gate’ and only 18 players from their side were on the ground at anytime. In 1994 a third player was added to ‘This Bench’ and in 1998 a fourth player was added. In 2011 the interchange bench was changed to 3 interchange players and a one substitude player (in a green vest), the substitude player can replace any player and that player who has been replaced can't go back on the ground and must wear a red vest.

From the 2011 season to see which Carlton Player was the substitude the most times click here.


Carlton Senior MPBW Award 1930-1945
Year Player Games off Bench Player's Games Season
1930 Norm Collins 9 12
1931 Fred Williams 5 11
1932 Frank O'Rourke 4 8
1933 Jack Green 3 17
Jack Hale 3 6
Charlie Street 3 15
1934 George Dougherty 2 4
Jim Park 2 9
Ted Pollock 2 13
1935 Jim Park 4 15
1936 Bert Butler 4 5
Clen Denning 4 8
1937 Eric Huxtable 3 14
1938 Gordon Crisp 6 7
1939 Charlie McInnes 7 12
1940 Bert McTaggart 5 8
1941 Charlie McInnes 5 16
1942 Albert 'Mick' Price 3 5
1943 Mac Wilson 4 5
1944 Charlie McInnes 3 18
Ernie Spence 3 4
Graham Tudor 3 18
Mac Wilson 3 4
1945 Charlie McInnes 6 13




Carlton Senior MPBW Award 1946-1977
Year Player Games off Bench Player's Games Season
1946 Herb Turner 7 17
1947 Allan Greenshields 10 13
1948 Bob Kelsey 8 14
Alan Sorrell 8 12
1949 Alan Sorrell 7 9
1950 Jim Davies 7 13
1951 Jim Baird 7 18
1952 Doug Guy 8 11
1953 Brian Molony 4 8
1954 Jack Spencer 5 11
1955 Brian Molony 5 9
1956 Bob Bosustow 8 9
1957 Brian Buckley 5 13
Colin Holt 5 9
Jack Mills 5 10
1958 Graham McColl 6 10
1959 Berkley Cox 7 10
1960 John O'Keefe 4 6
1961 John Heathcote 6 16
1962 Martin Cross 7 13
John Reilly 7 7
1963 Bruce McMaster-Smith 6 9
1964 Barry Gill 6 13
1965 Barry Gill 4 8
Ian Nankervis 4 8
1966 Maurie Fowler 5 8
Jim Pleydell 5 12
1967 Peter Kerr 9 16
1968 Peter Kerr 7 11
Peter McLean 7 14
1969 Peter Kerr 6 10
1970 Ted Hopkins 12 20
1971 Ian Collins 7 15
1972 Peter Fyffe 7 22
Andy Lukas 7 8
1973 Peter Hall 8 20
Bryan Quirk 8 12
1974 Peter Hall 6 11
1975 Russell Ohlsen 5 14
Eric Pascoe 5 11
Bryan Quirk 5 10
Greg Towns 5 6
1976 Greg Towns 7 15
1977 Tony Pickett 7 14




Carlton Senior MPBW Award 1978-2014
Year Player Games off Bench Player’s Games Season
1978 Ken Sheldon 10 18
1979 Alex Marcou 10 24
1980 Vin Catoggio 10 20
1981 Mario Bortolotto 7 11
1982 David Clarke 5 9
Robbert Klomp 5 24
1983 Mark Buckley 5 11
1984 Fraser Murphy 8 18
1985 Spiro Kourkoumelis 5 14
Warren McKenzie 5 10
1986 Fraser Murphy 10 12
1987 Bernie Evans 7 13
1988 Steve Da Rui 7 20
Wayne Harmes 7 11
1989 Andrew Phillips 6 12
1990 Warren McKenzie 7 10
1991 Chris Bond 7 12
1992 Chris Bond 6 6
1993 Paul McCormack 8 9
1994 James Cook 11 18
1995 Troy Bond 13 15
1996 Matthew Allan 16 19
1997 Aaron Hamill 8 19
1998 Mark Porter 10 19
Adam White 10 15
1999 Brett Backwell 9 11
Matthew Lappin 9 25
2000 Ryan Houlihan 13 13
2001 Ryan Houlihan 12 23
2002 Jim Plunkett 10 18
2003 Jonathon McCormick 12 21
2004 David Clarke jnr 8 10
Andrew Walker* 8 15
2005 Callum Chambers 9 10
Ian Prendergast 9 13
2006 Jordan Russell 9 10
2007 Luke Blackwell 9 11
2008 Jordan Russell 10 21
2009 Jeffery Garlett* 10 10
2010 Chris Yarran* 9 16
2011 David Ellard* 15 19
2012 Ed Curnow* 12 18
2013 Brock McLean* 12 22
2014 Brock McLean* 9 16
* Current Player




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