1897, and the 1901 season would be no different. Winning only two games for the season (rounds 4 & 5), the Blues finished second last on the ladder (St Kilda would win only one game for the year).
While the club would lose its last 12 games for the season, Carlton would be proactive, approaching ex-Fitzroy champion and former Australian test cricketer Jack Worrall to become the club Secretary. Worrall insisted on full control of the club, and became the league's first coach, a position he held until July 29, 1909.
"Carlton anticipate an improvement in their position, and have decided on getting a coach." (Herald May 03 p6)
With Worrall's appointment, the real birth of the Carlton Football Club commenced, and under his strict disciplinary approach, the club improved massively, and was favourite for the 1904 flag. Worrall then took the club to three consecutive flags in 1906, 1907 and 1908.
Will Stuckey (William)
Leading Goal-kicker: Joe Sullivan - 14
Jack Todd, Billy Spears, Bill Dodds, Frank Field, Alex Barlow, Simon Roberts, George McGann, Charlie Schunke, Frank Gomez, Harry Powell, Rhoda McDonald, George Cornelius, Harold Daniel, Jimmy Robinson, Charlie Stewart, Jack Gardiner, Jim Loriot, Paddy Noonan, Bill Pettit, Harry Pye and Charles Raff
(Would this be near the Burke and Wills Royal Park monument?)
So far, no details have been found.
On May 17 The Age reported that a permit was granted by the VFL for player O. Brennan to transfer from Collingwood to Carlton, he never played a senior game.