1904, would be disappointed in 1905. Despite recruiting well (Johnson, Caine, McGregor, Hammond and Clark) and finishing third, the Blues faltered at the Preliminary Final stage against our early 20th century nemesis, Fitzroy. The Maroons would go on to defeat the pace-setters all year, Collingwood, in a Grand Final.
Collingwood had been the real powerhouse of the 1905 season, finishing two and a half games clear on top of the ladder, and losing only twice. Yet Carlton was to cause a real upset in the second Semi Final - not only defeating the Magpies, but more than doubling their score to smash them 11.10 (76) to 4.6 (30).
In the Preliminary Final Carlton trailed eventual premiers Fitzroy by 3 points at half-time, and was right in contention until the last break. The Maroons then added 3 goals to none in the last quarter to run away with the game and finish the Blues' season.
One of the primary reasons attributed to the club's failure to win its first flag this year was the 1904 dismissal of club Secretary and coach Jack Worrall. Overwhelming player support forced an election that saw Worrall reinstated for the 1905 season, but club insiders felt that the ill-feeling and disruption around that event caused lingering harm. Such discord would not last long however, with the Blues about to embark on a thrilling run of Premierships between 1906-1908.
Carlton adopt white knicks and change blue and white socks* to navy for the upcoming season. - 100 Years of Australian Rules Football.
Carlton lost; 4.6.30 - 5.9.39
At half time "Orie" Lyons, Graham, Tough (Carlton/South Melbourne/Brunswick), and Rahilly (St.Francis Xavier) replaced, Daly, Stanlake, Solly and Hince.
Backs; Husker, Elliott (Capt.), Daly
Half backs; Leeds, Park, Solly
Centres; E. Kennedy, Boyle, Stanlake
Half forwards; Yeomans, Sullivan, Hince
Forwards; Bruce, Pitt, J. Kennedy
Followers; McVee, Hammond
Carlton lost; 5.11.41 - 10.7.67
Goals; J. Kennedy 2, Topping, Sullivan, E. Kennedy
Best; Elliott, Sullivan, Topping, Lyons, Bruce, J. Kennedy, Leeds, Stanlake, McVee.
(Trove: Standard, Port Melbourne April 22 p4)
The Herald April 15;
Carl; 1.2 2.3 3.5 3.8.26
Port; 0.1 3.3 3.4 8.7.55
Backs; Hasker, Hince, Solly
Half backs; Hammond, Leeds, Lyons
Centres; Bruce, Boyle, Roland
Half forwards; Topping, M. Grace (c), Yeomans
Forwards; Newmound/Newbound?, J. Grace, McVee
Followers; Elliott, Johnson
Carlton won by 95 points
Carl; 4.3 8.8 10.11 15.18.108
N.M; 0.0 1.1 2.1 2.1.13
Goals; Yeomans 4, Honnans? 4, Herriot? 2, Grace 2, Johnson, Bruce, M. Grace
Best 'till half time; Solly, Joe Grace, Yeomans, Hammond
Backs; Hardiman, Bradley, Husker
Half backs; Tough, Leeds, Cummins
Centres; Bruce, Roland, Williams
Half forwards; Hince, Grace (c), Yeomans
Forwards; Topping, Pitt, James
Followers; Elliott, McVeigh
Carlton won by 37 points.
Carl; 1.3 2.6 5.11 8.15.63
W.M; 2.3 3.7 3.8 3.8.26
Roland, Boyle, Hince, and Husker (Richmond Juniors) replaced Bradley, Carroll, Snell, and Solly at half time
No centre line published
Backs; McVee, Bradley, Solly
Half backs; Parker, Flynn, Payne
Centres; unknown, Newbound, Parke?
Half forwards; Topping, Grace, Kennedy
Forwards; Carroll, Johnston, Yeomans
Followers; Elliott, Hammond
Carlton won by 50 points.
Carl; 2.7 4.12 8.14 9.17.71
Bruns; 1.1 1.1 3.2 3.3.21
Goals; Elliott 3, Grace 3, Yeomans 2, Johnson
Another report said Yeomans 3
Coach: Jack Worrall
Leading Goal-kicker: Frank Caine - 25 goals
Alby Ingleman, Norman Clark, Archie McNeel, Fred Hewitt, George Blake, Frank Caine, George McCart, Jim Slater, Les Abbott, Bill McVeigh, Alf Sharp,
Rod McGregor, Charlie Hammond, George Johnson, Jim Kennedy, Bert Parke and Edgar Yeomans
Round 2, 1906 The Age mentions changing to navy blue socks in this 1906 game.
There was a full attendance of players, and in making the presentation - a handsome writing desk - Mr. J. Flynn, the captain, feeling alluded to the great respect in which Mr. Worrall was held by the players."
(Age Saturday November 04 p14)