1952. A 10-4 winning record saw the club sitting second on the ladder after round 14, only half a game behind eventual premiers Melbourne. The club's form then deserted it, losing three of its remaining four home and away games. Two of these losses would be to teams outside of the top 4, the first of which was a 7 goal defeat to eventual wooden spooners Geelong.
The great start to the season allowed the club to remain in the top 4, finishing in 4th place, six points ahead of Collingwood in fifth. Entering the first Semi Final against Hawthorn out of form, the Blues played like the underdog. The Hawks kicked 5 goals to none in the first quarter, ending the game as a contest, with Carlton only managing six goals for the entire match. Hawthorn went on to win 10.11 (71) to 6.12 (48).
Captain: Ken Hands
Vice Captain: Laurie Kerr
Leading goal scorer: Gerald Burke - 34 goals
Allan White, John Nicholls, Leo Brereton and Denis Strauch
Vic Garra (bruised thigh) and Kevin Clarke (bruised knee) were mentioned in The Age July 24 as having played and overcoming these minor injuries.
Further details are yet to be found.
"While in Swan Hill, Carlton officials signed promising 6ft 2ins 13st follower Max Carn. He will come down to Carlton next season." (Age)