1960, and this form seemed to continue into 1961, with the Blues winning five out of their first six games. It was also encouraging that the only loss in that time; to Footscray in round 3, was by only 3 points. This good start to the year had the club sitting on top of the ladder, a game clear of Essendon.
Unfortunately, the club's form would also mirror 1960 in another key way, in that it lacked consistency. The Blues promptly lost seven of the next 8 games, including five in a row between rounds 7 and 11, to tumble right out of finals contention. By round 14, Carlton had slipped to eighth place, two games and a healthy percentage out of the top four.
After that poor patch, the Blues then reversed their fortunes and finished the season off well; winning the next three encounters against South Melbourne, North Melbourne and Collingwood, before losing a tight contest to Melbourne a single point in their final game. These wins, while encouraging, had come against the teams finishing fourth last, second last and last. Even so, three wins and a 1-point loss to the team that finished runners-up gave the Blues confidence leading into 1962. Carlton had managed 9 wins and 9 losses, to finish eighth, two games out of the finals.
Captain: Graham Donaldson
Vice Captain: John Nicholls
Leading Goal-kicker and John Coleman Medallist: Tom Carroll - 54 goals
Best & Fairest: John James
Jim Carroll, Brian Holcombe, Murray Kick, Graeme Anderson, Gordon Collis, Ian Collins, Martin Cross, Tom Carroll
Brownlow Medal: John James