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Reserves

The first Carlton Reserves (or Seconds) team was formed in 1866. Details of many of these matches can be found in the Pre VFL year by year section of Blueseum.
The reserves competition petered out in the 1890's probably due to the severe economic depression which greatly affected Victoria.

Carlton Juniors and/or Carlton District were probably the feeders for the senior club until the establishment of the VFL Reserve Competition.
Further research is required into these competitions.

1897 Royal Crescent/ Royal Park Crescent, was Carlton's junior team this season. (Herald May 07 p3)
1902 The Herald April 25 p7; Writing about the V.J.F.A. "Carlton is still under the wing of the Carlton seniors and play on the Carlton Oval." J.Berry secretary, J. Williams (delegate)
1903 Finished third on the ladder
1904 Harry Powell was given a permit to transfer from Carlton to Carlton District in the V.J.F.A. and they played home games at Princes Park. (Carlton Oval)
1904 VJFA 10 clubs; Carlton, Coburg, Collingwood, Fitzroy, Melbourne Juniors, Northcote, Footscray, Rose-of-Northcote, South Melbourne, Yarraville.
In 1910 The Herald June 03 (p3) mentions Carlton District were playing Seymour at Seymour and that the club's secretary was H. Numa.
Bert 'Tracker' Numa played cricket for Carlton and later became the CFC treasurer 1919-1924.
Also in the column it mentions Carlton District playing Collegians on the Carlton Oval in the club's next match.
Numa was Carlton District captain in 1910.
This was in the Metropolitan Association which in 1910 had 10 clubs.
Carlton District, Collingwood District, South Yarra, (Wesley) Collegians, Caulfield, Oakleigh, Beverley (Richmond area club), Hawthorn, University and Leopold (South Melbourne)
Collegians played on the Wesley College ground fronting St.Kilda Rd.

This page tracks information about the success of the Carlton Football Club in the Reserves Grade competition, in place from 1919 until 2002. Thereafter, Carlton - like many of the Victorian based AFL Clubs - chose to disband its Reserves team and work with an affiliate team in the VFL - the Northern Bullants (later the Northern Blues). Information regarding those teams is provided here.

The Blues had a proud history in this competition, particularly during the 1980's when our playing stocks were swelled with a successful national recruiting drive. Details of our Premierships at Reserves level are highlighted in light blue below:


1910's 1920's 1930's 1940's 1950's 1960's 1970's 1980's 1990's 2000's 2020's
1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000
1921 1931 1941 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001 2021
1922 1932 1942 1952 1962 1972 1982 1992 2002
1923 1933 1943 1953 1963 1973 1983 1993
1924 1934 1944 1954 1964 1974 1984 1994
1925 1935 1945 1955 1965 1975 1985 1995
1926 1936 1946 1956 1966 1976 1986 1996
1927 1937 1947 1957 1967 1977 1987 1997
1928 1938 1948 1958 1968 1978 1988 1998
1919 1929 1939 1949 1959 1969 1979 1989 1999



NB : Carlton had a side in the VFL (old VFA) between 2000 and 2002, before joining up with the Northern Bullants.

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Contributors to this page: blueycarlton , Jarusa , Bombasheldon , PatsFitztrick , molsey , WillowBlue and admin .
Page last modified on Monday 24 of May, 2021 23:51:03 AEST by blueycarlton.

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