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Seasons in the Competition

In addition to being one of the Foundation Clubs of the AFL, Carlton is also one of two Clubs to have played in each and every season since the inception of the VFL. In wartime, the difficulties of society had often meant that teams and competitions were limited for players and funds, but Carlton – plus our arch-nemesis Collingwood – can proudly proclaim to have been in every single season of the VFL and AFL…all 125 seasons (as at the conclusion of season 2021).

Note: Carlton is the only club to have played every season since 1864.



Completed Seasons Span Clubs Years Missing
125 1897 - 2021*Carlton and CollingwoodN/A
124 1897 – 1915; 1917 - 2021*South Melbourne / Sydney1916
123 1897 – 1915; 1918 - 2021*Essendon and St Kilda1916 and 1917
122 1897-1915, 1917-1941 & 1944-2021*Geelong 1916 & 1942 -43
122 1897-1915 & 1919-2021* Melbourne 1916, 1917, 1918
114 1908-2021*Richmond Joined 1908
100 1897 - 1996Fitzroy (pre-merger) Merged 1997
97 1925 - 2021*Hawthorn, Footscray and North Melbourne Joined 1925
35 1987 - 2021*Brisbane (Bears + Lions) and West Coast Joined 1987
31 1991 - 2021*Adelaide Joined 1991
27 1995 - 2021*Fremantle Joined 1995
25 1997 - 2021*Port PowerJoined 1997
11 2011 - 2021* Gold Coast Suns Joined 2011
10 2012 - 2021*GWS GiantsJoined 2012


NB Updated for Season 2021


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Contributors to this page: molsey , blueycarlton and Jarusa .
Page last modified on Sunday 26 of September, 2021 15:49:04 AEST by molsey.

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