It’s a seemingly innocuous minute, hidden amongst entries such as the appointment of Dr Strahan as club surgeon at a remuneration of 15 guineas.
But the minute listed at a Carlton committee meeting at the League Rooms on Collins Street on the evening of March 15, 1909, surely ranks as one of this club’s most significant.

“Uniforms: Resolved unanimously that a large white C. be worked on front of sweaters.”

In the room for this landmark moment in Carlton history were messrs Urquhart (Chair), Abrahams, Uren, Quirk, Blay, Hooper, Coulson, McInerney, Bruce, O’Connor, Gurr, Taylor, Kennedy, Coulthard, McGregor, secretary.

It was the night those 15 gentlemen also recommended that Fred “Pompey” Elliott be presented with the 1908 Premier Ball on pedestal on the opening day of the 1909 season.
Thirty-five days later, on April 19, 1909 the Carlton committee received correspondence from the then VFL approving the “letter C to be worn on the jerseys”, replacing the original blue lace-up with chamois yoke.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

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