Menu Page: All years of Carlton's history pre-VFL / AFL and associated links


On these year pages you will find the Carlton team squads. (generally 20 - 24 players) However, on some pages there are both the team squad and the actual Carlton team line-ups. (the team that took the field) These line-ups have been compiled from various newspapers via the State Library of Victoria (SLV) and Trove. Some have the name of the contributor adjacent to them, for example (Mark Pennings or M. P.), which have been sourced by Dr. Mark Pennings from the Queensland University of Technology and kindly provided to Blueseum.

Mark has extensively researched the Pre VFL era and many of his line-ups come from the final editions of The Herald which unfortunately the SLV do not have. Mark has also published his five volume "Origins of Australian Football," essential reading for all those who are interested in the beginnings and the history of Australian Football up to the end of 1896.

Unlike the VFL/AFL section of Blueseum, this part has all the games listed on one page, year by year. We wanted to include all matches, practice matches, club meetings, player movement, grounds, major rule changes, a sort of a history of the club and the game itself.

Perhaps separate match detail pages set out like the 1897 - 2022 format could be added as well in the future.

Highlighted years indicate Carlton premierships.


1869 is a disputed premiership year. Melbourne's captain H.C.A. Harrison claimed his team to be the premier team, this claim was challenged by Carlton's Jack Conway and most football journalists agreed with Conway.
There was not yet an overseeing body such as the VFA to resolve such matters.

1860's 1870's 1880's 1890's
1870 1880 1890
1871 1881 1891
1872 1882 1892
1873 1883 1893
1864 1874 1884 1894
1865 1875 1885 1895
1866 1876 1886 1896
1867 1877 1887 VFL- AFL Era
1868 1878 1888
1869 1879 1889

Pre VFL Players: Players

Carlton Team Of The Nineteenth Century: Carlton Team Of The Nineteenth Century

Formation of our Club: Formation of the Club

Formation of the Game: Pre VFL Rules of Football

Venues: Pre VFL Venues

Illuminated Addresses : Illuminated Addresses & Awards

Fixtures: Pre VFL Fixtures

Goalkickers: Pre VFL Goalkickers each Season

Pre-VFL Links: Captains | Vice Captains | Premierships | Presidents | Vice Presidents | Administrators | Committee | Image Galleries for Pre-VFL Era | Blueseum Index | Pre VFL Records

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