The Carlton Hall of Fame was established in 1987 and recognises contributions made to the Club by individuals. Inductees are to be considered from three different eras – 1864 to 1938, 1939 to 1970 and 1971 to present.
The Nomination Panel considers a candidate’s outstanding service and overall contribution to the Carlton Football Club They may also consider a candidates individual record, ability, integrity, sportsmanship and character. The number of games played or coached or years of administration and years of service are only a guide and not a determining factor.
The following players have been inducted into the Carlton Hall of Fame:
Rod McGregor - 1905-1920
One of the brightest stars of his era, Rod McGregor was a four-time Premiership player for the Navy Blues in a 236-game career that stood as a club record for more than half a century.
Horrie Clover - 1920-1924 & 1926-1931
Horace “Horrie” Clover was Carlton’s star centre half-forward of the 1920’s; a high flying, long-kicking champion who enjoyed a stellar career with the Old Dark Navy Blues, then went on to be one of our longest-serving administrators.
Harry "Soapy" Vallence - 1926-1938
In a stellar 204 game VFL career between 1926 and 1938, Vallence kicked 722 goals - a club record that stood for more than fifty years.
Bert Deacon - 1942-1951
Deacon was a star defender in two Premiership teams, a club Best and Fairest, and the first Blue to win the game’s highest individual honour; the Brownlow Medal.
John James - 1953-1963
Though just 175 cm tall, John James was highly skilled, tenacious and a spectacularly strong mark. In 195 games over eleven seasons (1953 to '63) he won Carlton's Best & Fairest three times (1955, 1960 & 1961) as well as the 1961 Brownlow Medal.
John Nicholls - 1957-1974
One of the truly great players in the history of VFL/AFL football, and the man widely regarded as the finest ruckman ever to play the game, John Nicholls led the Carlton Football Club to two Premierships as captain, and a third as captain-coach, in a celebrated playing career spanning 18 seasons.
Gordon Collis - 1961-1967
Gordon Collis was a gifted key position player whose injury-hit career at Carlton was highlighted by his magnificent Brownlow Medal winning season in 1964.
Alex Jesaulenko - 1967-1979
When it comes to sheer football ability; to that rare spark of match-winning genius that sets champions apart, the immortal ‘Jezza’ - Alex Jesaulenko – has had few peers.
Bruce Doull - 1968-1986
One the greatest defenders of all time, he was an outstanding competitor, a four-time Premiership player, four-time Best and Fairest winner and Carlton Games Record holder for 16 years.
Fred "Pompey" Elliott - 1900-1911
The first player to appear in 200 VFL games, Elliott was a well-proportioned athlete with good endurance and an impressive spring.
Ken Hands - 1945-1957
Another of the pivotal figures in the proud history of the Carlton Football Club, Ken Hands left an indelible mark on, and off the field at Princes Park. A two-time Premiership player, state representative, Best & Fairest winner and inspirational captain, Hands played 211 games and kicked 188 goals in twelve seasons beginning in the last months of World War II.
Peter Jones - 1966-1979
Peter 'Percy' Jones is one of the truly unique characters in the long history of the Carlton Football Club. His unbounded enthusiasm on the field - and his legendary exploits off it - endeared the lanky Tasmanian to generations of Blues' fans.
Norman "Hackenschmidt" Clark - 1905-1912
Norman Childers ‘Hackenschmidt’ Clark was one of the prominent figures of the Carlton Football Club in the early part of the 20th century. A champion player whose falling-out with coach Jack Worrall in 1910 had ramifications for both men, he played a vital role in each of the Blues’ first five Premierships.
Bruce Comben - 1950-1961
Bruce “Bugsy” Comben was a hugely popular and loyal servant of the Carlton Football Club for more than fifty years. After earning wide appreciation for his courage, honesty and reliability on the field in his 188 games between 1950 and 1961, he went on to further serve the Blues in many other administrative roles, as diverse as committeeman, selector, player’s representative, recruiting officer and team manager.
Sergio Silvagni - 1958-1971
After 239 games and 136 goals, two Premierships, one year as captain, two Best & Fairest awards and two Big V appearances, he went on to further serve the Blues as a committeeman, selector and even a caretaker coach.
George Coulthard - 1876-1882
Perhaps the first superstar of Australian Football (or Victorian Rules as it was then known), George Coulthard joined the fledgling Carlton Football Club as a 19-year-old in 1876. A local farmer, Coulthard had already established himself as a brilliant cricketer. But when he donned the blue cap of Carlton and ran out to join in the game that had gripped the colony like no other, Coulthard was a sensation.
Creswell "Mick" Crisp - 1931-1941
At first a dangerous flanker who combined brilliantly with Carlton’s champion full-forward Harry 'Soapy' Vallence, he later moved into the centre, where his tenacity and outstanding foot skills helped drive the Blues to the 1938 Premiership.
Robert Walls - 1967-1978
He was just sixteen years old when he played his first game for Carlton, and goaled with his first kick. Eleven seasons later, Robert Walls moved on from Princes Park as one of the greats of a fabulous era. A three-time Premiership player in 218 games, he notched 367 career goals, was vice-captain for five seasons, and captain for two.
Charlie Hammond - 1905-1909 & 1914-1918
A revered son of the Old Dark Navy Blue, Charles ’Charlie’ Hammond was a five-time Premiership player for Carlton in the first decades of the 20th century. A tough, hard-hitting follower or defender, he walked out of Princes Park in acrimonious circumstances in 1910, but was convinced to return after a four-year absence.
Bob Chitty - 1937-1946
During his successful and controversial career, Bob Chitty was widely regarded as one of the hardest, most single-minded players of all time. Hated by opposition supporters and revered by his own, he was utterly ruthless in his pursuit of victory, and heaven help any opposition in his way.
Jack Howell - 1942-1944, 1946-1950, 1952-1954
Carlton’s Jack ‘Chooka’ Howell holds a special place in the history of both the Carlton Football Club and VFL/AFL football. His father was a Premiership player with South Melbourne in 1918, and Chooka himself won a flag with Carlton in 1947. When Chooka's son Scott Howell played in the Blues’ 1981 Premiership team, the Howells became the only family to have produced VFL Premiership footballers in three successive generations.
Wayne Johnston - 1979-1990
A brilliant, hard-running, aggressive mid-fielder in four Carlton Premiership teams, Wayne Johnston was a player ahead of his time. Years before athletic endurance and absolute intensity became prime requirements of a league footballer, Johnston; ‘The Dominator’ carved his name with capitals into the history of the Carlton Football Club.
Jim Clark - 1943-1951
Invariably described as loyal, brave and determined, James Robinson (Jim) Clark was a star for the Blues through the uncertain years of World War II, and the youngest member of Carlton’s 1945 Premiership team.
Ern Henfry - 1944, 1947-1952
At 182 cms and 82 kg he was big for a centreman, but his wonderful foot skills, his pace and his evasiveness made him a matchwinner. A Premiership Captain in 1947, Henfry won the Club Best & Fairest twice in his 84-game career with the Blues.
Adrian Gallagher - 1964-1972
Over eight seasons, Gallagher was an integral part of the greatest first ruck of all. He developed an instinctive, almost telepathic combination with champion ruckman John Nicholls and ruck-rover Serge Silvagni in an era when this trio were the platform for two Carlton Premierships.
Mike Fitzpatrick - 1975-1983
At 191 cm and 91 kg he gave away height and weight to many opponents, but he was clever, athletic and an outstanding mark. Adept at assessing his opponents' strengths and weaknesses, he was a fierce competitor who hated being beaten. Three-time Premiership player, including two as Captain.
Frank Gill - 1929-1942
Regarded as one of the very best in an era of star full-backs, Frank Gill was a Carlton stalwart for 14 seasons. Recruited from Nhill in north-western Victoria, he began his league career with the Blues in 1929 and went on to play 205 games.
Rodney Ashman - 1973-1986
Rod Ashman was one of Carlton's greatest rovers. A brave and skilful player who was part of two Premiership teams, he continued to serve the Blues for many years after his wonderful playing career ended.
Stephen Kernahan - 1986-1997
The numbers are impressive enough; 251 games, 738 goals, All-Australian, twice captain of Carlton Premiership teams, three times club Best & Fairest, captain (and leading goal-kicker) for eleven seasons in a row - yet this fabulous record only goes part of the way toward explaining why Stephen 'Sticks' Kernahan is revered as one of this proud club's greatest players and most inspirational leaders.
Charlie Davey - 1927-1937
A passionate Blues supporter from birth, Charlie Davey represented the Navy Blues in 143 games, kicking 121 goals and Captaining the Club in 1935.
Ollie Grieve - 1942, 1944, 1946-1952
For seven seasons immediately after World War II, Carlton’s champion custodian of the goal square was Oliver Kelvin ‘Ollie’ Grieve – a brilliant, close-checking defender who was a glorious high mark and a powerful, driving drop-kick.
Trevor Keogh - 1970-1981
A clever player, Keogh was not a penetrating kick, but rarely wasted a possession able to pin point players and put the the team to a better advantage with smart disposal. A Premiership player in 1972 & 1979 and a dual Best & Fairest winner.
Geoff Southby - 1971-1984
Southby arrived at Carlton in late 1970 as a 20 year-old, and was revelation from his first practice game. At 188cm and 87kg he was the perfect build for a key defender of that era. Twice Best & Fairest, two-time Premiership player and regular State representative, in 268 games he kicked 31 goals in his rare forays forward.
Mark Maclure - 1974-1986
In a long and successful career with the Blues between 1974 and 1986, “Sellers” Maclure wore his number 36 guernsey in 243 games, including solid contributions in each of the 1979, 1981, and 1982 Carlton Premierships.
Craig Bradley - 1986-2002
A consummate professional whose outstanding ball-winning ability, accurate disposal, punishing non-stop running and longevity in the game made him one of the all-time greats. “Braddles” captained the Blues for three years, won two AFL Premierships, and picked up almost every possible honour in a stellar career that spanned 17 seasons and a record 375 games for the Carlton Football Club.
Justin Madden - 1983-1997
Madden was one of Carlton’s great ruckmen; a 206-centimetre beanpole with outstanding tap skills, strong hands and a reliable left foot when shooting for goal. In a marathon 18-year AFL career that began at Essendon and flourished at Carlton, Harry played 332 senior games and kicked 190 goals between 1980 and 1996.
Jim Francis - 1934-1943
Francis was barely tall enough for a key position at 183 cm and 80 kg, but he was athletic, extraordinarily versatile, and a booming right foot kick. Captained the Blues in 1936 and again between 1941-43, was a Premiership player in 1938 and was Best & Fairest twice.
Barry Armstrong - 1969-1981
Barry Armstrong was a fiercely competitive and capable footballer who played more than 200 games for the Blues in a long career, and was a valued member of two Premiership teams.
David McKay - 1969-1981
Fondly remembered as one of the most consistent and spectacular high marks of his era, David “Swan” McKay was a Carlton star for twelve years, and a key member of four Premiership teams.
Stephen Silvagni - 1985-2001
The AFL's Full Back of the Century, Silvagni played 312 games in a glorious 17-season career which saw him feature in two Premiership teams, claim the Best & Fairest award twice and named All-Australian seven times.
Rod Austin - 1972-1985
One of the most popular players of his era, he won Premiership glory with the Blues in 1979, and was cruelly denied a place in both the 1981 and '82 flag sides by injury.
Ken Baxter - 1938-1941 & 1945-1950
In ten seasons at Princes Park, Baxter was a Premiership player three times, and club leading goal-kicker on six occasions. Although he often spent time in defence or in the ruck – particularly early in his career - he kicked seven or more goals in a match nine times.
Wes Lofts - 1960-1970
A pivotal figure at the Carlton Football Club for forty years, Wesley Victor Lofts was a tough, uncompromising Premiership full-back, and later, one of the Blues’ most powerful and influential administrators.
Ken Hunter - 1981-1989
To a whole generation of Carlton supporters, Kenny quickly became a synonym for courage. With his spindly frame, his socks down around his ankles and his trademark mop of unruly hair, Hunter ran into, and flew over packs from all angles to take spectacular marks week after week. Absolutely fearless in his pursuit of the football, he never shirked the fiercest of physical clashes.
Peter Dean - 1984-1998
Throughout his 248 games with the Navy Blues – including the '87 and '95 Premierships – ‘Deanie’ (later also dubbed ‘Helmet’ for his mullet haircut, or ‘The General’ for his on-field leadership) was one of the most popular Carlton players of his era.
Laurie Kerr - 1950-1959
If three words were needed to sum up Laurie Kerr as a footballer, then they would surely be speed, aggression and courage. A blisteringly-quick winger, centreman or half-forward flanker, Kerr was a star player in a bleak period for the Blues from 1950 to ’59, and later, an influential figure in the Carlton Football Club for more than thirty years.
Kevin Hall - 1963-1973
Kevin "Racehorse" Hall was a solid, reliable, often inspirational member of three Premiership teams for the Blues, and later, a valuable and long-serving committee and board member.
Tom Alvin - 1984-1994
Easily distinguished on the field by his long, shoulder-length hair, Alvin played 218 games and kicked 95 goals. A member of the 1987 Premiership side, he represented Victoria on six occasions.
Brett Ratten - 1990-2003
Brett Ratten’s career at the Carlton Football Club is a story of talent, determination, courage and loyalty. Destined to be a champion of the club and of the game, he joined Carlton’s Under-19 squad as a 16 year-old schoolboy in 1988 and retired after 255 games for the Navy Blues, including the 1995 Premiership.
Greg Williams - 1992-1997
One of the most brilliant and controversial players of all time, Greg "Diesel" Williams was twice rejected by Carlton as a youngster because he lacked natural leg speed. Nevertheless, he went on to carve his name into AFL history as a champion centreman at Geelong and Sydney, before returning to Princes Park and Premiership glory with the Blues. For sheer ball-getting ability, tenacity, and pin-point disposal by hand or by foot, Diesel Williams had few peers.
Garry Crane - 1964-1976
Renowned for his boundless courage, perseverance and sheer ball-getting ability, Garry Crane was an outstanding big-occasion player for the Navy Blues in a celebrated 13-year career between 1964 and 1976.
Jim Buckley - 1976-1990
Jimmy Buckley played his first senior game in guernsey number 16 at the tender age of 16 years, 6 months and 18 days, making him the equal-youngest Blue of all. In a career stretching 15 seasons, Buckley would play in three Premiership teams and won the Best & Fairest award in 1982.
Wayne Harmes - 1977-1988
A true utility, he was perhaps at his best in a back pocket, yet never failed to produce wherever he was asked to play. Just 177 cm tall, his barrel chest and solid legs meant he tipped the scales at 85 kg. He was surprisingly quick for his build, a safe mark and dangerous near goal, and he loved bursting through packs to set up play at both ends of the ground.
Michael Sexton - 1990-2000
One of Carlton’s brightest stars in the last decade of the 20th century was Michael Sexton; a skilled, resolute defender who was born in New Guinea and grew up in Bendigo.
Ian Collins - 1961-1969 & 1971
A courageous, uncompromising back pocket in the Blues' 1968 Premiership team, Ian Collins went on to serve as Secretary-Manager and President through some of Carlton Football Club's most successful, and later, most turbulent times.
David Glascott - 1981-1991
With his slender build, his longish blonde hair and his baby face, he seemed anything but a star VFL footballer. But looks are often deceiving, and in Glascott’s case, the fresh face and spindly legs belonged to a determined and skilful midfielder who was a valuable member of three Carlton Premiership teams.
Andrew McKay - 1993-2003
A warrior at half-back for the Blues for 11 seasons, he was resolute, reliable and most of the time, utterly impassable. His career began with a Grand Final defeat in his debut year, then soared to redemption only two seasons later. From then on, through the near-misses of 1999 and 2000, and into the looming catastrophe of the first decade of this troubled century, Andrew Ian McKay stood – and still stands – as an all-time great of the Carlton Football Club.
Jack Worrall - 1902-1909
The first-ever coach of a VFL club. He was a brilliant leader, coaching the Old Dark Navy Blues in 144 games for 100 wins, 1 draw and 43 losses, including the 1906, 1907 and 1908 Premierships.
George Bruce - 1903-1913
A pacey winger with flair and impeccable ground skills, he was almost unstoppable throughout Carlton’s historic hat-trick of Premierships in 1906 to 1908, and was regarded as one of the game’s first great big-occasion players.
Paddy O'Brien - 1913-1925
Patrick Joseph “Paddy” O’Brien was almost the perfect footballer for his era. Highly skilled, athletic and as tough as teak, he played 167 games and kicked 7 goals for Carlton in a celebrated career that stretched over 13 seasons between 1913 and 1925. Two of those matches were Grand Final victories; in 1914 over South Melbourne and in 1915 over Collingwood.
Jim Baird - 1941-1943 & 1945-1951
Jim Baird was a two-time VFL Premiership player for the Carlton Football Club, and one of the great all-round sportsmen of the post-World War II era.
Bryan Quirk - 1965-1975
One of Carlton's greats, Bryan Quirk was the football equivalent of a champion greyhound. A tall, beautifully balanced, long-kicking winger or half-forward, he arrived at Carlton at the dawn of the Barassi era, and carved out a celebrated, if unlucky career.
Syd Jackson - 1969-1976
A gifted, courageous aboriginal footballer who was a star in two Carlton Premiership teams. In 2005 he was named in the AFL Players Association Indigenous Team of the Century, and in 2006 he became the Carlton Heroes’ inaugural inductee into the Carlton Hall of Fame - an honour that everyone who saw him play would agree, was richly deserved.
Peter McConville - 1978-1985
Widely regarded for his consistency and his versatility, the powerful barrel-chested utility was a key factor in Carlton's golden run of three Premierships in four years from 1979 to 1982.
Alex Marcou - 1979-1986
Alex Marcou was a member of Carlton’s fabled mosquito fleet of brilliant small men of the 1970’s and ‘80’s, and a three-time Premiership rover for the Blues.
Fraser Brown - 1989-2000
The shaggy-haired Brown, who wore #20 in 177 games for the Blues, was a tough and fair midfielder with the occasional stint forward. He was a solid 'inside' midfielder with creative disposal, but lacked a yard in pace. And when we say 'solid' we mean 'brick solid' given his 90 kilo, 181 cm frame. He formed an amazing engine room with other Legends Greg Williams and Brett Ratten, providing considerable ball winning ability to the Carlton teams of the 1990's.
Ken Sheldon - 1977-1986
“Bomba” Sheldon was an important member of Carlton’s famed mosquito fleet of the nineteen-seventies and eighties. Just 178 cm and 76 kg, he was a nippy, courageous rover who became a versatile utility as his career progressed.
Ron Barassi - 1965-1971
In a VFL career in which he played 254 games and kicked 329 goals, he wore our Navy Blue guernsey in 50 games, kicked 35 goals, and coached six seasons for two memorable Premierships. More importantly, he had swept away the complacent attitudes that existed before his arrival, and built the platform for Carlton's dominance in the next decade.
Vin Gardiner - 1907-1917
More than 90 years after he played his last match for the Blues, Gardiner still ranks tenth overall in our club’s list of all-time career goals. Described as the ‘biggest kick, inch for inch’ of his era, Gardiner led Carlton’s goal-kicking in seven of his eleven seasons, and was also the VFL’s leading scorer in 1911.
John Goold - 1963-1970
A brilliant, flamboyant, two-time Premiership player for Carlton during the Barassi years in the ‘swingin’ sixties,’ John William Crosbie Goold became almost as famous for his dapper appearance off the field, as for his exploits on it.
Anthony Koutoufides - 1992-2007
Throughout the history of VFL/AFL football, few individual players have actually changed the game. However, such was the impact of Anthony Koutoufides - “Kouta” to the masses of Blues supporters he thrilled during his celebrated 15-season career at Princes Park between 1992 and 2007 – that today he is recognised as the prototype of the 21st century footballer.
David Parkin - 1981-1985 & 1991-2000
Among the most respected figures in the long history of the Carlton Football Club, David Parkin was already a household name at Hawthorn when he arrived at Princes Park in 1981 to coach the Blues to three Premierships in fifteen interrupted seasons.
David Rhys-Jones - 1985-1992
Rhys-Jones' rare football talents were sometimes lost in his all-too-frequent Tribunal visits. Not so at Carlton, the club to which the 1987 premiership player and Norm Smith Medallist committed in 108 matches (after 76 with the Swans).