A BOYHOOD dream will be realised at Marvel Stadium today.

Lifelong Carlton supporter Angus Schumacher will make his AFL debut in the Old Dark Navy Blue.

Schumacher replaces Dale Thomas in the selected line-up, with the veteran to miss through illness.

The left-footed defender will become Carlton player No.1209 when he runs out onto Marvel Stadium at 3:20pm.

Averaging 17 disposals and six rebound 50s a game for the Northern Blues in 2019, the 20-year-old has shown his potential in the VFL over the last 18 months.

The Strathfieldsaye product will now get his chance at AFL level against the reigning premier, becoming Carlton’s 10th club debutant this year.