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Honour the past: No.24

Honour the past | Matthew Allan Watch the best of Carlton ruckman Matthew Allan in the No.24 guernsey.

Last month, Carlton’s 11 newest players were awarded their guernseys as they prepare for life as Blues.

Moving on to the No.24 guernsey, we look at the players who have made the guernsey what it is, and what's to come for the incumbent. 

Honour the past

By the numbers
Number of representatives: 39
Average games played: 22.9
Games record holder: Matthew Allan — 140 games
Best and fairest wins: Two — 1945, 1999
Premiership players: Three
100-game players: Three
Hall of Fame players: Charlie Hammond* (Wore five different jumper numbers)

Famous faces
Arguably the most recognisable player from Carlton’s past in the No.24 guernsey is former ruckman, Matthew Allan.

The games record holder in the jumper, Allan’s 1999 season in particular saw him establish himself as one of the competition’s premier ruckmen.

 

In a campaign where the Blues memorably made the Grand Final, Allan’s year saw him win the Club’s best and fairest award and come third in the Brownlow Medal.

While Allan ultimately didn’t play in a premiership, the No.24 has seen two successful Grand Finals.

It was worn by Ron Savage in the ‘Bloodbath’ premiership of 1945, while Hall of Famer Charlie Hammond wore it in 1914 in what was just one of his five premierships.

Own the future

New custodian

Nic Newman swapped the No.28 jumper of the Sydney Swans for the No.24 jumper of Carlton as he prepares to embark on his first year as a Blue.

 

With his disposal by foot his main asset, Newman will look to bolster Carlton’s stocks across half-back while also having the ability to push up onto the wings.

Newman - who will front up for his third AFL season in 2019 - will have the perfect reference in Kade Simpson playing alongside him.

He’s another player in the long line of players to represent South Melbourne/Sydney and Carlton, with other names including Barry Mitchell, David Rhys-Jones and Greg Williams.