The Carlton Football Club wishes to express its deepest condolences and sympathies to the Silvagni family, following the passing of Sergio Silvagni.
Silvagni passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 83, surrounded by family, and will forever hold a place in Navy Blue hearts.
He was a Carlton Legend, formally inducted as one in 2016, bestowing upon him the highest honour a Carlton player could receive, having earned a list of accolades the equivalent of any to play for the Club.
A two-time Premiership player (1968, 1970), club captain (1964), club leading goal kicker (1959), Victorian Representative (1962, 1963) and Team of the Century member ensured he left an indelible mark on the Carlton Football Club.
He was also a two-time Best and Fairest winner, his first triumph in 1962 saw Silvagni reach a record a number of votes, polling in 19 of a possible 22 games, while in 1968 he saluted in a famous year that saw the Blues break a 21-year Premiership drought.
Following his decorated 239-game career, Silvagni continued to serve the Club as a committeeman and selector and his legacy has continued to span across three generations.
His son Stephen, a Carlton champion in his own right and named fullback in the AFL Team of the Century, carried the nickname of ‘SOS’ – Son of Serge – while grandsons Jack and Ben have both proudly followed in his footsteps through the doors of IKON Park.
Carlton President Mark LoGiudice expressed the Club’s unending thanks to a man who in many ways embodied the Blues.
“Sergio was and always will be a Legendary Carlton person,” LoGiudice said.
“He was such an important figure to many Carlton supporters growing up during the 1960s, particularly those who had migrated to Australia and could instantly identify with one of their heroes.
“He would go on to become one of our greatest ever players and his impact on the Club will forever hold a significant place in our history books.
“The Carlton Football Club mourns the loss of one of its Legends. On and off the field he embodied what it means to be a Carlton person and we offer our heartfelt condolences to his family.”
The Blues will wear black arm bands in this Sunday’s game against Collingwood.