Nothing gets footy fans up and about for a new round than having Carlton play on a Friday night.
Since Carlton last featured in the AFL Finals in 2013, the League has sought fit to schedule them on the big prime-time stage that is Friday Night Football 13 times for a record of 12 losses and one win.
After the AFL scheduled them in for six Friday night matches in 2015 all of which were disappointments, the league didn’t fixture them for any Friday nights the following year.
The Blues went on to play only one Friday night game in 2017 and play four this year, much to the confusion of everyone as the Blues have been down the bottom.
As the winless Blues get ready to play the Western Bulldogs this Friday night, the Ladbrokes Blog recaps all of those Fabulous Friday Nights to feature the old dark navy Blues since 2014.
Round 7, 2014 – Collingwood 14-20 (104) def. Carlton 10. 10 (70) – MCG
Dale Thomas first game against his old side Collingwood – fell flat with 14 disposals against his former team. Thomas had a mis-kicked set shot from 40 meters that didn’t even make the goal line. Collingwood wins the game which leads to them being on a four-game winning streak. The Blues kicked only two goals up until three-quarter time but kicked eight of the last four goals to trim the margin from 56 points at the main break.
Round 12, 2014 – Geelong 16-11 (107) def. Carlton 15-12 (102) – Etihad Stadium
Joel Selwood was the last gasp for the Cats hero running into a Cameron Guthrie handball to win the game for the Cats at the 29-minute mark of the last quarter, in a Friday night thriller!
The Blues were down by 24 points, kicked six straight goals from the 16-minute mark of the third term to lead by 16 points at the 11-minute mark of the final quarter Bryce Gibbs looked to kick the match winner for the Blues at the 24-minute mark but the Cats were simply too good.
Carlton coach Mick Malthouse was furious with the umpires with two questionable free-kicks involving Mitch Robinson. Malthouse struggled to hide his disappointment post-match, particularly with two umpiring decisions with the ball deep in Carlton’s forward line inside the final minute involving Mitch Robinson and Troy Menzel.
Round 13 2014 – Hawthorn 18. 10 (118) def. Carlton 13. 12 (90) – MCG
In Mick Malthouse’s 700th game as a senior AFL coach, the Blues made that season’s eventual premiers, Hawthorn scrap it out for three quarters. In this game, Chris Judd returned from injury and showed his class with 26 disposals and Levi Casboult kicked four goals, including three from free kicks in the third quarter. Ironically, this game would have Brendon Bolton filling in for Alistair Clarkson as Hawthorn coach.
Round 18 2014 – Carlton 16-13 (109) def. North Melbourne 13-8 (86) – Etihad Stadium
CARLTON WINS ON A FRIDAY NIGHT! In Mitch Robinson’s 100th game for the Blues, Jarrad Waite (who would go on to play for North the next year) puts Carlton up by 25 points, 18 minutes into the last quarter ensuring the Blues a win.
Round 21 2014 – Geelong 11-16 (82) def. Carlton 11-10 (76)- Etihad Stadium
Yet another Friday night thriller between the two sides for season 2014. At the 19 minute mark of the last quarter, Carlton gets seven points up thanks to a Jarrad Waite goal, but the Cats hit back with the last two majors to beat the Blues by a goal. The Blues were hit with injury and were down to only one man on the bench. In the post-game washup, Mick Malthouse praised his player’s performance based on the injuries and where both sides were positioned on the ladder.
Round 22, 2014 – Port Adelaide 20-20 (140) def. Carlton 5-7 (37) – Adelaide Oval
Carlton’s very first trip to Adelaide Oval proved to be a nightmare. Port smashed them by 103 points going into their 2014 finals campaign and kicked 10 unanswered goals after half-time. It was a horrible night for Carlton in that the Power were able to kick eight of their first nine goals from Blues turnovers.
Round 2, 2015 – West Coast 20-11 (131) def. Carlton 9-8 (62) – Subiaco
Former Carlton player Josh Kennedy kicks a bag of 10 goals as the Eagles thumped the Blues by 69 points. At this stage, Carlton had only won three of its last 15 games after Round 14, 2014. Chris Judd had a great first quarter with 12 touches and helped the Blues kick six goals and go into a 12 point lead at quarter time, but they would only kick three for the rest of the match.
Round 5, 2015 – Collingwood 18-12 (120) def. Carlton 6-9 (45) – MCG
This was the night Mick Malthouse broke the record for most games coached in VFL/AFL history. To celebrate, Carlton gets thumped by the Magpies by 75 points. Already the jungle drums were beating at Princes Park for Matlhouse to be sacked. Prior to the game, Malthouse was given a rousing reception from supporters of both sides around the MCG. In his post-game press-conference, Malthouse said, “Unfortunately, I’ve got to say that that’s as disappointing a game as I’ve been attached to here at Carlton.”
Round 8 2015 – Geelong 22-8 (140) def. Carlton 9-9 (63) – Etihad Stadium
In Carlton’s worst start to a season since 2002, the Cats thrash the Blues by 77 points. Leading into the game footy talkback was dominated during the week with stories of differences between coach Mick Malthouse and Carlton management. After the game, the then Carlton CEO Stephen Trigg remained adamant that Malthouse’s job would be reviewed at the end of the season.
“We’re determined to stay the plan, which assesses it, to put it on the agenda, in the second half of the season,” Trigg told Channel Seven. “What I was asked (on radio) is, does there become a tipping point? In anything, there becomes a time when you have to really assess it. We said we’d do it in the second half of the season.” During the interview with Channel 7’s Mark Stevens, Carlton fans could be heard heckling the CEO for Malthouse to be sacked.
Round 9 2015 – Sydney 19-8 (122) def. Carlton 9-8 (62) – SCG
During the week, Mick Malthouse was sacked and John Barker is replaced as Carlton’s caretaker coach for the remainder of the 2015 season. This game will be remembered for Adam Goodes War Dance in front of the Carlton cheer squad in what will be a controversial and regrettable chapter for the game. Buddy Franklin also kicked seven. Patrick Cripps provided some hope to Blues fans but they never stood a chance, in fact, Ladbrokes offered a $2 special for the Swans to win and paid out all bets at the quarter time break.
Round 15 2015 – Richmond 10-11 (71) def. Carlton 5-11 (41) – MCG
A scrappy game, riddled with skill errors and 55 free kicks are paid. The Tigers go on to win the match by 30 points over the Blues. Richmond got 35 points up at the start of the third term but the Blues got within striking distance close to three-quarter time. Interim coach John Barker said Carlton had “shot themselves in the footy” by blowing their chances of snatching the game.
Round 17, 2015 – Hawthorn 27-11 (173) def. Carlton 4-11 (35) – Etihad Stadium
In Marc Murphy’s 200th game for the Club, Hawthorn belts Carlton by 138 points – the biggest loss in the clubs history. The Hawks had 12 goalkickers for the whole match in front of a small crowd of 25,000. Meanwhile, at the MCG, 99,000 are on hand to watch Manchester City play Real Madrid in a pre-season Soccer friendly.
Round 5, 2017 – Port Adelaide 20-17 (137) def. Carlton 6-11 (47) – Adelaide Oval
Carlton returns from their Friday night Football exile for one of cameo in the 2017 season, going down to Port Adelaide by 90 points. In a forgettable night for Carlton, Levi Casboult kicked four out of the Blues six for the entire game.
Round 3, 2018 – Collingwood 16-10 (100) def. Carlton 11-10 (76) – MCG
Carlton started the game well but once the Magpies got going, couldn’t keep up for the rest of the match. Steele Sidebottom and Brodie Grundy dominated for the Magpies which eased the pressure off coach Nathan Buckley and was the start of the Pies current winning streak of three. During the second quarter, Collingwood kicked five goals to none. In the post-game, many questioned as to why Carlton had been given a heap of prime-time Friday fixtures this season.