Founded in 1864 in Carlton, an inner suburb of Melbourne.
In 1877, Carlton became one of the foundation clubs of the VFA, and was a comfortable winner of the premiership in that competition's inaugural season.
In 1897 the club was one of the VFL's eight founding member clubs.
Carlton has historically been one of the most successful clubs, having won sixteen senior premierships, equal with Essendon as the most of any club.
The club has a long and successful history, winning the most premierships of any club in the VFL era. In the early days they became particularly strong and had a large supporter base.
Together with fierce rivals Collingwood, Richmond and Essendon, Carlton was considered historically to be one of the league's “Big Four” clubs, and enjoys a healthy rivalry with all three others.
We are the navy blues,
We are the old dark navy blues.
We're the team that never lets you down,
We're the only team old Carlton knows.
With all the champions
They like to send up,
To keep our end up.
And they will know that they'll be playing,
Against the famous old dark blues.
Sung to the tune of the chorus of
“Lily of Laguna”.
Since winning its last premiership in 1995, Carlton is experiencing its longest ever premiership drought, and has finished bottom of the ladder more times than any club since the competition became known as the AFL.