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In mid-March, Carlton announced three new inductees into their Hall of Fame: the late Jack Carney, Neil Chandler, and Brendan Fevola. The club's Hall of Fame was established in 1987 to recognize contributions made to the club by the individual honoree, which can be in the form of records, ability, integrity, sportsmanship, and character.



Playing 84 games and was well respected at both Geelong and Carlton for his passion for the game he loved. The speedy winger was a member of Carlton's drought-breaking 1938 premiership, a 15-point win over old enemy Collingwood. Despite his short stature of just 5'3", he had excellent passing skills and courage. In 1941, Carney joined the RAF, serving throughout the Second World War as an aircraft mechanic, before returning to Carlton in an administration role. He served as team manager, reserves coach and as a liaison for the players, and continued to support the club for four decades after his retirement. Carney passed away in October 1981 at the age of 72. 


Joining Carlton in 1967, Chandler played 76 games at the Blues over 8 seasons under the tutelage of Ron Barassi and then John Nicholls. He was a member of three premiership teams in his first 50 games, in 1968, 1970, and 1972. Chandler was a versatile player who could play as a tagger, on a half-back flank or as a winger. He was a great teammate, respected by his on-field peers. Chandler passed away in 2022.


Brendan Fevola played for 11 seasons starting in 1999 and is considered one of the game’s greatest full forwards, Fevola played 187 games for Carlton after being drafted in 1998. Fevola was an excitement machine and a quick-thinking player, the definition of a "human highlight reel". Admired by many for his showmanship, the bigger the crowd, the better Fevola played and didn't the Blues fans love it! Fevola kicked 575 goals in his time at Carlton, earning the Coleman Medal in 2006 and 2009, as well as being the club’s leading goalkicker 2003 to 2009. He was an excellent kick for goal, both in terms of distance and accuracy, and equally so an opportunist, who could fashion a goal out of nothing.

Carlton president Luke Sayers acknowledged the profound impact each player had during their respective careers, "Jack, Neil and Brendan each wrote their own unique story, permanently etched into the history of Carlton. Jack and Neil will always be remembered as pioneers at Carlton. Each was well-respected by their teammates and the staff, and to have their legacy continue to live on to this day tells you all you need to know about what kind of Carlton people they were. Brendan is such a figurehead of the sport. The way he played with such showmanship, skill and excitement was something that drew so many people, not only to the club, but to follow him even as opposition supporters ... ".

Source: Matisse Shields, Carlton Media Release

Article last changed on Monday, April 22, 2024 - 2:11 PM EDT

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