- Mar 21, 2008
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- South Launceston, Tassie Tigers
The irony being that if Carlton supporters of a younger age have endured a lifetime without knowing premierships, then they still have another 12 seasons before it gets as bad as Richmond's drought...you need to show some humility, bud...!As we get closer to the commencement of AFL Season 2021 and we wait in anticipation for announcements relating to attendances at this years games, as a Richmond supporter I sincerely hope to get to Rd 1 to see the club unfurl 2 premiership flags.
My mind casts back to Rd 1 of 2018 and the Carlton Cheer Squad (rather ungraciously) draping a banner over their heads reading "Not as sweet as 16" as our 11th premiership, the 2017 premiership flag was being unfurled. Covid-19 is likely to save them the envy of watching Richmond's 12th and 13th flag unfurled.
Carlton might have 16 VFL/AFL premierships to boast about, but it's been over a quarter of a century since the club had premiership glory. No supporter of the club under 35 years would know what it's like to celebrate a premiership. The club has cleared its debt and reached record membership numbers, but it's nowhere near the goliath I remember it through the 1960's and '70s.
Collingwood have had recent success (2010), but there's no escaping the fact the club has only won 2 premierships in 62 years. It might have 15 premierships but 9 of them were won prior to 1930. There's no doubting the size of this club, but sustained recent success would propel it to the biggest.
Essendon have had more recent success through the 1980's up to 2000. 16 premierships but No.11 (1962) and No.12 (1965) are starting to look like a long time ago. As is 2000 given the decimation the supplements scandal caused, the effects of which are still being felt and likely to delay any future success.
Melbourne has been bereft of success for getting close to 60 years now.
I would think premierships won during your own lifetime are much more relevant. Therefore, disregarding the finals systems in place particularly prior to 1931, I pose the following hypothetical:
If you could do a deal with the devil and give back 2 from yesteryear for 1 today; as a supporter of Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon and Melbourne would you swap these premierships for 2017, 2019, and 2020?
1906, 1907, 1908, 1914, 1915, 1938
1902, 1903, 1910, 1917, 1919, 1927
1897, 1901, 1911, 1912, 1923, 1924
1900, 1926, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948
Interested in your thoughts. And those supporters of other teams.
I cringe at the attitudes of supporters of my own team who weren't there to buy memberships in 1996 and save our club, but jumped on the bandwagon in 2008 and still won't gtf off. Are there any Tigers supporters out there who are facepalming at the moment...? Pretty sure the attitude going into 1981 was that the Tigers were set to dominate the decade, but...you know...