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Carlton vs. Collingwood Grand Final 1915

One of the biggest games of every AFL season is between suburban rivals Collingwood and Carlton. However, few fans know the origin of this fierce rivalry that dates back to the start of the 20th Century. These two powerhouses fought each other in remarkably close games for years which were marred by bribery, match fixing, skullduggery and establishment tinkering.


Did players really go behind Pompey Elliott's back to fix games ruining the Carlton winning streak? Was there a Carlton insider in the establishment who almost prevented Collingwood's best stars from making the 1915 Grand Final? Is this the most enduring Grand Final story in VFL history?


Ross McMullin's article that inspired this episode.