Blue could become ‘biggest loser’
ON the back of four wooden spoons, one of Carlton’s most loyal servants is on a collision course with football’s most unwanted record this year.
Veteran defender Kade Simpson, who is entering his 17th year with the Blues, is on track to eclipse former Fitzroy captain Kevin Murray’s record for most career losses.
Murray played in 208 defeats for Fitzroy among 333 career matches before hanging up the boots in 1974.
Simpson has 194 losses to his name from 307 career matches, meaning if Carlton gets beaten 15 times this season he will take over the record.
Just seven more losses for Simpson would see him claim second spot on the list, held by former Footscray and Fitzroy great Doug Hawkins who played in 200 losses.
Murray told the Sunday Territorian while he would be happy to hand over the baton, he felt for Simpson as playing in so many losses had its challenges.
“Nobody wanted it to be that way, none of us, but it just turned out that way,” the 1969 Brownlow Medal winner said.
“He (Simpson) has had a great career and win, lose or draw, it doesn’t matter what happens.
“You always try to do your best, that’s the most important thing. That’s where supporters stick with you, because they can see how hard you try.”
Simpson, who turns 35 in May, has won twice as many wooden spoons as he has finals matches, holding a 2-4 record from six outings in September.
The Blues have made finals just four times since he debuted in 2003.
Part of the club’s leadership group, Simpson has remained loyal to the Blues despite the Carlton curse and spoke in December of his desire to potentially play on beyond 2019.
“I don’t really want to put a limit on it,” Simpson said.
“I think guys can go in and say this is going to be their last year. I don’t want to do that.
“I’ll play as long as the body and the mind holds up.”