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Updated: 25/09/2009

Stephen Kernahan

Despite such famous players as Ron Barrassi, Ken Hands, John Nicholls, Bruce Doull, Alex Jesaulenko and Mike Fitzpatrick, Carlton chose its then present day Captain, Stephen Kernahan, as its hero on both the 1996 Centenary Carlton Booklet , Maximum Card and Postcard>

Kernahan has led the Blues for 10 consecutive years since 1987 having started his career in 1986 after moving from South Australia. He has won two Premierships in 1987 and 1995 and has been Carltons leading goal kicker every year since 1986. He is the only player to Captain a Premierships team, win his clubs Best and Fairest and be the teams leading goal kicker all in the same year, 1987.

He has been a member of the All-Australian Team on five occasions and captained South Australia's State of Origin Team.

His nickname was "Sticks". He played 251 games and kicked 738 goals, a club record.

He retired at the end of the 1997 season and is now a part-time assistant coach to Wayne Britain.

The maximum card (shown below) is very similar to the postcard except that the background is lighter and of course the postcard does not contain a stamp or postmark. A cover with the outline of the postcard was also released.

1996 AFL Centenary Maximum Card

He was included on the selvedge of a P stamp to celebrate the first meeting of the The Premiership Players Club at the Inaugural reunion on the 7th March 2000. The stamp shows the 45c celebration Stamp with the 1999/2000 hologram with the players face, club colours and premiership year printed in the selvedge. 20 players were featured. Shown below is a  first day cover produced by Havilah Enterprises.

2000 Premiership Players Club - Stephen Kernahan