Dale Thomas in studio with former Carlton footballer Nick Duigan

Carlton’s 2013 Finals Hero Nick Duigan Tells His Iconic Pre-Game Sandwich Story

A decade on since the Blues’ last finals appearance, Bryce Gibbs and Nick Duigan joined Daisy Thomas to share their memories of playing in the 2013 campaign… and for Nick, eating that famous pre-game salad sandwich!


Duigan had only played 3 games for the Blues in the 2013 season, and was about to head up to the grandstands to watch the game when he got told he was about to play!

One salad sandwich and one late change lead to Duigan single handedly carrying Carlton through that final the Tigers.

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He and his former teammate Bryce Gibbs spoke about Carlton’s 2013 journey to the finals this morning on the Footy Talk podcast.

10 years on from the tale, Carlton face the Swans Friday night at the MCG.

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