List of VFL/AFL records

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This is a list of records from the Australian Football League since its inception in 1897 (previously known as the Victorian Football League).

Team records[edit]

Team wins, losses and draws[edit]

Team 1st Match Matches Won Lost Drawn PF PA  % Won
Adelaide 22 March 1991 541 283 257 1 51 098 48 556 52.40
Brisbane Bears 27 March 1987 222 72 148 2 19 718 24 385 32.88
Brisbane Lions 30 March 1997 404 203 195 6 39 019 37 608 50.99
Carlton 8 May 1897 2 389 1 400 956 33 206 142 186 626 59.29
Collingwood 8 May 1897 2 427 1 479 922 26 211 676 187 145 61.48
Essendon 8 May 1897 2 353 1 333 986 34 205 141 188 502 57.37
Fitzroy 8 May 1897 1 928 869 1 034 25 150 313 158 526 45.72
Fremantle 1 April 1995 438 191 246 1 38 661 41 563 43.72
Geelong 8 May 1897 2 307 1 240 1 046 21 198 616 186 189 54.20
Gold Coast 2 April 2011 64 13 51 - 4 745 7 119 20.31
Greater Western Sydney 24 March 2012 42 9 55 - 2 689 5 432 7.14
Hawthorn 2 May 1925 1 850 886 954 10 166 669 166 736 48.16
Melbourne 8 May 1897 2 284 1 036 1 227 21 186 558 195 827 45.82
North Melbourne 2 May 1925 1 845 812 1 016 17 162 170 172 766 44.47
Port Adelaide 29 March 1997 389 195 189 5 35 894 36 578 50.77
Richmond 2 May 1908 2 135 1 071 1 042 22 186 996 187 261 50.68
St Kilda 8 May 1897 2 260 880 1 355 25 175 068 197 010 39.49
Sydney 8 May 1897 2 303 1 076 1 203 24 188 862 193 794 47.24
University 2 May 1908 126 27 97 2 6,181 9,067 22.22
West Coast 29 March 1987 633 348 280 5 60 379 56 982 55.37
Western Bulldogs 2 May 1925 1 821 810 989 22 154 779 163 925 45.09

Source: AFL Tables. Last updated: 20 August 2013

Highest and Lowest scores[edit]

Match scores[edit]

Highest
Rank Score Club Opponent Year Round Venue
1 37.17.239 Geelong Brisbane Bears 1992 7 Carrara Stadium
2 36.22.238 Fitzroy Melbourne 1979 17 VFL Park
3 36.20.236 Sydney Essendon 1987 17 Sydney Cricket Ground
4 37.11.233 Geelong Melbourne 2011 19 Kardinia Park
5 36.15.231 Hawthorn Fitzroy 1991 6 North Hobart Oval
Source: [1]. Last updated: 20 August 2013.
Lowest
Rank Score Club Opponent Year Round Venue
1 0.1.1 St Kilda Geelong 1899 3 (FS) Corio Oval
2 0.2.2 St Kilda South Melbourne 1897 3 Lake Oval
0.2.2 St Kilda Geelong 1899 14 Corio Oval
0.2.2 Melbourne Fitzroy 1899 2 (FS) Brunswick Street Oval
5 0.3.3 St Kilda South Melbourne 1897 10 Junction Oval
0.3.3 St Kilda Essendon 1897 12 East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Source: [2]. Last updated: 20 August 2013.
(FS) = Sectional Round in Finals

All these scores were from the first three years of VFL competition, when scores in general were much lower. The following table shows the lowest scores since 1919 (the first year of complete competition following World War I).

Lowest since 1919
Rank Score Club Opponent Year Round Venue
1 1.0.6 Fitzroy Footscray 1953 5 Western Oval
2 0.8.8 Richmond St Kilda 1961 16 Junction Oval
3 1.5.11 St Kilda Melbourne 1957 16 Junction Oval
4 1.7.13 Hawthorn Melbourne 1926 9 Melbourne Cricket Ground
1.7.13 Richmond Collingwood 1927 GF Melbourne Cricket Ground
1.7.13 Fremantle Adelaide 2009 15 Football Park
7 2.2.14 Collingwood Melbourne 1960 GF Melbourne Cricket Ground
1.8.14 Footscray Geelong 1965 12 Western Oval
1.8.14 Fitzroy North Melbourne 1989 11 Princes Park
Source: [3]. Last updated: 20 August 2013.

Highest losing scores and lowest winning scores[edit]

Highest losing scores
Rank Score Club Opponent Opponent’s score Year Round Venue
1 25.13.163 Geelong Hawthorn 26.15.171 1989 6 Princes Park
2 25.9.159 Kangaroos Essendon 27.9.171 2001 16 Melbourne Cricket Ground
3 23.19.157 Fitzroy Melbourne 24.23.167 1978 2 Melbourne Cricket Ground
4 24.11.155 South Melbourne Geelong 26.11.167 1978 19 Lake Oval
5 24.10.154 South Melbourne Melbourne 24.23.167 1979 6 Melbourne Cricket Ground
Source: [4]. Last updated: 20 August 2013.
Lowest winning scores
Rank Score Club Opponent Opponent’s score Year Round Venue
1 1.8.14 Essendon Melbourne 0.8.8 1897 3 (Finals) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
2 1.9.15 Geelong Melbourne 0.10.10 1897 9 Corio Oval
2.3.15 South Melbourne Melbourne 1.7.13 1898 6 Melbourne Cricket Ground
1.9.15 Essendon South Melbourne 0.9.9 1899 3 East Melbourne Cricket Ground
5 1.13.19 Essendon South Melbourne 2.3.15 1897 6 Lake Oval
Source: [5]. Last updated: 20 August 2013

As with the lowest overall scores, all these were from the first three years of the VFL. The lowest winning scores in more recent times are:

Lowest winning scores since 1919
Rank Score Club Opponent Opponent’s score Year Round Venue
1 2.13.25 Collingwood Richmond 1.7.13 1927 GF Melbourne Cricket Ground
2 3.10.28 Essendon Footscray 3.5.23 1989 13 Windy Hill
3 4.6.30 Carlton Richmond 3.5.23 1927 17 Princes Park
4 3.13.31 Collingwood Essendon 4.6.30 1927 17 Victoria Park
4.7.31 Collingwood Geelong 3.11.29 1951 14 Kardinia Park
3.13.31 Carlton Geelong 2.12.24 1977 12 Princes Park
7 4.8.32 Port Adelaide Richmond 3.12.30 1999 11 Football Park
Source: [6]. Last updated: 20 August 2013.

Highest scores for each quarter[edit]

Quarter Score Club Opponent Year Round Venue
1st 15.4.94 Essendon Gold Coast 2011 6 Docklands Stadium
2nd 14.2.86 Adelaide Fitzroy 1996 17 Football Park
3rd 13.4.82 Essendon Footscray 1982 22 Western Oval
4th 17.4.106 South Melbourne St Kilda 1919 12 Lake Oval
Source: [7]. Last updated: 20 August 2013.

Greatest winning margins[edit]

Rank Margin Club Opponent Year Round Venue
1 190 Fitzroy Melbourne 1979 17 VFL Park
2 186 Geelong Melbourne 2011 19 Kardinia Park
3 178 Collingwood St Kilda 1979 4 Victoria Park
4 171 South Melbourne St Kilda 1919 12 Lake Oval
5 168 Richmond North Melbourne 1931 2 Punt Road Oval
Source: [8]. Last updated: 20 August 2013.

Biggest comebacks[edit]

Deficit from end of 1/4 time

Rank Deficit Club Final Score Opponent Final Score Year Round Venue
1 58 Essendon 27.9.171 Kangaroos 25.9.159 2001 16 Melbourne Cricket Ground
2 55 St Kilda 15.22.112 Hawthorn 14.15.99 1937 2 Glenferrie Oval
3 51 Hawthorn 17.7.109 St Kilda 14.12.96 1999 12 Waverley Park
4 48 Richmond 19.13.127 Sydney Swans 16.14.110 1982 21 Sydney Cricket Ground
48 West Coast Eagles 16.17.113 Western Bulldogs 15.10.100 1998 10 WACA Ground
Source: http://afl.allthestats.com/?itm=211134&fmqtr=0. Last updated: 14 January 2011.

Deficit from end of 1/2 time

Rank Deficit Club Final Score Opponent Final Score Year Round Venue
1 52 Collingwood 14.23.107 St Kilda 15.10.100 1970 10 Victoria Park
2 50 Melbourne 17.17.119 Fremantle 15.23.113 2008 7 Melbourne Cricket Ground
3 49 Geelong 17.10.112 Collingwood 17.9.111 1972 20 Kardinia Park
49 Hawthorn 26.15.171 Geelong 25.13.163 1989 6 Princes Park
5 48 St Kilda 14.18.102 Richmond 13.12.90 1975 11 Waverley Park
Source: http://afl.allthestats.com/?itm=211134&fmqtr=1. Last updated: 14 January 2011.

Deficit from end of 3/4 time

Rank Deficit Club Final Score Opponent Final Score Year Round Venue
1 45 Brisbane Bears 14.20.104 Hawthorn 14.13.97 1995 16 The Gabba
2 44 North Melbourne 15.12.102 Essendon 14.10.94 1947 6 Arden Street Oval
3 41 North Melbourne 12.19.91 Footscray 13.7.85 1936 7 Arden Street Oval
41 Essendon 18.16.124 Melbourne 19.9.123 1992 6 Melbourne Cricket Ground
5 40 Western Bulldogs 14.15.99 Adelaide 14.13.97 1999 16 Melbourne Cricket Ground
40 Kangaroos 17.16.118 Sydney Swans 18.4.112 2004 19 Sydney Cricket Ground

Largest comebacks (from any stage of the game)

Rank Deficit Club Final Score Opponent Final Score Year Round Venue
1 69pts Q2 10mins Essendon 27.9.171 North Melbourne 25.9.159 2001 16 MCG
2 63pts Q2 5mins Hawthorn 17.7.109 St Kilda 14.12.96 1999 12 Waverley Park
3 60pts Q2 27mins Collingwood 14.23.107 St Kilda 15.10.100 1970 10 Victoria Park
4 56pts Q2 28mins Hawthorn 26.15.171 Geelong 25.13.163 1989 6 Princes Park
5 55pts at Q1 time St Kilda 15.22.112 Hawthorn 14.15.99 1937 2 Glenferrie Oval
55pts Q2 10mins Collingwood 19.9.123 Richmond 16.13.109 1978 20 Punt Road Oval

Individual records[edit]

Goalkicking[edit]

Most career goals[edit]

For larger list see AFL All-time Goalkicking records.
Rank Goals Games Player Club/Clubs Career
1 1360 281 Tony Lockett St Kilda, Sydney 1983–1999, 2002
2 1299 306 Gordon Coventry Collingwood 1920–1937
3 1254 269 Jason Dunstall Hawthorn 1985–1998
4 1057 267 Doug Wade Geelong, North Melbourne 1959–1975
5 1030 248 Gary Ablett, Sr. Hawthorn, Geelong 1982–1996
Source: [9]. Last updated: 10 June 2009.

Most goals in a game[edit]

Fred Fanning
Rank Score Player Club Opponent Year Round Venue
1 18.1 Fred Fanning Melbourne St Kilda 1947 19 Junction Oval
2 17.4 Gordon Coventry Collingwood Fitzroy 1930 12 Victoria Park
17.5 Jason Dunstall Hawthorn Richmond 1992 7 Waverley Park
4 16.5 Gordon Coventry Collingwood Hawthorn 1929 13 Victoria Park
16.1 Peter Hudson Hawthorn Melbourne 1969 5 Glenferrie Oval
16.4 Peter McKenna Collingwood South Melbourne 1969 19 Victoria Park
16.0 Tony Lockett Sydney Swans Fitzroy 1995 19 Whitten Oval
Source: [10]. Last updated: 14 January 2011.

Most goals in a season[edit]

Bob Pratt
Rank Goals Player Club Season
1 150 Bob Pratt South Melbourne 1934
150 Peter Hudson Hawthorn 1971
3 146 Peter Hudson Hawthorn 1970
4 145 Jason Dunstall Hawthorn 1992
5 143 Peter McKenna Collingwood 1970
Source: [11]. Last updated: 9 July 2007.

Most seasons as leading goalkicker[edit]

For season by season list see Coleman Medal.
Dick Lee
Rank Seasons Player Club/Clubs
1 8 Dick Lee Collingwood
2 6 Gordon Coventry Collingwood
3 5 John Coleman Essendon
4 4 Fred Fanning Melbourne
4 Doug Wade Geelong, North Melbourne
4 Peter Hudson Hawthorn
4 Tony Lockett St Kilda, Sydney
Source: [12]. Last updated: 20 May 2009.
Note: This table does not take into account goals scored in finals.

Highest goals per game average[edit]

Rank Average Player Club/Clubs
1 5.64 Peter Hudson Hawthorn
2 5.48 John Coleman Essendon
3 4.84 Tony Lockett St Kilda, Sydney
4 4.66 Jason Dunstall Hawthorn
5 4.58 Peter McKenna Collingwood, Carlton
Source: [13]. Last updated: 9 July 2007.

Most goals on debut[edit]

Bill Wood
Rank Goals Player Club Opponent Year Round Venue
1 12 John Coleman Essendon Hawthorn 1949 1 Windy Hill
2 9 Bill Wood Footscray Collingwood 1944 3 Whitten Oval
9 Warren Ralph Carlton North Melbourne 1984 1 Waverley Park
4 8 John Georgiades Footscray Carlton 1989 1 Princes Park
8 Scott Cummings Essendon Sydney Swans 1994 14 Melbourne Cricket Ground
Source: Official statistical history of the AFL (book). Last updated: 2007.

Most career games for no goals[edit]

Rank Games Player Club/Clubs
1 182 Ted Potter Collingwood
2 172 Gary Malarkey Geelong
3 166 Les Gardiner Essendon
4 162 Jamie Shanahan St Kilda, Melbourne
5 154 Ian Synman St Kilda
Source: AFL Tables. Last updated: 9 July 2007.

Games[edit]

Most career games[edit]

For a larger list see List of AFL players to have played 300 games.
Rank Games Player Club/Clubs Career span
1 426 Michael Tuck Hawthorn 1972–1991
2 403 Kevin Bartlett Richmond 1965–1983
3 393 Dustin Fletcher Essendon 1993–present
4 384 Brent Harvey North Melbourne 1996–present
5 383 Robert Harvey St Kilda 1988–2008

Most consecutive games[edit]

Adam Goodes
Rank Games Player Club/Clubs
1 244 Jim Stynes Melbourne
2 226 Adem Yze Melbourne
3 204 Adam Goodes Sydney
4 202 Jack Titus Richmond
5 200 Brett Kirk Sydney

Most games for each club[edit]

For a larger list see Australian rules footballers with 200 games for one club.
Brad Johnson
Rank Games Player Club Career span
1 426 Michael Tuck Hawthorn 1972–1991
2 403 Kevin Bartlett Richmond 1965–1983
3 393 Dustin Fletcher Essendon 1993–present
4 384 Brent Harvey North Melbourne 1996–present
5 383 Robert Harvey St Kilda 1988–2008
6 375 Craig Bradley Carlton 1986–2002
7 364 Brad Johnson Footscray/Western Bulldogs 1994–2010
8 351 Adam Goodes Sydney Swans 1999–present
9 340 Andrew McLeod Adelaide 1995–2010
10 333 Kevin Murray Fitzroy 1955–1964, 1967–1974
11 325 Ian Nankervis Geelong 1967–1983
12 322 Simon Black Brisbane Lions 1998–2013
13 313 Matthew Pavlich Fremantle 2001–present
14 313 Tony Shaw Collingwood 1977–1994
15 306 David Neitz Melbourne 1993–2008
16 293 Kane Cornes Port Adelaide 2001–present
17 290 Dean Cox West Coast Eagles 2000-2014
18 164 Roger Merrett Brisbane Bears 1988–1996
19 101 Bert Hurrey University 1908–1913
20 78 Jarrod Harbrow Gold Coast 2011–present
21 61 Callan Ward Greater Western Sydney 2012–present
Source: [14]. Last updated: 1 October 2014.

Age records[edit]

Youngest players[edit]

Age on their debut

Wels Eicke
Rank Age Player Club Year
1 15 years, 209 days Claude Clough St Kilda 1900
2 15 years, 287 days Keith Bromage Collingwood 1953
3 15 years, 297 days Albert Collier Collingwood 1925
4 15 years, 305 days Tim Watson Essendon 1977
5 15 years, 315 days Wels Eicke St Kilda 1909
Source: Official statistical history of the AFL (book)
Australian Football.com
Last updated: 2013

Oldest players[edit]

Age in their last game

Jack Leith
Rank Age Player Club Year
1 43 years, 50 days Vic Cumberland St Kilda 1920
2 39 years, 296 days Jack Leith Melbourne 1912
3 39 years, 239 days Syd Barker, Sr. North Melbourne 1927
4 39 years, 181 days Jim Flynn Carlton 1910
5 39 years, 95 days Ted Rowell Collingwood 1915
Source: [15]. Last updated: 21 July 2014.

Finals[edit]

Most premierships[edit]

Harry Collier
Rank Total Player Club
1 7 Michael Tuck Hawthorn
2 6 Frank Adams Melbourne
6 Ron Barassi Melbourne, Carlton
6 Albert Collier Collingwood
6 Harry Collier Collingwood
Source: Official statistical history of the AFL (book). Last updated: 2007.

Most Grand Final appearances[edit]

Bill Hutchison
Rank Games Player Club
1 11 Michael Tuck Hawthorn
2 10 Gordon Coventry Collingwood
10 Albert Collier Collingwood
10 Dick Reynolds Essendon
10 Bill Hutchison Essendon
Source: All The Stats Last updated: 9 October 2008.

Most finals games[edit]

Rank Games Player Club
1 39 Michael Tuck Hawthorn
2 31 Gordon Coventry Collingwood
3 29 Leigh Matthews Hawthorn
29 Wayne Schimmelbusch North Melbourne
29 Bruce Doull Carlton
Source: All The Stats Last updated: 9 October 2008.

Most finals goals[edit]

Jack Titus
Rank Total Player Club
1 112 Gordon Coventry Collingwood
2 78 Jason Dunstall Hawthorn
3 74 Jack Titus Richmond
4 72 Leigh Matthews Hawthorn
5 65 Stephen Kernahan Carlton
Source: Official statistical history of the AFL (book). Last updated: 2007.

Coaching[edit]

Most games coached[edit]

Rank Total Player Club/Clubs
1 713 Jock McHale Collingwood
2 710* Mick Malthouse Footscray, West Coast, Collingwood, Carlton
3 678 Kevin Sheedy Essendon, Greater Western Sydney
4 575 Allan Jeans St Kilda, Hawthorn, Richmond
5 522 Tom Hafey Richmond, Collingwood, Geelong, Sydney
Source: [16]. Last updated: 15 Sept 2014.

Most wins as coach[edit]

Rank Total Player Club/Clubs
1 466 Jock McHale Collingwood
2 405* Mick Malthouse Footscray, West Coast, Collingwood, Carlton
3 389 Kevin Sheedy Essendon, Greater Western Sydney
4 357 Allan Jeans St Kilda, Hawthorn, Richmond
5 336 Tom Hafey Richmond, Collingwood, Geelong, Sydney
Source: [17]. Last updated: 20 August 2014.

Player/Coach[edit]

Most games played and coached[edit]

Rank Total Coach/Player Teams Coached Games Coached Teams Played For Games Played
1 930 Kevin Sheedy Essendon, Greater Western Sydney 678 Richmond 251
2 884* Mick Malthouse Footscray, West Coast, Collingwood, Carlton 710* St Kilda, Richmond 174
3 877 Jock McHale Collingwood 713 Collingwood 164 (excluding games as player coach)
4 793 Leigh Matthews Collingwood, Brisbane 461 Hawthorn 332
5 729 David Parkin Hawthorn, Carlton, Fitzroy 518 Hawthorn 211
Source:AFL Tables - Coaches Last updated: 21 July 2014.

Awards[edit]

Most Brownlow Medals[edit]

For a year-by-year list see List of Brownlow Medal winners.
Rank Awards Player Club/Clubs Years
1 3 Haydn Bunton, Sr. Fitzroy 1931, 1932, 1935
3 Dick Reynolds Essendon 1934, 1937, 1938
3 Bob Skilton South Melbourne 1959, 1963, 1968
3 Ian Stewart St Kilda, Richmond 1965, 1966, 1971

Most club best and fairests[edit]

Rank Awards Player Club/Clubs Years
1 9 Kevin Murray Fitzroy 1956, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1969
9 Bob Skilton South Melbourne 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968
3 8 Leigh Matthews Hawthorn 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982
4 7 Dick Reynolds Essendon 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1942, 1943
7 Bill Hutchison Essendon 1947, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956
7 Gary Dempsey Footscray, North Melbourne 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979
7 Scott West Western Bulldogs 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005


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