1996 Brownlow Medal
|1996 Brownlow Medal|
|Winners||Michael Voss (Brisbane Bears)
James Hird (Essendon)
The 1996 Brownlow Medal was awarded to Michael Voss from the Brisbane Bears and James Hird from the Essendon Football Club for being the best and fairest players during the 1996 Australian Football League home and away season.
In the leadup to the count, the AFL requested that the previous year's winner, Paul Kelly, attend the count in person at the World Congress Centre in Melbourne, rather than via video link from Sydney. This caused a betting plunge on Kelly.
Corey McKernan polled the same number of votes as Voss and Hird, but due to a tribunal suspension during the year was deemed ineligible to win the award. This caused some to call for the rules to be changed to allow suspended players to still be eligible. The eligibility rules have remained the same since then, relying on the fairest section of best and fairest to continue to exclude suspended players from being able to win the award. McKernan went on to be a member of North Melbourne's 1996 AFL Grand Final winning team, something that both Voss and Hird said that they would prefer over winning the medal.
|Ineligible*||Corey McKernan||North Melbourne||21|
|Nathan Burke||St Kilda|
|Stewart Loewe||St Kilda|
|Guy McKenna||West Coast|
|Robert Harvey||St Kilda|
|*McKernan was ineligible to win the medal due to a tribunal suspension|
- Browne, Ashley (29 September 1996). "Michael Voss and James Hird - Brownlow Medallists". The Age.
- Blake, Martin (22 September 1996). "League orders Kelly to medal count". The Age.
- Watkins, Sian (24 September 1996). "Maintain medal rules, says Roos". The Age.