Charles Sutton Medal

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The Charles Sutton Medal is awarded to the player adjudged best and fairest for the Western Bulldogs. Scott West holds the record at the club, winning seven medals, followed by Gary Dempsey, with six. It is named after 1950 winner Charlie Sutton, who was the Bulldogs' 1954 premiership captain-coach.[1] The voting system as of the 2017 AFL season, consists of five coaches giving each player a ranking from one to three after each match.[2]

Recipients[edit]

^ Denotes current player
+ Player won Brownlow Medal in same season
Season Recipient(s) Ref.
1927 Ivan McAlpine
1928 Alby Outen
1929 Bill Russ
1930 Ivan McAlpine (2)
1931 Allan Hopkins
1932 Ivan McAlpine (3)
1933 Alby Morrison
1934 Norm Ware
1935 George Bennett
1936 Alby Morrison (2)
1937 Norm Ware (2)
1938 Norm Ware (3)
1939 Harry Hickey
1940 Norm Ware (4)
1941 Arthur Olliver
Norm Ware+ (5)
1942 Ted Ellis
1943 Allan Collins
1944 Arthur Olliver (2)
1945 Harry Hickey (2)
1946 Joe Ryan
1947 Joe Ryan (2)
1948 Harry Hickey (3)
1949 Wally Donald
1950 Charlie Sutton
1951 Jack Collins
1952 Jack Collins (2)
1953 Harvey Stevens
1954 Ted Whitten
1955 Peter Box
1956 Don Ross
1957 Ted Whitten (2)
1958 Ted Whitten (3)
1959 Ted Whitten (4)
1960 John Schultz+
1961 Ted Whitten (5)
1962 John Schultz (2)
1963 Ray Walker
1964 John Schultz (3)
1965 John Schultz (4)
1966 John Schultz (5)
1967 John Jillard
1968 David Thorpe
1969 George Bisset
1970 Gary Dempsey
1971 David Thorpe (2)
1972 Peter Welsh
1973 Gary Dempsey (2)
1974 Gary Dempsey (3)
1975 Gary Dempsey+ (4)
1976 Gary Dempsey (5)
1977 Gary Dempsey (6)
1978 Kelvin Templeton
1979 Ian Dunstan
1980 Kelvin Templeton+ (2)
1981 Ian Dunstan (2)
1982 Ian Dunstan (3)
1983 Brian Royal
1984 Andrew Purser
1985 Doug Hawkins
1986 Brad Hardie
1987 Tony McGuinness
1988 Terry Wallace
1989 Terry Wallace (2)
1990 Peter Foster
1991 Tony Liberatore
1992 Scott Wynd+
1993 Leon Cameron
1994 Chris Grant
1995 Scott West [3]
1996 Chris Grant (2)
1997 Scott West (2) [3]
1998 Scott West (3) [3]
1999 Brad Johnson [4]
2000 Scott West (4) [3]
2001 Luke Darcy [5]
2002 Brad Johnson (2) [5]
2003 Scott West (5) [6]
2004 Scott West (6) [7]
2005 Scott West (7) [8]
2006 Brad Johnson (3) [4]
2007 Brian Lake [9]
2008 Daniel Cross [10]
2009 Matthew Boyd [11]
2010 Ryan Griffen [12]
2011 Matthew Boyd (2) [13]
2012 Matthew Boyd (3) [14]
2013 Ryan Griffen (2) [15]
2014 Tom Liberatore^ [16]
2015 Easton Wood^ [17]
2016 Marcus Bontempelli^ [18]
2017 Marcus Bontempelli^ (2) [19]

Multiple winners[edit]

^ Denotes current player
Player Medals Seasons
Scott West 7 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005
Gary Dempsey 6 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977
John Schultz 5 1960, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966
Norm Ware 5 1934, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941
Ted Whitten 5 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961
Matthew Boyd 3 2009, 2011, 2012
Ian Dunstan 3 1979, 1981, 1982
Harry Hickey 3 1939, 1945, 1948
Brad Johnson 3 1999, 2002, 2006
Ivan McAlpine 3 1927, 1930, 1932
Marcus Bontempelli^ 2 2016, 2017
Jack Collins 2 1951, 1952
Chris Grant 2 1994, 1996
Ryan Griffen 2 2010, 2013
Alby Morrison 2 1933, 1936
Arthur Olliver 2 1941, 1944
Joe Ryan 2 1946, 1947
Kelvin Templeton 2 1978, 1980
David Thorpe 2 1968, 1971
Terry Wallace 2 1988, 1989

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Sutton remembered fondly at service". 15 June 2012. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "AFL Best and Fairest winners 2017: Who won your team's club champion award?". Fox Sports Australia. News Corp Australia. 3 September 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Best in the west". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Dogs games record-holder Brad Johnson inducted in to AFL Hall of Fame". WesternBulldogs.com.au. Bigpond. 4 June 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "How the best was won". The Age. Fairfax Media. 7 October 2002. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "AFL club champions 2003". The Age. Fairfax Media. 5 October 2003. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Daniher extends stay with Demons". ABC Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 3 October 2004. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Cousins awarded Eagles' best and fairest". ABC Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 1 October 2005. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  9. ^ Duxson, Nick (5 October 2015). "Lake's legacy: is Brian the best bargain?". HawthornFC.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Cooney overlooked for Bulldogs' award". ABC Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 1 October 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "Western Bulldogs midfielder Matthew Boyd wins Charles Sutton Medal". Fox Sports (Australia). News Corp Australia. 3 October 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  12. ^ Windley, Matt (2 October 2010). "Ryan Griffen wins Western Bulldogs best and fairest". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  13. ^ Phelan, Jennefer (7 October 2011). "Boyd claims Sutton Medal". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  14. ^ Landsberger, Sam (8 October 2012). "Western Bulldogs captain Matthew Boyd is the top Dog again after claiming a third Sutton Medal". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  15. ^ Windley, Matt (4 September 2013). "Western Bulldogs superstar Ryan Griffen wins his second Charles Sutton Medal". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  16. ^ Edwards, Nat (3 September 2014). "Young midfielder takes out Western Bulldogs' best and fairest award". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  17. ^ Nicholson, Larissa (7 October 2015). "Easton Wood wins Western Bulldogs best and fairest". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  18. ^ Davidson, Ryan (5 October 2016). "Bontempelli adds another medal to his cabinet with best and fairest award". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  19. ^ Davidson, Ryan (4 October 2017). "Back-to-back Bont: Dog sets new club record". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 4 October 2017.