W. S. Crichton Medal

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W.S. Crichton Medal
W.S. Crichton Medal.svg
Awarded for The best and fairest player of the Essendon Football Club
Location Crown Palladium Ballroom
Country Australia
Presented by Essendon Football Club
First awarded 1897
Last awarded Ongoing
Currently held by Zach Merrett (Essendon Football Club)
Website Essendon Football Club Honours

The W.S. Crichton Medal is the name given to the best and fairest award for the Australian rules football team, the Essendon Football Club. The naming of the award is in honour of Walter S. Crichton, a former administrator for Essendon (who was a committeeman from 1926–1931, vice-president from 1932–1940, and president from 1941–1959). The voting system as of the 2017 AFL season, consists of five coaches giving each player a ranking from zero to five after each match. Players can receive a maximum of 25 votes for a game.[1]

The best and fairest award has been awarded since 1897, although before 1921 records of winners are insufficient. The award was suspended during World War I.

Recipients[edit]

^ Denotes current player
+ Player won Brownlow Medal in same season
Season Recipient(s) Ref.
1897 N/A [a]
1898 N/A [a]
1899 N/A [a]
1900 N/A [a]
1901 Thurgood, AlbertAlbert Thurgood
1902 Gavin, HughHugh Gavin
1903 N/A [a]
1904 N/A [a]
1905 N/A [a]
1906 McKenzie, JackJack McKenzie
1907 N/A [a]
1908 Busbridge, BillBill Busbridge
1909 Busbridge, BillBill Busbridge (2)
1910 N/A [a]
1911 Cameron, ErnieErnie Cameron
1912 Cameron, ErnieErnie Cameron (2)
1913 Baring, FredFred Baring
1914 N/A [a]
1915 N/A [a]
1916 N/A [b]
1917 N/A [b]
1918 N/A [a]
1919 N/A [a]
1920 Garden, JackJack Garden
1921 N/A [a]
1922 Fitzmaurice, TomTom Fitzmaurice
1923 Fitzmaurice, TomTom Fitzmaurice (2)
1924 Fitzmaurice, TomTom Fitzmaurice (3)
1925 Stockdale, GregGreg Stockdale
1926 Harrison, JoeJoe Harrison
1927 Maher, FrankFrank Maher
1928 Beckton, NormNorm Beckton
1929 Okey, HowardHoward Okey
1930 Forbes, KeithKeith Forbes
1931 Clarke, TomTom Clarke
1932 Carman, SydSyd Carman
1933 Walsh, PaddyPaddy Walsh
1934 Reynolds, DickDick Reynolds+
1935 Forbes, KeithKeith Forbes (2)
1936 Reynolds, DickDick Reynolds (2)
1937 Reynolds, DickDick Reynolds+ (3)
1938 Reynolds, DickDick Reynolds+ (4)
1939 Reynolds, DickDick Reynolds (5)
1940 Torney, HughHugh Torney
1941 Buttsworth, WallyWally Buttsworth
1942 Reynolds, DickDick Reynolds (6)
1943 Reynolds, DickDick Reynolds (7)
1944 Bushby, PercPerc Bushby
1945 Buttsworth, WallyWally Buttsworth (2)
1946 Buttsworth, WallyWally Buttsworth (3)
1947 Hutchison, BillBill Hutchison
1948 Hutchison, BillBill Hutchison (2)
1949 Coleman, JohnJohn Coleman
1950 Hutchison, BillBill Hutchison (3)
1951 McDonald, NormNorm McDonald
1952 Hutchison, BillBill Hutchison+ (4)
1953 Hutchison, BillBill Hutchison+ (5)
1954 Gill, JohnJohn Gill
1955 Hutchison, BillBill Hutchison (6)
1956 Hutchison, BillBill Hutchison (7)
1957 Burgess, RegReg Burgess
1958 Clarke, JackJack Clarke
1959 Mitchell, HughHugh Mitchell
1960 Burgess, RegReg Burgess (2)
1961 Birt, JohnJohn Birt
1962 Clarke, JackJack Clarke (2)
1963 Fraser, KenKen Fraser
1964 Fraser, KenKen Fraser (2)
1965 Birt, JohnJohn Birt (2)
1966 McKenzie, DonDon McKenzie
1967 Birt, JohnJohn Birt (3)
1968 Davis, BarryBarry Davis
1969 Davis, BarryBarry Davis (2)
1970 Gerlach, DarylDaryl Gerlach
1971 Davis, BarryBarry Davis (3)
1972 Fields, NevilleNeville Fields
1973 Wilson, AndyAndy Wilson
1974 Moss, GrahamGraham Moss
1975 Moss, GrahamGraham Moss (2)
1976 Moss, GrahamGraham Moss+ (3)
1977 Madden, SimonSimon Madden
1978 Fletcher, KenKen Fletcher
1979 Madden, SimonSimon Madden (2)
1980 Watson, TimTim Watson
1981 Daniher, NealeNeale Daniher
1982 Daniher, TerryTerry Daniher
1983 Madden, SimonSimon Madden (3)
1984 Madden, SimonSimon Madden (4)
1985 Watson, TimTim Watson (2)
1986 Hawker, GlennGlenn Hawker
1987 Thompson, MarkMark Thompson
1988 Watson, TimTim Watson (3)
1989 Watson, TimTim Watson (4)
1990 Thompson, MarkMark Thompson (2)
1991 Ezard, AlanAlan Ezard
1992 Harvey, MarkMark Harvey
1993 O'Donnell, GaryGary O'Donnell
1994 Hird, JamesJames Hird
1995 Hird, JamesJames Hird (2)
1996 Hird, JamesJames Hird+ (3)
1997 Denham, SeanSean Denham
1998 Hardwick, DamienDamien Hardwick
1999 Mercuri, MarkMark Mercuri
2000 Fletcher, DustinDustin Fletcher [2]
2001 Johnson, JasonJason Johnson [3]
2002 Johnson, MarkMark Johnson [4]
2003 Hird, JamesJames Hird (4) [5]
Lucas, ScottScott Lucas
2004 McPhee, AdamAdam McPhee [6]
2005 Johnson, JasonJason Johnson (2) [7]
2006 Lucas, ScottScott Lucas (2) [8]
2007 Hird, JamesJames Hird (5) [9]
2008 Hille, DavidDavid Hille [10]
2009 Watson, JobeJobe Watson [11]
2010 Watson, JobeJobe Watson (2) [12]
2011 Zaharakis, DavidDavid Zaharakis^ [13]
2012 Watson, JobeJobe Watson (3) [14]
2013 Goddard, BrendonBrendon Goddard^ [15]
2014 Heppell, DysonDyson Heppell^ [16]
2015 Hooker, CaleCale Hooker^ [17]
2016 Merrett, ZachZach Merrett^ [18]
2017 Daniher, JoeJoe Daniher^ [19]

Multiple winners[edit]

^ Denotes current player
Player Medals Seasons
Hutchison, BillBill Hutchison 7 1947, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956
Reynolds, DickDick Reynolds 7 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1942, 1943
Hird, JamesJames Hird 5 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2007
Madden, SimonSimon Madden 4 1977, 1979, 1983, 1984
Watson, TimTim Watson 4 1980, 1985, 1988, 1989
Birt, JohnJohn Birt 3 1961, 1965, 1967
Buttsworth, WallyWally Buttsworth 3 1941, 1945, 1946
Davis, BarryBarry Davis 3 1968, 1969, 1971
Fitzmaurice, TomTom Fitzmaurice 3 1922, 1923, 1924
Moss, GrahamGraham Moss 3 1974, 1975, 1976
Watson, JobeJobe Watson 3 2009, 2010, 2012
Burgess, RegReg Burgess 2 1957, 1960
Busbridge, BillBill Busbridge 2 1908, 1909
Cameron, ErnieErnie Cameron 2 1911, 1912
Clarke, JackJack Clarke 2 1958, 1962
Forbes, KeithKeith Forbes 2 1930, 1935
Fraser, KenKen Fraser 2 1963, 1964
Johnson, JasonJason Johnson 2 2001, 2005
Lucas, ScottScott Lucas 2 2003, 2006
Thompson, MarkMark Thompson 2 1987, 1990

Notes[edit]

  • a The best and fairest was first awarded in 1897, however, records from 1897–1921 are insufficient.
  • b The Essendon Football Club did not participate in the 1916 and 1917 VFL seasons because of World War I.

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ Chreny, Daniel (11 October 2014). "Essendon's Dustin Fletcher decides to play on in 2015". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Jason Johnson Claims W.S.Crichton Medal". EssendonFC.com.au. Bigpond. 3 October 2001. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Connolly, Rohan (3 October 2002). "Essendon's other Johnson takes honours". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Len (2 October 2003). "Hird and Lucas share medal". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Magnificent McPhee". EssendonFC.com.au. Bigpond. 29 September 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "ohnson among Essendon elite". EssendonFC.com.au. Bigpond. 29 September 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Lucas wins second Crichton Medal". ABC Online. Australian Associated Press. 14 September 2006. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  9. ^ Australian Associated Press (3 October 2007). "Retired Essendon star James Hird wins fifth fairest-and-best". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  10. ^ Robinson, Mark (2 October 2008). "David Hille wins Crichton Medal as Essendon's best player". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  11. ^ Williams, Rebecca (1 October 2009). "Jobe Watson wins 2009 Essendon best-and-fairest award". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  12. ^ Australian Associated Press (1 October 2010). "Essendon captain Jobe Watson wins Crichton medal as best and fairest". Fox Sports (Australia). News Corp Australia. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  13. ^ Pierik, Jon (8 October 2011). "Zaharakis wins medal". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  14. ^ Matthews, Bruce (4 October 2012). "Essendon captain Jobe Watson caps his season off by capturing his third Bombers best and fairest". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  15. ^ Sewell, Eliza (2 October 2013). "Essendon utility Brendon Goddard snares best-and-fairest, then talks premierships". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  16. ^ Phelan, Jennifer (1 October 2014). "Heppell's rise continues with dominant Essendon best and fairest victory". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  17. ^ Baker, Grant (16 September 2015). "Cale Hooker awarded first Crichton Medal as Essendon’s best and fairest". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  18. ^ Twomey, Callum (31 August 2016). "Young gun Don a runaway winner at Crichton Medal". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  19. ^ Walsh, Conor (5 October 2017). "Don's dynasty: Leaping Bomber wins first Crichton". afl.com.au. Retrieved 5 October 2017.