Joe Marston Medal

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The Joe Marston Medal is an A-League award given to the player of the match in the A-League Grand Final each year. Introduced in 1990, previously the award was also given to the best player in the National Soccer League grand final. The medal is named after Joe Marston, who played for Australia national association football team in the 1950s and was a member of the Preston North End side that played in the 1954 FA Cup Final.

List of winners[edit]


Season/Year Player Club Opponent Ref
1989–90 Australia Abbas Saad Sydney Olympic Marconi Stallions
1990–91 Australia Josip Biskic* Melbourne Knights South Melbourne
1991–92 Australia Alex Tobin Adelaide City Melbourne Knights
1992–93 Australia Milan Ivanovic* Adelaide City Marconi Stallions
1993–94 Australia Alex Tobin Adelaide City Melbourne Knights
1995 Australia Steve Horvat Melbourne Knights Adelaide City
1996 Australia Andrew Marth Melbourne Knights Marconi Stallions
1997 Australia Alan Hunter Brisbane Strikers Sydney United
1998 Australia Fausto De Amicis South Melbourne Carlton SC
1999 Australia Goran Lozanovski South Melbourne Sydney United
2000 Australia Scott Chipperfield Wollongong Wolves Perth Glory
2001 Australia Matthew Horsley Wollongong Wolves South Melbourne
2002 Australia Ante Milicic Sydney Olympic Perth Glory
2003 Australia Simon Colosimo Perth Glory Sydney Olympic
2004 Australia Ahmad Elrich* Parramatta Power Perth Glory
2006 Trinidad and Tobago Dwight Yorke Sydney FC Central Coast Mariners [1]
2007 Australia Archie Thompson Melbourne Victory Adelaide United [2]
2008 Australia Andrew Durante Newcastle Jets Central Coast Mariners [3]
2009 Australia Tom Pondeljak Melbourne Victory Adelaide United [4]
2010 Australia Simon Colosimo Sydney FC Melbourne Victory [5]
2011 Australia Mat Ryan* Central Coast Mariners Brisbane Roar [6]
2012 Australia Jacob Burns* Perth Glory Brisbane Roar [7]
2013 Australia Daniel McBreen Central Coast Mariners Western Sydney Wanderers [8]
2014 Germany Thomas Broich Brisbane Roar Western Sydney Wanderers [9]
Italy Iacopo La Rocca* Western Sydney Wanderers Brisbane Roar [10]
2015 Australia Mark Milligan Melbourne Victory Sydney FC [11]
2016 Spain Isaías Adelaide United Western Sydney Wanderers [12]
2017 North Macedonia Daniel Georgievski* Melbourne Victory Sydney FC [13]
2018 Australia Lawrence Thomas Melbourne Victory Newcastle Jets [14]
2019 Serbia Miloš Ninković Sydney FC Perth Glory [15]
2020 Australia Rhyan Grant Sydney FC Melbourne City [16]
2021 Australia Nathaniel Atkinson Melbourne City Sydney FC [17]
A-League Men
2022 Serbia Aleksandar Prijović Western United Melbourne City [18]
2023 Australia Jason Cummings Central Coast Mariners Melbourne City [19]
*Player on the losing team

Multiple winners[edit]

Medals Player Team Seasons
2 Australia Alex Tobin Adelaide City 1991–92, 1993–94
2 Australia Simon Colosimo Perth Glory / Sydney FC 2002–03, 2010

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The A-League's overseas A-listers". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 15 September 2012. Archived from the original on 1 June 2016.
  2. ^ "The great Archie Thompson by the numbers". Melbourne Victory. 30 April 2016. Archived from the original on 3 June 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Jets claim first A-League crown". Brisbane Times. 24 February 2008.
  4. ^ "Melbourne Victory win dramatic A-League grand final over Adelaide". Fox Sports. 28 February 2009.
  5. ^ "Sydney FC claims second A-League title in tense grand final". The Australian. 21 March 2010.
  6. ^ Davidson, John (5 August 2015). "Mat Ryan: Aussie history-maker sets his sights on starting spot". The Roar.
  7. ^ Clarke, Laine (22 April 2012). "A-League mistakenly awards Joe Marston medal to Thomas Broich instead of rightful winner Jacob Burns". Fox Sports.
  8. ^ Habashy, Angela (21 April 2013). "Daniel McBreen keen to extend stay with Central Coast as a dream season ends in grand final glory". Fox Sports.
  9. ^ Stannard, Damien (4 May 2014). "Thomas Broich praises teammates after being honoured with Joe Marston Medal". The Courier-Mail.
  10. ^ Hassett, Sebastian (5 May 2014). "Wanderers' Iacopo La Rocca takes little comfort from Marston Medal". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  11. ^ "Melbourne Victory captain Mark Milligan wins Joe Marston medal". The Guardian. 17 May 2015.
  12. ^ Kemp, Emma (1 May 2016). "Isaias awarded Joe Marston Medal". Seven Sport. Archived from the original on 7 May 2016.
  13. ^ "Georgievski wins Joe Marston Medal". Nine's Wide World of Sports. 7 May 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  14. ^ Connell, Tim (5 May 2018). "Melbourne Victory claim record fourth A-League title with win over Newcastle Jets". The Guardian.
  15. ^ Chadwick, Justin (19 May 2019). "Sydney's Ninkovic wins Joe Marston medal". The Newcastle Herald.
  16. ^ McMurtry, Andrew (30 August 2020). "A-League Grand Final 2020: Sydney FC win over Melbourne City off Rhyan Grant's 'nipple'". Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  17. ^ Comito, Matthew (27 June 2021). ""It's the proudest moment of my career" - Atkinson caps off comeback story with Joe Marston Medal". A-League. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  18. ^ Lynch, Michael (28 May 2022). "Western force: Aloisi's team down Melbourne City to rule A-League at third attempt". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 May 2022. Unsurprisingly, the winner of the Joe Marston Medal for player of the match was Prijovic.
  19. ^ Rugari, Vince (3 June 2023). "Cummings gets last laugh as Mariners destroy City to win A-League title". The Sydney Morning Herald.

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