List of Brownlow Medal winners

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The Brownlow Medal (formally the Charles Brownlow Trophy) is an individual award given to the player judged fairest and best in the Australian Football League (AFL) during the regular season. Determined by votes cast by the officiating umpires after each game, it is considered the highest honour for individual players in the AFL.[1][2]

The medal has been awarded every year since 1924, with the exception of an intermission from 1942–1945 due to World War II. As of 2017, the Brownlow Medal has been awarded 104 times to 86 different players in 90 medal counts.

Winners by season[edit]

Michael Voss, 1996 Brownlow Medallist
Robert Harvey, 1997 and 1998 Brownlow Medallist
Adam Goodes, 2003 and 2006 Brownlow Medallist
Chris Judd, 2004 and 2010 Brownlow Medallist
Jimmy Bartel, 2007 Brownlow Medallist
Gary Ablett Jr., 2009 and 2013 Brownlow Medallist
Trent Cotchin, 2012 Brownlow Medallist
Patrick Dangerfield, 2016 Brownlow Medallist
Year Player Team Votes
1924 Edward Greeves Jr. Geelong 7
1925 Colin Watson St Kilda 9
1926 Ivor Warne-Smith Melbourne 9
1927 Syd Coventry Collingwood 7
1928 Ivor Warne-Smith Melbourne 8
1929 Albert Collier Collingwood 6
1930 Harry Collier1 Collingwood 4
Allan Hopkins1 Footscray 4
Stan Judkins Richmond 4
1931 Haydn Bunton Sr. Fitzroy 26
1932 Haydn Bunton Sr. Fitzroy 23
1933 Wilfred "Chicken" Smallhorn Fitzroy 18
1934 Dick Reynolds Essendon 19
1935 Haydn Bunton Sr. Fitzroy 24
1936 Denis Ryan Fitzroy 26
1937 Dick Reynolds Essendon 27
1938 Dick Reynolds Essendon 18
1939 Marcus Whelan Collingwood 23
19402 Des Fothergill1 Collingwood 32
Herbie Matthews1 South Melbourne 32
1941 Norman Ware Footscray 23
1946 Don Cordner Melbourne 20
1947 Bert Deacon Carlton 20
1948 Bill Morris Richmond 24
1949 Col Austen1 Hawthorn 23
Ron Clegg South Melbourne 23
1950 Allan Ruthven Fitzroy 21
1951 Bernie Smith Geelong 23
1952 Roy Wright Richmond 21
Bill Hutchison1 Essendon 21
1953 Bill Hutchison Essendon 26
1954 Roy Wright Richmond 29
1955 Fred Goldsmith South Melbourne 21
1956 Peter Box Footscray 22
1957 Brian Gleeson St Kilda 24
1958 Neil Roberts St Kilda 20
1959 Verdun Howell1 St Kilda 20
Bob Skilton South Melbourne 20
1960 John Schultz Footscray 20
1961 John James Carlton 21
1962 Alistair Lord Geelong 28
1963 Bob Skilton South Melbourne 20
1964 Gordon Collis Carlton 27
1965 Noel Teasdale1 North Melbourne 20
Ian Stewart St Kilda 20
1966 Ian Stewart St Kilda 21
1967 Ross Smith St Kilda 24
1968 Bob Skilton South Melbourne 24
1969 Kevin Murray Fitzroy 19
1970 Peter Bedford South Melbourne 25
1971 Ian Stewart Richmond 21
1972 Len Thompson Collingwood 25
1973 Keith Greig North Melbourne 27
1974 Keith Greig North Melbourne 27
1975 Gary Dempsey Footscray 20
1976 Graham Moss Essendon 483
1977 Graham Teasdale South Melbourne 593
1978 Malcolm Blight North Melbourne 22
1979 Peter Moore Collingwood 22
1980 Kelvin Templeton Footscray 23
1981 Bernie Quinlan Fitzroy 22
Barry Round South Melbourne 22
1982 Brian Wilson Melbourne 23
1983 Ross Glendinning North Melbourne 24
1984 Peter Moore Melbourne 24
1985 Brad Hardie Footscray 22
1986 Robert DiPierdomenico Hawthorn 17
Greg Williams Sydney 17
1987 John Platten Hawthorn 20
Tony Lockett St Kilda 20
1988 Gerard Healy Sydney 20
1989 Paul Couch Geelong 22
1990 Tony Liberatore Footscray 18
1991 Jim Stynes Melbourne 25
1992 Scott Wynd Footscray 20
1993 Gavin Wanganeen Essendon 18
1994 Greg Williams Carlton 30
1995 Paul Kelly Sydney 21
1996 James Hird Essendon 21
Michael Voss Brisbane Bears 21
1997 Robert Harvey St Kilda 26
1998 Robert Harvey St Kilda 32
1999 Shane Crawford Hawthorn 28
2000 Shane Woewodin Melbourne 24
2001 Jason Akermanis Brisbane Lions 23
2002 Simon Black Brisbane Lions 25
2003 Mark Ricciuto Adelaide 22
Nathan Buckley Collingwood 22
Adam Goodes Sydney 22
2004 Chris Judd West Coast 30
2005 Ben Cousins West Coast 20
2006 Adam Goodes Sydney 26
2007 Jimmy Bartel Geelong 29
2008 Adam Cooney Western Bulldogs 24
2009 Gary Ablett Jr. Geelong 30
2010 Chris Judd Carlton 30
2011 Dane Swan Collingwood 34
2012 Trent Cotchin Richmond 26
Sam Mitchell Hawthorn 26
2013 Gary Ablett Jr. Gold Coast 28
2014 Matt Priddis West Coast 26
2015 Nathan Fyfe Fremantle 31
2016 Patrick Dangerfield Geelong 35
2017 Dustin Martin Richmond 36

1Medal was awarded retrospectively, as a countback rule was enforced until 1980.
2No winner was actually declared in 1940, with Des Fothergill and Herbie Matthews recognised retrospectively as joint winners in 1989 after having initially received replica medals.
3The voting system in 1976 and 1977 had both field umpires awarding votes, resulting in higher vote tallies than in other years.

As a mark of respect to soldiers fighting overseas in World War II between 1942 and 1945, the medal was not awarded during this time.

Ineligible players who polled the most votes[edit]

A player guilty of an offence deemed worthy of a suspension by the AFL's disciplinary tribunal for serious on-field offences is ineligible to win the Brownlow Medal. Suspended players have tallied the highest number of votes for the award on three occasions. In the third of those cases, Jobe Watson, who won in 2012, was later found guilty of breaching WADA's anti-doping code in the 2012 season, and was retrospectively ruled ineligible by the AFL Commission in November 2016.[3]

Player Team Year Votes Outcome
Corey McKernan North Melbourne 1996 21 Suspended; would have been joint winner with Hird and Voss.
Chris Grant Western Bulldogs 1997 27 Suspended; would have won outright, beating Harvey by one vote.
Jobe Watson Essendon 2012 30 Awarded the medal in 2012, beating Mitchell and Cotchin by four votes. In 2016 he was retrospectively ruled ineligible because of being suspended for using a banned substance, as part of what is known as the Essendon supplements saga.

Multiple winners[edit]

The following players have won the Brownlow Medal multiple times.

Medals Player Team Seasons
3 Haydn Bunton Sr. Fitzroy 1931, 1932, 1935
Dick Reynolds Essendon 1934, 1937, 1938
Bob Skilton South Melbourne 1959, 1963, 1968
Ian Stewart St Kilda / Richmond 1965, 1966, 1971
2 Ivor Warne-Smith Melbourne 1926, 1928
Bill Hutchison Essendon 1952, 1953
Roy Wright Richmond 1952, 1954
Keith Greig North Melbourne 1973, 1974
Peter Moore Collingwood / Melbourne 1979, 1984
Greg Williams Sydney / Carlton 1986, 1994
Robert Harvey St Kilda 1997, 1998
Adam Goodes Sydney 2003, 2006
Chris Judd West Coast / Carlton 2004, 2010
Gary Ablett Jr. Geelong / Gold Coast 2009, 2013

Voting systems[edit]

Since 1924, the voting system for the Brownlow has changed three times.

1924–1930 One vote per game
1931–1975, 1978–present Six votes per game: 3 votes, 2 votes, and 1 vote
1976–1977 Twelve votes per game: 3 votes, 2 votes, and 1 vote from each of the two field umpires

The length of the home and away season has also changed since 1924.

1924 16 games
1925 17 games
1926–1941, 1950–1967 18 games
1946–1949 19 games
1968–1969, 1993 20 games
1970–1992, 1994–present 22 games

From 1930 to 1980, a countback system was used to determine the winner in the event of a tie. In 1930, Judkins was awarded the medal as he had played in the fewest games.

From 1931 to 1980, with the introduction of 3-2-1 voting, the winner was the player with the most three-vote games.[2] In 1980, the countback system was removed, and in the event of a tie, players have been considered joint winners.[2] In 1989, the then VFL awarded retrospective medals to all players who had tied but lost on countback prior to 1980.[4]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sean Miller. "What makes the Brownlow so special?". Premier Media Group. Retrieved 15 November 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c "Brownlow Medal – AFL Brownlow Medal". Australian Football League. Retrieved 15 November 2008. 
  3. ^ "AFL Commission statement on 2012 Brownlow Medal". Australian Football League. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "1980–1989". AFL BigPond Network. 11 December 2006. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 

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