List of VFL/AFL records

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This is a list of records from the Australian Football League since its inception as the Victorian Football League in 1897.

Team records[edit]

Team wins, losses and draws[edit]

Team Matches Won Drawn Lost GF-BF  % For GA-BA  % Agn  %

Win%

Adelaide 602 321 1 280 8326.7567 52.4 57523 7821.6877 53.2 53803 106.91 53.41
Brisbane Bears 222 72 2 148 2852.2606 52.3 19718 3521.3259 51.9 24385 80.86 32.88
Brisbane Lions 461 216 6 239 6269.5714 52.3 43328 6390.5655 53.1 43995 98.48 47.51
Carlton 2447 1415 34 998 29836.31440 48.7 210456 27173.29237 48.2 192275 109.46 58.52
Collingwood 2485 1504 26 955 30694.32504 48.6 216668 27165.29277 48.1 192267 112.69 61.05
Essendon 2411 1350 35 1026 29803.30539 49.4 209357 27523.28946 48.7 194084 107.87 56.72
Fitzroy 1928 869 25 1034 21102.23701 47.1 150313 22350.24426 47.8 158526 94.82 45.72
Fremantle 499 224 1 274 6332.5641 52.9 43633 6762.5922 53.3 46494 93.85 44.99
Geelong 2381 1289 22 1070 29242.30059 49.3 205511 27257.28631 48.8 192173 106.94 54.60
Gold Coast 132 34 1 97 1476.1433 50.7 10289 2014.1772 53.2 13856 74.26 26.14
Greater Western Sydney 112 37 0 75 1302.1188 52.3 9000 1720.1439 54.4 11759 76.54 33.04
Hawthorn 1930 947 10 973 25131.24345 50.8 175131 24658.25008 49.6 172956 101.26 49.33
Melbourne 2352 1057 21 1274 27192.28398 48.9 191550 28733.29645 49.2 202043 94.81 45.39
North Melbourne 1920 856 17 1047 24200.23814 50.4 169014 25652.25281 50.4 179193 94.32 45.03
Port Adelaide 462 234 5 223 6213.5514 53.0 42792 6212.5449 53.3 42721 100.17 51.19
Richmond 2206 1108 22 1076 27442.28400 49.1 193052 27527.28066 49.5 193228 99.91 50.73
St Kilda 2328 904 26 1398 25575.26974 48.7 180424 28966.29964 49.2 203760 88.55 39.39
Sydney 2383 1131 24 1228 27807.29483 48.5 196325 28295.29768 48.7 199538 98.39 47.96
University 126 27 2 97 841.1135 42.6 6181 1245.1597 43.8 9067 68.17 22.22
West Coast 705 393 6 306 9740.8866 52.3 67306 9082.8045 53.0 62537 107.63 56.17
Western Bulldogs 1894 851 22 1021 23018.23099 49.9 161207 24327.24156 50.2 170118 94.76 44.51

Source: AFL Tables. Last updated: 18 March 2017

Highest and Lowest scores[edit]

Highest
Rank Score Club Opponent Year Round Venue
1 37.17.239 Geelong Brisbane Bears 1992 7 Carrara Stadium
2 36.22.238 Fitzroy Melbourne 1979 17 VFL Park
3 36.20.236 Sydney Essendon 1987 17 Sydney Cricket Ground
4 37.11.233 Geelong Melbourne 2011 19 Kardinia Park
5 36.15.231 Hawthorn Fitzroy 1991 6 North Hobart Oval
Source: [1]. Last updated: 20 August 2013.
Lowest
Rank Score Club Opponent Year Round Venue
1 0.1.1 St Kilda Geelong 1899 3 (FS) Corio Oval
2 0.2.2 St Kilda South Melbourne 1897 3 Lake Oval
0.2.2 St Kilda Geelong 1899 14 Corio Oval
0.2.2 Melbourne Fitzroy 1899 2 (FS) Brunswick Street Oval
5 0.3.3 St Kilda South Melbourne 1897 10 Junction Oval
0.3.3 St Kilda Essendon 1897 12 East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Source: [2]. Last updated: 20 August 2013.
(FS) = Sectional Round in Finals

All these scores were from the first three years of VFL competition, when scores in general were much lower. The following table shows the lowest scores since 1919 (the first year of complete competition following World War I).

Lowest since 1919
Rank Score Club Opponent Year Round Venue
1 1.0.6 Fitzroy Footscray 1953 5 Western Oval
2 0.8.8 Richmond St Kilda 1961 16 Junction Oval
3 1.5.11 St Kilda Melbourne 1957 16 Junction Oval
4 1.7.13 Hawthorn Melbourne 1926 9 Melbourne Cricket Ground
1.7.13 Richmond Collingwood 1927 GF Melbourne Cricket Ground
1.7.13 Fremantle Adelaide 2009 15 Football Park
Source: [3]. Last updated: 20 August 2013.

Highest losing scores and lowest winning scores[edit]

Highest losing scores
Rank Score Club Opponent Opponent’s score Year Round Venue
1 25.13.163 Geelong Hawthorn 26.15.171 1989 6 Princes Park
2 25.9.159 Kangaroos Essendon 27.9.171 2001 16 Melbourne Cricket Ground
3 23.19.157 Fitzroy Melbourne 24.23.167 1978 2 Melbourne Cricket Ground
4 24.11.155 South Melbourne Geelong 26.11.167 1978 19 Lake Oval
5 24.10.154 South Melbourne Melbourne 24.23.167 1979 6 Melbourne Cricket Ground
Source: [4]. Last updated: 20 August 2013.
Lowest winning scores
Rank Score Club Opponent Opponent’s score Year Round Venue
1 1.8.14 Essendon Melbourne 0.8.8 1897 3 (Finals) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
2 1.9.15 Geelong Melbourne 0.10.10 1897 9 Corio Oval
2.3.15 South Melbourne Melbourne 1.7.13 1898 6 Melbourne Cricket Ground
1.9.15 Essendon South Melbourne 0.9.9 1899 3 East Melbourne Cricket Ground
5 1.13.19 Essendon South Melbourne 2.3.15 1897 6 Lake Oval
Source: [5]. Last updated: 20 August 2013

As with the lowest overall scores, all these were from the first three years of the VFL. The lowest winning scores in more recent times are:

Lowest winning scores since 1919
Rank Score Club Opponent Opponent’s score Year Round Venue
1 2.13.25 Collingwood Richmond 1.7.13 1927 GF Melbourne Cricket Ground
2 3.10.28 Essendon Footscray 3.5.23 1989 13 Windy Hill
3 4.6.30 Carlton Richmond 3.5.23 1927 17 Princes Park
4 3.13.31 Collingwood Essendon 4.6.30 1927 17 Victoria Park
4.7.31 Collingwood Geelong 3.11.29 1951 14 Kardinia Park
3.13.31 Carlton Geelong 2.12.24 1977 12 Princes Park
Source: [6]. Last updated: 20 August 2013.

Highest scores for each quarter[edit]

Quarter Score Club Opponent Year Round Venue
1st 15.4.94 Essendon Gold Coast 2011 6 Docklands Stadium
2nd 14.2.86 Adelaide Fitzroy 1996 17 Football Park
3rd 13.4.82 Essendon Footscray 1982 22 Western Oval
4th 17.4.106 South Melbourne St Kilda 1919 12 Lake Oval
Source: [7]. Last updated: 20 August 2013.

Greatest winning margins[edit]

Rank Margin Club Opponent Year Round Venue
1 190 Fitzroy Melbourne 1979 17 VFL Park
2 186 Geelong Melbourne 2011 19 Kardinia Park
3 178 Collingwood St Kilda 1979 4 Victoria Park
4 171 South Melbourne St Kilda 1919 12 Lake Oval
5 168 Richmond North Melbourne 1931 2 Punt Road Oval
Source: [8]. Last updated: 20 August 2013.

Biggest comebacks[edit]

Deficit from end of 1/4 time

Rank Deficit Club Final Score Opponent Final Score Year Round Venue
1 58 Essendon 27.9.171 Kangaroos 25.9.159 2001 16 Melbourne Cricket Ground
2 55 St Kilda 15.22.112 Hawthorn 14.15.99 1937 2 Glenferrie Oval
3 51 Hawthorn 17.7.109 St Kilda 14.12.96 1999 12 Waverley Park
4 48 Richmond 19.13.127 Sydney Swans 16.14.110 1982 21 Sydney Cricket Ground
48 West Coast Eagles 16.17.113 Western Bulldogs 15.10.100 1998 10 WACA Ground
Source: http://afl.allthestats.com/?itm=211134&fmqtr=0. Last updated: 14 January 2011.

Deficit from end of 1/2 time

Rank Deficit Club Final Score Opponent Final Score Year Round Venue
1 52 Collingwood 14.23.107 St Kilda 15.10.100 1970 10 Victoria Park
2 50 Melbourne 17.17.119 Fremantle 15.23.113 2008 7 Melbourne Cricket Ground
3 49 Geelong 17.10.112 Collingwood 17.9.111 1972 20 Kardinia Park
49 Hawthorn 26.15.171 Geelong 25.13.163 1989 6 Princes Park
49 St Kilda 14.10.94 Western Bulldogs 13.9.87 2015 6 Docklands Stadium
Source: http://afl.allthestats.com/?itm=211134&fmqtr=1. Last updated: 14 January 2011.

Deficit from end of 3/4 time

Rank Deficit Club Final Score Opponent Final Score Year Round Venue
1 45 Brisbane Bears 14.20.104 Hawthorn 14.13.97 1995 16 The Gabba
2 44 North Melbourne 15.12.102 Essendon 14.10.94 1947 6 Arden Street Oval
3 41 North Melbourne 12.19.91 Footscray 13.7.85 1936 7 Arden Street Oval
41 Essendon 18.16.124 Melbourne 19.9.123 1992 6 Melbourne Cricket Ground
5 40 Western Bulldogs 14.15.99 Adelaide 14.13.97 1999 16 Melbourne Cricket Ground
40 Kangaroos 17.16.118 Sydney Swans 18.4.112 2004 19 Sydney Cricket Ground

Largest comebacks (from any stage of the game)

Rank Deficit Club Final Score Opponent Final Score Year Round Venue
1 69pts Q2 10mins Essendon 27.9.171 Kangaroos 25.9.159 2001 16 MCG
2 63pts Q2 5mins Hawthorn 17.7.109 St Kilda 14.12.96 1999 12 Waverley Park
3 60pts Q2 27mins Collingwood 14.23.107 St Kilda 15.10.100 1970 10 Victoria Park
4 56pts Q2 28mins Hawthorn 26.15.171 Geelong 25.13.163 1989 6 Princes Park
5 55pts at Q1 time St Kilda 15.22.112 Hawthorn 14.15.99 1937 2 Glenferrie Oval
55pts Q2 10mins Collingwood 19.9.123 Richmond 16.13.109 1978 20 Punt Road Oval
55pts Q3 3mins St Kilda 14.10.94 Western Bulldogs 13.9.87 2015 6 Docklands Stadium

Highest scores (both teams)[edit]

Rank Score Home Team Score Away Team Score Year Round Venue
1 52.33.345 Melbourne 21.15.141 St Kilda 31.18.204 1978 6 Melbourne Cricket Ground
=2 51.31.337 Geelong 35.18.228 St Kilda 16.13.109 1989 7 Kardinia Park
=2 50.37.337 Hawthorn 21.23.149 Richmond 29.14.188 1985 5 Princes Park
=4 51.28.334 Kangaroos 35.19.229 Sydney 16.9.105 1993 6 Princes Park
=4 51.28.334 Hawthorn 26.15.171 Geelong 25.13.163 1989 6 Princes Park
Source: [9].

Individual records[edit]

Disposals[edit]

Rank Player Disposals Year vs Team
=1 Greg Williams 53 1989 vs St Kilda
=1 Gary Ablett 53 2012 vs Collingwood
3 Barry Price 52 1971 vs Fitzroy
4 Scott Thompson 51 2011 vs Gold Coast
=5 John Greening 50 1971 vs Geelong
=5 Tony Shaw 50 1991 vs Brisbane Bears
=5 Tom Mitchell 50 2017 vs Collingwood

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Goalkicking[edit]

Most career goals[edit]

For a larger list see List of VFL/AFL players to have scored 500 goals.
Rank Goals Games Player Club/Clubs Career
1 1360 281 Tony Lockett St Kilda, Sydney 1983–1999, 2002
2 1299 306 Gordon Coventry Collingwood 1920–1937
3 1254 269 Jason Dunstall Hawthorn 1985–1998
4 1057 267 Doug Wade Geelong, North Melbourne 1959–1975
5 1030 248 Gary Ablett, Sr. Hawthorn, Geelong 1982–1996
Source: [10]. Last updated: 10 June 2009.

Most goals in a game[edit]

Fred Fanning
Rank Score Player Club Opponent Year Round Venue
1 18.1 Fred Fanning Melbourne St Kilda 1947 19 Junction Oval
2 17.4 Gordon Coventry Collingwood Fitzroy 1930 12 Victoria Park
17.5 Jason Dunstall Hawthorn Richmond 1992 7 Waverley Park
4 16.5 Gordon Coventry Collingwood Hawthorn 1929 13 Victoria Park
16.1 Peter Hudson Hawthorn Melbourne 1969 5 Glenferrie Oval
16.4 Peter McKenna Collingwood South Melbourne 1969 19 Victoria Park
16.0 Tony Lockett Sydney Swans Fitzroy 1995 19 Whitten Oval
Source: [11]. Last updated: 14 January 2011.

Most goals in a season[edit]

Bob Pratt
Rank Goals Player Club Season
1 150 Bob Pratt South Melbourne 1934
150 Peter Hudson Hawthorn 1971
3 146 Peter Hudson Hawthorn 1970
4 145 Jason Dunstall Hawthorn 1992
5 143 Peter McKenna Collingwood 1970
Source: [12]. Last updated: 9 July 2007.

Most seasons as leading goalkicker[edit]

For season by season list see Coleman Medal.
Dick Lee
Rank Seasons Player Club/Clubs
1 8 Dick Lee Collingwood
2 6 Gordon Coventry Collingwood
3 5 John Coleman Essendon
4 4 Fred Fanning Melbourne
4 Doug Wade Geelong, North Melbourne
4 Peter Hudson Hawthorn
4 Tony Lockett St Kilda, Sydney
Source: [13]. Last updated: 20 May 2009.
Note: This table does not take into account goals scored in finals.

Highest goals per game average[edit]

Rank Average Player Club/Clubs
1 5.64 Peter Hudson Hawthorn
2 5.48 John Coleman Essendon
3 4.84 Tony Lockett St Kilda, Sydney
4 4.66 Jason Dunstall Hawthorn
5 4.58 Peter McKenna Collingwood, Carlton
Source: [14]. Last updated: 9 July 2007.

Most goals on debut[edit]

Bill Wood
Rank Goals Player Club Opponent Year Round Venue
1 12 John Coleman Essendon Hawthorn 1949 1 Windy Hill
2 9 Bill Wood Footscray Collingwood 1944 3 Whitten Oval
9 Warren Ralph Carlton North Melbourne 1984 1 Waverley Park
4 8 John Georgiades Footscray Carlton 1989 1 Princes Park
8 Scott Cummings Essendon Sydney Swans 1994 14 Melbourne Cricket Ground
Source: Official statistical history of the AFL (book). Last updated: 2007.

Most consecutive games with one or more goals[edit]

Rank Streak Player Club/s Start End
1 121 Peter McKenna Collingwood 1968 1974
2 114 Tony Lockett St Kilda, Sydney 1993 2002
3 98 Gordon Coventry Collingwood 1932 1937
4 97 Dick Lee Collingwood 1910 1918
5 90 Doug Wade Geelong, North Melbourne 1971 1975
Source: AFL Tables. Last updated: 13 July 2015.

Most career games for no goals[edit]

Rank Games Player Club/Clubs
1 182 Ted Potter Collingwood
2 172 Gary Malarkey Geelong
3 166 Les Gardiner Essendon
4 162 Jamie Shanahan St Kilda, Melbourne
5 154 Ian Synman St Kilda
Source: AFL Tables. Last updated: 9 July 2007.

Games[edit]

Most career games[edit]

For a larger list see List of VFL/AFL players to have played 300 games.
Rank Games Player Club/Clubs Career span
1 432 Brent Harvey North Melbourne 1996–2016
2 426 Michael Tuck Hawthorn 1972–1991
3 403 Kevin Bartlett Richmond 1965–1983
4 400 Dustin Fletcher Essendon 1993–2015
5 383 Robert Harvey St Kilda 1988–2008

Most consecutive games[edit]

Adam Goodes
Rank Games Player Club/Clubs
1 244 Jim Stynes Melbourne
2 226 Adem Yze Melbourne
3 204 Adam Goodes Sydney
4 202 Jack Titus Richmond
5 200 Brett Kirk Sydney

Most games for each club[edit]

For a larger list see Australian rules footballers with 200 games for one club.
Brad Johnson
Club Games Player Career span
Adelaide 340 Andrew McLeod 1995–2010
Brisbane Bears 164 Roger Merrett 1988–1996
Brisbane Lions 322 Simon Black 1998–2013
Carlton 375 Craig Bradley 1986–2002
Collingwood 313 Tony Shaw 1977–1994
Essendon 400 Dustin Fletcher 1993–2015
Fitzroy 333 Kevin Murray 1955–1964, 1967–1974
Footscray/Western Bulldogs 364 Brad Johnson 1994–2010
Fremantle 353 Matthew Pavlich 2000–2016
Geelong 332 Corey Enright 2001–2016
Gold Coast 114 Jarrod Harbrow 2011–present
Greater Western Sydney 107 Callan Ward 2012–present
Hawthorn 426 Michael Tuck 1972–1991
Melbourne 306 David Neitz 1993–2008
North Melbourne 432 Brent Harvey 1996–2016
Port Adelaide 300 Kane Cornes 2001–2015
Richmond 403 Kevin Bartlett 1965–1983
St Kilda 383 Robert Harvey 1988–2008
South Melbourne/Sydney 372 Adam Goodes 1999–2015
University 101 Bert Hurrey 1908–1913
West Coast 290 Dean Cox 2000–2014
Source: [15]. Last updated: 11 September 2016.

Age records[edit]

Youngest players[edit]

Age on their debut

Wels Eicke
Rank Age Player Club Year
1 15 years, 209 days Claude Clough St Kilda 1900
2 15 years, 287 days Keith Bromage Collingwood 1953
3 15 years, 297 days Albert Collier Collingwood 1925
4 15 years, 305 days Tim Watson Essendon 1977
5 15 years, 315 days Wels Eicke St Kilda 1909
Source: Official statistical history of the AFL (book)
Australian Football.com
Last updated: 2013

Oldest players[edit]

Age in their last game

Jack Leith
Rank Age Player Club Year
1 43 years, 50 days Vic Cumberland St Kilda 1920
2 40 years, 23 days Dustin Fletcher Essendon 2015
3 39 years, 296 days Jack Leith Melbourne 1912
4 39 years, 239 days Syd Barker, Sr. North Melbourne 1927
5 39 years, 181 days Jim Flynn Carlton 1910
Source: [16]. Last updated: 31 May 2015.

Finals[edit]

Most premierships[edit]

Harry Collier
Rank Total Player Club
1 7 Michael Tuck Hawthorn
2 6 Frank Adams Melbourne
6 Ron Barassi Melbourne
6 Albert Collier Collingwood
6 Harry Collier Collingwood
Source: Official statistical history of the AFL (book). Last updated: 2007.

Most Grand Final appearances[edit]

Bill Hutchison
Rank Games Player Club
1 11 Michael Tuck Hawthorn
2 10 Gordon Coventry Collingwood
10 Albert Collier Collingwood
10 Dick Reynolds Essendon
10 Bill Hutchison Essendon
Source: AFL Tables Last updated: 5 July 2015.

Most finals games[edit]

Rank Games Player Club
1 39 Michael Tuck Hawthorn
2 33 Shaun Burgoyne Port Adelaide (14)
Hawthorn (19)
3 31 Gordon Coventry Collingwood
4 29 Leigh Matthews Hawthorn
29 Wayne Schimmelbusch North Melbourne
29 Bruce Doull Carlton
Source: AFL Tables Last updated: 10 September 2016.

Most finals goals[edit]

Jack Titus
Rank Total Player Club
1 112 Gordon Coventry Collingwood
2 78 Jason Dunstall Hawthorn
3 74 Jack Titus Richmond
4 72 Leigh Matthews Hawthorn
5 65 Stephen Kernahan Carlton
Lance Franklin Hawthorn / Sydney
Last updated: 2016.

Coaching[edit]

Most games coached[edit]

Rank Total Player Club/Clubs
1 718 Mick Malthouse Footscray, West Coast, Collingwood, Carlton
2 714 Jock McHale Collingwood
3 678 Kevin Sheedy Essendon, Greater Western Sydney
4 575 Allan Jeans St Kilda, Hawthorn, Richmond
5 522 Tom Hafey Richmond, Collingwood, Geelong, Sydney
Source: [17]. Last updated: 31 May 2015.

Most wins as coach[edit]

Rank Total Player Club/Clubs
1 467 Jock McHale Collingwood
2 406 Mick Malthouse Footscray, West Coast, Collingwood, Carlton
3 389 Kevin Sheedy Essendon, Greater Western Sydney
4 357 Allan Jeans St Kilda, Hawthorn, Richmond
5 336 Tom Hafey Richmond, Collingwood, Geelong, Sydney
Source: [18]. Last updated: 31 May 2015.

Most premierships as coach[edit]

Rank Total Coach Year
1 8 Jock McHale 1917, 1919,1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1936
2 6 Norm Smith 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964
3 5 Jack Worrall 1906, 1907, 1908, 1911, 1912
5 Frank 'Checker' Hughes 1932, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948
5 4 Dick Reynolds 1942, 1946, 1949, 1950
4 Tom Hafey 1967, 1969, 1973, 1974
4 Ron Barassi 1968, 1970, 1975, 1977
4 Allan Jeans 1966, 1983, 1986, 1989
4 David Parkin 1978, 1981, 1982, 1995
4 Kevin Sheedy 1984, 1985, 1993, 2000
4 Leigh Matthews 1990, 2001, 2002, 2003
4 Alastair Clarkson 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015
Source: [19]. Last updated: 6 January 2016.

Player/Coach[edit]

Most games played and coached[edit]

Rank Total Coach/Player Teams Coached Games Coached Teams Played For Games Played
1 929 Kevin Sheedy Essendon, Greater Western Sydney 678 Richmond 251
2 892 Mick Malthouse Footscray, West Coast, Collingwood, Carlton 718 St Kilda, Richmond 174
3 878 Jock McHale Collingwood 714 Collingwood 261 (97 games as playing coach)
4 793 Leigh Matthews Collingwood, Brisbane 461 Hawthorn 332
5 729 David Parkin Hawthorn, Carlton, Fitzroy 518 Hawthorn 211
Source:AFL Tables – Coaches Last updated: 31 May 2015.

Awards[edit]

Most Brownlow Medals[edit]

For a year-by-year list, see List of Brownlow Medal winners.
Rank Awards Player Club/Clubs Years
1 3 Haydn Bunton, Sr. Fitzroy 1931, 1932, 1935
3 Dick Reynolds Essendon 1934, 1937, 1938
3 Bob Skilton South Melbourne 1959, 1963, 1968
3 Ian Stewart St Kilda, Richmond 1965, 1966, 1971

Most club best and fairests[edit]

Rank Awards Player Club/Clubs Years
1 9 Kevin Murray Fitzroy 1956, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1969
9 Bob Skilton South Melbourne 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968
3 8 Leigh Matthews Hawthorn 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982
4 7 Dick Reynolds Essendon 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1942, 1943
7 Bill Hutchison Essendon 1947, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956
7 Gary Dempsey Footscray, North Melbourne 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979
7 Scott West Western Bulldogs 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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