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The Coleman Medal is an Australian rules football award given annually to the Australian Football League (AFL) player who kicks the most goals in the home-and-away season. It was first presented in 1981 to Richmond's Michael Roach. The award is named after John Coleman, an Australian Football Hall of Fame Legend who scored 537 goals for Essendon. In July 2004, leading goalkickers from 1955 – the year after Coleman's last match – to 1980 were named retrospective Coleman Medallists, while winners prior to 1955 were named Leading Goalkicker Medallists. Collingwood is the club most frequently represented by medallists; its players have won on 22 occasions. The majority (13) of these awards have been contributed by Dick Lee and Gordon Coventry. Lee's seven medals are a league record; Coventry sits outright second, on six. Five players have been four-time medallists; another five have won the award three times, while 15 players have been dual medallists. Geelong's Tom Hawkins (pictured) kicked 42 goals in 2020, making him the most recent recipient. (Full list...)

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Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce (November 23, 1804 – October 8, 1869) was the 14th president of the United States (1853–1857), a northern Democrat who saw the abolitionist movement as a fundamental threat to the unity of the nation. He alienated anti-slavery groups by supporting and signing the Kansas–Nebraska Act and enforcing the Fugitive Slave Act, yet these efforts failed to stem conflict between North and South. The South eventually seceded and the American Civil War began in 1861. Historians and scholars generally rank Pierce as one of the worst and least memorable U.S. presidents.

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