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Brownlow Medal Winners

What is the Brownlow Medal?

The Brownlow Medal is regarded as the highest individual honour that can be given to an AFL footballer (unless of course you value Norm Smith Medals and AFL Player MVP’s more).

Votes are cast by the officiating umpires of each game, which in recent years been seen as controversial due to the fact that an umpire may not be able to observe every element of a game.

The Brownlow has been awarded every year since 1924, with the exception of 1942–1945 due to World War II.

Betting on the AFL Brownlow medal is very popular, with punters usually betting on the Brownlow in the days before the big event. The best value Brownlow odds are found early in the season, if you’re good enough to spot the player with an edge.


List of Brownlow Medalists Year By Year

Below is a list of Brownlow Medal winners including including players, teams and the number of votes awarded for each year.

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 Collierdagger Collingwood 4
Allan Hopkinsdagger Footscray 4
Stan Judkins Richmond 4
1931 Haydn Bunton Sr. Fitzroy 26
1932 Haydn Bunton Sr. Fitzroy 23
1933 Wilfred 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
1940 Des Fothergilldagger Collingwood 32
Herbie Matthewsdagger 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 Austendagger Hawthorn 23
Ron Clegg South Melbourne 23
1950 Allan Ruthven Fitzroy 21
1951 Bernie Smith Geelong 23
1952 Roy Wright Richmond 21
Bill Hutchisondagger 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 Howelldagger 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 Teasdaledagger 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 48
1977 Graham Teasdale South Melbourne 59
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

Brownlow Vote leaders who were ineligible

To date there have been three unfortunate souls who polled the most Brownlow votes in an AFL season who didn’t take it home (with the exception of Jobe Watson, who had it on loan for a good couple of years).

Player Team Year Votes Outcome
Corey McKernan North Melbourne 1996 21 Suspended for striking John Barnes (Geel); would have joined winners J. Hird and M. Voss.
Chris Grant Western Bulldogs 1997 27 Suspended for striking Leigh Colbert; would have won outright, beating R. Harvey by 1 vote.
Jobe Watson Essendon 2012 30 Awarded the Brownlow Medal in 2012, leading S. Mitchell and T. Cotchin by 4 votes. In 2016 he was retrospectively ruled ineligible for taking a banned substance.