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Brownlow Medal

The Chas Brownlow Trophy is better known as the Brownlow Medal or simply as the Brownlow. This award is given to a player judged to be the “fairest and best” in the Australian Football League (AFL) during the regular season.

This prestigious award is considered to be the highest honour an individual player may receive in the AFL. The Brownlow winner is determined by votes cast after each game by the officiating umpires.

2016 to 1971    1970 to 1924

Year Player Team Votes
1970 Peter Bedford South Melbourne 25
1969 Kevin Murray Fitzroy 19
1968 Bob Skilton South Melbourne 24
1967 Ross Smith St Kilda 24
1966 Ian Stewart St Kilda 21
1965 Ian Stewart
Noel Teasdale
St Kilda
North Melbourne
20
1964 Gordon Collis Carlton 27
1963 Bob Skilton South Melbourne 20
1962 Alistair Lord Geelong 28
1961 John James Carlton 21
1960 John Schultz Footscray 20
1959 Verdun Howell
Bob Skilton
St Kilda
South Melbourne
20
1958 Neil Roberts St Kilda 20
1957 Brian Gleeson St Kilda 24
1956 Peter Box Footscray 22
1955 Fred Goldsmith South Melbourne 21
1954 Roy Wright Richmond 29
1953 Bill Hutchison Essendon 26
1952 Bill Hutchison
Roy Wright
Essendon
Richmond
21
1951 Bernie Smith Geelong 23
1950 Alan Ruthven Fitzroy 21
1949 Col Austen
Ron Clegg
Hawthorn
South Melbourne
23
1948 Bill Morris Richmond 24
1947 Bert Deacon Carlton 20
1946 Don Cordner Melbourne 20
1945 WWII, no medal awarded as a mark of respect
1944 WWII, no medal awarded
1943 WWII, no medal awarded
1942 WWII, no medal awarded
1941 Norman Ware Footscray 23
1940 Des Fothergill
Herbie Matthews
Collingwood
South Melbourne
32
1939 Marcus Whelan Collingwood 23
1938 Dick Reynolds Essendon 18
1937 Dick Reynolds Essendon 27
1936 Denis Ryan Fitzroy 26
1935 Haydn Bunton Sr Fitzroy 24
1934 Dick Reynolds Essendon 19
1933 Wilfred Smallhorn Fitzroy 18
1932 Haydn Bunton Sr Fitzroy 23
1931 Haydn Bunton Sr Fitzroy 26
1930 Harry Collier
Allan Hopkins
Stan Judkins
Collingwood
Footscray
Richmond
4
1929 Albert Collier Collingwood 6
1928 Ivor Warne-Smith Melbourne 8
1927 Syd Coventry Collingwood 7
1926 Ivor Warne-Smith Melbourne 9
1925 Colin Watson St Kilda 9
1924 Edward Greeves Geelong 7

Brownlow Award Ceremony

Over the years, the awards ceremony has become an elaborate affair featuring footballers and their partners wearing the most fashionable attire. The event receives full television coverage and the next day finds pundits commenting on the best and worst dressed lady.

Brownlow Medal

The Medal was created and named in honour of the Charles Brownlow (1861-1924), who was a Geelong footballer and club secretary.

Brownlow
Voting System Changes

1978 – present
6 votes per game =
3 votes, 2 votes, 1 vote

1976 – 1977
12 votes per game =
3 votes, 2 votes, 1 vote
from 2 field umpires

1931 – 1976
6 votes per game =
3 votes, 2 votes, 1 vote

1924 – 1930
1 vote per game

Length of Home and Away Seasons

22 games … 1994 – present

20 games … 1993

22 games … 1970 – 1992

20 games … 1968 – 1969

18 games … 1950 – 1967

19 games … 1946 – 1949

18 games … 1924 – 1941

Article uses some material from Wikipedia Brownlow M

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