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the brownlow medal

The Charles Brownlow Trophy is an individual award given to the player judged fairest and best in the Australian Football League 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.

The three field umpires (those umpires who control the flow of the game, as opposed to goal or boundary umpires) confer after each match and award three votes, two votes and one vote to the players they regard as the best, second best and third best in the match, respectively. The votes are kept secret until the awards night, and are read and tallied on the evening.

As of 2018 it has been awarded 105 times to 87 different players in 91 medal counts.

season    brownlow medal    football club    votes
1924 Edward Greeves Jr. 7
1925 Colin Watson 9
1926 Ivor Warne-Smith 9
1927 Syd Coventry 7
1928 Ivor Warne-Smith 8
1929 Albert Collier 6
1930 Harry Collier 4
1930 Allan Hopkins 4
1930 Stan Judkins 4
1931 Haydn Bunton Sr. 26
1932 Haydn Bunton Sr. 23
1933 Wilfred Smallhorn 18
1934 Dick Reynolds 19
1935 Haydn Bunton Sr. 24
1936 Denis Ryan 26
1937 Dick Reynolds 27
1938 Dick Reynolds 18
1939 Marcus Whelan 23
1940 Des Fothergill 32
1940 Herbie Matthews 32
1941 Norman Ware 23
1946 Don Cordner 20
1947 Bert Deacon 20
1948 Bill Morris 24
1949 Col Austen 23
1949 Ron Clegg 23
1950 Allan Ruthven 21
1951 Bernie Smith 23
1952 Roy Wright 21
1952 Bill Hutchison 21
1953 Bill Hutchison 26
1954 Roy Wright 29
1955 Fred Goldsmith 21
1956 Peter Box 22
1957 Brian Gleeson 24
1958 Neil Roberts 20
1959 Verdun Howell 20
1959 Bob Skilton 20
1960 John Schultz 20
1961 John James 21
1962 Alistair Lord 28
1963 Bob Skilton 20
1964 Gordon Collis 27
1965 Noel Teasdale 20
1965 Ian Stewart 20
1966 Ian Stewart 21
1967 Ross Smith 24
1968 Bob Skilton 24
1969 Kevin Murray 19
1970 Peter Bedford 25
1971 Ian Stewart 21
1972 Len Thompson 25
1973 Keith Greig 27
1974 Keith Greig 27
1975 Gary Dempsey 20
1976 Graham Moss 48
1977 Graham Teasdale 59
1978 Malcolm Blight 22
1979 Peter Moore 22
1980 Kelvin Templeton 23
1981 Bernie Quinlan 22
1981 Barry Round 22
1982 Brian Wilson 23
1983 Ross Glendinning 24
1984 Peter Moore 24
1985 Brad Hardie 22
1986 Robert DiPierdomenico 17
1986 Greg Williams 17
1987 John Platten 20
1987 Tony Lockett 20
1988 Gerard Healy 20
1989 Paul Couch 22
1990 Tony Liberatore 18
1991 Jim Stynes 25
1992 Scott Wynd 20
1993 Gavin Wanganeen 18
1994 Greg Williams 30
1995 Paul Kelly 21
1996 James Hird 21
1996 Michael Voss 21
1997 Robert Harvey 26
1998 Robert Harvey 32
1999 Shane Crawford 28
2000 Shane Woewodin 24
2001 Jason Akermanis 23
2002 Simon Black 25
2003 Mark Ricciuto 22
2003 Nathan Buckley 22
2003 Adam Goodes 22
2004 Chris Judd 30
2005 Ben Cousins 20
2006 Adam Goodes 26
2007 Jimmy Bartel 29
2008 Adam Cooney 24
2009 Gary Ablett Jr. 30
2010 Chris Judd 30
2011 Dane Swan 34
2012 Sam Mitchell 26
2012 Trent Cotchin 26
2013 Gary Ablett Jr. 28
2014 Matt Priddis 26
2015 Nathan Fyfe 31
2016 Patrick Dangerfield 35
2017 Dustin Martin 36
2018 Tom Mitchell 28

The medal has been awarded every year since 1924, with the exception of an intermission from 1942–1945 as a mark of respect to soldiers fighting overseas in World War II.

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.

In 1980, the countback system was removed, and in the event of a tie, players have been considered joint winners.

In 1989, the then VFL awarded retrospective medals to all players who had tied but lost on countback prior to 1980.

Glossary of Terms

Australian rules football has developed a unique and rich terminology. This list is an alphabetical glossary of terms, jargon and slang.

History of the Rules of Aussie Rules

These rules, first instituted by the Melbourne Football Club, were formulated by Tom Wills in 1859.

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