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'Carji' Greeves Brownlow Medal - Geelong Football Club Collection
'Carji' Greeves Brownlow Medal - Geelong Football Club Collection
BEST AND FAIREST PLAYER.
Greeves (Geelong) Wins Medal.
At the beginning of the season the Victorian Football League decided to award, as a memorial to the late Mr. C. Brownlow secretary of the Geelong Football Club, and president of the Australian Football Council, a gold medal for the best and fairest player in the League. The field umpires were instructed to make the selection in each match, and to send it to the League secretary each week.

The votes were counted by the umpire and permit committee last evening and it is appropriate that the successful player should be Greeves, the Geelong centre man. He gained seven votes. A.Chadwick (Melbourne) and G. Shorten (Essendon) being level for second with six votes each.
Source: The Argus 18 September, p. 18

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Brownlow_Medal_winners

Geelong Advertiser 24 Jan 1924 P5 Charles Brownlow
Geelong Advertiser 24 Jan 1924 P5 Charles Brownlow

Charles Brownlow
Geelong Advertiser 19 Sep 1924 P1 Brownlow Medal Carji Greeves
Geelong Advertiser 19 Sep 1924 P1 Brownlow Medal Carji Greeves


Until 1930, the winner was the player who had played the fewest games, only one vote was cast in each game
Only only winner per year. In case of a tie, a countback system to establish the winner
In event of a countback, the winner was the player who had played the fewest games

Year Player Team Votes Notes
1924 Edward Greeves 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 Collier, Alan Hopkins, Stan Judkins Collingwood, Footscray, Richmond 4 Stan Judkins was the original winner Collier and Hopkins received retrospective medals in 1989


Bob Skilton  - Source: Damien Green
Bob Skilton - Source: Damien Green

Skilton, Bob (DG_057)
Des Fothergill  - Source: Damien Green
Des Fothergill - Source: Damien Green

Fothergill, Des (DG_006)
Herbie Matthews - Source:State Library of Victoria Picture Collection
Herbie Matthews - Source:State Library of Victoria Picture Collection

Matthews, Herbie (SLV 125_003)


3–2–1 Voting System introduced in 1931
Only only winner per year. In case of a tie, a countback system to establish the winner
In event of a countback, the winner was the player who had the most 3-vote games; then, if still tied, the most 2-vote games.

Year Player Team Votes Notes
1931 Haydn Bunton Snr Fitzroy 26
1932 Haydn Bunton Snr Fitzroy 23
1933 Wilfred Smallhorn Fitzroy 18
1934 Dick Reynolds Essendon 19
1935 Haydn Bunton Fitzroy 24
1936 Dinny Ryan Fitzroy 26
1937 Dick Reynolds Essendon 27
1938 Dick Reynolds Essendon 18
1939 Marcus Whelan Collingwood 23
1940 Des Fothergill, Herbie Matthews Collingwood, South Melbourne 32 A tie, even after the countback. The league kept the original medal and awarded replica medals.
1941 Norman Ware Footscray 23
1946 Don Cordner Melbourne 20
1947 Bert Deacon Carlton 20
1948 Bill Morris Richmond 24
1949 Col Austen, Ron Clegg Hawthorn, South Melbourne 23 Clegg was the original winner. Austen received a retrospective medal when the rules changed in 1980
1950 Alan Ruthven Fitzroy 21
1951 Bernie Smith Geelong 23
1952 Bill Hutchison, Roy Wright Essendon, Richmond 21 Wright was the original winner. Hutchison received a retrospective medal in 1989
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 Howell, Bob Skilton St Kilda, South Melbourne 20 Skilton was the original winner. Howell received a retrospective medal in 1989
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 Ian Stewart, Noel Teasdale St Kilda, North Melbourne 20 Stewart was the original winner. Teasdale received a retrospective medal in 1989
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 Both field Umpires Awarded Votes
1977 Graham Teasdale South Melbourne 59 Both field Umpires Awarded Votes
1978 Malcolm Blight North Melbourne 22
1979 Peter Moore Collingwood 22


Since 1980, If two or more eligible players score the equal highest number of votes, each wins a Brownlow medal
In 1989 Brownlow medals retrospectively awarded to past players who had the same number of votes as the medal winner.

Year Player Team Votes Notes
1980 Kelvin Templeton Footscray 23
1981 Bernie Quinlan, Barry Round Fitzroy, 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, Greg Williams Hawthorn, Sydney 17
1987 John Platten, Tony Lockett Hawthorn, 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 Michael Voss, James Hird Brisbane Bears, Essendon 21 Corey McKernan received the same number of votes as the joint-winners but was Ineligible due to a suspension
1997 Robert Harvey St Kilda 26 Chris Grant received 27 votes and would have won but was Ineligible due to a suspension
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, Nathan Buckley, Adam Goodes Adelaide, Collingwood, 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

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