There have been a number of great AFL players to win the Brownlow medal over the years, however; there are also a number of legends to have never won the award. This here is a list that celebrates all the best players who somehow were overlooked and never win the Brownlow Medal.
10. Anthony Koutoufides
Kouta was a fantastic footballer and easily the greatest Carlton player in the early 2000’s, he was also the favourite to win the award back in 2000, however; he was unable to do so. In addition, Koutoufides is also a four-time All-Australian winner and four-time Carlton best & fairest winner.
9. Scott West
A Freak of a footballer from the Western Bulldogs and actually came second in the Brownlow Medal a number of times. West was a champion midfielder and in his 17 career seasons, he won seven best & fairest’s, as well as five All-Australians while playing for the Dogs.
8. Ted Whitten
This man is one of the most iconic players to put on a Western Bulldogs jumper, a premiership player, a five-time best & fairest winner and an All-Australian winner. Ted Whitten is one of the greatest players to ever play the game, however; the umpires didn’t think so and so he never won teh greatest indivdual award our game has to offer.
7. Ron Barassi
Ron Barassi is a six-time premiership player, a three-time All-Australian winner and has won two best & fairest awards while playing for both Melbourne and Carlton. However, Barassi’s coaching experience probably exceeds his playing career, with him winning 10 premierships overall, after coaching Carlton, North Melbourne, Melbourne, and Sydney.
6. Kevin Bartlett
Bartlett has won five premierships as a player and five club best & fairest awards for the Richmond Football Club, as well as a Norm Smith medal. Bartlett was a superb player and the first man to reach 400 games. In 1977 Bartlett was the favourite to win the award, however; he was beaten by former teammate Graham Teasdale.
5. Brent Harvey
Boomer Harvey is the current games record holder with 432 career games for North Melbourne. Harvey has finished his career with a premiership to his name, four All-Australian’s and five club best & fairest awards. Harvey was a superb player who could run through the midfield and be dangerous in attack, which resulted in him coming close to winning the award but always just missing out.
4. Gary Ablett Sr
Garry Ablett was another incredible player who in alla honesty should have recorded more vote sin his career. Ablett is one of the few men to kick over 1000 career goals, he has won three Coleman Medals, four All-Australians, has taken home five best & fairest awards and a Norm Smith medal.
3. Matthew Richardson
Mattew Richardson is arguably one of the greatest players to play for the Tigers, however; it was during the worst era the club had. Richmond had only ever made finals twice during the forwards 17-year-career and he was injured for one of those finals series’. Richo has won three All-Australians and a best & fairest, as well as leading the Tigers goal kicking a record twelve times.
2. Wayne Carey
Wayne Carey is said to be one of the greatest players to have ever played the game and with two premierships, four best & fairest’s and seven All-Australians to his name, it is incredibly surprising that this man had never won the Brownlow Medal. Forwards just simply don’t get enough votes but Carey should have been an exception.
1. Leigh Matthews
Leigh Matthews is a four-time premiership player and an eight-time club best & fairest winner, as well. In addition to an incredible playing career, Matthews has had an illustrious coaching career, winning four premierships with Collingwood and Brisbane. Matthew is easily the best player to have never won the Brownlow Medal. Do you agree with my list? Have I left anyone out? Please let us know in the comments below.
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