1981 Brownlow Medal

The 1981 Brownlow Medal was the 54th year the award was presented to the player adjudged the fairest and best player during the Victorian Football League (VFL) home and away season.[1] Bernie Quinlan of the Fitzroy Football Club and Barry Round of the South Melbourne Football Club both won the medal by polling twenty-two votes during the 1981 VFL season.[2]

1981 Brownlow Medal
WinnersBernie Quinlan (Fitzroy)
Barry Round (South Melbourne)
22 votes
Television/radio coverage
NetworkSeven Network

Leading votegetters

=1stBernie Quinlan (Fitzroy)
Barry Round (South Melbourne)
3rdRodney Ashman (Carlton)21
4thPeter Moore (Collingwood)16
=5thMerv Neagle (Essendon)15
John Mossop (Geelong)
Trevor Barker (St Kilda)
8thTony Buhagiar (Essendon) 14
9thGeoff Cunningham (St Kilda)13
10thKen Hunter (Carlton)12


  1. Lovett, Michael (ed.). AFL Record Season Guide 2009. Docklands, Victoria: Slattery Media Group. p. 496. ISBN 978-0-9805162-6-5.
  2. "1981 Brownlow Medal". AFL Tables. Retrieved 6 January 2016.

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