1993 Brownlow Medal

The 1993 Brownlow Medal was the 66th year the award was presented to the player adjudged the fairest and best player during the Australian Football League (AFL) home and away season.[1] Gavin Wanganeen of the Essendon Football Club won the medal by polling eighteen votes during the 1993 AFL season.[2] Wanganeen was the first Aboriginal player to win the Brownlow Medal in the history of the award and at age 20, he was the youngest winner since Denis Ryan in 1936.[3] The South Australian also added a Premiership Medallion to his collection after Essendon defeated Carlton in the 1993 premiership decider. Both medals were already in addition to the 1993 Michael Tuck Medal Wanganeen was awarded for being 'best on ground' in the Night / Pre-Season Grand Final.

1993 Brownlow Medal
WinnerGavin Wanganeen (Essendon)
18 votes
Television/radio coverage
NetworkSeven Network

Controversy and credibility still hang over the legitimacy of the medal win. Greg Williams of Carlton received no votes for a 44 possession game against Melbourne in round 10.In 2006 former umpire Murray Bird verified a conversation with main umpire John Russo after the game that revealed Russo refused to give any votes to Williams - “well did he make your job any easier?”


Leading votegetters

1stGavin Wanganeen (Essendon)18
2ndGreg Williams (Carlton)17
Garry Hocking (Geelong)*17
=3rdJason Dunstall (Hawthorn)16
Wayne Carey (North Melbourne)
=5thLeon Cameron (Footscray)14
Nathan Buckley (Brisbane Bears)
Wayne Schwass (North Melbourne)*14
7thMatthew Knights (Richmond)13
Gary Ablett (Geelong)*13
=8thRobert Harvey (St Kilda)12
Damian Monkhorst (Collingwood)
Jim Stynes (Melbourne)
Scott Wynd (Footscray)

* The player was ineligible to win the medal due to suspension by the AFL Tribunal during the year.


  1. Lovett, Michael (ed.). AFL Record Season Guide 2009. Docklands, Victoria: Slattery Media Group. p. 496. ISBN 978-0-9805162-6-5.
  2. "1993 Brownlow Medal". AFL Tables. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  3. Greg Hobbs (25 September 1993), "Brownlow Fever", Football Record (Advance ed.), vol. 82 no. 26, pp. 6–7

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