Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Trophy

The Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Trophy is an Australian rules football award presented annually to the player(s) adjudged the best and fairest at the Melbourne Football Club throughout the Victorian Football League/Australian Football League (VFL/AFL) season. The Melbourne Football Club was established in 1858[1][2] and was a foundation member of the Victorian Football Association, playing in the league from 1877 to 1896.[3] After the formation of the Victorian Football League in 1896, Melbourne joined the league as a foundation club the next year and has competed in the league ever since.[4] The inaugural Melbourne best and fairest winner was Allan La Fontaine in 1935, and he retained it the following season.[5][6] The award was known as the Melbourne best and fairest[5] until it was renamed in 1943 in honour of Keith 'Bluey' Truscott, a former dual premiership player and World War II fighter ace killed in service in 1943.[7]

Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Trophy
Awarded forThe best and fairest player at the Melbourne Football Club
LocationCrown Palladium
CountryAustralia
Presented byMelbourne Football Club
Formerly calledMelbourne best and fairest
(19351942)
First awarded1935
Currently held byMax Gawn
Clayton Oliver
Most awardsAllan La Fontaine
Jim Stynes (4 times)

Allan La Fontaine and Jim Stynes have both won the award on four occasions in 1935, 1936, 1941 and 1942, and 1991, 1995, 1996 and 1997 respectively; the most for any recipient of the award.[8] Jim Stynes and Nathan Jones are the only two players to have won the award in three consecutive seasons; in the 19951997 seasons and 20122014 seasons respectively.[9] Two players have won the Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Trophy in the same season as winning the Brownlow Medal, which is awarded to the fairest and best player in the VFL/AFL, Jim Stynes in 1991 and Shane Woewodin in 2000.[10][11] The voting system as of the 2016 AFL season, consists of four members of the match committee giving each player a ranking out of ten after each game. Players can receive a maximum of 40 votes for a game.[12]

Recipients

^ Denotes current player
+ Player won Brownlow Medal in same season
Season Recipient Votes[b] Runner up[a] Votes[b] Ref
1935Allan La Fontaine[5]
1936Allan La Fontaine (2)[6]
1937Jack Mueller[13]
1938Norm SmithDon Cordner[14]
1939Jack Mueller (2)[13]
1940Ron Baggott[15]
1941Allan La Fontaine (3)[6]
1942Allan La Fontaine (4)[6]
1943Don Cordner[7]
1944Norm Smith (2)Don Cordner[14]
1945Fred FanningRoy Dowsing[16]
1946Jack Mueller (3)[17]
1947Wally Lock[18]
1948Alby Rodda[19]
1949Len DockettDenis Cordner[20]
1950Denis CordnerLance Arnold[21]
1951Noel McMahenLance Arnold[22]
1952Geoff McGivernDenis Cordner[23]
1953Ken MelvilleDenis Cordner[22]
1954Denis Cordner (2)Noel McMahen[22]
1955Stuart Spencer69Denis Cordner68[24]
1956Stuart Spencer (2)87.5John Beckwith87[25]
1957John BeckwithRon Barassi[26]
1958Laurie MithenDon Williams[27]
1959Laurie Mithen (2)Ron Barassi[27]
1960Brian DixonIan Ridley[28]
1961Ron BarassiFrank Adams[29]
1962Hassa MannRon Barassi[30]
1963Hassa Mann (2)Ron Barassi[30]
1964Ron Barassi (2)Hassa Mann[29]
1965John TownsendHassa Mann[31]
1966Terry LeahyTassie Johnson[32]
1967Hassa Mann (3)Stan Alves[30]
1968Ray GroomTassie Johnson[27]
1969John Townsend (2)Greg Parke[31]
1970Frank DavisBarry Bourke[33]
1971Greg WellsPaul Callery[34]
1972Stan AlvesGreg Wells[35]
1973Carl DitterichGreg Wells[36]
1974Stan Alves (2)Carl Ditterich[35]
1975Laurie FowlerStan Alves[37]
1976Greg Wells (2)132Laurie Fowler121[34]
1977Robert Flower104Shane Grambeau92[38]
1978Garry Baker126Greg Wells96[39]
1979Laurie Fowler (2)118Robert Flower105[37]
1980Laurie Fowler (3)43Robert Flower41[37]
1981Steven Smith367Brent Crosswell250[40]
1982Steven Icke388Robert Flower324[41]
1983Alan Johnson402Robert Flower361[42]
1984Gerard Healy362Peter Moore+306[43]
1985Danny Hughes279Gerard Healy273[44]
1986Greg Healy237Garry Lyon172[45]
1987Steven Stretch342Brian Wilson320[46]
1988Steven O'Dwyer487Brett Lovett427[47]
1989Alan Johnson (2)278Steven Stretch207[42]
1990Garry Lyon301Brett Lovett271[48]
1991Jim Stynes+650Todd Viney449[49]
1992Glenn Lovett463Andy Lovell320[50]
1993Todd Viney394Glenn Lovett279[51]
1994Garry Lyon (2)355Stephen Tingay319[48]
1995Jim Stynes (2)311David Neitz272[49]
1996Jim Stynes (3)444Alastair Clarkson284[49]
1997Jim Stynes (4)404Todd Viney355[49]
1998Todd Viney (2)347Adem Yze323[52]
1999David Schwarz271Shane Woewodin270[53]
2000Shane Woewodin+341.5Jeff White328[54]
2001Adem Yze331David Neitz228[55]
2002David Neitz336Cameron Bruce295[56]
2003Russell Robertson267James McDonald240[57]
2004Jeff White287Nathan Brown286[58]
2005Travis Johnstone316Russell Robertson262[59]
2006James McDonald464Cameron Bruce317[60]
2007James McDonald (2)256Nathan Jones^190[61]
2008Cameron Bruce75Brock McLean60[62]
2009Aaron Davey82Brent Moloney69[63]
2010Brad Green295James Frawley277[64]
2011Brent Moloney227Jared Rivers201[65]
2012Nathan Jones^368Jack Grimes348[66]
2013Nathan Jones^ (2)365Colin Garland360[67]
2014Nathan Jones^ (3)311Dom Tyson293[68]
2015Bernie Vince328Jack Viney^327[69]
2016Jack Viney^407Nathan Jones^399[70]
2017Clayton Oliver^530Jack Viney^346[71]
2018Max Gawn^657Clayton Oliver^595[72]
2019Max Gawn^ (2)464Jack Viney^323[73]
Clayton Oliver^ (2)

Multiple winners

^ Denotes current player
Player Trophies Seasons
Allan La Fontaine41935, 1936, 1941, 1942
Jim Stynes41991, 1995, 1996, 1997
Laurie Fowler31975, 1979, 1980
Nathan Jones^32012, 2013, 2014
Hassa Mann31962, 1963, 1967
Jack Mueller31937, 1939, 1946
Stan Alves21972, 1974
Ron Barassi21961, 1964
Denis Cordner21950, 1954
Max Gawn^22018, 2019
Alan Johnson21983, 1989
Garry Lyon21990, 1994
James McDonald22006, 2007
Laurie Mithen21958, 1959
Clayton Oliver^22017, 2019
Norm Smith21938, 1944
Stuart Spencer21955, 1956
John Townsend21965, 1969
Todd Viney21993, 1998
Greg Wells21971, 1976

Footnotes

  • a Records indicating the runners up are unavailable from 19351937, 19391943 and 19461948.
  • b Records indicating the votes the winner and runner up received are unavailable from 19351954 and 19571975.

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