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Bets.com.au Staff 25 Sep 2023
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  • The Brownlow Medal is awarded to the AFL's best player each year
  • We look at who has won the most Brownlow medals
  • Are there any players on track to etch their name on this famous list?
Lachie Neale of the Lions has won two Brownlow Medals after tirumphing in 2020 and 2023 (Getty Images)
Lachie Neale of the Lions has won two Brownlow Medals after tirumphing in 2020 and 2023 (Getty Images) (credit: Getty Images )

The Brownlow Medal is awarded to the AFL's best player each year, but who has been awarded the medal more than any other player?
  • Who has won three Brownlow Medals?
  • Who has won two Brownlow Medals?
  • Three-Time Brownlow Medal Winners
  • Haydn Bunton Sr. (Fitzroy Football Club)
  • Dick Reynolds (Essendon Football Club)
  • Bob Skilton (South Melbourne Football Club)
  • Ian Stewart (St Kilda Football Club and Richmond Football Club)

We look at who has won the most Brownlow Medals and if there is currently anyone in the AFL system who could join these sporting icons.

Who has won three Brownlow Medals?


Four players have won three Brownlow Medals, an achievement that has not been seen since the 60s & 70s.

These players are seen as legends of the game for their efforts and given that we have not seen them repeated for more than 50 years, it is unlikely that they will be achieved again.

Three-time Brownlow Medal winners:


Player
Team
Year won
Haydn Bunton Sr.Fitzroy1931, 1932, 1935
Dick ReynoldsEssendon1934, 1937, 1938
Bob SkiltonSouth Melbourne1959, 1963, 1968
Ian StewartSt Kilda / Richmond1965, 1966, 1971

Who has won two Brownlow Medals?


There have been multiple players awarded two Brownlow Medals across their careers, with only two players still active in the game - Nat Fyfe from the Fremantle Dockers and Lachie Neale of the Brisbane Lions.

Fyfe won the Brownlow in 2015 before repeating his efforts in 2019. Neale secured his first medal in 2020 before then winning the most recent award in 2023. 

Two-time Brownlow Medal winners:


Player
Team
Year won
Ivor Warne-SmithMelbourne1926, 1928
Bill HutchisonEssendon1952, 1953
Roy WrightRichmond1952, 1954
Keith GreigNorth Melbourne1973, 1974
Peter MooreCollingwood / Melbourne1979, 1984
Greg WilliamsSydney / Carlton1986, 1994
Robert HarveySt Kilda1997, 1998
Adam GoodesSydney2003, 2006
Chris JuddWest Coast / Carlton2004, 2010
Gary Ablett Jr.Geelong / Gold Coast2009, 2013
Nat FyfeFremantle2015, 2019
Lachie NealeBrisbane Lions 2020, 2023

Three-Time Brownlow Medal Winners


Haydn Bunton Sr. (Fitzroy Football Club)

 
3 Brownlow Medals (1931, 1932 & 1935)

Only a handful of players have achieved what Hayden Bunton did. Bunton became the first VFL/AFL player to collect three Brownlow Medals. 

Bunton was a special talent, and not many achieved what he did (only four players to be exact). What was even more special about him is that in his first two seasons of VFL football, he claimed two Brownlow Medals (1931 and 1932) for Fitzroy. 

He backed it up in the 1934 season, although he was runner up in the Brownlow Medal, but he used that desire in the 1935 season, which saw him become the first player to claim three Brownlow Medals since the award began in 1924. 


Dick Reynolds (Essendon Football Club)


3 Brownlow Medals (1934, 1937 & 1938) 

Dick Reynolds is an Essendon great, playing 320 games for the Bombers, kicking 443 goals and etching his name in Brownlow folklore.

He became only the second player to win the most individual prestigious award in the game three times. 

Bob Skilton (South Melbourne Football Club)


3 Brownlow Medals (1959, 1963 & 1968) 

The South Melbourne Swans legend was a champion of the game and has the club’s best and fairest award named after him. Skilton played for South Melbourne 237 times, kicking 403 goals. 

He made his debut for the Swans in 1956 and it took just three years before he set the VFL world alight as he collected his first Brownlow Medal. 

It took four years to get his second and a further five years before he joined the elite team becoming a three-time Brownlow Medalist. 


Ian Stewart (St Kilda Football Club and Richmond Football Club)


3 Brownlow Medals (1965, 1966 & 1971)

Stewart made a name for himself at the St Kilda Football Club, debuting for the Saints in 1963. 

Two years after his debut, Stewart then set the VFL world alight going back-to-back Brownlow Medalist in 1965 and 1966 seasons. 

After claiming two Brownlow Medals for St Kilda and winning the premiership with the Saints, the club then traded him to rivals Richmond. He then won his third Brownlow Medal in 1971 during his time at Punt Road Oval. 

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