Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Trophy

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Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Trophy
Awarded for The best and fairest player at the Melbourne Football Club
Location Crown Palladium
Country Australia
Presented by Melbourne Football Club
Formerly called Melbourne best and fairest
(1935–1942)
First awarded 1935
Currently held by Clayton Oliver
Most awards Allan La Fontaine
Jim Stynes (4 times)

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]

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 1995–1997 seasons and 2012–2014 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

Allan La Fontaine, the winner of four best and fairests
Norm Smith, two-time Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Trophy winner and Melbourne and Australian Football Hall of Fame legend
Ron Barassi, two-time Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Trophy winner and Melbourne and Australian Football Hall of Fame legend
Jim Stynes, the winner of four Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Trophies, including three consecutive from 1995–1997
Nathan Jones, the winner of three Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Trophies in consecutive seasons from 2012–2014
Jack Viney, the 2016 Keith 'Bluey' Truscott winner
^ Denotes current player
+ Player won Brownlow Medal in same season
Season Recipient Votes[b] Runner up[a] Votes[b] Ref
1935 La Fontaine, AllanAllan La Fontaine [5]
1936 La Fontaine, AllanAllan La Fontaine (2) [6]
1937 Mueller, JackJack Mueller [13]
1938 Smith, NormNorm Smith Cordner, DonDon Cordner [14]
1939 Mueller, JackJack Mueller (2) [13]
1940 Baggott, RonRon Baggott [15]
1941 La Fontaine, AllanAllan La Fontaine (3) [6]
1942 La Fontaine, AllanAllan La Fontaine (4) [6]
1943 Cordner, DonDon Cordner [7]
1944 Smith, NormNorm Smith (2) Cordner, DonDon Cordner [14]
1945 Fanning, FredFred Fanning Dowsing, RoyRoy Dowsing [16]
1946 Mueller, JackJack Mueller (3) [17]
1947 Lock, WallyWally Lock [18]
1948 Rodda, AlbyAlby Rodda [19]
1949 Dockett, LenLen Dockett Cordner, DenisDenis Cordner [20]
1950 Cordner, DenisDenis Cordner Arnold, LanceLance Arnold [21]
1951 McMahen, NoelNoel McMahen Arnold, LanceLance Arnold [22]
1952 McGivern, GeoffGeoff McGivern Cordner, DenisDenis Cordner [23]
1953 Melville, KenKen Melville Cordner, DenisDenis Cordner [22]
1954 Cordner, DenisDenis Cordner (2) McMahen, NoelNoel McMahen [22]
1955 Spencer, StuartStuart Spencer 69 Cordner, DenisDenis Cordner 68 [24]
1956 Spencer, StuartStuart Spencer (2) 87.5 Beckwith, JohnJohn Beckwith 87 [25]
1957 Beckwith, JohnJohn Beckwith Barassi, RonRon Barassi [26]
1958 Mithen, LaurieLaurie Mithen Williams, DonDon Williams [27]
1959 Mithen, LaurieLaurie Mithen (2) Barassi, RonRon Barassi [27]
1960 Dixon, BrianBrian Dixon Ridley, IanIan Ridley [28]
1961 Barassi, RonRon Barassi Adams, FrankFrank Adams [29]
1962 Mann, HassaHassa Mann Barassi, RonRon Barassi [30]
1963 Mann, HassaHassa Mann (2) Barassi, RonRon Barassi [30]
1964 Barassi, RonRon Barassi (2) Mann, HassaHassa Mann [29]
1965 Townsend, JohnJohn Townsend Mann, HassaHassa Mann [31]
1966 Leahy, TerryTerry Leahy Johnson, TassieTassie Johnson [32]
1967 Mann, HassaHassa Mann (3) Alves, StanStan Alves [30]
1968 Groom, RayRay Groom Johnson, TassieTassie Johnson [27]
1969 Townsend, JohnJohn Townsend (2) Parke, GregGreg Parke [31]
1970 Davis, FrankFrank Davis Bourke, BarryBarry Bourke [33]
1971 Wells, GregGreg Wells Callery, PaulPaul Callery [34]
1972 Alves, StanStan Alves Wells, GregGreg Wells [35]
1973 Ditterich, CarlCarl Ditterich Wells, GregGreg Wells [36]
1974 Alves, StanStan Alves (2) Ditterich, CarlCarl Ditterich [35]
1975 Fowler, LaurieLaurie Fowler Alves, StanStan Alves [37]
1976 Wells, GregGreg Wells (2) 132 Fowler, LaurieLaurie Fowler 121 [34]
1977 Flower, RobertRobert Flower 104 Grambeau, ShaneShane Grambeau 92 [38]
1978 Baker, GarryGarry Baker 126 Wells, GregGreg Wells 96 [39]
1979 Fowler, LaurieLaurie Fowler (2) 118 Flower, RobertRobert Flower 105 [37]
1980 Fowler, LaurieLaurie Fowler (3) 43 Flower, RobertRobert Flower 41 [37]
1981 Smith, StevenSteven Smith 367 Crosswell, BrentBrent Crosswell 250 [40]
1982 Icke, StevenSteven Icke 388 Flower, RobertRobert Flower 324 [41]
1983 Johnson, AlanAlan Johnson 402 Flower, RobertRobert Flower 361 [42]
1984 Healy, GerardGerard Healy 362 Moore, PeterPeter Moore+ 306 [43]
1985 Hughes, DannyDanny Hughes 279 Healy, GerardGerard Healy 273 [44]
1986 Healy, GregGreg Healy 237 Lyon, GarryGarry Lyon 172 [45]
1987 Stretch, StevenSteven Stretch 342 Wilson, BrianBrian Wilson 320 [46]
1988 O'Dwyer, StevenSteven O'Dwyer 487 Lovett, BrettBrett Lovett 427 [47]
1989 Johnson, AlanAlan Johnson (2) 278 Stretch, StevenSteven Stretch 207 [42]
1990 Lyon, GarryGarry Lyon 301 Lovett, BrettBrett Lovett 271 [48]
1991 Stynes, JimJim Stynes+ 650 Viney, ToddTodd Viney 449 [49]
1992 Lovett, GlennGlenn Lovett 463 Lovell, AndyAndy Lovell 320 [50]
1993 Viney, ToddTodd Viney 394 Lovett, GlennGlenn Lovett 279 [51]
1994 Lyon, GarryGarry Lyon (2) 355 Tingay, StephenStephen Tingay 319 [48]
1995 Stynes, JimJim Stynes (2) 311 Neitz, DavidDavid Neitz 272 [49]
1996 Stynes, JimJim Stynes (3) 444 Clarkson, AlastairAlastair Clarkson 284 [49]
1997 Stynes, JimJim Stynes (4) 404 Viney, ToddTodd Viney 355 [49]
1998 Viney, ToddTodd Viney (2) 347 Yze, AdemAdem Yze 323 [52]
1999 Schwarz, DavidDavid Schwarz 271 Woewodin, ShaneShane Woewodin 270 [53]
2000 Woewodin, ShaneShane Woewodin+ 341.5 White, JeffJeff White 328 [54]
2001 Yze, AdemAdem Yze 331 Neitz, DavidDavid Neitz 228 [55]
2002 Neitz, DavidDavid Neitz 336 Bruce, CameronCameron Bruce 295 [56]
2003 Robertson, RussellRussell Robertson 267 McDonald, JamesJames McDonald 240 [57]
2004 White, JeffJeff White 287 Brown, NathanNathan Brown 286 [58]
2005 Johnstone, TravisTravis Johnstone 316 Robertson, RussellRussell Robertson 262 [59]
2006 McDonald, JamesJames McDonald 464 Bruce, CameronCameron Bruce 317 [60]
2007 McDonald, JamesJames McDonald (2) 256 Jones, NathanNathan Jones^ 190 [61]
2008 Bruce, CameronCameron Bruce 75 McLean, BrockBrock McLean 60 [62]
2009 Davey, AaronAaron Davey 82 Moloney, BrentBrent Moloney 69 [63]
2010 Green, BradBrad Green 295 Frawley, JamesJames Frawley^ 277 [64]
2011 Moloney, BrentBrent Moloney 227 Rivers, JaredJared Rivers 201 [65]
2012 Jones, NathanNathan Jones^ 368 Grimes, JackJack Grimes^ 348 [66]
2013 Jones, NathanNathan Jones^ (2) 365 Garland, ColinColin Garland^ 360 [67]
2014 Jones, NathanNathan Jones^ (3) 311 Tyson, DomDom Tyson^ 293 [68]
2015 Vince, BernieBernie Vince^ 328 Viney, JackJack Viney^ 327 [69]
2016 Viney, JackJack Viney^ 407 Jones, NathanNathan Jones^ 399 [70]
2017 Oliver, ClaytonClayton Oliver^ 530 Viney, JackJack Viney^ 346 [71]

Multiple winners

^ Denotes current player
Player Trophies Seasons
La Fontaine, AllanAllan La Fontaine 4 1935, 1936, 1941, 1942
Stynes, JimJim Stynes 4 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997
Fowler, LaurieLaurie Fowler 3 1975, 1979, 1980
Jones, NathanNathan Jones^ 3 2012, 2013, 2014
Mann, HassaHassa Mann 3 1962, 1963, 1967
Mueller, JackJack Mueller 3 1937, 1939, 1946
Alves, StanStan Alves 2 1972, 1974
Barassi, RonRon Barassi 2 1961, 1964
Cordner, DenisDenis Cordner 2 1950, 1954
Johnson, AlanAlan Johnson 2 1983, 1989
Lyon, GarryGarry Lyon 2 1990, 1994
McDonald, JamesJames McDonald 2 2006, 2007
Mithen, LaurieLaurie Mithen 2 1958, 1959
Smith, NormNorm Smith 2 1938, 1944
Spencer, StuartStuart Spencer 2 1955, 1956
Townsend, JohnJohn Townsend 2 1965, 1969
Viney, ToddTodd Viney 2 1993, 1998
Wells, GregGreg Wells 2 1971, 1976

Footnotes

  • a Records indicating the runners up are unavailable from 1935–1937, 1939–1943 and 1946–1948.
  • b Records indicating the votes the winner and runner up received are unavailable from 1935–1954 and 1957–1975.

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External links

  • Best and Fairest winners at Demonwiki
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