Gary Ablett Jr holds the all time record for the most Brownlow votes. Dangerfield, Selwood and Pendlebury are top 10.

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RichLeMonde

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Robert Harvey and Simon black weren't great on opposite feet yet you said Selwood's disposal was "deplorable" compared to those blokes.. can't have it both ways.
Selwood's disposal ain't elite but it's very good. He more than makes up for that MINOR flaw if you will, with other attributes
R Harvey was quite limited by foot. Knew he wasn’t a huge or elite kick so made elite decisions about how to dispose of the ball. But wasn’t damaging by foot. I’d say Selwood more damaging by foot than Harvey tbh
 

juss

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Just in case anyone is wondering, here's the updated top 10 list:
  1. Gary Ablett Jr (Gee/GC) - 261 votes
  2. Gary Dempsey (WB/NM) - 246 votes
  3. Sam Mitchell (Haw/WC) - 227 votes
  4. Robert Harvey (StK) - 215 votes
  5. Chris Judd (WC/Car) - 210 votes
  6. Patrick Dangerfield (Ade/Gee) - 209 votes
  7. Leigh Matthews (Haw) - 202 votes
  8. Joel Selwood (Gee) - 198 votes
  9. Scott Pendlebury (Col) - 194 votes
  10. Brent Harvey (NM) - 191 votes
Active players in bold above. It's worth mentioning Dustin Martin (16th/176 votes), Nat Fyfe (18th/174 votes) and Lance Franklin (20th/170 votes) are also players which sit in the top 20 all-time Brownlow votes getters. It's probably fair to suggest 29-year-old Dangerfield is going to eventually break Gary Ablett Jr's Brownlow vote record given Gary will be retiring this year and Danger really only needs 2-3 more good seasons to catch him and he isn't even 30 yet.
I'm not sure Dangerfield is a lock to pass Ablett. We can't assume Ablett is going to get 0 more votes this year, he is bound to put the odd 1 vote game up and possibly even the odd 2 and the wind back the clock 3 once or twice this year. I'd be surprised if he doesn't poll 10 votes this year. He polled 13 last year.

Danger is already 52 behind, that's some pretty good seasons needed without injury, multiple seasons of 20+ to break Ablett's count. It looks simple on paper but things can change quickly and Danger might not be the same explosive player in his 30s, and he turns 30 in April, particularly if he spends more time forward or the Cats win less games, it might not be that easy to poll 20+ vote seasons in 2021/2022.
 

Vdubs

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2007 not far off being just as outragous. Bartel was a champion and inspirational combatant on the footy field and seems A great bloke off it but god how the count unfolded to see him finish 8 or 9 votes (or whatever it was) clear of Gaz was mind boggling.
The only thing I can recall in 07 was GAJ frequently remonstrating with the umpires. Maybe they were offended or used a little retribution.
 

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RonnieRaven

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but my point 2 years ago was he is still well known or at least i think it was

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In vic maybe I grew up hearing about sanfl greats
as much as victorians like to think it
The vfl wasn’t followed outside of Victoria until the 80s
 

BF Tiger

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Just in case anyone is wondering, here's the updated top 10 list:
  1. Gary Ablett Jr (Gee/GC) - 261 votes
  2. Gary Dempsey (WB/NM) - 246 votes
  3. Sam Mitchell (Haw/WC) - 227 votes
  4. Robert Harvey (StK) - 215 votes
  5. Chris Judd (WC/Car) - 210 votes
  6. Patrick Dangerfield (Ade/Gee) - 209 votes
  7. Leigh Matthews (Haw) - 202 votes
  8. Joel Selwood (Gee) - 198 votes
  9. Scott Pendlebury (Col) - 194 votes
  10. Brent Harvey (NM) - 191 votes
Active players in bold above. It's worth mentioning Dustin Martin (16th/176 votes), Nat Fyfe (18th/174 votes) and Lance Franklin (20th/170 votes) are also players which sit in the top 20 all-time Brownlow votes getters. It's probably fair to suggest 29-year-old Dangerfield is going to eventually break Gary Ablett Jr's Brownlow vote record given Gary will be retiring this year and Danger really only needs 2-3 more good seasons to catch him and he isn't even 30 yet.
Something is wrong with the Brownlow, or maybe more broadly football, when in two to three years the top 10 vote winners in Brownlow history will have eight players who all played large chunks of their careers in the 2010s.

Top 13 could look like:

1 Ablett (10-19)
2 Dempsey
3 Dangerfield (10-19)
4 Mitchell (10-17)
5 Harvey
6 Judd (10-15)
7 Pendlebury (10-19)
8 Selwood (10-19)
9 Matthews
10 Martin (10-19)
11 Fyfe (10-19)
12 Harvey (10-16)
13 Swan (10-16)
 

Matchu

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Ablett has added an extra vote to his all-time record tonight (so far). He's up to 262 total Brownlow votes.

Dangerfield has overtaken Chris Judd and Robert Harvey to move into 4th position on the all-time leaderboard.

Pendlebury has overtaken Leigh Matthews to move into 8th all-time.

Selwood may also overtake Leigh Matthews later tonight to move into 9th all-time.

Dusty is only a few votes shy of a position in the top 10 all-time now and Fyfe is only a few votes behind him.
 

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