2003 Brownlow Medal

The 2003 Brownlow Medal was the 76th 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] Nathan Buckley of the Collingwood Football Club, Adam Goodes of the Sydney Swans, and Mark Ricciuto of the Adelaide Football Club all won the medal by polling twenty-two votes each during the 2003 AFL season.[2]

2003 Brownlow Medal
Date22 September
LocationCrown Palladium
Hosted byEddie McGuire
WinnersNathan Buckley (Collingwood)
Adam Goodes (Sydney)
Mark Ricciuto (Adelaide)
22 votes
Television/radio coverage
NetworkNine Network

Buckley and Goodes polled three votes in matches only twice during the season – the least by any Brownlow Medal winner.[3]

Leading vote-gettersEdit

Player Votes
=1st Nathan Buckley (Collingwood) 22
Adam Goodes (Sydney)
Mark Ricciuto (Adelaide)
=4th Ben Cousins (West Coast) 21
Shane Crawford (Hawthorn)
Gavin Wanganeen (Port Adelaide)
=7th Peter Bell (Fremantle) 19
Michael Voss (Brisbane Lions)
James Hird (Essendon)
10th Andrew McLeod (Adelaide) 18

Voting procedureEdit

The three field umpires (those umpires who control the flow of the game, as opposed to goal or boundary umpires) confer after each match and award three votes, two votes and one vote to the players they regard as the best, second best and third best in the match, respectively. The votes are kept secret until the awards night, and are read and tallied on the evening.

As the medal is awarded to the fairest and best player in the league, those who have been suspended during the season by the AFL Tribunal (or, who avoided suspension only because of a discount for a good record or an early guilty plea) are ineligible to win the award; however, they may still continue to poll votes.


  1. ^ Lovett, Michael (ed.). AFL Record Season Guide 2009. Docklands, Victoria: Slattery Media Group. p. 496. ISBN 978-0-9805162-6-5.
  2. ^ "2003 Brownlow Medal". AFL Tables. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  3. ^ Canil, Jourdan (21 September 2019). "Quirky Brownlow stats to bring up at your next dinner party". AFL.com.au. Retrieved 12 December 2019.