The E.W. Copeland Trophy is an Australian rules football award given by the Collingwood Football Club to the player adjudged best and fairest for Collingwood during the year.

The Copeland Shield, as it was formerly known, was donated by Ern Copeland, the secretary who came to the club in 1895 and led the club through the 1890s depression, saving it from financial ruin. He remained an employee of Collingwood for 29 years, finally retiring in 1924. The trophy was unveiled in 1932, with the best and fairest award winners from the previous five years engraved on the trophy.[1]

Along with the Copeland Trophy, the R.T. Rush Trophy is awarded to the second best and fairest player, the J.J. Joyce Trophy is awarded to the third placed player, the Jock McHale Trophy to the fourth placed player, and the Jack Regan Trophy to the fifth placed player.

The voting system as of the 2017 AFL season, consists of five coaches awarding 22 votes per match, with no specific distribution required. If two players are tied at the end of the season, the player with the highest average votes-per-game is awarded the winner. If they are still tied, the player with the highest number of 'high value' votes is awarded the winner.[2]

RecipientsEdit

^ Denotes current player
+ Player won Brownlow Medal in same season
Season Recipient(s) Ref.
1927 Syd Coventry+
1928 Harry Collier
1929 Albert Collier+
1930 Harry Collier+ (2)
1931 Harold Rumney
1932 Syd Coventry (2)
1933 Gordon Coventry
1934 Albert Collier (2)
1935 Albert Collier (3)
1936 Jack Regan
1937 Des Fothergill
1938 Des Fothergill (2)
1939 Marcus Whelan+
1940 Des Fothergill+ (3)
1941 Jack Murphy
1942 Alby Pannam
1943 N/A [a]
1944 N/A [a]
1945 N/A [a]
1946 Phonse Kyne [3]
1947 Phonse Kyne (2) [3]
1948 Phonse Kyne (3) [3]
1949 Bob Rose
1950 Charlie Utting
1951 Bob Rose (2) [3]
1952 Bob Rose (3) [3]
1953 Bob Rose (4) [3]
1954 Neil Mann
1955 Des Healey
1956 Bill Twomey
1957 Murray Weideman
1958 Thorold Merrett
1959 Thorold Merrett (2)
1960 Ray Gabelich
1961 Murray Weideman (2)
1962 Murray Weideman (3)
1963 Des Tuddenham
1964 Ian Graham
1965 Trevor Steer
1966 Terry Waters
1967 Len Thompson
1968 Len Thompson (2)
1969 Barry Price
1970 Peter McKenna
1971 Wayne Richardson
1972 Len Thompson+ (3)
1973 Len Thompson (4)
1974 Wayne Richardson (2)
1975 Phil Carman
1976 Robert Hyde
1977 Len Thompson (5)
1978 Ray Shaw
1979 Peter Moore+
1980 Peter Moore (2)
1981 Mark Williams
1982 Peter Daicos
1983 Billy Picken
1984 Tony Shaw
1985 Mark Williams (2)
1986 Wes Fellowes
1987 Darren Millane
1988 Peter Daicos (2)
1989 Gavin Brown
1990 Tony Shaw (2)
1991 Tony Francis
1992 Mick McGuane
1993 Mick McGuane (2)
1994 Gavin Brown (2)
Nathan Buckley
1995 Saverio Rocca
1996 Nathan Buckley (2)
1997 Gavin Brown (3)
1998 Nathan Buckley (3) [3]
1999 Nathan Buckley (4) [3]
2000 Nathan Buckley (5) [3]
2001 Paul Licuria [4]
2002 Paul Licuria (2) [4]
2003 Nathan Buckley+ (6) [5]
2004 James Clement [6]
2005 James Clement (2) [6]
2006 Alan Didak [7]
2007 Travis Cloke [8]
2008 Dane Swan [3]
2009 Dane Swan (2) [9]
2010 Dane Swan (3) [3]
2011 Scott Pendlebury^ [10]
2012 Dayne Beams^ [11]
2013 Scott Pendlebury^ (2) [12]
2014 Scott Pendlebury^ (3) [13]
2015 Scott Pendlebury^ (4) [14]
2016 Scott Pendlebury^ (5) [15]
2017 Steele Sidebottom^ [16]
2018 Steele Sidebottom^ (2) [17]
Brodie Grundy^
2019 Brodie Grundy^ (2) [18]

Multiple winnersEdit

^ Denotes current player
Player Medals Seasons
Nathan Buckley 6 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003
Scott Pendlebury^ 5 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Len Thompson 5 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1977
Bob Rose 4 1949, 1951, 1952, 1953
Gavin Brown 3 1989, 1994, 1997
Albert Collier 3 1929, 1934, 1935
Des Fothergill 3 1937, 1938, 1940
Phonse Kyne 3 1946, 1947, 1948
Dane Swan 3 2008, 2009, 2010
Murray Weideman 3 1957, 1961, 1962
James Clement 2 2004, 2005
Harry Collier 2 1928, 1930
Syd Coventry 2 1927, 1932
Peter Daicos 2 1982, 1988
Brodie Grundy^ 2 2018, 2019
Paul Licuria 2 2001, 2002
Mick McGuane 2 1992, 1993
Thorold Merrett 2 1958, 1959
Peter Moore 2 1979, 1980
Wayne Richardson 2 1971, 1974
Steele Sidebottom^ 2 2017, 2018
Tony Shaw 2 1984, 1990
Mark Williams 2 1981, 1985

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

General
  • "Collingwood Honour Roll". CollingwoodFC.com.au. BigPond. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
Specific
  1. ^ "Copeland Trophy Unveiled". The Argus. Melbourne. 8 August 1932. p. 11. Retrieved 11 March 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "AFL Best and Fairest winners 2017: Who won your team's club champion award?". Fox Sports Australia. News Corp Australia. 3 September 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Edmund, Sam (9 December 2010). "Copeland Trophy win proves Dane Swan is one of the greats at Collingwood". Herald Sun. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  4. ^ a b Saltau, Chloe; Ker, Peter; Shiell, Alan (5 October 2002). "Licuria named as Pies' best". The Age. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Best and Fairest honoured". ABC Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 4 October 2003. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Collingwood defender James Clement retires". Herald Sun. 24 September 2007. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Didak takes out Magpies award". ABC Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 7 October 2006. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Cloke signs new two-year deal with Magpies". The Age. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  9. ^ Australian Associated Press (2 October 2009). "Collingwood midfielder Dane Swan wins second straight Copeland Trophy". The Advertiser. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  10. ^ Matthews, Bruce (8 October 2011). "Scott Pendlebury wins Collingwood's best-and-fairest award". Herald Sun. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  11. ^ McFarlane, Glenn (6 October 2012). "Dayne Beams caps a stunning season with Collingwood's Copeland Trophy". Herald Sun. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  12. ^ McFarlane, Glenn (5 October 2013). "Collingwood star Scott Pendlebury claims second Copeland Trophy". Herald Sun. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  13. ^ McFarlane, Glenn (3 October 2014). "Scott Pendlebury has won his third Copeland Trophy as Collingwood's best and fairest". Herald Sun. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  14. ^ Cherny, Daniel (10 October 2015). "Scott Pendlebury wins fourth Collingwood best and fairest award". The Age. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  15. ^ Ryan, Peter (7 October 2016). "Pies skipper Pendlebury wins fourth-straight Copeland Trophy". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  16. ^ McFarlane, Glenn (6 October 2017). "Steele Sidebottom pips Taylor Adams to claim his first Collingwood Copeland Trophy". Herald Sun.
  17. ^ Navratnam, Dinny (5 October 2018). "Top Pies in stunning Copeland Trophy tie". afl.com.au. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Grundy goes back-to-back". collingwoodfc.com.au. 4 October 2019. Retrieved 5 October 2019.