Simon Madden is widely acknowledged as the finest ruckman to have ever played the sport of  Australian rules football. He is one of the most decorated players in the club’s history by winning virtually every honour football at the elite level has to offer, with the exception of the Brownlow Medal. Madden not only won four Essendon best and fairest awards but topped the Bombers’ goalkicking in 1980, 1982 and 1991. He also was runner-up in the 1988 Brownlow Medal count and was third in 1988. Madden also won the Norm Smith Medal in 1885, played in two premiership sides and captained Victoria.

Simon’s impact on the game, is acknowledged by the introduction of the Madden Cup for games between Essendon and Carlton and the AFLPA Madden Medal which recognises the outstanding contribution which AFL Players make to football, family and the community.

Playing Career

1974 – 1992 Essendon

Games

328

Goals

307

Playing Honours

  • 2x VFL Premiership: 1984, 1985
  • 3x All-Australian: 1983, 1987-1988
  • 6× VFL team of the year: 1983-1984, 1987-1990
  • 4x Essendon best and fairest: 1977, 1979, 1983–1984
  • 3x Essendon leading goalkicker 1980, 1982, 1991
  • Norm Smith Medal: 1985
  • Essendon captain 1980–1981
  • Team of the Century
  • Australian Football Hall of Fame
  • Simpson Medal: 1990
  • 3x Victoria Captain: 1989-1991

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