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1993 AFL season

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Leading goalkicker  Gary Ablett (Geelong)
Teams  15
Matches played  157
Start date  1993
Attendance  4,657,489
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Premiers  Essendon (15th premiership)
Minor premiers  Essendon (14th minor premiership)
Pre-season cup  Essendon (2nd pre-season cup win)
Highest attendance  96,862 (Grand Final, Essendon v Carlton)
Brownlow Medallist  Gavin Wanganeen (Essendon)
Similar  1992 AFL season, 1995 AFL season, 1997 AFL season, 1998 AFL season, 1990 AFL season

The 1993 Australian Football League season was the 97th season of the elite Australian rules football competition.


National Cup

Essendon 14.18 (102) def Richmond 11.13 (79)


All teams played 20 games during the home and away season, for a total of 150. Each team also had two byes. An additional 7 games were played during the finals series.


  • The Brownlow Medal was awarded to Gavin Wanganeen of Essendon.
  • The AFLPA MVP was awarded to Gary Ablett of Geelong.
  • The Coleman Medal was awarded to Gary Ablett of Geelong.
  • The Norm Smith Medal was awarded to Michael Long of Essendon.
  • The inaugural AFL Rising Star award was awarded to Nathan Buckley of Brisbane Bears.
  • The Wooden Spoon was "awarded" to Sydney.
  • Notable events

  • Following the release of the Crawford Report, prepared by insolvency expert David Crawford, the clubs voted to make significant changes to the administrative structure of the AFL during the 1993 season. The AFL Commission was expanded from six members to eight members, and was given the power to make most administrative decisions relating to the league unilaterally; this replaced the previous system under which decisions required ratification by a vote of club presidents. The clubs retained the right to veto any Commission decision by a 75% vote; and, as several clubs were worried about their long-term viability at the time, a stipulation was included such that any decisions relating to the expulsion, merger or relocation of a club required ratification by a simple majority of all clubs and the agreement of the club in question.
  • At the conclusion of their Round 4 game against Collingwood, St Kilda's Nicky Winmar responded to two hours of racial vilifications from the Collingwood cheer squad by declaring, "I'm black and proud of it!" while raising his jumper and pointing to his skin, an image which has since become famous. This was St Kilda's first win at Victoria park in two decades.
  • North Melbourne and Brisbane Bears both set club-record high scores in this season. North Melbourne's 35.19 (229) in Round 6 was then the fifth-highest score of all time, and Brisbane's 33.21 (219) in Round 8 was then the tenth-highest of all times. The opponent in both of these games was Sydney.
  • In the Round 8 game, Brisbane Bears set the record for the highest score at three-quarter time, 27.17 (179). This remained the record until 2007.
  • In Round 18, a piglet with the word "PLUGA" and the number four painted on it was released onto the Sydney Cricket Ground during the match between Sydney and St Kilda; play was held up for two to three minutes as it managed to evade capture from trainers, security guards and players. The idea to release the pig had been devised by a small group of Sydney supporters and players the previous week, and was intended as a tactic to put dangerous St Kilda full-forward Tony "Plugger" Lockett off his game. As it happened, Lockett missed the game with injury, but was reportedly enraged when he saw the incident on television.
  • References

    1993 AFL season Wikipedia