The Syd Barker Medal is awarded to the North Melbourne Football Club player who has been judged the best and fairest of the footy season. The award has been given out continuously since 1937. Before then it was known as the Syd Barker Memorial Trophy.
The award is named after Syd Barker who was a popular captain of the North Melbourne Football Club in 1915-1919, 1921 & 1927. He was a brilliant ruckmen of his time, starring in North Melbourne's 1910, 1914, 1915 and 1918 premiership sides, and captaining the famous "Invincibles" side that went undefeated in a record 58 games.
The voting system as of the 2017 AFL season, consists of each player earning up to 20 votes in a match, with votes from their best 20 games and finals counting towards their final total.
|^||Denotes current player|
|+||Player won Brownlow Medal in same season|
|1937||Wally Carter (2)|
|1949||Les Foote (2)|
|1950||Les Foote (3)|
|1959||Allen Aylett (2)|
|1960||Allen Aylett (3)|
|1964||Noel Teasdale (2)|
|1965||Noel Teasdale + (3)|
|1966||Noel Teasdale (4)|
|1967||Laurie Dwyer (2)|
|1975||Barry Davis (2)|
|1976||David Dench (2)|
|1977||David Dench (3)|
|1978||Malcolm Blight +|
|1981||David Dench (4)|
|1983||Ross Glendinning + (2)|
|1987||Matthew Larkin (2)|
|1988||Matthew Larkin (3)|
|1991||Mick Martyn (2)|
|1993||Wayne Carey (2)|
|1995||Wayne Schwass (2)|
|1996||Wayne Carey (3)|
|1998||Wayne Carey (4)|
|1999||Anthony Stevens (2)|
|2005||Brent Harvey (2)|
|2006||Brady Rawlings (2)|
|2007||Brent Harvey (3)|
|2008||Brent Harvey (4)|
|2010||Brent Harvey (5)|
|Brady Rawlings (3)|
|2011||Andrew Swallow (2)|
|2012||Andrew Swallow (3)|
|2013||Scott Thompson ^|
|Daniel Wells (2)|
|2014||Ben Cunnington ^|
|2015||Todd Goldstein ^|
|2016||Robbie Tarrant ^|
|2018||Shaun Higgins (2)|
|2019||Ben Cunnington ^ (2)|
|2020||Luke McDonald ^|
|^||Denotes current player|
|Brent Harvey||5||2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010|
|Wayne Carey||4||1992, 1993, 1996, 1998|
|David Dench||4||1971, 1976, 1977, 1981|
|Noel Teasdale||4||1963, 1964, 1965, 1966|
|Allen Aylett||3||1958, 1959, 1960|
|Les Foote||3||1945, 1949, 1950|
|Matthew Larkin||3||1985, 1987, 1988|
|Brady Rawlings||3||2004, 2006, 2010|
|Andrew Swallow||3||2009, 2011, 2012|
|Wally Carter||2||1935, 1937|
|Ben Cunnington||2||2014, 2019|
|Barry Davis||2||1973, 1979|
|Laurie Dwyer||2||1961, 1967|
|Ross Glendinning||2||1982, 1983|
|Shaun Higgins||2||2017, 2018|
|Mick Martyn||2||1989, 1991|
|Wayne Schwass||2||1994, 1995|
|Anthony Stevens||2||1997, 1999|
|Daniel Wells||2||2011, 2013|
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