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185 cm
81 kg
2019 AFL Fantasy Points

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Leeming
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 1 1998
Recruited from: East Fremantle (WA)
Brownlow Votes: 173


Simon Black is one of the most decorated players in our merged Club’s history having achieved almost every individual honour in the game. His silky skills, leadership, durability and ball winning abilities keep him among the competition’s elite midfielders.


• Black was born in Mount Isa in Queensland – the same birthplace of fellow sports stars Greg Norman and Pat Rafter – before his family settled in Perth.

• He was a standout junior 800m and 1500m runner as a junior and competed several times at national level.

• He joined East Fremantle Football Club and represented Western Australia in the 1997 U18 Championships where he earned All-Australian honours.

• Despite being widely tipped as a first round prospect, Black was drafted by the Brisbane Lions with selection No.31 in the 1997 National Draft.

Season by Season 2012

Season by Season 2012

• Black turned the clock back with a vintage first-up performance against Melbourne in Round 1, collecting a team-high 30 disposals and laying 10 tackles.

• Despite suffering a broken hand in the Easter Thursday clash in Round 2, he returned just two weeks later to help lead the side over cross-town rivals Gold Coast with another 30-possession effort.  

• Round 5 marked a significant occasion for Black, who ran out on his beloved Gabba for his 300th AFL match. The occasion was marred, however, with a loss to Geelong in torrential conditions. He became the first player in VFL/AFL history to have played 300 games, won a Brownlow, been part of a Premiership, and won a Norm Smith Medal.  

• Some minor knee tendonitis kept him sidelined for three matches midway through the season. In an attempt to nurse their superstar midfielder through the rest of the season, the Club even trialled using him as the substitute on occasion.

• He finished the season strongly, and despite playing only 16 full matches (he spent two as the substitute), ranked inside the Club Champion top 10 for the 13th time in 15 seasons.    

• Black also received six votes at the Brownlow Medal, which saw him become the highest vote-getter in throughout the Club’s combined history. His career total of 179 votes was one more than Fitzroy Legend Kevin Murray’s previous record of 178 votes which had stood for 44 years.

Season by Season 2011

• Black was eased through his 14th AFL pre-season and hit the ground running from Round 1 against Fremantle.

• The Lions superstar - who turned 32 during the first month of the season - showed no signs of slowing down and continued to lead his team in the stoppages.

• Despite getting heavy attention each week from taggers, Black found plenty of the ball and averaged a career-best 26.8 disposals across his 22 senior matches.

• In fact, he was one of just five players to play in every match in 2011 which is further testament to his sustained durability throughout his career.

• In Round 21 against the Gold Coast SUNS, Black added to his ever-growing list of individual honours when he was awarded the Marcus Ashcroft Medal as the best player in QClash 2.

• Black also won his third consecutive Players' Player award, his second Members' Player of the Year Award, and finished Runner-Up (to Tom Rockliff) for the Merrett-Murray Medal for the fourth successive year (and fifth time overall).

• It proved another remarkable season from the Lions veteran, who led the Club in total handballs, disposals, uncontested/contested possessions, clearances, goal assists and inside 50s.

Season by Season 2010

• As part of the Lions’ leadership group, Black was one of the most consistent players at the Club in Season 2010, averaging a team-high 25.6 disposals.

• Black was a standout in the Lions’ round 7 loss to Fremantle, with a season-high 36 disposals and 2 goals. Black also shone in the Lions’ round 21 win over Essendon with 31 disposals and 5 marks, helping the Lions to a 27 point win.

• He was sidelined in the early part of the season due to a calf complaint but overcame this quickly and returned to the field after four weeks off.

• He was the runner-up at the annual Club Champion awards, being edged out by Michael Rischitelli by only three votes. Black ended the night with the Nigel Lappin Trophy (Club Champion Runner-Up), the Players’ Player of the Year award, and the Courier-Mail Player of the Year award – three more accolades to add to this superstar’s already jam-packed trophy cabinet.

Season by Season 2009

• Black suffered some injury setbacks during the pre-season (ankle surgery and a broken hand) which forced him to miss the Club's opening match of the season against the West Coast Eagles.

• The incredibly durable and consistent midfielder returned by Round 2 and went on to play the remainder of the season (23 matches) at his natural high quality level.

• Black averaged a near personal best 25.4 disposals throughout the season - including a season-high 37 touches in Round 20 against the Western Bulldogs - and was regularly among the teams best players.

• He was one of few contributors in the team's 93-point loss to Geelong in the Club's annual ANZAC Round which earned him his second consecutive Sands of Gallipoli Medal.

• He became only the 11th player in Club's 113-year history to reach 250 games with the Lions in Round 18 against Collingwood. Unfortunately he didn't receive the fairytale finish as the Magpies triumphed by 40 points.

• Arguably his finest performance of the season was in the Semi Final against Carlton when - despite carrying a strained hamstring into the match - he led his side into the second week of the AFL Finals. It was a typical warrior-like performance from the Lions champion.

• He once again led the Club in key stats categories such as contested possessions, hard ball gets and clearances.

• His feats were recognised by the umpires at the 2009 Brownlow Medal where he finished equal fourth with team-mate Jonathan Brown behind eventual winner Gary Ablett. It was the third consecutive year that Black had finished in the top five of the AFL's highest individual honour.

• He finished Runner-up in the Club Champion award behind Captain Jonathan Brown for the second consecutive season but also took home the Courier Mail Player of the Year award (for the fourth time) and the Lions Players' Player of the Year award which was voted by his team-mates.

Season by Season 2008

• Black’s 11th season was arguably one of his finest – which seems absurd considering his previous decade of outstanding performances.

• He averaged a career-best 25.7 disposals per game and only collected fewer than 20 touches only twice in his 21 matches.

• After a blistering start to the season which saw him firm in Brownlow Medal betting, Black missed the team’s Round 7 clash with Geelong at Skilled Stadium due to a groin complaint. The injury also meant he was unable to represent the ‘Dream Team’ in the AFL’s Hall of Fame Tribute match the following week at the MCG.

• A 36 disposal performance against Melbourne during the ANZAC Round at the Gabba earned him the Club’s Sands of Gallipoli Medal for best afield – one of the few accolades that he had not previously received.

• He led the Club in contested possessions, hard ball gets, clearances and handballs despite struggling for much of the season with a groin injury.

• For the second consecutive season, Black finished Runner-up in the Brownlow Medal – only one vote shy of Western Bulldog midfielder Adam Cooney.

• He finished Runner-up in a tight race for the Club’s Best and Fairest award behind fellow Co-Captain Jonathan Brown – yet took home the Courier Mail Player of the Year award and the Club’s Best Midfielder award.

• When team-mate Jonathan Brown was chosen as sole Captain at the end of 2008, Black was selected as one of four Club Vice-Captains alongside Luke Power, Jed Adcock and Daniel Merrett.

Season by Season 2007

• Black’s leadership qualities were formalised at the beginning of 2007 when he was named one of the four Lions Co-Captains following the retirement of skipper Michael Voss.

• He collected an equal career-high 39 disposals against Hawthorn in the opening round of the season and firmed considerably for the Brownlow Medal after the first dozen games.

• He was sublime in his 200th AFL match and earned three Brownlow votes for his performance despite the fact that his team were comfortably defeated by Collingwood at the Gabba.

• He played 21 of a possible 22 matches, averaged over 22 disposals per game, finished equal fifth in the Club’s Best & Fairest and took home the Lions’ Best Midfielder award.

• Black was also afforded the honour of being inducted as a Life Member of the Club having completed ten sensational seasons.

• He continued to attract the attention of the umpires and finished equal Runner-up in the Brownlow Medal behind Geelong’s Jimmy Bartel.

• Having overcome his injuries which hampered much of 2005, Black played every match and averaged 24 disposals per game.

• He exuded greater leadership qualities when faced with playing in the midfield without the likes of Michael Voss, Jason Akermanis and Nigel Lappin who were absent at times throughout the season.

• He made 30 more clearances, gathered 100 more loose-ball gets and had twice as many hard-ball gets over the season than any of his team-mates. He laid the most tackles at the Club as well.

• It came as no surprise that Black won his third Merrett-Murray Medal among other awards at the Club Champion dinner.


• Black’s season started three games late due to his suspension following an incident in the 2004 Grand Final but the interruption did nothing to curb his influence in his first game back – collecting 26 possessions against Hawthorn in Round 4.

• He remained at his consistent best and was a driving force behind the team’s mid-season turnaround which saw the Lions win five straight matches and seem a legitimate finals contender.

• However, a corked calf restricted him in the latter stages of the season as the Lions missed finals for only the second time since Black arrived in 1998.


• Black claimed his third All-Australian honours following another outstanding season which saw him play every match and averaged 23.6 possessions.

• So highly was the Brownlow Medallist rated, that Port Adelaide’s 2004 pre-Grand Final planning was spent on trying to shut him down with specialist tagger Kane Cornes.

• Black was booked for striking during the Grand Final loss and, despite having never been reported before throughout his career, was subsequently suspended for three matches. The suspension broke a remarkable sequence of 107 consecutive matches dating back to 2000.

• He finished third overall in the Club Champion award – his fourth consecutive ‘podium’ finish.

• Black continued his sublime football career by averaging over 24 disposals in a year the Lions made history by winning their third consecutive premiership.

• He finished just one vote behind Michael Voss in the Club Champion award and was considered unlucky not to have been selected in the AFL All-Australian team.

• He was outstanding throughout the 2003 Finals Series and finished the season with one of the great Grand Final performances in recent history. Collingwood simply had no answer Black who collected a career-best 39 possessions – the most by any player in a Grand Final – and was duly rewarded with the Norm Smith Medal.

• With two Club Champion awards, a Brownlow Medal and Norm Smith Medal among his trophy collection, Black had the distinction of being one of the most decorated players in the game by the ripe old age of 24


• Black established himself among the true champions of the game by helping lead his team to its second consecutive premiership in his 100th AFL match.

• He collected 22 possessions in the Grand Final against Collingwood despite receiving a heavy tag from Scott Burns.

• He collected a whopping 583 possessions from 25 games and earned All-Australian selection for the second consecutive season.

• Comparisons between him and dual Brownlow Medallist Greg Williams began to surface because of his outstanding peripheral vision and ability to get the contested ball.

• He won the game’s most coveted individual honour – the Brownlow Medal – when he polled 25 votes to beat Port Adelaide’s Josh Francou (21) and skipper Michael Voss (17).

• Black, Voss and Jason Akermanis made more history on Grand Final day by becoming the first trio of awarded Brownlow Medallists to play in a premiership team together.

• He was awarded his second Merrett-Murray Medal – making him only the sixth player ever to win back-to-back best and fairest awards in back-to-back premiership years. He was also the sixth man in the history of the VFL/AFL to win the Brownlow and Club Champion award in a premiership year.

• Black played every match from the start of the pre-season competition through to the Grand Final, leading the AFL in tackles and averaging a team-high 24.6 possessions.

• He was an integral member of the Lions’ breakthrough premiership win, was joint Club Champion with Captain Michael Voss and was named as the starting ruck-rover in the All-Australian team.

• He finished 5th in the AFLPA's Most Valuable Player voting behind Andrew McLeod, Michael Voss, Ben Cousins and Brett Ratten.

• Black also won a $39,000 car as the Herald Sun Player of the Year and figured in the top 10 in countless other media awards.

• He was expected to poll many more than his 12 votes in the Brownlow Medal after entering the count as one of the top fancies with the bookies.

• He represented Australia for the first and only time during the off-season as part of the International Rules Series against Ireland.

• Black continued his evolution into an elite midfielder by finishing equal seventh in the Club Champion voting despite missing four matches with a broken hand.

• He averaging 23.9 disposals, led the competition in centre clearances on a per game basis and finished second behind Geelong’s Garry Hocking in hard-ball gets.


• Black consolidated himself as an automatic senior selection and built a reputation for winning the ball in contested situations.

• He collected 20 possessions and kicked two goals against Geelong in Round 9 which earned him an AFL Rising Star Nomination. He ultimately finished third in the award behind Sydney’s Adam Goodes and Adelaide’s Brett Burton.

• He played a remarkable 22 matches and averaged close to 19 disposals.

• The West Australian claimed the Attitude Barometer award (Full Ground) and won the Lions Rookie of the Year award for the second consecutive season after club officials changed the selection criteria to fall in line with the AFL’s Rising Star award.

• His breakthrough season ended on a sour note when he suffered a fractured eye socket five minutes into the Preliminary Final loss to North Melbourne at the MCG.

• He was awarded nine votes in the Brownlow Medal – more than highly fancied team-mates Michael Voss and Jason Akermanis.

• Black was impressive during the pre-season and earned his senior debut in Round 1 against the Bulldogs at the Gabba.

• He played nine senior matches and averaged over 12 disposals during his debut season and took out the Club’s Best First Year Player award.


By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 313
    • Kicks 11.9
    • Handballs 12.0
    • Disposals 23.9
    • Marks 2.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 4.1
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 86.5

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 23 Collingwood Rd 9, 2007
Handballs 25 Geelong Cats Rd 13, 2013
Disposals 39 Hawthorn Rd 1, 2007
Marks 9 St Kilda Rd 15, 2010
Hit-outs 2 Geelong Cats Rd 12, 2007
Tackles 14 North Melbourne Rd 18, 2007
Goals 3 Western Bulldogs Rd 12, 2006
AFL Fantasy 149 Geelong Cats Rd 21, 2001

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points


AFL Brisbane Lions: 314 games, 168 goals


AFL Awards

AFL Rising Star Nomination

3rd AFL Rising Star Award

2001, 2002, 2004

Brownlow Medal

Norm Smith Medal

Brownlow Medal Runner-Up
2007, 2008

All Australian Preliminary Squad

AFL Life Member

Club Awards

Lions Best First Year Player

Lions Rookie of the Year

Lions Attitude Barometer Award
1999, 2002, 2003

Lions Premiership Player
2001, 2002, 2003

Lions Club Champion
2001, 2002, 2006

Lions Club Champion Runner-Up
2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

3rd Lions Club Champion

Lions Best Midfielder
2006, 2007, 2008

Lions Team of the Decade Member

Lions Co-Captain

Lions Members Player of the Year
2007, 2011

Lions Life Member

Lions Vice-Captain
2009, 2010

Lions Players' Player of the Year
2009, 2010, 2011

Other Awards

The Courier Mail Player of the Year
2001, 2002, 2008, 2009

International Rules Series

Sands of Gallipoli Medal
2008, 2009, 2010

Marcus Ashcroft Medal