The 30 greatest AFL players of all-time

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    James Hird in action during an Essendon Bombers training session to mark the anniversary of the 2000 Premiership at Windy Hill, Melbourne. Slattery Images

    James Hird in action during an Essendon Bombers training session to mark the anniversary of the 2000 Premiership at Windy Hill, Melbourne. Slattery Images

    Ranking the 30 greatest players in Australian Rules history is no easy task. Was Matthews better than Cable? Robran better than Ebert? So one and so on.

    Here are the 25 of the greatest players to ever play the great Australian game ranked from one to 25:

    1. Leigh Matthews
    2. Wayne Carey
    3. Gary Ablett Snr
    4. Ted Whitten Snr
    5. Barrie Robran
    6. Peter Hudson
    7. Russell Ebert
    8. Barry Cable
    9. Gordon Coventry
    10. Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer
    11. John Nicholls
    12. Ron D. Barassi
    13. James Hird
    14. Chris Judd
    15. Michael Tuck
    16. Garry McIntosh
    17. Michael Aish
    18. Darrell Baldock
    19. Stephen Michael
    20. Bob Skilton
    21. Haydn Bunton snr
    22. Dick Reynolds
    23. Malcolm Blight
    24. Lindsay Head
    25. Neil Kerley
    26. Ian Stewart
    27. Len Thompson
    28. Gary Ablett jnr
    29. Terry Daniher
    30. Wayne Johnston

    There’s no doubt that Leigh Matthews deserve to be number one. But Matthews would’ve faced a stern challenge from Wayne Carey and Gary Ablett for the top spot.

    Most South Australian footy supporters, however, would’ve had North Adelaide legend Barrie Robran as their first choice.

    What do you think of the list?

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