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Former AFL great in tears after club’s amazing find: ‘Still in shock’


There were beautiful scenes at the MCG ahead of the game between Melbourne and Western Bulldogs.

In an emotional moment, former Melbourne star Brian Wilson was shocked and reduced to tears when he was asked to join the club’s CEO Gary Pert during the president’s function.

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Wilson, the 1982 Brownlow medallist, had lost the medal almost 10 years ago and had given up hope of ever finding it again.

Melbourne remarkably – and it is still unclear how – found the medal and stunned Wilson and his family at the pre-game event.

“It’s an incredible feeling,” Wilson told 7NEWS reporter Mitch Cleary.

Brian Wilson on the MCG with his 1982 Brownlow Medal and (inset) the moment the medal was returned. Credit: Getty Images

“It was gone 10 years ago never to be found again.

“Melbourne Football Club, they found it for me, and I can now give it to my beautiful family and leave a legacy.”

Wilson played for both Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs and thought he had been invited to the function because the two clubs were playing each other.

“Then I got there and … I’m still in shock,” he said.

“It’s just an amazing privilege to now be able to give it to … my beautiful 24-year-old daughter and her sister.”

Wilson’s daughter, Riley, said she was thrilled.

“It feels amazing. As a family we’re super happy to have it back,” she said..

“To know how much it means to Dad, we’re just super happy to have it back.”

Brian Wilson with his daughters and 7NEWS reporter Mitch Cleary. Credit: Seven

Wilson said he thought he would never see it again.

“For me it was an embarrassment each night to be the (only Brownlow medallist) to have lost his Brownlow.

“But to get it back is beyond belief and I truly thank Gary Pert and the team and whoever handed it in.

“We’ve still got to find out how did we get it.”

Wilson played for the Western Bulldogs (then known as Footscray) between 1978-79, North Melbourne (1980-81), Melbourne (1982-1990), and finished at St Kilda in 1991.

He was a Victorian representative on three occasions and finished his career after 209 VFL/AFL games.

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Source: 7News