Shaun Burgoyne of the Hawks acknowledges the fans after the round 20 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Melbourne Demons at Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 9, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Most finals matches played in VFL/AFL history

Hawthorn star Shaun Burgoyne is set to move into second place on the list of most finals played in VFL/AFL history on Friday night when the Hawks take on the Cats at the MCG.

Burgoyne will make his 32nd finals appearances, overtaking Collingwood great Gordon Coventry, who played 31 finals.

Hawthorn’s Michael Tuck holds the record, with 39 finals appearances.

See the top 20 players to play the most finals:

  1. Michael Tuck (Haw) – 39
  2. Shaun Burgoyne (PA/Haw) – 31
  3. Gordon Coventry (Coll) – 31
  4. Wayne Schimmelbusch (NM) – 29
  5. Leigh Matthews (Haw) – 29
  6. Bruce Doull (Carl) – 29
  7. Bill Hutchson (Ess) – 28
  8. Chris Mew (Haw) – 28
  9. Gary Ayres (Haw) – 28
  10. Adam Goodes (Syd) – 28
  11. Jason Akermanis (Bris/WB) – 28
  12. Dick Reynolds (Ess) – 27
  13. Harry Collier (Coll) – 27
  14. Kevin Bartlett (Rich) – 27
  15. Martin Pike (Melb/Fi/NM/Bris) – 27
  16. Albert Collier (Coll/Fi) – 26
  17. Jimmy Bartel (Geel) – 26
  18. Jude Bolton (Syd) – 26
  19. Dermot Brereton (Haw) – 26
  20. Stephen Silvagni (Carl) – 26

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