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Matthew Boyd (born 27 August 1982) is an Australian rules football player who has come through the Western Bulldogs' rookie list, debuting in 2003. Prior to that he had played for Dandenong Stingrays in the TAC Cup and Frankston in the VFL. He was able to consolidate a position in the senior team during 2004 and in 2005 could be considered as being in the Bulldogs' best 18, having played in 17 games for a total of 105 and still counting. He has mostly played in the midfield where he has proven himself to be a consistent ball winner as well as having the capacity to be a "run with" player. He currently has totalled 6 Brownlow votes. He played with the number 42 until 2007 when he took the number 5 from the retired Rohan Smith.
The 2006 Record describes Boyd as having tenacious defensive skills while also possessing attacking flair.
Boyd is the grand nephew of Australian football vendor icon Johnny Boyd, better know to most as the Peanut Man.
In 2009 Boyd was rewarded for a strong season with selection in the 2009 All-Australian Team.
On the 21 January 2011, he was announced as the new captain for the Western Bulldogs.
Boyd has relished the Bulldogs captaincy in 2011, and is the leading possession getter in the AFL, ahead of perennial Collingwood Football Club ball-magnet Dane Swan who may have been leading the count but went to Arizona mid-season to regain fitness.
Boyd married his high school sweetheart Kate Jones in October 2007. His father Peter Boyd played for Frankston in the Victorian Football Association. He also attended Mazenod College, Mulgrave.