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Key Facts

Full name
Kelvin Matthews

Known as
Kelvin Matthews

Born
15 December 1953 (age 68)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 136d
Last game: 28y 207d

Height and weight
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 92 kg

Senior clubs
Hawthorn; Geelong

Jumper numbers
Hawthorn: 28, 4
Geelong: 7

Recruited from
Hawthorn (1978); Hawthorn (1979)

Family links
Leigh Matthews (Brother)

Kelvin Matthews

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
HawthornV/AFL1972-197897991.0268%12.162.943.4011
GeelongV/AFL1978-198258701.2164%8.712.723.365
V/AFL1972-19821551691.0966%10.862.863.3816
Total1972-19821551691.0966%10.862.863.3816

AFL: 8,459th player to appear, 1,181st most games played, 537th most goals kickedHawthorn: 613th player to appear, 151st most games played, 63rd most goals kickedGeelong: 789th player to appear, 300th most games played, 119th most goals kicked

Kelvin Matthews was strongly built and ultra courageous, in similar vein to his more famous brother Leigh. He revelled in wet conditions, and could be a danger to friend and foe as he hurtled through packs in pursuit of the ball. Typically used as a centreman, he was a member of Hawthorn’s losing grand final team in 1975 as well as the winning combination a year later. He had a keen eye for goal, and in one match against Fitzroy in 1978 he booted eight majors. His career at the Hawks spanned the period from 1972 to 1978, in which time he played 97 VFL games and registered 99 goals.

Midway through the 178 season Kelvin Matthews crossed to Geelong and was a handy player in 58 games in which he kicked 70 goals, before retiring in 1982.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Publications

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.