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Key Facts

Full name
Kelvin Matthews

Known as
Kelvin Matthews

15 December 1953 (age 69)

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

AFL: 8,459th player to appear, 1,218th most games played, 544th most goals kickedHawthorn: 613th player to appear, 152nd most games played, 64th most goals kickedGeelong: 789th player to appear, 304th most games played, 120th 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


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