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Key Facts

Full name
Matthew Allan

Known as
Matthew Allan

Born
26 February 1975 (age 47)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 126d
Last game: 30y 28d

Height and weight
Height: 198 cm
Weight: 104 kg

Senior clubs
Carlton; Australia; Essendon

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 24
Essendon: 27

Recruited from
Carlton (2004)

Matthew Allan

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CarltonAFL1994-2003140720.5154%6.755.514.8233
AustraliaIR1999100.00
EssendonAFL2004-20052110.0552%5.384.333.290
AFL1994-2005161730.4553%6.575.364.6233
IR1999100.00
Total1994-2005162730.45

AFL: 10,533rd player to appear, 1,083rd most games played, 1,471st most goals kickedCarlton: 1,000th player to appear, 93rd most games played, 131st most goals kickedEssendon: 1,041st player to appear, 550th most games played, 843rd most goals kicked

Despite preferring his skateboard to a football while he was growing up Matthew Allan developed in to a strong, dynamic ruckman whose best was as good as anyone's. Carlton recruited him from North Ringwood and, after a prolonged grounding in the seconds, during which time he was being groomed as Justin Madden's eventual replacement as first ruckman, he debuted with the firsts in 1994. Three years later Madden had departed and Allan shouldered the enhanced responsibility with great aplomb. When Carlton reached the premiership decider in 1999 Allan was a significant driving force and he duly won the club's best and fairest award, earned AFL All Australian selection, and polled 20 votes to finish third in the Brownlow count. However, he was unable to prevent the Blues succumbing to the Kangaroos when it mattered most.

Injuries undermined Allan's impact over the ensuing three campaigns and he ended up being traded to Essendon. Ironically, his the first of his two seasons with the Bombers was injury free and he recaptured some of his best form. The injury problems resurfaced in 2005 and at the end of the season he took the decision to retire.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article

Footnotes

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