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Key Facts

Full name
Matthew Connell

Known as
Matthew Connell

3 August 1972 (age 50)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 237d
Last game: 28y 3d

Height and weight
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs
West Coast; Adelaide

Jumper numbers
West Coast: 42
Adelaide: 14

Recruited from
West Coast (1995)

Matthew Connell

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
West CoastAFL1993300.0067%5.670.331.670
AFL1993, 1995-200099280.2842%
Total1993, 1995-200099280.2842%

AFL: 10,397th player to appear, 2,416th most games played, 3,070th most goals kickedWest Coast: 80th player to appear, 236th most games played, 251st most goals kickedAdelaide: 64th player to appear, 60th most games played, 78th most goals kicked

Matthew Connell had a pronounced impact on the Crows when he joined them from West Coast in 1995 winning the club’s best and fairest award at the first time of asking. (The West Coast phase of his career had seen him play just 3 games in 1993.) An industrious and energetic on-baller or centreline player, he seemed to lose some of his sparkle after suffering a thigh injury during the 1996 season. Nevertheless, he made worthy contributions to the Crows’ 1997 and 1998 premiership wins before struggling to hold a place in the team in his final two AFL seasons. In 2001 after 96 AFL games with Adelaide he returned to his home state of Western Australia and his original league club, Subiaco, whom he represented in the losing grand final of 2003 against West Perth before retiring. 

Author - John Devaney


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