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Key Facts

Full name
Matthew Dent

Known as
Matthew Dent

17 January 1972 (age 50)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 125d
Last game: 29y 221d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
Fitzroy; Western Bulldogs; Hawthorn

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 31
Western Bulldogs: 21
Hawthorn: 36

Recruited from
Fitzroy (1997); Western Bulldogs (2001)

Matthew Dent

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Western BulldogsAFL1997-200063100.1663%

AFL: 10,509th player to appear, 1,913th most games played, 3,763rd most goals kickedFitzroy: 1,129th player to appear, 270th most games played, 374th most goals kickedWestern Bulldogs: 865th player to appear, 214th most games played, 394th most goals kickedHawthorn: 803rd player to appear, 639th most games played, 935th most goals kicked

A tough, no frills defender who was sometimes overly aggressive, as attested to by his rather frequent visits to the Tribunal, Matthew Dent commenced his senior playing career with Sturt in 1991 before being picked up by Fitzroy at the 1993 National Draft. He gave solid service to the Lions in what proved to be their last three seasons as a standalone club, playing 47 AFL games and kicking nine goals before crossing to Footscray. It was a similar story at the Bulldogs where his almost fanatical devotion to the team cause made him extremely popular with the club’s fans.

After 63 games and 10 goals for Footscray/Western Bulldogs Dent was somewhat surprisingly traded to Hawthorn ahead of the 2001 season. He struggled somewhat to establish himself with the Hawks, managing just eight games and no goals for the year.

Matthew Dent returned to Sturt in 2002 and rounded off his career in style as a member of the Double Blues team which accounted for Central District in that year’s grand final.

Author - John Devaney


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


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