Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Matthew Ryan

Known as
Matthew Ryan

2 June 1967 (age 56)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 76d
Last game: 24y 300d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; Sydney; Brisbane

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 45
Sydney: 8
Brisbane: 30

Recruited from
Collingwood (1990); Sydney (1991)

Matthew Ryan

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 9,655th player to appear, 3,267th most games played, 1,774th most goals kickedCollingwood: 870th player to appear, 372nd most games played, 184th most goals kickedSydney: 1,190th player to appear, 828th most games played, 530th most goals kickedBrisbane: 81st player to appear, 197th most games played, 172nd most goals kicked

From Eltham, rover Matt Ryan made his VFL debut with Collingwood in 1985, and after two difficult years he enjoyed a break-out season in 1987. In point of fact, it would prove to be the single most outstanding season of his entire career, highlighted by his amassing a team high 478 disposals, running second in the Copeland Trophy, and kicking 28 goals, a tally only exceeded by full forward Brian Taylor. Thereafter, however, Ryan struggled to maintain the same level of performance.

After 45 VFL games and 44 goals in five seasons with the Magpies Ryan was traded to Sydney where he added 10 AFL games and eight goals in 1990. His final port of call was Brisbane where he played some useful games but struggled towards the end of his two season, 18 game, eight goal stint.

Author - John Devaney


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