Matthews, Leigh

born Jan. 3, 1952, Frankston, Victoria, Austl.

Australian Rules football player.

A tenacious forward, he was legendary for his robust play and extraordinary skills. He played for Hawthorn (1969–85), scoring 915 goals and helping the team to four league titles. He enjoyed subsequent success as a coach at Collingwood (1986–95) and Brisbane (1999– ), guiding both teams to league titles. He was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame and elevated to Legend in 1996.

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▪ Australian athlete
born March 1, 1952, Frankston, Vic., Austl.

       Australian rules football player who was one of the sport's most formidable figures and was voted the Player of the Century in a 1999 Herald-Sun poll in Australia.

      A tenacious forward, “Lethal” Leigh Matthews was legendary for his robust play and extraordinary skills. He played 332 games for the Hawthorn (Vic.) Football Club over three decades (1969–85). He distinguished himself by picking up Hawthorn's Best First Year Player title (1969), earning eight Best and Fairest (top player) Awards (1971–72, 1974, 1976–78, 1980, 1982), scoring 915 goals (a league record for a rover and seventh highest all-time total), and being part of four league championship teams. His 68 goals in 1975 led the Victorian Football League (from 1989 known as the Australian Football League [AFL]). He captained Hawthorn (1981–85) and Victoria (1980), playing 14 matches for his state.

      Matthews enjoyed subsequent success as a coach for the Collingwood (Vic.) Football Club (1986–95), which in 1990 he steered to its first championship since 1958, and for the Brisbane (Queen.) Football Club (from 1999), which he led to consecutive Grand Final (the AFL championship game) victories in 2001, 2002, and 2003. He was the first man to both play in and coach 300 AFL games. In 1997 and 1998 he led the Victorian team to wins in the State of Origin competition (annual matches, held between 1977 and 1999, between teams composed of players representing their home states). In 1996 Matthews was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame and elevated to Legend status. In 2001 he received the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to football.

John Nauright
 

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