Lloyd playing for Essendon during 2007
|Full name||Matthew James Lloyd|
|Date of birth||16 April 1978|
|Place of birth||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Original team||Western Jets (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||1995 Pre-Season Draft, Essendon|
|Height/Weight||192 cm / 96 kg|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2009 season.
A highly decorated full-forward, Lloyd's Australian Football League honours include seventh highest goalkicker in VFL/AFL history, Coleman Medals as leading goalkicker for three seasons, life membership as well as winning both the Mark of the Year and Goal of the Year awards. Lloyd also belongs to the small group of players whose first kick in the AFL resulted in a goal as well as players to have kicked the "ton" – over 100 goals in a season – twice. Among his representative honours are five All-Australian selections, twice representing Australia in International rules football and a member of the Victorian state team.
Matthew Lloyd was born in Melbourne in 1978 to parents John (a former VFL footballer who played 29 games for the Carlton Football Club from 1965–1967) and Bev Lloyd. The Lloyds moved to Scotland for three years because of John's work, and it was there that Matthew picked up rugby and soccer playing for his Currie club.
1995–2009: AFL career
Lloyd was drafted into the AFL as a 16 year old in the 1995 Pre-season Draft as a "compensatory selection" that was awarded to Essendon by the AFL in return for losing Todd Ridley to the newly formed Fremantle Football Club. The Bombers picked up what would be one of their all-time greats for a relative pittance in the draft. Lloyd was heralded as a future football star after his AFL debut in Round 14, 1995, where he scored a goal with his first kick in league football and three for the match.
The key features of Lloyd's game were his powerful marks on the lead (particularly overhead), his use of his body in a defensive capacity and accurate goal kicking, particularly from set shots on his left foot. He converted a large majority of set shots inside the 50-metre arc and kicked further than 50 metres on a regular basis.
Lloyd was known for his ritual when taking set shots at goal. Almost every time he took time to go far back on the mark, pull both his socks up, then grab some grass and throw it into the air to measure the wind and take a very long run up before kicking. In 2006, the AFL introduced a "shot clock" to limit the amount of time that players had to take set shots; although Lloyd's ritual was not the longest in the league its quirks made it so well-known that the rule became commonly known as the "Lloyd Rule". Lloyd adjusted his ritual to fit into the new rule, and still retained the most famous aspect (throwing grass) until the end of his career.
Lloyd's goalscoring ability enabled him to top the Essendon goal scoring every year from 1997 to 2009, except for 2006 when he only played three games due to a serious hamstring injury.
Lloyd was selected in the All Australian Team on five occasions (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003), won the Coleman Medal for kicking the most goals in the regular season three times (2000, 2001 and 2003) and twice kicked more than 100 goals in a completed season (109 in 2000 and 105 in 2001; on both occasions he reached the milestone during the finals).
Lloyd was a member of Essendon's 2000 premiership team and was captain of Essendon from 2006 to 2009. He was recognised for his achievements at Essendon in 2002 when he was ranked the 22nd greatest player ever to play for the club in the "Champions of Essendon" list.
Lloyd was appointed Essendon captain ahead of the 2006 season, after James Hird elected to stand down following the side's disappointing 2005 season. Lloyd's first match as Essendon captain resulted in a 27-point win over the defending premiers Sydney, where he kicked eight goals (six of them in the first quarter alone). It would be the only win that Essendon would enjoy under Lloyd's captaincy until exactly a year later.
During Essendon's 1996 preliminary final against the Sydney Swans in Sydney, Lloyd ruptured his spleen. He suffered a large amount of blood loss and spent 10 days in intensive care in a Sydney hospital.
In Round 6, 2002 against Fremantle, Lloyd ruptured a tendon in his right ring finger when it was caught in his opponents guernsey. It required surgery to be reattached and he was out for eight weeks.
Midway through the third quarter of the Essendon vs Bulldogs match on 16 April 2006 (which happened to be Lloyd's 28th birthday), opponent Brian Harris accidentally fell on Lloyd as he tried to mark the ball. Lloyd walked off the ground with the aid of trainers and did not return for the rest of the match. Following scans, a week later it was revealed that the hamstring tendon had been snapped off the bone. Surgery to repair the career-threatening injury took place which ruled him out for the rest of the season. Lloyd's absence from the team was felt hard, as the Bombers finished near the foot of the ladder at season's end. As Lloyd was captain of Essendon and was unable to play for the remainder of the season (his first year in fact), David Hille was promoted to team captain in Lloyd's absence.
Lloyd made a successful comeback against Adelaide at AAMI Stadium in Round 1, 2007. He kicked two goals while working further up the ground, putting to rest any concerns about his injured hamstring. Essendon beat Adelaide by 31 points.
In Round 20, 2007, Lloyd kicked a backheel goal whilst surrounded by opponents and was awarded the 2007 Goal of the Year.
In Round 18 against the Melbourne Demons, Lloyd took a specky of a mark above five players to win the 2008 Mark of the Year. A haul of eight goals in that match gave Lloyd his best return since Round 1, 2006.
Brad Sewell Incident
In Round 22, 2009 Lloyd hit Brad Sewell with a heavy off the ball bump that left Sewell unconscious and with facial injuries which started a bench-clearing brawl. In the bitter aftermath of the match, Hawthorn's Campbell Brown called Lloyd "one of the biggest snipers in the game" and said that "his time is coming",. Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson threatened Lloyd and abused an interchange steward and had to be restrained by Hawthorn football manager Mark Evans as the teams left the field. AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou defended Lloyd's reputation, Clarkson was fined for his comments and later apologised for the outburst.
Lloyd was given a six-match suspension by the match review panel for the hit on Sewell, but was suspended for four matches after deciding not to appeal the sanction. Lloyd only served one match of his suspension, Essendons Elimination final loss to Adelaide at AAMI Stadium, before announcing his retirement.
On 23 September 2009, Lloyd announced his retirement to a packed media conference at the Essendon Football Club Hall of Fame. Although he had been offered another contract, Lloyd said that "now is my time from a physical and mental point of view" and that he would "...prefer to go a year too early than a year too late."
In 2006 Lloyd had a weekly spot as a panelist on Fox Footy's White Line Fever and after being forced to spend extended time off the field because of injury, he became recognised for his informative views on all things football – his roles included being a special comments commentator on Triple M's football coverage as well as more regular appearances on The AFL Footy Show, as a panelist.
In 2009 Lloyd appeared as a regular panelist on a new show, One Week at a Time, as well as doing special comments on Network Ten and writing a regular column for The Age newspaper. Following his retirement Lloyd has been heavily involved in the media.
Lloyd signed with the Network Ten AFL team as an expert commentator for the 2010 and 2011 AFL seasons on Channel Ten and One HD (he had already provided special commentary during various matches of the 2009 AFL season for the network), until Ten Sport lost the rights at the end of the 2011 AFL season. He also worked for radio station SEN, was a co-host of The Game Plan on One HD during 2011 and continued working for The Age.
After Network Ten lost the AFL broadcasting rights, Lloyd joined the Nine Network for 2012 to be a panelist on The Footy Show and The Sunday Footy Show. He also left SEN to join 3AW's AFL special comments team.
In 2013, he joined Footy Classified as a panelist alongside Gary Lyon, Craig Hutchison and Caroline Wilson; as well as continuing his regular roles on The Sunday Footy Show and 3AW Football. Lloyd is also a recurring panelist on The Footy Show.
Lloyd's parents are John and Bev Lloyd. John Lloyd played 29 games for Carlton from 1965–1967 and coached the Braybrook Football Club to three premierships. The family moved to Scotland for three years because of John Lloyd's work and it was there that Lloyd played rugby and soccer his Currie club.
Lloyd has two older brothers, Simon, who is an assistant coach at the Fremantle Football Club, and Brad, who is a former Hawthorn player (and former captain of the Williamstown Football Club) and now national recruiting manager for the Fremantle Football Club, as well as one older sister, Kylie, who is the Unit Manager at The Footy Show.
On 9 November 2002, Lloyd married his childhood sweetheart, Lisa-Marie Caparello, usually known as "Lisa", at Xavier College Chapel. Their wedding was covered by New Idea magazine and a documentary of the day, titled One Day In November, was also aired on Fox Footy Channel. Lisa Lloyd appeared on The Footy Show's singing competition, Screamers, in 2005 and was also a regular presenter on Fox Footy's Living With Footballers.
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- "Bomber Matthew Lloyd Recalls Reunions Amid Crush". Heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- St Bernard's Old Collegians Wall of Fame
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- "Coleman Medal - Previous Winners". Afl.com.au. 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- "Champions of Essendon". Essendonfc.com.au. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- Lloyd to lead Bombers - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- Bombers upset Swans - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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- "Lloyd joins AFL elite". news.com.au. 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2013-06-05.
- "Essendon greats honoured". essendonfc.com.au. 2013-03-04. Retrieved 2013-06-05.
- "Caring Dons laud dedicated docs". Heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- "Review on Kretiuk incident". Theage.com.au. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
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- "Matthew Lloyd No Sniper". Adelaidenow.com.au. 2009-09-01. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- "Alastair Clarkson fined for Matthew Lloyd comments". Heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- "Clarkson sorry for post-match outburst". Au.news.yahoo.com. 2009-08-31. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- "Lloyd, Bombers accept penalties". Heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- "Lloyd requests more time". Essendonfc.com.au. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- "Lloyd quits". Afl.com.au. 2009-09-23. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- "Honour a fitting end for Matthew Lloyd". Heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- "Lloyd and O'Loughlin Lend Support To Emerging Talent". Ausport.gov.au. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- "OneHD: Matthew Lloyd profile". Archived from the original on 23 July 2011.
- The Age: Matthew Lloyd
- "Lloyd's Final Stand For The Bombers". Heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- "A fear of failure was my greatest spur from the very start". Theage.com.au. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- "Channel 9 signs Matthew Lloyd". Heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- "Assistant coaching role for Simon Lloyd". Fremantlefc.com.au. 2010-10-22. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- "National Recruiting Manager appointed". Fremantlefc.com.au. 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- "Support our latest Bomber star". Essendonfc.com.au. 2005-04-28. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- "Living With Footballers". The Age. 2004-04-01. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- "Lloyd Family Grows By One". Essendonfc.com.au. 2006-12-16. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- "Another baby girl for Lloyd". Heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- "Lloyd family welcomes baby boy". Essendon footy Club. Retrieved 2012-11-28.
- Lloyd, Matthew (2011). Matthew Lloyd: Straight Shooter. Random House Australia. ISBN 978-1-86471-293-3.
- Matthew Lloyd's profile on the official website of the Essendon Football Club
- Matthew Lloyd's statistics from AFL Tables
- Essendon Past Players Profile: Matthew Lloyd
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