Matthew Spangher

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Matthew Spangher
Personal information
Full name Matthew Spangher
Date of birth (1987-04-23) 23 April 1987 (age 27)
Original team Eastern Ranges (TAC Cup)
Draft #34, 2005 National Draft, West Coast
#73, 2010 National Draft, Sydney
Height/Weight 194cm / 95kg
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current club Hawthorn
Number 27
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2006–2010
2011–2012
2013–
Total
West Coast
Sydney
Hawthorn
26 0(3)
06 0(8)
19 0(2)
51 (13)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2014 season.
Career highlights

Matthew Spangher (born 23 April 1987) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League. Spangher is a key position player that can play as a forward or a defender. His career has been hampered by injuries.

Career[edit]

Spangher was recruited by West Coast as the number 34 draft pick in the 2005 AFL Draft from Eastern Ranges. In 2006, he only played one WAFL reserves game for East Fremantle, before sustaining a groin injury which kept him out for the rest of the season.

In 2007, he played the season with East Fremantle in the WAFL,as a defender. After his WAFL performances in the first 3 rounds of 2008, he made his AFL debut for the West Coast Eagles in the round 4, who had a 62 point loss to Sydney at ANZ Stadium, picking up 12 disposals and 7 marks.

Spangher flagged his intentions to move home to Victoria at the end of 2009 but the club convinced him to sign a one-year deal for 2010. Had some success being the club’s third tall defender and played eight games in season 2010 before getting delisted.[1] Hawthorn had asked him to attend preseason training in the hope of drafting him.[2] He was taken by the Sydney Swans in the 2010 Draft.

His first game for the Swans was against the Gold Coast on the Gold Coast in Round 16, 2011. The result was a 70-point win to the Swans.

After playing the last five games for Sydney in 2011, he was unable to get a game in 2012. He was traded to Hawthorn for pick 66 in the 2012 AFL draft.

He made his debut for Hawthorn in the round 8, 2013 clash against Greater Western Sydney in Launceston, Tasmania.[3]

Spangher then played against St. Kilda and Sydney in the home and away rounds before playing against Sydney again in the first week of the finals.

Spangher played his first game for 2014 in round 3 against Fremantle, before suffering a major ankle injury in round 4 against Gold Coast.[4] He returned against his old club West Coast in round 12, being one of Hawthon's best players, with 22 disposals including 7 contested marks.[5] Spangher again put in a strong performance the next week against Carlton, and continued his form against Collingwood. In the 2014 Grand Final, after witnessing premierships at West Coast in 2006, Sydney in 2012, and being an emergency in the Hawks 2013 win, Spangher was finally picked in his first Grand Final, and won his first premiership. During the medal ceremony, MC Craig Willis made reference to his incredible journey.

Cult Hero[edit]

Spangher's move to the Hawks has been greeted with "cult hero" status. In mid 2013, a Facebook fan page titled "Sir Matthew Spangher" was created, that as of June 2014 has over 10,000 followers.[6] Spangher's popularity amongst players and fans was shown with overwhelming applause and chants whenever he went near the ball during the VFL Grand Final for Box Hill. "It's interesting isn't it. It's nice, but I don't think it's deserved," he said of the attention.[7] With Spangher's appearances in the 2014 season, members of the media began to draw more attention to the fans growing affection, with members of the media also happy to play into the image. Herald Sun journalist Jon Ralph wrote "Let’s face it, when you look half rock god and half Jesus, men want to be you and women want to be with you."[8] Spangher has gained the nickname "Fabio" from 3AW due to his long hair.[9] After finally claiming his first premiership in 2014, Hawthorn fans chanted his name, and demanded he speak to the fans at the premiership party, before fan favourite Cyril Rioli.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2014 season [10]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2006 West Coast 30 0
2007 West Coast 30 0
2008 West Coast 30 7 1 2 39 22 61 24 8 0.1 0.3 5.6 3.1 8.7 3.4 1.1
2009 West Coast 30 11 2 1 74 79 153 41 25 0.2 0.1 6.7 7.2 13.9 3.7 2.3
2010 West Coast 30 8 0 1 67 36 103 27 19 0.0 0.1 8.4 4.5 12.9 3.4 2.4
2011 Sydney 27 6 8 6 46 15 61 22 13 1.3 1.0 7.7 2.5 10.2 3.7 2.2
2012 Sydney 27 0
2013 Hawthorn 27 4 2 4 32 22 54 19 9 0.5 1.0 8.0 5.5 13.5 4.8 2.3
2014 Hawthorn 27 15 0 2 132 76 208 72 33 0.0 0.1 8.8 5.1 13.9 4.8 2.2
Career 51 13 16 390 250 640 205 107 0.3 0.3 7.6 4.9 12.5 4.0 2.1

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