Matthew Burton

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Matthew Burton
Personal information
Date of birth (1970-05-19) 19 May 1970 (age 43)
Place of birth Perth, Western Australia
Original team Subiaco
Debut Round 1, 1 April 1995, Fremantle.
v. Richmond., at MCG
Playing career1

West Coast (1991–1994)

0 games, 0 goals

Fremantle (1995–1999)

70 games, 33 goals

Kangaroos (2000–2003)

77 games, 33 goals
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2005 season.
Career highlights
  • Former tallest player in the AFL

Matthew "Spider" Burton (born 19 May 1970) is a retired Australian rules footballer. He played as a ruckman and began his Football career at Subiaco. "Spider" Burton, as he's commonly known, because of his towering 210 cm frame, was formerly the AFL's tallest player. He has since been eclipsed by another Docker in Aaron Sandilands, and Western Bulldog Peter Street. Both stand at 211 cm tall.

West Coast[edit]

Selected by West Coast with pick #36 in the 1990 National Draft, Burton spent 4 seasons on the Eagles' senior list before he was eventually de-listed (without playing a game for the club) at the end of the 1994 season (under an AFL ruling that clubs cut list numbers back from 52 to 40).

Fremantle Dockers[edit]

In 1994 Fremantle picked up Burton in the pre-season draft. He played in Fremantle's first match. In 1999 he was made vice-captain of the club but played only seven games that year before being de-listed.


In 1999 Burton was picked by the Kangaroos with selection 74 in the pre-season draft.

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