|Date of birth||2 September 1975|
|Original team||Creswick / Geelong U18|
|Debut||Round 13, 18 June 1994, North Melbourne
v. Richmond, at the MCG
|Height/Weight||198cm / 99kg|
107 (37)82 (24)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2003 season.
Matthew Capuano (born 2 September 1975) is a former Australian rules footballer who spent his AFL career with the North Melbourne Football Club and the St Kilda Football Club. Capuano is currently a development coach at the Carlton Football Club. He was most remembered for being sacked by the Saints at the middle of the 2003 season.
St Kilda career
Capuano's career with the Saints was plagued by shoulder and knee injuries. He played 25 games in his three seasons for the Saints. Although making his 100th AFL appearance in Round 8, 2002, he underwent a knee surgery after Round 9 and missed all remaining AFL games that season.
After making six appearances in the first nine rounds of the 2003 season, Capuano was sacked by the Saints. The coach, Grant Thomas, explained that Capuano's poor form lead to his sacking. While it is suggested that the young and rising Saints did not need Capuano's service anymore, the Saints were also criticised for axing Capuano at the wrong time as Trent Knobel and Barry Brooks, their other two ruckmen, were both injured at the time.
Although a number of VFL clubs sought Capuano’s servicea after he was sacked, he did not accept any offers and spent the latter half of 2003 travelling Europe. He also did not nominate for the 2003 AFL Draft and spent 2004 playing for South Fremantle in the West Australian Football League.
Capuano signed with the Carlton Football Club in 2009 to coach their ruckmen on a part-time basis. The following season, the Blues made Capuano a full-time development coach and a direct ruck coach.
|†||Denotes seasons in which Capuano won an AFL Premiership|
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- Saints sack Capuano, The Age, 26 May 2003. Retrieved 9 June 2006.
- Walls, R., "Thomas does the hard thing but the right thing", The Age, 30 May 2003. Retrieved 9 June 2006.
- Connolly, R., "Thrills and spills in 2003", The Age, 30 September 2003. Retrieved 9 June 2006
- Lyon, K. & Niall, J., "Capuano now a wanted man", The Age, 30 May 2003. Retrieved 9 June 2006.
- Quayle, E., "No draft for Capuano", The Age, 22 October 2003. Retrieved 9 June 2006.
- WAFL Online playing statistics
- Matthew Capuano's player profile at AFL Tables
- Matthew Capuano's profile on the official website of the St Kilda Football Club
- Matthew Capuano's statistics from AFL Tables