Matthew Kelly (footballer)

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Matthew Kelly
Personal information
Full name Matthew Kelly
Date of birth (1971-07-02) 2 July 1971 (age 46)
Original team(s) Norwood[1]
Height / weight 187 cm / 91 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1991–1992 Adelaide 2 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1992.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Matthew Kelly (born 2 July 1971) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Kelly was originally picked up by Collingwood with the 84th selection of the 1989 VFL Draft, but decided to stay with Norwood. His family had some history in South Australian football, with his grandfather Maurie Arbon being a North Adelaide premiership player.[2]

A year later, he was signed by Adelaide as part of their original squad, to enter the AFL in 1991. Kelly, who was troubled by knee injuries for much of his career, was mostly used in the midfield or as a flanker. He had to wait until round 16 of the 1991 season to make his debut, where he had 13 disposals in a loss to Hawthorn at Waverley Park.[3] His only other appearance came at Kardinia Park in 1992, against Geelong.[3]


  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5. 
  2. ^ "Past Players H-O (1–99 games)". Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b AFL Tables: Matthew Kelly