One of Richmond’s stalwarts, Matthew Knights made his debut back in the Tigers’ dark days in the late eighties. He quickly gained senior experience, becoming one of the club’s most valuable players in a matter of seasons. Knights’ creative play and skilful disposal were central to Richmond’s glorious revival in 1995, which saw the club finish fourth on the ladder. In 1997 Knights’ loyal service was rewarded with the captaincy and in 1998 he was simply outstanding, winning his third Best and Fairest and gaining All-Australian selection for the first time. Retiring in 2002 after playing 279 games, Knights turned to football administration post-career, taking up the post of Football Manager with the Port Adelaide Magpies. Knights had his first taste of coaching in 2004 at the helm of the Magpies, helping the re-building process of the proud club. Returning to Melbourne in 2005, Knights was appointed Coach of Essendon’s VFL side the Bendigo Bombers. In 2008 Knights was appointed coach of the Essendon Bombers, tasking them to the finals in 2009. In 2010 Knights released from his Essendon contract then in 2012 Knights was appointed coach of the Geelong VFL Football Club. He coached the team to the 2012 VFL Premiership and is now a sought after panelist and keynote speaker.