Essendon Football Club
Sharp and precise in front of goal during his Hall of Fame career, Matthew Lloyd’s analysis and comments on the modern game in the media bear the same qualities.
Across the football week, fans hear what Lloyd thinks through several mediums. From Access All Areas on Monday’s on afl.com.au through to the Nine Network’s Footy Classified that night, and it’s new second edition mid-week on Wednesday nights, he holds a prominent place on screen. On radio, Lloyd is in studio once a week as part of 3AW’s evening program Sportsday.
Come the weekend, Lloyd is part of 3AW’s award winning AFL coverage, a panellist on Nine’s Sunday Footy Show and provides his insights via a column in the Herald Sun.
His capacity to observe and remark on what’s happening in footy comes from a reputation built of one of the most spectacular careers the game has seen.
After kicking a goal with his first kick in his 1995 debut, he closed out his career as Essendon’s all-time leading goal kicker on 926 majors – one of only nine men to kick 900-plus in the game’s history.
His list of accolades is extensive. A three-time Coleman Medallist, Lloyd captured the Mark and Goal of the Year awards in back-to-back years in 2007-08. He led Essendon’s goal kicking a remarkable 12 times, with a career-best 109 goals in the Bombers 2000 Premiership year. Essendon captain for four seasons, he was named to All-Australian team on five occasions. The Bombers home games at Marvel Stadium, where Lloyd is an ambassador, feature one end of the ground named in his honour.
The number 18’s journey in to media post-playing was paved while still at the height of his powers on-field. Upon retiring, he worked on Network Ten’s AFL coverage during their period as a rights holder and on radio with SEN1116, before aligining with his current partners Nine, 3AW and the Herald Sun.
Lloyd has been heavily involved in developing the next generation of starts, working closely with the AFL Academy for several years along with a coaching role at Haileybury College with their APS football program.
Lloyd lives with wife Lisa and their three children in bayside Melbourne. His family involvement in the game extends to older brother’s Simon and Brad, who hold down Head of Football roles at Geelong and Carlton respectively.