Essendon Football Club
Matthew Lloyd will go down in AFL history as one of the game’s greatest full-forwards. After famously kicking a goal with his first kick in his 1995 debut, there was no looking back for Lloyd, who remains Essendon’s all-time leading goal kicker.
Sitting seventh on the AFL/VFL’s all-time goal kicker list, this was not the only accolade Lloyd collected in his illustrious 270 Game career. 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.
A fan favourite and proven leader from the early days of his playing career, Lloyd further cemented himself into the hearts of Bombers fans when he took on the role of Essendon Football Club’s captain from 2006 to 2009.
Lloyd also belongs to the small group of players to have kicked over 100 goals in multiple years. A five-time All-Australian, Lloyd represented Australia twice in International Rules football, winning the Jim Stynes Medal in 2006. 926 goals later, Lloyd retired from AFL in September of 2009.
Since his playing days, Lloyd has had a keen interest in the media. Upon retiring, he signed to Network Ten’s AFL team as an expert commentator for the 2010 and 2011 AFL seasons as well as writing for the Herald Sun and working at radio station SEN1116, providing special comments on their AFL coverage.
Lloyd now regularly appears on FOX FOOTY, AFL.com.au, 3AW and the Nine Networks Footy Classified and Sunday Footy Show, solidifying himself as one of AFL’s classiest media performers.
Outside of our TV screens & radio waves, Lloyd has been an Assistant Coach with the AIS-AFL Academy where he created ‘Lloyd’s Clean Hands Skill Test’ that was used at the NAB AFL National Draft Combine from 2010 till 2017. Lloyd is currently a main part of the Haileybury College football coaching staff and is the Marvel Stadium ambassador. Lloyd’s professionalism and leadership throughout his playing days as well as his media prowess have allowed him to also enter the world of corporate speaking.
Lloyd lives with wife Lisa and their three children in bayside Melbourne.