Matthew James Lloyd is a highly decorated former professional Australian rules footballer, who played for the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).
Not many footballers achieve the amazing feat of kicking 100 goals in a season and in the modern game this is almost impossible. Matthew Lloyd has kicked over 100 goals in a season – twice. He also belongs to the small group of players whose first kick in the AFL resulted in a goal. Lloyd’s AFL’s honours include three Coleman Medals as leading goalkicker in the league, AFL life membership, as well as winning both the Mark of the Year and Goal of the Year awards. Among his representative honours are five All-Australian selections, three times representing the Victoria State of Origin team, as well as twice representing Australia in International rules football.
Lloyd’s goal-scoring ability enabled him to top the Essendon goal-scoring every year from 1997 to 2009, except for 2006 when he only played three games due to a serious hamstring injury. Lloyd was a member of Essendon’s 2000 premiership team and was captain of Essendon from 2006 to 2009.
The key features of Lloyd’s game were his powerful marks on the lead (particularly overhead), his use of his body in a defensive capacity and accurate goal kicking, particularly from set shots on his left foot. He converted a large majority of set shots inside the 50-metre arc and kicked further than 50 metres on a regular basis.
Lloyd was known for his ritual when taking set shots at goal. Almost every time, he took time to go far back on the mark, pull both his socks up, and then grab some grass and throw it into the air to measure the wind and take a very long run-up before kicking.
In 2013, Lloyd was inducted as a member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame and as a Legend in the Essendon Football Club Hall of Fame.
1995 – 2009 Essendon
- 3× Coleman Medal: 2000, 2001, 2003
- 12× Essendon leading goalkicker: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009
- 5× All-Australian team: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003
- AFL premiership: 2000
- Goal of the Year: 2007
- Mark of the Year: 2008
- Essendon Captain: 2006–2009
- Jim Stynes Medal: 2001
- AFL Rising Star nominee: 1996
- Champions of Essendon: No. 22
- Australian Football Hall of Fame