Full Name: MATTHEW RICHARDSON
Date of Birth: 19/03/1975
Height: 197 cm ( 6-6 )
Weight: 103 kg ( 16-3 )
Debut: 08/05/1993, Round 7, St Kilda
Last Game: 03/05/2009, Round 6, Sydney
Total Games: 282
Total Goals: 800
Honours: Best & Fairest "Jack Dyer Medal " 2007.
Leading Goalkicker 1994 Goals 56, 1996 Goals 91, 1997 Goals 47, 1998 Goals 55, 1999 Goals
67, 2001 Goals 59, 2002 Goals 36, 2003 Goals 33, 2004 Goals 65, 2005 Goals 65, 2006 Goals
45, 2007 Goals 53, 2008 Goals 48.
Tasmanian Representative Team 1993 Games 1, Goals 1, The Allies Representative Team
1996-97 Games 2 Goals 5.
All-Australian Team 1996, 1999, 2008.
International Rules Team 1999 Games 2 Goals 1.
Richmond Life Member.
Richmond Hall of Fame 2015.
Richmond Team of Century (20th).
Tasmanian Team of Century ( 20th).
AFL Rising Star Nominee 1993.
Australian Football Hall of Fame .
AFL Life Member .
Most Goals kicked at MCG.
Matthew started at Richmond as a centre-half-forward before moving to full-forward. He is a strong spectacular mark and very agile when the ball is on the ground. Only in the fledgling stages of his AFL career, he has already shown that he is a genuine talent, whose greatest asset is his exceptional pace which he uses to shake off opponents. His strong marking and fine goalkicking ability on the run or with the snap shot have that touch of class. He has, however, struggled with his kicking for goal from a standing shot. In 1995, his accuracy improved as he kicked 27 goals and only 3 behinds. He has been a fine contributor in the majority of his senior games and doesn’t seem overawed considering his relative youth. He finished his debut season, 1993, in fine style kicking 7 goals out of 12 in the last game against St.Kilda. He continued his fine form in the early part of 1994 kicking 8 against Footscray in Round 1 and 7 the following week against Brisbane. After a mid-season loss of form, he was dropped to the reserves but quickly regained his touch, including a staggering 19 marks in one game. He was then promoted and didn’t look back finishing the season as the club’s leading goalkicker.
In 1995, he came of age as a footballer and quickly became an AFL drawcard with his spectacular high leaping and exceptional pace; until a knee injury against the Sydney Swans ended his season. He returned to the seniors in 1996, as good as new and with a much improved kicking style. Matthew made a spectacular return in Round 1 of 1996, kicking 6 goals against Essendon. He has now kicked 5 goals or more on 10 occasions. He was also selectede for the Allies and later won the “Jesaulenko Medal” for being their best player against Victoria. A fine junior basketballer, he represented Tasmania before concentrating on football. Before joining Richmond, he also represented Tasmania in the Teal Cup, in 1991 and 1992. Matthew is the son of Alan “Bull” Richardson and the nephew of Rodger Richardson.