Ashley Matthews

Ashley Matthews (born 26 November 1969) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Carlton Football Club and Fitzroy Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He was recruited from Lilydale in the Eastern Districts Football League (EDFL).

Ashley Matthews
Personal information
Full name Ashley Matthews
Date of birth (1969-11-26) 26 November 1969
Original team(s) Lilydale
Draft No. 26, 1989 pre-season draft
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
19891991 Carlton 09 (3)
19921993 Fitzroy 06 (1)
Total 15 (4)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1993.
Sources: AFL Tables,

When he finished his VFL career Ashley returned to grass roots football including to Lilydale as its captain and coach. He coached Lilydale to a premiership in 1996 in the EDFL [1] and again in 1998 this time in the Eastern Football League (EFL) both in the second division of the competition.

Although he coached Lilydale in first division in 1997 they were not competitive and were immediately relegated.[2]

He also has been "Chairman of Selectors" at the club when working with coach Brett Fisher in 2006 and 2007 in the first division of the EFL.

Matthews is also member of the club's "Team of the Century" as coach.

In 2016, Matthews coached the East Ringwood U13A team to the EFL U13 premiership.



  1. Lilydale Football Club 1996 Annual Report. Page 13 - Second Divisions Grand Final Scores. Copyright free
  2. Lilydale Football Club Annual Report. Page 20 - Senior Coach Report by Ashley Matthews. Copyright free
  3. Lilydale Football Club Annual Report for Season 2003. Page 22 - Team of the Century (2002) by Greg Gibb. Copyright free
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