Glenn Manton

Glenn Manton (born 1 June 1973) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Carlton and Essendon. Post-AFL he has gone on to forge a successful career as an author, media personality, youth advocate and professional speaker.

Glenn Manton
Personal information
Full name Glenn Manton
Date of birth (1973-06-01) 1 June 1973
Original team(s) East Keilor/Strathmore
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1992 1994 Essendon 021 0(4)
1995 2003 Carlton 157 (30)
Total 178 (34)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2003.
Sources: AFL Tables,

AFL career

Manton played for both Strathmore and East Keilor before joining the Essendon Under-19s as a 16 year old. He made his AFL debut in 1992 at age 18 for the Bombers and played 21 games over three seasons for them. He was delisted by Essendon after the 1994 season, then recruited by Carlton in the 1995 Pre-season Draft. He played 12 games for the club during the 1995 season, mostly off the interchange bench, and was part of the club's 1995 Premiership Team, the only AFL premiership of his career.[1]

Over the following seasons, Manton cemented his position in the Carlton team, playing primarily as a strong-spoiling defender, occasionally playing in the forward line. He was a regular selection in the team from 1996 until 2001, and played in the 1999 Grand Final when Carlton lost to North Melbourne.[2]

Manton was delisted at the end of the 2003 season, after only five senior appearances that year. At the end of his career he had appeared 157 times for Carlton and 178 times overall. He played in a total of three pre-season premierships for Carlton and Essendon, a Reserve Grade Premiership for Essendon and by the conclusion of his career he was inducted into the AFL's 200 Club.


 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T Votes
Totals Averages (per game)
1992 Essendon 532009615700.
1993 Essendon 377002830581930.
1994 Essendon 25124464591235070.
1995 Carlton 22122228467414110.
1996 Carlton 222474194141335150450.
1997 Carlton 222010711810422296230.
1998 Carlton 22209099140239113270.
1999 Carlton 222626105189294116240.
2000 Carlton 221700466010636200.
2001 Carlton 2224001028919188190.
2002 Carlton 229002133541770.
2003 Carlton 225001817351530.
Career 178 34 23 832 914 1746 721 189 0.2 0.1 4.7 5.1 9.8 4.1 1.1 7


Following his AFL career, Manton attempted a transition to soccer with South Melbourne Hellas, trying out as goalkeeper.[4] He then spent the next couple of years competing in the four-man bobsleigh, training throughout 2004[5] and then racing on the World Cup circuit as part of the Australian team in 2005 and 2006. He has since returned to playing Australian rules football periodically at a local level.

Throughout his playing time, he was a regular panellist on Nine Network's The Footy Show, where he developed a reputation for his larrikinism and comedic ability. After his retirement, he performed at Melbourne International Comedy Festivals, was a regular on Vega 91.5, community radio station 3RRR, Fox Football programs and wrote a regular column for MX. He is a former board member of Melbourne Fringe, and later performed in the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

In 1999, after completing a degree in education, Manton co-founded Whitelion, a not-for-profit organisation assisting youth in crisis within the juvenile justice system. As a motivational speaker, he addresses a wide range of audiences,[6][7] and also works with Red Dust, a not-for-profit group which helps Indigenous communities. His motivation to work in the field stemmed in part from his own experiences of being mentored as a troubled youth: at the age of 17, he nearly lost the use of his arm after breaking a thick glass window with it (he wore an arm-guard throughout his football career due to the injury), before the personal counselling he received from former Essendon player Alec Epis helped him to transform his outlook on life.[8]

He is the author of several books, including Dead Bolt, Mongrel Punts and Hard Ball Gets, Tattoo Urself, Authentic, and Put Your Damn Phone Down.


  • Dead Bolt: Sightings from the Outer, Wilkinson Publishing, 2004, ISBN 1875889698
  • Mongrel Punts and Hard Ball Gets, an A-Z of Footy Speak, with Paula Hunt, Red Dog Books, 2012, ISBN 9781742591278
  • Tattoo Urself: Line, Colour, Shade, Glenn Manton, 2015, ISBN 9780646945279
  • Authentic, Glenn Manton, 2015, ISBN 9780646936659
  • Put Your Damn Phone Down, Brio Books, 2018, ISBN 9781925589641


  1. Michael Roberts (1995), "Glenn Manton", Blues' 95 Premiers – Official Carlton Premiership Souvenir, Sporting Links Publications, p. 50
  2. "Glenn Manton". AFL Tables. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  3. Glenn Manton's player profile at AFL Tables
  4. Jake Niall; Michael Lynch (2 September 2003). "Manton in soccer surprise". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  5. Steve Perkin (2 November 2004). "Manton Pushing For A New Career". Herald Sun. Carlton Supporters Club. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  6. "Glenn Manton ... success in sport and the community. - Saxton Speakers Bureau". Saxton Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  7. "Glenn Manton - Bio - Premiere Motivational Speakers Bureau". Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  8. Catherine Lambert (20 July 2008). "Former AFL star Glenn Manton passes on his positive recipe". Herald Sun. Melbourne, VIC. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
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