Matthew Banks (footballer)

Matthew Banks (born 20 July 1976) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Essendon in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Matthew Banks
Personal information
Full name Matthew Banks
Date of birth (1976-07-20) 20 July 1976
Original team(s) Ringwood / Eastern Ranges[1]
Height 199 cm (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 103 kg (227 lb)
Position(s) Fullback
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1997–1998 Essendon 3 (1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1998.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Banks was initially drafted in 1995 but soon lost his place on the senior list, before returning to the list after a strong season in the reserves.[2]

He has the distinction of playing in two Anzac Day clashes, despite playing only three senior games for Essendon.[3] He made his league debut in the 1997 Anzac Day fixture and played on Collingwood full-forward Saverio Rocca. Two weeks later he was again the Essendon full-back, chosen to play on Adelaide star Tony Modra. His first and final league games was another Anzac Day match in 1998 when he injured his shoulder.[4]


  1. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.
  2. "Banks, Matthew". Essendon Football Club official website.
  3. "AFL Tables: Matthew Banks".
  4. Herald Sun,"When Matthew Banks gave way to mighty Magpie Sav Rocca", 23 April 2011, Mark Stevens
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