Matthew Burton

Matthew "Spider" Burton (born 19 May 1970) is a retired Australian rules footballer. He played as a ruckman and began his Football career at Subiaco. "Spider" Burton, as he's commonly known, because of his 210 cm (6 ft 11 in) frame, was formerly the AFL's tallest player. He has since been eclipsed by another Docker in Aaron Sandilands, and Western Bulldog Peter Street and Collingwood’s Mason Cox, all of whom stand at 211 cm tall.

Matthew Burton
Personal information
Date of birth (1970-05-19) 19 May 1970
Place of birth Perth, Western Australia
Original team(s) Subiaco (WAFL)
Debut Round 1, 1 April 1995, Fremantle.
vs. Richmond., at the MCG
Height 210 cm (6 ft 11 in)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1991–1994 West Coast 000 0(0)
1995–1999 Fremantle 070 (32)
2000–2003 Kangaroos 077 (33)
Total 147 (65)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2003.
Career highlights
  • Former tallest player in the AFL
Sources: AFL Tables,

West Coast

Selected by West Coast with pick #36 in the 1990 National Draft, Burton spent 4 seasons on the Eagles' senior list before he was eventually de-listed (without playing a game for the club) at the end of the 1994 season (under an AFL ruling that clubs cut list numbers back from 52 to 40).

Fremantle Dockers

In 1994 Fremantle picked up Burton in the pre-season draft. He played in Fremantle's first match. In 1999 he was made vice-captain of the club but played only seven games that year before being de-listed.


In 1999 Burton was picked by the Kangaroos with selection 74 in the pre-season draft.

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