Matthew Francis (footballer)

Matthew Francis (born 29 August 1970) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Richmond and Collingwood in the Australian Football League (AFL). Until 2015, he served as the Skills Development Manager at the Brisbane Lions.[1]

Matthew Francis
Personal information
Full name Matthew Francis
Date of birth (1970-08-29) 29 August 1970
Original team(s) Ballan
Draft No. 19, 1988 national draft
Height 196 cm (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1990 1995 Richmond 19 (13)
1996 1998 Collingwood 36 (10)
Total 55 (23)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1998.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Francis was an injury plagued ruckman and key position player, recruited from Ballan in the 1988 VFL Draft.[2] He debuted in the 1990 AFL season but would make a total of only 19 senior appearances in six seasons playing at Richmond.[3] In both 1993 and 1993 he didn't play a single AFL game.[3]

Traded for Robert Powell, Francis joined Collingwood in 1996 and was able to play 10 games in his first year, followed by a career high 15 appearances in 1997.[3] He participated in three Anzac Day clashes.[3]

In 2008 he was appointed coach of Queensland club Redland. Although they finished with the wooden spoon in his first season in charge, Francis guided his club to the finals in 2009. He resigned as coach early in the 2011 season after some disappointing results.[4]


  1. "Vero Coaching Group". Brisbane Lions. Archived from the original on 26 August 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  2. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.
  3. "AFL Tables: Matthew Francis".
  4. Bayside Bulletin,"Bombers coach calls it quits", 19 May 2011, Ron McDonald
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