Matthew Lappin

Matthew Lappin (born 17 February 1976) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the St Kilda Football Club and the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He currently serves as an AFL coach for the JLC at hillcrest Christian college Queensland.

Matthew Lappin
Personal information
Full name Matthew Lappin
Date of birth (1976-02-17) 17 February 1976
Original team(s) Chiltern
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
19941998 St Kilda 055 0(26)
19992007 Carlton 196 (221)
Total 251 (247)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2007.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Debuting with St Kilda in 1994, Lappin was known as a solid running half-back flanker.

Lappin played in 17 of 22 matches in the 1997 season home and away rounds in which St Kilda qualified in first position for the 1997 Finals Series, winning the club's 2nd minor premiership and 1st McClelland Trophy.[1]

At the end of the 1998 season, Lappin moved to Carlton. He made an immediate impression: in the first quarter of the club's round 1 match against Essendon he took a specky on the goal-line which would go on to win the Mark of the Year for 1999.

Throughout his playing career, Lappin was easily recognized on the field with his lightly built frame, for which he attracted the nickname "Skinny".

Following his retirement from playing, Lappin remained with Carlton as an assistant coach, as well as acting as a playing assistant coach with the Northern Bullants (as a VFL-listed player). He served as Carlton's forward line coach from 2008 until 2010. In 2011, he shifted into an assistant coaching role at Collingwood.[2]

On August 22, 2015. Lappin played for the Gold Coast Suns reserves team as a result of the team's player shortages due to injuries.[3]


 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
Totals Averages (per game)
1994 St Kilda 3791178361142390.110.118.67412.672.561
1995 St Kilda 223231437737.674.6712.332.331
1996 St Kilda 22760511112898.577.2915.8641.29
1997 St Kilda 22202019154135289573510.957.76.7514.452.851.75
1998 St Kilda 22202019154135289573510.957.76.7514.452.851.75
1999 Carlton 12253321246149395115251.320.849.845.9615.84.61
2000 Carlton 12243321280145425114441.380.8811.676.0417.714.751.83
2001 Carlton 12234933301139440128372.131.4313.096.0419.135.571.61
2002 Carlton 1221222020712032777321.050.959.865.7115.573.671.52
2003 Carlton 1222103284119403103470.450.1412.915.4118.324.682.14
2004 Carlton 1222237323122445114421.050.3214.685.5520.235.181.91
2005 Carlton 12222514239132371104451.140.6410.86616.864.732.05
2006 Carlton 121959253134387116380.260.4713.327.0520.376.112
2007 Carlton 121821121629525792251.170.6795.2814.285.111.39
Career 251 247 167 2715 1472 4187 1121 414 0.95 0.65 10.31 5.77 16.09 4.20 1.57


  1. "1997 Season Scores and Results – Ladder". AFL Tables. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  2. Herald Sun, "Magpies sign up Matthew Lappin and Craig McRae", 12 October 2010, Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  3. "Skinny Lappin to the rescue". Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  4. "AFL Tables - Matthew Lappin - Stats - Statistics". Retrieved 8 November 2017.
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