Simon Minton-Connell (born 26 April 1969) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and its successor, the Australian Football League (AFL).
|Date of birth||26 April 1969|
|Original team(s)||North Hobart|
|Draft||No. 38, 1986 national draft|
Round 15, 1989, Carlton|
vs. Collingwood, at Waverley Park
|Height||194 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||92 kg (203 lb)|
|1997–1998||Western Bulldogs||25 (53)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1998.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Nephew of the great full-forward Peter Hudson and cousin of Paul Hudson, Minton-Connell was selected at pick 38 in the 1986 VFL Draft by Carlton Football Club. Minton-Connell eventually played for four different VFL/AFL clubs; Carlton, Sydney, Hawthorn and Western Bulldogs in his twelve-year career, amassing 112 games and 305 goals in the process. Despite this lack of career stability Minton-Connell was an effective forward judged by today's standards, despite being overshadowed by the more glamorous and prolific spearheads of the era.
Local league career
Retiring to local league football, Minton-Connell reached the 100-goal milestone for the Aberfeldie Football Club of the Essendon District Football League in 2002, ending the season with 121 majors after tearing a thigh muscle in the opening minutes of that year's Grand Final versus Oak Park.
In 2004 he played for the Moonee Valley Football Club, before spending a year with NOBs in 2005 and returning to Aberfeldie in the role of coach in 2006.