Matt Spangher
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DOB
23/4/1987
Height
193 cm
Weight
90 kg
Junior club
Eastern Ranges/Kew Rovers JFC
Arrived
Pick 34 in the 2005 national draft
Number
Debut
Round 9 2008 vs Adelaide
(182nd Eagles player)
Games
26
Goals
3
Honours
Premiership medal (2014, Haw)
B&F Top 10
0
Best Finish
N/A
Last app.
Round 22 2010 vs Geelong
Departed
Delisted at the end of the 2010 season
Other clubs
Eastern Ranges (TAC Cup) 2005
East Fremantle (WAFL) 2006-2010
Sydney (AFL) 2011-2012
Hawthorn (AFL) 2013-2016
Shepparton Utd (GVFL) 2017

Athletic key defender Matt Spangher spent six years at the club for just 26 games, before going on to play for Sydney and Hawthorn.

West Coast career[edit | edit source]

Allocated to East Fremantle after being drafted west, the promising backman's rookie season was a write-off due to osteitis pubis. He made his league debut with the Sharks in 2007, managing a handful of games that season while being hampered by groin and shoulder injuries.

The long-haired Spangher finally made his AFL debut early in 2008. Dropped after a couple of losses, he returned late in the season for another four games. Spangher played the first game of 2009 before being dropped, which summed up his season - the growing cult figure playing 11 senior games interspersed among stints with East Fremantle.

He played another eight games in 2010 but was passed by fellow young defenders Eric MacKenzie, Will Schofield and Mitch Brown. At the end of the season he was delisted.

Sydney and Hawthorn career[edit | edit source]

After training with Hawthorn, Spangher was picked up by Sydney in the 2010 national draft. After experimenting with a forward role in the reserves he played six games with the Swans in 2011, including their two finals, but couldn't manage a game in 2012 as Sydney won the flag.

He was traded to Hawthorn ahead of the 2013 season, and played four games for the Hawks including the qualifying final. Spangher won a VFL premiership with Box Hill and was in the mix for selection in the AFL grand final the following week but was named as an emergency. As a result Spangher held the distinction of being on the playing list of three premiership clubs (West Coast in 2006, Sydney in 2012 and Hawthorn in 2013) without winning a medal. That was rectified the following year as the cult figure played in Hawthorn's victorious 2014 grand final.

Due to injury, Spangher could manage just five more games over the next two years before announcing his retirement at the end of 2016. He finished on 24 games in brown and gold and 56 AFL games overall.

Post-AFL career[edit | edit source]

Spangher signed with country team Shepparton Utd for the 2017 season.[1] He then spent some time in London before joining Collingwood as AFL Engagement Manager ahead of the 2020 season.[2]

Stats[edit | edit source]

AFL Gm G B K M H D T Cl WAFL Gm G B K M H D T
2006 0 EF 0
2007 0 11 0 2 96 48 49 145
2008 7 1 2 39 24 22 61 8 4 13 2 0 135 66 53 188
2009 11 2 1 74 41 79 153 25 7 7 0 1 81 41 45 126
2010 8 0 1 67 27 36 103 19 5 12 0 2 117 47 60 177 18
Tot 26 3 4 180 92 137 317 52 16
Avg 0.1 6.9 3.5 5.2 12.2 2.0 0.6

References[edit | edit source]

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/M/Matthew_Spangher.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Spangher

http://www.wafl.com.au/players/view/1216

  1. Lauren Bordin, Shepparton News (27 December 2016), "Spanging out": http://www.sheppnews.com.au/2016/12/27/67337/spanging-out
  2. collingwoodfc.com.au (15 November 2019), "Spangher and Johnston join Pies": https://www.collingwoodfc.com.au/news/209158/spangher-and-johnston-join-pies
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