17 February 1976
1993 National AFL Draft No. 40 (St Kilda)
1995 AFL Debut
1998 National AFL Draft No. 22 (Carlton)
2001 Leading goalkicker
2001, 2005 & 2006 International Rules Series
2004 All Australian
2004 3rd Best and Fairest
2005 Pre-Season Premiership
Recruited by St. Kilda with their third round selection (number 40 overall) in the 1994 National Draft, Matthew Lappin was viewed as a future star wingman. Despite a light frame, his pace and exquisite skills ensured a long AFL career beckoned.
Matthew played a mere 19 games in his first three seasons with St. Kilda, before becoming a regular in the 1997 and 1998 Saints line up. Following two successful years, Carlton enticed him to Optus Oval.
The Blues originally used Matthew as a half forward, and the versatile utility has also spent time in the midfield and as a running defender. He has only missed four games since debuting in 1999, won Carlton's leading goalkicker award in 2001 and was named an All Australian in 2004, following a great year in defense.
In 2005 the experienced utility played all 22 games for the Blues averaging 16 disposals a game and playing a variety of attacking and defensive roles. Matthew finished in the top ten in the Best and Fairest and was selected in the Australian team against Ireland in the International Rules Series. Matthew had an indifferent 2006 season but fought back strongly in the later part of the season averaging 28 disposals in the last five games of the year.
His versatility and experience makes him a valued player at the blues, particularly with the development of the younger players.