Matthew Campbell (Australian footballer)


Matthew Campbell (Australian footballer)

Matthew Campbell, born 30 January 1964 in South Australia.

Matthew Campbell is a former Australian rules footballer in the VFL/AFL and is now an AFL match commentator for Fox Sports.[1] He is also an ambassador for Sportsbet, due to his intimate knowledge of the horse racing industry.

Football career

Campbell was recruited from SANFL club North Adelaide, and made his VFL debut with the Brisbane Bears in their inaugural 1987 squad. He made a name for himself as a quick wingman, and went on to play 79 games for the club (and kick 28 goals) between 1987 and 1993. His career highlights include being selected as goalkeeper in International Rules Tests against Ireland in 1987 and 1990.

Media career

Following his retirement from VFL/AFL football, Campbell has worked primarily as a television sports commentator, particularly for Australian rules football. He has also performed as an MC at sporting events, most commonly at boxing matches, including the Anthony Mundine-Darmel Castillo fight on 2 February 2005.

Since the late 1990s, Campbell has been most noted for his Australian rules football commentary, first with the Seven Network, then Fox Footy. Originally based in Brisbane, he moved to Melbourne in early 2000.

In January 2006, Campbell was a replacement host on SEN 1116's Hungry for Sport program, but the closure of Fox Footy in October 2006 left him without regular TV commentary work. In 2007 he provided occasional commentary for ABC-TV telecasts of the Victorian Football League Match of the Day.

With the sudden death of friend and former colleague Clinton Grybas in early 2008, Campbell joined the Fox Sports regular AFL commentary team.

In the late 2000s he became the PR spokesman for online Australian sports betting agency Sportsbet, and makes regular appearances on radio and TV networks to discuss the odds of Australian Football League games.

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