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    Matthew Boyd - Announces Retirement



    Matthew Boyd: "We probably know why we are here today, and that's to announce 2017 will be my last in the game."

    * I always knew that this would be my last year."

    * I finish with no regrets."

    * What this last year has given me is a chance to spend time with the people of this Club, and really enjoy the ride.

    * The Western Bulldogs Football Club have given the opportunity to my family and I to have the ride of a lifetime.

    * To the members and supporters, this is who we do this for. I thank them for making it a special journey.

    Premierships: SENIORS - 1898,99,1900, 1908, 1913, 1919-20, 1923-24, 2014, 2016 . AFL 1954, 2016. RESERVES - 1938, 1945, 1962, 1988, 1994, 1998. UNDER 19S - 1954. Other Premierships - Championship of Victoria 1924. VFL Night Series 1963-64, 1967, 1970. Preseason Cup, 2010.

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    Boyd calls time


    Western Bulldogs veteran Matthew Boyd has called an end to an outstanding 16-year AFL career.
    Boyd, one of the most decorated players in Bulldogs’ history, today announced that the 2017 season would be his last.

    Boyd will leave the game with three Charles Sutton Medals, three All-Australian awards, a premiership, captaincy of the Bulldogs and as one of the most respected players of the modern era.“It has been an amazing journey for me to play at the highest level at the Western Bulldogs for 16 years,”
    Boyd said.
    “I am fortunate to have been given the opportunity to play for such an amazing club and to have met so many incredible people along the way.

    “For me it’s those friendships and special bonds I’ve developed here that mean the most to me, and are what make this club so special.“I’m proud to finish my career as a one-club player, and I want to thank everyone at the Western Bulldogs for their support of me and my family over my career.

    “The Bulldogs’ fans have been phenomenal. I thank you for embracing me, and it was truly an honour playing for you.”Boyd currently has 291 games to his name - the most ever by a player who started his career as a rookie.

    Only seven other Bulldogs players have recorded more games in their careers – Brad Johnson, Chris Grant, Doug Hawkins, Ted Whitten, Scott West, Rohan Smith and Bob Murphy.“Matthew has made an amazing contribution to the Western Bulldogs, and he will be remembered as one of the most influential players in the Club’s history,” said coach Luke Beveridge.

    “His list of on-field achievements stack up among the greats of this Club, and he is held in the highest regard through his outstanding leadership over a long period of time.“Matthew can be very proud of what he accomplished at the highest level, and we thank him for his passion, professionalism, strong work ethic and ability to make others better around him.

    Boyd was recruited to the Bulldogs with the 23rd selection in the 2001 Rookie Draft, after playing for the Dandenong Stingrays in the TAC Cup and Frankston in the VFL.He made his debut in Round 7, 2003, and by the following year he had established himself as a permanent fixture in the Bulldogs’ team.

    He forged a strong reputation as a hard-running, ball-winning midfielder, and he enjoyed a dominant period as one of the elite players in the competition.His most damaging seasons came from 2009-2012, where he won his three Best and Fairest awards and was named in the All-Australian team twice, all while captaining the Club from 2011-13.

    In the last few seasons Boyd has become a dependable defender, and was a crucial cog in the Bulldogs’ 2016 premiership team, a season which was capped with a third All-Australian selection.Boyd has averaged 25 disposals per game in his career to date (the second most by a Bulldogs player who has played over 100 games), and has kicked 85 goals.

    Career highlights:

    Captain: 2011-2013
    Premiership side: 2016
    Charles Sutton Medal: 2009, 2011, 2012

    All Australian team: 2009, 2011, 2016

    International Rules Series: 2008, 2010
    Premierships: SENIORS - 1898,99,1900, 1908, 1913, 1919-20, 1923-24, 2014, 2016 . AFL 1954, 2016. RESERVES - 1938, 1945, 1962, 1988, 1994, 1998. UNDER 19S - 1954. Other Premierships - Championship of Victoria 1924. VFL Night Series 1963-64, 1967, 1970. Preseason Cup, 2010.

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    Rookie Games Played Record too.
    Night Premiership in 2010 too.
    And the most awesome goal, against Richmond in Round 1 many years ago.
    Matty Boyd Career Highlights:

    Club Captain: 2011-2013 - Night Premiership Side: 2010 - Premiership side: 2016 - Charles Sutton Medal: 2009, 2011, 2012 - All Australian team: 2009, 2011, 2016 - Best Team Player: 2016 - Coaches Award: 2015 - Match Committee Award: 2007 - International Rules Series: 2008, 2010 - AFL Life Member - Western Bulldogs Life Member - Record Games Played by a Rookie - 8th Most Games Played for Footscray/Western Bulldogs - 66th Most Goals Kicked for Footscray Western Bulldogs - Most Finals Won by any Footscray/Western Bulldogs Player - Brownlow Votes: 108

    Bob Murphy Career Highlights:

    Club Captain: 2015-2017 - Night Premiership Side: 2010 - All Australian team: 2011 & 2015 as Captain - AFLPA Best Captain 2015 - Rising Star Nominee & Most Promising player: 2001 - Best Team Player: 2003 - Runner Up, Charles Sutton Medal: 2011 & 2015 - International Rules Series: 2002, 2003 - AFL Life Member - Western Bulldogs Life Member - 6th Most Games Played for Footscray/Western Bulldogs - 27th Most Goals Kicked for Footscray/Western Bulldogs - Club Captain of Western Bulldogs in Premiership Year: 2016 - Brownlow Votes: 51

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    The 'Pelicans Own' has called time on his career.
    Ex-Captain, 3 x All Australian, 3 x BF, Premiership player.
    Been an absolute champion for our club and a pleasure to watch.
    Thank you Matty Boyd.
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    Matthew Keith Boyd. What an absolute star. That record must stack up with the top ten percent of players to play the game. Multiple B&F, multiple AA, Club captain, Premiership player. A lot of the time Keithy was happy to sacrifice his own game for the good of the team but his natural game was good enough to be All Australian and club Best and Fairest 3 times. His preperation and recovery was second to none and his durability has been amazing.

    A footballer's footballer. What an amazing career.
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    Re: Matthew Boyd - Announces Retirement

    He is also an AFL Life Member.
    For those who were always the underdogs and wore it as a badge of honour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aker39 View Post
    He is also an AFL Life Member.
    Good pick up too. How did the club miss numerous of his achievements?

    A real shame he couldn't slot into the 300 club.
    Matty Boyd Career Highlights:

    Club Captain: 2011-2013 - Night Premiership Side: 2010 - Premiership side: 2016 - Charles Sutton Medal: 2009, 2011, 2012 - All Australian team: 2009, 2011, 2016 - Best Team Player: 2016 - Coaches Award: 2015 - Match Committee Award: 2007 - International Rules Series: 2008, 2010 - AFL Life Member - Western Bulldogs Life Member - Record Games Played by a Rookie - 8th Most Games Played for Footscray/Western Bulldogs - 66th Most Goals Kicked for Footscray Western Bulldogs - Most Finals Won by any Footscray/Western Bulldogs Player - Brownlow Votes: 108

    Bob Murphy Career Highlights:

    Club Captain: 2015-2017 - Night Premiership Side: 2010 - All Australian team: 2011 & 2015 as Captain - AFLPA Best Captain 2015 - Rising Star Nominee & Most Promising player: 2001 - Best Team Player: 2003 - Runner Up, Charles Sutton Medal: 2011 & 2015 - International Rules Series: 2002, 2003 - AFL Life Member - Western Bulldogs Life Member - 6th Most Games Played for Footscray/Western Bulldogs - 27th Most Goals Kicked for Footscray/Western Bulldogs - Club Captain of Western Bulldogs in Premiership Year: 2016 - Brownlow Votes: 51

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    Quote Originally Posted by aker39 View Post
    He is also an AFL Life Member.

    Yep, very nearly a 300 game player. With rep matches and night matches added on that makes Keithy officially a 300 gamer and I think it's important to point out that's why they made him an honorary AFL life member.
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    Well-meaning little therapists
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    We got no time for that stuff here
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    So you can see them in the night
    And at night we're on our knees
    As quiet as a mouse
    Since the word got out
    From the North down to the South
    For no-one's left in doubt
    There's no fear about
    If we all hold hands and very quietly shout
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    God is in the house...

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    Where does Matty Boyd come in the list of all time great bulldog players? If EJ is number one, the Bont number 2, Templeton number 3, Doug Hawkins number 4 etc.

    Is Keithy in the top ten? His record is pretty bloody good.
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    Well-meaning little therapists
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    The tipsy, the reeling and the drop down pissed
    We got no time for that stuff here
    Zero crime and no fear
    We've bred all our kittens white
    So you can see them in the night
    And at night we're on our knees
    As quiet as a mouse
    Since the word got out
    From the North down to the South
    For no-one's left in doubt
    There's no fear about
    If we all hold hands and very quietly shout
    Hallelujah
    God is in the house...

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    Well fine on a magnificent career Keith .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twodogs View Post
    Yep, very nearly a 300 game player. With rep matches and night matches added on that makes Keithy officially a 300 gamer and I think it's important to point out that's why they made him an honorary AFL life member.
    He is not an honorary life member, he is a life member.

    The prerequisite for AFL Life Memberships is 300 games, which as you said, includes pre season and international games.

    There are plenty of AFL Life Members who didn't play 300 H&A and Finals games.

    It is a handy thing to have. 2 free tickets to every AFL game, including finals, for life. They also get invited to official AFL lunches at games a couple of times a year.
    For those who were always the underdogs and wore it as a badge of honour.

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    Re: Matthew Boyd - Announces Retirement

    Matty Boyd is also the Grand Nephew of the "Peanut Man" who used to walk around the Western Oval selling peanuts for 20c a bag

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    Re: Matthew Boyd - Announces Retirement

    Quote Originally Posted by Twodogs View Post
    Where does Matty Boyd come in the list of all time great bulldog players? If EJ is number one, the Bont number 2, Templeton number 3, Doug Hawkins number 4 etc.

    Is Keithy in the top ten? His record is pretty bloody good.
    Been a very consistent & durable player, but I would think that achievement isn't quite in his kit-bag... Lots of very good players would make the list before Boyd.

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    Onya Keithy.

    Jock Sprinkles - Fearless and everywhere.

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    What a magnificent speech by Boydy. As thorough as his preparation was for a game. He has been a truly great player for our Club and he is such a nice guy off the field too. Always happy to chat with doggie supporters.Wish him all the very best for the future.Good on you Keithy.

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