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Matthew Lloyd was born in Melbourne in 1978 to parents John (a former VFL footballer who played 29 games for the Carlton Football Club from 1965–1967) and Bev Lloyd.The Lloyds moved to Scotland for three years because of John's work, and it was there that Matthew picked up rugby and soccer playing for his Currie club.Lloyd attended St Martin De Porres Parish Primary School in Avondale Heights before moving to St Bernards College, Essendon.
Lloyd was known for his ritual when taking set shots at goal.
Almost every time he took time to go far back on the mark, pull both his socks up, then grab some grass and throw it into the air to measure the wind and take a very long run up before kicking.
In 2006, the AFL introduced a "shot clock" to limit the amount of time that players had to take set shots; although Lloyd's ritual was not the longest in the league its quirks made it so well known that the rule became commonly known as the "Lloyd Rule".
The Bombers picked up what would be one of their all-time greats for a relative pittance in the draft.
Lloyd was heralded as a future football star after his AFL debut in Round 14, 1995, where he scored a goal with his first kick in league football and three for the match.
The key features of Lloyd's game were his powerful marks on the lead (particularly overhead), his use of his body in a defensive capacity and accurate goal kicking, particularly from set shots on his left foot.He converted a large majority of set shots inside the 50-metre arc and kicked further than 50 metres on a regular basis.Matthew James Lloyd (born 16 April 1978) is a former professional Australian rules footballer, who played for the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).A highly decorated full-forward, Lloyd's AFL's honours include being the all time leading goalkicker in the history of AFL, seventh-highest goalkicker in VFL/AFL history, three Coleman Medals as leading goalkicker in the league, AFL life membership, as well as winning both the Mark of the Year and Goal of the Year awards.Among his representative honours are five All-Australian selections, three times representing the Victoria State of Origin team, as well as twice representing Australia in International rules football.Lloyd has kicked over 100 goals in a season – twice.