While not spectacular, Eric Allan Matthews was a very effective ruckman and defender. Nicknamed "Jumbo", he began with Norwood's Colts in 1937 and went on to captain the 1938 and 1939 Colts teams.
Matthews joined the armed forces in 1941, soon after making his League debut, and did not return to the club until 1945 when he played as a follower, changing in the back pocket. He featured in the club's grand final triumphs of 1946 and 1948.
"Jumbo' Matthews captained the Reserves in 1951 and was joint runner-up for the 1951 Reserves Magarey Medal. In the same year he easily won the Nitschke Medal for the best ruckman of the competition.
The following season Matthews won the club's Reserves Best and Fairest and was named in the State Reserves team to play the Upper Murray Association; however, he was forced to withdraw with an injured elbow.
In 1953 he was named coach of Norwood's Colts.
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