Almanac/Odd Friday Lunches – Sep 13: Matt Rendell


Join us for the next Footy Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch with special guest Matt Rendell as we discuss his illustrious footballing career.


Friday, 13 September, 1.05pm

 The North Fitzroy Arms Hotel,  296 Rae St, North Fitzroy

$45 (for three courses) plus drinks at pub prices – menu below.


All welcome.

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After commencing his football career at West Torrens in 1977, Matt Rendell joined Fitzroy in 1981 and played 164 games  and kicked 101 goals  over 11 seasons.

Matt was a dominant and imposing player for his side gaining a well deserved reputation as a leading ruckman in the competition. His performances were acknowledged by  winning Fitzroy’s Best and Fairest in 1982 and 1983, and captaining the club from 1985 t0 1987

He was a regular South Australian state of origin selection, and  Matt was selected an All Australian twice during his career.

Brisbane lured him out of his proposed retirement in 1991 and he played a further 13 games and kicked  7 goals for them.

After he retired from football he joined the Adelaide Crows as their national recruiting manger until he resigned in controversial circumstances in 2012.





Roast tomato and capsicum soup with creme fraiche and parmesan & basil crisps.


Butternut pumpkin, spinach and toasted pine nut risotto with gorgonzola dolci and pecorino pepato


Mughlai butter-chicken with mild spices, saffron and butter, basmati rice, greens and mango chutney & papadums


Cheese plate





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  1. Matt was my second footy hero after Bobby Gibson retired. He was the hope of the hopeless at West Torrens. His 4 years was a big part of the reason we became competitive from 77-80. Elimination finals in 78 & 80. Got flogged both times. Remember thinking there goes our chances when he left for Fitzroy, but couldn’t begrudge him improving his career. Would love to hear his Torrens memories. Coaches; team mates; culture – why were we hopeless for so long; heroes growing up. Memory that he had a knee injury at Torrens and I thought he was done early. We had a very good ruckman Bob Morrell in the 60’s who could only play a couple of games before his knee blew up every time. Thought just our luck when Matthew got his. Was it not serious or was he early beneficiary of arthroscopic surgery.
    Loved the Roys in that period. What was the “misunderstanding” with Parko that saw him in Ressies most of 88? Thoughts on St Kilda. Grant Thomas and Ross Lyon?
    I always felt he was grossly maligned over his indigenous comments when he was really arguing for positive discrimination to help young indigenous athletes transition to the city and professional sport.
    Great man. Pity I won’t be over until the week after for our Richmond prelim final. Could JTH defer the lunch for a week for Eagles supporters (SA & WA)?

  2. Matt Rendell came from a sporting family. His father, Graham was a pitcher for Sturt Tigers when NIGHT BASEBALL started in South Australia in 1952. In a controversial grand final Tigers pipped the Norwood Redsox 7-6. Baseballer / cricketer Les Favell starred with the bat for the Sox. Tigers had the choice of 3 fine pitchers in those times – Jack Mitchell, who pitched the GF, Noel Gully and Gordon Rendell.

    Both father and son, Gordon and Matt were tall men (obviously Matt still is) Pity I can’t come, I’d love to hear him talk.

  3. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Hey Fisho, Matt and Tim Rendell played baseball for West Torrens as juniors, but I didn’t know about their father, thanks for that. I think that Tim pitched against me once or twice.

    Agree with PB’s thoughts about his departure from the Crows.

  4. Swish, at first I named Matt’s father as Graham but later called him Gordon. I believe Gordon to be correct. Incidentally Martin Chappell (father of, Greg and Trevor) was Tigers’ catcher in the second season making him Gordon Rendell’s catcher in some games.

  5. PS I inadvertently left out Ian Chappell in the above. Hope I’m not going senile in my old age.

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