DOB: 19 August 1969
Number: 20 1992-2000
Statistical categories led
Most games in jumper 20
Despite being selected in the first VFL draft, as part of a deal that the Febey brothers would only move if they were both selected by the same club, injuries destroyed the early years of Matthew's career. Melbourne had been one of four VFL clubs to express an interest in the twins before they were drafted.
While brother Steven was forging a place in an improving side Matthew was delisted and returned for two seasons at Devonport before being re-drafted. He made his debut in the Red and Blue in the 1989 exhibition match against Geelong in Toronto. During the 1990 pre-season he suffered a horrific injury in a night match at Waverley, breaking his leg and ankle with torn knee cartilage. He recovered from the injury only to break his leg again in a training session after being tackled by his brother. On his return, in a Reserves final he suffered a severe broken arm.
Finally returning to the side during 1991 he badly damaged his shoulder in a Reserves game and was delisted again. After appearing at one training session with Richmond and being passed over by the Demons in the national draft he joined Rochester in the Goulburn Valley League, coached for former teammate David Williams.
In 1992 he nominated for the mid-season draft and was again selected by the Demons. At his third try he broke into the side, playing his first game on the same day as Steven's 85th game, and became a fixture. Selected to represent Tasmania in 1993, the next year he ran fifth in the Best and Fairest When he played his 100th game in 1997 he and Steven became the first twins in VFL/AFL history to achieve the feat. Both Febeys were linked with a move to Sydney before the 1996 season when Sydney were allowed to sign two uncontracted players as part of recruiting concessions, but they both signed three year contract extensions with Melbourne.
Febey signed a two year contract extension early in 1999, and had a good year while the rest of the side crumbled around him. At the end of that year Febey entered into a partnership with teammates David Schwarz and Paul Hopgood to buy the Blarney Stone Hotel in Bay Street, Port Melbourne. It was renamed The Hurdle.
After being named on the Veterans List alongside Steven in 2000, Febey's season was destroyed by hamstring and finger injuries but he played in the 2000 Sandringham VFL premiership team. It was his last game. He nominated for the draft in the hope of finding a new club but was not picked up.
An inaccurate goalkicker he racked up a career total of 44.60.
The Febeys were a sporting family, with father Neil playing 18 years at Devonport, mother Pat representing Tasmania at softball and sister Tracy playing in the WNBL.
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Canberra Times - 25/02/1990
Football Record R17 1992
Age - 22/04/1994
Football Record R6 1994
Canberra Times - 13/10/1995
Age - 22/11/1995
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Herald Sun - 27/11/1999
Herald Sun - 13/10/2000