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Leppitsch reveals he was cheekily denied a farewell game by Leigh Matthews


AFL Legend Leigh Matthews has been jokingly called out by Justin Leppitsch for denying the former champion centre half back a farewell game back in 2006.

The merits of the farewell game were discussed amongst Leppitsch, Gerard Whateley, Sam Edmund and Nick Dal Santo on SEN's AFL Crunch Time after Collingwood announced Nathan Buckley would coach his last game this Monday against Melbourne.

Whately said the farewell game was “important” and that “it would have been to abrupt to say (Nathan Buckley’s) gone today".

“It’s not about necessarily (saying) thank you,” Dal Santo added.

“But an opportunity for everybody in the football world to watch one last game led by Bucks."

“Clearly Leigh Matthews isn’t making the decision either,” Leppitsch intervened.

“I asked for a farewell game when I played and he said, ‘why?’”

The hilarious admission left the panel in uproar as Dal Santo questioned whether Leppitsch had to “fill out his resume"

“I thought, well, do I have to explain why?” Leppitsch added.

“He looked at me with disdain like ‘what would you want that for?’”

“2006, we were terrible that year and near the bottom I thought maybe I could sneak in for one more (but) Leigh Matthews (said) no.”

Clearly Leigh Matthews wasn’t a fan of the farewell game, having refused one himself when resigning in 2008 after that season ended with a 61-point loss to the Swans.

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