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Reg Matthews

Coventry City FC

5 caps, 5 goals against
1 clean sheet

P 5 W 2 D 3 L 0 F 9: A 5
70% successful

1956

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
450

Profile

Full name Reginald Derrick Matthews
Born 20 December 1932 in Coventry, Warwickshire [registered in Coventry, March 1933].
Attended Barkers Butts school.
Married to Barbara Gibbs [registered in Coventry, March 1954], two children, Kim and Kim M.
Died 7 October 2001 in Kenilworth, Coventry, aged 68 years 291 days [registered in Mid-Warwickshire, October 2001], after a short illness. Funeral held at St.John's Church in Kenilworth, 15 October 2001.
Height/Weight 5' 11", 11st. 7lbs [1957].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) Played for Coventry schools and was signed by his local club, Coventry City FC when he was just fourteen years old, becoming part of the club's groundstaff at Highfield Road. He was turning out for the club's nursery side, Modern Machine Tools FC, eventually signing professional forms in May 1950.  His performances in the Third Division of the Football League had him noticed not only by the England selectors, but also Chelsea FC, who, after 111 league appearances, bought him for £22,500 in November 1956 and played in 135 league appearances. Derby County FC signed him in October 1961 for £10,000 and another 225 league appearances followed. He joined Rugby Town FC as a player-manager in August 1968.
Club honours None
Individual honours Football League Division Three South vs. Division Three North (two appearances)
Distinctions None

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number 754th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Goalkeeper
First match No. 302, 14 April 1956, Scotland 1 England 1, a British Championship match at Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow, aged 23 years 116 days.
Last match No. 307, 6 October 1956, Northern Ireland 1 England 1, a British Championship match at Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, aged 23 years 291 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1955-56, 1956-57;
Team honours British Championship winners 1956-57, shared 1955-56;
Individual honours England B (three appearances), England U23 (four appearances, one unofficial)
Distinctions None

Beyond England

After leaving football, from 1968, he worked in a tractor factory, Massey Ferguson. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.169.

 

Reg Matthews - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp
Apps
Mins. GA GA Av.
min
Comp GA Clean
Sheets
Cln
Sht Av
Capt. Disc.
6 5 2 450 5 90 2 1 20% None None
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Reg Matthews - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1
Away 4 1 3 0 5 3 +2 1 1 1.25 0.75 62.5 +1
All 5 2 3 0 9 5 +4 1 1 1.80 1.00 70.0 +2

 

Reg Matthews - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 2 0 2 0 2 2 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 -0
Friendly 3 2 1 0 7 3 +4 1 1 1.333 1.00 83.3 +2
All 5 2 3 0 9 5 +4 1 1 1.80 1.00 70.0 +2

 

Reg Matthews - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championships
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1955-56 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 -0
BC 1956-57 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 -0
All 2 0 2 0 2 2 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 -0
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 0 2 0 2 2 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 -0
All 2 0 2 0 2 2 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 -0

 

Reg Matthews - Match History
 Club: Coventry City F.C. - 5 full caps

Coach: Walter Winterbottom - 5 full capsx

Age 22
1 u23 19 January 1955 - England U23 5 Italy U23 1, Stamford Bridge, Chelsea Fr HW Start 1
2 u23 8 February 1955 - Scotland U23 0 England U23 6, Shawfield Park, Glasgow Fr AW Start 1
1 b 23 March 1955 - England B 1 West Germany B 1, Hillsborough, Sheffield Fr HD Start 1
3 u23 6 May 1955 - England Over30 5 England U23 0, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London u/o HL Start 1
4 u23 28 September 1955 - England U23 5 Denmark U23 1, Fratton Park, Frogmore Road, Portsmouth Fr HW Start 1
Age 23
5 u23 8 February 1956 - England U23 3 Scotland U23 1, Hillsborough, Sheffield Fr HW Start 1
2 b 29 February 1956 - Scotland B 2 England B 2, Dens Park, Dundee Fr HW Start 1
3 b 21 March 1956 - England B 4 Switzerland B 1, The Dell, Milton Road, Southampton Fr HW Start 1
1 302 14 April 1956 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC AD Start 1
2 303 9 May 1956 - England 4 Brazil 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Start 1
3 304 16 May 1956 - Sweden 0 England 0, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län Tour AD Start 1
- 305 20 May 1956 - Finland 1 England 5, Olympiastadion, Helsinki AW squad
4 306 26 May 1956 - West Germany 1 England 3, Olympiastadion, Berlin AW Start 1
5 307 6 October 1956 - Northern Ireland 1 England 1, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AD Start 1

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