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Born: 01 November 1955
Came from: Chesterfield Went to: Torquay United
First game: 17 August 1985 Last game: 29 April 1989
Appearances: 159 (153/6) Goals: 5
Born in Camden, Matthews came through the youth ranks at Highbury, making his debut as a full back in August 1974. He went on to play 45 times for Arsenal in five years, scoring twice, but with competition from the likes of Liam Brady and a broken leg which cost him a season, a regular place proved elusive and he moved to Sheffield United in 1978. Converted to a midfielder, Matthews stayed at Bramall Lane for four years and scored 14 times in 103 games before moving on a free transfer to Mansfield Town. Two years later he was on the move again, this time a free transfer to Chesterfield where he played a key role in their 1984-85 Fourth Division championship season. Joining Argyle on a free in August 1985, the cultured playmaker helped Dave Smith’s promotion winners to the runners-up spot, remaining at Home Park until June 1989, when he was reunited with Smith at Torquay United. He played a further 25 times for the Gulls before finishing his career with Dorchester Town.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
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