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Adam Matthews

Adam Matthews
Personal information
Full name Adam James Matthews[1]
Date of birth (1992-01-13) 13 January 1992
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right Back
Club information
Current team
Number 2
Youth career
2000–2009 Cardiff City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Cardiff City 41 (1)
2011– Celtic 81 (3)
National team
2008–2009 Wales U17 9 (0)
2008–2011 Wales U19 5 (1)
2009–2013 Wales U21 6 (0)
2011– Wales 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2013

Adam James Matthews (born 13 January 1992) is a Welsh footballer who currently plays as a right back for Scottish Premiership club Celtic and the Wales national football team.

Matthew's excellent performances and outstanding potential were recognised in late 2012 when he was selected by football website IBWM in their list of the 100 most exciting players in world football for 2013.[2]

Early life

As a child, Matthews attended Penyrheol Comprehensive School in Swansea and before choosing football, was also a talented rugby player including being followed by the Ospreys rugby union side.[3] Matthews' cousins, Liam and Sam, are both members of the academy at Cardiff City.[4]

Club career

Early career

After playing local football, Matthews was taken on trial at Swansea City but suffered a broken arm and was told to come back when he had recovered from the injury. After returning to fitness Matthews attempted to return to Swansea but was told that their youth system was now full.[5]

Cardiff City

Matthews attended a trial at Swansea's South Wales rivals Cardiff City and as the only player of around forty attendants at the trial chosen, signed on academy terms at the age of 8 and,[6] after making his way through the youth side, signed a professional contract in January 2009.[7] On 21 April 2009 Matthews featured in the full side for the first time, when he was named as a substitute in a 2–2 draw with Charlton Athletic.

He went on to make his professional debut at the start of the 2009–10 season when he replaced Paul Quinn during a 1–1 draw with Blackpool on 15 August.[8] Due to injuries in the squad, Matthews was handed consecutive starts start in a 3–1 win over Plymouth Argyle followed by a 3–0 win over Bristol City, forcing an own goal from Bristol captain Jamie McCombe.[9][10] His performances earned him a regular starting spot in the side, missing two matches in the following two months, including scoring his first senior goal during a 4–0 win over Watford on 3 October 2009 when goalkeeper Scott Loach misjudged Matthews' 50-yard free-kick, allowing the ball to bounce into the net.[11] Prior to the January 2010 transfer window, Matthews was linked with moves to a number of Premier League clubs, including reports of an already completed deal with Premier League champions Manchester United, however Cardiff manager Dave Jones dismissed the rumours stating that no offers had been made.[12] His performances during his debut season also saw him named as the Football League Apprentice of the Year for the Championship with Cardiff academy assistant manager Geraint Twose describing him as "a shining example to every young player on how to perform on the pitch, and also how to behave off the pitch."[13]


On 25 February 2011, Celtic announced they had secured the signing of Matthews on a pre-contract agreement to commence on 1 July, on a four-year contract. Matthews will team up with his former Cardiff teammate Joe Ledley.[14] Matthews was given the number two shirt that was previously worn by Andreas Hinkel.[15] Matthews made an impressive debut in a 1–0 win over Aberdeen on 7 August.[16] He then played in his first European match, after coming on as a substitute in Celtic's 2–0 loss to Atlético Madrid.[17] On 29 September he played in Celtic's 1–1 Europa League draw with Udinese, he started the match at right back but moved to left back for the second half when fellow countryman Joe Ledley went off injured.[18] After an impressive start to the season, it was reported that English Premier League clubs Fulham and Everton were interested in signing Matthews in the January transfer window.[19] He made his Champions League debut at Celtic Park against HJK Helsinki on 1 August 2012. Matthews scored his first goal Celtic goal on 12 December 2012, a superb strike against Arbroath in the Scottish Cup replay.

International career

Matthews made his début for the Wales under-17 side on 28 February 2008 in a 1–0 win over Austria and played in two out of the team's three matches during the 2008 UEFA Under-17 Championship elite round. On 15 September 2008, he captained the side for the first time during a 4–1 win over Faroe Islands,[20] the first match during the qualifying round of the 2009 UEFA Under-17 Championship, remaining as captain throughout the remaining matches of the qualifying round. His final appearance for the under-17 side came on 28 March 2009 in a 3–0 defeat against Finland.[21]

In July 2008, he was part of the under-19 side that took part in the Milk Cup, featuring in games against Chile and Israel.[22][23] His next participation at youth level for Wales came when he was called up to the under-21 side for matches against Hungary and Italy, but remained on the bench in both games. On 9 November 2009, Matthews was called up to the Wales senior squad for the first time in his career for a friendly against Scotland at the age of seventeen,[24] but remained on the bench. Four days later, Matthews made his début for the under-21 side when he played 45 minutes in a 2–1 defeat to Bosnia and Herzegovina before being substituted due to a foot injury.[25]

Matthews made his senior Wales début on 25 May 2011, against Scotland, in the Nations Cup, he came on as 61st minute substitute for Neal Eardley.[26]

On 22 December 2011 it was revealed that Matthews had been invited to the Great Britain team for the 2012 Summer Olympics.[27]






Career statistics

As of 6 December 2014[28]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cardiff City 2009–10 32 1 2 0 1 0 - 35 1
2010–11 9 0 2 0 2 0 - 13 0
Total 41 1 4 0 3 0 - 48 1
Celtic 2011–12 27 0 2 0 4 0 5 0 38 0
2012–13 22 2 4 1 3 0 10 0 39 3
2013–14 23 1 1 0 1 0 6 0 31 1
2014–15 9 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 16 0
Total 81 3 8 1 8 0 27 0 124 4
Career Total 122 4 12 1 11 0 27 0 172 5


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  2. ^ "The IBWM 100 for 2013". IBWM. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
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  4. ^ "Matthews family affair at Cardiff City". South Wales Echo (Media Wales). 3 March 2010. 
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  7. ^ "Adam Matthews joy in Cardiff FA Youth cup win". South Wales Echo (Media Wales). 14 January 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "Blackpool 1–1 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 15 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "Plymouth 1–3 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 18 August 2009. 
  10. ^ "Cardiff City top Championship after great show". South Wales Echo (Media Wales). 24 August 2009. 
  11. ^ "Watford 0–4 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 3 October 2009. 
  12. ^ "Adam: It's Speculation". Cardiff City FC. 10 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Adam scoops Championship gong". Cardiff City FC. 14 March 2010. 
  14. ^ "Cardiff full-back Matthews signs pre-contract at Celtic". BBC Sport. 25 February 2011. 
  15. ^ "Picture of Adam Matthews in pre-season training". FourFourTwo. 1 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "Adam Matthews: Having pal Joe Ledley at Celtic has helped me settle quickly". Daily Record (Media Scotland). 12 August 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  17. ^ Campbell, Andy (15 September 2011). "Atletico Madrid v Celtic as it happened". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  18. ^ "Celtic 1–1 Udinese". BBC Sport. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  19. ^ "Premier League duo linked with move for Adam Matthews". STV Sport. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  20. ^ "Faroe Islands 1–4 Wales". Football Association of Wales. 15 September 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  21. ^ "Finland 3–0 Wales". Football Association of Wales. 28 March 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  22. ^ "Chile 5–0 Wales". Football Association of Wales. 28 July 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  23. ^ "Israel 2–0 Wales". Football Association of Wales. 1 August 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  24. ^ Shuttleworth, Peter (9 November 2009). "Star trio out of Wales friendly". BBC Sport. 
  25. ^ "Bosnia U21 2–1 Wales U21". BBC Sport. 18 November 2009. Archived from the original on 21 November 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2009. 
  26. ^ Grahame, Ewing (3 June 2011). "Adam Matthews: my captain Scott Brown had no idea who I was, says Celtic's new signing". The Telegraph (London: Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  27. ^ "Celtic trio receive Team GB Olympic invites". BBC News. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  28. ^ Adam Matthews career stats at Soccerbase

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  • Adam Matthews: Biography & Statistics Football Association of Wales
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