Matt Barrass (footballer born 1899)
|Full name||Matthew Williamson Barrass|
|Date of birth||14 February 1899|
|Place of birth||Seaham, County Durham, England|
|Date of death||1953 (aged 53–54)|
|Playing position||Half-back / Forward|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
His son, Malcolm, who was also a professional footballer, was born in Blackpool during his father's spell at the town's club. His great-grandson - also named Matt - was also a professional player.
Barrass was born in Seaham and started his career with Blackpool in 1919. He remained at Bloomfield Road for six years, making 168 league appearances and scoring 53 goals. He made his debut for the club on the final day of the 1919–20 league season, in a 3–2 home victory over Nottingham Forest.
In first full season at Blackpool, 1920–21, Barrass made 32 league appearances and scored nine goals (including the only goals in a victories at Leicester City on 11 December 1920, and at home to Nottingham Forest on 22 January 1921).
Barrass' final game for Blackpool occurred on 14 March 1925, in a 3–0 defeat at Chelsea.
He joined Sheffield Wednesday shortly afterwards, and went on to make 48 league appearances for the Owls, scoring fourteen goals.
Barrass signed for Manchester City in 1926, the first major purchase made by Peter Hodge. He made a goalscoring debut on the opening day of the 1926–27 season, and later that season scored a hat-trick against Clapton Orient. He was part of the Manchester City side which won the Second Division in 1928, and continued to play for Manchester City until 1932, making a total of 172 appearances and scoring 15 goals.
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