Matt Sparrow

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Matt Sparrow
Matt Sparrow Brighton vs Spurs.jpg
Sparrow playing for Brighton & Hove Albion in 2011
Personal information
Full name Matthew Ronald Sparrow
Date of birth (1981-10-03) 3 October 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Wembley, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Scunthorpe United
Number 7
Youth career
000?–1999 Scunthorpe United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2010 Scunthorpe United 336 (36)
2010–2013 Brighton & Hove Albion 47 (6)
2013 Crawley Town 17 (3)
2013– Scunthorpe United 33 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:10, 22 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Matthew Ronald "Matt" Sparrow (born 3 October 1981) is an English footballer who plays for Scunthorpe United as a midfielder. Sparrow has previously played for Brighton & Hove Albion and Crawley Town.

Career[edit]

Scunthorpe United[edit]

Born in Wembley, London, Sparrow spent 11 years of his professional career at Scunthorpe United, playing in the bottom three tiers of league football for them. He formally signed for the club as a 16-year-old and played in the FA Youth Alliance final for Scunthorpe at the old Wembley stadium against West Bromwich Albion.[1]

After spending several months in prison in 2001, he became a regular in the Scunthorpe first team.[2]

In August 2007, he was offered a new three-year contract with the club.[3]

Sparrow scored the opening goal in the 2008–09 League One Play-off Final at Wembley Stadium against Millwall which led them to a 3–2 victory to clinch promotion to the Championship.

On 24 June 2010, it was reported[4] that Sparrow had turned down a new contract offer and was looking elsewhere to continue his career.

Testimonial year[edit]

Sparrow made his 300th appearance for Scunthorpe in April 2009, and subsequently played in a testimonial match which took take place on 1 May. Former Scunthorpe striker Billy Sharp and veteran midfielder Peter Beagrie returned for the match. Also involved were Jack Cork, Alex Calvo Garcia, Jamie McCombe, Jamie Forrester, John Eyre, Lee Ridley, Paul Wilson, Steve Housham, Andy Butler, Mark Jackson, Martin Carruthers, Steve Torpey, Lee Hodges, Paul Harsley, Wayne Graves, Lee Turnbull, Tony Daws, Andy Crosby, Ian Baraclough, Cleveland Taylor, Chris Hope, Kevin Sharp, Kevin Pressman, Paul Musselwhite, Justin Walker, Ross Hyslop, Brian Quailey, Sam Beagrie, Des Comerford and Simon Elliott – plus managers Brian Laws and Nigel Adkins.

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

On 29 June 2010, Sparrow signed for League One side Brighton & Hove Albion, penning a three-year contract. Brighton won the League One championship that season (in which Sparrow scored four goals) and were promoted to the Championship. In the 2011–12 season, Sparrow scored two goals, both in the 3–0 home win over Southampton. However, he received a red card and a three-match suspension in February's win against Leicester City, for a reckless sliding tackle.

Crawley Town[edit]

On 10 January 2013, Sparrow signed for League One and fellow Sussex side Crawley Town on a free transfer.[5]

Return to Scunthorpe United[edit]

Sparrow returned to his old club Scunthorpe United on 2 July 2013 after being released by Crawley Town.[6]

Personal life[edit]

He attended the John Leggott College in Scunthorpe between 1998 and 2000, studying Leisure and Tourism.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 1 April 2014.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scunthorpe United 1999–2000[8] Second Division 11 0 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 13 0
2000–01[9] Third Division 11 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 13 4
2001–02[10] Third Division 24 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 25 1
2002–03[11] Third Division 42 9 3 0 1 0 3[b] 0 49 9
2003–04[12] Third Division 38 3 6 0 2 0 4[a] 1 50 4
2004–05[13]
League Two 44 5 3 1 1 0 1[a] 0 49 6
2005–06[14]
League One 39 5 3 0 2 0 1[a] 0 45 5
2006–07[15]
League One 29 4 3 0 2 0 0 0 34 4
2007–08[16]
Championship 32 1 1 0 1 0 34 1
2008–09[17]
League One 36 4 3 0 1 0 10[c] 2 50 6
2009–10[18] Championship 30 1 1 0 3 1 34 2
Total 336 37 24 1 16 1 20 3 396 42
Brighton & Hove Albion 2010–11[19] League One 29 4 5 2 1 0 1[a] 0 36 6
2011–12[20] Championship 18 2 3 0 1 0 22 2
2012–13[21] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 47 6 8 2 2 0 1 0 58 8
Crawley Town 2012–13[22] League One 17 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 3
Scunthorpe United 2013–14[23] League Two 20 2 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 23 2
Career totals 420 48 33 3 19 1 22 3 494 55
  1. ^ a b c d e f Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ 1 appearance in Football League Trophy, 2 appearances in Football League Third Division play-offs
  3. ^ 7 appearances in Football League Trophy, 3 appearances and 2 goals in Football League One play-offs

Honours[edit]

Scunthorpe United

Brighton & Hove Albion

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sparrow is targeting silverware – BBC Sport
  2. ^ Scouting report – The Guardian
  3. ^ Iron reward Sparrow with new deal – BBC Sport
  4. ^ Sparrow leaves The Iron – www.scunthorpe-united.co.uk
  5. ^ "Sparrow flies in". Crawley Town F.C. 10 January 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Scunthorpe United: Matt Sparrow return deal agreed". BBC Sport. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Former Students (Alumni) – Significant Alumni Member (Matt Sparrow – John Leggot College
  8. ^ "Scunthorpe 1999/2000 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Scunthorpe 2000/2001 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Scunthorpe 2001/2002 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Scunthorpe 2002/2003 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Scunthorpe 2003/2004 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Scunthorpe 2004/2005 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Scunthorpe 2005/2006 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Scunthorpe 2006/2007 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  16. ^ "Scunthorpe 2007/2008 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  17. ^ "Scunthorpe 2008/2009 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "Scunthorpe 2009/2010 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  19. ^ "Brighton 2010/2011 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  20. ^ "Brighton 2011/2012 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  21. ^ "Brighton 2012/2013 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  22. ^ "Crawley 2012/2013 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  23. ^ "Scunthorpe 2013/2014 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 

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