Briggs playing for Peterborough United in 2012
|Full name||Matthew Anthony Briggs|
|Date of birth||6 March 1991|
|Place of birth||Wandsworth, England|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2010||→ Leyton Orient (loan)||1||(0)|
|2012||→ Peterborough United (loan)||5||(0)|
|2012||→ Bristol City (loan)||4||(0)|
|2013||→ Watford (loan)||7||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:25, 1 August 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
After being scouted by Fulham at the age of eight after a performance for his Sunday league side, Briggs signed for Fulham. He attracted interest from Premier League teams such as Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea. Although Briggs is primarily a left back, he can play at centre back or as a left winger.
On 13 May 2007, he made his first team debut for Fulham in the 3–1 defeat against Middlesbrough, coming on as a 77th minute substitute for Moritz Volz. This appearance made him the Premier League's youngest ever player, being 16 years and 65 days old. He surpassed Everton striker James Vaughan's record by 206 days. After the match, the club's head of youth John Murtough said about Briggs:
|“||Matthew’s a good lad and a good athlete. He’s come in and hasn’t been fazed by anything we’ve asked of him. It’s still early days but he’s shown promise in the Reserves – Lawrie Sanchez saw him and rewarded him with an opportunity to travel with the First Team.||”|
In January 2010, he joined Leyton Orient on a one month loan and on 25 August 2010 he made his first start of the 2010–11 season for Fulham, playing 56 minutes of a 6–0 win over Port Vale in the League Cup. He was described as "impressive" in the game. During this game he was credited with an assist for the first goal which Zoltán Gera headed in from eight yards. He made his first Premier League start on 10 November 2010 against Chelsea only through injury to first choice left back Carlos Salcido, before later playing against Arsenal.
On 7 February 2012, Briggs signed a one month loan deal with Peterborough United and on 25 August 2012 after speculation about a loan move away from Craven Cottage, Briggs started away against Manchester United. He joined Bristol City on a month-long loan deal on 26 October 2012, making his debut the following day, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 loss to Hull City at Ashton Gate.
On 1 March 2013, Briggs joined Watford on loan until the end of the season and made his début from the start against Blackpool on 9 March 2013. Briggs scored his first league goal for Watford during a 4–0 win over Blackburn Rovers on 20 April 2013.
Briggs was an unused substitute for Watford in the Championship Play-off final at Wembley on 27 May 2013. Watford lost the match 1–0 in extra time against Crystal Palace, denying them promotion to the Premier League.
In early 2009, Briggs received a call-up to the England under-19 squad for the 2009 European Championships. He was then also selected as part of the England under-20 squad for the 2009 Youth World Cup. He was capped by the under-21 team for the first time after starting in a 6–0 victory at home to Azerbaijan on 1 September 2011. Briggs is eligible to represent England or Guyana at senior level.
- As of 12 August 2014.
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Play-offs||Total|
|2009–10||Leyton Orient (loan)||League One||1||0||–||–||–||–||1||0|
|2011–12||Peterborough United (loan)||Championship||5||0||–||–||–||–||5||0|
|2012–13||Bristol City (loan)||Championship||4||0||–||–||–||–||4||0|
- Soccerbase does not list the Europa League second leg tie against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on 25 August 2011.
- UEFA U-19 Championship 2009: Runners up
- Youngest player to play in the Premier League.
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- "Briggs Becomes a Hornet". Fulham FC. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
- "Watford 1–2 Blackpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
- "Watford 4–0 Blackburn". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
- "Crystal Palace 1–0 Watford". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
- "England hit Azeris for six". The Football Association. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-01.
- "Matthew Briggs' Twitter account (verified)". Twitter. Retrieved 26 March 2014. "I'm English and Guyanese player for Fulham"
- Matthew Briggs career stats at Soccerbase
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Matthew Briggs.|
- Matthew Briggs – UEFA competition record
- Matthew Briggs career stats at Soccerbase
- Fulham F.C. profile