Gilks with Blackpool, November 2010
|Full name||Matthew Gilks|
|Date of birth||4 June 1982|
|Place of birth||Rochdale, England|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) |
|2008||→ Shrewsbury Town (loan)||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:02, 8 September 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Although born in England, he qualifies to play for the Scotland. He was first selected for the squad in August 2010 and made his international debut in August 2012.
Born in Rochdale, Gilks started his career as a 13-year-old at his hometown club, Rochdale A.F.C. He was promoted from their youth team in March 2000, and eventually replaced Neil Edwards in the first team, becoming a regular starter. He made a total of 198 appearances for the club in league and cup competitions, and by the time he was 24, he was the longest-serving player at Rochdale.
On 1 July 2007, Gilks signed a two-year contract with Championship club Norwich City, moving on a free transfer due to his contract with Rochdale having expired. He was though unable to break into the Canaries first team, spending most of the 2007–08 season sitting on the substitutes bench, which also included a spell out of action with ligament damage after twisting his ankle in November 2007 in training.
In the summer of 2008, and without having made a first-team appearance for the Canaries, Gilks signed for fellow Championship club Blackpool. He made his debut on 12 August 2008 in a 2–0 League Cup defeat to Macclesfield Town.
After failing to break into the first team, he signed for League Two club Shrewsbury Town on a month's loan on 21 November to cover an injury crisis at the club. He made his debut the following day in a 0–0 draw with Lincoln City at Sincil Bank. He made three further appearances for the Shrews, with his final match coming on 13 December, a 1–0 defeat to Grimsby Town at Blundell Park, before returning to Blackpool.
While Simon Grayson was Blackpool manager, he did not usually name a substitute goalkeeper, preferring to have five outfield players on the bench. After he left the club, in late December 2008, caretaker manager Tony Parkes immediately began naming Gilks as a substitute. After a number of matches as an unused substitute, Gilks made his league debut for Blackpool on 31 January 2009, after Paul Rachubka was sent off three minutes into the Seasiders' match against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Gilks was brought on and helped the Seasiders to a 1–0 win.
On 22 September 2009, he saved a penalty kick in the Seasiders' 4–3 defeat to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium in the third round of the 2009–10 League Cup. His first league start of the 2009–10 season came in the 2–0 win over Plymouth Argyle at Bloomfield Road on 17 October. After three consecutive clean sheets, Gilks was named in The Championship "Team of the Week", along with teammates Stephen Crainey and Marcel Seip, following his performance in Blackpool's goalless draw with Swansea City on 24 October at the Liberty Stadium. On 16 February 2010, he saved a penalty kick in the 2–0 home win over Middlesbrough.
His 200th career Football League appearance came in a 1–0 home win over Ipswich Town on 6 March 2010, when he was also named Man of the Match. In addition, he was again named in The Championship "Team of the Week", following his performance, which saw a fourth clean sheet in five games.
On 13 November 2010, in a goalless draw at West Ham United, Gilks suffered an injury to his knee cap that kept him out much of the remainder of the 2010–11 campaign. He returned to the first team on 16 April 2011, in a home defeat to Wigan Athletic.
Despite Blackpool's relegation from the Premier League in 2011, Gilks signed a new two-year contract with the club in July.
Club career statistics
- As of 27 January 2013
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
|2008–09||Shrewsbury Town (loan)||League Two||4||0||0||0||4||0|
a. All Football League Trophy results are included in totals
b. 3 league play-off appearances for Blackpool in 2010 (included in 2009–10 total)
On 22 August 2010 the Scottish F.A. confirmed that manager Craig Levein was considering Gilks for a call-up to the Scotland national squad for their upcoming UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers against Lithuania and Liechtenstein. Gilks qualifies to play for Scotland through his Scottish grandmother. Levein said of Gilks: "He is one we became aware of a while ago and have kept track of his progress. Obviously he was a key figure in Blackpool’s promotion to the Barclays Premier League and while I will not name my squad until tomorrow, he is one I think we need to take a closer look at. He comes highly recommended, is playing regularly for his club and the next logical step is for our goalkeeping coach to work closely with him."
Two days later he was selected in the Scotland squad, joining fellow Blackpool player Charlie Adam. On his call up Gilks said: "My grandmother was Scottish and they've traced the roots back and checked it. I'm eligible and it's great to be in the squad. Everybody knows that I am English but England doesn't come knocking on the door of Blackpool Football Club and I think that's a problem. They look at the bigger clubs. To be honest it was nice of Scotland to come and have a look at me and find out about me."
In November 2010, Gilks had to withdraw from the Scotland squad through injury. He again withdrew on 10 August 2011, hours before kick-off in a friendly against Denmark, with an ankle injury. On 15 August 2012 he made his debut for Scotland as a first half substitute in a friendly against Australia.
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- Matthew Gilks player profile at blackpoolfc.co.uk
- Matthew Gilks player profile at canaries.co.uk
- Matthew Gilks player profile at rochdaleafc.co.uk
- Matthew Gilks career stats at Soccerbase