|Full name||Matthew Shaun Kilgallon|
|Date of birth||8 January 1984|
|Place of birth||York, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Playing position||Centre Back|
|Current club||Blackburn Rovers|
|2003||→ West Ham United (loan)||3||(0)|
|2010–2011||→ Middlesbrough (loan)||2||(0)|
|2011||→ Doncaster Rovers (loan)||12||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:00, 10 November 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Matthew Shaun Kilgallon (born 8 January 1984) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Blackburn Rovers. Born in York, Kilgallon began his football career at Leeds United where he came through the youth set up before becoming a fixture in their first-team. He then moved to Sheffield United where he spent three years before moving to Sunderland. With spells on loan at West Ham, Middlesbrough and Doncaster Rovers, he has also made five appearances for the England U21s.
A product of the youth set-up at Leeds, Kilgallon first made a senior appearance for Leeds in 2004, scoring two goals that season and working his way into the England Under-21 set-up. Once Leeds had dropped to the Championship, Killa (his nickname from his team mates) began to make more appearances and held down a more regular place in the 1st eleven. In his first season in the championship, Kilgallon was mainly playing centre back with Paul Butler and Sean Gregan the main centre back partnership. Kilgallon also displaced Clarke Carlisle and Michael Duberry in the pecking order. He played a major role in the club's run through to the 2006 championship play-offs, helping them make the final. Which Leeds lost 3–0 against Watford.
Kilgallon played most of Leeds's matches of the first half of the 2006–07 season under Kevin Blackwell and new manager Dennis Wise's new look Leeds team, keeping experienced centre-backs Paul Butler, Sean Gregan and Hayden Foxe out of the team. Leeds were struggling both on and off the pitch and Kilgallon was also losing form.
Having been the subject of a failed £1 million bid from Premiership side Reading at the start of the 2006–07 season, but Leeds insisted he was not for sale, he was finally transferred to Sheffield United during that season's January transfer window with Leeds needing the funds.
Kilgallon signed for Sheffield United on 8 January 2007 for £1.75 million rising to £2 million and with a 20% sell on clause. Despite recovering from an early injury he found it difficult to force himself into Neil Warnock's plans and did not make his first team debut until the 1–0 loss at Bolton on 31 March of that year.
Having been used sparingly in the Premiership, Kilgallon fared better in the Championship and under new management. Having become first choice in the centre of defence he still had to wait until December 2007 to score a goal for the Blades when he netted the winner in a 1–0 home victory over local rivals Barnsley. The following season he was virtually ever present in the Blades first team, his importance being highlighted when he was voted Sheffield United Player of the Season at the end of the 2008–09 season.
Kilgallon started the next season as regular first choice in defence once more, but with his contract due to expire the following summer he rejected new terms with the club meaning his future was dogged by speculation throughout the year. At the turn of the year however, Kilgallon announced that he intended to remain at Bramall Lane and see out the remainder of his contract and rejected a move to Premiership Burnley.
Kilgallon signed for Sunderland on 21 January 2010 on a three-and-a-half-year contract. He made his debut six days later in a 2–0 loss to Everton. Kilgallon struggled to make an impact during Sunderland's dismal winless run until a man-of-the-match performance against Hull City on 24 April, his first start in months.
On 20 August, he joined Middlesbrough on loan for the 2010–11 season. After a man-of-the-match performance at left-back against former club Sheffield United, his loan was cut short by injury. Kilgallon then joined Doncaster Rovers on loan for the rest of the season on 12 January 2011.
After his loan return from Doncaster Rovers, he was initially not given a squad number for the 2011-12 Premier League season. However, after Steve Bruce was sacked at the end of November, he was given the squad number 12 by new manager Martin O'Neill. He returned to the first-team squad as an unused substitute during Sunderland's 2–1 victory over Blackburn Rovers on 11 December. On 1 January 2012, he made his first Sunderland appearance since May 2010, coming on as a substitute for the injured Wes Brown against Manchester City; Kilgallon helped keep a clean sheet as Sunderland beat the league leaders 1–0. Two days later, Kilgallon went on to made his first Sunderland start since May 2010, playing alongside John O'Shea in central defence in a 4–1 away win against Wigan Athletic. He was injured by a Fernando Torres challenge during a 1–0 defeat against Chelsea on 15 January and did not reappear until 31 March, against Manchester City, starting the game in a 3–3 draw.
During the 2012–13 season, Kilgallon failed to appear in the league until appearing in a 0–0 home draw to Queens Park Rangers on 27 November. After featuring in Sunderland's 3–0 loss at Liverpool in January he did not feature again under Martin O'Neill, but returned to the starting line up for Paolo Di Canio's first game in charge, at Chelsea, and unluckily scored an own goal as Sunderland lost 2–1.
Kilgallon moved from Sunderland at the end of the 2012–13 season to Blackburn Rovers.
On 8 July 2013 Killgallon completed a move to Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer, signing a two-year deal.He made his first start for the club in a 2–1 loss to Wigan Athletic as the captain Scott Dann was injured.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Doncaster Rovers (loan)||2010–11||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||12||0|
|West Ham (loan)||2003–04||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||4||0|
|Last updated 10 November 2013|
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