Reg Matthews

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Reg Matthews
Personal information
Full name Reginald Derrick Matthews
Date of birth (1933-12-20)20 December 1933
Place of birth Coventry, England
Date of death 7 October 2001(2001-10-07) (aged 67)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1956 Coventry City 111 (0)
1956–1961 Chelsea 135 (0)
1961–1968 Derby County 225 (0)
1968–1969 Rugby Town
National team
1955–1956 England U23 4 (0)
1956 England 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Reginald Derrick Matthews (20 December 1933 – 7 October 2001) was an English football goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

In a playing career spanning almost 20 years, Matthews turned out for Coventry City, Chelsea and Derby County, making over 100 league appearances for each. He was selected to play for the Third Division South team against the North in 1955/56 and 1956/57.

International career[edit]

He won four caps for the England under-23's,[1] and five caps for the senior national team. He was the first Coventry-born footballer to be capped by England.[2] Matthews is one of only five post-war players to be capped while playing for a Third Division club.


  1. ^ "England - U-23 International Results- Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Coventry City Football Club". BBC. 8 June 2004. Retrieved 2009-01-09.