Damian Matthew

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Damian Matthew
Personal information
Date of birth (1970-09-23) 23 September 1970 (age 46)
Place of birth Islington, London, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1994 Chelsea 21 (0)
1992 Luton Town (loan) 5 (0)
1994–1996 Crystal Palace 24 (1)
1996 Bristol Rovers (loan) 8 (0)
1996–1998 Burnley 45 (6)
1998–1999 Northampton Town 2 (0)
Total 77 (7)
National team
1989–1991 England U21 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Damian Matthew (born 23 September 1970) is an English football manager and former player. He was the first-team coach at Championship side Charlton Athletic from 2011 to 2015.

As a player, he was a midfielder from 1989 until 1999, notably in the Premier League with Chelsea and Crystal Palace. He also played in the Football League for Luton Town, Bristol Rovers, Burnley and Northampton Town.

After his playing days were over, Matthew was briefly a pundit for Chelsea TV.

Playing career[edit]

He began his professional playing career as a midfielder for Chelsea in the early 1990s, playing 21 league games and being issued with the number 8 when FA Premier League squad numbers were introduced in 1993-94. He next played for Crystal Palace but once again his first team chances were limited.

He then played for Burnley and Northampton Town before retiring from playing professionally in 1999 at the age of 29 due to injury.

Coaching career[edit]

Matthew is a UEFA qualified coach and, after retiring as a player, became a scout for Wolverhampton Wanderers, before returning to Chelsea as a Youth Development Officer. In 2003, he became assistant manager of Bedford Town.[1]

He joined Charlton Athletic in 2006, as the U18s coach, and, in 2007, he shared this role with coaching at Maidstone United.[2] He became Charlton's Reserve Development Coach in 2008, before later also becoming Academy Development Coach in 2010.[3] In January 2011, he was promoted to first-team coach by new manager Chris Powell. Matthew maintained his place through the departures of Powell, José Riga and Bob Peeters, but he was sacked on 24 October 2015 at the same time as his final manager, Guy Luzon, was relieved of his duties.[4]

Matthew joined Welling United as first-team coach in April 2016, under manager Mark Goldberg. He left the club on 14 September 2016, after only 10 matches of the 2016-17 season.[5]


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