John Regan (footballer)

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John Regan
Personal information
Full name Matthew John Regan
Date of birth (1944-06-18) 18 June 1944 (age 74)
Place of birth Worcester, England
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
1959–1961 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1964 Birmingham City 5 (2)
1964–1966 Shrewsbury Town 21 (6)
1966 Brentford 14 (5)
1966–1968 Crewe Alexandra 51 (17)
1968–1971 Doncaster Rovers 95 (25)
Bromsgrove Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Matthew John Regan (born 18 June 1944) is an English former professional footballer who scored 55 goals from 185 appearances in the Football League playing for Birmingham City, Shrewsbury Town, Brentford, Crewe Alexandra and Doncaster Rovers.[1] He played as a centre forward.

Regan was born in Worcester. Though he played no football at school, the Royal Grammar School being a rugby-playing establishment, Birmingham City's scouts spotted him with his junior club. He signed for Birmingham in 1959, initially as an amateur, and turned professional two years later.[2] Regan scored the opening goal on his debut in the First Division on 13 October 1962, deputising for Jimmy Harris in a home game against Manchester City which finished as a 2–2 draw. He played once more that season and three times in 1963–64, scoring one more goal,[3] and was allowed to leave in October 1964, aged still only 20, to join Shrewsbury Town of the Third Division. He went on to play for Brentford, Crewe Alexandra and Doncaster Rovers,[2] scoring regularly but not prolifically, and then moved into non-league football with Bromsgrove Rovers.[1]


  1. ^ a b "John Regan". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 119. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ Matthews, p. 198.

External links[edit]

  • John Regan at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database