Martyn Margetson

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Martyn Margetson
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Margetson with West Ham United in July 2014
Personal information
Full name Martyn Walter Margetson
Date of birth (1971-09-08) 8 September 1971 (age 48)
Place of birth Neath, Wales
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Swansea City & England (Goalkeeper Coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1998 Manchester City 50 (0)
1993Bristol Rovers (loan) 3 (0)
1994Bolton Wanderers (loan) 0 (0)
1995Luton Town (loan) 0 (0)
1998–1999 Southend United 32 (0)
1999–2002 Huddersfield Town 48 (0)
2002–2007 Cardiff City 32 (0)
Total 165 (0)
National team
1991–1993 Wales U21 7 (0)
2004 Wales 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Martyn Walter Margetson (born 8 September 1971 in Neath) is a Welsh former professional footballer and Wales international, who is a goalkeeping coach for Swansea City and the England national team.[2]

A youth player at Manchester City, where he went on to appear over 50 times, he spent time on loan at Bristol Rovers, Bolton Wanderers and Luton Town before moving to Southend United on a permanent basis in 1998 where he remained for one season, joining Huddersfield Town in 1999. After signing for Cardiff City in 2002, he went on to win his first and only cap for Wales in a friendly with Canada in May 2004. He retired from playing at the end of the 2006–07 season, becoming a full-time goalkeeper coach at Cardiff City.


Manchester City[edit]

Margetson began his career with Manchester City, signing as a YTS trainee at the age of 18. where he featured largely as understudy during a downturn in the club's fortunes. His full debut came in May 1990, deputising for the suspended Tony Coton in a Manchester derby at Old Trafford, and he retained his place for the following match against Sunderland. In the next two seasons he made four appearances, but did not make a single first team appearance in the two seasons after. His next first team appearance was an unusual one. In a League Cup match against Wycombe, Manchester City had used both outfield substitutes when Richard Edghill sustained an injury and could not continue. Margetson, the only remaining substitute, was introduced as a striker for the final few minutes of the match.[3]

Despite performing well in the run-in to the club's relegation battle to the 3rd-tier of English football in 1998, he was guilty of picking up a back pass to concede a free-kick inside the penalty area against Queens Park Rangers. He proceeded to hand the ball to the opposing forward Mike Sheron who then quickly took the free kick, passing to a team-mate who stroked the ball into an unguarded net. This goal later proved to be costly as City were relegated in QPR's stead at the end of the season.

Southend United[edit]

Margetson moved on at the end of season on a free transfer for a spell with Southend United, making his debut on 8 August 1998 in a 2–1 victory over Scarborough. However, he remained at Roots Hall for just one season after losing his place in the side to Mel Capleton.[4]

Huddersfield Town[edit]

He came close to signing for Division Two side Blackpool,[5] before eventually joining Huddersfield Town in August 1999. Finding himself as back-up to Nico Vaesen, Margetson was forced to wait until April 2001 to make his debut for Huddersfield during a 2–0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers after Vaesen was shown a red card for handball.[6] Following the sale of Vaesen to Birmingham City in the summer of 2001, Margetson took over as first choice goalkeeper for the 2001–02 season and played in every game as they reached the play-offs after finishing sixth, suffering defeat to Brentford,[7] but was released at the end of the season.[8]

Cardiff City[edit]

He joined Cardiff City on trial during a pre-season tour in Scotland,[9] before eventually signing a permanent deal at Ninian Park.[10][11] He made his debut for Cardiff on 11 September 2002 in a 5–1 victory over Boston United in the Football League Cup.[12] Margetson spent the majority of his first season as back-up to Neil Alexander, but made a bigger impact during the 2003–04 season, making 25 appearances in all competitions and was rewarded with a new two-year contract,[13] rejecting an approach from the club's South Wales rivals Swansea City.[14] However, after beginning the 2004–05 season as first choice goalkeeper, he lost his place after spending missing most of the season with injury due to undergoing knee surgery and the removal of two discs from his back.[15]

During the 2005–06 season, he made just two appearances in League Cup ties against Macclesfield Town and Leicester City. Out of contract at the end of the season, Margetson was initially not offered a new deal but, following the departure of the club's goalkeeping coach George Wood, he signed a new one-year deal to take over as a player-coach, rejecting a second offer from Swansea City.[16] He remained as back-up to Neil Alexander throughout the season and announced his retirement at the end of year, becoming the club's full-time goalkeeper coach.[17]

International career[edit]

Having won seven caps at under-21 level, his last appearance coming in 1993,[18] earlier in his career, he was called up to the Wales senior side by manager Mark Hughes for the first time in his career in March 2004 for a friendly match with Hungary,[19] but remained on the bench.[20] Two months later, Margetson received his second call-up for friendly matches with Norway and Canada. An unused substitute against Norway, Margetson was handed his international debut on 30 May 2004 when he replaced Danny Coyne at half-time during a 1–0 win over Canada.[21] He later received two further call-ups in 2005 under new manager John Toshack for matches against Slovenia and Azerbaijan but was an unused substitute in both games.[22][23]


During his last season of playing football, Margetson became Cardiff's player-goalkeeping coach, before retiring at the end of the 2005–06 season and becoming the full-time goalkeeping coach. After Gary Speed's appointment as Wales manager, Margetson was appointed their goalkeeping coach on 15 January 2011, becoming Speed's first back room appointment.[24]

On 4 July 2011, Margetson quit his coaching job at Cardiff in order to join up with Sam Allardyce at West Ham United as their new goalkeeping coach.[25] In October 2014, following the appointment of new Cardiff manager, Russell Slade, Margetson returned as goalkeeping coach to Cardiff City.[26] In August 2016, Margetson stepped down from his role with Wales to join the England national football team coaching staff, following the appointment of Sam Allardyce.[27] On 12 January 2017 it was announced that Margetson had joined Crystal Palace as goalkeeping coach.[28] He joined Everton in December 2017,[29] and left on 16 May 2018 after the departure of Sam Allardyce.[30]

Margetson joined Swansea City in June 2019 as the club's new goalkeeping coach, which he performs alongside his role with the England national team.[2]

Outside football[edit]

Margetson owns a property business with former Cardiff teammate John Robinson.[31]


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  2. ^ a b "Martyn Margetson becomes Swans goalkeeping coach". Swansea City. 26 June 2019. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Martyn rues missed chance". Manchester City v Leeds United match programme. 21 October 1995. p. 35
  4. ^ "Southend keeper may move". Essex Echo. 18 March 1999. Archived from the original on 10 June 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Martin blasts "awful" Southend". Billericay Weekly News. 22 March 1993. Archived from the original on 10 June 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Nervous Blackburn see off Terriers". BBC Sport. 16 April 2001. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  7. ^ "Brentford see off Terriers". BBC Sport. 1 May 2002. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  8. ^ "Cardiff sign Margetson". BBC Sport. 4 August 2002. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  9. ^ "City take keeper on trial". 18 July 2002. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Martyn Margetson signs..." 3 August 2002. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  11. ^ Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-462-0.
  12. ^ "Boston Utd 1–5 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 11 September 2002. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  13. ^ "Bluebirds swoop for Warner". BBC Sport. 2 July 2004. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  14. ^ "Swans hover over Margetson". BBC Sport. 30 June 2006. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  15. ^ "Margetson out to regain City spot". BBC Sport. 22 November 2004. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  16. ^ "Margetson back at Cardiff". BBC Sport. 9 June 2006. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  17. ^ "Goalkeeper on way says Ridsdale". BBC Sport. 23 June 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  18. ^ "Wales pick Margetson". The Daily Telegraph. 17 March 2004. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  19. ^ "Margetson earns Wales call". BBC Sport. 17 March 2004. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  20. ^ "Hungary 1–2 Wales". BBC. 31 March 2004. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  21. ^ "Wales 1–0 Canada". BBC. 30 May 2004. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  22. ^ "Wales 0–0 Slovenia". BBC. 17 August 2005. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  23. ^ "Wales 2–0 Azerbaijan". Football Association of Wales. 12 October 2005. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  24. ^ "Margetson appointed Wales goalkeeping coach". South Wales Echo. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  25. ^ "Margetson quits Cardiff for West Ham".
  26. ^ "Cardiff City: Martyn Margetson offers 'experience' - Russell Slade". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  27. ^ "Cardiff City boss Paul Trollope steps down from Wales coaching role as Martyn Margetson joins England staff". WalesOnline. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  28. ^ "Goalkeeper Coach Joins". 12 January 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  29. ^ Doyle, Ian (30 December 2017). "Allardyce appoints another member of his backroom staff". liverpoolecho. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  30. ^ "Everton sack Sam Allardyce and bring in Brands as Toffees target trophies". 16 May 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  31. ^ "Robinson seeking new challenges". BBC Sport. 1 December 2004. Retrieved 27 August 2010.

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