Matt Barrass (footballer, born 1980)

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Matt Barrass
Personal information
Full name Matthew Robert Barrass[1]
Date of birth (1980-02-28) 28 February 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Bury, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Bolton Wanderers (Head Physiotherapist)
Youth career
1994–1995 Manchester United
1995–1996 San Diego Nomads
1996–1997 Bury
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2005 Bury 84 (2)
2005–2006 Radcliffe Borough

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Matthew Robert "Matt" Barrass (born 28 February 1980 in Bury)[2] is an English retired professional footballer, currently the Head Physiotherapist at Bolton Wanderers.


After beginning as an apprentice at Manchester United, Barrass moved to the United States to play for the San Diego Nomads. He returned to England to sign with Bury in 1996, making his professional debut in 1997 in the League Cup.[3] Barrass made his league debut in 1999, and made a total of 84 league appearances for the side.[4] Barrass' time at Bury was plagued by injuries, especially to his knee.[3][5][6][7][8]

Barrass left the club in 2005, signing for Radcliffe Borough; at the time, he was Bury's longest-serving player.[3]

Since ending his playing days, he has taken up a new post as youth team physiotherapist at Preston North End. In July 2012, he became the physiotherapist for Bradford City.[9]

After four years at Valley Parade, he left Bradford to become the new Head Physiotherapist at Bolton Wanderers on 1 July 2016. Incidentally, his late grandfather Malcolm was a Wanderers stalwart of the forties and fifties and played for the club in the 1953 FA Cup Final.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Barrass is the grandson of fellow player Malcolm Barrass, and the great-grandson of his namesake, Matthew Barrass.[3]

He graduated from the University of Salford in 2009 with a degree in Physiotherapy [11]


  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2003). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004. Queen Anne Press. p. 36. ISBN 1-85291-651-6. 
  2. ^ "Matt Barrass". Up The Posh!. Retrieved 26 March 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d "End of the road for unlucky Matt". Bolton Evening News. 13 May 2005. Retrieved 26 March 2009. 
  4. ^ "BURY : 1946/47 - 2007/08". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. Retrieved 26 March 2009. 
  5. ^ "Player column: Matt Barrass". Manchester Evening News. 13 October 2003. Retrieved 26 March 2009. 
  6. ^ "Player column: Matt Barrass". Manchester Evening News. 7 February 2004. Retrieved 26 March 2009. 
  7. ^ "Shakers stunned by Barrass blow". Bolton Evening News. 18 January 2001. Retrieved 26 March 2009. 
  8. ^ "Injured duo set to return". Bolton Evening News. 10 April 2003. Retrieved 26 March 2009. 
  9. ^ Simon Parker (25 July 2012). "Barrass unveiled as Bantams' latest signing". Telegraph & Argus. 
  10. ^ "Wanderers appoint Matt Barrass as head physio". Bolton Wanderers FC. 1 July 2016. .
  11. ^ My Graduation - July 2009 booklet published by University of Salford, July 2009.