|Full name||Matthew James Dickins|
|Date of birth||3 September 1970|
|Place of birth||Sheffield, England|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|1989||→ Leyton Orient (loan)||0||(0)|
|1993||→ Blackpool (loan)||19||(0)|
|1993||→ Lincoln City (loan)||0||(0)|
|1994||→ Grimsby Town (loan)||0||(0)|
|1994||→ Rochdale (loan)||4||(0)|
|1998–1999||→ Boston United (loan)||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:47, 5 September 2007 (UTC).
Dickins attended All Saints RC Comprehensive school on Granville Road.
Despite being a Sheffield Wednesday fan at school, Dickins began his career as a 19-year-old trainee with Sheffield United. After three years at Bramall Lane with no first-team appearances to his name, he signed for Lincoln City. Despite only making 27 league starts for the Imps, Kenny Dalglish, then manager of Premier League side Blackburn Rovers, saw his promise and signed him as cover for Bobby Mimms for a £250,000 fee in March 1992. He made only one appearance for Rovers, but was a member of the squad that won the Premier League championship in 1995.