Matt Gregg

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Matt Gregg
Personal information
Full name Matthew Stephen Gregg(The Master)[1]
Date of birth (1978-11-30) 30 November 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Cheltenham, England
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Torquay Utd 32 (0)
1998–2001 Crystal Palace 15 (0)
1999 Swansea City (loan) 5 (0)
2000 Exeter City (loan) 4 (0)
2001–2003 Bray Wanderers 36 (0)
2003–2006 Bohemians 51 (0)
2007–2008 UCD AFC 47 (1)
2009 Bohemians 2 (0)
2010 Dundalk 5 (0)
2010–2011 Bray Wanderers 44 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:58, 26 July 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Matthew Stephen Gregg (born 30 November 1978 in Cheltenham, England) is a retired football goalkeeper. He now runs a specialised Goalkeeper Coaching school in Ireland called 'Just4Keepers'

Playing career[edit]

Gregg played cricket for Gloucestershire up to under-16 level before deciding to concentrate on his football career.[2]

He played for Gloucester Primary Schools alongside future Torquay United teammate Wayne Thomas.[3] He began his senior career as an apprentice with Torquay United, making his debut while still aged only 16 in the 1–1 draw with Wigan Athletic on 16 September 1995.[4] He then returned to the reserves and his apprenticeship, appearing once more, in the last match of the 1996–97 season away to Doncaster Rovers, before turning professional in July 1997. He played another 30 times for the Gulls, including the 1997–98 play-off final due to regular keeper Ken Veysey being suspended, before moving to Crystal Palace in October 1998 for a fee of £400,000.[5]

He joined Swansea City on loan in February 1999, before finally making his Palace debut in a 1–0 defeat against Fulham at Craven Cottage in April 2000. He struggled to win a place in the first team, and the arrival of Matt Clarke from Bradford City pushed Gregg further out of contention and on 14 September 2001 he joined Exeter City on loan.

Career in Ireland[edit]

He finally left Selhurst Park on 25 October 2001, joining Irish side Bray Wanderers on a free transfer.

Gregg impressed at Bray and earned a move in April 2003 to then champions, Bohemians.[6] He spent 4 years at Dalymount Park where he established himself as first choice and making numerous European appearances and later moved to UCD for the 2007 season. He made his UCD debut in a 1–0 defeat to Sligo Rovers on 1 April 2007 and started his UCD career with 5 clean sheets in his first 8 appearances. He traded places with Darren Quigley through the 2007 season and his performances became shaky as he faded to second choice by season's end. Gregg appeared to have rejoined Bray Wanderers for the 2008 season, but re-signed for UCD when Quigley left the club. He began the 2008 season as first choice keeper and firmly claimed the number one spot as his own with some vastly improved performances including a dramatic equalising injury time headed goal against Cobh Ramblers.[7] In December 2008, he was short-listed for the Eircom/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Goalkeeper of the Year award,[8] but lost out to Bohemians keeper Brian Murphy.[9]

With UCD relegated to Division One at the end of the 2008 season,[10] Gregg rejoined Bohemians in January 2009.[11] He was released in November 2009 after his contract expired. Gregg signed for Dundalk FC on 18 January 2010 to battle Peter Cherrie for the number one spot. Gregg's appearances for Dundalk have been limited due to Cherrie's excellent form in goal. Gregg left Dundalk by mutual agreement on 24 June 2010, citing lack of first team football as the main reason for his departure.

Gregg moved back to Bray in July 2010 in time for the friendly against Spanish side Villarreal and was subbed on at half time. Bray lost 5–0 although Gregg put in a good performance.

His performances continued in this vein with Gregg being instrumental in turning around Bray's season and helping them overhaul a ten-point deficit at the bottom of the league to retain their Premier League status. Bray manager Pat Delvin hailed Gregg's professionalism in helping keep his team in the Premier Division. Gregg went onto play one more year for the Seagulls, helping them to a mid table finish. He then decided to hang up the Gloves (despite numerous offers) to concentrate on his Goalkeeper Coaching Career with Just4Keepers, where he has helped several young keepers achieve their dream of becoming professionals.



  1. ^ Barry J. Hugman. The PFA Premier and Football League Players' Records 1946–1998. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 1-85291-585-4. 
  2. ^ "Howzat! Accies man Gregg revels in World Cup". Irish Sun. 27 March 2007. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Past GPSFA Players". Gloucester Primary Schools Football Association. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
  4. ^ Leigh Edwards. The definitive Torquay United F.C. ISBN 1-899468-09-9. 
  5. ^ "Torquay will let Platts go". BBC Sport. 10 October 2000. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
  6. ^ "Eircom Shorts". The Irish Times. 9 April 2003
  7. ^ "Goalkeeper scores last-minute equaliser for UCD". Breaking News. 19 July 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
  8. ^ "Bohemians goalkeeper Brian Murphy named eircom/SWAI Player of the Month for November". FAI. 3 December 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  9. ^ "Owen Heary named Personality of the Year for 2008". Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  10. ^ "End of an era as home defeat relegates Students". The University Observer. 4 November 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  11. ^ "Goalscoring goalie goes to Gypsies". UCD AFC. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 

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