Matthew Davies (footballer)

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Matthew Davies
Matthew Davies playing football for Malaysia (cropped).jpg
Davies playing for Malaysia in 2021
Personal information
Full name Matthew Thomas Davies[1]
Date of birth (1995-02-07) 7 February 1995 (age 27)
Place of birth Perth, Australia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Position(s) Right-back
Club information
Current team
Johor Darul Ta'zim
Number 2
Youth career
2010–2012 A.I.S.
2012–2015 Perth Glory
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Perth Glory 16 (0)
2014 Perth Glory NPL 5 (1)
2015–2019 Sri Pahang 92 (3)
2020– Johor Darul Ta'zim 38 (1)
International career
2013 Australia U19 5 (0)
2015–2018 Malaysia U23 15 (0)
2015– Malaysia 39 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 15 October 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 25 September 2022

Matthew Thomas Davies (born 7 February 1995) is a professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Malaysia Super League club Johor Darul Ta'zim and the Malaysia national team. He started his professional career with Perth Glory at 18 years old. After playing for two seasons at Perth Glory Davies went on to Sri Pahang in 2015 in the Malaysia Super League, after his first season Davies was given captaincy for Sri Pahang at age 21 years old, making him the youngest captain ever for Sri Pahang and the first half Malaysian to become captain in the Malaysia Super League.

Davies has also made several appearances for the Malaysian national team, he was given his first international debut with caretaker coach Ong Kim Swee against Saudi Arabia during the World Cup qualifiers in September 2015 at 20 years old. Davies also featured for Malaysia at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore back in June 2015.

Early life[edit]

Born in Perth, Davies grew up playing football from a young age, stating previously that his brothers' participation in the sport encouraged him to play.[3] Davies grew up as an Australian though his mother, who hails from Sabah, Malaysia, giving him the ability to attain Malaysian citizenship.

Davies moved to Malaysia when he was 20 years old due to his impatient nature in search of international football. "I left Australia because I'm impatient in nature ... I wanted playing time and I knew I wasn’t going to get much by staying in Australia", he said. "The opportunity to play international football for the country my mother was born in was too good to refuse. There are not many A-League regulars in the Socceroos".[3]

Club career[edit]

Davies started his career with the A.I.S in 2010. He captained the squad and was awarded player of the year and voted players player during his 2011/2012 NYL season with the AIS. Previously to this he was a product of the National Training Centre (NTC) programs in Western Australia.[4]

Perth Glory[edit]

Davies signed for Perth Glory and played in the National Youth League for Perth Glory FC Youth. In 2013–2014 season, Davies was promoted to the senior squad after signing a two-year contract with the club. He went on to make his senior debut against Melbourne City on 27 October 2013. He spent two years with Perth Glory accumulating 16 senior appearances.[5]

Sri Pahang[edit]

In April 2015, Davies signed with Malaysia Super League club, Sri Pahang during the April transfer window. He was signed as a local player based on his Malaysian heritage.[4] He made his league debut in a 2-0 away win against Kelantan on 11 April 2015. In February 2016, Davies became captain of the Malaysia Super League team, Sri Pahang shortly after the season had started. He is the youngest player ever to be given captaincy at just 21 years old and the first half-Malaysian to be given the honour in the Malaysia Super League, as he is half Australian and Malaysian.

Matthew Davies captained Sri Pahang to victory in 2018, becoming the Malaysian FA cup winners. Davies became the youngest captain in the history of the competition to lift the FA cup at just 23 years of age. The year before Davies narrowly missed the opportunity to obtain the credential at 22 years old after losing to Kedah Darul Aman.[6]

On 15 February 2020, two weeks before the start of 2020 Malaysia Super League season, Davies officially left Sri Pahang after five seasons with the club.[7]

Johor Darul Ta’zim[edit]

Davies joined Johor Darul Ta'zim prior to the 2020 Malaysia Super League season. It was not a surprise Johor snatched Davies after his success in both rival team Sri Pahang and the Malaysia national football team. Johor Darul Ta'zim owner Tunku Ismail Idris stated, “We have been keeping a close watch on him for the last three to four years but we decided to let him get experience with Sri Pahang before joining Johor Darul Ta'zim. “It's a great investment because he is just 25 years old and it’s a long term investment for JDT to improve the team. “We are grateful that there is a player who has a professional attitude and quality in our team.” [8]

International career[edit]

Australia U19[edit]

Davies was selected for the U19 Young Socceroos squad to represent Australia at the COTIF Tournament in L'Alcúdia, Spain from 12 to 21 August in 2013.

Malaysia[edit]

Under-23[edit]

An Australian by birth, he chose to represent Malaysia at the national level. He was eligible by virtue of his mother who was born in the Malaysian state of Sabah.[9] He made his international debut for Malaysia's under-23 team at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games playing 4 out of 5 Group games. Malaysia finished third in their group and were unsuccessful in qualifying for the semifinal.[10]

Senior[edit]

Davies is a regular for the national team, consistently being called up since his citizenship. He has only missed call ups due to injury. He debuted for the Malaysian national team on the 8th of September in a World Cup Qualifying game against Saudi Arabia in a 1–2 loss. He's since made numerous appearances for the Malaysian national team including representing Malaysia at the 2016 AFF Championship.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 15 October 2022[12]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental[nb 1] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Perth Glory 2013–14 A-League 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
2014–15 A-League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Sri Pahang 2015 Malaysia Super League 15 0 3 0 10 0 2 0 30 0
2016 Malaysia Super League 20 1 2 0 5 1 27 2
2017 Malaysia Super League 18 1 7 0 7 1 32 2
2018 Malaysia Super League 18 0 6 0 8 1 32 1
2019 Malaysia Super League 21 1 6 1 9 0 36 2
Total 92 3 24 1 39 3 2 0 157 7
Johor Darul Ta'zim 2020 Malaysia Super League 6 0 1 0 7 0
2021 Malaysia Super League 15 1 9 0 5 0 29 1
2022 Malaysia Super League 17 0 3[nb 2] 0 0 0 5 0 25 0
Total 38 1 3 0 10 0 10 0 61 1
Career total 146 4 27 1 49 3 12 0 234 8
Notes
  1. ^ Includes cup competitions such as the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup
  2. ^ 1 appearance in 2022 Piala Sumbangsih and 1 appearance in 2022 Malaysia FA Cup.

International[edit]

As of match played 25 September 2022[13]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Malaysia 2015 5 0
2016 7 0
2017 2 0
2018 3 0
2019 12 0
2021 4 0
2022 6 0
Total 39 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sri Pahang

Johor Darul Ta'zim

Individual[edit]

FAM Football Awards

  • Best Young Players: 2015/16[14]
  • Best Defender of the Year: 2017
  • Best Defender of the Year: 2021

International[edit]

Malaysia U-23

Silver Silver Medal: 2017[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matthew Davies Profile". 2017 Southeast Asian Games. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Matthew Davies (Perth Glory)". Ultimate A-League. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b Vijhay Vick (8 November 2015). "Davies: I left Australia for Malaysia because of my impatient nature". FourFourTwo. Archived from the original on 16 February 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b Seng-Foo Lee (7 April 2015). "Pahang snap up Matthew Davies". FourFourTwo. Archived from the original on 19 September 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Glory LEGEND welcomes YOUNG stars". Perth Glory FC. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  6. ^ Ooi Kin Fai. "Davies dedicates win to Pahang family". goal.com. Perform Group. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Davies leaves the Elephants". Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Matthew Davis joins Malaysian champions JDT". 19 February 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  9. ^ Zulhilmi Zainal (8 April 2015). "Transfer News: Pahang sign Perth Glory youngster". Goal.com. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Ong Kim Swee names 20-man Malaysia squad for SEA Games". ESPN FC. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  11. ^ Chua Siang Yee (9 September 2015). "Malaysia match abandoned". The Straits Times. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Matthew Davies Statistics". Soccer Punter. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Matthew Davies". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  14. ^ K. Rajan (20 December 2015). "Rightback Davies the only bright spark in Pahang's dim season". The Star. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  15. ^ "SEA Games: Malaysia loses to Thailand 1-0 in football final". The Star. 29 August 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2017.

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