Matthew Rees (footballer)

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Matthew Rees
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-09-02) 2 September 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Afan Lido
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Millwall 0 (0)
2003 Aldershot Town (loan) 7 (0)
2004 Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 1 (0)
2004 Swansea City (loan) 3 (1)
2004 Crawley Town 5 (0)
2004 Newport County 3 (0)
2004–2011 Port Talbot Town 193 (12)
2011–2012 Neath 27 (1)
2012–2013 Carmarthen Town 26 (0)
2013– Afan Lido 12 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Wales U21 2 (0)
2003 Wales U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Matthew Rees (born 2 September 1982) is a Welsh footballer currently playing for Welsh Premier League side Afan Lido. A former Wales under-21 international, he began his career with Millwall without making a first team appearance. After loan spells with Aldershot Town and Dagenham & Redbridge, he made his debut in the Football League with Swansea City in 2004, making three appearances. He has also had spells with Crawley Town, Newport County, and Carmarthen Town.

Club career[edit]

Rees began his career as a youth player at Millwall, turning professional in April 2000,[1] and later captained the club's reserve side. Having not made a first team appearance for the club, he was allowed to join Conference National side Aldershot Town on loan in October 2003. He made his debut for the club in a 3–1 over Halifax Town on 11 October 2003,[2] going on to make ten appearances in all competitions before being recalled from his loan spell by Millwall to cover for an injury crisis after two months.[3] In January 2004, he returned to the Conference on loan with Dagenham & Redbridge,[4] playing in just one match for the club, a 2–0 defeat to Exeter City.[5] After returning to Millwall, Rees was sent out on loan for the third time during the 2003–04 season, joining his home town club Swansea City. He made a goalscoring debut during a 2–1 defeat to Lincoln City on 10 April 2004[6] and made two more appearances before the end of the season.

Released by Millwall on his return, Rees joined Crawley Town on non-contract terms.[7] He remained with the club until November and, after a brief spell with Newport County,[1] joined Welsh Premier League side Port Talbot Town in December 2004. To date, Rees has made over 150 appearances for the club, becoming the clubs all-time record Welsh Premier appearance holder in December 2009,[8] and was named Welsh Premier League player of the month for September 2006.[9]

He joined Carmarthen Town in June 2012 after the liquidation of Neath and went on to make 73 appearances for the club, scoring 1 goal.[10]

In August 2013 he joined Afan Lido.[11]

International career[edit]

Rees made his debut for the Wales under-21 side on 6 September 2002 as a substitute in place of Rhys Day during a 2–1 defeat to Finland.[12] He made two further appearances during the 2002–03 season, during 0–0 draw with South Korea,[13] in a game designated as an under-20 international,[14] and a 1–0 win over Azerbaijan.[15] In May 2003, despite having not made a professional appearance at club level, he was called up to the senior Wales squad for a friendly match against the United States,[16] remaining on the bench during a 2–0 defeat.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Past players". Swansea City A.F.C. Archived from the original on 10 July 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Aldershot 3–1 Halifax". BBC Sport. 11 October 2003. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Lions recall Rees from Aldershot". BBC Sport. 8 December 2003. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Daggers net Rees". BBC Sport. 24 January 2004. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Dagenham 0–2 Exeter". BBC Sport. 24 January 2004. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Lincoln 2-1 Swansea". BBC. 10 April 2004. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Crawley make Rees capture". BBC Sport. 17 August 2004. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Port Talbot Town all-time appearance records". welsh-premier.com. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Player of the Month". welshpremier.com. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Three more Eagles find a new nest". Welsh Premier League. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/afanlidofootballclub/news/lido-squad-finalises-1021286.html
  12. ^ "Finland 2–1 Wales". Football Association of Wales. 6 September 2002. Archived from the original on 27 May 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  13. ^ "Wales 0–0 Korea". Football Association of Wales. 11 February 2003. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  14. ^ "Wales U20 vs South Korea U20". Football Association of Wales. 11 February 2003. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  15. ^ "Wales 1–0 Azerbaijan". Football Association of Wales. 28 March 2003. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  16. ^ "Howarth adds to Wales injury woes". BBC Sport. 20 May 2003. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 

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