Terry Matterson

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Terry Matterson
Personal information
Born (1967-03-04) 4 March 1967 (age 53)[1]
Auburn, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
PositionLock, Five-eighth
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1986–87 Easts (Sydney) 10 0 1 0 2
1988–95 Brisbane Broncos 156 29 314 0 744
1995–98 London Broncos 74 23 116 6 330
Total 240 52 431 6 1076
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1989 New South Wales 1 0 0 0 0
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2005–11 Castleford Tigers 148 58 4 86 39
2017 Gold Coast Titans 2 0 0 2 0
Total 150 58 4 88 39
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2013–14 USA 6 3 0 3 50
Source: [2][3][4][1]

Terry Matterson (born 4 March 1967) is an Australian rugby league coach and former player. Matterson played in Australia's premiership for the Eastern Suburbs Roosters and the Brisbane Broncos, and was also selected to play in the State of Origin for New South Wales once in 1989. He was a goal-kicking lock and he played the majority of his club football for the Brisbane Broncos, with whom he won the 1992 and 1993 premierships, in addition to stints with the Eastern Suburbs Roosters and the London Broncos. He worked as a head coach in the Super League for the Castleford Tigers between 2005 and 2011.[5] From October 2013 Matterson was the head coach of the United States.


Matterson was born in Auburn, New South Wales, Australia.


After playing at five-eighth for the Eastern Suburbs Roosters, Matterson moved to Brisbane to be part of the Broncos' inaugural 1988 team. Playing at lock and being the team's goal-kicker, Matterson scored 24 points in the Broncos' first ever match in the opening round of 1988 against the previous year's premiers, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. This would stand as the record for most individual points in a Broncos game for over fourteen years. In 1989 Matterson represented New South Wales in the State of Origin, playing against many of his Broncos' teammates. He was also named player of the series for the 1989 Panasonic Cup tournament.

Matterson went on to play in the Broncos' inaugural grand final victory in 1992. In the weeks following the grand final he travelled with the Broncos to England, where he played at lock forward in the 1992 World Club Challenge against British champions Wigan, putting in a man-of-the-match performance to help Brisbane become the first NSWRL club to win the match in Britain. Matterson helped Brisbane to their second consecutive premiership in 1993, scoring a try in the Grand Final against St George.

Matterson joined the London Broncos in 1995. At the time he was the Brisbane club's top point-scorer, as well as record-holder of most points scored in a single match.

During the 2007 season at the Brisbane Broncos' 20-year anniversary celebration, the club announced a list of the 20 best players to play for them to date which included Matterson.[6] Matterson also was inducted into the Brisbane Broncos official Hall of Fame.[7]


Terry Matterson coached English Super League club the Castleford Tigers from 2005. Matterson expressed interest in taking over from Wayne Bennett as coach of the Brisbane Broncos at the end of the 2008 National Rugby League season.[1] Matterson stayed with the Castleford Tigers after they were relegated in 2006. He guided the team straight back up to regain its place in the Super League. Matterson then signed a new 3-year deal to stay at the Castleford Tigers. Matterson guided the Castleford Tigers to 7th place in Super League 2009. The club's first play-off finish since 2002. They faced Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium and lost 18–12 with Joe Westerman scoring 8 points.

Pressure grew on Matterson during 2010 after the Castleford Tigers lost to Barrow Raiders at home in the challenge cup. Several hundred supporters gathered at the back of the main stand and vented frustration at Matterson and the club's board. Matterson and the team went on a rough patch but turned it around and only just missed out on a second play off appearance in two years by losing out to St. Helens in the final league game of the season. Matterson hoped to improve the Castleford Tigers further in 2011 which would be his last season with the club. In 2011, Matterson was named as the assistant coach of the Exiles, a team made up of Australian and New Zealand players contracted to Super League clubs. The Exiles played against the England in June 2011 in the Rugby League International Origin Match, a fixture that is intended to become an annual contest in the future. Matterson will be assisting the Head coach of the RL Exiles, Brian McClennan. Matterson announced on 4 July 2011 that it would be his last season at the Castleford Tigers and he would leave the club at the end of that year. This took him to 6 years at the Castleford Tigers. Matterson will go back home to Australia to become assistant coach of the North Queensland Cowboys for 2012.[8] For their 2013 Rugby League World Cup campaign, the United States appointed Matterson as coach for the tournament.

Career Stats[edit]


Season Team Appearances Tries Goals Goal-kicking Percentage Field Goals Points
1986 NSWRL Season Eastern Suburbs Roosters 2 - 1/1 100% - 2
1987 NSWRL Season Eastern Suburbs Roosters 6 - - - - -
1988 NSWRL Season Brisbane Broncos 20 8 59/92 64.13% - 150
1989 NSWRL Season Brisbane Broncos 20 5 42/64 65.63% - 104
1990 NSWRL Season Brisbane Broncos 22 3 23/38 60.53% - 58
1991 NSWRL Season Brisbane Broncos 18 - 38/59 64.41% - 76
1992 NSWRL Season Brisbane Broncos 23 2 74/108 68.52% - 156
1993 NSWRL Season Brisbane Broncos 24 7 58/89 65.17% - 144
1994 NSWRL Season Brisbane Broncos 17 3 18/35 51.43% - 48
1995 ARL Season Brisbane Broncos 11 1 2/3 66.67% - 8


Personal life[edit]

In January 2010, Matterson lost his left ring finger in a training accident where his wedding ring snagged on a fence. Surgery to re-attach the finger was unsuccessful, however Matterson seemed unaffected by the trauma, continuing to coach the Castleford Tigers the next week.[10] His older brother Greg Matterson became the head coach of New South Wales Cup side Newtown Jets.[11] Matterson is the uncle of Wests Tigers' Ryan Matterson.[12]


  • Phil Wilkinson. "Legend Q&A". Rugby League Week. Sydney, NSW: PBLMedia (18 July 2007): pgs 22–23.


  1. ^ a b Phil Wilkinson. "Legend Q&A". Rugby League Week. Sydney, NSW: PBLMedia (18 July 2007): pgs 22–23.
  2. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Coach Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ NRL Stats[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Coach Statistics at thecastlefordtigers.co.uk". thecastlefordtigers.co.uk ℅ web.archive.org. 31 December 2017. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  6. ^ Dekroo, Karl (9 May 2007). "Still the king". The Courier-Mail. Australia: Queensland Newspapers. Archived from the original on 12 May 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  7. ^ "Broncos Hall of Fame". broncos.com.au. Brisbane Broncos. Archived from the original on 26 January 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Terry Matterson takes NRL role". Code 13 Rugby League. 20 September 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  9. ^ "Terry Matterson - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". www.rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  10. ^ Hadfield, Dave (19 January 2010). "Matterson vows to continue after loss of finger". The Independent. London. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
  11. ^ "Former Warrington Wolves back rower Antony Jerram reaches milestone in Australian rugby league". This is Cheshire. 29 March 2009. Archived from the original on 13 January 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  12. ^ "Eels re-sign Terry Matterson's nephew". NRL.com. Retrieved 25 April 2016.

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