Luke Matheson (footballer)

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Luke Matheson
Luke Matheson.jpg
Matheson playing for Rochdale U18s in October 2017
Personal information
Full name Luke Alexander Matheson[1]
Date of birth (2002-10-03) 3 October 2002 (age 17)
Place of birth Rochdale, England[2]
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[3]
Playing position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Rochdale
(on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Number 41
Youth career
0000–2018 Rochdale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018–2020 Rochdale 18 (1)
2020– Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 (0)
2020– Rochdale (loan) 4 (0)
National team
2019 England U17 1 (0)
2019– England U18 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:40, 29 February 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:16, 18 November 2019 (UTC)

Luke Alexander Matheson (born 3 October 2002) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Rochdale on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Club career

Rochdale

Matheson was born on 3 October 2002 in Rochdale.[2] He attends Trinity Church of England High School in Hulme, Manchester.[4] Progressing through Rochdale's academy, Matheson made his first-team debut on 4 September 2018, during their EFL Trophy group-stage tie against Bury at the age of 15 years and 336 days, making him the club's youngest ever debutant. As well as this, Matheson was awarded with the man-of-the-match award for his performance in the 2–1 victory.[5][6]

On 19 January 2019, Matheson made his English Football League debut in a 1–1 League One draw at home to Fleetwood Town, as a half-time substitute for Matt Done.[7]

On 25 September 2019, at the age of just 16, he scored the equaliser in a 1–1 draw against Manchester United in the EFL Cup third round at Old Trafford, which Dale eventually lost 5–3 on penalties.[8][9] On 31 October, he signed a three-year professional contract with the club, having turned 17 earlier in the month.[10]

Matheson scored his first league goal on 11 January 2020, opening a 2–0 home win over Bolton Wanderers.[11]

Wolverhampton Wanderers

On 31 January 2020, Matheson signed for Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers, before re-joining Rochdale on loan for the remainder of the season.[12] The transfer fee was £1 million.[13]

International career

In February 2019, Matheson made his international debut for the England under-17 team against France.[14]

On 11 October 2019, Matheson made his England U18 debut during a 5–2 win away to Poland.[15]

Career statistics

As of match played 14 January 2020[16]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rochdale 2018–19 League One 3 0 0 0 0 0 4[a] 0 7 0
2019–20 League One 15 1 3 0 3 1 2[a] 0 23 2
Career total 18 1 3 0 3 1 6 0 30 2
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy.

References

  1. ^ "Notification of shirt numbers" (PDF). English Football League. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Luke Matheson". Rochdale AFC official site. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Luke Matheson: Biography". wolves.co.uk. Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  4. ^ O'Toole, Dan (22 September 2018). "Who is Luke Matheson? The Rochdale 15-year-old reportedly interesting Manchester United and Liverpool". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Luke Matheson Becomes Rochdale's Youngest Ever Debutant". Rochdale A.F.C. 4 September 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Luke Matheson: 15-year-old Rochdale defender named man of the match on debut". BBC Sport. 5 September 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Dale 1–1 Fleetwood Town". Rochdale A.F.C. 19 January 2019. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Luke Matheson: Scoring against Man Utd but school in the morning". BBC Sport. 25 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Manchester United escape on penalties against Rochdale despite 16-year-old Luke Matheson's heroics". The Daily Telegraph. 25 September 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Luke Matheson signs three-year Rochdale deal after Carabao Cup heroics". BBC Sport. 31 October 2019. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Rochdale 2–0 Bolton Wanderers". BBC Sport. 11 January 2020. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  12. ^ "Wolves seal Matheson signing". www.wolves.co.uk. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Luke Matheson joins Wolves from Rochdale in deal worth £1m". BBC Sport. 31 January 2020. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  14. ^ "Luke Matheson makes international debut". Rochdale AFC. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  15. ^ "An impressive win on the road for Ian Foster's Young Lions, who beat Poland in Opole". TheFA.com. 11 October 2019. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  16. ^ Luke Matheson at Soccerway
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