3rd March 1994
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Joined Linfield
23 May 2013
Previous Clubs
U16/17 and 19 International
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Dougie Craig
Player Notes
Matthew is from Castlederg and is a cousin of Richard Clarke. He was with Linfield before joinng Rangers and then re-signing for Linfield on a 2 year contract on 23 May 2013.

7 Northern Ireland U17 appearances.

9 Northern Ireland U16 appearances.

Linfield debut in 2-0 win away to IF Fuglafjordor (Faroe Islands) in Europa League on Wednesday 3 July 2013.

First 2 goals in a 2-1 win away to Coleraine on August 16, 2014.

Signed a 2 year contract extension on May 1, 2015.

100th Linfield game in a 2-1 defeat at Solitude on Tuesday October 18, 2016.

Matthew agreed a 3 year contract extension on January 12, 2017 to take effect at the expiry of his current contract at the end of the season.

Scored on his 150th appearance for Linfield in a 5-0 Irish Cup home win against Glebe Rangers on January 6, 2018.

Scored the winner in a 3-2 Europa League 3rd round 2nd leg tie against FK Sutjeska on his 200th appearance for the club on August 13, 2019.

Signed an extended two year contract on November 13, 2019 to take effect on the expiry of his existing contract at the end of the season.

250th appearance in 3-1 league defeat at the Oval on March 2, 2021.

Signed a contract extension on April 15, 2021 pledging his future at the club until the end of the 2022-23 season.

300th appearance in a 3-0 defeat at Coleraine on January 29, 2022.

Billy Meikle memorial trophy winner 2021-22

Signed a contract extension in late May 2022 pledging his future at the club until the end of the 2023-24 season.

Captained the team in 2-0 extra time home win against New Saints in Champions League on July 13, 2022.

Equalled Noel Bailie’s 36 European appearances in 2-0 defeat home to FC Zurich on August 4, 2022 placing Matthew in joint second place in the club’s all time list of appearance makers.

Made his 350th appearance in a 6-1 away league win against Portadown on January 28, 2023.

Testimonial season 2023-24

(at end of 2022/23):

Played: 363 (including 27 as sub.)

Goals: 13

Next Match
Newry City
Irish Premier League
Kick-off : 4th November @ 3pm
Venue : The Showgrounds
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