Reg Matthews

Date of birth20 December 1932
Place of birthCoventry
NationalityEnglish
PositionGoalkeeper

Signed for £20,000 from Coventry City - then a record fee for a goalkeeper, Reg Matthews was playing behind a weak defence at Chelsea. He was eventually replaced by Peter Bonetti and moved on to Derby County.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Coventry City 01 May 1950 01 Nov 1956
Chelsea 01 Nov 1956 01 Oct 1961

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Clean sheets Conceded Y R
1952-53 Coventry City Division Three (South) 10 6
1953-54 Coventry City Division Three (South) 5 4
1954-55 Coventry City Division Three (South) 36 21 2
1954-55 Coventry City FA Cup 4 4
1954-55 Football League Inter League 1 1
1955-56 Coventry City Division Three (South) 43 31 1
1955-56 Coventry City FA Cup 1
1956-57 Chelsea FA Cup 2 1 1
1956-57 Chelsea League Division One 22 11 8
1956-57 Coventry City Division Three (South) 17 11 2
1956-57 Football League Inter League 1 1
1957-58 Chelsea FA Cup 3 3
1957-58 Chelsea League Division One 42 25 12
1958-59 Chelsea FA Cup 2 2
1958-59 Chelsea Fairs Cup 3 3
1958-59 Chelsea League Division One 32 15 10
1959-60 Chelsea FA Cup 2 1 2
1959-60 Chelsea League Division One 33 22 9
1960-61 Chelsea League Cup 1 1
1960-61 Chelsea League Division One 6 3 1
1961-62 Derby County FA Cup 3 3
1961-62 Derby County League Division Two 25 14 7
1962-63 Derby County League Division Two 15 8 3
1963-64 Derby County FA Cup 1 1
1963-64 Derby County League Cup 1 1
1963-64 Derby County League Division Two 42 25 6
1964-65 Derby County FA Cup 1 1
1964-65 Derby County League Cup 1 1
1964-65 Derby County League Division Two 36 29 5
1965-66 Derby County FA Cup 1 1
1965-66 Derby County League Cup 4 3
1965-66 Derby County League Division Two 42 32 3
1966-67 Derby County League Cup 1 1
1966-67 Derby County League Division Two 28 21 1
1967-68 Derby County FA Cup 1
1967-68 Derby County League Cup 7 6
1967-68 Derby County League Division Two 37 27 3


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
21 Mar 1953 Southend United v Coventry City L 1-0 Division Three (South)
28 Mar 1953 Coventry City v Watford W 1-0 Division Three (South)
03 Apr 1953 Colchester United v Coventry City W 0-1 Division Three (South)
04 Apr 1953 Brighton and Hove Albion v Coventry City D 1-1 Division Three (South)
11 Apr 1953 Coventry City v Newport County L 0-1 Division Three (South)
18 Apr 1953 Crystal Palace v Coventry City D 2-2 Division Three (South)
22 Apr 1953 Exeter City v Coventry City L 1-0 Division Three (South)
25 Apr 1953 Coventry City v Bristol City D 2-2 Division Three (South)
28 Apr 1953 Bristol City v Coventry City L 1-0 Division Three (South)
02 May 1953 Torquay United v Coventry City L 2-1 Division Three (South)
19 Aug 1953 Aldershot v Coventry City L 4-2 Division Three (South)
22 Aug 1953 Coventry City v Leyton Orient W 4-0 Division Three (South)
26 Aug 1953 Gillingham v Coventry City L 2-0 Division Three (South)
29 Aug 1953 Reading v Coventry City L 4-3 Division Three (South)
31 Aug 1953 Coventry City v Gillingham W 2-1 Division Three (South)
25 Sep 1954 Walsall v Coventry City D 1-1 Division Three (South)
30 Sep 1954 Leyton Orient v Coventry City L 1-0 Division Three (South)
02 Oct 1954 Coventry City v Shrewsbury Town W 3-0 Division Three (South)
09 Oct 1954 Newport County v Coventry City D 1-1 Division Three (South)
16 Oct 1954 Coventry City v Exeter City D 1-1 Division Three (South)
23 Oct 1954 Colchester United v Coventry City W 0-1 Division Three (South)
30 Oct 1954 Coventry City v Watford W 3-2 Division Three (South)
06 Nov 1954 Southend United v Coventry City L 1-0 Division Three (South)
13 Nov 1954 Coventry City v Aldershot W 2-1 Division Three (South)
20 Nov 1954 Northampton Town v Coventry City W 0-1 FA Cup 1st round
27 Nov 1954 Coventry City v Crystal Palace W 4-1 Division Three (South)
04 Dec 1954 Northampton Town v Coventry City L 1-0 Division Three (South)
11 Dec 1954 Coventry City v Scunthorpe United W 4-0 FA Cup 2nd round
18 Dec 1954 Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic v Coventry City L 2-1 Division Three (South)
25 Dec 1954 Coventry City v Southampton D 1-1 Division Three (South)
27 Dec 1954 Southampton v Coventry City L 1-0 Division Three (South)
01 Jan 1955 Coventry City v Brentford W 1-0 Division Three (South)
08 Jan 1955 Huddersfield Town v Coventry City D 3-3 FA Cup 3rd round
13 Jan 1955 Coventry City v Huddersfield Town L 1-2 FA Cup 3rd round replay
22 Jan 1955 Coventry City v Torquay United L 0-1 Division Three (South)
29 Jan 1955 Queens Park Rangers v Coventry City L 3-2 Division Three (South)
05 Feb 1955 Bristol City v Coventry City L 2-0 Division Three (South)
12 Feb 1955 Coventry City v Walsall W 5-3 Division Three (South)
19 Feb 1955 Shrewsbury Town v Coventry City L 1-0 Division Three (South)
05 Mar 1955 Exeter City v Coventry City D 0-0 Division Three (South)
12 Mar 1955 Coventry City v Colchester United D 0-0 Division Three (South)
19 Mar 1955 Watford v Coventry City L 1-0 Division Three (South)
02 Apr 1955 Aldershot v Coventry City D 1-1 Division Three (South)
04 Apr 1955 Coventry City v Newport County W 3-2 Division Three (South)
08 Apr 1955 Millwall v Coventry City L 3-1 Division Three (South)
09 Apr 1955 Coventry City v Swindon Town W 1-0 Division Three (South)
12 Apr 1955 Coventry City v Millwall W 4-1 Division Three (South)
16 Apr 1955 Crystal Palace v Coventry City L 1-0 Division Three (South)
18 Apr 1955 Coventry City v Norwich City W 4-0 Division Three (South)
23 Apr 1955 Coventry City v Northampton Town D 0-0 Division Three (South)
27 Apr 1955 Swindon Town v Coventry City L 3-0 Division Three (South)
30 Apr 1955 Norwich City v Coventry City D 1-1 Division Three (South)
02 May 1955 Coventry City v Queens Park Rangers W 5-1 Division Three (South)
04 May 1955 Coventry City v Southend United L 1-4 Division Three (South)
07 May 1955 Brighton and Hove Albion v Coventry City L 2-0 Division Three (South)
20 Aug 1955 Coventry City v Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic W 3-1 Division Three (South)
23 Aug 1955 Watford v Coventry City L 2-1 Division Three (South)
27 Aug 1955 Norwich City v Coventry City L 1-0 Division Three (South)
29 Aug 1955 Coventry City v Watford W 3-0 Division Three (South)
03 Sep 1955 Coventry City v Colchester United W 2-0 Division Three (South)
07 Sep 1955 Gillingham v Coventry City D 1-1 Division Three (South)
10 Sep 1955 Leyton Orient v Coventry City L 3-1 Division Three (South)
12 Sep 1955 Coventry City v Gillingham W 2-0 Division Three (South)
17 Sep 1955 Coventry City v Exeter City D 2-2 Division Three (South)
21 Sep 1955 Reading v Coventry City L 1-0 Division Three (South)
24 Sep 1955 Southend United v Coventry City L 3-0 Division Three (South)
26 Sep 1955 Coventry City v Brentford W 2-1 Division Three (South)
01 Oct 1955 Coventry City v Swindon Town W 6-0 Division Three (South)
08 Oct 1955 Northampton Town v Coventry City L 2-1 Division Three (South)
15 Oct 1955 Coventry City v Aldershot D 1-1 Division Three (South)
22 Oct 1955 Crystal Palace v Coventry City L 3-0 Division Three (South)
29 Oct 1955 Coventry City v Brighton and Hove Albion W 3-2 Division Three (South)
05 Nov 1955 Southampton v Coventry City L 3-0 Division Three (South)
12 Nov 1955 Coventry City v Shrewsbury Town W 2-1 Division Three (South)
19 Nov 1955 Coventry City v Exeter City L 0-1 FA Cup 1st round
26 Nov 1955 Coventry City v Walsall W 1-0 Division Three (South)
03 Dec 1955 Torquay United v Coventry City D 0-0 Division Three (South)
10 Dec 1955 Coventry City v Newport County W 3-0 Division Three (South)
17 Dec 1955 Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic v Coventry City W 0-1 Division Three (South)
24 Dec 1955 Coventry City v Norwich City W 5-3 Division Three (South)
26 Dec 1955 Millwall v Coventry City W 0-2 Division Three (South)
27 Dec 1955 Coventry City v Millwall W 5-1 Division Three (South)
31 Dec 1955 Colchester United v Coventry City L 2-0 Division Three (South)
07 Jan 1956 Ipswich Town v Coventry City L 1-0 Division Three (South)
14 Jan 1956 Coventry City v Leyton Orient W 3-0 Division Three (South)
21 Jan 1956 Exeter City v Coventry City W 2-3 Division Three (South)
11 Feb 1956 Swindon Town v Coventry City D 1-1 Division Three (South)
18 Feb 1956 Coventry City v Northampton Town L 0-1 Division Three (South)
25 Feb 1956 Aldershot v Coventry City D 2-2 Division Three (South)
03 Mar 1956 Coventry City v Crystal Palace L 1-3 Division Three (South)
10 Mar 1956 Brighton and Hove Albion v Coventry City L 2-1 Division Three (South)
17 Mar 1956 Coventry City v Southampton W 2-0 Division Three (South)
19 Mar 1956 Coventry City v Southend United D 0-0 Division Three (South)
24 Mar 1956 Shrewsbury Town v Coventry City L 3-0 Division Three (South)
30 Mar 1956 Queens Park Rangers v Coventry City W 1-2 Division Three (South)
31 Mar 1956 Coventry City v Ipswich Town W 3-1 Division Three (South)
03 Apr 1956 Coventry City v Queens Park Rangers W 4-1 Division Three (South)
07 Apr 1956 Walsall v Coventry City L 2-0 Division Three (South)
21 Apr 1956 Newport County v Coventry City L 4-2 Division Three (South)
18 Aug 1956 Coventry City v Exeter City W 1-0 Division Three (South)
20 Aug 1956 Coventry City v Southampton W 2-1 Division Three (South)
25 Aug 1956 Crystal Palace v Coventry City D 1-1 Division Three (South)
29 Aug 1956 Southampton v Coventry City D 1-1 Division Three (South)
01 Sep 1956 Coventry City v Southend United W 2-0 Division Three (South)
05 Sep 1956 Norwich City v Coventry City L 3-0 Division Three (South)
08 Sep 1956 Northampton Town v Coventry City L 4-0 Division Three (South)
10 Sep 1956 Coventry City v Norwich City W 3-2 Division Three (South)
15 Sep 1956 Coventry City v Queens Park Rangers W 5-1 Division Three (South)
22 Sep 1956 Plymouth Argyle v Coventry City D 0-0 Division Three (South)
24 Sep 1956 Coventry City v Ipswich Town D 1-1 Division Three (South)
29 Sep 1956 Coventry City v Reading L 0-1 Division Three (South)
13 Oct 1956 Coventry City v Millwall L 1-2 Division Three (South)
20 Oct 1956 Brighton and Hove Albion v Coventry City L 2-1 Division Three (South)
27 Oct 1956 Coventry City v Gillingham W 4-1 Division Three (South)
03 Nov 1956 Swindon Town v Coventry City D 2-2 Division Three (South)
10 Nov 1956 Coventry City v Brentford D 1-1 Division Three (South)


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Clean sheets Conceded Y R
1954-55 England B International 1 1
1954-55 England Under-23 2 1 1
1955-56 England B International 2 2
1955-56 England British Home Championship 1 1
1955-56 England International Friendly 3 3
1955-56 England Under-23 2 2
1956-57 England British Home Championship 1 1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
19 Jan 1955 England v Italy W 5-1 U23
08 Feb 1955 Scotland v England W 0-6 U23
23 Mar 1955 England v West Germany D 1-1 B INTER
28 Sep 1955 England v Denmark W 5-1 U23
08 Feb 1956 England v Scotland W 3-1 U23
29 Feb 1956 Scotland v England D 2-2 B INTER
21 Mar 1956 England v Switzerland W 4-1 B INTER
14 Apr 1956 Scotland v England D 1-1 British Home Championship
09 May 1956 England v Brazil W 4-2 International Friendly
16 May 1956 Sweden v England D 0-0 International Friendly
26 May 1956 Germany v England W 1-3 International Friendly
06 Oct 1956 Northern Ireland v England D 1-1 British Home Championship


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.