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JOHN MATTHEWS

Born: 01 November 1955

Came from: Chesterfield   Went to: Torquay United

First game: 17 August 1985   Last game: 29 April 1989

Appearances: 159 (153/6)   Goals: 5

Born in Camden, Matthews came through the youth ranks at Highbury, making his debut as a full back in August 1974. He went on to play 45 times for Arsenal in five years, scoring twice, but with competition from the likes of Liam Brady and a broken leg which cost him a season, a regular place proved elusive and he moved to Sheffield United in 1978. Converted to a midfielder, Matthews stayed at Bramall Lane for four years and scored 14 times in 103 games before moving on a free transfer to Mansfield Town. Two years later he was on the move again, this time a free transfer to Chesterfield where he played a key role in their 1984-85 Fourth Division championship season. Joining Argyle on a free in August 1985, the cultured playmaker helped Dave Smith’s promotion winners to the runners up spot, remaining at Home Park until June 1989, when he was reunited with Smith at Torquay United. He played a further 25 times for the Gulls before finishing his career with Dorchester Town.

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We're grateful to Andy Chapman, Paul Roberts, Steve Rhodes and Mark Lovell for their help in writing GoS-DB's player pen-pictures, and to the PAFC Media Team and Colin Parsons for their help with photos. Thanks also to staff at the National Football Museum, the Scottish Football Museum and ScotlandsPeople for their valuable assistance.

The following publications have been particularly valuable in the research of pen-pictures: Plymouth Argyle, A Complete Record 1903-1989 (Brian Knight, ISBN 0-907969-40-2); Plymouth Argyle, 101 Golden Greats (Andy Riddle, ISBN 1-874287-47-3); Football League Players' Records 1888-1939 (Michael Joyce, ISBN 1-899468-67-6); Football League Players' Records 1946-1988 (Barry Hugman, ISBN 1-85443-020-3) and Plymouth Argyle Football Club Handbooks.

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