In September 2006, Gareth Matthews joined Norwich City from the
renowned Cherry Orchard Boys Club in Dublin. He had an impressive
Milk Cup tournament in the summer of 2005. In January 2006 he
was Man of the Match as he captained the Dublin District Schoolboys
League to victory over Glasgow Celtic in a challenge match at
Home Farm FC, Whitehall, Dublin.
Following his fine performance here was selected to play for
the Republic of Ireland's U16's against Israel in February. City
scout Karl Brady then watched him
play against Northern Ireland in March this year at Dundalk FC
and again impressed. Having trialled with Norwich over the summer
of 2006, when Gareth returned from representing the Republic of
Ireland in a tournament in Hungary at U17 level, the club offered
him a two year scholarship.
Gareth is predominantly a right back but such is his versatility,
he can adapt to play anywhere across the backline. He is a quick
and tenacious defender who contributes well in attack with excellent
distribution and crossing.
He was recently described by the Republic of Ireland youth coach
Sean McCaffrey as "a good defender, good on one vs ones,
supports the attack well and has already scored two goals for
the Under-17s, against Italy and against Azerbaijan. Matthews
is a good solid player. We definitely think he has a future and
he has a very good attitude as well."
Gareth cut short his second year at Norwich at returned home
to Ireland in February 2008, signing for UCD.
Matthews parted company with UCD at the end of the 2010 after
making 17 appearances for the club. On 21st February 2011, Matthews
joined Shelbourne for the 2011 First Division season. He made
30 appearances for Shelbourne in his first season.