Matthew Rush was
Martin O'Neill's first signing as Norwich
City manager. However the £300,000 signing from West Ham was
hindered by a knee injury sustained two days after making his City
debut against Sunderland in August 1995. His first team chances
were limited by this injury and by the changes in managers at Carrow
Road after O'Neill's departure. Loan spells at Northampton were
limited by their ability to pay City's valuation. On transfer deadline
day, he moved to Oldham whose manager Neil Warnock had tried to
sign him before when Warnock was with Notts County.
Prior to his unsuccessful spell in Norfolk, Matthew played for West
Ham for whom he made 48 league appearances scoring 5 goals. In his
time at Upton Park, he gained Irish Under 21 caps and had loan spells
with Cambridge (10 league games) and Swansea (13 league games).
Matthew was forced to retire from football as a result of a
cruciate ligament injury suffered in a clash with Carlisle. As his
knee has already been reconstructed once, the specialist advised
that Matthew abandons professional football. If he does so then
he will seek a second career as a PE teacher. He officially retired
in September 1998.
Matthew has since signed for Rymans leaguers Dulwich Hamlet in the
summer of 1999. However the November 1999 edition of Team Talk
magazine revealed that Rush had moved on to fellow Rymans leaguers
Dagenham and Redbridge.At the same time, he studied successfully
for a BSc(Hons) in Sports Development from the University of East
On 8th May 2002, Matthew signed for non-leaguers Droylsden, whilst
maintaining his PE teaching job at Gorton's Wright Robinson Sports
College. He moved to Maple Hall School in Stockport in the summer
of 2002. In November 2002, Matthew switched to Droylsden's Unibond
League rivals Ashton United. He has since left Ashton
In April 2008, it was reported that Matthew is teaching at a
school in Barcelona. He is now teaching at Blenheim High School.