Mat Sadler

Mat Sadler
Mat Sadler
Personal information
Full name Mathew John Sadler[1]
Date of birth 26 February 1985 (1985-02-26) (age 26)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Walsall
Number 3
Youth career
000?–2002 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2008 Birmingham City 51 (0)
2003–2004 Northampton Town (loan) 7 (0)
2008–2011 Watford 30 (0)
2010 Stockport County (loan) 20 (0)
2010–2011 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 46 (0)
2011– Walsall 11 (0)
National team
2001–2002 England U17 9 (0)
2003 England U18 1 (0)
2003 England U19 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:31, 9 October 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Mathew John "Mat" Sadler (born 26 February 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays for Walsall. He is a left back who also played in the Premier League and the Football League for Birmingham City and in the Football League for Northampton Town and Stockport County.



Born in Solihull, Sadler began his career as a junior with Birmingham City. He made his first team debut on 2 October 2002 in a League Cup tie away at Leyton Orient. On 2 November 2002 he made his FA Premier League debut in a 3–2 home win over Bolton Wanderers. He played a second League Cup three days later, a 2–0 loss to Preston North End. His final appearance of the 2002–03 season came on 28 December 2002 away at Manchester United, in which he was up against David Beckham, who played on the right wing directly against him.

In November 2003 Sadler went on a two-month loan to Northampton Town, playing eight games, and in May 2004, signed a new contract to keep him at Birmingham.

In the 2005–06 season, Sadler returned as a substitute for the Birmingham first team in a home FA Cup replay against Reading. This was his only appearance until April when he was in the first team to play Chelsea at home. His return coincided with the Blues starting to pick up points and make the club's relegation seem less likely. He stayed in the starting line-up for the remaining games.

Sadler joined Watford on 24 January 2008 for an initial fee of £750,000, rising to £900,000 depending on appearances. He signed a three-and-a-half-year contract.[2]

Sadler has fallen from grace at Vicarage Road and has not played for Watford since December 2008 when he featured in a 4–2 defeat to Bristol City at home. He joined Stockport County on loan in January 2010 and remained at Edgeley Park until the end of the season. His debut for the club took place on 30 January against Southampton.[3]

Sadler joined Football League Two club Shrewsbury Town on 7 July 2010 on loan for six months. According to manager Graham Turner, the player seemed reluctant initially to play in the fourth tier of English football but was won over by the club's ambition.[4]

Saddler Joined Walsall On 27 June After Being Released By Watford

International career

Sadler played nine times for England under-17, including at the 2002 European Under-17 championships,[5] appeared once for the under-18s, and played four times at under-19 level.[6]


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