Matthew Briggs

Matthew Briggs
Personal information
Full name Matthew Anthony Briggs
Date of birth 9 March 1991 (1991-03-09) (age 20)
Place of birth Wandsworth, London, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Fulham
Number 28
Youth career
1999–2006 Fulham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006– Fulham 6 (0)
2010 Leyton Orient (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2006 England U16 1 (0)
2007–2008 England U17 13 (0)
2008–2010 England U19 12 (1)
2009 England U20 2 (0)
2011– England U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:44, 11 November 2011 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:31, 7 October 2011 (UTC)

Matthew Anthony Briggs (born 9 March 1991) is an English footballer who plays for Fulham as a defender.

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Club career

After being scouted by Fulham at the age of eight after a performance for his Sunday league side, Briggs signed for Fulham. He attracted interest from Premier League teams such as Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea. Although Briggs is primarily a left back, he can play at centre back.

On 13 May 2007, he made his first team debut for Fulham in the 3–1 defeat against Middlesbrough, coming on as a 77th minute substitute for Moritz Volz.[2] This appearance made him the Premier League's youngest ever player, being 16 years and 65 days old.[2] He surpassed Everton striker James Vaughan's record by 206 days.

In January 2010, he joined Leyton Orient on a one month loan.[3]

On 25 August 2010 he made his first start of the 2010–11 season for Fulham, playing 56 minutes of a 6–0 win over Port Vale in the League Cup. He was described as "impressive" in the game.[4] During this game he was credited with an assist for the first goal which Zoltán Gera headed in from eight yards. He made his first Premier League start on 10 November 2010 against Chelsea only through injury to first choice left back Carlos Salcido, before later playing against Arsenal. After the Arsenal match, Briggs had an operation on both his legs which took him out of action for 8 weeks.

Briggs scored his first goal for Fulham in a Europa League match against Crusaders on 14 July 2011.

International career

In early 2009, Briggs received a call-up to the England under-19 squad for the 2009 European Championships. He was then also selected as part of the England under-20 squad for the 2009 Youth World Cup. He was capped by the under-21 team for the first time after starting in a 6–0 victory at home to Azerbaijan on 1 September 2011.[5]

Career statistics

Club

As of 20:56, 11 November 2011.

[6]

Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2006–07 Fulham Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2007–08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Leyton Orient (Loan) League One 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11 Fulham Premier League 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
2011–12 1 0 0 0 1 0 8 1 9 1
Career total 6 0 0 0 2 0 8 1 15 1

2011-12 appearances includes match in Uefa Cup, away to Dnipro on 25/8/2011, which is currently not included on Soccerbase website.

Honours

International

Club

  • Youngest player to play in the Premier League.

References

External links


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