Matthew Tubbs

Matt Tubbs
England C2(2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:15, 27 July 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:54, 9 March 2012 (UTC)

Matthew Stephen "Matt" Tubbs (born 15 July 1984) is an English footballer who plays for Rotherham United on loan as a striker.

Club career

Salisbury City

Born in Salisbury, Wiltshire,[1] Tubbs played for Bournemouth as a schoolboy before joining Bolton Wanderers, where he regularly played in the reserve team.[2] Two years later he rejoined Bournemouth on non-contract terms in 2003, before dropping into non-League football with Dorchester Town.[2][3] He signed for Salisbury City in October 2003, making his debut against Fleet Town.[3] He helped Salisbury rise through the leagues, becoming a regular goalscorer within the side. In the 2005–06 season he helped Salisbury pick up promotion and as a reward was picked out in the Southern Premier League's Team of the Year.[4]

The following season, he was again a major part of City's success in the Conference South, scoring many important goals for the side. He scored an equaliser against Nottingham Forest in the second round of the FA Cup to take the tie to a replay, in front of the BBC cameras.[5] He got sent off for the fourth time of the season against his former club, Dorchester Town. This resulted in a six game ban for the striker.[6] In the Conference South Play-Off Final, he scored the winner in the 81st minute to send his side to the Conference National.[7] This was the 30th goal of the season for the striker,[8] and he was rewarded with an England National Game XI call up that summer.[9]

He scored on his international debut, before picking up an injury which left him out of the remainder of the Four Nations Tournament.[10] During the same summer, he was linked with a £100,000[11] move to Leicester City. However, he committed his long-term future to Salisbury by signing a full-time contract with the club.[12] In the season to follow, he scored his 100th goal for the club in a 3–3 draw against Histon, with a last minute equaliser,[13] and finished as the club's leading goalscorer.

On 20 November 2008, Tubbs returned to former side Bournemouth on loan until the new year, in a move to reduce playing costs at Salisbury.[14] During his time back at Dean Court, Tubbs made just eight league appearances and scored on one occasion. was expected to sign for the Bournemouth when the transfer window opened on 1 January 2009, but Jimmy Quinn was After his return from loan, he struggled for form, scoring only three goals in the 2008–09 season.

He remained with the club, despite much speculation surrounding his future. In the 2009–10 season, he scored many goals to help the club climb out of the relegation zone after a points deduction for going into administration. 2010 saw the club demoted two leagues for 'breaking rules'. On 10 February 2010 it was announced that Tubbs had committed to a further two years to the Whites.[15]

Crawley Town

On 1 July 2010, Tubbs signed a two-year deal with Conference National club Crawley Town for a club record fee, officially undisclosed but later confirmed to be £55,000.[16][17][18] In Crawley's FA Cup tie against Swindon Town on 27 November 2010, Tubbs scored Crawley's equaliser in the 1–1 draw. In January 2011, Tubbs scored the only goal in Crawley's 1–0 win over Torquay United in the fourth round of the FA Cup, which meant Crawley would face Manchester United in the fifth round. Tubbs played in the 1–0 loss to Manchester United in the fifth round tie on 19 February 2011. He was named in the Conference Team of the Year for the 2010–11 season after Crawley won the title and so promotion to League Two.[19] His first season at the club saw him score 40 goals in 48 appearances.[20]

During his second season with the club in League Two, Tubbs' goalscoring exploits for Crawley led to clubs becoming interest in signing him, and he became the top scorer at League Two until his move.


On 30 January 2012, Tubbs signed for League One club Bournemouth for a fee believed to be in the region of £800,000 on a three-and-a-half year contract and will wear the number 25 shirt.[21] He then scored on his debut for his new club against Exeter City in a 2–0 win and set-up Scott Malone for a second goal in the match.[22] After scoring his first goal on his debut, Tubbs expressed his relief and delight on scoring on his debut and told BBC Radio Solent "On your debut you want to try and get your first goal as quickly as you can and I was lucky enough to get mine tonight (Tuesday),It was great to be back. This is my home-town club and the one I supported as a kid. The standing ovation at the end was nice."[23] His move to Bournemouth from Crawley left manager Steve Evans "shedding a tear" when he tried right up until the final minutes to try and persuade Tubbs to stay.[24] Tubbs even admitted it was a tough decision to leave Crawley.[25] Since then, Tubbs struggled for form at Bouremouth during his first half season before undergoing a groin operation in April 2012 which led to him missing the rest of the season.[26]

Rotherham United

On 27 July 2013, Rotherham United signed Tubbs on loan from Bournemouth until the end of January.[27]

International career

Tubbs has earned two caps for England C in which he scored one goal in each game.[28]


Salisbury City

Crawley Town


Career statistics

As of match played 6 April 2013.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Salisbury City 2003–04[29] Southern League Division One East 42 21 0 0 0 0 42 21
2004–05[30] Isthmian League Premier Division 32 8 1 0 0 0 33 8
2005–06[31] Southern League Premier Division 27 16 0 0 4[lower-alpha 1] 2 31 18
2006–07[32] Conference South 31 17 4 2 7[lower-alpha 2] 6 42 25
2007–08[33] Conference National 42 16 2 0 0 0 44 16
2008–09[34] Conference National 32 3 1 0 1[lower-alpha 1] 0 34 3
2009–10[35] Conference National 42 26 3 4 7[lower-alpha 1] 2 52 32
Total 248 107 11 6 19 10 278 123
Bournemouth (loan) 2008–09[36] League Two 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
Crawley Town 2010–11[20] Conference National 41 37 6 3 1[lower-alpha 1] 0 48 40
2011–12[37] League Two 24 12 4 5 2 1 1[lower-alpha 3] 0 31 18
Total 65 49 10 8 2 1 2 0 79 58
Bournemouth 2011–12[37] League One 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
2012–13[38] League One 31 6 3 0 1 0 0 0 35 6
Total 38 7 3 0 1 0 0 0 42 7
Career total 359 164 24 14 3 1 21 10 407 189


External links

  • A.F.C. Bournemouth
  • Soccerbase

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