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Matthew James Blair (born 21 June 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for League One club Doncaster Rovers.

Matty Blair
Matty Blair 21-05-2012 1.jpg
Blair with the parade that followed York City's victory in the 2012 Conference Premier play-off Final
Personal information
Full name Matthew James Blair[1]
Date of birth (1989-06-21) 21 June 1989 (age 29)[2]
Place of birth Warwick, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[3]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Doncaster Rovers
Number 17
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Racing Club Warwick
2008–2009 Stratford Town 40 (7)
2009 Bedworth United 9 (2)
2009–2010 Redditch United 15 (2)
2010 A.F.C. Telford United 7 (1)
2010–2011 Kidderminster Harriers 43 (11)
2011–2013 York City 85 (16)
2013–2015 Fleetwood Town 32 (3)
2014Northampton Town (loan) 3 (1)
2014Cambridge United (loan) 2 (0)
2015–2016 Mansfield Town 35 (2)
2016– Doncaster Rovers 104 (8)
National team
2011–2012 England C 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:50, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Blair started his career with Racing Club Warwick and after one season with the club signed for Stratford Town in 2008. He left for Bedworth United a year later, before going on to have spells with Redditch United and A.F.C. Telford United in the Conference North. He joined Kidderminster Harriers of the Conference Premier in 2010 and after one season signed for York City. He scored in the 2012 FA Trophy Final and 2012 Conference Premier play-off Final at Wembley Stadium, and his winning goal in the latter saw York promoted into League Two. After one season with York in League Two, Blair signed for divisional rivals Fleetwood Town in 2013 but was released in January 2015.

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Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Warwick, Warwickshire, Blair started his career in the Midland Football Alliance with his hometown club, Racing Club Warwick, in the 2007–08 season.[4] He signed for Stratford Town of the Midland Football Alliance on 7 July 2008.[5] After signing, manager Micky Moore said of Blair: "He had an excellent season with Racing Club Warwick and I feel coming to Stratford and its environment will make him a better player".[5] He finished 2008–09 with seven goals in 40 league appearances for Stratford.[4]

Blair signed for Southern League Division One Central club Bedworth United on 3 June 2009.[6] He scored four times for Bedworth in 16 appearances before signing for Conference North club Redditch United on 25 November 2009.[4][7][8] Having made 15 appearances and scored two goals for Redditch, Blair moved on again, signing for Conference North rivals A.F.C. Telford United on 19 March 2010.[4][9] He finished 2009–10 with one goal in seven appearances for A.F.C. Telford.[4]

Kidderminster HarriersEdit

Blair signed for Conference Premier club Kidderminster Harriers on 9 August 2010 on non-contract terms following a trial.[10] He made his debut on 14 August 2010 as a 75th-minute substitute in Kidderminster's 2010–11 opening day 2–1 victory away to York City.[11][12] His first goal for the club came after scoring with a low shot in the 75th minute of a 2–1 win at home to Gateshead on 5 October 2010.[11][13] In the following match, Blair scored twice as Kidderminster beat Grimsby Town 3–2 on 10 October 2010.[11] Blair signed a contract until the end of 2010–11 on 18 October 2010.[14] His first hat-trick for Kidderminster came after scoring all three of their goals in a 3–3 draw away to Grimsby on 9 April 2011, including an 83rd-minute equaliser after latching onto a loose ball in the penalty area.[11][15] He finished the season with 11 goals in 45 appearances for Kidderminster.[11]

York CityEdit

 
Blair playing for York City in 2011

After turning down a new contract with Kidderminster, Blair signed for Conference Premier rivals York City on 1 June 2011 on a two-year contract.[16] A compensation package was agreed by the two clubs later that month.[17] He made his debut in York's opening match of 2011–12, a 2–1 victory away to Ebbsfleet United on 13 August 2011.[18] His first goal came in the following match with York's final goal in a 3–1 victory at home to Barrow on 16 August 2011, with a sidefooted shot from six yards in the fifth minute of stoppage time.[18][19] Blair scored the equaliser to give York a 1–1 away draw to Luton Town in the FA Trophy semi-final second leg with a 90th-minute header from a Jamal Fyfield cross.[20] York progressed to the final with a 2–1 aggregate victory.[20]

With a 111th-minute header from a Jason Walker cross, Blair scored the winning goal for York away to Mansfield Town during extra time of their play-off semi-final second leg on 7 May 2012.[21] He scored the opening goal for York in their 2–0 victory over Newport County in the 2012 FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium on 12 May 2012, after lifting the ball 20 yards into an empty net after goalkeeper Glyn Thompson had charged out of his goal.[22] Eight days later, Blair scored the winning goal in York's 2–1 victory over Luton in the 2012 Conference Premier play-off Final at Wembley Stadium.[23] He scored in the 47th minute with a sidefooted shot from four yards after the ball was head down by Daniel Parslow, and the goal was allowed despite Blair being in an offside position.[23] This result meant York were promoted into League Two after an eight-year absence from the Football League.[23] He finished his first season at York as top scorer with 20 goals in 52 appearances,[24] and was named in the 2011–12 Conference Premier Team of the Year alongside York teammate James Meredith.[25]

 
Blair playing for York City in 2012

Blair came on as a 78th-minute substitute in York's 2012–13 opener away to League One team Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup first round on 11 August 2012.[26] Following a 1–1 draw after extra time the team lost 4–2 in a penalty shoot-out, with Blair missing the final penalty kick.[26][27] He then entered York's first Football League fixture since their promotion, a 3–1 defeat at home to Wycombe Wanderers on 18 August 2012, as a 56th-minute substitute.[28] His first goal of the season came with the 80th-minute winner in York's 1–0 victory away to Rotherham United in the Football League Trophy first round Northern section.[26] He finished the season with seven goals in 49 appearances.[26]

Fleetwood TownEdit

Following discussions with York manager Nigel Worthington, Blair expressed his desire to look for another club, and was in talks with newly relegated League Two club Portsmouth before asking for more time to consider the move.[29][30] However, he signed for League Two rivals Fleetwood Town on a two-year contract on 13 May 2013.[31]

Blair joined fellow League Two club Northampton Town on 10 January 2014 on a one-month loan.[32] He made his debut the following day in a 2–0 home defeat to former club York, before scoring a 76th-minute equaliser for Northampton in their 1–1 away draw with Cheltenham Town on 1 February 2014.[33] His loan was ended on 5 February 2014, three days ahead of when it was due to expire, having made three appearances and scored one goal for Northampton.[33][34] Blair scored the only goal in the play-off semi-final against his former club York, and started for Fleetwood in their 1–0 win over Burton Albion in the 2014 League Two play-off Final at Wembley Stadium on 26 May.[33] This result meant they were promoted into League One for the first time in their history.[35] He finished 2013–14 with 33 appearances and five goals for Fleetwood.[33]

On 17 November 2014, Blair joined League Two club Cambridge United on loan until January 2015.[36]

Mansfield TownEdit

Blair signed for League Two club Mansfield Town on a contract until the end of 2014–15 on 14 January 2015 after leaving Fleetwood by mutual consent.[37]

Doncaster RoversEdit

Blair rejected a new contract with Mansfield to sign for newly relegated League Two club Doncaster Rovers on 24 May 2016 on a two-year contract.[38] He made 48 appearances and scored 3 goals in 2016–17[39] as Doncaster were promoted to League One after finishing third in League Two.[40]

He was named as PFA League One Community Player of the Year in April 2018.[41]

International careerEdit

Blair made his England national C team debut as a 56th-minute substitute for Connor Franklin in a 1–0 defeat at home to Portugal in the 2009–11 International Challenge Trophy on 19 May 2011.[42] His second and final cap came after starting England's 1–1 draw at home to Italy in the 2011–13 International Challenge Trophy on 28 February 2012.[43][44]

Personal lifeEdit

Blair is the son of former professional footballer Andy Blair.[6] His sister-in-law is actress Holly Matthews, who was married to his brother Ross up until his death from a brain tumour.[45][46]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 1 December 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stratford Town 2008–09[4] Midland Football Alliance 40 7 40 7
Bedworth United 2009–10[4][7] Southern League Division
One Central
9 2 6 2 1[a] 0 16 4
Redditch United 2009–10[4] Conference North 15 2 15 2
A.F.C. Telford United 2009–10[4] Conference North 7 1 7 1
Kidderminster Harriers 2010–11[11] Conference Premier 43 11 1 0 1[a] 0 45 11
York City 2011–12[18] Conference Premier 41 10 1 0 10[b] 10 52 20
2012–13[26] League Two 44 6 2 0 1 0 2[c] 1 49 7
Total 85 16 3 0 1 0 12 11 101 27
Fleetwood Town 2013–14[33] League Two 24 3 2 0 1 0 6[d] 2 33 5
2014–15[47] League One 8 0 0 0 1 0 1[c] 0 10 0
Total 32 3 2 0 2 0 7 2 43 5
Northampton Town (loan) 2013–14[33] League Two 3 1 3 1
Cambridge United (loan) 2014–15[47] League Two 2 0 2 0 4 0
Mansfield Town 2014–15[48] League Two 3 0 3 0
2015–16[48] League Two 32 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 34 2
Total 35 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 37 2
Doncaster Rovers 2016–17[39] League Two 45 3 1 0 1 0 1[e] 0 48 3
2017–18[49] League One 40 2 3 0 2 0 1[e] 0 46 2
2018–19[50] League One 19 3 3 1 2 0 2[e] 0 26 4
Total 104 8 7 1 5 0 4 0 120 9
Career total 375 52 23 3 8 0 25 13 431 69
  1. ^ a b Appearance in FA Trophy
  2. ^ Seven appearances and eight goals in FA Trophy, three appearances and two goals in Conference Premier play-offs
  3. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  4. ^ Three appearances and one goal in Football League Trophy, three appearances and one goal in League Two play-offs
  5. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy

HonoursEdit

York City

Fleetwood Town

Doncaster Rovers

Individual

ReferencesEdit

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