Player profile

Dominic Matteo

Birthdate: 28 April 1974
Birthplace: Dumfries, Scotland
Other clubs: Sunderland (loan 1995), Leeds United (2000-04), Blackburn Rovers (2004-07), Stoke City (2007-09)
Bought from: Local
Signed for LFC: Joined 1985 - Professional 27.05.1992
International debut: 15.11.2000 vs. Australia
International caps: 6/0 (at Leeds United) - 27.03.2002
Liverpool debut: 23.10.1993
Last appearance: 14.05.2000
Debut goal: 16.01.1999
Last goal: 12.12.1999
Contract expiry: 18.08.2000
Win ratio: 45.16% W: 70 D: 42 L: 43
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 8 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 127 / 1
Total LFC games/goals: 155 / 2

Player profile

Matteo was brought to Liverpool at only eleven-years-old after catching Kenny Dalglish's eye when he was watching his son Paul play for Birkdale United. It was Graeme Souness who blooded the 19-year-old in October 1993 as a left midfielder. Matteo was now on the other side of those carefully-painted white lines but old habits die hard and he found himself singing along to “You’ll Never Walk Alone” before realising that he was no longer a fan but a player! "He's a young boy with an awful lot to offer. We just don't yet know his best position," Souness said following his debut against Manchester City. Matteo, who was making his breakthrough at the same time as Robbie Fowler, got a decent run in the side but once Souness was sacked Matteo only made a few sporadic appearances in Roy Evans' first two full seasons. He did start the first couple of games in the 1995/96 season in a three-man centre-back line but once Neil Ruddock had recovered from injury Matteo was benched. He finally got his big breakthrough in the 1996/97 season when he featured in two-thirds of the League games when Liverpool were top of the division at the turn of the year but faded away in the last third of the campaign.

In 1999/00, when Matteo was taking orders from his fourth manager in his time at Liverpool, Gérard Houllier, he played left-back. Matters come to a head when Houllier told Matteo prior to the 2000/01 season that Christian Ziege was on his way from Middlesbrough and going straight into the first team. Devastated at not even being given a chance to fight for his place 26-year-old Matteo moved across the Pennines to join Leeds. “On the Monday, I was signing a five-year deal that, by the standards of the day, was a lucrative one. But, just four days later, I was on my way out of Liverpool," Matteo revealed in his autobiography. “I was in shock. How could things change so quickly in just four days? The thought of leaving was an upsetting one. But, for the good of my career, I needed a fresh start. So, I went. It meant I missed out on all the trophies that Liverpool won the following season. I’ll admit that seeing the lads pick up the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup was difficult."

Matteo was made club captain when Rio Ferdinand left Leeds to join Manchester United in the summer of 2002. A few months earlier Matteo had made his Scotland debut. Even though he had English parents he was born in Dumfries and was even eligible for Italy as his grandparents are Italian. He had already played for England's u-21 team and called up by Glenn Hoddle to the senior squad but injuries prevented him from making his full England debut. His former boss, Souness, persuaded Matteo to join Blackburn in 2004 and after his time at Ewood Park where he was captain for a while, he moved to Championship club Stoke City on a free transfer in January 2007. Although Stoke were promoted to the Premier League at the end of the 2007/08 season, Matteo had played little part in that success. Injuries were starting to seriously affect Matteo’s availability and with more time on his hands than if he was fully fit, he got dragged into a very serious gambling addiction, on which he squandered an absolutely massive sum of money. After an eventful career Matteo called it quits at the end of the 2008/09 season.

"The question I always ask myself is 'could I have done more with my career, could I have been better?' And the answer to that is 'yes'. My age group in football were the last of an era. We were brought up into football having a bevvy, enjoying ourselves, we were out three or four times a week. I think if I'd have lived my life better I might have played for longer, suffered less injuries."

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals12789110155
1993-1994 11020013
1994-1995 710008
1995-1996 510006
1996-1997 26237038
1997-1998 26142033
1998-1999 20102023
1999-2000 32200034

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
9Coventry City
9Sheffield Wednesday
8Wimbledon
8West Ham United
8Leeds United
7Middlesbrough
7Newcastle United
7Chelsea
7Manchester United
7Leicester City
6Blackburn Rovers
6Tottenham
6Aston Villa
6Southampton
5Nottingham Forest
5Arsenal
4Charlton Athletic
4Derby
3Sunderland
3Everton
2Bolton Wanderers
2Manchester City
2Ipswich Town
2Watford
2Crystal Palace
2Burnley
2Mypa 47
2Sion
2Brann
2Barnsley
1Paris St Germain
1Strasbourg
1Celta Vigo
1Grimsby Town
1Kosice
1Rochdale
1Bradford City
1Celtic
1Norwich City
1Huddersfield Town
Total Started/substitutions
137 Started
34 On the bench
18 Substitute
14 Substituted

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals110002
1993-1994 000000
1994-1995 000000
1995-1996 000000
1996-1997 000000
1997-1998 000000
1998-1999 100001
1999-2000 010001

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalStarted/substitutions
1Started
1Substitute
TotalCompetition
1FA Cup
1Premier League
TotalGoal minute period
01-15
016-30
131-45 minutes
146-60 minutes
061-75
076-90
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
2Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
123.10.1993Manchester CityMaine RoadLeague
5001.01.1997ChelseaStamford BridgeLeague
10019.09.1998Charlton AthleticAnfieldLeague
15016.04.2000WimbledonSelhurst ParkLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
13516.01.1999SouthamptonAnfieldLeague

Related Articles

Review of In my Defence: Dominic Matteo

Matteo's story is an interesting one where he has opened his heart and spoken very honestly about what he has achieved and, just as importantly, what he learnt from battling with the negative influences that surround the game.More

City young bloods warm boss' heart

Match report from 23.10.1993 on Manchester City - Liverpool on The Daily Mail.More

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1993-1994 21 Midfielder
1994-1995 21 Defender
1995-1996 21 Defender
1996-1997 21 Defender
1997-1998 21 Defender
1998-1999 21 Defender
1999-2000 21 Defender
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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