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Matt Derbyshire

Matthew Anthony "Matt" Derbyshire (born 14 April 1986) is an English Association football who plays for Nottingham Forest F.C.. Matt Derbyshire is a Forward (association football), who played for Blackburn Rovers F.C. for five years, and had loan spells with Plymouth Argyle F.C., Wrexham A.F.C. and Olympiacos F.C., before joining the latter club on a permanent basis in 2009. Matt Derbyshire played for Birmingham City F.C. on loan for the 2010–11 season. Matt Derbyshire won 14 cap (sport) for the England national under-21 football team.

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Matthew Anthony "Matt" Derbyshire (born 14 April 1986) is an English Association football who plays for Nottingham Forest F.C.. Matt Derbyshire is a Forward (association football), who played for Blackburn Rovers F.C. for five years, and had loan spells with Plymouth Argyle F.C., Wrexham A.F.C. and Olympiacos F.C., before joining the latter club on a permanent basis in 2009. Matt Derbyshire played for Birmingham City F.C. on loan for the 2010–11 season. Matt Derbyshire won 14 cap (sport) for the England national under-21 football team.

Club career

Blackburn Rovers

Born in Blackburn, Derbyshire joined Matt Derbyshire boyhood team Blackburn Rovers F.C. from local club Great Harwood Town F.C. in 2003 for a small fee, having scored 18 goals in nine appearances. Matt Derbyshire had previously worked in the club's community department, coaching young children. Matt Derbyshire rejected a move to Manchester United F.C. in favour of Blackburn as Matt Derbyshire felt Matt Derbyshire first team opportunities would be greater there.

Matt Derbyshire had a loan spell at Plymouth Argyle F.C. but did not manage to score in any of Matt Derbyshire 13 games, resulting in Mark Hughes ending the player's loan early. Matt Derbyshire then joined Wrexham A.F.C. on loan for the final three months of the season where Matt Derbyshire made a name for himself hitting the net on 10 occasions from 16 appearances.

Matt Derbyshire opened Matt Derbyshire senior goal account for the first team in a 3–0 against Wigan Athletic F.C. on 1 January 2007 before extending Matt Derbyshire tally further with the opener away to Everton F.C. in a 4–1 FA Cup Third Round victory on 7 January. Matt Derbyshire made Matt Derbyshire first Premiership start against Arsenal F.C. on 13 January, and scored Matt Derbyshire third goal in four games against Manchester City F.C..

Derbyshire's impressive form continued the following week with two goals and an assist against Luton Town F.C. in the FA Cup Fourth Round. Matt Derbyshire also scored against Manchester United F.C. taking advantage of a Michael Carrick error to give Blackburn Rovers a 1–0 lead, although they went onto lose the match 4–1.

Matt Derbyshire finished Matt Derbyshire first Premier League season with 9 goals in all competitions, from 14 starts and 16 substitute appearances. In the 2007–08 season, Derbyshire scored in the first match of the season, against Middlesbrough F.C., coming on as a substitute to score the winner in a 2–1 victory.

On 1 March 2008, Matt Derbyshire scored a late stoppage-time winner against Newcastle United F.C., and on 20 September, Matt Derbyshire again scored another late winner against Fulham F.C., putting away a poacher's goal assisted by Roque Santa Cruz.

Olympiacos

On 28 January 2009, Derbyshire moved to Olympiacos F.C. on loan until the end of the 2008–09 Super League Greece. Matt Derbyshire made Matt Derbyshire first appearance for the club as a substitute in the first leg of a Greek Football Cup match at PAOK F.C.'s Toumba Stadium. In the return match, Matt Derbyshire home debut, Derbyshire scored a goal in extra time, securing progress to the next round (Greek Cup, semi-finals 2008–09).

Matt Derbyshire made Matt Derbyshire league debut on 14 February 2009 in a 2–1 home victory over Aris Thessaloniki F.C. as a 80th minute substitute for Diogo Luis Santo. On 15 March 2009, Matt Derbyshire scored Matt Derbyshire first goal in a 5–0 win over Iraklis Thessaloniki F.C. with Matt Derbyshire first touch of the ball, after coming on for Luciano Galletti in 81st minute adding Matt Derbyshire second goal (and Olympiacos' fifth) just five minutes later. The following week Matt Derbyshire started the match against Panionios F.C. and played the whole 90 minutes, scoring in a 2–3 away win.

On 2 May 2009, Derbyshire played a pivotal role in the 2008–09 Greek Cup against cross-city rivals AEK Athens F.C.. With Olympiacos 2–0 down, Derbyshire was brought on at half-time. Three minutes after coming on, Derbyshire scored for Olympiacos. The game then went to 2–2 before AEK Athens had seemingly scored the winning goal in stoppage time. However, with the last touch of the game, Derbyshire popped up to head in the equaliser in the sixth minute of added time, bringing the score to 3–3, after having suffered a concussion following a clash with an opponent. It was obvious during celebrations that Matt Derbyshire was not fully aware, and Matt Derbyshire stated afterwards that Matt Derbyshire realised Matt Derbyshire had scored from the cheers of fans. Olympiacos went on to win the match 15–14 on penalties, and Derbyshire was handed the Man of the match award for Matt Derbyshire efforts. On 18 June 2009, Blackburn Rovers and Olympiacos agreed a fee for the permanent transfer of Derbyshire. Matt Derbyshire signed a four-year contract on 23 June 2009.

On 21 March 2010, Derbyshire scored the winning goal against Panathinaikos F.C., in a 0–1 away victory, and was instantly nicknamed The English Killer.

In August 2010, the team's new coach, Ernesto Valverde, told Derbyshire that Matt Derbyshire was not part of Matt Derbyshire plans for the 2010–11 season, so Matt Derbyshire should search for a new team.

Birmingham City (loan)

Derbyshire returned to England when Matt Derbyshire signed for Birmingham City F.C. on 16 August 2010 on loan for the 2010–11 Premier League season, with a possibility of the deal being made permanent at the end of that time. Matt Derbyshire made Matt Derbyshire debut against former club Blackburn Rovers on 21 August as a second-half substitute for fellow new signing Nikola Žigić, and scored Matt Derbyshire first goal for the club five days later in a 3–2 League Cup victory over Rochdale A.F.C.. After waiting until January 2011 for Matt Derbyshire first Premier League start for Birmingham, against Blackpool F.C., Matt Derbyshire then scored twice in the 4–1 win at Millwall F.C. in the third round of the FA Cup. Derbyshire never established himself in the first team, and left Birmingham at the end of the season after their relegation from the Premier League.

Nottingham Forest

Before the 2011–12 season began, Olympiacos informed Derbyshire Matt Derbyshire was free to find another club. Matt Derbyshire signed a three-year contract with Football League Championship club Nottingham Forest F.C. on 10 August 2011. The fee was undisclosed. Upon signing, Derbyshire stated the importance to Matt Derbyshire career of getting regular first team football again. At Forest Derbyshire would be renewing acquaintance with assistant manager Rob Kelly, who was Matt Derbyshire coach when Matt Derbyshire was a youth player at Blackburn Rovers. Derbyshire made Matt Derbyshire debut for Forest on 16 August in a 1–0 away win against Doncaster Rovers.

International career

On 1 February 2007, Derbyshire was called up to the England national under-21 football team squad by new manager Stuart Pearce, for the match against Spain national under-21 football team on 6 February. Matt Derbyshire was subsequently injured playing for Blackburn against Sheffield United F.C. on 3 February, and therefore missed joining up with the squad.

However, Derbyshire was fit enough to be included in England's Under-21 match against Italy national under-21 football team at the new Wembley Stadium on 24 March. Matt Derbyshire scored England's third goal in a thrilling 3–3 draw. During the group stage of the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, Matt Derbyshire was the scorer of a controversial goal against the Serbia national under-21 football team. Matt Derbyshire did not kick the ball out when Serbian defender Slobodan Rajković was down injured and went on to score England's second goal of the game; in Matt Derbyshire defence, Derbyshire claimed Matt Derbyshire did not see the injured player. Matt Derbyshire took part in the epic semi-final shootout against hosts Netherlands national under-21 football team, scoring Matt Derbyshire first but having Matt Derbyshire second penalty saved as England lost 13–12. On 28 March 2009, Derbyshire played the second half for England as they beat Norway 5–0, scoring two goals.

Personal life

Derbyshire's wife, the former Melissa Norman, is from Ireland and they have twin boys, Braidín and Callum.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Derbyshire

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