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Matt Elliott
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Personal information
Full name Matthew Stephen Elliott
Date of birth November 1, 1968 (1968-11-01) (age 41)
Place of birth    Wandsworth, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Youth career
1987–1988 Epsom & Ewell
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1988–1989
1989–1992
1992
1992–1993
1993–1997
1997–2005
2004
Charlton Athletic
Torquay United
Scunthorpe United (loan)
Scunthorpe United
Oxford United
Leicester City
Ipswich Town (loan)
Total
001 0(0)
124 (15)
008 0(1)
053 0(7)
148 (21)
245 (26)
010 0(0)
589 (70)   
National team
1998–2001 Scotland 018 0(1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Matthew Stephen "Matt" Elliott (born 1 November 1968) is a former professional footballer, most notably as a defender for Leicester City. Although English born, he was never selected to play internationally for England, and played for Scotland (eligible due to his Scottish grandmother)

Elliott was an instant success at Leicester, and went on to captain the side. He was in fact the first person to captain the Foxes at their new Walkers Stadium in 2002. Elliott usually played as a central defender, though he was also an effective emergency centre forward due to his bustling physique and bruising style of play.

Highlights of his career include scoring both goals for Leicester in their victorious League Cup final against Tranmere Rovers in 2000.[1 ] He also won promotion to Division One with Oxford United in the 1995-96 season.

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Club career

Elliott began his career in non-league football with Leatherhead and Epsom & Ewell, before getting his first taste of professional football with Charlton Athletic. Unable to break into the Charlton first-team, he moved to Torquay United within a year. He then worked his way up the ladder, signing for Scunthorpe United in March 1992, moving on to Oxford United in November 1993, and finally getting his chance in the Premiership when he was signed by Leicester City in early 1997 for a transfer fee of £1.6 million, which to this day remains Oxford's record sale.

When Martin O'Neill left to manage Celtic in July 2001, he made an attempt to lure Elliott to the club in a £3.5 million bid (O'Neill would raid his former club for the likes of Neil Lennon and Steve Guppy).[2 ] It was unsuccessful when Elliott signed the last contract of his career in August 2001, which would last until June 2005.[3] Elliott's last European appearance came in a 3-1 defeat to Red Star Belgrade in Vienna on 28 September 2000 in the 2001 UEFA Cup.[4 ] It remains the club's last ever European match to this day.

He had a loan spell at Ipswich Town before his retirement. His final season was thwarted by a knee injury, and after making only three appearances, Elliott retired from football in January 2005.[5]

International career

Elliott won eighteen caps for the Scotland national team, scoring one goal which was a header from an Allan Johnston cross in a 2–0 win against San Marino. He made sixteen starts and two appearances from the bench, including his debut against France in November 1997. He was in the Scotland squad for the 1998 World Cup although he did not appear in any of the games.

Managerial career

On 9 June 2008, Elliott was unveiled as the new assistant manager to former Torquay team-mate Dean Edwards at Unibond Premier team Hednesford Town. After a season that saw the Pitmen finish just outside the play-offs, Elliott stepped down from his position at Keys Park in May 2009 to concentrate on other business interests.

Honours

Oxford United
Leicester City

References

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Steve Walsh
Leicester City F.C. Captain
1999-2005
Succeeded by
Danny Tiatto
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