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Matt Glennon
Personal information
Full name Matthew William Glennon
Date of birth 8 October 1978 (1978-10-08) (age 31)
Place of birth Stockport, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Bradford City
Number 40
Youth career
Bolton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2001 Bolton Wanderers 0 (0)
1999 Port Vale (loan) 0 (0)
2000 Stockport County (loan) 0 (0)
2000 Bristol Rovers (loan) 1 (0)
2000–2001 Carlisle United (loan) 29 (0)
2001–2002 Hull City 35 (0)
2002–2005 Carlisle United 114 (0)
2005 Falkirk 21 (0)
2005–2006 St. Johnstone 12 (1)
2006–2010 Huddersfield Town 109 (0)
2010– Bradford City 0 (0)
National team
2005 England C 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of January 13, 2010.
† Appearances (Goals).

Matthew William "Matt" Glennon (born 8 October 1978 in Stockport) is a professional footballer currently playing for League Two side Bradford City as a goalkeeper.

Playing career

Glennon started as a trainee at Bolton Wanderers, but couldn't break into the first team and after unsuccessful loan spells at Port Vale, Stockport County (loan) and Bristol Rovers found his form at Carlisle United, where he played 29 games on loan in the 2000-01 season. In January 2001 he turned down a transfer to Rovers, that would have been worth around £250,000 for Bolton.[1]

In June 2001, he moved to Hull City for a £50,000 fee. He played 35 games for the Tigers but was allowed to leave for Carlisle on a free transfer in October 2002.[2] He spent three years for the club, playing over 100 games for the side. He stayed with the club as they were relegated to the Conference and quickly gained promotion back to League Two. However he departed in June 2005 after declaring the contract he was offered was 'unacceptably low'.[3]

He went to Scotland to play for Falkirk in July 2005,[4] before moving to St. Johnstone in January 2006. At St. Johnstone he gained his first senior goal, as a desperate last minute attempt to score an equaliser paid off. He then returned south of the border, signing with Huddersfield Town on 27 June 2006.[5]

Since moving to the Galpharm Stadium, Glennon has firmly established himself as the club's second choice keeper. Glennon prefers to wear the number 27, preferring to wear the number 27, because he wore 27 while on loan at Carlisle and it helped them gain promotion, so it has been lucky for him. Stan Ternent offered him the number 1 shirt while he was first choice, but he declined and that shirt now belongs to Alex Smithies.

He achieved a rare feat in saving three penalty kicks in the same game against Crewe Alexandra on 24 February 2007, even though Town still lost the game 2-1. His perfect appearance record at Town was tarnished after he was sent off in Town's 4-1 defeat by Southend United at Roots Hall on 5 December 2007, forcing 17-year-old Alex Smithies to come on in his place.

On 17 January 2008, he was rumoured to be leaving Town for Premier League side Birmingham City, who he'd helped Town knock out of the FA Cup two weeks earlier.[6] Since then, fellow Midlands side Coventry City were thought to pose an interest in signing him. It was then revealed on 18 April, that Glennon had rejected a new deal to stay at the Galpharm Stadium, alerting the five clubs awaiting his signature including Birmingham City, Coventry City and Charlton Athletic. However on 7 May of that year, he signed a 2-year extension to his contract with Huddersfield Town, keeping him at the Galpharm Stadium until 2010.

Having being displaced as the Terriers' No.1 by Alex Smithies, it was announced on January 13, 2010 that Glennon's contract had been terminated.[7] He then joined Football League Two side Bradford City on a deal until the end of the season. He was handed the number 40 shirt.

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