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Matthew Jarvis
Personal information
Full name Matthew Thomas Jarvis[1]
Date of birth 22 May 1986 (1986-05-22) (age 23)[2]
Place of birth Middlesbrough, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club Wolverhampton Wanderers
Number 17
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Gillingham 110 (12)
2007– Wolverhampton Wanderers 81 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:27, 15 March 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Matthew Thomas Jarvis (born 22 May 1986) is an English football midfielder, who plays for Premier League team Wolverhampton Wanderers.

After an unsuccessful spell as a youth team player for Millwall, Jarvis began his professional career with Gillingham, making his Football League debut for the Kent-based team at the age of 17. He made more than 100 appearances for Gillingham and became a target for a number of larger clubs, eventually signing for Wolverhampton Wanderers in June 2007. After a slow start to his career with the club due to injury, he has gone on to establish himself as a first team regular. His parents were both professional table tennis players and were ranked as Britain's number one men's and ladies' players.



Born in Middlesbrough, Jarvis started his career on the books of Millwall, but was released by the club,[3] and moved on to Kent-based club Gillingham as a trainee.[4] On 4 November 2003, at the age of 17, he made his Football League debut in a match against Sunderland when a number of senior players were missing due to influenza.[4] He came on as a 76th minute substitute for Richard Rose in a match which his team lost 3–1.[5][6] He next played for the first team in an FA Cup defeat to Burnley on 24 January 2004, and went on to feature regularly in the team in March and April.[5] In total he made two starts and eight substitute appearances during the 2003–04 season,[7] but also continued to play for the youth team, helping them reach the last sixteen of the FA Youth Cup.[8] Shortly before the end of the season he signed his first professional contract with the club when manager Andy Hessenthaler gave him a three-year deal.[9]

In the 2004–05 season Jarvis became a regular in the Gillingham first team, playing in 30 Football League matches, although he was out of action for five weeks in January and February after undergoing an operation on a hernia.[10][11] He also scored his first goal for the club in a win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on 30 October 2004.[10] Gillingham, however, were relegated from the Football League Championship at the end of the season.[12] In the 2005–06 season he was again a regular, and scored seven goals, his best season tally to date.[13]

Midway through the 2006–07 season Gillingham offered Jarvis a new contract, which the club described as the most lucrative it had ever offered to a player of his age.[14] Jarvis rejected the contract offer, but later claimed via his agent that he would be happy to remain at Priestfield Stadium if the club "demonstrated that it could match his ambitions".[15] A number of Premier League and Championship clubs showed interest in signing Jarvis,[14] and Plymouth Argyle made an unsuccessful bid for the player, manager Ian Holloway commenting that "we did make a bid but it got knocked back".[16] Towards the end of the season Nottingham Forest of Football League One made an offer of £650,000, hoping to circumvent the transfer window by taking the player on loan until the end of the season, but the bid was turned down by the player's agent.[17] At the end of the season Charlton Athletic expressed their interest in Jarvis, but Gillingham chairman Paul Scally stated that he believed the player's agent had already agreed a deal with another club. Scally also claimed that Jarvis had the potential to play for England by the time he was 24.[18]

In April 2007, the members of the Professional Footballers' Association selected Jarvis for inclusion in their League One Team of the Year.[19] The following month Gillingham made a further improved contract offer in a final attempt to retain the player,[20] but Jarvis instead chose to join Wolverhampton Wanderers of the Championship, signing a two-year contract with the option to extend his stay by a further year. The clubs agreed a transfer fee but the exact amount was not disclosed.[21]

Jarvis suffered hip and groin injuries during pre-season training and was unable to take any further part in training until September.[22] He finally made his debut for his new club on 20 October 2007, when he came on as an 88th minute substitute in a 2–0 home victory over Charlton Athletic.[23][24] After regaining full fitness, he became a first-choice player at Molineux, making a further 27 appearances during the 2007–08 season.[25] He scored his first goal for the club in a 1–1 draw with Leicester City in December 2007.[26]

Jarvis injured his hamstring in the defeat to Reading on 30 September 2008 and was expected to be out of action for approximately six weeks.[27] He made his return in the 1–0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers on 6 December.[28] He is signed to the Midlands club until 2012.[29]

Career statistics

Statistics correct as of end of the 2008–09 season

Club performance
Club Season Football League FA Cup Football League Cup Football League Trophy Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Gillingham 2003–04[7] 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2004–05[30] 30 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 31 3
2005–06[31] 35 3 1 1 3 1 2 2 41 7
2006–07[32] 35 6 2 0 1 0 1 0 39 6
Total 110 12 4 1 5 1 3 2 122 16
Wolves 2007–08[25] 26 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 28 1
2008–09[33] 28 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 29 3
Total 54 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 57 4


Playing style

In 2006 former team-mate Steve Claridge identified Jarvis' main strengths as his mental quickness, pace, and ability to anticipate the movement of the ball. He noted that Gillingham were more of an attacking threat when Jarvis was given space to run at opposition players. Jarvis was said to be "competent" jumping for the ball in the air, although his comparatively short stature meant that he was not used as a target man. He was also said to be less than comfortable when his back was to his opponents' goal.[34]

Personal life

Jarvis' parents, Nick and Linda, both played table tennis professionally and each reached number one in the sport's British rankings.[35] Later they set up the table tennis supplies company Jarvis Sports, which relocated from Guisborough to Guildford in the same year that Jarvis was born.[36]


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  2. ^ "Matthew Jarvis". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  3. ^ Andrew Ramsbottom (2005-02-12). "Derby fails to live up to billing". Kent Online. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
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  6. ^ "Gillingham 1(1) – (1)3 Sunderland". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
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  8. ^ David Barber (2004-02-25). "Rovers' late winner". The FA. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  9. ^ Simon Fudge (2004-05-05). "Spiller extends Gills deal". Sky Sports.,19528,11737_2298298,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  10. ^ a b "Games played by Matthew Jarvis in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  11. ^ "Jarvis set for hernia operation". BBC Sport. 2005-01-05. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  12. ^ "Ternent quits as Gillingham boss". BBC Sport. 2005-05-15. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  13. ^ "Games played by Matthew Jarvis in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  14. ^ a b "Jarvis rejects new Gills contract". BBC Sport. 2006-11-20. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  15. ^ Lewis Rutledge (2006-11-27). "Jarvis 'happy to stay'". Sky Sports.,19528,11737_2397215,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  16. ^ "Plymouth reveal failed Jarvis bid". BBC Sport. 2006-11-21. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  17. ^ "Forest foiled in bid for Jarvis". BBC Sport. 2007-03-01. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  18. ^ "Charlton are interested in Jarvis". BBC Sport. 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  19. ^ "Ronaldo secures PFA awards double". BBC Sport. 2007-04-22. Retrieved 2007-06-20. 
  20. ^ Graeme Bailey (2007-05-21). "Gills in last bid for Jarvis". Sky Sports.,19528,11737_2492427,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  21. ^ "Wolves capture Jarvis from Gills". BBC Sport. 2007-06-20. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  22. ^ Peter Fraser (2007-09-13). "Jarvis close to injury return". Sky Sports.,19528,11095_2725698,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Matthew Jarvis in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  24. ^ "Wolves 2–0 Charlton". BBC Sport. 2007-10-20. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  25. ^ a b "Wolves 2007/2008 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  26. ^ "Jarvis makes point for Wolves". Sky Sports. 2007-12-22.,19764,11065_2847984,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  27. ^ Peter Lansley (2008-10-01). "High-flying Wolves brought down by Reading". The Independent. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Matthew Jarvis in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  29. ^ "Jarvis signs extended Wolves deal". BBC Sport. 2009-02-11. 
  30. ^ "Gillingham 2004/2005 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  31. ^ "Gillingham 2005/2006 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  32. ^ "Gillingham 2006/2007 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  33. ^ "Wolves 2008/2009 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  34. ^ Steve Claridge (2006-12-19). "Scouting report: Matt Jarvis, Gillingham". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  35. ^ "Matthew Jarvis". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C..,,10307~28151,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  36. ^ "The History of Jarvis Sports". Jarvis Sports. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 

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