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Matthew Kilgallon
Personal information
Full name Matthew Shaun Kilgallon
Date of birth 8 January 1984 (1984-01-08) (age 26)
Place of birth York, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Sunderland
Number 27
Youth career
Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Leeds United 80 (3)
2003 West Ham United (loan) 3 (0)
2007–2010 Sheffield United 107 (4)
2010– Sunderland 4 (0)
National team
2004–2005 England U21 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:48, 15 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:31, 8 August 2009 (UTC)

'Matthew Shaun Kilgallon (born 8 January 1984 in York) is an English professional footballer currently playing for Sunderland. He is a central defender who can also operate at left back.

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Career

Leeds United

A product of the youth set-up at Leeds, Kilgallon first made a senior appearance for Leeds in 2004, scoring two goals that season and working his way into the England Under-21 set-up. Once Leeds had dropped to the Championship, Killa (his nick-name from his team mates) began to make more appearances and held down a more regular place in the 1st eleven. In his first season in the championship, Kilgallon was mainly playing left back with Paul Butler and Sean Gregan the main centre back partnership. Kilgallon also displaced Clarke Carlisle and Michael Duberry in the pecking order. He played a major role in the club's run through to the 2006 championship play-offs, helping them make the final. Which Leeds lost 3–0 against Watford.

Kilgallon played most of Leeds's matches of the first half of the 2006–07 season under Kevin Blackwell and new manager Dennis Wise's new look Leeds team, keeping experienced centre-backs Paul Butler, Sean Gregan and Hayden Foxe out of the team. Leeds were struggling both on and off the pitch and Kilgallon was also losing form.

Having been the subject of a failed £1 million bid from Premiership side Reading at the start of the 2006–07 season, but Leeds insisted he was not for sale, he was finally transferred to Sheffield United during that seasons January transfer window with Leeds needing the funds.

Sheffield United

Kilgallon signed for Sheffield United on 8 January 2007 for £1.75 million rising to £2 million and with a 20% sell on clause.[1] Despite recovering from an early injury he found it difficult to force himself into Neil Warnock’s plans and did not make his first team debut until the 1–0 loss at Bolton on 31 March of that year.[2]

Having been used sparingly in the Premiership, Kilgallon fared better in the Championship and under new management. Having become first choice in the centre of defence he still had to wait until December 2007 to score a goal for the Blades when he netted the winner in a 1–0 home victory over local rivals Barnsley.[3] The following season he was virtually ever present in the Blades first team, his importance being highlighted when he was voted Sheffield United Player of the Season at the end of the 2008–09 season.[4]

Kilgallon started the next season as regular first choice in defence once more, but with his contract due to expire the following summer he rejected new terms with the club meaning his future was dogged by speculation throughout the year.[5] At the turn of the year however, Kilgallon announced that he intended to remain at Bramall Lane and see out the remainder of his contract[6] and rejected a move to Premiership Burnley.[7]

Sunderland

Kilgallon signed for Sunderland on 21 January 2010 on a three and a half year contract. He sorely made his debut in a 2-0 loss to Everton on January 27 2010.[8]

Statistics

Club Performance
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Sheffield United 2009–10 17 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 18 1
2008–09 40 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 46 1
2007–08 40 2 3 0 3 0 0 0 46 2
2006–07 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Leeds United 2006–07 19 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 22 0
2005–06 25 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 30 1
2004–05 26 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 28 0
2003–04 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 2
West Ham (loan) 2003–04 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Leeds United 2002–03 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
Total 170 6 10 0 14 0 1 0 195 6
Last updated 7 August 2009

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