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Ray Mathias
Personal information
Full name Raymond Mathias
Date of birth December 13, 1946 (1946-12-13) (age 63)
Place of birth    Liverpool, Britain
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Full Back
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1964–1985 Tranmere Rovers 567 0(6)   
Teams managed
Wigan Athletic
Wigan Athletic
Tranmere Rovers (caretaker)
Tranmere Rovers
Chester City (caretaker)

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

Raymond "Ray" Mathias (born 13 December 1946) is an English football coach and former player. He has spent most of his career in the lower leagues of English football but is currently without a role - after being relieved of his duties as former Blackburn Rovers manager Paul Ince also left the club.





Born in Liverpool, Mathias spent his entire playing career with Tranmere Rovers from 1964 to 1985 and earning two testimonials in the process; a true one-club man, making 567 Football League appearances. His time at Tranmere was not very fruitful, his most notable achievement being winning promotion from the Fourth Division in the 1975–76 season.


After retiring from playing, Mathias joined the coaching staff at Wigan Athletic and spent three years in charge of the Latics from 1986–89. The highlight of this spell was leading Wigan to the FA Cup quarter-finals in 1987. He later returned to Tranmere as a coach but then returned to Wigan as manager for the 1998–99 season; despite leading the club to victory in the Football League Trophy final at Wembley and the Second Division play-offs he lost his job shortly afterwards.

After once again becoming part of the managerial set-up at Tranmere and spells as caretaker manager, he was finally handed the reins on a permanent basis in 2002 but sacked a year later. Mathias then had an unsuccessful caretaker spell at Chester City in 2004 and briefly worked as assistant manager at Bury in 2005. In October 2006 he was appointed as assistant manager to Paul Ince at League Two strugglers Macclesfield Town. The pair were able to guide the Silkmen to an unlikely survival before moving to Milton Keynes Dons where they achieved more success, winning the League Two championship and the Football League Trophy. They subsequently moved on to top flight team Blackburn Rovers in June 2008.

On 18th Of December 2008 Ray Matthias was relieved of his duties along with Archie Knox following the sacking of Paul Ince and the subsequent arrival of Sam Allardyce as the new Rovers manager.[1]





1998–99, 2007–08

Managerial stats

Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
Wigan Athletic England 1 June 1986 15 March 1989 142 59 50 33 41.54
Wigan Athletic England 4 August 1998 21 May 1999 62 32 17 13 51.61
Tranmere Rovers England 18 March 2001 7 May 2001 11 1 7 3 09.09
Tranmere Rovers England 1 August 2002 29 September 2003 66 29 19 18 43.93
Chester City England 6 August 2004 30 August 2004 6 0 4 2 00.00

See also


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