Alan Mathews

For those of a similar name, see Alan Matthews (disambiguation).
Alan Mathews
Personal information
Full name Alan Mathews
Date of birth (1965-06-27) 27 June 1965[1]
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Club information
Current team
Longford Town (Manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984 St. Patrick's Athletic ? (?)
1984 Drogheda United ? (?)
1985–1987 Shamrock Rovers 43 (4)
1987–1988 Bray Wanderers 45 (0)
1988–1991 Galway United 128 (5)
1991–1992 Kilkenny City 1 (0)
1992–1995 Longford Town 88 (4)
1994–1995 St James's Gate 4 (0)
Teams managed
2002–2007 Longford Town
2008 Cork City
2009–2010 Drogheda United
2010–2013 Shelbourne
2014–2015 Bray Wanderers
2015–2016 Athlone Town
2016- Longford Town

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Alan Mathews (born 27 June 1965) is an Irish football manager who is currently manager of Longford Town.

Coaching career

Following a stint as assistant at Shelbourne, Alan Mathews became Longford manager in the summer of 2002. He went on to become the most successful manager in Longford Town's history, delivering their first senior trophy with a 2–0 win over St. Patrick's in the 2003 FAI Cup Final at Lansdowne Road. Longford retained it the following year, completing the double of the FAI Cup and League Cup. He was named Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland "Personality of the Year" in 2003.[2]

Mathews left Longford Town in 2007, and replaced Damien Richardson as Cork City manager[3] on 10 January 2008. In his only season, the club won the Setanta Sports Cup for the first time, despite entering examinership through the courts and losing several key players. Nevertheless, on 9 December 2008, the club announced that Mathews would no longer remain as manager, citing financial constraints as the primary reason for his leaving.[4]

After surviving examinership themselves, Drogheda United unveiled Mathews as their new manager for the 2009 Premier Division season.[5] He guided Drogheda United to Premier Division safety in his first season but following a poor start to Drogheda's 2010 season Mathews resigned as their manager on 17 May 2010.[6]

Mathews made a swift return to the game on 12 July 2010 when he was announced as the new manager of his former club Shelbourne.[7] In the 2011 season he gained promotion with Shels and reached the 2011 FAI Cup Final. On 16 May 2013, Mathews resigned as Shelbourne manager with the club bottom of Airtricity League with just one win from thirteen games.[8]

On 10 January 2014 he was appointed manager of Bray Wanderers with Barry O'Connor as his assistant.[9] He left his role on April 2015 citing off-the-field issues at Bray concerning the non-payment of wages to players and coaching staff.

On 15 May 2015 Mathews was appointed as manager of Athlone Town FC.[10] He resigned as their manager on the 17th of June 2016.[11] Once again off-the-field club financial struggles prompted his departure.

After two months out of the game, Mathews returned to the helm at Longford Town on 19 August 2016 following the resignation of Tony Cousins. Despite having more than two months remaining in the season, Mathews was unable to steer Longford clear of relegation with the midland's side dropping to the First Division for the 2017 season.




Longford Town
Cork City


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