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Matthew Gilks

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Norwich Career: 2007-2008 (0 appearances)
Current Club: Bolton Wanderers (Player / Goalkeeping Coach)
Date of Birth: 04/06/1982 (Rochdale) 
Nationality: English / Scottish


On 27th June 2007, Norwich announced that Rochdale goalkeeper Matthew Gilks would be signing for the Canaries on 1st July 2007 on a Bosman free transfer.

Gilks joined Rochdale aged 13 and after making his debut at Chesterfield in the 2000/01 season, he has played 189 games for the Lancashire side. Gilks comes with a good pedigree after playing 46 games in each of the last two seasons, as well as keeping 12 clean sheets in the clubs last 25 matches. In 2004/05 he helped make club history when he and fellow keeper Neil Edwards kept 20 clean sheets between them - with Gilks responsible for 15.

Gilks returned to his native North West at the end of June 2008 joining Blackpool as a make-weight in the transfer of Irish international winger Wes Hoolahan to the Canaries. Gilks had not played any games for the Norwich first team

On 21st November 2008, Gilks joined League Two side Shrewsbury on a month's loan following injuries to first choice Luke Daniels and the erratic form of deputy Glyn Garner. He made his debut on 22nd November 2008 in a 0-0 draw away to Lincoln City.

Gilks established himself in the Blackpool first team during 2009/10 under Ian Holloway and was in goal when Blackpool beat Cardif3-2 at Wembley to secure promotion, via the play-offs, to the Premiership.

On 24th August 2010, Gilks was called up into the Scotland squad for the games against Lithuania and Liechenstein on account of his Scottish grandparents

Gilks and Blackpool were relegated to the Championship on 22nd May 2011. They reached the play-off finals the following year but lost 2-1 to West Ham.

Reaching the end of his contact with Blackpool, Gilks signed for Burnley on a two year deal on 2nd July 2014. He had made 203 appearances for Blackpool.

Gilks was released by Burnley on 23rd May 2016. He had made just two League Cup appearances for Burnley.

On 24th June 2016, Gilks signed a two year contract with Scottish side Rangers following their promotion to the Scottish Premier League. He will provide competition to Wes Foderingham. Gilks was also wanted by Hearts.

Gilks returned to North West England on 31st January 2017, signing for Wigan Athleticalong with Grimsby striker Omar Bogle, Eastleigh striker Mikael Mandron, Hartlepool midfielder Josh Laurent and Manchester City's Jack Byrne for undisclosed fees. French winger Gabriel Obertan has joined the Latics on a free transfer.Hull City defender Alex Bruce, 32, and midfielder James Weir, 21, have joined on loan until the end of the season.

Gilks was in goal when Wigan lost 1-0 to Reading on 30th April 2017 securing Wigan's relegation to League One. He made 14 appearances for them.

He moved to Scunthorpe on a free transfer on 16th June 2017, signing a two year contracy with the Lincolnshire sdie.

On 31st January 2019 Gilks moved to fellow Lincolnshire side Lincoln City as he had not played for the Iron all season. Gilks made 12 appearances as Lincoln won the League Two title.

On 1st August 2019, Gilks joined Fleetwoord, replacing Paul Jones who had moved on to Sheffield Wednesday.

Gilks joined Bolton Wanderers on 6th August 2020 and will serve as their goalkeeping coach. Gilks was in goal as Bolton beat Crawley 4-1 on 8th May 2021 to secure promotion from League Two. He had played 35 games for Bolton in the 2020/21 season.


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