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
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.