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Matty Pattison

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Norwich Career: 2007-2009 (55 appearances, 3 goals)
Current Club: Blyth Spartans (Northern League)
Date of Birth: 27/10/1986 (Johanesbury, South Africa)
Nationality: South African

Biography

Midfielder Matty Pattison joined Norwich City on loan from Newcastle United on November 15th 2007, becoming Glenn Roeder's second loan signing

Born and raised in South Africa, Matty's parents returned to their native Tyneside when Matty was 11. At the age of 14, he joined Newcastle's academy.

He got his first taste of senior football in a pre-season friendly match against Celtic in August 2004. Unfortunately, Pattison was put on the sideline for the whole 2004-2005 season with two knee ligament injuries that threatened to end his career before it had really begun.

However, he showed his resilience and made his competitive first team debut on February 25, 2006 in a Premiership match against Everton, coming on as a substitute. Pattison made his first start for the club later in the same season against West Bromwich Albion, before being substituted after 80 minutes. Pattison was later named man of the match for the impressive contribution he made during the 3-0 win.

Pattison made his Norwich debut on 24th November 2007 in the 2-0 home win over Coventry City

Impressing in his loan spell, Matty signed permanently for Norwich on a three and a half year deal on 4th January 2008.

Following South Africa's poor performance in the 2008 African Cup of Nations, Pattison stated that he would hope to break into the South African side ahead of the 2010 World Cup

Falling out of favour following Bryan Gunn's appointment as Norwich manager in January 2009, Matty appeared to regain favour playing in some 2009 pre-season matches. Reports on 3rd August 2009 suggested that South African clubs Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns were competing for his signature with Pattison reported to have had a medical at Sundowns. Matty then completed his move to the Sundowns on 6th August 2009; with the midfielder revealing that it was the dream of representing South Africa at next year's World Cup that led him to leave Norwich City and return home. "I'm looking forward to the challenge and hopefully it'll mean I can get a place in the World Cup squad," Pattison told BBC Sport. "I don't look at it as a step down because it means that I'll be seen by the people who pick the Bafana squad, which wasn't happening when I was playing in England. I'm very proud to be South African so it would mean everything to play for them. I'll miss playing in England but I'm not going to rule out going back one day. I just wanted to give myself the best chance possible of playing in the World Cup and I think coming to South Africa is the way to achieve that."

Matty made his international debut for South Africa coming on at half-time in a 6-2 win over Swaziland on 23rd January 2010.

On 24th April 2011 the News of the World reported that Pattison had been in talks with Rangers boss-in-waiting Ally McCoist regarding a summer 2011 switch to Ibrox. The article suggested Pattison was confirming personal terms and the deal was exped to be completed within two weeks.

In late October 2011, Matty trained with Russian side Dynamo Moscow so to explore future options as his contract with the Sundowns explires at the end of the season.

In January 2012, Matty joined Leeds United on trial, scoring in a reserve team match on 18th January 2012 against Newcastle. He could replace Norwich-bound midfielder Jonny Howson.

In January 2012, Matty joined South African strugglers Santos on loan. In the summer of 2012, Pattison joined Bidvest Wits. They play in the Premier Soccer league and are associated with the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg

In July 2014, he trialled for MK Dons playing in a friendly against Cambridge. In August 2014, he joined Birmingham on trial, knowing manager Lee Clark from his time at Newcastle and Norwich. At the end of that month, he joined Socttish side Hibs on trial.

On 3rd October 2014, he joined Conference side Gateshead on a contract until the end of the 2014/15 season.

Pattison moved to Blyth Spartans on a one year contract on 15th June 2016.


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