Midfielder Matty Pattison
joined Norwich City on loan from Newcastle United on November
15th 2007, becoming Glenn Roeder's second
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
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. He moved to South Shields on 24th May 2017.