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Matthew Lund
Full nameMatthew Charles Lund
NationalityNir Northern Ireland
Rovers apps (goals)a31 (4)
PositionMidfielder
Date of birth21 November 1990 (Age 26)
in Manchester
Height5 ft 7 in
Joined
30 January 2012 from Stoke City (loan)
26 July 2012 from Stoke City (loan)
Left
1 May 2012 to join Stoke City
1 January 2013 to join Stoke City
Senior clubs
Stoke City
Hereford United
Oldham Athletic
Bristol Rovers
Southend United

Rochdale
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 25/07/2013

Midfielder Matthew Lund joined Rovers on a month's loan at the end of January 2012 from Premier League side Stoke City. He had yet to play a game for his parent club, and was sent out on a temporary deal in order to gain some first team experience, as well as to provide cover in The Pirates' injury ravaged midfield.

He played in all four of Rovers' games during his initial month-long spell, leading to his loan being extended for a further two months, the maximum permitted by league rules for a player brought in using the emergency loan system. In all he made thirteen appearances for The Gas, all in the league, and scored twice in the final game of his loan spell.

He returned to the Memorial Stadium in mid-July 2012 to train with the squad while the details of another loan move were finalised. The Pirates eventually agreed a six-month deal with his parent club, signing the paperwork on 26 July. His second spell saw him make 18 league appearances, as well as one each in the FA Cup and League Cup. As with his previous loan, he scored in his final game before returning to Stoke.

He has represented Northern Ireland at under-21 level, playing in a 2–0 defeat to Wales at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham.

CareerEdit

Matthew, who is a product of the Crewe Alexandra youth system, turned down the opportunity to sign professionally for The Railwaymen, opting instead to follow his former coach Steve Holland to Stoke City in 2009.

By the time he joined Rovers early in 2012 he had already had brief loan spells at Hereford United, where he had played twice in the league and once in the FA Cup, and Oldham Athletic, where he made three league appearances. These six games were the entirety of his first team experience at this point. After a second spell with The Gas the following season, he made a temporary move to Southend United, scoring once in twelve league appearances.

He signed a two-year contract with Rochdale in the 2013 summer break, having been released by Stoke at the end of the 2012–13 campaign. He had failed to make a single first team appearance for the Staffordshire club in his four years as a professional there.

Career statsEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
2009–10Stoke City 00
2010–11Stoke City 00
2010–11Hereford United (loan)20
2011–12Stoke City 00
2011–12Oldham Athletic (loan)30
2011–12Bristol Rovers (loan)132
2012–13Stoke City 00
2012–13Bristol Rovers (loan)182
2012–13Southend United (loan)121


Record against RoversEdit

Matt Lund has played a competitive match against Bristol Rovers just once in his career, for Southend United in a goalless draw at Roots Hall in 2013.

DateClubVenueResultNotes
13 April 2013Southend UnitedRoots Hall0–0Booked in the second half

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