Gregg, Matt

Birth Date

30th November 1978


Cheltenham, Gloucestershire



Biographical Text

Goalkeeper Matt Gregg, once seen as a rising star when he moved from Torquay United to Crystal Palace, appeared twice for Exeter City in 2001 as his Football League career came to an end at the age of twenty-two. He then had a lengthy career in Irish football before remaining in Dublin to run a goalkeeping academy. 

Matt played cricket, football and rugby union to a good level when growing up in Cheltenham. He eventually chose football and became a trainee with Torquay United in  1995 quickly making his debut against Wigan Athletic in September 1995 aged sixteen. After signing a full professional contract in July 1997, Matt went on to make 32 league appearances for Torquay and appeared in the 1998 Third Division Play-off Final.

Joining Crystal Palace for a fee of £400,000 in October 1998, Matt was loaned to Swansea City in February 1999 and made five consecutive Third Division appearances while at Vetch Field. Patiently waiting in the wings at Selhurst Park, and still only aged twenty-one, Matt enjoyed a run of first-team games for Palace towards the end of the 1999/2000 season. 

Thereafter Matt only appeared four more times for the Eagles before signing on loan for Exeter City in September 2001. Making his debut against Oxford United on 15 September 2001, Matt also played in the 2-3 home defeat against Plymouth Argyle four days later. With Arjan van Heusden back for the next game, Matt soon returned to  Crystal Palace where he was almost immediately released from his contract.

Matt then joined Bray Wanderers in October 2001 at the start of what proved to be a ten-year career in the League of Ireland during which time he also played for Bohemians, University College Dublin, Bohemians again and Dundalk before finishing back at Bray.

As of 2023 Matt had been operating the Irish franchise of Just4Keepers, a specialist goalkeeping school, for a number of years. 


Exeter City

League 2



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