Name: Matthew Rose
Position: Right Back
Date of Birth: 24 September 1975
Place of Birth:
Former Queen's Park Rangers defender Matthew Rose was officially unveiled as a Yeovil Town player on Friday 23rd February 2007. He signed a deal with the club that will take him through to the end of the 2006-07 season, with an option for the club to extend beyond that point should things work out.
Matthew had been a free agent since he left Loftus Road on January 1st 2007. He arrived at the club as a 31 year old, who had spent almost 10 years in West London, clocking up 261 appearances and 8 goals.
Rose was brought to Rangers by Stewart Houston, who had also managed and coached him at Arsenal where he had started his career as a trainee before moving across the capital for half a million pounds - a sign of the value Houston placed on a player who had made just 5 appearances for the Gunners by the time he left Highbury. He led the Gunners Youth Team to the FA Youth Cup in 1994, but despite being versatile enough to play anywhere along the back four, he was unable to break into an Arsenal back four that was nearly a fixed institution of Adams, Keown, Dixon and Winterburn.
Rose was still being cited as being a major influence on Rangers' fortunes by former manager Ian Holloway during his time at Loftus Road, but since the departure of Holloway, appearances became much harder to come by and he had not played for QPR since the end of October 2006. A somewhat poor injury record has not helped his career that many believe would have gone further were it not for him spending rather a sizeable chunk of his time at Loftus Road on the treatment table.
[Martin Baker, February 2007.]
Total Appearances: 42
Total Goals: 1
Debut Appearance: 24 February 2007
Debut Goal: 20 October 2007