Alan Mathews

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Alan Mathews
Personal information
Full name Alan Mathews
Date of birth (1965-06-27) 27 June 1965 (age 55)[1]
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Club information
Current team
St Patrick's (coaching staff)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984 St. Patrick's Athletic ? (?)
1984 Drogheda United ? (?)
1985–1987 Shamrock Rovers 43 (4)
1987–1988 Bray Wanderers 45 (0)
1988–1991 Galway United 128 (5)
1991–1992 Kilkenny City 1 (0)
1992–1995 Longford Town 88 (4)
1994–1995 St James's Gate 4 (0)
Teams managed
2002–2007 Longford Town
2008 Cork City
2009–2010 Drogheda United
2010–2013 Shelbourne
2014–2015 Bray Wanderers
2015–2016 Athlone Town
2016–2017 Longford Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Alan Mathews (born 27 June 1965) is a former Irish football player and manager. He is currently a part of the coaching staff at St Patrick's.

Coaching career[edit]

Following a stint as assistant at Shelbourne, Alan Mathews became Longford manager in the summer of 2002. He went on to become the most successful manager in Longford Town's history, delivering their first senior trophy with a 2–0 win over St. Patrick's in the 2003 FAI Cup Final at Lansdowne Road. Longford retained it the following year, completing the double of the FAI Cup and League Cup. He was named Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland "Personality of the Year" in 2003.[2]

Mathews left Longford Town in 2007, and replaced Damien Richardson as Cork City manager[3] on 10 January 2008. In his only season, the club won the Setanta Sports Cup for the first time, despite entering examinership through the courts and losing several key players. Nevertheless, on 9 December 2008, the club announced that Mathews would no longer remain as manager, citing financial constraints as the primary reason for his leaving.[4]

After surviving examinership themselves, Drogheda United unveiled Mathews as their new manager for the 2009 Premier Division season.[5] He guided Drogheda United to Premier Division safety in his first season but following a poor start to Drogheda's 2010 season Mathews resigned as their manager on 17 May 2010.[6]

Mathews made a swift return to the game on 12 July 2010 when he was announced as the new manager of his former club Shelbourne.[7] In the 2011 season he gained promotion with Shels and reached the 2011 FAI Cup Final. On 16 May 2013, Mathews resigned as Shelbourne manager with the club bottom of Airtricity League with just one win from thirteen games.[8]

On 10 January 2014 he was appointed manager of Bray Wanderers with Barry O'Connor as his assistant.[9] He left his role in April 2015 citing off-the-field issues at Bray concerning the non-payment of wages to players and coaching staff.

On 15 May 2015 Mathews was appointed as manager of Athlone Town FC.[10] He resigned as their manager on 17 June 2016.[11] Once again off-the-field club financial struggles prompted his departure.

After two months out of the game, Mathews returned to the helm at Longford Town on 19 August 2016 following the resignation of Tony Cousins. Despite having more than two months remaining in the season, Mathews was unable to steer Longford clear of relegation with the midland's side dropping to the First Division for the 2017 season. Following a disappointing series of results which left Longford struggling in mid table, Mathews parted company with the club by mutual consent on 27 May 2017.

In January 2020 it was confirmed, that Mathews had been appointed as a part of the backroom staff at St Patrick's, the club he had been involved in for a few years as a board member.[12]




Longford Town
Cork City
  • Leinster Senior Cup (1): 2010


  1. ^ Eircom League of Ireland official site – Alan Mathews profiles[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland Site – SWAI Personality of the Year – List Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Irish Independent – Who are the owners of Cork City? – Friday 15 August 2008
  4. ^ Cork City FC club statement[permanent dead link] –, 9 December 2008.
  5. ^ Mathews unveiled as new Drogheda boss Archived 6 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Important message from the board of DUFC[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Alan Mathews announced as manager
  8. ^ "Shelbourne manager Mathews quits post". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Alan Mathews appointed as the new manager of Bray Wanderers". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  10. ^ Alan Mathews Appointed 1st Team Manager Archived 15 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, May 15th 2015
  11. ^

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