1st Debut : Grantham Town (H) - 14/08/99 Last Game : Salisbury City (A) - 26/02/00
2nd Debut : Cheshunt (A) - 18/08/07 Last Game :Colwyn Bay (A) - 28/04/12
Rosey is now in the veteran stage of his career having enjoyed much success over the past decade in the second tier of the non-league game.
He first came to our attention back in 1999 when he joined City from Cirencester Town with a desire to try himself at a higher level. However he was at a club in turmoil and despite starring as an attacking midfielder he left the club when Brian Hughes was sacked.
He'd caught the attention of Tim Harris at Newport and joined the Spytty Park club where he went on to become a firm favourite, scoring in front of the Sky TV cameras as the Welshmen lost to Blackpool in the FA Cup.
The Cheltenham based player then joined Weston-super-Mare for a four figure fee and played a major part in their consolidation in the Conference South but was released and signed for City at Meadow Park in the summer of 2007, again under the guidance of Harris.
He never got to kick a ball at City's home as it was flooded weeks later but became the anchor man in midfield as the Tigers pushed for promotion from the Southern League.
Rose scored on his second debut for the club away at Cheshunt and whilst his goals that season weren't plentiful, they were important as he also headed the last minute winner against Team Bath at the New Lawn. He also showed his versatility that year when he replaced the Kev Sawyer who'd been sent off at home to Banbury and kept a clean sheet.
In his new role as a defensive midfielder goals were never going to be his forte and it looked as though he might go the full 2008/09 campaign without netting until he obliged in the play-off final at Farnborough, scoring the only goal of the game as City went up to the Conference North.
His experience was vital for City as they strode to keep their hard earned place at the higher level but his efforts weren't always appreciated by elements of the crowd, although he did finish the season on a high with a two-goal blast against Mangotsfield to put City into the final of the County Cup.
2010/11 proved to be the first season that Rose had failed to score for the Tigers as he was no longer first choice in his preferred role as central midfielder often filling in at the heart of defence. It was with this in mind that he signed again for the current season despite suggestions that he was wanted by his old mate Alex Sykes at Bishops Cleeve.
This year he has often started on the bench, although he did score when he started against Truro in the FA Cup although his biggest contribution to date has been his second clean sheet as sub keeper following Mike Green's red card against Hinckley.
Previous Clubs: Cheltenham Town, Cirencester Town, Gloucester City, Newport County (159-21), Weston Super Mare, Gloucester City, Bishops Cleeve, Gloucester City
Appearances & Goals:
A compilation of Matt Rose's goals (and a save!)
Matt is interviewed after City's 1-0 win against Gainsborough Trinity
Jenni Silver talks to Matt Rose after his two goals see City beat Mangotsfield in the County Cup
Matt Rose & Tom Webb talk after the 7-2 FA Cup win against Truro City
Page last updated : 14th August 2016
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