Matthew Gidley

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Friday, 1st July, 1977
Current Age
44 years and 113 days
Place Of Birth
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Known Family Links

Brother
Kurt Gidley

Biography

Newcastle junior started his career as a five-eighth before moving to the centres. A brilliant attacking player with a great right-foot step, Gidley missed the club’s 1997 grand final win because of injury. In 1999 he launched his representative career in the end of season Tri-Nations competition - scoring a try on debut in the 24-22 loss to NZ at Ericcson Stadium - and backed up with another in the 42-6 thrashing of Great Britain. After playing in Australia’s final-winning Test team, he was overlooked for representative duty in early 2000 and didn’t get his chance until the injury to St George centre Shaun Timmins. After making his State of Origin debut in NSW’s 56-16 thrashing of Queensland, he played for Australia against Papua New Guinea and went to England for the World Cup. Gidley had the distinction of playing in all six matches of the competition, which culminated in Australia’s 40-12 win over NZ in the final. His 2001 campaign was put on hold when he broke his ankle in a pre-season trial but he returned to play in all three State of Origin matches before reclaiming his Test spot in the one-off Test against NZ in July. Newcastle’s success in the 2001 grand final was a just reward for his disappointments in 1997, and he left Australia with the Kangaroos as the No.1 centre in the country. Rested from the Australian team that beat Papua New Guinea the week after the grand final, Gidley played in all three Ashes Tests in England. His rep career continued for NSW in 2002-03 but after one Test against NZ in 2002 he was left out of 2003’s Kangaroo Tour. After playing the 37-6 Test win against NZ in Newcastle in 2004, he was later dropped from the NSW team after the 22-18 loss in the Second Test of the series and then overlooked for the Tri Nations competition at the end of the year. Gidley left the club to see out his career with English club St Helens when the Knights were eliminated from the 2006 finals series.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1999-02, 2004 17 11 -   - 44 15 2 0 88.24% List
Overall 1999-2004 17 11 0   0 44 15 2 0 88.24% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1999-2000 6 4 -   - 16 6 0 0 100.00% List
Overall 2000 6 4 0   0 16 6 0 0 100.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Country 1997, 2002, 2005 3 - -   1 1 1 2 0 33.33% List
New South Wales 2000-04 11 5 -   - 20 6 4 1 54.55% List
Overall 1997-2005 14 5 0   1 21 7 6 1 50.00% List


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newcastle ARL 1996 15 - -   - - 6 8 1 40.00% List
Newcastle ARL 1997 16 3 -   - 12 10 5 1 62.50% List
Newcastle NRL 1998 26 12 0 / 1 0.00% - 48 18 7 1 69.23% List
Newcastle NRL 1999 19 4 -   - 16 11 7 1 57.89% List
Newcastle NRL 2000 19 9 -   - 36 10 8 1 52.63% List
Newcastle NRL 2001 20 6 -   1 25 13 7 0 65.00% List
Newcastle NRL 2002 22 8 -   - 32 15 7 0 68.18% List
Newcastle NRL 2003 24 9 -   - 36 14 10 0 58.33% List
Newcastle NRL 2004 22 6 -   - 24 10 12 0 45.45% List
Newcastle NRL 2005 12 2 -   - 8 2 10 0 16.67% List
Newcastle NRL 2006 26 9 0 / 1 0.00% - 36 15 11 0 57.69% List
Overall 1996-2006 221 68 0 / 2 0.00% 1 273 124 92 5 56.11% List

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newcastle 1996-06 221 68 - / 2 0.00% 1 273 124 92 5 56.11% List
Overall 1996-2006 221 68 0 / 2 0.00% 1 273 124 92 5 56.11% List

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newcastle 1996-2006 14 5 -   - 20 6 8 0 42.86% List
Overall 1997-2006 14 5 0   0 20 6 8 0 42.86% List

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newcastle 1996-06 222 69 -   1 277 124 93 5 55.86% List
Overall 1996-2006 222 69 0   1 277 124 93 5 55.86% List

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St Helens Super League XII 2007 32 17 -   - 68 24 8 0 75.00% List
St Helens Super League XIII 2008 32 11 4   - 52 25 6 1 78.13% List
St Helens Super League XIV 2009 31 12 2   - 52 23 8 0 74.19% List
St Helens Super League XV 2010 27 8 -   - 32 19 8 0 70.37% List
Overall 2007-2010 122 48 6   0 204 91 30 1 74.59% List

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St Helens 2007-10 122 17 -   - 68 91 30 1 74.59% List
Overall 2007-2010 122 48 6   0 204 91 30 1 74.59% List

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